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Sabah Colloquial – “Bah”

Sabah Colloquial – “Bah”

Sabah Colloquial – “BAH”

13

May, 2017

Every place you visit, you are sure to hear or capture local people conversing in their national language or mother tongue. Our national language is Bahasa Melayu, but travel to all states, and you will realize that each state has its own usage of colloquial phrases.

It’s good to know one or two words to help you build a stronger bond with the locals while you’re here, and make you feel right at home. So let’s get started!

Most common one you can catch up on with is the use “Bah”. It’s one of the most common colloquial words used in Sabah which has tons of meaning and can be used in both Bahasa Melayu or English! Depending on the situation in hand and context, the meaning of the word varies.

EXAMPLE

Sabah Colloquial -"BAH"

 

As a final say that could be either yes, or no

e.g. Want to grab a coffee?

       Bah, let’s go!  or  Bah, you go la. I don’t want coffee.

To show anger or disapproval

e.g. Bah, if you want to go, you go lah bah. Why you want to wait for me? 

or 

Bah, since yu don’t want to listen, don’t ask for my opinion!

To stress on or emphasize said statement, situation and/or object

e.g. I don’t want to go baaah… How many times do I need to tell you. 

or 

Can we sit outside? It’s so cold bah inside… Can la bah, please.

As a conjunction

e.g. Bah, how you want to go about this situation now? 

or Bah, what time is your flight from Kota Kinabalu International Airport?

On its own (which means ‘okay’)

e.g. Let’s watch a movie tonight!

       “Bah.”

It might seem easy to use the word, but newbies tend to overuse it. But not to worry! We all learn through mistakes, so have fun with it while you visit Sabah! Planning to travel to Sabah? Check out our offer to you on Sabah Tour.

To know more how to speak “Bah” when you are in Sabah, check this video below by Adam Tambakau on “How to use Bah?” :

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The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

07
April, 2017
“Once upon a time there was a giant living…at the foot of Mount Kinabalu.” – Ansow Gunsalam, 1983
The Legends of Mount Kinabalu
Being part of the third largest island in the world, Sabah is abundant with rich culture, diverse ecosystem, and many more hidden gems ready to be explored. One of the many mysteries that stares at us each day (literally, especially when the sky is clear of clouds) is none other than the majestic Mount Kinabalu itself.
A mountain so highly regarded by our ancestors as well as present time by the locals, Mount Kinabalu is known as Aki Nabalu, ‘the revered place of the dead’, Aki also means ‘grandfather and/or male ancestors’ in KadazanDusun dialect. Before the spread of Christianity, a majority of indigenous people here were pagans who practiced animism. They believed in spirits and invisible beings are it good or evil spirits. It was believed (then) that the summit of Mount Kinabalu was the highest point in Borneo, which is why spirits would go there to enter the afterlife.

Before climbing up the treacherous mountain (during those days), locals would perform religious ceremony upon reaching the summit. These rituals were to pacify these roaming spirits who lived there in order not to harm them and giving them safe passage. Nowadays, these ceremonies are conducted annually by the National Park guides. Part of the ritual is to offer seven chickens, eggs, betel nuts, sirih leaves, lime, rice, as well as local cigars.

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu
Another legend has it that the name Kinabalu, Kina meaning ‘China’, and Balu meaning ‘Widow’, put it together in English and you’ll get Chinese Widow.
The Kadazan tale goes like this;-
Many centuries ago there was a Dragon living at the summit of the tallest mountain, deep in the jungles of Borneo Island, guarding a precious pearl. Upon hearing this, the Emperor of China sent all his three sons to steal the pearl from the dragon. Whoever succeeded, would get the throne. There were three princes. So off they went to Borneo Island (on their own) in search of this amazing pearl guarded by the ferocious dragon. The eldest and second prince failed to retrieve the pearl from the dragon whilst the youngest prince, with his ability to outsmart the dragon, was able to steal the pearl at ease and slew the dragon (of course with a few cuts and bruises here and there for added macho-ness).
Descending back to the tropical jungle of Borneo and hurt, the youngest prince was rescued by native villagers who nursed him back to health. There, he met a beautiful Kadazan woman which he fell in love with and soon after, married her. After years of living on Borneo Island, the prince felt homesick, so he decided to go back and visit his family back in China, promising his wife and family that he will return and bring them to China with him.
His wife grew anxious of waiting for him that she would go to the coastal area and wait for his ship to dock. However, her village was so far in that she decided to climb the highest mountain nearby, so she could have a wider and further view of ships sailing the South China Sea. From then on, locals would see her climbing the mountain each sunrise, coming back only after sunset to attend to her children.
Heartbroken, but still determined that her prince charming would come back, she eventually fell ill and died at the top of the mountain. Touched by her loyalty to her husband, the spirits of the mountain turned her into stone, facing the South China Sea, so she could forever wait for her husband’s return.”
The Legends of Mount Kinabalu
Locals say that St. John’s Peak is the stone her body was turned into.
So what happened to Prince Charming? Well, he returned safely back to China and received a grand welcome by his family for slaying the dragon and (most importantly) outsmarting the dragon into stealing his pearl. He told his parents of his new life in Borneo and how he wanted to bring them to China, which they (obviously) disagreed and told him he was already betrothed to a princess from another kingdom.
So what do you think? Do you like it? I love it! This heart-wrenching tale will forever be in my heart and for many generations to come, while Mount Kinabalu will forever stand high and mighty in Borneo Island. Here are some pictures for you to see the beauty of Mount Kinabalu area. If you are interested in climbing Mount Kinabalu, contact us now for more information.

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Things To Do In Kota Kinabalu With Kids

Things To Do In Kota Kinabalu With Kids

Things To Do In Kota Kinabalu With Kids

25
January, 2017
Travel
Borneo
If Malaysia especially Sabah isn’t on your family holiday to-do list, there are many reasons why it should be. It’s a popular destination for those who would like to take a break from city life to enjoy a tropical vacation in an incredible bio diverse part of the world.
Your family will have a brilliant time experiencing the area’s extraordinary wildlife, attractions and luxury hotels. It may surprise you to know that there are many things to do in Kota Kinabalu with kids, some of which are mentioned below.

1. Go Snorkeling

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
The snorkeling off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is amazing.

 

A particularly excellent option is Mamutik Island which we had direct access to it via Shangri-la’s Tangjung Aru Resort and Spa’s STAR Marina private boats(if you prefer to stay here). But the park has five islands in total: Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Sulug. Snorkeling and diving can be done around most of them.

 

You’ll see a variety of tropical fish, eels, rays, black-nosed sharks, jellyfish (the harmless kind), stunning coral and so much more in often clear waters. A number of tours run from Kota Kinabalu and it only takes a few minutes to reach the islands by boat.

2. Visit An Orangutan Sanctuary

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
A family vacation to Kota Kinabalu with kids (or without) is not complete without a visit to an orang utan sanctuary. This may require a flight or a long (over 5 hours) bus ride. but is well worth it.

3. Watch A Sunset

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
The sunsets in Kota Kinabalu are nothing short of amazing. The sun appears larger closer to the equator, the air quality is good and the tropical clouds create an incredibly dramatic effect. Witness the magic of a Borneo sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach, the Sunset Bar at Shangri-la’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa or Sutera Harbour.

4. Zip Line Between Islands

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
Also located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, the Coral Flyer Zipline allows guests to fly over the ocean between Gaya Island and Sapi Island. It’s not often that you get to experience an island-to-island zipline, which happens to be the largest in all of Borneo. It’s even a double zipline so guests can see a stunning view of marine life from above, side-by-side, over the 250m journey.

5. Eat Malaysian Food

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
Malaysian food can be tasty to even picky eaters. Kid-friendly rice and fruit are staples but so are Malaysian satays of chicken or beef. Try kaya toast, a delightful sweet combo of white bread and coconut jam. Your children possibly noshed on nasi lemak for breakfast, curries and more during your borneo trip, too.

6. Water Sports

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
Tour operators also offer a variety of water sports including parasailing, banana boat rides, wakeboarding, waterskiing and SUP which is another way to experience the beauty of the South China Sea.

7. Kinabalu National Park

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
Take a day trip out to Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. While you won’t climb Mount Kinabalu with kids in tow (note that if you do intend to climb it, reservations should be made months in advance) unless they are older and very fit, there are plenty of other things for them to do there including exploring the botanical gardens, insect museum and nature walks.

 

The park is a major area of biodiversity sporting over 1000 species of orchids, 850 butterfly species, 62 frog and toad species, the world’s biggest flower (the rafflesia) and much more.

8. White Water Rafting

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
If you have kids who are old enough to enjoy it, head to the scenic Kiulu River for white water rafting. Class 1 and 2 rapids are suitable for families and a typical experience lasts about 90 minutes on the river followed by lunch. Transportation to and from your Kota Kinabalu hotel can also be arranged via a variety of tour companies.

9. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
Here is where you see most of Borneo’s animals in one place including Sumatran rhinoceros, Borneo Pygmy elephants, Proboscis monkeys, orang utans, Malaysian tigers and more. You can also jungle trek through the botanical side of the park. It’s about 20 km from Kota Kinabalu city center. Note that it isn’t quite up to par with many western zoos, but many families enjoy it.

10. Stay In A Luxury Hotel

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu is a leisure vacation destination so it’s no surprise that luxury hotels cater to all ages and types of travelers. All these luxury hotels offer swimming pools and beaches all ages will love as well as local recreation easily accessible via the resorts.

In fact, these properties are so lovely that you may find it hard to leave… but you should because you’re in Borneo!

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Borneo Travel Safety and Health

Borneo Travel Safety and Health

Borneo Travel Safety And Health

20
January, 2017
Tips
Travel
Borneo
Travel can be exhilarating but also scary at times. When you’re venturing into the great unknown, follow these safety and health tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey In Borneo.

Experience the nature in Borneo Tropical Rainforest

Safely travel Borneo
Several vaccinations are advisedbefore travelling to Borneo; consult your GP or travel clinic six to eight weeks before departure to ensure you have time to complete all the series of injections.
Citronella is the favored repellent for many travelers.However, this should be avoided as it attracts hornets – giant wasps with an extraordinarily painful sting.
Avoid eating bush meat such as monkeys or batsas these are often carriers of diseases – as well as often being inadvisable for environmental reasons.
Leeches are present in the lowland jungles.These are more unpleasant than dangerous, but you can buy “leech socks” which are effective at stopping them, and keep your trousers tucked into your socks or boots.
Bring a basic first aid kit and medication for sickness and diarrheaif planning to trek or cycle in remote regions.
Malaria is also present, so you will need to bring anti-malarial medication. Wearing long sleeves and trousers is also advised, as well as insect repellent. This also protects against dengue fever. Remember, malaria can develop up to a year after exposure, so keep an eye on any symptoms.
Tap water is unsafe to drink-also be wary of ice in drinks and unpeeled fruit and vegetables.
Mt Kinabalu is 4,095m above sea level,so if attempting to climb to the summit you should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness. The climb ascends over 2,500m in less than 24 hours, so there is little time for your body to acclimatize.
Borneo is incredibly hot and humid,so keep well hydrated at all times.
If you need to be hospitalized, travel to the mainland may be necessary,so be sure you have comprehensive travel insurance which covers medical evacuation, along with any other activities you may be doing, such as high-altitude hikes, windsurfing or diving.
Visit the CDC website for up to date health information on Malaysia
Safely travel in Borneo
Borneo in general is a safe destination with relatively low crime rates. Tourists should exercise the usual precautions – not walking alone at night, not leaving valuables such as cameras and smart phones on display, using registered taxis, etc.
In recent years there have been a few kidnappings of tourists and locals around the east coast of Sabah. Thanks to its proximity to the Philippines, this area is at a higher risk of this kind of activity. Travel to this area is largely trouble-free, but stay up to date with government travel advice on the FCO website to be sure..
If you are travelling independently in this region – and particularly from the airport at Lahad Datu to your accommodation, you should be sure you are using transport organised by reputable companies..
Traffic accidents are not uncommon. Choose your driver wisely, and always wear a helmet if travelling by motorbike or moped.
Malaysia is largely conservative, Muslim country, and you should dress modestly, particularly in rural areas, to avoid causing offence.
Homosexuality is not widely accepted (homosexual acts are illegal in Malaysia), so same-sex couples are advised to act discretely in public.

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Borneo Reptilians and Amphibians

Borneo Reptilians and Amphibians

Borneo Reptilians and Borneo Amphibians

14
January, 2017
Wildlife
Animals
Travel
Borneo
Borneo Amphibians and Borneo reptilians are among the animals which are the main attraction in the Borneo tropical rain forest. While there are some types that will frighten many people, especially venomous snakes or other types of reptiles that look ugly,, but the animals still exist and have links to live among other animals, including humans on earth. They live in various forms and types of habitat, whether living under dry leaves, in holes, in between the buttress roots of trees or rocks, and in the forest canopy. There is an amazing variety of styles such as many types of snakes, lizards and frogs that used to live on land but these have moved into the canopy in search of food. Of course you wonder how these animals can adjust to a new environment.
They need a comfortable environment with ample supply of food as do humans. Natural forests have evolved in order to provide a broad spectrum of canopy dwelling and provision to find food.

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Mammals of Borneo: Kinabalu National Park

Mammals of Borneo: Kinabalu National Park

Mammals of Borneo: Kinabalu National Park

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The mammals of Borneo include 288 species of terrestrial and 91 species of marine mammals recorded within the entirety of Borneo Island. The terrestrial mammals are dominated by the chiroptera (102 species of bats) and rodents (61 species of rats and mice)
The high diversity and endemicity of mammals is related to the many niches found in the tropical rainforest of Borneo and past Pleistocene events within the Sundaland region. During inter glacial and post-glacial periods, there was migration of animals from the Asian Mainland into Borneo and into Sulawesi via the Philippines. Due to lack of favorable habitats and small founder population, some species of animals have become extinct and others have radiated into endemic species.

Overview of The Mammals of Kinabalu National Park

Approximately 100 species of Mammals have been recorded in Kinabalu National Park. 21 of the number are bats. Lowland fauna group has the highest number of species, with maximum specie richness at about 1300M altitude of small mammal species, about 1200M for species that move in the tress and bout 1400M for species that mover overland. This is an area where many species overlap because of changes in climate and vegetation of lowland with vegetation of the mountains.

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