Dieties on the march in Siniawan's Chinese Chop Goh Mei celebration.
Chap Goh Mei! Siniawan-style!
Last week I had the pleasure of celebrating Chop Goh Mei, the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, in the rural town of Siniawan, near Kuching, capital of the Sarawak District on the island of Borneo, Malaysia.
My new friend James Ritchie, a veteran South Seas news reporter and accomplished book author, who knows just about everybody and everything there is to know in Borneo, took the time to show me around, and what a grand time it was!
Once again for me. the luckiest traveler alive, these are the experiences I live for on the road.
I'll let him tell the tale, at least the publishable parts, in this story he wrote for the Sarawak Tribune, "A Confluence of Adventure Writers," which appeared in print yesterday.
Thank you, my newest good friend, James Ritchie.
Celebrating with some of the parade participants!
Blessings of abundance.
The ubiquitous dancing dragons.
Plenty of incense available.
Traditional marching music.
Young and old in the festivities.
My friend James, on the right, and friends with whom we continued our celebration following the parade by tasting a bit of the local moonshine!
Quotes For A Good Life On The Road
"Smile a lot, talk to strangers, accept all invitations, eat everything offered.”
-- Sage advice from Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad, an inspiring story of how a dramatic change of life led to her travels around the world, one of the first books I read on my journey. Now see my complete collection of travel quotes online by clicking "Quotes For The Road" under "More" in the menu above.
Solas "Best Travel Writing" Awards
Saysha: What Happened?
13th Annual Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing
(Read it here)
Who Am I?
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow, solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 19 countries on four continents and right now I'm enjoying life on the Island of Crete, Greece.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and prolific author James Ritchie about our meeting in Kuching, titled, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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