Sunday, February 27, 2011

February Feature


Located at the northern tip of Borneo, Sabah is abundant with eco-treasure from mountain high to ocean deep. Visitors can enjoy the natural wonders found in various state parks and national reserves that are gazetted under Sabah Parks

Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park is the first “World Heritage Site” in Malaysia which was designated by UNESCO in December 2000. It is located at 1,585m above sea level and expands larger than Singapore at The Park is reputed to have the richest and most remarkable assemblage of plants that is unique to no place else between the Himalayas and New Guinea. This Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia has a remarkable collection of flora which includes more than half the species of all flowering plants. More than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine Nepenthes species, 29 Rhododendron species and two Rafflesia species can be found within the vicinity. Other local residents include 90 lowland mammal species, 11 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species that occurs in Sabah. Visitors can explore the natural wonders of the surrounding area while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Mount Kinabalu which stands proudly at 4095.2m tall. Besides mountain climbing, there are nine other nature trails that are popular with naturalists and bird watchers alike. Another attraction that is not-to-be missed is the Mountain Garden, a two-hectare botanical garden that contains display houses which showcase rare orchids, plus a variety of fruiting and flowering plants.

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Gazetted in 1974, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park was named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The Park covers an area of and comprises of five islands namely Manukan, Mamutik, Gaya, Sapi and Sulug. Visitors wanting to soak up the sun can depart on a 20-minute speedboat ride from Jesselton Point located in Kota Kinabalu. Adventurous water babies can jump on a banana boat, parasail, snorkel or scuba dive while nature lovers can jungle trek and wildlife spot. Guests can also opt to seawalk on the Ocean floor surrounding Sapi Island for a chance to mingle with the colourful aquatic residents. This leisure sport is safe for everyone aged eight and above. Facilities such as changing rooms, toilets and picnic shelters are available on all islands. But visitors wanting to stay overnight can either choose to stay in modest chalets on Manukan Island, a minimalist rest house on Mamutik Island or the luxurious Gayana Eco-Resort or Bunga Raya Resort and Spa which are located on Gaya Island. Boat services to the Park operate from  8.30am to 4.00pm.

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The Pulau Tiga Park situated opposite the Klias Peninsula was gazetted in 1978. Covering a area, the Park originally comprised of three islands, namely Pulau Tiga, Kalampunian Damit and Pulau Kalampunian Besar, which is now merely an eroded sandbar. The Park was named after the largest island, Pulau Tiga, which has three undulating humps. Also known as Survivor Island (after being featured in the hit reality TV series, Survivor), the formation came to existence over 100 years ago after the eruption of several mud volcanoes. Visitors can bathe in mud, scuba dive, snorkel or trek along the Larai-larai and Pagong-pagong trails for a chance to spot wildlife such as the long-tailed macaque, monitor lizard, golden skink and flying fox. Birdwatchers will enjoy the large feathered population including the pied-hornbill, megapode, magpie-robin and sunbird. However, the showstoppers are the yellow-lipped sea kraits that inhabit Kalampunian Damit. These sea snakes that come ashore in their hundreds to mate are mostly found curled in rocky grottoes under fallen logs or tree holes. Guests are advised to be extra cautious as these slithering reptiles are extremely poisonous.

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Located 13km from Keningau town in the west cost of Sabah, this largest state terrestrial Park covers an area of The Park lies within eight districts with an elevation between 100m to 2,050m at the peak of Mount Alab. The Crocker Range was designated as a forest reserve in 1968 for the purpose of conserving the surrounding hill dipterocarp forest and water catchments which provided drinking supply to residents of the west coast and interior of Sabah. The upgraded facilities completed in 2004 are suitable for hosting meetings, camping trips, jungle trekking excursions and educational outdoor activities. Visitors can also explore the Rafflesia sites during the blooming season to spot the largest flower in the world.

This genus of parasitic flowering plants can weigh up to 10kg and span up to 97cm in diameter. Business hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm daily and entrance fee apply.

Friday, February 18, 2011

February 2011 Event

Invitational Artists Exhibition
Date : February 2011
Established and renowned artistes showcase their latest masterpieces at this annual exhibition that acknowledges their creative contribution to the developing local art scene.

Further Information
Organiser : Sabah Art Gallery
Contact Person : Ms. Jennifer P. Linggi, Curator
Telephone : +6088 268806
Fax : +6088 210040
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Traditional Games Exhibition
Date : February 2011
Sabah has a wide range of traditional games played in small villages that many people know very little about. Throughout this month, relive the joys of childhood by having a go at these simple pastimes.

The exhibition is only on every Saturday and Sunday only for the month of February

Further Information
Organiser : Monsopiad Cultural Village
Venue : Monsopiad Cultural Village
Contact Person : Mr Awad Bajerai
Telephone : +60 88 774337 / 761336
Fax : +60 88 761680
Email Contact :
Event Website :

North Borneo Sacred Legacy Photographic Exhibition III
Date : 02 - 27 February 2011
The establishment and founding of the Sabah Museum was based on this special and exclusive collection, which was bequeathed by George Catchart Wooley, a Senior British Administrator to the then North Borneo Government. This collection is a great legacy of Sabah's pre-colonial era that helped mold and shape the current socio-cultural landscape.

Further Information
Organiser : Sabah Museum
Contact Person : Datuk Joseph Pounis Guntavid
Telephone : +6088 253199
Fax : +6088 240230
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Wellness Journey
Date : 26 - 27 February 2011
Wellness Journey (WJ) is a prestigious platform where prominent players in the wellness and lifestyle industry come together to showcase the best of their products and services.
Aimed at becoming an exhibition calendar highlight within the region, this 2-day premium event consists of an Exhibition Gallery, a Wellness Conference, a series of Enriching Workshops, and a Career Corner.

Further Information
Organiser : SWEPA (Sabah Women Entrepreneur & Professional Association)
Venue : The Pacific Sutera, Sutera Harbour Resort
Contact Person : Elso Kho
Telephone : +60 88 719787
Fax : +60 88 728387
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Event Website :

City Day Open Regatta
Date : 26 - 27 February 2011
The City Day Open Regatta is held over 2 days, comprising of several races to determine the champions in various classes of boats. The event is held as part of the KK City Day celebrations.

Further Information
Organiser : Kinabalu Yacht Club
Venue : Tanjung Aru Beach
Contact Person : Bobby Willie - Vice Commodore
Telephone : +60 88 240070 / 243070
Fax : +60 88 243007
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Kota Kinabalu City Tourism Treasure Hunt 2011
Date : 27 February 2011
The challenge is on for the participants for this annual event that is held in conjunction with the City Day Celebration! Participants will have to scour the city for clues and answers to walk away with attractive prizes.

Date : 26 Feb 2011 (Saturday)
Time : 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue : Dewan Besar, Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka
Date : 26 Feb 2011 (Saturday)
Time : 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue : Dewan Besar, Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka
Flag Off Programme
Date : 27 Feb 2011 (Sunday)
Time : 7:30 am
Venue : Dewan Besar, Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka
Prize Presentation Programme
Date : 27 Feb 2011 (Sunday)
Time : 3:00 pm
Venue : Dewan Besar, Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka
NOTE: Please be punctual for all programmes mentioned above.

Further Information
Organiser : Kota Kinabalu City Hall & Tourism Malaysia Sabah
Contact Person : Ms. Fauziahton Ag.Samad
Telephone : +60 88 521800
Fax : +60 88 316137
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You Need to Know about...

Equatorial/Tropical—the climate is generally hot and sunny all year round; visitors need to wear comfortable clothing to avoid heatstroke. We also have scattered unpredictable rains, therefore, it’s advisable to always bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Average Temperature
Lowlands (Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Sandakan, Tawau) – 32 degrees Centigrade
Highlands (Ranau, Kundasang, Tambunan) – 21 degrees Centigrade
Bear in mind though, that Mount Kinabalu has its own climate. Temperatures can drop to freezing level above 3500 meters.

Malaysian Ringgit (RM)
Travelers’ cheques and foreign currencies can be changed for Malaysian Ringgit at banks and hotels. However, there are also money changer kiosks available at major shopping complexes and airport. Most major hotels charge a nominal fee for currency conversion.

Major Credit and Charge Cards
VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club - credit and charge cards are accepted in almost all departmental stores , supermarkets, petrol stations and restaurants.

Local Time
Standard Malaysian Time is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+8)

Banking Hours
Monday through Friday from 9.30am to 3pm
Usual Office Hours
Monday to Friday from 8am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm;
Saturday from 8am – 1pm

Shopping centers, supermarkets, restaurants and mini markets are generally open daily from 10am to 10pm.
As for tipping; food and beverages in exclusive restaurants, cafes and clubs, as well as accommodations normally include 5 per cent service charges.
Tipping is not obligatory in most places.

Electricity & Water Facilities
Electricity is on the 240 Volts AC/ 50-Cycle system; treated pipe water is available in most urban and sub-urban areas.

Mobile telecommunications cover many parts of Sabah with the exception of some remote areas. Public phones are scarcely available in most places.
Government hospitals, clinics and dispensaries are available in all towns. The list of private medical practitioners and pharmacies are available in the local phone directory. However, those with specific medical needs are advised to have a good supply of medications.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Discover the world of Sabah, Borneo

Welcome to Adventure In Borneo..........

Your Journey To The Warm Heart of Borneo Starts HERE...

Sabah's population is heterogeneous and culturally diverse, with more than 30 different ethnic races and over 80 local dialects spoken. Traditions and customs have long been part of our daily lives. Most of it has survived for eons; others have barely endured, touched by other influences that have led others yet to be forgotten altogether.

Well known as the Land Below The Wind and also Land Of The Sacred Mountain , Sabah is a land of varied landscapes and natural wonders. One will normally ask what kinds of people live in this land of eco-treasures? Often by further understanding our spectrum of cultures, you will find the answer as all types, colours and creeds. All these ethnic groups live together harmoniously while at the same time preserving their own culture, traditions, festivals and customs to make Sabah a multiculturally exotic experience unlike any other that you might have already experienced.

Like the rest of the Southeast Asian archipelago, Sabah has been culturally affected by the powerful external, continental influences from mainland Asia. However the heterogeneous population often dramatically reveals its well-preserved wonderful customs and practices. Though the country modernizes, and certain rituals and special ceremonial occasions are less frequently performed, one can still experience and observe Sabah's rich tapestry of custom in the local population's daily life as well as their special local festivals.

This segment will take you through a virtual experience in getting to know Sabah through the understanding of our traditional musical instruments, costume and ethnic lifestyle. The interactive on-line video streaming featuring Sabah - Malaysian Borneo in general will give you an insight of our unique customs and a special section on the wonderful sounds of Borneo will captivate your heart and soul.

Come to Sabah and let us show you the way to indulge yourself in our most precious custom and shower you with endless affection in our very own unique Sabahan way.