These plastic bags contain 5 kg of stones for Roman Catholic pilgrims and other well wishers to carry up to the top of Mt. Singai.
And that was my introduction to this fantastic place called MCPC - a place managed by the Roman Catholic Church of Kuching.
It took us about an hour to find the place because the signboard was a little obscure and the statue of Jesus Christ was not what and where we expected. So we missed them at first and had to retracked back when we almost reached Bau. A waste of good time. It is actually more or less about 12KM from Batu Kawah.
Before climbing the stairs I also took a proactive step to book a Bidayuh lunch for our part of four (yes I did insist on local pork if they have)after parking a little too far away. We could have driven in but there was not indication we could do so.
Next to a gurgling stream where reflections on the water jumped around caused by the leaves trembling in the wind were steps up the mountain. We knew we were in some kind of Garden of Eden. Father Westerwoudt who initiated this place could not have chosen better. The Dutch Catholic priest lived in this place for 12 years and died from typhoid at the young age of 37. The Roman Catholic Mission built a school for the local Bidayuhs converting many. Their initial work was not in vain for in 1981 - 94 years after the work of the Dutch priest - Mt. Singgai was renewed and revived as a place of worship and a centre for pilgrimage.
God worked in mysterious ways and funds flooded in. The local people helped and a massive transformation too place. A stair way to the peak was built with 14 stops each bearing a Station of the Cross. (Chairman is Vincent Eddy). Today it is a place for many to pay their homage and also a very healthy and spiritual nature's garden.
It was a beautiful morning...in my next trip I promise myself I will carry 10 kg of stones up to the top.
|Hoo Neo meeting a local(Daniel) who served in the Army in Malacca!! They shared some moments together.|
|The banner prepared by the committee led by Vincent Eddy calling for support.|
|Young Catholics carrying the plastic bags of stones up the stair case to the top.|
|A Sibu relative carrying 40 kg as his "offering" to the Centre. He makes two or three trips each week. Yes indeed he is a Foochow from Sibu.....ask him why he is doing this!!|
May God bless all those who come here and all who help to maintain this place as a holy and pilgrimage centre. There will certainly be times for me to do my reflections and pay my homage.