Pulling paddy seedlings from the nursery to transplant, one by one, onto the field.
In remote northern Sarawak, folks prefer paddy planting the traditional way – and for good reason.
I trawled the shops of KL to find one of those fishing outfits that keep you dry in knee-deep water. I wanted it for paddy planting, not so much to keep dry but to avoid stepping on tiny snails or fish in the paddy fields.
But no luck. So, I got a pair of football socks instead! My feet will get wet, but at least I won’t have to step on snails and fish with my bare feet.
It is time to plant paddy again in the fields of Ba Kelalan, a remote mountain settlement in northern Sarawak.
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