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:: The Sleeping Dictionary June 24, 2008

Posted by Minci 先生 in Movie/TV Reviews.

Jessica Alba has got to be one of the prettiest Iban I’ve ever seen. In the movie Sleeping Dictionary that is. The movie’s sound quality was so bad (padan..tgk lanun punya) that I had to fast forward most scenes. I couldnt help wondering if ‘sleeping dictionaries’ did exist in Sarawak.

Sleeping dictionary is a term given to indigenous women of Sarawak (in this case, the Ibans) who lives with the foreign officers on administrative duties in Sarawak – performing wifely duties and teaching the local language. 

According to Wikipedia, the practice existed. Hence, the  “many prominent Eurasians in local Borneo society who are living proof of that”. I have yet to find a more reliable resource. Tak nampak pun. 




1. ayeh - June 25, 2008

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie; it was funny as it was moving. What I liked about the movie most was that it shot on location without much fanfare thus watching it, I was caught by surprise.

Can’t say about the Iban; but in truth, the Sleeping Dictionary exist in many societies including the Malay of the Peninsular, only the extent may vary from one place to another – some may have been forced, while some not. I may be wrong, but I would think the real reason behind such ‘affairs’ would be more sexual than not. Later, it led to other matters convenient which seem to suit everybody…well, almost.

But as you implied, the ‘effects’ or proof that such ‘affairs’ existed may be akin to searching for the Nessie or Bigfoot, or mysteries on similar scale. However, do take in consideration that this custom or courtesy was not afforded to the gwailos only, as invading forces may partake on such matter to their whims and fancy.

2. mossavi - June 25, 2008

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder …. teringin nak tengok Min pakai traditional 🙂 mesti the very the sweet …

3. You Know - June 25, 2008

I watched the movie quit sometime now. I have a copy of it as well. Of course the best part will be the ” susu” part. Hahaha.

If it were for real, I would be glad to migrate to the Borneo and live happily ever after.

4. Puteri Nad - June 25, 2008

got people yg suka susu part oso :p LOLOL

5. pokdeng - June 25, 2008

Crap, all i know this movie’s attraction was nothing than that sexual part. Yeah, that ‘susu’ part. I love that. It made my ehem2 sheers so i think im going to pee. LOL. Sorry for being pervert. BTW, J.Alba doesn’t seem perfectly plays her role as Iban.

6. Minci - June 25, 2008

Well.. theres a lot to love about sarawak. 🙂

ah yes.. Im as cute as a muffin. ha ha.
i’ll cantum the bulu ayam together and do the mulu dance for you.. :p

You know,
hahahaha.. ur otak is so like my fren Nad.. hey.. jomlah gi borneo.. kiter masuk gua

‘bagus susu’.. ha ha ha

she’s got the accent.. which makes the iban language not that authentic..

7. pokdeng - June 26, 2008

yep, that’s why my iban’s friends laughed at her when she speaks iban.

8. intismiblemiug - August 4, 2008

Thank you

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