Reached Long House at Last (Epi 3)

Jian Akiraceo Gawai Longhouse, Sarawak, Trip 20 Comments

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 😀 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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  1. i wanted to ask a lot of qns when i was scrolling the page,reading all the interesting stuffs (cause i have been to a commercialized long house)…but the ending make me forget everything O_O

    come fb msg me hahaha

  2. I like how you start today’s post with “previously, on …. ” it sound like those “angmo” drama.. XDDDD. . #LOL

    I seen some of those grandma on tv but never saw them in real.. how dose it feels like?? Im curious.. XDDDD

  3. O.O

    What an ending. Nearly choke drinking yeo’s. A picture of that in flashed my head. >.<

    hahaha imagine old wringled, white hair, hunch back, nanny

  4. thanks for blogging about your longhouse trip, i’ll be going to one (i’m not sure which one) next month so it’s kind of good to know what it’ll be like! truthfully, the journey there sounds a bit scary with the rocking boats and now crocodile infested water…! hopefully i make it out alive haha!

    woahh awesome awesome. let me know how it is later 😀

  5. Muahahaha…the last strip is priceless. Love the expression. Btw, meow a couple of month ago I did wrote something similar to this on my last trip to a longhouse in Batang Ai. Perhaps you wanna check it out too 🙂

    Awesome!!! I saw your friend’s vid too. shall share the vid out too ^^

  6. Wow. Look so much fun. I love to learn culture things too.
    Thanks to you, now I can see the real rumah panjang.
    Hope you see Iban dance too.

    five! hahah
    hehe you’re welcome.

  7. At first I thought the floating logs were crocodiles in disguise…

    And the old granny…wahaha…did she have any folk tales to tell you? 😛

    they could be. we were so scared if they really did

  8. truly an eye washing experience for miao~
    got take her pic as souvenir for frens?@@”

    don’t want! later kena sue

  9. hahaha!!! love yr first ‘greeter’ <- shld i call that? i've long house too but the modern one, reacheable by land…. hope u enjoy the experience.

    hahah i did. it was fun 😀

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