Sunday, January 07, 2018

Gunung Rawan Tebedu Exploration 拉旺山探险记

When we reach the Kujang Sain village, we parked our car there. There is a school at the entrance, so its very safe to park our car there. 
来到这个村落叫 KUJAN SAIN。这村落的进口就是学校,我们的车子就停放在这里,非常安全。
A modern longhouse, with  digital satellite television installed on almost every house. 
A group photo of our team. #KuchingAdventureTeam
We start our journey by crossing multiple streams. 
Then follow by paper farm
Since its the raining season now, so the trail are mostly muddy trail.
We also get to enjoy beautiful paddy field along our way.
Our guide owns a pices of land, and he planted durian trees. Its the durian season now, and we get to eat durian along the way.
Look at the delicious durian on the tree. 
Part of our journey is hike to the bamboo forest
A snail shell which is as big as my palm
This tree are so huge, I estimate will need about 5 - 6 adults holding hands to circle the tree trunk.
The higher we go, the steeper it gets. Need a lot of strength to slowly hike up
Almost reach the summit after 3 hours of hike
This is the highest point of Gunung Rawan, there is a border stone on the highest point. No view on the summit, however there is a viewpoint nearby. But unfortunately all cover by fog. 
Mount Rawan from my drone image
Group photo on the summit.
Photo Credit: Chining
Me and the border stone. One side is Kalimantan, another side is Sarawak, Borneo.

From Kuching town, drive all the way to Serian, then Tebedu. Then drive all the way to Kujang Sain, there are road sign along the way. The mount Rawan its situated at Kampung Kujang Sain, a village near the Kalimantan, Indonesia border. 

古晋开车到西连,在到 TEBEDU,在开车到 KUJAN SAIN 村落。一路上都有路牌,不会迷路。


Monday, October 09, 2017

First outstation Anglican Church Banting Town Exploration with Borneo Explorer

The river at Lingga and Banting are Batang Klauh to Batang Seterap to Batang Lupar are famous for the crocodile. There are many stories on crocodile eating man. But the local children still dare to swim in the river 😥
The first outstation Anglican Church was erected in Banting, Sri Aman, after visit by Rajah James Brooke and the Rev. Dr. Thomas MdDougall in 1859. 

The local people told me that this is the 2nd oldest church in Sarawak.

Made from Belian wood, the Banting Church was consecrated on 17th July 1859 the same year. The old church, which has been renovated, is still used by the Iban Christians in the Banting vicinity. 
The guide told me that this is the only gravestone which made by bronze.
Banting was one of the first stations chosen by the early Christian missionaries of the Anglican Communion from which to spread the Gospel.
Some history about this place
The first seed: a flop
The Anglican Mission in the Second Division had its baptism of fire at Skrang in 1851. Pioneering missionaries produced not a single convert among the people there.

In January 1853, Chambers, one of them, had to stop travelling around as Rentap’s men were on the warpath. Bereton, in charge of the government’s fort there, had summoned Alan Lee at Lingga, for help.

During a battle on the river in front of a stockade, Lee was killed.
So the fort had to be moved to Simanggang and it became Fort Alice in 1864.

No longer a safe place, the Anglican Mission also had to move downriver, eventually to Banting, where the Seed began to sprout.

Of the converts at Banting, one Ingkul was the first to be baptised in 1855.
Practically all the priests and church workers had come from England; many struggled to survive under harsh tropical conditions. Despite the difficulties, several priests managed to spread the Gospel to other districts, for instance, to Sebetan and Kerian.

As the Church membership expanded, more workers were needed. For this, Banting was made a centre of training for the catechists, teachers and health workers.

Education was another component of the Mission’s work.

Over a period of a century and a half, the school at Banting must have produced hundreds of students who later became teachers, government servants, businessmen, and other professionals. 

Of recent interest is the fact that Penghulu Tawi Sli, second chief minister of Sarawak (1966-1969) was a teacher at Banting.
The Batang Klauh (Klauh River), the connection to the outside world is by boat on this river.
There are two longhouse next to the school, and my friends and I visited the longhouse
This longhouse have 48 doors, and its very old. I notice there are quite a lot of rotten wood on the floor. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Visiting the Lingga Town, Sarawak, Borneo 笼芽镇拜访记

I visited Lingga town after I finished my hike to Bukit Sium at Batang Ai. This is a small coastal town which can be reach by road via Sri Aman town, the road condition are acceptable, as its tar road from Sri Aman town all the way to Lingga town. The Lingga town its situated near the Lupar River (Batang Lupar) debouches into the South China Sea.
There is only one row of Chinese shop house situated near the river bank.

One thing that caught my attention was the first, second, third, and fourth shop house, the structure are beginning to lean to the left. After a few more years, it might even collapse if no repair work.
Every morning the shop will open at about 7.30am - 8am, and people will come for breakfast, and buy some food. The kuih they sell here are cheaper than what we get from the city. 
On the sky of Lingga town, we saw a rare scenery, a huge swarm of bats flew over the sky.