A Stroll through Sarawak’s Very Unique History: The Brooke Rajahs

 If you didn’t know already, this event was held as part of What About Kuching 2018 which is drawing to a close. I had the chance to attend the event yesterday at Fort Margherita.

For the uninitiated, there is actually a new gallery inside the restored fort which has been in operation since last year. Aptly named Brooke Gallery, it was a herculean effort that drew little attention (at least among my circle of friends) which led to the creation of what is, in my opinion, a truly wonderful showcase in Sarawak’s unique history.

9 Cardinal Principals – did you know about this?

The stroll is actually sort of a guided tour through the gallery. Led by Paul Gerarts, a volunteer heritage tour guide, we were given a brief but informative insight into the formation of Sarawak.

The participants had the chance to hear about James Brooke’s role in the creation of Sarawak as well the Brooke’s family’s efforts to forge Sarawak into what it is today. To me, it was a very refreshing take the land’s history, which unfortunately has been neglected in the official narrative for far too long.

Many people had assumed that Sarawak went through a period of oppressive colonialisation by western powers. It could not be further from the truth in Sarawak. This explains why until today, you’ll find many native Sarawakians who speaks fondly of the White Rajahs. This is truly a unique aspect in Sarawak’s history.

Why, you may ask? Well, visit the Brooke Gallery yourself and you will find out all about what they have done for what was back then the independentcountry of Sarawak.

All I could say is, Sarawak has a truly unique story compared to other states in the federation. This WAK event, in my opinion, has successfully showcased an important piece of that story via the gallery and many people will come to know the true history of Sarawak as word spreads among the Kuching populace about this still relatively unknown cultural gem.

Participants of the event listening intently to Paul’s explanations.

The event lasted for an hour and a half and Paul did a great job of providing a lot of information within a short time. It would’ve been more interesting if he introduced more about himself at the start though. We left the place wondering who he was and why did he volunteer for the event. Maybe everyone else there knew who he was (which meant that me and my friends were very ignorant, lol).

Would I recommend a visit to the Gallery? A resounding yes. I will pay a visit again sometime in the future just to digest the tremendous amount of carefully researched information and artefacts pertaining to the state’s foundation. 

For more information, do visit The Brooke Gallery‘s website.

Life after quitting housemanship – a what-if scenario

It’s easy to think quitting housemanship is the solution to all your problems. 

I’m not here to tell you about my experience about quitting housemanship. This post aims to help guide your thinking process if you are on the verge of quitting.

See, life after quitting housemanship wouldn’t be as rosy as you think. There are many considerations to take into account.

Financial obligation

Do you have a back-up plan after quitting?

Do you already have a second job that you can immediately transition into after quitting?

Do you currently have enough emergency savings to last you for at least 6 months?

Do you have a backup plan in case your job search after quitting housemanship fails? It’s not easy to get back into the government sector if you quit. 

Time lost – opportunity cost

It took at least 5 years to get that medical degree. 

Do you think it’s worth it, not having at least passed through housemanship and getting a full registration with the Malaysian Medical Council?

Do you think it’s worth it to redo everything and go through another 3 or 4 more years to get another degree to start all over?

Do you think you can somehow make up for the lost opportunities alone the way that exist in other fields, just by quitting and catching up?

Granted, one can always go into related healthcare fields with a medical degree. Plenty of people have done it. For example, pharmaceutical sales, insurance etc. Let’s not delve too deep into that.

Think carefully before you leap

Nobody said housemanship is easy. 

Everyone knows how toxic it can be. No one is condoning covering up all the alleged sexual harassment, mental health issues and bullying that are prevalent in the field. It’s another topic altogether.

But like what I wrote in my other post – 

Pain is temporary. Growth is permanent.


You might find tremendous success in other fields. Yet, as with everything in life, nothing in certain. The opposite might just happen and you could be in deeper shit than you were before. So do consider all options before making that decision.

GetFood App Review

getfood app

Recently Kuching welcomed another addition to its food delivery app scene with the arrival of GetFood app.

Now we Kuchingites have plenty of options to choose from!

According to this report from Borneo Post, GetFood app is owned and operated by Wahh Innovations Sdn Bhd with support from iCube Innovation. They promise to deliver under 35 minutes upon ordering through the app so I decided to try it out myself.

User interface

Loading time of the app needs improving – it took more than 5 seconds for my phone to fully load the app after opening.

Otherwise, ordering food is easy, just search for the type of cuisine, proceed to order and et voila~ your food is on the way! Payment was a breeze via credit card.

The app features easy tracking of your order status as well as rider location.

I proceeded to order from Chinese Barbeque Specialist which is located at Padungan Road – a good 20 minutes and 8.4 km away from my house.

Time taken from the start of the order until the delivery was about half an hour, which is within what the company promised. Kudos!

Verdict

Another food delivery app to the scene – what’s not to like? This will be a great addition to people who are simply too lazy to drive out on a balmy Sunday afternoon.

I think loading time for the app can be improved though. The app feels significantly slower than its nearest competitor – EzFood. 

Try it today – available on Google Play Store as well as Apple’s App Store.