Location : Bintulu District, Kapit Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
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We have finally come to the last album for our ‘Visit fo Bakun & Murum dams’ trip. As we drove out of Belaga town we headed for the first village along the Balui river, Rumah Aging 2. The visit was brief and so was the one to Rumah Kahei which we had expected more as per the signboard which mentioned a ‘Handicraft Centre’ but nothing was happening then. 30 years ago when we visited these 2 villages, we had to rent a boat.
We spent the most time at the third village of a tribe which we heard for the first time, Kejaman. Tuai Rumah or headman Mr Senin explained over coffee that the Kejamans and Lahanans were subtribes of the Melanaus.
He later brought us to visit an old lady that produced durian candy (dodol). Her method of production was entirely different. Durian pulp was wrapped with leaves and dried over a fire.
Our village hopping continued as we made our way back to the Bakun junction. We drove quickly through the Lahanan longhouse as it looked empty and skipped Kulit (Kenyah) with much regret. Maybe next time. Nyaving (Kayan) was our last stop chatting with friendly ladies by the river.
So our week long journey to Sungai Asap, Bakun, Murum and Belaga was coming to an end. We still needed to drive back to Sungai Asap to say goodbye to our friend Ms Ester of Uma Bakah and put up the night at Bintulu. Once again we would like to thank Ms Alis for making our trip possible and Ms Ester and her family for making it interesting.
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