Where money doesn’t talk (not much, anyway)

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Cleaning a drain or chopping wood may not be that much fun, but a gotong-royong spirit does help to build a community that’s nicer to live in.

As usual, the key was left in the ignition of the motorcycle parked by the side of a lonely road. We had just arrived at Long Ubau, one of the nine villages collectively known as Ba Kelalan in the mountains of north Sarawak.

We did not plan to stay long, but as things go in the kampong, we do not always have a choice about the time to eat. It is rude to refuse hospitality from people who want to share their lunch with you, and since fried cucumber and sambal are my favourites, I really had no trouble accepting.


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