Tag Archives: Bintangor

A Small-Town Boy’s Memories Of Binatang

A very old photo of Binatang

I was born in a very small town but for the past 35 years, I have called Miri my home. The small-town boy in me never truly goes away. Time and again, I am caught up in nostalgia whenever I recall my childhood days in Binatang (now known as Bintangor). The recent sale of my dad’s shophouse in Bintangor has ...

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Ode To My Mum

Mum during her teen days

I lost my Mum to lung cancer on August 30, 2016 and that has made me realise how transient life is. She was still in reasonably good shape albeit feeling tired and a bit breathless when I went to Kuching on August 14. I never expected her to leave us so soon. She was first diagnosed with terminal lung cancer ...

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A Visit To A Bakam Farm

Close up on some cempedak

I called my brother Chin Tian this morning to find out whether he knows which school one of my Form 6 classmates is attached to. Another college mate Jessie Goh has informed me that the classmate is teaching in Miri. As my brother used to be a school principal in Miri, I thought he may know. Unfortunately my brother does ...

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An Amazing Trip To Piasau Nature Reserve

One of the hornbills

I have been to Piasau Nature Reserve twice in the past few weeks hoping to photograph the hornbills there but on both occasions, I failed to spot the hornbills. I went there again at about 8am this morning after getting tips from Josephine Lim, my ex-colleague in Brunei, who had successfully photographed the hornbills. After parking my car at the ...

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The Amazing Mudskippers

These fish are in fact more comfortable crawling around on the mud than submerged in water!

I stopped by a little stream near Lutong Beach this morning intending to photograph egrets that seem to hang out in that area. Luck was against me for as soon as I got down from my car, the egrets took flight. Since photographing egrets was out of the question, I just looked around. Standing on the small bridge, I diverted ...

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I Am A Lucky Guy!

That is me as a kid sitting on my dad's three-wheel "Harley-Davidson" in Binatang

I am a lucky guy! Lucky to have been born in Sarawak, the Land of the Hornbills where there had never been a need for 1Malaysia to instill racial harmony among the people. Laidback, peaceful and beautiful. Lucky to have spent the first seventeen years of my life in Binatang (now Bintangor). Yes, the Animal Town where everybody seemed to ...

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My Form One Class At Kai Chung 1970

Kai Chung Class Photo

It was 1970.  Thirty seven students from St Augustine’s Primary School and Council Town School were placed in Form One B at Kai Chung Middle School with Ms Constance Yii Mei Ho as the form teacher. The class was as a mirthful bunch, earning the dubious reputation as the noisiest class in the school that year. There were of course ...

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My Wrestling Matches With God On My Life Journey

Father Warganer is the second from the left in the front row and Father Smith is the last person from the left in the last row.

Like Regina Brett in her book “God Never Blinks”, I sometimes felt that at the moment I was born, God must have blinked and thus missed the occasion, unaware of my birth at all. I felt like the poet who wrote that he was born on a day God called in sick. Shortly after my birth almost 55 years ago ...

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