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Real Iban tribal art. Tattoos are done during a specific ceremony in the long houses in the jungle.

Kuching is not what you expect when you travel to Borneo. It's full of cars, mod cons and nicely trimmed lawns. And still it is, if only because the hostel I stay in (Nomad B&B) is run by a bunch of Iban guys sporting huge tribal tattoos put there during specific ceremonies in the long houses in the jungle. BTW it is a great place to stay, a small home away from home which is what I really needed after 2 months of crummy rooms. Nice to have a living room again, flatscreen & DVD's, people to play guitar with and being able to cook your own dinner :).

I went to check out the Orang Utangs in the Semengohh rehabilitation centre (yes they look almost human), loads of free museums and Fort Margherita on teh opposite bank of the river which almost gave me a headache because I had gotten the wrong jetty to take the sampan to the other side. But I got there, although this fort is nothing special and the Police Museum is not there anymore. The ethological Museum is quite cool though, lots of stuff about the tribes, the long houses, headhunting and the first westerners adventuring into Borneo.

 

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Real Iban tribal art. Tattoos are …
Real Iban tribal art. Tattoos are…
Kuching waterfront
Kuching waterfront
The huge alien building dominating…
The huge alien building dominatin…
Blurry pic of the Kuching waterfro…
Blurry pic of the Kuching waterfr…
Sarawak & Malaysian flags over the…
Sarawak & Malaysian flags over th…
Mosque of Kuching
Mosque of Kuching
Indonesian food on my first night …
Indonesian food on my first night…
The chinese Spice Girls from Kuchi…
The chinese Spice Girls from Kuch…
Orang Utang flying overhead (Semen…
Orang Utang flying overhead (Seme…
Coming out for a snack I (Semengoh…
Coming out for a snack I (Semengo…
Coming out for a snack II (Semengo…
Coming out for a snack II (Semeng…
Coming out for a snack III (Semeng…
Coming out for a snack III (Semen…
Martin and Norah in a chinese food…
Martin and Norah in a chinese foo…
Fort Margherita
Fort Margherita
Fort Margherita
Fort Margherita
Sampan ride across the river
Sampan ride across the river
Bunch of Kuching high schiool kids…
Bunch of Kuching high schiool kid…
Tribal totempole
Tribal totempole
Tribal art (effigie protecting int…
Tribal art (effigie protecting in…
Modern Malay art
Modern Malay art
The Museum of Islam
The Museum of Islam
Washing besides the mosque of Kuch…
Washing besides the mosque of Kuc…
The stereotypical open Asian sewer…
The stereotypical open Asian sewe…
Lido from the Nomad B&B, we played…
Lido from the Nomad B&B, we playe…
Pretty much sums up Nomad B&B, Iba…
Pretty much sums up Nomad B&B, Ib…
Doing the Ulu dance
Doing the 'Ulu' dance
Kuching
photo by: aotw