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This is a house of a Sea Bajau (sea nomads) family, an ethnic minority living on the islands off east coast of Malaysian Borneo. Sea Bajau build their houses on or near those islands. Some of their homes are located way into the sea, when the water is still shallow enough to reach the bottom with long stilts.

As you can see here Sea Bajau are very poor by our standards and live relatively simple lifes. They move around the islands, and that means they do not stay in one place for too long. That's why their homes look so rickety. Nevertheless, these houses are strong enough to protect them from the sun, rain and wind (except for typhoons and hurricanes, of course).

This photo was taken near the island of Mantabuan. It was quite early, the light was not strong yet - the colours of the sky and sea mixed perfectly. Seeing those houses somewhere in the sea was kind of a surreal experience.

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