Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Panjat Pinang

I finally managed to upload a video! I'm not sure how long it took because I just left it going overnight. The size is a bit disappointing but better than nothing right?

This is from the Independence Day activities I mentioned on Sunday. I think its the highlight of the day for the people here. Panjat Pinang translates to climbing the palm tree.

The trunk is greased so its very slippery. The objective is of course to get to the top and untie all the prizes hanging there.

The video is of the 11th or 12th time that the men were trying to get up there. They tried so hard! Over and over again!

Richard left soon after this but Aaron and I waited, hoping to see these people succeed. Unfortunately, and rather disappointingly, they called a timeout when it was time for the Maghrib (sunset) prayers. They ended up tying a knife to a long bamboo pole and cutting the prizes down.


Mike said...

I don't think I'd want to be on the bottom of the pile. Especially over and over again.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Good video, Amanda. It was tough for the men.

Emily said...

Woah...pretty cool but, um, OUCH!