Ng. Ukom, A place that I go often to bring tourist was burned down on 21st August 2015. And when I heard to news, my heart really sank! I really did not know how to react…
Around 1:15 pm, I was still on the other river over the mountain from the longhouse when we saw thick smoke, and we did asked each other who has not burned their farm yet, as this is still the burning season before they start planting rice. But, my boatman said, all have done theirs… Not long after when I was on my way to Hilton Batang Ai Resort that I got news from a good friend that to longhouse is no more standing. Continue reading “Ng. Ukom 21st August Tragedy” »
This post is a lil late as I didn’t really know what and how to write this post, because it was special to me. It all happened on 22nd July 2014. I receive an assignment a week before that date to bring a couple to Nanga Ukom in Batang Ai. I agreed. But I did not know who I was bringing. As usual, I tend to be more of a friend instead of being a guide to tourist. I want them to feel happy and not just going on tour but enjoying their time with the locals.
So on that 22nd morning, right after we came out of the orang utan centre in Semenggoh, we started having conversation and we started talking about jobs and what we love to do. Ended up in me asking this guy, Cesar Cruchaga, what he works as. And his answer was simple. He just said “I’m retired”. But I was so surprise and a lot of questions going in my head. He didn’t look like a guy who is retired, unless he had an early retirement form the army. But, I still wanted to know and took the courage to ask him what he used to do. And he said:” I’m a retired professional football player. And I used to play for Atletico Osasuna in the Spanish League.” And I went into shock… Continue reading “Trip to Ukum with Cesar Cruchaga & Wife” »