October 2008 Volume 92

RM 1.00

Handicrafts Galore
INSIDE: Borneo International Marathon, Sabah International Expo and more!

For advertising details, please call 088-232121

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)

3 Feature Personality Lauri Van Houten – VP of the FSA Happenings & Highlights Hari Raya Aidil Fitri Borneo International Marathon Sabah International Expo Borneo International Football Cups Sabah Annual Art Exhibition Tamu Besar Kota Belud 4X4 Borneo Safari 4

Inna Kinabalu Sdn Bhd
(Publisher of The New Sabah Times) Jalan Pusat Pembangunan Masyarakat, Sembulan 88100 Kota Kinabalu Ever y effort 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.


Eating Out
JAWS Restaurant Peppino’s Restaurant, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort

Message from the Editor
A warm welcome as well to the participants of the Borneo International Marathon as well as the participants of the 4x4 Borneo Safari, who have come from all over the world and Malaysia. There is no time like the present to stay a little while to enjoy Sabah’s ecological charisma and the hospitality that she is famous for. October presents a variety of vibrant activities. After a month of fasting, the Muslim community celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri. The Tamu Besar is also in October, an event that is packed with fascinating sights and equally intriguing is the Pesta Kelapa or Coconut Fest. In terms of adventure we have the 4x4 Borneo Safari and for sports, Sabah is proudly hosting the Borneo International Marathon. Check out our Happenings and Highlights pages for more events you can take part in this October. This October is also the month where I sign off as Editor for the last time. That’s right; off I go in pursuit of adventures of a different kind. While I am excited for the future, I must say that the past 11 months here have been more than thrilling – I have seen and learned so much about my home state and developed a love for it deeper than before and enjoyed sharing my experiences with you. My sincere gratitude to everyone who have been supportive of me during my time here! With that said, it is my greatest pleasure to welcome the next editor who is no stranger to the Sabah Malaysian Borneo Bulletin – Melissa Leong. Welcome back Melissa! To our visitors and guests, wishing you and unforgettable holiday right here in Sabah Malaysian Borneo. Jumpa lagi!

7 8 10 12

Spa Essentials
Ka’andaman Spa Mabul


Dinawan Island & Plan Your Holiday With Sure Go

elamat Datang!

Handicrafts Galore

Through The Lens
Jefferi Chang


The Bajau People


Products of the Month at Kadaiku
Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

16 18 20 22 24 25 26

Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Danum Valley Conservation Area

Yolanda Graham Editor

Art and Tattoo Exhibition October 2008 (Art Exhibition is on the 7th October 2008 & Tattoo Exhibition every Friday – Sunday for the month of October) Fascinated by the art of tattoos? The Art and Tattoo Exhibition at the Monsopiad Cultural Village will showcase the traditional methods of tattooing and the significamce of body art in Borneo. Organiser: Monsopiad Cultural Village Venue: Monsopiad Cultual Village, Kg Kuai Kandazon For further info: Monsopiad Cultural Village Tel: +60 88 761336 Fax: +60 88 761680 Email: info@monsopiad.com

exhibition is also held in conjunction with the Head of State’s birthday and aims to encourage budding and local artists to continuously produce high-quality masterpiece. 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: gallery_9@msn.com Pesta Gong Matunggong 26 – 27 October 2008 This event celebrates the gong, one of Sabah’s vital traditional musical instruments. The picturesque town of Matunggong in Kudat comes alive in this festival, where most of the gongs are produced. Organiser: Matunggong District Office Venue: Kg. Sumangkap, Matunggong For further info: Arnold Joibi Tel: +60 88 613762 Fax: +60 88 613786 Email: Arnold.Joibi@sabah.gov.my Pesta Kelapa (Coconut Fest) 24 - 26 October 2008 The Northern district of Kudat is not only home of the Rungus people but also host to the annual Coconut Festival. This is one of the best times to be in Kudat where you can visit the beautiful Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, known best as the Tip of Borneo. Organiser: District Office of Kudat Venue: Pekan Tomborungus For further info: Sebastian Lim (District Officer) / Zachary S. Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd) Tel: +60 88 611306, 232121

Fax: +60 88 611303, 265540 Email:Sebastian.Lim@sabah.gov.com, zachary@sabahtourism.com Tamu Besar Kota Belud 2008 25 – 26 October 2008 The ‘Tamu’ is Borneo’s traditional open market. On this day, the Bajau horsemen known as ‘Cowboys of the East’ dress in their traditional best and ride their extravagantly decorated horses, complete with a jingling bell collar. A wild, wild East experience with a Borneo twist! Organisers: District Office of Kota Belud Venue: Tamu Ground, Kota Belud For further info: Mohd. Najib Muntok (District Officer) / Zachary S. Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd) Tel: +60 88 976621, 976542, 232121

Sabah International Expo 2008 (SIE 2008) 15 – 19 October 2008 SIE 2008 is a government-sanctioned biennial event, the first expo being the AIE 2000, followed by SIE 2002, SIE 2004 and SIE 2006. SIE 2008 will be the biggest expo to be held so far, with participation from EU member countries. Organisers: Federation of Sabah Manufacturers (FSM) – Secretariat for SIE2008 Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MICCI) – Sabah Branch Ministry of Industrial Development Sabah Venue: Gourmet Lane, 1Borneo Hypermall For further info: Ms. Chiu Pau Chu – Executive Secretary Ms. Stella Liew – Branch Executive (MICCI) Tel: +60 88 253918, 293818 (FSM) Tel: +60 88 248332 (MICCI) Fax: +60 88 252918 (FSM) Fax: +60 88 268332 (MICCI) Email: fsmkk@po.jaring.my, sabah@micci.com Website: www.fsm.org.my, www.micci.com Sabah Annual Art Selection Exhibition 23 October 2008 Held annually, this is the largest of the Sabah Art Gallery’s activities, showcasing a number of selected works of school children and professional artists. This

Fax: +60 88 977064, 265540 Email: zachary@sabahtourism.com 4 x 4 Borneo Safari 2008 26 October – 2 November 2008 An exciting event that takes you deep into the heart of Sabah with powerful 4WD vehicles modified to challenge the tracks in one of the world’s most beautiful jungle terrains. Fit for those who love adventure and challenges that are out of the ordinary. Organiser: Kinabalu Four Wheel Drive Club Venue: Flag Off at Sabah Tourism’s office, 51 Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu For further info: Thomas Chin Mobile: +60 13 8647738 Fax: +60 88 388601, 236395 Email: thomas@glob.com.my

Feature Personality


Van Houten
Vice President of the Federation of Sports at Altitude (FSA)


auri Van Houten and Mario Giacometti are the husband and wife team heading the Federation of Sports at Altitude, the international association who are responsible for the organisation of sports events held at an altitude, like the TM 22nd Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon held here in August this year. This year the pair was back in Sabah for the second time, spending a little more time to enjoy the sights on the East Coast of Sabah. In Lauri’s opinion, Sabah has many charms that will appeal to Europeans. “This place is fabulous! The warm climates and the enormous amount of flora and fauna is rare and different to what we usually have in Europe, and I think many people will want to come here to enjoy those merits,” she said. The warm weather and lush vegetation is not the only thing that Lauri finds impressive. Mount Kinabalu certainly stands out as a spectacular venue for the race. “To see a huge granite rock sticking out of the green is fantastic, the contrast makes an amazing sight,” said Lauri. When asked what makes Mount Kinabalu a unique venue, she replies, “The terrain here is short and steep compared to most other venues, which presents runners with different kinds of vegetation on the way up. That is truly unique experience for the mountain runners.” Mount Kinabalu is blessed with an amazing variety of flora and fauna that ranges over 4 climate zones; from rich lowland dipterocarp forest through the montane oak, rhododendron, to the coniferous forests, to the alpine meadow plants, and to the stunted bushes of the summit zone. Lauri is equally amazed with Sabahan hospitality. “The organisation of this event is one of the best in the world and the attention to the runners is very good. They feel very much at home because Malaysians are so welcoming and friendly.” Their visit this year will not be their last. Lauri and Mario have heard a lot about the East Coast and are making it a point to come back to visit those and other parts of Sabah. “We would like to see the East Coast, go snorkelling, dive and see turtles and of course visit the Orang Utan sanctuary.” That’s not all either; they hope to bring more Europeans to the Land Below the Wind. “We hope to promote this and other new sports events which we hope to have here on our website and couple it with attractive tourist packages. Sabah has a lot to offer and we want the athletes to stay a while more to enjoy Sabah with their friends and family. “We look forward to coming back. Soon,” concluded Lauri with a smile.


Happenings & Highlights

Hr Ry ai aa Clbain eertos
12Otbr20 - coe 08
ari Raya Aidilfitri marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar (the month of Syawal) and the end of Ramadhan, a month of fasting and abstinence for the Muslim community. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is often a time to ‘balik kampung’ (return to one’s hometown or village) and to pardon one another for any misgivings. Come and join the people of Sabah as we celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri with merriment and visit an ‘Open House’, a Malaysian practice where the host warmly welcomes friends and family into their homes during the festive season. This is the best time to sample delicious Raya fare such as beef rendang, ketupat (glutinous rice wrapped in a handwoven ‘leaf packet’ and best enjoyed with other curry-like dishes), beef and chicken ‘serunding’ (floss) and a multitude of colourful cakes and cookies! The Chief Minster of Sabah, the Right Honourable Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman will be hosting an open house on the first day of Hari Raya at the Likas Sports Complex Multi-pourpose hall from 11.00am to 3.00pm and everyone is invited! Look out or other open house announcements in the local newspapers or call Sabah Tourism Board at 088212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088 232121 for updates and information.

Sabah International Expo 2008 16-19 October 2008


isit over 400 booths from over 20 countries at Sabah’s premier trade fair, the Sabah International Expo. Since its beginning in 2000, SIE has become one of the largest and most successful trade events in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines - East Asean Growth Area). More than 30,000 visitors are expected at the three-day expo, featuring a myriad of manufacturing, tourism and agriculture products and services from both local and overseas exhibitors, including exhibitors from the UK, Australia, Germany and Canada. Professionals from all sectors and anyone interested in embarking on businesses and networking in Sabah and the wider BIMP-EAGA region are urged to attend this prominent event to be held at Borneo’s premier hypermall, 1Borneo in Kota Kinabalu. For more information, contact the SIE 2008 Secretariat at 088 250962, 088 250961 or email enquiry@sie.com.my. Check out their website at www.sie.com.my

Sabah Annual Art Selection 24 October–23 November 2008


he awards for 30 outstanding art pieces will be given out on the 23rd October at the Dewan Saadah in Wisma Muis by Sabah’s Head of State, Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah, Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Ahmadshah bin Abdullah and his consort, Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Datuk Seri Panglima Hajah Dayang Masuyah binti Awang Japar. Then for a month starting the 24th October, the 30 selected masterpieces by school students and professional artists will be on display at the Sabah Art Gallery in its annual event and in conjunction with the head of State’s 2008 birthday. All are welcome to come and appreciate these pieces; the gallery will be open from Monday to Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm including public holidays. For more information, contact the Sabah Art Gallery at 088 268875, fax 088 210040 or email gallery_9@msn.com

International Borneo Challenge Football Cups 2008 October-November 2008


ead out to the stadiums to cheer for your favourite teams this October and November at the International Borneo Challenge Football Cups 2008. Teams from Australia, Brunei, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah will be playing against each other at the Likas Stadium at the Cups, which aims to cultivate young football talents from the region as well as to promote Sabah as a holiday destination. All football fans are invited! Category Dates Under 12 September 29, 30, October 1 Under 17 October 6, 7 and 8 Borneo 7s (Men’s Veteran) November 1 and 2 For more information about the event, contact Scott Ollerenshaw at 014 6583923, email footballinfo@borneosportsholidays.com or check out their website at http://www.borneofootballcup.com

Happenings & Highlights


Tamu Besar Kota Belud, 25 – 26 October 2008 T

he biggest, most colourful and most exciting Tamu is back this October! Check out the vibrant atmosphere at this traditional open-air market, a perfect opportunity for you to gain insight into the life and culture of the people of Kota Belud. It is at this grand 3-day affair where you will find food, fresh produce, seafood, traditional medicines, clothes and even livestock sold by the society of Kota Belud. The local community will come out fully dressed in their respective traditional attire and the Bajau will stage a spirited display of their riding skills on ponies in dazzling costume. Catch sight of water buffaloes– rarely seen at smaller tamus, they are brought out for racing, competition and for sale at this annual event. For further information, contact Mohd Najip Muntok at 088 976621 / 976542 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at 088 232121. Check out the website at http://tamubesar.sabahtourism.com/

Malaysia’s 51st Independence Day Closing Celebrations 18 October 2008


ome together to celebrate Malaysia’s independence at the Padang Merdeka this October 18! This grand closing celebration of Malaysia’s Merdeka month was postponed from September to this month in view of the Moslem fasting month in September. The event, which will begin at 7.00pm and end at 11.00pm, will be attended by the prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi. An array of shows, from poetry reading, sketches and song medleys with the theme Success Through Unity will be staged, along with contemporary performances from local artistes like Jaclyn Victor, Karen Kong, Iqwal, and Stacy and Bob of the local talent reality show, Akademi Fantasia, fame. Come one, come all in the celebration of 51 years of national pride! For further info contact the Media and Corporate Communications Department of the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Malaysia at 03 26127600 or visit www.malaysiamerdeka.gov.my

4 x 4 Borneo Safari
26 October – 2 November 2008

Nw es
New Mount Kinabalu Porter and Guide Fees
Sabah Parks has recently revised the rates for porter and guide fees for Mount Kinabalu climbers, effective 1st September this year. For the full description of park, porter and guide fees, please visit http://www.sabahparks.org.my/pages/news.html or contact Sabah Parks at 088 243629 fax 088 259552


Launch of Sabah Tourism Board’s Chinese Website
Launched on the 8th August 2008, the Chinese version of the Sabah Tourism Board Website is now here to serve you better! Check it out at http://www.sabahtourism.com/sc/

he Borneo Safari involves 4WD vehicles and their fearless drivers who will be challenged in the world’s most beautiful jungle terrains in Sabah. It is a unique adventure where all participants, be it men or women, enthusiasts or professional, have an equal chance of winning. Participating teams will compete for awards, which are presented in recognition of driving skill, innovation in vehicle recovery, obstacle clearing, and of utmost importance, cooperation and team spirit. Points will be allocated for many special stages set during the event. Tasks include deep-driver crossing, map reading, bridge building and mud side clearing. Points are deducted for over-speeding, dangerous driving and vehicle equipment abuse. The event will take the teams along Lingan Batu, Ulu Kimanis, Bambanagan, Binsuluk, Beaufort and Kuala Penyu. The flag-off is scheduled for 26 October at the Sabah Tourism Board headquarters along Gaya Street and is expected to be officiated by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun. For more information about vehicle checks, flag-off, routes, registration forms, venues and related schedules, please contact Jessica Chong at 013 8817389 or fax 088 383286


Eating Out

Dnn a SagiL sTnug iig t hnr-a ajn AuRsr adSas r eot n p

Ppo ei pn
porting a new interior design and concept, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa’s Italian restaurant, Peppino, is serving up rustic and delicious Italian home-cooking. A recent renovation has turned Peppino into a contemporary chic restaurant; the interiors are decorated with textures and warm, earthly colours of olive green, gunny sack brown, natural wood and black glass for that comfortable, classy dining atmosphere. With the largest wine collection in Sabah displayed in chilled wine cabinets, the restaurant has a spacious dining area that can sit 64 guests indoors and 44 guests on the patio. Their menu changes every week, each time offering a fresh and simple array of Italian home-cooked food. We enjoyed the carpaccio di tonno or fresh tuna loin for starters and the oven roasted lamb rack served with mashed potatoes. We couldn’t leave without a serving of pasta and finished every bit of our gnocchi (home made potato dumpling) sauteed in a creamy four-cheese and pine nut sauce. All that, a glass of good wine and good company certainly made our dining experience a memorable affair! Peppino is open daily for dinner from 6.00pm to 10.30pm. It is located at Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, No. 20, Jalan Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu. For reservations and enquiries, call 088 327888, fax 088 327878 or email tah@shangri-la.com.

Jaws Seafood Restaurant
erving up Chinese and Thai cuisine in 1Borneo, Sabah’s first hypermall, is none other than JAWS Seafood Restaurant. From appetizers to desserts, their menu is made up of both Chinese and Thai delights, including a few local favourites like satay. Start with one of their soups like the tasty sweet corn with crabmeat soup, a classic Chinese soup made with a seafood twist. Their menu is easy to navigate, just select your choice of vegetable, noodles, meat or seafood, then consider how you would like it cooked. Their crab dishes, for instance, offers a choice of soft shell crabs, live crabs and live flower crabs; then there are options of how they could prepare it for you: in the traditional black pepper sauce, spicy chilli style or stir fried ‘kam hiong’ style for that golden colour and flavoursome taste. Almost every other item in their menu comes with a choice of how you would like your food prepared, even their tofu. As for Thai food options, we recommend the delicious, fresh and light lettuce wrap. Select a piece of iceberg lettuce as your wrap and add just a little bit of everything from the platter: diced fried fish, cashew nuts, coriander, chopped garlic, red onion and fresh ginger and chopped chillies for that extra zing plus their sweet and tangy plum sauce. Roll, wrap and take a bite into a fantastic burst of flavours! For enquiries and reservations, call Jaws Seafood Restaurant at 088 488061 / 488062. The restaurant is located at Lot F-826, Ground Floor, 1Borneo Hypermall, Jalan Sulaiman, 88400 Kota Kinabalu. Opening hours are 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 10.00pm from Mondays to Fridays and 11.00am to 10.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Spa Essentials


K admn a naa
Sa Mbl p, au
magine being spoilt like royalty in a place with sparkling white sands, clear blue waters, and soft breeze caressing your skin. Fancy this novel experience? Then hop onto the next boat to Ka’andaman Spa Mabul now! Located at the Mabul Water Bungalows (SMART), Ka’andaman Spa is built on wooden stilts just above the sea. While indulging in a pampering session of spa treatment, visitors get a glimpse of beautiful marine lives dwelling beneath the water surface. After a long day of sunbathing and soaking in salt water; opt to replenish your skin with a warm, relaxing milk bath that is guaranteed to soothe your sun kissed skin. Team up long, relaxing walks by the beach with rejuvenating foot and body massages while listening to the sounds of crashing waves and drinking in the breathtaking view of the Celebes Sea. Catered for mind, body, and soul, Ka’andaman Spa has an array of foot and body treatments to suit the delicate needs of individuals. For a more indulgent treat, visitors can also pick and choose from the available spa packages. A treatment session at the Ka’andaman Spa Mabul will definitely leave you craving for more—here is where wellness meets luxury. Ka'andaman Spa Mabul, Mabul Water Bungalow (SMART), Mabul Island Semporna. Phone/fax -089-797070. Email info@kaandamanspa.com.my. Opening hours: 10am - 9pm daily Text by Nova Piusai


L e i s u r e

Dinawan Island S
urrounded by the South China Sea and just 25 minute speedboat ride from the Stuera Harbour Marina, Dinawan Island is a just the right island getaway for some rest and relaxation. On the island is the Borneo Dinawan Island Resort, built on a lustrous tropical rainforest in the midst of a clear, blue sea. A stay in the resort will give visitors a taste of nature at its best! Be thrilled by the sights and sounds of squawking hornbills flying freely over the island and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the majestic Mount Kinabalu in the morning. A variety of enjoyable beach and sea activities such as snorkeling, sea

walking, day and night fishing, scuba diving and other water sports are available on the island, as are indoor games like pool and the Chinese skill and strategy game of mahjong. Guests can indulge in a little pampering session by getting a traditional massage. Arrange your trip to Dinawan Island with a tour operator. For further information, contact Borneo Dinawan Island Resort Sdn. Bhd. at 088 214218 / 215218 / 216218, fax 088 268811 or email dinawan_island@yahoo.com

Plan your Holiday with Sure W
ant to go on a tour of the city and check out the sights? Or are you craving for a game of golf instead? Perhaps you want a classic day of relaxation on the beach, or go on a river cruise for a chance to see the proboscis monkeys swinging nearby. Whatever type of holiday you want while you are here, SURE GO promises to take you there! Treat yourself to the wonderful experience of exploring Sabah with SURE GO. They offer daily departures of several themes: their Daily Departure Tours will take you to various locations in and around Kota Kinabalu, encompassing cultural, adventure, nature and relaxation venues such as a trip to the Tip of Borneo, a visit to the Monsopiad Cultural


Village, and even a day out at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Zoological and Botanical Park. With SURE GO Daily Departure Golfs, golf enthusiasts can choose to play at one or more of the 6 golf destinations by SURE GO: Sutera Harbour Marina Golf & Country Club, Dalit Bay Golf Club and Spa, Nexus Golf Club Karambunai, Kudat Golf Club, Mount Kinabalu Golf Club and Borneo Golf & Country Club. SURE GO also does sea departures, offering to whisk you away to the islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. Choose either to tour Gaya and Sapi Island or opt for the more popular Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug Islands. Want a little of everything? Tailor-made packages, for a minimum of 2 people, called the Sure To Go Combo packages, are available to make your stay an even more special experience! Pick up locations are conveniently located at Kota Kinabalu’s busiest shopping areas at Warisan Square, Wisma Merdeka and 1Borneo. For package information and bookings, contact Exotic Asian Explorer (Borneo) S/B at 088 222608, fax 088 222170 or call their hotlines at 012 8350318 and 012 8335170. Email them at sales@ suregoborneo.com.



Even with today’s designer innovations, traditional handicraft has always been a part of the lives of Sabah’s peoples. From functional objects to decorative accessories, the various handicraft made throughout Sabah reflect the culture that they come from.

Baskets woven with tree bark, rattan and bamboo are still used by the natives everyday. They use the baskets to carry harvest such as fruits, paddy and other crops, as well as any tools that they need to take with them when they go out to work in a field or the jungles. Today techniques used for making woven baskets have been used to make contemporary products such as stationery holders, trays and decorative pieces for the home. Seen here is the carrier called “wakid“, a basket made by the Dusun/Kadazan people who live at the foot of Mount Kinabalu. The back carrier is cylindrical at the base and has a flared-out top. The body is made from pieces of carefully split bamboo that tightly fit at an elongated base. A pair of shoulder straps made either of woven split rattan or bark cloth complete the form and function of this basket.

Beaded products made by the Rungus people from Kudat are especially known for their burst of colours and intricate designs. According to tradition, the patterns on the beads knit together represent special meanings and tell a story. Most Rungus beaded products are worn as a part of the Rungus traditional costume, as a loose band of beads worn crossed over the chest and back. Current pieces also function as deco pieces for the home and used as wall hangings. The beaded necklaces seen here are known as “pinakol”.

Fabrics with elaborate patterns and designs like the “tinohian” woven by the Rungus women of Kudat and the “kain dastar” made by the Bajau take months to complete and are consequently some of the most expensive traditional crafts there is to purchase. The “tinohian” is a heavily embroidered piece while the “kain dastar” is woven with great concentration to detail but they are both similar in that they are both worn on the hear by the men of their respective makers. There are many more traditional textiles made by the Rungus, the Bajau as well as the other cultures around the state, each strongly expressing a different ethnicity.

Musical Instruments
Leopold Stokowski once said, “A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” The natives of Sabah too painted the silence with musical instruments of their own, crafting them out of bamboo, wood and animal skins. The “sompoton” seen here is a traditional Kadazan music instrument made by the Dusun tribes in Sabah. The “sompoton” is made of a double raft of eight bamboo pipes inserted into a dried gourd. They also made other wind, stringed and percussion instruments, including the gong, which is used widely today in any traditional musical performances.

Other Traditional Crafts and Where to Get Them
There is an almost inexhaustible amount of crafts made by the local folk, like the tight-woven “rinago” baskets made by the Rungus of Kudat, the “tudung duang” made by the Bajau and various woven hats made by various ethnic groups of Sabah. The are also traditional tools like the “parang” and larger constructions like the “lepa-lepa” boats from the East-coast Bajau. All these and other crafts can be found at a “tamu”, the traditional openair market found in various locations throughout the State. Visit the especially grand tamu that will be held in Kota Belud this month for that perfect opportunity to scout for some of Sabah’s traditional handicrafts. Refer to page 5 for details to the Tamu Besar Kota Belud. Check out page 25 for the locations and days that these “tamu” operate. Alternatively, these crafts are also available from the reasonable priced Kadaiku boutique in Kota Kinabalu, which sells high-quality traditional goods sourced through the local communities. Kadaiku is located at Lot 5, Ground floor, Block L of Sinsuran Complex.


To see your p email: mleon

Through the Lens

Jefferi Chang
www.talkoutmamind.blogspot.com www.workatehome.wordpress.com mobile = 0168491997 email = jefferi78@gmail.com msn mesenger = jefferi78@hotmail.com yahoo messenger = jeffcha_78@yahoo.com

photos here contact the editor at 088 232121 or ng@sabahtourism.com



Ba au j
Pp el oe
he Bajau are the second largest ethnic group in Sabah, making up about 15% of the population. History has it that they originate from the Southern Phillipines and fled to peaceful lands nearby, including Sulawesi and Kalimantan in Indonesia, when conflicts rose in the Sulu Archipelago. The two main Bajau groups in Sabah are both well-known for their vibrance, thanks to their customs and traditions. On the west coast, the Bajau men reside mostly in the district of Kota Belud and are known as the Cowboys of the East for their outstanding horsemanship, which can be witnessed at the grand annual open air market, the Tamu Besar Kota Belud. They come out fully dressed in their colourful traditional costumes and you cannot miss the equally dressed ponies that they ride in on. On the east coast of Sabah, the Bajau inhabit the region of Semporna where they have long established the reputation of seafarers who used to live almost all of their lives at sea on houseboats called lepa-lepa. The splendid yearly affair showcasing this culture in Semporna is the Regatta Lepa Semporna, one of the most colourful events to be

T h e


Bahasa Malaysia

Perayaan Hari Raya, 1-2 Oktober 2008
ari Raya Aidilfitri menandakan bermulanya kalendar Islam (bulan Syawal) dan berakhirnya Ramadan, bulan puasa dan keinsafan buat umat Islam. Hari Raya Aidilfitri biasanya masa untuk ‘balik kampung’ dan bermaaf-maafan antara satu sama lain atas semua kesilapan lalu. Datang dan sertai rakyat Sabah meraikan Hari Raya Aidilfitri dengan kemeriahan dan berkunjung ke ‘Rumah Terbuka’, amalan rakyat Malaysia yang tuan rumah akan menyambut dengan ramah sahabat handai dan keluarga yang datang ke rumah mereka ketika musim perayaan. Inilah saatnya untuk merasai hidangan lazat seperti rendang daging, ketupat (beras yang dibungkus dengan pucuk daun kelapa yang dianyam menggunakan tangan dan paling sesuai dinikmati dengan hidangan seperti kari), serunding daging dan ayam dan pelbagai jenis kuih muih bermacam warna. Ketua Menteri Sabah, YAB Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman akan mengadakan majlis rumah terbuka di Dewan Serbaguna Kompleks Sukan Likas pada Hari Raya Pertama bermula pada pukul 11.00 pagi hingga pukul 3.00 petang dan anda diundang sama! Untuk rumah terbuka yang lain, hubungilah Lembaga Pelancongan Sabah di talian 088 212121 atau Sri Pelancongan Sabah 088 232121 untuk mendapatkan maklumat terkini.

Perayaan Penutupan Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia, 18 Oktober 2008

Ekspo Antarabangsa Sabah 2008, 16-19 Oktober 2008



unjungilah lebih 400 gerai dari 20 negara pada Pameran Perdagangan Perdana Sabah, Ekspo Antarabangsa Sabah. Sejak ia dimulakan pada 2000, SIE telah muncul sebagai pameran perdagangan terbesar dan paling berjaya di BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia dan Filipina - Kawasan Membangun Asean Timur). Lebih 30,000 pengunjung dijangka menghadiri ekspo tiga hari itu yang mengetengahkan pelbagai hasil pertanian, pengilangan dan pelancongan serta perkhidmatan daripada peserta pameran tempatan dan luar negara, termasuk peserta dari UK, Australia, Jerman dan Kanada. Golongan profesional dari semua sektor dan sesiapa saja yang berminat menceburi perniagaan dan rangkaian kerja di Sabah dan rantau BIMP-EAGA yang lebih luas digesa menghadiri pameran ini yang akan diadakan di hypermall perdana Borneo, 1Borneo di Kota Kinabalu. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Suruhanjaya SIE 2008 di talian 088 250962, 088 250961 atau email enquiry@sie.com.my. Layarilah laman mereka di www.sie.com.my

atanglah beramai-ramai untuk merayakan Hari Kemerdekaan Malaysia di Padang Merdeka 18 Oktober ini! Perayaan penutupan besarbesaran bulan Kemerdekaan Malaysia ini ditangguhkan dari September ke bulan ini untuk memberi laluan kepada bulan puasa bagi umat Islam pada September. Acara ini yang akan bermula dari pukul 7.00 malam hingga pukul 11.00 malam akan dihadiri Perdana Menteri Malaysia, YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi. Pelbagai pertunjukkan, daripada deklamasi puisi, melukis dan lagu rampaian dengan tema Kejayaan Menerusi Perpaduan akan diadakan, disamping persembahan kontemporari daripada artis-artis tempatan seperti Jaclyn Victor, Karen Kong, Iqwal dan Stacy selain Bob daripada rancangan realiti bakat tempatan, Akademi Fantasia. Datanglah beramai-ramai untuk meraikan hari kebangsaan ke-51 ini!Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Jabatan Perhubungan Media dan Korporat Kementerian Perpaduan, Kebudayaan, Seni dan Warisan Malaysia di talian 03 26127600 atau layari www.malaysiamerdeka.gov.my

Bahasa Malaysia


Spa Ka’andaman Mabul
ayangkan anda dilayan seperti raja di sebuah tempat dengan pasirnya yang memutih, airnya yang biru jernih dan angin sepoi bahasa menyapa kulit anda. Sukakan pengalaman novel seperti ini? Jika begitu, naiklah bot seterusnya ke Ka’andaman Spa Mabul sekarang! Terletak di Mabul Water Bungalows (SMART), Ka’andaman Spa dibina atas tiang kayu di atas laut. Ketika menghayati dan memanjakan diri dengan sesi rawatan spa, pengunjung boleh menikmati pemandangan laut yang indah di bawah permukaan air. Selepas seharian berjemur dan berendam dalam air masin, manjakan kulit anda dengan mandian susu yang panas dan menenangkan anda yang dijamin akan menyegarkan kulit anda. Berjalan-jalan di tepi pantai dengan urutan kaki dan badan yang menyegarkan sambil mendengar suara ombak yang menghempas pantai dan menikmati pemandangan indah Laut Celebes. Sesuai untuk minda, badan dan jiwa, Ka’andaman Spa memiliki pelbagai rawatan kaki dan badan untuk disesuaikan dengan keinginan masing-masing. Untuk rawatan lebih memuaskan, pengunjung boleh memilih pakej spa yang ditawarkan. Satu sesi rawatan di Ka’andaman Spa Mabul pasti membuatkan anda mahu lagi. Ka'andaman Spa Mabul, Mabul Water Bungalow (SMART), Pulau Mabul Semporna. telefon/faks -089-797070. Email - info@kaandamanspa.com.my. Waktu buka: 10pagi – 9malam setiap hari. engan reka bentuk dalaman dan konsep baharu, restoran Itali Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa menyediakan hidangan lazat dan asli ala Itali. Ubah suai yang diadakan baru-baru ini menjadikan Peppino kepada restoran yang menarik, reka bentuk dalamannya dihias dengan susunan dan warna menarik, warna bumi, hijau buah zaitun, kelabu guni, kayu semula jadi dan kaca hitam untuk suasana yang selesa dan berkelas. Restoran itu memiliki kawasan makan luas yang boleh memuatkan 64 tetamu dalam bangunan dan 44 tetamu di luarnya. Menu mereka berubah setiap minggu, setiap kali akan menawarkan pelbagai makanan segar dan ringkas dari Itali. Nikmatilah carpaccio di tonno atau potongan tuna segar sebagai permulaan dan daging kambing panggang yang dihidangkan dengan kentang lecek. Kita tidak boleh beredar selagi tidak menikmati hidangan pasta dan habiskan dnocchi (dumpling kentang buatan sendiri) yang disalut keju empat krim dan sos kacang ru. Semua itu, disamping teman yang baik pasti membuatkan pengalaman makan anda tidak dapat dilupakan! Peppino dibuka setiap hari untuk makan malam dari 6.00petang sehingga 10.30malam. Restoran ini terletak di Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort dan Spa, No. 20, Jalan Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu. Untuk tempahan dan pertanyaan, hubungi 088 327888, faks 088 327878 atau email tah@shangri-la.com.

Tamu Besar Kota Belud, 25-26 Oktober 2008


amu paling besar, paling meriah dan paling menarik kembali Oktober ini! Rasai suasana hebat di pasar terbuka tradisionbal ini, peluang terbaik untuk anda melihat sendiri kehidupan dan kebudayaan penduduk Kota Belud. Pada acara besar tiga hari ini anda boleh menemui makanan, keluaran segar, makanan laut, ubat-ubatan tradisional, pakaian malah binatang hidup dijual oleh masyarakat Kota belud. Masyarakat tempatan akan turun memakai pakaian tradisional masingmasing dan masyarakat Bajau akan mengadakan persembahan kemahiran mereka menunggang kuda dengan pakaian menarik. Saksikan kelibat lembu air yang jarang disaksikan di tamu-tamu kecil, mereka dibawa untuk berlumba, bertanding dan untuk dijual pada acara tahunan ini. Untuk maklumat lanjut, hubungi Mohd Najip Muntok di talian 088976621/976542 atau Sri Pelancongan Sabah do talian 088 232121. Layari laman web di http://tamubesar.sabahtourism.com/


Ppo ei pn
di Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort dan Spa

1 8

C h i n e s e

C h i n e s e

1 9







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

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

Matunggong Baru - Thursday

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

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 Kudat


Pekan Tamparuli - Wednesday

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


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

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

Wild and wilder
-The Danum Valley
ight here in Sabah is the Danum Valley Conservation Area, one of the largest, best protected and most important areas reserved for conservation, research, education and training in the whole of South East Asia. The entire area of 438 square kilometres saw no human settlements, hunting, logging nor any other human interference prior to its current status. Allowing scientists and a limited number of visitors to the area to reveals much about the natural treasure and is an assurance that the valley should remain protected in the future. The lush lowland dipterocarp forest holds over 200 species of trees per hectare, some of which are the oldest and tallest on the planet. While logging and other forest clearing activities invaded many parts of Sabah, the Sabah Foundation voluntarily retained Danum Valley as a conservation area in 1980, after discovering that an abundant amount of flora and fauna populated the area. The forest is a haven for Orang Utans, Borneo Pygmy elephants, Malayan Sunbears, clouded leopards, bearded pigs, a couple of hundred of species of birds and the critically-endangered Sumatran rhino to name a few. Needless to say, nature-lovers will be eager to experience the jungles of Danum Valley. You will no doubt enjoy trekking through highly diverse rainforest rich in wildlife. Take a hike to Tembaling Waterfalls, just an hour or two away from the Field Centre or head to Purut Falls about 4 hours away and admire the seven tiered pools carved perfectly there. Wander on further to conquer Danum’s higher peak at 1093m which can take 4 hours for hardcore trekkers or 3 days for novices. Be warned that on your journey you will meet Danum Valley’s notorious blood-sucking leeches, but be certain it is all part of the Danum Valley experience! There are also myths and legends within the conservation area. Three burial caves belonging to the Orang Sungai (river people) of Borneo have been discovered within the vicinity. But before you decide to wander off on yourself in search of Danum’s treasures, be sure to hire a guide from the Danum Valley Field Centre to avoid getting lost. How to get there - The town of Lahad Datu, gateway to Danum Valley, is reached via a short 55-minute flight from Kota Kinabalu or overland from Tawau or Sandakan. Then there is a 3-hour drive from Lahad Datu on a sometimes rough and bumpy road to the Danum Valley Field Centre. Arrange your trip to the Danum Valley Conservation Area with a licensed tour operator. Where to stay - The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a simple and rustic international-standard lodge built beside the Danum River. The lodge accommodates a maximum of 60 people for a true jungle experience. While at the lodge you can sign up for lodge activities such as jungle walks, bird watching with resident nature guides, canopy walkways high above the jungle floor that allow the viewing of the rainforest from the treetops as well as thrilling night safaris. For more information about this info@borneorainforestlodge.com. accommodation, email

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful