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A Visit to the Annah Rais Longhouse

A Visit to the Annah Rais Longhouse

A Visit to the Annah Rais Longhouse

As a frequent traveler, and especially all over Sarawak in the last 10 years, I have to admit that I have never been to the popular Annah Rais Longhouse. This is one of the most popular longhouses that a majority of travellers would visit and is sold by local travel agents.

I have been to traditional longhouses deep in the interiors of Sarawak, at places like Lemanak and Batang Ai, which are easily five to seven hours traveling, but not to Annah Rais in the main Padawan area. In October 2017, I finally managed to visit this Bidayuh Longhouse which is just an hours drive from Kuching city.

A Visit to the Annah Rais Longhouse

Everyday life at Annah Rais longhouse in Padawan

Some people claim that Annah Rais is on a more commercial side, due to the proximity being close to Kuching city, hence the dwellers here are more modern and up to date. This was one of the reasons that over the last decade, I choose to visit other longhouses in the remote areas.

Annah Rais village is predominantly Bidayuh, with an exception of cross marriages to other races. The village is estimated to be over a hundred years old, and has expanded in all directions throughout the century.

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseA local Bidayuh man goes about his daily chores at the longhouse

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseA wooden bridge connecting the main longhouse to the communal hall and football field

Ever since the tourism boom in Sarawak, the Bidayuh community here had turned this traditional home into one of the most popular tourist attraction just out of Kuching. Visitors from the world over are seen doing day trips here whole for those who want to experience staying here, there are 9 registered local homestay programs available.

Driving about an hour from Kuching, I made my inaugural step into this fascinating culture where you actually get to walk around and see the Bidayuh people going about their daily lives.

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseSkulls on display in a cage of the Skull House at Annah Rais

The massive longhouse is interconnected by a wooden or bamboo walkway, which is the main common area where families would sit around and talk and kids play. Annah Rais is so huge that it seems like one entire village is connected together with home run restaurants, grocery shops and the local homegrown products.

The first unique feature I came across was a headman’s house or skull house where I was intrigued by a collection of traditional skulls that were in a cylinder wire cage. I believe these were the invaders of the longhouse where the Bidayuh people caught and beheaded.

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseOne of three murals that Ernest Zacharevic painted at Annah Rais

Walking along the main route, two wall murals from world famous Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic is spotted on the walls of certain homes. He was invited to paint some of his murals here at Annah Rais in 2014.

At the far end of the longhouse, there is one unit called a Bidayuh Show House where I saw what a traditional Bidayuh home looked like back in the day. It displays simplicity and basic living by using natural resources.

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseLocal Sarawak black and white pepper sold here

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseFor those wanting to sample the local rice wine or Tuak, they are also available here

Souvenirs can be found sold by a number of homes, which are usually traditional Bidayuh items such as beads or woven baskets or mats. For fans of the world famous black gold or black pepper, you can buy the Sarawak black and white pepper in packets here.

And for those wanting to sample the famous local brewed rice wine or Tuak, this can be done here too. I also noticed that bottles are also for sale from some of the homes here at very reasonable prices.

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseOne of the older wooden houses at Annah Rais

A Visit to the Annah Rais LonghouseAt the entrance, a glass of Tuak is served after purchasing your entrance ticket

Annah Rais is one of the most popular tour packages that can be booked from any of the travel agents in Kuching. Alternatively, many also use private taxi services to get here by them selves or even rent a car to self drive here.

For tickets, there is a RM8.00 entrance fee before entering the longhouse and I recommend you go before 10.00 AM. A glass of rice wine or Tuak is also served to non Muslims when you purchase your ticket.

Photos by David Hogan Jr


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Tour London’s Olympic Park

THE open were authorised into Britain’s Olympic Park in Apr for a initial time given a 2012 Games, with a behind-the-scenes debate of a mutation into a new village of London.

More than 23,000 tickets have already been sole for a hour-long accompanied tours, organisers said, that offer a hide preview before a Stratford site starts to open in July.

Visitors enclose tough hats and high-visibility jackets to debate what is still a construction site, where sporting venues are being remade into a new district of homes, schools and businesses.

The “Park in Progress� train trips, charity on weekends and propagandize holidays until Jun 23, will also embody a revisit adult a red ArcelorMittal Orbit building designed by Anish Kapoor.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “We betrothed to give people opportunities to get behind onto a park as shortly as possible, and it is no warn that there is a outrageous ardour from Londoners for these illusory tours charity a possibility to see this sparkling shift first-hand.�

Whole sections of a park are being rebuilt with new cafes, village centres and gardens added, as partial of an 18-month intrigue costing £292mil (RM1.411bil). The Riverside Hockey Arena has been dismantled, a largest McDonald’s in a universe has left and a proxy seating stands on a Aquatics Centre are being taken down.

The competitors’ accommodation is being remade into roughly 3,000 lush flats, new homes and schools are underneath construction and a whole area will be surrounded by a new park.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park reopens in partial in Jul and will re-open entirely from subsequent year. Planners wish that within 20 years, a new district will be home to 8,000 people. It will still horde sporting events, however, from football to athletics.

The London Anniversary Games will be hold during a Olympic Stadium in July, including a Diamond League entertainment meeting, that expects to attract stars like Jamaican competitor Usain Bolt.

English Premier League bar West Ham United will afterwards turn a categorical tenants of a £429mil (RM2.073bil) venue, that hosted a entertainment and a opening and shutting ceremonies.

The 80,000 ability track will be converted to a 54,000-seater venue in time for a 2016-2017 football season. – AFP RelaxNews

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Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2011

September 26, 2011 during 5:00 pm

Malaysians are utterly zealous sports fans, nonetheless for many of them, a border of appearance would usually be as a spectator, examination a movement from a comfort of their vital rooms. Ever so often, sporting events would be hold and it is afterwards that Malaysians tend to spin out in droves, generally if it is a competition that has a vast following, like football.

Malaysia Open Kuala Lumpur 2011

One of a participants of a Malaysia Open Kuala Lumpur 2011 signing his designation for a immature fan

Another competition that has utterly a vast following in Malaysia is tennis, and a categorical tennis in Malaysia would be a Malaysian Open hold in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Open is an central ATP World Tour 250 contest and this year’s book is holding place right now, from 26th Sep compartment 2 Oct 2011 during Bukit Jalil Stadium. The contest will build adult to a weekend with a Quarterfinals on Friday, 30th September, Semifinals on Saturday, 1st October, and cap with a finals on Sunday, 2nd October.

For those who are meddlesome in tennis and are meddlesome to attend, do check out a Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2011 website for some-more information.

Photo (c) Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur

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