Museum Agop Batu Tulug, Kinabatangan – Sabah Borneo

Museum Agop Batu Tulug, Kinabatangan – Sabah Borneo

Museum Agop Batu Tulug, Kinabatangan – Sabah Borneo

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Agop Batu Tulug Caves is an archaeological site in the Malaysian state of Sabah and refers to a group of several caves in a steep limestone cliffs in the Kinabatangan district.

Located at Batu Puteh Village, 41km from Kota Kinabatangan township and 80km from Sandakan town.

It is an isolated limestone hill and reaches about 40 metres in height and is part of the Labang limestone formation, 20-25 million years ago. It was used as an ancient log coffin burial site from about 500 to 900 years ago. There are three main caves in Agop Batu Tulug, namely Agop Sawat (upper cave), Agop Lintaga (middle cave) , and Agop Suriba (lower cave).

Ancient Log Coffin.

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“Kaamatan” Harvest festival of Sabah, Borneo

“Kaamatan” Harvest festival of Sabah, Borneo

“Kaamatan” Harvest festival

of Sabah, Borneo

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MAY, 2015

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“Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan” (Harvest Festival) is the biggest celebration in Sabah (Borneo), “Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan” simply means “Big Day Of Harvest” it is celebrated on the month of May. Kaamatan is celebrated as a thanksgiving to the “Hominodun” (sacrificial) of “Ponompuan” the only daughter of the creator couple “Kinoingan” (God) and his wife “Sumundu” in order to save the “Kadayans” (Human) from annihilation due to severe drought and famine.

During the Kaamatan month every village in Sabah will celebrate the kaamatan. The villagers will gather around, bringing along their foods such as “nonsom bambangan” (preserved bambangan fruit), “nonsom tuhau” (pickled ginger like plant), “hinava” (raw fish mixed with lime), “soko vugok” (bamboo shoot with pork) and also beverages such as “lihing” (rice wine), “talak” (distilled rice wine) and “tapai” (rice wine mixed with water). It is the time mingle around with friends, “magagung” (hitting the gong), “sazau” (dance), “humozou” (singing) and “moginum” (drinking). Sports event are also held during Kaamatan such as “Mipulos” (arms wrestling), “tampanau” (walking stilts) race, “mamalastik” (shooting slingshot) competition and the main events is the “unduk ngadau” (beauty contest) and “sugandoi” (songs of praise and thanksgiving) competition.

Each and every village in Sabah will held the unduk ngadau and sugandoi competition. After they have their winner, they will send them to compete in the district level then every district will send their representative to the State level competition. The State level competition are the highlights and normally held in Penampang district on the 30th and 31st of May every year.

There are a total of 23 districts in Sabah. In the interior division are Beaufort, Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Tenom, Nabawan, Keningau, and Tambunan. The northern division are Kudat, Kota Marudu And Pitas. On the east coast division are Sandakan, Kinabatangan and Beluran. In the southeast of Sabah are Tawau, Lahad Datu, kunak and Semporna. While at the west coast division are Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Papar, Tuaran, Kota Belud and Ranau.

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“Lihing” (rice wine) the local Kadazan alcoholic beverage.

“Lihing” (rice wine) the local Kadazan alcoholic beverage.

Lihing“(rice wine) The Local Kadazan Alcoholic Beverage

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MAY, 2015

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Lihing is the Sabahan rice wine, locally brewed by the indigenous ethics Kadazan of Penampang.

It is made from “Vagas Pulut” (glutinous rice) which is rich with sugar and “Sasad” (natural yeast made from rice) through the process of fermentation.

How to brew Lihing?

1. First cook the glutinous rice, normally “Sagantang” (about 3.5kg) of “Vagas” (rice) is needed to get a few bottles of Lihing. To cook the rice you’ll need to pour water with the ratio of one “Puut” (cup) of water to one puut of rice (1:1) and cook it with slow fire. Traditionally the rice is cook with “Suduvon” (firewood).

2. When the rice is cooked, it is then spread on the “Kohintung” (tray made from young bamboo strips) and allow it to cool.

3. While waiting for the rice to cool, pound the sasad until it become a fine powder.

4. When the rice is cooled and you can touch it without burning your hand, pour the sasad on the rice and mix it well.

5. Finally fill the mixture into the “Bunduon” (ceramic jar) then cover it with “Loun Timadang” (Tarap Leaves) and let it sits for a month.

6. After a month open the lid then put a “tataas” (sieve made of bamboo) into the Bunduon to scooped out the Lihing and transfer it into a bottle.

Lihing is normally served as a drink during all major indigenous celebrations, it is also used for cooking especially to cook the “Sup Lihing” ( chicken soup mixed with rice wine) which is good for ladies in confinement.

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Exploring the Madai Cave at Kunak, Sabah (Borneo)

Exploring the Madai Cave at Kunak, Sabah (Borneo)

Exploring the Madai Cave at Kunak, Sabah (Borneo)

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APRIL, 2015

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Madai Cave is located in Kunak, Sabah on the Island of Borneo.

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It is known for it’s bird’s nest that is harvested by the Idahan ethnic twice a year, using only rattan ladders, ropes, and bamboo poles precariously attached together. It is only the Idahan who have held the rights to harvest birds nest at Madai Caves for over 20 generations.

Above is a coffin believed to be more than 100 years old, it sits on the entrance of the cave and one of them is believed to be the “Nenek Apoi” coffins who was the founder of the Madai Caves.

The Legend says that, one day Nenek Apoi pregnant wife “Liungayoh” would like to eat a deer heart and so Nenek Apoi went for a hunt with his dog Siyud Rapot. For seven days and seven nights he hunts in the jungle but, he couldn’t find a deer. Finally on the eight day he spotted a golden deer, without hesitation he grab his spear and hunt the golden deer. The deer ran fast and Nenek Apoi has been chasing it for a while but he didn’t gave up, until the deer finally stop at the mouth of the cave. Nenek Apoi throw his spear at the golden deer and hit it, the deer fell into the ground, but when Nenek Apoi grab his Parang (machete) to kill it, suddenly the deer shouted and asked for its life to be spared. Nenek Apoi was very shock that the golden deer can talk but he resist on killing it, because he was tired and wanted a deer heart for his pregnant wife. Before Nenek Apoi swing his parang, again the deer ask that its life to be spared and told Nenek Apoi that if its life is spared, it will give him an eternal wealth. So it asked Nenek Apoi to look into the cave mouth and suddenly vanish into the thin air. When Nenek Apoi went to look into the cave, he saw the swiftlet‘s nests and that was the eternal wealth that the golden deer promises to Nenek Apoi.

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Adventure Travel in Sabah Borneo

Adventure Travel in Sabah Borneo

Adventure Travel in Sabah Borneo

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FEBRUARY, 2015

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Long Pasia A Hidden Jungle Gem

On one of our latest adventures we traveled on down to Long Pasia, which is one of the few relatively undisturbed villages we have had a chance to visit in 2015.

Long Pasia is a village situated in the district of Sipitang and located in the south-western part of Sabah, adjacent to the border of Sarawak and Kalimantan. Long Pasia means ‘mouth of the red river’ in the Lundayeh language. Population is approximate 600 people. From Kota Kinabalu City, it will take at least 3 hours on the road to Sipitang and from there at least 4 hours in a solid 4×4 wheeled vehicle up long muddy road to Long Pasia village.This is well worth it for those of you looking for real life Sabah adventure. Only solar power, no phone coverage… just a relaxed village with unconditional hospitality. You’ll also be rewarded with surroundings rich natural and historical treasures, including the beautiful Maga Waterfall, Sinipung Hill, Rekong Waterfall and Sinipung.

We really enjoyed meeting Mr. Nooh Bin Dawa, self proclaimed King of Jungle and for good reason. Nooh really knows his stuff in the outdoors… From medical and editable plants, jungle navigation, fishing, hunting and just a pure ability to live off the land.

“Happiness is only real when shared”-Into The Wild

We will definetly be recommending this area to our future guest. You’ll need a minimum of four nights in village to make the journey worth it but you’ll likely find that this journey will have a chance to be the best part of your holiday to Sabah.

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