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Its the journey that matters really.

Tanjung Malim wet market for some good old style breakfast

Tanjung Malim wet market for some good old style breakfast

Day 1 driving to Temenggor was rather tiring. Ben did all the driving and the rest of us tried our best to keep him awake. We were already sort of late; hence we only managed a few important pit stops, namely food, nature call and an old friend.

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Sharing Bak-Chang with our Orang Asal friend.

Some of the Bak Chang we made with Raman’s kids

Some of the Bak Chang we made with Raman’s kids


It is the Chinese Bak Chang festival and Meun has never been so excited about it. We decided that this year, we will go and share this glorious, yummy food with our Orang Asal friend Raman and his family. It is a good opportunity to get to know the family better and honestly, we can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend!
 
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Cooking rice in bamboo; Raman style

Bamboo used for cooking rice and meat

There are many ways to cook using bamboo. Raman’s wife prepares rice for lunch using bamboo and some leaves from the jungle carefully for our group that visited the orchard that day. Though I missed it, Meun (my better half) manages to capture part of the process in cooking hill rice in bamboo.

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Iban parangs, tasty grubs and longhouses; Final

An Iban elder taking rest from the hot day in the long house

I doubt if I can get over the parangs used by the Ibans, jungle food and the long houses in Batang Ai. Just a couple of weeks after the trip and already I am thinking of going back. There is simply too many things I wanna see, learn and experience still. As brief as this trip may be…I think the group of us ‘visitors’ had a really good time, hosted by these lovely people.
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The welcoming ceremony at Iban Longhouse Menyiling, Batang Ai, Sarawak.

We spent one night at Menyiling long house, Batang Ai Sarawak before entering the jungle

Traveling in an Iban long boat on Batang Ai towards the Menyiling long house marks the beginning of our adventure. The longboats, powered by mere 15hp outboard engines are quite fast and rather ‘flimsy’ to my liking.

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A visit to the Orang Asal village in Temenggor, Perak

One of the villager's kids checking me out

I had the good fortune of accompanying a group to an Orang Asal (a.k.a Orang Asli) village called Kampung Chuweh in Temenggor lake in the state of Perak. This is probably my forth visit to the lake but this is the first time I will be staying overnight with the Orang Asal (indigenous people) here. The last time I came, we paddled a great distance on our kayaks but oblivious to the fact that this village was so near by to one of our stops.

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What makes an Iban longhouse authentic?; Conclusion

This old and rustic Ukom longhouse certainly has its charm

I always wondered what makes an Iban longhouse authentic. How would a long house looked like generations ago? I have not a clue but this Ukom longhouse in Batang Ai certainly has some characteristics that makes it ‘authentic’ I reckon.

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Real traditional Iban long house; Batang Ai part III

A strong Iban from the Ukom village carrying our full ice box up the the longhouse

There is a sense of ruggedness & suspense when we arrive at Ukum Longhouse jetty that night at Batang Ai. I prepared myself for what is supposed to be a ‘real’ traditional longhouse. We were made to wait at the jetty, made off floating logs held together with long wooden poles at the edge of the water. A sudden movement on the jetty sends a tilt on the entire floating ‘pontoon’. When we finally got the good to approach the longhouse, I began to wonder if any of us in the group (except for the guide) is as jittery as I am.

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Drinking water from banana tree trunk?

An opportunity to test out if I can really get water from a banana tree

Some survival books talk about getting drinking water from a banana tree trunk in a survival situation. Though I rarely see any banana trees in the jungle, I reckon it would be a cool thing to try. So, with a banana tree to be chopped down, I put this ‘survival tip’ to the test.

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Yau Kee chicken in bread at Kampar-Sungai Perak kayaking trip part I

The herbal chicken

Its been a while since we been kayaking anywhere. So, with plans made as early as two months before, we headed to Sungai Perak for a kayaking adventure.On the way there, we decided to stop and try the famous Kampar ‘Chicken in Bread’ at a restaurant called Yau Kee. How did we know which restaurant to go to? We don’t, the GPS did!

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