Let me start my words with a question. Do you prefer hotel or homestay when traveling?
Take your time and have some thoughts. I shall proceed this with my own choice that is homestay. Why?
You should continue reading to know the reasons. More to my own experience at Homestay Lonek. I’m pretty sure that at the end of the day, you will have the same answer like me.
For our trip, we chose 2 days and 1-night package, which is RM180/pax. A lot of activities that were held:
- Traditional games
- Cultural night
- Making 'dodol'
- Paddy Pounding
- Tree planting
- Rubber Tapping
- Visiting Cottage Industry
Maybe most of you never experience the serenity of village because you never stepped in a village. Here is some of the imagery of the village through my experience so that you can see it clearer.
Before I get started, I was assisted with the host family throughout my stay there. They gave me a warm welcome that I already felt the bonding between us
Like any other visit, it’s started with the sukan rakyat or traditional games to boost our energy. One of the activities was tarik upeh, my favourite game. The flower-sheath of the betel nut or nibong palm is used in this game of speed.
A team consists of a person seated on the upih and another person who pulls it. Whichever team that crosses the designated finishing line first is the winner. Unfortunately, I did not win the games. Too bad!
After the games, I was given the chance to try fishing using bare hands. The people there called this activity as ‘mengocha ikan’.
Let me tell you, you could never experience this back home. It is Malaysian traditional fishing method in the mud. This method is quite different from Malaysian living by the sea who mostly fishermen. This special technique only used by Malaysian who live near paddy field. So, expect different experience if you go to homestay by the sea. They will bring you out to open sea to fish.
Besides that, mud gives many benefits to one skin health. It is believe to draw out impurities from the skin, exfoliate dead skin cells and helps to relax sore muscles and joints. So, for the ladies, DO NOT AFRAID TO DIVE IN! You can leave your SKII behind.
Here comes the nighttime. Dinner was provided. Local food was served. One of the Authentic dishes in Negeri Sembilan is Masak Tempoyak. It’s a dish that made up from Durian cook together with fish or anchovy. They were also Daging Salai masak lemak, another local dish made of smoked beef.
While having dinner, there were cultural performances. I was enchanted by the beauty of the culture. Take note, every state in Malaysia as different culture, food and lifestyle. Don’t expect the same experience in every homestay. NO You DON’T!
Homestay Kampung Lonek too are different. Despite the fact it is in Negeri Sembilan it embraced “Adat Perpatih”. It is a culture adopted from Sumatera Indonesia as part of immigration. Most of the performances was held in Negeri Sembilan dialect which added more 'Orang Nogori' vibes! We called it a day after the cultural night ended.
On the second day of our trip, we started off our day with some morning exercise to make us more energised as a preparation for our body before doing all of our activities for the day.
The activity was led by the Homestay Kampung Lonek team, we enjoyed dancing and moving our bodies to the rhythm of the catching songs in the fresh morning air. The weather was great too, we were excited to start our activities on that day!
After taking our breakfast, we headed to the activity centre to see the demonstration of the traditional food cooking by the expert. Not to forget, I actually got the chance to be a helper for dodol making.
Dodol is Malaysian sweet toffees-like sugar palm-based confection commonly found in Southeast Asia. It is made from coconut milk, jaggery and rice flour and is sticky, thick, and sweet.
I could not deny that it was exhausting. We had to stir the mixture continuously until it was reduced to half the original amount. It was necessary to continuously stir the mixture while simmering to prevent it from burning and sticking to the pan.
I also got the chance to visit the paddy field to see the harvesting process with my own eyes. You will see Paddy is common in Malaysia. Rice is Malaysia staple food; thus, paddy field is everywhere in the countryside and paddy is the No.1 planted crop Malaysia.
Harvesting is the process of collecting the mature rice crop from the field. Depending on the variety, a rice crop usually reaches maturity at around 105-150 days after crop establishment.
The highlight of all activities is not yet to be mentioned, Homestay Lonek also organized a program called Go Green Go Clean. The goal of this program is to keep the village’s environment clean and to make sure that it is prevented from any kind of pollution. With the activity of planting trees around the village, we could keep the air fresh and healthy.
Last but not least, I also got the chance to try the rubber taping. I was guided with an expert to prevent any unwanted injury. It was kind of fun, but I honestly respect all of them cause the activity was quite complicated.
Malaysian was once the largest rubber producer in the world. Many products are made from rubber namely tyres, eraser, shoes and etc. Rubber tree was not originated from Malaysia.
The tree was brought to Federated Malay State (Malaysia before Independent) from Brazil by the British.
In a nutshell, the experience you could get from a village in Malaysia especially from Homestay Lonek is unique, you can’t get it anywhere else. You have to get there yourself to get the real experience .
It is recommended to bring along your family here, literally you can do activities together as a family.
That’s all for now, more experiences at homestay are coming your way!
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To help illustrate our experiences during the visit, you may also visit http://youtu.be/tJleuzoQXxY