Tag Archives: Sarawak

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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I Love Saba Orchard Pineapples

Austin Saba...fit as a fiddle

I have tasted the pineapples of Saba Orchard on a few occasions in the past courtesy of my brother Chin Tian and my sister-in-law Christina Sio. I love the sweetness and the taste of the Lambir Pines so I always look forward to eating these pineapples. Yesterday when I was sending my brothers Chin Tian and Chin Kiong as well ...

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A Wedding Photo Shoot Site Off The Beaten Path In Miri

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Are you hunting down a place for your wedding photo shoot location but have no idea where to go? You want a location that is not so commonly used for wedding photo shoot in Miri. You are looking for something different. You don’t even want to consider the well-known parks in Miri like the City Fan, Taman Awan and Bulatan ...

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Malaysians’ Obsession With Titles: Whatever It Takes

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Malaysians crave for titles. There is little doubt about that. Just look at the number of awards dished out every year, from federal titles to state titles. But this number does not meet the demand which must be in the thousands. In Malaysia, Datuk is a Malay term for an honorific title that is bestowed upon individuals who are deemed ...

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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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Foochow Proverbs And Idioms

160 Foochow Proverbs And Idioms by Angela Yong

I was born in Binatang, a small town with a predominantly Foochow population. Anyone growing up in Binatang would almost invariably be able to speak Foochow with an acceptable level of fluency. I am no exception. I am a Hokkien but I too can speak Foochow. My birth certificate and my Malaysian identity card carry Foochow names and my wife ...

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Goodbye 2011 Hello 2012

Goodbye 2011 and hello 2012

Well folks, 2012 is here. As we usher in 2012 and bid farewell to 2011, we can look back at 2011 and marvel at what a year it has been. 2011 was jam packed: the tsunami and nuclear leak after the shattering earthquake in Japan, turmoil in Western Asia & Northern Africa, the debt crises in Europe and US, China ...

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Happy Malaysia Day

The Malaysian flag...Jalur Gemilang (Malay for "Stripes of Glory")

Today is Malaysia Day. To all fellow Malaysians, Happy Malaysia Day! On this day in 1963, the formation of Malaysia which consisted of the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak, North Borneo (which was renamed Sabah) and Singapore was formally promulgated. The formation of the new federation was initially scheduled to take place on June 1, 1963, but was later postponed to ...

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Where A Lim Is Also A Ling

Chinese charcter of my surname

Welcome to my world where a Lim is also a Ling. My surname is actually Lim but it was registered as Ling in my birth certificate. I was born in a very small town in Sarawak called Binatang which means animal in Malay. This is a predominantly Foochow town. So when I was born, my Hokkien parents gave the nurse ...

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