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DBNA Miri “Valentine’s Day” Dinner

Tabi basa and greetings everyone, 

Yesterday was a great evening for some of us at Miri, because it was Valentine’s Day, a universally acceptable day for lovers, save for some that do not acknowledge it for various reasons. For us, it was a day of merry and to appreciate one another. In this occassion, DBNA’s Appreciation Dinner was coincident with Valentine’s Day. Before I go further, I would like to write about Valentine’s Day.

Angela – Dayung Bi-Pichin

Valentine’s Day

14th February is Valentine’s Day, but did you know the actual story behind Valentine’s Day? There are few legends behind the lover’s day itself, all which originates from the early Christian days under ancient Roman Empire.

Uncle Joseph Jorah leads the prayer

First story behind Valentine’s Day is Saint Valentine or Valentinus is a priest of Rome or former Bishop of Terni in Italy who was actively evangelizing peoples there. Bear in mind that Christian was not the official religion of Roman Empire that time. Valentinus did a miracle where he restores a vision of a blind girl, of course with God’s grace. However, this act of miracle did not please the authority, where he was captured and was brought upon the emperor of that time, Emperor Claudius II. St Valentine tried to convince him to embrace Christianity. The emperor was displeased and commanding Valentinus to denounce his faith or be executed. As expected, he refuses and the on Claudius’ command, he was executed on 14 Feb 269 A.D.

The second story is that Valentine, a priest, defied the order of the emperor and secretly performed Christian wedding, thus allowing husbands to escape consription. During that time, soldiers were sparse, and they need single men to join military services. This act of defiance displeases the emperor, Claudius II, as it is a big inconvenience to him and the empire. The legend also mentions that in order “to remind these men of their vows and God’s love, Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment”, giving them to these soldiers and persecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on St. Valentine’s Day, and now it was extended into various uses..

The third story is that Valentine refused to sacrifice to pagan gods, though not sure which one it is. Due to his defiance, he being imprisoned. While he is in prison, Valentine gave his testimony of his undying Christian faith in prison and through his prayers healed the jailer’s daughter who was suffering from blindness. On the day of his execution on 14 Feb, he left her a note that was signed, “Your Valentine”, which leads to the popular term nowadays. 

If it is a Christian holiday, why it is commercialised?

This is something that keeps on lingering in my mind. If it is really a Christian holiday, why does it is extended and being commercialised? The answer is simple – money. There are 8 billions people in the world. If you can just get 10% of them to spend a dollar, you can easily make 80 million dollar. Now translate that into the local popularions, you can easily make money by simply selling “love”. You can buy lots of “love”-related stuff, ranging from food, beverages, rent breathing flesh for as little as RM50 or even carnal-related items, but that will simply make the hole in your soul bigger. Nothing can fills it, for the world is not enough for the greed and the lustful.  

Some would call those love first sight as love, I would call it lust though because:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8.

This is not Disney fairy tale story, where you get married and live happily ever after. That is on the screen. Behind the scene, there is a lot of human-elements related to it. 14 Feb / Valentine’s Day should not be a day for corporations to fill their pockets. Instead, it should be a day to stress togetherness and true love. Therefore, don’t be sad if you don’t have any Valentine, because the most important thing is you celebrate it with the one who appreciates you. I think that is more important that just getting bragging rights.

DBNA Appreciation Dinner

Welcoming Speech by Capt Benard Idit, DBNA Miri Chairman

Back to the dinner, it is simply an appreciation dinner. Nothing much to say about that because some of the information is confidential and DBNA only. I will just leave it on the surface level. Suffice to say, the night was wonderful. I tried my best, along with Simon Dawit to entertain the crowd.

Mr Simon Dawit

Exco’s Appreciation Ceremony

Dinner Goes On

The night itself was filled with games too, where the first game was Tic-Tac-Toe of Men vs Women. I find this game to be amusing. I didn’t know we can do human tic-tac-toe. However, there were few rounds they did not have any winner at all because of the formation of the line is not permitted, thus leaving a draw.

The second game is quite challenging than the first, where it requires everyone to drink Malta from the cup. It is like a relay race, except you have to drink. The fastest drinker group wins.

The third game is more challenging, where it requires couples to chew the cookie stick until it become as short as they possibly can. The winner in this competition is the ladies’ couple.

The story behind the lady’s couple is to fill the quote. Don’t worry, they are normal. Below are the romantic pictures that I have captures last night.

Gaga amai kaban ku siku tok.
Romantik nyeee. Actually they are eating the cookies, but it’s too short already.

There was one segment where I requested the couples to dance, slow dance. Captain Benard and his sporting wife, Uncle Martin and his wife also slow-danced.

Poco-poco is a must. I was one of the dancers there.

Following to the event, the drink and dance goes on until it’s late in the evening. Broadway Grand Palace only allows us to dance until 11pm, where some of the peoples continued elsewhere for the night is still young.

About DBNA Miri

DBNA Miri is a place where Bidayuhs at Miri gathers and create an umbrella for the Bidayuhs who came to Miri, most of the time, due to work commitment. Some stays on like Uncle Joseph Pitos from Bau, and created a stable life in Miri. Uncle Willie, the founding father of DBNA Miri also joined last night. He keeps on telling us that DBNA Miri is a good society that can be made better if more and more younger generations joined as we need to adapt to ever-changing challenges of the community.

DBNA Miri was made into fruition thanks to the sacrifices of the elders. Most of Bidayuhs identifies ourselves as Bidayuh, though it is well-known that we have different regions or dialects, primarily from Bau-Jagoi, Bukar-Sadong, Padawan-Siburan and even Salako-Lara. But when it comes to coming together, that is where we have no issue. Just like during Shell Harvest Festival Celebration 2019, with the help of DBNA Miri, the event is a success, and it is even remembered until today by both Simon and Liz Durkin, where Liz rememberes Aunty Rijeg as the pounding lady, for she did the demonstration of rice-pounding during the event.

One thing for certain, the success that we had yesterday did not guarantee the success tomorrow. It just means we have the upper hand to win based on our track record. I urge all of the young ones, regardless of your race to keep on working smart to improve your lifestyle. Even if you come from a poor or difficult background like me, that means you have more reason to be successful in the future. Don’t hesitate to make sacrifices today if that means you can secure your future. Don’t be afraid to break the egg to make the omelette. Go for your dreams. I am branding myself as Tukang Rantek because I want to remember my origin in my art. You can do it too. God bless.

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius Weson a.k.a Del

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Note: Claudius Weson is a “tukang rantek” (photographer in Bidayuh Pichin) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography.

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Complacency in Love Life is Dangerous

Introduction:

Last night I attended our company’s dinnner, which I will not talk about due to privacy and confidentiality (professional la tek). Anyway, these are the pictures that you can see from the dinner. Thank you to the organiser, Emilia, the first ever Dayung Laut, who is like a big sis to me.

Emilia – Dayung Laut

The event also attended by few friends of mine from the same industry we are thriving in and making a difference, be it onshore or offshore.

As usual, when I look at the beautiful scenery, I can’t help but to request these ladies to pose for me, since I am using my Noctilux lens, the best one by Leica, with its amazing bokeh – which is the best tool to bring out the beauty and grace in someone.

All of these peoples are from the oil and gas industry, but it doesn’t mean that they should wear dirty coverall or cannot look pretty. For those who has that narrow mindset, that means that they don’t really know the industry itself, in and out. Some has to do the office job, while some has to work outside. Either way, both has to collaborate in order to produce the desired result. It is all team work. Simon Ng would say, team power.

Thoughts on Complacency

As I was shooting last night, whilst doing the emcee job alongside my friend, Syukrani, I had a thought on complacency.

Complacent is defined by Oxford dictionary as too satisfied with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not feel that any change is necessary.

The origin of this word comes in mid 17th century, from Latin “complacent”. Basically it means that you think that it is pleasant.

Why This Is Dangerous?

If you are complacent in your work place, then you should be careful. It is extremely dangerous in your workplace, wherever it might be. It doesn’t take much to injure us. Even tripping over toys at home or bathroom can be disastrous. Using the same route for the same ptime

Another word that we commonly use is risk normalisation. Just imagine you walk past a high pressure vessel, probably 1000 – 1200 psig daily, for the first time, you will be very careful. Your sense of reception is highly activated, “spider sense” tingling, and you will be working and walking vigilantly. That’s for the first timer. After few times walking there, nothing happened, then you sense of guard reduces, until certain point in time, you just walk past it normally. That’s complacency, it’s dangerous. What if there is a leak up there high in the vessel, away from our direct line of sight? The neglected area is where the problem came from, usually.

Complacency in Love Life

What is this BS? you might say. However, to answer you, complacency in love life is when you starts to take things for granted. For example, you wife has been nagging you about a habit that you don’t want to break. If this were to happen when you are in the beginning of your relationship, you would change. You would promise that you would cross the sea of fire and fly to the moon. Now that you “own” her, you don’t want to do anything.

Hazard To Love Life

If you are in the Occident, you would face severe consequences because they are more expressive. That is why more divorce rate is happening, because some cannot tolerate any maltreatment any longer, unlike in the Orient, because saving face is more important than comfort. That is why some stays in a bad romance or toxic relationship. Or because they are compensated in other department, be it physical or mental. Eventually, they became a victim of Stockholm Syndrome. Stockholm syndrome is a condition in which hostages develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity, first observed in Stockholm in 1973.

What Can You Do About It?

  1. Ensure you know very well about the system
  2. Consciously make a system to check the hazards at workplace.

In your love life, you can apply somewhat similar items.

  1. You should get to know your partners very well.
  2. Remember the important dates. If you can’t, set a reminder in your phone. It is easy. Do reminders, days, or even weeks before the big day. If you can take care of the complex industrial problem, then you can tackle this problem.
  3. Forget about flowers and chocolates. The most romantic thing is doing the small things such as: cleaning the dishes, washing clothes, keeping the toiler clean etc, to name a few. Something so simple, yet has profound impact.

Hopefully this short sharing will help you a bit in improving your love life. Love is not just about making love or keeping the “bushes” clear during Valentine’s Day, but to make the relationship work for each other, and the little ones. God bless.

Your Tukang Rantek,
Del

Instagram: claudiuswesonphotography (for B&W works & short story)

Note: Claudius Weson is a “tukang rantek” (photographer in Bidayuh Pichin) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography.

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Offshore Christmas & New Year (ft. E11 Platform)

Tabi basa / Greetings!

We’re two weeks into 2020, and I hope all of you are doing great. Life is great, whatever happens to us. It is not how life treats us that shapes us, it is how we react to it. Whatever hardship that you faced today, it is going to shape your future. Just take it is a preparation for a better and tougher times ahead. Better to sweat in training than to bleed in real battle.

In this edition, I would like to write about my Christmas and New Year 2020 that I have both celebrated offshore last year. It is not really by choice, and complaining about it will not make a difference. Therefore, I made the best out of it and then take that opportunity to capture the moments. My last time Christmas and New Year was on 2012 at F6 platform. That time was OIM Dana’s second trip to offshore after he was officially assigned as F6 OIM.

What was Wilfred doing there? LOL.

Offshore Christmas

For Christians, Christmas is the time to remember the birth of the saviour, Jesus Christ. It is also the time for gatherings with family. However, for those who is on duty, the family that they have is the brothers (and sisters) in arms offshore. Out there, there is no time to be sad because it is all about work, except when you are off-shift. That is the time for you to relax, and recover for the next day. On Christmas Day, the staff are given half-day off, except for the management level, where they still have to run the business. In the evening, there is a special Christmas buffet. Here, there is no question whether you are Muslim, Christian, Buddhist or practicing folk religion, because we respect on another here. You and your religion, I am with mine. All of us had some fun and a good time eating Christmas dinner prepared by the catering team.

Sesi Membawang
Christmas Group Photo (Credits to Tuan Malino Muji)

After Christmas Day was over, the business runs as usual.

Solar Eclipse, 26 Dec 2019

On Boxing Day 2019, as I went out from the quarters, I noticed that the day is a little darker than usual. However, as I look at the horizon, it is strangely bright. I look up to the sky to see, actually there is an eclipse. Initially I thought it was only affecting Serian. I was wrong. I rushed to get my Leica, then I grab this shot. It is not night time. It is just that the sun is so bright, it dims the surrounding sky.

New Year 2020 Countdown

I think Campboss is a bit sad, so he sat there alone.

New Year is usually celebrated with firecrackers, a practice adopted from the great Chinese civilisation, invented as early as 200 BC, should you not know. Traditionally it was coloured by adding chemicals, including strontium carbonate (red fireworks), calcium chloride (orange fireworks), sodium nitrate (yellow fireworks), barium chloride (green fireworks) and copper chloride (blue fireworks). 

New Year Selfie
Lagie still holding his mic, practicing for karaoke competition.

However, offshore, you cannot light a fireworks. You have to make do of whatever you have. Thanks to the Welfare Committee led by Effendi, the have prepared some of the items for us to have fun and enjoy for new year. It was started with Karaoke session (my favourite) until midnight.

On midnight, we gathered in front of the projector, where we had our own countdown using the internet watch and then it is 2020. No one is singing Auld Lang Syne though. Everyone was either busy shaking hands and eating. The best version of Auld Lang Syne is by Boney M. Period.

New Year 2020 Party

As usual, for any public holiday, it is half day offshore. After we completed our morning session, we gathered in the afternoon 3.30pm for our New Year Party, where the Welfare team prepared some games for the staff.

The first game was called Frog Prince, where the contestants has to act based on the symbols written on the floor. However, caution has to be exercised, because you have to place the correct leg and palm on the floor, failure which you have to repeat the who process again. The winner will be based on the person who can complete it the fastest. The winner for this first game is Reno.

For the second game, it is called “Hole In One” or popularly called “Ngayuk”. To win this game, you have to tie the rope across your hip, and through your pelvic motion, you have to swing the nut to hit another nut. This game is challenging, especially for those who has back problem. However, in this game, we can see that everyone is having fun.

Initially I did not sign up for this game, but after the second round, noticing that there is an empty slot, I decided to compete. I won the preliminary round, and eventually won the final round. Oh yeah!

Thanks for the nice pic, Lorna! 😀

The last game is called Musical Chair. This game is simple. When the music plays, everyone has to dance around the chairs. The catch is, there is not enough chair for everyone. For those who did not managed to sit on a chair when the music stops, he will be eliminated. There are a couple rounds before the final rounds. The winner is Shahsirin, a staff from PETRONAS.

After the party, all of us are served with another round of meal prepared by the catering team. No wonder offshore peoples are bulking up easily.

New Year Karaoke Competition

After the BBQ session outside, all of us freshens up and prepare for the next event. Thanks to E11 committee for giving me honour to be the judge of the Karaoke Battle to start the year 2020, which I ends with Isabella (once again, cos I love it). Great work also by co-judge, Medic Fikri, who is also a great singer. 🎶🎤😄

The contestants are:

1. Mekie (Transfame)

2. Kenny (ISOS)

3. Awg Hafizi (PCSB)

4. Reno (Shell)

5. Anwar (PCSB)

6. Aiman (Remang)

7. Firdaus (PCSB)

8. Lagie (Oceancare)

9. Shahrul (Oceancare)

10. Matthew Bilong (Petra)

Winner is Reno, followed by Firdaus and Lagie. 

Special thanks to PETRONAS Carigali for sponsoring the hampers for winners. Kudos to the organising committee led by Mohammad Effendifor a successful event. The karaoke session marks the end of the New Year celebration. Indeed it is something for me to be remembered, a memory to be reminisced over coffee table should I meet with one of the offshore colleagues once again, in the future.

Happy New Year 2020 all, wherever you are! 🎊🎉

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius Weson a.k.a Del

Instagram: claudiuswesonphotography (for B&W works)

Note: From my offshore visit this time, I have decided to channel my musical talent into a focused effort, which I put in my own Facebook page: Del (click here)
YouTube Channel: Claudius Weson

Note: Claudius Weson is a “tukang rantek” (photographer in Bidayuh Pichin) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography.

© Claudius Weson Photography (2020). All rights reserved.

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Hip Hop Night Returns

Yo wassup & tabi basa everybody!

After two weeks of silence, Hip Hop Night Returns, this time is back with more fun and different face of peoples, as this night is the night reserved for those who can’t make it on the first dinner held on 1st Nov. I have written about it in my blog, linked here.

Theme

Fundamentally, the theme of choice for this year’s dinner is Hip Hop, beating the other themes, where one of it is Sci-Fi (a totally awesome theme but very difficult to prepare for). You might ended up getting everyone wearing T-shirt. So why don’t we just use Hip Hop theme instead, where it is so simple to get ready to? Pick a shirt, jeans, come with you own family and ensure you have the most important dress of all, attitude. As mentioned by Jill, our lady boss, hip hop is all about attitude. Also, it is the time for you to walk in the hip hop posture, where you don’t have to walk in the right manner, for just one night. That’s what they are doing for hip hop, isn’t it?

As usual, the event begins with the arrival of guests starting at 6pm. The official events kicks off at 7pm, starting with the speech from our lady boss, Jill. She’s well-dressed for the night, fitting the theme of hip hop.

Emcee & Entertainers

Sheron and Malcolm are the emcees for the evening, and they have one duty to ensure that the night is a good night for everybody. Sheron was the previous emcee for Gawai night which I directed, and I know she can deliver. Malcolm was the technical person for that event, and this evening is the first time I saw him doing emcee job. Not bad, I would say. It is good to know that you have a new face that you can count on for whatever event that might come in the future.

Entertaining us that evening is DJ Yosak, one of the well-knowned DJ in Miri scene, and he has been performing at Alice in Borneoland, at Marina, Miri.

For this dinner also, Beatboxer Tony Ngu also made his return. This time, seems like the words about his performance on 1st Nov was spread, and this time he has more crowd. As you can see, parents and kids are flocking in front of the stage. I truly admire the voice control that he has. I can only imagine what sort of training that he has went through. One of my acquaintances told me that he has to scream to purposely injure his vocal cord, which will make it “bigger”, and therefore he can achieve a lower bass sound using his vocal cord. That must be painful. Ouch! I am not an expert on this field, therefore I have no comment. However, Tony’s performance is interesting. You have to see it to believe it.

Lucky Draw

Following the performances are the Lucky Draws. As you can see, there is a lot of lucky person. Congralation to the winners!

Since this is a family event, it is not complete to not have it without the usual group photos. In that quest, I travel from one table to another, whilst mingling around with my colleagues.

Duel of the Dress

Similar to the first dinner, the Hip Hop Night is not complete without the best dress. For the first category, i.e. Bes Dressed Ladies, we have three contenders. First, Martina Black Pink, followed by Ying Ying and Latonia. Latonia looks like she’s a Sabahan Hip Hop artist. The duel is simple; these ladies go to the stage and do their actions, in their own interpretation of Hip Hop. To win, all they need is to get the crowd to cheer for them the loudest. After a brief “duel”, Martina won!

Martina Black Pink
LL Cool J
Mizz Ying2 ‘Ch-Chin’
Winner: Martina Black Pink

For the Men’s category, we have Capt Lee, Arshad and M&M The Eminem. Capt Lee is well-geared for the evening, and it is quite obvious who the winner is.

“The Captain”
Zakirul “Eminem” Saif
Arshad “T” Tani
Winner: Capt Lee!

Family category is more interesting, where we have four contestants; first one is Yinka J & Fam who looks like a real hip hop artist without even trying; then Kasmah and the Tang, The Malinos and last but not least, Perry T & The Crew. These family gave their best, but there can only be one winner, where Perry’s family emerged victorious from the ashes of the “battle”.

Perry T Crewz
Yinka “J” Family
The Malians
Kasmah and The Tang

Finally, after the duel, the grand prize Lucky Draw took place. Congratulations to the winners! With that, it marks the end of the dinner.

Grand Prize Winner

In The End

But that does not mark the end of the relationship that we have with our friends, colleagues because it one of the blessing that God has bestowed upon us – the gift of love. Have a great week everybody!

In the end, there is silence.

Love Portraitures

This section is dedicated to family or couples that caught my attention that evening, where I always look for the expression of love, that you can easily find in the eyes of the person in love, from one lover to another, from father/mother to their children, from husband to wife and vice versa. It is love that keeps us going. Like a vessel, only the one whose heart is filled with love will be able to love others.

People’s Gallery

The event will not be enjoyable without the peoples that comes and make it an evening to be remembered. Therefore, this section of the gallery is dedicated to my colleagues. We had a good year, therefore let’s make the remainder of 2019 a good one. Give our best and regret nothing as we cross the finish line of 2019. 

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius Weson

Gears used: Leica M10-P and Summilux 35 FLE.

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Offshore BBQ (ft F23)

Tabi basa and greetings family and friends,

Friday is here, and finally for most of people, it is the best time of the week. Weekend plans are coming. Some are heading back to their home town across the ocean. Some even plan to binge- watching their favourite series on Netflix. For Sarawak Asset folks, they are getting ready for another round of Hip Hop Night, part 2. For offshore operations, Friday is the same as Monday, it is business as usual.

Generally all of us know offshore from its busy life and it’s always 24 hours production. However, the often unseen part is that they also have their own time to do BBQ. For this edition, I took my time to capture the images at F23’s BBQ, which is a location at Sarawak water. The “Tuai Rumah” for the platform is OIM Jerry, one of the children of the wonderful Land of Hornbill.

Tuai Rumah, OIM Jerry
Second-in-Command, MS David
Orang Keselamatan, Antonio @ Antu
Thou shalt not work without permit, says Abang Rahman.
Start Start

 

Orang Lama masih berbisa
Post-BBQ Karaoke Session

This BBQ is part of the appreciation for the team who has been working tirelessly to ensure safe operation all year round, as well as part of the social event that the team have. It is also their opportunity to eat nice foods, while enjoying the sunset and sea breeze.

After the BBQ session, comes the karaoke session. It is usually the activity before crew change, since they have completed their working roster. The next day is the time for them to be spent with family.

Me and my team there. Good game peoples!
Bday Boy ada senyum.
Don’t mess with Instrument Guys.

I hope you enjoy these images! Have a good weekend and work safe!

Note: Gears used are M10-P and Summilux 35 FLE.

Your Tukang Rantek,

Claudius Weson

Note: Claudius Weson is a tukang rantek (photographer) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography.

© Claudius Weson Photography (2019). All rights reserved.

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All of the images on this site are protected by copyright laws and are the exclusive property of Claudius Weson Photography. Images may not be copied, reproduced, manipulated, used or altered in any way without written permission. The use of any photography as the basis of another photographic concept or illustration is a violation of copyright.

Jared’s First Birthday

Tabi basa and greeting family and friends,

How was your weekend? I hope it is great and awesome as it is supposed to be. Saturday, as usual, is a day of enjoyment, unless you made a conscious decision and declare that everyday is a time to enjoy. By right, any time spent on the face of the Earth is supposed to be a time to enjoy, rather than to confine it into one singular celebration.

For me, yesterday was the day of celebration, where we celebrate the birthday of our little Jared, who just clocked his first year upon his arrival to this plane last year. It was a simple celebration, but it was indeed more meaningful since it is the time for us gather as one big family, save for one that is quite a distance away from us.

Happy Birthday To You!

For me, birthday celebration is indeed a good way to say thank you to family and friends that has been supporting us in life. It is not something that we can do every day.

Jared and his grandfather.

Gears Used

For this celebration, I used Leica M10-P and Summilux 35 FLE. Reason for 35 mm is because I am working at tight space and have to make use of the wider angle to compose better. I can use 50mm but it would a bit too tight. A usual, for this kind of celebration, if you only have to use one lens, and one camera; a camera coupled with 35mm would be a good combination.

The used of medium-telephoto lens or telephoto lens is not encouraged unless you want to work at spot and avoid from walking around due to congested space.

Let There Be Light

In this job also I am using external light. Not because M10 can’t handle available light, but because I want to experiment with the lights.

Catechist Real in action. Yes, his name is Real.
With strobe, and “Datin” TJ.
Three boys. (Using Leica M10 & available light. Summilux 35 is good for this kind of job).
Aunties captured using available light.

For any room-lit environment, Leica can handle it without any problem, even if you are using the Elmar or Summaron family of lenses that has aparture higher than f/3.4. M10’s excellent ISO performance is good and high enough for you to use ISO as high as 10,000 without any problem, though I always keep mine as low as possible, usually 400, because I want to have my image as technically perfect as possible.

For my experience, Noctilux is my go-to lens for challenging events, because it is the King, King of the Light, or basically King of the  Night as it can capture as many photon of light as possible, without compromising the quality of the image. At the biggest aperture opening in modern Leica aspherical family of lens, it is indeed goes without a fight. The second contender is Summilux 50 FLE, that I believe many go for it instead. Though it was introduced in 2004, it is still a good lens as many Leica user is concerned. I even bought it as my first Leica lens, only to let it go to acquire the King of Light. 

Therefore, my take is, for event photography, the best go-to combination is 35-50, or if you have wider such as 24 or 21 (I would go for the latter), do add that in your lens bag. If you only have to go with one lens, go for 35 (the wider the better, I would recommend f/1.4).

Tukang Rantek Life Long Learning

To those who approached me about photography and if they intend to get serious, I would suggest to them to do an event first, and get hold of the experience first-hand before moving on the next discussion. For me, photography is more than just a sniper in the distance. It is one of the most important personnel in any event. My approach of doing my photography is to interact with the event-goers, and be part of them. Why? For me, if the photographer is having a bad time, it will be reflected in his expression, thus in a way, will affect the event goers. The negative vibe will propagate and it will make the event a bit less than it is should be. However, just imagine the photographer is a cheerful one, or the one with high energy, it will create and impact to the event-goers positively. Thus making the already good event even greater. For me, that is an accomplishment.  

Having said that, to each is their own, as photography job is like drawing on a piece of white canvas. The photographer can choose to be walking on the snow without leaving any footprint, or he can choose to make a snowman.

Have a good weekend!

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius Weson

Having fun on the Church’s floor.

Note: Claudius Weson is a tukang rantek (photographer) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography.

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Hip Hop Night

Tabi basa and greetings family and friends,

Weekend has come, and it is a time to rest once again after a long week of working. Friday night is a night where many would spend their time with their family, and friends. It is a night where people gather together and reconnect. Some would take this opportunity to hustle, to work out, or to work hard to build a brand out of their name.

For Sarawak Asset staff, 1st Nov night is the time for them to enjoy and have fun after a year of toiling and giving their best to the organisation. It is also the opportunity for the top managements to mix around with the working level and check how they are doing so far as well to get to know their family, which is a rare opportunity for them to meet the top managements.

Nevertheless, for many, it is also a golden chance to mix around as such dinner can only come by once every year. Last year’s theme was Rock & Roll. This year’s theme was Hip Hop, a theme voted by many of the staff. I believe it is relatively easy to find and to prepare. Just find a cap, a hoodie, a suitable sweat pants, and a comfortable shoe, and voila, you meet the theme.

For this purpose, I just use a simple t-shirt and a jeans since I intend to be behind the lens anyway. Therefore, for me, comfort is my main priority. I do enjoy capturing the moments that you can see here in this blog post. As explained earlier, my blog post is my main form of communication as it is the one that I have the most control at. There is no point for me to upload a hard work of mine in a social media platform that may not be guaranteed its longevity in the future. In this case, my blog will be sustained as long as I desired it to be.

The crowd was entertained by Tony Ngu, a Beatboxer, who is also a beatbox trainer himself; including DJ Matt Abdullah from Sabah, who entertained the crowd with his selection of music.

DJ Matt Abdullah from Sabah
Tony Ngu controls the crowd very well.

Going back to hip hop business, as usual, it is not complete for us to do a costume dinner without any best dress winner. For the first category, the solo category for men and women, there are three  peoples were chosen by the committees. For men, Terry the Man, Tanna the Boroi and Baldave (from Bronx). They go up to the stage and tried their best. Tanna really went all out to the point I don’t know him anymore, with that moves of him on stage. Terry also gets better with styling as he gets older. But Baldave the Bronx Baddie won the crowd. 

For women category, there are three candidates; Fariza the Freezer, Mei Peng and Cindy. Cindy also dressed so smartly, and I think it is impressive. Cindy might have won the crowd, but Fariza won the hearts of the little ones with her excellent showmanship.

For family category, we have Thong’s family, Werry’s family  (geng Rantai) and Adli’s family (the Hip Hop Hurray team). The Geng Rantai won an undisputed victory as many voted for them. Thong’s makeover is awesome, and this time he is the Black guy. Last year he was the God of Rock. 

After the fancy dress performances, it is time for the lady boss to go up to the stage and present the winner their prizes. Congratulations to the winners! As soon as the final grand prize was given away, the crowd quickly disappears.

From my conversation with the peoples on the floor, I do know that this would be the last Sarawak Asset dinner for peoples like Colin Lester Koh as he moves into a different location, as well as Fariza, who will be leaving the organisation for a better opportunities outside, joining the red team. Therefore, this Hip Hop dinner acts like her farewell party.

As usual, farewell is not really a farewell, but just an opportunity for us to say hello once again. With this, I end my post for now and I hope you enjoy the images here.

Note: All of the images here were captured using Leica M10-P and Summilux 35 FLE lens. I think this combo is awesome for all purpose photography, particularly for reportage. No wonder Craig Semetko loves it.

Have a great weekend ahead with family and friends. For those working, work safe and stay safe!

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius Weson

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Note: Claudius Weson is a freelance tukang rantek (photographer) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography. 

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Note: Claudius Weson is a freelance tukang rantek (photographer) based in Miri, mainly doing portraiture (indoor / studio / outdoor photoshoot), weddings and event photography. 

Ponsikou kio Musti

Tabi basa & greetings friend and family,

Hopefully this week’s beginning has been an effective one for you. As time goes by, I began to embrace solace in silence. It gave me time to quietened down the external noise, and enables me to listen to my inner voice in the stillness. I encourage everyone to embrace the silence, especially the content-creators community, be it photographer, videographer or even musicians. Also, it is important to take time-off as and when required to help with the physical and mental health management. Otherwise, you would face burnout. That is bad. Don’t be part of the statistics.

As for this current post, I want to write about my latest assignment. This time I was tasked to capture the farewell of one of our leaders, Musti Juin, a Sabahan guy. He is an Operations Installation Manager (OIM), and is in charge of a platform. He is like the boss of the platform, offshore. For those who watched the movie Deepwater Horizon, I am sure you have an idea of what an OIM is. Personally, I always likened an OIM to a Hokage, if you watched Naruto series, simply because he is the most knowledgeable and competent person on-board. Technically, he has to because he need to manage a lot of stuff. Basically, he is the most important person onboard, and has to take care of every aspect of the platform, from HSSE, production, maintenance and even welfare.

The event was a straightforward one. However, the most important thing is not the food, but the gathering of person that worked together to achieve common goal. In this case, his team gathered once more to celebrate his contributions all this while before he move to the next assignment. During

For every hello, there is good bye. But behind every goodbye, is a chance to say hello once again. Talking about workplace, no matter who we are, we have one single goal, which is to bring bread back to the family.

In the modern context, is to feed the family. If we have a good person to work with, the journey itself is more enjoyable. To have a good leader on board, it is indeed a blessing, especially if the leader has years of experiences under his belt, and able to lead the team effectively without relying on his authority to get the job done.

To be able to observe such leader working is a good experience, especially for the younger generations, and the future leaders. You can actually learn a lot from what is unsaid versus what is said. In Ronan Keatings word, you said it best when you say nothing at all. This is one of the skills that is hard to come by, cannot be found in books because soft skills are the things that we are not able to learn through courses, but through deliberate exposure and of course, mentoring by the more senior leader.

For me, and to most of the peoples here, this is definitely not a goodbye, but a “see you again” kind of event. To see the camaraderie demonstrated by the boys tells a lot about how close this team are.

Hence, hasta la vista, and ponsikou (thank you in Kadazan-Dusun), Musti!

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius Weson

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In The Beginning

Farewell Speeches

Photo Session

Mejeng Time

Trainee Bartenders

Sayonara

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PETROS: Transforming Sarawak Oil & Gas

Dear friends,

How was your week? I hope it is good. The blog post this time is dedicated to the future of Sarawak’s oil and gas, since I believe every Sarawakian deserves to know about it. On Sunday, during the second day of inaugural Sarawak Oil and Gas Seminar and Exhibition 2019, I managed to find my way in to hear PETROS (Petroleum Sarawak) Berhad’s senior managers sit down for a forum entitled “Transforming Sarawak Oil and Gas”. As expected, the session was one of the highlight during the seminar and attracted the attention of many of oil and gas-related personnel, be it the working level or the managerial level despite the session was done in early Sunday morning. This high interest is partly because PETROS was given the mandate by Sarawak government to manage oil and gas resources originating from Sarawak, both onshore and offshore.

Disclaimer: All the information written here were based on the presentation done to public during Sarawak Oil & Gas Seminar and Exhibition on 14 April 2019, Sunday, 8am – 9.30am. Claudius Weson Photography will not be responsible nor liable to any damages should there is any information taken out of context, decision in whatever field of expertise made based on or any changes in information regarding the subject thereafter. The intention of this blog post is merely for information sharing, such that Sarawakians that were unable to attend or hear the session will be able to know the latest news on PETROS.

CEO PETROS – Sauu Kakok

Back to the presentation, speakers for the session are as follows:

  1. Sauu Kakok, CEO of PETROS
  2. Momas Modon, Vice President (VP) Upstream
  3. Peter Wong, Head of Supply Chain
  4. Kiddney Enau, GM of Regulatory & Compliance

Starting the session was PETROS’ CEO, Sauu Kakok. As explained by him, structure of PETROS is driven by Sarawak’s government aspiration to achieve:

  1. greater Sarawak share of revenue from oil and gas
  2. greater participation of Sarawakians in Sarawak oil and gas industry

How they will achieve it?

  1. Regulatory unit in Upstream and Domestic Gas. – to ensure that state law is complied with (namely Domestic Gas Ordinance 2016 (DGO) and Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 (OMO)).
  2. Business & Investment Units: PETROS EP (Upstream), PETROS Gas (Domestic Gas) and PETROS Niaga (Downstream retail businesses). Currently Upstream is the biggest part of the value chain. 

As mentioned above, the two governing ordinances are Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) and Distribution of Gas Ordinance (DGO). Right under OMO is Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri, which under it is State Minerals Management Authority. As for DGO, under it is Majlis Mesyarat Kerajaan Negeri, to which the Director of Gas from Ministry of Utilities reports to.  

In terms of the hierarchy, PETROS currently sits under Ministry of Utilities and State Minerals Management Authority. OMO governs all of the activity Upstream, while DGO governs the Domestic Gas-related activities.

State Minerals Management Authority will decide what the state wants to do with the resources. In this case, PETROS will be the delegated authority, and there will be continuous engagement between PETROS and State Minerals Management Authority as well as Director of Gas to decide what to do next.  The challenge now is for PETROS to align with OMO, DGO as well as MA63 timeline as the outcome of MA63 discussion will also impacts the role that PETROS will play for the benefit of Sarawak. From the forum, it was revealed that October 2019 is the time where the Cabinet will sit for MA63 once again.  

After Sauu’s presentation, it was Momas Modon’s turn to talk about PETROS Upstream business. As the Vice President (VP) Upstream of PETROS, he presented on how PETROS Upstream would look like. He divides his presentation in three key thoughts, namely:

  1. Key features of Sarawak oil and gas industry today.
  2. Landscape of Oil and Gas at Sarawak today and how PETROS is going to contribute to State’s aspiration.
  3. Key characteristics of PETROS EP would be. 

Momas begins with a bit of history. Malaysian oil and gas industry was pioneered onshore by Sarawak in 1910, where the first oil well was called Grand Old Lady, located on top of the majestic Canada Hill, Miri. Now, there is no more onshore oil production at Malaysia except for Asampaya field, bordering Brunei. Exploration works onshore was done but has not led to significant onshore prospects. The industry moves to offshore around mid-1970s. For info, Baram delta platforms are visible from the coast of Miri. At Sarawak, offshore oil platforms are very mature, some are more than 40 years old and some has been decommissioned. Report by Woodmack on 2017, 2500 million barrels was produced from Sarawak. 80% of discovered reserve was produced, and what remains are high water cut oil wells, which requires secondary and tertiary recovery methods should we want to produce from it. As for Baram delta, EOR is the next step. In essence, offshore oil of Sarawak is very matured, combined with aging facilities and is not cheap to produce. Furthermore, the remaining reserves are not that big and continue production will require not small investment.

As for gas, he continued that gas began since mid-1980s. We are proud that not long ago, we are the largest LNG producer in the world. In terms of volumes, more than 30TCF (trillion standard cubic feet) has been produced. Remaining from it is around 20~35% of reserves that has not been produced, which is not easy to reach, small pockets of gas, has high contaminant and more costly to produce.  He mentioned that if PETROS was started 10 years ago, they would have captured more value, but Sarawak has to start somewhere. Heart of Sarawak gas is at Bintulu, where the famous MLNG, SMDS and petrochemical is there. Everyday, 4.5 BCF (billion standard cubic feet) of gas is channelled to Bintulu. However, this would pose a sustainability challenge because supply offshore cannot cope with the ever-growing demand of Bintulu. More downstream hubs are being created. Therefore, the key challenge is for PETROS and Sarawak oil and gas players to find new reserves to keep the demand being filled up.

In terms of the key part that PETROS play to meet the challenges, there are three strategic theme for the business.

  1. Integrated gas. Gas business is the largest revenue generator. 
  2. Oil businesss – smaller portion.
  3. Onshore EP 

It is known that oil business has a smaller portion compared to gas in terms of revenue capture. He explained that with EOR and high water cut, they have to be mindful of the investment that they want to put in place with state’s fund. Therefore, the strategy is to target profitable oil business prospect as well as good revenue-generating asset.

Since onshore was left in the 1960s, utilising the latest know-hows and tools available globally today, they will look into oil space once again, probably the last chance to have a real look at it as they do not intend to leave money on the table, if it means greater benefit to Sarawak. However, with this three themes – Integrated Gas, Oil Business, Onshore EP, their participation is constrained by the organisation. Therefore, it is their utmost priority to build the capacity of their organisation since they are a startup company. Self-sustaining company is also has to be ensured whilst driving technical and operational excellence, hence the need to find the right people for the organisation.

Momas also explained how PETROS EP would look like. One question that he throws to the crowd on oil price is – “Is it lower forever or lower for ever?”. It is quite known that oil price issue has created a level of resilience of the oil and gas players that has survived through the 2015 oil price drop. Secondly, the effect of new technology and digitisation. It is common to see that company’s embrace those to drive down cost. PETROS has the opportunity to embrace this in the very beggining because they are a new company, thus positioning it to compete straightaway.

The third part of Momas’ presentation is the societal expectation, where good governance and culture of care towards the workers and protection of the environment. Many company has committed to the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, but in this day and age, it requires more than that. The next generation is quite vocal and demands that companies, especially oil and gas, energy industru demonstrate transparency in good governance and top notch safety performance and minimise impact to the environment. With that in mind, Momas explains that PETROS has been busy for the last few months to build PETROS’ organisation, putting in place key government processes, to put their systems and procedures and pulling in the right talent to help building the company and to be fit for the future (sounds familiar).

Peter Wong, Head of Supply Chain

The third speaker of the forum is Peter Wong, Head of Supply Chain. His starts his talk by mentioning that the 25 booths during Sarawak Oil and Gas Seminar and Exhibition was fully booked, despite some of the companies in Sarawak are not aware of it. He briefly mentioned about many of the vendors at Sarawak does not know each other, thus the importance of get-together like this. For Sarawak, there is only abour 400 plus vendors, out of 4000 of registered vendors under PETRONAS register. That only accounts for 10% from the total of vendor at Malaysia. He encouraged vendors from Sarawak to be more proactive and to find more opportunities outside Sarawak, and even Malaysia. Also, he encourages greater participations from Sarawak vendors, especially Sarawak-based participations to create more job opportunities to Sarawakians. The most important thing is to continue to be better in what you are doing, which PETROS and vendors will work together to unlock more remaining hydrocarbon in Sarawak. He ends with “Sarawak Boleh!”.

Kiddney Enau, GM of Regulatory & Compliance

The last speaker of the session is Kiddney Enau, General Manager of Regulatory and Compliance, the “youngest” one out of the four, because he just joined on 7th Jan 2019. Prior to that, he was the first Director of Gas under Ministry of Utility. He explaines that OMO applies to Upstream, offshore and gas processing plant, and DGO applies to downstream. It is divided into two part; firstly Economic Regulations that includes LNG Import to RGT Terminal, Power Sector, Export Large Industries, and secondly, Economic, Technical & Safety Regulations, which covers Small and Medium Industry, Commercial as well as Residential.

Now, PETROS is in the transition period and undergoing regulatory adjustment. The main focus now is to embed both OMO and DGO to applicable provision and into the relevant petroleum activities in Sarawak. That transition period, however, will end on 31st Dec 2019

OMO – on the upstream bit, is similar into other ordinance, general in nature. Therefore, when they have the engagement with the lawmaker, all of them is engineer by technical background, so the interpretation is different and they have very interesting discussion when they were discussing it. DGO only applies to the gas distrubution. Fuel is not part of DGO 2016. When they talk about DGO – they put up public notice in July 2018, when the ordinance was effective. Gas distribution part is quite small and not many people know about DGO 2016 is anyway.

His successor started on 1st April 2019, new Director of Gas Distribution. He will work closely of the new director of Gas and how they can collaborate to smoothen the process.

What follows after the presentations is the Q&A session, which many participants were waiting for, as can be seen from the peoples queueing up behind the microphones. It is quite evident that the interest on PETROS is rather high, to Sarawakians and non-Sarawakians.

First Question: Data is lifeblood of any organisation, but it was not mentioned. We have amassed 109 years of data in Sarawak oil and gas industry. We don’t seem to talk about it. So could you comment?

Momas answers it by saying data is very important, sometimes it is more important than the physical asset itself. Since PETROS is a new company, he did alluded to it when he mentioned that PETROS is going to embrace digitisation.

Previously, creating the project in digital platform is a means to and end. However, the trend the last few decade is the original digital twin with the power of digitalisation creates its own significant value. So, the question  now is how PETROS/State have or acquire the decades of centuries of worth of data from Sarawak, under purview of Petronas at the moment. PETROS want to have the direct access to those data so that PETROS can have better long term planning.

Sauu Kakok adds that it is part and parcel of the ongoing discussion, where data drives everything else. PETROS is still discussing it at the moment. What they want to do is to have access of those data and the discussion is how and to what extent will be underpin by the data. Sarawak government has the right to it, and it is part of the the big umbrella discussion where the outcome will be known within the next couple of months.

Second question touches on the PETROS’ plan with the existing license requirements in Sarawak, and does PETROS plans to add additional requirement, or plan to replace the existing PETRONAS license?

The answer from Sauu is no plan to replace the existing PETRONAS license. Two guiding law that PETROS need to adhere to, i.e. OMO and DGO. PDA (Petroleum Development Act 1974) is still there as well. Therefore the aim is for PETROS to not to overcomplicate the processes, but to make it simpler while putting compliance to state and federal law in mind.

Added by Peter is also that this also applies to vendor as well. A lot have asked them whether to register with PETROS or not. To ensure business continuity, vendors will continue to use the existing process, but to make it much more simpler as they do not want to add further cost point to the vendors.

Third question is asking what does PETROS wants to be? Do they want to be like PETRONAS or being PETRONAS Operating Arms? Second part to the question is inquiring on the compliance of the State and Federal Law, where does PETROS divide the line?

Answer from Sauu Kakok is that since all of them engineers by background, they takes advise from the state government on the interpretation and implementation of OMO and DGO. Discussion that is ongoing, and they have the top two Legal mind in the team, as well as the state legal advisor. Thus, they advise is taken from them. PETROS is really there to implement the Sarawak’s mandate to them to implement. Again, he emphasised that state aspiration is greater revenue and greater participation of Sarawakians in Oil and Gas business.

Fourth question, first part, from putting on a date of 31st Dec 2019, what will happen next? Investors would really like to know  what is next. Second part of the question is, with the current situation, word “disruptor” is the best word to describe the key management and PETROS as they are disrupting the current oil and gas industry (though not really specified where by the speaker). For the past one year also, there has been so much secret by PETROS. As for the investors and vendors, it is good to have this kind of session from time to time.

That bold question was answered by Sauu, saying that they fully recognised the silence, which is deliberate since they have a lot of moving parts, which includes engagement with the right authorities to move forward. The intent of the 31st Dec 2019 grace period is to accelerate the process and to allow the implementation of what is being done by state and federal in timely manner. He said that PETROS will communicate ahead of time to which the time and changes. Thy will not flip over to new processes once the 31st Dec 2019 is met and their commitment is to ensure smooth transition moving to 2020.

The fifth question from the crowd is on the licensing method, where it is not really clearly stated whether to embrace the PETROS license or PETRONAS license? Also, who actually owns Sarawak oil and gas resources.

Answer from Sauu is PETROS is not to decide who owns Sarawak oil and gas resources. However, as mentioned earlier, they do take guidances and advises (from State legal advisor) and implement it to achieve state’s aspiration within the framework, which is greater revenue to the state and more involvement of Sarawakians in the Sarawak oil and gas industry. With the current setup, the one strong differences is that state has a role in approving the decisions moving forward. Peter Wong added that in terms of vendor registration, the main thing is to ensure business continuity. Process will remain the same to not to burden the vendors, and this is to ensure that more Sarawak contractors involved in the higher value contract.

One final question from the crowd inquires about effort to put in place organisations’ move to sustainability? Employee creativity is important, and should be put in place to positively impact oil and gas sector.

This question was taken up by Momas, which explains that roughnecks and “cowboy approach” might have worked in the past, but those talents today will not survive. It is a challenge in the oil and gas industry, where the most of the players are the tail end of their careers, and the new generation graduates are less inclined to join oil and gas industry. Therefore, PETROS need to create a diversed team that is dynamic for the future. Since they are just beginning, it is a golden opportunity to start it right. Sarawak has no lack of talents to run a company, and we have talents all over the world, working in oil and gas industry. The trick is to bring them back and entice them to contribute back to Sarawak. Also, it is one of PETROS’ agenda to reach out to the local space in terms of the local university and institute to groom innovative talents for sustainability for the future of Sarawak oil and gas.

Adding to the point, Sauu also jokingly explained that they are “dinosaurs”, because their approach is different in the past, as the future will employ artificial intelligence (AI) that requires different mindset to work. Also, PETROS would need more time to ensure that local universities’ in Sarawak expectation aligns with them and the industry’s evolving needs in the longer term, the skillset required and thus ensuring it is fully align in how we will run the business safely in the future.

With those words from Sauu, that marks the end of the session with PETROS for the seminar. With the arrival of PETROS, it marks a more exciting part of the Sarawak oil and gas industry. Who knows what might come next for Sarawak?

The general impression after the session is that many were quite happy with the session with PETROS top management because this gave them more understanding on what PETROS is going to do next, even though there are still many works required, particularly building up a solid team to really benefit Sarawakians.

As a parting words for now, it is crucial for the younger generations to learn and equip themselves for the growing needs of the future. One thing that I always see as a shortcoming is the ability to communicate fluently in English. This is not just for the sake of showing off, but to ensure marketability. Combined with solid technical skills in engineering, legal, marketing, one can easily become deehto for the future. Most importantly, one needs to have the desire to learn more and improve to be more competent.

Being there, I also took the opportunity to capture few images of the interesting peoples there. Until next time, take care!

Your tukang rantek,

Claudius

Brooke Dockyard ladies.
Dayang Enterprise ladies.
Serba Dinamik ladies.

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Tukang Rantek CiritaAseania Hornbill DancersLangkawi's Best Sarawak Dancers

I was born and raised in Sarawak, in a village called Pichin. Since my schooling days, I brought packed food, prepared with love by my mother from my kindergarten days until my Form 5 days. I don’t like canteen foods as I will have to spend additional money, energy and time to acquire one. Those schooling days were tough, and there is so much to be talked about, but there is one thing I really look forward to – Gawai time. During Gawai, Bidayuh peoples will gather at the long house, we call it “awah Gawai” to have a large gathering and be happy and merry. On the second day of Gawai, there will be the dances and rounds. For the first few years of my life, I took it for granted. But little did I know, it actually shaped me – forms and solidifies inside me as part of my identity and culture – a typical Bidayuh (that explains why I love to dance and sing, and “drink”).

Being away from home, I love to find something to connect to. Even the love of my life also a dancer (we knew each other for a long time, but grew closer as we prepare for a dancing competition, and we actually won it. It’s called International Cultural Festival 2011, organised by UTM Skudai. I can’t find the video, but its backstage video can be seen here.)

From my friend’s blog, Aziemah, I found few rare photos of me back in 2011.

Amin, Chris, Kama, Ajo, Map and I were doing the intro.

And… we won ICF’11 despite having technical difficulty with our audio system.

So when I travel to Langkawi for work purposes, during one of the dinner at Aseania, when there is a dance performance, I became excited. To make it even better, the dancers led by Shamsol Amy performed dance from Sarawak, and Sabah. At first I was skeptical, because usually the Sarawak dances performed outside of Sarawak and by non-Sarawakian is so-so. However, the performance by Aseania is quite good as well. The first thing that caught my attention was the music used. Balau oh Balau, the same music that we used in our performance! The dance moves captivates me and makes me interested to capture it in stills. Even before that, there was a magic performance as you can see below.

Magic Show

After the dancing performances, there was a pyro-works by Aseania staff as well. The pyroworks was amazing! I love it. I was busy with my camera throughout the performance to ensure that I captured it. Most of the interesting parts are captured here, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

By the way, good job to Shamsol Amy and the team for the beautiful dance performances. Keep up the good work!

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