Sabah Malaysian Borneo Buletin September 2007

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SMBB September 2007 Vol. 79


September 2007 Volume 79

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Luxurious SabahINSIDE: Pesta Kelapa, Scenes from KK City, Nites Out, Events and more!

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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 @mosphere Revolving Restaurant & Louge DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

Contents3 Feature PersonalityAlain Borgers, General Manager of Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort


Happenings & HighlightsPesta Kelapa Sabah Annual Art Selection Exhibition 2007 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival TAFI International Convention 2007 ABACUS International Trade Fair MATTA Fair 2007

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 OutCoffee Terrace, Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort Bella Italia

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henever my friends come back from a holiday, theyre always proud to show off their cheap buys and designer knock-offs (particularly popular in this region, in case you havent noticed). Sometimes, its easy for us to feel intimidated at the sight of designer boutiques and gourmet food but I personally believe we all deserve a treat sometimes, especially when youre on holiday! Although Sabah is known for its rustic charms and as a back to nature destination, theres a seldom-explored luxurious side to the Land Below the Wind. In this issue, we unravel the luxe life Sabah has to offer, from champagne dinners to full-body pampering sessions. September is another busy month for Sabah as we play host to a myriad of MICE events (check out the Highlights & Happenings section) and the colourful International Folklore Festival. Cultural troupes from around the world flock here dressed in their traditional best to showcase their culture through song and dance. Dont miss performances from Poland, China, India, Thailand and Malaysia to name a few. Also featured this month is Bangkad Tolumis (p.9). Visitors can rent full traditional costumes and have their photos taken at the Kadanzandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) grounds. Another great cultural experience to remember your holiday by! September is also the month of Ramadhan for our Muslim friends a time of fasting and abstinence as they

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Nites OutLuna Rossa Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Places of InterestBangkad Tolumis


FeatureIn the Lap of Luxury

At the recent Malaysia Tourism Awards in Kuala Lumpur with fellow Sabah Tourism colleagues.


Through The LensScenes from Kota Kinabalu City

prepare for Hari Raya Aidilfitri come October. Join the Muslim community as they break fast at sun down; a great opportunity to sample delicious local fare from colourful cakes to mouthwatering fried and grilled delights. Ask around for the nearest Bazaar Ramadhan for a gastronomical affair you wont soon forget. We hope the magazine will serve you well during your holiday in Sabah. For further enquiries, visit our friendly information centre at Sabah Tourism Board along Jalan Gaya or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at Sinsuran Complex. Be it a luxurious getaway or an adventurous outing, we wish you an unforgettable time in Sabah Malaysian Borneo. Jumpa lagi!


CultureMongigol Sumundai - Dance of the Rungus


Whats New at KadaikuSabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

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Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Salt Track

Melissa Leong Editor

3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival 2-8 September Watch a multitude of cultural performances this month during the 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival. Participating groups include troupes from Brazil, India, Thailand, Korea, Ghana, Poland, China and many more. This colourful celebration of song and dance will kick off with a Grand City Parade on 3 September at Anjung Senja (in front of Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu) at 7:00pm. For the complete list of events, contact the organizer. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Mackey Apison Tel:088-268812 / 268884 E-mail: / Borneo International Trade Fair 2007 (BITF) 6-9 September More than 100 exhibitors from around Asia will be participating in this years Borneo International Trade Fair (BITF), which will take place at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex. The fair will showcase the latest products and services provided by various industry players from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and many more. Also taking place are several investment talks on the various business opportunities in Sabah. Exhibitions run from 9:00am to 9:00pm (6-8 September) and 9:00am to 5:00pm (9 September). Organisers: Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC) Sabah Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce (DPBS) Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) . For further info: BITF 2007 Secretariat Tel:088-252312 / 255470 Fax: 088-225299 E-mail: / Website:

Pesta Kelapa (Coconut Fest) 7 9 September 2007 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. Organisers: District Office of Kudat Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd For further info: Sebastian Lim (District Officer) Zachary Mobijohn Tel: 088 611306, 232121 Fax: 088 611303, 265540 Email: /

Excellency the Head of State of Sabah. A series of activities will be held in conjunction with His Excellencys birthday. This is declared a public holiday in Sabah. Organiser: Kota Kinabalu City Hall For further info: Elizabeth Borubui Tel: 088 521800 Fax: 088 316137 Email:

Lankayan Island, Sandakan International Clean Up Day 15 September 2007 On 15th September 2007 (Saturday), Reef Guardian together with Lankayan Island Dive Resort will help to protect the underwater and coastal environments by organizing the International Clean up Day. This clean up event, which involves divers and shorelines participant of all ages, is the largest single-day event of its kind. It is an event volunteers won't soon forget. Organisers: Project A.W.A.R.E Org Reef Guardian Sdn Bhd Lankayan Island & Dive Resort For further info: Melissa Jilimin Tel: 089 673999 Fax: 089 675111 Email: Website: Malaysia Day & Birthday of T.Y.T Yang Di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah 16 September 2007 The federation of Malaysia was formed on this date. It also celebrated as the official Birthday of His

Sabah Annual Art Selection Exhibition 20 September 20 October 2007 Held annually, this is the largest of the Sabah Art Gallerys activities, showcasing a number of selected works of school children as well as professional artists. This exhibition is also held in conjunction with the Head of States birthday and aims to encourage budding and local artists to continuously produce highquality masterpieces. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: 088 268875 Fax: 088 210040 Email: Mooncake Festival 25 September 2007 The Mooncake Festival is also known as the Mid-Autumn festival, which falls on the 15th day of eighth month of Chinese Lunar Calendar. This is a historical festival rather than a religious one for the Chinese people. It marks the rebellion against the Mongols dating back to the 14th century in China. Today, this festival is celebrated with savoring moon cakes and a parade of lanterns. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: 088 212121, 232121 Fax: 088 212075, 265540 Email:

Feature Personality



is 25-year career in the hotel industry has taken Alain Borgers around the world. He cites travelling as one of his passions in life but even after seeing the glitz of Europe and exotic charms of Bali, Surabaya and Manila, he believes nothing compares to the warmth of the people of Sabah. If you ask me what makes Sabah different from the others, I would have to say the people. The minute you set foot in Sabah, people are always friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you, he says. In fact, it is this attribute that he believes has brought Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort, Tuaran, to greater heights time and time again. The latest feather in their cap was being hailed as Best 5-Star Resort in Hotel Services in the recent Malaysia Tourism Awards, held in Kuala Lumpur in July. As icing on the cake, the resorts Naan Indian Restaurant was named the nations Best Indian Restaurant. Alain, who hails from Belgium, says that the secret to their success is none other than the employees. We might not have the hardware of larger hotels, such as beautiful marble tiling or dripping chandeliers but our strength lies in our software: our staff. We recruit our staff for their attitude, those who have a positive outlook, are full of enthusiasm and from there, we provide the training, he says, adding that more than 40 per cent of their staff have been with the resort since it opened its doors. The name Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort has long been

synonymous with world-class quality and top-notch service. And Alain believes the future of the resort keeps looking brighter. We have recently added the Ocean Wing, which consists of 90 rooms, each one a spacious 90 square metres. All rooms are equipped with a tub on the balcony, which has a great view of the sea. The Ocean Wing comes with its own check-in and check-out services and we will be building an additional pool to cater to this wing, he explains, adding that the wing will be fully operational by early December this year. Rasa Ria also recently gave its Coffee Terrace a new look and a new Kids Club will be opened by the end of the year. We will build the Club near the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC), so the children will be closer to nature, he says, explaining that the children are especially fond of the resort's free-roaming animals. Alain is proud of the ongoing co-operation between the resort and the Wildlife Department in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation and efforts to educate the public. I think this is testament that both the private and government sectors can work hand in hand for everyones benefit, he says. Sustainable development, he believes, should be the main priority of the tourism industry. I think we should all continue our efforts to preserve nature despite development. Sabah still has plenty of space and it is still very possible to develop without having to destroy the natural surroundings, he says, adding that Sabah is fortunate in this sense as the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has always been very conscious about the environment. Alain also believes that Sabah can boost its tourist arrivals and make itself a preferred destination by making airfare rates more affordable and increasing air routes to make Sabah more accessible. Right now, Sabah is indeed an affordable destination but the airfare is still quite expensive for those travelling from Europe, for example, he says. But Alain also foresees a boom in arrivals upon the complete expansion of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport in 2009. It will be a very exciting and challenging time for the industry, he adds. But despite the challenges and obstacles, Alain has great faith in Sabah. The eco-tourism is amazing. The mountain, the islands, rafting, diving, wildlifeYou have it all in one place! Put together with the friendly people, Sabah becomes a fantastic destination for all, he concludes.


Happenings & Highlights

Pesta Kelapa, 79 September

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ead north to the district of Kudat and celebrate the Pesta Kelapa or Coconut Fest. Join the locals as they celebrate the many uses of the coconut tree, from its refreshing coconut water to the shady palms. Coconut palms are extensively grown in the district on an area of more than 5,741 hectares (14,000 acres). A host of activitiesincluding traditional games, fun contests and exhibitionsawait you. Come and see the crowning of the Coconut Fest Beauty Queen, featuring a bevy of beauties dressed in creative coconut-inspired outfits! It's all happening at Pekan Tomborungus, Kudat this September. Take the opportunity to explore Kudat and its surrounding places of interest, such as the Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse, Gombizau Honey Farm and the spectacular Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, the Tip of Borneo. For more information, please contact Sebastian Lim (District Officer of Kudat) at tel. no 088-611306/ fax 088-611303 or Zachary Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah) at tel. no 088-232121/fax 088-265540. E-mail or

Happenings & Highlights


NewsSabah bags 6 awards at Malaysia Tourism Awards

Sabah Tourism

3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival 28 September


xperience a myriad of cultures from around the world in 7 days during the 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival. Cultural troupes will be performing and competing in various locations this month, bringing you a cultural extravaganza through song and dance. Participating groups include Babado de Chita from Brazil, Malwa Sabhyacharak Club from India, Dekornu Dancers of Africa from Ghana, Naresuan University from Thailand, Jung Jae Man Traditional Dance Group from Korea, Kortowo Song and Dance Ensemble from Poland and many more. The festival begins with a Grand City Parade on 3 September at Anjung Senja (in front of Promenade Hotel) beginning at 7:00 pm. Contact the organizers for the complete list of events. For more information, please contact the Sabah Cultural Board at 088-268812/268884 or e-mail /

It was an exciting night for Sabahs tourism industry at the recent Malaysia Tourism Awards in Kuala Lumpur. Sabah walked away with 6 awards that night. Borneo Eco Tours Sdn Bhd's Mark Louis Benedict won the best tourist guide award in the Nature Guide Category, while Touchdown Luxury Yachts Touchd...