Ma­hen's Di­ary

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Just as we started the trek, we bumped into a vil­lager car­ry­ing a gas cylin­der in a rat­tan bas­ket strapped to his back. Our own bags felt a lit­tle bit lighter. We reached Te­rian at about 2pm, and had lunch in the river.

Jo­lu­min Si­pail, a na­tive of Te­rian who cur­rently works with Sabah Parks, gath­ered us in the com­mu­nity hall to talk about the ori­gins of his vil­lage and its fu­ture. If and when the RM2­bil­lion Kaid­uan Dam pro­ject starts, all that is along the salt trail – its frag­ile ecosys­tems, the peo­ple and their cus­toms, along with their an­ces­tral land – will be sub­merged. Ev­ery­thing is at stake.

Af­ter din­ner, there was a small party in the kitchen, with our tal­ented guide Jo­han on gui­tar. Sup­per was a de­li­cious serv­ing of a clear sky with a side of stars. We gath­ered out­side for a night of star-gaz­ing and pon­der­ing on the mean­ing of life.

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