Travelling in an Express Boat in Sarawak from Kuala Baram to Marudi (which takes 3 hours) is often a very rewarding experience.
As I was keen to keep a safe seat in the rocket shaped boat (with no windows opened) and very little fresh air I chose a front seat when all the rest of the seats were filled up and the roof was also completely full with boxes and young energetic passengers. Even though I had to stand for almost three hours because I really wanted to give my seat to an older lady it was really worth the journey. The fare was RM20..so next time you travel in this way you have to expect standing or sitting (inside or above) for the same price.
Blessings came my way. I had a lot of fresh air and I had the doorway to look through and I watched people and the river scenery passing by.
This little boy and his mother were excellent subjects!!
At about 10.30 two and half hours from Kuala Baram the mother took out a packet of Kampua and started feeding the little boy. He must be quite hungry. Mum did not eat at all. I had seen the boy sucking a feeding bottle filled with Ribena. Mum certainly knew about Vitamins !!
"Anang maio.../don't bite too much...." Here I notice that she was quite comfortable with the disposable chopsticks. I thought it was very ironical that some Chinese on the express were eating western styled buns while this Iban lady bought Foochow Kampua for her little son.
By the way she bought a packet...Kampua Kosong - without meat - for RM3.00. When I was a child (slightly older than this boy) my Kampua Kosong was 30 cents from Wan Hin (No. l Island Road) once in a long while because most days we were not given any pocket money. And I still remember that Kampua was the best food on earth to this day!!
I hope the boy remembers his mother's love and care. And in turn one day he will also help his mother eat when she is feeble and old......