Somewhere in Asia travel blog

Palm fruit

Termite nest

Is it a bug pretending to be a stick? or a stick...

1. Adding the thickening agent to raw rubber

2. Rubber thick enough to work with

3. Preparing rubber for rolling

4. Rolling rubber into thin sheets

5. Making thin rubber mats for transport

Kampung Assom

Raw rice drying in the sun

A local Bidayuh woman (~80 yo)

Another local Bidayuh woman - the two are sisters

Calmly enjoying her Betel chew

When chewed properly it looks something like this

An experienced Betel chewer - notice the red lips

A Betel pouch - fully loaded

Thinking about trying some

Myles after chewing Betel - orange colour from the chemical reaction with...

Its not very easy to chew, and tastes bitter as it numbs...

The subtle beauty of nature

A bamboo bridge on the way to Kampung Assom

Where Betel comes from

Happy crew after some nice distilled rice wine

James Ritchie

James Ritchie and Tom Jones

Sometimes you must let go of the silly notion of time and schedule to experience something that is timeless. We were well on our way (in terms of determination) to ride across Sarawak when we got "stuck" in Kuching, and we owe it all to the wildman of Borneo, James Ritchie (more about him later). Thanks to him we are about to spend a few days in a small Kampung with a local Bidayuh family, and explore the jungle where their sustenance comes from. We are excited to see the village as it is now, in today's crazy world. We are still going to ride to Sabah, but with a slightly more relaxed schedule in mind.

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