Location : Desa Tumbang Malahoi, Kecamatan Rungan, Kabupaten Gunung Mas, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
We woke up well before the break of dawn to catch the freshness of the cool morning air. Sitting at the belian staircase watching the sun rays slowly lighting up the sky.
One of the twin sculptures guarding the staircase. The other was stolen in the middle of a rainy night. If you meet the other twin somewhere in Bali you’d know it is stolen property
Beautiful morning sky, well worth the trouble of getting up early
This longhouse is almost 70 years old
Breakfast was prepared early for the long journey totaling 11 hrs with some breaks along the way of course.
Bony’s mom preparing our breakfast
Morning booster-first round
Our top priority before setting out was to drop by the house which had the hibiscus mutabilis to see with our eyes if indeed the flower would be white in the morning. True indeed for most of the flowers except for the ones that were wilting. For the wilted pink ones, the intriguing colour change was irreversible. Seeing was believing.
Interesting plant hibiscus mutabilis. Our very first encounter with this mysterious hibiscus mutabilis, wihite in the morning but turns pink in the afternoon
Start our journey back to Palangka Raya
With our curiosity satisfied the journey began. The first two hours through roller coaster gravel road was the toughest in my life. But I slowly got the hang of it that even my other half said she was quite impressed with my performance. Little did she know that my arms and wrists were breaking apart. It was stressful, mentally and physically challenging. Man, I needed more caffeine to sustain the adrenalin supply. After enduring the punishing two hours came the nice smooth freshly tarred road. Such a relief but a deceptive couple of kilometers only. The rest of the way was reasonably good until the town of Kurun. From there onwards you would never know when the next hole would appear in front of your motorbike. The most dangerous were the ones right at the top of the hills outside vision range. At some blind corners there would be white sand brought by overflowing rainwater from the gold mining nearby which could easily have caused skidding for 2 wheelers. At some point along the ride I knew my sunglasses fell off but I could not afford to stop or even slow down to avoid the risk of being run over by a vehicle behind. Only divine intervention could have brought us back alive to Palangka. Thanked God. Next stop Kurun town.
Rumah Betang (Longhouse) Toyoi
Huge belian posts greet visitors the moment one enters the main door
Group photo with our host and his family before saying goodbye