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Sabah On A Shoestring
INSIDE: Pulau Tiga, Through The Lens, Eating Out, Listings and more!
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New Talent Painting Exhibition Fallen Heroes of Petagas Fiesta Batik & Songket 2008 Thaipusam Festival State Level Cultural Carnival 8th City Day Celebration
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PLaces of Interest
9 The month of January brings recent hope, new beginnings and a clean slate to the New Year. For us at the Sabah Tourism Board 10 and Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd, it also means another 12 months of showcasing what At my final event, the Sabah Tourism Sabah Malaysian Borneo has to Awards with my hardworking colleagues. 12 offer and what a line-up we have for you! Check out our January is a time of welcoming for Calendar of Events to see what’s many of us. However, for this happening this month and for a more Sabahan girl it is time to bid farewell. comprehensive list of events Having served ‘Sabah Malaysian 14 throughout the year, log on to Borneo’ over the last four years, it is www.sabahtourism.com. This month, with a heavy heart I sign off for the we bring you the Fiesta Batik & last time. It has been one great Songket 2008, featuring these adventure and my love affair with 15 beautiful textiles through a grand Sabah keeps growing each day. I display at Kompleks Karamunsing in hope I have served you all well. My Kota Kinabalu (p.3) and a poignant sincerest gratitude and appreciation ceremony remembering our heroes to my wonderful colleagues who have 16 takes place during the ‘Fallen Heroes enriched my life with their insights, of Petagas’ memorial service on 21 advice, experiences and laughter. No January (p.3). matter where the tide takes me, I 18 know one thing for sure: You can take Fancy a trip to Pulau Tiga or Survivor the girl out of Sabah, but you’ll never Island as some call it? Go on a day take ‘Sabah’ out of the girl! 20 trip to enjoy an afternoon of mud-wallowing, snorkeling and In the meantime, I leave ‘Sabah feasting (p.8). If you’re a budget- Malaysian Borneo’ in good hands as 22 conscious traveler like yours truly, we welcome the new Editor, Yolanda why not check out our Feature article Graham. (p.10) on penny-saving ideas 24 guaranteed to make your holiday in It’s been a great ride. Sabah priceless? Although caviar dinners, sunset cruises and designer Jumpa lagi! 25 shopping sound absolutely divine, there is an unmistakable pleasure in the simpler things in life, such as the 26 feeling of warm sand beneath your feet or a stroll along Gaya Street to Melissa Leong watch KK City ‘on the go’. Sometimes Editor the best things in life are indeed free.
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Sabah on a Shoestring
Through The Lens
Sabah At Play
Rungus traditional women’s costume
What’s New at Kadaiku
Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts
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devotion. Special prayers are held and meals are served to devotees and visitors at the Sri Maha Subramaniar Temple in Lok Kawi, located some 25km from Kota Kinabalu. Organiser: Sri Maha Subramaniar Temple For further info: Munisparan a/l Kalimuthu Secretary (Temple Management Committee) Tel: +6012 5852978 Email: R.JOTHEENAIDU@yahoo.com State-Level Cultural Carnival 26-27 January 2008 Witness, experience and discover Sabah’s melting pot of cultures during the State Level Cultural carnival that takes place this month at the Padang Merdeka in Kota Kinabalu. There will be a myriad of traditional song and dance performances, highlighting various ethnic groups such as the Murut, Bajau, Tidong and Rungus among many others. An exhibition booth for each group will allow them to show off all things traditional including farming tools, crafts, and food. The official launch is on 26 January from 9.00am to 12.00 noon while the Cultural Show will be on the same night from 8.00pm till 11.00pm. Other programs featuring traditional activities will be held throughout the 2-day event. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Mackey Apison Tel: +60 88-268812/268884 E-mail: Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my
Chinese New Year Party 2008 January 2008 Come and join this fun-filled Chinese New Year Party as ballroom dancing enthusiasts showcase their performances. Organiser: Imperial Ballroom Dancing School For further info: Anthony Keung School Principal Tel: +60 88 253090/+6019 8213322 Fax: +60 88 238785 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chinese New Year Carnival January 2008 Celebrate the Chinese New Year festive season by taking a stroll along the vibrantly lit Gaya Street with Your family and friends to enjoy colourful cultural performances by the Chinese community. Test your bargaining skills at the variety of stalls selling Chinese New Year goodies as well as other interesting and rare items. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Joannes Solidau Tel: +60 88 521800 Fax: +60 88 316137 Email: email@example.com Pesta Angpow January 2008 A colourful event, the Angpow Festival is celebrated in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. Come and visit a variety of stalls, selling all sorts of goodies and unique trinkets. Angpows will be distributed to children, senior citizens and the disabled. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Joannes Solidau Tel: +60 88 521800 Fax: +60 88 316137 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org New Talent Paintings Exhibition 3 January – 3 February 2008 Promising local talents have the opportunity to showcase their works at this annual exhibition that aims to encourage them towards excellence and creativity.
Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: +60 88 268875 Fax: +60 88 210040 Email: email@example.com Awal Muharram 10 January 2008 This is the day that Muslims usher in the New Islamic Calendar year. For further info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Fallen Heroes’ of Petagas 21 January 2008 A memorial service is held at the Petagas War Memorial to commemorate those who fought and fell during World War II. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Joannes Solidau Tel: +60 88 521800 Fax: +60 88 316137 Email: email@example.com Thaipusam Festival 23 January 2008 The Thaipusam Festival is celebrated mainly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). ‘Pusam’ refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The most significant aspect of the festival is the carrying of ‘Kavadi’ (burdens) by devotees, in which ‘vel’ skewers pierce the flesh and are carried around as sign of
Fiesta Batik & Songket 2008 31 January – 5 February The Fiesta Batik & Songket 2008 showcases the best in Malaysian and Sabahan batik, which takes place at Kompleks Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu. The colourful swirls and eye-catching detail are prominent features of batik painting, a truly Malaysian masterpiece. Come and see the variety of batik products on display and for sale during the fiesta, from home décor to fashion ideas. There will also be a Gala Dinner, batik fashion show and a batik-making demonstration. Please contact the organizers for more information on the Gala Dinner. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Puan Jainab Saidi Tel: +6088-521800
Happenings & Highlights
New Talent Paintings Exhibition 3 January – 3 February
State-Level Cultural Carnival 26-27 January C
his month, visit the Sabah Art Gallery to view Sabah’s up and coming artists, many of whom find inspiration in the natural beauty and culture of the Sabah Malaysian Borneo. The exhibition was first introduced in 1992 and has since attracted many budding artists to showcase their works in this annual event. For more information, please contact the Sabah Art Gallery at 088-268875 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
ome and celebrate our similarities and differences at this event you don’t want to miss. The Karnival Budaya or Cultural Carnival has been in action all around the State for more than a year now, celebrating the diversity and unity of Sabah’s cultures and peoples. This month, Kota Kinabalu plays host to this event and will feature about a dozen main ethnic groups of Sabah, including the Murut, Bajau, Tidong and Rungus. An exhibition booth for each group will allow them to show off all things traditional including farming tools, crafts, and food. The event will also include an array of performances from each group, from spectacular dances to fantastic musical shows. The event will take place at Kota Kinabalu’s Padang Merdeka. The official launch is on the 26th January from 9.00am to 12.00 noon while the Cultural Show will be on the same night from 8.00pm till 11.00pm. Other programs featuring traditional activities will be held throughout the 2-day event. For more information, please contact Mackey Apison of the Sabah Cultural Board at telephone no. 088-268812/268884. E-mail Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my
Thaipusam Festival 23 January
he Thaipusam festival is celebrated by the Tamil community during the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February). The word ‘Pusam’ refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The most significant aspect of the festival is the carrying of the ‘kavadi’ (burdens) by devotees. The ‘kavadi’ comes in various forms, some carrying a vat of milk while others pierce their flesh with ‘vel’ skewers as a sign of devotion. Special prayers are held and meals are served to devotees and visitors at the Sri Maha Subramaniar Temple in Lok Kawi, located some 25km from Kota Kinabalu. For more information, please contact Munisparan a/l Kalimuthu at telephone no. 012 585 2978 or e-mail E.JOTHEENAIDU@yahoo.com
Kota Kinabalu Plays Host to the UIM F2000 World Cup Powerboat 2007 Race
The KK Waterfront came alive during the exciting UIM F2000 World Cup Powerboat 2007 Race which took place from the 1st to the 3rd of December. Top powerboat racers from Kuwait, Portugal, Russia, Latvia, the UK, Spain, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Hungary, Holland, Brunei and Norway fought to win top placing but in the end, the glory in the overall standings went to Briton Colin Jelf, while second and third place went to Rick Haakonsen (Norway) and Owen Jelf respectively.
Happenings & Highlights
8th City Day Celebration 2 February
he city of Kota Kinabalu turns 8 this year! Join the city folks as they celebrate Kota Kinabalu’s 8th anniversary as a city. The festivities begin with the symbolic flag-raising ceremony at 12:00am at the Merdeka Field, followed by a grand march-past by the Royal Malaysian Police as they play bagpipes to officiate the ceremony. It will be a night of song, dance and celebration, ending with a dazzling fireworks display. City Hall will be organizing a variety of exciting activities and competitions throughout the week for all to enjoy. Don’t miss the celebration! For more information, please contact Joannes Solidau at 088521800 or e-mail email@example.com
Launching of ‘Reef – Exploring The Underwater World’
Datuk Karim Bujang, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, officially launched the coffee-table book, ‘Reef – Exploring The Underwater World’ at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu in November. The book comes with a 30minute DVD produced by local-based underwater photography company Scubazoo Images Sdn. Bhd. One third of the images and footage were taken from around the island of Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai. Ten percent of the sale proceeds will go to 2 selected environmental NGOs, one of which is the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Also present at the l aunching was Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board, Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin and Scubazoo Operations Director, Simon Enderby.
Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah’s Corporate Training and Family Day at Tuaran Beach Resort
The staff of Sabah Tourism Board and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. together with their family members enjoyed a fun-filled weekend last month at the Tuaran Beach Resort. The event was officiated by Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Karim Bujang. Many activities were lined-up for the Corporate Training/Family Day outing, including a motivational talk by David De La Harpe, friendly futsal matches, relay races for staff and children and a dress-up contest.
Sabah Tourism’s Media Appreciation Night
It was a night of fun and merriment for members of the media during the recent Media Appreciation Night at Rumba, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, organised by Sabah Tourism Board. Attending the event was Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun and Sabah Tourism Board’s General Manager, Datuk Irene Benggon Charuruks. The event also saw a special presentation of the Minister’s Special Award to Datuk Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia for his outstanding contribution to Sabah’s tourism industry.
Barcelona Spanish Restaurant & Bar
romising an authentic Spanish dining experience is Barcelona, the cozy Spanish Restaurant and Bar within the trendy vicinity of Warisan Square. From the warm-coloured tiled walls to the food and wines, this little restaurant gives its word to only serve what is Spanish. Barcelona opened its doors in May 2007, giving KK another reason to eat out and satisfy its passion for food. The moment you take a seat in this charming little establishment you will be welcomed with a complimentary shot-glass of alcohol-free sangria and a serving of bread and salsa. The menu offers a wide selection of mouth watering Spanish tapas (appetizers). Among them are the patatas allioli (potato with garlic mayonnaise), deep fried Spanish cheese, and the pimentos al ajillo (pan fried peppers in olive-oil and garlic). The delicious sauces that are served with your tapas are proudly home-made to perfection. Try the tangy and refreshing gazpacho (cold tomato soup) which is served in an
impressive bowl made entirely of ice. One of the stars of Spanish main dishes is the paella, a traditional rice dish cooked with saffron and a choice of seafood, chicken, beef or vegetables, cooked in a wide, short, paella pan. This dish is served in portions for 2 or 4 people. Be sure to order some cava (sparkling wine) to have with your food; Barcelona fittingly serves Spanish sparkling wines to perfect your meals. Go ahead and try some of its fabulous desserts, the most fabulous of all quite possibly being the Crema Catalana, Barcelona’s crème brulee. Barcelona caters to private functions like birthdays and wine dinners, comfortably seating 40 at a time. Barcelona is located at Lot B-G-16, Ground Floor, Block B, Warisan Square, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu. The restaurant opens daily from 11:00 am and takes its last orders at 10:30 pm. For enquiries and reservations, call 088-484080. Serves no pork.
Kak Nong Restaurant
he Babas and Nyonyas, also known as the Peranakans are the earliest Chinese immigrants who settled on the Straits of Malacca. They practiced Malay customs in an effort to fit in with the locals and naturally, the food transformed with their practices! If you want the best of Peranakan food right here in Kota Kinabalu, then The Kak Nong Restaurant on Jalan Bundusan is the perfect place to go. As you approach the restaurant, the distinctive, comfortable kopitiam atmosphere welcomes you into the premises. A spread of colourful and appetizing traditional cakes covers the counters, tempting you only just as you walk in. The delectable cakes are familiar sight, and if you don’t already know the names, there are labels to help you. Kuih lenggang, wajik, lapis kaya kukus, koci and pulut panggang are among the cakes you must try. Of course you would have to have your mains before your desserts, and you can’t afford to leave out Kak Nong’s specialties such as the Gulai Fish Head, The Kak Nong chicken rice and lamb curry! You won’t regret having anything on the menu, even the humble yet satisfying favourite fried rice with a main ingredient of your choice – chicken, fish, prawn or beef. Other all time favourites served include soto, fried noodles, rendang, gado-gado and rojak. Wash it all down with the Kak Nong Express, a thirst quenching blend of watermelon, carrot, green apple and orange juice. Go ahead and indulge yourself with one of Kak Nong’s list of a 4 types of ABCs (shaved ice desserts). Kak Nong’s Restaurant currently earned the right to claim that it is in fact the best coffee shop around, with a recent victory at the 2007 Sabah Tourism Awards, grabbing the prize for the Best Kopitiam in the Best Food Outlet Category. So go on and head over to Kak Nong’s Restaurant to taste this recognized talent! The restaurant also does catering. Kak Nong Restaurant is located at Wisman WTT, Lot 1-3, Ground Floor, Jalan Bundusan, Kota Kinabalu. The restaurant is open from 8am and takes its last orders at 10.15pm and closes at 11pm daily, except the 3rd Monday of every month. Call 088-728041 for catering inquiries.
P l a c e s
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ven before it became famous as the location of the first season of ‘Survivor’, a well-known American reality TV show, Pulau Tiga was a fascinating spot rarely visited by tourists. Pulau Tiga, located some 50km south of Kota Kinabalu, is the largest of three islands that make up Pulau Tiga Park, which was gazetted as a marine park in 1933. With its rich marine life, the park is ideal for diving and snorkelling over the reefs. There are many excursions available; one of them is with ‘Home Away From Home’. The day begins with a leisurely 2-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu. Watch as the hustle and bustle of the city slowly begins to transform into sprawling green fields and swaying coconut trees as you approach the quaint district of Kuala Penyu. The ferry to Pulau Tiga departs from the Sabah Parks Jetty. A soft sandy beach and sparkling waters greet you upon arrival and it’s no surprise you might find it tempting to jump straight into the inviting sea! Pulau Tiga is a wellfacilitated island, with a selection of resorts to choose from. For overnighters, you can opt to stay in chalets or dorm-style rooms but for the more adventurous, nothing beats camping underneath the moonlit sky while being serenaded by the sound of lapping waves. The trip to Pulau Tiga begins with a short hike to the much-talked about Mud Volcano. Be sure to slap the insect repellant on before you begin your trek. You might seem reluctant about jumping into the bubbling mud pools at first glance but many swear by its therapeutic properties. In fact, wallowing in the mud is actually a refreshing |experience and for once, it feels liberating to ‘play’ in the mud! Visitors from all over leave their ‘mark’ by putting hand or foot prints on the rocks and wooden huts nearby. The volcanic mud is believed to give your skin a healthy glow and some people even bring back bottles of mud as unique souvenirs for friends and family. After your ‘mud session’, trek back to the beachfront, during which the mud on your skin will start to dry up. The best way to wash it off? Go for a swim in the South China Sea! A scrumptious lunch awaits you on shore. Feast on a variety of barbecued delights including chicken wings, lamb chops, tiger prawns and, if it is in season, lobsters. Enjoy a delicious spread of local delights as well such as nasi goreng (fried rice), fried noodles, satay and a variety of local cakes. After a day of fun in the sun, mud-bathing and a hearty meal, it’s time to head back to shore. Isn’t it time you paid Pulau Tiga a visit? For more information on the Pulau Tiga/Survivor Island Day Tour, please contact Home Away From Home Sdn. Bhd. at 088-385 846, Datin Faridah at 019 862 8278, Rahim Jalim at 019 860 0550 or Joe Christopher at 0163 558 2206. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.homeaway.com.my
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@ease Boutique Hotel,
npack your bags and relax at Sandakan’s newest hotel, @ease Boutique Hotel. Strategically located along the Sandakan Harbour Square, the hotel is a stone’s throw from the heart of the city. Stylish, comfortable and affordable, @ease Boutique Hotel is ideal for business travelers as well as holidaymakers who want easy access to Sandakan’s sights. Sandakan Harbour square is a 12-acre project built along the waterfront, set to be Sandakan’s prime shopping, dining and entertainment hotspot. And the best part? You get a sweeping view of the sparkling Sulu Sea! The hotel opened its doors in December and has 138 rooms, covering a range of business suites, executive studios, deluxe rooms and even a special room for the physically challenged. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with attached bathrooms, WiFi Internet access, Plasma televisions with Astro, refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities. Non-smoking and connecting rooms are also available upon request for your convenience. Business travelers’ can enjoy various facilities to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip. The meeting room can accommodate up to 40 persons at a time and is equipped with the latest audio visual and communication technology - ideal for presentations and teleconferencing. The Business Centre can also cater to all your work demands. For further convenience, the hotel also provides wake-up calls, baby-sitting services, laundry and dry cleaning, currency exchange, free internet access (WiFi), onward reservation and air ticket re-confirmation services and a safety deposit box. Apart from the charm of Sandakan city, be sure to explore the other treasures of Sandakan. The Agnes Keith House (home of the famous writer who coined the term ‘Land Below The Wind’) is only a five-minute drive from the hotel and the oldest stone building in Sabah, the St. Michael’s and All Angels Church is only 10 minutes away. No trip to Sandakan is complete without a visit to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (just an hour away by car). Feeling more adventurous? Arrange to visit the Kinabatangan River to spot Sabah’s elusive wildlife or spend a night at the Selingan Turtle Island. Rich in history and brimming with wildlife, Sandakan is the Borneo adventure you’ve been looking for. At the end of your adventure, there’s no better place to rest and relax than at @ease Boutique Hotel. @ease Boutique Hotel is located at HS12 Sandakan Harbour Square, 90000, Sandakan. For further information or to make reservations, please call 089-240888 / 274333, fax 089-214888 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit the website at www.at-easehotels.com
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Sabah on a Shoestring
The last thing you want to worry about when on holiday is pinching pennies. Nothing ruins a holiday faster than feeling that burn in your pocket. Fret not, there’s plenty to see, do and experience in Sabah without having to spend a bundle. Here are some affordable options that promise priceless moments:
Visit the tamu
Forget the designer handbags and sprawling shopping malls. For a unique shopping experience that won’t bust the budget, why not visit your local tamu (open air market)? This is a great place to check out authentic handicraft, mostly produced by the local residents. Be sure to have a taste of the local delicacies, swing by stalls that sell a variety of fresh produce and best of all, get to know the friendly people. The tamu is an integral part of many Sabah societies, having existed since the times of the barter trade. In Kota Kinabalu, the famous Gaya Street Market takes place every Sunday and considered a must-visit when in KK.
Take a road trip
Rent a car with friends and just go where the wind takes you! Better yet, be sure to have a map with you. Stray away from the usual city sights and drive to any four corners of Sabah. Go north to Kudat where you will find the Tip of Borneo, the famous Bavanggazo Longhouse and the Honey Farm of Kampung Gombizau. Or head to Kundasang, just two hours away from KK City for an up close view of Mount Kinabalu in Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. Soak in the sights along the way and enjoy the simple yet stunning beauty of Sabah’s countrysides.
Ah yes, the favourite Malaysian pastime – Eating. Dining is an affordable affair in Sabah, from fresh seafood to your favourite coffee shop fare. For the budget conscious, you cannot go wrong with ‘kopitiam’ delights. A plate of ‘kon lau mein’ (homemade noodles served with a special sauce topped
with a variety of meat, usually pork or chicken) and ‘teh C ping’ (coffee-shop talk for iced tea with condensed milk) will cost you no more than RM6.00. Other must-tries include ‘satay’ (grilled meat on sticks usually enjoyed with peanut sauce), ‘pau’ (fluffy, white buns with various fillings such as meat or lotus paste), a bowl of ‘soto daging/ayam’ (noodles in clear soup served with beef or chicken, usually served in Malay coffee shops) and claypot chicken rice. A hearty meal that won’t hurt the pocket!
Stay at a backpackers’ lodge or bed & breakfast
For the more adventurous, opt to stay at a backpackers’ lodge. Apart from being affordable, staying in a lodge or bed & breakfast inn is a great way to meet other travellers while enjoying a more laid-back and cosy atmosphere. These days, many backpacker lodges also cater for families, whereby bigger and private rooms are available for your convenience.
Hit the beach
Take a stroll along the beach during sunset and sip on fresh coconut water. Tanjung Aru Beach is only a ten-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu City, where visitors can also enjoy hawker-style food, munch on steamed peanuts or corn on the cob and enjoy a refreshing glass of sugar cane juice. All this while enjoying the view of the South China Sea and the breeze in your hair.
Join the festivities
There’s always something exciting happening right here in Sabah, from cultural carnivals to district-level festivals. The district of Kudat for example is famous for its annual Coconut Fest where the local folks set up exhibitions and sales booths, featuring coconut-based products and crown the fairest of them all as the Coconut Queen! In Kuala Penyu, they celebrate the Sago Fest – a great opportunity to sample Sabah’s unique delicacy, the sago worm. All are welcome at these one-of-a-kind festivities and entrance is free! Log on to www.sabahtourism.com for a list of local events happening throughout the year.
Through the Lens
Terdtoa Rnu hTaiinl ugs WmnsCsue oe otm
he Rungus people who reside in the Kudat district are known for their fascinating traditional attire, particularly the women’s costume. The hand-spun cotton top is wrapped around the chest area and is known as the banat tondu while the skirt is a knee-length sarong called the tapi rinugading. Another length of the black cloth which resembles a scarf is slipped over the head and rests on the shoulders. It drapes along the arms like sleeves. Little brass rings and antique beads looped through thin strands of stripped back (togung) becomes a wide and colourful hipband called orot. The Rungus are especially known for their beadwork skills and this can be seen on their costume. Two beaded shoulder bands called the pinakol are worn diagonally over each shoulder and cross over in front. Long antique bead necklaes (sandang) are also worn diagonally over the shoulders. Several reddish-brown glass bead necklaces and choker-like suldau with the white kima (a type of shell) as a centre-piece complete this costume. The attire is then complemented with antique brass bells,giring, which ring with the slightest movement. The Rungus lady’s hair is combed into a bun and a multi-coloured floral headpiece (titimbok is worn. A thin band of beads (sisingal) is tied around the forehead and pieces of cloth sewn together in rows to form colourful pigtails (rampai) are tied at the nape. This costume is often worn during festivals, rituals and times of celebration, such as weddings or to greet dignitaries.
‘Wira-wira Gugur’ Petagas
(Fallen Heroes of Petagas) 21 Januari
ira-Wira yang Gugur’ di Sabah merujuk kepada mereka yang berani dan terkorban dalam serangan Tentera Imperial Jepun pada Januari 1944. Berikutan kejatuhan Sabah (ketika itu Borneo Utara) pada Januari 1942 kepada Tentera Imperial Jepun, seorang belia patriotik bernama Albert Kwok telah menubuhkan pasukan tentera gerila bawah tanah. Lebih 300 belia daripada pelbagai masyarakat di negeri ini dilatih untuk menentang penjajahan tentera Jepun. Malangnya, tentera Jepun dapat memperkukuh kuasanya dan dalam tempoh dua bulan kebangkitan pada Oktober 1943, banyak anggota Albert Kwok yang ditangkap atau menyerah diri.
Pada 21 Januari 1944, banyak anggota gerila dan tahanan dibunuh di Kem Penjara Batu Tiga di Jesselton. Tidak lama selepas peperangan, satu jawatankuasa khas yang diketuai oleh beberapa anggota gerila yang terselamat dan keluarga mereka, mengebumikan gerila semula yang terkorban semula. Gerila yang dipenjarakan di Labuan yang telah terkorban juga dikebumikan di tanah perkuburan ini. Upacara memperingati pahlawan-pahlawan ini diadakan di Tugu Peringatan Petagas pada setiap Januari 21 setiap tahun. Semua dialu-alukan untuk hadir. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Joannes Solidau di talian 088521800 atau faks 088-316137. E-mel firstname.lastname@example.org
Muzium Negeri Sabah
etahui dan pelajari lebih banyak mengenai kekayaan sejarah dan kebudayaan Sabah di Muzium Negeri Sabah. Ia dianggap sebagai antara yang terbaik di rantau ini. Muzium ini menempatkan artifak yang menggambarkan sejarah kebudayaan, kaum dan alam semula jadinya. Ada penemuan kaji purba di sini yang berusia 28,000 tahun. Seramik, senjata tradisional dan pakaian menggambarkan kepelbagaian budaya dan menjadi bukti wujudnya hubungan perdagangan awal Sabah dengan negara-negara jiran di Asia Tenggara dan China. Ketahui lebih banyak mengenai wira-wira Sabah, daripada ahli politik sehinggalah pahlawan, yang membantu membangunkan negeri ini sehingga menjadi seperti hari ini. Muzium ini turut menempatkan peralatan muzik, perkakas dan alat pemujaan, masing-masing dengan ceritanya tersendiri. Berjalan-jalanlah di luar bangunan utama dan bertandanglah ke Kampung Warisan. Perkampungan ini mengetengahkan rumah tradisional pelbagai kumpulan kaum di Sabah. Rumah-rumah ini mempamerkan keindahan seni bina tradisional, yang menggambarkan aspek kebudayaan setiap kumpulan etnik. Pengunjung boleh memasuki rumah-rumah ini dan melihat lebih dekat setiap bilik. Setiap rumah dihiasi dengan artifak untuk mencipta suasana sebenar rumah tradisional biasa dan aktiviti-aktiviti kebudayaan diadakan di sini dari semasa ke semasa untuk memeriahkan perkampungan ini.Muzium Negeri Sabah terletak di Jalan Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu. Muzium ini dibuka setiap hari dari 9:00 pagi hingga 5:00 petang (ditutup pada Jumaat). Bayaran masuk ialah RM2.00 untuk pemegang MyKad dan RM15.00 untuk bukan pemegang Mykad.
Perjalanan Menelurusi Warisan KK
etika anda merasakan anda mengenali suatu tempat, ada saja sesuatu yang baharu boleh ditemui. Menelurusi Warisan KK mendedahkan kekayaan sejarah Kota Kinabalu apabila anda bersiarsiar sepanjang jalannya. Perjalanan ini ada pemandu pelancong yang membawa anda menelurusi jalan-jalan dan tempat menarik di bandar ini, masing-masing dengan cerita menarik yang tersendiri dari masa sebelum perang, selepas perang dan selepas hari kemerdekaan. Perjalanan dua jam ini bermula dari Padang Merdeka dan membawa anda melalui pelbagai bahagian bandar ini. Persinggahan pertama ialah Australia Place, antara kawasan tertua di Kota Kinabalu. Hari ini, banyak penginapan pelancong boleh ditemui di sini selain syarikat pencetakan. Persinggahan sebentar di Museum Kopitiam memberikan gambaran sekilas era lalu kepada anda. Kopitiam (kedai kopi) ini mengekalkan konsep asalnya sejak 1940-an.Gambar-gambar yang dibingkaikan mengenai hari-hari sebelum dan selepas perang menghiasi dindingnya. Perjalanan ini kemudiannya membawa anda ke bangunan dan tempat peringatan bersejarah seperti Jam Atkinson, Pusat Masyarakat, Bangunan Pelancongan Sabah, Hotel Jesselton, Peringatan Malaysia, Tugu Peringatan Perang dan Bangunan Dewan Bandaraya. Untuk menambahkan keseronokan, satu pencarian harta akan diadakan. Disinilah anda perlu memastikan mata dan telinga anda peka! Selain menikmati perjalanan bersejarah KK, perjalanan ini juga adalah peluang baik untuk menyaksikan pemandangan dan suasana bandaraya ini. Perjalanan Menelurusi Warisan KK diadakan setiap Selasa dan Khamis (hari-hari lain, kecuali Ahad, boleh dilakukan dengan tempahan lebih awal) dan diuruskan oleh pemandu-pemandu pelancong berlesen yang profesional. Harganya ialah RM100.00 untuk seorang termasuklah minum teh, topi dan buku panduan Perjalanan Menelurusi Warisan KK. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Grace Leong di talian 0128028823 atau datang ke operator pelancongan berdekatan anda. Kunjungi www.kkheritagewalk.com.
Barcelona Spanish Restaurant & Bar (Restoran dan Bar Sepanyol Barcelona)
Pesta Batik & Songket 2008 31 Januari – 5 Februari
esta Batik & Songket 2008 wadah untuk mengetengahkan batik yang terbaik di Malaysia dan batik Sabah. Pesta berlangsung di Kompleks Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu. Corak menarik yang berwarnawarni sememangnya penting dalam lukisan batik, karya Malaysia sebenar. Datang dan saksikan kepelbagaian produk batik dipamerkan dan untuk dijual pada pesta ini, daripada hiasan rumah sehinggalah idea-idea fesyen. Tidak ketinggalan ialah Makan Malam Gala, persembahan fesyen batik dan pertunjukan pembuatan batik. Sila hubungi penganjur untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai Makan Malam Gala. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Puan Jainab Saidi di Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu di talian 088-521800.
enjanjikan pengalaman makan malam Sepanyol yang sebenar ialah Barcelona, Spanish Restaurant and Bar dalam kawasan Warisan Square. Daripada jubin dindingnya yang berwarna menarik sehinggalah makanan dan minumannya, restoran kecil ini menepati janjinya dengan hanya menghidangkan makanan Sepanyol. Barcelona membuka pintunya pada Mei 2007, memberikan KK satu lagi sebab untuk makan diluar dan memberikan kepuasan keinginannya terhadap makanan. Sebaik saja anda duduk di tempat kecil yang memukau ini anda akan disambut dengan segelas Sangria yang bebas alkohol dan dihidangkan roti dan salsa. Menunya menawarkan pelbagai pilihan tapas (pembuka selera) yang cukup menyelerakan. Antaranya ialah patatas allioli (kentang dengan mayonis bawang putih, keju goreng Sepanyol dan pimentos al ajillo (lada hitam digoreng dengan minyak zaitun dan bawang putih). Kuah lazat yang dihidang bersama tapas anda dibuat sendiri dengan sempurna. Cubalah gazpacho (sup sejuk tomato) yang menyegarkan dihidang dalam mangkuk meenarik dibuat sepenuhnya daripada ais. Salah satu bintang hidangan utama Sepanyol ialah Paella, hidangan nasi tradisional dimasak dengan kunyit dan pilihan makanan laut, ayam, daging lembu atau sayur-sayuran, dimasak dalam kuali paella yang lebar dan pendek. Juadah ini dihidangkan untuk dua atau empat orang. Pastikan anda memesan cava (minuman wine) untuk diminum bersama-sama hidangan anda, Barcelona sememangnya menghidangkan wine untuk menyempurnakan hidangan anda. Cubalah pencuci mulutnya yang menarik, paling hebat antara semuanya ialah Crema Catalana, crème brulee Barcelona., Barcelona menyediakan perkhidmatan untuk majlis peribadi seperti hari lahir dan makan malam, boleh menampung 40 orang dengan selesa dalam satu masa. Barcelona terletak di Lot B-G-16, Tingkat Bawah, Block B, Warisan Square, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu. Restoran ini dibuka setiap hari dari 11:00 pagi dan menerima pesanan terakhirnya pada 10:30 malam. Untuk pertanyaan lanjut dan tempahan, hubungi 088-484080. Ia tidak menghidangkan makanan haram.
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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 Sabah Islamic Civilisation Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Jalan Menteri, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-538227/538228 Sabah Ethnobotanical Heritage Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551 Second World War Memorial Petagas Open daily Tel:088-253199 Kinarut Mansion Ruins Museum Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199/263551
Kota Kinabalu Penampang Papar
Gaya Street Fair - Sunday Kampung Air - Sunday Donggongon Thursday & Friday Lok Kawi Sabindo - Saturday
Agnes Keith House, Sandakan Mon - Sun: 9.00am - 5.00pm Tel: 089-222679 Sandakan Memorial Park Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Sibuga Forest Reserve Mile 7, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan Tel: 016 8221616 (Doris) Sandakan Heritage Museum Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Wisma Warisan, Sandakan Tel: 089-222679 Batu Tulug Archaeological Site Museum, Kinabatangan Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199
Bukit Tengkorak Archaelogical Site Museum, Semporna Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199
Matunggong Lama - Saturday Matunggong Baru - Thursday
Kota Marudu Tuaran
Pekan Kota Marudu Saturday & Sunday Bingkor - Thursday
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 Mat Salleh Memorial, Tambunan Open Daily Kg. Tibabar, Tambunan Tel :088-253199/ 263551 Kundasang War Memorial, Open daily including Public Holidays Tel: 019 899 2041 (Mr. Sevee Charuruks)
Sandakan Tawau Ranau
Sandakan Town - Sunday Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday Bandar Tawau - Sunday Pekan Kundasang - Friday
Pekan Tuaran - Sunday Kiulu - Tuesday
Kota Belud Sipitang
Pekan Kota Belud - Sunday Sindumin - Saturday
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
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
No.51, Jalan Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-212121 Fax: 088-212075 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 9:00am to 4:00pm (Weekend & PH)
Sabah Tourism Board
Lot 4, Ground Floor, Block L, Sinsuran Complex, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-232121 Fax: 088-265540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.sabahtourism.com Open: 8:00amto 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 8:00am-4:00pm (Weekend & PH)
Yayasan Sabah Ambulance 088-326655 Information Services 088-280600/ 280631/ 280641 International Telephone Directory Assistance -108
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Tourism Malaysia (Sabah)
Lot 1-0-7, Ground Floor, Block 1, Lorong Api-Api 1, Api Api Centre, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel:088-248698/ 211732 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.tourism.gov.my Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) Closed on weekends
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Fire Department - 994 Ambulance /Police -999 Police Hotline HQ SABAH – 088-253555 KK – 088-221191 Airport - 088-238555
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 088-218166 Damai Specialist Centre 088-222922 Sabah Medical Centre 088-211333
or a millennia the indigenous ”Sungai” (River) people of the Lower Kinabatangan River have been living off the rainforest for food, medicine, household commodities and products of trade. This world changed dramatically from the 1960s onwards, with the advent of mechanised extraction of the forest’s timber resources. As the reduction of traditional forest resources continued, large areas of the lowland forests of the Lower Kinabatangan were converted into permanent sites for agricultural crops and local people were forced out of their main sources of livelihood. In 1996 the MESCOT (Model of Ecologically Sustainable Community Tourism) Initiative was started by a group of about 30 visionary and dedicated individuals from the different villages of Batu Puteh to create an alternative medium of income generation for the people of the area, while in the process protecting the last remaining vestige of rainforest and traditional indigenous cultural heritage. The key objectives of the MESCOT Initiative are to develop an alternative path of co-existence with the remaining rainforest resources, generating a sustainable long-term economic path for income generation, and raise funds to support the protection and restoration of the last remaining wetland forests and wildlife of the area through eco-tourism. Raleigh International has been working with the community since 2002 in developing this cutting edge project. Established in 1984 as a charity committed to the education of young people, Raleigh aims to help participants to become global citizens by working alongside people from all backgrounds and cultures. Raleigh International’s commitment is not only to the participants but also to the communities in the countries in which we work. This is achieved through working in partnership with local communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and governments to provide long-term, worthwhile and sustainable projects that are genuinely needed. Raleigh provides the structure for change; bringing local communities together, often for the first time as one team, and providing them with the resources and motivation to achieve sustainable development. The mainstay of the MESCOT project is its forest habitat restoration program. In order to generate income for forest habitat restoration a Rainforest Eco-Camp was designed to raise funds through eco-tourism to the area. The Eco-Camp, sits amidst dense rainforest surrounding the Tungog Lake - a picturesque and ecologically significant oxbow lake within the Kinabatangan Floodplain. It is a natural sanctuary for more than 150 native freshwater fish species, and a host of other rare aquatic dependant birds and wildlife. As the project nears completion bookings are already being taken for the New Year, and in such a tranquil setting it is easy to see why. The camp’s main reception building and dining hall deck gently protrudes from the edge of the forest, and lead onto the mid and lower decks and main viewing platform stretching out over the edge of the Tungog Lake. The rich dark texture of its iron wood construction gives the area the appearance of being there for centuries, and approaching it you feel you have discovered a place long forgotten and undisturbed. The six private camp platforms nestled in the forest with views out over the lake, are connected to the main lodge area by a series of trails. Toby’s Walk, the main trail connecting the areas, holds a special place in the hearts of the Batu Puteh community. It is dedicated to the memory of a Raleigh staff member who we lost in a road accident earlier this year, who worked passionately on the lodge whilst developing a very close relationship with the community of Batu Puteh. The current Raleigh group working at the eco camp will spend the remainder of the project assisting local tradesmen with finishing off the lodge, as well as assisting with the formation of reed beds, developing the trails around the lake, and constructing bird hides in time for its opening in early 2008. Much of this work could not be done without the kind funding support provided by the Arcus Foundation, Alexander Abraham Foundation, LEAP, Shell Malaysia and the community of Batu Puteh Kinabatangan.
The Batu Puteh Project
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