About 150 years ago, the Kayans of Sarawak used to inter ( bury ) their dead ones in big burial huts called "Salong" . Though the custom is not practised now, the 'totem pole' in which the bones are kept ( in special jars) can be seen around the Sarawak Museum gardens in Kuching. They can come in single trunk or double-trunk poles. The picture above shows one that is double-trunk. Standing about 10 meters from the ground the "Salong" can last for hundreds of years due to the enduring 'belian' wood that is used to carve the designs.
I notice the Trumpet trees are beginning to flower profusely in some parts of Kuching this month. This picture I took along the road facing the RTM building . There are two varieties grown in Sarawak now viz the white and pink flower varieties. The Trumpet trees ( Tabebuia) have big flowers that are trumpet to bell-shaped and have spectaular colours in shade of white, pink, red or yellow.