Working backwards, Cameron Highlands, Pengang, Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, Geddis, Lumbok, Bali, Flores, Komodo, Lombok, Bali, Kalimantan, yup, I have a lot to catch up on , maybe someday, maybe not.
Cameron Highland to Tena Negara
A van picked my up at my choice of accommodations, a group of bamboo cabins near the city of Tanah Rata, we picked up a couple of other groups of passengers and headed out to Taman Negara. After a bus ride of a few hours we we deposited at a station beside a river and told to deposit our bags. The end wall was covered with enormous posters of activities and tours offered by a tour company. With no further direction I took a seat when one became available and filled out a slip for admission to the park (1 ringitt) and a permit for photography (5 ringgit). There are reportedly spot checks throughout the park and the penalty for not having a permit is 100,000 ringgit and two years in jail. I went to the park office across the street, passed my application and six ringgit over the counter and waited while my information was entered into a computer and printed off in quadruplicate. A lot of paperwork for thirty cents. I placed my permits in a waterproof pouch in which I keep my passport, the pouch is tied to my computer bag, I don’t know how many times I would have lost it were it not tied.
The Urang Asli
The blow guns are unlike any I have ever seen. A piece of bamboo just shy of two meters must be located. A rare specimen of s special type of bamboo is located after a search of one to three days. A barrel is sought out which typically takes five to seven days. The barrel must be smooth and straight and of an appropriate diameter. This type of bamboo never has segment long enough, so a couple are used and are secured together by being butted with a matte secured with glue. The barrel is inserted into the protective outer shell and a knob is formed on one end with the resin from the tanjung tree. The other end of the barrel is capped with something akin to a shotgun choke. This piece receives an inscribed ring with each kill, and can be detached to serve as a whistle that is less disturbing to the prey than human voices.
The darts a made from splinters of wood, but I can’t recall the name of the tree and sharpened to a
point TODO (how). A balance is made from the soft light woody root of still another tree and glued to the shaft with tanjung tree resin. The tip of the dart is treated with sap from the ipoh tree. Darts are carried in a quiver made of bamboo. A green material made from leaves is inserted into the barrel as wadding after the dart is inserted.