My friends have often told me: East Malaysia is fascinating.
I was fortunate that early in July, the students from Cohort 4 in my campus held a Gawai Kaamatan Celebration so that we can together celebrate the festival by the Dayaks and Kadazan-Dusuns. It is indeed an eye-opener!
|My class (as of July 2012, pre-second intake)|
FROM TOP LEFT: Michelle, Sheau Chien, me, Xiao Nian (a.k.a. Mother Theresa), Lynster, Jia Ying, Hui Xin
FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Hua Jin, Angus, Jia Hao (a.k.a. Mr Good), Chee Hwa (a.k.a. Ah Tan), Roger
|Scrumptious Sarawakian Snacks|
It was a little too late when we went there as the "Unduk Ngadau" was over. Nevertheless, we still got to watch the battle-of-strength (in which two people clench each other's fists and the one who stays wins) and the eating competition. I was invited but I turned down. (Hello, I cannot eat oranges fast! It will choke me!)
Too bad we were only there for a short while due to class!
I sincerely hope there is such event in the future so that we can know about the various ethnics in Malaysia more.