Gelang Bunk Bed is a comfortable bed from Gelang Tongkat Batubul, known as The Bed of the Gods in Indonesia. It was made using a unique construction technique called “kulumat”. In this method, each and every bed is individually constructed without using any glue or nails. The Bed of the Gods has an extraordinary history of two civilisations. The first civilisation of Gelang Bunk Bed was founded by a Hindu religious leader named Narinder Singh, who used it as his private retreat in Muntilan, Central Java, India.
Narinder Singh used to practice meditation, yoga and reading ancient Hindu texts while staying at his villa at Sanur, West Java, using a simple yet well-built and extremely comfortable bed called the Togel Hingay. Many visitors to his villa describe the Togel Hingay as the best bed they have ever seen. The Togel Hingay has a roomy interior featuring a large sitting area and two single beds, made of wood and covered with soft cotton blankets.
The second civilisation of Togel Hongkong was founded by the former King of Sipadan, who also used the Togel Hingay as his official retreat in Central Java. Here, he organised regular prayer meetings with the help of a small pulpit erected on the central square of the fort. King Orji Muhammad of Aceh was also a visitor of the Toelgarh Fort and had several meetings with the local rulers during his reign. The third and current ruler of Tokelau, Taman Alor, uses the Togel Hingay as his official residence. This traditional wooden bed has a simple single-color wooden cover, and its front features four beautiful curving strips cut in a unique geometric design.
A recent visit to Togel Hongkong’s village revealed that a large portion of the village population still use bamboo to weave baskets and other handicraft items, although most of the men were busy using tobacco pipes and using a small variety of liqueurs. These men, along with women and children, often sing while they grind rice and mix water to make such and sambar, their drinks of choice. The Tokelauan tradition of weaving baskets is still alive and well in Togel Hongkong. One family, the Soeharto clan, still weave baskets full of fruits and vegetables from banana leaves. Another interesting group of Tokelauan craftsmen make jewellery and ornaments from gold, silver, jade and other precious stones. A notable craft in this area is the togel dan tera or ring-and-sickle, which has been worn by the royal family for centuries.
Tourists to Singapore can easily find a souvenir of Tokelauan culture to take home in Banyak shopping village. One good example is the bank saffer (bamboo basket), which is used to carry fish, meat, shellfish and other delicacies back and forth across the island. The artistically woven bank can be a great memento of one’s trip to Banyak. Many tourists who visit Banyak in search of a good souvenir of Singapore, however, are dismayed by the lack of variety and originality in these shops. Some simply sell bank, jolly jap and other trinkets at extortionate prices. “Where there is a will there is a way” as the old saying goes.
There is one place, however, where you will not be disappointed with your choice of souvenirs: Tokelauan ini, traditional Inuk language paper. This beautifully crafted paper, which is also known as “terpullet” in Singapore, is one of the most beautiful in the world and is available at all shops selling souvenirs to Singapore. It is made from a special birch tree leaf. This makes it very different from most other printed papers on the market, which are made from mostly rayon or silk fibers. The unique composition of two gel hongkong and pakoras (fabric fabrics) make it a great addition to any Inuk collection and makes it a favorite souvenir to take home.