Monday, June 15, 2009

13th June 2009 ~ A Visit to the Cradle of Civilization

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The oldest modern human remains (estimated to be 40,000 years old) discovered on South East Asia were found here...
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Just an hour-and-a-half's drive from Miri, followed by about 3.5km of jungle trekking to one of the most important archeological sites in the world...
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we took our own sweet time to get there...
Once we did, we felt like we were transported to a foreign planet...
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First we arrived at the Trader's Cave, which is more of an extended rock overhang, rather than a proper cave...
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This is where the birds nest & guano traders conducted their business in days gone by... *notice the wooden frame structures far in the horizon*
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Strategically positioned bamboo poles & ladders hanging from the ceilings (some up to 60m above the ground) are evidence of the birds' nest collectors (obviously a very valuable commodity) ~ the locals have practiced this precarious occupation for generations; something tells me they'll make excellent rock climbers... no need safety harnesses one!
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The Great Cave... like the famous picture we've seen so many times in our Sejarah textbooks...
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a magnificient sight indeed... jagged stalactites, overhangs and dangling creepers of the cave mouth makes a dramatic photo composition!
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Exiting Gan Kira on the other side...
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it takes another 20 minutes trekking to reach the Painted Cave; where ancient art classes were held =p this used to be an ancient burial site...
Heading back to the Great Cave, coz there's only 1 way to & fro... back into the darkness we went *i mean absolute darkness for like a full 10 minutes of trekking; one is going to need a high-powered torch light to navigate through properly & safely*
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& then, 1st ray of light beaming down, like a pathway to heaven... got to have the right timing to capture this shot; really liked this one, though i regretted not having brought a tripod along *most shots are a bit blur (handshake) & noisy (overboosted ISO) to compensate for the dim lighting inside*
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the famous house inside a cave, again...
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yes, it is that huge... the size of it is almost unfathomable...
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That caps up my 1st outing in Miri =)

3 comments:

Ah_Mike said...

nice!

Lau UngIng said...

A regret to me when i was in Miri ... did not visit to Gua Niah & Mulu. I know its very pretty, but i did not expect so beautiful. The pic of light ray shining into the cave ... awesome!

cal81 said...

ahmike: =)
lau: can always visit the next time u're here... just remember to bring along a tripod! was just in luck to capture that awesome ray of light =D