Journey to Ba' KelalanWednesday, June 04, 2014
On 30th May - 2nd June 2014, NTGravity Zone (under Sarawak Bloggers community) was invited by Sarawak Tourism Board to attend a festival held in Ba’ Kelalan. The festival is well known as Irau Aco Lun Bawang. This year theme is “Do Ruyud, Pupu Megala” [Union cohesive, dignifying Nations – i hope i got it right. As in Malay | Kesatuan yang Padu, Memartabatkan Bangsa]
On 30th May I’ve started my journey...
Fly from Kuching to Miri.
|I'm going to Miri... yayyyy!!!|
|After an hour flight, yes i'm here!|
|Even via Twin Otter plane but Thank you Sarawak Tourism Board...!!|
|That's my ride...|
|Ahhh... what a lovely sight...|
|Sweet!! Touch down right in front of the airport!|
|Queue up to check out...|
|I have a funny story about this passport... *Thank you Hisyam from Sarawak Tourism Board!!*|
|Going out from Malaysia... for awhile...|
|First two stamps on my passport... Hopefully many more to come in the future!!|
|Back to Malaysia again... LoL|
|Huge promotional banner in Lawas town|
Around 3.15pm as we reach Lawas, the four of us will ride a 4wd vehicle to go to Ba’ Kelalan. There are three options to reach Ba’ Kelalan – drive yourself, by using twincab 4WD or fly off by using MASwing.
|Me with my ride....|
|Our ride to Ba' Kelalan|
* MASwing – fly to Ba’ Kelalan from Miri/Lawas only once every Monday,Wednesday and Saturday.
* Twincab 4WD – RM70 per person [per way], every day. Call 085-262019 for more info [Pejabat Persatuan Lun Bawang]
* Self-drive – recommended to drive 4WD with off-road tires.
It’s gonna take around 5hours from Lawas town to Ba’ Kelalan [approximately 180km] as the road is unpaved and heavily used by timber logging trucks. The rules for off-road are different. For this event the organizer will conduct road safety briefing before flag-off the convoys to Ba’ Kelalan on the 30th May at Lawas Bus Station.
For us, we have our pro, Brian, to drive us straight to Buduk Nur [ where most of the main event will be held ].
|According to Brian [ our driver ], this is the best condition so far but if it's rain, be prepared for the worst!|
|Can you handle it?|
|Wooohooooo, adventure begins!!|
|Welcome to Ba' Kelalan.. This place is called Damaring from here onwards the temperature starts to drop low..|
|The road to Buduk Nur.|
|Short clip of the road condition...|
After settle in my room, unpacked my stuff, gave myself a good cold shower before taking my beauty sleep... Can’t wait for tomorrow!
Later you all... Lights off soon!!
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