24.08.2012 - 25.08.2012
Have you ever heard of a place called Daro located in the outskirts of Sibu?
I haven't any idea where is the place until my best friend announced that she will be getting married there recently. Full of questions marks, of course all of our other friends questioned the soon to be bride on the place. And that's how we came about going to Daro...
My friend is a chinese married to a man of the Melanau race. Her wedding was on the 25th of August 2012.
On the morning the day before, me and a group of friends departed to the LCCT airport on our journey to Sibu airport. Our bride-to-be was at Sibu airport to receive us. We drove a rented car following the bride-to-be to her wedding location, Daro. We started our journey from Sibu at about 3.30pm. On our way, we stopped by our bride-to-be rented house in Sibu before proceeding our long journey to Daro.
The first leg of our car journey took around 45 minutes to reach Jetty Kg Semop to take the first ferry, journey about 10 minutes to cross the river. The ferry was able to take up to almost 15 cars.
Second leg of our car journey took about 20 minutes to take the second ferry at 'Feri Ng. Kecil'.
This time, the ferry took about 30 minutes to cross the wide river. It looked like an ocean to me. You wouldn't feel that the ferry is moving unless you were up at the viewing area. This ferry even had a small area for passengers on board to buy some snacks and drinks. The last leg of the journey took about 15 minutes to reach our inn in Daro, 'Eng Soon Lee Inn'. By that time, it was already pitch dark at 7pm. We dropped our luggage there and proceeded another 20 minutes to the house of our bride-to-be's husband in Kampung Nanggar Besar. It was definitely another moment that not many could experienced, visiting a typical malay house in a remote village in the outskirts of Sibu. His family prepared dinner for us. According to my bride-to-be friend, the village has been without water for more than 2 years. Their source of water was to collect the rain water or purchase water from other places. Luckily they still had electricity in their village.
Although dinner prepared was simple with dishes of fried fish, steamed small prawns, and stewed pumpkins served with rice, the environment and experience is unique to me. We all sat on the floor with small servings of each dish placed in front of us. Slices of apples and oranges were served with plain water to quench our thirst after a long journey to reach there. As we were having our dinner, relatives of the bridegroom family started their preparation for the big day. They were there to prepare all the ingredients that needed to be cooked the next day for the guests. Male relatives were seen outside the house preparing for the big day too. After the dinner, we said our good byes and left their house. As we were driving out the village road, the lights of the house became dimmer until it was totally pitch dark behind our moving vehicle. A new experience to be driving in such condition.
The big day arrived and before we proceeded to the wedding location, we had a breakfast of roti canai and nasi ayam penyet nearby our inn. Roti canai kosong cost RM1 and roti canai telur cost RM1.30. Nasi ayam penyet costs about RM7 but it is definitely more delicious and tastier than back at my place. Small doughnuts of 10 pieces only cost RM1. Where to get this kind of food in my place??? So cheap.
After breakfast, we filled up our car petrol tank at a nearby petrol station. The petrol station was also unique to us. Maybe we haven't seen such kind of petrol station before. We then drove for about 20 minutes before reaching the wedding location. The bride rented a house next door for preparations. We visited that same house and we were greeted with more food served to us. Although still full from the breakfast earlier, we still ate some of the food served. Food served was dishes of pumpkins, mixed vege, beef curry, pineapples and rice.
Everyone was in a jolly mood in the house. During that time, it was still Raya mood for all the guests too. While waiting for the bride and bridegroom to start the 'Bersanding' ceremony, we chatted with some of their relatives.
'Bersanding' is a Malay word which literally means 'sitting together of the bride and bridegroom on the bridal couch'. The main part of the 'Bersanding' is the sprinkle of scented water or in the case of my friend, sprinkle of perfume, which signified the blessings of family members and friends. I got a rare chance to do the sprinkling and blessings in her wedding. Usually, in my other malay friend's wedding, I just attended the 'jamuan makan' (serving of food) sessions. After the 'Bersanding' ceremony, we congratulated again the newly wedded couple and said our good byes, this time leaving Sibu back to KL.
We proceeded our long journey out to Sibu airport and took our flight back home. Although the trip was short, the journey long, we had a wonderful time making our way into the remote villages in Daro.