Thursday, August 2, 2007

A Friend in Buckfield, Maine

It was either going to the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland - where we could eat lobsters as much as we wanted; for free!, or going to visit a young single mother living with only her 7 year old daughter in Buckfield, Maine - a small town jauuuh macam Selama, Perak!. Thank goodness for Google Map..
Sunshine
Well, of course Tini and me opted for the latter. ANyway, Rockland is like 5 hours away and we have only one day to see Maine. Nalil's words " I can live without food, or harta but not my religion!"; keep ringing in my ears and I am glad the feisty-ness and braveness of a Muslim is proven in this Singaporean lady yang ber-kampung di Negri Sembilan.
A bit on the Town of Buckfield, Maine - as of 2007 Buckfield(04220)'s population is 1,802 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of only 5.30 percent. So, we can see the remoteness of this town and I believe Selama, Perak is more populated - even without the family of arwah Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Omar ... The median home cost in Buckfield is $171,600. Which is relatively very cheap compared to Newton, Massachusetts! The half acre land and cosy home which Nalil and Liana live in at the moment was bought 20 years ago for only about USD24k!
Overall, Buckfield cost of living is 90.05. The cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Buckfield is cheaper and above 100 means Buckfield is more expensive than the US average. By the way, Nalil grows her own tomatoes, pumpkins, egg plant, mint leaves, and peppers; the blueberry and blackberry shrubs grow on their own - must have been blown by the wind or brought by the birds.

There are not many Asians in Buckfield and Nalil is known to be the only Melayu there. 98.73% of people are white, 0.00% are black, 0.33% are asian, 0.28% are native american, and 0.66% claim 'Other'.

Underneath the apple tree beside Nalil's house.

We had a great time at Buckfield and thank you to Nalil and Liana for their grand hospitality.

After dzuhur prayers we left Buckfield and headed for Portland where the lighthouses and lobsters await us..

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