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BORNEO — West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Our most recent trip was to the island of Borneo to the area where Christina was born and raised. The people there are almost all Dayak, same with most of Borneo. The smaller northern part of the Island is part of Malaysia and the tiny oil-rich country of Brunei. The largest portion belongs to Indonesia. There will be plenty of info on Dayak culture elsewhere on this site.

The area of Borneo we visited is just across the Malaysian border. It’s hilly, jungle and beautiful. The people are kind and layed back. The cost of living is very low and it is poor by most standards. Kuching Maylasia on the other hand is a modern port city (http://dayakdreams.com/travels/kuching-malaysia-beautiful-port-city-borneo/) so we will be remote but only 2.5 hours from the South China sea and an international airport.

We will make Balai Karangan or Kuala Dua our home. Christina’s family has land their so it’s probable we will build a house on a hill by the Sekayam River. First it was going to be Bali, Then Salatiga but now we’ve decided to move to Borneo. This is our final answer. I am really excited about exploring the area. Some villages are still more easily reached by boat and we intend to canoe our way to them.

The trip from Jakarta was quite reasonable. $35.00 each way to Pontianak and a $35.00 cab ride to Balai Karangan. We stayed with Christina’s brother Christo and wife, Bintang. They were truly wonderful hosts. Make sure you look at the pictures of their amazing house below

—Michael Lyons

This is Lomon property in Kuala Dua. below, Next to Christana is a rubber tree. A cup is attached at the bottom to catch sap. Right: Nature’s barbed wire from a palm plant.

  

So, we’re walking in the jungle and find this 20-year-old poster of Christina. She ran for what we in the US call congress. She lost but came close—the other candidate out-spent her 10 to 1.
Left to right, Christina’s sister Susan, my beautiful wife, Brad Pitt, Susan’s husband, Isme.
We took time to visit the graves of Christina’s mother and father.
Dayak men work in the field in the morning and gather afterward and socialize as a tradition.
This house on stilts is Panca house. Spiritual ceremonies are carried out here. It is an important part of Dayak culture. The ceremony we took part in was to pass along the strengths of brave enemies killed in battle. Dayak were headhunters in the past, but now are Christian. This was an honor.

Food is prepared and served to the spirits of the fallen and those taking part in the ceremony. After the ceremony, we drank a type of wine made from rice, similar to saki.

    

Some nice property to make a home. The views here are stunning.
Where Lomon property and the Sekayam River meet.
Christo’s mansion in Balai Karangan. This was a great place to stay.

   

 

3 comments
  1. Patrick Henry

    Glad that you finally decided to settle at Balai Karangan, KalBar where Christina has her family roots there. She returned back to where she once belong… hope that will be a perfect home for you & Christina. May God bless you both🙏🙏🙏

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