The street art in Sarawak reminded me a lot of the art I saw in western Malaysia in Penang. The majority of the murals using art to capture mundane moments of daily life memorialized forever on the walls.
At the longhouse I was invited into one local shop where the keeper showed me the rice and famous Borneo black pepper his wife had harvested earlier in the field and was set out to dry in the sun.
Perhaps you've heard the legends of old world tribes in Borneo who used to hunt human heads and hang them in their homes? These stories are far from fable. The tradition of headhunting was meant to be abolished in the early 20th century but many Iban tribesmen I met in Borneo told me of times that their parents and grandparents had hunted heads as recently as the 1970s. At the Amman Rais longhouse there is a room with human skulls in a cage. There’s no information on the wall and I couldn’t find any locals to explain to me when or where these particular skulls came from...
Scenes of daily life around the longhouse tucked away deep in the jungle.
Dude, where’s my car?
Borneo has 185 species of mammals, 530 species of birds, 104 species of lizards, and 166 species of snakes like this neon guy.
My Borneo adventure started in the Malaysian portion of the island which actually belongs to three countries. Brunei and Indonesia join Malaysia to form the most bio-diverse place in the world.
“Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.”- Oscar Wilde
Chong Choon Café is easily the most popular spot for breakfast among locals in Kuching. They serve a delicious rendition of Sarawak laksa, the only noodles I ever want to have in the morning. Like the Singaporean laksa, which is still my favorite, Sarawak laksa is made with a thick coconut milk soup and spicy sambal. The sambal used here is made of sour tamarind, garlic, and lemongrass. Fresh strips of omelet, shrimp, coriander, and lime come together to make the most mouthwatering dish. It is best to arrive at the cafe before 9 AM. Have you every had noodles for breakfast?