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ADVISOR YBhg. Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin / Sitti B. Damsal

EDITOR Melissa Leong

DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W.

Charlieking Padasian (Kadaiku Section)

PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board / Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.

51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu 3 Feature Personality
TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese)
Rie Harada (Japanese)
Clement Lee - Reaching Out to Greater Heights and Depths
Emzee Lee (Korean) BM EDITOR Puan Hjh. Asmiah Ajamain, Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka

DESIGNED & PRINTED BY COVER Alric Goh - Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.
4 Happenings & Highlights
Inna Kinabalu Sdn Bhd Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra - East Malaysian Tour
(Publisher of The New Sabah Times) Kiulu 4M Bamboo Rafting Challenge
Jalan Pusat Pembangunan Masyarakat, Sembulan
Sabah World Cup Powerboat Race 2008
88100 Kota Kinabalu
8th Sabah Open 2008 Dancesport Championship
Ever y effort has been made to ensure that the information is Chinese Calligraphy Solo Exhibition
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
Jom Pigi Taman!
changes. No par t of this magazine may be reproduced without the written Gaya Christmas Carnival
permission of the Sabah Tourism Board.
Amazing Carols by Candlelight

7 Eating Out
Message from the Editor COAST Restaurant & Bar-Rasa Ria
Kedai Kopi Cravings

tribulations in this month’s feature

personality (p.3). December is also
8 Places of Interest
jam-packed with happenings, most
notably the first ever concert by the St. Michael’s & All Angels Church, Sandakan
Malaysian Philharmonic Youth
Orchestra (MPYO) on December 15 10 Feature
and the prestigious Sabah F2 World Let’s Party - Nights Out in Sabah
Cup Powerboat Race 2008 on
December 13-14. Refer to our Calendar
of Events on page 2 for a full list of 12 Through The Lens
what’s happening in Sabah this month. Food Glorious Food!

During this season of merriment,

celebrate the year end at any one of 14 Culture
Sabah’s many hip joints, featured on The Bajau Horsemen of Kota Belud
pages 10 and 11. Be it a laid back
watering hole or high energy dance 15 Products of the Month at Kadaiku
club, there are more ways than one to Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts

ecember is a time for many
paint the town red! Need a quick gift
things: celebration, reflection,
idea that says ‘With love from Sabah’?
thanksgiving and hope. For
Then head over to Kadaiku (p.15), our 16 Bahasa Malaysia Section
many of us, it has been a year of
souvenirs and handicraft shop to fulfill
blessings as well as challenges but as
that Christmas list! 18 Chinese Section
they say, adversity builds character. It is
these trials that have shaped the ‘Sabah
A big thank you for all your support and
Malaysian Borneo’ publication over the 20 Japanese Section
encouragement over the last 12 months
years and we continuously strive for
and we hope to continue to inform,
excellence and, more importantly,
entertain and enlighten you with all that 22 Korean Section
is Sabah. Have a Merry Christmas and
an unforgettable New Year. Jumpa lagi!
On the topic of excellence, we proudly 24 Directory Listings
feature Clement Lee, Managing Director
and co-founder of Borneo Divers.
Clement made history when he recently 25 Sabah Map & Listings
became the first Asian to be awarded
the DEMA (Diving Equipment and
26 Racing with Basics: Kiulu 4M Bamboo Rafting Challenge
Marketing Association) Reaching Out
Award – a prestigious recognition given
to outstanding individuals for their
contribution to the global diving
industry. Read about his trials and Melissa Leong
Chinese Calligraphy Solo Exhibition
4 December 2008 – 4 January 2009
This exhibition will showcase Suh Pak Yiu’s
latest masterpieces depicting Jesselton (now
A traditional extreme sports competition, Susan Shahira (Event Manager, Sri
known as Kota Kinabalu) in its olden days
which incorporates the four ‘M’s in Kadazan, Pelancongan Sabah)
and Chinese poems in calligraphy.
Manangkus (running), Mamangkar (rafting), Audrey Ho Huey Lin (MPYO)
Organiser: For further info: Manampatau (bamboo body rafting) and Tel: +6088 232121 (Susan) / +603 2051
Sabah Art Gallery Gilbert Gondongan Mamarampanau (walking on bamboo stilts). 5673 Fax: +6088 265540
For further info: Tel: +6013 871 3372 Held in the picturesque district of Kiulu, the Email: agripark@sabah.net.my
Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus
4M Challenge promises a wet and wild time
Tel: +6088 268875 Fax: +6088 210040
for all. Gaya Christmas Carnival
Email: gallery_9@msn.com
Organiser: 17 – 19 December 2008
Kiulu 4M Challenge Organising Committee Celebrate the Christmas season at Gaya
Amazing Carols by Candlelight
For further info: Street. A fun-filled event featuring an evening
6 December 2008
Ariffin Gadait (Organising Chairman) of Christmas caroling and a variety of stalls
This will be the 8th consecutive year for the
Tel: +6088 225752, +60198624585 to visit. The Carnival runs from 7:00pm to
resort to organize this charity event in which
Fax: +6088 257091 1:00pm on all three days. You can also do
all proceeds go to the Sabah Thalassaemia
Email: Ariffin.Gadait@sabah.gov.my your bit for charity as you enjoy the
Society. People of all ages and nationalities
are welcome to come together and share in
Hari Raya Aidiladha Organiser:
this festive season as well as contributing by
8 December 2008 Kota Kinabalu City Hall
purchasing coupons. ‘Jom Pigi Taman’ Muslims around the world celebrate this day Sabah Council of Churches
Organiser: 6-7 December 2008 in the Islamic calendar. Muslims go for their For further info:
Sutera Harbour Resort Various activities will be held at the Sabah Haji Pilgrimage prior to the day of celebra- Joannes Solidau
Venue: Covered Tennis Court, Sutera Agriculture Park during this event, held in tion. Tel: +6088 521800
Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club conjunction with the school breaks. Activities For further info: Fax: +6088 316137
For further information: including fishing competitions, family and Email: info@sabahtourism.com Email: joannes@dbkk.sabah.gov.my
Communications Department, Sutera friends can enjoy a mountain bike challenge
Harbour and many more. F2 Sabah World Cup Powerboat Race Christmas Day
Tel: +6088 318888 ext 3341 Organiser: 2008 25 December 2008
Fax: +6088 303338 Sabah Agriculture Park 13–14 December 2008 Midnight services and prayers are held in
Email: For further info: Kota Kinabalu once again plays host to the churches to celebrate the birth of Christ on
communications@suteraharbour.com.my Ismail Haji Zakaria (Park Warden) F2 Sabah World Cup Powerboat Race 2008. the eve of Christmas. The Christians deco-
Puan Wan Masamah Wan Abedin It’s a splashing good time with high-speed rate their homes with Christmas trees and
8th Sabah Open 2008 Dancesport (Marketing Officer) powerboats zooming across the South China receive carolers that visit from house to
Championship Tel: +6087 737952 / 737558 (Tenom) Sea. Powerboat racers from the UK, UAW, house. Malaysians of all creeds and races
6 December 2008 Fax: +6087 737571 (Tenom) / +6088 25852 Holland, France and Norway to name a few come together to celebrate the joyous
This is an annual event held to improve the Email: agripark@sabah.net.my will be vying for the championship title. occasion.
standard and quality of ballroom dancing in
Spectators can also enjoy a fun-filled For further info:
Sabah. This event is open to ballroom danc- Sandakan Bird Fair Photography carnival during this 2-day event. See you at Sabah Tourism Board
ing enthusiasts from around the region as Exhibition the KK Waterfront! Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd
well as from Asia Pacific to take up the 6-7 December 2008 Organiser: Powersport Events Sdn. Bhd Tel: +6088 212121 / 232121
Challenge. In conjunction with the Sandakan Bird Fair, For further info: Fax: +6088 212075 / 265540
Organiser: a photo exhibition will take place at 1 Borneo Tel: +6088 261 611 Email: info@sabahtourism.com
Imperial Ballroom Dancing School Kota Kinabalu this month. Visitors can also Fax: +6088 242 497
Venue: 1Borneo Ballroom, Kota Kinabalu learn more on how to use special Website: www.powersportevents.com.my Pesta Tagal
For further info: photography equipment for bird 31 December 2008
Anthony Keung photography. Exhibition and talks are held Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra The district of Penampang celebrates the
School Principal from 10am to 10pm. Admission is free. (MPYO) East Malaysian Tour Pesta Tagal (Tagal Festival) which highlights
Tel: +6088 253090, +6019 8213322 For further info: 15 December the significance of the river and its
Fax: +6088 238785 Cede Prudente / Dulce Come and enjoy the musical stylings of the contribution to the livelihood of the local
Email: ymmc7388@tm.net.my Tel: +6088 225529 Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra community. Join the local folk during New
Email: cpu@tm.net.my (MPYO) as they perform in Kota Kinabalu for Year’s Eve as they bring you a myriad of
the first time. With musicians from ages 13 to activities including fishing competitions, a
PERTISA Charity Dinner and Awards Kiulu 4M Bamboo Rafting Challenge 33, the MPYO present a host of classical fish-cooking contest, bamboo rafting race
Night 2008 7 December 2008 favourites, led by principal conductor, Kevin and even a coconut-bowling competition!
6 December 2008
Field. Ticket prices range from RM30.00 to Other unique contests include the longest
PERTISA (Persatuan Artis Tempatan Sabah
RM100.00 and a special matinee show for underwater dive (Tumolong). Festivities take
or Sabah Local Artistes’ Association) invite
students will take place at 2:00pm on the place along the Moyog River in Kg.
you to a night of goodwill and recognition
same day (tickets priced at RM15.00). Babagon. Come join the fun!
during their annual dinner which takes place
Tickets can be purchased from Sabah Organiser:
at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association’
Tourism Board or Sri Pelancongan Sabah. Penampang Tourism Council (PTC)
Hall this month. Proceeds will help fund the
Organiser: For further info:
local entertainment scene while a portion is
MPYO and Sabah Tourism Board/Sri Benjamin Golimbi (PTC)
donated to the Sabah Society for the Blind.
Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. Zachary Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah)
Sabah Agriculture Park Tel: +6019 822 3377 / +6088 232121
PERTISA (Persatuan Artis Tempatan Sabah)
For further info/tickets:
Venue: KDCA Hall, Penampang
4 Happenings & Highlights J
Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
East Malaysian Tour, 15 December
the MPYO also have the
opportunity to participate in
chamber music ensembles and
workshops during the quarterly
music camps held each year. This
month, let them enrapture you as
they perform a variety of classical
favourites including Overture:
Roman Carnival (Op.9) by Berlioz,
Cello Concerto in B Minor
(Op.104) by Dvorak and
Symphony No.2 in C Minor (Op.
17) – ‘Little Russian’ by
Tchaikovsky. Collaborating with
them is MPO Cellist Tan Poh Joo.
Ticket prices range from RM30.00
to RM100.00. Concert begins at
8:00pm. There will also be a
matinee show for students at 2:00
pm on 15 December; tickets are
priced at RM15.00. Tickets can be
purchased at the Sabah Tourism
Board information counter or Sri
usic lovers in Sabah are in for Their performance in Kota vide a stage for budding musicians
M a Christmas treat this month
as the Malaysian Philharmonic
Kinabalu is part of their East
Malaysian tour, with Kuching,
to showcase their talent and to
encourage them in their passion
Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd.
For more information, please
contact Susan Shahira at 088-
Youth Orchestra (MPYO) reaches Sarawak as their first venue before and appreciation for all genres of 232121 or e-mail
our shores. The 110-member performing in Sabah. Malaysia’s symphonic music. Under the shahira@sabahtourism.com.
orchestra will be led by its Principal youngest orchestra, the ensemble guidance of Kevin Field, each For more information on MPYO
Conductor, Kevin Field, as they is made up of young musicians section of the MPYO receives activities, contact Audrey Ho
perform at the Auditorium Tun from around Malaysia ranging in professional coaching from the Huey Lin at 03-20515673 or visit
Raffae, Menara Tun Mustapha, age from 13 to 33. The MPYO was Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra www.mpyo.com.my
Yayasan Sabah in Kota Kinabalu. formed on 13 January 2006 to pro- (MPO) musicians, and members of

F2 Sabah World Cup Powerboat Race 2008, 13–14 December

ed Villa Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal, Riga in Latvia and Jeddah
in Saudi Arabia. This year, Sabah is proud to once again host this world
class race. F2 World Cup teams from UAE, Holland, Norway, France,
Qatar, United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, German, USA, Kuwait, Sweden,
Portugal and Latvia will be competing to be crowned champion. Last
year, more than 10,000 people joined in the excitement which took
place at the Kota Kinabalu Waterfront. Unlike a regular high-powered
speedboat, Formula 2 boats are able to turn almost instantaneously,
incurring more G forces than any other racing machine on the planet!
This is due to their specially designed tunnel hulls. F2 boats can also
reach speeds of up to 200 km/h – quite the adrenaline rush! In
conjunction with the race, there will also be a carnival for the young and
old to enjoy. Visit the many food and beverage stalls and other fasci-
nating exhibitions. Are you ready for the rush?
igh-powered machines that go from zero to 60 miles per hour while
H zooming across the South China Sea – a wet and wild spectacle for
speed junkies to enjoy during the F2 Sabah World Cup Powerboat
The F2 World Cup Series is sanctioned under the ruling authority for
motorized water-sports, the Union Internationale Mononautique (UIM).
For more information, please contact Powersport Events Sdn.
Race 2008. Last year, Kota Kinabalu was selected as one of the four
Bhd. at 088-261611, fax 088-242497 or visit the website at
cities in the world to host this prestigious sporting event, which includ-
e Happenings & Highlights 5

Jom Pigi Taman!, 6-7 December

troll the many gardens in the sprawling Sabah Agriculture Park in
S Tenom (a 3-hour drive from Kota Kinabalu) during the ‘Jom Pigi Taman!’
(which means ‘Let’s go to the gardens!’) event. There are plenty of
activities lined up for all to enjoy including fishing competitions, a mountain 8th Sabah Open 2008 Dancesport
bike challenge and colouring contests for children. Be sure to take the time
to explore the Park, which is made up of 21 mini gardens, including the Championship, 6 December
Bougainvillea Court, Hibiscus Garden and Lily Glade. Discover the various
atch the top twinkle toes from around the region sashay
types of ginger plants and marvel at the many colourful orchid species.
Enjoy a stroll around the lake, visit the Animal Park and get to know W the night away during the 8th Sabah Open 2008
Dancesport Championship! It will be a night of dazzling
Sabah’s local fruits at the Native Fruit Orchard. Jom pigi taman!
The Park is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and performances, outstanding costumes and fancy footwork at 1
closed on Mondays (unless a public holiday falls on a Monday). Borneo’s Grand Ballroom, Kota Kinabalu. Contestants range
For more information, please contact the Park Manager, Muhidin Hj.
from beginners to seasoned competitors from Taiwan,
Ismail at 087 737952/737558 or Marketing Officer Puan Wan Masamah
Abedin at 088-258529. E-mail agripark@sabah.tm.net.my Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, China, Malaysia and
the Philippines. Contact the organizers, Imperial Ballroom
Dancing School, to purchase tickets.
For more information and ticket enquiries, please call
088-238785 or e-mail ymmc7388@tm.net.my

4M Kiulu Bamboo Rafting Challenge

7 December
ith valleys, mountains, rivers and hills, Sabah is every adventure-
W enthusiast’s dream. In December, it’s all thrills and spills during
the annual 4M Kiulu Bamboo Rafting Challenge. This exciting Quad-
event consists of four popular race-events of Kadazandusun people:
Manang’kus (a 6-km run), Mamang’kar (bamboo rafting for 5 km along
the rapids), Manam’Patau (paddle-swim for 1.3 km with a bamboo
pole) and Mama-ram-panau (bamboo stilt-walking for 0.2 km).
Since its debut in 1996, the race has become a much-anticipated
annual event, attracting adventure-enthusiasts from all over. The
competition has several categories, including the X-treme 5M, the
Mixed Open and Junior Open. Over the years, it has received rave
reviews from both local and international participants due to its unique
race elements – a truly Sabahan race! Come and cheer for your
favourite team and be part of the excitement during the Challenge!
For more information or to register, please contact Ariffin Gadait
(organising chairman) at 088-225752 or 019 862 4585. E-mail

Chinese Calligraphy Solo Exhibition

4 December – 4 January
The Sabah Art Gallery once again brings you a fascinating
exhibition, this time highlighting the ancient art of Chinese
calligraphy. Come and see masterpieces of Jesselton (now
known as Kota Kinabalu) during the olden days through the
eyes and poetic expression of Chinese calligraphy artist Suh
Pak Yiu.
The gallery is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For more information, please contact the Sabah Art Gallery
at tel. no 088-268875 or e-mail gallery_9@msn.com
6 Happenings & Highlights
utera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu once again brings you the musical
9th Amazing Carols by S delight of Christmas with the 9th Amazing Carols by Candlelight. Held in
conjunction with the annual Sharity Month organized by the resort, this year’s
Candlelight, 6 December charity proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sabah Thalassaemia
Society and the Pusat Kebajikan Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd Welfare
Centre). More than 1,000 carollers from various Christian denominations will
gather to sing Christmas carols old and new by candlelight. Come and join the
festivities with loved ones as we celebrate the Yuletide season at the Sutera
Harbour Resort.
The event takes place at the Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf and Country Club’s
Covered Tennis Court. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm.
For more information, please contact the Communications Department at
088-318 888 ext 3341, fax 088-303 338 or e-mail communications@sutera-

Call for More Direct KK–Cebu Flights: The Sabah and Cebu
governments have hopes for better air connectivity between Kota Kinabalu
and Cebu. This was expressed during a recent courtesy call made by the
Governor of Cebu, Gwendolyn F. Garcia, to the State’s Minister of Tourism,
Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun. The Minister said that he
also discussed how the Sabah government and Cebu could work together in
the promotion of tourism for mutual benefit. “We believe that both Sabah and
Cebu have good tourism products which people from both places would be
able to enjoy. We believe we should also promote more regional tourism, and
this is where the Cebu-Sabah tie-up seems to make sense,” he said.
Presently, there are only 2 weekly direct flights servicing the KK-Cebu-KK

Minister Launches ‘Tabin – Sabah’s

Greatest Wildlife Sanctuary’ Book: State
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment,
Datuk Masidi Manjun, recently launched ‘Tabin –
Sabah’s Greatest Wildlife Sanctuary’ at Hyatt
Gaya Christmas Carnival,
Regency Kinabalu. Present at the launch were the
talents behind the book, author Wendy Hutton and famed photographer
17–19 December
oin the festivities of the season right here at Lintasan Deasoka,
Cede Prudente. The book documents the diversity and beauty of Tabin
Wildlife Reserve in Lahad Datu, illustrated with vivid photographs. The book
also has an interesting section of tips on basic nature photography for the
J Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu! Organised by the Sabah Council of
Churches and the Kota Kinabalu City Hall, the theme this year is
picture-taking enthusiast. The book is available for purchase at Kadaiku,
located next to the Sri Pelancongan Sabah Tourist Information Counter in ‘Peace, Love and Goodwill to All People’. In this light, charitable
Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu. organizations will be setting up stalls to create awareness of their
plight and an understanding on services rendered. In the spirit of
Indonesian Celebs Visit Sabah giving, members of the public are more than welcome to donate
Seven Indonesian celebrities were in Sabah
generously! Visitors can also enjoy a host of performances at the
recently for a quick three-day trip around the State,
hosted by Sabah Tourism Board, accompanied by centre stage including a puppet show, cultural dances and a variety
Pak Henry from Indonesia's Graha Wisata Tours of songs and dances. As you stroll along the famous Gaya Street,
and Travel and Pak Bala, Country Director for visit the many stalls selling unusual trinkets, delicious Christmas
Royal Brunei Airlines in Indonesia. This is the first
goodies and handicraft. The Carnival runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
board's initiative to expose Sabah (tourism-wise) to celebrities in hopes that
the effort can help promote Sabah to their peers back home. Among the star- on all three days. Don’t miss the fireworks display on the final night!
studded entourage were actresses Dhea Ananda, Tina Astari and Nadia For more information, please contact KK City Hall’s Joannes
Vega. Solidau at 088-521800 or e-mail joannes@dbkk.sabah.gov.my.
e Eating Out 7

Restaurant and Bar
ocated at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria in Tuaran, the Coast is a fine dining three private thatched gazebos on the beach for a more romantic and
L experience we highly recommend. Its cosy ambience is accentuated
by the soft lights and ‘underwater’ theme (the ceiling lights are creative-
unforgettable dining experience. Fine dining at its best – right here at
ly modelled after jellyfish). The restaurant was hailed ‘Best Restaurant’ Dress code is smart casual (no flip flops or shorts). Dinner is served from
by the Malaysian Tatler from 2003–2005. Diners can choose to enjoy a 6:30 – 10:30 pm. The bar is open from 5:30 pm till late (happy hours from
drink or two at the patio before commencing dinner indoors. The menu 5:30 – 8:00 pm). For reservations, please call 088-792888 ext. 6304.
is a splendid palette of flavours. For starters, the Foie Gras Plate is a top

Kedai Kopi
pick, but if seafood is your thing, we recommend the Panko Crab Cake
served with frozen sweet chilli and tomato, cilantro, red onion salsa and
X.O, butter-yaki sauce. The Clam Chowder – prepared New England

style with double cream, smoked duck and white truffle oil – has also
received rave reviews. Simply opulent! For the main course, you won’t
be disappointed with their interesting range, including the classic Rack
of Lamb – juicy lamb flavoured with marmalades and rosemary oil.
Fancy some seafood? Ask your waiter about the Ocean Catch, prepared The kedai kopi (coffee shop) is an
to the chef’s mood of the evening, which promises a fascinating twist to essential part of your dining experience
your dining experience! Complement your meal with a selection of wines in Sabah. You can find these quaint
and finish off with mouth-watering desserts that are so beautifully eateries at every corner. Quick,
prepared, it seems like a shame to eat them! The restaurant also offers affordable local specialties at their best.
Perfect for breakfast, lunch and tea,
here are some of our recommended
eats when in Kota Kinabalu:

Gear Up Café (Gaya Street, 016 849

4708) – Famous for its fresh buns,
straight from the oven. Also serves a
variety of desserts, such as a cooling
barley drink and a soya jelly drink
called ‘leong fun’ served with
condensed milk. Open daily from 6:00
am to 4:30 pm.

Beaufort Restaurant (Jalan Penampang, 019 8715419) – Bring fam-

ily and friends for a hearty meal. Try the stir-fried bittergourd with beef
or chicken and claypot Japanese beancurd with seafood, served with
steamed white rice. Delicious! Open daily from 8 am–2 pm and
6:00–9:00 pm.

Kedai Kopi Kwong Tung Chai Kolombong (Jalan Pantai, 016 830
2877) – Serves the best homemade charcoal-roasted duck, as well as
chicken rice and char siew (sweet roasted pork). Usually packed
lunch; many wait in line just to get a table! Open daily from 7:30 am
– 2:00 pm.

Kedai Kopi Yee Fung (Gaya Street, 088-312042) – At 22 years old,

this is one of the oldest coffee shops in Kota Kinabalu. Try their sig-
nature Claypot Chicken Rice, served with mushrooms, salted fish and
baked whole egg, or a bowl of laksa – a classic Malaysian favourite!
In the mornings, there’s always a mad rush for their famous ‘kon lau
mein’ (homemade noodles in a special sauce served with your choice
of meat) Open daily from 7:00 am–1:00 pm.

Kedai Kopi Seng Hing (Sinsuran) – Mention Seng Hing and the
locals will quickly point out their specialty dish: Tom Yam noodles! A
spicy and creamy soup served with a generous portion of noodles and
prawns (or fish). The coffee shop has a wide selection of meals includ-
ing fried noodles, fried rice and chicken rice. We recommend the
unique ‘Lihing Chicken’ served with white rice – a delicious dish that
uses local rice wine to give it that one-of-a-kind flavour! Open daily
from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm.
* Please note that most Chinese coffee shops serve pork.
8 P l a c e s o f I n t e r e s t

St. Michael’s and All Angels

Church, Sandakan he historical city of Sandakan is home to many

T buildings and monuments, each witness to the

changes of time and events over the years. One of
the oldest buildings is St. Michael’s and All Angels Church.

The construction of the first stone building in Sabah began

in 1893 and took almost 30 years to complete. Designed by
New Zealander Mr. B.W. Mountfort, the building was first
constructed with belian (ironwood) timber, followed by brick
and finally stone, which is said to have from the nearby Buli
Sim Sim, while the white stones that adorn the windows and
doors are from Hong Kong. The stones were delivered from
Buli Sim Sim by prison labour at RM1.25 per cubic yard. A
cubic foot of stone weighs approximately 140 lbs and each
stone was painstakingly laid atop each other. During the
1906 Michaelmas celebration, celebrated on 30 September,
the nave and transepts were finally dedicated. Three
services were held that day to celebrate the goodness of
God and the faith of His people. The western porch (the
main entrance) of the Church was not completed and dedi-
cated until 1925 – 32 years from the start of its construction.
The Church avoided major damage during World War II in
the 1940s and remains one of the very few stone buildings
in the whole of Sabah. The beautiful stained glass windows
in the church were donated by Australians to commemorate
the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Getting There
The Church is part of the Sandakan Heritage Trail.
Alternatively, take a taxi from Sandakan town. It is
recommended that you make return arrangements with your
taxi driver as public transport is not readily available in this

Rev. Clarence Fu
Tel. no : +6089 215860 / 274830
E-mail: clrfu@tm.net.my
Postal address
P.O. Box 17, 90700, Sandakan





10 Feature

I Love the
Night Life
Exploring KK’s Hotspots
As the sun goes down in Kota Kinabalu, party-
goers come out and play! KK has a great selection
of pubs, clubs and karaoke joints for your
entertainment. We bring you a list of some of KK’s
favourite hotspots. Ready to paint the town red?

Shenanigan’s Fun Pub, Hyatt

Regency Kinabalu
KK’s favourite after-hours hangout has withstood the test of time and
remains one of the most popular nightspots in the city. Famous for its
outstanding live band performances and efficient service, Shenanigan’s
is a cosy pub located at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. Ladies flock here on
Shenanigan’s Fun Pub
Wednesdays to enjoy special privileges, and happy hours are from 5–9
pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Sunday means happy hours all night, and
BED patrons can enjoy unlimited pool games for free. The dance floor gets
tight on Friday and Saturday so put on those dancing shoes and party
the night away! Open from 5 pm to 1 am from Sunday to Thursday and
till 2 am on Friday, Saturday and the eve of public holidays.

BED (Best Entertainment

Destination), Waterfront
Crawl into BED for an unforgettable good time! With its warehouse-style
concept, BED is tastefully furnished and spacious enough to cater to
large crowds. A private room, aptly named the Bedroom, is available for
those who prefer a more relaxed ambience. Like most clubs, live bands
entertain nightly, alternating with an in-house DJ. Isn’t it time you went
to BED? Open from 7 pm to 1 am on weekdays and till 2 am on

Hunter’s Terrace (Hunter’s Pub,

Café & Karaoke)
Located on Jalan Pantai, Hunter’s Terrace is a great place to enjoy a
refreshing drink as you watch the bustling streets of KK. Patrons
particularly enjoy its al fresco concept and relaxed atmosphere. Sip on
a Pina Colada as you share travel tales with fellow visitors or unwind
after a long day at work with a mug of beer. They also offer special deals
for scuba divers, so be sure to whip out that diving licence! If you feel
like belting out a tune or two, check out their karaoke corner. Happy
hours are from 4–9 pm daily. Open daily from 8 am to 1 am on
weekdays and till 2 am on weekends.

The Loft

Cock & Bull

) The Loft, Waterfront
e Picture this: A breathtaking view of the sun setting over the South China
, Sea and a cool breeze blowing as you sip on a tall glass of Long Island
. Tea. The Loft is another after-hours favourite, perfect for enjoying your
, beverage of choice complemented with a view to die for. The bartenders
are friendly, and the DJ will keep you entertained with both contemporary Blue Note
h hits and retro favourites. Pool sharks can challenge each other upstairs,
d while avid football fans stay glued to the screen during live football
matches. Thursday nights are dedicated to the ladies! Open daily from 3
pm to 1 am on weekdays and till 2 am on weekends.

Cock & Bull, Waterfront

With a name like that, how could you miss it? Another hotspot found on
the Waterfront in Kota Kinabalu, the Cock & Bull is a friendly bar where
everybody just might know your name. A live band performs every night
as you enjoy a pint or two. Sports enthusiasts can also do this without
missing their favourite game on two large 8-foot screens. Happy hours are
from 4–9 pm daily (30% off on wine, liquor and cocktails by the glass and
40% off on selected beers). Business hours: 4 pm–1 am (weekdays), till 2
am on weekends and the eve of public holidays.

Blue Note
Another one of Kota Kinabalu’s favourite party haunts, Blue Note has
been around since 1994, entertaining crowds with non-stop music, friend- Upperstar, KK
ly bar service and unique theme nights. This night spot, located at Shangri
La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, is both classy and funky with its great décor with
a touch of understated glamour. Enjoy live performances and great music
spun by an in-house DJ. Weekends are the best time to check out the
happening crowd, and specially flown-in DJs play the latest in trance,
dance and house music. Happy hours on selected drinks are from 9–11
pm. Open daily from 6 pm to 2 am.

Upperstar Cafe & Bar

Upperstar has grown from a modest pub and café into one of the most
popular hang-outs in Kota Kinabalu, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere
and affordable drinks. Enjoy ‘buckets’ of beer at extremely affordable
prices and be sure to check out the extensive menu – we recommend the
generous portions of lamb chops or for a snack, the deep-fried quail. The
establishment also provides wi-fi services and computers, allowing you to
surf, snack and sip! There are two establishments: in Kota Kinabalu
(across from Hyatt Regency Kinabalu) and in the bustling district of
Damai. Open from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am on weekdays and until 2:00 am on
Through the Lens

A Rungus longhouse dining experience!

Food! Nasi Lemak

Soto Noodle Soup

Malay cakes
Steamed Prawns

Traditional Rungus fare Roti Jala Chicken Rice

14 Culture

The Bajau Horsemen

of Kota Belud
Known as the ‘Cowboys of the East’, the Bajau horsemen of Kota Belud eyes and nose. The kain (cloth) comes in vibrant colours, making the
are known for their unrivalled horse-riding skills. During special occa- ponies hard to miss when galloping across a field! The saddle (sila-sila)
sions, they don the badu sampit – a long-sleeved shirt, usually white or is a small piece of buffalo hide shaped to fit the pony’s back. A thick piece
black, with gold betawi buttons that run down the front opening. The shirt of cloth (lapik) is placed under the sila-sila. Antique brass bells (seriau),
is also decorated with silver flowers called intiras. This is worn with colourful reins (tingalu) and bridle (kakang) complete the ensemble.
trousers called seluar sampit (usually black) and a headcloth (podong). A Indeed, both horseman and pony are an interesting sight to see,
silver-hilted dagger (karis) is worn on his side, accompanied by a whip- complemented by riding skills like no other.
ping crop known as the pasut. But it’s not the just the horsemen who Information taken from Cultures, Customs and Traditions of Sabah
come out in their full regalia – the ponies are also decked in colourful cos- Malaysia: An Introduction, edited by Irene Benggon-Charuruks, and
tumes! The kain kuda almost completely covers the pony except for the Janette Padasian (1993)
t Bahasa Malaysia 17

Tawau Hills Park

(Taman Bukit Tawau)
engan lapangan menarik dan sungainya yang jernih, Taman Bukit
D Tawau merupakan tempat yang sesuai untuk mendekati suasana
alam semula jadi. Terletak sekitar 24km dari bandar Tawau, taman ini
y merupakan tempat popular untuk keluarga dan rakan-rakan berkelah
atau, bagi yang suka mengharungi cabaran, berkhemah semalaman di
sana. Taman tersebut merupakan kawasan tadahan untuk sungai-sungai
utama di bahagian Sabah ini; Tawau, Merotai, Kinabatangan, Mantri dan
Balung. Meliputi keluasan 27,972 hektar, Taman Tawau Hills diwartakan
pada 1979. Ia merupakan kediaman pelbagai jenis tumbuhan dan spesis
binatang. Berjalan turun di mana-mana dari banyak laluannya,
y pengunjung boleh melihat papan label yang memperkenalkan setiap
t tumbuhan. Orkid tanah rendah juga banyak di sana, yang paling menarik
k ialah Orkid Telinga Gajah. Pastikan anda bersiar-siar di Lowland Gardens
seluas 2 hektar, tempat bagi bermacam-macam jenis flora. Jika bernasib
baik, anda mungkin boleh melihat kelibat hidupan liar biasanya sukar
ditangkap namun monyet berekor panjang, tupai pokok yang besar, civet,
monyet red-leaf malah sekumpulan monyet putih juga pernah dilaporkan
A kelihatan. Pengunjung boleh memilih untuk tinggap di chalet atau rumah
tumpangan, kebanyakannya memiliki kemudahan asas seperti bilik mandi
e dan dapur. Sungainya bersih dan sesuai untuk berenang (ada bahagian
yang agak dalam, jadi perenang yang belum cukup mahir perlu
e berwaspada). Ada juga ada laluan mendaki, ada yang membawa ke
f kawasan kolam air panas dan air terjun. Ramai yang mengunjungi Taman
e Tawau Hills ketika cuti sekolah atau pada hujung minggu.
Untuk tempahan atau pertanyaan, sila hubungi Tawau Hills Resort di
talian 089-768719, Tawau Hills Park di talian 089-918821 atau faks

Restoran dan Bar Coast cadangkan Panko Crab Cake yang dihidangkan dengan chili manis dan
tomato, cilantro, bawang merah salsa dan sos mentega-yaki X.O. Clam
Chowder (Kima Cowder) turut mendapat perhatian ramai, disediakan
ala New England dengan krim berganda itik panggang dan minyak
cendawan putih. Memang lazat! Untuk hidangan utama, anda tidak
akan kecewa dengan sajian mereka, termasuklah Rack of Lamb
(Daging kambing dirak) yang klasik, bahagian bahu kambing yang
dimasak dengan jem limau dan minyak rosemary. Gemar akan
makanan laut? Tanyakan kepada pelayan mengenai Ocean Catch,
s disediakan mengikut citarasa jurumasak pada malam itu, yang
r menjanjikan pengalaman makan malam yang menarik! Lengkapkan
s hidangan anda dengan pilihan wain dan akhirinya dengan pencuci
mulut yang disediakan dengan cantik, hinggakan tidak sampai hati
erletak di Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria, Tuaran, Coast adalah tempat untuk memakannya! Restoran ini turut menawarkan tiga buah gazebo
T makan malam yang kami syorkan. Suasananya yang tenang dis-
erikan dengan sinaran lampunya yang sederhana dan tema ‘bawah air’
beratap peribadi di pantai untuk pengalaman makan malam yang
romantik dan tidak akan dilupakan. Tempat makan terbaik – di sini di
(lampu silingnya direka secara kreatif seperti kelihatan obor-obor). Coast.
Restoran ini diangkat sebagai ‘Restoran Terbaik’ oleh Malaysian Tatler Kod pakaian ialah kasual kemas (tidak boleh berseluar pendek atau
dari 2003-2005. Pengunjung boleh memilih untuk menikmati minuman selekeh). Makan malam dihidangkan dari 6:30 petang hingga 10:30
di halamannya sebelum meneruskan makan malam di dalam. Menunya malam. Bar dibuka dari 5:30 petang hingga lewat malam (Happy hours
cukup menyelerakan. Sebagai pembuka selera, Foie Gras Plate adalah dari 5:30 petang hingga 8:00 malam). Untuk tempahan, sila hubungi
pilihan utama, tetapi sekiranya anda meminati makanan laut, kami 088-792888 sam. 6304.
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Tel: 016 8221616 (Doris)
(Tenom Branch) W.D.T 72, 89909
Donggongon Kiulu - Tuesday Kota Kinabalu Sandakan Heritage Museum Tenom.
Thursday & Friday Tel: 088-538227/538228 Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Tel: 087-734506
Tamparuli Wisma Warisan, Sandakan
Mat Salleh Memorial, Tambunan
Papar Pekan Tamparuli - Wednesday Sabah Ethnobotanical Tel: 089-222679
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Lok Kawi Sabindo - Saturday Mon – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm Batu Tulug Archaeological Site Kg. Tibabar, Tambunan
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Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday Kota Belud Memorial Petagas TAWAU Tel: 019 899 2041 (Mr. Sevee
Pekan Kota Belud - Sunday Open daily Teck Guan Cocoa Museum Charuruks)
Tawau Tel:088-253199 Mon-Fri: 8am -11:30am
1:30pm-4:30pm Quailey Hill
Bandar Tawau - Sunday Sipitang Kinarut Mansion Ruins Museum Sat: 8am-12pm Sun: Closed Open daily including Public Holidays
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