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サンデーマーケット

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コタキナバルの見ものの一つに、毎週日曜日に開かれるサンデーマーケットがあります。コタキナバル中心地のガヤ通りで午前中だけ開かれます。

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サンデーマーケットでは野菜や日用品をはじめとして、何だかよくわからない薬やペットまでありとあらゆるものが売られています。観光客だけでなく、地元の人も多く訪れ買い物をしているので、現地の生活風景を垣間見ることができます。また手工芸品やサバ産のテノムコーヒーなども多く売られているので、お土産を買うのにももってこいです。
歩き疲れたら近くの店でお茶でも飲んでゆっくり休むこともできます。

votesipadan.jpgKota Kinabalu: Pulau Sipadan moved up to 14th place from 17th spot in the search for seven new wonders of nature being carried out via Internet voting.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said Sipadan is now only three spots away from qualifying for the final rounds of voting.

"(But) I am confident that we will be able to achieve our goal to be among the 10 best islands in the world," he said in a text read by Assistant Minister Bolkiah Ismail at the launching of "Vote for Sipadan" campaign at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), here, Thursday.

To qualify, he said Sipadan must be among the 11 finalists under the island category in the online competition.

So, to achieve the goal, he said the Ministry is targeting students from public and private institutes of higher learning especially those with e-mail accounts.

At the same time, he said they are also approaching officers in both the State and Federal governments.

He said they have requested that the State and Federal governments inform their agencies and departments to brief their staff on the voting procedure for Sipadan.

Bolkiah said he has been entrusted to exploit the market in the peninsula and to target students and Federal employees.

Next week, he said he will be meeting with Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen to discuss the launching of the campaign in the peninsula in a big way.

(Daily Express)

Continue reading Sipadan three spots away from qualifying

Well ok, this wasn't quite "Stagnetti's Revenge" guys, but maybe the closest thing we've got here in Malaysian Borneo: lots of hot chicks swinging from the rigging on a classic yacht !!?!!

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As you can see it was beautiful day to be sailing in the South China Sea... the skies blue azure, sun shining bright... too strong maybe, for even our local Borneans were left with reddish-pink noses at the end of this rather lovely day of sailing, diving, eating and drinking... The yacht in question is Borneo Tall Ships' very own classic yacht Raja Laut (www.rajalaut.com) which is currently berthed in Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu - her "home town marina"...

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Borneo is Raja Laut's birthplace, her spiritual home. The classic gaff schooner was built on these shores.... and with it a dream of exploring the magnificent cruising grounds of Southeast Asia!..

The clue is right there in the name "Born(eo)"! True to this name Borneo is the birthplace of lots of inspiring, impossibly romantic, sometimes very real adventures...
a conclusion the writer Joseph Conrad must have come to having traced the paths to Borneo many times both as a sailor and novelist...

The great writer did more than any other to make Borneo legend, and we like to think of the journey from the Andaman sea to Borneo, and then onto Bali as "Conrad's Passage"!

For much of the world, and for Conrad in particular, interest in Borneo began with the "White Rajah" of Sarawak - Englishman James Brooke, who sailed from Singapore, armed with a 100ft schooner called the "Royalist" (not unlike the Raja Laut itself), and an inheritance, to take on the feared headhunters and pirates of Borneo, claim the Kingdom of Sarawak and found a dynasty that lasted from 1860 to 1940.

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But these are stories for another time. Today, the nearest thing you're going to find to a pirate in Malaysian Borneo are the pirated DVD makers me thinks.

Embarking at Sutera, we headed out to Pulau Sapi, the smallest island in the marine park but also the most popular because it is well sheltered by the bigger Pulau Gaya. Arriving near the Sapi-Gaya channel this crazed dreadlocked pirate on Ed's boat got his grappling hook on us... but it only turned out to be international travel photographer Suchen - plug time ! (www.suchen.com)

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Six of us elected to go for a dive, and Raja Laut's lovely PADI Dive Instructor got us all setup with new scuba gear for the yacht's dive store, so all we had to do is slap some sun cream on and get into the tender.

Here's Narvin demonstrating a nice backward roll out of Raja Laut's diving RIB. Thats Gav going the other way (as usual).

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Unfortunately no whalesharks were spotted (April is whaleshark season in Sabah) but we were pleasantly surprised by how the dive turned out: good visibility, healthy coral, and lots of fish, some rays, a moray eel, several species of nudibranchs which are always a welcome find...

After the dive we returned to the yacht for some lunch, prepared by Raja Laut's very own gourmet chef, weighed anchor and set sail around the north of Pulau Gaya.

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We stopped again in Gayana Bay for some wakeboarding in the bay's flat calm waters, and some kayaking too.. Its a 2-seater kayak but evidently Mr Aping wasn't going to let that stop him from joining in..

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As the sunset we entered the old port and ended the cruise at the Waterfront in downtown Kota Kinabalu, anchored right in front of Bar Su, using the RIB to go ashore we had Pizza ordered from Toscani's to be brought over to the Raja Laut...

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The sunset really was out of this world and we have the pictures to prove (thanks Suchen! - plug ! - www.suchen.com)...

A little champagne for starters... Well, I reckon it just doesn't get any better than this...

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I think Gavin was thinking the same thing... Looks like he probably had a few too many though...

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For more information on the Raja Laut visit www.rajalaut.com + or download by clicking on this link

B級グルメ天国!

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サバ州コタキナバルの美味しいものと言えばシーフードが有名ですが、地元の人が普段食べるものも美味しいものばかり。米類、麺類、肉類、魚介類、野菜、果物など豊富な食材に、マレー料理、中華料理、インド料理、サバ料理など様々な料理法があっていわばB級グルメ天国!しかもどれも安い!
素敵なレストランでの食事もよいですが、現地の人に混じって街中の店や屋台で食事をしてみるのも楽しいです。

B級グルメの中から、いくつかを紹介します。

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ビーフン(米の麺)をスープで食べる。
鶏肉、牛肉など具を選べる。


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日本のきし麺のように平たい麺をスープで食べる。
ジャコのフライの隠し味が食欲をそそる。
リマウ(カボスのような果物)を絞って入れるとさっぱりとしてまた違った味に。

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ラクサはマレーシアの代表的な食べ物の一つですが、サバ州のラクサは半島マレーシアのラクサとは一味違った味。
半島マレーシアのラクサは魚味のさっぱり系ですが、サバ州のラクサはサンタン(ココナッツの中身)が入ってて濃厚な味。

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揚げた麺にあんかけの具がのったもの。長崎ちゃんぽんに似ている。
出来立ては熱いのでやけどに注意。

他にもB級グルメはいっぱいあるので、また写真を撮ったら随時紹介していきます。

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah which is rich in wildlife, plants and marine diversity, can serve as a model for other states in Malaysia and countries in the region for its conservation projects, a US government official said.

Impressed with what she has seen during three visits, Kuala Lumpur-based US State Department environment, science, technology and health officer Alice Chu noted that Sabah was carrying out conservation projects with non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to preserve its biodiversity.

"The US government is trying to partner with the local state governments of Sabah and Sarawak and their partners such as NGOs to preserve biodiversity in a sustainable manner.

"Malaysia is a leader in this and Sabah is a great model for other states in the country and other nations in the region to follow.

"The local government and NGOs know what the pressing issues are," said Chu, who will soon leave Malaysia to take up another posting, after spending half a day at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park here yesterday.

(New Strait Times)

Continue reading US official: Sabah a model for conservation

SabahFest.jpgKOTA KINABALU: Mystical Sabah will be the theme for the month-long Sabah Fest cultural extravaganza from May 1.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said it would showcase the rituals of Sabah's indigenous folk, particularly the Dusun-Lotud people of Tuaran.

There would be a show highlighting some of Sabah's ethnic groups through traditional songs and dances combined with a display of rarely seen rituals and scenes of their daily lives.

A special segment on the tamu culture of Sabah would also be showcased at the annual fest, Masidi said.

He said that in the olden days, a sacrificial offering was made before the start of a tamu to ward off unwanted incidents such as cheating.

(The Star Online)

Continue reading Sabah Fest to highlight mystical practices

KOTA KINABALU: Golf clubs in Sabah have been encouraged to help the state government promote golfing as a tourism product.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said golf was now one of the significant contributors to Sabah's booming tourism industry.

"I urge golf clubs to utilise their resources to attract golf enthusiasts from around the world to come to Sabah as we have world-class golf courses.

"We have the most beautiful yet challenging golf courses to offer to golf tourists," he said at the prize-giving ceremony of the 21st Sabah Golf and Country Club (SGCC) Amateur Open here yesterday, which was also attended by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Peter Pang En Yin.

According to Masidi, golf tourism last year contributed about RM38 million in revenue to the state's tourism industry.

He was confident the revenue would increase this year, despite the global economic downturn.

Meanwhile, Sabah's current top junior amateur Nicholas Fung showed his prowess on his home turf, the SGCC course, to emerge as the overall champion of the event.

(The Star Online)

Continue reading Golf putt-in RM38 million to Sabah's tourism industry

WITH a record number of more than 22,000 revellers attending last year's Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) is working hard to ensure this year's festival continues to have the same magical attraction.

STB has already enlisted bands from the US, Portugal, Tanzania, New Zealand, Poland, France and South Korea to perform at the 12th edition of the festival which will be staged at the picturesque Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) in Kuching, Sarawak, from July 10 to 12.

There will also be performances by Malaysian bands, including from Sarawak, and these bands will add musical variety to the festival.

The bands that will perform are Zawose Family Africa from Tanzania, Noreummachi (South Korea), Moana & The Tribe (New Zealand), Red Chamber (Canada/China), Jouhiorkesteri (Finland), Muzsikas (Hungary), Inti Illimani (Chile), Jeff & The Vida (US), Dazkarieh (Portugal), Oudaden (Morocco), Poum Tchak (France), Asika (Malaysia), Sekaa Jaya Jenggala (Indonesia), The Nicholas Orchestra (Poland), Lan-E Tuyang (Sarawak, Malaysia), Kinabalu Merdu Sound (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia) and AkashA (Malaysia).

This new and exciting edition of RWMF promises festival goers an interesting mix of world music beats from the bands which will showcase some unique instruments.

Revellers can enrich their festival experience by participating in jam sessions at workshops every afternoon at the various ethnic houses in SCV, or by visiting the Rainforest World Craft Bazaar (RWCB), which will be held simultaneously with the festival.

(The Star Online)

Continue reading Sarawak Rainforest music festival to unravel another rousing show

ボルネオ島の魅力

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ボルネオ島が半島マレーシアと大きく異なるのは文化です。半島マレーシアはマレー人が多く、イスラム教文化が強く影響しています。ここボルネオ島はマレー人ではなく、原住民族が多数を占め、また宗教もキリスト教の方が多いです。その為、宗教をはじめ、文化、風習など半島マレーシアとは異なります。

サバ州には30を超える民族がお互いの文化・風習を尊重しながら生活しています。言語は、方言を含め、80以上の言語が話されていると言われています。
それぞれの民族が独自の民族衣装、伝統舞踊、伝統音楽を持っていて、それがサバ州の魅力の一つと言えます。

サバ州にお越しの際は、いくつの民族に会うことができるか挑戦してみて下さい。

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Pesta Kalimaran

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4月3~5日の3日間、Sabah州TenomでPesta Kalimaranが開催されました。
Sabah州には30を超える原住民族がそれぞれの文化・風習を守りつつ生活しています。Pesta Kalimaranはその原住民族の一つMurut族のお祭り。Murut族の文化を伝承するために始まったお祭りです。

TenomのMurut文化センターでPesta Kalimaranは開かれました。伝統家屋や文化の紹介、手工芸品の販売などが行われました。またステージでは伝統舞踊のコンテストが行われました。5つのチームがそれぞれ伝統衣装を見にまとい、伝統舞踊を披露しました。

お祭りは盛大で、夜にはビールの販売も始まり、楽しい時間を過ごすことができました。

batang_ai.jpgBATANG Ai has a national park that is also home to the orang utan. The 60,000ha park adjoins the 180,000ha Lanjak-Entimau wildlife sanctuary where there are about 2,000 orang utan. Lanjak-Entimau covers Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu and Kapit Divisions.

Gazetted in 1991, the Batang Ai national park has become increasingly popular with locals and tourists.

Apart from orang utans, other primates roaming the park are the Bornean gibbons, long-tailed macaques, pig-tailed macaques and the nocturnal western tarsier.

The animals there include the rare and elusive clouded leopard, two species of civet cat, sun bears, bearded pigs, barking deer, sambar deer, mouse deer, martens, weasels, otters, porcupines and giant squirrels, as well as a host of smaller squirrels, other rodents and tree shrews.

Five of Sarawak's eight hornbill species can also be found in Batang Ai, including the spectacular rhinoceros hornbill, the state bird. This park is also a water catchment area to Sarawak's only artificial lake.

(Source: New Strait Times)

Continue reading Batang Ai - Popular wildlife sanctuary

winner_skytrax.jpgKUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia took Skytrax's "World's Best Low Cost Airline" award in a ceremony held at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2009 in Hamburg, Germany on Wednesday.

In a statement here today, AirAsia said the award, given by Skytrax under the 2009 World Airline Awards, was handed to AirAsia following a survey, which lasted eight months, covering interviews with more than 16.2 million travellers.

It said the award followed the final results of the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax between August 2008 and March 2009 and which had respondents from diverse nationalities.

The survey evaluated passenger satisfaction for an airline's products and service standards.

(Source: Bernama)

Continue reading AirAsia Is World's Best Low Cost Airline

Vote for Sipadan Island

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vote-sipadan.jpgKOTA KINABALU: Sipadan Island, Sabah's pride with its amazingly diverse coral and marine life, needs votes to ensure it is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

The island off Semporna has already passed the first round when it earned national qualification on Dec 31, 2008.

It was selected from a pool of 261 entries from 222 participating countries.

The second round of selection from January to 7 July 2009 will see qualified entries divided into seven categories. Each category will have 11 nominees. Currently, Sipadan is in the 17th position for the island category and requires more votes to make it to the top 11.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment is therefore appealing to Sabahans to help place Sipadan Island in the list of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

At a press conference yesterday, Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said with the help of government agencies and travel companies, they hoped the island would garner enough votes to be included in the list.

Together with the Sabah Tourism Board, the ministry will embark on a "Vote for Sipadan" campaign to urge people to vote for the island.

(Source: New Sabah Times)

Continue reading Vote for Sipadan Island

Voting is easy and no charges are involved. Anyone above the age of 13 can cast their votes by simply visiting the websites www.sabahtourism.com or www.new7wonders.com/nature.

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