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February 2007 Volume 72 February 2007 Volume 72
Chinese New Year
Kota Belud Cultural Carnival Kota Kinabalu Tourism Treasure Hunt
Kota Belud Cultural Carnival Batik Show Kota Kinabalu Tourism Treasure Hunt Papar Cultural Carnival City Day Regatta Chinese New Year
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Places of Interest
St. Michael’s & All Angels Church, Sandakan
The Mediterranean Sri Selera Kampung Air
Taviu Hill - In The Footsteps of a Soldier
The Chinese Community of Sabah
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Happenings in Bahasa Malaysia Happenings in Chinese Happenings in Japanese Listings Gaya Street Fair
ADVISOR YBhg. Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin EDITOR Melissa Leong DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATOR Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Seiko Mukojima-Ravindran (Japanese) Cover pic by Julian Lee H’ng, Sti Pelancongan Sabah
ong xi fa cai! It’s time to celebrate the Chinese New Year – a time to paint the town red, almost literally. The Chinese believe red is the colour of prosperity and during this time of the year, the colour is truly dominant. Boutiques lure shoppers with crimson hues and bright red festive decorations are hung along walkways and outside homes to usher in the New Year. In Malaysia, this is another time for friends and family to visit each other during the ‘open house’.
Retracing the steps of the Sandakan Death March in Telupid (p.10)
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As you enjoy the festivities, don’t miss out on other exciting events this month. Check out the Cultural Carnivals in the districts of Papar and Kota Belud (p.3 & 4) – a great opportunity to get a feel of Sabah’s many ethnic cultures. The search is on in this year’s Kota Kinabalu Tourism Treasure Hunt (p.4). A fun-filled event with twists and turns for all to enjoy! But if you really need that adrenaline rush, take to the skies and go paragliding. Read all about this latest craze in our Leisure section (p.12) and you might just find yourself 2,000 feet above the ground without a care in the world.
Our listings section will help you plan your holiday better and for detailed information, our friendly tourist assistants at Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah are always at hand. Enjoy your stay and jumpa lagi!
Kota Kinabalu City’s Idol February 2007 Calling all budding stars! Aspiring singers from cities around Malaysia will compete to be crowned City Idol in this exciting event. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Joannes Solidau Tel: +60 88 521800 Fax: +60 88 316137 Email: joannes@email@example.com Batik Show 2-6 February 2007 Don’t miss this exciting event, celebrating the nation’s famed batik. The Batik Show will be taking place at Palm Square, 4th Floor of Centre Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. Held in conjunction with Kota Kinabalu City’s 7th Anniversary, visitors can enjoy a myriad of activities including batik painting and a batik fashion show. Visit various stalls to order or purchase the latest in batik designs. Batik industry players from around the nation will show off their best work right here in Kota Kinabalu! Organisers: Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Tourism Malaysia Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation For further info: Tel: +6088 521800 (DBKK), +6088-521800 (Tourism Malaysia), +6088-232121 (Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.) City Day Celebration 2 February 2007 Join the City folks as they celebrate KK’s anniversary as a city. The event will be celebrated with activities for all ages. Have your family and friends participate in the many activities held during the week to win exciting prizes. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Faradillah Abdul Rani Tel: +60 88 521800 Fax: +60 88 233815 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kota Belud Cultural Carnival 2007 10 – 11 February 2007 This event is held to showcase the rich culture of the Bajau community in this district. Come and join the local folks for a wonderful cultural insight of the Bajau community, who are also known as the Cowboys of the East. Enjoy a display of kenduri adat (Traditional Feast), colourful dance performances, crafts and traditional games. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info:Mackey Apison Tel: +60 88 268812 / 268884 Fax: +60 88 264235 Email: Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my Chinese New Year 18 – 19 February 2007 Chinese all over the world celebrate and welcome the year of the Boar with family reunion dinners and traditional lion, dragon and unicorn dances performed from house to house. Children and single individuals receive packets of money known as ‘ang pows’ wishing them luck and prosperity. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: +60 88 212121, 232121 Fax: +60 88 212075 / 265540 Tree Planting Day 22 February 2007 This event is part of the City Day’s celebration and held in conjunction with the World Tree Planting Day, encouraging city dwellers to plant more trees and appreciate the importance of keeping the city green. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Walter J. Kenson Tel: +60 88 244000 Fax: +60 88 243501 Email: email@example.com Papar Cultural Carnival 2007 24 – 25 February 2007 This month, Papar comes to life during the Papar Cultural Carnival. This two-day event will feature a
myriad of exciting activities. Witness the mesmerizing Sumazau Papar, the traditional dance of the Kadazandusun people who reside here, accompanied by a gong ensemble. Experience a cultural feast, known as the ‘kenduri adat’ and visit the many handicraft stalls (look for the handwoven ‘siraung’, a conical hat traditionally worn by farmers working in the paddy field as well as young maidens to complete their traditional wear). It will be a weekend filled with song, dance and traditional games for all to enjoy! Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Mackey Apison Tel: +60 88 268812 / 268884 Fax: +60 88 264235 Email: Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my City Day Regatta 2007 24-25 February 2007 The City Day Regatta is held over two days, comprising of several races to determine the champions in various classes of boats. The event is held as part of the KK City Day celebrations. Organiser: Kinabalu yacht Club For further info:Johnny Tan (Vice Commodore) Tel: +60 88 240070 / 243070 Fax: +60 88 243007 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kota Kinabalu Tourism Treasure Hunt 2007 25 February 2007 An annual event held in conjunction with the City Day celebration. Treasure hunters search the city high and low while getting to know Kota Kinabalu better. Everyone is welcome to join the hunt with attractive prizes to be won. Categories are divided into Open and Closed. There will be 10 winners for each category. The Grand Prize for the Open category is RM3000 and RM2000 for the Closed category. Organisers: Kota Kinabalu City Hall Tourism Malaysia Sabah For further info: Fauziahton Ag. Samad Tel: +60 88 521800 Fax: +60 88 316137 Email: email@example.com
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Kota Belud Cultural Carnival Kota Belud Cultural Carnival 10–11 February 10–11 February
ind your way to Kota Belud, home of the Cowboys of the East, this February! Join the folks in their merry-making as they celebrate the Kota Belud Cultural Carnival. For two days, this quaint district comes alive with an exciting line-up of activities highlighting the various ethnic cultures found here, including the Bajau, Dusun Tindal, Iranun and Kimaragang. There will be lively dance performances and cultural shows, a display of traditional games and a ‘kenduri adat’ (cultural feast). Visit the many handicraft stalls to learn more about the intricate craftsmanship of the local villagers. Visitors will also be entertained by performances by local artistes. When in Kota Belud, take the opportunity to visit the weekly ‘tamu’ (market) on Sunday. Also in Kota Belud is Kampung
Siasai, a parang-making centre. The parang—both a weapon and a working tool—has been hand-made by the Bajau of Kota Belud for generations. Another stop to consider is Kampung Kuala Abai, a popular fishing village facing the South China Sea. This is also the departure point for Mantanani Island, a famous spot for fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Kuala Abai, which is about 20 km away from Kota Belud, is home to the Bajau Laut (Sea Bajau). Come join the cultural fiesta happening right here in Kota Belud! For more information, please contact Haji Rusman Abdullah at tel. 088-268818 or Mackey Apison at 088-268812. E-mail Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my or Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my
Batik Show, 2–6 February 2007
he Batik Show will be taking place at Palm Square, 4th Floor of Centre Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. Held in conjunction with Kota Kinabalu City’s 7th Anniversary, the event aims to promote the beautiful craftsmanship of batik to both local residents and tourists visiting the City during Visit Malaysia Year 2007. More than 25 batik industry players from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia are participating in this year’s Batik Show. Vist their stalls, which will feature not only batik fabric, but a variety of batik-based products such as shoes, handbags, bedding and decorative items for living spaces and see creative uses of decorative batik products in the bedroom and living room. Visitors will also be able to witness batik painting demonstrations and try their skills at this fascinating craft. Come and check out the latest in batik fashion as models parade your favourite designs on the catwalk. For more information, please contact Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) at tel. 088-521800, Tourism Malaysia at 088-211732 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088-232121.
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Kota Kinabalu Tourism Treasure Hunt 25 February 2007
Papar Cultural Carnival 24–25 February
ocated some 50 km south of Kota Kinabalu, Papar is known as the Rice Bowl of Sabah. The 45-minute drive to this district will take you through scenic paddy fields and sprawling fruit orchards. This month, Papar comes to life during the Papar Cultural Carnival. This two-day event will feature a myriad of exciting activities. Witness the mesmerizing Sumazau Papar, the traditional dance of the Kadazandusun people who reside here, accompanied by a gong ensemble. Experience a cultural feast, known as the ‘kenduri adat’ and visit the many handicraft stalls (look for the handwoven ‘siraung’, a conical hat traditionally worn by farmers working in the paddy field as well as young maidens to complete their traditional wear). It will be a weekend filled with song, dance and traditional games for all to enjoy! For more information, please contact Haji Rusman Abdullah at tel. 088-268818 or Mackey Apison at 088-268812. E-mail Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my or Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my
City Day Regatta, 24-25 February
ome and catch the excitement at the Tanjung Aru Beach in Kota Kinabalu where sailors will race against each during the annual City Day Regatta on 3 and 4 February. In the first City Day Regatta held in 2000 when Kota Kinabalu was declared a city, 64 boats took to the water with sailors from around the region, including participants from other states. Ages of participants ranged from 6 to 65 years of age. The annual event is to celebrate the importance of the sea and its significant role in the lives of Kota Kinabalu residents for leisure, sports and the economy. The regatta has a reputation for attracting top sailors from around Borneo and many come from the Peninsular states to compete as it is a benchmark regatta for sailing performance standards. For Sabah sailors, it is a very important ranking race. Don’t miss this exciting event! For more information, contact Johnny Tan, Vice-Commodore of the Kinabalu Yacht Club at 088-240070/243070, fax 088-243007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
he Annual Treasure Hunt event, jointly organized by the Kota Kinabalu City Hall and Tourism Malaysia, will be held this year on 25 February in conjunction with the 7th KK City Day Celebration 2007. This special event will promote Kota Kinabalu as a tourist destination. The participants will driving their cars on the trail for answers and complete several tasks at specific locations in and around Kota Kinabalu City. The hunt is divided into two categories: open and closed. The open category is for Malaysian and international participants. The closed category is limited to the staff of the organizers and the event’s main sponsors. Participants will be flagged off at Kingfisher Park and follow a pre-determined route mapped out by “rally tulips” which will take them to places in and out of the city before ending at the starting point. Entries will be limited to the first 100 cars on a first come first served basis. There will be 10 winners for each category. The Grand Prize for the Open category is RM3000 and RM2000 for the Closed category.
For more details and information, please contact Fauziahton Ag. Samad of DBKK at Tel: 521800/270326 or email : email@example.com or visit our website at www.dbkk.sabah.gov.my
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Chinese New Year, 18–19 February Chinese New Year, 18–19 February
o paint the town red has a whole new meaning to the Chinese community come February! Red is the prevalent colour of the season as the Chinese believe this is the colour of prosperity and fortune. Hence, the decorations of many homes and shops often use this fiery colour as a dominant theme during the New Year. Chinese New Year, a time of reunion, celebration and thanksgiving, falls on 18 and 19 February this year. Weeks before the New Year, spring-cleaning of homes is in order as this is believed to clear out bad luck from the previous year. However, no sweeping or dusting should be done on the New Year itself for fear that good fortune will be swept away. On Chinese New Year Eve, families gather together for the
much-awaited reunion dinner. Children and unmarried relatives and friends have something else to look forward to: Ang pows! These little red packets contain money and are given to children and single people by the married folk. Lion and dragon dances are also a common sight during the Chinese New Year. Watch skilled performers perform amazing stunts with grace and agility, accompanied by beating drums and clashing cymbals. And finally, in true Malaysian spirit, open houses are held to welcome friends and family. Gong Xi Fa Cai! For more information, please contact Sabah Tourism Board at 088-212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088-232121.
The Chinese New Year market which takes place a couple of days before celebrations begin. Held along the streets of Segama (beside the Kota Kinabalu Post Office), this is the best place to experience the spirit of the Chinese New Year. Experience the hustle and bustle as people rush to buy New Year goodies.
National Recognition For Jari Jari Spa
Jari Jari Spa did Sabah proud at the recent Malaysia Spa & Wellness Awards 2006 when they won an award for their Dusun Lotud Inan Massage. The signature massage was awarded the Best Traditional Treatment. The awards ceremony was held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre and attended by spa industry players from around Malaysia.
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he historical city of Sandakan is home to many buildings and monuments, each witness to the
changing times and events over the years. One of the oldest buildings is St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. The construction of the first stone building in Sabah began in 1893 and was only completed in 1906. Designed by New Zealander Mr. B.W Mountfort, the building was first constructed with belian wood, followed by brick and finlly stone, which is said to have come from the nearby Buli Sim Sim while the white stones that adorn the windows and doors are from Hong Kong. The stone was delivered from Buli Sim Sim by prison labour at RM1.25 per cubic yard. A cubic foot of stone weighs approximately 140 lbs and the stone was painstakingly laid, one block at a time. During the 1906 Michaelmas Celebration, celebrated on 30 September, the nave and transepts were finally dedicated. Three services were held that day to celebrate the goodness of God and the faith of His people. The western porch (the main entrance) of the Church was not completed and dedicated until 1925—32 years after construction began. The Church avoided major damage during World War II and remains one of the very few stone buildings in the whole of Sabah.
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ave a Mediterranean experience right beside the South China Sea! Located at First Beach Tanjung Aru in Kota Kinabalu, The Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant opened its doors on 1 November 2006. The restaurant boasts beautiful timber finishing, illuminated by subtle lights that seem to bounce off the walls, giving a romantic and glowing ambience. Start the evening with a drink at the friendly bar, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two. The menu is a delightful array of Mediterranean flavours to satisfy the pickiest of palates. A must-try appetizer is the carpaccio beef, served with fine salad and shaved parmesan. If you prefer seafood, try the warm Spanish octopus salad on a bed of steamed potatoes with rock salt and chilli flakes. Diners are spoilt for choice when it comes to the main course. The Med, as many call it, serves a variety of pasta including lobster penne and homemade ravioli stuffed with red snapper and shitake mushrooms. Indulge in a
grilled or baked lobster topped with fresh Mediterranean herbs or a hearty braised sirloin cooked with Barolo red wine. Vegetarians will enjoy the assorted variety of sautéed Sabah greens. But the highlight of any dining experience is sampling the dessert tray and at The Med, you will be spoilt for choice. You cannot go wrong with a classic Tiramisu or a mouthwatering serving of caramel poured over a custard dessert. Chocolate lovers fret not: the Chocolate Chantilly is a warm chocolate cake served with custard chantilly sauce. With its friendly service, fantastic flavours and gorgeous surroundings, The Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant promises a dining extravaganza like no other. The Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant is located at First Beach Tanjung Aru and is open daily from 3pm to midnight. For reservations, please call 088-246911, fax 088-233911 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Sri Selera Kampung Air D
riving through Kota Kinabalu at night, it is hard to miss the massive neon signboard which welcomes you to Sri Selera Kampung Air. Formerly known as the famous Sedco Square open-air food court, the establishment has a new look but retains it wide selection of great fare and fresh seafood. Diners have as many as four seafood restaurants to choose from under one roof—Suang Tain Seafood, Wa Heng Seafood, Sri Mutiara and Kam Boh Seafood. A halal seafood restaurant, Amansutra, is set to open in early 2007. Rows of aquariums line the restaurants, giving diners a glimpse of their favourite seafood, from shellfish to Groupers, all cooked to your liking. The sprawling al fresco food court can seat up to 1,200 people at a time. Its high-tech roof slides closed on a rainy day but on a fair-weather night, it can be left open to allow guests to dine under a starry sky! The refurbishment, which was completed in late October 2006, also sees heightened security measures in which 16 CCTV cameras were installed and security guards are constantly patrolling the area. Apart from seafood, Sri Selera also has 21 food stalls—each one unique, featuring favourites such as BBQ chicken wings, satay and ‘wo teh’ (pork dumplings). Parking is also a breeze with their car valet service. Be sure to check out Sabah’s food paradise: an old favourite with a brand new look! Sri Selera Kampung Air is located next to the Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) movie theatre in Kota Kinabalu. Open daily from 7:00 am to 2:00 am.
By Melissa Leong
ny weekend trip that involves packing a pair of leech socks is sure to be a memorable trip for me. This was no exception. My colleagues and I were off to Telupid, a six-hour road trip from Kota Kinabalu. We had signed up for Tham Yau Kong’s Taviu Hill trek. This was no ordinary hike in the jungle. Taviu Hill has historical significance: It is reputedly the toughest part of the route taken by the prisoners of war (POWs) during the infamous Sandakan–Ranau Death March in World War II. During this time, some 2400 allied prisoners (mostly Australian and British servicemen) were held in Sandakan, North Borneo by the Japanese forces. Between January and June 1945, groups of the remaining prisoners were sent on three separate torturous 160-mile marches from Sandakan to Ranau, known today as the infamous Death March. Only six men survived. Our journey began on a clear Saturday
morning, and our first stop was the Kundasang War Memorial. The memorial is a beautiful establishment with its many gardens, most of which are reminiscent of an English rose garden, with its pebbled paths and creeping ivy. We viewed a brief video to give us a better insight into the Sandakan Death March and the trek we were about to journey on. After spending some time at the memorial, we were off to visit more places on the POW route. Paginatan was one of the stops made by several POWs, and the home of the famous ‘Ring Lady’. The story goes that a young village girl would sneak food to feed the POWs passing by. As the soldiers had nothing to offer in return, some of them left their wedding bands in a can outside her home as a sign of gratitude. Today, that young girl is an old lady who still lives in the same village, but meeting her is a rare opportunity. Our next stop was the Tampias River. This site has a bloody history as many bodies were found afloat in this river
during the march. Our final stop was a bird’s eye view of Taviu Hill. The dense foliage that stood before us was overwhelming. According to our guide Tham Yau Kong, this has been hailed as the toughest section of the Sandakan Death March. We would soon find out why. Dawn on Sunday was a wet affair. It rained heavily and air was cool and crisp as we got ready for the trip. However, not long after sunrise, the sky cleared and we all breathed a sigh of relief. Our journey began from one of the nearby villages, where our vans dropped us off. We walked for some 30 minutes when Tham brought us to a halt and said, “Ok, this is where we start the walk.” Some 27 pairs of eyes almost popped out. Did we not start the walk half an hour ago? No matter. He gave us a briefing on what to expect during the walk. “Stay together and don’t worry, there will always be a guide with you,” he said, a promise that was kept throughout the entire journey, much to our relief.
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The first hour and a half took us along slightly muddy but flat terrain and through a plantation. Some of the fitter ones were already leading the pack, while others followed not far behind. The rest decided to walk at a leisurely pace to enjoy the surroundings. We finally came to a stream, which marked the beginning of the second leg of the trek. Some of us decided to switch to our sandals, while others braved the stream in their trainers. The cool refreshing water was much welcomed after the first leg. The foliage provided the shade we needed from the mid-morning sun. However, this proved to be a more challenging walk as we had to make our way through the river (which thankfully was only up to the knees at its deepest). Slippery rocks meant we were significantly slowed down. We imagined how it must have been for the starving and exhausted POWs, many of whom were even barefoot. We were already exhausted and had hardly completed half of the route! We trekked in silence, many of us
contemplating through our huffs and puffs. We finally came to a clearing—time for a break! As we eased our aching bodies, once again we embraced the nature around us. It was hard to imagine this beautiful spot was the site of unimaginable war crimes over 60 years ago. The stream brought us to what seemed like the foot of a small hill. Our guides advised us to use walking sticks and strap on our leech socks. I feared the worst as I doused myself with insect repellant. And so it began: Our arduous march up the infamous Taviu Hill. And what a trek it proved to be. For ages, it seemed the only way was up. And up. And up. To make things worse, some parts of the hill were so steep and slippery that we had to take turns to be hoisted or pushed up! I stopped several times to catch my breath. Each time the guide would assure us, “Almost there, almost there….” The hill punished us well with its leeches, thorny vines (watch out for these), winding trails and fallen trees. At
one point, the guide showed us the spot where the POWs who were too weak or injured to continue the trail were shot and their bodies rolled down the hill. We paid silent respect as we passed the area. Almost two hours later, we reached the peak of Taviu Hill. It led us to the open road where our vans were waiting. As we peeled off the leeches and quenched our thirst, we were lost for words at what we had just experienced. Retracing the route was more than a physical challenge: it was a lesson on perseverance, the strength of the human spirit and an insight on the atrocities that occurred here more than 60 years ago. Our bodies may have paid dearly but the rewards were far greater than any of us expected. For more information, please contact Tham Yau Kong of TYK Adventure Tours at tel. 019 8214388 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit the websites at www.thamyaukong.com or www.sandakantrack.com
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ant to enjoy a spectacular view of rolling hills and valleys with the wind in your hair, caressing your face? Strap on a pair of ‘wings’ and go paragliding right here in Sabah! Under the joint efforts of the Malaysian Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association and Outdoor Numerous Experience (ONE) Project, paragliding is fast becoming a popular sport among thrillseekers here. Located at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, Kampung Kiau in Kota Belud has been identified as one of the most ideal spots for paragliding. The hilly area and constant winds from the west coast ensure that the sport can be conducted all year round. Safety is paramount, which is why the organizers adhere to international safety standards at all times. A professional trainer will guide you through the basics, introducing you to various safety measures and the use of all the equipment. Beginners can opt to fly with their instructor and eventually— with practice and newly-gained confidence—spread their own ‘wings’! The adrenaline rush you feel as your feet leave the ground is quickly replaced by a feeling of awe as you soak in the fantastic view before you: rolling green hills and valleys, perhaps even a glimpse of Mt. Kinabalu. But the experience isn’t merely 2000 feet above ground. Be sure to take some time to participate in unique ‘kampung’ activities during your time here, giving you a better insight into the daily grind of village life at Kg. Kiau, Kiau Nulu, Kg. Gahui, Lobong-Lobong or Kaung. Try rubber tapping or working in the paddy fields. If you wish to explore the surrounding sights, go mountain biking and at the end of a long day, nothing beats a refreshing dip in the nearby Kadamaian River. Are you ready to fly? For more information, please contact Captain (B) Ikhwan Azillah at tel. 019 373 4858 or Orkid Jamilah at 014 852 4165.
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he Chinese community make up the second largest group in Sabah and form the largest non-indigenous group in the State. While the Chinese have been visiting the shores of Borneo for over 1,000 years (mainly for trade) and Chinese settlements are believed to have been established at a few places—including along the Kinabatangan River and the Brunei Bay area—mass Chinese migration to Sabah only started in the 1880s after the formation of the British North Borneo Chartered Company. The early Chinese migrants were mainly farmers brought in to open up the land, although artisans and miners also came. The early Chinese settlers in Sabah were mainly Hakka Christian farmers. Today, the
Chinese make a large contribute to Sabah’s economic development and brighten the year with colourful events such as the Dragon Boat Race, Mooncake Festival and the Chinese New Year. The largest single Chinese group in Sabah are the Hakka; other groups include the Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew, Hainanese and Henghua, each distinguished by their own dialect. Many Chinese have intermarried with the local population, mainly the Kadazandusun. This has created a unique sub-culture of Sino Kadazans, who practise both Kadazandusun and Chinese customs and traditions.
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Pencarian Harta Karun Pencarian Harta Karun Pelancongan Kota Kinabalu Pelancongan Kota Kinabalu 25 Februari 2007 25 Februari 2007 A
cara tahunan Pencarian Harta Karun yang dianjurkan bersama oleh Dewan Badaraya Kota Kinabalu dan Pelancongan Malaysia akan diadakan tahun ini pada 25 Februari bersempena dengan Perayaan Hari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu ke-7. Acara istimewa ini akan memperkenalkan Kota Kinabalu sebagai sebuah destinasi pelancongan. Peserta perlu memandu kereta mereka mengikut laluan untuk mencari jawapan dan menyudahkan beberapa tugasan di lokasi-lokasi tertentu dalam dan di sekitar Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu. Pencarian ini dibahagikan kepada dua kategori: terbuka dan tertutup. Katergori terbuka adalah untuk rakyat Malaysia dan peserta antarabangsa. Kategori tertutup pula terhad kepada kakitangan penganjur dan penaja-penaja utama acara ini. Peserta akan dilepaskan di Taman Kingfisher dan menyusuli peta laluan yang telah ditetapkan oleh ‘rally tulips’ yang akan membawa mereka dari satu tempat ke satu tempat dalam dan luar Bandar raya sebelum berakhir di pusat permulaan. Penyertaan dihadkan kepada 100 kereta pertama dan mereka yang datang dulu akan diutamakan. Ada 10 pemenang bagi setiap kategori. Hadiah utama untuk kategori Terbuka ialah RM3,000, manakala RM2,000 untuk kategori Tertutup. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Fauziahton Ag. Samad di DBKK menerusi talian 521800/270326 atau emel firstname.lastname@example.org atau kunjungi laman web kami di www.dbkk.sabah.gov.my
Regatta Hari Bandarraya 24-25 Februari
atang dan nikmati keseronokan di Pantai Tanjung Aru , Kota Kinabalu. Pelayar akan berlumba untuk bersaing sesama sendiri semasa Regatta Hari Bandar raya pada 3 dan 4 Februari. Ketika Regatta Hari Bandar raya pertama yang diadakan pada tahun 2000 iaitu ketika Kota Kinabalu ditabalkan sebagai Bandar raya, 64 buah perahu mengambil bahagian dengan pelayar datang dari seluruh negeri sabah, termasuk dari negeri-negeri lain. Usia peserta adalah dari semuda 6 hingga 65 tahun. Acara tahunan ini adalah bagi memperingati kepentingan laut dan peranan besarnya dalam kehidupan penduduk Kota Kinabalu sebagai tempat bersantai, bersukan dan ekonomi. Regatta ini memiliki reputasi dalam menarik pelayar-pelayar terkemuka di sekitar Borneo. Banyak juga pelayar yang datang dari negeri-negeri Semenanjung untuk bertanding kerana regatta merupakan pengukur untuk standard persembahan pelayaran. Bagi pelayar-pelayar Sabah, Regatta merupakan perlumbaan ranking yang amat penting. Jangan lepaskan acara menarik ini. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Johnny Tan, Naib Komodor Kelab Perahu Layar Kinabalu di talian 088-240070/243070, faks 088-243007 atau emel email@example.com.
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Karnival Kebudayaan Kota Belud Karnival Kebudayaan Kota Belud 10–11 Februari 10–11 Februari
atanglah ke Kota Belud, tempat asal ‘Koboi Timur’ Februari ini! Sertai penduduk tempatan dalam kemeriahan mereka meraikan Karnival Kebudayaan Kota Belud. Selama dua hari, daerah menarik ini menjadi hidup dengan barisan aktiviti menarik mengetengahkan budaya etnik yang pelbagai yang ditemui di sini, termasuklah daripada suku kaum Bajau, Dusun Tindal, Iranun dan Kimaragang. Ada persembahan tarian rancak dan persembahan kebudayaan, persembahan permainan tradisional dan ‘kenduri adat’. Kunjungi gerai-gerai kraftangan untuk belajari lebih banyak kemahiran berkraf penduduk tempatan. Pengunjung juga akan dihiburkan oleh persembahan artis-artis tempatan. Apabila berada di Kota Belud, ambillah peluang untuk melawat tamu mingguan pada hari Ahad. Turut terdapat di Kota Belud ialah Kampung
Siasai, pusat pembuatan parang. Parang - digunakan sebagai senjata dan peralatan bekerja - merupakan buatan tangan orang Bajau Kota Belud sejak turun-temurun. Satu lagi persinggahan untuk dipertimbangkan ialah Kampung Kuala Abai, sebuah perkampungan memancing menghadap Laut China Selatan. Ia juga merupakan pusat berlepas ke Pulau Mantanani, yang juga terkenal untuk memancing, snorkeling dan menyelam. Kuala Abai, lebih kurang 20km dari Kota Belud, adalah tempat untuk Bajau Laut. Datang dan sertai kemeriahan pesta kebudayaan di Kota Belud! Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Haji Rusman Abdullah di talian 088-268818 atau Mackey Apison di talian 088-268812. E-mel Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my atau Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my
Pameran Batik, 2–6 Februari 2007
ameran Batik akan diadakan di Tingkat 4, Palm Square di Centre Point Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. Diadakan bersempena dengan Hari Ulang Tahun ke-7 Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu. Acara ini bertujuan untuk memperkenalkan seni pembuatan batik yang cantik kepada penduduk tempatan dan pelancong yang mengunjungi Bandar raya ini ketika Tahun Melawat Malaysia 2007. Lebih 25 pengusaha industri batik dari Sabah dan Semenanjung Malaysia mengambil bahagian dalam Pameran Batik pada tahun ini. Kunjungi gerai mereka yang akan mengetengahkan bukan saja kain batik, tetapi pelbagai keluaran berasaskan batik seperti kasut, beg tangan, alas tilam dan barangan hiasan untuk ruang tamu dan saksikan penggunaan kreatif keluaran hiasan batik di bilik tidur dan bilik tamu. Pengunjung juga dapat menyaksikan demonstrasi melukis batik dan mencuba kemahiran mereka dalam kraf menarik ini. Saksikanlah fesyen batik terkini dengan peragawati meragakan rekaan-rekaan kegemaran anda. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK di talian 088-521800, Pelancongan Malaysia di talian 088-211732 atau Sri Pelancongan Sabah 088-232121.
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* most tamus operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm.
MUSEUMS & MEMORIALS
Sabah State Museum
Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Jln. Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551
Gaya Street Fair Sunday
Batu Tulug Archaeological Site Museum, Kinabatangan
Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199
Donggongon Thursday and Friday
Teck Guan Cocoa Museum
Mon-Fri: 8am -11:30am 1:30pm-4:30pm Sat: 8am-12pm Sun: Closed Mile 2, Tanjung Batu Laut, Teck Guan Factory, Tawau Tel:089-775566 ext 2601
Sabah Islamic Civilisation Museum
Pekan Lahad Datu Sunday
Sandakan Town - Sunday Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday
Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Jalan Menteri, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-538227/538228
Pekan Semporna - Sunday Lok Kawi Sabindo - Saturday Taman OKK Mahali Papar - Saturday & Sunday
Sabah Ethnobotanical Heritage Museum
Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551
Bukit Tengkorak Archaelogical Site Museum, Semporna
Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199
Second World War Memorial Petagas
Open daily Tel:088-253199
Pekan Tomburungus Tuesday and Wednesday
Murut Museum (Sabah Murut Cultural Centre , Tenom)
Mon – Sun: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Lembaga Kebudayaan Negeri Sabah (Tenom Branch) W.D.T 72, 89909 Tenom. Tel: 087-734506
Pekan Kota Marudu Saturday and Sunday
Kinarut Mansion Ruins Museum
Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199/263551
Pekan Keningau - Sunday Bingkor - Thursday
Agnes Keith House, Sandakan
Mon - Sun: 9.00am - 5.00pm Tel: 089-222679
Pekan Kota Belud Sunday
Mat Salleh Memorial, Tambunan
Open Daily Kg. Tibabar, Tambunan Tel :088-253199/ 263551
Sandakan Memorial Park
Apa khabar? - How are you? Khabar baik. - I’m fine. Terima kasih - Thank you.
Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Sibuga Forest Reserve Mile 7, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan Tel: 016 8221616 (Doris) Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Wisma Warisan, Sandakan Tel: 089-222679
Kundasang War Memorial,
Sandakan Heritage Museum
Open daily including Public Holidays Tel: 019 899 2041 (Mr. Sevee Charuruks)
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES O I R
Berapa harga ini? - How much is this? Pukul berapa…? -What time…? Di mana…? – Where is…?
Sabah Tourism Board
No.51, Jalan Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.sabahtourism.com Tel: 088-212121 Fax: 088-212075 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com
Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd
Lot 4, Ground Floor, Block L, Sinsuran Complex, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-232121 Fax: 088-265540
Fire Department - 994 Ambulance /Police -999 Police Hotline HQ SABAH – 088-253555 KK – 088-221191 Airport - 088-238555
Tourism Malaysia (Sabah)
Lot 1-0-7, Ground Floor, Block 1, Lorong ApiApi 1, Api Api Centre, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel:088-248698/ 211732
SANDAKAN (089) !Hospital 212111 !Airport 660405 !Immigrations 668308 TAWAU (089) LABUAN (087) !Hospital 413333 !Airport 415015 !Immigrations 412298
Yayasan Sabah Ambulance 088-326655 Information Services 088-280600/ 280631/ 280641 International Telephone Directory Assistance -108
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 088-218166 Damai Specialist Centre 088-222922 Sabah Medical Centre 088-211333
!Hospital 773533 !Airport 950013 !Immigrations 773343
very Sunday, Gaya Street comes alive with its weekly fair. As the sun rises above the city, brightly coloured tents are set up and traders begin their day. As early as 6:30 am, people begin to crowd Gaya Street (the road is closed every Sunday to cater to the fair) to browse, bargain and buy. The Gaya Street Fair is a flurry of activity, vibrant with colour and accompanied by a combination of sounds and smells, which makes browsing through the fair an experience by itself. The fair is famous for its amazing selection of goods. Here you will find snacks galore, from aromatic nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk served with anchovies and sambal) to local kuih (cakes), perfect for breakfast! This is also the best place to find local fruits, sold at affordable prices. As you wend your way along the fair, check out the local handicrafts and antiques, including rattan baskets, hats, purses, t-shirts, trinket boxes and jewellery. Make sure you get a good bargain! Keep your eyes peeled for unique items—you never know what interesting souvenirs you may walk away with. The Gaya Street Fair is also every green fingers’ dream. Plush green ferns and budding potted plants are a must-buy, as are exotic orchids. Children will love the amusing toys sold by animated peddlers as well as the adorable puppies, kittens, rabbits and hamsters with eyes that plead ‘Take me home!’. The fair is also often a site for various events including charity drives, fund-raisers and free medical services for the public. The fair is open by 6:30 am and most stalls close by 1 pm. Have fun discovering and uncovering Gaya Street Fair’s many treasures. We guarantee there’s something for everyone. After your shopping spree, why not head to one of the many coffee shops found along Gaya Street for a hearty breakfast? A great way to spend Sunday with family and friends!
For more information, please contact Sabah Tourism Board at 088-212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088-232121.
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