Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fun With The Ducks

One of the most interesting events during the annual Durin People's Festival was the Duck Catching Competition.The two-day festival this year was held from December 6-7 at Durin Bazaar, 45KM from Sibu. The above picture showed the organizers carrying a cage of ducks to a waiting long boat

Together with another cage, a total of 20 ducks were transported by the long boat to the middle of the Rajang River.


In mid river, the ducks were released...simply by throwing them up into the air and let them dropped and swam freely in the river. After being caged for several hours without water the ducks were so happy and excited once they were released and swimming in the water. Look at the duck in the picture below...didn't it look like walking in the air?

After the whistle was blown, a group of 20 men, most of them teenagers, jumped from the wharf into the river and swam non-stop towards the ducks.Their common goal was to catch as many duck as possible. Each participant in this competition had paid RM5 and they could bring home all thier catch as the prizes.



But was it so easy to catch a prize? Definately it wasn't. After several minutes of frantic swim, most of them were tired if not exhausted.The ducks however were now fully refreshed and full of energy.

Getting closer......

and even closer.......

This lucky guy at left was the person to successfully catch the first duck. Only about 10 ducks were caught while the rest managed to escape by swimming down river or ran ashore and disappeared into the bushes.




The happiness on the face of this mother was evident with the big smile. Her two sons had presented her with two prizes...and she had promised them a wonderful dinner in the evening.

The Durin People's Festival has been held for the past 8 years. Initially it was called Durin's Beach Festival as most of the events were held on a sand bar infront of the bazaar during the first few years. The community leaders later changed the name to Durin People's Festival to encourage the participation of all residents of Durin. The main aims of the festival are to help foster racial harmony and to promote local tourism. The major races in the area are the Ibans and Chinese.

11 comments:

the donG said...

this is really really cool! i can do that too even without a prize. just for the sake of trying it. hahaha... got a link from victor as he recommend me to visit your blog.

suituapui said...

Did I grease the feathers of the ducks to make them slippery and difficult to catch? I think they used to do that when we had regattas in Sibu.

Philip said...

the donG: Hi, welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting. Yes, it is so fun to participate in this event.

stp: Oh, I never thought of that. But I don't think grease was used in the Durin event.Even without grease it is already difficult to catch ducks as they move very fast in the water.

the donG said...

i am actually planning to go to sibu. i've seen a lot of places posted by victor, bengbeng and other sibu bloggers. im setting up a schedule to go there next year. what month would i best visit sibu and the rest of sarawak?

Philip said...

the donG: Great..I hope to see you in Sibu. We can go into the interior, to the heart of Borneo to experience life with the natives there.I would suggest you come in May or June for 10-14 days at least.

Bengbeng said...

hope to contact u on msn soon. something to discuss

-eiling- said...

wow this is really fun, catching the real ducks and not those yellow rubber duckies. But I would give swimming in that river a pass... Looks like milo ais to me!

sarawakiana said...

Nice photos. Some events like these are not covered by the mainstream media so I really appreciate your blog news and photos.

I like the photo of the happy mother with her ducks. It is good to see little people having some good fun and luck!! It makes the world a little warmer and a little softer and more real.

Philip said...

eiling:Yes it is fun despite the milo ais water. We have no choice...all of us even have to drink this water...after treatment of course.

sarawakiana:I always feel that all our newspapers should always give a balanced reportage on development and happenings in the rural areas instead of just focusing on the news in urban centres.

mama belian n cengal said...

it must be fun catching the ducks, i can only think of itik pa lo...yummy
and that header photo ... is it siow bee?

Philip said...

mama: Have you ever tried catching ducks in the river? Yes that is salted fish siow bee...very special one