|A coastal launch typical of the 60's is seen entering the Miri river mouth.|
Picture credit: Ho Ah Chon, "Sarawak in pictures - 1940's - 70's".
|Me standing next to the school emblem in 1967. The school's motto was 'Optimum'.|
|Aerial view of Miri town in the 60's|
Picture credit: Ho Ah Chon
The journey meant a full day and night in small coastal launch in heavy seas or moderate waves. In daylight we could see the endless green coast and sandy beaches, felt the salty sprays brushing our young faces and watched the waves ahead and past us. In reflection we were indeed fortunate to have survived the ordeal at sea because in the 60's we had little choice in travelling to school since road travel from Bintulu to Miri was non-existent and air travel was too expensive and largely beyond the means of most parents.
My travelling journey at sea to begin the school term or back for holidays would not have happened safely if not for the expertise of the ship's captain. I now feel greatly indebted to those unsung heroes.
Happy Malaysia Day Sarawak!
(Note: This is Article #14 in a series to celebrate Malaysia's national day (Malaysia Day) - 16 Sept annually)
|Aerial view of Bintuulu town in the 60's|