Elder Boyter introduced "ash on your face". If you don't go down in Phase 10, you get marked with a white board marker. Great fun with good friends. Top row: Chin Poh, Melissa, Brother Christopher Bottom row: President Hedges (Sentosa Branch President), Elder Boyter, Sister Angelina and Sister Boyter.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Elder Reynolds was introducing a song he was going to sing and mentioned something about tears. He spoke in Malay so I only caught some of what was said. But Sister Angelina went and got bowl to catch his tears.
Last year at Gawai President Ero challenged me to learn the Bidayuh dance. The year past quickly and I was hoping that everyone forgot but about 10 days before Gawai Victor (Pres. Ero son-in-law) reminded me of the challenge. I had one practice with the daughters and then we performed. It was fun but wished I didn't procrastinate. Women below President Ero's daughters Lucia and Laura, myself and Sister Molly (the wife of Presdient Ero)
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Gawai is a harvest festival by the Sarawak state indigenous people. primarily the Bidayuh and the Ibans. Families gather at their native homes (Kampong) with family. They celebrate eating their native foods and drinking rice wine. Sunday,June 1 we went to President Sator kampong. We went to about 10 different homes in the Kompong. We sang hymns to the families we visited, shared their food but did not share in partaking of the rice wine. Drinking alcohol is a big part of the celebration. A lot of pressure is put on the members when they go home for Gawai. Elder Reynolds has a beautiful voice and rest of us joined in. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. President Sator kept saying one more home.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Borneo Island is where the Orangutan lives. Orang means people and utan means forest. People of the forest. We went to the Semenggoh Wildlife Center to see them arriving just before feeding time.