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INSIDE: Pesta Rumbia, Tawau Attractions, Garama River Cruise, CHI Spa and more!
ADVISOR YBhg. Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin / Sitti B. Damsal EDITOR Yolanda Graham DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. Charlieking Padasian (Kadaiku Sections) PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu BAHASA MALAYSIA EDITOR Puan Hjh. Asmiah Ajamain (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka) DESIGNED & PRINTED BY TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) Cover: Julian Lee H’ng
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Attractions - Terrific Tawau
he only other time I had ever been to Tawau was in 1992 with 15 friends from school for an inter-district tournament. I didn’t get to see much of the town, but as luck would have it, this year I got another chance to see what Tawau has to offer and explored some of its best attractions, featured on pages 10 and 11 of this month’s issue. In July, Sabahans celebrate the Nunuk Ragang, a significant symbol of the Kadazandusun history, with rituals that date back to the dawn of their race. Head to Ranau to witness this interesting event, as described in our Happenings and Highlights. Other cultural highlights are the Gambus Festival, which is a celebration of the traditional lute and the Rumbia Festival, also known as the Sago Fest which celebrates a plant that plays a part in the lives of the locals. Expect more than just music and demonstrations at these events, festivals like these often present visitors with an eyeopening experience about the different cultures and beliefs that exist in our beloved Sabah. This month’s Through the Lens section features photographs taken by Sarah Lim, who enjoys taking snapshots of Sabah’s landscapes and people.
Through The Lens
Life in Sabah
We would love to feature more of what others see in Sabah and are calling for photo submissions from you to be shown-off in this section. Check out pages 12 and 13 for more details and call 088 232121 for more information on how to get your photos featured. In the mean time, enjoy this month’s issue of Sabah Malaysian Borneo and have a pleasant stay!
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Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen’s Day 1 – 6 July 2008 An annual event held for nine consecutive years, the event acknowledges the contributions of farmers, breeders and fishermen’s to the community. Activities include the Sabah Seafood Festival, display of machineries used in the industry and singing performances by local artists. Varieties of highland and lowland vegetables, tropical fruits, herbs, flowers and local handicrafts will be available for sale. Everyone is invited. Organiser: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry Venue: KPD tamu ground, Tanjung Lipat, Kota Kinabalu For further info: Jainah Markum Tel: +60 88 283631, 283636, 283686 Fax: +60 88 234834 Email: Jainah.Markum@sabah.gov.my
Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival 4 – 5 July 2008 The Nunuk ragang Cultural Festival is held on the first Saturday of July year. It is an occasion to provide the opportunity to the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) members as well as the Kadazandusun communities to visit the Nunuk Ragang monument. The monument is important to the Kadazandusun as its location is believed to be the place of the original settlement of Kadazandusun people before they spread to the other parts of Sabah. Organiser: KDCA Nunuk Ragang Visit Committee Venue: Kg. Nunuk Ragang, Tompios, Ranau For further info: Dr. Othman Minuddin Tel: +60 88 713696, +60 19 8828817 Fax: +60 88 713350, 238751 Email: email@example.com
Venue: Kuala Penyu For further info: Abd. Rahim @ Rosli Yacob / Abd. Rahim Said Tel: +60 87 884232, 884364 H.P: +60 13 8832480 (Abd. Rahim Said) Fax: +60 87 884229 Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Open Day 6 July 2008 Just about 25KM from Kota Kinabalu,
Nexus Resort Karambunai For further info: Public Relations & Communications Department Tel: +60 88 408104 Fax: +60 88 412028 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pesta Gambus 2008 25 – 27 July 2008 The Gambus (lute) is one of the oldest stringed musical instruments made by the Brunei-Malay community in the West Coast of Sabah. It is normally played with other musical instruments such as the biola (violin), rebana and suling/seruling (flute) during joyous celebrations of this community. Join the folks of Sipitang as they celebrate the Gambus with a myriad of events during this two-day celebration. Organiser: Persatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah Venue: Community Hall, Sipitang For further info: Datuk Haji Yusof bin Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd. Kassim Tel: +60 88 252692 Fax: +60 88 214281 Email: Yusof.Kassim@sabah.gov.my Hari Pahlawan 31 July 2008 This day commemorates Malaysian, Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers, past and present, for their bravery and noble work in protecting the nation during the war. It is a day to remember those who died at battle, with laying wreaths at memorials around Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan. Organisers: Kota Kinabalu City Hall Sandakan Municipal council Venue: Ujana Rimba Tropika, Off Jalan Penampang Dataran Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan (7am – Non Chinese) & Monument di Bukit Merah (8am - Chinese) For further info: Syron Tunggolou Catherine Chua Tel: +60 88 521800, 089 275400 Fax: +60 88 316137, 089 272112 Email: email@example.com
Comic and Cartoon Exhibition 3 July – 3 August 2008 Local artists will put together their wit and humour portraying authentic illustrations of the everyday Sabahan way of life in this annual exhibition. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery Venue: Sabah Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: +60 88 268875 Fax: +60 88 210040 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
the newly opened Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is one of the largest wildlife Parks in Malaysia. Bringing nature closer to your doorstep, come and see the elusive Rhino, Borneo Pygmy elephants. Orang Utans and colourful birds to name a few. During its open day, entrance to the park is free. Organiser: Sabah Widlife Department Venue: Lok Kawi For further info: Laurentius Ambu Tel: +60 88 215353 Fax: +60 88 222476 Email: email@example.com Nexus Resort Digital Photography Bootcamp! 12 – 13 July 2008 Learn the finer points of digital photography from award-wining local photographer, Loius Pang before taking part in an exhilarating photo shootout to win fabulous prizes. This first ever digital photography bootcamp will test your photographic ability, creativity and determination to take the best shot under pressure! Organiser:
Pesta Rumbia (Sago Fest) 4 – 6 July 2008 The annual Sago Fest is held to highlight the District of Kuala Penyu and the traditional use of sago palm.Look out for activities such as the colourful performances by the Dusun Tatana and Bisaya communities of Kuala penyu, sample local fruits, witness the rumbia atap (roof) making demonstration and competition, traditional sago processing display and many more. Organiser: Kuala Penyu District
Happenings & Highlights
Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen’s Day 1–6 July 2008
ome to and show your appreciation to our farmers, breeders and fishermen, whose lives are dedicated to feeding the nation. Browse through the elaborate displays and exhibitions featuring pieces that make up the lives of farmers, breeders and fishermen. From equipment to produce such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs and crafts, the event is sure to be a feast for the eyes. Don’t miss entertaining performances by local artistes during the celebratory week. The event will be held at the KPD Tamu grounds at Tanjung Lipat in Kota Kinabalu. For more information, contact Jainah Markum at 088 283631/283636/283686, fax 088 234834 or email Jainah.Markum@sabah.gov.my
Nunuk Ragang Cultural Festival 4-5 July 2008
Comic and Cartoon Exhibition 3 July – 3 August 2008
omic and cartoon lovers, it’s time to get excited! The Sabah Art Gallery will be showcasing comic and cartoon art for a month starting on the 3rd of July, illustrating the Sabahan life with a whimsical twist. This year the exposition will feature drawings by various cartoonists and comic artists from the Cantonese Association. Mingo, a retired veteran in the industry who was famous in the 1960s, will also be displaying some of his work during the exhibition. Everyone is invited to come and see the gallery’s amusing displays. For more information, contact Datuk Mohd Yaman Hj Ahmad Mus at 088 268875, fax 088 210040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
he Nunuk Ragang Cultural festival is held every year on the first Saturday of July, an occasion for the Kadazandusun communities to visit the Nunuk Ragang Monument. The monument is important to the Kadazandusun as it is believed to be the location of the original settlement of the Kadazandusun before they spread to other parts of Sabah. On the first day, exciting events such as the Nunuk Ragang Adventure Challenge, traditional sports, Rombituon Nunuk Ragang and the open market will be on for the public to join in. The Nunuk Ragang will see teams of two running, cycling, making and using bamboo rafts starting from the Nunuk Ragang Monument at 9.00am to be the first to reach the end at Liwogu Kogibangan and Liwogu Kawananan. The traditional sports events starts at 9.30am and includes classic events such as arm wrestling, bamboo stilts race, blowpipe competitions, tug-of-war and getting rice from paddy. Both these events are open to the public. The Rombituon Nunuk Ragang, starting at 7.00pm, is a singing competition divided into 3 categories: for children aged 12 and below, adults aged 50 and above and an open category. This competition is open to the communities linked to the Nunuk Ragang legend. Browse through the open market, where you can buy food and drinks, handicrafts, local produce and lots of other knick-knacks! Come to witness the Nunuk Ragang Ceremony will be held on the second day. The Huguan Siou or the paramount chief of the Kadazandusun, will step on seven gongs of different sizes while several groups of Bobolian (high priests) perform a ceremony headed by the Chief Bobolian from Kota Belud, Aman Sirum Simbuna OKK Tarantab. The open market continues as will the singing and cultural dance performances. For more information, contact Dr Othman Minuddin at 088 713696 / 019 8828817, Gerard Lanjuat at 013 8766648 or Juis Konsuling at 013 8970633 fax 088 713350/238751 or email email@example.com
Happenings & Highlights
Pesta Rumbia (Sago Fest), 4-6 July 2008
pend a getaway weekend this 4th – 6th of July is by making your way to Kuala Penyu for the 18th Sago Palm Festival, also known as Pesta Rumbia. The local Kuala Penyu folk celebrate the sago palm for its role in the lives of the locals for many generations. Here, visitors will get a sneak peek on how sago trees and the palms are processed and utilized creatively to serve many needs – as rooftops, handicrafts and local treats. Savor the lavish array of tantalizing local foods and fruits while you’re here! Visitors should also expect to enjoy a myriad other interesting events such as traditional games, singing contests, as well as the highlight of the Pesta Rumbia celebration – the crowning of the Pesta Rumbia Beauty Queen. Drop by the Rumbia Information Centre at Kampung Kasugira in Kuala Penyu to find out more about the Pesta Rumbia. Situated only two hours away by road from Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Penyu is just an hour’s boat ride away from Pulau Tiga – the famed Survivor Island, the serenely beautiful Tempurung Resort, and the Klias Wetlands – home of some exotic species of monkeys as well as many other wildlife. Your visit this year promises a weekend like no other. For more information, contact Abdul Rahim @ Rosli Yacob/Abdul Rahim Said at 087 884232/884364, 013 8832480 (Abdul Rahim Said or fax 087 884229
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Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Open Day, 6 July 2008
ime to round up the family and to see the animals again! The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park will be waiving entrance fees for the public on the 6th of July for a chance to see some of Sabah’s rare wild animals like the Sumatran Rhino, Borneo Pygmy Elephants, the Proboscis Monkeys and the Orang Utans. Visit the bird aviary where the birds like the hornbill might fly low enough to say hello. Get in line for a chance to ride the elephants! There will also be exhibitions featuring wildlife stories from throughout the state. The park will be open from 9.30am till 5.30pm For more information, contact Laurentius Ambu at 088 215353, fax 088 222476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
oin in the quest for a better marine environment this July in the 11th Mabul Marine Day 2008. With activities like the hands-on sea clean-up and coral transplanting as well as an eye-opening seminar from a marine biologist, participants will not only learn more about the marine environment but also be involved in the attempt to restore and conserve the coral life around the area. This event is organised by the Sipadan Water Village Resort every year in their mission to protect and preserve the marine environment for the future generations. For more information, please contact the Sipadan Water Village Resort at 089 752996 / 751777, fax 089 752997 or email email@example.com. Visit their website at www.swvresort.com.
the Borneo Marathon which will be held in October this year. If you’re keen for shorter the organisers are Register for half marathon,Internationalaand 400mrace, 800m runs for chilalso offering a a 10km run and dren. Sign up and tell your friends about this marathon today! For more information, please contact Borneo International Marathon at 088 218833, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out their website at http://www.borneomarathon.com
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1Borneo Soft Opening
1Borneo launched their soft opening on June 8th this year, looking promising in its role in making Sabah a major shopping destination. The mall has 139,354 sq metres of shopping area, and among others, has four international chain hotels, condominiums, an Auto City, oceanarium and Discovery Centre, handicraft cultural centre and a cineplex among others. 1Borneo is currently 70% occupied and is already pulling in huge crowds who are curious to check out Sabah’s premier hypermall. The soft opening was officiated by Sabah’s Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.
Pesta Gambus, 25-27 July 2008
he gambus is a stringed musical instrument created by the Brunei-Malay community; this traditional lute is one of the oldest musical instruments of its kind. Witness how the significance of this age-old instrument is celebrated by the Brunei-Malay community in Sipitang. Be entertained by gambus musical performances, silat (traditional Malay martial art) demonstration, see a captivating display of Brunei-Malay mock wedding, and get a chance to see the making of local cakes and cookies. There is also a workshop for those who want to learn how to play this instrument. Also, don’t forget to drop by the handicraft booth to view handicraft making demos by the locals. Come by and experience the celebration of yet another facet of Sabah’s unique ethnic heritage on the Pesta Gambus Festival! For more information, contact Datuk Haji Yusof at 088 252692, fax 088 214281 or email Yusof.Kasim@sabah.gov.my
Opening of Novotel and Mercure Hotel at 1Borneo
Novotel 1Borneo is already open for business since its opening in June and Mercure Hotel will soon be following suit this July. Novotel 1Borneo, designed with a new lifestyle in mind, has 263 spacious and modern rooms with modern amenities including broadband internet access and a flat-screen TV in each. Mercure Hotel will open its 338 rooms and suites to visitors, all carefully designed with contemporary locally-inspired décor and pleasing details. Both hotels are furnished with topnotch restaurants, cafes, as well as meeting rooms for business meetings and conferences.
Kudat Riviera Wins Awards
Kudat Riviera won the awards for the "Best Developer Waterfront Development (Future)" and the "Best Developer Corporate Social Responsibility" at the Cityscape Asian Property Award Show in Singapore last month. The high-end tourist villa, yet to be opened at the end of 2008, comprises 30 exclusive luxury villas, each equipped with its own butler and staff, swimming pool and private tropical garden. Kudat Riviera is located in the northern district of Kudat, stretching 6 kilometres along the coast and will offer its guests the choice of a beachfront, hilltop or private cove villas.
Hari Pahlawan or Heroes Day 31 July 2008
ari Pahlawan or Heroes Day is commemorated nationwide on 31st July every year to remember and recognize the contribution and sacrifices of the fallen heroes in protecting and defending the sovereignty of the nation. In Kota Kinabalu, the celebration takes place at the Heroes Monument located at Ujana Rimba Tropika Public Park and will commence at 7.30 am. The ceremony is expected to be attended by the Head of State, the Chief Minister as well as other State dignitaries. The ceremony will include the sound of the Last Post, a wreath laying ceremony and will end with The Rouse. For more information, contact Ms. Elizabeth Borubui at 088-521800 088 252692, fax 088-316137 or email Elizabethborubui@dbkk.sabah.gov.my
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mend Spice Garden’s favourites. Order the aloo parantha, indulge in the mutton rogan josh, and definitely savour the chicken Makhani (butter chicken). The chefs here will be happy to prepare it mild, medium or spicy according to you preference, so don‘t hesitate to ask. Wash it down with a glass of Masala tea, a refreshing tea brewed with a little bit of spice, or a glass of the classic yoghurt lassi. Then conclude your meal with a bit of Indian sugary pleasure like the carrot pudding or have some home-made ice-cream. Spice Garden is located in D’Junction, Mile 3, Jalan Lintas / Penampang Road. For more reservations and information, please contact them at 088 227813 or at 016 2577896
For a warm atmosphere, good service and exotic flavours, dine at Spice Garden, located at D’Junction in Lido, Kota Kinabalu, this restaurant serves northern Indian cuisine with a touch of Arabic flavours. Their walls are adorned with middle-eastern and Indian art and the ambience is enriched with atmospheric music, low enough for you to enjoy conversation with your friends. From starters to desserts, their comprehensive menu offers authentic recipes that promise to do more than satisfy your hunger. The waiters will bring you crunchy popadums with a choice of three dips - mango pickle, mint chutney and acar (pickled vegetables) while you wait for you dinner to arrive. Ask the waiter to recom-
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ocated in Kompleks Karamunsing, KK Box is the “Family Concept BuffetKaraoke” that serves a generous buffet on top of the largest karaoke facility in town. If you feel you’ve got time to spare at lunchtime, then come to KK Box for an affordable set lunch and a fun karaoke session with your friends and colleagues. But what you might really want to come for is the all-you-can eat-buffet which starts from 6.00pm, offering a spread of different dishes from different cultures, including some local recipes like hinava and there’s even a sushi bar you won’t be able to resist! They also have am a la carte menu just in case you prefer something else to eat. Bring your plates into your karaoke room and enjoy the two free drinks which come with the price, and up to three hours of free karaoke. Most of the rooms at KK Box are decorated in the fashionable Japanese style, while some rooms are themed with photographic wallpaper of with either scenes around Sabah, sports athletes or holiday destinations around the world. Some of their rooms have private washrooms, and are big enough to accommodate staff parties, company meetings and other similar functions. All of the rooms are equipped with projector screens and a karaoke system with a choice of over 40, 000 songs in a variety of languages including Japanese, Hindi, Korean and Tagalog. KK Box is found at Block A, Ground Floor, Kompleks Karamunsing, 88300, Kota Kinabalu. For more information, call 088-310888.
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heeky long-tailed macaques, rare silver leaf monkeys and handsome water buffaloes roam in the mangrove forests and the plains along the Garama River. Birdwatchers delight in catching sight of birds like the gold-whiskered barbets, blue-eared kingfishers and olive-winged bulbuls perched in the trees. Even the calm waters are alive with crocodiles that occasionally peep above the murky water. The show doesn’t stop there. After the sun sets, the trees magically twinkle with thousands of fireflies. But the stars of the Garama River are the curious-looking proboscis monkeys that balance on the trees along the river early in the morning and later in the day. The Garama attracts thousands of visitors each year who eagerly climb into boats for a relaxing ride and a chance to catch sight of these fascinating primates on the Garama River Cruise. The distinctive nose that hangs off the face of the male monkeys gave the monkey the perfect name. In the Malay language these primates are called “Monyet Belanda” or “Dutch Monkeys” because the locals thought they looked like the Dutch colonizers who had big noses! Reaching up to 7 inches in length, the nose plays the main part in creating that resonant call they make to warn enemies. As skillful climbers and competent swimmers the proboscis monkeys live around mangrove swamps and riverine areas, hence river cruises as the vehicle for a visit to their homes. The Garama River is in the district of Beaufort, a small town 2 hours away from Kota Kinabalu. From Beaufort town it is another 25 kilometres before you reach the starting point of your cruise. Arrange your trip and cruise with a licensed tour operator.
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n traditional Chinese philosophy, chi represents the universal life force that governs individual well-being and personal vitality. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort, is located on its own private island within the resort’s premises, featuring eight decadent island villas covering 4,161 square-metres. Each villa comes with the CHI signature “spa within a spa” concept, featuring private treatment rooms, lounging areas, steam rooms, outdoor gardens and bathing facilities. The villas are located within the island’s perimeters to ensure privacy as well as full sea views with access through its very own entrance lobby. Three of the villas are designed for couples and measure 69 square metres for total indulgence and privacy, complete with 88-square-metre private gardens including outdoor bathing amenities. The island resort spa also features a yoga pavilion with full views of the South China Sea and breathtaking sunsets, lush private gardens ideal for lounging or meditation, and a welcoming “sanctum” with a spa boutique. The spa treatments here uses an exclusive product range, designed based on the Chinese philosophy of the five elements, in which metal, water, wood, fire and earth are in balance with the positive yang and negative yin energy within the body. Have your pick of luxurious treatments, like the Himalayan Healing Stone Massage and the Mountain Tsampa Rub based on the ancient healing traditions of the mystical Himalayan region, or opt for natural ingredients like Borneo volcanic mud, Sabah pearls and cocoa for a bit of therapy featuring the local culture. CHI, The Spa is located at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa at No.20, Jalan Aru, Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu. For more information or reservations, please contact 088 327888, fax 088 327878 or visit their website at www.shangri-la.com.
*Photos courtesy of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa.
Take a trip to Tawau, Sabah’s third-largest town after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan, to encounter more of Sabah’s amazing possessions there.
Bukit Gemok literally translates into “Fat Hill”. Make what you may out of its catchy name but this hill is a popular destination for hiking and mountain climbing. Situated just 11 kilometres from Tawau, it towers about 428 metres above sea level and is part of Tawau’s Gemok Forest Reserve. Besides a stimulating trek, there is also a picturesque canopy walkway called Titian Silara that is suspended by a few trees and runs for 231 metres long. Go ahead and endeavour to walk that passage above the ground and have the benefit of a spectacular view of Tawau from there. Call the Tawau District Forestry Office for more information at 089 7618333 / 761835 / 761863. area with limited access to communication and safety facilities. Make plans for this adventure with a licensed tour operator with experience in the Maliau Basin.
Balung Eco Resort
Set within a tranquil location, this resort is a popular serene getaway. What makes this resort unique is that its 3500 acres is covered with 32 species of crops, many of them exotic local fruit like the dragon fruit, langsat and ciku, as well as economic crops such as cocoa, oil palm and coffee. With the help of a guide you can tour through most of the orchards and learn about the plants and perhaps sample a few of them. The resort is also complete with a gorgeous swimming pool, a fishing pond, jungle trekking tracks, camping grounds, picnic areas, badminton courts and a karaoke facility. Many rare and exotic birds flutter around here, so bird watchers take note! For more information contact the resort at 089 761339 or the head office at 089 261669 / 251669. You can also email them at email@example.com or visit their website at www.seaventuresdives.com.
Maliau Basin - Sabah’s Lost World
Make like Indiana Jones and venture into Sabah’s Lost World! There won’t be any treasure-hungry villains there but the Maliau Basin hold treasures of the natural kind - 12 forest types have been identified here, making it a habitat for an almost endless list of Borneo wildlife including the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, the Sumatran Rhinoceros and a host of rare birds. One of its most famous wondrous appeals is the seven-tiered waterfall called the Maliau Falls. Real adventurers will find it worth the time and effort to make necessary arrangements to enter the conservation area (permission is needed in advance from the Yayasan Sabah) and to explore the remote reserve. It is truly an expedition for the hardy - the Maliau Basin is a remote and isolated
Teck Guan Cocoa Museum
Brace yourselves chocolate lovers! Cocoa is one of Tawau’s main produce and the Teck Guan Cocoa Museum is a worthy tribute to that. Drive through their gates with your windows down and you will be met with the sinfully delicious scent of cocoa. The museum opened in 2002 and has been delighting choco-
late lovers with all things cocoa ever since. The tour is entirely tantalising: it begins with a short video presentation of the processing and production of cocoa, then a guided tour round the factory, followed by a demonstration of the various ways you can use cocoa in your cooking. You can also purchase a range of cocoa products, including shower cream! Located at Mile 2 at Tanjung Batu Laut, you can get there by taxi or drive there yourselves. The factory is open Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Saturdays from 8.00am to 1.00pm and is closed n Sundays and public holidays. For enquiries, call them at 089 775566, ext 2601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
faguetiana, standing at a magnificent 88.3 metres. Your visit to Tawau Hills Park will certainly be rewarded with these and a myriad of other wild wonders within its 280 square kilometres. As public transport is not readily available to this park located in the Bal Estate, you should take a taxi there. It is open daily from 7.00am to 6.00pm. For more information, contact the Tawau Hills Resort at 089 768719, Tawau Hills Park at 089 918827 or Sabah Parks at 088 211881
Shan Shui Golf and Country Club
Golfers will want to tee off at this award-winning golf course that has more than a few things to boast about. Shan Shui was designed by Nelson and Haworth, the world-renown golf course architects. Since its opening in 1997, the golf course has been recognised for having the best par-5 in Asia and a Top 250 par-5. This golf course also has the unique wildlife factor - there is a resident crocodile at hole-3, hornbills and Brahman kites fly above and long-tailed macaques are known to swing in the nearby trees. Opt to stay for a night or two at the golf and country club - they have chalets, a restaurant and a swimming pool for all the comforts for a good golfing getaway. The Shan Shui Golf Club is located at Mile 9, Apas Road. For more information, contact them at 089 916888 or 089 916777. For more information on Tawau destinations, call the Sabah Tourism Board at 088 212121, Sri Pelancongan Sabah 088 232121 or visit the website at www.sabahtourism.com
Tawau Hills National Park
Pack a picnic and head over to the Tawau Hills National Park, a rugged landscape formed by volcanic remains. The park presents nature lovers with picnic areas, camping grounds and chalets in the midst of a lush rainforest. With more than a few trekking trails, the Park is a great place for treks through the beautiful dipterocarp forest, and you may want to lace up those hiking boots for a hike up to its highest peak Mount Magdalena at 4300 feet. The Tawau River cuts through the park and creates several beautiful waterfalls, one of them the Table Waterfall which forms a little pool at the bottom, a perfect place for a refreshing dip. Or perhaps take a short trek to the sulphuric hot springs for atherapeutic soak instead. You will probably see Red Leaf Monkeys and Long-Tailed Macaques, but you may also spot the rarer Giant Tree Squirrel and Forest Tortoise. Within the Park is also the world’s tallest tropical rainforest tree, the Shorea
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bout 39,643 of the 49,358 total population in Ranau are people from the Dusun tribe. Before corporate times, the Dusun Ranau were traditionally rice farmers, rubber planters, hunters and vegetable and fruit sellers. Both the men and women work together in planting and harvesting paddy as the main way of earning money for living. Since Mount Kinabalu is located in Ranau, many of them also work as mountain guides and porters. The Ranau Dusuns also celebrate the Kaamatan (Harvest) Festival in every month of May every year, just like the other Dusuns from other districts. The most popular traditional foods of Ranau Dusun are known as ‘tuhau’ and ‘bosou’. The term ‘tuhau’ came from the plant that is used to make the food itself - tuhau, which is chopped and then mixed with vinegar and salt. ‘Bosou’ is made of rice, fish, and pangi (as the Ranau Dusun called it) and also salt. The Ranau Dusun dwelling is mostly made of wood and bamboo. The native language spoken is Dusun. Today the younger generation is conversant in Malay as well. Medtemu is a dance performed when the Ranau Dusun meet to settle a dispute among themselves. Medtemu stands for “a meeting to settle disputes” and this dance reflects that with stomps & barks from the dancers. Today the dance is performed during social occasions & can be seen during the Kaamatan Festival. The dance is performed to a gong beat called the siri-siri petinduk. In this dance, the men wear a vest made of tree bark while the women dress in an intri-
cately embroidered garment called sinambayaka.
Kuala Penyu untuk mengetahui maklumat lebih banyak tentang Pesta Rumbia. Kunjungan ke perayaan Pesta Rumbia bukan saja boleh memberikan pendidikan, tetapi turut memberikan peluang kepada pengunjung untuk menikmati pelbagai hidangan tempatan dan buah-buahan yang membangkitkan selera. Terletak hanya dua jam memandu dari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, untuk ke Kuala Penyu hanya sejam menaiki bot dari Pulau Tiga yang terkenal sebagai Pulau Survivor, Pusat Peranginan Tempurung yang indah, dan Klias Wetlands yang menjadi kediaman beberapa spesis monyet eksotik selain banyak hidupan liar lain. Kunjungan anda pada tahun ini menjanjikan hujung minggu yang tidak pernah anda rasai. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Abdul Rahim @ Rosli Yacob/Abdul Rahim Said di talian 087 884232 / 884364, 013 8832480 (Abdul Rahim Said) atau faks 087 884229.
Pesta Rumbia, 4-6 Julai 2008
ara yang baik untuk menghabiskan cuti hujung minggu anda pada 4 dan 6 Julai ini adalah dengan datang ke Kuala Penyu untuk Festival Pokok Sago ke-18, yang juga dikenali sebagai Pesta Rumbia. Dalam perayaan dua hari inilah masyarakat tempatan Kuala Penyu memberikan penghormatan dan meraikan pokok sagu kerana pelbagai kegunaannya. Pokok sagu telah memainkan peranan penting dalam kehidupan penduduk tempatan sejak beberapa generasi. Pengunjung berpeluang melihat cara-cara pokok sagu diproses dan digunakan secara kreatif untuk pelbagai kegunaan seperti dijadikan atap, kraf tangan dan makanan tempatan. Pengunjung juga bolah menjangka dapat menikmati pelbagai acara menarik lain seperti permainan tradisional, pertandingan menyanyi, selain kemuncak perayaan Pesta Rumbia iaitu pertabalan Ratu Cantik Pesta Rumbia. Singgahlah di Pusat Maklumat Rumbia di Kampung Kasugira di
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Garden. Pesanlah aloo paratha, , nikmati rogan josh kambing dan dengan pastinya rasalah aloo ghobi andraki (kentang dan bunga kubis dimasak dengan halia). Tukang masak di sini dengan gembiranya akan menyediakannya kurang pedas, sederhana pedas atau pedas mengikut pilihan anda, jadi jangan teragak-agak untuk meminta. Rasai sendiri segelas teh Masala, teh pemberi kesegaran yang diadun dengan sedikit rempah, atau segelas dadih lassi klasik. Kemudian lengkapkan hidangan anda dengan sedikit manisan India seperti puding lobak atau ais krim buatan sendiri. Spice Garden turut menyediakan hidangan katering, kenduri perkahwinan, perayaan hari jadi, koktel jamuan makan dan sebagainya. Restoran ini tarlatan di D’Junction, Batu 3 Jalan Lintas / Jalan Penampang. Untuk tempahan dan maklumat lanju, sila hubungi talian 088 227813 atau 016 2577896.
ntuk suasana yang nyaman, perkhidmatan yang baik dan cita rasa eksotik, makanlah di Spice Garden, terletak di D/Junction di Lido, Kita Kinabalu. Restoran ini menghidangkan makanan India utara dengan sentuhan perisa Arab. Dinding mereka dihiasi dengan seni lukisan timur tengah dan India dan suasananya diperkaya dengan muzik yang indah, cukup perlahan untuk membolehkan anda berbual seronok bersama-sama rakan-rakan. Daripada pembuka selera sehinggalah pencuci mulut, menu komprehensif mereka menawarkan resipi asli yang menjanjikan kepuasan tidak sekadar mengatasi rasa lapar anda. Pelayan akan membawakan popadum yang rangup kepada anda dengan tiga pilihan cecah – jeruk mangga, cutni pudina dan acar (jeruk buah-buahan) sementara anda menanti hidangan makan malam anda tiba. Mintalah pelayan untuk mencadangkan makanan vegetarian yang menjadi pilihan utama di Spice
Pesta Gambus, 25-27 Julai 2008
ambus ialah alat muzik bertali yang dicipta oleh masyarakat Melayu-Brunei, ia merupakan peralatan muzik tertua seumpamanya. Saksikan bagaimana kepentingan peralatan tradisional ini diraikan oleh masyarakat Melayu-Brunei di Sipitang. Berhiburlah dengan persembahan muzikal gambus, pertunjukan silat (seni mempertahankan diri tradisional Melayu), saksikan adat perkahwinan Melayu-Brunei, dan peluang melihat pembikinan kuih-muih tempatan. Selain itu, jangan lupa singgah di gerai kraftangan untuk melihat pertunjukan membuat kraftangan oleh penduduk tempatan. Datang dan rasai perayaan satu lagi warisan etnik unik Sabah pada Festival Pesta Gambus! Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Datuk Haji Yusof di talian 088 252692, fax 088 214281 atau email Yusof.Kasim@sabah.gov.my
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erletak di sebuah lembah lebih kurang 41 kilometer di selatan pekan Kudat dan 98 kilometer atau memandu dua setengah jam dari Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu, anda boleh merasai sendiri kehidupan sebenar masyarakat Rungus menerusi makanan, istiadat harian dan muzik tradisi mereka dalam kunjungan sehari atau bermalam di sana. Secara tradisinya, orang Rungus tinggal di rumah panjang yang dibina di atas tiang kaki bajang, tetapi peralihan kepada kehidupan moden mengakibatkan rumah panjang seumpamanya semakin berkurangan. Di Kampung Bavanggazo berdekatan Tinangol di daerah Kudat, kita boleh merasai gaya hidup masyarakat yang menarik ini di rumah panjang yang dibuat sepenuhnya daripada peralatan tradisional tetapi ditambah dengan keselesaan moden seperti tandas dan bilik mandi. Pengunjung yang berminat merasai pengalaman tinggal di rumah panjang Rungus tradisional ini tanpa mengorbankan keselesaan moden seperti bilik mandi dan tandas akan menemui yang mereka ingini di Kampung Bavanggazo. Rumah panjang ini menawarkan bilik tidur berkembar yang selesa dengan tiupan angin yang nyaman di ruang beranda. Di sana makanan tempatan boleh dinikmati dan dibuat juga persembahan kebudayaan. Anda boleh melihat wanita melakukan tenunan atau menjahit manik, dan membeli hasilnya di sebuah kedai kraf tangan kecil yang berdekatan. Diusahakan sebagai projek masyarakat, ruman panjang Bavanggazo boleh dikunjungi pada siang hari, tetapi untuk mengalami cara hidup tempatan yang lebih baik, termasuk hidangan makanan tradisional dan tarian serta muzik malam, adalah lebih baik untuk bermalam. Rumah panjang ini turut menyediakan pakej homestay untuk mereka yang ingin mengalami kehidupan communal seumpama ini di pedal man Sabah. Harga pakej homestay secara amnya amat berpatutan dan ia termasuklah penginapan dan makanan, belum lagi menyebut istiadat unik yang sering dipersembahkan oleh kaum Rungus ketika bukan waktu lawatan. Lebih kurang dua setengah jam melalui jalan utama, adalah lebih baik anda menggunakan perkhidmatan kenderaan yang ditempah, memandu sendiri atau menerusi operator pelancongan tempatan. Hubungi Rumah panjang Rungus Kampung Bavanggazo di talian 088 614088 / 621971 (En. Angkung) atau 088 622524 (En. Maranjak)
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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 Tun Mustapha Gallery Mon - Sat: 8.00am to 5.00pm Aras Podium, Yayasan Sabah Tel: 088-321153 / 326683
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 Pekan Tuaran - Sunday Kiulu - Tuesday
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
Bingkor - Thursday
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
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