A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival 

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July, 2017

Have you ever heard a music festival concert in the jungle? Well, I am sure you have heard of it and one of it would be in Malaysia itself! It is located in the Land of the Hornbills, Sarawak. The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is celebrated each year at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong, which is the 45-minutes drive from Sarawak capital city, Kuching. In addition, RWMF is a 3-days jungle musical fiesta from various ethnic and folk acts from all around the world.

I got the chance to visit the festival for the first time in my life, and I could tell you that you won’t be disappointed to go there. One travel bucket list ✔

* Tips: An early preparation of buying the entrance fee ticket through online is a MUST to avoid from purchasing the ticket at an expensive rate.

This year, RMWF celebrated its 20th anniversary on 14th – 16th July 2017. Performances and workshops by world music celebrities were done in the morning. At night, the rainforest vibrates with folk and tribal music from various talented artists from around the world. This festival has attracted many music lovers from across the globe and enjoy the weekend of ethnic and traditional music surrounded by Borneo jungle.

RWMF is considered unique because it brings people together from all around the globe to perform and celebrate this musical festival. Moreover, it is suitable for singles, couples, tour group, and even families with kids to visit. However, there are some of the lists of things that you can do at the RMWF, and this is base on my recent visit to the music festival last weekend. I hope these list of things will cater to anyone who plans to go celebrate the festival next year.

Participate in the RWMF workshops

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Learning to play the musical instrument.



#Funtimes at the #RWMF2017! Mini sessions were overflowing with people today.


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These RMWF workshops are not to be missed out when you are there in the late morning till afternoon. This is where you can see some unique classes that involves with traditional and cultural. Some of the classes may give you the opportunity to learn traditional music instruments, such as learn how to play the Sape; Sarawak’s traditional music instrument. Apart from that, other classes involve singing, interactive cultural dance, and short performances. The workshops are held in the traditional houses, you can check out the event schedule and time of each of the workshops that you can participate.

Try out the local traditional food

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Traditional Kayan food
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Lunch by the mini waterfall

No festival is complete if you did not get the chance to savor the traditional food. You can try out the food of the people of Sarawak; Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Chinese community, etc. I got the chance to try out the traditional food from one of the indigenous tribe in Sarawak;- Kayan Tribe. The best part, I get to enjoy the food beside a mini waterfall! How cool is that?

Make a visit to the arts and crafts bazaar

The arts and craft bazaar is considered unique, as it features many traditional and ethnic crafts from Sarawak Borneo. Experience the various design of bead work, weaving skills, woodcraft, and traditional instrument making. You can also purchase some of the local traditional jewelry and souvenirs there. The arts and craft bazaar is held in two places in the Sarawak Cultural Village, one will be at the bottom of Melanau tall house, and the other would be at the Malay house.

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Beautiful handmade Jewelry from beads at the bottom Melanau Tall House.

Check out the tattoo exhibition

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Visit the tattoo exhibition during the 3-days RWMF.
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You can also get yourself a tattoo too!

The tattoo exhibition is held at the Bidayuh Longhouse in the Sarawak Cultural Village. This is where you can see the creative work done by the tattoo artists, as well as requesting the tattoo artists to design a tattoo for you, either traditional hand poked tattoo or the non-traditional way. However, it is a bit expensive if you want to do tattoos there. However, if you want to get the experience of traditional hand-poked tattoos, then this is the chance for you to try.

Stay healthy in the Wellness Program






🌹🌹🌹 #yogalover #yoga #twins #rwmf2017


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This year, the Wellness Programme is the newest addition to the festival and perfect for those health enthusiasts. The Wellness Programme such as yoga, Zumba, and even body combats were implemented during the festivals. So, don’t forget to bring your sports attire for next year festival!

Have your own village tour

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Bidayuh Tribe House
A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
Ulu Tribe House

Apart from going to participate the RWMF workshops, you can also explore the cultural villages house. It is known as the ‘living museum’, as it was set up to preserve and showcase Sarawak’s cultural heritage. Take the chance to see the architecture building of the traditional house, and also understand the local lifestyle and cultures in the olden days. So, be prepared with a hat, face towel, sunscreen and comfiest shoes for you to explore the area.

Relax at Damai Beach

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Relax and chill by the beach. Photo by : Izza Fara

Another best thing you can do during the RWMF is to hang out at the Damai Beach, which is one of the most popular beaches in Kuching. The Damai beach stretches for about 1km long. You can just go to the beach for a suntan, play around in the sand or even enjoy the sunset view from the beach.

Don’t forget to join the 1Drum Circle

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Get involved in Drum circle to play the drums, percussions and more

This is considered the most exciting activity in the RWMF and you should participate it. 1Drum circle is led by the 1Drum.org, as they provide an interactive drumming experience to all. Whether you are young or old, are welcome to sit in a circle and join in the joyous musical experience. You won’t need a skill or experience to play with the drums and percussions because there will be a facilitator who will guide the group in rhythms and rhythms-based activities. Feel free to choose whichever musical instruments or you can bring your own too and have fun!

Lastly, enjoy the night festival performance

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RWMF Night Performance

RWMF main purpose is the music festival performance, listening to the traditional music from different countries around the globe would make your mind blown! My favorite would be the performance from 1511 0 Maliao Maliao Dance Troupe from Malaysia, too bad I could not take a video of the performance due to heavy rain that night. Check out the video below on how day tour of RWMF2017 looks like:

Although I spend only a day at the RWMF, it was all worth it! I will make sure I’ll be back there again next year! So, are you ready for next year’s festival? Feel free to read our other blog post entry on “Newbie Guide to Rainforest WOrld Music Festival (RWMF)“, so you can know what to expect for next year festival! 

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A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!

26

July, 2017

If you ask me about the Island nearby, i would definitely suggest you going to Sapi Island just about 15 Minutes from the Kota Kinabalu City Centre. Sapi Island is one of the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and it is well protected and preserved. One does not just visit the Island to have a look around. There are tons of things to do when you are in the Island. Go for a dive, snorkeling, picnic, swim, and many more.

Be welcome by the clear blue crystal clear ocean water of the island

Just look at that water, doesn’t it make you wanna jump in and just cool down. One of the must-not-miss activity to do when you’re in Sapi Island is of course the water sports activities. Go for the snorkeling and I bet that you won’t regret a thing as you can see a lot of beautiful coral reefs and fishes of all kinds. The amazing display of coral reefs will satisfy your eyes.

Put on your snorkeling mask and jump in! Don’t be shy to the fishes!
Mask Up and it’s Time To Dive!

Other than snorkeling, you can also go for the dive. Pulau Sapi has one of the best diving spots nearby Kota Kinabalu City. You will see many sea life and also corals. The Dive Masters will guide you to some of the best eye satisfying corals that you will ever see and I bet it’ll be a memorable one for the rest of your life. 

For the food, you can always head to the next island to grab a little or maybe a big lunch. The Padang Point beach that is only at the opposite of the Sapi Island and you can grab a quick lunch there. There is a few restaurants that operate on the island and they serve a variety of food like fried noodles, rice, and many more.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Here are some of the happy guest of Pulau Sapi enjoying their local lunch

Another thing that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Sapi Island is the Zipline. It is definitely something very different from any other zipline that you will ever experience. Glide across from one island to the other island and pass through the clear blue crystal clear water and corals below.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
The Breathtaking Views, The Adrenaline Rush and Just Pure Joy!
A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
It’s the Amazing Coral Flyers!

The Coral Flyer Zipline was recently launched to offer a buzz of adrenaline rush for thrill seekers out there! From Gaya Island, you get on the zipline crossing to Sapi Island and it is super fun as you can see the excitement just by looking at the pictures. It made me super stoked seeing the pictures and it made me want to experience it myself and get that good dose of adrenaline rush.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Strap your camera with you and don’t forget to capture that unforgettable moment zipping across from Gaya Island to Sapi Island.

The experience I had in Sapi Island is superb and I would really recommend anyone to visit the island if they’re looking for a place to chill and just de-stress from the concrete jungles of the Kota Kinabalu City. Just take a 15 minutes boat ride from Jesselton Point to reach the Paradise Island and don’t forget to leave your problems behind okay.

A Weekend Escape At The Sapi Island!
Just enjoy the sun and just enjoy the relaxing ocean breeze as it blows all your troubles away! ^^

Apart from going to Sapi Island for day trip, there are also few places that you can spend for a day trip in your Borneo Holiday. Do check out our blog on Top 5-day trips to do in Sabah

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Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

24

July, 2017

Going to the 20th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) last weekend was a first time for me. I can admit, the festival can be a little bit intimidating because it seems I have to prepare a lot of things before going there. Anyway, RWMF will hold again next year on 13-15th July 2018, and here I’ve compiled a list of guide for those who planned to go RWMF next year. I hope you will find this list of guides helpful before going to RWMF, because I learned my lesson.

What is Rainforest World Music Festival?

Rainforest World Music Festival is an annual three-day music festival which is held in Sarawak Cultural Village Kuching, Sarawak. The festival invites all international and local music artists from around the globe to perform and showcase their ethnic and cultural music. From gypsy music( Romengo), to the electro-folk music (Okra Playground), African Uhadi traditional instrument, to Sarawak Sape musical instrument. Not forgetting, the amazing dance performance by the O Tahiti E. This is truly the type of music that you can find in RWMF; either on the stage performance, creative workshops, or interactive demo.

Newbie Guide to RWMF

Before the festival: 

1. Be sure to buy the RWMF tickets as early as possible.

The price of the entrance ticket can be a bit overwhelming if you did not purchase it in advance. So, when you see there’s somebody updating RWMF tickets available for purchase online, grab the chance to get the tickets at a cheaper price! There are also family package tickets available for 2 adults and 2 children.

Tips: don’t forget to print out the entrance tickets that you purchased online and bring it to the entrance gate on the day of the festival.  

2. Book your flight and accommodation early.

Do not book last minute for your flight and accommodation because this festival is an internationally renowned festival, which means there will be a possibility that it’s fully booked.

3. Purchase 1-day pass entrance ticket.

Since you are a newbie to RWMF, it is better to purchase the 1-day pass entrance ticket, in order for you to get the feel of the festival. On top of that, the performance and events for the three days festival are almost the same. I think it would be best to purchase the last day pass entrance ticket, so you can witness the amazing grand finale performance.

On the day of the festival: 

1. No need to come early

Since you are a newbie to RWMF, it is better to purchase the 1-day pass entrance ticket, in order for you to get the feel of the festival. On top of that, the performance and events for the three days festival are almost the same. I think it would be best to purchase the last day pass entrance ticket, so you can witness the amazing grand finale performance.

2. How to get there?

To reach RWMF, it is a 45-minutes drive distance. If you don’t have a car, it would be good if you purchase the tickets for a shuttle bus from the Kuching city to the Sarawak Cultural Village for only MYR 15. In addition, you can also use GrabCar to reach Sarawak Cultural Village for about MYR 26.

Extra tips: For those who plan to bring a car, there are limited car-parking facilities, you would need to park your car at the One Hotel Santubong area, and follow the shuttle van to and fro to the Sarawak Cultural Village. However, you would need to pay MYR 14 per trip (to and fro).

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

3. Have your late breakfast/ early lunch before going

Before going to RWMF, it is BEST for you to have an early lunch or late breakfast. This is because the food is rather pricey at the RWMF. Unfortunately, you are not encouraged to bring outside food and drinks to the festival.

4. Bring plenty of cash

Since there will be a lot of cash usage, even before you enter the entrance of Sarawak Cultural Village, it is best you bring plenty of cash. No vendors there will accept credit/debit cards, and there is also no ATM machines available at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

5. Wear comfy and light cloth (and bring extra clothing)

You will be spending one whole day at the RWMF, especially if you intend to go there in the afternoon for the workshops and stay until the evening concert. Not only can that, wearing comfy and light clothes help you to ease yourself from the blistering heat. I made the wrong choice to wear a black t shirt that day, and I was sweating buckets!!

Note: There is a shower facility available just outside the festival at the Damai Central. So, you won’t need to worry about looking for a place for a shower.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

6. Be prepared; bring your raincoat, waterproof bags and slippers/sandals

Be ready to expect the unexpected of weather. Last RWMF, it was raining heavily in the evening and we were all soaked with wet and muddy ground. Bear in mind that this festival is held in Borneo jungle, and it’s a rain or shine festival, so be prepared to get wet! Bring a waterproof bag to keep your valuable things dry, or maybe just use a plastic bag and it should be enough.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

7. Hand fan and sunglasses 

When the heat strikes, these two things are what you need! Don’t forget to bring a hand fan and wear sunglasses during the festival. Apart from avoiding the heat, accessorize yourself with sunglasses to go with the festival look!

8. Sunscreen and insect repellent

Malaysia heat can be very ruthless. So, it is best to put some sunscreen except you don’t mind to get burn like a lobster. 😛 Apart from that, it is absolutely a MUST to use insect repellent when you are at the festival. Who would want their day at the festival get spoiled because of insect bites?

9. Bring plenty of water

It will be blistering heat during the day at the festival, do not forget to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. It would be such a spoil day if you got sick and could not enjoy the festival.

10. Bring your own foldable chairs, mats, or scarf for sitting on the ground

Most people do not know about this, even myself, but you are definitely encouraged to bring your own foldable chairs, mats or scarf so you can use it to sit on the ground. There are limited sitting chairs at the festival, to avoid being tired from walking, you can just spread your own mats or scarf, sit on the ground and enjoy the show.

Newbie guide to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

Last but not least, have fun at the festival and hope this guide will help you to get ready for next year RWMF! See you! Check out our blog!

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Tuhau – Kadazandusun Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau – Kadazandusun Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau – Traditional Food of Sabah

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July, 2017

Tuhau – you either hate it or love it…

Tuhau is one of the most popular traditional food in Sabah.Tuhau is scientifically known as etlingera coccinea, and is endemic to Borneo. It is wild ginger that grows in Sabah Borneo jungle, and it can be found mostly in the interior parts of Sabah; which are Tambunan, Keningau, and Ranau – a place that have major Kadazandusun community. Thus, tuhau is a popular food among the Kadazandusun community.
 

Some people or for the first timers, may not like the tuhau because of it stringent and strong smell. It smells quite similar to the small beetle insect called “posisang” local Kadazandusun dialect. Most people endure the smell and have a go at the tuhau, which in turn, makes them very fond of the taste and they forget about the pungent smell of tuhau. Although it is wild ginger, it does not taste anything like ginger, but it is. So, you can either love it or hate it due to its distinctive smell.

Tuhau is not actually a dish per se, but you can think of it as a condiment in traditional dishes. It is a flexible delicacy as it can be cooked in various methods of cooking that depends on your taste, origins, and creativity. One of the cooking method of tuhau is, it can be eaten as an appetizer, you will only need to mince it into small pieces, then mix and stir the tuhau with a pinch of salt, lime juice ( you can also use vinegar as an alternative ingredient), equally tiny bits of diced chili and diced garlic. It is best to consume the tuhau with white rice. 

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau as appetizer

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau in container packaging

 

Local Kadazandusun usually fry the tuhau with salted fish or cooked stew with “Pinasakan” (Another traditional dish of braised basung fish mixed with takob akob, a tangy wild fruit that is mainly harvested for its skin). If you want to know more on “Pinasakan” , feel free to read our other blog post on “The PINASAKAN Popular Dish Among The Kadazan Dusun”. Tuhau also can be made into spicy sambal or made into dried tuhau floss.

 

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau Floss or Serunding Tuhau

Tuhau - Traditional Food of Sabah

Tuhau cooked with Salted Fish

Apart from its distinctive smell but delicious taste, tuhau is believed to have medicinal benefit. It contains a very high fiber content, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Thus, tuhau can clean out dirty blood, as well as reduce high blood pressure, which makes the tuhau a delicacy for health.

Tuhau is available all year round and can be found at local market or tamu around Sabah. The tuhau are sold in raw form, pickled and sold in jars, or dried tuhau floss in small container. If you are looking for a place to try out this local delicacy, you can drop by to D’Place Kinabalu, Tavern Kitchen & Bar, or some local restaurant in Sabah, or asked the locals to point out to where you can get them! So, if you haven’t tried out tuhau, be sure to give it a try once you’re in Sabah. Who knows, maybe you will wish you have tried tuhau earlier?

Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island

Tuhau can be found in local market or Tamu all year long.

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Pulau Tiga – The Survivor Island!

Pulau Tiga – The Survivor Island!

Pulau Tiga – The Survivor Island!

13

July, 2017

With a little bit of Kuala Penyu…

Pulau Tiga Island or Survivor Island is one of the beautiful islands that are nearby to Kota Kinabalu City. It is one of the best places to chill out and just relax if you are planning to have a relaxing Island escape away from the busy bustling city life.120km away from Kota Kinabalu City, only about 2 hours drive to reach to Kuala Penyu town which is the starting point to Pulau Tiga Island. Kuala Penyu is a very small and quiet town that is not crowded and the best part is, you will never have to face and get stuck in a traffic jam in Kuala Penyu.  

Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island
Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island

A wide selection of fresh fishes, squids, shrimps, crabs and many more at the Kuala Penyu Fish Market.

Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island

Waiting at Kuala Penyu Jetty before boat transfer to the island.

Kuala Penyu is also the best place to get fresh seafood. Hit the local fish market to see a large variety of all kinds of weird, unique, and interesting looking fish, squids, and shells, that is being sold in the fish market. When it comes to the prices, they are super cheap compared to the ones you find in the Kota Kinabalu City Fish Markets.

Clear blue sky, crystal clear blue water, and white sandy beaches, you can’t expect anything less. This surely is the perfect island to be in away from all the concrete jungles and the crazy traffic jams of the city area. Go for a swim, snorkel around the coral reefs, or go for a fun kayaking session around the island. When you talk about the wildlife, don’t worry you will see loads of them on the island. Monitor Lizards, Macaque Monkeys, Snakes, Birds and many more. The common one is the monitor lizards as they are always hanging around the resort area waiting for any leftovers from the visitors.

A common sight in the island. The Monitor Lizards in the island likes to hang around the beach area.

One of the unique species that you can see in Pulau Tiga is the Bornean Mud Man! You will be seeing them a lot running out from the jungle and straight to the sea.

Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island

A group of men in mud.

You can always see them near the beaches, Watch out for the Bornean Mud Man! Haha! Just joking, these are the visitors from the Volcano Mud Pool. 

Dip into the island’s volcano mud

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So, What is the Volcano Mud Pool?… 

There are three Mud Volcano Pool in Pulau Tiga Island but the other two is dried and the one that is active can be easily be reached from the beach area. The active and largest pool is just located in the centre of the island. Just take a short 2km trek through the jungle and you will reach there in no time. A visit to Pulau Tiga is not complete without getting yourself covered in mud and some say that the mud contains medicinal and therapeutic properties that is good for the skin but most of the people only jump in to have fun. You’ll be amazed how you can easily float in the mud you won’t sink in the mud so don’t worry on that.

Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island

Time to get down and muddy! Jump in! It’s now or never! Photo by Freudenthal

Pulau Tiga- The Survivor island

Mud Bath in Pulau Tiga. Photo by Justin


The jetty area is also a good place to chill and relax at night. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze and the sound of the crashing waves. You can see a variety of different species of fish that is around the jetty area

There’s one more thing not most people know why Pulau Tiga is also called the Survivor Island. Back in year 2000 there’s a British Reality Game Show called Survivor and that was held in Pulau Tiga with 16 American Competitors and that is where Pulau Tiga got it’s name the Survivor Island.


This is where Pulau Tiga got its second name; the Survivor Island

Snorkel around the reefs of Pulau Tiga and you’ll be amazed to see the amazing display of beautiful coral reefs and also the wide variety of colourful fishes around the coral areas. There is so much to see that you wish you have more time in the water. Look at that clear blue water, doesn’t it make you wanna jump? I wouldn’t think twice to jump in it.

Snorkel around the reefs of Pulau Tiga

One of the places you can visit when you are in Pulau Tiga is another island that is nearby to Pulau Tiga Island and getting there will only take about 20 minutes boat ride. It’s a small island with beautiful corals surrounding it. Believe it or not, the name of the island is Pulau Ular or Snake Island.

Snake Island

The Island itself doesn’t look that scary like the name. The water are super crystal clear and when you’re on the island watch out for your steps and always be cautious.

You can spot Borneo Pygmy Elephants there too!

The poisonous sea snakes is pretty but deadly. Not to worry as they tend to hide under the rocks and avoid human contact. They’re quite shy around people but when you see one please do not go too near to them if you want to avoid a trip to stay at the luxurious hospital bed

Watch your step people!

Amazing view of the beach

Other than the Snake Island, check out the Pulau Tiga Sandspit Island! It is one of the unique islands that you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Pulau Tiga. Walk on the sand bars to reach the other end of the island. It’ll make you feel like walking on the water.

A long stretch of white sandy beach and the clear blue ocean water. Simply relaxing! You’ll have nothing but a peace of mind away from all the chaotic city life

Just look at that clear blue water. It is so magical it makes you want to jump in for a short dip or maybe a long dip.

Another not to be missed thing to do is to take pictures with the Survivor Island Signboard! Your visit to the island will not be complete without a picture of it. Overall our stay here in Pulau Tiga is totally worth it and i’d say that the experience here is really different with any other island in Sabah. We got to experience of jumping into a Volcano Mud Pool, the relaxing surroundings of the island and many more. So next time if you are planning to have a weekend island escape, put Pulau Tiga in your list. It’ll be super worth it!

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Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

11

July, 2017

On 31st May 2017, I got the opportunity to experience Sabah’s yearly event, which is Harvest Festival or Kaamatan, which is held at Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), Penampang. There are so many of people from all walks of life, including foreign visitors, who thronged to KDCA to witness and enjoy the celebration.

Apart from that, there were many vendors and information booths, which includes those put up by government departments, and various happenings being held in KDCA, such as the traditional games, cultural dance, and more.  

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

A group of bobohizan performing a ritual to officiate the Kaamatan celebration.

Before I share my experience, let me explain to you what is Harvest Festival or Kaamatan. Harvest Festival or Kaamatan is the major festival of Sabah, which is celebrated annually, every 30th – 31st of May. However, it is widely celebrated throughout Sabah for the month of May, especially among the Kadazandusun tribe ( the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sabah). Harvest Festival or Kaamatan is a celebration to signify the beginning of the harvest of rice crops, and the Bobohizan (the female shamans of Sabah), played a major role in officiating the celebration.

It is also believed that the Harvest Festival is especially celebrated for the sacrifice of Kinoingan’s only daughter, Huminodun, for the love of her people, in order to stop famine. Huminodun’s body was cut into small pieces and it is believed her spirit is embodied in the rice and therefore known as Bambarayon or Bambazon.

Now, back to my story! 🙂

I went there in the morning and it was crowded with locals and tourists celebrating together on this event. Although it was crowded there, I still wanted to go around KDCA area, especially going into the traditional houses to see the unique cultural dances and costumes. That was considered my favorite part of this event because it really made me feel in awe watching the dance performances and different types of traditional outfits. Somehow, I feel like I wanted to wear my own traditional costume and walk around as well (hahaha!). However, I only got the chance to capture photos of locals wearing their own traditional attire.

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Traditional Dance Dusun Ranau

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Sabah’s Kadazandusun Culture. Photo by: Agustine Jumat

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

A group of Dusun Tindal of Sabah. Photo by: riveldo

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

One of the Kadazandusun smaller ethnic groups

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Murut Ethnic

Walking around the KDCA area, you will never miss hearing the Kaamatan songs or the sound of gongs. Not only that, you can see some people sang Kadazandusun karaoke songs, lots of dancing, and of course, drinking session – the focus of the event for all. There were so many food vendors there, which means a variety of food this year than ever before.

The smell of roasting meats, followed by a waft of smoke move through the air, it was no doubt the smell of smoked wild boar, lamb barbecue, traditional dishes, satay meats, burgers, fresh grilled seafood, fried foods, cute shapes of Pau, alcoholic beverages, and best of all, there were pork meats everywhere! Want to know how local Kadazandusun traditional looks like? click “Traditional Sabah Food that makes you drool”.

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Cute shapes of Pau.

Fried Squid

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Roast Chickens

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

Pork Meats

Kaamatan Celebration in KDCA 2017

A local playing bamboo musical instrument

Moving on to the outdoor stage nearby, there were traditional games such as tug of war rope, arm wrestling, blow piping, stilt walking, and more, which provides a glimpse of how local spend their pastimes, as well as to entertain visitors. I did not manage to go to the KDCA Hall to watch the grand finale of Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Festival Beauty Pageant) because we need to buy the entrance fee ticket. So, I have to let go my decision to see Unduk Ngadau and continue going around the KDCA area.

One thing that fascinated me the most was the celebration of Harvest Festival or Kaamatan was happening during the beginning of Ramadan and it was raining in the evening, but the flow of visitors coming to KDCA did not stop, nor did it hinder our Malay friends to come over for the celebration as well! Apart from that, celebrating this event was truly a time for a reunion, because I was able to meet and get together with some of my longtime friends, school or childhood friends, which I did not see in my regular basis.

Check out the video below on how the celebration looks like on that day. 🙂

To know more about Harvest Festival or Kaamatan, feel free to read other blog entry on “Kaamatan Harvest Festival of Sabah, Borneo

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