02/07/2014

Day 2!

Today, we went to the sago factory. At the sago factory, we saw firsthand the process of how they made the sago. 














The trees that are used to extract sago from are palm trees. However, the sago will only be collected from the middle section of the palm tree. There are also uses for other parts of the tree so as not to waste the materials from the trees. 















They will first use a metal like rod to “scrap” off the bark of the palm tree. Some of the people in our group tried doing so too.  (Shanice tried)













After that, they will use an axe to chop the centre part of the middle part of the tree into smaller pieces. 
Chopping palm tree trunk <--Video
Then, they will use a machine to “mash” these large chunks of the tree into a mushy like substance. I personally tried this and feel that this is probably something you wouldn’t get the chance to do in Singapore. (Everi tried)
Everi 'flattening' trunk with machine <--Video
We also get the chance to touch the sago before it is made into the final product. It was in a huge area filled with 90% water and about only 10% sago. The sago was at the bottom of the area. 
They will then wash them until it’s completely white. (Ignore the voices of the video)













Mushy Sago <--Video
We also saw the person demonstrating how to cook and eat the final product which is sago. They also showed us what they do with the top part of the palm tree. Turns out, they leave it in an area for about 40 days and then after that take out the worms in them which are sold at about $20 Brunei currency for 1 kg. 















Maggots found in the tree trunk

















The maggots could be fried and eaten, but after washing them. Unfortunately, our teacher did not let us try. The maggots are cut into half directly above the wok, and a yellow substance would flow out. Watch the video to know.
Frying Maggots (Yummy😋)
After the sago factory, we went to the Royal Regalia Building and learnt about the sultan and his past. There, we saw pictures of the sultan and we also the replicas and actual monuments that were used at actual ceremonies. Most of these were plated with gold. 
The replica of the royal carriage.




















Some random photos...

















Girls' photo




















After the Royal Regalia Building, we went to the water village. 













Selfies on the water taxi














Rocks which look like koko krunch













At the water village, we took a boat to the house which we visited. 

We also enjoyed local delicacies there. 
no photos :( *busy eating*

Back to hotel, after dinner, rest for the night

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