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Roundtrip Borneo, June 2004

Libaran Island

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The houses
The houses

While I strolled along it felt like I was getting out of the village. There were still houses there though, but they were built a bit more apart from each other.

This is an example of the typical building style of these houses. This one, like all the others, was build on poles and had a nice little fence around it to keep all the cattle out of the garden and away from the house.

Flowerpots

 Flowerpots
Flowerpots

Most of the houses had these enormous rows of flowerpots on the outside of the house. And not all of them were just in plastic containers like you can see in this picture.

At one place I saw that the flowerpots were made of coconut shells, hanging on a string and painted in a silver colour to give them something special; really creative and fun to see!

Flowers

Flowers
Flowers

But how fun those flowerpots might look, nothing beats the huge amount of wonderful flowers you can see on the shrubs and bushes that are spread around outside the village. The most wonderful flowers you can find here, a pure joy for the eye.

Watch out, cow on the road! :-)

Cow
Cow

Most houses outside the village had fences around them to keep the cattle out of their gardens, except apparently for this one. The village itself was totally surrounded by fences to keep the cows out.

But oops.... this trick doesn't always work! The cows do get out of their designated areas on a regular basis. When it is low tide they have a chance to escape and walk around where ever they want. Hahaha, so don't be surprised to find a cow or two on the trail blocking your way, or even see them wandering around on the beach :-))

Custard Apple Fruit

 Custard Apple Fruit
Custard Apple Fruit

While walking around in the village I also noticed all kinds of 'unknown to me' fruits hanging in the trees. This was one of them and it is called the "Custard Apple Fruit" ore more scientifically the "Annona reticulata".

I never heard of the fruit before or seen it for that matter. But it looked so pretty that I took a picture of it. It makes me wonder how it tastes though. The name sure sounds delicious, Custard apple, mmmmm ;-) Next time I do have to give this fruit a try.

A fishing village

Fishing nets
Fishing nets

But besides the cows, the chickens and all the strange types of fruits, this is what the village is really about: fishing! And there are all kinds of signs around to remember you of that fact, like these fishing nets hanging over a washing line in the middle of the village.

I never heard of the fruit before or seen it for that matter. But it looked so pretty that I took a picture of it. It makes me wonder how it tastes though. The name sure sounds delicious, Custard apple, mmmmm ;-) Next time I do have to give this fruit a try.

Fishing nets

Fishing nets
Fishing nets

I like to watch the local people and their way of living. Life here on Libaran Island is so different than the one I am used to in Sweden. Here on Libaran life evolves around fishing. Not only the men, but also the women participate in the daily fishing activities; like this woman working on some fishing nets.

I find it fascinating to watch and learn about different people, their cultures and way of living. I am still a bit shy though with my camera trying to capture these differences.

Read more on page 4 about Libaran Island....

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