Kelaparan menyergap di tengah perjalanan. Kami baru sampai di Jalan Poros Sulawesi, tepatnya di Pangkajene dan Kepulauan atau biasa disingkat Pangkep. Itu artinya Makassar masih sekitar satu jam perjalanan dan saat itu masih jam dua dini hari. Di saat tim mulai frustasi tak kunjung menemukan tempat makan yang buka, tiba-tiba kami melihat deretan lapak dengan nyala lampu yang cukup terang di pinggir jalan.
Penjelajahan kuliner di Rantepao dimulai dari Hotel Pison tempat kami menginap. Pagi itu, Elifas, pemilik hotel sedang mengolah biji kopi. Ternyata ia juga memilki usaha penjualan kopi.
Dini hari kami sampai di Bandara Sultan Hasanudidin, Makassar. Tak berselang lama mobil sewaan datang menjemput. Kota Parepare yang berjarak 146 kilometer atau sekitar 3-4 jam perjalanan darat menjadi tujuan pertama.
By truck, that morning Frederik took twenty kilometers away from Makale bring three tedongs. One of them is tedong bonga or albino (striped) buffalo. He expects a fortunes of the ongoing bull market in Bolu Traditional Market, Rantepao, North Toraja. Frederik was not alone. Dozens buffalo sellers gathered in the same place, the biggest buffalo market in Indonesia.
Night was about leaving us. Our car finally took us to final stop for that day. It was very hard for me leaving my seat because I was very exhausted due to our long journey. It was a non-stop trip which spent 4 hours air travel from Jakarta to Makassar, 10 hours Makassar-Rantepao journey via bus, then 45 minutes via car from Rantepao to Nanggala.The last spirit left emerged from lights that was shining from the building of which structures has obsessed my mind all day long. Before long, we officially hopped on in the location where I could enjoy the beauty of Tongkonan, traditional house of Toraja, completed with two sharp and pointed ends. Its beauty was totally successful in spoiling my eyes. My tiredness suddenly disappeared and turned into a blow of spirit which led me to get so excited and curious on things I would get on the next day.