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Monday, March 15, 2010

Do you live like nomadic people? Well, I do!

Salam to all,

It's been two days since I last posted an entry. We were so busy when we received few invitations from our friends. bukan kenduri kawin ye sbb kat sini kebanyakan Msian dah kawin, yg bujang pun nak kawin kena balik Msia dulu Our friends had invited us over to their repected houses as we are leaving soon and they wanted to have a nice long chat with us. It had also given us some opportunities to ask them if they would like to buy some of our stuffs. The result was pleasing because right now some of them are interested in our electrical appliances and we also got someone who wants to buy our used car.

Right. I don't want to beat around the bush and then forget about the title. I've been thinking about writing on this topic few weeks ago. Why did I choose to talk about nomadic people? Let's find out.

(Thanks to Mr Google for the photo)

Nomadic people (or nomads) are people who move from place to place, rather than living in one place. The best known examples of nomads are gypsies, Roma, Sinti and Irish travellers. Many other ethnic groups and communities are traditionally nomadic; such as Berbers, Kazakhs, Samis and Bedouin.
People are nomads for many reasons. Most nomads are husbandmen herding their livestock, such as cattle, horses or reindeer from pasture to pasture. These people have to change places according to the weather. Other nomads are traders and craftsmen (people who make things) traveling to exchange goods or to practice their craft where it is needed.
Nomads who follow their herds usually live in movable dwellings with few things inside, like Mongols. Nomads who trade or practice crafts usually have wagons in which they travel, because wagons are better for carrying goods.

(source: Wikipedia)

I reckon I've been experiencing living like Nomadic People because I moved from place to place to live. Though my nomadic reasons are not the same reasons as theirs. My reasons were following my
abah (father) who changed his jobs from one company to another, I had to changed my secondary schools about three times bukan sbb kena buang sekolah tau and I had to quit my first job and lived with my hubby under one roof.

Since I was a baby, my abah brought us (my late mum and my brother) to live in Terengganu (M'sia) for 2 years. Then we moved to back to Kelantan (Msia). We lived in Kota Bharu until I was 4. We moved again to Kubang Kerian. I spent most of my childhood to mid teenage years in Kubang Kerian because we stayed there until I was 15. In 1993 just before I could sit for my PMR exam (a public examination in Malaysia), my abah had to be transfered to Meru, Klang. My younger sister and one of my brother had to stay with me until I finished my examination. My uncle and his wife were our guardians and we stayed in our house(I'm talking abt Kubang Kerian house) until my examination ended. During the school holidays my younger siblings moved to Meru but I had to stay at my grandparents house until I received my result. I also didn't want to change school until I was sure about the result. So, I had to stay for about a month at my old school (SMU A Amir Indra Putra) in Bachok, Kelantan. When I got the PMR result, I was thrilled because not long after that I received
an offer from one of the SBP (one of Residential Schools in Msia). sebenarnya nak lari dr kena ambik
SMU -sijil menengah ugama. masa tu rasa tak mampu nak menghafal banyak2 dah. huhu

From 1994-1995, I basically lived with my friends in SMSAH (aka Jenan). I only saw my family during the school holidays. By 1995, my family again moved from Meru, Klang to Bukit Mertajam, Penang. They lived there until the end of 1997. After my SPM (another public exam in Msia), I got the offer to futher my study in TESL. It was a twin program between PPP/ITM and UKM.

To cut the story short, takut pjg2 kan boring dan mengantuk pulak org baca, hehe I didn't spend too
long waiting to start my first job after my graduation. I applied the job as an English teacher in USM.
By August 2001, after two weeks of my graduation, I started my first job. I stayed there until at the end of 2005. Yup, I moved again to Selangor because my hubby was attached to UPM and we didn't want our eldest daughter growing up without really knowing her papa(my hubby). We stayed there until my hubby received an offer to further his study (in PHD) in University Of Waikato, New Zealand.

Now, here we are living in a foreign country and yet we know it's a temporary thing. At least it's a long period of temporary thing. By the end of next month, we are going back for good to our beloved country; Malaysia. And if you are wondering, yes we really miss Malaysia and of course our extended
family members there. We can't wait to go back!

How about you? Have you ever experienced living like nomadic people? If so, how was it? Do you like it? What was/were your reason/reasons?

6 comments:

Confession of a Coffeeholic Mama-Miya said...

hahahha..br aje last friday i said to my hubby yg we all ni cam nomad. we move to another place if the place takde enough rezeki to sustain our pocket, body & soul. :D plg lama we stay in a place would be 2.5yrs.. itu pun dah rasa bosan sgt dah...rasa cam berkarat otak & jiwa..hahhaha..

temp. housewife said...

I reckon there are other people who have to live like nomadic people as well. the obvious reason is bcs of their jobs. ;)

Mila_ibu najihah said...

Akak, since 13 sy duk hostel. the longest I've stayed with my own family is 6 months masa tggu pggilan U. yg lain2 sy duk 'nomad' ecehh..nak jugak guna istilah tu. dah keje, dr HQ kena pindah ke cawangan plak...haa..confirm nomad. Tp sy mmg suka hidup merantau,so much we can learn :) if ada rezki bleh duduk oversea mcm akak best jugak ye

yatie chomeyl said...

I do too hahaha...

temp. housewife said...

betul MIla. banyak berjln luas pengalaman kan. insyallah ada rezeki
pergila merantau pula.

temp. housewife said...

of course you do too Ti. lg banyok tempat Ti duduk dr Knur.