Day 2 Longhouse Trip

Trip Start Sep 19, 2002
Trip End Sep 22, 2003

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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

11th March - Despite Osman's assurances that the cockerals only crowed at 6am then 7am and then all day, they went on all bloody night! As the first activity after breakfast was a cock fighting display, I offered to be the first in the ring but then they explained it was the cocks fighting each other only. Shame. They let the cocks go at each other for only about 2 minutes so neither one was injured or anything horrific and it is prohibited generally but as in most places, these things go on for money behind closed doors (or lots of trees).

Next up we were greeted by another spindly old man in a loin cloth covered in tatoos and he demonstrated us the art of blow pipe shooting. We then had a go. Having tried it at the cultural village I was a fair shot, hitting the target 3 out of 4 times. LJ then had a go and managed to shoot the chief, so we beat a hasty retreat! (only joking). Feeling ready to brave the jungle with our newly gained fighting skills we set off following the old chap on a short trek. We walked through a rice paddy field and then came to the villages burial ground. Each family has their own area but as the people seem to live to a ripe old age out here they were not exactly overflowing. Our final activity was a demonstration by the aged one on how to set traps for wild animals. It was rather amusing that when he set the first one off his finger got caught in the rope by mistake and I had visions of him flying off into the trees - thankfully he managed to hold on.

From here it was back to the boats. They couldn't reach us though and we had to paddle accross the river to deeper water. Thankfully no-one saw me being led/half carried by a middle aged women to the boat - we westerners have delicate feet you know.

After 30 mins in the boat it was back to Osman's dodgy driving for the trip back to Kuching. He had a very alarmimg habit of driving in the middle of the road and only swerving back to our side at the last minute when something came the other way. This added to the fact that he had to keep splasing water on this face to keep awake made us glad to get back in one piece.

Bite/lurgy update - Osman took us to a pharmacy. I lifted my shirt to show the ladies behind the counter the offending spots. After they had got over the shock of my rippling muscles all 4 of them decided it was sand flies (I wasn't convinced) and sent me off with cream and tablets that did no good what so ever.

12th March - Caught the local bus to the airport which was an experience as it had to stop for fuel once and then appeared to break down as we pulled into the airport. When we got inside we found out that our flight had been cancelled and that we had to wait 5 hours for the next one. On arrival back in KL it appeared that Farida(landlady of our guesthouse) had lost our booking but she rushed around and squeezed us in anyway.

Bite/lurgy update - LJ got Farida to look at my lumps. After reviving her with smelling salts she said that when she got an itchy rash she made up a solution of ginger and powder. I'll try anything once so she made up a saucer of the "lotion". She seemed very keen to rub it in for me but I managed to convince her LJ should do it. It stung like buggary but didn't seem to help so we decided on a the drastic measure of actually consulting a doctor. After seeing an Irish nurse and a Chinese Doctor they had no idea and so referred me to a dermatologist

13th March - Bite/lurgy update - Back to the hospital where we saw the dermatologist who said it was something I had caught from dirty sheets - YUK! He then proceeded to fleece for 50 quid for 5 different types of medicine.

Weighed down with drugs we caught the bus to the Cameron Highlands.
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