Just recently, we were invited over to one of my medical officer's humble abode for a cookout ala barbecue style. Located in another district, we traveled from Keningau right after work to arrive just in time to bask in the ambiance of a totally distinctive setting. The ones that we are used to are the typical and usual garden-variety barbecues operating within the licensed vicinity in the hospital. To do a cookout in a home of another is a different experience altogether and to emphasise the statement, this is not any other home, but a local true-born Sabahan's home. And I'm, we are to be correct, extremely grateful to be handed out the invitations to jostle up some meat right in front of your house on the lawn where the place is indeed close to nature. One of my medical officers even took it to her true self to spend some time star-gazing at the sky lying down on the lawn. We can't be certain whether that is the immediate side effects of consuming too much alcohol though, although that could be a pretty well contending point to ponder. I'm sure she knows who I'm referring to and I'm pretty sure all of us who attended the party knows very well who that person is. *evil grins*
I didn't manage to include the burning and the roasting of the dried bacon strips and the lamb (or many other singing sessions and drinking sessions) as I was too inebriated by that time. Inebriated with too much Baileys and Kahlua mixed together minus the whipped cream. I didn't go for the higher end Jack Daniels or the Absolut Vodka as depicted below as I'm not the likes to be able to tolerate that higher-level of drinking. So thanks but no thanks Mellisa for pouring me a Highball (Vodka + Coca Cola). I think someone else ended up consuming that cup of liquor but I can't be certain who it was. =P
Some of the spuds which I doubt made it onto the barbecue pit. I think we must have over-estimated the food when it came to the shopping ventures, but what's a barbecue without an excess of food anyway? It was quite a wonderful get-together right after a terrible hectic week in the wards; myself included - especially now with more responsibilities. And on the plus side, I get to see my medical officers' other personality especially right after a couple of shots and drinks. You could totally see their different side of the coin altogether which they don't show me during ward rounds and clinic duty. Those latter ones are filled with demure and sullen expressions but these parties really do bring out their 'lively' persona. Interesting... only that it could have been more interesting had I drunk less and observe more. Heh heh...
And I hope she don't mind but here's two views shot from inside of her house. You could see how the daylight has broken onto the lush expanse of the neighbourhood. The gunmetal sky isn't a precedent for thunderstorms and heavy rain, rather it's an accompaniment for the cool temperature that is anticipated for the weather in Tambunan. Just see how the sky blue colour coalesces with Mother Nature. Makes you want to forgo all the city life now don't you? Humans... we are just so difficult to please. =)