Traditional Dinner at D’Place Kinabalu

Traditional Dinner at D’Place Kinabalu

A night out to D’Place Kinabalu

in Borneo Holidays

27

August, 2017

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Looking for some local traditional cuisine in Kota Kinabalu city?

Head out to D’ Place Kinabalu for the authentic local dishes that is not easy to find. D’Place Kinabalu only opens for lunch and dinner. It is located at Plaza Shell at the center of the Kota Kinabalu city. Previously, D’Place Kinabalu was located at Kepayan Perdana, but it is inconvenient to tourists or guests. There are three types of set meal you can choose such as Lunch Ala-Carte, Lunch Buffet, and Dinner Buffet.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Upon arrival, we were welcomed with few staffs in Kadazan traditional costumes, as well as the local Kadazan songs as the background music. I was told that the new outlet in Plaza Shell are considered in a bigger space compared to their previous outlet at Kepayan Perdana. There are also two private rooms that are available for function purposes. Apart from that, you can choose to sit outside on the balcony, but I recommend you guys to sit outside only during lunch and not at night because you might miss out to watch the Cultural Dance Performance during dinner.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Just a note.

If you want to take the Buffet Lunch/Dinner set meal, make sure you come with an empty tummy because there are loads of traditional delicacies for you to try! Firstly, we were served with a ginger drink and we’re so ready to grab some delicious traditional food to fill our hungry tummy! Only during the buffet, we should not worry about dieting, because we should eat more. Hahaha… Anyway, D’Place Kinabalu serves live butod to eat. You can taste it out when you are there, but would need to buy, one piece is MYR 3.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Around 7.30pm, it’s time for the cultural dance performance! There were about three performances presented that night, the first one was Kadazan tribe traditional dance. Next, the Malay traditional dance, and lastly, the Murut tribe traditional dance. We were all fascinated with the excellent performances by the dancers, especially the bamboo dance part.

Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

Around 9 pm, it’s time to call it a night. We took some pictures with the traditional dancers and bid goodbye to everybody. Thank you D’Place Kinabalu for the delicious food, good service, and hospitality! We will be back there again soon.

If you are looking for Sabah’s traditional delicacies, this is the place that you should go to. Although, it is not all Sabah’s traditional food was served, these food were enough for local and tourists to have an easy access to taste the traditional food in the city, rather than have to go through the rural villages to find these tasty delicacies. Read our other blog entry on “Traditional foods that make you drool

Contact us if you want to go for a dinner at D’Place Kinabalu. 

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Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

Top 5 Kid-friendly trips in Borneo Family Holiday

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August, 2017

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Thinking to bring your kids to travel Sabah Borneo? Worry about the safety and the challenges that you will face in Sabah Borneo trip? Fret not, there are a few tours that are kid-friendly and it is an easy family adventure to go to. Thus, Sabah Borneo is considered as a wonderful destination for kids and parents.

Here’s our list of Top 5 kid-friendly trips that you can bring your kids to go to.

1. Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

2. Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

A trip to Atkinson Clock tower with family in Kota Kinabalu City Tour. (Photo by flyborneo)

Bring your kids to experience the beauty of Kota Kinabalu city in Sabah Borneo, without worrying about the hassle of transportation to reach few landmarks in the city area. This is an easy and relaxing tour for your family to join in Borneo holiday. Get the chance to visit the Kota Kinabalu City Floating Mosque, the Atkinson Clock Tower, and to the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu – Penampang town. This is the fun part, where you can bring your kids to go to experience local’s daily lives in a tamu ( local market), having delicious lunch in a local cafe, as well as the journey up to the Crocker Range National Park to see the amazing view of Kota Kinabalu city and surrounding areas. Take a look at our Kota Kinabalu City and Nature tour package available for booking now!

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3. Mari Mari Cultural Village

Looking for a place to bring your kids to get the insight history, culture, and traditions of Sabah Borneo tribe? Mari Mari Cultural Village is the best place to go for your Family holiday in Sabah Borneo. A light and easy sightseeing tour that is perfect for a family outing. There are also fun activities that your kids can participate there, such as the blowpipe, dance on the “Lansaran” at the Murut house, and many more. This is one activity not to be missed when being in Sabah, Borneo. For more info, 

4. Weston River Cruise

Wildlife is one of the must-see activities when you’re on a holiday at Sabah, Borneo. The number of endemic wildlife in Sabah, Borneo, are loads! Which makes it one of the main reasons not to miss out on learning about them more. Kids would love to see the animals, especially when they get a chance to see it wild and outside from the zoo. If you are planning to bring your kids to see the Borneo wildlife with safety in mind on your family holiday to Borneo, then Weston River Cruise is the safest activity that you and your kids can spend together. Your kids will be able to enjoy the river cruising while keeping their eyes to search for Borneo wildlife, such as the endemic Proboscis Monkeys, Silvered Langurs, Birds, Snakes, and many more. Not only that, kids would love to see the fireflies at night when you hop on the boat for the second time after dinner!

5. Kinabalu Day Tour

Bring your kids to the Kinabalu Park for a day trip, exploring around the park, short trekking, canopy walk, bird watching, and visit the Botanical garden. Not only that, you can drop by to Poring Hot Spring with your kids and enjoy a relaxing dip in the natural hot spring deem to have healing properties. Apart from that, you can bring your kids to the Desa Dairy Cattle Farm for an experience to feed the calves and see the milking process while enjoying a cup of Gelato made entirely in Desa Dairy Cattle Farm.

After reading these top 5 kid-friendly trips, we hope you will bring your kids to go for a trip to Sabah Borneo. Why would we say like that? Because traveling with your kids can be a lot of fun! Read our “ Why you should travel with your family?”. Apart from that, you can read our other blog post on “Interesting places to go in Sabah with Kids”, to know what other places in Sabah that are kid-friendly. 

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MUST- Eat Food in Sabah Borneo

MUST- Eat Food in Sabah Borneo

These delicious food you

MUST eat in Sabah Borneo!

17

August, 2017

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Traveling to Sabah Borneo, you will find plenty of unique and delicious food. When visiting Sabah Borneo, don’t bother to go find food in any fast food, you can just simply go to any local cafe and eat like a local. Even the food is different from your usual taste, the food can be spicy, sweet and sour, too sweet or tang;, you will never forget the taste of Sabah Borneo food.

Below is the list of the delicious food that you MUST eat in Sabah Borneo.

1. Fresh Seafood

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Sabah Borneo is not only known for its famous mountain – Mount Kinabalu, which is the highest mountain in Southeast Asia, it is also one of the best places for Seafood lovers. You can easily find the freshest and good quality seafood served in any various eateries in Sabah Borneo. A visit to Sabah Borneo is not complete without you trying out the scrumptious seafood at the cafe or restaurants.

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2. Fish Noodle

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Since Sabah Borneo is rich with seafood, it is no doubt that the local will serve the seafood with noodle. The Fish Noodle usually will be cooked with tomato-base (to remove the fishy taste) and you can have an option for your fish noodle soup to have milk inside or not. Whichever it is, both have different taste and are super mouth watering!

3. Ngiu Chap or Mixed Beef Noodle

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Ngiu Chap or Mixed Beef noodle is the signature and one of the favorite noodle soup for the locals. The Ngiu Chap typically consist of noodles or rice vermicelli noodles in a beef broth soup with beef parts. Some shop will put radish inside the Ngiu Chap, however, the Ngiu Chap is highly recommended (together with our spicy chili). Simply scrumptious!

4. Tuaran Mee

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Tuaran Mee is also considered Sabahans favorite noodle and it is a “MUST EAT’ noodle. It is originally from Tuaran Town, but now the Tuaran Mee can be found in any eateries in Sabah Borneo. However, the best is still in Tuaran Town itself. The original Tuaran Mee is served fried with Chun Kien (Sabah Pork Egg Roll), Char Siew and vegetables. Nowadays, there is also Tuaran Mee fried with beef or chicken meat, which can be served for Muslim. The Tuaran Mee specialty will be the fragrant and springy noodles, slightly smoky from the charring of the hot wok, and also you can taste the “eggy” aftertaste.

5. Sang Nyuk Noodles (Pork Noodles)

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

Sang Nyuk ( meaning fresh meat noodle) is originated from Tawau, Sabah Borneo. The pork meat is usually thinly sliced and served on top of the noodle in the pork broth. You can eat the Sang Nyuk Noodles in either soup or dry stir. Some locals recommend the Sang Nyuk Noodle is best to eat with a dip of Hot Chilli Paste.

6. Traditional Food

Delicious Food MUST eat in Sabah

When visiting Sabah Borneo, never missed out to taste the traditional food in Sabah Borneo , such as hinava ( pickled raw river fish), bambangan ( wild mango fruit), butod (sago worm), Tuhau ( Appetizer from wild ginger), bosou ( preserved raw freshwater fish) , and linopot ( Rice wrapped in leaves). It used to be so hard to find eateries that served the traditional food, as you will need to wait on certain occasion or Sabahan traditional wedding, then you will get the chance to taste the traditional food. However, D’ Place Kinabalu which is located at Shell Plaza, serves traditional food every day and you should try it out during your Sabah Borneo Trip!

If you want to know more on the Sabah food or places to eat in Sabah, check out SabahEats website. On the other hand, maybe you are looking for places to go in Sabah Borneo? Read our blog post on “Top 5 Day Trips To Do in Sabah Borneo“. 

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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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KAAMATAN LEGEND TO REALITY

KAAMATAN LEGEND TO REALITY

KAAMATAN LEGEND TO REALITY

29

May, 2017

Kotobian Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan!

It’s that time of year again! Where everyone, near and far, young and old, gather together to celebrate Kaamatan or in English, Harvest Festival. It’s a celebration held annually in Sabah that has been on going for a long time. One of the most anticipated event of the year in Sabah, Kaamatan is more than just having fun together with your loved ones or catching up with long lost friends, it is to signify the beginning of harvest for all farmers in Sabah. That’s the gist of it. 

Kaamatan legend to reality

There is actually a legend behind the reason why the Kadazan Dusun community celebrates Harvest Festival like there’s no tomorrow. Long time ago, Kinoingan and his people were caught in famine. Not only crops were dying, but women and children were dying due to starvation. Huminodun, daughter of Kinoingan was sad and disheartening to see the villagers and her father wrecking his head trying to find a solution.

Huminodun was the most beautiful women anyone has ever laid eyes on. Not only was she breathtaking, she was wise beyond her age that many people from near and far adored her. Men would stop whatever they were doing whenever she passed by them and fall in love with her instantaneously.

Kinoingan knew his last hope to save his people was to sacrifice a maiden of pure heart and mind to Mother Nature for harvest and food to his people. Huminodun, with no fear, offered herself to save her father’s people from famine. Kinoingan was against the idea of course, but Huminodun never changed her grounds and persuaded her father. After awhile, with a heavy heart, Kinoingan agreed. Clearing the land with his supernatural powers, he cleared the land so big you couldn’t see the end of it. The time came for Huminodun’s body to be a sacrifice to Mother Nature.

Walking slowly to the cleared land with her head held high, Huminodun walked before everyone with Kinoingan walking several feet behind. Suminundu, Huminodun’s mother, was weeping beside herself together with the villagers and their children, sadden to see such beauty and kind-heartedness do such a huge sacrifice in order for them to live on and have a future.

Kaamatan legend to reality

Digital artwork called Huminodun by Sabah-born artist Yee I-Lann. 

Huminodun arrived in the middle of the cleared land and turned around to face her father, Kinoingan, and said, “My body will give life to many plants for the people; my flesh turn to rice; my head, coconut trees; my bones, to be tapioca; my knees, yam; my teeth, corn; and my toes, ginger. Follow these steps and our people will never come to the point of starvation anymore”, said Huminodun to her father.

Huminodun warned her father to follow several rules to a tee. The rules are, when her body parts have been scattered all over the cleared land, nobody is to come and see her for seven days and seven nights. Once the paddy (rice) has ripened, seven stalks of paddy are to be taken and tied to one end of a spliced bamboo and planted at the center of the paddy field before harvesting any of the paddies. After doing this, only can they start harvesting. After the harvest is done, the bamboo stick with the seven paddy stalks is to be placed in a tangkob (paddy storage container). All work put in during the first day of harvest is to be kept in the Kakanan (big jar). All first-year harvest are not to be given away to anyone, and let any remaining paddy grains turn bad (which is why, to this day, Kadazan Dusun community has never given away their first year’s harvest). However, you can do anything you want to the second year harvest. 

Kinoingan agreed to Huminodun’s instructions. With a heavy heart, he proceeded to sacrifice his only daughter. As he sacrificed her, the sky turned black, there was lightning all around and thunder clapping from near and far, the earth below him shook and rumbled. The rain came pouring down like never before, soaking the earth with its moisture and washing away all the past torments Mother Nature has given them. Life was reborn. As told by Huminodun, plants of many sorts began to grow where her blood and flesh touched the soil.

That year, Kinoingan and his people saw a great harvest that never in their life had they ever seen before. In respect of Huminodun’s wishes, Kinoingan did exactly as what Huminodun requested. The seven paddy stalks were to honor the seven Bambaazon, the paddy spirit. As for the paddy in the Kakanan (big jar), a beautiful maiden rose out from the jar on the seventh day. She was the beautiful Huminodun, resurrected as a spirit to help and care for her people. She was called Unduk Ngadau. It was her spirit that first taught and guided the Bobohizan (high priestesses) in their chants and rituals, and that is how the spiritual traditions of our people begun. 

This is the reason why Kaamatan Festival plays such a vital role in each Sabahan native’s hearts. The main part of Kaamatan Festival is to honor the legendary Huminodun, who gave up her life in order for her people to survive. Hence why Unduk Ngadau Beauty Pageant plays a grand part during Harvest Festival. It is to commemorate Huminodun’s everlasting youth, selflessness, beauty, and love for her father’s people. It is a sacred title and great honor to be dubbed as the next Unduk Ngadau winner as she will represent the whole essence of Huminodun. Her gift to us all remains in our hearts to remind us the importance of sincerity, bravery, caring, selflessness, and love.

Kaamatan legend to reality
Kaamatan legend to reality

Interested to know more on Kaamatan or Harvest Festival? Come and join us to celebrate this yearly event of Sabah together in Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Sabah on 30th – 31st May. For more inquiry, feel free to contact us here.

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8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

8 Quick Tips About Borneo

29
May, 2017

What Makes Borneo Special?

Here are 8 Quick Tips About Borneo that makes it a special place to visit:

1. This island comes in a great size.

Borneo is the third largest island in the world, behind New Guinea and Greenland. The island has an area of 748, 168 km² which is double the size of Germany! 

8 quick tips about borneo

2. And it is tall too!

Borneo is home to Malaysia’s first UNESCO world heritage site Mount Kinabalu Park. Inside the park boast the tallest mountain (Mount Kinabalu) between the Himalayas and New Guinea at 4,095 m above sea level.

 

8 quick tips about borneo

3. Do you like history? We have history…

The rainforest in Borneo rainforest has an estimated age of 130 million years, making it one of the oldest rainforest in the world. WOW….. 

8 quick tips about borneo

4. Wanna find something different?

Borneo is home to 44 endemic species mammals (meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world), 37 endemic species birds, 6,000 endemic species of plants, and 19 endemic species of amphibians and fish. Not to mention the rafflesia which is the world’s largest species of flower.  

8 quick tips about borneo

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5. Meet cool people

The island has more than 40 ethnic groups on Borneo, speaking 65 languages or dialects which make it one of the most diversely populated areas in the world!  

8 quick tips about borneo

6. Discover something new

During the last 10 years, 360 new species have been found in Borneo. Sir Alfred Russel Wallace who was the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution spent 1854 – 1855 here while developing the theory.  

8 quick tips about borneo

7. What is Borneo?

Borneo isn’t a country, in fact it’s the only island in the world divided between 3 different countries ;– Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  

8 quick tips about borneo

8. Lots of space to explore.

Borneo has a population of 18.59 million which makes it relatively unpopulated compared to most of other parts of asia. 

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