Sabah Malaysian Borneo Buletin October 2007

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SMBB October 2007 Vol. 80


October 2007 Volume 80 October 2007 Volume 80

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Selamat Hari Raya AidilfitriSpecial Food IssueINSIDE: Kota Belud Tamu Besar, 4X4 Borneo Safari, Sabah map and more!

ADVISOR YBhg. Dato Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin EDITOR Melissa Leong DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. Whats New At Kadaiku design by Charlieking Padasian PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) Cover photo by Eddie Angat/Sabah Tourism DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

Contents3 Feature PersonalityAlbert Balcells, Director of Skyrunner World Series


Happenings & HighlightsPesta Gong Matunggong Hari Raya Aidilfitri Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition 4X4 Borneo Safari Tamu Besar Kota Belud MV Doulos Comes to KK

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


Eating OutEurocafe, Waterfront Sate Mesra

Editorial Y

ou know what I love most about being Malaysian? The food! To us, food isnt just sustenance. It is part of our culture and perhaps even an art form perfected over time. This month, I had a wonderful time researching local delicacies and international favourites to be featured in the October issue. Its a tough job but somebody has to do it! Sabah is a gastronomical paradise: Not only can you find the best in Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Korean and the like, we are also known for our abundant seafood, fresh from the sea and onto your plate. If youre a bit more adventurous, the ethnic local food is a must-try. Read all about it in our feature article on page 10. October is also special as we celebrate the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. After a month of fasting, the Muslim community greets the Hari Raya, which marks the New Year according to the Islam calendar. This is a great opportunity to savour Raya delights during open house a Malaysian practice where friends and family visit the homes of those celebrating the season. Check out our Kadaiku section for gift ideas when visiting an open house. Other exciting events for this month include the 4X4 Borneo Safari, which takes high-powered vehicles through challenging terrain across Sabah, and the Gong Festival (Pesta Gong) in Matunggong. Not to be missed is the colourful Kota Belud Tamu Besar. Hailed the mother of all Tamu (open air market), experience the tamu at its grandest scale,

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Spa EssentialsSEAH Hair Spa

Places of InterestLok Kawi Wildlife Park


FeatureFood, Glorious Food!

Enjoying fresh seafood at Mabul island


Through The LensMakan Time in Sabah

bargain with local traders and witness the Cowboys of the East in their vibrant attire and bell-decked horses. For a complete list of events, refer to our Calendar of Events. We hope this magazine will help you in planning your holiday in Sabah. Our friendly tourist assistants at the Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah information centres in KK city are ever-ready to answer your questions. Leave your worries behind and have an unforgettable holiday right here in Sabah Malaysian Borneo. Jumpa lagi!


CultureKuih Muih Melayu


Whats New at KadaikuSabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

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Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Weston Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary

Melissa Leong Editor

Pesta Nelayan Menumbok October 2007 This is a festivity for fishermen held at Mempakul, Menumbok beach as they celebrate their industry with various games and competitions such as beach volleyball, fishing, cooking and many more. Organiser: Pejabat Daerah Kecil Menumbok For further info: Ag. Damit @ Ag. Sahzain Pg. Abd. Razak Tel: +60 87 831216 Fax: +60 87 831071 Email:

Hari Raya Aidilfitri 13 14 October 2007 After a whole month of fasting, the Muslim community in Malaysia celebrates Hari Raya with joyous family gatherings and open houses. Join in the merry-making and taste the delicious traditional Malay favourites such as rendang and ketupat. For further info: Email: Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition 18 October 19 November 2007 Sabahs artists display their most recent works of art in water colour of more than 30 paintings depicting a delightful and fascinating collection of everyday life, culture, nature in various approaches and media. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: +60 88 268875 Fax: +60 88 210040 Email:

Pesta Gong Matunggong 2007 24 October 2007 This event celebrates the gong, one of Sabahs 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 For further info: Encik Arnold Joibi Tel: +60 88 613760 Fax: +60 88 613786 Email: 4 x 4 Borneo Safari 28 October 4 November 2007 A very unique event that takes you deep into the heart of Sabah with powerful 4WD vehicles modified to challenge the tracks in one of the worlds most beautiful jungle terrains. Fit for those who love adventure and challenges that are out of the ordinary. Organiser: Kinabalu Four Wheel Drive Club For further info: Thomas Chin Mobile: 013 8647737, 014 6723723 Email: Tamu Besar Kota Belud 2007 27 28 October 2007 The Tamu is Borneos 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. Other highlight include the crowning of the Ratu Sarempak (Sarempak Beauty Queen) and an exciting buffalo-riding race. A wild, wild east experience with a Borneo twist! Organisers: District Office of Kota Belud Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd For further info: Mohd. Najib Muntok Zachary Mobijohn Tel: +60 88 976621, 232121 Fax: +60 88 977064, 265540 Email: MV Doulos Worlds Largest Floating Book Fair In Kota Kinabalu 13-25 October All aboard the MV Doulos as it makes its way to the port of Kota Kinabalu this month! Built in 1914, Doulos is the worlds oldest ocean-going passenger ship and today it serves as the worlds largest floating book fair. You can also meet the 350 volunteer multi-cultural crew from 50 different nations and explore the vessel on October 13 and 19 (1pm-5pm), 14 and 21 (2pm-5pm) and 15 (11am-5pm). The MV Doulos will be open daily from the 13th to the 25th from 10:00am to 10:00pm except for Sunday the 14th and Monday the 22nd (opening hours will be from 2:00pm to 10:00pm) at Berth 8, Kota Kinabalu Port. Dont miss this great opportunity! Admission is free. Organiser: GBA, (Gute Buecher fuer alle e. V.) For further info:Lissi Ottacher Tel: +6012 829 6965 / 088-251523 Email:

Feature Personality 3

Albert Balcells,Director of Skyrunner World Series


Albert chats with (l-r) Sabah Tourism Chairman, Tengku Adlin and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun

With the Spanish mountain runners during the recent TM Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon

or Albert Balcells, the sky really is the limit. As the Director of the Skyrunner World Series, Albert travels the world to organize and witness various mountain races or sports at high altitude which make up the Skyrunner World Series. Mt. Kinabalu is proud to be part of this prestigious world series and one of only two Asian countries to hold the honour. The other is Mt. Ontake in Otaki, Japan. Runners gather points by competing in various mountain races in the 7-series circuit, culminating in Zegama, Spain this year. This year, the TM 21st Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon took place on August 25 and 26, setting the stage for top world mountain runners to challenge each other in what is dubbed the Worlds Toughest Mountain Race. Top runners such as Spains Agusti Roc Amador and Italys Dapit Fulvio are among the famous faces who participate each year without fail, bringing a competitive edge to the race. With each visit, Albert never ceases to be amazed with the grandeur of Mt. Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in the race circuit at the moment at 4,095.2 metres. The others average 3,500 metres or so. Also, unlike the other race courses which are gravel-based, the granite course here offers a different kind of challenge, so you need a different technique, he said. When asked if the European runners had an added advantage because of their physique, Albert begged to differ. Technically, many people think just because the Europeans might have longer legs and are taller it means they are better athletes. I think the more important thing here is technique and skill. For example, the European runners might reach the peak faster but Malaysian runners are much faster going down. This is because they have the home advantage and are familiar with the terrain. So again, its not always about the physique, said Albert, who hails from Spain. You should remember

that a smaller physique is sometimes a good thing as it makes it easier for the runner to carry their own weight Look at Ricardo Mejia (2006 Mt. Kinabalu International Mens Open Champion)! Albert added that he was impressed with the performance of local runners considering that they were up against professional mountain runners. The European runners have more exposure and many of them are professional athletes, which mean they can train all year round. However, for your local runners, they only have time to train closer to the event and yet they perform as well as, if not better than, the worldclass runners. This proves that they have the potential given the right training and exposure, he commented. His advice for budding mountain runners? You must be in the game for many years, which means start as young as possible. You must have the drive and motivation to succeed. Exposure and proper training are also vital, he said. The Sabah runners were not the only thing that impressed Albert. He admits he is smitten by Sabahs charm. Every year, Sabah is the one leg in the circuit that I always look forward to! Although Im at work, its also like a holiday for me, he said, adding that he loves meeting people and learning new cultures. During his time here, he has explored Sabahs many tropical islands and he admits he is particularly fond of the lush green rainforests. Its very beautiful here. Sabah is like another home for me. I love coming back here, the people are very friendly and its good to see they are passionate about this kind of sport, he said. Albert was also a professional athlete but an injury forced him into early retirement. I love the industry. so now instead of participating, I am on the other side, organizing events for athletes, he explained. He stressed the importance of the media bringing light to sporting events such as the annual Climbathon in order to generate an interest, especially among the younger generation. I look forward to coming back, definitely, concluded the Spaniard with a smile.


Happenings & Highlights

Sabah Tourism

Hari Raya Aidilfitri Hari Raya Aidilfitri 13-14 October 13-14 October

Pesta Gong Matunggong 24 October



fter a month of fasting, the Muslim community celebrates Hari Raya Aidilfitri. This joyous occasion is marked with family gatherings in the spirit of balik kampung, in which family members return to their villages or hometowns to celebrate Hari Raya with extended family. It is also a time for forgiveness, whereby the younger generation greet their parents on the morning of Hari Raya decked in their new clothes and ask for their parents forgiveness. As with most celebrations in Malaysia, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is also a time to experience an open house. This is a time where Muslim families play host and invite family and friends to their homes to celebrate the festivities a great opportunity to sample delicious Malay kuih (cakes) and dishes such beef rendang and ketupat. Resorts and hotels also offer a variety of Raya buffet spreads so be sure to check them out. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is a Public Holiday and the official dates are subject to change. For more information, e-mail

his month, the residents of Matunggong, Kudat celebrate the Gong, an age-old musical instrument, vital in almost any ensemble. A majority of gongs in Sabah are made in the village of Sumangkap, Matunggong. The art of gong-making is passed down from one generation to the next, using traditional tools and methods. The gong is unmistakably the backbone of most traditional musical ensembles in Sabah and is also used as bridewealth. This month, come and join the local residents as they celebrate this prized musical instrument through various cultural displays, handicraft-making exhibitions, gong and kulintangan (small brass gongs) performances and many more activities. For more information, please contact Arnold Joibi (Assistant District Officer of Matunggong) at telephone no. 088-613760, fax no. 088-613786 or Balwant Singh Kler at telephone no. 088-232121 or fax no. 088-265540. E-mail

Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition 18 October 19 November


ocal talents bring Sabahs beauty to life through water colour masterpieces. Come and marvel at depictions of everyday life in Sabah, colourful flora and fauna and a celebration of culture at the Invitational Water Colour Painting Exhibition at the Sabah Art Gallery. The Sabah Art Gallery is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information, please call 088-268875 or e-mail

Happenings & Highlights


4X4 Borneo Safari 28 October 4 November


ts back! Adventure enthusiasts are rearing to go into the jungles of Sabah in their powerful 4WD vehicles during the annual 4X4 Borneo Safari. This year, participants are flagged off from the Sabah Tourism building in Kota Kinabalu and will make their way to the districts of Penampang, Kimanis, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom and Keningau. More than 300 participants are expected to challenge the rugged terrain, some from as far as Japan, New Zealand, Holland and Australia. Participants will travel through mountains, valleys, streams and rivers, putting their stamina and skills to the test. Points will be allocated during the many special stages set throughout the event and tasks include deep-river crossing, map reading, bridge building and mud side clearing. Participant...