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Trip Start May 17, 2006
20Trip End Jul 01, 2006
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Where I stayed
River Park Hotel
I got up at 4 AM to get the boat to Belaga, which I was lucky went all the way so I didn't have to stop and spend the night in Kapit on the way. Or maybe that was unlucky. I came here to see the Gawai festival, which apparently only the Iban celebrate, and there are tons of Iban in Kapit, but I went waaaay upriver to Belaga to where there are only Kenyah and Kayans, who don't give a shit about Gawai.
Anyway, I didn't get a seat on the boat and it was packed, so I sat on some boxes all cramped up FOR NINE HOURS all the way to Belaga. I also didn't bring any food, so I ate peanuts and Mentos for breakfast and lunch. I was pumped. The boat's TV played some ridiculous movie with Gary Busey in the first 5 minutes that revolved around a psycho gingerbread man trying to kill all of the employees of a bakery. Then there was some karaoke DVD but with no mic so none of us could sing along. Finally we got to watch WWE Judgement Day, and I was pretty embarrassed to be the one person on board from the country that shit comes from. I think I am going to write my PhD thesis on the homoness of WWE.