God Has Planned This All Along...

Last week I have posted something really heart pouring about my mounting works, but today it's about something I didn't expect to happen. Less did I know, Yes, God has a plan for us indeed.

Actually, this story has its own beginning but lets just keep it just that...

Some might have an idea where I spend my weekend by noticing my FB update last Friday but some might think that I spend my weekend alone...

No I did not! I spend my weekend at "Rumah Empading, Nanga Bunu, Skrang"... Some of my dearest readers may have never heard of this place but let me tell you this. This is one of my most exciting, stress free weekend adventure!

Rumah Empading, Nanga Bunu, Skrang claimed the top place here in Sri Aman. They have represent Sri Aman for "Rumah Panjang Bestari" - Smart Long House in the state and guess what? THEY WON! Yesss... That's just amazing... and I can tell by the look of the place... Just mesmerizing~

The Outside and Inside Look + Me!
Can you spot Boi? hehe~

The long house was literally long! They have 37 doors which consist of nearly 50 families. OMG. That is a lot of people in a house... I'd like to tell you the history of this place but, that's not the purpose of this post. I'd like to share my experience spending the weekend with them, The Ibanese.

On the first night there, I witnesses  just a tiny bit of their free time culture. It's called "randau-randau"; simply means talking but figuratively, spending time together with a group of people talking and talking and more talking and sometimes laughing really hard. Yes... It was really fun to watch "half nude" men and women standing and few sitting outside on the badminton court, under the roof of the black night sky with just a few stars. It was a really beautiful scene to see. While us youngsters talking not so far from them, they seem in their own world. Well, so did us. Hahaha~ They really keep the "family" together and you know what? They can keep talking for hours and hours, standing! After a few hours of story sharing and the clock was pointing at almost 10 pm, they went inside grinning, giving sign that they were all satisfied. The youngsters thought it was still early and decided to continue to randau-randau up until midnight. Ehehe~

On the second day, I decided to went back home just a little while to shower and machine my laundry. But by the time I wanted to switch the washing machine on, POP! Blackout! Dang... Why now... Although I received an early warning about the electricity, yet so stubborn am I still wanted to get it done. Since that happened, so I decided to postpone the laundry and continue having fun on my weekend in Bunu. 

The real fun is almost there. We were planning to have a small picnic at "Ai Wong" means waterfall. At first, I did not believe that they have a waterfall just behind their house. When I saw it myself, my eyes could not believe it and  my mouth unconsciously keep wowing and praising the nature they have at the back of their house!

Can you find this at the back of your house?!! and they said, there are two more uphill!

It was only a five minutes walk from their long house. Do you know the perks they have by having this kind of waterfall? So far, they have paid NOTHING for water supply! They intelligently build a pipeline from here to their long house. Brilliant! and the water was freezing cold!!! Very refreshing...

The happy beautiful faces. 

The not so very dangerous activities.

Less that I know, they bring along a shampoo! Fighting over the hard flow cold waterfall was super fun! Minus me...

One more thing, hearing the sound of a kid's laughing voice is so peaceful. Without I even notice, a week stress was like lifted from my shoulders. Just like that... The stress was, not the work! The work is still mounting on my desk. Wait... I don't want to talk about that... 

Black peppers!

Enough about the waterfall. Later that afternoon, we had a badminton match. When it comes to badminton, they really put up a fight. Only if some of them did not drink too much of "Tuak"-a home made rice alcoholic drink, that afternoon. Yet, they still play it well... I was just lucky to win the fights... Three times! Eheheh~ After three winning games, I surrendered and passed the racket over to a friend and I ended up watching a pretty good matches. Whilst, this one drunk shirtless adorable uncle entertained us with his beautiful Iban songs. Dancing all around and singing is one of his talent, while he's drunk at least. Hahaha! It feel wonderful to laugh a loud after a very long week.

That night, I ate my very first "Manok Pansoh"- chicken cook in a bamboo- and "Ikan Pansoh" - fish cook in a bamboo. This cooking method is their traditional way of cooking. Mostly they cook this way in the jungle while they're hunting. The smell of it was very tempting and I could not wait to have a taste of it! OMG! The taste was smooth and the sweetness of the fish and chicken is much preserved. The taste is kinda like steam chicken mixed with chicken soup, but far more delicious! I was like stuffing my mouth and did not stop, not until my tummy is full... Ehehe~ That pansoh was really really good... If you have the chance, try it! You won't regret it... In fact, you'll ended up like me bragging about it's great taste here in the internet!

A visit to some other houses really bond things up. My plan to randau-randau wasn't going well because my eyes were begging me to quit it and go to sleep. I can only survive less than a half an hour... Sorry guys... Blame me not! Its my eyes...

Woke up with a sore throat and a tiny bit of runny nose. It was a really cold place and yet warm hearted people...

This experience really awaken me and make me realize my students' life. When we get close to our students, we'll ended up getting close to the whole long house! Very precious experience indeed. Try to explore various society is super fun! and I'm planning to explore more... Ulu Skrang... Wait for me! Ehehe..

Till next time! Adios!~~
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