Others, such as Laman in Ukong, Narak in Bang Diok waited until the cooking stove was ready, before placing a similar parcel inside the hearth (nauu mok puan) to secure their future livelihood (ngadim rejeki).
But these initial one-family dwellings were nevertheless grouped around or near the original big house, as the village layout of Bang Diok still testified in the 1980s.
As mentioned at the beginning, the only alai gayo that was still extant in the 1980s was the present author's home at Kalan Duun in the hamlet of Bang Diok. (40) Although none of the remaining residents talked about there once being a gallery (serambi) with stairs on either side, similar to the present Dusun alai gayo at Sukang, we may safely assume that this had been the case.
Most of the principal main part and the entire kitchen remained standing on tall piles above a small tributary (bang diok).
Timor Bandang of Bang Diok (Sungei Damit) could claim to have built his house on such a ground, as in the 30 years he had occupied it no unforeseen death or accident had occurred in it or to its inhabitants.