The Tale of Working Mothers
Mothers - the real-life Wonder Woman. From the moment that woman delivers her first baby, she is already a wonder woman because it is not easy to take care and raise one baby. That baby might be adorable, but a lot of the things that the baby needs and the hardship happens behind the scene. Crying in public space is just one of many challenges the baby brings forth. Changing diapers, feeding them, breast-feeding; the list is endless. Regardless of many formula milks out there, the best milk is still from the mothers’. Should not be substituted with manufactured milk until the baby is at least 6 months old, although prolonged period is better. Otherwise, the baby might catch a tummy bug or chest infection in the first year. Breastmilk is produced on supply-and-demand basis - the more it was consumed, the more it will be produced. Good for the mother and overall family economic. Signs of enough breast milk includes, but not limited to, having good skin tone for the babies, the baby is happy after being fed, the overall process is easy and pain-free for the mother. However, it would be a challenge for the mother to breast-feed the baby while working, so the best alternative is to pump the breast-milk to be fed to the baby while the mother is working. Not easy, isn’t it? This is just the challenge when the baby is still small. As they grow up, with different attitude, the challenge increases.Therefore, love your mother, and your wife. For those who is getting married, get ready. Getting married is like preparing for a long journey together. It is fun, and challenging as well as shifting the paradigm. Whatever it is, best of luck and have a great, blessed weekend ahead!
Land of Opportunity
For most people, America (USA) is a land of opportunity, where if people work hard enough, hustle day and night, they can achieve the American Dream, as symbolised by The Statue of Liberty. But for some people, Malaysia is a land of opportunity, where if they can work and hustle day and night, they can get whatever they want, and send back money to the families they left behind when they migrate here to Malaysia. Just like my new friend of mine in his picture, he came from Nepal all the way to Malaysia. Opportunity here is much better than at his country. He is not the only one, as there are few others. Many would think that these people causes all the social problems, but the locals also has their fair share, in fact, more than them. One fact that struct me most is that actually our land is full of opportunity, and yet there are still jobless locals out there. Being picky is one of the reason why, but unrealistic benefit and salary expectation is also one of the factor. Time and tide waits for no man. If you don't grab the opportunity, someone else will. If you admire a girl or a guy for some time, but no action or approach, then someone else will. You'll lose out. In the end, the opportunity goes to those who is willing to work. May the odds be ever in your favour.
Photo by amateur Leica photographer, Claudius.
Sabah, Land Below the Wind is one of the biggest territory at Borneo island. Blessed with abundance of tropical rainforest and consistent rain shower every year, Sabah is like a heaven for the birds and beasts of tropical rainforest. Among the greeneries, there lies the Sabahan peopes, among them are the Kadazan, Dusun, Murut, Bajau, Suluk and many others. Sumandak is a Kadazan-Dusun term, which carries a meaning “lady”. These sumandaks will compete with one another every year, during “Kaamatan” Festival (Kadazan-Dusun’s Harvest Festival, with its climax on 31st May annually). Generally, Sabahan’s are very friendly and easy to talk to, and don’t be surprised with “bah” at the end of their sentences. Physically, they are fair-skinned and most of the time mistaken for a Chinese. Mix-marriages between Kadazan-Dusun and other races is quite common, especially with the physical barrier no longer exists, unlike before during the Golden years of Kadazan-Dusun ancient civilization times, where marriages are restricted between peoples and casts. Despite their national burden that weighs them down, they still manage to smile, which is a mark of an excellent emotional quotience. The best time to visit Sabah is during May every year, where it is easy to find people go “aramaiti” (merry-making). Who knows you might find the love of your life amongs these Sabahan peoples? They’ll say – buli bah kalau kau (which means, you can do it). Photo by amateur Leica photographer, Claudius.