The Little New Zealand of Sabah, the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

If you are planning a trip to the Borneo region of Malaysia, there is a place that you should not miss visiting when you are in Sabah. Above the highlands of Kundasang is the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. It is situated around 100km from Kota Kinabalu, which would take about 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours’ drive to get there. You can also opt to get a taxi or a bus or even rent a car. Located at the …

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Fun & Hilarious International TV shows at Borneo (Part 2)

Fun & Hilarious International TV shows at Borneo (Part 2) Recently, television shows from Asian countries such as South Korean and Japan, had seen an increase in viewers from all over the world. These variety shows usually focus on entertainment and mostly contain elements of comedy in their shows. Some of the shows that require their members to travel to other countries had visited Sabah and Sarawak in some portion of their shows. Here are some of the variety shows …

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Fun & Exciting International TV shows about Borneo (Part 1)

Sabah and Sarawak are 2 famous destinations for nature and wildlife tourism. The untouched ecosystems at some of the places make them popular among nature lovers. Even though there are many documentaries about Borneo, where most of them focusing mainly on the nature, there are some of the international programs that was shot in Sabah & Sarawak that were a bit different from these documentaries, but also promoting Borneo to their own countries. Here are some of the variety shows …

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Sapi Island, Sabah

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Sapi Island is one of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. To get there, it takes 15 minute boat ride from the jetty at Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu. There is a minimal entrance fee of RM3 for Malaysians and RM10 for non-Malaysians at the counter. In Malay, “Sapi” means cow, so it literally means “Cow Island”, though you will never see any cows lying around at the island. Located only 7 km from the city, this island had become …

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Mantanani Island Sabah

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The Land Below the Wind is famous for its clear and blue beaches, as well as their diving sites. In northwest of Kota Belud, there are a group of three islands called Mantanani Islands. It consists of Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kecil and Lungisan Island. The island was once famous for its dugong (sea cow), but lately, the sightings are less frequent. However, do not let this dampen your spirit. There are still plenty of things to see and experience at …

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What is Blue Lounge in Kota Kinabalu?

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It seems that Blue Lounge is just what we travellers need on the last day before we depart Kota Kinabalu especially if our flight is late afternoon, and we need to check out from Hotel by 12 noon. Our tour itineraries especially if we take a 3 days package would inevitably be that we would visit Tunku Abdul Rahman park on Day 3. So after checking out from hotel and leaving our luggage at hotel concierge, we go enjoy ourselves …

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Seven methods of how to differentiate between a real pearl to that of a fake or imitation pearl in Sabah

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Pearls! Pearls! Pearls everywhere. If this is your first visit to Sabah, did you know that you can find pearls being sold at almost everywhere? There are even vendors walking around asking if you would like to buy pearls. You can find them easily at Filipino Market or Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. There are many stalls there selling pearls from Sabah or off South China Sea. There are 2 types of pearls being sold there. They are the cultured …

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The Hidden facts behind Sipadan Island and Kapalai Island

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Sipadan Island Sipadan Island got its name from the word “Siparan”, which refers to a dead body of Paran (Si Paran – “Si” in this context is an old prefix in front of people’s name) whom had been found on the beach of the island. Sipadan is an island situated at east coast of Sabah and can be reached by boat from Semporna. It is located at the heart of Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine …

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Padas White Water Rafting

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Padas White Water Rafting “All set!” I heard Adel shouted from the bathroom. All of us were equipped with only our bag packs with one pair of dry clothes each, except for Fatin, who brought extra, just in case. We were supposed to head down in 5 minutes, but we were still gulping down our instant coffees and sandwiches, that we bought earlier that night, while waiting for Adel to finish braiding her hair. All of us were excited. This …

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Culture of Sabah

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Sabah is one of the multicultural states in Malaysia. The state has more than 30 ethnic groups, over 50 different languages and about 90 dialects. Kadazan-Dusun is the largest ethnic group in Sabah; consisting of one third of Sabah’s population. Kadazan, along with Dusun people lives mainly on the west coast of Sabah and rural areas. The similarity in the dialect and culture makes the two ethnic grouped together. Traditionally, most of them were farmers, cultivating paddy rice and upland …

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