My friend (who is now a senior banker) comes from the Lun Bawang community hailing from Lawas. Her late brother was a much admired athlete (the late Balang Lasung) and a colleague and great friend of mine too.
From her I learned about how rice is such an important commodity. During festive seasons and /or a special ceremony to bless children etc..the whole community will turn up and each family will bring a basket of rice already cooked and wrapped up in leaves!! How wonderful!!
This is certainly a good community effort to keep the budget of any cerebration small and manageable.
(Photo from G. Mattias)
their basket weaving is very delicate and outstanding.
And the rice is just so delicious because it is grown with great care and on rich mountain soils of lawas. Sharing a packet or two of this special wrapped rice is always a very memorable occasion for me.
A grain of rice is a drop of sweat...and a bit of the soft rice is like sharing love with others!!
May God bless all mothers and aunties who prepare uba layak (the name of the rice packets) in a gotong royong manner!!
(By the way it is not easy to prepare this kind of rice...)