Sipingmato was invented by Lesley Kibat as an alternative way to write Kadazandusun (either Central Dusun or Coastal Kadazan). The name Sipingmato comes from a short version of “Sampaping do Pimato” (Alphabet’s sides). This script is adapted from the Hebrew and Arabic scripts. The Sipingmato letters are similar to Hebrew letters, but some are flipped horizontally.

This script has potential, as many do, but there is an issue with presentation. I’m also not sure that it would function well as a handwritten script. There also seems to be some terminology mistakes on the page, but that very well may be because the author is Malaysian. I would be interested to see a handwritten/calligraphic version of this script.

This script gets a 2×3 for aesthetics and functionality.

Kala Phrase

야 거 오다 기 하자니
ya ke ota ki hatsani
/ja kɛ oːta ki hat͡ʃaːni/
VOC O father REFL fortune-nice
Being a father is its own reward.

Kala Phrase

마요마구 나 도바휴 자여 요무 마아 너다버리자 그라여
mayomakua na topahue tsaye yomua ma’a netapelitsa kulaye
/majomaːkʷa na topaːɦʷɛ t͡saːje joːmʷa maːʔa netapɛliːt͡sa kulaːjɛ/
four-day-all 1s bed-LOC until morning with Netflix spend.time-PST
I spent the entire sunday in bed with Netflix until dawn.

Kala Phrase

요후여 나 거 브즈 어나 야건고 소냐
yohuaye na ke putsu ena yakenko sonya
/johʷaːjɛ na kɛ puːt͡su eːna jakeːᵑko soːɲa/
night-PST 1s O goblin P.1s pursue-CONT dream
I had a dream last night that a monster was chasing me.

So, my phone died today.

It wasn’t anything special, no glorious bells or whistles, but it did have quite a bit of info on it; info that I use when I’m developing ideas for my conlangs, ideas for poetry, ideas that I often end up posting here.

I can’t say that I’m too shattered by this as I have notebooks galore, google backup and most of my real work saved in various email accounts. What really disturbed me, for about ten minutes, was the idea that I was completely without a means to reach the outside world. You see, my phone died as the power went out, and because my home phone, internet, and cable are of course all tied to this power source, I was indeed very much shutoff from the outside world.

This only lasted ten minutes because I took myself to a very vulnerable place, a place that I haven’t been to often in my life, but one that is still very real and very much ingrained in my psyche. I was homeless for a short time in my youth and without any means to communicate with anyone other than face-to-face interaction.

This simple reminder of what it truly means to be alone was actually comforting after my momentary lapse in perspective. In light of that, I propose anyone that reads this, set aside twenty minutes a day, and just unplug. No, I don’t mean set your phone down, or just turn the computer off, I mean completely unplug…turn the power off, be utterly alone with your thoughts and feelings (of course, going for a walk without any devices meets this goal very easily).

You are not a bad person if you do not accept this challenge, but I honestly think that if you were to do this, you would learn to appreciate the quiet, the calm, the solace of being with yourself, and realize that the things you look to are no more powerful or resonant than what you already possess within.

New Kala word

tsela – /t͡ʃɛːla/ – philosophic theory; philosophy

Taken from: 철학

each night

the beans are overcooked
her feelings, overlooked
the stove is still on
she cried until dawn
the bed is unkept
no one knows that she wept
the clothes are not folded
her best dress, molded
the dishes are soaked in soap
a mess, on the table
she tries to muster hope
she is not able