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22nd Sabah Dragon Boat Race
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Dama Orchestra 22nd Sabah Dragon Boat Race Mataking Reef Day 3rd MAH Environmental Week Vocal Recital With Tan Sim Sim & PIanist Genevieve Wong Launching of Sandakan Festival AFC U13 Festival of Football
ime flies when you’re having fun, they say. I must’ve been having a ball of a time: I hardly realized half a year has gone by. My days are jampacked with things to do, places to see and people to meet – looks like life in Sabah isn’t as laid-back as many perceive it to be. However, to me being busy is a blessing rather than a chore. In June, our events are on a roll, starting with the Launch of Sandakan Festival on the 2nd. Sandakan, which was once known as Little Hong Kong, is also the gateway to Borneo’s wildlife and a city rich with history. I love visiting the ‘wilderness’ of Sukau and the world-famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre never bores me. I urge anyone to visit the home of writer Agnes Keith (who coined the term Land Below The Wind) when in Sandakan to discover more about her time in Borneo. Without a doubt, Sandakan is a booming township and with the establishment of Sandakan Harbour Square along the coast, many anticipate the return of ‘Little Hong Kong’. Read about this grand project in this month’s Feature page (p.10). Other events happening this month are the much-anticipated Sabah Dragon Boat Race which enters its 22nd year (p.4) and the return of Malaysia’s award-winning Dama Orchestra (p.4). Once again, Dama hits the shores of Tawau and Sandakan, accompanied by the vocal
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Places of Interest
Places of Interest
Balung Eco Resort
Sandakan Harbour Square
talents of soprano Tan Soo Suan and baritone Liau Siau Suan. A world-class musical performance that you simply cannot miss! Football more your thing? Check out young talents in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-13 Festival of Football coming your way. Check out the details in our Happenings section. This month, why not visit the tamu? This weekly market is a great way to see Sabahan folks go about their daily dealings. You might even walk home with a great bargain! View our list of tamu on page 25. There’s never a dull moment in Sabah. Just look in the right places and we promise you an unforgettable moment waiting to be discovered. May your days be fun-filled and stress-free. Jumpa lagi!
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What’s New at Kadaiku
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Melissa Leong Editor
LAUNCHING OF SANDAKAN FESTIVAL 2 JUNE 2007
Known as the ‘Gateway to Borneo’s Wildlife’, Sandakan will be hosting its own programme of activities and celebrations in their week-long festival. A great time to explore Sandakan’s sights namely the world-renowned Sepilok Orang Utan and the Kinabatangan River. Organiser: Sandakan Municipal Council For furher info: Catherin Chua Tel: +60 89 229751, 275400 Fax: +60 89 222964 Email: Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my
Organiser:Mataking Reef Dive Resort For further info: Sophia Sie (Executive Director) Tel: +60 89 770022 Fax: +60 89 770023 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASIAN FEDERATION OF FOOTBALL (AFC) UNDER-13 FESTIVAL 4-10 JUNE 2007
Calling football fans! Come and watch young Asian football talents compete in the Asian Federation of Football (AFC) Under-13 Festival this June. Held at the Likas Sports Complex and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) grounds in Kota Kinabalu, the event will see the participation of teams from around Asia. Malaysia is one of the four regional venues which will play host to this prestigious event. Organiser: Asian Federation of Football (AFC) For further info: Ministry of Youth & Sports Sabah Tel: +60 88 287 555 / 287566
22ND SABAH DRAGON BOAT RACE 17 JUNE 2007
Sutera Harbour Resort SUTERA HARBOUR JUNIOR AMATEUR OPEN 2007 15 – 16 JUNE 2007
SENDAIT RIA: 50 HOURS NON-STOP OF TRADITIONAL SABAH FOLK SONGS 8-10 JUNE 2007
Come and witness a ‘Malaysia Book of Records’ moment in the making! The Sendait Ria will feature 50-hours non-stop of traditional Sabah folk songs from various ethnic groups including the Kadazandusun, Lundayeh, Rungus, Bajau, Suluk, Bisaya and Brunei to name a few. Organised by the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Cawangan Sabah (DBPCS), the event will take place in the district of Pitas beginning 8 June at 3:30pm and end the following day at 5:30pm. More than 100 songs in 20 languages will be performed so don’t miss this once in a lifetime event! Organiser: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Cawangan Sabah (DBPCS) For further info: Abdul Nassir Said Cliff Akid Kamijan Abdullah Tel: +60 88 439 653 E-mail email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to boys and girls aged 21 and below (a handicap of 18 below to qualify for A1 Boys Category and 24 below to qualify for Boys Category). The girls are required to have a handicap of 36 to qualify for the tournament. Organiser: Sutera Harbour Golf Club For further info: Communications Department Tel: +60 88 318888 Fax: +60 88 303338 Email:email@example.com
A traditional Chinese festival that envolved from myths and legend, that has grown into one of the main highlights of the year. This exciting race has attracted many teams from as far as Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Brunei and Indonesia. Organisers: Sabah Tourism Board Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Sabah Chinese Culture Association For further info: Zachary S. Mobijohn Tel: +60 88 232121, 260431, 212121 Fax: +60 88 265540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3RD MAH ENVIRONMENTAL WEEK 2007 16-23 JUNE 2007
Join in the gotong-royong (clean-up) activities and other environment-related projects during this weeklong event. On the 23rd of June, test your raft-making skills during the Raft Building and Rafting Competition, also organized by MAH (Sabah/Labuan Chapter). Organiser: Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH), Sabah/Labuan Chapter For further info: Tulip Noorazyze Tel: +60 88 293852 Email: email@example.com
DAMA ORCHESTRA CONCERTS 21 JUNE 2007 (SANDAKAN), 23 JUNE 2007 (TAWAU)
VOCAL RECITAL BY TAN SIN SIM WITH PIANIST GENEVIENE WONG 16 JUNE 2007
The Kota Kinabalu Music Society proudly presents a one-night only vocal recital with Malaysian soprano, Tan Sin Sim, accompanied by Geneviene Wong on the piano. The concert will take place at the Yayasan Sabah Mini Auditorium. Tickets are available at Pang Pianos (+6088-266670) and Music Mart (+6088232629) Don’t miss this musical treat! Organiser: Kota Kinabalu Music Society For further info: Helen Tseu Tel: +60 88-437322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.geocities.com/kkmusicsociety
Come and enjoy a thrilling performance of Malaysia’s award-winning Dama Orchestra, dubbed as the ‘ambassador of Malaysia’s Chinese Traditional Music’. An outstanding musical performance that should not be missed! Organiser: Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd For further info: Susan Shahira Tel: +60 88 232121 Fax: +60 88 265540 Email: email@example.com
Mataking Reef Dive Resort MATAKING REEF DAY 9 JUNE 2007
PESTA MENUGAL 30 JUNE 2007
The Reef Dive Resort at Mataking Island, a 45-minutes boat ride away from Semporna, has dedicated this time of the year to carry out continuous conservation activities to save the reefs. A marine expert and specially-trained PADI Dive Masters and Instructors will assist the divers in all aspects of the event.
This event is held to foster unity and encourage farmers to cultivate local produce such as hill rice (padi bukit). Organiser: Persatuan Petani dan Penternak Bumiputra Sabah (PETANAH) For further info: Gaibin Ransoi Tel: +60 88 499157, 016 8133156 Fax: +60 88 499157 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
.H. Robinson is anything but mild. Born in 1917 in Woodford, Essex, Robinson is now 90 but his lust for travel and adventure has not waned. He tells his stories best in his books Mild Man in Borneo and the sequel, Mild Man Goes North (A Tale of Old Sabah). Robinson was recently in Kota Kinabalu for the launching of Mild Man Goes North, and his enthusiasm for his publication was infectious. The book tells of his time in Sabah, where he was engaged in road and construction works for several years. His stories are sprinkled with humour and dry wit, told in a nonchalant manner that makes the reader feel as if Robinson was sitting across the table relating the story himself. His attention to detail is commendable, as are his description of the many colourful characters who crossed his path during his time in Borneo. The book also features several black and white photos of ‘old’ Sabah, including the famous Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu and the Sandakan Fish Market. Although it has been years since he left Borneo for good, Robinson always seems to find his way back. “For the last 9 years particularly, I have been coming back to Borneo to avoid the winter,” says Robinson, who now resides in a cottage in southwest France. His trips last for approximately 2– 3 weeks at a time. Sabah holds many memories for him, including the birth of his twins on 10 September 1962. “It was my children who
inspired me to write my stories,” he says, adding that the books are a way of letting his children know what he’s ‘been up to’. But writing his memoirs was no easy feat. “The first book (Mild Man in Borneo) which talks about both Sabah and Sarawak where I was stationed for several years, took 15 years to complete!” he confessed. However, the sequel took only 2 years to compile and complete. Although decades have passed since he lived in this part of the world, Robinson is in touch with many of his friends here and is surprised at how many people still remember this ‘Orang Putih’! “I was in Kuching recently and an Indian man came up to me. At first, I completely did not remember him but I was amazed that after 40 years, he could still recognize me,” he laughs. So apart from escaping the harsh winters of the northern hemisphere, what makes Robinson a frequent visitor to Borneo? “I love the people,” he immediately replies. “The people of Sabah are so likeable and friendly – It’s hard not to love them!” Anything else? “The girls.” he concludes, with a twinkle in his eye, “The ladies here are so good looking!” Robinson’s books are a great way to step back in time to explore the charm of old Sabah but in the heart and mind of D.H. Robinson, his love affair with Borneo is timeless.
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Dama Orchestra Concerts 21 June (Sandakan), 23 June (Tawau)
he Dama Orchestra, Malaysia’s award-winning traditional Chinese musical ensemble, will hit Sabah shores this month. This year, let them serenade you with songs of musical legends P. Ramlee, Saloma and Teresa Teng. Performing with the Dama Orchestra is songbird Tan Soo Suan and baritone Liau Siau Suan, who will mesmerize you with their outstanding vocals complemented by unrivalled dramatic flair in this one-night-only concert which will take place in Sandakan and Tawau. With sold-out performances in worldwide venues, the Dama Orchestra has carved a name in the industry as the ‘ambassador of Malaysia’s traditional Chinese music’. Come and witness Sabah’s most anticipated musical event of the year. For ticket inquiries or further details, please contact Susan Shahira of Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. at telephone no. 088-232121 or e-mail email@example.com
22nd Sabah Dragon Boat Race, 17 June
t’s back! The annual Sabah Dragon Boat Race enters its 22nd year, promising an exciting event at Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu, where top local and international teams will paddle their way to the finish line to the beat of the Chinese drum. With six trophies up for grabs, the event has drawn teams from around the world including Australia, Japan, China, Indonesia and Brunei. Traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, the Dragon Boat Race is held in conjunction with the Duanwu Festival, a time to honour the ‘spirit of the dragon’, which represents unity and working together as a team
for one common purpose. The Dragon Boat Race is also an event full of tradition and custom, with the offering of rice dumplings into the sea before the start of the race and the ‘awakening’ of the dragon boats by marking their eyes with dots days before the race. Don’t miss this fantastic event! Closing date for registration is 13 June 2007. For further details, please contact Zachary Mobijohn of Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. at 088-232121, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.sabahtourism.com/dragonboat/
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3rd Environmental Week 16–23 June
Mataking Reef Day, 9 June
ome and be part of dedicated conservation efforts during the Mataking Reef Day this month. The Reef Dive Resort in Mataking, located some 45 minutes by boat from Semporna, has invited secondary school students from Tawau and their teachers to visit the island and participate in a clean-up session. Participants will also be treated to an educational talk on the damage caused by littering. Non-divers and children can participate in the beach clean-up, while divers will collect rubbish from the reefs underwater. The group who collect the most rubbish will win a prize, and a special award will be given to the strangest item found during the clean-up! This and many other fun activities have been lined-up in conjunction with Mataking Reef Day. Make your way to Mataking this June and do your part for Mother Nature.
he Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) (Sabah Chapter subcommittee on Safety, Security & Environment) will be organizing the 3rd Environmental Week this month. The highlight of the event is a ‘gotongroyong’ clean-up at the Tanjung Lipat beach in Likas from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon on 16 June, involving some 150 participants from MAH member hotels, schools and the City Hall. On 23 June, come and join the excitement at Tanjung Aru Beach during the Fun Raft Race Challenge. The rafts are made out of used mineral water bottles with a single sheet of plywood as the frame. See how you can play a part in conserving and preserving the environment during the 3rd Environmental Week. This event is supported by major hotels, resorts and schools in Kota Kinabalu as well as the Sabah Journalists Association. For more information, please contact Tulip Noorazyze of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort at telephone no. 088-293852 or e-mail email@example.com
Vocal Recital by Tan Sin Sim with Pianist Genevieve Wong 16 June, Yayasan Sabah Mini Auditorium
he Kota Kinabalu Music Society proudly presents a one-night only vocal recital by Malaysian soprano, Tan Sin Sim, accompanied by Genevieve Wong on the piano. Tan Sin Sim began vocal training at the age of 9 and went on to win various singing competitions including the prestigious Malaysia National Classical Singing Competition in 1999, 2000 and 2001.She has also performed with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) production Organ & Voices. Genevieve is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Scotland and is an accomplished performer. Together, Tan and Wong promise a night of great music right here in Kota Kinabalu. For more information, please contact Helen Tseu at 088-437322 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org For tickets, contact Pang Pianos at 088-266670 or Music Mart at 088232629. Visit the KK Music Society website for updates at www.geocities.com/kkmusicsociety.
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Launching of Sandakan Festival 2 June
Asian Federation of Football (AFC) Under-13 Festival 4–10 June
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
andakan celebrates as they launch the much-awaited Sandakan Festival on 2 June. A variety of activities and celebration have been planned in conjunction with the week-long festival. Be sure to take the opportunity to visit Sandakan’s many places of interest, including the renowned Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Kinabatangan river, home to many of Sabah’s diverse flora and fauna. Sandakan is also rich in history and the best way to learn more about its past is by taking a stroll along the Sandakan Heritage Trail. For more information, please contact Catherin Chua of the Sandakan Municipal Council at telephone no. 089-229751 or 275400. E-mail Catherin.Chua@sabah.gov.my
oin the excitement as Sabah hosts the Asian Federation of Football (AFC) Under-13 Festival this June. Held at the Likas Sports Complex and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) campus in Kota Kinabalu, the event will see the participation of teams from around Asia including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Australia and Malaysia. The objective of the festival is to create a positive approach to the game, develop sporting behaviour, networking and to provide a fun environment for all participants in the sport of football. Malaysia is one of the four regional venues which will play host to this prestigious event. Bring your football-loving family and friends to cheer on your favourite teams. You might even discover a Beckham or Ronaldo in the making! For more information, please contact the Ministry of Youth & Sports, Sabah at telephone no. 088 287 555 / 287566.
TM Named Title Sponsor Again for Upcoming Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon
Telekom Malaysia (TM) has generously donated RM400,000.000 for the prestigious Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon. This year, they are once again the title sponsor for the event. A mock cheque presentation was held on 11 May 2007 at the Pacific Sutera Hotel, Sutera Harbour Resort. TM and Sabah Tourism also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), witnessed by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun.
Launching of ‘Mild Man Goes North’
British author D.H. Robinson was in Kota Kinabalu recently to launch his book Mild Man Goes North (A Tale of Old Sabah). The event, at Bella Italia restaurant, was attended by literary enthusiasts, friends and members of the media. The book is an account of Robinson's time in Borneo in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he was engaged in road and construction works for several years. The book is a sequel to his earlier publication, Mild Man in Borneo.
andakan is famous for its great dining experiences, offering fresh seafood and home to some of the best kopitiam (coffee shop) fare. On a grander scale, the Imperial Bayview Restaurant brings you delicious Chinese-style cuisine, which can be enjoyed as you take in the sweeping view of Sandakan bay. The seafood is a must-try, served in various styles. Enjoy your lobster baked with cheese or sautéed with butter. If fresh fish is your thing, you cannot go wrong with steamed fish with black bean sauce. Be adventurous and try their specialties. The stewed assorted mushrooms wrapped in egg white are not only delicious but so beautifully presented, it seems almost a pity to take a bite! Simply mouthwatering are the clams steamed with garlic and served with vermicelli. The aromatic flavour of garlic coupled with the unmistakable taste of clams is a pleasure to the palate. Complement your meal with steamed white rice or, for a change, fried rice with seaweed. In the mornings, many flock to the restaurant for a hearty dim sum
meal. Choose from a wide variety of dim sum favourites such as the beef brisket with radish, lotus buns and prawn dumplings. For dessert, the coconut cake or mango pudding will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Dim sum are also served for lunch. The restaurant also has a bar corner, a great place to enjoy your favourite cocktail and desserts as you enjoy a fantastic view of the sea. For something different, order Imperial Bayview’s special concoction, the ‘Crystal Jade’. With friendly service, quality food and a breathtaking view, Imperial Bayview Restaurant does not disappoint. The restaurant is located at The Rotunda, 1st floor, Sandakan Central Market, Sandakan Harbour Square. Business hours are from 9:30 am (8:00 am on Saturdays; 7:00 am on Sundays and public holidays) to 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm (dinner). For more information or reservations, please call 089-246888.
tep into 1 Delight, a great place for Malaysian delicacies and Sabah favourites. This cosy restaurant opened its doors in February this year and has quickly become a favourite among diners. Tucked away in the Taman Landbreeze shophouses along Kepayan Ridge, 1 Delight serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu lists several can’t-go-wrong favourites including Hainan Chicken Rice, Tom Yam Prawn mee, mee goreng (fried noodles), nasi lemak and fried rice Yong Chow style. To complement these dishes are a variety of vegetables stir fried with a choice of garlic, oyster sauce or sambal. You can also order your selection of chicken, beef, fish or prawns cooked in your preferred style, be it sweet and sour or with delicious butter sauce. Dishes can be ordered a la carte or served in a bigger portion for groups of two or more. However, the true ‘stars’ of 1 Delight are their signature Oxtail Asam Pedas and Fish Head Asam Pedas –mouthwatering dishes, famous for their tangy and slightly spicy sauces. 1 Delight is also unique as they serve an interesting array of truly Sabah side dishes, including hinava (fish marinated in lime, ginger and onions), tuhau and marinated jelly fish. At night, crowds gather here to enjoy a scrumptious BBQ Steamboat dinner, where diners can ‘dip’ their food into a steaming pot of soup or grill their food on a hot plate. Interactive dining at its best! The restaurant also has a function room on the 1st floor which can hold up to 100 guests at a time. For great prices, ample parking space and a proudly Sabah dining experience, dine at 1 Delight! Catering services are also available. The restaurant does not serve pork. 1 Delight is located at Lot 69, Taman Land Breeze Shophouse, Lorong Bunga Kertas, Kota Kinabalu. Business hours are 7:00 am to 11:00 pm (closed on Mondays). For more information or to make reservations, please call 088216699 / 215 699.
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My, My Kapalai!
– A floating fascination
apalai island – The mere name conjures the image of crystal clear waters and a floating paradise like no other. A 45-minute trip from Semporna by speedboat, Kapalai island is one of the many beautiful diving havens in this part of the world. However, Kapalai is truly unique because it is not quite an ‘island’. The 40 chalets are built on high wooden stilts in the middle of the ocean. Visitors can enjoy the sights of marine life in action as they stroll along the boardwalk, a sturdy construction that connects the various sections of the floating resort. The resort has 40 chalets, equipped with basic amenities, including tea and coffee making facilities. You will never have to gripe about having a less than desirable view: you have a breathtaking view of the Celebes Sea no matter where you turn! The restaurant is a wooden deck, where diners can eat indoors or al fresco. There’s even a viewing area in the middle of the restaurant which allows you to see the myriad of marine life passing below. The sundeck, a popular favourite, is a great place to enjoy your novel, work on a tan or indulge in an afternoon siesta. The Dive Centre provides diving, snorkelling and kayaking gear for rent. Can’t dive but would love to? No problem! The centre offers a variety of PADI courses, including Open Water and Introduction to Night Diving. After enjoying your underwater paradise, explore other facilities offered by the resort including the souvenir shop, games room and broadband access. Need your Kapalai fix? Contact Pulau Sipadan Resort at 089-765200 or visit http://www.sipadan-kapalai.com/
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hether organizing a family trip or the next annual company conference, consider the Balung River Eco Resort in Tawau for a completely different experience. Instead of opting for the usual beachside or countryside accommodation, why not take the unique opportunity to experience plantation life in the comfortable ambience of this eco resort? Set admist the Balung River Estate’s 3,500 acres with the pristine tropical rainforest of Tawau Hills Park as the backdrop, Balung River Eco Resort is a perfect getaway for holidaymakers and an increasingly popular venue for group meetings or corporate outings. According to the Manager, Mr. Aru, they are receiving more and more bookings from corporate groups not only from Sabah but around Malaysia as well. “I think the appeal of the resort is that you are surrounded by nature and there is a very relaxing ambience here. There is also so much to do, not only for the participants, but for their family members as well,” he says. Visitors can indulge themselves with a myriad of activities during their stay. Learn more about agriculture and the methods involved in processing the various crops found here. Join the interesting guided tours and briefings on the numerous plantation crops such as oil palm, cocoa, pepper and coffee to name a few. It also prides itself on being a developer of large-scale teakwood and arenga pinnata (sugar palm) plantation. See how the sugar palm is cultivated and processed into edible sugar. A very interesting experience! Also found here are an abundance of fruits, from the local favourites (bananas) to more exotic species, such as the dragon fruit and abiu. The chalets are built with river stones and local timber, giving it a rustic feel. Tastefully furnished and airconditioned, the rooms are comfortable and clean, ensuring you have a pleasant stay. If you feel like having a dip, you can drop by the swimming pool, located a short distance from the chalets, or you can venture to the cataracts of Balung River. Some ends of the river are quite deep so inexperience swimmers need to take caution. Freshwater fishing is also a popular leisure activity at a man-made pond. The fishes reeled in can be cooked to your liking by the resort chefs. Even your dining experience will prove to be a unique one at the resort’s restaurant as the vegetable dishes and fruit desserts are prepared from freshly harvested garden produce. The eco resort also has a golf putting green, mountain biking trail, camping site and provides a city tour of Tawau Town. At the end of the day, make your way to the Tower Deck to get a panoramic view of the surrounding plantation or go bird watching. Whether you wish to relax or explore and experience plantation life, Balung River Eco Resort promises an unforgettable experience. For reservations and enquiries, please contact the resort at 089-761 339 or the Head Office at 088-233499. E-mail email@example.com or visit the website at http://www.seaventuresdives.com
andakan – the gateway to Sabah’s wildlife and a city still rich with tales of yesterday. Undoubtedly, Sandakan is one of the must-visits during your holiday in the Land below the Wind. This charming city brings you yet another attraction: Sandakan Harbour Square. Located along the shoreline of Sandakan, the grand project is set to bring the city an exciting new look and lifestyle. The Harbour Square spans approximately 5 hectares and is divided into two phases. The first phase includes the construction of the Central Market, 61 three-storey shoplots, a 1.5-kilometre Esplanade stretch, a 1-hectare square and a boutique hotel. The second phase will entail the building of a four-storey shopping complex, an integrated 7-storey car park with more than 1000 parking bays, a five-star hotel run by an international chain complemented by a convention centre. The project, with a total development value of RM240 million, spearheads the return of ‘Little Hong Kong’, as Sandakan was fondly referred to in earlier times. This was due to the thriving businesses and timber boom. Apart from creating exciting investment opportunities, Sandakan Harbour Square brings a new breath of life to residents as well as visitors. The Esplanade, which was officially launched in June 2006, is fast becoming a popular hangout for the young and trendy. With its al fresco dining style, many like to come here for a drink while enjoying the refreshing sea breeze. In the morning, tourists are fascinated by the sight of fishermen docking with their early catch. This fresh supply of seafood is then carted off to the Central Market, where a busy day of trading begins. The Central Market is now home to stall-owners who have relocated from the former market. In the evening, why not sample the seafood of your choice at the Imperial Bayview Restaurant at The Rotunda? Dine on the finest while you enjoy a view of the Sulu Sea. The Pedestrian Mall concept is also geared to give visitors a pleasant shopping experience. With its spacious walkways and myriad of shopping outlets as well as dining choice, this aspect of Sandakan Harbour Square will be comparable to that of Kuala Lumpur’s famous Bintang Walk. Sandakan will also be able to play host to large-scale conventions, conferences and other exciting events with the construction of Sandakan Harbour Square’s Convention Hall. Apart from the five-star hotel which will be built as part of Phase 2 of the project, the Harbour Square is only a stone’s throw from other hotels in the Sandakan city, making the location ideal for meetings and conferences. With its prime location, exciting line-up of retail and dining outlets and stylish design, Sandakan Harbour Square is geared to be one of the city’s top attractions. Enjoy the freshest seafood, treat yourself to a dose of retail therapy, mingle with the trendy crowd or simply bask in the sunset as you stroll along the Esplanade – the experiences are endless at Sandakan Harbour Square.
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he Brunei people first introduced the kulintangan into Sabah, but it is also traditionally used by the Bajaus. It is played mostly on festive occasions such as weddings and religious ceremonies, when it is played usually together with other traditional Kadazan gongs. The instrument consists of a set of about seven small brass gongs, which have different notes when they are struck. The gongs are placed loosely on a wooden stand, next to each other in a row. The player sits on the floor in front of the row of gongs and beats them with two small wooden mallets. The music of the kulintangan is very melodious, because there are both very high and low notes in it. It is pleasant to hear, but very difficult to play well. During wedding ceremonies, the kulintangan is played together with another instrument called the ‘rabana’. The rabana is played when the people lead the bride and bridegroom to the place of the wedding, while the kulintangan is only played in the house. The rabana is almost the same type of instrument as the kulintangan, except that the notes are different and that the base of the instrument is covered with the skin of animals. The rabana has only five notes, and its gongs are not placed together like the kulintangan.
Courtesy of Sabah State Archive Library.
Konsert Orkestra Dama 21 Jun (Sandakan), 23 Jun (Tawau)
rkestra Dama, iaitu kumpulan muzikal tradisional Cina dari Malaysia yang pernah memenangi anugerah akan muncul di Sabah bulan ini. Tahun ini, mereka akan menghiburkan anda dengan lagu-lagu muzikal legenda P. Ramlee, Saloma dan Teresa Teng. Persembahan akan dijayakan bersama penyanyi terkemuka Tan Soo Suan dan baritone Liau Siau Suan yang akan memukau anda dengan kemantapan vokal dilengkapkan
Perlumbaan Perahu Naga Sabah ke-22, 17 Jun
dengan bakat dramatik tak terbanding pada konsert semalam ini yang akan diadakan di Sandakan dan Tawau. Dengan persembahan hebat di seluruh dunia, Orkestra Dama telah mengukir nama dalam industri ini sebagai ‘duta muzik tradisional Cina Malaysia’. Datang dan saksikan acara muzik paling dinantikan di Sabah tahun ini. Untuk pertanyaan tiket atau maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Susan Shahira di Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd di talian 088-232121 atau e-mel firstname.lastname@example.org
a Kembali Lagi! Perlumbaan Perahu Naga Sabah memasuki tahun yang ke-22, menjanjikan perlumbaan yang menarik. Acara ini berlangsung di Pantai Likas, Kota Kinabalu. Di sana pasukan utama tempatan dan antarabangsa akan berentap ke garisan penamat dengan iringan paluan gendang Cina. Dengan enam piala menjadi rebutan, acara ini menarik pasukan-pasukan dari seluruh dunia termasuk Australia, Jepun, China, Indonesia dan Brunei. Tradisinya diadakan pada hari kelima bulan kelima kalendar Cina, perlumbaan Perahu Naga pertama diadakan bersempena dengan Pesta Duanwu, masa untuk menghormati ‘semangat naga’, yang melambangkan perpaduan dan kerjasama sebagai satu pasukan ke arah satu tujuan yang sama. Perlumbaan Perahu Naga juga merupakan satu acara penuh adat dan tradisi, dengan menaburkan beras pulut ke laut sebelum bermulanya perlumbaan dan ‘kebangkitan perahu naga dengan menandakan mata mereka dengan titik merah beberapa hari sebelum perlumbaan. Jangan lepaskan peluang untuk menyaksikan acara menarik ini! Tarikh tutup pendaftaran adalah pada 13 Jun 2007. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Zachary Mobijohn di Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. di talian 088-232121, e-mel email@example.com atau kunjungi laman web di www.sabahtourism.com/dragonboat/
Festival Persekutuan Bola Sepak Asia (AFC) Bawah-13, 4-10 Jun
engan jarak yang amat dekat dengan pusat bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, disanalah terletaknya Jesselton Point yang cantik dan bersejarah yang sebelum ini dikenali sebagai Terminal Feri Kota Kinabalu. Kawasan dermaga itu menampilkan wajah baru dengan penerapan nostalgia zaman penjajah. Ia bermula sebagai kawasan kapal berlabuh dan persinggahan peniaga selama bertahun-tahun. Ia juga menjadi terminal untuk perkhidmatan laluan kereta api. Laluannya masih boleh dilihat apabila anda bersiar-siar di sepanjang jalan konkritnya. Hari ini, Jesselton Point sedang menuju menjadi bandar depan laut bertaraf dunia, dengan menonjolkan pelbagai kemudahan untuk keperluan perniagaan, tempat tinggal, hiburan, jualan dan perhimpunan. Projek 15 tahun ini dijangka siap dalam tiga peringkat, yang meliputi kawasan seluas 23 ekar: Satu kawasan nakal menjadi pusat hiburan, makanan dan kedai jualan. Ketika ini, ia juga bertindak sebagai terminal utama buat feri dan bot penumpang yang ingin belayar ke Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan atau menikmati kehidupan sehari di pulau di Taman Laut Tunku Abdul Rahman.
ertai keseronokan ini kerana Sabah menjadu tuan rumah dalam Festival Persekutuan Bolasepak Asia (AFC) Bawah-13 Jun ini. Diadakan di Kompleks Sukan likas dan padang Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) di Kota Kinabalu, acara ini akan menyaksikan penyertaan pasukan dari sekitar Asia termasuklah Brunei, Kemboja, Indonesia, Singapura, Filipina, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Australia dan Malaysia. Objektif festival ini adalah untuk mewujudkan pendekatan positif dalam sukan ini, mengembangkan sikap kesukanan, rangkaian kerja dan membekalkan suasana seronok untuk semua peserta dalam sukan bola sepak. Malaysia merupakan salah sebuah dari empat tempat di rantau ini yang akan menjadi tuan rumah untuk kejohanan berprestij ini. Bawalah keluarga anda dan rakan-rakan yang meminati bola sepak agar turut serta menyokong pasukan yang anda minati. Anda mungkin menemui bakal menjadi Beckham atau Ronaldo! Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Sabah di talian 088-287555/287556.
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1 Delight M
elangkahlah ke 1 Delight: Tempat hebat yang menghidangkan makanan Malaysia yang menjadi kegemaran orang Sabah. Restoran yang menyelesakan ini membuka pintunya pada Februari tahun ini dan segera menjadi pilihan dalam kalangan orang ramai. Terletak di rumah kedai Taman Landbreeze di Kepayan Ridge, 1 Delight menghidangkan sarapan, makan tengah hari dan makan malam. Menunya menyenaraikan makanan kegemaran termasuklah Nasi Ayam Hainan, Mi Udang Tom Yam, mi goreng, nasi lemak dan nasi ayam ala Yong Chow. Sebagai pelengkap hidangan ini ialah pelbagai jenis sayuran yang digoreng dengan pilihan bawang putih, sos tiram atau sambal. Anda juga boleh memesan pilihan ayam, daging lembu atau udang dimasak ala cara kegemaran anda, sama ada masam manis atau sos keju yang enak. Hidangan boleh juga dipesan secara a la carte atau hidangan besar untuk sekumpulan dua atau lebih. Bagaimanapun ‘bintang’ sebenar 1 Delight ialah asam pedas ekor lembu atau asam pedas kepala ikan - hidangan menyelerakan, terkenal dengan kuahnya yang sedikit pedas. 1 Delight juga unik kerana mereka menghidangkan pelbagai hidangan Sabah, termasuklah hinava (ikan yang dijeruk bersama-sama limau nipis, halia dan bawang), tuhau dan jeruk obor-obor. Restoran ini juga memiliki sebuah bilik majlis di tingkat satu yang boleh mengumpulkan 100 tetamu dalam satu masa. Untuk harga yang berpatutan, ruang letak kenderaan mencukupi dan pengalaman makan malam ala Sabah, makanlah di 1 Delight! Khidmat katering juga ada. Restoran ini tidak menghidangkan makanan haram. 1 Delight terletak di Lot 69, Taman Land Breeze Shophouse, Lorong Bunga Kertas, Kota Kinabalu. Waktu perniagaan adalah dari pukul 7:00 pagi hingga 11:00 malam (ditutup pada hari Isnin). Untuk maklumat lanjut atau tempahan awal, sila hubungi 088-216699/215699.
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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
Gaya Street Fair - Sunday Kampung Air - Sunday
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
Pekan Kundasang - Friday Pekan Tomburungus Tuesday & 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 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)
Pekan Tuaran - Sunday Kiulu - Tuesday
Lok Kawi Sabindo - Saturday
Sindumin - Saturday
Sandakan Town - Sunday Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday
Kuala Penyu Semporna
Menumbok - Sunday Pekan Semporna - Sunday
Menumbok - Sunday
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
Sabah Tourism Board
No.51, Jalan Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-212121 Fax: 088-212075 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Email: email@example.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com
Fire Department - 994
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.tourism.gov.my
SANDAKAN (089) !Hospital 212111 !Airport 660405 !Immigrations 668308 TAWAU (089) LABUAN (087) !Hospital 413333 !Airport 415015 !Immigrations 412298
Ambulance /Police -999 Police Hotline HQ SABAH – 088-253555 KK – 088-221191 Airport - 088-238555
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
A Trip to The
he tamu, the local lingo for open-air market, is an integral part of Sabah’s community. In the olden days, the tamu was more than a place of trade. Every district holds a weekly (sometimes twice or thrice weekly) tamu. Traditionally, the tamu is not only a place to gather and trade, but for people to fraternize. The origin of the tamu dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The British North Borneo Company introduced the tamu as a neutral meeting ground to foster ties among the vastly divergent ethnic groups and growing numbers of immigrants to the state of North Borneo (Sabah, as we now know it). Each ethnic group specialized in certain produce. For example, the Dusun of the interior valleys and hills produced beeswax and herbs, while the coastal Irranun people traded salted fish. The Rungus tribe had hill rice, vegetables and livestock. Today the tamu is still a vital part of the local community. Be it in villages or in a city like Kota Kinabalu, the tamu is a great place for good bargains and to experience a variety of sights, sounds and smells! The weekly Gaya Street Fair in Kota Kinabalu is one of the most popular markets. Every Sunday, the side streets along Gaya Street are closed and traders set up their stalls for a busy day of bargains. Here you can find a myriad of things from delicious local cakes (perfect for breakfast) to exotic orchids. The Gaya Street Fair is also unique with its talented street musicians and various charity drives. There’s even a corner where you can enjoy a foot massage by blind masseuses, in aid of the Sabah Society for the Blind. But if it’s some true-blue Sabahan oddities you want, visit the tamu on the outskirts of KK city, such as Donggongon or Kota Belud. These are great places to buy local delicacies such as bambangan (a mango-like fruit often preserved and enjoyed with other dishes) and noonsom (fermented fish – definitely an acquired taste!). You can also look for rice wine (lihing) here. The mother of all tamu is, without a doubt, the annual Tamu Besar (literally translated as Big Market) held in Kota Belud. Not only does the tamu come alive with its lively traders, but also with a variety of song, dance and even a beauty pageant for the local girls. In a nearby field, tourists and locals flock to see the ‘Cowboys of the East’ parade their beautifully adorned horses. Another highlight is the bare-back water-buffalo race. This year, the Tamu Besar will be held on 27–28 October. Time to hit the tamu!
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