Sunday, June 10, 2012

Orang Asli update (late)

I've been putting it off for a long time due to holiday-induced laziness, but its time to upload my photos from the camp to the Orang Asli village!

 One of the cars broke down on the highway before we even reached the village! I was anticipating a lot of difficulties during the camp, but it turns out that the biggest problem we faced happened before we even left civilization.

We eventually reached the first village where we were going to stay. As Orang Asli villages go, this one was actually quite nicely set up.

There was this puppy there too, and it kept following us everywhere.

 The following day, we hiked further uphill to our next village. As the camp commandant, I thought it appropriate to lag behind and make sure no one else slowed down or got left behind. As shown in the picture, bringing up the rear can be a very lonesome task...

There was this wild boar at the second village! It was chained up, as if it had recently been captured out of the forest. No, we didn't eat it.

The next day, we moved on to the third Orang Asli village. After spending the night there, we got up and painted the church. These children came to watch us, and later when everything was done, we played in the river with them. They posed for the above photo on the road outside the church, together with one of our camp counselors on the right.

I wish I could have taken more pictures, but a handphone makes for a rather inconvenient kind of camera. Nevertheless, visiting an Orang Asli village like that was a real experience, and I wouldn't mind going again. We really get to learn, and indeed get used to, their lifestyle outside of civilization.

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