Sabah Malaysian Borneo Buletin September 2007

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September 2007 Volume 79RM 1.00Luxurious SabahINSIDE: Pesta Kelapa, Scenes from KK City, Nites Out, Events and more!SEE YOUR AD HERE!For advertising details, please call 088-232121ADVISOR 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 BYContents3 Feature PersonalityAlain Borgers, General Manager of Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort4Happenings & HighlightsPesta Kelapa Sabah Annual Art Selection Exhibition 2007 3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival TAFI International Convention 2007 ABACUS International Trade Fair MATTA Fair 2007Inna 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.7Eating OutCoffee Terrace, Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort Bella ItaliaEditorial Whenever 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 they8 At the recent 9Nites OutLuna Rossa Italian Restaurant & Wine BarPlaces of InterestBangkad Tolumis10FeatureIn the Lap of LuxuryAt the recent Malaysia Tourism Awards in Kuala Lumpur with fellow Sabah Tourism colleagues.12Through The LensScenes from Kota Kinabalu Cityprepare 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!14CultureMongigol Sumundai - Dance of the Rungus15Whats New at KadaikuSabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts16 18 20 22 24 25 26Bahasa Malaysia Section Chinese Section Japanese Section Korean Section Directory Listings Sabah Map & Listings Salt TrackMelissa Leong Editor3rd 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: Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my / Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my 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: wong@kkccci.com / kkccci@streamyx.com. Website: www.bitfkk.comPesta 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: Sebastian.Lim@sabah.gov.my / zachary@sabahtourism.comExcellency 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: elizabeth@dbkk.sabah.gov.myLankayan 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: melissa@lankayan-island.com Website: http://www.lankayan-island.com 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 HisSabah 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: gallery_9@msn.com 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: info@sabahtourism.comFeature Personality3His 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 beensynonymous 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.4Happenings & HighlightsPesta Kelapa, 79 SeptemberHSabah TourismSabah Tourismead 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 sebastian.lim@sabah.gov.my or zachary@sabahtourism.com.Happenings & Highlights5NewsSabah bags 6 awards at Malaysia Tourism AwardsSabah Tourism3rd Sabah International Folklore Festival 28 SeptemberExperience 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 Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my / Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.myIt 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 Touchdown Holiday (M) Sdn Bhd was named Best Tour Programme under the Luxury Tourism category. Also in the limelight was TYK Adventure Tours Sdn Bhd which won the Best Tour Operator Award under the Innovative category, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resorts Naan Indian Restaurant for the Best Indian Restaurant category while the resort was awarded for service excellence in the five-star resort category. Kinabalu Pine Resort also did Sabah proud by winning the service excellence award in the two-starresort category.6Happenings & HighlightsBorneo International Trade Fair 2007 (BITF) 69 SeptemberMSabah TourismSabah Annual Art Selection Exhibition 11 September 11 OctoberHeld annually, the Sabah Annual Art Selection is the largest exhibition organized by the Sabah Art Gallery. It showcases a number of selected works by Sabahs talents, from budding school students to professional artists. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the Head of States birthday and many of the masterpieces featured here are grand portraits of the honourable Head of State. Come and view Sabahs artistic talents at its best at the Sabah Art Gallery. The gallery is open to the public daily from 9 am5 pm. For more information, please contact 088-268 875 or fax 088-210040. Alternatively, send an e-mail to gallery@tm.net.myMATTA Fair 2007, 79 SeptemberThe much-anticipated MATTA (Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents) Fair 2007 will be making its way to Sabah this month at the Sabah Trade Centre, Kota Kinabalu. This is a great opportunity to grab fantastic travel deals, exclusively available during the fair. Visitors can also take part in a lucky draw. Entrance fee for adults is RM2.00. Dont miss the travel fair of the year! Open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on 7 September and 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on 8 & 9 September. For more information, please contact David De La Harpe at 088-222721 or e-mail chairman.sabah@matta.org.myTAFI (Travel Agents Federation of India) International Travel Convention 2007 69 SeptemberThe TAFI International Travel Convention will be taking place at the Sutera Harbour Resort, bringing almost 1,000 top Indian travel agents to Sabah. The convention is a publicity and promotional effort to market Sabah as a preferred travel destination to the high-end Indian market.ore 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. Apart from the exhibition, interested parties can also participate in several investment talks highlighting the many investment opportunities in Sabah, including tourism and IT solutions. BITF 2007 is organized by the Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) in collaboration with the Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC), Sabah Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce (DPBS) and Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) with full support from the Sabah State Government. Exhibitions run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm (68 September) and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (9 September). For more information, please contact the BITF 2007 Secretariat at telephone no. 088-252312 / 255470, Fax no. 088-225299 or e-mail wong@kkccci.com or kkccci@streamyx.com. Visit the website at www.bitfkk.comAbacus International Conference 58 SeptemberThe Abacus International Conference will see the participation of some 500 professionals from the travel industry from the Asia Pacific Region. The conference and exhibition will take place at the Pacific Sutera Resort.Eating Out7Sabah TourismCoffee Terrace, Shangri-Las Rasa Ria ResortThe name Shangri-La has long been synonymous with quality and excellence and the Coffee Terrace at Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort in Tuaran is a true reflection of this. Newly-refurbished, the Coffee Terrace offers a wonderful array of Asian and Western cuisine, which can be enjoyed both buffet-style and a la carte. As you step into the restaurant, you are greeted warmly by the floor staff who will direct you to your table of choice, be it in the cozy indoor area or in the outdoor terrace. The restaurant is tastefully furnished and careful detail is taken into consideration, right down to the exclusively-designed plates. Theres plenty to enjoy on the menu but the must-tries include Malaysian favourites, namely the beef rendang and nasi goreng istimewa (special fried rice). The buffets (both breakfast and dinner) are a grand affair. Diners can enjoy a fantastic selection of Japanese, Italian, Asian and Western fare, including fresh seafood. Unlike most other buffet spreads, the Coffee Terrace lays out smaller portions of each dish and regularly refills to ensure freshness. There are also several cooking stations where diners can have their fried noodles or pasta prepared on the spot. But its the dessert station that attracts most attention with its sweet delights, from a variety of cakes to a chocolate fountain! For a quality meal, excellent service and great dining atmosphere, nothing beats the Coffee Terrace at Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort. Buffet breakfast is from 6:30am to 10:30am, a la carte lunch from 11:00am to 2:00pm, a la carte snacks from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and dinner (both a la carte and buffet) from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. The Coffee Terrace is open daily. For reservations, please contact the Food & Beverage Guest Relations Officer at 088-792888 ext. 8020.The opening hours for dinner at Grazie is 6:00pm to 10:00pm and not 9:00pm to 10:00pm as mentioned in the last issue. We apologise for the error.Sabah TourismBella ItaliaLooking for an Italian experience with a Sabahan twist? Look no further than Bella Italia. Located at one of the most established accommodations in Sabah, Jesselton Hotel, Bella Italia offers great Italian favorites as well as classic Malaysian fare. The ambience is lovely, with its colonial feel and tasteful dcor. Flipping through the menu, you will be impressed with their selection of pizzas, pastas and Western delights, prepared by Chef Maurizio Intrigila himself. The Italian chef has worked with notable establishments and worked in kitchens in Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei. Among the must-tries are the spinach ravioli served with a side salad (ideal for the vegetarian) and the black bean fried kuay teow a hawker-style favorite. Other Asian delicacies include the mouthwatering Oxtail asam pedas and a hearty serving of Hainanese steamed chicken rice. It looks like old local favorites are back on the menu! The best thing about Bella Italia is the great deals where you can enjoy pizzas, pasta and cocktails at half price from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, while prices are 30 percent off from 2:00pm to 5:00pm everyday. Every month, the restaurant highlights a featured ingredient that is incorporated into a variety of dishes. For September, enjoy the zesty flavor of sun-dried tomatoes. Savor a Yellow fin tuna carpaccio topped with sun-dried tomatoes or a bowl of cream of vegetable soup topped with sun-dried tomato oil. Try some pasta cooked with mixed vegetables and julienne of sun-dried tomatoes or stuffed chicken with spinach and, you guessed it, sun-dried tomatoes served with mixed peppercorn sauce. To complete your meal, check out their long list of desserts. You cannot go wrong with the classic tiramisu or the exquisite semifreddo (which means half frozen) a fantastic hazelnut cream cake that tastes like heaven! Be it a creamy plate of carbonara or a scrumptious bowl of curry laksa, Bella Italia offers you the best of both worlds. Bella Italia is conveniently located at Jesselton Hotel ground floor 69, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, just a five-minute walk from the Sabah Tourism Board information centre. On Sundays, the weekly Gaya Street Fair takes place at its doorstep. Open daily from 6:00am to 11:00pm (last order at 10:30pm). For reservations, please call tel. no 088-313366, fax 088-240401 or e-mail kkbellaitalia@yahoo.com8N i t e sO u tSabah TourismLaoa u Rs n s Italian Restaurant and Wine BarErnest Hemingway once said that wine is the most civilized thing in the world. For a taste of some of the finest Italian civilisation, Luna Rossas wine bar is the place to be. The bar is tucked away in the corner of Kota Kinabalu city, just beside Bulatan Perdana along Jalan Sulaman. With its stone-dcor theme, wooden panel furnishing and dramatic lights, Luna Rossa is understatedly stylish yet cozy. The wine bar serves a wonderful array of Italian wine, offering a variety of flavours and aroma for you to indulge in. Italy is one of older wine regions in the world and two thousand years later, it remains one of the worlds foremost producers of quality wine. On Fridays, Luna Rossa offers ladies a free glass of wine and on Saturdays, selected bottles are at 20 percent off. If cocktails are more your thing, Luna Rossa does not disappoint. On Wednesdays, its Ladies Night so dont miss out on your glass of sangria (a redwine punch), on the house. The mojito (a refreshing concoction of rum, mint, lime and club soda) here is definitely note-worthy and we dare say one of the best in town!Luna Rossa is also home to a variety of Italian dining favourites, including thin-crust pizzas and pasta prepared al dente. Their garden salads make excellent light meals while their desserts are a perfect end to a delicious meal (you cannot go wrong with their tiramisu). Set lunches are now available on weekdays only. With a seating capacity of 30 to 40 diners at a time (indoors and al fresco), Luna Rossa caters to private functions, ideal for smaller parties and cozy gatherings. On weekends, a considerable crowd can be found here so its best to make reservations to avoid disappointment. For a laid-back night out in Kota Kinabalu, well see you at the Luna Rosa Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar! Luna Rossa is open for lunch from 11:00am to 2:00pm (weekdays only) and from 6:00pm to midnight (extended hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday). For reservations, please call 088-266882.P l a c e so fI n t e r e s t9Sabah TourismSabah TourismBangkad Tolumis A Cultural ShotImmortalise your moment in a full traditional costume of your choice at Bangkad Tolumis, located in Hongkod Koisaan, Penampang. Bangkad Tolumis (which means beautiful clothes in Murut and Kadazan) offers visitors a chance to don their favourite traditional costume and have their photos taken as keepsakes. Among the costumes available for both rental and purchase include the Kadazan dress from the districts of Penampang and Papar, Lotud (Tuaran), Rungus (Kudat), Murut (Keningau and Tenom) as well as the Dusun Tindal and Bajau costumes. These beautiful attire come complete with hard-to-find accessories, some of which can cost up to a thousand ringgit. This is because most accessories are passed down from generation to generation and such heirlooms are hard to come by and very few are reproduced. There are several packages to suit your needs, ranging from RM100.00 to RM380.00 and photo shoots can be done within the Hongkod Koisaan grounds, which feature a myriad of authentic traditional houses for you to choose from. Make-up and hair styling are available at an additional cost. You can also rent the traditional costumes for personal use (deposits are required). Bangkad Tolumis also sells an array of traditional motif t-shirts and collared shirts. Be it as a fearsome Murut warrior or a gentle Kadazandusun maiden, have your photo taken to remind you of your fantastic adventure in Sabah! Prior bookings must be made to avoid disappointment. Bangkad Tolumis is located at KM8, Hongkod Koisaan (the Kadazandusun Cultural Association centre) along Jalan Penampang, Kota Kinabalu. It is a 15-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu city. Open daily from 9:30am to 9:00pm. To make arrangements, please call 088-712552, fax: 088-714552 or e-mail bangkad@streamyx.com10In the Lap of LuxuryCBy Melissa Leong hampagne glasses clink as you watch the sunset from your yacht. A helicopter awaits to jet you to your romantic dinner at a revolving restaurant overlooking the city lights. A holiday in Paris or London perhaps? Hardly. Welcome to the lap of luxury right here in Sabah. The name Sabah often conjures up images of rugged terrain, exotic wildlife and plenty of sun, sea and sand. Its time to think out of the box and take the pampered path. Sabahs world-class resorts need little introduction. For five-star service and facilities, you are spoilt for choice. The Shangri-La chain offers two award-winning resorts: the Tanjung Aru Resort, just a stones throw away from Kota Kinabalu city centre, or Rasa Ria Resort, located in Tuaran and ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also in the city centre is the Sutera Harbour Resort, with its beautiful marina. Want a more personal touch? Check into the Lembah Impian Country Homes Sabahs first and only luxury homestay, into a world of sprawling gardens and plush bedrooms; a palace of teak, marble and silk, where timeless antiques and contem porary design meet. Lembah Impian is located in the district of Penampang, just a 15-minute drive from the city centre. (Tel: 088-766114, e-mail enquiry@lembahimpian.com.my. Visit www.lembahimpian.com.my). Want an exclusive wining and dining experience? Sabahs only revolving restaurant, @mosphere, will give you just that. Located on the 18th floor of Menara Tun Mustapha, the restaurant not only promises a 360-degree view of the city but a great selection of Malaysian and Pacific Rim dishes, served with your favourite wine or champagne. But for a truly unforgettable dining experience, why not arrive in style by helicopter or yacht? The package includes a 3-course meal, glass of wine and a transfer back to your hotel (Tel: 088-249 276, www.atmosphererestaurant.com). Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort also offers a classy dining experience at The Coast. With its beautiful underwater-theme and magical ambience, dine like royalty as you enjoy a view of the South China Sea. Nothing says luxury like a cruise. Touchdown Luxury Yachts has an impressive line-up of high-powered yachts to cater to your needs, including the Sunseeker Camargue 46, Bladerunner 34 and Halvorsen 80 Motor Yacht. Available for sunset cruises as well as day charters, wine, dine and enjoy sun-kissed moments as you cruise around the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Pulau Tiga and Mantanani. (Tel: 088-249276, www.touchdownluxuryyachts.com) Ignite your senses and indulge in the luxuries of the mind, body and soul at the Spa at Dalit Bay Golf Club. Only a stones throw away from Shangri-Las Rasa Ria Resort in Tuaran, the spa prides itself on pampering its guests Sabah-style. Offering a variety of spa treatments in a tranquil atmosphere, the Dalit Spa promises a spa experience like no other. The spa currently has seven treatment rooms, two of which cater especially for groups of two. With beautiful wooden finishings and sleek furnishing, each room is named after common spices and flowers used during treatments, such as lemongrass and ginger. The spa is a unique fusion of old and new, blending traditional concepts with contemporary styles. Operates daily from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm (Tel: 088-792888 ext 6700 or 8018). So after youve conquered Mount Kinabalu or visited the Orang Utan, give yourself a treat and explore the glamorous side of Sabah. After all, you deserve it.Touchdown Holidays (M) Sdn. Bhd@mosphere Revolving Restaurant & Lounge@mosphere Revolving Restaurant & LoungeSabah TourismSabah Tourism12Through the LensAll photos Sabah TourismScubazoo14CultureTMongigol Sumundai Dance of the RungusSabah Tourismhe Mongigol Sumundai is a dance from the Kudat and Pitas districts, performed by the Rungus. It is performed both as an entertainment during festivities as well as a ritual dance. Three to eight female dancers are led by a male dancer. The women keep their arms close to their sides throughout the dance, moving only their wrists. Steps are slow and gentle. The dance is performed in a trance-like state during the rumaha and mangahau ceremonies. The rumaha, which lasts for seven days, is to pay homage to the spirits on skull collections. Performing the mongigol during the magahau ceremony honours spirits that occupy heirloom jars. This ceremony lasts for five days. Nowadays, this dance is also performed at festive and other social gatherings. The music accompaniment is produced by four gongs and a drum called tontog.Source: Benggon-Chararuks, I., Padasian, J., (editors), Cultures, Customs and Traditions of Sabah Malaysia: An Introduction, 1992, Sabah Tourism Board.16Bahasa MalaysiaMari Makan Bella ItaliaSabah TourismSabah TourismIPesta Kelapa, 7-9 SeptemberDatanglah ke daerah Kudat dan raikan Pesta Kelapa. Sertai penduduk tempatan dalam pelbagai penggunaan pokok kelapa, daripada airnya yang menyegarkan sehinggalah pohonnya yang rendang. Pokok kelapa tumbuh berkembang di daerah tersebut pada kawasan seluas lebih 5,741 hektar (14,000 ekar). Banyak aktiviti, termasuklah permainan tradisional, peraduan menyeronokkan dan pemeran menanti anda. Datang dan saksikan pertabalan Ratu Cantik Pesta Kelapa, mengetengahkan gadis-gadis cantik memakai pakaian berasaskan kelapa! Semuanya berlangsung di Pekan Tomborungus, Kudat September ini. Ambil peluang untuk menjelajah Kudat dan tempat-tempat menarik di sekitarnya, seperti Rumah Panjang Bavanggazo Rungus, Ladang Lebah Gombizau dan The Tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau yang indah. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Sebastian Lim (Pegawai Daerah Kudat) di talian 088-611306/faks 088-611303 atau Zachary Mobijohn (Sri Pelancongan Sabah) di talian 088-232121/fax 088-265540. E-mel: sebastian.lim@sabah.gov.my or zachary@sabahtourism.com.Festival Budaya Rakyat Antarabangsa Sabah ke-3, 2-8 SeptemberRasailah pelbagai budaya dari seluruh dunia selama tujuh hari dalam Festival Budaya Rakyat Antarabangsa Sabah ke-3. Kumpulan kebudayaan akan membuat persembahan dan bertanding di beberapa lokasi bulan ini, membawakan pesta kebudayaan menerusi lagu dan tarian kepada anda. Kumpulan yang mengambil bahagian termasuklah Babado de Chita dari Brazil, Malwa Sabhyacharak Club dari India, Decornu Dancers dari Ghana, Afrika. Universiti Naresuan dari Thailand, Kumpulan Tarian Tradisional Jung Jae Man dari Korea, Himpunan Lagu dan Tarian Kortowo dari Poland dan banyak lagi. Festival ini bermula dengan Perarakan Besa-Besaran Bandar raya pada 3 September di Anjung Senja (di hadapan Hotel Promenade) bermula 7.00 malam. Hubungi penganjur untuk senarai acara lengkap. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Lembaga Kebudayaan Sabah di talian 088-268812/268884 atau e-mel: Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my / Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.myngin nikmati hidangan Itali dengan cara Sabah? Anda tidak perlu mencari jauh: Kunjungi Bella Italia! Terletak di salah sebuah penginapan terkemuka di Sabah, Jesselton Hotel, Bella Italia menawarkan makanan pilihan Itali selain hidangan klasik Malaysia. Suasananya nyaman, dengan gaya ala jajahan British dan hiasan yang bercitarasa. Meninjau menunya, anda akan tertarik dengan pilihan pizza, pasta dan hidangan barat, disediakan oleh Chef Maurizio Intrigila sendiri. Chef dari Itali itu pernah bekerja di dapur-dapur tempat yang terkenal di Malaysia, Vietnam dan Brunei. Antara yang mesti dicuba ialah bayam ravioli dihidang dengan salad sampingan (sesuai untuk mereka yang hanya memakan sayur-sayuran) dan kuay teow goreng kacang hitam kegemaran ala-penjaja.. Hidangan-hidangan Asia termasuklah ekor lembu masak asam pedas dan nasi ayam Hainan. Nampaknya seperti kegemaran hidangan tempatan kembali dalam menu! Perkara terbaik mengenai Bella Italia ialah tawaran menariknya, anda boleh menikmati pizza, pasta dan koktel pada separuh harga bermula 5:00 petang hingga 7:00 petang, manakala harganya turun 30 peratus dari 2:00 petang hingga 5:00 petang setiap hari. Setiap bulan, restoran ini mengetengahkan pelbagai ramuan yang digabungkan dalam banyak hidangan. Pada September, nikmati perisa keenakan perisa tomato kering. Rasai carpaccio tuna sirip kuning dengan tomato kering atau semangkuk sup sayur yang dihidang dengan minyak tomato kering. Cubalah pasta yang dimasak dengan pelbagai sayuran dan campuran tomato kering atau daging ayam dengan bayam dan tomato kering dihidang dengan sos lada biji. Untuk melengkapkan hidangan anda, periksa senarai panjang pencuci mulut. Tidak salah anda memilih tiramisu yang klasik atau semifreddo (yang bermaksud separuh beku) kek krim kacang hazel yang cukup lazat! Sama ada sepinggan carbonara atau semangkuk kari laksa, Bella Italia menawarkan anda yang terbaik untuk anda dalam kedua-duanya. Bella Italia terletak di tingkat bawah Hotel Jesselton 69, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, hanya lima minit berjalan kaki dari pusat maklumat Lembaga Pelancongan Sabah. Pada Ahad, Tamu Gaya Street yang diadakan setiap minggu berlangsung di luar pintunya. Dibuka setiap hari dari 6:00 pagi hingga 11:00 malam (tempahan akhir 10:30 malam). Untuk tempahan, sila hubungi talian 088-313366, faks 088-240401 atau e-mel kkbellaitalia@yahoo.comBahasa Malaysia17Sabah TourismPameran Karya Pilihan Tahunan Sabah 11 September 11 OctoberDiadakan setiap tahun, Karya Pilihan Tahunan Sabah merupakan pameran terbesar dianjurkan oleh Galeri Lukisan Sabah. Ia mempamerkan karya terpilih oleh pelukis berbakat Sabah, daripada pelajar sekolah sehinggalah pelukis profesional. Pameran ini diadakan bersempena dengan hari jadi Yang diPertua Negeri dan banyak lukisan yang diketengahkan di sini adalah potret besar Yang di-pertua Negeri. Datang dan Saksikan bakat-bakat lukisan di Sabah di tahap terbaik di Galeri Lukisan Sabah. Galeri ini dibuka kepada orang ramai setiap hari bermula 9 pagi hingga 5 petang. Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi 088-268875 atau faks 088-210040. Selain itu, hantarkan e-mel ke gallery@tm.net.mySabah TourismTaman Tunku Abdul RahmanUntuk pengalaman bersiar-siar di pulau, Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman adalah pilihan sesuai anda! Terdiri daripada lima buah pulau, iaitu pulau Manukan, Mamutik, Sulug, Gaya dan Sapi, taman laut ini hanya mengambil masa 20 minit menaiki bot laju dari pesisir Kota Kinabalu. Setiap pulau memiliki tarikannya: Manukan dan Mamutik dilengkapi dengan kemudahan dan terkenal dengan aktiviti airnya yang banyak manakala pulau lebih kecil, Sapi, merupakan destinasi popular bagi mereka yang ingin berjemur tenang di bawah matahari. Pulau-pulau ini menawarkan pelbagai aktiviti untuk dinikmati semua, daripada menaiki bot berbentuk pisang yang terhentak-hentak sehinggalah paralayar: Cara hebat melihat pemandangan Bandaraya KK dan Lautan China Selatan dari mata burung! Menyaksikan kehebatan bawah air menerusi snorkel dan selam skuba. Suka akan aktiviti luar? Pulau Sapi, Sulug dan Mamutik menawarkan tapak-tapak khemah yang hebat. Satu lagi aktiviti unik ialah seawalking. Kunjungi Pulau Sapi untuk pengalaman menakjubkan ini. Sama ada anda inginkan hari penuh keseronokan atau tengah hari yang tenang di bawah sinaran matahari, Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman miliki semuanya! Untuk ke Sana Berlepas atau tiba di Jesselton Point yang terletak bersebelahan dengan Jabatan Kastam Diraja Malaysia. Ia dibuka setiap hari bermula 7:30 pagi hingga 5.00 petang. Pengunjung juga boleh berlepas dari Pusat Peranginan Sutera Harbour Marina atau Shangri-Las Tanjung Aru Resort.1 8C h i n e s eSabah Tourism20JapaneseSabah TourismRiverbug20JapaneseSabah TourismRiverbugJapanese2122KoreanSabah TourismSabah Tourism3rd 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: Mackey.Apison@sabah.gov.my / Rusman.Abdullah@sabah.gov.my 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: wong@kkccci.com / kkccci@streamyx.com. Website: www.bitfkk.comPesta 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: Sebastian.Lim@sabah.gov.my / zachary@sabahtourism.comExcellency 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: elizabeth@dbkk.sabah.gov.myLankayan 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: melissa@lankayan-island.com Website: http://www.lankayan-island.com 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 HisSabah 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: gallery_9@msn.com 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: info@sabahtourism.com Sabah Travel GuideTAMU MARKETS* most tamus operate as early as 6am and close by 2pm.MUSEUMS & MEMORIALSKOTA KINABALUSabah State Museum Mon Sun: 9.00am 5.00pm Jln. Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551 Sabah Islamic Civilisation Museum Mon Sun: 9.00am 5.00pm Jalan Menteri, off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-538227/538228 Sabah Ethnobotanical Heritage Museum Mon Sun: 9.00am 5.00pm Bukit Istana Lama, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-253199/263551 Second World War Memorial Petagas Open daily Tel:088-253199 Kinarut Mansion Ruins Museum Mon Sun: 9.00am 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199/263551SANDAKANKota Kinabalu PenampangInobong SundayGaya Street Fair - Sunday Kampung Air - SundayRanau KudatAgnes Keith House, Sandakan Mon - Sun: 9.00am - 5.00pm Tel: 089-222679 Sandakan Memorial Park Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Sibuga Forest Reserve Mile 7, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan Tel: 016 8221616 (Doris) Sandakan Heritage Museum Mon - Sun: 9am-5pm Wisma Warisan, Sandakan Tel: 089-222679 Batu Tulug Archaeological Site Museum, Kinabatangan Mon Sun: 9.00am 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199Bukit Tengkorak Archaelogical Site Museum, Semporna Mon Sun: 9.00am 5.00pm Tel: 088-253199Pekan Kundasang - Friday Pekan Tomburungus Tuesday & WednesdayOTHER DISTRICTSTuaranTawauMurut Museum (Sabah Murut Cultural Centre , Tenom) Mon Sun: 9.00 am 5.00 pm Lembaga Kebudayaan Negeri Sabah (Tenom Branch) W.D.T 72, 89909 Tenom. Tel: 087-734506 Mat Salleh Memorial, Tambunan Open Daily Kg. Tibabar, Tambunan Tel :088-253199/ 263551 Kundasang War Memorial, Open daily including Public Holidays Tel: 019 899 2041 (Mr. Sevee Charuruks)Pekan Tuaran - Sunday Kiulu - TuesdayBandar Tawau - SundaySemporna TenomSandakan SipitangPekan Semporna - Sunday Pekan Tenom Wednesday & SundaySandakan Town - Sunday Gua Mantong Jaya - Sunday Sindumin - SaturdayTAWAUKota BeludPekan Kota Belud - SundayTeck Guan Cocoa Museum Mon-Fri: 8am -11:30am 1:30pm-4:30pm Sat: 8am-12pm Sun: Closed Mile 2, Tanjung Batu Laut, Teck Guan Factory, Tawau Tel:089-775566 ext 2601TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRESNo.51, Jalan Gaya, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-212121 Fax: 088-212075 Email: info@sabahtourism.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 9:00am to 4:00pm (Weekend & PH)Sabah Tourism BoardLot 4, Ground Floor, Block L, Sinsuran Complex, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-232121 Fax: 088-265540 Email: info@sabahtourism.com Website: www.sabahtourism.com Open: 8:00amto 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) 8:00am-4:00pm (Weekend & PH)Yayasan Sabah Ambulance 088-326655 Information Services 088-280600/ 280631/ 280641 International Telephone Directory Assistance -108Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn BhdTourism Malaysia (Sabah)Lot 1-0-7, Ground Floor, Block 1, Lorong Api-Api 1, Api Api Centre, 88000, Kota Kinabalu Tel:088-248698/ 211732 E-mail: enquiries@tourism.gov.my Website: www.tourism.gov.my Open: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Mon-Fri) Closed on weekendsSANDAKAN (089) !Hospital 212111 !Airport 660405 !Immigrations 668308 TAWAU (089) !Hospital 773533 !Airport 950013 !Immigrations 773343 LABUAN (087) !Hospital 413333 !Airport 415015 !Immigrations 412298Useful NumbersFire Department - 994 Ambulance /Police -999 Police Hotline HQ SABAH 088-253555 KK 088-221191 Airport - 088-238555Queen Elizabeth Hospital 088-218166 Damai Specialist Centre 088-222922 Sabah Medical Centre 088-211333Salt Trailall photos Tham Yau KongBy Tham Yau KongCrocker Range, the longest mountain chain in Sabah, stretches from Sorinsim, in the states northern district of Penampang, south to Maligan, in the Tenom district. Rising to an average height of about 5,000 ft, it effectively separates Sabahs west coast from the interior villages. Crocker Range Park, covering about 139,919 hectares and extending from Penampang district to Tenom, was gazetted in 1984. The Park Headquarters are situated in Keningau district, on the KimanisKeningau highway, with sub-stations in Penampang, Tambunan, Papar and Tenom. The Salt Trail was originally created by the natives of Sabahs interior who, for 100 years, walked along it to carry their jungle products across the Crocker Range to the coastal Penampang villages, where they engaged in barter trade for salt. Several salt routes were established, but the one most frequently used, linking Tikolod in Tambunan to Inobong in Penampang, is that now known as the Crocker Range. SALT ROUTE In 2003/4, Sabah Parks officially created the Salt Route constructing two Crocker Range Park substations, one in Tikolod and another in Inobong, to facilitate Sabah tour operators wishing to extend their range of adventure tourism products. As the track traverses thick primary forest and incorporates many river crossings, it is compulsory for those wishing to trek along this historic route to engage the services of a park guide, obtain the necessary permits and insurance, and pay conservation fees. The Salt Trail can be walked in either direction, between Tikolod sub-station in Tambunan and Inobong sub-station in Penampang, a distance of about 45 kilometres. The ideal time frame for this trek, which allows trekkers to enjoy the scenery, culture and natural beauty along the way, is a total package of 5 days and 4 nights, with overnight stays at Terian, Buayan, Kionab and Melungung. The area between Melungung to Kionob is thick primary forest, while the sector from Kionob to Buayan passes across numerous large rivers, including the Papar and Kionob. From Buayan to Terian, and onward to Inobong, the range is steep and densely forested. For adventurers who wish to embark upon something completely different, the Crocker Range Salt Trail is an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit www. tykadventures.com.

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