April 2009 Volume 98

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INSIDE: The Sea Bajau of Semporna, Eating Out, Upcoming Events and more!

ADVISOR YBhg. Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin / Sitti B. Damsal EDITOR Melissa Leong DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W.

3 Feature Personality Suzanne Nielsen & Datuk Nancy Ho, Inner Wheel Happenings & Highlights Pesta Kalimaran 16th Regatta Lepa Tattoo Exhibition Sabah Adventure Challenge Anzac Day Freedom of Entry Upcoming Events News 4

Charlieking Padasian Faizal Jaini (Kadaiku Section) PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) BM EDITOR Puan Hjh. Asmiah Ajamain, Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka DESIGNED & PRINTED BY COVER The Regatta Lepa in Semporna © Sabah Tourism Board

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Eating Out
Olive’s The Roof Restaurant

Message from the Editor
On the West Coast, the Murut community- known for their headhunting warriors in the olden days and craftmaking skills- will be celebrating the Kalimaran Festival or Pesta Kalimaran (p.5). Head over to the district of Tenom and while you’re in the area, be sure to visit the famed Sabah Agriculture Park. From giant lily pads to exotic orchids, it’s a botanists’ paradise. Our special feature this month is on the Mari-Mari Cultural Village experience in Inanam (p.10) and what a journey it turned out to be! Bamboo-cooking, drinking rice wine, learning to start a fire the traditional way and getting a tattoo are all in a day’s work at Mari-Mari (which literally translates to ‘Come Come’). Looking for more places to makan? Our Eating Section brings you two great dining choices. Go Mediterranean at the classy Olive’s restaurant at Nexus Resort Karambunai or sample local favourites at The Roof at Imperial International Hotel (p.7). If you need assistance in getting around Sabah, visit the Sabah Tourism website or come to any of our Tourist Information Counters at the Sabah Tourism Office along Jalan Gaya or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at Sinsuran. It’s great to have you here!


Places of Interest
Tun Mustapha Gallery


On the Street
What is your favourite Sabah ‘natural treasure?


Mari-Mari Cultural Village


Through The Lens
Sun, Sea and Sand!


The Sea Bajau


Products of the Month at Kadaiku
Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

Kopivosian and Selamat Datang!


very time April rolls around, I ‘buckle up’ for an insane ride ahead as the calendar just keeps getting busier and busier. The weather has finally picked up and with clearer skies ahead, this means I have more time to be on the road to bring you more of what Sabah has to offer!

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Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Shopping Centres in Sabah

This month, I will be making my way to the town of Semporna on the East Coast to join the festivities of the Regatta Lepa (p.4). One of the State’s anchor events, the Regatta celebrates the seafaring ways of the Sea Bajau people. And while in Tawau, I’m taking full advantage of the good weather and proximity of the surrounding islands, namely Mabul and Mataking. Stay tuned for more tales of the island-hopping kind. Speaking of which, Sipadan is in the running as a nominee for the New 7 Wonders of Nature and its success is just a click away! Be sure to visit www.sabahtourism.com to find out more on how to vote for Sipadan online.

Melissa Leong Editor

Pesta Eko Daing Sulaman / Sulaman Fish Season Festival 3 – 5 April 2009 This is a thanksgiving celebration by fishermen for the bountiful catch during the Sulaman fish season (January to June). Traditional sports, fishing, clamming and crabbing are among the activities organized for the event for a wonderful time on the Lok Nunuk Dantai beach in Tuaran. Organiser: Ariffin Gadait (Organising Chairman) For further info: Ariffin Gadait Tel: 088 255972 / 019 8624585 Fax: 088 257091 Email: Ariffin.Gadait@sabah.gov.my

Tel: 013 8586626 / 019 8818015 Fax: 088 318051 Email: sabahanglers@gmail.com 10th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge 2009 10 – 12 April 2009 The 10th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge is a 3-day Adventure Race. This year, a maximum of 40 teams of 2 will race to complete a racecourse comprising of bamboo rafting, tyre tubing, mountain biking, trail hiking and roping up and around the famed Crocker Range of North Borneo and through Kadazandusun villages in remote areas. Teams may elect to compete in either an extreme or adventure category. Organiser: Sabah Adventure Challenge For further info: Avtar S. Sandhu Tel: 088 237745 H/P: 012 8270757 Fax: 088 261070 Email: spartan01@sabahadventure.com Good Friday 10 April 2009 A time when all Christmas commemorate the cruxifixion of Jesus Christ in mass services and prayer. Good Friday is a public holiday in Sabah. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board or Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: 088 212121 / 232121 Fax: 088 212075 / 265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com Easter Sunday 12 April 2009 A meaningful celebration across the land as Christians marks the Resurrection of Christ. Easter bunch with family members is a common practice and most major hotels in Kota Kinabalu organize various activities such as egg painting and Easter egg hunting. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board or Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: 088 212121 / 232121 Fax: 088 212075 / 265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com 16th Regatta Lepa Semporna 18 –19 April 2009 Semporna comes to life with the Bajau sea-

farers colourful Regatta Lepa where a competition of the most beautiful traditional sailboats is held. Witness telematches such as the boat tug-of-war, kayak racing and boat racing. The town of Semporna is also home to fresh seafood and the gateway to the world’s best dive sites. Organiser: District Office of Semporna For further info: Abd. Mohamed Ibnu Hj. Abdul Kadir Baba (D.O) Zachary S. Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd) Tel: 089 781518 / 088 232121 Fax: 089 781472 / 088 265540 Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com Lest We Forget Run 24 April 2009 The run is held in remembrance of the brave heroes who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Sabah. The event is also an effort to instill awareness in the public on the valiant efforts of our soldiers in defending and protecting our country as we strived towards independence. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Elizabeth Borubui Tel: 088 521800 Fax: 088316137 Email: elizabeth@dbkk.sabah.gov.my

Organisers: Office of Australian War Graves, Canberra Sandakan Municipal Council For further info: Charlotte Sarossy / Catherin Chua Tel: 089 224026 Fax: 089 272112, 274659, 213452 Email: Charlotte.Sarossy@dva.gov.au / Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my MP3rio Concert 25 April 2009 MP3rio (Malaysian Piano Trio) comprises three eminent musicians from Malaysia and is one of the foremost proponents of chamber music in Malaysia. Formed in 2002, MP3rio consists of violinist Yap Ling, cellist Jonathan Oh and pianist Loo Bang Hean. Since the forming of the ensemble, they have performed locally and abroad, appearing in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Bintulu, Sibu, Kuching, Miri and Hong Kong. Organiser: Prelude Music Venue: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Recital Hall For further info: Yap Ling (Music Director), Alice (PA) Tel: 088 722230, 016 8333034 (Alice) H/P: 016 8200355, 012 8203733 (Yap Ling) Fax: 088 722230 Email: preludemusic@gmail.com Freedom Of Entry 18 April 2009 The ‘Freedom of Entry Ceremony’ is an old Naval Tradition that began during medieval times, where the city or town council confers the right of the ‘navy’ to march with “swords drawn, drums beating, band playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed” through the city. The right to march through is usually conferred with a scroll by the Lord Mayor. International navies are expected to participate in this event. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Syron Tunggolou Tel: 088 521800 Fax: 088 316137 Email: syron@dbkk.sabah.gov.my

Tattoo Exhibition 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2009 Have the opportunity to get your tattoo done traditionally in an atmosphere simulating how it may have been like to do it during the olden days, a memorable experience to go along with your tattoo. Organiser: Monsopiad Cultural Village For further info: Monsopiad Cultural Village Tel: 088 774337, 761336 Fax: 088 761680 Email: info@monsopiad.com Sabah International Fishing Tournament 9 – 12 April 2009 Sabah waters have some of the best sites for the challenge and excitement of game fishing. The tournament not only promotes the sport, but also hopes to encourage preservation, conservation and protection of rich marine resources from exploitation. Organiser: Sabah Angler’s Association For further info: Albert Yong / Richard Leong

Anzac Day 25 April 2009 An annual event to commemorate the Australian and New Zealand Army servicemen who fought during World War II in Sabah. Many retired servicemen and family members from Australia and New Zealand make a pilgrimage to Sabah during this time of the year to remember the soldiers and the civilians who risked their lives to help others.


Feature Personality


Inner Wheel –

Suzanne Nielsen & Datuk Nancy Ho

woman wears many hats in her day to day life – mother, wife, daughter, employer, employee and activist to name a few, and the members of the prestigious Inner Wheel are no exception. Comprising working mothers, professionals and housewives, the Inner Wheel is the world’s largest women’s voluntary organization. Represented in 102 countries, it currently boasts 100,000 members of various races, religions and background but with one common goal: to promote friendship, encourage ideals of personal service and foster understanding.


world. There will also be business sessions and seminars on leadership and to discuss ‘new generation clubs’, which are an extension of the Inner Wheel,” she says. But it won’t be all work and no play for these hardworking delegates, as many of them have already made plans to see more of Sabah during the brief visit here through arranged tours. Suzanne also mentioned some of the commendable projects taken up by Inner Wheel, such as the UNICEF Girls’ Education in Madagascar. “We are very happy to be working with UNICEF on this. In this programme, we provide training for the teachers and supplies for the schools, and we try to get the community involved in building educational facilities,” she tells us. “Our aim is also to try and keep the girls in secondary school because in many cases they get married as young as 14 years old or their parents need their help, so they leave school and never come back. I think education is the most important thing because it is the way to a better life. And when you educate a woman, she will know her rights and continue to educate her children; this is a cycle we wish to achieve.” In Sabah, Datuk Nancy Ho is at the helm of the Inner Wheel chapter, which has also been involved in many charitable projects such as building community halls and schools in various villages in the interior districts. “We are truly honoured to have Kota Kinabalu, Sabah as the host of this year’s International Inner Wheel Convention. With Sabah positioned as a premier MICE destination, we were confident that the infrastructure and environment here is conducive for an event of this scale, so we took the bold step of bidding to be the host this year.” She also expresses her appreciation for all the support shown by various State agencies, including the Chief Minister’s Department, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Kota Kinabalu City Hall, Tourism Malaysia Sabah Branch as well as Malaysia Airlines. “They have bent over backwards to help us make this event a success, so we are really blessed,” Datuk Nancy adds. Suzanne also remarks that she hopes that participants will benefit from the business sessions and networking. “But of course, just as important, I hope that everyone will have a truly enjoyable time while here in Sabah!” she concludes.

Datuk Nancy Ho

The current President, Suzanne Nielsen, was in Sabah recently in preparation for the upcoming 14th International Inner Wheel Convention which will be held on 5–9 May at the Magellan Sutera Harbour. This year's theme is ‘Realise Your Visions and Make a Difference’. “Every 3 years we hold a convention. In order to determine the venue of the convention, member countries can make a bid to host the event and this year, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah was selected by the governing body,” she explains, adding that among the criteria taken into consideration when making a decision are accessibility, safety and budget constraints. She was thoroughly impressed during her last trip to Kota Kinabalu in January 2008. “It’s a wonderful place, beautiful nature and the people are friendly. On top of that, you have excellent hotel facilities and it has been a pleasant experience to organize this event,” she says. Some 800 participants are expected to attend the convention, which will be an important platform to discuss various issues pertaining to women’s welfare and rights. “The convention is the avenue to amend the constitution and, on a social level, meet members from around the

Suzanne Nielsen


Happenings & Highlights
Tattoo Exhibition
Every Sunday throughout the month of April


16th Regatta Lepa, 18–19 April D

uring the annual Regatta Lepa held in April, the waterfront of Semporna town is decked with a colourful line-up of boats, each one more brilliantly decorated. These boats, known as lepa, are the proud heritage of the Sea Bajau. For generations, these nomadic people have lived on these boats. The lepa is sleek and typically made of ubar suluk (red seraya) wood. Many deem it an artistic masterpiece with its elaborate carvings depicting the sea and animistic designs. Other sea-themed motifs include fishes, mermaids, sea horses and waves. These intricate carvings normally cover the stern to the bow, side to roof and mast. During the Regatta Lepa, the boats are decorated with brightly coloured sails known as sambulayang and tapis (small triangular flags). The highlight of the event is the sail-past of the lepa, each one decked with smiling dancers and lively musicians, hoping to be crowned ‘Most Beautiful Lepa’ – the grand prize of this much-anticipated water festival. Don’t miss a variety of interesting events, including the boat-tug-of-war and rowing competition. The annual Regatta Lepa is held in conjunction with the Malaysian Water Festival.

he art of tattooing is an integral part of the heritage of many tribes and ethnic groups in Borneo, often a mark of courage, victory or coming of age. The traditional method of tattooing is still practised in Borneo – a procedure called ‘hand tapping’. Witness or experience this method at the Monsopiad Cultural Village every Sunday. Prefer the modern techniques? Your choice! Watch some of Sabah’s renowned tattoo artists, such as Joe & Jim from Black Ink Industry Custom Tattoo and Pip from Jesselton Tattoo and Body Piercing, display their skills every Sunday. Choose from a variety of tribal, Borneo-inspired or free designs of your choice. The exhibition runs from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance fee for the exhibition is RM5.00. For more information, please contact Danny or Nadia at 088-774 337 or email info@monsopiad.com. Visit the website at www.monsopiad.com\

Sabah Tourism Awards 2009 Open for Nominations
The most prestigious award for the Sabah tourism industry is back! All relevant tourism players are invited to submit their nominations for this year’s awards, which will be presented at a gala evening this November. Categories include Best Restaurant, Excellence in Hotel Services, Best Spa Experience, Best Tour Guide, Best Tour Operator, Best Tourism Article on Sabah. Nomination forms are available at the Sabah Tourism Board or Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. tourist information counters and downloadable from www.sabahtourism.com.

When in Semporna…
When in Semporna, seize the opportunity to visit some of the top diving spots in the world, including Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking and renowned Sipadan. Mabul is great for macro-diving, while Kapalai’s water bungalows will take your breath away. For a romantic excursion, you can’t go wrong with the charms of Mataking. Paradise is just a boat ride away from Semporna! For more information, please contact the District Officer of Semporna, Abdul Mohamed Ibnu Hj. Abdul Kadir Baba at 089-781518 or Winceslaus G. Autine (Sri Pelancongan Sabah) at 088-232121 or e-mail wences@sabahtourism.com. Visit www.sabahtourism.com for more details.

Happenings & Highlights


10th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge, 10–12 April


rail-blaze, tyre-tube and bamboo-raft your way through the scenic valleys, hills and rivers of Sabah in this year’s Sabah Adventure Challenge! Entering its tenth year, the event is a 3-day adventure race in which teams of two navigate some 150 km of dense rainforest, through villages and over the Crocker Range. This year, a maximum of 40 teams will compete to complete a race course that involves bamboo-rafting, mountain-biking, trail-hiking and roping up and around the mountains and hillsides. Teams may choose to compete in either ‘Extreme’ or ‘Adventure’ category. More details on www.sabahadventure.com. For more information, please contact the Race Director, Aman Avtar S. Sandhu at 088-237745 or e-mail spartan01@sabahadventure.com

Anzac Day, 25 April A

nzac Day on 25 April each year commemorates servicemen from New Zealand and Australia who fought in Sabah during World War II, particularly prisoners of war (POW) who took part in the ‘Death March’ from Sandakan to Ranau. It has become a norm for retired servicemen and members of their families to make a pilgrimage to Sabah to pay tribute to their fallen ancestors and the civilians who risked their lives to help others during this difficult time.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them Laurence Binyon’s ‘For The Fallen’
This event is jointly organised by the Office of Australian War Graves, Canberra and the Sandakan Municipal Council. For more information, please contact Catherin Chua at 089-224026, fax 089-272112 or e-mail Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my. You can also e-mail Charlotte Sarossy at Charlotte.Sarossy@dba.gov.au


Happenings & Highlights

Upcoming Events
Sabah Fest 2009 (2–10 May)



alimaran’ refers to the craftsmanship of the Murut people. Most of the crafts produced are for practical use in the daily lives of the Murut. For example, the sumpitan lembing (speared blowpipe) is used for hunting, the bayoh and barait baskets are used for carrying goods and the pukat, jala and saluin (bubu) are ideal for catching fish. Some of these items are decorated with intricate carvings and designs, as seen on the hilt and scabbard of the parang. This month, discover the fascinating culture of the Murut people during the 2-day Pesta Kalimaran or Kalimaran Fest in the district of Tenom, 3 hours' drive south of Kota Kinabalu City. The Murut – a majority of whom reside in the interior areas of Sabah – were renowned for their fearless headhunting warriors in the olden days and their incomparable skill in craft-making. The festival is a showcase of their timeless culture and tradition. Witness the magunatip dance where skilful dancers leap precariously between bamboo poles that are clapped together, producing a mesmerizing rhythm. Another highlight is the lansaran – a traditional game in which individuals bounce on a platform to, literally, reach greater heights! Sample unique Murut fare, sip the local brew and enjoy the merriment of the annual Pesta Kalimaran.

Pesta Kalimaran, 4–5 April

his year, Sabah’s most anticipated cultural extravaganza is back! This May, Sabah Fest kicks off at the Magellan Grand Ballroom at 7 pm on 2 and e3 May with the theme ‘Mystical Sabah’. Learn more about age-old rituals and timeless beliefs of Sabah’s many ethnic groups through a presentation of song and dance. From 4–10 May, the festivities continue at Sabah Museum’s Heritage Village. This is the best time to experience the best of Sabah’s melting pot of cultures. For more information, call Susan Shahira at 088-232121 (Sri Pelancongan Sabah), e-mail shahira@sabahtourism.com or visit the website http://sabahfest.sabahtourism.com/2009/

Sukau Rainforest Lodge Makes National Geographic’s Top 50 Ecolodges 2009 List
Sukau Rainforest Lodge, managed by Borneo Eco Tours, was recently featured in National Geographic Adventures magazine as one of the Top 50 Ecolodges (Jungle Lodges Category). The award is in recognition of the lodge’s continuous commitment to responsible tourism, unique jungle experience and warm hospitality. The lodge is located at the edge of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Sandakan. Visit www.borneoectours.com for more information.

Promenade Hotel Opens in Tawau
Promenade Hotel opens its new doors in Tawau! The 4star business hotel is offering special promotion rates as a welcome gesture to all its visitors until the end of April. With an inventory of 180 room and suites, this 16-floor hotel is the tallest hotel in town and adjacent to Eastern Plaza – the biggest shopping mall in Tawau. Located less than 1.5 km from the town centre, the hotel’s facilities include meeting rooms, the largest ballroom in Tawau, Café @ se7en and the Zsa Zsa Zsu Fun Pub. Call 089982 888 or visit http://www.promenade.com.my

Check out the Sabah Agriculture Park, a sprawling 600-hectare establishment made up of numerous gardens, featuring beautiful orchids, giant lily pads and blooming bougainvilleas! The Yit Foh Coffee Powder Factory is the oldest coffee factory in Sabah and is every coffee-lover's paradise. Go for an adrenaline rush and try White Water Rafting along the Padas River! For a better understanding of the Murut culture, visit the Murut Cultural Village, a one-of-a-kind cultural centre incorporating traditional Murut architecture. For more information, please contact Mackey Apison (Sabah Cultural Board) at 088-268812 / 268884 or e-mail Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my

When in Tenom…

Freedom of Entry, 26 April 2009


itness this spectacular old naval tradition that began in medieval times. It is a symbolic show of a city or town council conferring the right of the navy to enter their city with ‘swords drawn, drums beating, band playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed’. The right to march through is usually conferred with a scroll from the Lord Mayor. The streets of Kota Kinabalu come alive with a march past and parade of participating international navies. An event full of pomp and circumstance not to be missed! For more information, please contact Syron Tunggolou of the Kota Kinabalu City Hall at 088-521800 or e-mail syron@dbkk.sabah.gov.my

Eating Out • 7

Olives Mediterranean Restaurant
outed as one of Malaysia’s best restaurants by high society magazine Malaysian Tatler Olives never fails to satisfy the discerning diner. And it’s easy to see why. Located at the beautiful Nexus Resort Karambunai, the restaurant entices guests with its array of Mediterranean cuisine complemented with a wide selection of fine wines served in a luxurious setting. Appetizers are abundant, and you cannot go wrong with a serving of Carpaccio of Glazed Salmon with orange butter, green asparagus tips and lettuce in sherry dressing. A light and lovely way to start the meal! Also worth a try is the Warm Polenta Tart, which gives a surprising explosion of flavours with the combination of goat brie cheese and dried tomatoes on brunello sabayone. For soup, we recommend the Mediterranean Lobster Soup, simply divine with its butter poached lobster morsels with fennel. But a definite favourite is the Rack of Lamb in Broccoli Bread Crust, served with saffron risotto and smoked vegetable sauce. The very tender lamb cuts melt in your mouth and the broccoli bread crust gives a wonderful twist to the texture. Your taste buds will thank you for it! The menu also features a variety of pasta and risotto and to-die-for desserts. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a scoop of Bavaroise Bianca, a light white wine parfait on strawberry compote garnished with candied fruit. Or, if you like the classics, opt for the Italian Tiramisu or Crème Brulee. These gastronomic creations are the brainchild of Executive Chef Volkmar Ertel, who has 29 years of culinary experience while Sous Chef Desmond Chin helms the Olives kitchen staff. In such capable hands, it’s no wonder that Olives continues to be one of the top rated restaurants in the nation. The restaurant seats up to 48 diners comfortably and is ideal for romantic dinners, get togethers with friends or private functions. For a classy dining experience with unexpected delights in each bite, look no further than Olives. Olives is located on the ground floor of Nexus Resort Karambunai. Open daily from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. For enquiries or to make reservations, please call 088-411222 or visit the website at www.nexusresort.com

The Roof Restaurant


ine at one of KK city’s ‘highest’ points, the Roof Restaurant at the Imperial International Hotel. With a stunning view of the South China Sea, bustling streets of KK and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, the Roof offers a wonderful assortment of local and international dishes. Choose to dine indoors or savour your meal as you enjoy the refreshing breeze outside – all areas are shaded, so don’t worry about the sun! Although the restaurant serves a variety of pasta and grilled favourites, the most notable items on the menu are the Signature Dishes. At affordable prices, the Nasi Percik Ayam Bersantan (barbecued chicken marinated with spicy coconut gravy, served with white rice, pappadum and pickled vegetables) is a must-try, as well as the zesty Oxtail Assam Pedas. Sample other locally concocted recipes, namely the Kota Belud Nasi Goreng and the classic Hainanese Chicken Rice. Just looking a snack? Go for the triple-decker Imperial Tower Club House or the Sabah favourite, Roti Kahwin (literally. ‘married bread’) – a sandwich filled with margarine/butter and kaya (a homemade jam made of coconut milk, eggs and sugar). Perfect for afternoon tea. The Kids’ Menu is perfect for the appetites of your little ones, with their creatively named dishes such as Captain Hood (spaghetti with tomato sauce) and Thunder Cat’s (fried noodles in soya sauce with vegetables). Be sure to check out the various set lunches at great deals. The indoor air-conditioned area can seat up to 150 diners while the outdoor area can cater up to 300. With its spacious design and excellent food selection, the Roof is also an ideal choice for events such as weddings and corporate dinners. See you at the top! The Roof Restaurant is located at the 10th floor of Imperial International Hotel, Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu. To make reservations, please call 088-447200. For enquiries, please call Ya’kob Zaini at 012 801 9663 or Jess Lai at 012 801 9661. E-mail sales@panjihotelmanagement.com or visit the website at www.panjihotelmanagement.com

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Tun Mustapha Gallery – Remembering Sabah’s iconic leader
he Tun Mustapha Gallery opened its doors on 10 May 2006, paying tribute to one of Sabah’s outstanding personalities. The late Tun Mustapha was a visionary leader who was instrumental in leading Sabah to independence. He was a freedom fighter during World War II, a nationalistic activist, an inspiring leader and Sabah’s first Head of State, among many other achievements. The beautiful gallery, located in the premises that housed the Sabah State Assembly from 1980 to 1995, chronicles the life and times of Tun Mustapha. It offers visitors a glimpse into his triumphs and tribulations, with detailed descriptions accompanying the images on display. The gallery also showcases many of Tun Mustapha's personal belongings, from medals of honour to specially tailored suits, and including a torn golfing hat. According to the inscription, his beloved wife tore his hat and tossed it outside their home during a quarrel. The hat was retrieved by their driver who kept the hat all these years and now it finds its home at the gallery. Tun Mustapha was not only a golf enthusiast but a talented musician. His collection of violins can also be seen at the gallery. Another story tells of how the Japanese soldiers spared his life after hearing him play several Japanese tunes on his violin during World War II. All these fascinating facts and various memorabilia are immortalized right here at the Tun Mustapha Gallery, which also operates a souvenir shop that specializes in high quality crafts, inspired by the traditional ethnic motifs of Sabah’s various tribes. You can visit at your own leisure or opt for the Tun Mustapha Gallery Package which includes a photo-taking session in front of the Tun Mustapha Tower (Menara Tun Mustapha), a video show and a tour of the Gallery which concludes with refreshments at @mosphere Restaurant, Sabah’s only revolving restaurant located on the 18th floor of the Menara Tun Mustapha.

Package prices:
Students – RM6.50 per person MyKad holders – RM19.00 per person Non MyKad holders – RM40.00 per person Bookings for packages must be made at least 36 hours prior to visit. The Tun Mustapha Gallery is located at the Podium Level of Yayasan Sabah. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and opens on Sunday upon request. For more information, call 088321153.

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Melvin Ho, 37, Designer/Photographer
“The multi-cultural people! I think it’s great how we have people of different races and religion living together in harmony. The people are also very friendly and always helpful.”

Carmencita L. Pilcher, 39, Marine Research Assistant
“I think we have the most beautiful beaches and islands but my favourite would be Sapi island. It’s only about 20 minutes away from KK by boat and I like that it’s small and cozy. You can wander around the island to look for a quiet spot and I feel it’s not as overcrowded as the bigger islands.”

Connie Francess, Assistant Training Manager
“I would have to say Kinabalu Park is my all-time favourite. I love how peaceful it is, surrounded by the lush greenery and of course the majestic mountain in the background. It’s a wonderful place to just relax, have some peace of mind and to enjoy the cool air for a change.”

Jaswinder Kaur, 35, Journalist
“There is just something magical about the Kinabatangan floodplain at sunrise, the misty orange-hue air, the distant sound of wildlife and birds, fishermen checking on their catch at the river bank. Orang utan, elephants and other wildlife find shelter in what is left of its forests. The floodplain is truly a gem in my eyes.”

Roland Barawi, 30, Event Coordinator
“No doubt, Sipadan! One of the best treasures we have and it’s the pride of Sabah. Diving there is an amazing experience and I would recommend it on every diver’s must-dive list.”



Cultural Village
text by Melissa Leong / all photos ©Sabah Tourism

Mari Mari


ast month, I inadvertently became the ‘bride’ of a Murut longhouse village chief. It all began with a trip to the Mari-Mari Cultural Village, reached after 25 minutes of swerving along the scenic route to Inanam from Kota Kinabalu city. Things kicked off with a briefing by our guide, the lovely Lydia, who advised us on the do’s and don’ts during our short visit. Everything seemed pretty basic until we were asked to elect a ‘group leader’ to head our visit to the Murut longhouse. A move that would explain itself later, it seemed… Mari-Mari Cultural Village is made up of several traditional homes representing Sabah's main ethnic groups. As we walked along the path to our first ‘home’, the Dusun House, we momentarily ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ at the spectacular view of the flowing river from the suspension bridge. Outside the Dusun House, we were treated to a montoku (rice wine) making demonstration and attempted to put Jamie Oliver to shame with our bamboo-cooking skills. Leaving our masterpieces to cook over the pit, we would be back to taste them for lunch. Next was a trip to the Rungus Longhouse. We were completely amazed at how each house was an exact replica of the traditional houses found in villages around Sabah, built using organic materials and ageold techniques. Here, we were shown how to start a fire using a stick and dry grass. With a lot of patience and skilful twists and turns, behold! ‘Tis fire. With a skip and hop, we were off to visit the friendly Lundayeh neighbours. The Lundayeh Traditional House is built of timber and is uniquely constructed with pig pens just outside the main door and a chicken coop right beneath it. According to Lydia, the pigs and chickens act as a ‘security system’ to alert the residents of trespassers. I was also fascinated by the separate bedroom for unmarried girls – a wooden platform built several feet off the main room. A wooden ladder is used to climb up and down. However, every night, the parents would remove the ladder so that their ‘young maidens’ would not run off into the night or, worse, be kidnapped. Suddenly having your phone privileges stripped for a night doesn’t sound so bad… Outside the Lundayeh Home is a huge crocodile-shaped hedge. Lydia explains that this indicates that in this home resides a headhunting warrior – the pride of the Lundayeh people. Also in Mari-Mari is the spacious Bajau house. Unlike the other homes, we noticed that there are almost no partitions in this home because the Bajau people were known for hosting large weddings and gatherings and they enjoyed having plenty of room for their merry-making. The Bajau culture is marked by

their colourful decorations and handicrafts which adorn the walls and floors. We were treated to delicious Bajau delicacies such as the kuih jala and invigorating pandan juice. Our final stop was the Murut Longhouse. We were told to walk in a single file, hands in front and to observe silence. Lydia told us we were about to enter the Murut village where the village chief would greet our ‘group leader’ by putting his right hand on his right shoulder and, in return, the group leader would place his left hand on the chief’s left shoulder. It was to show a sign of solidarity. Once this was done, we waited in uneasy silence as the warriors walked up to us one by one, ‘inspecting’ our presence. Several old ladies covered in a black shroud chanted as they sprinkled water on us as part of the cleansing ritual. One of the warriors presented me with a flower and, in fear that my head would be chopped off should I refuse, I accepted with a meek smile. Much to everyone’s amusement, I later found out that this was to symbolize that I had been ‘married off’ to the village chief! Some of my colleagues were invited to

try their hand at the blowpipe while the energetic bunch could not resist the lansaran – a traditional trampoline supported by bamboo poles. We were also treated to henna tattoos, using beautiful Murut patterns. The day concluded with a traditional dance performance and a scrumptious lunch buffet that offered plenty of local delicacies, including our very own bamboo-cooked meal! As I bid farewell to the friendly staff of Mari Mari Cultural Village, I was still not quite convinced that I had been officially married to a Murut village chief, but to my advantage, I realized no one would dare to mess with a headhunter’s wife… Prior arrangements must be made to visit Mari-Mari Cultural Village. Tour times are at 10:00am, 3:00pm and 7:00pm (programmes vary depending on time). Mari- Mari Cultural Village is managed by Traverse Tours Sdn. Bhd. For enquiries or to make bookings, please call 088260501/260502 or 019 820 4291 / 016 832 1509. E-mail sales@traversetours.com or visit www.traversetours.com

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he Sea Bajau (Bajau Laut) of Sabah belong to a group of sea peoples who, before international boundaries crisscrossed the Sulu Sea, spent their entire lives on their traditional wooden sailing boats (lepa) in the area now bounded by the southern Philippines and the eastern coasts of Sabah and Kalimantan. Given their surroundings, the Sea Bajau were fishermen, often drying their catch to preserve it until reaching a market. Occasional brief landings allowed them to trade their catch for other essential foodstuffs and to collect firewood and fresh water. They also buried their dead on land. Now, most Sea Bajau have settled in the district of Semporna and Tawau, primarily in water villages along the shore of the mainland and the nearby islands and also on offshore reefs. Many Sea Bajau are still dependent on the sea for their livelihood, while others are engaged in the cultivation of seaweed. Their traditional dances are called the Igal Igal – a graceful dance with gentle hand movements – and the upbeat Daling Daling. Another significant symbol of the Sea Bajau is the lepa. This traditional boat provides both home and transport and is usually made of hardwoods such as gagis, ubar suluk or seraya. Every April during the Regatta Lepa, the town of Semporna comes alive as they commemorate beautiful lepa and its importance in the lives of the Sea Bajau over generations.

Reference: 'The Sea Bajau' by Henry Coleman, Borneo Magazine, Vol.2, No.5, 1996


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Persiaran Laut (Seawalking) di Pulau Sapi


Pesta Kalimaran, 4-5 April
alimaran’ merujuk kepada kemahiran kraf tangan dalam masyarakat Murut. Kebanyakan kraf yang dihasilkan adalah untuk kegunaan praktikal dalam kehidupan seharian orang-orang Murut.. Misalnya, sumpitan lembing digunakan untuk berburu, bakul bayoh dan barait digunakan untuk membawa barang, selain pukat, jala dan saluin (bubu) sesuai untuk menangkap ikan. Ada antara barangan ini dihiasi dengan ukiran dan rekaan menarik, seperti yang terdapat pada hulu dan sarung parang. Pada bulan ini, saksikanlah kebudayaan menarik masyarakat Murut dalam Pesta Kalimaran yang diadakan selama dua hari di daerah Tenom. Daerah ini terletak lebih kurang 3 jam perjalanan dari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu. Dengan kebanyakan daripada mereka tinggal menetap di kawasan pedalaman Sabah, orang Murut terkenal sebagai pahlawan pemburu kepala yang berani pada masa lampau dan kemahiran mereka dalam membuat kraf tangan yang tiada tolok bandingnya. Pesta ini mengetengahkan kebudayaan dan tradisi mereka yang tak lapuk dek zaman. Saksikan tarian Magunatip dengan penari-penari yang berkemahiran melompat dengan tepat antara batang buluh yang diketuk bersama-sama yang menghasilkan rentak yang memukau. Lansaran juga merupakan tumpuan dalam acara ini. Lansaran ialah satu permainan tradisional yang dalam permainan ini peserta melompat di atas pelantaran untuk mencapai aras lebih tinggi! Nikmati jamuan unik Murut, hiruplah minuman tempatan dan nikmati kemeriahan pesta tahunan ini.


ergilah bersiar-siar….Di dasar laut! Persiaran laut membolehkan anda menikmati keindahan bawah air tanpa perlu menggunakan peralatan yang canggih. Sesuai buat mereka yang tidak mahir menyelam, persiaran laut merupakan aktiviti yang boleh dinikmati oleh semua yang berusia lapan tahun ke atas. Datanglah ke Pulau Sapi untuk pengalaman yang menakjubkan anda ini. Sesi bermula dengan taklimat mengenai apa yang boleh dan tidak boleh dilakukan ketika persiaran laut. Satu helmet besar dialiri dengan oksigen diletakkan di bahu anda dengan anda turun perlahan-lahan ke laut. Pengalaman yang cukup selesa, dengan beberapa kali ‘gangguan telinga’ untuk menyamai tekanan ketika anda turun lebih dalam ke dasar air. Nikmatilah pemandangan menarik hidupan marin yang berenangrenang mengelilingi anda sambil pemandu anda membawa anda bersiar-siar. Pastikan anda berada pada laluan setiap masa. Bayangkan anda lakukan semua ini tanpa seutas pun rambut anda yang basah! Pada akhir pengembaraan persiaran laut, setiap peserta diberikan gambar digital dan sijil. Jumpa anda di dasar laut! Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Francis Liew di talian 088-249115, 016 813 8688 atau Kevin Thien di talian 016-848 3182. E-mel franliew@tm.net.my atau layari www.borneoseawalking.com

Hari Anzac, 25 April


ari Anzac diadakan setiap 25 April bagi memperingati tentera dari New Zealand dan Australia yang berjuang ketika Perang Dunia Kedua di Sabah, terutama sekali tahanan perang yang terlibat dalam “Perarakan Maut” dari Sandakan ke Ranau. Sudah menjadi perkara biasa untuk tentera yang telah bersara dan anggota keluarga mereka datang ke Sabah bagi memberi penghormatan kepada nenek moyang mereka dan orang awam yang menggadai nyawa sendiri untuk membantu yang lain pada saat sukar itu.

Apabila di Tenom….
Datanglah ke Taman Pertanian Sabah, iaitu kawasan seluas 1,500 ekar yang menempatkan taman yang pelbagai, mengetengahkan orkid yang cantik, bunga lili gergasi dan bougainvilla yang mekar berkembang! Kilang Kopi Yit Foh merupakan kilang kopi tertua di Sabah dan menjadi syurga pencinta kopi. Cubalah aktiviti lasak dan mendebarkan dengan berakit (white water rafting) di Sungai Padas! Untuk lebih memahami kebudayaan Murut, singgahlah di Perkampungan Budaya Murut, pusat kebudayaan tersendiri yang menampilkan seni bina tradisional Murut. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Mackey Apison (Lembaga Kebudayaan Sabah) di talian 088-268812/268884 atau e-mel: Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my

‘Mereka tidak akan tua, kita yang tinggal menjadi tua: Usia tidak memakan mereka, mahupun tahun-tahun yang berlalu. Pada ketika matahari terbenam dan bersinar ketika pagi Kita akan mengingati mereka - ‘For The Fallen’, terjemahan karya Laurence Binyon
Acara ini dianjurkan bersama oleh Office of Australian War Graves, Canberra dan Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Catherin Chua di talian 089-224026, no. faks 089-272112 atau e-mel Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my atau Charlotte Sarossy di Charlotte.Sarossy@dba.gov.au

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penari-penari dan ahli muzik, berharap untuk ditabalkan sebagai “Lepa Tercantik” – iaitu hadiah utama untuk Pesta Air yang sememangnya dinantikan ini. Jangan lepaskan peluang menyertai acara menarik lain, termasuk tarik tali perahu dan pertandingan berdayung. Regatta Lepa diadakan bersempena dengan Pesta Air Malaysia.

Apabila di Semporna…

Apabila berada di Semporna, ambil kesempatan untuk mengunjungi beberapa tempat selaman terkemuka di dunia, termasuk Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking dan Sipadan yang cukup terkenal. Mabul memang sesuai untuk selaman-makro manakala kejernihan air di Kapalai pasti akan memukau anda. Untuk percutian romantik, anda pasti tidak membuat kesilapan dengan keindahan Mataking. Untuk sampai ke syurga dunia ini, anda hanya perlu menaiki bot dari Semporna.

Regatta Lepa ke-16 Sempena Pesta Air, 18-19 April


alam acara tahunan Regatta Lepa yang jatuh pada bulan April, pesisir pantai pekan Semporna dipenuhi barisan perahu berwarna-warni, setiap satu dihias berbeza-beza dengan yang lain. Perahu-perahu yang dikenali sebagai Lepa ini merupakan warisan yang kebanggaan masyarakat Bajau Laut. Sejak beberapa generasi, Bajau laut yang memang terkenal gemar berpindah randah itu hidup di atas perahu ini. Permukaan Lepa ini licin dan biasanya dibuat daripada kayu Ubar Suluk (seraya merah). Banyak menganggapnya sebagai hasil seni terbaik yang dihiasi ukiran yang berilhamkan laut dan reka bentuk animistik. Motif bertemakan laut yang lain sering digunakan termasuklah ikan, duyung, kuda laut dan ombak. Ukiran-ukiran hiasan ini biasanya meliputi bahagian dari depan ke belakang, tepi ke atap dan tiang. Ketika Regatta Lepa, perahu-perahu ini dihias dengan layar berwarna cerah, dikenali sebagai sambulayang dan tapi (bendera tiga segi yang kecil). Kemuncak acara ini ialah lepa lalu. Setiap sebuah satu membawa

Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Pegawai Daerah Semporna, Abdul Mohamed Ibnu Hj. Abdul Kadir Baba di talian 089-781518 atau Winceslaus G. Autine (Sri Pelancongan Sabah) di talian 088-232121 atau e-mel wences@sabahtourism.com. Layari www.sabahtourism.com.

Mari Makan

Restoran The Roof
ubalah menjamu selera di poin‘tertinggi’ Bandaraya KK, Restoran The Roof di Hotel Imperial International. Dengan pemandangan Laut China Selatan yang memegunkan pengunjung, kesibukan jalan di KK dan Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman, The Roof menawarkan gabungan menarik hidangan tempatan dan antarabangsa yang beraneka jenis. Pilihlah untuk makan malam di dalam restoran atau nikmati juadah anda sambil menikmati tiupan angin yang segar di ruang makan di bahagian luar – semua kawasan terlindung jadi tidak perlu bimbang tentang matahari! Walaupun restoran ini menghidangkan pelbagai jenis pasta dan makanan panggang yang digemari ramai, hidangan utama dalam menu tidak lain adalah daripada Signature Dishes mereka. Pada harga yang berpatutan nasi percik ayam bersantan mesti dicuba (ayam panggang yang di perap dengan santan berempah, dihidang bersama-sama nai putih, papadum dan sayur jeruk) selain Asam Pedas Ekor Lembu yang lazat. Nikmati juga resepi tempatan lain seperti Nasi Goreng Kota Belud dan Nasi Ayam Hainan yang klasik. Mahukan kudapan? Cubalah sandwic Imperial Tower Club House tiga lapis atau makanan kegemaran rakyat Sabah, Roti Kahwin. Roti Kahwin ialah sandwic yang disapu dengan marjerin/keju dan kaya – jem buatan sendiri yang dibuat daripada kelapa dan telur – sesuai untuk minum petang. Menu unuk kanak-kanak adalah sesuai dengan selera si kecil anda dengan hidangan diberi nama kreatif seperti Captain Hood (spageti dengan sos tomato) dan Thunder Cat (mi goreng dengan kicap soya dan sayur). Periksa sendiri pelbagai set makan tengah hari dengan harga berpatutan. Kawasan tertutup dengan penyaman udara boleh menampung hingga 150 orang pelanggan, manakala kawasan di luar boleh menempatkan 300 orang dalam satu masa. Dengan rekaan menarik dan pilihan makanan yang hebat, The Roof juga merupakan pilihan sesuai untuk acara seperti perkahwinan atau makan malam korporat. Jumpa anda di puncak! Restoran The Roof terletak di tingkat 10 Hotel Imperial International, Warisan Square, Kota Kinabalu. Untuk membuat tempahan, sila hubungi 088-447200. Untuk pertanyaan, sila hubungi Ya’kob Zaini di talian 012-8019663 atau Jess Lai 012-8019661. E-mel sales@panjihotelmanagement.com atau layari www.panjihotelmanagement.com

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