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DUMPLING FESTIVAL. AN ANNUAL BREEZE.

It was just a year ago yesterday that Seria and Kuala Belait residents celebrated the Dumpling Festival (more accurately called the Dragon Boat Festival). As I have in the previous post described the Chinese tradition in an easy to digest manner (easier to digest than the rice dumplings, that is), I’ll skip the reminder and head straight to the pictures. Like the previous year, I chose the same stretch of sand right off the Billionth Barrel Monument, an icon that no doubt you’re familiar by now, even if you’re not from this neck of the woods. It was also from one of last year’s beach images that was selected by DST for their EASI Pre-Paid phone cards. Unlike last year, however, my kids decided to stay home in favour of Club Penguin and just as well they didn’t come coz unlike last year, our parade got rained on. So this year, my associate Anthony, yes the Nikon D3 dude you may have read about in the recent Lexus Golf Classic post, and I combed the sand with my EOS 5D and 17-40mm (the RED strap made its public debut)!

Nothing like a celebration with a declaration of love to kick it off. Came across this cryptic “1026” with two hearts. You’re more than welcome to decode this and let me know what you think it means.


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There was a time sea breeze was thought to bring health benefits and you would often find the elderly along the beach in the evenings soaking up what’s left of the setting sun. These days it’s unusual to catch them strolling on the beach anymore but instead you get a number of regular joggers and couples enjoying he fleeting moments before them. Below, an elderly gentleman sat alone on one of many washed up logs as more people began populating the beach.


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I’ll admit this. Yesterday was the first time I’d seen an actual dumpling that appeared to have been washed up or one that got left behind by accident. Regardless, people seemed oblivious to this lone item and kids were far too busy running after one another while a mom with her youngest kid kept a watchful eye on her other two kids. There were pockets of fun everywhere from adults to kids soaked in sea water and mothers keeping their kids entertained.

 
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A group of young foreign workers can often be seen in my neighbourhood like this but not at the beach. Yesterday was an exception and over the years, the Dumpling Festival has become such an integral part of the Seria and Kuala Belait experience that a large proportion of the non Chinese and expatriate community enjoy the ambience. I only wish it’s like this every other day! After all the beach is public property and there’s really no reason we cannot make our reasonably clean beaches a part of our life style.


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Here’s Anthony chimping his Nikon D3 to a group of young crowd whom he had fired off a few shots of. I must say, the large 3.0 inch 922,000-pixel LCD is actually useful for critical viewing. It’s one feature I hope to see on the imminent EOS 5D successor.


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In the absence of dumplings, you can always have a buddy thrown out to the sea. Unorthodox yes but not unheard of.


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Moments before Anthony and I got hit by drops of rain as we made our way to the car park, no sooner had we decided it was wise to leave before we got soaked, intimidating cloud formation was tell-tale sign that it is not going to clear up any time soon.


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You never know who you might run into on this stretch. I ran into non other than Award winning blogger, Miss SPIRITUAL GARDEN herself in the flesh along with her best mates in this exclusive WIDESCREEN capture of her larger-than-life persona and with their matching wide grins! As Dumpling Festival is commonly called Dragon Boat Festival elsewhere in the world, check out Nonnie’s post on this occasion—no Dragon Boats in sight but plenty of splashes all the same!


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Within a stone’s throw from the Billionth Barrel Monument is an massive drilling operation that towers over the otherwise large nodding donkey. Quite the contrast between the serene beach and heavy equipment.


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I used to bring my trusty EOS 20D and EFs 10-22mm for non-work occasions but this time, I decided the 5D and EF 17-40mm would be more appropriate but only gained a few mm’s in the long end. The resolution, clarity, colours and sharpness of this combination is noticeably better too! The difference in quality between an L and non-L lens can at times be quite glaring and this seems to be one of those times!

8 thoughts on “DUMPLING FESTIVAL. AN ANNUAL BREEZE.

  1. Maybe I should invent some water proof silicon rubber casing for DSLRs and lens. Rain also nevermind.

    Note to self: Angle looking down at camera doesn’t work for me. Wah lao, like Anpanman’s sister like that.

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  2. Dumpling Festival is a day for us Chinese to remember, it is good to remind our younger generation of this festival which falls on the 5th day of the 5th month in our Lunar Calander . I like those photos you took, there are very impressive and natural.

    Have a great day!

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  3. I miss being in KB 😦 Any idea where in bandar area will you find a group of people gather at the beach to celebrate this festive day?

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  4. It would be a lot easier to drive to Seria than to survey the possibility that people in BSB actually celebrate the festive like us here! Some probably do but you’re not going to find such massive traffic there. I don’t even know if the Chinese in Tutong do so considering the beach is just a few minutes drive. Two hotspots in Seria and KB are the beaches around the Billionth Barrel Monument and the District Office/Post Office. Perhaps in 2009 I’ll give KB a try!

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