The Atkinson Clock Tower of Jesselton, British North Borneo

The Atkinson Clock Tower of Jesselton, British North Borneo

The Atkinson Clock Tower of Jesselton, British North Borneon

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MARCH, 2016

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The Atkinson Clock Tower was built on the 20th April 1905, in the memory of Francis George Atkinson. He was the Jesselton’s now known as Kota Kinabalu first district officer.

George Atkinson was born in 1874, the son of Rev. F. H. Atkinson and Mary Edith Atkinson.

He was educated at Victoria College, Jersey.

He then joined the Borneo service in March 1898 after working for some time in Australia, later in January 1901 he was appointed to be the District Officer of Jesselton at British North Borneo now known as Sabah.

George Atkinson died of Malaria on the 6th of December 1902 at the age of 28. As a tribute to the memory of George Atkinson, his Mother Mrs Mary Edith Atkinson presented a two-faced clock to Jesselton town, it was then decided and commission that a clock tower would be constructed to honor him.

On the 20th of April 1905 the clock tower structure was built and A road -Atkinson Drive was also named after him that now renamed as Jalan Istana.

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Solid Borneo Travel Advice

Solid Borneo Travel Advice

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JAN, 2016

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Usable Travel Tips for Borneo

Hi Readers!
Like most salty travelers, we know there are always regional “hook ups” that are unknown to me until we’ve spent some time in that area. Special knowledge that can only be found with travel, time in country and experience. We’d like to pass along some helpful knowledge about the Borneo region that can help navigate your time here and make best use of your travel resources. ENJOY

Tip #1
Fancy (and expensive) travel clothes and gadgets

I often stroll down the streets ok Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and other entry cities of Borneo and see my fellow travelers kited out with the latest GPS tracker, ventilated shirts or quick dry travel socks. While I myself enjoy these gadgets, my time in Borneo has shown me most of them aren’t suitable for this island. Most electronic travel items won’t work well here for lack of internet signal/speed, lack of electricity in the jungle (hindering the ability to charge) or weather (you’re going to sweat no matter how ventilated you might be). Instead save that coin to invest in tried and true local travel products once you’ve arrived like:

“Kampong Adidas” – AKA the best travel shoe for Borneo (maybe the world)… You can pick up a pair of these in any market from 6 – 15 Malaysian Ringgit they are great for trekking, water sports, beach let’s just say ALL terrain for Borneo. Also easy on the wallet!

Solar or wind able flashlights – You can find these beauties in any Chinese corner shop. They work, don’t need batteries and are usually less than 15 Malaysian Ringgit.

Poncho – Expensive Rain Jackets are nice… But nothing will keep you drier (with less sweat) than at 20 Ringgit rain poncho. It will fit over your backpack, in your pocket and keep you cool underneath all while saving you a few hundred dollars.

Poncho – Expensive Rain Jackets are nice… But nothing will keep you drier (with less sweat) than at 20 Ringgit rain poncho. It will fit over your backpack, in your pocket and keep you cool underneath all while saving you a few hundred dollars.

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Kota Kinabalu previously known as Api Api

Kota Kinabalu previously known as Api Api

Kota Kinabalu previously known as Api Api

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FEBRUARY, 2016

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What can you say about Kota Kinabalu?
I’ll say it’s a city within the Nature and History..
What I mean by that? it is because within Kota Kinabalu City you can see a lot of parks, beaches, historic site and even islands, just a few kilometers away..

I take a starting point from Wisma Merdeka to most of these places and you’ll see what I mean…
1. Atkinson Clock Tower is located about 600 meters. (Historic Site)
2. Signal Hill Observatory Platform is located about 1.5 kilometers. (Nature)
3. Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary is located about 3.6 kilometers. (Nature)
4. Double Six Memorial Park is located about 3.7 kilometers. (Historic Site)
5. Sabah Museum is located about 4.4 kilometers.
6. Tanjung Aru beach is located about 6.4 kilometers. (Beach)
7. Petagas War Memorial Park is located about 6.7 kilometers. (Historic Site)
8. Perdana Park is located about 6.7 kilometers. (Health, leisure & Nature)
9. Prince Phillip Park is located about 6.7 kilometers. (Nature & Beach)
10. Water World Theme Park is located about 8 kilometers. (Leisure)
11. Tun Fuad Stephen Park (Bukit Padang) is located about 8 kilometers. (Health, Nature & Leisure)
12. Monsopiad Cultural Village is located about 14.8 kilometers. (Culture, Nature & Leisure)
13. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is located about 19 kilometers. (Nature)
14. Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (The islands of Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug) is located about 3-8 kilometers by boat.

So! as you can see, around 20 km within the city of Kota Kinabalu, you can easily visits these places.

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Malim Gunung Kinabalu

Malim Gunung Kinabalu

Malim Gunung Kinabalu

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NOVEMBER, 2015

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Did you guys ever heard about the amazing ambiance of Mount Kinabalu? Have you ever experienced the adrenaline of climbing until the top of the Mount Kinabalu? If haven’t yet, you should treat yourself the amazing experience of exploring the nature of it. Behind all of the beauty of the place, did you guys know who is actually behind all of it? The one who is responsible is the team that called ‘Malim Gunung’. Who is malim gunung? What are their responsibility until they seems important for the benefits of the Mount?

Malim means teacher or guide. Therefore Malim Gunung can be best describe as the Mountain guide, which is the one who have the experience to guide you to the top of Mount Kinabalu. Do you still remember the sad tremors on 5th June 2015? The tragedy that create a scar inside the heart of the mountain lover and also the family of the victim. That incident made the Malim Gunung team well known by community is because of their effort for rescuing the victims of that tragedy. Their courage and willingness to help people had touch millions of hearts.

Malim gunung are not only responsible of maintained the guest or whoever climbing the Mount Kinabalu, they are also responsible for providing the facilities such as the treks, the shelters, the accommodations and at the same time ensuring the beauty of the place. They are knowledgeable and capable to lead the climbers to see the view on the top of the mountain. I can say that they are all very kind, friendly, motivated to share their skills during climbing the mountain.

If you want to know more about them, want to listen more of their stories, their experience , want to learn about the mountain, you guys can joined them climbing the significant mount in Borneo.

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Mount Kinabalu trail to Laban Rata are now available!

Mount Kinabalu trail to Laban Rata are now available!

Mount Kinabalu trail to Laban Rata are now available!

28

SEPTEMBER, 2015

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Mount Kinabalu Trail had been reopened but for now it is up to Laban Rata 3,270 meters, the new route to the summit of Mount Kinabalu is being finalised and expected to be ready by Dec 1. For the moment Sabah Parks had fixed the maximum number of climbers at 100 per day. The new trail between Laban Rata and the summit would go through the Sayat Sayat hut before taking climbers along the summit plateau trail and then on to Low’s Peak. It will be more challenging than the previous trail in terms of steepness but it will be away from any loose rocks. The Mesilau Trail will be closed indefinitely until further notice as the mountain paths remain inaccessible since the quake. As such, all climbs will be using the Timpohon Trail exclusively.

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Mount Kinabalu Climb History

Mount Kinabalu Climb History

Mount Kinabalu Climb History

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SEPTEMBER, 2015

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Sir Hugh Low was the Colonial Secretary for the British crown colony of Labuan. He was the first person to make a documented ascent of Mount Kinabalu in 1851. It took nine days to reach the summit plateau, accompanied by John Whitehead a zoologist, Gunting Lagadan as their guide and several other local dusun people from the village nearby as porters. They started the ascents from Kiau village near the Kadamaian Waterfall on the southern flank of Mount Kinabalu.

In April and July 1858, Low was accompanied on two further ascents by Spenser St. John, the British Consul in Brunei. John Whitehead is the first person who reached the summit in 1888, thou the peak are named after Huge Low, he did not scale the mountain’s highest peak.

Lilian Suzette Gibbs a field naturalists was the first woman to climb Mount Kinabalu. She arrived in Borneo at the end of December 1909 and began her ascent to the summit on the 22nd February 1910. She starts her ascent from Kiau village in a group of 35 people, she reached Kemborongoh on the first day then proceed to Paka Cave on the second day and reaches the Low’s peak summit on the 24th of February 1910.

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