Next time you cross a river by Sampan, or photograph one crossing to / from one of the many Pangkalang Sampan that dot the north and south banks of the river, spare a thought for the master wooden boat builders… Read More

The shaman goes by many names in Sarawak – Manang, Dukun, Bomoh, Sin. Every linguistic group gives them their own title, a reflection of their centrality in these traditional cultures … Read More

The sounds of Sarawak have been heard for the first time at the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019, playing to appreciative audiences as part of a packed official Fringe programme … Read More

IF A MALACCAN MALAY BRIDE is famous for her Sanggul Lintang, a Kazakhstan’s bride for her Saukele, a Mongolian bride for her Fillets, and a Palembang bride for her Aesan Gede - no less it is with the bride from the Sarawak Malay community with her exquisite Gajah Olen.

THE VOICE OF MY GRANDFATHER Ribuh Long (his name means "The confluence of a thousand rivers"), still rings clear in my ears: “Rivers flow downriver from their origin upriver; their flow can never be reversed from the rivers’ mouth where they end.

LIKE THE ICONIC STONES clustered on the grassy plains of far-away England, Karangan’s huge megalithicrocks are unique in the Sarawak landscape. These bare rock pinnacles protrude 20 meters above a 200 meter high, forested ridge between Bako National Park and mouth of the Sarawak River at Muara Tebas.

DO YOU KNOW YOUR ROOTS? Cultivated in your backyard or gallivanting wild in the jungles, roots are usually hidden underneath the ground. They lack the glory given to leaves and flowers often paraded for their beauty.

MY COUSIN AND I WERE in charge of setting up the annual Christmas Nativity scene outside St Joseph Church. It was an impressive affair - 6m x 3m, a painted backdrop, enclosed on three sides and a roof with atap sheetings.

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