The recent guests flying in by the @flyfirefly into #Sarawak bringing fewer more than 80 people from overseas and Semenanjung to experience Sarawak has somewhat cause a lot of culture shock among some of them who were not actually mentally prepared for such change.
The deuce came off by a few bloggers who is finding the comfort of a longhouse to be somewhat inhabitable. As I have my fair share of travelling around the world, and also the fact that there was almost a year in my pitiful yet delightful 37 years of life which I have spent in the Jungle of Sarawak, I couldn’t help but to ponder the gap of civilisation that they are experiencing now, especially those who is now “jailed” in Sarawak Cultural Village, some 35 KM away from nearest civilisation.
Of much of the change they are experiencing right now, the only “inhospitable” factor is the comfort level. Ok, not attribute to the fact that the organiser in some miscommunication did not to provide them with proper meal the whole day, other factors such as lack of hot water for bathing, (experience what Jessica Alba has during her video shoot for Sleeping dictionary) the thin layer of mattresses (Straws) they spent the night on, The cooling breeze of Mount Santubong at 18.3°C last night, sleeping under the skull in a longhouse, making their own meal from raw materials, hunting (I hoped not) for their meal, Chow down delicious Fatty Timmy (Sago Worms) etc.
Though the whole experience is there carries one objective, is to let the visitor experience the basics of life, down to bare minimum. Thank goodness, Telecommunications was not taken out of the equation, and electricity was also available. They don’t have to go out into the jungle to get latex wax to fuel the light and to brush-in shrubs to make their fire.
I get to experience all these years ago in the good old jungle of Borneo, the “God forsaken place” where basic amenities are not available. That was a rescue operation in a timber concession where two of the workers never came out of the jungle to the camp for 2 days.
As the matter of fact, there are still longhouses in Sarawak which they do not any form of utility, and the nearest cellular tower is at least 100 km away.
The morale of the “experience” which Sarawak Cultural Village wants to convey to these visiting journos and bloggers is that these are the people who is living on bare minimum, and they have survived throughout their life. Culture is the word. With it, comes everything else that ties to the life of these people, including survival!
In civilisation, we have cars, tools, lighter, electricity, telecommunications, high speed mobile broadband, we use money to buy food and it come served on a platter. The amount of comfort we have is only measured by the luxury bought by money.
Taking money aside, to grow and make your own food in the middle of nowhere with plenty of natural resources everywhere will change the perspective of life for a change. to these people, the life grows on tree and swim wildly in the stream, trolling in the jungle and is only accessible when they move their big fat butt to get them back, process them and consume them.
I do hoped that a fair share of what I have experienced before is now been conveyed to these visitors and they will get to see the basis of life and be thankful for all the comfort and luxury that we have in the concrete jungle out here.
Dedicate this post to members of Sarawak Tourism Board, Datuk Rashid Khan, Michael Lu, Kevin Nila, Mark Sylvester et al, Firefly En. Raja, Kalpana, Li Fern et al. To my dear visitors, Christopher Tock, Rebecca Saw, Joshua Wong, Shannon Chow, Jerine Lay et al, and local bloggers – Norman Goh and Irene Law.