In This Jungle of Stones...

Friday, September 02, 2005

The train stops here,but I'll be back...

I have to stop here,for a while...all the projects and assigments on my back,rendering me too washed out to put my thoughts in this blog (the bulb above my head don't even blinks).So I decided to rest myself from blogging and sharing my thoughts here.Thanks for all who thinks that all my thoughts here are worthy enough to read ....and thanks to all the friends that I have associated with thru this blog.I'll be back someday and I'll still be around (thru my email :limauraya@yahoo.com)...but for now,i'm signing off...

"The future depends on what we do in the present"
Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

New Blog!!!

Announcing a new blog on the block by a fellow O.A!!!
the chronicles of zumeera
The second one perhaps (if mine can be counted as the first :p).It will be great to have another view and perspectives from a fellow tribesman (or woman for that matter).Anyway,great to have you aboard,zumeera!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Update

Man, quite a while since my last update. Just finished a really hectic and busy semester. Currently reviewing materials for my other blog (its about the museum around kl and Malaysia) and my website on my days in the reserve unit (army). Will post update soon, thanks for checking........

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Sad

it have been almost a month since i last posted,the time flies really fast.....i'm almost totally lost the sense of time and date, due to the back2back assignment+test+quiz+lab work+study+meeting(??) et. cetera.....darn tired.......

ok.enough whining. I just want to update on the teacher from singapore (David - refer to post "teacher") who still remember his o.a students, it turns out one of his (ex)student have passed away quite sometimes ago.Although it is a sad news,but the brother-in-law of the deceased told me that he served in the police force until the time of his demise,so although he (the deceased) is not really good in his studies,he still live a good life, and i hope that will make the former teacher feel happy.

For certain is death for the born
And certain is birth for the dead;
Therefore over the inevitable
Thou shouldst not grieve.


Bhagavad Gita (250 BC - 250 AD)

R.I.P Alang Nikam Kulop Igin

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Weddings

My uncle is getting married this weekend.But in all of the weddings i attended before, all are conducted in Malay styles - wearing songket and all and the bersanding ceremony.I never saw a "real" OA wedding except for the one in the museum... (the "dummy" wedding....).I remember seeing one documentary (in Majalah 3) about OA wedding (i can't remember which tribe),and the ceremony is much simpler. The hantaran (dowry) are just hoe,pigs and items for everyday usage.And the amount of money involved is not too much.Not like when I went to a friend engagement few years ago,there are so many kinds expenditure (belanja) that he have to fork out and so many regulation he have to listen and abide,stretching the ceremony to almost 2 hours. I really fear that the simple tradition will die out in favor of "modernize" style wedding.
.....and my uncle too is getting married Malay style,because he is marrying a Malay girl.Cheers to my uncle !!!!May they both live happily ever after.......

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Laugh

Actually this happens to me in the beginning of the semester,but I just remembered to write about it a few days ago.At the beginning of one subject I am taking,the lecturer ask each one of us to stand up and introduce ourselves.When my turn came,I told the lecturer I live in Gombak,because he is quite familiar with the place (I guess), he ask me which part of Gombak.I told him at Bt. 12 (12 miles), and he replied "oh,near the OA settlement there?",and then almost the whole class laugh.I don't quite understand whats funny with that,but I guess the knowledge and perception of people on OA still not wide enough.This is why I intentionally don't publicly tell people who I am,I want to see how well is their reception and perception on OA.

Gong Xi Fa Chai

I would like to wish all gong xi fa chai,wan shi lu yi.Happy Chinese New Year!!

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Teacher

I've recieved an (or few) e-mail from Mr David Chew,a former teacher currently resides in Singapore.He told me that I'm the first OA he contacted since the 70's.He used to teach 4 OA students in a malay school at Bota in the late 60's.I asked my mom about the names he has given me and my mom told me she recognized the name of one of them and still live somewhere near Bota,i hope maybe someday i can reunite the old teacher with his student.I'm really suprised that he even still remember the names of his students after 30 years,maybe beacuse these students seem to be different from the other boys that make him still remember them after all these years.In those days,OA are not given any scholarship in study so it is hard for them to pay the school fees,and sometimes they just have to skip school to help their family to search for food or things to sell,or to take care of their younger siblings when their older family members went into the jungle.
Today,student are given scholarship in school where they did not have to pay for the school fees and books,and in IPTA(not in private uni) where tution fees and allowance are given (although much less than other scholars and funds,but we did not have to pay it back no matter what the results).But still the level of education achievement are not good enough.The awareness of the importance of education is still not in the satisfactory level.The parents should be grateful that today it is much easier to get their children better education,and the children should be grateful that they have the chance to make a better living through education.I still wonder who is to be blame on this......