Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Return to Gunung Jagoi - part 2 (June 2012)

Here are more photos as promised! Halfway up the mountain it appeared as if it would rain and we actually thought about turning around but decided to carry on since we were already so close to the abandoned village.

The sky cleared up by the time we got there, giving us a pretty nice view at the northern view point. But halfway down, rain approached from the south and we were stuck for a while in one of the newly built shelters! If it wasn’t for that rest hut, we would have been drenched.

Click here for part 1. 

The last set of photos will be posted in part 3 (15 photos each part). Also, be sure to check out my 2009 Mount Jagoi post here (click). 

There’s a herbal garden here? I’ve been down this trail before and it led to someone’s farm. We wondered what they meant by “herbal garden” cause there were plenty of herbs all along the trail. Is this a new garden where herbs of all kinds are planted in one spot for educational purposes or? Wish they indicated how far the garden was from this signboard, or is that shady patch of forest supposed to be it? We found nothing of interest there, just more of the same herbs and plants found elsewhere along the trail.

This is the third rest hut along the trail. The concrete stairs that lead up to the abandoned village begin here.

“Ayak Bikubu” - No idea what it means.

Concrete steps that lead up to the abandoned village near the summit.

Look what I found on one of the concrete stairs!

The stairs are not that steep but there are many steps!

And here’s one section of the abandoned village, nothing much has changed since my 2009 visit. But it’s apparent the place is cleaned up from time to time.

“Terung pipit” - Solanum species. I’ve got one plant in my backyard but I’ve never tried the fruits which are very small.

I’ve got a picture of this section taken from the same spot in my 2009 post. Try compare the two pictures…

“Belimbing asam” - sour starfruit. Used in sweet and sour dishes such as “ikan asam”.

We met a lady who sitting outside her home while passing through the village. She said she and her sibling were the only ones still staying in the village. She grows her own vegetables and tends to the livestock she keeps (we heard pigs grunting). I asked her about the belimbing asam fruits seen in the above picture, laid out to dry. She said it wasn’t normal practice, she just did it “suka suka” - just for fun, just to see what she can do with them, since she thought it was a pity to let the fruits fall to the ground and go to waste (they’re pretty sour, you can’t just pluck one off the tree and eat it!). It was nice to chat with her for a while, but since it was nearly noon, we bade goodbye and went on our way.

The Bidayuh baruk has been upgraded with a new roof and new walls! Looks really nice now. Compare this photo to the one taken in my 2009 post.


Take the right trail to the summit and northern viewpoint.

Just a few more steps to the highest point on this small mountain…

To be continued in part 3.

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