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Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour

Kuching Food & Drink – A Taste to Savour

Kuching Food & Drink –

A Taste to Savour

7

August, 2017

“Every COUNTRY you will visit, You will SPOT amazing places, You will TASTE different food, You will LEARN a new culture.”

Going to Kuching for the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2017 did not stop me to go for food hunting in Kuching city. Some say that it is hard to go around the Kuching city because most good stalls are scattered around. Luckily, I got the chance to rent a car and go around the town area for food hunting. However, I still do prefer to just walk around the town area. Who knows, you will never realize that there are secret eateries that serve the best food than other famous eateries.

I can say that the food in Kuching are so delicious and the taste of the food is true to savor! Somehow, I miss the food and wish to come back to Kuching just for food hunting. Not only that, did I mention that the food there is way cheaper? So, it’s not a surprise that I think I’ve gained weight since my visit to Kuching. hahaha….

Here, I will provide you some of the Kuching Food (I haven’t explored more to taste other food…) that I have eaten during my Kuching trip. Just keep calm and I hope your tummy would not grumble while reading this 😛

1. Kolok Mee

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

A must try when you are in Kuching, Sarawak! The texture of the dry curly egg noodle was so delicious, and the noodle goes so well tossed together with vinegar, fish sauce, and shallot oil. It is usually served with spring onions, minced meat, and bbq meat. The Kolok Mee is usually served MYR 4.00 per plate!

Don’t worry, there are also other eateries which serves halal Kolok Mee for Muslim diners. Instead of a pork meat, they will use beef as a meat substitution ( Refer picture below).

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

2. Sarawak Laksa

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Sarawak is a home to the famous Laksa, as it is an all-time favorite for Sarawakians and it is considered a must-try for visitors in Kuching. The delicious noodles will be cooked with special prawn-based broth and thickened with coconut milk. It is served with a generous portion of omelet strips, crunchy bean sprouts, chicken shreds, and mouth watering prawns. Not forgetting, a squeeze of calamansi lime and thick sambal paste is often served on the side. You can easily get this in eateries in the town area with a price ranging at MYR 5.00 – MYR 6.00.

3. Kueh Chap

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

The dish is similar to Bah Kut Teh, but in a different taste and texture. Kueh Chap is basically a wide, flat-rice noodles that’s immersed in a herb broth which consists of pork meat, pork skin, internal organs, deeply fried tofu pok, and also a half hard-boiled egg. Since I don’t really like to eat the internal organs, Kueh Chap has become my least favorite to eat but at least I tasted this and I found out the soup taste never failed me. You should try it out when you are in Kuching and you can get it for price rate between MYR 5.00 – MYR 6.00.

4. Sarawak Spring Rolls ( Sarawak Popiah )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Don’t forget to taste the Sarawak Spring Rolls. The difference between West Malaysian Spring rolls and Sarawak Spring Rolls are the Sarawak Spring Rolls are the dry version one. The Sarawak spring rolls uses a lot of jicamas and fried together with other ingredients ( usually with grated carrots and minced meat). The spring roll skin is a soft and thin-like paper crepe which is made from wheat flour.

5. Chwee Kueh ( Steamed Rice Cake )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Chwee Kueh is a popular breakfast dish, it literally means water cake. Chwee Kueh is a steamed rice cake and topped with preserved radish/ turnip. You can get it in one of the famous food courts Chong Choon Cafe at Jalan Abell for only MYR 2.00 for 6 pcs.

6. Taro Cake ( Yam Steamed Cake )

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

This is one of the popular savory traditional snacks in Sarawak. The Taro Kueh is made from yam pieces, dried prawns, and rice flour. It is usually topped with deep fried shallots, spring onions, chillis and dried prawns and usually served with a chili dipping sauce. You can try this for only MYR 2.50 for 2 pcs.

7. Lychee Swee Kang and Nipah Palm Sugar Ice Cream

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

Are you a sweet tooth kind of person? Don’t forget to try out some of the desserts in Kuching city. The Lychee Swee Kang is a sweet-tasting shaved ice and it is usually topped with fruits, red beans, jelly, and sweet syrup. Apart from that, the Palm Sugar Ice cream or Aiskrim Bergula Apong, is a soft served ice cream with Palm Sugar syrup poured onto it. You can choose to top the ice cream either with peanuts, cornflakes or famous Amos cookies. You can get the Lychee Swee Kang for MYR 4.00 and the Palm Sugar Ice Cream price rate ranging from MYR 2.00 – MYR 9.00 at the Kuching Open Air Food Court.

8. Three Layer Drink

Kuching Food & Drink - A Taste to Savour

One of the famous Three Layer Drink will be the Three Layer Tea or ” Teh C Ping special”.  The combination of brown sugar, evaporated milk and red tea – makes the drink unique and favorite among the local. The tea is a local specialty at any cafes or coffee shops in Sarawak. It is now becoming a common drink served throughout not only in Sarawak, but also other states in Malaysia. Moreover, there is also a variety of Three Layer drink taste that is not only using tea and you should try it out when you are in Kuching. However, for the best selections, try out the Three Layer Tea in Sarawak.

If you are planning to go Kuching for food hunting, just bear in mind that you don’t need to pack loads. Pack light and bring your appetite… (and some cash money too!) Check out our Sarawak tour package offered for you! Or maybe you want to try out the traditional dishes in Sarawak? you can check out our Iban Longhouse tour, where you can experience the daily lives of Sarawak’s major tribe – Iban.

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Thrill Seekers Haven – Kiulu Quad Biking!

Thrill Seekers Haven – Kiulu Quad Biking!

Thrill Seekers Haven –

Kiulu Quad Biking!

2

August, 2017

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking

Thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies time to hop on the quad bike and ride into the wilderness! This is really something that you won’t regret doing and I’d say it’ll be the most memorable thing you will ever do.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The road to Kiulu Kg.Mantob. I’d say it’s a fine gloomy day which is a good thing because it’ll be a less sunny day for us

Along the way to Kampung Mantob, Kiulu, you’ll be surprised with the beautiful countryside views, mountains, paddy fields, and all the nature around it. Kiulu is located outside of the city areas so you’ll be seeing more countryside than concrete jungles. There are tons to see along the way and the best one is the Kiulu River. We did make a quick stop at the Bolitikon River to have a look at the water; it’s quite clear and it makes you wanna jump in and have a short dip in the river.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A short stop at the Bolitikon Bridge. I’d say it’s a very worth-it stop
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The beautiful crystal clear water of the Bolitikon River makes you wanna jump in for a short dip!

After about 45 minutes drive, we finally reached Kg. Mantob and on with the Quad Biking Fun! But before that there will be a safety briefing by the quad biking guide.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
You’ll be seeing a lot of Paddy Fields and Mountains along the Way to Kg.Mantob. A sight that you don’t get in the city area
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A safety briefing conducted by our Quad Biking Guide, Mr. Joe. He will explain everything about the safety and also the do’s and dont’s of the quad biking tour

After the Safety Briefing, we are off to hop on the quad bike but before that there will be a short test run to test your driving skills and also just to give us a feel of driving the quad bike. 

We had a short test run at the field just next to the Quad Bike station. The guide asked us to make a few turns with the quad bike to make sure that we can maneuver it safely and professionally. Hehehe..

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Once everyone is ready, it is time to push the throttle and let’s go!

The first time pushing the throttle was the best feeling in the world you will ever get and your heart just can’t wait to get into the action. Our guide leads us to our first stop which is on top of the hill with a super scenic view.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our first stop is on top of a hill with a super scenic view of the local villages below and also Mantob River
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
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The view from the top of the hillside

 

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Move further down and you will reach a bridge passing the Kampung Mantob River and you can take photo at the bridge

After crossing the bridge you will see many more countrysides and villages before going into the muddy and rocky terrain trail. It’ll make your heart go faster as you move through the muddy off road trails. Along the way you’ll be passing thru jungles, village houses, muddy trails, and more muddy trails. It’s a very different kind of feeling when you’re driving a car through a muddy terrain as compared to riding a quad bike.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our Quad Biking adventures begin

 

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Our second stop is at one of houses of the local villager, and our guide Mr.Joe told us that the person who lives in this house makes Fishing Net for a living

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
An old shack

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Crossing through some old houses and storage rooms and don’t forget the mud puddles too. Haha!
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It’s an old rugged and well built wooden house that is perfectly situated on the hillside and the view from up there is spectacular

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Bamboo Woven Basket

 

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Fast flowing river view and also all the nature that surrounds it.
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The Legend Of Kampung Mantob – he was kind enough to let me take his picture

 

After passing by the wooden house, we made our way further up to the road for more adventures. As we venture deeper we got to see many things and passing thru more and more hillsides, houses, schools and many more.

It’s a never ending road filled with many spectacular views and to my interest is the local villages which is just simple wooden houses and the local villagers there live a very simple life. They were content with their life and they said it’s better to live in the village compared to the city as the stress level is much more higher and cost of living is crazy!

As we passed a gated area I was fortunate enough to meet someone who the guides called a Legend in Kampung Mantob. The guide told us he can carry a log 5 times his height all alone without any help and he was good enough to let me take his picture as I passed him on his walk to his farm.

We journey deeper into the trail and we get to see more spectacular views of the countrysides and much more villages. You will be seeing the amazing views of the untouched forest and also the hills that surrounds the trail. It will give you that sense of freedom and also adventure throughout the long and winding trails.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The spectacular views that we passed as we journey deeper into the trails.
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
The views from here just makes you wanna stop and take a picture because the view you get here is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

As we reached the end of the trail it was filled with farms of all sort of local fruits and also small wooden houses. It was nice seeing many local farms that keeps the place as they filled the surroundings with green vegetations and nature. We had our rest stop at the ending point and enjoying the nature before turning back to the starting point.

Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
Thrill Seekers Haven - Kiulu Quad Biking
A photo with our guide

As we traveled back to the starting point, each of us said to each other that we wish we can have a long time there but I’m sure next time we will definitely be coming back to this very exciting quad biking axperience.

Having our last picture with our Awesome guide Mr.Joe@Kutung! Before departing back to Kota Kinabalu. I would definitely recommend anyone to do it at least once. It is a fun activity to do with your friends or family in the weekends. It’s not all about the ride but also the mesmerizing views and nature that you will see along the trail that will take away all your work stress and gives you a very relaxing feel.

You can take a look on our Kiulu Quad Biking tour package for more information on making Kiulu Quad Biking into your Borneo holiday trip’s itinerary.

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A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival 

31

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
A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
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.

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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

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
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

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
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

A guide to Rainforest World Music Festival
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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TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

27

June, 2017

Sabah, Borneo’s lush tropical rainforest and rich coral reefs, and colourful culture has made Sabah a great place to travel. Incorporate them with the relatively low prices for travelers has put Sabah as a must go-to place to visit. The only way to really experience the beauty of Sabah is basically to backpack your way from one end to the other. But if you don’t have the time, there are still many things to do on a daily basis.

5. Quad Biking in Kinabalu

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

Adventurous is your middle name? Then try out quad biking through dirt roads, up and down muddy slopes, across lush greeneries, and feeling the cool breeze on your face, all while having Mount Kinabalu as your backdrop.

4. River Cruise

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

Nature lover by heart, but not much time to kill? Enjoy a slow river cruise down the Weston Wetland Park and get the chance to see the endemic Proboscis Monkeys in the wild. Not to mention other wildlife as well, such as Flying Foxes, various types of Langurs, Crocodiles, and loads more. In the evening, be awed by a special performance from the Fire Flies with their “flashing lights” in their habitat.

For more information, check out our Proboscis Monkey River Cruise tour, or you can read our blog on Weston River Cruise for you to get the feel before deciding to go for a visit. 

3. Mari Mari Cultural Village

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

Sabah Borneo’s culture is rich and diverse and oh so interesting! You might not have the chance to stay with a native family for the next few days, but you can head on over to Mari Mari Cultural Village to experience and learn about Sabah’s diverse ethnicity. From their customs and beliefs, the way they do their chores, cook their food (with wood), how they greet, and so much more! You even have the chance to try out some local delicacies. Something not to be missed!

Feel free to read our blog as we share our trip to Mari Mari Cultural Village day trip.

2. City and Nature Tour

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

Want to know more about the history, architecture, and nature within a day but you just don’t know where to start? Ask the experts and they’ll be glad to show you a few places which fit nicely within a day. Do you know that Borneo was once colonized by the British Colony? They left many of their trails in Sabah and the history behind it is wonderful! Knowing that Sabah is predominantly indigenous people, you’ll be amazed at how mesmerizing the Floating Mosque looks like. Venturing into villages, you’ll see how fast scenery changes from concrete jungles to green landscapes, you’d think you just crossed borders! For booking tour, you can look up our Kota Kinabalu City and Nature Tour

1. Taste of Borneo Cooking Class

TOP 5 DAY TRIPS TO DO IN SABAH BORNEO

Sabah Borneo not only has you loving its’ food, it’ll want you to share it with your loved ones too. What better way then if not to learn it? Within a day, you’ll be able to learn several local dishes, which are pretty simple and taste nothing like the foods you eat in the shop. Authenticity is what it is and you’ll even mingle around with locals in the fresh market and get your hands down and dirty mixing up all the local ingredients to whip yourself a local cuisine in no time. To know more on how to join this authentic Borneo Cooking Class in Sabah, feel free to contact us here. Moreover, you can read our blog as we share our experience on the Unique Taste Of Borneo Cooking Class Tour.

 

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Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah, Borneo

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah, Borneo

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah, Borneo

25

June, 2017

Travelling can be so amazing, but it can also be disastrous if you do not take care of your health while traveling in Sabah, Borneo. To stay healthy while traveling is totally doable if you strategize on your travel plans. Thus, here are some of the essential tips that you will need to stay healthy while traveling in Sabah, Borneo.

1. Before you go, do some research first…

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

Before traveling, you would need to know which destinations you would go and to know what kind of illnesses that you may face there. Consult your local doctor as well as read online on how to avoid those illnesses. You can also research on options of dining places in your travel destination so that you can find options for healthy food to sustain throughout your trip.

You can also download our Travel Health Sheet here for FREE!

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2. Next, immunizations or vaccinations!

This is a choice that you will need to do before visiting Sabah. Several vaccinations are recommended before you travel, which depends on your itinerary. Seek your local doctors for advice and recommendations on travel health. You can also download our free travel health sheet too!

3. Stay hydrated while traveling

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

Sabah is incredibly hot and humid with a bit of rain throughout the year. However, it is recommended for you to stay hydrated at all times and drink more water to boost your immunity and metabolism while you travel in Sabah.

4. Boiling water/ mineral water intake

Best not to drink tap water, and this applies to anywhere you travel. So, it is better to drink mineral water or boiling water. You should be carrying water bottle all the time to stay hydrated.

5. Walk every day

If your destination is only a walking distance, it is recommended to explore it on foot, as it is one of the way to do some exercise while travelling. Use a map, get lost or get found, you will eventually realise that there will be more hidden gems that are not in the travel guide. This is a chance for you to enjoy the sight, smell and sound of the new surrounding, as well as to save some budget for your trip.

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

6. Pack some healthy snacks

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

Bring healthy snacks for you to eat, it will help you to avoid unhealthy food that are readily available. Be careful when eating foods from street vendors, unpasteurized dairy products, and raw or uncooked foods.

7. Don’t forget your sunblock and insect repellent!

Sabah weather can be unpredictably hot. Thus, you will very much likely get sunburnt when going out. Apply your skin with sunscreen to protect from the hazardous impacts of sunlight. Apart from that, don’t forget to use mosquito repellent when you are in Sabah, because it is to prevent you from getting dengue fever, malaria, or life threatening diseases.

8. Bring your Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

We recommended you to bring wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer to maintain good hygiene as some public washrooms can be dirty.

Essential Tips to Stay Healthy while Traveling in Sabah

9. Don’t forget your supplements and basic first aid kit!

Sabah weather can be unpredictably hot. Thus, you will very much likely get sunburnt when going out. Apply your skin with sunscreen to protect from the hazardous impacts of sunlight. Apart from that, don’t forget to use mosquito repellent when you are in Sabah, because it is to prevent you from getting dengue fever, malaria, or life threatening diseases.

10. Travel insurance is always a good idea

Travel insurance companies will make it easier for you by providing a cheaper rate for travelers to be prepared for any unexpected accidents (God forbid!), without having the need to pay extra charges. Just make sure to keep your travel insurance details with you at all times, as it will help to speed up the process and making sure your insurer is informed.

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Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Class Tour

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Class Tour

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking

Class Tour

16
June, 2017

“Don’t just eat like a local. Learn to cook like one, too!” – John Lee, The Globe and Mail

Sabah is filled with various types of delicious foods like Western food, Chinese food, Indian food, and so on. But the most interesting type of food to checkout when you are visiting Sabah is the Local Kadazandusun food as you can only try this when you are in Sabah and it is a must-not-to-be-missed-thing to do. The experience is unbelievable! I had the chance to be a “tourist” in my hometown one day, to join the Taste of Borneo Cooking Class Tour with our guests. We were brought to the Local Market also known as “TAMU” in the local dialect, to see a big variety of vegetables, fishes, and also some of our Endemic Fruits such as the “TARAP” fruit, “BAMBANGAN” fruit and much more. Also get the chance to mingle around with the locals at the market and see how do they do their business there.

 

We were guided by two elderly couples throughout the market up to their house not far from Donggongon Town. When we reach to their house, they served us a few traditional Borneo Dessert with local black coffee before starting the cooking lesson. It started with a soup called Pinasakan. 

It is a popular dish among the Kadazandusun people in Sabah, this is the recipe that is used by the local people back in the olden days to keep it from going bad because, in the olden days, they usually traveled very far from home to get to the seaside to trade and get supplies. There was no refrigerator back then, so what they did is, they extract the moisture out from the fish so that it would withstand the long journey back home. The taste is sour, sweet and of course, delicious. Read our blog on “Pinasakan” being the popular dish for Kadazandusun.

 

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Preparation of the soup. Also introductions to some of the ingredients used in the soup.   

The second dish is the Labu Putih Soup or Winter Melon soup with some chicken. This is a soup that is well known by both the Kadazandusun people and also the Chinese people in Sabah. It’s a simple dish to prepare but the taste is extraordinary. You’ll get that soft and tender chicken meat that is cooked together with the winter melon and also the aromatic soup that is super appetizing.

 

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Winter Melon Soup With Chicken.   

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Pinasakan

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Guest prepare the vegetables for the next dish.   

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Tasting the soup 

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Explaination on the food preparing

When the soup is boiling, we were introduced to some local vegetables such as the Wild Fern, Water Spinach, and also Tuhau. The couples taught us how to prepare them before cooking it. The most interesting vegetable for me is the Tuhau. It has a very strange smell to it and some people even describe the smell is like a beetle bug that the locals call the Posisang (a small beetle bug with a deadly smell).

Amazingly, they don’t taste as bad as how they would smell and it is super delicious. Once everything is cooked, rice is served together, and we all sat with the couple to chit chat and enjoy the foods. Honestly, the food was amazing! Get ready to skip your diet because the dishes was super appetizing and it is hard to resist from getting a second round.

After having our amazing lunch, we sat down to have some rest and the couple took us for a short tour around their garden to is filled with lots of beautiful colorful flowers. We took a few pictures with the couple for our good experience with them and to our surprise, they gave us a small token for our memories. It is a small recipe book for us bring back and remember the recipe.

After saying our goodbyes the driver then took us back to the hotel. It was an amazing experience that anyone should try as the couple will not only fill your mind with some super delicious recipe but also fill your stomach with their superb dishes.  

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Momma’s sharing story to the guest

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Momma is explaining some local herbs fresh from home.

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Bon Apetite!

Unique Taste of Borneo Cooking Tour

Photo Session with the guest

Interested in joining our Taste of Borneo Cooking Class? Bring your family or your friends to get the first experience of hands-on cooking the local Kadazandusun dishes, and don’t worry there will be a local family will help and teach you! 🙂 Feel free to check our tour here. 

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