Tabi basa & greeting everybody! Today I’d like to share about Veron, or Umang, her nickname among her family members. We had a photoshoot last week, and during that photoshoot, I interviewed her so that she can rekindle her life’s ambition and from her story, she can inspire other peoples that no matter where you are from, you can achieve success.
Veronica Andreana is a 21 years old Iban and Christian from Miri, Sarawak. Her hometown of her father’s side is Sungai Yong, Kapit, while her hometown of her mother’s side is Nanga Mesau, Song. Currently, she is studying at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah, where she is taking a Degree in Business Administration (Hons) Business economics, and now entering her second semester.
She has a lot of hobbies since she is an active person who likes to try new things and as well as flexible and a sporty person. She likes to read, sing, hiking, cooking and playing games. She also like to do some research especially those involving the Borneo people of Sabah (Land below the Wind) and Sarawak (Land of the Hornbill), and here she will share about her ambition when she was young until now.
When she was 12, she wants to be a teacher because she likes the way her teacher taught her with patience and love for his students. This has been her ambition and interest since childhood. She realised that she had the ability to be a good presenter and instructor. Other than that, she is also interested in education.
When she was in high school, Form 1 specifically, she want to be a lawyer because she loves to talk and she is interested in studying History. As its proof, her History examination results were pretty good at that time. But when she entered Form 3, her Moral Education teacher once said that a lawyer is one of the high-risk jobs in the world and this career can inflict sin on us when we become prosecutors or advocates for offenders who have been proven guilty.
When she was in Form 4 to Form 6, she tend to socialize, be merry outside and due to that, needed money. Because of that, she is interested in doing business and make money. So far, she is more interested in business and already have plans in business in the future.
In life, everyone has a desire to be a useful person, live a successful life, earn money and make their parents and family proud. For her, everyone has ambitions that they dream of. The only thing that determines whether it became a reality or not is our effort, process and perseverance. And no matter how big our dream is, make sure that one of our dreams will become reality with efforts and one should never give up.
At her age now, it feels like she prefer to be a businesswoman rather than chasing after her other ambitions. She chose business because it can offer more income that we know as profit and more prominent than others ambitions.
Her Primary 6 who taught her with patience and love have influenced her by their teaching skills & how they control their emotions. Great lawyer such as Tommy Thomas who performed their duties strictly, fairly and without prejudice have inspired her too.
She also wanted to be successful businesswoman, like Melissa Francis, one of the successful entrepreneur , an Iban lady who is a rich and beauty with brain. Her marketing strategy & the way she handles the worst situation really inspired her. Furthermore, she is loved by many and no one can deny her singing skills.
Because of her passion in business, she took a degree in Business Administration and more interested in having a lot of money. Hopefully everything she wished for went well and become true. That’s all she would like to share about herself. Lastly, she wished that evreryone kept a good sense of humour and enjoy your life! Thank you.
Her Story (Iban Version)
Meri tabi basa ngagai semua,
Ba post saritu ku deka nulis pasal siku indu dara ari Miri. Nama dara diberi Veronica Andreana, suah dikangau Umang, berumur 21 tahun, bansa Iban ari Miri, Sarawak. Penatai asal ari sepiak apai ba Sungai Yong, Kapit. Sepiak indai penatai ari Nanga Mesau, Song. Iya diatu benung neruska pelajar ba Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Cawangan Sabah. Endu Umang ngambi Sarjana Muda enggau Kepujian Ekonomi Perniagaan, manggai semester dua.
Umang, siku indu dara bungas ti kaya ngau pengelandik ngadu mayuh macam bengkah pengawa. Pengawa ti dikerindu ke suah digaga iya ianya, maca bup, belagu, nyumai lauk, nanjak bukit ngau mayuh macam agi. Kelimpah ari nya mega iya bisi penemu beranyam tikai buah, ngaga uyut, bejait kain seribu ngau ngaga leka manik. Berindik ari nya, Endu Umang mega pandai begaga ruti sarang semut ngau penganan Iban. Penemu tuk dipelajar ari peturun inik iya.
Umang, siku indu ti ngembuan ati ti baruh, nelap, ulah ti mereti sereta chukup bebasa ke apai indai ngau urang tuai. Iya enda kala amu sereta sumbung. Endu Umang mega siku indu ti enda ulih meda urang bukai ditimpa penusah, belabuh ari nya iya suah nulung urang ke beguna ka ya. Endu Umang mega agi dara bungas nadai tawing tauka laki laban ke bedau nyambung pelajar enggau bedau gawa.
Juluk ati Umang deka nyadi indu ti enggau pengawa dagang. Tang, enti nyema mujur dalam semua pengawa sereta gayu ke jemah ari ila, Endu Umang besai ati deka neruska pelajar agi tikas ke lebih tinggi agi ianya ngambi Master ngau PHD dalam pengawa dagang. Laban ke jarang didinga bansa Iban bisi juluk ati ti sama ngau Endu Umang, nya alai Iya deka ngena pengelandik diri empu lak ke ulih ngemaju pemansang nembiak kemaya ari. Dunya majak mansang nya kebuah Endu Umang deka nitih ke singkang dunya.
Bepanggai sereta pechayaka rambai jaku ‘Enda Nguji Enda Nemu’ diambi iya nyadika kunchi pemerani sereta pengeran ati nujah dunya pelajar ke deka enggau pengawa dagang ti dipegai iya nyentuk ke saritu meri pengering ati agi Endu Umang ngelaban penguji ti nuntung iya sereta enda malik ke belakang.
Nya meh alai iya meruan madah ka diri empu “semampai mikir ke bengkah chara dikena ngemangsangka diri empu sampai ngagai tikas ke pemadu tinggi” lak ke ulih meransang pengidup Endu Umang nyentuk ke ila lak ke ulih nyadi cuntho ngagai nembiak rebak baru serta ngekal ke adat bansa kita Iban.
Pia mega juluk ati Endu Umang iya nya deka meda pekayan ngepan bansa Dayak, keterubah ya ngepan indu Iban dikelala ba selampur dunya. Puji Tuhan iya urang ti terpilih dikangau ngambi gambar kena mantaika pekayan Iban. Berebak ari nya, iya ngarapka bansa Dayak ianya bansa Iban enda muai adat, pengawa asal ngau keresa ngepan Iban bansa kitai sereta patut cakah agi ngetanka bansa Dayak ambikka tetap pegari di mata dunya.
Dikelala buah ari langgu,
Dikelala daun ari kayu,
Dikelala basa ari penyiru,
Dikelala bansa ari jaku.
Claudius is a Boudoir & Portrait Photographer from Miri, Sarawak. Follow him at Facebook & Instagram.