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A Rural Teacher’s Story: Alvin Wong (SK Batang Lassa)

Tabi basa and greetings Tukang Rantek’s family! I hope these days has been great to all of you and your family. Just like all of you are familiar with, being a Tukang Rantek, I love to write stories about peoples that I have met, especially people that I think inspires others. For this edition, this Tukang Rantek has a story about a teacher who study and teaches at a remote area (pedalaman).

Alvin’s Story

The person that I want to talk about today is Cikgu Alvin Wong. He is a 27 years old teacher from Sarikei, Sarawak. Born on 1st Aug 1993, he is born to an Iban mother and Chinese father. He is currently registered as an Iban ethnic in JPN. Previously he was registered as Chinese. Being half-Iban, that gave him right to change to his maternal etchnicity, which is Iban.

Cikgu Alvin Wong
Look how big Batang Lassa Is
Aerial View of SK Batang Lassa

Alvin’s Family Story

Alvin and his family

Cikgu Alvin is the the eldest son of three siblings. Currently, he is teaching in SK Batang Lassa, Daro, a “Pedalaman 2” (P2) school. He has been teaching since 23 January 2017, which almost 4 years of service.

Alvin and his siblings

As for his his siblings, he has a younger sister, Shereen Wong (25 years old), who followed his footstep as a teacher, currently teaching English at SK Nanga Jambu, Julau, which falls under “Pedalaman 3”.

His youngest brother, Johnny Wong (22 years old), currently is a student-teacher at Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Kampus Batu Lintang, Kuching. He will be graduated soon in 2021, majoring in English language as well just like his two other elder siblings.

Late grandfather (left-most), an ex-teacher at SK Engkamop, Pakan. Grandmother (alive) right-most.

His late grandfather, Mr. Wong Hieng Yiu (father’s side) was an ex-teacher at SK Engkamop, Pakan. His mother, Mdm. Lim Kee Kee (54 years old), is a also a teacher, currently teaching in SK St. Anne, Sarikei.

He and his siblings are inspired to be educators by following the footsteps of their late grandfather and mother. For them, teaching more than just a profession to earn good income, but it is a noble job, where teachers impart not only knowledge, but also giving life to younger generations (especially their pupils) with life values (nilai murni kehidupan) to be holistic & well-mannered individuals.

Education Background

Alvin sat for his SPM back in 2010, at SMK St Anthony, where he earned 10As (7A+, 1A, 2A-), making him one of the top 10As achiever for Year 2010. After that, he went for his Bachelor’s Degree at Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Kampus Batu Lintang, Kuching for 5.5 years from 2011 to 2016. He trained as an educator majoring in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL / English Language). There, he achieved Best Academic Award (Anugerah Kecemerlangan Akademik) for Year 2016, was awarded with Bachelor of Teaching (HONS) (Sarjana Muda Perguruan dengan Kepujian) and graduated with a First Class Degree (CGPA: 3.87).

Alvin and IPG Classmates final year Annual Dinner 2016 (Bachelor Degree)
Bachelor’s Degree Convocation
Alvin’s Family During His Bachelor Degree Convocation

After he completed his Bachelor’s Degree, he pursue his Master Degree for two years from March 2018 to March 2020, at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi (UKM Bangi), pursuing Master Degree at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi (UKM, Bangi), pursuing TESL (English Language). He was awarded with Master of Education (Sarjana Pendidikan). He was supposed to have his convocation on October 2020, but it was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. For his Master, he achieved First Class Degree (CGPA: 3.90).

Alvin and classmates (Master Degree UKM Bangi)
Alvin and classmates (Master Degree UKM Bangi)
Alvin and classmates (Master Degree UKM Bangi)

Challenges In Teaching In A Rural School

Teaching at rural school poses its own set of challenges, unimaginable for those at urban areas. This is the thing that I would like to highlight today, where I want show all of you the among many challenges that Alvin and his fellow colleagues has to face.

1. Access To School

Being a school in a rural area, one of the challenge is acces, where in this case, the access to SK Batang Lassa is via River.

1.1 River

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River access is available via Express Boats from Sibu to Daro & vice versa (stop directly at school jetty). Express Boats is a more popular option for teachers in SK Batang Lassa, Daro.

One may also charter (boleh juga catar) speedboat. However, it is very pricey, where one way trip is RM300. Speedboat is a rarer option and last used was on 2018.

Express Terus Singgah Di Jeti Sekolah

1.2 Off-Road Access Via Batang Lassa Palm Oil Plantation 

For road, it is preferred to use a 4 WHEEL DRIVE vehicle to access the path / gravel road / sandy road (tanah putih). Typical 2WD cars (Kancil, MyVi, Viva, Bezza, etc.) can still access the road without any problems though one has to be careful and cautious of the surface of the path / road to avoid any untoward incidents.

As for Alvin, his worst experience was his car (Honda HRV) got stuck on the sandy path, where soil mixed with sand became soft due to the heavy rain the day before. He was stuck for almost 2 hours.

Luckily there are other teachers (also from SK Batang Lassa) going through the same path. The other teachers (driving Isuzu DMAX 4WD) went to the nearest hardware store, outside of the plantation to get thick rope. Car was successfully pulled out. 

Lesson learned from this to always be prepared for anything. In his case, prepare with tools such as cangkul, tali kapal & always be grateful that there are people around you that will always be available to help you especially in need (kita jaga kita).

2. Telephone Reception

Telephone access is another big issue where he is teaching. There is no telephone reception at school. The residents there depended on WiFi Satellite (VSAT Maxis) for internet connection. This is no different from those used by those offshore, especially on barges.

However, when there’s a will, there’s a way. In order to boost the phone reception – they bought Signal Booster. Currently, they can use normal phone call and sometimes receive H or H+ connection, which is much better than nothing.

3. Water

He and his fellow friends there were also no stranger to water issue. For bath, they are fully-depending on Water Harvester, which is collected rain water.

The idea of using rainwater for bathwater is not really common in urban area, but thankfully the rain collected can be cleaned of sediments and dirt through filtration (using clothes) and water PH neutralizer, which is a type of pill or powder to neutralise the rain water. Again, this demonstrated that when there’s a will, there’s a way.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) water filtered from underground water are also provided as alternatives for teachers to bath, cook and to perform other daily necessities.

Every year, the school also receive boxes of Drinking or Mineral Water. Each teacher and staf will receive up to 8 to 10 boxes of these Drinking or Mineral Water, so they will have clean water source to drink and cook.

4. Current Challenge: COVID-19

Since March 2020, Movement Control Order was enforced throughout Malaysia. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases, all face to face class interaction are converted to home-based learning (HBL) or Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPR).

Schools are given multiple alternatives to conduct the lesson based on locality of the school, the community around them and most importantly the location of the pupils.

Schools may perform PdPR secara dalam talian (Online), PdPR secara luar talian (Offline), or the combination of both.

For the case of rural school like SK Batang Lassa, all of the teachers opted for fully PdPR secara luar talian or the combination of both (using WhatsApp to update the pupils of the works they need to do).

In Alvin’s personal experience, he were facing difficulties to distribute work via WhatsApp as not all pupils have internet access. Therefore, in order to cater to this issues, the exercises was printed in a form of module to be distributed to the pupils.

Preparing The Modules
Preparing The Modules
Preparing The Modules

Most of the pupils staying at the longhouse are able to obtain the module because they can visit school and take the module from the Guardhouse or Staff Room. However, for other pupils that are out of the longhouse area, where they stay at Sibu or Balingian (Selangau), WOD (Worksheet on Delivery) was performed.

Without being asked by anyone, Alvin’s own initiative to drive and deliver the module to his students so that all of the pupils will be able to do their exercises and learn. He felt happy inside when his students can follow their the learning session without any hindrance at all.

Delivery Module
Delivery Module
Delivery Module

Personal Achievements Throughout Teaching Career

Despite those challenges, Alvin did not stop. Instead, fuelled by his will to succeed, and strong support from the communities around him, he managed to achieve these awards. Being a keen learner, throughout his teaching career, he has ventured out to learn and joined lots of competition, such as those listed below.

  1. INTERNATIONAL INVENTION & INNOVATIVE COMPETITION (InIIC) SERIES 2/2018
Alvin with Daisy Kunang and Yii Hung Ying
(from left): Yii, Alvin & Daisy

This competition was held on 20th October 2020 (At Resorts World Langkawi). He attended under UKM (representing SK Batang Lassa), where he presented – CollaboWrite with MindMeister (Improving Pupils’ Writing Skills with Mind Mapping). Among his team members are Daisy Kunang & Yii Hung Ying. They achieved SILVER AWARD. 

2. KOLOKIUM TS25 PERINGKAT DAERAH DARO TAHUN 2020 – CATEGORY TEACHER’S INNOVATION (INOVASI GURU)

This is a Division Level (Peringkat Daerah) competition organised by District Education Office (Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) Daro). The result was announced on 17th September 2020, and he managed to achieve 1st Runner Up (Naib Johan) for his creative innovation called “Snadder It!”, which is an Innovation of English Language Board Game which aims to Improve Pupils’ English Language learning in a fun, meaningful and purposeful manner.

3. E-KOLOKIUM PENYELIDIKAN TINDAKAN DAN INOVASI TAHUN 2020 PERINGKAT NEGERI SARAWAK

This is a State Level (Peringkat Negeri Sarawak – Anjuran Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) Dalat) and the result was announced on 2nd October 2020. He achieved SILVER AWARD (Anugerah Perak). Innovation – Snadder It! Language Board Game (extension to the innovation above – with similar aim).

Pupils’/ School’s Achievements (Alvin as Teacher-In-Charge/Guru Pengiring)

Throughout his teaching career also, Alvin has been leading his students towards excellence as well through various competitions as listed below.

Alvin’s Avengers

BEAVER COMPUTATIONAL THINKING COMPETITION (BCTC) YEAR 2018 

BEAVER COMPUTATIONAL THINKING COMPETITION is an effort from Bebras International to foster interest in the Information Technology and Communication as well as Computer Technology Skills. In 2017, 1.6 millions participants from 45 countries all around the world joined this international level online competition. 6000 of it are from Malaysia.

This competition is divided into 5 categories:

  1. Ecolier (Primary 1 to 4, age of 7~10 years old).
  2. Benjamin (Primary 5 to 6, age 11 to 12)
  3. Cadet (Form 1 to 2, age 13 to 14)
  4. Junior (Form 3 to 4, age 15 to 16)
  5. Student (Form 5 to 6, age 17 to 19)

Each participants was awarded with certificate of appreciation which was signed by Professor Valentina Dagiene, Founder and Chairman of Bebras Board. 10% of the highest mark participants will be awarded with Honourable Mention. 50% of the rest will be awarded with Certificate of Participation (Sijil Penyertaan)

Competition Date: 17 April 2018

Pupils Involved: 

  1. Donna Anak Ngerembang (Achieved Bronze Medal for Benjamin Category)
  2. Aiswarya Rai Simren Anak Stenley (Achieved Honourable Mention for Benjamin Category)
  3. Becham Robertson Anak Benett (Achieved Honourable Mention for Benjamin Category)
  4. Victor Anak Johnny (Achieved Honourable Mention for Benjamin Category)
  5. Danny Pagang Anak Ngadan (Achieved Bronze Medal for Ecolier Category)

ANUGERAH PEMBESTARIAN SEKOLAH PERINGKAT NEGERI SARAWAK 2018

KATEGORI – PENCAPAIAN MURID SEKOLAH RENDAH PERINGKAT ANTARABANGSA

This award was received on 25 October 2018, there achievement was Contributed by the Bronze Medal of Beaver Computational Thinking Competition Year 2018. The pupil who received this award was  Donna Anak Ngerembang

BEAVER COMPUTATIONAL THINKING COMPETITION (BCTC) YEAR 2019

Beaver 2019 (Jagstine Ampari – Gold Medal Award)

This competition was held on 16 April 2019, where the pupils involved are as follows:

  1. Jagstine Ampari Anak Uji (Achieved Gold Medal for Ecolier Category)
  2. Stephenie Juli Anak Daud (Achieved Silver Medal for Benjamin Category)
  3. Aiswarya Rai Simren Anak Stenley (Achieved Bronze Medal for Benjamin Category)
  4. Daniel Anak Ngerembang (Achieved Bronze Medal for Benjamin Category)
  5. Hendry Anak Tingaw (Achieved Honourable Mention for Benjamin Category)
Beaver 2019 (Jagstine Ampari – Gold Medal Award)
Beaver 2019 (Jagstine Ampari – Gold Medal Award)

Note: Jagstine attended BCTC Award Ceremony at Pusat GENIUS@Pintar Negara, UKM Bangi. The Gold Award was received on 24th August 2019).

ANUGERAH PEMBESTARIAN SEKOLAH PERINGKAT NEGERI SARAWAK 2019

Anugerah Pembestarian Sekolah 2019
Anugerah Pembestarian Sekolah 2019
Anugerah Pembestarian Sekolah 2019

KATEGORI – PENCAPAIAN MURID SEKOLAH RENDAH PERINGKAT ANTARABANGSA

This award was received on 13 November 2019, where the achievement mentioned was Contributed by the Gold Medal of Beaver Computational Thinking Competition Year 2019. Pupil receiving award was Jagstine Ampari Anak Uji.

BEAVER COMPUTATIONAL THINKING COMPETITION (BCTC) YEAR 2020

Competition Date: 9 September 2020

Pupils Involved: 

  1. Jagstine Ampari Anak Uji (Achieved Bronze Medal for Ecolier Category)
  2. Stephenie Juli Anak Daud (Achieved Bronze Medal for Benjamin Category)
  3. Daniel Anak Ngerembang (Achieved Certificate of Participation for Benjamin Category)
  4. Leoneily Anak Uji (Achieved Bronze Medal for Ecolier Category)

KARNIVAL KO-KURIKULUM eMAS (e-Mansang Anak Sarawak) PERINGKAT NEGERI SARAWAK TAHUN 2020

KATEGORI: PERTANDINGAN PETA PEMIKIRAN i-THINK SCIENCE CONCEPT SEKOLAH RENDAH

  • Jagstine Ampari Anak Uji (Johan) – representing Sarawak ke National Level, with his I-Think Map Title: Planets in Our Solar System (Planet-Planet Di Sistem Suria). He was contacted by Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sarawak on 2 September 2020 to proceed to National Level. The result was announced OFFICIALLY via LIVE Facebook on 6 November 2020.

PERTANDINGAN STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS) ONLINE CHALLENGE KEBANGSAAN TAHUN 2020

KATEGORI: PERTANDINGAN PETA PEMIKIRAN i-THINK SCIENCE CONCEPT SEKOLAH RENDAH

Jagstine Ampari Anak Uji (Naib Johan) – Mewakili Negeri Sarawak di Peringkat Kebangsaan – National Level (1st Runner Up representing Sarawak from all the states in Malaysia). For this competition, he came up with I-Think Map entitled Planets in Our Solar System (Planet-Planet Di Sistem Suria). Result was announced via LIVE Facebook on 21 October 2020.

Hopes for The Future

For the last part of this article, Alvin has a main phrase of wisdom: When there’s a Will, there will always be a Way.

He believed that urban or rural school pupils can achieve great heights if they put efforts. His advise to them is “Do not be discouraged by your conditions/surroundings but instead put efforts to improve them. Be proactive and always be ready to learn new things”.

The stereotypical thoughts of “Sekolah Pedalaman” being labeled as underachieving schools must be changed. He believed that teachers must be proactive and put efforts in their work especially for the pupils. Teachers are the main role model to guide, assist and facilitate the rural pupils to success.

As for the rural pupils, his main advise to them is do not confine your thoughts within your comfort zone. Be prepared to face and embrace changes in a positive manner. My advice as well – do complete your studies until SPM, as SPM will allow you to embark into higher learning institutions. With education, you can change your life for the betterment of your future.

With this sharing, I hope the excellence that Alvin demonstrated with his fellow students inspires all of us to pursue excellence in our career path. We may not be treading the same career line, but in whatever we do, do it with all our heart so that we can be the branch that bears good fruit, for the good of our nation.

“Immortalising Memories!”/”Mengabadikan Kenangan!“

Tukang Rantek,
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Frontliner’s Love Story

Tabi basa and greeting, Tukang Rantek family.

Today I would like to write about our frontliner’s love story – Dr Gilbert and his wife, Dr Sonia, who both are part of the bigger group under Ministry of Health, where both of them are serving at Miri. Despite their busy schedule, they still find time to immortalise their love story in the form of pictures. Both of them came from Kpg Sungi Duuh, Siburan, just right beside my father’s village of Kpg Masaan. Their love story started long time ago at Sungi Duuh, and Molly Christopher, Gilbert’s neighour & cousin, is partly the mastermind behind it. The details are not permitted to be disclosed, but suffice to say, it is another reason why Gilbert is motivated to pursue excellence until both received their doctor-ship. Being Eastern peoples, Bidayuh peoples are not generally expressive, especially when it comes to love. I can see that in my father, where it took considerable effort to hold my mother’s hand in public. Gilbert and Sonia is no exception, but they are very supporting in expressing their love towards one another before the lens. No matter how busy you are, if you love one another, you can make time for one another and to express your love to them. Love is a choice – where you override logic and rationale, where you choose to stay with your loved one, in good times and the bad, in joy and sorrow and only death can part the two of you. May God bless Dr Gilbert and Dr Sonia.

Tabi basa dan selamat sejahtera, keluarga Tukang Rantek!

Pada hari ini, saya ingin menulis berkenaan cinta “frontiner”, iaitu berkenaan Dr Gilbert dan isteri beliau, Dr Sonia, yang mana keduanya adalah merupakan ahli Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia yang berkhidmat di Miri. Disebalik kesibukan mereka, mereka masih lagi mencari masa untuk mengabadikan kenangan bersama di dalam bentuk gambar. Kedua mereka berasal dari Kampung Sungi Duuh, Siburan, yang bersebelahan dengan kampung bapa saya, Kpg Masaan. Cinta mereka bermula sejak lama dahulu di Sungi Duuh dan Molly Christopher mempunyai kaitan dengan cinta mereka. Informasi selanjutnya tidak boleh dikongsikan di sini, namun memadai untuk saya berkata, Sonia merupakan antara pemangkin kecemerlangan beliau sehingga kedua-dua mereka berjaya bergelar seorang doktor. Sepertimana orang Timur yang lainnya, orang Bidayuh juga tidak begitu lantang untuk menyuarakan isi hati, terutama sekali berkenaan hal cinta. Ini boleh dilihat melalui bapa saya, yang mana ia memerlukan kuasa yang luar biasa bagi beliau untuk memegang tangan ibu saya di tempat awam. Gilbert dan Sonia pun tidak terkecuali, namun mereka sungguh bersemangat untuk meluahkan rasa cinta mereka di dalam bentuk „posing“ di hadapan kamera. Sesibuk manapun anda, jika anda cinta satu sama lain, anda akan mencari masa untuk diluangkan bersama yang tersayang. Cinta adalah pilihan, di mana anda melangkaui batas logika dan rasional, dimana kamu memilih untuk bersama yang tersayang di dalam kesusahan dan kesenangan, baik kaya mahupun miskin dan hanya maut memisahkan anda dan orang yang anda sayangi. Semoga Tuhan merahmati Dr Gilbert dan Dr Sonia.

“Immortalising Memories!”/”Mengabadikan Kenangan!“  

Tukang Rantek,

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Saban Peoples of Sarawak

Tabi basa and greetings everyone! In this posting today, I would like to write about Saban peoples.

Sa’ban people (or Saban people) is one of Dayak minority that resides in Sarawak. According to Sarawak government classification, they are categorised under Orang Ulu. Saban people resides in few districts in Sarawak, but mostly resides in Long Banga, Baram. Their ancestors came from East Kalimantan, Indonesia where they dwells at Bahau River Valley at 17th Century. They live at hill to avoid the attack from headhunters during headhunting-warring period at Sarawak. Three generations of Saban people fought these headhunters, where “Leprot Langet” was their last warrior to fight against those headhunters around 1842. Heahunting practice was put to a stop during James Brooke’s time.

Saban’s people has small population due to:
1. Headhunter wars, forcing them to move around for safety
2. Away from other peoples and late exposure to modern life
3. Diseases, such as malaria that causes mass death.

At Indonesia, Saban peoples are known as “Berau” by other tribes that live at East and North Kalimantan. They split into few villages at the interior Borneo such as Apauping, Pujungan, Bulungan, South Malinau, North Malinau and West Malinau. Their exodus to Sarawak starts at the early of 20th Century in stages until 1960s. At Sarawak they are the minority, with total population less than 2000. To look after their well-being and to safeguard their peoples, Saban Peoples Association (Persatuan Masyarakat Saban) was founded in 4th July 2002.

In Sarawak, Saban people resides in Long Banga, Baram, Long Puak and Long Peluan, where these are their main residence in Sarawak. Other than that, in line with modernisation and career opportunities, they also moved to Miri, Marudi and Kuching, while some make a living at Peninsular Malaysia. At Long Banga, Saban people live with Kenyah Lepo’ Ke, Kelabit, and Penan peoples. Despite their similarities with Kelabit and Lun Bawang, Saban peoples also has their own differences in terms of tradition, culture especially language. Nevertheless, they live in harmony with one another.

Mixed-marriages is not a common practice by Saban peoples even though most of Sarawakian peoples have no issue with mixed-marriages. This is because of their population as well as to uphold their values and purity in their community. That is the reason why Saban peoples are able to ensure the strength of their culture despite their small population. Just like other ethnics and tribes at Sarawak, they also benefits from the modernisation and managed to achieve good education level, good religious life and no longer practice their old way of life.

Orang Saban, Sarawak

Suku Dayak Sa’ban adalah satu suku Dayak yang minoriti di Sarawak. Menurut klasifikasi kerajaan Sarawak, mereka adalah tergolong di dalam kumpulan Orang Ulu. Orang Sa’ban menetap di beberapa daerah di Sarawak, dan kebanyakanya tinggal di Long Banga, Baram. Leluhur orang Sa’ban pula berasal dari Kalimantan Timur Indonesia, yang mana mereka menetap di Lembah Sungai Bahau pada kurun ke-17. Mereka tinggal di bukit untuk mengelak dari serangan kaum-kaum Dayak lain yang mengamalkan budaya mengayau (headhunting). Orang Sa‘ban menghadapi tiga generasi melawan budaya Headhunter. “Leprot Langet” adalah seorang pahlawan lelaki Sa‘ban yang terakhir dalam budaya perang ngayau pada sekitar tahun 1842. Perang ngayau diberhentikan oleh semua suku semasa pemerintahan James Brooke.

Orang Sa’ban ini tidak banyak disebabkan oleh beberapa punca antaranya:

  1. Perang ngayau, menyebabkan mereka selalu berpindah randah.
  2. Jauh dari lingkungan bangsa lain dan lambat terdedah terhadap kehidupan moden
  3. Wabak penyakit (malaria), menyebabkan ramai yang kehilangan nyawa.

Di Indonesia, orang Sa’ban dikenali dengan nama “Berau“ oleh suku-suku lain yang menetap di Kalimantan Timur dan Kalimantan Utara. Mereka berpecah-pecah di pelbagai kampung di pendalaman seperti di Apauping, Pujungan, Bulungan, Malinau Selatan, Malinau Utara dan Malinau Barat, Krayan. Penghijrahan orang Sa’ban ke Sarawak bermula pada sekitar awal abad ke-20 secara berperingkat sehingga ke tahun 1960-an. Di Sarawak, mereka adalah minoriti, dimana populasi mereka adalah kurang daripada 2000 orang. Bagi menjaga kebajikan dan hal ehwal orang Sa’ban di Sarawak, Persatuan Masyarakat Saban telah ditubuhkan pada 4 Julai 2002.

Orang Sa’ban di Sarawak menetap di Long Banga, Baram, Long Puak dan Long Peluan, yang mana ini adalah kediaman utama mereka di Sarawak. Selain itu, selari dengan arus perkembangan moden, sebahagian besar daripada orang Sa’ban telah berpindah ke Miri, Marudi, Kuching, Long Lama dan Tawau. Tidak kurang juga ada yang berpindah ke Semenanjug Malaysia untuk bekerja. Di Long Banga, orang Sa’ban hidup bersama-sama dengan orang Kenyah Lepo’ Ke, orang Kelabit dan orang Penan. Disebalik persamaan, orang Sa’ban juga mempunyai perbezaan dari aspek tradisi, budaya dan terutama sekali bahasa dengan orang Kelabit dan Lun Bawang. Namun begitu, mereka hidup rukun antara satu sama lain.

Perkahwinan campur kurang diamalkan oleh orang Saban walaupun kebanyakan orang di Sarawak tiada masalah dengan perkahwinan campur. Ini adalah kerana populasi mereka yang sedikit disamping untuk menjaga nilai-nilai murni dan keaslian di dalam masyarakat mereka. Oleh sebab itu, orang Sa’ban masih dapat menjaga keluhuran budaya mereka walaupun populasi mereka masih sedikit. Sepertimana masyarakat Sarawak yang lain di dunia moden ini, orang Sa’ban juga dapat mencapai tahap pendidikan yang baik, kehidupan yang beragama dan tidak lagi mengamalkan budaya lama mereka.

Sumber: Eva Angel, Long Banga (2020)

“Immortalising Memories!”   

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Tukang Rantek’s Official T-Shirt

Tabi basa and greetings everyone! Another weekend has come to an end, but life goes on as usual. For this post, I would like to showcase the recent project that I have done with these beautiful ladies, Jill, Yusnani (Yus) and Stephine (Steph).

Tukang Rantek’s Official Shirt

I am proud to announce that Tukang Rantek finally have its own official shirt, as what you can see below. I designed it in a minimalist manner, where only the logo and Tukang Rantek word can be seen. Initially I intended to put an intricate Bidayuh motive, but in the end, as I think, I scrapped the idea.

Draft Design (Black)
Draft Design (Red)

Elley Liana who is from Legacy Jersi also helped to make this T-shirt a reality. These are the designs that she sent to me after putting into the computer-generated design.

When I receive my shirt 14-working days later, I am so excited and I called for a photoshoot with these ladies. Here are the shirts being donned in action.

Let’s roll!
I used to be an acoustic artist like Taylor Swift
Jill embracing her Kenyah parentage.
One with the wind
Too light for her.
Feeling Mulan
Don’t mess with Steph.
Her Kungfu stance is out
She can turn on her cuteness anytime.
What pose should I do?
Rockers Lady
Kacak sik kamek?
The question is to unsheathe or not?
Feeling the wind

Then comes the group photoshoot.

Feeling good
Steph Sandwiched in between
Ladies in Red
Smiling Day
Now Everyone Can Jump

How to Order The T-Shirt?

If you are interested, you can drop your request to me via Whatsapp (0148677585). Information that I would need are as follows:

  1. Name
  2. Colour (Black and Red is available, though other colours can be requested)
  3. Size
  4. Quantity
  5. Delivery address
  6. Price: RM55 for long sleeve, and RM50 for short sleeve.

Evening Dress Photoshoot

After the t-shirt photoshoot, it’s time for evening dress photoshoot with these ladies. It is a good departure from the t-shirt that they have been wearing.

Feeling cool
Anda rasa saya ada masa untuk sakit kepala?
Cinderella went to Party
Anda rasa saya ada masa untuk sakit kepala? Part 2.
Ads for PG
Kacak sik?
How do I look?
Aura is out
Try to guess what’s on my left hand?
She is posing her age – The Young Ones

Final Words

As a parting gift, these are the words of advise to all of you. I posted this one at my Instagram story, dedicated to those who is still on the fence on what they want to do in their life.

Tukang Rantek’s “Mafia” Family (2020)

Mental Liberation

If you are controlled by what others think of you, you are their mental prisoner. If you have something that you really want to accomplish, just do it. Concentrate all your effort there. Don’t be a jack-of-all-trades just because you want to impress Mr/Mrs Sanuh that lives next door who doesn’t care if you fall or broke. You like black and white photography? Just do it. Why worry about colour or camera brand? You like lifting/fitness? Just do it. Why wait for it to become a trend. You like someone? Tell him/her. What’s stopping you? If they reject you, move on. You will save yourself few precious years waiting like a helpless beta male/female. Why waste your time? In the end, it’s your family that will be there for you. If someone talks about you behind your back, let them be. You can’t please everyone no matter what you do. Therefore, do what you need to do. Have faith in yourself. You can do it. Jia you.

“If you are controlled by what others think of you, you are their mental prisoner.”

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Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

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“Tukang Rantek” Claudius is a Portrait, Wedding & Event Photographer based in Miri, with a passion for writing. 
[1] “#TukangRantek” means photographer in Bidayuh Piching. 
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89 Grill, My Bamboo House

Tabi basa and greetings!

Happy Deepavali to my Hindu friends – a day to remember the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. For offshore folks, every festive day is celebrated because their offshore family can be considered an extended family. After spending almost half of their year offshore together, even strangers will be your best buddy. Their wives and family will get to know one another because both shares the same concern of their loved ones offshore. Offshore for them is like, home away from home. Brotherhood are formed between these frontliners, and they became brothers keepers, looking one another’s safety out in the field. At worksite, they work hard. But when it came to play time, they play harder to release the pent-up stress, as well as a way to drown the unspoken sadness for being away from their respective family – a topic reserved only to their closest buddy. For those who is still out in the field during this festive season, take care of yourself and watch out for one another.  

In topic, I would like to write about Gador & Jeremy’s new venture, which is 89 Grill stall at My Bamboo House located at Jalan Padang Kerbau.

Picture from My Bamboo House Facebook Page.

As usual, upon arrival, SOP has to be followed – scan at MySejahtera, Temperature check before sitting down at the bench. The environment at the 89 Grill is calm and quiet, with some relaxing music at the background.

Anyway, cutting straight to the point is the special pork dish by Gador and Jeremy, founder of 89 Grill.

89 Grill Secret Recipe

89 Grill’s Pork and Kelabit traditional rice – “Nuba Laya”

As you can see above, it is 89 Grill’s Secret Recipe pork grill served with its secret sauce, served with its limited Kelabit traditional rice recipe called “nuba laya” which is a steaming hot rice wrapped in “isip/titip” leaf. It is similar to “songkoi tungkus” (wrapped rice) by Bidayuh peoples though “nuba laya” is much softer in texture.

Interview Part

A bit of question and answer with Gador about his business venture, he said he is doing this partnership with his friend, Jeremy who is also his BFF and classmate. They started this business venture on 1st of November, meaning their business is only 2 weeks’ old.

I do ask him, why do they settle for pork because Miri alone has a lot of smokehouses serving porks. He said, they are not only serving pork, but also local foods and BBQ-based foods. Their pork’s specialty is specially prepared pork meat, served with its secret sauce.

In the future, they decided to open up another branch within Miri.

Around 89 Grill

Thanks to the environment around 89 Grill, at My Bamboo House, those who came also are being welcomed by the friendly staff over there, Ismawati and Santi, who are both “Army” – fans of BTS. They are both Penans and I managed to learn a few important Penan phrases from them.

Tauke U-Tea approves 89 Grill
Social distancing
Aunty Maria – the secret of being youthful is to be happy
One for the road.

Kiki

As a cat-lover, it saddens me to see how these innocent cats get sick unknowingly. I had the conversation with Kiki’s owner and he said he will bring Kiki to vet to prevent it from getting worse. Kiki suddenly fell ill for no reason. A once active and friendly cat, now is only able to sit at its basket, looking at me with its friendly eye, wanting to play but unable to because of its illness.

Get well soon, Kiki 🙁

Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

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Note: “Tukang Rantek” Claudius is a Portrait, Wedding & Event Photographer based in Miri, with a passion for writing. [1] “#TukangRantek” means photographer in Bidayuh Piching. [2] Event covers Funeral, Birthday, Party etc.