Kubah Week 2013

Again, a long time i start to doesn’t have my time to type  on this keyboard.. Less time of course, and too busy with works, night class and other things.. Really hoping that my night class will end sooner!!

Tonight i didn’t attend my night class, too tired though..coz this morning i and my hubby join the Sarawak Biodiversity staffs and some Sarawak Forestry Officers on a trekking discovering the leftover of Brooke’s Bungalow and to the lost temple of Matang Sri Maha Mariamman Temple(hope i got the right spelling) as a part of KUBAH WEEK 2013 activities…

Arch of Sri Maha Mariamman

Arch of Sri Maha Mariamman

109 stairs up to temple

109 stairs up to temple

The Temple

The Temple

Why are there a lots of people there today? (25 April 2013)

According to the Hindu people that i met here, they are celebrating the deity’s day… And this ceremony starts from morning till night time, where tonight is actually FULL MOON will appear..

So now, the history of this Mount Matang Sri Maha Mariamman Temple…(credits to facebook/Mount Matang Sri MahaMariamman)

Take note that this is the OLDEST HINDU TEMPLE IN SARAWAK!! ^_^

“HISTORY OF THE MOUNT MATANG MARIAMMAN TEMPLE

The history of the Hindu Temple in Mount Matang is interlinked directly with the arrival of the forefathers of the present day Indian of Sarawak. Though the artifacts of Hindu religious symbols at the Sarawak Museum indicate the presence of the community in Sarawak for a period exceeding a thousand years, the forefathers of the present day Sarawakians of origin owe their existence in Sarawak principally to South Indian and Sri Lankan tea and coffee plantation workers brought to Sarawak in the second half of the Nineteenth Century.

According to official records, Indian convicts had been banished to work in Sarawak in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. The Matang Coffee Estate was opened by the Sarawak Government in 1867. The estate was managed on the lines of similar estates in Sri Lanka by a Superintendent, Mr. Anderson who had wide experience in managing estates in Sri Lanka. Tamil workers from Sri Lanka and South India were brought in from time to time. According to third generation survivors of persons born in Matang, 2,000 coolies were shipped to work in the estate from India and Sri Lanka. The early settlers were predominantly Hindu but found no place of worship. The settlers then got together and built the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in the Coffee Estate.

The records indicate that at that time, there were three sanitaria, one of which was the Matang Coffee Estate. The Rajah and Ranee have been recorded as staying in the Coffee Estate for about three weeks in 1870. Visitors to the Bungalow have described in glowing terms of the gentle gradient of the road contrived by the Superintendent to the Rajah’s Bungalow. “The Rajah’s garden is arranged on terraces cut in the slope of the hill; there the roses bloom magnificently and the jasmine attains a luxuriance I have not yet seen. All the different flowers we have in Sarawak seem to thrive remarkably well” describes the visitor. The Coffee Estate was supported by Coffee garden planted by three dayak villages of  Sirambu, Bumbok and Peninjau situated about 300 feet below the Bungalow.

By 1873, over 100,000 healthy plants were planted in the estate but the yield was “next to nothing”. By 1886, the Government Estate had diversified into tea and cinchona.

The recruitment of Indian Labour was formalized by the establishment of the Indian Immigration Department in June 1897. The first batch under the Indian Immigration Agent arrived in June 1897. The Matang plantations were abandoned in 1912. The Indian labourers were given the option of either returning to their country of origin or accept alternate jobs mainly with the Public Works Department. According to an article by Saiee Driss in Sarawak Gazette (30 June, 1979), the Bidayuh Community in Matang was aware of the existence of the temple but they did not realise that the Hindus were scouting for the ruins of the temple.

The temple’s location came to light when Abi bin Benggali, a Bidayuh/Melanau hunter had sought shelter in the temple in 1968 during a thunderstorm. He had taken an elephant statue home from the disused temple. He returned the statue the next day to the temple as the family members felt that the house was being subjected to a storm during the night. The news of this event spread to the Hindu residents in Matang. Soon, the Hindu Community renovated the dilapidated building overgrown with jungle trees and shrubs and cleared the pathway to the temple from the foothills.

The temple was re-opened for prayers on 4 December 1970. At the request of the Matang Hindu residents, the temple was taken over by the Hindu Temple Association in 1976 and has been administered by this Association through a special Mount Matang Mariamman Temple Committee since that date. ”

Quite interesting actually about this temple, because unlike the Batu Caves, which was famous for the highest cave in Malaysia, i think this one can beat it, because along the way to the temple, you have to hike up about 2.5km and about 2hours to reach the temple..and don’t forget about the nature, small waterfalls and watersource area and huge trees shadowing your way and LEECHES too!! Yes, there are leeches, but luckily i didn’t get bite by any of  it.. ^_^’

Now, just enjoy the photos that i and my hubby had taken on our journey with other participants..

starting point at Mount Matang foothill

starting point at Mount Matang foothill

 

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This is one of the village folks that we are doing collaboration with for the new discovered cave at  his village area.. Seeing his character and sincere smile, we know that he comes with hopes that we will bring more tourism impact to their village in future..

^_^

1st Man Walk on Moon Death..Neil Amstrong

Buzz Aldrin signed photo

Buzz Aldrin signed photo (Photo credit: Vaguely Artistic)

Yesterday, 25th August 2012, was a shock to the world as the 1st man that walk on the moon reported died yesterday..He was died at age 82 because of suffering complication following his recent cardiac bypass surgery.

History was made by this historical man when he first landed on moon and walk on it, with his partner, Buzz Aldrin on 20 July 1969.

More story on Neil Amstrong on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/25/neil-armstrong-dead-age-82_n_1830343.html

Majlis ‘Biruman Bisamah’ Pandelela..(Dinner Ceremony with Pandelela)

The Malaysian Bronze Girl

The Malaysian Bronze Girl (Photo credit: algenta101)

This evening i was sending my daughter back to my mum’s house in Bau Town.. On the way at the junction to Bau and Lundu, few banners and bunting picture of a girl that i know  was hang to the lamp posts on the left and right roadside attracts my eyes.. Guest who? It’s Pandelela Rinong!!! I read the words at the buntings and banner… ‘Majlis Biruman Bisamah Pandelela’..means Dinner Ceremony with Pandelela..ahah, it’s in Bahasa Bidayuh..And the dinner ceremony will be held tomorro, 27 August 2012, at Dewan Masyarakat Kampung Jugan, Bau…but i wonder, why didn’t they state the time of the dinner? From when to when? If it’s a private party or ceremony, then no need to put up the bunting there…Hmmm…i wonder..and I’M UPSET too!! Coz it’s tomorrow and i didn’t have my opportunity to see this young warrior tomorro!! Tomorro is working day already..and i didn’t have enough time to get there for the ceremony.. I wish i could be there and take a photo with her..But it’s ok..maybe next time.. (sad mode….)

Who is SHE?

Pandelela Rinong (Malaysia)

Pandelela Rinong (Malaysia) (Photo credit: Sum_of_Marc)

The Malaysian Bronze Girl

The Malaysian Bronze Girl (Photo credit: algenta101)

Who is she? People talks about Pandelela, Pandelela, Pandelela…Eveyone is talking about her, The Diving Queen of Malaysia!! Anywhere, everywhere…all nation is still talking about her.. But, did you know who is she? Which part of  Sarawak, or Kuching does she comes from?

Well, here is a bit about her..

Pandelela Rinong anak Pamg was born on 02 March 1993. She is from Kampung Jugan, Bau, which means she is from the Bidayuh ethnic. At the age of seven, she was selected as a state diver and then continues her training at Sports School Bukit  Jalil in Selangor.

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, she won a bronze medal in the Women’s 10 m Synchronized Platform with Leong Mun Yee and placed 5th in the Women’s 10 m platform. She also competed in the Women’s 10 m platform at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

She was the flag bearer for the Malaysian contingent at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore where she won the silver medals in the girls’ 10m platform event and 3m springboard event.

At New Delhi 2010, she won Malaysia’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in an aquatic sport by winning the women’s 10m platform.

She became Malaysia’s first female flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics where she competed in the individual 10 m platform and the 10 m platform synchronized event with her partner Leong Mun Yee.

She became the first Malaysian female athlete to win an Olympics medal, and the first Malaysian athlete to win an Olympics medal in a sport besides badminton by winning a bronze medal in the Women’s 10 m platform at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This also makes her the first non-Malay bumiputera to win a medal for Malaysia at the Olympics.

Well, you all must know that its not only in the previous London 2012 Olympics Games that this Diving Queen won ever, but she also had won a lot of medals from other games as well..

2012 Olympic London    – 10m platform         – BRONZE

2009 Rome World Championship  – 10m synchro platform     – BRONZE

2011 Beijing World Series    – 10m synchro platform     – SILVER

2011 Moscow World Series    – 10m platform   – SILVER

2010 Singapore Youth Olympics  – 10m platform & 3m springboard – 2 SILVER

2010 Guangzhou Asian Games  –  10m platform(BRONZE) & 10m synchro platform (SILVER)

2010 New Delhi Commonwealth      –  10m synchro platform(SILVER) & 10m platform (GOLD)

2009 Vientiane   –  10m platform & 10m synchro platform   – 2 GOLD

2007 Nakhon Ratchasima   – 10m synchro platform      – GOLD

2011 Shenzhen Universiade  – 10m platform (SILVER) & 10M synchro platform (BRONZE)

Homecoming

Hundreds welcome Pandelela home updated! ….Reports by The Borneo Post..

KUCHING: Hundreds of fans were at the Kuching International Airport today to welcome home Olympic bronze medalist Pandelela Rinong Pamg, Traisy Vivien Tukiet and Bryan Nickson Lomas.

They included Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, Social Development Minister Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom and Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong.

Pandelela and fellow Sarawakian divers Bryan Nickson and Traisy Vivien were greeted with sape music, a traditional dance and garlands upon their arrival at Gate 8.

There was a frenzied clicking of cameras and camera phones as every moment of their arrival was busily documented by not just media personnel but also the public.

Security was tight as the trio made their way out of the arrival hall with state dignitaries to the VIP waiting lounge for a brief press conference.

The divers were bombarded with questions about their post-Olympics feelings and future plans, with the main focus on the cheerful bronze medalist who answered questions with ease.

Pandelela then proceeded to autograph posters provided by The Borneo Post for those present before being ushered outside to meet the public, who had been waiting for her homecoming since 11am.

Thunderous cheers from family members, friends and fans were heard when they finally got to see Pandelela.

Banners and posters declaring “Pandelela … Bidayuh Boleh” and “Sarawak Loves Pandelela” were seen everywhere as everyone clamored forward to take her photo.

A motorcade, organized by Regas Premium Auto, brought Pandelela, Bryan and Traisy for a formal welcoming ceremony at the Astana.

As Pandelela left the airport in an open-top Mini Cooper escorted by police outriders and members of the Borneo Island Big Bikers, shouts and cheers of pride continued to be heard at the VIP car park area as fans and well-wishers rushed to take final shots of the teenager who has succeeded in captivating Sarawakian hearts.

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Photos Credit to TheBorneoPost online…

Pandelela oh Pandelela…

Pandelela oh Pandelela..

24th August 2012..The world is still talking about this young girl.. Because of she already make a surprise to the world that she already get the Bronze Medal in the Olympic Games 2012 in London.. Not only the world, but the media is still tracking on her story.. And not only the media, but ME tooo!!! ^_^..

Few days ago, Pandelela Renong Pamg comes home to Kuching with her mother and father, arrived at Kuching International Airport and also been welcomed by the Ministry of Sarawak and the officers, paraded on an expensive car through all the way to Kuching and to the Astana for a bestowal by the Sarawak State Government to her. In the ceremony, she has been rewarded with MYR60,000 and full scholarship for her to continue her study in Australia.. It really worth her!!

Aside from the grand welcoming for this Bidayuh Bau girl, there is also a rumors and some bad talk-kind of political comments that state government(or our CM-Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud) should reward her with a shop lot for her to make business and whatsoever.. Hmmmm, i think if for me, i would rather take the full scholarship reward to further study rather than the shoplot, coz for me education is the first thing has to come out rather than that “business thing”..

Other than that, at the ceremony, other 2 divers that also from Sarawak-Brian Nickson Lomas and Tracy also gets their reward for their effort to compete in the Olympic games.

Last night, the press also comes up with the story of Pandelela and Dato’ Lee Chong Wei gets their MYR100,000 each for their medal winning in the Olympic games.. wOW!!!!

(pssttt!!! i think with the money, Pandelela can buy the 3 shoplots for her mum and dad!!) ^_^

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