July 2009 Volume 101
INSIDE: Folklore Festival, Kids Day Out, On The Street and more!
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3 Happenings & Highlights Pesta Gambus Pesta Rumbia Agnes Keith Day Nunuk Ragang UMS PC Fair 2009 Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Open Day Semporna & Mabul Marine Day 4th Sabah International Folklore Festival News
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y earliest memory of travelling involves enjoying a strawberry-flavoured popsicle while riding a mini-train at the National Zoo. I still remember the excitement of seeing a real live tiger and my dad buying me a ‘Zoo Negara’ cap at the end of the trip. A testimony that the younger you are, the simpler your pleasures! Travelling with children can prove to be quite the challenge, which is why this month we help ease your planning with our feature on ‘Kids Day Out!’ (p.9). Check out some of the children-friendly places to visit and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. From seawalking to witnessing the Orang Utan feeding times, there’s plenty to do here in Sabah. Why not take a road trip to the nearby district of Papar to witness the annual Pesta Gambus or Gambus Fest? The Gambus is a traditional lute, celebrated by the Brunei-Malay people who reside along the West Coast. Every year, they gather together to acknowledge the significance of this beautiful stringed instrument – an integral part of their everyday culture and often played during weddings and celebrations. Read more about it in our Happenings & Highlights (p.3) and Culture (p.14) pages. Other not-to-be-missed events include the much-anticipated International Folklore Festival. Dance troupes from around the world come to Sabah shores to showcase their talents and compete for top honours. You won’t want to miss it! Whatever your plans during your stay in Sabah Malaysian Borneo, we
Eating Out Cube Restaurant & Wine Lounge Local cakes: Kuih Cincin & Kuih Pinjaram Places of Interest
On The Streets
Where do you go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city?
Touch Rugby with KK Sharks Rugby Football Club
Kids Day Out in Sabah
Through The Lens
hope this magazine will give you an idea or two on where to go and what to do. When in doubt, swing by our Tourism Information Counters at the Sabah Tourism Board office along Jalan Gaya or Sri Pelancongan Sabah in Sinsuran and let our friendly Tourist Assistants answer all your questions. We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support throughout the Vote for Sipadan as One of the New 7 Wonders of Nature Campaign. Let’s work together for the conservation and preservation of this marine marvel. In the meantime, here’s to a great holiday ahead. Jumpa lagi!
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Traditional Musical Instruments Exhibition Every Sunday for the month of July 2009-06-11 Have the chance to see some of Sabah’s traditional music instruments on display, listen to them in play and learn how they are made. Some of the instruments on display are the tongkungon (bamboo guitar), tagunggak and gongs. Organiser: Monsopiad Cultural Village For Further info: Monsopiad Cultural Village Tel: +60 88 774337 Fax: +60 88 761680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 4th Sabah International Folklore Festival 1–9 July Dance troupes from around the world gather in the Land Below the Wind for the 4th Sabah International Folklore Festival. On 5 July, come to 1 Borneo Hypermall to enjoy the Festival’s Prime Show from 8:00–10:30 pm. Troupes from Indonesia, Turkey, China, Russia and many more compete in the Folklore Dance Competition at the Sabah Cultural Centre on 6th and 7th July. The competition starts at 8:00 pm on both days. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Jason/Christina Tel: +6088268551 / 268836 or 268890 (General line) E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.sabah.gov.my/lks Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run 2009 18 July 2009 A fund-raising event for the needy, the Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run is a fun event where the whole family can participate. There will be no prizes awarded to the winners of the run, but runners who complete the 7K route within the stipulated time will qualify for the main Lucky Draw. In conjunction with the run, there will also be good and game stalls, lucky draws and live entertainment during the finale. Organiser: Sutera Harbour Resort For further info: Communications Department Tel: +60 88 318888 ext 3341 Fax: +60 88 303338 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival 2009 4 – 5 July 2009 The Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival is held to mark the installation of the Huguan Siou (Paramount Leader of the KadazanDusun people) and to commemorate the original
settlement of the KadazanDusun community before spreading to other parts of Sabah. Visit the Nunuk Ragang monument located in Kampung Nunuk Ragang, Ranau and enjoy a series of happenings held around the event, including the adrenaline -pumping Nunuk Ragang Adventure Challenge on the 3rd July. Organiser: KDCA Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival Committee For further info: Dr. Othman Minuddin Tel: +60 88 713696, +60 19 8828817 Fax: +60 88 713350, 238751 Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Open Day 4 July 2009 Just about 25KM from Kota Kinabalu, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is one of the largest wildlife parks in Malaysia. Bringing nature closer to your doorstep, come and see the elusive Sumatran Rhinoceros, Borneo Pygmy elephants, Orang Utans, Proboscis Monkeys and colourful Bornean birds to name a few. Organiser: Sabah Wildlife Department For further info: Ms. Nur’ain Ampuan Acheh Tel: +60 88 215353 Fax: +60 88 222476 Sandakan Cultural Carnival 3 – 4 July 2009 This carnival highlights the various aspects of Sandakan’s many ethnic groups through a variety of cultural performances, traditional costumes, mock wedding displays, kenduri adat (cultural fest), Sales and exhibition of handicraft. Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council For further info: Catherin Chua Tel: +60 89 224026 Fax: +60 89 274659, 213452, 272112 Email: Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my Pesta Rumbia (Sago Fest) 3 – 5 July 2009 The annual Sago Fest is held to highlight the district of Kuala Penyu and the traditional use of Sago Palm. Look out for activities such as the colourful perform ances by the Dusun Tatana and Bisaya communities of Kuala Penyu, sample local fruits and witness traditional sago processing demonstrations. Visit the many exhibition booths by both government and private agencies. Organiser: Kuala Penyu District For Further info: Encik Mahmod bin Ali Omar
Tel: +60 87 884715, +60 19 8628687 Fax: +60 87 884229 Agnes Keith Day 6 July 2009 A day to remember Agnes Keith, the American writer who wrote the book ‘Land below the Wind’ during her time in Sandakan from 1934-1952, excluding her days spent under the Japanese forces during World War II. Her house still stands in Sandakan and is now one of the most visited historical structures in Sabah. Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council Sabah Museum For further info: Catherin Chua/Juanis Ogak Tel: +60 89 224026, 222679 Fax: +60 89 272112, 229593, 274659, 213452 Email:Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my, Juanis.Ogak@sabah.gov.my Semporna & Mabul Marine Day 17 – 26 July 2009 This is a programme organised annually by Sipadan Water Village Resort together with the local villagers, stakeholders and divers to raise awareness and appreciation the importance of cleanliness of the marine environment for our future generations. Organiser: Sipadan Water Village Resort For further info: Ken Pan (Director) Tel: +60 89 751777 Fax: +60 89 752997 Email: email@example.com Festival Betitik Sabah 2009 15 – 18 July 2009 This festivity is a celebration of Borneo’s Bajau culture and heritage featuring a series of betitik (traditional Bajau music) performances and a 4-day home stay programme for those interested in learning the betitik, after which they will have the opportunity to perform what they’ve learnt. Craft and food exhibitions and sales as well as an exhibition of the history of betitik will be held during this festival. Organiser: Komuniti BESTARI Kg. Ulu/Ulu Seberang Putatan For further info: Awang Saifudin Haji Jumat Tel: +60 12 8660170 Fax: +60 88 712588 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pesta Gambus 2009 24 – 26 July 2009 The Gambus (lute) is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments made by the Brunei-Malay community in the West Coast of Sabah. A myriad of activities will be held
during this three-day celebration. Organiser: Persatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah For further info: Hazmaini bin Haji Awang Damit (Secretary) Tel: +60 16 8401758 Fax: +60 88 260420 Email: email@example.com Pesta Seliuh Kota Belud 25 – 26 July 2009 Held in Kota Belud, home of the captivating Bajau community, the local folks showcase their colourful traditional costumes, kenduri adat (traditional feast), wedding ceremony, colourful cultural dances, crafts and traditional games during this two-day event. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board / Persatuan Bajau Sama Bersatu Sabah For further info: Tel: +60 88 268812, 268884 Fax: +60 88 264235 Email: Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my UMS PC Fair: E-World 5 – Flying into a New Hi-Tech Era 2009 30 July–1 August Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will be organizing a PC Fair and Information Technology Exhibition at the University’s Chancellor Hall for three days. The exhibition aims to give the public an insight into the rapid development of ICT while showcasing a variety of electronic goods. Entrance is free. Exhibition runs from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Organiser: Universiti Malaysia Sabah For further info: Ng Lih Jiun / Low Hooi Ben Tel: +6014 952 3376 /+6012 977 3249 Hari Pahlawan 31 July 2009 This day commemorates Malaysian, Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers, past and present, for their bravery and noble work in protecting the nation during the war. It is a day to remember those who died at battle, with wreath-laying ceremonies at memorials in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Organisers: Kota Kinabalu City Hall / Sandakan Municipal For further info: Syron Tunggolou/Catherin Chua Tel: +60 88 521800, +60 89 273994 Fax: +60 88 316137, +60 89 272112 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my
Pesta Rumbia (Sago Fest) 3–5 July
Pesta Gambus 2009, 24–26 July
njoy a leisurely 2-hour drive south from Kota Kinabalu to witness this unique event in the quaint district of Kuala Penyu. The festival celebrates the many uses of the sago palm and its significance to the local community. The Sago Palm Festival, also known as Pesta Rumbia, highlights many attractions of the district as well as the traditional uses of sago palm. Among the interesting events lined up for the festival are singing competitions (for children, adults and veterans) as well as a demonstration on how sago palms are processed. One of the crowd-pullers is the sago worm (butod) booth. Here’s your chance to sample one of Sabah’s local delicacies, a live sago worm! The crowning of the Pesta Rumbia Beauty Queen marks the grand finale. Rumbia, scientifically known as Metroxylon sagu or Metroxylon rumphii is a member of the Palmae (palm) family. It is grows abundantly in Kuala Penyu and the surrounding districts of Beaufort and Papar and is locally known as ‘ambuyut’. All parts of the sago palm can be used, including the leaves (as roofing materials) and its branches (locally known as kumbar) for making house walls. A Rumbia Information Centre is located at Kampung Kasugira in Kuala Penyu, complete with exhibitions and handicraft displays as well as a demonstration of the making of sago delicacies. For more information, please contact En. Abd. Rahim@Rosli Yacob tel. 087-884 232 or Abd. Rahim Said at 013 883 2480. Fax 087-884229
he gambus is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments originating from the Brunei-Malay community. This unique lute is made of jackfruit or angsana wood. It is usually played together with other musical instruments such as the rebana (a type of drum) and suling or seruling (flute). To this day, the Brunei-Malay ethnic community still enjoys gambus music, especially in the west coast region. They live in the coastal areas of Sipitang, Weston, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Bongawan, Kimanis, Papar and the Federal Territory of Labuan. The rhythmic combination of the gambus, kompang, rebana and suling are synonymous with the joyous celebrations of this Muslim community. This July, make your way to the rice bowl of Sabah, Papar (a 40-minute drive south of Kota Kinabalu city) to celebrate this age-old instrument and its significance to the Brunei-Malay
people. On 25 July, visit the Papar District Community Hall and witness the pencak silat competition (a traditional form of martial arts) which commences at 9:00 am. The much-anticipated gambus-playing competition takes place the following day, when talented musicians compete against other to be crowned this year’s gambus maestro! Outside the hall, be sure to visit the many booths featuring craft-making exhibitions and take the opportunity to sample local cakes and cookies such as kuih cincin. Another wonderful festival celebrating the rich heritage of one of Sabah’s ethnic groups. For more information, please contact Datuk Hj. Yusof bin Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Mohd. Kassim of the Sabah Brunei Community Society at 088215732 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088-232121. E-mail Yusof.Kassim@sabah.gov.my
Agnes Keith Day, 6 July 2009
merican writer Agnes Keith – who popularised the term ‘Land below the Wind’ – will be commemorated this month at the Agnes Keith House in Sandakan. Attended by dignitaries and members of the public, the event allows visitors to roam her histor-
ical Sandakan home which has been restored. Several of her prized possessions, including her typewriter, are on display in the quaint colonial-style home. The Agnes Keith House is also open to the public on other days and is managed by Sabah Museum.
Entrance fees apply. For more information, Catherin Chua or Juanis Ogak of the Sandakan Municipal Council at 089-224026 or 222679. E-mail Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my or Juanis.Ogak@sabah.gov.my
Semporna & Mabul Marine Day 17–26 July
ead over to the east coast of Sabah this July and participate in the Semporna and Mabul Marine Day, organized by the Sipadan Water Village Resort (SWV). Local villagers, stakeholders and divers come together to raise awareness on keeping the marine environment clean. Participate in cleaning up the reef with other divers and listen to educational talks on conserving our marine environment. When in Mabul, take the opportunity to explore one of Sabah’s best diving sites, known for its ‘muck diving’. For more information, please contact SWV Director Ken Pan at 089 751 777 or e-mail email@example.com
Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival 2009, 3–4 July
7th Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run, 18 July
eld on the first Saturday of July every year, the Nunuk Ragang Festival is held in conjunction with the anniversary of the Huguan Siou (the appointment of the Native Chief of the Kadazandusun people) and to give the local communities an opportunity to visit the Nunuk Ragang Monument in Ranau, located a 2-hour drive from the city centre. The Kadazandusun believe this monument marks the original settlement of their ethnic tribe before they spread to other parts of Sabah. The festival is marked with a variety of activities including the tamu (open-air market), a singing competition called ‘Sugandoi Nunuk Ragang’ and the River Festival – a re-enactment of Chinese traders who came by boats to trade with the local villagers. Come and witness the fascinating Nunuk Ragang Festival and discover the origins of the largest ethnic group in Sabah. The festival takes place over 2 days at Kampung Nunuk Ragang, Ranau. For more information, please contact Dr. Othman Minudin of the KDCA Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival Committee at tel. 088-713696 / 019 882 8817 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
t’s back! Time to ‘Run for Fun, Health and Charity’ in this year’s Sutera Harbour 7K Sunset Charity Run. Runners who complete the 7K run within 77 minutes will have a chance to win fantastic lucky draw prizes during the post-Run concert. Family and friends can enjoy a myriad of fun-filled activities, live entertainment and visit various food and game stalls. Proceeds of the stall sales will be shared between the vendors and the 7K Charity Run beneficiaries – Special Olympics Sabah and the Sabah Thalassaemia Society. The post-Run concert will feature the talents of national radio station TraxxFM. To add to the excitement, keep an eye out for participating celebrities in this year’s run! Registration fees are RM25.00 per adult and RM15.00 per student. Participants will also receive a t-shirt. Have a fun run while doing your bit for charity! The Run starts at 5:17 pm. For more information or to register, please contact the 7K Hotline at 088-308 121/111. Entry forms are available at the Member Relations Counter at Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club.
UMS PC Fair: E-World 5 – Flying into a New Hi-Tech Era 2009, 30 July–1 August
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) will be organizing a PC Fair and Information Technology Exhibition at the University’s Chancellor Hall for three days. The exhibition aims to give the public an insight into the rapid development of ICT while showcasing a variety of electronic goods. This is your chance to grab great deals on gadgets and gizmos! At the same time, visitors can also visit the Independence Month Exhibition which highlights the patriotic spirit of all Malaysians. There will be plenty of games and competitions for all to enjoy. See you at UMS! Entrance is free. The Fair and Exhibition runs from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. For more information, please contact Ng Lih Jiun at 014 952 3376 or Low Hooi Ben at 012 977 3249
Minister Launches Rasa Ria’s Canopy Walkway
Sabah’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, recently launched Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort’s Canopy Walkway. The 240-foot long canopy walkway is set some 30 feet off the ground, offering visitors a breathtaking view of the sea and surrounding greenery. Great for bird-watching, visitors have also ‘bumped’ into an Orang Utan or two during their walk!
The Borneo International Marathon 2009 will take place on 11 October right here in Kota Kinabalu. Here’s a handy runner’s tip: Snack in between meals to sustain blood-sugar levels and keep your metabolism high. But stay healthy and opt for snacks such as fruits, yogurt smoothies and plenty of high-fibre picks! For more info on the marathon, visit www.borneomarathon.com
Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Open Day 4 July 2009
4th Sabah International Folklore Festival 1–9 July
pproximately 25 km from the city of Kota Kinabalu is the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, one of the largest wildlife parks in Malaysia. See some of Borneo’s unique wildlife here, including the elusive Sumatran Rhinoceros, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, playful Orang Utans and Proboscis Monkeys to name a few. Explore the fascinating aviary that is home to endemic birds of Borneo or enjoy any of the animal shows at the main stage. There’s no better time to visit the Park than today! In conjunction with the Open Day, special admission rates apply. For more information, contact the Sabah Wildlife Department (Ms. Nur’ain Ampuan Acheh) at tel. 088-215353 or fax 088-222476
ultures of the world convene in Kota Kinabalu this July during the 4th Sabah International Folklore Festival. Participating dance troupes from around the world will put on a proud display of their cultural heritage through a presentation of song and dance for more than a week in the State capital. On 5 July, come to 1 Borneo Hypermall to enjoy the Festival’s Prime Show from 8:00–10:30 pm. Watch the flamboyant Russians on stage or enjoy the graceful moves of the troupe from Guangzhou, China. Also participating are cultural groups from Indonesia, India, Kazakhstan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. The event culminates on 6 and 7 July at the Sabah Cultural Centre, Penampang where troupes will compete for top honours in the final round of the Folkdance Competition. Tickets for the competition can be purchased at Wisma Budaya (Kota Kinabalu), Sabah Cultural Centre (Penampang) and the Murut Cultural Centre (Tenom). The competition starts at 8:00 pm on both days. For more information, contact the Sabah Cultural Board at 088268851 (Jason), 268836 (Christina) or 268890 (General). Visit the website at www.sabah.gov.my/lks
The annual Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival is back! From the 9th of July to the 31st of August, enjoy fantastic bargains at participating shopping outlets throughout Malaysia. Ready, set, swipe!
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22nd Malaysian Film Festival 5–8 August
In August, Kota Kinabalu will play host to the glitz and glamour of the 22nd Malaysian Film Festival. The crème de la crème of the country’s film industry will congregate in Sabah as they receive awards in various categories including Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Animation as well special awards for veteran performers. The awards ceremony will take place at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Prior to the awards, members of the film industry will be making appearances at various venues throughout Kota Kinabalu. For more information, visit the website at www.finas.gov.my
here’s plenty to rave about when dining at Kota Kinabalu’s Cube Restaurant & Wine Lounge. Located on the ground floor of City Mall on Jalan Lintas, the restaurant opened its doors in 2007 and has since gained a reputation for serving some of the finest Cantonese and fusion cuisine in a classy ambience. The impressive and affordable menu includes a variety of must-tries including the Lamb Chop served with vegetables, delectable Pork Ribs, Fish Fillet topped with a creamy butter sauce and the generous portion of Pork Belly – a Cantonese specialty best enjoyed with man tou buns. Want a bit of everything? Start with the Five Little Dishes, a combination of appetizers to whet your appetite. Cube is also known for its ‘private kitchen’ services, commonly known as ‘shi fang cai’. Dishes are pre-ordered (at least 2 days in advance) to allow ample preparation time for the Chef. The ‘private kitchen’-style is ideal for larger dining groups, although parties of two or three can also request for
this special arrangement. On the menu are specialties such as the Crispy Duck Roll, Crispy Pork Intestine, Shanghai Pork Knuckle and Steamed Kampung Chicken. Special preparation methods and ingredients are needed to produce such dishes, which is why pre-ordering is necessary. Be sure to check out the Daily Specials. The Cube Chicken Rice is offered on Mondays and Tuesdays while Bak Kut Teh is on the menu on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hankering for something sweet? The Chocolate Cheese Cake keeps diners coming back for more, and the Sesame Ball is heavenly – a delicious pastry stuffed with salted egg yolk and buttermilk. Wash it down with a serving of green tea and you’re good to go! Homemade cakes vary from time to time, so ask the friendly waiter what’s on the menu each week. Fridays is TCIF (Thank Cube It's Friday!) when diners can enjoy 10 per cent off all wines (which include selections from Italy, France, Australia and Chile). Sunday is Ladies Day when ladies can have their first serving of dessert at 10 per cent off, as well as a free mocktail. Happy hours are from 3:00–9:00 pm daily. From company dinners to birthday parties, Cube can cater up to 70 people at a time (both inside and al fresco). Wine, dine and indulge in the cozy ambience of Cube! Cube is open daily from 11am to 11pm. It is located at B8-G, Ground Floor, City Mall, Kota Kinabalu. For reservations or inquiries, please call 016 830 5059 or 088-484615. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Cakes – Kuih Cincin and Kuih Pinjaram
ver seen these unique snacks at your local market? The kuih cincin and kuih pinjaram are staple tea-time favourites, particularly on the west coast of Sabah. The kuih cincin is primarily produced by the Brunei-Malay community, but the Bajau community shares the skill of making delicious pinjaram cakes!
Kuih pinjaram certain dialects) has a (or penyaram as it is pronounced in
softer texture. It is made of rice flour, cornflour, sugar, coconut milk and oil. Some people use pandan-flavoured sugar instead of regular sugar to create a more tantalizing aroma. After the main ingredients are mixed together, the batter is left to settle overnight. Cooking oil is heated in a large wok and, using a small cup, the batter is poured in slowly to create the desired size. The pinjaram is flipped every few seconds to ensure it is evenly cooked. The perfect pinjaram is said to be fluffy with a tinge of brown surrounding it to give it a slightly crispy feel on the edges. These cakes make wonderful tea-time snacks and can be found at most tamu (open air markets). Perfect to satisfy any sweet-tooth!
Kuih cincin to ‘ring (which literally translates
cakes’) is made of red palm (nipah) sugar, rice flour, cooking oil, water and gula melaka (a coconut-based brown sugar). After the selected ingredients are mixed thoroughly, the batter has a dough-like texture and is shaped as desired. It is then coated with a rice-flour batter and deep-fried. The kuih is dipped into the batter a second time and fried again to create a crispy texture.
ormerly known as the Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal, Jesselton Point Waterfront has become one of the main city attractions in Kota Kinabalu ever since its privatization in February 2006. Situated north of downtown Kota Kinabalu, this quaintly scenic place has an unmistakable historical feel to it—complete with olden days snapshots of Kota Kinabalu city (Jesselton) and vintage red English phone booths. Jesselton Point Waterfront serves as the only ferry terminal for Labuan-bound passengers as well as the main (and cheapest) boat terminal for the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and Gayana Resort. Jesselton Point Waterfront also offers casual dining, leisure and retail experiences with its array of alfresco F&B outlets, handicraft stalls, and a four-court futsal centre. In addition, fishing aficionados are now welcome to spend the day fishing at the jetty for only RM10 per entry. In the near future, the Jesselton Point Waterfront is going to be expanded to cater for more recreational, commercial, residential, and retail facilities. Having been the venue for the KK Jazz Festival 2007, the Jesselton Point Waterfront jetty is also bookable for social functions—be it dinner parties, fundraising concerts or even weddings. After a long hard day at work, the Jesselton Point Waterfront is an excellent place to wind down and catch the breathtaking sunset! In the evening, bask in the cool Sabahan breeze while chilling out with family and friends. It also makes a perfect spot for a romantic outing. The Jesselton Point Waterfront is open daily from 6 am till 2 am; the ferry and boat terminal operates daily from 6 am to 6 pm. For more information, please contact Miss Nurlina Othman at 088-235787 (office), 0138806611 (mobile), 088-231050 (fax) or email to email@example.com. When in Jesselton Point Waterfront Exotic tastebuds rejoice! Try out authentic Indonesian cuisine at the Nasi Padang Ibu restaurant. Thai food lovers can also savour delectable Thai dishes available at one of the food outlets in the evening. Fancy something Arabian? Check out Aladdin Arabian fast food outlet for some mouthwatering kebabs. Last but not least, treat yourself to some scoops of yummy gelatos at Dream Cones—the first of its franchise outlets in Malaysia.
Where do you go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city?
ven in laidback Sabah, things can get pretty hectic. So we asked Sabahans – Where do you go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city?
Shan Sandhu, 32, Editor of Lifeandstyle.com Mesilau Nature Resort – I love it there! You get a different view of Mount Kinabalu and the greenery there is unlike anywhere else. And of course, the cool air is a great change from the blazing heat of the city. Brenda Tam, 29, Marketing Executive The islands and I would love to make a trip to Mataking (on the East coast). People have said it is comparable to the scenic islands of the Caribbean and I’d love to see this for myself. Definitely my ideal getaway from the busy city. Mei Wong, 25, Owner of Cube Restaurant I head over to Gayana Resort when I need some peace and quiet. I love that it’s so peaceful and not crowded. My favourite spot would be the Infinity Pool – it’s beautiful and serene.
Melissa Cham, 35, Self-employed When I feel overwhelmed by the city, I like to take a road trip to the outskirts of KK. I enjoy the scenic drive to Tawau or Sandakan, where you can stop by the roadside for an interesting ‘eating out’ experience. There are food stalls selling fresh fruits and even small cafes serving favourites such as fried noodles and the like. I love the ‘kampung’ scenery – It’s a good break from the bustling city. Anthony Goh, mid-50s, Businessman Having been brought up in Sandakan, I like to head back there now and then whenever I think I need a break – Mainly to enjoy the food! Sandakan is famous for its seafood, notably the Drunken Prawns, various sea shells, groupers and lobsters. And I never fail certain Sandakan ‘specialties’ – egg tarts, ‘Rubber Band Noodle’ or Kon Lau Tan Keung men and ‘sui kau’ (seafood dumplings with century eggs). The list goes on and on, especially if you know every nook and cranny of Sandakan!
hink rugby is for the big and burly? Think again! The Kota Kinabalu Sharks Rugby Football Club is calling all interested parties to join their weekly game at Tanjung Aru First Beach. The Club was established on 1 February 2009 and has since been actively recruiting members. Current members are from all walks of life, from students to professionals – all of whom share a common passion for rugby. Rugby finds its roots in various cultures including the Greeks and Welsh and it has since garnered much popularity aroun d the world, particularly in the United Kingdom. In Sabah, rugby is commonly played in learning institutions as well as professionally. The Sharks Rugby Football Club is led by its highly experienced President, Bahrul Chuprat, Head Coach Zainal Norim an and Assistant Coach Jude Rampangajouw. The Club is also introducing the world of touch rugby to everyone – particularly the ladies. If the word ‘rugby’ conjures visions of rough tackling and missing teeth, then perhaps you haven’t heard of touch rugby. Considered a safer variant of rugby, touch rugby allows you to touch your opponents on any part of the body or clothing, or the ball. In many parts of the world, it is considered a highly social game as it is easy to learn and simple to play. In fact mixed-gender and all women-teams are commonplace for touch rugby. Join the Sharks for a friendly game of touch rugby every Sunday at the Tanjung Aru Beach (in front of First Beach Café) at 5:00 pm. Serious about the game? Why not train with the Club every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the La Salle Field at 5:00 pm? No experience is required – just pack a dose of enthusiasm and you’re good to go! For more information, please contact the Club Secretary, Lena Kula at 016 847 3888 or e-mail KKsharksRFC@gmail.com
1. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
All parents know that you just can’t go wrong with a day at the zoo! The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is a half-hour drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu. The journey there is an adventure itself as it takes you through winding roads and past kampung-style houses. The Wildlife Park houses some of the most exotic and beautiful animals found in this part of the world. Must-see exhibits include the playful Orang Utan, charming Borneo Pygmy Elephants and the playful otters! The Aviary is also a favourite where you can be part of feeding time. Don’t miss the Animal Shows at the main stage at 11:15 am and 3:30 pm (except on Fridays and during rainy weather) where you can get up close with pythons and enjoy the antics of the Park’s many feathered friends. There is a special section dedicated for children which includes a petting zoo and an elephant ride. Open daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Entrance fees apply.
2. A day out at the beaches and islands
Sabah is blessed with beaches aplenty, and this makes for a wonderful playground for kids of all ages. If you are staying at top resorts such as Nexus Karambunai and Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Tuaran, then you are in luck as some of the most beautiful beaches are right at your doorstep! Nearer to the city, visit Tanjung Aru Beach or take a boat ride to the nearby islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Mamutik, Manukan and Sapi are popular picks for families. Kids will love the soft sand, shallow waters and myriad of children-friendly water-sports. Older children will enjoy the thrill of tandem parasailing while those aged 8 and above can explore the underwater world through Seawalking at Sapi island. Take a walk along the seabed without getting single strand of hair wet! At the end of the day, nothing beats a day of fun in the sun.
3. Up close with the monkeys at Labuk Bay
If you happen to be on the east coast, take some time to visit the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in Sandakan. During an oil palm plantation development survey back in 1994, the owner discovered something more valuable than the commercial gain of palm oil – he found proboscis monkeys living in the wild. Fascinated, he took the time to study these intriguing creatures and instead of purchasing the 400-plus acres for oil palm development, he turned it
into a sanctuary for the proboscis monkeys. Today, you can get up close with these fascinating creatures, particularly during feeding time. It is an amazing experience to see these usually elusive monkeys ‘parading’ themselves in front of a human audience! While at Labuk Bay, you might also encounter the cheeky Silver Langur and Oriental Pied Hornbill.
4. Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort’s Nature Interpretation Centre
Let your kids get in touch with nature at the fascinating Nature Interpretation Centre in Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, Tuaran. Home to a myriad of wildlife, little ones will love exploring the ‘wilderness’ to discover a furry creature or two! Guided nature walks are available and you can even watch the rangers prepare for feeding time at the animal food preparation kitchen. You can opt to be a Ranger for A Day and learn more about the habits, food preference and temperament of the various animals found here. The newly launched canopy walkway gives you a breathtaking view of the surrounding greenery and a friendly Orang Utan or two might even drop by to say hello! The highlight of the visit is Orang Utan feeding time at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. For more information, contact the resort at 088-792888.
5. Of Headhunters and more at the Mari Mari Cultural Village
Ever wonder what it’s like to live among the Murut headhunters? Curious to see how the Dusun people cook their food? An interactive experience at the Mari Mari Cultural Village will give you a better insight into the many cultures of Sabah. A guided tour brings you through various traditional houses, where you can see the ‘natives’ go about their daily life. Along the way, there’s plenty of fun stuff to do, including a hands-on experience of bamboo-cooking and a blowpipe session with Murut warriors. Before you leave, you can even get a henna tattoo by the Murut headhunters. Sample delicious cakes and cookies and, at the end of your journey, sit down and enjoy a wonderful feast of local cuisine. Tours are conducted at 9:00 am, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Prior booking required. To make arrangements, please call Traverse Tours at 088-260501/502/504. Visit www.traversetours.com
Mount Kinabalu, Kinabalu Park
Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site
Our beautiful islands
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Cruising along Kin
Batu Punggul, Sapulut
© D. Kirkland
Orang Utans at Sepilok
he gambus is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments originating from the Brunei-Malay community. This pear-shaped plucked lute is made of jackfruit or angsana wood. The bore is covered with lizard or goat skin, and the neck coated with a thin wooden veneer. Its three pairs of brass or gut strings are traditionally plucked with the claw of an ant-eater. The gambus is played mainly for personal entertainment is accompanied by other traditional musical instruments such as the rebana (a type of drum) and suling or seruling (flute). The music of the gambus is often provides the rhythm for traditional Malay dances such as the joget, zapin and adai-adai
muzik bertali yang Pesta Gambus 2009, 24-26 Julai Gambus ialah salah satu alat Melayu-Brunei.tertua muzik berasal daripada masyarakat Alat unik ini dibuat daripada kayu angsana. Ia biasanya dimainkan bersama-sama dengan peralatan muzik lain seperti rebana dan suling atau seruling. Sehingga hari ini, masyarakat MelayuBrunei masih seronok menikmati muzik gambus, terutama sekali di wilayah Pantai Barat. Mereka tinggal di kawasan pesisir pantai seperti Sipitang, Weston, Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Bongawan, Kimanis, Papar dan Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan. Gabungan irama gambus, kompang, rebana dan suling sememangnya sinonim dengan perayaan masyarakat Islam. Julai ini, datanglah ke jelapang padi Sabah, Papar (40 minit memandu ke selatan dari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu) untuk meraikan peralatan muzik lama ini dan kepentingannya kepada orang-orang Melayu-Brunei. Pada 25 Julai, kunjungi Dewan Masyarakat Daerah Papar dan saksikan pertandingan pencak silar (seni mempertahankan diri tradisional) yang bermula dari pukul 9:00 pagi. Pertandingan bermain gambus yang sememangnya dinantikan berlangsung pada hari yang berikutnya. Di sana pemain-pemain berbakat berentap untuk ditabalkan sebagai juara gambus tahun ini! Di luar dewan, pastikan anda mengunjungi gerai-gerai yang mengetengahkan pameran membuat kraf dan peluang merasai kuih-muih tempatan seperti kuih cincin. Satu lagi perayaan menarik untuk meraikan kekayaan warisan salah satu kumpulan etnik di Sabah. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Datuk Hj Yusof bin Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Mohd Kassim daripada Kesatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah di talian 088=215732 atau Sri Pelancongan Sabah di 088-232121. E-mel Yusof.Kassim@sabah.gov.my
Festival Kesenian Rakyat Antarabangsa ke-4 1-9 Julai
Kumpulan tarian yang mengambil bahagian dari seluruh dunia akan mempamerkan persembahan membanggakan warisan kebudayaan mereka menerusi penyampaian lagu dan tarian selama lebih seminggu di ibu negara. Pada 5 Julai, datanglah ke Hypermall 1 Borneo untuk menikmati Persembahan Perdana Pesta ini dari 8:00 pagi hingga 10.30 malam. Saksikan aksi-aksi menarik kumpulan dari Brazil di pentas atau nikmati gerakan tari mengasyikkan dari Guangzhou, China. Turut mengambil bahagian antaranya ialah kumpulan kebudayaan dari Indonesia, Turki, India, Kazakhstan, Brunei, Singapura, Malaysia dan Filipina. Pesta ini dihangatkan pada 6 dan 7 Julai di Pusat Kebudayaan Sabah di Penampang. Disana kumpulan-kumpulan ini bertanding untuk merebut penghormatan pada pusingan akhir Pertandingan Tarian Rakyat. Tiket-tiket untuk pertandingan ini boleh dibeli di Wisma Budaya (Kota Kinabalu), Pusat Kebudayaan Sabah (Penampang) dan Pusat Kebudayaan Murut (Tenom). Pertandingan bermula dari pukul 8:00 pagi pada kedua-dua hari tersebut. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Lembaga Kebudayaan Sabah di talian 088-268851 (Jason), 268836 (Christina) atau 268890. Kunjungi laman web di www.sabah.gov.my/lks
udaya-budaya rakyat seluruh dunia berhimpun di Kota Kinabalu Julai ini sempena Festival Kesenian Rakyat Antarabangsa ke-4.
Pesta Rumbia, 3-5 Julai
ikmati keseronokan memandu dua jam dari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu untuk menyaksikan acara unik di di daerah menarik Kuala Penyu. Pesta ini meraikan penggunaan pokok rumbia yang pelbagai dan kepentingannya kepada masyarakat tempatan. Pesta Rumbia ini turut mengetengahkan tarikan yang pelbagai di daerah itu selain penggunaan tradisional pokok rumbia. Antara acara menarik yang disediakan untuk pesta ini ialah pertandingan nyanyian (untuk kanak-kanak, dewasa dan veteran) serta pertunjukkan cara-cara pokok rumbia diproses. Antara tarikan utama penonton tidak lain tidak bukan ialah gerai ulat sagu (butod) – inilah peluang anda merasai salah satu hidangan enak di Sabah, ulat sagu hidup! Pertabalan Ratu Cantik Pesta Rumbia menandakan kemuncaknya. Rumbia, yang nama saintifiknya dikenali sebagai Metroxylon sagus atau Metroxylon rumphii, merupakan anggota keluar pokok Palma. Ia tumbuh meluas di Kuala Penyu dan daerah sekitarnya iaitu Beaufort dan Papar dan dikenali oleh masyarakat tempatan sebagai ambuyat.. Semua bahagian pokok rumbia ini boleh digunakan, termasuk daunnya (dibuat atap) dan cabangnya (dipanggil kumbar oleh orang tempatan) untuk membuat dinding rumah. Pusat Maklumat Rumbia terletak di Kampung Kasugira di Kuala Penyu, dilengkapi dengan pameran dan pertunjukkan membuat kraf tangan selain demonstrasi membuat makanan sagu. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi En. Abd. Rahim@Rosli Yacob di talian 087-884232 atau Abd. Rahim Said 013 883 2480 atau faks 087-884229
Taman Buaya Tuaran N
erletak sekitar 32 kilometer dari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, Taman Buaya Tuaran membuka pintunya sejak 2004 dan merupakan tempat perlindungan kepada lebih kurang 5,000 ekor buaya. Antara spesis buaya yang dipelihara di ladang tersebut ialah Buaya Tembaga (Crocodylus Porosus) – yang boleh hidup di air tawar dan air masin, Buaya Nile, Buaya Aqua (buaya biseksual) dan Buaya Gharial. Jangan lepaskan peluang untuk menyaksikan persembahan buaya yang diadakan pada pukul 11:00 pagi dan 3:00 petang, Isnin sehingga Sabtu, dan 11:00 pagi, 1:00 petang dan 3:00 petang pada hari Ahad dan cuti umum. Anda juga akan dihiburkan dengan persembahan tarian kebudayaan di rumah panjang yang diadakan pada 11.30 pagi dan 3.30 petang Isnin hingga hari Sabtu, dan 11.30 pagi, 1.30 petang dan 3.30 petang pada hari Ahad dan cuti umum. Rebutlah juga peluang untuk melihat buaya-buaya lapar beraksi ketika sesi makan mereka yang dijadualkan setiap hari pada pukuk 9:00 pagi, 12:00 tengah hari, 12:45 petang, 1:30 petang, 2:15 petang, 4:15 petang dan 4:45 petang. Taman seluas 11 ekar itu turut menempatkan binatangbinatang yang pelbagai seperti dua anakonda Borneo masing-masing sepanjang 28 dan 20 kaki, binturong yang comel, burung unta, rusa, selain kolam-kolam ikan keli dan ikan koi – yang sentiasa menanti pengunjung untuk memberi mereka makanan. Sekiranya anda bertuah, anda juga dapat peluang melihat anak-anak buaya yang comel di tempat penjagaan. Berani mencuba daging buaya? Taman ini baharu sahaja membuka sebuah restoran di 1 Borneo yang dinamakan Shen Loong Bak Kut Teh. Restoran ini pakar dalam menghidangkan daging buaya terbaik di sini. Ladang Buaya Tuaran dibuka setiap hari dari 8.30 pagi hingga 5.30 petang. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi pejabatnya di talian 088-793376/7 atau 013-8508818 atau faks 088-793623.
Kuih Cincin dan Kuih Pinjaram/Peniaram
ernahkah anda melihat kuih-kuih unik ini di pasar tempatan anda? Kuih Cincin dan Kuih Pinjaram atau Peniaram (sebutan berbeza mengikut loghat) merupakan pilihan ramai untuk minum petang, terutama sekali di kawasan Pantai Barat di Sabah. Kuih Cincin kebanyakkannya dihasilkan oleh masyarakat Melayu-Brunei dan walaupun Pinjaram/Peniaram juga merupakan hidangan tradisional mereka, masyarakat Bajau turut berkongsi kemahiran membuat kuih Pinjaram/Peniaram yang sedap ini! Kuih Cincin dibuat daripada nipah, gula, tepung beras, minyak masak, air dan Gula Melaka. Selepas bahan-bahan terpilih diadun rata, bentuknya menjadi kenyal dan boleh dibentuk seperti yang diinginkan. Ia kemudian diuli dengan adunan tepung beras dan digoreng. Kuih ini diuli buat kali kedua dan digoreng sekali lagi untuk menjadikannya lebih rangup. Kuih Pinjaram/Peniaram (ada juga yang menggelarnya Penyaram) lebih lembut. Ia diperbuat daripada tepung, tepung beras, gula, santan, gula nipah dan minyak. Ada yang menggunakan gula perisa pandan berbanding gula biasa untuk mencipta aroma yang lebih menyelerakan. Selepas bahan-bahan utama digaulkan bersama, ia dibiarkan semalaman. Minyak masak dipanaskan dalam kuali besar dan dengan menggunakan mangkuk kecil, campuran tadi dituang perlahan-lahan untuk membentuk saiz yang diinginkan. Pinjaram diterbalikkan setiap beberapa saat untuk memastikan ia masak dengan rata. Pinjaram yang baik dikatakan kembug dengan kelilingnya kering dan berwarna coklat untuk membuatkannya sedikit rangup di tepinya. Kuih ini sesuai dijadikan hidangan minum petang dan mudah ditemui di kebanyakan tamu (pasar terbuka). Sesuai untuk memuaskan selera anda!
eading to the east coast island of Mabul? Keep your stay fuss-free by staying at the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort (BDMR). From Semporna, take a half-hour speedboat ride to the muckdiving paradise of Mabul, where you will be greeted by the friendly resort staff. Upon arrival, be refreshed with a welcome drink while the divemasters brief you on the do’s and don’ts of BDMR. Just remember that they take diving seriously here, so be sure you have the necessary documentation to dive or you might just ‘miss the boat’, literally! Otherwise, BDMR offers a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can stay in the beautiful hardwood chalets that have en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms are deluxe, so you can be sure of a comfortable and luxurious stay throughout your visit. Want to ‘rough it out’? Ask about the ‘tents’ located a short distance from the main entrance for a more outdoorsy experience. During the day, go on various diving and snorkelling excursions around Mabul, which is known for its macro marine life. Those with permits can make their way to the much-raved about Sipadan, just a 20-minute boat ride away from Mabul. For non-divers or those in between dives, explore the resort and you will be pleasantly surprised with what awaits you! Enjoy a Beach Gazebo massage as you listen to the sounds of waves lapping against the shore or cool down with a dip in the swimming pool. The resort also
offers free wireless broadband and a wide range of reading material to keep you occupied. BDMR is also ideal for meetings and conferences with its professional presentation support including LCD digital, overhead and slide projectors, PA system, podium and whiteboard. In the evenings, diving enthusiasts can be found at the main lounge and dining area, exchanging underwater videos and photos taken earlier in the day. When the sun goes down, enjoy the simple pleasures of Mabul: take a sandy stroll along the beach or enjoy a beer or two at the beach bar. You may even come across the friendly local villagers who are always generous with a smile. When it comes to ‘makan’ time, you will be spoilt for choice. Every day is a feast featuring a mix of Asian, Italian, Japanese and Western delights. Coffee, tea and light refreshments are also available all day long. Before you leave, drop into the souvenir shop to commemorate your stay at this resort. A wonderful resort with convenience at your fingertips – make sure your next stay in Mabul will be with Borneo Divers! For more information, call Borneo Divers at 088-222226 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The office is located at the 9th Floor of Menara Jubili, 53, Jalan Gaya, 88000 Kota Kinabalu (located next door to the Sabah Tourism Board office). Visit the website at www.borneodivers.info