Many of us have been mistaken with the concept of homestay where they tend to believe that homestay is just a place where you stay during you trip somewhere.
Homestay is not just about accommodation, it also includes the unique lifestyle, the traditions, and so much more than that. That’s why the key to the successful trip is by choosing the right homestay and I bet everything will go perfectly as you planned. In simpler words, you got to enjoy the whole trip when you have a good start.
During our visit, we joined a 2 days and 1 night programme, which is from Rm180/pax only. Many activities were held:
- A visit to Honey Farm
- Rubber Tapping
- Visit palm oil plantation
- Traditional games
- Silat Demonstration
- Batik Painting
To give an illustration, a 3-days stay at Homestay Relau was enough to prove me that this homestay is not just an ordinary one. They gave more than I expected, especially the remarkable experiences.
As I arrived there, I was introduced to my host family. My first impression about them was friendly and I was not wrong. They did not make me feel like I was a burden to them and that was what I liked the most. What’s more impressive was despite their packed schedule, they would free up some time at the night to have some chit-chat with me.
Another thing worth to mention is the organizer was very systematic that I managed to do all the activities planned.
To start off, I was brought to visit the agrotourism area. This was the first time that I started the activities by visiting the agrotourism area which made me thought that it was too early but then it was totally fine.
I went to ‘Kelulut’ Honey Farm to explore how the honey was produced and collected. Kelulut is a type of stingless bee, and stingless bee honey has a range of nutrients and higher nutritional value compared to sting honeybees, stingless bee honey has a slightly sour taste. It has many benefits such as overcome sleep problems (Insomnia), obesity, fatigue and treating diabetes as well as cures asthma.
Not to mention, I also got the chance to try rubber taping. Rubber tapping is the process by which latex is collected from a rubber tree. The latex is harvested by slicing a groove into the bark of the tree at a depth of a quarter inch with a hooked knife and peeling back the bark. I must say that the process was quite hard but slowly and surely, I managed to nail it!
Palm Oil Plantation
We also got to visit the oil palm plantation. Palm oil has many advantages. It is the highest-yielding vegetable oil crop, which makes it very efficient, and extremely popular. It needs less than half the land required by other crops (such as sunflower, soybean or rapeseed) to produce the same amount of oil.
The next day, they gave me exposure traditional Malay cultural which was noteworthy. Some of the tourists have never played the traditional Malay games such as ‘congkak’ and ‘batu seremban’ so they were a bit clueless.
Applause to me for saving the day. Selambut which also known as batu seremban games only need a few pieces of fruit. Rubber seeds, pebbles or small stones, chunks of other objects commonly used round, often as much as five seeds. In addition, the cloth bag sewn and filled with saga seeds and sand are also used.
In Batu Seremban game, there are several levels or different ways of celebration. The game will start with a simple first stage, in which a piece of fruit called a used, up to a more difficult level or top level of seven named.
As for congkak, which is often considered a game for girls, has simple rules that allow the boards to have different numbers of holes. Congkak boards are often made of teak or mahogany wood are often elaborately carved into various shapes such as dragon or birds. I could not deny that I become a role model for them to understand the games better.
Apart from indoor games, I also managed to join the ‘sepak takraw’ game and it surely boosted my energy level. Sepak takraw, or kick volleyball, is a sport native to Southeast Asia. Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of footvolley in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball.
Something unique about this place, they also had some English lessons with the tourist from Japan so that they can enhance their communication skills.
Other than that, there was also a slot for batik. In this slot, I got to show my not so hidden talent by drawing and painting the most astounding batik. In Malaysia, batik cloth is widely used, especially in the fashion area. The process of waxing and colouring fabric is known as 'batiking'. In this way, batik is a material that is traditionally made by utilizing a manual wax-oppose colouring system.
To wrap it up, I really recommend all of you to take a look at this homestay because I can guarantee that you would not regret. The ball is in your court and it depends on you whether you want to choose this homestay or not but all I could offer is some crystal-clear imagery for this homestay.
Enough from me, have a nice day!
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To help illustrate our experiences during the visit, you may also visit https://youtu.be/WV407ZTIVIg