Happy Wesak day for those who celebrate!
Yesterday, mommy told me to have a visit in Kudat, North of Sabah (Borneo).
So, I decided to go for a look since now I am taking this Tourism Course. (I’m quite missing Quantity Surveyor). Early in the morning at 6am I have to wake up and get ready but I think I woke up at 7am if I’m not mistaken haha. Anyway, It was only a day trip which I have visited four main places.
First, the Gombizau Kampung Madu.
Second, the Bavanggozo Rungus Longhouse.
Third, the Tip of Borneo.
Last, the Gong Factory.
So now, I will try my best to tell you all about these places!
First location: Gombizau Kampung Madu, a honey farm.
"Do the bees come itself?”
"No. We have to catch them from the jungle but now they will come automatically because they know this is their home.”
"There is only a wooden frame in those boxes. How does the honey formed?”
"By the team work and hard work of the bees, it takes quite a long time for them.”
"Why there are black and white colour honeys? What’s the difference?”
"It makes no differences. Just because the light colour is the young honey. The dark ones are those which are old honey because we collect it after sometime. It will taste different a little, dark one will be bitter.
"Why aren’t you afraid of the bees?”
"We get used to it and we do know the method of how to protect ourselves. If you see a bee or the bee stand on your skin, don’t chase it away rudely. You have to be friendly to them as they will not harm you. And if we saw a queen bee in the boxes, we will not touch her and will not let her fly away.
Second location: Bavanggozo Rungus Longhouse.
Rungus culture mostly from Kudat. They are famous with their long house and their handicraft, the beads. I love beads as they came with lots of colours and I asked the aunt there who is doing a necklace at that time, “how do you know which colour comes first?” and she told me, “it’s been years she have been doing beads and they knew which colour comes first in different designs.” Wow! Other than that, they did some performance for us to enjoy. An old granny with her flute but she did not use her mouth to blow, she used her nose. Incredible eh? Then, an old man play guitar as well. Dance performance by the granny and some youngsters as well. We had our lunch there.
Lastly, the gong place! The real name for this place is Persatuan Momogun Rungus Sabah. Sanora.
This is the place where people made the gongs and to sell. Guess what I saw once I reached? I saw a lady demonstrate how they make the gongs. Omigosh, she’s a Hercules!