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Thursday, October 24, 2019

THINGS TO DO IN INANAM

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Inanam is a suburb and sub-district of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. It is situated 10km from Kota kinabalu city center. Wonder what's to explore around Inanam ? let's check it out !
THINGS TO DO IN INANAM
MARI-MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE

The village is located about 25  minutes away from the city. The journey will take you to long roads surrounded by a rich spectrum of greenery and over arched by wild blue skies. In the village, the colors of cultural diversity are not an issue but rather pride, where you can savor the soul of Sabah. Upon arrival at the entrance of the village, you will be ushered to the warmth of different homes of the ethnicity of Sabah. 

Each home was built by descendant of the tribes they represent and offer you a truly genuine experience seeing everything in and around the village lends to its magical prowess of taking you back in time.

KIONSOM WATERFALL

Kionsom Waterfall is famous among the locals and can be crowded especially during weekends and holidays. It is at the foot hilly terrain covered with lush forest and to Kionsom river. The entrance fee for adult is only RM1.50 and RM0.50 for children. For foreigner the price is double. 

Easy to find ! when you come from Kota Kinabalu city, just follow the directions to Inanam. In Inanam you take right at the roundabout to Jalan Kionsom. At the end of this road, just after the Mari-Mari Cultural Village, you will find the waterfall.

Once at the waterfalls, you can make the opportunity to swim, relax and cool down the humidity of the rainforest in the clear, natural water. Trekking trough the rainforest provides the perfect opportunity to spot and observe wildlife and plant-life, otherwise known as flora and fauna.

PUH TOH TZE TEMPLE

The Puh Toh Tze temple is a Buddhist temple located off Tuaran Road. Built in 1980, the temple stands out with its traditional Chinese roofing and structure. Ten large statues of deities adorn  the temple with the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Yin, standing  tall at the main entrance of the temple.

INANAM NIGHT MARKET
The Inanam Night Market has so many to offers - there are so many varieties of thing you can find here from foods, drinks, clothes, handphone gadgets to fishes, poultry and so on. The atmosphere was so lively with all the sellers shouting try to get your attention to visit their stall.

KOKOL HILL

Look no further than Kokol Hill for an easy and peaceful day trip away from the city. Located just 30 minutes away from Inanam road or 15 minutes away from Mari-Mari Cultural Village, Kokol Hill is still developing in the stages of becoming a tourist destination.

Kokol Hill is a great place for you to enjoy fresh air and feel fully relaxed, while enjoying the cold weather a top of the hill overlooking Kota Kinabalu city.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

THINGS TO DO IN TAMBUNAN, SABAH

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TAMBUNAN - A hilly and tranquil place with beautiful rice fields and surrounded by lush forest

Tambunan is like a pretty but introvert girl who is shy away from strangers. Only when you are care to know her better, you will uncover her hidden gems and fall in love with her. Tambunan is so quiet that it gets the least attention from tourist. But, to find a beautiful girl in Sabah, Tambunan is the answer (kidding :D). Tambunan is about 80 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu city.
THINGS TO DO IN TAMBUNAN
There are many remarkable places to visit and things to do in Tambunan. Check it out ! 

MAHUA WATERFALL

Mahua Waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Sabah, located in Tambunan about 12 kilometres away from town. Nestled with a substation of Crocker Range Park, the waterfall is located off the old route to Ranau on a paved road to its entrance at Mahua Substation. From here, a half-kilometre jungle trail lined with boardwalks leads to a majestic 17-meter high waterfall, which cascades down a stunning rim-like cavity. 

A small ticket fee - RM3- grants visitors access to the park for the whole day - camping is permitted while jungle lodge (Mahua Rainforest Paradise) next door provides budget room and dormitory accommodation with seminar hall and restaurant on stanby.

KIPANDI BUTTERFLY PARK

Kipandi Butterfly Park is the best place to see those beautiiful insects in different colors and it is fairly accessible. Just take the road from Penampang to Tambunan. After an hour of driving, you will pass by a road with 120 degree turn going uphill. Please be careful because it is a black-zone for car accident. 

The ticket fee for Malaysian adult is RM10, foreigner tourist is RM20. While children will get half price.

CROCKER RANGER NATIONAL PARK

Spread across a total area of 1399 sq. kilometres, the Crocker Range National Park is considered the largest national park in Sabah. The National Park was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere in 2014 which made it the second Malaysian site after the Chini Lake in Pahang.

Among the attractions to be found in the Crocker Range Park are the Rafflesia sites, trekking courses, birding activity and camping ground.

SINURAMBI TAMBUNAN

Sinurambi is a Dusun language which refers to little huts normally seen in paddy fields. Sinurambi is the name given to an iconic viewing tower overlooking Tambunan valley. It's about 3-storey high made of metal structure and inspired shape from traditional Dusun back carrier called 'wakid'. Sinurambi offers 3-level viewing platforms with different capacity.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

THINGS TO DO IN TAWAU, SABAH

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Do you believe me if I say, Lahad Datu and Tawau will be the next big thing in Sabah ? Because, Indonesia is moving it's capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, Borneo.  As you know, Tawau is the third-largest town in Sabah. It is located on the South East Coast of the state in the administrative centre of Tawau Division which bordered by the Sulu Sea to the east, the Celebes Sea to the south at Cowie Bay and shares a border with North Kalimantan.
THINGS TO DO IN TAWAU
Do you know that Tawau has a lot of best things to offer ? Let's explore Tawau, Sabah.

MALIAU BASIN

If you love nature and untouched jungle, Maliau Basin is a place for you. To enter Maliau Basin, you need to apply for permission prior 6-12 months before your trip. Pay for longer trips, so you can visit 7 tiers of Maliau falls and other Waterfalls.

Less than 10,000 human population ever entered this conservative area (a size of almost whole Singapore country). Be one of the lucky person ! 

SIPADAN ISLAND

The Sipadan Island is a famous dive spot in Sabah. It is formed by a deep-sea island. The under-water part of the island is shaped like a chimney reaching the sky from the seabed. There are over 3,000 varieties of fishes, and hundreds of types of corals in this area. It is also noted for number of green turtles and hawksbill turtles living here. Divers should not miss the sea caves here fillied with colorful coral and special fishes. In the turtle caves in the northern Sipadan island, you can find a stock of silver hypostomus punctatus, the soldier fish and the flowfish.

A little jewel of Borneo. School of fishes and amazing rainforest on the island.

TECK GUAN COCOA MUSEUM

Trace the delicious history of cocoa with a ticket to the Teck Guan Cocoa Museum in Tawau. Begins your tour by watching a 15 minutes' video to introduce the cocoa development of Tawau. Discover how cocoa beans have been cultivated and enjoyed for centuries. Learn th steps of transforming raw cocoa bean into cocoa mass, cocoa butter and cocoa powder. Sample in-house cocoa refreshments such as cocoa marble ball, cocoa popcorn, cocoa batang buruk, pure handmade chocolate and signature cocoa drink. If you are looking for some local products, the 'Hoko' product is ideal for your shopping alternatives.

TAWAU HILLS NATIONAL PARK

This is one of the two parks that you can find in this part of Sabah located approximately  24 KM from the town. The Tawau Hills National Park is perfect for nature lovers who want to learn more about the rainforest's flora and fauna, as well as witnessing the world's talent tropical trees. There are  lots of popular hill if you are a fan of trekking, then you can cool down at the waterfalls nearby. You will be able to find chalets, camping sites and places to do picnics at Tawau Hills National Park while you do some bird watching.

DANUM VALLEY

The Danum Valley conservation area has always been an interest for scientists doing research on the ecology system of tropical rainforest. It support close to 300 species of birds (most of which are endemic to Borneo) and more than 100 species of mammals. While the African safari has its Big Five, Danum Valley is famous for sightings of extremely rare creatures such as Sumatran rhinos, clouded leopards, pygmy elephants, gibbons and if you are really lucky, the sun bear. While you're here, do not miss out on the night drive as it gives you a completely different feel of the rainforest after dark. Keep an eye out for the nocturnal creatures - giant flying squirrel, sambar deer, civets and leopard cat.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

MUST VISIT IN TENOM, SABAH

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Tenom is situated approximately 145 kilometres away from Kota Kinabalu city and unofficially the capital and hometown of Murut etnic. Whether you're visiting Tenom for a few days or are a localite, Tenom is sure to have something new for you. This article will give you an idea about the popular attractions in Tenom for families, friends or romantic couples.
TENOM, SABAH
Actually, this was not my first time in Tenom but, I visited these places listed here for the first time such as Yitt Foh Coffee, Fatt Choi Coffee, Marais Centre Village, Pamelo's farm and so on.

TENOM, SABAH
My thought about Tenom ? I love it. The Tenom town is located just at the foot of Crocker Range. The town itself, though small, it's peace and quiet. Pictures below speaks thousand words.
TENOM, SABAH
And yes, Tenom is also famous for it's coffee (Kopi Tenom). The coffee industry is the second largest contributor to the economy of Tenom after the rubber industry.  Visitors may use the Sabah State Railway train to travel to Tenom from Kota Kinabalu or by bus. For bus there are two routes which is by Kimanis road and the other one is by Penampang-Tambunan road. Kimanis road take lesser time to reach, but the downside of this route is very steep, up to 20 degree and vehicle with low power may have very hard time to travelling this route. Another route is through Penampang-Tambunan. This route takes longer time to reach and it's very winding, however, the road is not steep and long the way, there are many tourist attractions and one of them being the Rafflesia Research Centre and yes, you will be able to see this plant - the largest flower in the world here in Sabah but, the flower only bloom on certain time.
TENOM, SABAH
My highlighted trip is for sure Marais Village ! Marais Village is the perfect spot for you to take stunning photos to make everyone back home jelous of the amazing trip you are having. But Marais in Tenom is also a chance to experience the fascinating rice farming culture. And guys, once you've wandered and snapped some amazing photos, take a little time to put your camera away and look closely at what is going on around you. Listen to the sounds and smell the earth.  Watch the men and women working the fields, planting and harvesting the rice, and think about what backbreaking work they undertake every single day.
MUST VISIT IN TENOM, SABAH
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

TRAVEL : TIPS MENDAKI GUNUNG KINABALU

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TIPS MENDAKI GUNUNG KINABALU

Sedikit perkongsian tentang tips-Tips dan informasi yang anda perlu tahu sebelum memulakan/mendaki/menawan Gunung Kinabalu/Akinabalu:
TIPS MENDAKI GUNUNG KINABALU

PENGINAPAN ATAU HOSTEL

Pertama sekali, mengenai hostel atau penginapan, banyak di antara pendaki yang tidak tahu tentang pengurusan penginapan di Panalaban. Mari saya jelaskan sedikit, anda perlu tahu bahawa di Panalaban terdapat tiga(3) buah syarikat yang beroperasi; Sutera Sanctuary Lodges(SSL) Laban Rata(LR), Sabah Park (Lemaing Hut/LMG & Panar Laban Hostel/PAN), & Mountain Torq (MTQ). Nama ''Panalaban (PL)'' itu sendiri bermaksud tempat/kawasan peginapan itu berada/dibangunkan. Jadi, pastikan anda tahu secara jelas jenis penginapan anda sebelum mendaki, supaya ia dapat memudahkan proses pendaftaran setelah sampai di LR kerana banyak di antara mereka yang tidak tahu tempat untuk daftar/lapor diri setelah sampai.

MAKANAN

Setiap syarikat menyediakan kemudahan & fasiliti yang berbeza dari segi saiz bilik, setting katil, tuala, selipar dan lain-lain. Jadi anda harus faham jika kemudahan dan fasiliti anda tidak sama dengan penginapan yang lain. Bagi mereka yang tinggal LMG dan PAN, anda harus menerima/mengambil kupon makan untuk (dinner, supper and breakfast) dari kaunter SSL Kinabalu Park. Harap maklum bahawa air masak atau air botol tidak disediakan ketika buffet. Kupon makan harus diserahkan di restoran LR sebelum buffet bermula.

KELENGKAPAN MENDAKI

Okay, cukup sedikit penerangan tentang penginapan. Kita beralih kepada keperluan dan perkakas yang perlu dibawa. Barang yang wajib ada adalah seperti berikut; head torch, sarung tangan, tongkat, snow cap, med kit, extra baju dan seluar, stokin, jaket, baju hujan, energy food, thermos, air, dan barang2 peribadi yang anda rasa perlu dan adalah lebih baik jika menggunakan bag kalis air jika berlaku hujan. Harus diingat agar tidak membawa barangan terlalu banyak/berat kerana ia dapat menjejaskan momentum dan stamina anda ketika mendaki, mungkin terasa ringan di awal perjalanan tetapi akan terasa 2 kali ganda beratnya bila di pertengahan jalan. Tetapi jangan risau, perkhidmatan porter ada disediakan dengan kadar RM6.50/kg untuk sehala(one way) atau RM13.00 untuk naik dan turun; minimun berat barang adalah 10kg ke atas.

PENDAFTARAN
Untuk proses pendaftaran di Kinabalu Park, bagi yang melalui agent proses pendaftaran sudah dimudahkan/diurus bergantung kepada apa yang sudah dipersetujui antara kedua pihak, tetapi bagi yang bukan melaui agent, pastikan slot pendakian sah terlebih dahulu sama ada melalui online, walk in atau telefon dan telah membuat pembayaran penuh sebelum datang ke Kinabalu Park berserta resit pembayaran sebagai bukti. Berikut adalah proses yang perlu dilakukan ketika berada di kinabalu park;

1. Membayar yuran masuk
2. Mengisi borang pendakian/climbers form jika belum
3. Membuat pembayaran untuk malim gunung - RM230.00 bagi setiap 5 orang pendaki
4. Bayaran permit & insurans
5. Mengambil kupon makan bagi yang tinggal di PAN & LMG
6. Bayaran untuk pengangkutan (Kinabalu Park - Timpohon - Kinabalu Park)
7. Porter jika perlu
8. Packed Lunch jika tidak termasuk dalam pakej

 LALUAN PERJALANAN KE PANALABAN

Untuk perjalanan, dari Kinabalu Park - Timpohon Gate mengambil masa dalam 15 hingga 30 minit dengan jarak 4.5KM menaiki van yang disediakan. Manakala dari Timpohon Gate ke LR ialah 6KM dan mengambil masa pendakian dalam anggaran 6 jam. Saya syorkan kepada anda untuk memulakan pendakian seawalnya (8-9 pagi) agar sampai lebih awal di base camp/Panalaban dan berehat. Pemakain tidak perlu lah yang tebal-tebal kerana cuaca tidak terlalu sejuk di awal pendakian, perubahan iklim dapat dirasai di kawasan Layang-Layang hut iaitu pondok ke-4. Sepanjang perjalanan ke LR, terdapat 7 pondok/hut yang akan dilalui, dan setiap pondok mempunyai tandas(tisu tidak disediakan), tong sampah & bangku. Untuk peringatan kita bersama supaya tidak membuang sampah merata tempat, memetik tumbuh-tumbuhan & memberi makanan kepada haiwan liar terutama tupai dalam sepanjang perjalanan. Untuk mengelakan kaki kejang, ambil langkah yang lebih kecil/baby step tetapi konsisten dan kurangkan berehat jika boleh untuk mengelakan badan sejuk/cool down dan jangan berjalan terlalu laju. Packed lunch kebiasaannya dimakan di pondok yang ke-4/Layang-Layang Hut iaitu Kilometer 4, tetapi jika lapar lebih awal, beritahu malim gunung untuk rehat sekejap untuk makan dan pastikan sentiasa membawa extra makanan ataupun energy bar bersama. 

MASALAH YANG MUNGKIN DIHADAPI SEMASA MENDAKI GUNUNG KINABALU

Simptom yang sering terjadi kepada pendaki semasa berada di Panalanan ialah AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) yang mana pendaki akan mengalami masalah muntah-muntah, degupan jantung yang pantas, pening kepala, loya, hilang selera, pengambilan pil yang berlebihan(pil tidur), sukar untuk tidur, mengadapi masalah pernafasan dan lain-lain. Antara penyebab simptom ini adalah anda terlalu laju untuk mendaki sehingga tiada masa untuk badan menyesuaikan diri dengan cuaca persekitaran, mereka yang tinggal di tempat yang rendah seperti pesisir pantai dll. Cara pencegahan awal yang kita bole buat adalah, kurangkan merokok dan alkohol, jika merasa simptom ini cuba untuk berehat sekejap, minum air, berehat sekurang-kurangnya sehari sebelum mendaki, ubat (acetazolamide, aspirin, dexamethasone dll.). Selalunya simptom AMS ini berlaku/dirasai pada ketinggian 2400m atau 8000 kaki ke atas. 

7. Jangan mendaki jika mengalami masalah ini;
1. Penyakit jantung
2. Hipertensi
3. Asma kronik
4. Ulser peptik
5. Anemia yang teruk
6. Diabetes
7. Epileptic fits
8. Arthritis
9. Palpitations
10. Hepatitis (jaundice)
11. Kejang otot
12. Obesiti dll.
8. Jadual/masa yang anda harus tahu di Panalaban:
1. Dinner (4:30pm - 7:00pm)
2. Supper (2:00am - 3:30am)
3. Breakfast (7:30am - 10.30am)
4. Check in (1:00pm)
5. Check out (10:30am) - bagi penginap LR, cas akan dikenakan jika lewat (RM100/jam).
6. Sunset (6:30pm)
7. Sunrise (6:00am)
8. Cutoff time Sayat-Sayat check point (5:00am). Jika lewat, pendaki tidak akan dibenarkan untuk meneruskan pendakian.
9. Diharap agar semua pendaki dapat menepati masa yang telah diberikan.
9. Suhu normal di Panalaban adalah dalam 10 - 7 darjah celsius pada waktu petang manakala suhu di puncak dalam sekitar 2 - 1 darjah celsius. Tetapi jika pada musim hujan & angin kuat suhu boleh mencecah dalam sekitar 5 celsius dan kebawah untuk kawasan Panalaban, manakala di puncak dalam sekitar -5 celsuis. 

FASILITI PENGINAPAN/HOSTEL

Berbalik kepada hostel di Panalaban; sila maklum bahawa hostel tidak menyediakan sebarang servis untuk mengeringkan pakaian, justeru adalah sangat penting untuk membawa pakaian lebih seperti yang saya nyatakan sebelum ini. Kes-kes seperti ini sering berlaku. Selain itu, bekalan elektrik juga sangat terhad. Oleh sebab itu, kebanyakan hostel tidak disediakan dengan pemanas bilik mahupun air panas untuk mandi. Saya sarankan bahawa jika tidak biasa/tahan dengan iklim di sana jangan dipaksa, sebab kemungkinan besar anda akan mengalami demam, selesma, sakit kepala, hypothermia dll. Lap badan pun sudah memadai sebab pendaki akan bangun seawal jam 1:30 pagi untuk bersedia, supper akan bermula tepat pada jam 2 pagi dan bertolak sebelum jam 3 pagi. Masa rehat sangatlah singkat, jadi sila pastikan rehat lebih awal untuk menghindari masalah kurang tidur. 

PERJALANAN KE PUNCAK GUNUNG KINABALU

Jarak perjalanan dari Panalaban - Low’s Peak Smmit ialah dalam 2.72km dan laluan ke puncak dari Panalaban agak berbeza dari sebelumnya. Laluannya lebih curam dan mempunyai banyak anak tangga ataupun lebih dikenali sebagai ''a thousand stairs'' gelaran yang diberikan oleh pendaki. Apabila sampai bahagian bertali, sila ikut arahan malim gunung untuk keselamatan, tali putih adalah laluan yang perlu anda ikut dan jangan terlalu jauh dengan tali kerana itulah laluan dan panduan ke puncak. Pastikan ID Tag sentiasa dipakai dan ditunjukkan di Sayat-Sayat Hut, jika ada perubahan ataupun kesilapan ejaan nama, laporkan kepada pegawai yang bertugas di situ kerana itulah nama yang akan ditulis pada sijil anda kelak. Tetapi, jika tidak sampai ke puncak, anda cuma akan mendapat sijil hitam putih sahaja. Oh ya, jika berlaku hujan lebat di Panalaban, berkemungkinan pihak Sabah Park/Park Ranger akan mengumunkan untuk penutupan Sayat-Sayat Gate sementara waktu sehingga hujan kembali reda sehingga jam 3.30 pagi, tetapi jika berterusan, Sayat-Sayat Gate akan ditutup sepenuhnya demi keselamatan anda. Kerana pendaki akan melalui bahagian air yang deras yang sangat-sangat berbahaya jika diteruskan. Mungkin banyak di antara pendaki yang tidak puas hati dan marah kerana membayar pakej yang mahal tetapi pihak Sabah Park lebih mementingkan keselamatan pendaki dan bertangungjawab kepada setiap satu nyawa pendaki. Pendakian boleh ditunda tetapi nyawa cuma ada satu sahaja.

WAJIB IKUT SEMUA ARAHAN

Biarpun mungkin ada segelintir para pendaki seorang atlet, fit, hikers tegar dan sebagainya. Jangan sesekali menganggap tempat ini sebagai ''playground'' kerana sehebat mana pun kita, kita tidak lari dari kesilapan. Oleh itu kita kena sentiasa peka, dengar arahan dan juga peraturan yang diberi. 

HARGA MAKANAN DI GUNUNG

Harga barang-barang dan makanan di sana mahal, kenapa? Ini kerana semua bekalan barangan serta makanan menggunakan servis porter memakan belanja yang mahal, oleh itu bekalan bergantung sepenuhnya kepada bilangan porter yang naik setiap hari kecuali pada hari ahad. Purata barangan yang diangkat bagi setiap porter ialah 30kg, bagi mereka yang pernah mendaki sebelum ini, 5kg pun suda terasa beratnya. 

Sekian sahaja sedikit perkongsian dari saya, jika ada kesilapan saya minta maaf dan mohon perbetulkan. Salam mesra dari saya. 

Tinggi-tiang Gunung Kinabalu,
Sudah daki terasa rindu,
Sayup-sayup angin Kundasang,
Belum daki marilah datang
Ms.PC
Tulisan asal : Khuzaile Halimin