Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bajau Laut @Mabul Island, Sabah 18 March 2011

There is a group of Bajau Laut people (who live on boats), in front of Mabul backpacker. It blow one's mind, knowing the fact that, there is still people living under this condition. Interestingly, we observed them throughout the duration of our stay.

The kids row the boat to the back of Mabul backpacker where the kitchen is located.

They waited on the boat, in hope of getting some food.

There is one family, where the father works at the resort next to Mabul backpacker.  After having breakfast on boat, the father will row the boat to the resort and alight at the beach. Thereafter, the mother will row the boat back.

The mother rowed the boat back to the same location while a naked child looked on. Another child slept on the tent and a teenage girl was seen applying white powder all over her face. This particular boat lives a family of 5 !! And it is not considered the largest number of people per boat, as we heard, there are up to 4 families live in one boat too.
During lunchtime @1230pm, the mother will pick up the father, then row the boat back and have lunch on the boat. In the evening, the same routine occur again, where the mother picks the father up from work.

There was a group of 4 little kids who would 'walk' from their homes (boats) to the sandy area right under Mabul backpacker workers squatters. Did you see the tiny balled-up thingy where the first kid is holding above the water? That thingy is actually a plastic-bag containing children clothes. They crossed the sea, naked and put on the clothes once they arrived the shore. :)) They did that two days in a row !

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Here they were, playing under the wooden stilt house. The background song was sung by Mabul backpacker Philipino chef, Jojo. He plays a guitar and sings charmingly during his rest period.

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At low tide, the Bajau Laut waded the sea in search of edible seaweed.

Edible seaweed.

A Bajau Laut boy.

The Bajau Laut man rowed to Mabul backpacker, trying to sell all his fishes for RM30!

The mother moved the boat with a long stick. It was lunchtime and she picked up her hubby whom I mentioned above, home for lunch. She cooked on the boat. We could see small fire lit up, at 6am. The youngest kid sat at the edge, without wearing clothes. S

The father rowed the boat home.

1 comment:

Jack Ng said...

I salute the Bajau Laut people for being so simplistic and contented with their life at sea. Is an eye opener for me, still trying to understand if the life that they are living is by choice or by circumstances.