Category Archives: Rungus & Longhouse

Maranjak Longhouse Lodge website is now online

I have a great news for you. Rungus Maranjak Longhouse Lodge is now online. If you like to stay a night with them, please contact them directly here:

http://www.maranjaklonghouselodge.com/

Get in touch with them to discuss about the package that they could provide for you. They have made a lot of changes on the longhouse, improve their services and even more homely. You should check them out!

Paddy harvesting – Using the Rungus traditional way

My father in law was sick, when he fell down about 2 weeks ago. He could hardly stand by himself, his right side of his body felt weak, and his right leg was really painful. The worse thing is, this is harvesting season. He had to look for (and pay) somebody else to harvest his paddy because of his condition at this moment.

So, as a good son in law, we went back to Kudat few days back, during the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and Good Friday, to see how’s things going on for him. I brought him some expensive painkillers (which I got from the clinic – free sample), hopefully, it could gave him some relief. Luckily, after examining, he got no fractured bones, but have some old bruises and few muscle and tendon sprain, which usually needs longer time to resolve due to his age.

I mentioned to him that I would help him harvesting, as I have done it before, while I was dating his daughter (she is now my wife). I know, not much could be harvested in this short visit, but I think the most important thing is I have made an effort to do it, and don’t just laze around in his house all day.

Oh, I have to tell you that my father in law still use the Rungus traditional way to harvest paddy, which uses manual labour. Most of the people in Kg. Tinangol still uses the same technique, and I have not seen anybody uses heavy machinery to harvest paddy. And the way they cut the paddy is also a bit different from the way that the do it in northern part of Peninsular Malaysia (i.e. Kedah and Perlis paddy farmers).

I managed to snap some photos and recorded a very short Youtube clip for your viewing. I am not sure how long this technique will last, as younger generations of Kg. Tinangol has moved away from the village and none of them are interested in being a traditional paddy farmers. My parent in law are also getting old, and I don’t think they would be able to continue to plant paddy anymore, maybe in few years time.

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
The tool to cut the paddy and “guni beras” at my left hand.

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
It was raining heavily the week before, and the paddy field got flooded. So, some of the paddy was destroyed by the flood.

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
Some of the paddy that I harvested. Did you see my Crocs? (It’s asadi actually…)

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
You see how wet it was???

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
My brother in law followed me later. And he is not showing you the right way to harvest paddy – short sleeves and a bermuda??? The only thing that looks good is his cap!

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
Our harvest!

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way
My son is always with me.

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way

Paddy harvesting - Using a Rungus traditional way

And I manage to record a clip of the process. Apology for the sound and the visual…

Inside view of Rungus Longhouse

No, they don’t have skull hanging on the ceiling, if you’re asking by the way.

I post few photos on the outside view of the longhouse few days back, and felt that by separating the outside and inside view of the longhouse would be better for viewers to visualize the place.

Rungus Longhouse
The gasoline lamp that we use when there is no electricity.

Rungus Longhouse
One of so many doors/rooms in the longhouse.

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse
Beads accessories are made here.

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse
The “Gong”, traditional musical instruments which is always used during festivals, especially weddings.

Rungus Longhouse
Inavol – A Rungus traditional handicraft which could be tailor made to your request.

Rungus Longhouse
The other end of the entrance of the longhouse.

Rungus Longhouse
Guess what? This is the only part of the whole place that is NOT traditional. Toilet. Unless you want their original type of toilet… Which you may need to ask Mr. Maranjak to show you!

Maranjak Homestay – Rungus Traditional Longhouse, Kudat

A good 2 day getaway from my usual clinic work during CNY. Went back to Kudat with my family, including our new born baby boy. I know, Malay custom usually prohibit delivered mother and their new born baby to go out from the house during “pantang” (I could not figure out the good word for it in English), until about 40 days, but I did it with all my 3 children anyway. It’s modernization flexibility, I guess…

Anyway, I just would like to share some of the photos that was taken during the short period of visit. All of the photos here are the external view of the longhouse. I have to get my eldest son to be the model in some of the photos…

The signboard
The signboard for Maranjak Homestay, just in front of the longhouse.

Rungus Longhouse
By the way, my wedding was held here, and I sometimes sleep here with my family. Really cool at night…
Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse
The side view (front part) of the longhouse. Oh, they don’t have any pigs underneath the longhouse. My wife said, they used to have pigs underneath, but it was long time ago…

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse
Reception booth (left upper), parking lot (with my maroon coloured car).

Sulap
“Sulap”, a place where Rungus people keep their harvested paddy, to keep away from rodents and flood.

Sulap
Front view of the “Sulap”.

Rungus Longhouse

Rungus Longhouse

Just drop me an email if you want to go there!

Google Maps to Kg. Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse, Kudat

Hmm… It seems that more and more Mount Kinabalu Borneo.com website visitors asking me on map to Maranjak Homestay, Kg. Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse Homestay.

I put a “sketch” map before, but the information on the map was not easy to understand.

Thanks to Google Maps, you will now can have a beautiful map with satellite view of northern part of Sabah, complete with the direction to the Longhouse.

*Make sure you click on “Sat” button at right upper corner of the map, as the “Map” view have a very limited information on the roads after Kota Belud. You should follow the blue line up to the longhouse.


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Oh, if you are wondering on how to navigate to the north (the blue line) from Kota Kinabalu, check out my other maps on Kota Kinabalu HERE. *When you read the direction instruction number 9, GO STRAIGHT to the north in that roundabout.

Wrong information on Rungus costume by our own government…

Hmmm… I have seen this billboard photo few times, at few places, but did not have the opportunity to shoot and post in my blog.

Until about last week when I managed to shoot the billboard while on my way home in Putatan, as my car stuck in the usual traffic jam. The billboard is situated along the road to the airport, just in front of Sutera Harbour.

I did asked my wife (she’s Rungus) about the photo, and she said that it is NOT a Rungus costume. The words “Kudat Rungus Longhouse” on the top left of the billboard were wrong.

I think the government should be more sensitive on this issue, as it gave wrong information to us and more importantly, our international guest.

They should check the correct and valid information from our local authorities, before putting the advertisement/billboard up.

Anyway, who knows what is the race for the women’s costume? I don’t think it’s Murut…

NOT a Rungus costume

Traditional Rungus Woman clothings and accessories

I forgot to upload these photo after the Harvest Festival that was held on 30-31 May 2007. My family and I went to KDCA, where the festival took place in the mid afternoon. It was so hot, that my children was not happy and easily irritated with the noisy surroundings. My wife also complaining about the noisy surrounding and the unbearable heat (although she is native LOCAL people, and she SHOULD be familiar with this kind of event -which is not).

At last, we only went up to the Rungus Longhouse and I only managed to shoot 3 photos of Rungus women weaving and making beads. As far as I remember, we only spend about 15 minutes at the KDCA.

Rungus woman

Rungus woman

Rungus woman

 

2D1N Rungus Longhouse Homestay package

Some of our visitors feels that 3D2N stay in the longhouse is too long. So, I prepared a 2D1N package for those who still wants to feel the raw life of Rungus people in a shorter time.

Day 1 – Depart from Kota Kinabalu city center up to the north of Borneo, Kudat. the journey will take about 2 and half hours through villages and padi fields. Depends on the day of departure, Sundays will be a bonus on the journey as you can drop by in Tamu Kota Belud, one of the famous weekends open market in Sabah. It is good to also buy some raw material or some souvenirs (although not compulsory) for your stay in the longhouse.

Afternoon – should arrive in the longhouse, and will be greeted by my in-laws family. Mr Maranjak is the head of Maranjak Homestay and from that point of time, you will be the guest of the longhouse. After having welcoming drinks, (coconut juice and some locally brewed liquor), you will be introduce to the lifestyle of the Rungus Longhouse and the activities. You will be shown on how to make beads (Beads making) and other handicraft, so called “Inavol”.

Evening – Dinner will be served with lots of local delicacies, and most of the vegetables are home grown. After dinner, there will be a traditional dance show for you, so called “Mongigol” and you are invited to join the show. You will also be served with local drinks, called “montoku”. But I must remind you that this drinks, if take excessively can lead you to be drunk. The night will end with you sleeping in one of the rooms in the longhouse.

Day 2 – The day will start with breakfast by the host. After that, traditional games takes place. You can try to solve some IQ quenching games that is traditionally made by the Rungus people. A visit to the beautiful beaches at the Tip of Borneo and a sightseeing session in Kudat town will be followed. You will then be brought back to the longhouse for packing and head back to Kota Kinabalu. A visit to Honey bee farm in Kg. Gombizau and Gong making in Kg. Sumangkap will be made on the way back to Kota Kinabalu.

Just drop me an email if you are interested.

Rungus wedding couple

It is actually my wedding photo (in Rungus traditional costume), taken on the Valentine’s day 2004 (my wedding day there). Photo was taken with an analogue camera. We were sitting in a ‘platform’ (I don’t know what is it called) in front of my father-in-law’s longhouse. You can still see the structure when you visit Kg. Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse (Maranjak Homestay).

Rungus couple

Native Rungus accessories

I went for a medical camp last Sunday in Kampung Muhang. Situated in the district of Kudat, the place is populated by Rungus people. Yes, they are the same native race group as my wife, but unfortunately, she do not know all the accessories that I shoot here.

Just would like to share with you the things that you wont find it anywhere else – except Borneo…

Rungus people

Tinohian – the one that is put on the head of male elderly Rungus people.

Rungus people

Togkol – the one that is put on the neck.

Rungus people

Barefoot is common here…

Rungus people

Sadang – Earings.

Rungus people

Linongkitan – fabric material that is worn by Rungus women.
Saring, Batakan, Olitang, Satu – A group of bracelet, worn by Rungus women, made with brass.

Rungus people

A Rungus elderly men with Sigal (on the head).