Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What are the requirements and duties of a title holder?

Salaam to all lovely readers,

Watching Borneo Hornbill Festival, Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan and other traditional/cultural-oriented beauty  pageant never failed to keep me on wondering  one thing - do beauty pageants really contribute to the society? And if they do, is this contribution a positive or negative one? Winners, care to explain?

Why our culture should be jealously preserved


Salaam, lovely readers.

We hear people talking about forming association(s) for the cause of saving and preserving the 'richness and diversity' of cultures and traditions and so, and so, and so so on. But why do we need to conserve tradition? What will happen if we don't protect the cultures? Persatuan Warisan Sarawak KualaLumpur dan Selangor, KadazandusunCultural Association, Persatuan SuangLotud Sabah and the list goes on - all these are the example of associations with the aim to uphold our cultural heritage.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our traditional costumes, through my amateur lense (Part III)


Salaam to all lovely readers,

I was not born as a Lundayeh. I am of Dusun Lotud ethnic. I have never been to a place where majority of its land are populated by Lundayeh. I don't have Lundayeh friends. So, where the hell to obtain such info about Lundayeh? Internet? The internet is the best place to find information on any topic because there are so many people and resources on it and connected to it. On the internet you get many different points of view that are more accessible and easier to find rather than looking through thousands of books and periodicals (in which I love to do all the time!)

Our traditional costumes, through my amateur lense (Part II)

Salaam, readers.

Kunjungan buat kali pertama ke negeri Sarawak pada tahun 2010 telah memberikan saya peluang untuk melihat keunikan dan kepelbagaian etnik di Negeri Bumi Kenyalang ini. Tempat pertama yang saya lawati ialah Rumah Kebudayaan Sarawak  (Sarawak Cultural Village).

Saya masih ingat lagi pada ketika itu tarian pertama yang saya lihat ialah tarian tradisi kaum Bidayuh. Dance performers keep traditional Bidayuh culture and costume alive through shows in this unique cultural village. Bunyi gong yang melatari persembahan tarian para penari sangat mengujakan. Bunyi gong bukanlah merupakan sesuatu yang asing bagi saya kerana di negeri kelahiran saya, Sabah, alat muzik ini sangat popular. Mungkin kerana didorong oleh sifat mencintai irama tradisional (yang begitu menebal dalam diri) menyebabkan kepala dan kaki saya turut bergoyang bersama-sama mengikut paluan gong! 



Saturday, July 20, 2013

Our traditional costumes, through my amateur lense (Part I)

Kopiranggayan do kosuabon.

Ketika entry ini ditulis, pelbagai yang bermain di fikiran. Bagaimana harus memulakan, bagaimana harus mengakhirinya dan yang paling penting lagi bagaimana harus menjadikannya agar lebih minat dan mudah untuk dibaca oleh pembaca-pembaca budiman di luar sana.

Borneo Hornbill Festival - How does it all start?

Salaam, lovelies.

As far back as I can remember I've always wanted to capture Sarawak ethnic traditional attire. But, I never had the chance. I have seen them on television, printed materials, dancers, but not a closer look, what more to photograph them.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A picture's worth a thousand words

Above: Thank you auntie Pearly Kee for this marvelous shot!
Salaam, all.

Have you ever noticed how much more clearly you see yourself in a picture? I was taking pictures of myself earlier and my appearance is so different from what it was 10 years ago. My appearance is not what it once was and I'm glad for that. It, instead, is more of a road map of where I've been; a photobook of my memories...each page, a different story...maybe one I've not yet told. A picture of us, is not just a picture, but also a picture of a thousand pictures.

Cinta membawa kepada minat terhadap seni dan kebudayaan

Salaam, semuanya.

Adalah sesuatu yang melucukan bagaimana perkara yang berlaku dalam kehidupan kita benar-benar berlaku, dan kadangkala tidak menjangka ia akan berlaku. Kita tidak pernah tahu apakah kelainan yang bakal muncul dan apakah perkara yang akan bertukar sekali gus mencorakkan perjalanan kehidupan kita. Walaupun pada dasarnya semua pilihan ada di depan mata, tetapi  ia seolah-olah seperti kita mahukan 'kejutan' lantas mengelakkan untuk melakukan sebarang pilihan. Nah, apakah kaitan permulaan perenggan ini terhadap entri pada kali ini? "Cinta membawa kepada minat terhadap seni dan kebudayaan." Bolehlah dikatakan sebegitu. Bacalah sendiri, dan fahami isi kandungannya.

*hirup kupi O kaw. Kirai time*

Friday, July 12, 2013

Jauh di mata, dekat di hati

Salaam, semua.

Pepatah dalam Bahasa Inggeris ada menyatakan,“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Pepatah dalam Bahasa Melayu yang mempunyai maksud yang sama berbunyi ‘Jauh di mata dekat di hati.' Bagaimana kita memberi maksud  kepada kedua-dua pepatah ini bergantung kepada diri kita sendiri.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit

Salaam to all lovely readers.

Last week, I have had the chance to work with Borneo Hornbill Festival 2013 (BHF2013). On July 5th till 7th, 2013, I was invited to be one of the judges. I really appreciate the chance that I have been given not only as one of the judges but also to learn about the uniqueness and diversity in Borneo culture (specifically Sabah and Sarawak). I feel that it is an honour to be invited as a judge for the event. That shows people actually acknowledge your opinion. Thank you Persatuan WarisanSarawak Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Next year invite lah lagi ya (-: