happy gawai dayak + kotobian tadau kaamatan!
Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.
― Francesca Lia Block
(photos via my Instagram throughout May)
end of May + the first few days of June marks the beginning of the Harvest festival in Borneo, and just thinking about it makes me miss my hometown. Gawai is celebrated by the Dayak tribes in Sarawak, while the Kadazans in Sabah celebrate Kaamatan. my family doesn't celebrate as we are of a different ethnicity, but it's pretty much a state-wide celebration, everyone would be visiting each other, wishing them 'gayu guru gerai nyamai' which means cheers to a long life, another year of health and prosperity in Iban language. it's such a great tradition, the fact that harvesting crops/farming is no longer the main source of income or food for most of the Dayaks households, it now symbolizes the beginning of a 'new bountiful year' with massive parades and parties for family reunions. this time of the year, those who celebrate in Borneo greet their visitors, families and friends with strong rice wine (refusing is impolite!), eat so much of good food, and have lots of fun -- just like Christmas-time. a jovial season indeed :)
and so it also marks we're halfway through the year, right on the dot. it feels like it was just yesterday that i did the roundup for April, but hey, i said that every month. time flies. time flies. time wait for no man. we went to Melaka in the last week of April, and the photos plus some details from the trip were posted over the past weeks. we went to the beautiful riverside, walked around the curious Jonker Street and found some pretty worth being obsessive-over desserts aka cendol. i'm missing the ruins on top of the St. Paul's hill, though we did brought home some sweet treats to make up for it. there's also a post about a little meaning behind the recent blog name change :)
some of my favorites over the past month -
MegFee - another beautiful piece by Meg, The Meaning of It.
Messages on a Napkin - Marlen's road trip to New Orleans. in love with all those colors.
Daisybutter - Michelle wrote of dancing to the beat of your own drum. so much love.