Antique Chinese jar

Long Pasia – Rapid Shooting (part 2 of 6)

Continued from Part 1…


It’s a cold morning in Long Pasia, so cold that all the chicks seek for warmness under the belly of their mother hen. After a heavy breakfast, we got ready for a long trip to Fefukan Waterfall. The journey will start with 3-hour of rapid shooting (river cruise) on Matang River (Sungai Matang) to Lelawid camp, then a 4-5 hours of jungle trekking (about 10 KM).

morning of Long Pasia

puppy face

Trail map to Fefukan Waterfall
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Tour package to Mataking

get ready to move

Rapid Shooting

At 8:30am, we gathered at the riverside next to the village. When I saw our boat transport, I felt apprehensive. It’s a wooden long boat powered by an engine at the rear. To me, it is only a bit better than a bamboo raft and its wobbly body does not instil any confidence at all. For newbie who tries to stand on this boat, there is a 90% chance he will fall into river within 3 minutes. The slightest wrong move seems to be able to capsize this boat.

gather at riverside
Above: gather at riverside

our boat
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We loaded our backpacks onto the boats then we departed. To keep the boat balance and stable, everyone must sit still in the center. It sounds easy but my butt hurt in long hours of cruising, and I have to shift my weight occasionally (right and left butt haha).

rapid shooting

rapid shooting

Besides a boatman who controls the engine at the rear, there is a navigator at the front. He will read the river for a safer route and use his long pole to push the boat away from bumping into boulder or to hold the boat in strong current. Only person with strong muscle and balancing skill can handle such tasks.

rapid shooting

rapid shooting
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It was quite a smooth ride on Matang River. I enjoyed the cool breeze and beautiful riverine forest view along the river. At first I worried that the water would splash my camera, but very soon I took out my camera and started shooting. For birds, I saw egrets, heron and stork-billed kingfisher. The river is a bit murky but cold and clean.

pushing the boat

rapid shooting

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rapid shooting

As you can see in the video above, later our wooden boat proved that it’s the best river transport. We got around fallen log, went against stream, moved between rocks, and cutting through numerous rapids. There were a few times we had to get into the water and push the boats over shallow river. After 1.5 hour, we stopped briefly at the monument of Prince Henrik from Denmark, who camped there in year 2002.

Prince Denmark monument
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Ancient Burial Site

At 11am, we stopped by an ancient burial site next to the river. There are more than 10 “coffin” jars scattered inside the forest. We also found fragment of human skulls and bones. It is a traditional practice for our ancestors to bury the dead inside a big jar, and then they will move the bones into smaller jars. And most of these jars are from China hundred years ago. It is not too hard to tell that the jars are “Made in China” coz some have figure of dragon on them. I am not an expert on antique. I only know jars and ceramics of Ming and Qing Dynasties were widely traded in Borneo in the past.

fragment of human skulls

Chinese ceramic

ancient coffin jars

dragon on the jar
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Batu Narit – the Love Rock

We went on with our rapid shooting. 15 minutes later, a white boulder caught my attention coz its color looked different from other boulders. And I was right. The guide brought us to the opposite side of this boulder and we saw unusual circular carving on the surface.

Batu Narit

Lait told me that according to the carbon dating done by a local university, the age of the carving is about 600 years old. The carving is so smooth that they wonder what kind of tool was being used. Based on the legend of Lundayeh, it is a finger-drawing by Upai Semarin, an ancestor giant with super natural power. Another version is – it was carved by a man who missed his deceased wife, so romantic…

Batu Narit
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This boulder seems to have life (or you may call it my superstitious feeling). I touched it and the surface is a bit soft. Personally, I think it is possible to produce such carving if we use wood with rounded-tip to scratch the rock surface persistently. This historical remnant really needs protection coz the algae is slowing eroding the rock face.

Batu Narit

Lunch Break

When we were getting closer, there was a rapid almost every 50 Meters. Oh yes, we reached Lelawid, the starting point of our jungle trekking, at 12pm. It is next to a convergence point of two rivers and they lay a fishing net across the river (you will know what we got later).

laying fishing net
Above: laying fishing net

lunch at riverside
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Later we will need to walk about 4 to 5 hours in jungle to Fefukan Waterfall, so we have our lunch at the riverside first. It is like a picnic, so fun. We had some Long Pasia rice, with curry and hot dog. What I like the most is the small and salty “Ikan Sawah” fish. It’s so soft that you can eat its bone.

Above: Long Pasia rice with salty Ikan Sawah fishes

At last, the toughest activity of the trip is about to start… We will walk to the Fefukan Waterfall campsite.

Ready to walk
Above: get ready for jungle trekking

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Photos taken in Long Pasia, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

5 thoughts on “Long Pasia – Rapid Shooting (part 2 of 6)

  1. nice,being there myself at pupukan waterfalls..once the lundayeh who had settlements near that water fall use to hit and catch fish there as they swim up river..mupuk in their language is to hit…i went there across the mountain range from wat gerawat,that’s in long semando…..took me exactly one week to arrive in long semando….instead of boat,i treked there..wit garmin 12 gps,compass, old sas map of the terrain, and compass kampung, aden and peng….andy black

      1. well,actually im looking into the possility of opening up the old lundayeh trail which the natives have not used for 3 generations,the old people only remembers the trail thru memory..younger generation method of trail blazing is to use a high baseline or points like a hill or mountain,and just go directly on the vertical you got one steep hill after another….the old trail follows the ridge line from long semado directly from wat elevation of 1400m and down to fefukan..i use the name pupukan cos thats the old name,the old folks remembers.cos thre were lundayeh ulung buaya or crocodile mould not far from sg .lelawid..meaning to say,there werw settlements in those area..we need to protect these area,and conserve this for the generation now and those to come..time is catching up on the older generation…later it will become a   legend then a working to preserve these sites.i plan to go again,when time allows me..anyway i keep u posted..andy black

        1. Thanks Andy for all the hard work you are doing. That means a lot in protecting our heritage, which is also the root and identity of Lundayeh tribe. Yes, Pupukan “sounds” more like it, haha. I haven’t seen an ulung buaya and hope to visit one in future.

  2. Anderson…I came across your post while researching Long Pa Sia. Would you be willing to have a conversation in more detail about your trip from Long Pa Sia to Long Semodoh? I am planning some travel in that and other regions next year and would be really interested in what you learned. Thanks, Steve Camkin

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