Thursday, May 6, 2021

Valentine Tawie Salok

Valour worthy of emulation

Even against the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit — a magic blend of skill, faith, and valour — that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory. –  Walter Lord, American Author Bravery among...

OMG … ARE THEY ILLUSIONS?

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.— Stephen King, American author About one week ago I stopped for a small chat with a worker near our office here. He is a local who...

Story-telling ‘tebiang’ of our neighbourhood

Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. – Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author Steep gradients of riverbanks are typical scenes of our ulu (remote) hinterlands. Known as tebiang in Iban, these are the best sites often chosen...

Club mourns another loss

I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line. – Elvis Presley Elvis Tribute Artistes (ETAs) — just like our idol The King of Rock and Roll himself —...

Coffee now and then

Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.  – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author Coffee, someone says, and the eyes of its enthusiasts sparkle with excitement. This may be a typical scene in...

Pranks, here, there and everywhere

I hope life isn’t a big joke, because I don’t get it. – Jack Handey, American humourist Beware the day of pranks — a reminder of the soothsayer’s warning to Julius Caesar to beware the Ides of March in 44...

Dragon by day, Keling by night

I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?— John...

Mysterious undead and so-called dead

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. – Euripides, Greek playwright Cases of people declared dead in the longhouse but rising up again alive are very rare. In Saratok’s Melupa Basin, a tributary of the Krian,...

Biting a legendary blade for strength

The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path. – Richard Strozzi Heckler, American author Any history about headhunting during the Brooke era would feature Iban warrior Kedu, nicknamed Lang Ngindang (Vigilant Eagle). Kedu,...

Scary, funny rubber-tapping encounters

The rubber tappers use a whistle that mimics a local bird as they move from rubber tree to tree. They say they use it to disguise themselves in the forest so they won't startle the wildlife. – Lulu Garcia-Navarro,...

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Valour worthy of emulation

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