Sunday, May 29, 2005

Gawai Dayak vs Gawai Layak (Chinese slang)

Born in Iban's family but surrounded by Chinese relatives from my mum's side and Chinese friends make my language sometimes sound miserable. You can hear a bit of Chinese slang especially if I'm trying to talk fast. I didn't discover this little problem of mine not until my TESL teacher friend keep on telling me..." Grace, R not L..."

This is some of examples of my Chinese slang...

"Hari ya kan...masa aku basuh lambut aku kan..."
"Kemalin dah aku hantar buku ya"
"Desplate na bunyi ko tok" .... hahahaha..... I'm so terrible and hampeh when come to language....

That one is just for my introduction or during my teacher's training, we called it as an induction set.

Today is Gawai Dayak and like the previous years, there's no spirit of balik kampung for me because my mum and dad come from the same place (not the same village but it still so near). Everytime I heard my friends busy packing their stuff to bring back to their kampung, it make me feel that I want to have a kampung in Sabah. Why... they asked me... My answer... I just want to experience on how does it feel when there's no more flight ticket for me to return home during Pesta Kaamatan. Hehehe...

Back to my title... Gawai Dayak vs Gawai Layak.... Gawai means celebration, Dayak refers to native in Sarawak consist of Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu. Layak... according to Iban's language means fight and sometimes can end up with kill...kill...die...die...Chinese friends always wish me..."Glace, Selamat Gawai Layak aaa..." I know they really wanna wish me Selamat Gawai Dayak but because of their pronunciation... it sounds Layak... But sometimes its true... Gawai Layak...

Well, I'm not pointing my fingers to all Dayak but normally during this celebration Dayakians will return to their longhouse/village to celebrate this occasion with their family and loved one. One thing that must be the tradition is drinking the tuak or rice wine. I'm not saying that drinking tuak is wrong but when people get drunken... then... anything can be happened. Of course it seldom happen but it happen every year... brothers fight during Gawai... man died after drink with friends... (headline in the newspaper)

Iban especially always said that Gawai is no meaning, not enjoyable without Jin, Cap Apek, Golden, Jugam, Langkau...etc etc etc... (How about Martel? Think about it yourself). I don't want to comment much on the type/label of alcoholic drink just the effect of it. Its really sad when people start to fight, quarrel with their family members.. friends... relatives... during this Gawai. Come on Iban... lets celebrate this year of Gawai with a peace and lovely heart. Segulai Sejalai...

Selamat Gawai Dayak... Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai... Lantang Senang Nguan Menoa....

To all Sabahan... Kotobian Tadau Do Kaamatan...

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Calon Miss Pakan 2005 (tarik diri awal-awal)

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Performing "Ngajat Indu Dara Menoa Sarikai"


5 comments:

Fina said...

First time aku nangga orang ngajat makei tshirt belang-belang.

Apuuu nyak indu dara...

Happy Belated Gawai weih..

hornbill said...

Hehehe...yalah... masa ya aku pergi rumah panjang. Sekali ada special request suruh aku ngajat mewakili family kamekorang. What to do... aku sorang jak ada basic ngajat dalam family aku.

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