Sabah Malaysian Borneo Buletin March 2007

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SMBB March 2007 Vol. 73

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March 2007 Volume 73 March 2007 Volume 73

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Hidden Treasures of Sabah

INSIDE: New Korean Section, Spa Essentials, Eating Out and more...

ADVISOR YBhg. Dato Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin EDITOR Melissa Leong DESIGNER Trevor Thomson Lam C.W. PUBLISHER Sabah Tourism Board 51 Gaya Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu TRANSLATORS Chin Yen Sang (Chinese) Rie Harada (Japanese) Emzee Lee (Korean) Cover: Bukit Naga Amanpuri, Kuala Penyu DESIGNED & PRINTED BY

Contents3 HappeningsIPEX 2007 Padi CDTC Sabah Argicultural Park Anniversary Day 9th Borneo Ladies Golf Tournament Lahad Datu Cultural Carnival Tawau Cultural Carnival

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.

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Eating OutRAWK Kedai Minum & Makan Sangavian

Editorials 2007 rolls around, we look forward to bigger and brighter things for Sabah and its booming tourism industry. The past year has not been without challenges but as the saying goes, what doesnt kill you will only make you stronger. Time and time again we have risen above adversity and continued to grow and improve. With its glorious natural treasures from ocean deep to mountain high, Sabah continues to be a preferred highly-diverse worldclass destination even for the most discerning traveler. 2006 saw more direct flights to Kota Kinabalu, bringing the world to our doorstep. Silk Air and Korean Airlines introduced direct flights from Singapore and South Korea respectively. This has significantly increased visitor arrival numbers from both countries, with the number of Singaporeans visiting recording a 189.9 percent increase from 2005 and a 91.9 percent increase for South Korean arrivals. This is truly promising as we anticipate more visitors from around the region, especially with 2007 being Visit Malaysia Year. Overall, Sabah saw a 12.4 percent growth in visitor arrivals. In 2005, we recorded approximately 1.8 million visitors and in 2006, we surpassed the 2 million mark. We are also proud to unveil our newly-refurbished Terminal 2 airport (serving domestic routes and selected international flights), which was completed in record time. Completion of Terminal 1 is expected by 2009. This year, Sabah is proud to play

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LeisureIndian Cooking Class at Rasa Ria

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10its role during the Visit Malaysia Year and we have an exciting line-up of events for all to experience and enjoy. Among the world-class events not to be missed include Sabah Fest (May), Regatta Lepa (April) the Sabah International Dragon Boat Festival (June) and the Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon (August), just to name a few. Sabahs tourism industry would not be where it is today without all its players from the frontliners to the stakeholders. Let us stay unified in our efforts to bring Sabah to greater heights and ensuring it is a premiere destination for holidaymakers everywhere. The Sabah Malaysian Borneo bulletin enters its 73rd issue with a brand new look a reflection of growth and changing with the times. We hope the publication will serve you well in planning your holiday here. Selamat Datang and we hope you have fantastic stay.

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Through The Lens Whats New at Kadaiku Sabah Souvenirs & Handicraft CultureDumpas Community of Beluran

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Happenings in Bahasa Malaysia Happenings in Chinese Happenings in Japanese Happenings in Korean Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Shopping in KK

Chap Goh Mei 4 March 2007The 15th day of Chinese New Year, Chap Goh Mei is the Chinese equivqlent of Valentines Day. This is an occasion where young maidens throw mandarin oranges into rivers to wish for good husbands. For further info: Sabah Tourism Board Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd Tel: +60 88 212121/232121 Fax: +60 88 212075/265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com

PADI International USA For further info: Johnny Wetzstein (USA) Tel: +949 858 7234 (USA) Fax: +949 858 7264 (USA) Email: johnnyw@padi.com

Lahad Datu Cultural Fest 1011 March 2007Take a road trip to the district of Lahad Datu on the east coast of Sabah to witness the 2-day Lahad Datu Cultural Fest. The main festivities will take place at the Lahad Datu Community Hall, featuring various handicraft exhibitions, singing competitions, a display of traditional games and kenduri adat (cultural feast, usually held as a sign of thanksgiving). Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Mackey Apison Tel: +60 88 268812 / 268884 Fax: +60 88 264235 Email: Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my

9th Borneo Ladies Golf Challenge Trophy 1314 March 2007The Sabah Golf Association brings you the 9th Borneo Ladies Golf Challenge Trophy at the Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai. This tournament is one of SGAs prestigious events in the States golfing calendar, attracting some 120 lady golfers from Sarawak, Brunei, Labuan and Sabah. Fantastic prizes await winners including a Tuah Power Truck, a Sutra car and return air tickets to Auckland, Sydney, Perth and Hong Kong for Hole-In-One champs. Organiser: Sabah Golf Association For further info: Vivien Quek Tel: +6088-411215 Fax: +6088-411217 E-mail: vivienquek@karambunaigolf.com Website: www.karambunaigolf.com

Invitational Paintings Exhibition 8 March 9 April 2007For art enthusiasts, come and see some of the latest masterpieces of Sabahs well-known artists in this annual exhibition. Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery For further info: Datuk Mohd. Yaman Hj. Ahmad Mus Tel: +60 88 268875 Fax: +60 88 210040 Email: gallery_9@msn.com

Tawau Cultural Carnival 2007 24 25 March 2007The 2-day event aims to showcase the rich and fascinating culture of the community in this district through displays of Kenduri adat (traditional feast), colourful dance performances, crafts and traditional games. Organiser: Sabah Cultural Board For further info: Mackey Apison Tel: +60 88 268812 / 268884 Fax: +60 88 264235 Email: Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my

Sabah Agriculture Park Anniversary Day 10 11 March 2007 PADI CDTC (Course Director Training Course) 13 24 March 2007The highest achievable level of training within the PADI system of diver the 12-day CDTC trains experienced PADI Master Instructors in the responsibilities and duties of a Course Director. Organiser: Sabah Agriculture Park boasts an amazing collection of native and exotic plants. The 1, 500acre park houses beautifully landscaped gardens where you will find unique flora, from the fragrant to the rare and exotic Borneo Orchids. Organiser: Sabah Agriculture Park For further info: Muhiddin Hj. Ismail / Puan Wan Masamah Tel: +60 87 737952 / 088 258529 Fax: +60 87 737571 / 088 258529 Email: agripark@sabah.net.my

Maulidur Rasul 31 March 2007Muslims all over the world celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. For further info: Email: info@sabahtourism.com

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IPEX 2007& Ideal Home Show 58 April 2007

PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC) 1324 March 2007

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he Malaysian Institute of Architects (Sabah Chapter) brings you the IPEX 2007 (Property Exhibition) and Ideal Home Show. Come and view some of the best home concepts and whats hot on the property market during this 4day event, which takes place at the Sabah Trade Centre, Kota Kinabalu. Up to 90 booths will be set up, featuring various material suppliers and property developers. The exhibition is open from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm. For more information, please call tel. 088-232 524 or 088-281 313. E-mail pamsabah@tm.net.my. Visit the website at www.pam.org.my

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or the ninth year in a row, Kota Kinabalu will be hosting the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Course Director Training course this March. Some of the worlds top professional scuba instructors will conduct the sports most difficult and stringent training programme, qualifying successful participants to train up-and-coming scuba professionals as PADI Instructors. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for candidates to rank in the top one per cent of scuba professionals worldwide. For more information, please contact Johnny Wetzstein at 949 858 7234 ext. 2362 (USA) or e-mail johnnyw@padi.com.

HighlightsLaunching of Le Meridien Kota Kinabalus Fitness CentreLe Meridien Kota Kinabalu recently unveiled its state of the art fitness centre and is open for membership registration. The Fitness Centre is staffed with professional trainers and members can enjoy a great view of the South China Sea during their workout. For more information, please call 088-322 222 or e-mail enquiry@kotakinabalu.lemeridien.com

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Sabah Agriculture Park Anniversary Day 1011 March 2007

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oin the merriment as the Sabah Agriculture Park in Tenom proudly celebrates its 7th anniversary this month. The 600hectare park houses beautifully landscaped gardens where you will find unique plants, from beautiful ferns to exotic orchids. Children can participate in the colouring competition at the Parks restaurant. Other exciting events include an auto show for motor enthusiasts and the Park Exploracea great way to explore the Park while hunting for clues! Visit the Rundum Lake to take part in a fishing competition or belt out your favourite tunes during the karaoke competition. Take the opportunity to wander through the sprawling park and marvel at the beautiful gardens. The Park is located some 15km from Tenom town. The journey from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom by road takes approximately 3 hours. For more information, please contact Puan Wan Masama Wan Abiden at 088-258529 or Encik Zainal Abidin at 087-737952. E-mail agripark@sabah.net.my. Visit the website at www.sabah.net.my/agripark.

9th Borneo Ladies Golf Challenge Trophy 1314 March 2007he Sabah Golf Association brings you the 9th Borneo Ladies Golf Challenge Trophy at the Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai. This tournament is one of SGAs prestigious events in the States golfing calendar, attracting some 120 lady golfers from Sarawak, Brunei, Labuan and Sabah. Fantastic prizes await winners including a Tuah Power Truck, a Sutra car and return air tickets to Auckland, Sydney, Perth and Hong Kong for Hole-In-One champs. For more information, please contact Vivien Quek at tel. 088-411215, fax 08-411217 or e-mail vivienquek@karambunaigolf.com. Visit the website at www.karambunaigolf.com

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HighlightsSabah Float Wins Award at Flora Fest 2007Sabah recently took home the award for Best Depiction of a Theme during the float parade at the Flora Fest 2007 which was held at Perdana Avenue, Putrajaya. The float with its theme, Living in Harmony with Nature, wowed judges which featured a giant agamid lizard, endemic to Sabahs forests. The reptile, which symbolises Sabahs eco-tourism, was accompanied by dancers in traditional costumes.

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Lahad Datu Cultural Fest1011 March 2007

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Tawau Cultural Fest 2425 March 2007

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ake a road trip to the district of Lahad Datu on the east coast of Sabah to witness the 2-day Lahad Datu Cultural Fest. The main festivities will take place at the Lahad Datu Community Hall, featuring various handicraft exhibitions, singing competitions, a display of traditional games and kenduri adat (cultural feast, usually held as a sign of thanksgiving). The fest would not be complete without a traditional dance performance, highlighting the Idahan culture. Their traditional dance is called the Gebiluka dance that features gentle and graceful arm movements, often performed during weddings and social gatherings. When in Lahad Datu, take the opportunity to visit the Tabin Wildlife Resort, home to some of Sabahs most elusive and unique wildlife. For more information, please contact Haji Rusman Abdullah at 088-268818 or Mackey Apison at 088-268812. E-mail Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my or Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my

awau, Sabahs agro-tourism hub, celebrates its unique ethnic cultures this month during the Tawau Cultural Fest. The Suluk, Tidung and Kokos groups are just a few of the many ethnic groups who call Tawau home. The Cultural Fest promises to be colourful and lively with their variety of traditional dances. Dont miss the Scottish-influenced Nona Mansaya dance of the Kokos people as well as the graceful Kadandiu dance of the Tidung community. Other activities taking place at the Tawau Town Field include a display of traditional games and sports, handicraft sales and exhibitions and the kenduri adat (a cultural feast, usually held as a sign of thanksgiving). Be sure to check out some of Tawaus places of interest such as the environment-friendly Balung Eco Resort and Tawau Hills Park. Hike up Bukit Gemok for a fantastic view of Tawau or travel to Semporna, the gateway to Sabahs best islands and diving havens. For more information, please contact Haji Rusman Abdullah at tel. 088-268818 or Mackey Apison at 088-268812. E-mail Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my or Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my

HighlightsAirAsia: Direct Flights to Macau and PenangAirAsia introduces direct flights from Kota Kinabalu to Macau (daily) and Penang (4 times a week), beginning 6 February. Check out flight schedules and rates at www.airasia.com.

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very once and a while, the craving for western food hits us. Why not fulfil this craving at Rawk? A cosy restaurant, Rawk opened its doors three months ago and is situated in the township of Dongongon, Penampang, just a 15-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu city. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from lunch onwards until 1am during the week and on the weekends until 2am. Rawk features a variety of western food and on Fridays, the restaurant serves a local favourite hinava (raw fish seasoned with ginger, onions and lime). Perfect

finger food to be enjoyed with your favourite beverage. The must-try dishes include its extra large chicken sausages with mashed potatoes and fried chicken with French fries. Another special is the juicy lamb chop topped with a delicious sauce, served with baked beans and French fries, The dishes come in generous portions, promising you satisfaction to the last bite. And the best part is, they come at affordable prices! After you have enjoyed your dinner, get comfortable with the pub atmosphere with Happy Hours running up to 9:00pm.

From Thursday until Saturday, enjoy a live band performance, playing your favourite rock tunes. Also for those who enjoy singing on Thursday is open-mic night. For great ambienc...