Sunday, June 8, 2014

June 2, 2014 – Gawai Celebration - Week 20 in Kuching

So, this week was interesting....

Gawai... You see, Gawai started on Saturday at midnight, so I thought we would be good until then. No dice. Everyone had either gone or was too busy to meet. We literally had 3 appointments this week.... A new record low... The other Samarahan Elders had 0.

Until Sunday…

Church was only sacrament meeting, we actually had 19 people, more than we were expecting.

After church we proceeded to go to 7 houses, Brother Sup, Brother Senen, Brother Niga, Brother Clement, a member from Batu Kawa branch who invited us, Brother Beliang and finally Bro Kelvin. At each one we were fed. There was lots of curry, normal rice, kampung rice, glutinous rice in leaves, chicken rendang, pork, jungle pork, bamboo chicken, normal chicken, many varieties of vegetables, various fruits, various noodles, various snack type foods, like crackers, rice prawn crackers, pastries, chocolates, other candy, various nuts, various random traditional things, and lots of soda. By my count I must have drank 2 liters of soda, coke soda, orange soda, grape soda, ice cream soda, fizzy apple soda, apple juice, water, strawberry soda, sarsi soda, and some milo to top it off...

For a list of strange foods I ate wild boar with the fur, sucked snail out of the shell, pork intestines, shrimp heads, and various other stuff.

Basically I have never been so full in my life. If it hadn’t been for Brother Jeff taking us in his car I would have thrown up a couple times while riding my bike I am sure. I am still full now 12 hours later.....

On Saturday Brother Kelvin invited us to his Kampung for opening Gawai, we went for the first few hours, got to play the gongs and such, pretty cool.

Other than that this week was a lot of empty time. Gawai sucks for missionary work.

It may or may not be the same this week, we don’t know yet....

That’s about all,

Love, Elder Halpin


Brother's Kelvin and Jeff, 
the vests we are wearing are our Gawai clothes
Brother Kelvin is the Bidayuh style, ours are the Iban style.

Playing the gongs

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