An Interesting Trip to Long Duhung, East Kalimantan

“Where is the market here in Long Duhung?” I innocently posed the question to Ibu Dolba, a Punan Dayaknese woman who took me for a boat ride on a traditional canoe called a ketinting along the Kelay River.

In answer to my question, Ibu Dolba suddenly burst into laughter — apparently, at me — and then said: “No, we don’t go to a market. Everything we need is here [in the forest and the river].”

I was bemused, for her answer to me was quite unexpected. However, her prompt answer struck me as a reality that I had apparently not been aware of — that Long Duhung is one of a few isolated villages situated in the depth of East Kalimantan’s dense forest, as isolated as my knowledge about a Dayak tribe that its members still mostly rely for their living on hunting and gathering. Continue reading

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Wisata Cinta di Pulau Asmara Situ Patenggang

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Till death do us part, demikian sumpah setia yang diucapkan saat dua sejoli mengikat janji. Cara apa pun pasti akan ditempuh oleh sepasang kekasih demi mengekalkan tali cintanya. Situ Patenggang, sebuah danau (situ) di kawasan Ciwidey, tepat di kaki Gunung Patuha, menyimpan mitos menarik tentang keabadian cinta.

Bila kebetulan Anda sedang berlibur ke Bandung, sesekali mampirlah ke Situ Patenggang di Selatan kota Bandung. Continue reading