May 22, 2010

Breaking Records in the Rain on 22nd May 2010

A small group of friends and I were hanging out near the Indoor Stadium when the early morning downpour caught us by surprise. Unprepared as I was I knew that I could not possibly note down anything or even see anything with my glasses being all misty!! My camera started having its crackling sound again. I would not be able to break my own record of having more than 200 shots in one morning for sure!! My friends quickly left because they were all fairly weak in the knees and low in energy. Almost all the coffee shops were full with every seat taken!! The event was not for old ladies like us.....

But I  heard later that the crowd in front of the dignitaries stood without moving in the rain and waited patiently for the announcements ....

I had started writing this.....
"About 7 a.m. The heaviest rain in Miri drenched the more than 4000 Mirians gathered in City Stadium.


It was the much expected lMalaysia Mammoth Dance and Cultural Performance under Miri Fest 2010."



Later I heard that three records were created. And I asked for photos from friends.......Here they are:

The most number of ethnic groups in a performance. (45 ethnic groups with 6000 dancers)


The most number of seasonal drums (168)in a performance.
The most number of lions (160) in a Lion Dance Performance in the Indoor Stadium away from the rain.......(the primary school teachers were getting the young lion dancers ready for the performance of their life!)

Our Miri children were marvelous!!



Photos courtesy of  by Peter Yong. (Thanks!!)

8 comments:

Ann said...

Ah Yo!!!!!!!! My late maternal grandma would say," You people eat ANG MO SAI!!!!! Don't you know if you get caught in the rain, you catch a cold."

The organisers must have been scolded by many grand mothers, who would be quickly brewing herbs.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ann
I used to go out in the rain without umbrella...really eat a lot of ang mo sai....

I love drinking Chinese herbal brews!!

Would have love your grandma to bits...she must be one grand old lady with lots of wisdom.....

Cheers.

Ah Ngao said...

if we seldom plays in the rain ,we turned out very "siao chia" . even when there's just a slight rain or drizzle,i put my hanky on my head and walks to my car( actually no harm from the water/rain ,...just our silly assumption i think)

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Ah Ngao
Thanks for the kindly reminder. A little rain actually does us no harm. We need to be tough to face the world.

You are right too. It is how we are brought up - how we behave is the way our mother taught us.

But some people do go against the grain.

Catching a cold is not necessarily getting wet in the rain. It depends on the virus in the air actually.

Ann said...

pssst! don't let my 13 year old read your comment. LOL

With this week's rain bomb, it rains and pours. So I told him I will drive him to school. But today, the rain stopped when he finished school and he waited for 10 minutes, complaining it is cold. He wants to ride his bike.

But I explained it is forecast it will rain. Didn't want him to get wet, the road is slippery, it is dangerous, and if he got sick, I have to take time off from work, blah, blah, blah.

The ANG MO GIAs and the Maori Gias just play in the rain.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ann

I remember that all the Chinese boys who played basketball in our school would stop playing when the rain started to drop. But the Iban and Malay boys would rush to the football field just to play in the rain!! They loved getting wet.

Culture!

Ok I won't let Sam read my comment....smile.

Ann said...

your kids, do they stop playing or they just play.

Not my sis's son, he will get sick if he gets wet.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ann
My kids played in the rain and today are quite alright if they get "hit" by the rain ..(i.e. they forget to bring their umbrella)...this time in the long house I brought an umbrella when I went to the karangan (stony river bed) to take pictures...first time with an umbrella in 35 years...not for the rain but for the sun!

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