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Sarawak Trip

Sweet Revenge at the Longhouse (Episode 5)

Episode 1, 2, 3, 4,

Previously on episode 4, a sagging boobs nanny wanna ‘peek’ me bath. XD

Actually, I didn’t bath there but had all my baths at the waterfall nearby. It’s actually the same thing, the only difference is everyone is bathing together which makes it less awkward.

The journey took around 10 minutes, through the forest and no, there’s no wooden path like the one in the photo.

The villagers use water from the top of the waterfall (not this small waterfall, there’s few levels up the hill) for their daily activities. I heard they gonna use it to generate electricity to the longhouse in near future.

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back at the long house..after the bath

Revenge is sweet. :D

Hohohoho

Someone is making “Tumbok”..punched potato leaves? :P

Our dining “table”.

Firewood for our “stove”

This is where we used to kill time during the evening before dinner.

We are warned to not stay near the river as there might be hungry crocodile around.

Sun setting. Time to head home.

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:: Later that night ::

It will be my first time to sleep in a Longhouse. First thing, I noticed is..mosquitoes! Although, they closed all the windows and doors, a few of this fella managed to sneak in the house.

PA(Personal Assistant) Mel saw me blew a mosquito away instead of killing it and started questioning me. I lectured her bout my theory.. then suddenly..a bug land on her.

it turns out it’s not a Mosquitoes. OAO Poor firefly. More and more fireflies kept sneaking into the “house” after that and within minutes we have a Milky Way in the house.

Oh yea, they sleep early when there’s nothing to do. There’s no TV in the place we stayed.

To be continued..

Next on Longhouse trip.. I heard something last night?!!

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Sarawak Trip

City cat culture shock at le Longhouse (Epi 4)

Previously, Longhouse trip…sagging boobs ARGHH my eyes!!!

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After that, we reached my friend’s pintu. Longhouse are divided into Family rooms called Pintu(door), one door is for a family.

First thing I noticed upon arriving is that everyone here speaks Iban language. Abuden. :|They do speak Sarawak Malay/Sarawak language or even English for some but with heavy Iban slang in it. I can hardly understand too.

Most of the time, I have no idea what they are talking about. All I did was smile. XD

I did picked up a couple of words like.

Nama – What

Makai – Eat

Jalai – Walk

Pulai – Back

EngKa – Don’t Want

Ka – Want

Manok – Chicken

Janik – Pork/Pig

Air Wom – Waterfall

Nyirup – Drink

Tambak – Stupid

Lol most of the words are related with what I did over there. Food, Bath & scolding PA. LOL

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The longhouse we stayed are really very isolated, due to the little amount of people who stay around this area, no basic utilities are provided here as it is not profitable to do so.

My PA has warned me about this and asked me to prepare entertainment of my own for these few day. Actually, I wasn’t the only city cat there, the PA’s brother has not been visiting the longhouse for almost 10 years. So he too are not used to it.

The first thing he did when he arrived was…

=.= Sibling alike. Overly Attached Girlfriend and Boyfriend.

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PA Papa also offered me his phone but…

*writing my will*

PA papa~~ Why you kept pouring cold water on me. T3T *i iz foreveralone cat*

Seriously, I was having a bad luck, one of the family is having a wedding dinner back in the cat city during Gawai, hence most of the families are not coming back longhouse for Gawai. :(

Beside that, the solar battery to our Pintu was spoiled. :| So the laptop I brought with me is just a piece of useless metal there. GG.com.

Lucky, I had my camera with me. So I went around and took so photos..

The Verandah where everyone hangouts because it’s freaking hot in the Pintu.

The bags you seeing in the photo are all Rice. There are so many rice that you can eat for months to year. As the storage hut is under renovation, hence they kept all the rice at the Verandah.

Le inside of the Pintu.

The traditional longhouse. No partition, no rooms, one big room for all. Living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining room in one, 4 in one combo XD. Because the kitchen is in the same room, the room is usually very hot when they are preparing food.

The source of heat in the room. Our traditional old school stove. XD Cooking food the old school way because gas stove is too mainstream. hahaha

What I’m seeing next is the most shocking part of the room.

Behold, the toilet, balcony and bathroom. XD

What’s so shocking?

Well…

For unknown reason, I feel insecure..

*to be continued*

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Reached Long House at Last (Epi 3)

Previously, on trip to Longhouse. Miao&WafuPafu encounred Buaya (Crocodile).

Here’s the photo of it which I forgot to post.

It’s my first time to encountered a crocodile in the wild. :|

Pretty exciting lor. We actually managed to spot almost 5-6 of them on our way out few days later.

Due to heavy deforestation, there are lots of floating logs on the river. It would be scary if we accidentally ran into one, flip the boat or sank the boat into the crocodile infested river. OAO

So to avoid this to happen, one who is experienced is needed to sit in the first seat and guide the boat. So…

Seriously, that flying thing really came in my mind. what the meow. I have no idea what my brain is thinking.

After the 2 hours boat ride, we finally reached the jetty to the long house.

A peaceful jetty.

I heard from PA’s Papa, the water here used to be crystal clear, and when he was small, he used to swim in the river with all his relatives but now it’s all muddy that he don’t even dare dip his legs in it.

It took only 5 minutes walk from the jetty to the longhouse.

TADA!! this is the longhouse.

There are many kinds of long house.

The Modern one with bricked, satellite dish, power, water supply, road connections etc.

The Old school one (occupied), wooden made, still fully occupied, maintained, repaired but without/with limited basic utilities exactly like the longhouse hundred years ago.

The Run Down one (foreveralone left behind), similar with the Old School having no or limited basic utilities but without much maintenance and renovation due to low occupancy.

The one I went is the the run down one where only 2-3 out of the 27-29 families stay there, the rest only went back during the Gawai, so it was pretty run down, it is a very old longhouse, dated more than 80 years or even much more.

The Semulong Iban Long House.

The Iban traditional longhouse mainly are made out of wood and located near the river. In oppose to the Bidayuh‘s longhouse which have more bamboo as material, located on hills and comes with a baruk (round building); and the Ulu‘s longhouse which is larger in size located on highlands and always covered with mural drawing of tree of life.

This longhouse comes with solar panels batteries. It’s not much but sufficient for light activities usage .

The walkway.

Open Verandah where people rise their rice, crops, laundry etc. And that’s a new house trying to be anti social and separating from the main longhouse. XD

Another new house separating itself from the longhouse.

And here we are :D The staircase to the the Ruai (verendah) and also to my PA family’s pintu (house room).

It was my first time visiting a real longhouse (mock, or tourism’ed longhouse not included). I always wanted to visit a real and traditional longhouse. I’m a big fan of culture thingy like folktale, legends, taboos etc. I always find them interesting.

So the most looking forward thing in this trip is…

 

So i was so excited and can’t wait to meet the first villager!!

And just within a few minutes, I managed to meet a village…

It was a shocking experience..

To be continued..

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