March 2008 Volume 85

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Top 10 Things to Do in Sabah
INSIDE: Sabah Agriculture Park, Fauziah Gambus, Eating Out, Listings and more!

Ueu PrssI sfl hae n Bhs Mlyi aaa aasa
Apa khabar? – How are you? Khabar baik – I’m fine Terima kasih – Thank you Sama-sama – You’re welcome Pukul berapa…? – What time…? Di mana…? – Where…? Bolehkah anda membantu saya? – Can you help me? Minta maaf – I’m sorry/Excuse me Saya sedang mencari tempat makan – I’m looking for a place to eat Berapa harga? – How much is this?

ADVISOR YBhg. Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin / Sitti B. Damsal EDITOR Yolanda Graham DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. What’s New At Kadaiku design by Charlieking Padasian PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) Cover Pic © Scubazoo.com DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

Contents
3 Feature Personality
K1 Fighters 4 Happenings & Highlights Sabah Agricultural Park 7th Anniversary Sabah and Sarawak Art Link Exhibition Pesta Lunsai 9th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge 2008 Freedom of Entry to the City

Inna Kinabalu Sdn Bhd
(Publisher of The New Sabah Times) Jalan Pusat Pembangunan Masyarakat, Sembulan 88100 Kota Kinabalu Ever y ef for t has been made to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publication. The publisher cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies, omissions and alterations which may occur as a result of last minute changes. No par t of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the Sabah Tourism Board.

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Editorial
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t is my pleasure to present the 2007 performance of tourism in Sabah, the insights into and direction for the tourism industry in The Land Below The Wind for the next three years. Sabah is an emerging, exotic, exciting, highly diverse, unique, friendly, hospitable, safe, politically stable, a value and a world class destination that is being promoted and marketed as ‘Sabah Nature’ally’, A Premier Ecotourism Destination, capitalizing on its mega biodiversity and rich living heritage as A Premier Nature Adventure Destination, Eco Treasures from Mountain High to Ocean Deep. The harmony, high degree of tolerance and integration among the multi religion and multi ethnic people of Sabah of a delightful mix of over 30 indigenous communities epitomize Sabah is Truly Malaysia. Malaysia is being successfully promoted Malaysia Truly Asia. Sabah’s tourism industry performed very well with an average growth of 22% per annum in the last ten years. The Land Below The Wind is ‘a shooting star’ in the East Asia Pacific Region. Total arrivals of just over 400,000 in 1998 significantly increased five folds to 2.48 million in 2007, yielding RM 4.7 billion in tourism receipts which is 14.8% of the GDP of Sabah . The average length of stay is 8 nights 9 days. 96% of the arrivals are by air. 40% are repeat visitors. The focus is on high yield longer staying tourists ‘Less is More’ in pursuance of sustainable tourism development. The hotel occupancy statewide averaged 75%, with over 80% occupancy for 4-5 Star hotels There is a need to double to 6,000 rooms of 5-Star beach resort hotels by 2010. The growth of tourist arrivals is projected to average about 20% per annum in the next five years. The projection for 2010 is 3.4 million tourist arrivals yielding RM 6.5 billion tourism receipts. The focus is domestic, the East Asia Pacific Region and the aviation hubs of Singapore and Hong Kong. The completion of the redevelopment of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) by mid-2009 will increase three folds its passengers per annum capacity from 4 million to 12 million, and with an Open Sky policy, will encourage more direct international scheduled flights to Sabah, Malaysia’s Eastern Gateway. Currently 9 airlines fly directly to KKIA from South Korea, Japan, China,Hong Kong,Taiwan,Philippines,Singapore and Brunei besides 20 daily Kuala LumpurKota Kinabalu flights that provide convenient connectivity for international flights to Sabah via Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Sabah’s huge potential for sustainable growth will be enhanced by the recently launched Sabah Development Corridor which will put in place world class tourism infrastructure and services to strengthen Sabah’s position as a premier eco-adventure destination and to make Sabah among the most liveable places in Asia by 2025. The challenge is a shared vision, tourism culture of cleanliness, politeness and efficiency be a way of life, development in harmony with nature, energizing the Sabah tourism industry, ramping up Sabah’s tourism capabilities to move up to the next level, and for Sabah to be a preferred destination of choice in the global market. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia, the Sabah State Government particularly the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment for the leadership and budget, all our industry partners and members of the travel industry, the management, staff and members of the Sabah Tourism Board, and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, for their strong support and cooperation towards our effort in making Sabah A Premier Ecotourism Destination and To Shine Among The Best. To all our visitors, we wish you Selamat Datang and have a pleasant experience of The Land Below The Wind in Malaysian Borneo. Terima kasih.

Eating Out Yoshimi Japanese Testaurant, Warisan Square A Malaysian Staple - Chicken Rice Spa Essentials
Just Relax

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Leisure
Sabah Polo

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Feature
Top 10 things to do in Sabah

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Through The Lens
Exciting events all year round

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Culture A Gambus Album by Fauziah Suhaili What’s New at Kadaiku
Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

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Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings The Sabah Agriculture Park

Tengku Zainal Adlin Chairman, Sabah Tourism Board

Sarawak and Sabah Art Link 6 March – 6 April 2008
Come and see a display of works of art by 20 artists from the neighbouring Sabah and Sarawak. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Tel: 088-268875 Fax: 088-210040 Email: gallery_9@msn.com

A carnival will be held to celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Park’s launching. It will be a fun-filled event, featuring various competitions and exhibitions. Bring your family and friends for a fun day out at the park and take the opportunity to visit the many gardens of the sprawling Sabah Agriculture Park. Organiser: Sabah Agriculture Park For further info: Muhidin Hj. Ismail (Park Warden) Puan Wan Masamah Wan Abedin (Marketing Officer) Tel: 087-737952, 737558 (Tenom) Fax: 087-737571 (Tenom) Tel: 088-258529 Fax: 088-258529 Email: agripark@sabah.net.my

9th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge 2008 21 – 23 March 2008
The 9th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge 2008 is scheduled for the 21st to the 23rd March 2008 in the Ranau, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu districts with a race around Mount Kinabalu covering some 200 kilometres. The race will see teams racing in teams of two covering a dawn till dusk event with a series of disciplines including trail running, orienteering, mountain biking and traditional bamboo rafting. Organiser: Sabah Adventure Challenge For further info: Avtar S. Sandhu Tel: 088-261070 Fax: 088-261070 Email: sabahvchallenge@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.sabahadventure.com

Pesta Lunsai 15 March 2008
In the northeast of Sandakan lies the island of Libaran. Many agree that the charm of this island lies in its simplicity: a long stretch of beach, crystal blue waters and beautiful sunsets. Visit Pulau Libaran this month to learn more about the local culture during the Pesta Lunsai. Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council / Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Libaran For further info: Catherin Chua Tel: 089-224026 Fax: 089-272112 Email: Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my

Sabah Agriculture Park 7th Anniversary Carnival 15 – 16 March 2008

Maulidur Rasul 20 March 2008
Muslims all over the world celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. For further info: Email: info@sabahtourism.com

Easter Sunday 23 March 2008
A meaningful celebration across the land as Christians mark the Resurrection of Christ. Easter brunch with family members is a common practice and most major hotels in Kota Kinabalu celebrate this day with various activities such as egg painting and Easter egg hunting. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: 088-212121 / 232121 Fax: 088-212075 / 265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com

Good Friday 21 March 2008
A time when all Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in mass services and prayers. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: 088-212121/232121 Fax: 088-212075/265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com

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K 1 Fighters
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hree K1 Fighter champions from Japan and their 32 fans enjoyed a 4-day fan club tour of Sabah in January this year. I had the pleasure of lunching and chatting with these three burly men about their lives, K1 fighting and what they think about the Land Below the Wind. With four Japan GP championship titles under his belt, Akio Mori, 35, is better known by the name of the famous and revered samurai Musashi. He sits towering in the middle, flanked by his brother Tomo, 33, who has been bronzed by the Sabah sun, and Kazuyo Yasuhiro, 31, one of the top three fighters in the below 70-kg category. The three of them tell me their background to K1 fighting is Seidokei-kan karate and that they have far from abandoned the art. Yasuhiro is a teacher of karate and his students range from tiny tots aged 4 to seniors aged 60. When he’s not teaching karate, he’s training for K1fights. “We train 5 days a week for K1,” says Yasuhiro. “We train at least 2 hours a day and before a fight, training is intensified to 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evenings,” adds Tomo. Musashi clarifies that K1 is a tough sport and one can only take part in 5–6 tournaments in a year. “The time in between fights is spent improving and training for the next fight.” They tell me K1 is not all about fighting and not all about winning. Musashi straightens up with a gleam of enthusiasm in his eyes. “Everybody has passion and a fighting spirit and K1 really brings that out in a person. Your training, your body, your mind and your soul go into the ring and become your life. K1 is a fighter’s life." “But K1 is just as much about performance as it is about fighting. Think of K1 as a concert – the fighters go out there to perform a good fight and to thrill the fans. The stadium comes alive with cheering fans because we put up a good fight.” “K1 is not dangerous,” Tomo promises. "I almost broke my neck in a kickboxing fight last year on a Muay Thai neck hold and kick manoeuvre and had to cancel a fight. K1 is much safer.” Yasuhiro agrees but goes on to tell me that fighting for real in the ring is safer than training, confirming it with smile and a story of how he broke his nose twice during training as if it were a fond memory. K1 is a combat sport combining moves from Muay Thai, karate, taekwondo, Savate, San shou, kickboxing and boxing. It had its beginnings in Japan, but is now popular the world over in countries like Korea, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, the USA, Australia, Canada and many other countries. Knowing that they had spent some time having fun in the sun banana-boating, parasailing and mangrove cruising for the previous three days, I asked them if they’ve had a good time. They instantly flash happy smiles and sing Sabah praises. “We LOVE Sabah. We had so much fun here with our fans. Thank you so much!” Their sincerity and delight was so infectious I couldn’t help but beam from their compliments. I asked what they will tell the people back home about my home. “Sabah is so beautiful the people have warm hearts. Sabah is paradise! We will definitely come back again and tell people they are missing out on a lot if they don’t come here.” As we leave the restaurant, starstruck Japanese fans come from nowhere, exclaiming in delight and immediately snapping photos of the three K1 heroes. Musashi, Tomo and Yasuhiro are extremely gracious and mingle with the fans who were clearly dizzy from the sight of them. Before climbing into their vehicle to return to their hotel, Musashi turns to us and gives a final Japanese bow. Then with a sparkle in his eye he waves and says, “I’ll be back!” Their trip to the Land below the Wind was made possible by Malaysia Airlines Tokyo and H.I.S Co Ltd, the official ground handler for the K-1 Fan Club tour in Kota Kinabalu.

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Happenings & Highlights

Sabah Agriculture Park 7th Anniversary Carnival Sarawak and Sabah Art Link Exhibition 15th-16th March 2008 6th March to 6th April 2008 T A
he Sabah Agriculture Park is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year with a lineup of thrilling activities for the public to take part in including a fishing competition, traditional games competitions, a treasure hunt, a karaoke contest and tons of other fun events. Car enthusiasts may want to come and check out the carnival this year, because to celebrate their 7th year running is also a Mini Austin Car Show, organised by the Kota Kinabalu Mini Club. Bring your family and friends for a fun day out at the Park and take the opportunity to visit the many gardens of the sprawling Sabah Agriculture Park. For further information, contact Ms. Wan Masalmah Wan Abedin (Sabah Agriculture Park Promotion Unit) tel/fax: 088-258529 or e-mail agripark@sabah.net.my n exhibit showcasing artwork from Sarawak and Sabah will be held in the months of March and April this year at the Sabah Art Gallery, featuring the work of 10 Sarawakian and 10 Sabahan artists. This event is jointly organised by the Galleria, Kuching and Sabah Art Gallery, with the aspiration to illustrate the relationship between the artworks of the two neighbouring states and to draw art enthusiasts to come and behold the work of our artistic talents. For further information, contact the Sabah Art Gallery on Jalan Muzium, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, tel: 088-268748/ 268825/ 268875 or fax 088-210040.

Pesta Lunsai, 15 March 2008

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n the northeast of Sandakan lies the island of Libaran. Many agree that the charm of this island lies in its simplicity: a long stretch of beach, crystal blue waters and beautiful sunsets. Visit Pulau Libaran this month to learn more about the local culture during the Pesta Lunsai. Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council/Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Libaran. For further info, contact Catherin Chua at tel: 089-224026, fax: 089-72112 or e-mail: Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my

Happenings & Highlights

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9th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge 2008, 21 – 23 March 2008

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he 9th Annual Sabah Adventure Challenge 2008 is scheduled for the 21st to the 23rd of March 2008 in the Ranau, Kota Belud and Kota Marudu districts with a race around Mount Kinabalu covering some 200 kilometres. The race will see teams racing in teams of two covering a dawn till dusk event with a series of disciplines including trail running, orienteering, mountain biking and traditional bamboo rafting. For further info contact Avtar S. Sandhu (Sabah Adventure Challenge) at tel: 088-261007 or fax: 088-261070 or e-mail: sabahvchallenge@yahoo.co.uk. Check out their website: http://www.sabahadventure.com

Coming in April – Freedom of Entry to the City
In April the “Freedom of Entry Ceremony” will be held on the 26th April 2008, a naval tradition that stems from medieval times. Watch out for updates in our April issue about this significant event!

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heck out the flea market at Warisan Square held on the weekend from 4pm to 11pm. Food, clothes, accessories and an assortment of bits and bobs are laid out for you to browse through and buy. Fancy handling a store yourself? Booth rentals are open to the public. For more information contact Lizio Mosigil at 017-8987199

News
First Airasia Airbus Touchdown
Air Asia’s first Airbus320 touched down in KK for the first time in January this year, the first of a complete fleet to replace the current Boeing 737s currently servicing Kota Kinabalu. The plane flies the Kuala Lumpur-Kuching-Macau from Kota Kinabalu and seats 180 compared to the Boeiing 737’s capacity of 140.

Sabah Development Corridor
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi recently launched the Sabah Development Corridor, which is set to accelerate Sabah’s economy and to make Sabah a more competitive and attractive place to do business. The focus of the SDC will be the agriculture, tourism and logistics services.

Fauziah Gambus
19 year old Fauziah Suhaili launched her first album entitled Fauziah Gambus in January, an album featuring melodies and rhythms from the traditional musical instrument, the gambus. Fauziah was applauded by YB Datuk Hj Karim Bujang, the Assistant Minister of Tourism Culture and Environment, who officiated the launch, and celebtrated by those who appreciate traditional music.

Update: Tabin Wildlife Reserve
In our February issue we featured the exciting Tabin Wildlife Reserve on our back cover. Their new contact details are now as follows: Tabin Wildlife Holidays Sdn Bhd (Co No 160437-V) (formerly known as Tabin Wildlife Sdn Bhd ) Lot 11-1, 1st Flr, Blk A, Damai Point, Jln Damai, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Tel: 088-267266 Fax: 088-258266 Website: http://www.tabinwildlife.com.my

Eating Out

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irls dressed in kimonos greet you with pleasure as you walk through the door. Then as you sit yourselves down and look around, you will notice the delightful Japanese images hanging from the ceiling and on the walls, adding to the atmosphere. There is also a VIP room with shoji doors that can fit up to eight diners. Yoshimi boasts that there is no other Japanese restaurant in town that will offer Japanese food as authentic as theirs. There is no fusion food on their menu and they import authentic ingredients down to their green teas. Their kitchen is staffed with chefs who are experts in preparing Japanese delights, including a seasoned 5-star hotel chef and a chef from Japan. Dishes like the Rainbow Oshi Sushi (an array of raw fish), Yari Ika Ni Maki (simmered squid with vinegared rice) and rice paper roll No Age Kani Maki are among the simply scrumptious and fantastically presented dishes served at this Japanese eatery. Try their Kisu Sakana Furai (crispy fried kisu fish) and Kurma Ebi No Salada Uramaki (boiled whole king prawn with vinegared rice seaweed roll with cucumber, crab stick, mayonnaise salad coated with fish roe). Another recent new addition to their menu is the Cha Zuke, the traditional Japanese steamed rice with green tea clear soup! With succulent dishes like the Gyuniku Enoki Maki (beef rolls with golden mushrooms and butter soy sauce) and their famous Shake Kabuto Teriyaki (a salmon head delicacy) it’s no wonder that customers come back for more. Yoshimi is situated at C-01-06, Block C, first floor, Warisan Square and is open 11.30 am – 2.30 pm and 6–10.30 pm on weekdays and 11.30 am to 10.30 pm on weekends and public holidays. Catering is available for private functions for up to 50 people. For further information please contact them at 088 488388.

Chicken Rice – A Malaysian Staple
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ou have to try this simple yet delicious dish while you’re in the country, and it won’t be too difficult to find it! Go on a chicken rice hunt in the city – there are more than a few popular chicken rice shops around. The main ingredients may be the same but for the discerning tongue not all chicken rice is created equal! The hard-to-resist chicken rice set consists of rice cooked in chicken broth, with a serving of succulent steamed or roasted chicken, laid on a platter with a few crunchy slices of cucumber, dashed with some soy sauce for flavour. Eat it just like that or order a side of vegetables to accompany your meal. Order a different type of meat, such as duck, for variety. One thing is for sure though, there’s no wonder this dish is one of Malaysia’s favourites. So if you’re heading out to grab a bite, sample chicken rice. Chicken rice can be found almost anywhere; popular shops specializing in this dish include Rafflesia Chicken Hut in Karamunsing and Damai, Singapore Chicken Rice in Karamunsing, and Nasi Ayam 2.80 in Centrepoint to name a few. For more information contact Sabah Tourism Board at 088 212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088 232121.

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Just Relax

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ust Relax in Kota Kinabalu offers a great soothing experience for the tired and stressed body, right here in the heart of city. The relaxation centre is particularly known for its body relaxation therapy sessions, using a few techniques during a session including traditional shiatsu and Chinese-style methods. Each session may last up to 60 minutes, depending on your preference. Foot reflexology is also a specialty, ideal for those who have spent a great deal of time on their feet, be it wandering through shopping centres or climbing Mount Kinabalu! Let the professional therapists knead your aching soles, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. Many people also swear by the ear-candling sessions. This unique technique (which is comfortable and completely painless) is believed to remove toxins from the body and help to alleviate headaches. If it’s smooth and flawless skin you desire, try the hand and foot scrubs which get rid of dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling baby smooth. For a bit of everything, try out the packages which combine the above-mentioned sessions to suit your needs. Just Relax is a cosy, clean and comfortable establishment, with trained therapists to cater to your needs. Its strategic location makes it easily accessible to those staying around the city area. Pamper yourself at Just Relax! Open from 11:00 pm to 11:00 pm daily. Just Relax is located at Lot 69, 1st Floor, Block H, Asia City, 88000, Kota Kinabalu. For more information, please call tel. 088-246700 or 012837 7000.

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Sabah Polo Association
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lthough unheard of to some, there is a Polo Association in Sabah that has been around for more than two decades. The sport dubbed by many as the ‘game of kings’ was first introduced to the country by the British settlers. The first polo club in Malaysia was formed in Port Swettenham (now Port Klang) in 1902. Although horse-riding was not foreign to Sabah, the sport did not catch on until the early 1980s. Sabah Polo Association, (SPA) was first established on the 9th August 1982 after two good friends and pony lovers, David Wang and Vernon Skinner found that there was an interest for the sport in the state. What started as two riding friends eventually developed into a full-fledged association that now competes in inter-club tournaments, friendly tournaments and test matches, national and international tournaments besides doing visits to overseas counterparts. 2007 marked their 25th anniversary which was celebrated at Mosaic, Hyatt Regency on the 16th December and Had Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, Chairman of the Sabah Tourism Board as their guest of honour. A competitive and spirited tournament was held the day before. Mr. Wang, the clubs’ current Chairman, recalled the humble beginnings of SPA and said he looks forward to having polo as a highly recognized sport in the state. At the end of the night, he quipped, “In Sabah, polo is not the game of kings but the king of all games.” The SPA members, who come from all walks of life, convene every Saturday after noon for riding and a few chukkas (games) from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at their club field in Tuaran, 20 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. The club also offers riding sessions at their Tambalang stable every Monday to Thursday from 8.00am to 4.00pm. For further information, please contact Simon Chia at 013-8639707 or e-mail sabahpolo@yahoo.com.my

Top 10 Things to Do in Sabah

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ith its wealth of nature, culture and unique surroundings, there are a million and one things that you could do here in Sabah. We’ve got it narrowed down to the favourite 10 things to do while you’re here in the Land Below the Wind.

1. Climb Mt Kinabalu
There’s no doubt that this mountain is admired by tourists and locals alike. Standing at 4095 metres, the highest peak in Malaysia, you can see it from practically every corner of Sabah, but get a little closer and take pleasure in its splendour or climb it and see much more. Situated in Kinabalu Park, 88 kilometres or about one and a half hours from the city of Kota Kinabalu, Mount Kinabalu should be on the top of your list of places to visit while you’re here in Sabah.

2. Explore the jungles
Whether you’re a self-confessed tree hugger or know someone who is a nature lover, the words ‘jungles of Borneo’ will surely conjure the visions of a thrilling adventure. Sabah is definitely THE place for jungle trekkers, being home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world, saturated with a plethora of flora and fauna with equals found no where else in the world. The celebrities of Sabahan rainforests include the Maliau Basin, Danum Valley and the Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

3. Scuba dive
If you’re already a diver then you will know that Sabah waters are a complete bliss for divers and remains as one of the best scuba-diving venues in the world. Sipadan has the reputation of being one of the top five in the world with hundreds of Green, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley turtles, numerous species of sharks and schools of barracuda and jacks inhabit the waters, along with innumerable other fantastic sea creatures, swimming above amazing coral reefs. Sabah’s underwater world is certainly famous for an amazing diving experience and places like Mataking, Mabul, Lankayan and Mantanani are among the favourites for divers.

4. Spot Wildlife
Where there are jungles, there is wildlife to be seen. By simply cruising along the Kinabatangan, you’ll have the chance to spot the pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, various species of birds and other exquisite animals that populate nowhere else but Borneo. Visit the Orang Utan Sanctuary in the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre and see how they mingle freely there.

5. Laze on the beach the sun in the bluest skies. You don’t Sandy white beaches, surrounding blue waters and
really need another excuse to spend a day relaxing on a heavenly beach. All you need is good weather, some sunscreen and a ticket to one of Sabah’s many beautiful islands your beach holiday will be fantastic. The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park’s 5 islands are just minutes from Kota Kinabalu, but other popular island destinations include Pulau Tiga, Mabul Island and Pulau Selingan.

6. your camera ready for places of worship, markets and historical buildings placed in Sightsee Get
the city and towns, or drive through the country roads to enjoy the sights. Some notable landmarks around Sabah are the Menara Tun Mustapha in Kota Kinabalu, a cylindrical glass structure that also boasts to be the tallest building in Borneo. Get cultural and go to the Monsopiad Cultural Village in Kampung Kuai Kandazon, Penampang, just 10 minutes from the city. If you’re in Sandakan then be sure to drop in the historical Agnes Keith House, home to the local author Agnes Keith from 1930 to 1952 which was destroyed in World War 2 then restored to what it is now.

7. Visit a held once or twice weekly, found in almost every district of Sabah. tamu A ‘tamu’ is a market
Make it a point to make a trip to the Gaya Street Fair held every Sunday, the Penampang tamu held on Thursdays and Fridays or to the Kundasang tamu in Ranau on Fridays. Better yet, mark your calendars for Kota Belud’s spectacular Tamu Besar on the 25th and 26th October this year. Fresh farm produce, local handicrafts, fruits, seafood, livestock and an assortment of curious knick-knacks are sold in this vibrant atmosphere, where a rich experience of sights, sounds and smells await you.

When you’re in Sabah, decide to live to eat! Have your fill of fresh seafood or tantalize your taste buds with the local favourites. Walk along Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu and venture into popular coffee shops like Kedai Kopi Kinabalu and Kedai Kopi Yee Fung and eat up - try a delicious bowl of ngiu chap (beef noodles in a clear soup) or get addicted to laksa, a mouth watering bowl of noodles in a spicy, curry-like soup with shrimp and shredded chicken. Pick a coffee shop, an outdoor eatery or a fancy restaurant; whether you try the superb local cuisine or something that reminds you of home, the food here will make you hungry for more.

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9. Shop its manycrafts made of bamboo, woven leaves, wood and for wonderful crafts Sabah is famed for
other natural materials crafted by the locals. Unique ethnic prints and colourful motifs make eye-catching souvenirs and decorative items. Drop in the Handicraft Market in Kota Kinabalu, visit Kadaiku in Sinsuran for authentic local handicraft or browse through a tamu near you to buy a pretty little something to remind you of Sabah.

10. Play golf
Sabah is a proud owner of numerous designer golf courses located in all corners of the state. The Shan Shui Golf & Country club’s 18-hole golf course, designed by Nelson & Haworth, is situated on the airport highway 15 km off Tawau. Sutera Harbour’s magnificent 27-hole golf course, designed by Graham Marsh is one of the largest in Malaysia and the only one on Borneo that offers night golfing. Mount Kinabalu Golf Club in Ranau has the highest tee-off point in Sabah with a view of Mount Kinabalu. Located just an hour away from KK city, the Borneo Golf and Country Club designed by Jack Nickalus is both beautiful yet challenging. It’s not suprising that some find it hard not to make time for a game of golf on at least one of Sabah’s remarkable golf courses. For further information, contact the Sabah Tourism Board at 088 212121, Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088 232121 or email info@sabahtourism.com. To find out more about Sabah, visit the Sabah Tourism Board’s website at http://www.sabahtourism.com

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Culture

Fauziah Suhaili and the Gambus
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he gambus is one of the many traditional musical instruments played by the Malay Bruneians who are known for their artistic talents. History has it that the gambus was brought to this region by Middle Eastern traders in the 15th century. The sounds and rhythm of the gambus, the kompang, the gulintangan, the gong, the flute and the drums are never absent from celebrations and festivities of the people of Brunei. Until today gambus music is still prominent, especially on the west coast of Sabah where there are many Bruneian Malays. In January this year, 19-year-old Fauziah Suhaili from the small town of Bongawan, Sabah, made waves when she launched Fauziah Gambus, an album featuring traditional sounds of the gambus. Among the songs on the album are the popular folk songs Adai-Adai, Umang Tin Ting, Dayang Mengalai, Cencang Rabung and Zapin Brunei – all performed beautifully by the talented Fauziah. This is a milestone event for the traditional lute as there are no formal lessons for learning the gambus. The skill of playing the gambus is passed down from generation to generation and the popularity of this music is celebrated in the annual Pesta Gambus (Gambus Fest) held in Sipitang from the 25th to the 27th of July this year, organised by the Sabah Brunei Community Association. Fauziah Gambus is available for purchase at local music stores and at Kadaiku in Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu.

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Karnival Ulang Tahun ke-7 Taman Pertanian Sabah, 15-16 Mac 2008
Taman Pertanian Sabah meraikan ulang tahunnya yang ke-7 tahun ini dengan pelbagai aktiviti menyeronokkan untuk disertai orang ramai termasuk pertandingan memancing, pertandingan permainan tradisional, pencarian harta karun, pertandingan karaoke dan banyak lagi acara menarik. Peminat kereta pasti ingin datang dan melihat sendiri karnival tahun ini, kerana turut meraikan tahun ke-7 mereka ialah Kelab Mini Kota Kinabalu yang akan mengadakan Pertunjukan Kereta Mini Austin. Ambillah peluang untuk mengunjungi taman di sekitar Taman Pertanian Sabah. Bawa keluarga dan rakan-rakan anda untuk hari yang menyeronokkan pengujung di sana! Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Cik Wan Masalmah Wan Abedin (Unit Promosi Taman Pertanian) di talian/fax: 088-258529 atau email agripark@sabah.net.my

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Taman Pertanian Sabah

Pameran Art Link Sarawak dan Sabah 6 Mac hingga 6 April 2008

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ameran yang mengetengahkan karya lukisan dari Sarawak dan Sabah ini akan diadakan pada bulan Mac dan April tahun ini di Galeri Lukisan Sabah (Sabah Art Gallery). Pameran ini membariskan karya 10 pelukis Sarawak dan 10 pelukis Sabah. Acara ini dianjurkan bersama oleh Galleria, Kuching dan Galeri Lukisan Sabah, dengan tujuan mengukuhkan hubungan antara karya dua negeri berjiran ini dan menarik peminat-peminat seni lukis untuk datang menyaksikan hasil kerja pelukis berbakat kita. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Galeri Lukisan Sabah di Jalan Muzium, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, tel: 088 -268748/ 268825/ 268875 atau faks 088-210040.

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aman Pertanian Sabah mungkin berada jauh di Tenom, tetapi permata ini boleh memukau sesiapa saja peminat bunga-bungaan dan tumbuh-tumbuhan. Dengan keluasan 1500 ekar, taman ini mengetengahkan pelbagai flora menarik, disusun menarik mengikut bahagian. Terdapat lebih kurang 1500 spesies orkid yang ditemui di Borneo, dan Pusat Semula jadi Orkid yang terletak di dalamnya mengandungi 400 spesies. Bersiar-siarlah di taman ini pasti anda akan terpukau dengan spesies terancam dan jarang ditemui seperti orkid telinga gajah, orkid ekor tikus dan orkid selipar. Terdapat banyak lagi spesis lain boleh ditemui di sini yang tidak akan anda temui di tempat-tempat lain di dunia. Sekiranya anda berminat pad ataman tumbuh-tumbuhan,, Taman Evolusi adalah tempat yang sesuai untuk anda. Datanglah ke sini untuk melihat bagaimana tabiat dan evolusi tumbuh-tumbuhan untuk kelangsungan hidup serta berkembang di persekitaran habitat mereka. Melangkahlah ke Living Crop Museum. Di sana ada 400 spesies tumbuhan ditanam secara sistematik berdasarkan penggunaannya. Tumbuhan rempah ratus, perubatan, minuman, serat, buah dan minyak wangi ditanam di muzium ini, tetapi menjelang musim buah-buahan, pokok-pokok buah menjadi bintang tumpuan dan pelawat dapat merasai spesies liar eksotik selain buah-buahan bukan asal tropikal. Taman Perhiasan adalah gambaran syurga dunia yang menghimpunkan 21 taman yang landskapnya amat menarik. Antara taman di dalam taman ini ialah Taman Hoya, Taman kaktus dan Taman Ketimuran, yang mempersembahkan pelbagai jenis tumbuhan dan bunga yang menakjubkan. Berjalan-jalanlah di antara flora di sini. Anda akan terasa seperti berjalan mengharungi taman kayangan! Sama ada anda peminat setia atau cuma ingin bersiar-siar ke tempat yang cantik, Taman Pertanian Sabah adalah antara tempat di Sabah yang perlu anda tuju! Waktu buka ialah Selasa-Ahad 9.00 pagi – 9.00 – 4.30 petang, ditutup pada Isnin (kecuali cuti umum). Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Pengurus Taman Pertanian Sabah, tel: 087-737952 atau faks: 087-737571 atau email: agripark@sabah.net.my atau kunjungi laman web mereka di http://www.sabah.net.my

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Galeri Tun Mustapha
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aleri Tun Mustapha membuka pintunya pada 2006, memberi penghargaan kepada salah seorang personaliti terkemuka Sabah iaitu Allahyarham Tun Mustapha. Beliau adalah seorang pemimpin berwawasan yang memainkan peranan besar dalam mengetuai Sabah untuk merdeka. Dia merupakan pejuang kebebasan ketika Perang Dunia II, seorang tokoh yang menjadi grakan kemerdekaan, seorang pemimpin dan Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah yang pertama, merupakan antara pencapaiannya yang banyak. Galeri cantik ini yang terletak di premis yang pernah menjadi Dewan Negeri Sabah dari 1980 sehingga 1995, mempamerkan sejarah kehidupan Tun Mustapha. Ia menawarkan imbasan kejayaan dan kesengsaraannya kepada pengunjung, dengan penjelasan yang mengiringi gambar-gambar yang dipamerkan di sini. Galeri ini juga mempamerkan tinggalan peribadi Tun Mustapha, daripada pingat kebesaran sehinggalah baju yang dijahit khas. Beberapa topi golf turut menghiasi galeri ini. Menurut inskripsinya, isteri beliau telah mengoyakkan topinya dan mencampakkannya ke luar rumah mereka dalam satu pertengkaran. Topi tersebut dibaiki semula oleh pemandu mereka yang menyimpannya sekian lama dan hari ini ditempatkan di galeri tersebut. Tun Mustapha bukan saja seorang peminat golf tetapi juga seorang ahli muzik berbakat. Himpunan biolanya boleh dilihat di galeri ini. Di galeri ini tercatat juga cerita mengisahkan perihal tentera Jepun yang tidak membunuhnya selepas mendengar dia bermain beberapa lagu Jepun dengan menggunakan biolanya ketika Perang Dunia II. Semua fakta menarik dan barangan kenangan ini diabadikan di Galeri Mustapha ini. Galeri ini turut menyediakan sebuah kedai cenderamata yang menjual kraftangan bermutu tinggi, diilhamkan daripada motif etnik tradisional pelbagai kaum di Sabah. Galeri Tun Mustapha terletak di Podium Yayasan Sabah. Galeri ini dibuka dari Selasa sehingga Ahad, 9 pagi hingga 6 petang (ditutup pada Isnin – kecuali ketika cuti sekolah dan cuti umum). Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi 088-326683, faks 088-438026.

Nasi Ayam
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nda perlu mencuba hidangan ringkas tetapi lazat apabila anda berada di negeri ini, dan ia tidak terlalu sukar untuk ditemui! Pergilah ke kedai-kedai makan nasi ayam di bandar ini. Ada banyak kedai nasi ayam yang terkenal di sini. Cubalah semuanya, kerana bukan semua nasi ayam dicipta sama! Setiap kedai yang menjual menu ini akan membuatkan anda mengakui sendiri kesedapannya yang berbeza, walaupun ramuan utamanya adalah sama. Nasi ayam yang sukar ditolak ini terdiri daripada hidangan nasi yang dimasak dengan rebusan daging ayam, dengan bahagian ayam yang direbus atau dipanggang, dihidangkan di atas pinggan bersama beberapa hirisan timun, sertai sos perasa. Makan begitu saja atau boleh dihidangkan sayur-sayuran bersamasama hidangan anda. Mintalah beberapa jenis daging yang berbeza seperti itik untuk kepelbagaian. Satu yang pasti, tidak hairanlah hidangan ini merupakan antara kegemaran utama di Malaysia. Jadi jika anda ingin makan, puaskan selera anda dengan antara makanan nombor satu Malaysia ini – nasi ayam. Nasi ayam boleh didapati hampir di mana-mana saja. Antara kedai terkenal yang menyediakan hidangan ini termasuklah RCH di Karamunsing dan Damai, Singapore Chicken Rice di Karamunsing dan Nasi Ayam 2.80 di Centre Point.

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PITAS

© Sabah Travel Guide

TAMU MARKETS
* most tamus operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm.

MUSEUMS & MEMORIALS
KOTA KINABALU
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

SANDAKAN

Kota Kinabalu Penampang Papar

Gaya Street Fair - Sunday Kampung Air - Sunday Donggongon Thursday & Friday Lok Kawi Sabindo - Saturday

Kudat

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

OTHER DISTRICTS

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) Quailey Hill Open daily including Public Holidays 8.00am to 5.00pm Sabah Tea Garden, KM 17 Jalan Ranau-Sandakan, Kg Nalapak, Ranau.

Sandakan Tawau Ranau

Sandakan Town - Sunday Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday Bandar Tawau - Sunday Pekan Kundasang - Friday

Tambunan

Pekan Tuaran - Sunday Kiulu - Tuesday

TAWAU

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: info@sabahtourism.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: info@sabahtourism.com 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

Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd

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: enquiries@tourism.gov.my Website: www.tourism.gov.my Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) Closed on weekends
SANDAKAN (089) !Hospital 212111 !Airport 660405 !Immigrations 668308 TAWAU (089) !Hospital 773533 !Airport 950013 !Immigrations 773343 LABUAN (087) !Hospital 413333 !Airport 415015 !Immigrations 412298

Useful Numbers

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

The Sabah Agriculture Park
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he Sabah Agricultural Park may be all the way down in Tenom, but this botanic jewel can enchant even the mildest fan of flowers and plants. Spanning over 500 acres, the park features an impressive variety of flora, laid out in various fascinating sections. There are about 1500 orchid species found in Borneo and their 2-acre Native Orchid Centre located within the premises houses 400 of them. Take a stroll and be awed by the sight of some rare and endangered species like the Elephant Ear Orchid, the Rat Tail Orchid and the Slipper Orchid, but there are many other species found within the 30 horticultural parks that you won’t see any where else in the world. If you’re an enthusiast looking for interesting facts, then perhaps you should pay a visit to the Evolution Garden. Come here to see and learn about how plants behave and evolve to survive and thrive in the shifting surroundings of their habitats. Step into the Living Crop Museum, where 400 plant species are planted systematically based on their use. Spices and condiments, medicinal, beverage, fibre, fruit and perfume plants are all in museum, but come fruiting season, the fruit trees become the stars of the show and visitors get to try exotic wild species as well as non-native tropical fruits. The Ornamental Gardens are a vision of paradise, a collection of 21 gardens landscaped into picture perfection! Among these gardens are the Hoya Garden, the Cactus Garden and the Oriental Garden, which display an amazing array of plants and flowers. Whether you’re a green-fingered fan or you just want a leisurely walk somewhere beautiful, you will find the Sabah Agriculture Park truly a botanical wonderland. Opening hours are Tuesday–Sunday 9.00 am – 4:30 pm, closed on Mondays (except public holidays). For further information, please contact Pn. Wan Masalmah at 088-258529 or The Park Manager at tel: 087-737952 or fax: 087-737571 or email: agripark@sabah.net.my. Alternatively visit their website at http://www.sabah.net.my

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