Sunday, February 21, 2010

GOTONG-ROYONG ON A SUNDAY MORNING

many hands make light work


"Gotong-royong" is Malay word that has no one word translation in English. It can be described as voluntary work by a group of people - and most of the time it is always related to cleaning activities but not necessarily. So the residents went to the nearby surau (a smaller version of a mosque) to lend helping hands on a Sunday morning. The timing was just right for me and this was the chance to meet others once in a blue moon. We are sometimes too busy to mingle around with our neighbours.

solo action


RIDDLE: how many men do you need to change a light bulb?


Mr. Handyman at work


We started work at 8:30 a.m. and there was no specific list of who should do what. People simply came and did whatever things that needed to be done. And everything was over at about 11:00 - a short but meaningful time spent.

refreshment for eveyrbody
feeling tired but hungry

The moral of the story: (1) Go to surau or mosque when you have the time (2) Get to know your neighbours.