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Lonnie Jalung First Penan Woman to become University Student

If you have previously bought these sets of Penan greeting cards bearing my birds and landscape photographs, consider this post my way of a Thank You on behalf of the Penan Helping Hands for your enormous contribution. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these cards along with additional proceeds from sale of the Penan weaved baskets (I use one for my weekly tamu shopping) go to making a difference to not just one girl’s future but also the future of the nomadic tribe she represents. I had the pleasure of meeting Penan girl Lonnie Jalung in person in my hometown at none other than the legendary Soi Heng coffee shop — she had ordered their delicious sambal fried kway teow by the time I got there! This rendezvous was in May 2011, a year earlier before her recent story and interview in the Borneo Bulletin (see excerpt below).

A Panaga Natural History Presentation: Penan — Lost or Found?

My collection of birds and landscape photographs photographed in and around the Belait district.

From Lowest Hill to Big Hearts: A Brunei Times Story | Penan Ear Rings

Presenting Lonnie my business card, shamelessly interrupting her Soi Heng sambal fried kway teow moment.
Lonnie visits Brunei bearing gifts: I’m holding one of a number of best selling Oriental Pied hornbill photos while Lonnie’s holding two Penan authentically weaved bamboo baskets she has brought along as a token of her appreciation. I love these baskets and they’re proudly displayed in my studio as a reminder.
Meet Violette Tan (left) a driving force of the Penan Helping Hands group, my former English and Sec 4 Form teacher at St John’s School once upon a time. This is one of those rare journeys in life where least likely paths actually cross because of photography.

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A thank you note & post auction update:
The silent auction went incredibly well and closed with a final bid price that exceeded my expectation—B$550.00!  Congratulations to the successful bidder and to fellow photographers Gavin, Radhi, Azri, Bryan and Ken I’m thankful for your support and enjoyed our first coffee session at Zuki Cafe  which was a trip down “forced induced” memory lane among other things. To Bibi who was unable to join us due to fever, take care and I hope you feel a lot better today 🙂


This Saturday (April 17, 2010) I’m auctioning one of my favourite landscape art pieces at the Panaga Helps Earthquake Fundraiser event. This photograph was captured with the EOS 20D from the vantage point of my kitchen balcony in Kampong Sungai Bera, Seria on 19th March 2009 at precisely 6.43 am. As described in the Auction Catalogue this piece is printed on 12″ x 18″ Kodak Professional paper (actual size is smaller due to slight cropping), elegantly mounted and framed exclusively for the event. Many thanks for your messages and support on Facebook—they’re much appreciated 🙂

Event Programme | Auction Catalogue A theme appropriately selected by Liesbeth for the auction, this sunrise piece represents the new dawn
for the earthquake victims of Haiti and Chile as generous donations pour in from all over the world
to help rebuild their lives. © Jan Shim Photography

The finished frame measures 27″ x 23″

An email I received from Panaga Helps committee in as early as February 2010 prompted this and without much hesitation other than a delayed reply I am delighted to be a part of their humanitarian effort.

I got your name from Mr. Dols. In search of your e-mail address I came across your website. Wow, I’m really impressed with your work, now I am almost afraid to ask you but I’m giving it a try anyway.We are a couple of volunteers living in Panaga, very much heartbroken by what happened in Haiti and we are trying to set up a fundraiser for the Haitian people, helping them to rebuild their houses and hopefully their lives again. There will be international food stalls, live music, kids activities, a fun quiz with prices and an auction. We are very positive that offering your service will contribute in a big way!

Would you please think about this and let us know? I know it is a lot to ask.

Kind regards,
Liesbeth de Leeuw
Panaga Helps Haiti & Chile Committee

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So I put my supposed blog-posting hiatus on hold for a good cause—to promote Noah Jackson’s art and his commitment to environmental conservation efforts through photography. I believe great photography inspires and changes lives in a positive and meaningful way and I’m privileged to have met the artist whose efforts I can identify in a small way with the PENAN greeting cards. Many thanks to Hans Dols of Panaga Natural History Society for the invite!

…. the money raised from your greeting cards has enabled us to get a Dell desktop for the three Penan girls we sponsored for `Diploma In Nursing’. They have to share one for their course work and we are trying to get another one for them. Thank you. — Violette Tan

Related posts: Lowest Hill to Big Hearts | Plight of the Penan | Green Speaker holds Lectures

Other great  photographers I’ve met in Brunei include Kris Boutillier and Don Gurewitz (2)

Noah Jackson, man on a mission at Panaga Club Teratai Room

Forest Voices provides tools and training for sensitive forest and agriculture communities, documenting  knowledge and management through photography, video and participatory methods. This gives communities a voice to create a future that reconciles differences and maintains hope and health to keep forests, farms and communities thriving. — Noah Jackson | Hope in Light

Early guests checking out Noah's fine art pieces
Noah Jackson reads out a testimony from an associate
An opportunity to own Noah's art pieces for a small fee, guests pick out their personal favourites
Photography enthusiast Leytzher Muro picks out 'The Elephant's Eye' while checking out more of Noah's work. He attended Louis Pang's Shoot Like A Pro workshop at the Empire Hotel earlier this year.

A picture of me and a guest captured by Gavin while Noah sets up his laptop for the presentation

About Forest Voices
Forest Voices is a new environmental NGO with a mission to document the ecological knowledge of communities living within and adjacent to primary forests. Our core team includes Noah Jackson, Photographer cum Forest Community Researcher; Lesly Leon Lee, Videographer and Visual Storyteller; and Mohala Santharamohana, Writer cum Projects Coordinator. Using participatory research methods and building trust, Forest Voices documents activities such as gathering and harvesting wild foods, and collecting plants and seedlings, to emphasize the value of the forest environments to the communities who use them. By respecting their local expertise on forest management, we provide a vehicle for communities to share their understanding of forest environments. In light of development and diminishing natural resources in Malaysia, Forest Voices is helping to document knowledge that will lead to a more sustainable use of the world resources.