Go Vintage With Biru-Biru Cafe!

Go Vintage With Biru-Biru Cafe!

Go Vintage With Biru-Biru Cafe!

06

September, 2017
Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The stunning vintage setup of Biru-Biru Cafe

If you’re looking for a good place to have your dinner or just to chill with a couple of cold beers in Kota Kinabalu City, I highly suggest that you check out the Biru-Biru Cafe in Jalan Dewan, Gaya Street. 

The Biru-Biru cafe is really something and their vintage style setup is really different from any other cafes that you will find here in Kota Kinabalu. Not only the interiors will amaze you but the foods that they serve there is also super amazing.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The super cool Vintage Setup!

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The walls of the Cafe is well decorated with Vintage Posters and even the tables and chairs has a very vintage touch to it

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

This cafe might look different and to some people it may look too simple for their taste but let me tell you a little history about this cafe and why it is out of the ordinary. This cafe has a history in Kota Kinabalu as this building has been there since the second World War. Back in 1945, the building is called ‘Biru-Biru” and today it is called Biru-Biru Cafe. During the second World War, on the very same spot where the Biru-Biru Cafe stands is a campsite for the Alliance. This building is actually used for printing press back in the days and later adapted to other functions. The name of Biru-Biru cafe is also inspired by a famous local song called “Sayang Kinabalu’ which uses the Line ‘Biru-Biru’.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu
Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The Entertaining Local and International performers

Biru-Biru Cafe also holds a monthly open mic session where local performers can show their talents and sing their hearts out to the guests. Not only locals but also international performers will get the chance to perform for the good people of Kota Kinabalu and tourists. Biru-Biru Cafe sure is a place to chill and enjoy some music with friends and family.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

Biru-Biru Cafe serves a wide variety of food for you to try, and not only food, but they also serve a good selection of cocktails, and beers, so pick your poison. Top it up with local ‘Pusas’ a local name for tidbits to be eaten while drinking alcoholic beverages. Usually deep fried fish called ‘Basung’, a famous dish amongst the locals here and at Biru Biru Cafe. Deep fried and add a squeeze of lemons to add the flavours to it. You can eat the whole fish without the worry to debone it because it is fried to perfection and the bones will be crispy for safe consumption.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

The Fried Basung with Slices of Lemons, a match made in heaven. Top it up with a couple of cold beers, Terbaik! (Local term meaning, “The Best!”)

Have a look at the menu, and you will find that they have a lot of variety of infused local flavours and recipes. An ingredient that stands out is ‘Tuhau’ or in English stands for Wild Ginger– fascinatingly featured in some of their dishes.Tuhau is a type of Wild Ginger, diced and mixed with other ingredients and left to ferment. It has a rather distinctive smell and flavor and truth be told, it takes some getting used to! Biru Biru stays true to its local specialty and is featured in their battered fish or spicy beef taco, topped with tomato, cheddar and tuhau salsa. If you are into Pasta, Biru-Biru Cafe has their own signature dish where Italian meets Sabahan in their Tomato Tuhau Pasta with chicken – easily one of their bestsellers. An all-time favourite is their Nasi Lemak with Fried Chicken as well as the Corned Beef Ikan Masin Fried Rice (Ikan Masin is salted fish – another must-have in local kitchens). Also noteworthy is the Grilled Chicken and Pumpkin Sandwich, served with a side of fries and the Coconut Pasta with Grilled Prawns.

Biru-Biru Cafe | Food in Kota Kinabalu

Some of the mouth watering dishes that Biru-Biru Cafe serves. Feeling hungry yet? Hehe..

One of their signature drink is also a must-try, it’s a local infused cocktail called the Fee-Lihing-Good which is a local rice wine infused cocktail and the taste is just like the name.

Next time if you’re looking for a good place to have your dinner, remember that Biru-Biru Cafe is just around the corner (well, more like at the back of Kota Kinabalu City area). Grab a bunch of friends and family together with you and enjoy!

Or maybe… you are looking for a taste of traditional food in Sabah, then head out to D’Place Kinabalu to taste the local traditional food in Sabah Borneo. Read our blog entry on our experience having local traditional food in D’Place Kinabalu!

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Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo? Here’s How To Save Money…

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo?

Here’s How To Save Money…

05

September, 2017

“Backpacking is the art of knowing what not to take.”

– Sheridan Anderson

Travelling to Sabah Borneo is an amazing chance for you to get wild and full of adventure into the unknown. The best thing of it is, you can spot the Orangutan which can only be found in the Borneo rainforest. Unfortunately, traveling to Sabah Borneo can be very expensive compared to other countries in Southeast Asia. However, with a proper planning and a little bit of know-how, you can feel that it is easy to cut down the cost while traveling to Sabah Borneo.

Thus, the most entertaining, adventurous, and cheapest way to travel would be by backpacking. Here, we will give you some tips on how to save some of your money while traveling in Sabah Borneo.

Book flight ticket early / check public holidays in Sabah Borneo

backpacking to sabah Borneo

Book your flight ticket about 2-3 months ahead; a low cost carrier can offer a cheap rate of ticket flight and it can be very cheap if you are lucky to book your flight ticket during their promo offers. Apart from that, you need to check the public holidays in Sabah Borneo, as travelling during the public holidays in Sabah Borneo may cost more than usual.

Never go for solo trip

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

If you are planning to venture deeper into Borneo, you will need guidance from an experienced travel agency who specializes in what you’re looking for. If you are a solo traveler, it will be slightly higher than average compared to traveling in twos or in groups. So, do consider traveling with more people for a more value for money experience.

Stay in a traveler’s lodge/ backpackers

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

There are many traveler’s lodge/backpackers you can find especially in the Kota Kinabalu City Center – capital city of Sabah Borneo. By staying in the city center, you can just easily go around to some places in the city by foot, plus, it’s easier to ask around if you get lost. Check out Fat Rhino Hostel for a cheaper rate of accommodations in Kota Kinabalu city.

Bring your own medicine or first aid kit

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Consider taking the anti-malaria tablet before coming to Sabah Borneo. Apart from that, other medicines such as Charcoal or Imodium for diarrhea relief and vitamins should be brought before coming to Sabah Borneo. By doing this, it can help you to save some money for medical treatment purposes.

Consider eating in local coffee shops

Backpacking to Sabah Borneo

Eating like a local is always the best when you get the chance to taste out the delicious food from the local coffee shops. Avoid eating out at fancy restaurants every day to save some of your travel expenses. Don’t be scared to eat street food or local shops, because it is actually often the cheapest and best way to eat what locals normally eat, and you would not have a single issue from it health-wise ( unless if you can see the stall are not kept clean that well, then go find different stalls; common sense peepz! ).

Well, are you excited to visit Sabah Borneo? You can check out our Top 5 day trips in Kota Kinabalu city or Top 5 leisure activities in Sabah Borneo with an affordable pricing budget for you. Contact us for more information on traveling to Sabah Borneo. Happy Backpacking!

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A Walk into The History & Culture of Sabah, Borneo

A Walk into The History & Culture of Sabah, Borneo

A walk into the History &

Culture of Sabah, Borneo

01

September, 2017

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“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

Your holiday destination to Sabah, Borneo, will never be completed without going to the Sabah State Museum in Kota Kinabalu city, Sabah, Borneo. Get the insight of the history and culture in Sabah, Borneo. Moreover, it is a good place for you to spend with your family and friends for a day trip in your Sabah Borneo Holidays.

The Sabah State Museum is about 5-10 minutes away from the city, and it is located on top of a hill, opposite the Queen Elizabeth Hospital; the museum is clearly visible to all motorists on the road below. The Sabah State Museum is easily accessible from the main road, which you can reach there via public buses, Uber/Grab car, or taxi.

Sabah State Museum’s main building was built in 1984. Its architectural design was inspired by one of the Sabah Borneo’s indigenous tribe;- Rungus and Murut longhouses. The design of the museum is so unique that it attracts many visitors to experience the fun and educational walk into the history of Sabah Borneo.

A giant size replica of “Wakid” is the bamboo basket which originates from districts of Ranau and Tambunan in Sabah Borneo – Traditionally used by Dusun people to carry fruits, firewood, vegetables and paddy stalks

Brochure and map as your guide to the Sabah State Museum and the background are the skeletons of the giant 68-feet Bryde’s whale, which was found in Gaya Island Bay in 2006

Last Sunday, I got the opportunity to go back there again after 10 years, but this time, I bring along my little siblings and cousins to the museum. Well, I figured all kids should have to visit the Sabah State Museum one day or another so they will have something to learn about Sabah’s heritage and culture. I was worried that the kids might not enjoy the tour, but how can it be not fun? I expected the trip will last about 1 hour or less, but we ended up being there for more than 4 hours!

Although the museum is small, it contains plenty of historical artifacts ( such as totems statues, weapons, blowpipes, skulls, traditional costume, etc), documentation and photographs, which displays the history of Sabah in the indoor exhibition. Before going into the indoor exhibition, the kids were amazed to see the skeleton of the giant 68-feet Bryde’s whale;- found stranded and eventually died on a shallow reef at the Gaya Bay on 2006.

A collection of old cars were exhibit outside the museum

Crossing the suspension bridges to reach the heritage village

The kids were enjoying their trip to the museum, especially the outdoor museum, with a lot of walking and hiking around the museum area, checking out the vintage cars, visiting the replicas of old traditional houses at the Heritage Village, facing their fear to walk on the suspension bridge, admiring the water lilies in a pond, hopping on the railway trains, etc.

Re-visiting the Sabah State Museum certainly brought me closer to understanding my culture and the history of my home-state. This is definitely recommended for locals and also non-locals to drop-by to the museum as it is really interesting and educational.

The kids were enjoying their trip to the museum, especially the outdoor museum, with a lot of walking and hiking around the museum area, checking out the vintage cars, visiting the replicas of old traditional houses at the Heritage Village, facing their fear to walk on the suspension bridge, admiring the water lilies in a pond, hopping on the railway trains, etc.

Re-visiting the Sabah State Museum certainly brought me closer to understanding my culture and the history of my home-state. This is definitely recommended for locals and also non-locals to drop-by to the museum as it is really interesting and educational.

If you have no idea what to do for a day in Kota Kinabalu city, you can just visit the Sabah State Museum or you can read our choices of Top 5 day trips to do in Sabah Borneo. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For other cultural activity in Sabah Borneo, you can read our Mari-Mari Cultura Village Day trip tour.

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Ambuyat – The Edible Gooey Bornean Delicacies

Ambuyat – The Edible Gooey Bornean Delicacies

Ambuyat – The Edible Gooey Bornean delicacies

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August, 2017

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If you are looking for that unique taste of Bornean delicacies, I will recommend you to go and try the Ambuyat!

It is one of the unique food that can be found in Borneo as it is very gooey and it looks like glue when it is served. It has various names such as the Pinantung, Ambuyat, Sagu and many more and they can be found in almost all parts of Borneo as it is eaten by a majority of natives in Borneo.

Ambuyat

The Ambuyat before it is cooked looks like flour; white powdery form and you can buy them in local markets or Tamu around Borneo. They are usually sold in packs and some people say it looks like a pack of starch.

The Pinantung is a very famous dish amongst the native community (Kadazan, Dusun, Rungus, and etc etc) here in Sabah but it is also famous in the Bruneian community up to the Sarawakian community. To my surprise, this dish can also be found in eastern parts of Indonesia and it is very similar to the one we get here and the name is Papeda or Bubur Sagu. The Papeda is a famous dish for the local native people in Maluku and also Papua New Guinea.

Ambuyat
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu
Another similar version as Ambuyat
Dinner at D'Place Kinabalu

In Indonesia, the name of this local delicacy is called the Papeda. It is the same exact thing if you look closely. Well, it’s good to know that people from other parts of the world are eating the same food as yours. Both the Ambuyat and also Papeda is from the trunk of the sago palm. For those who don’t know, the Ambuyat is a national dish in Brunei. Let’s get to the best part about this dish which is the preparation of this dish. The preparation of this dish is unique as it doesn’t need any fire or pan to cook it. All you need is a hot water and a reliable wooden spoon to prepare this dish and it is a very easy dish to prepare. Once you’ve mastered it, preparing the Ambuyat is like ringing a bell.

Ambuyat

Just pour the Sago Starch into the bowl and next pour in some hot water and gently give a light stir and keep pouring the hot water in until it thickens up. Once it coagulates, give it a light scoop and if it’s in a sticky form, then it is ready to be served. Eating the ambuyat is a little tricky with a spoon so the best way to eat them is by using a traditional chopstick called the Candas, which looks like the Chinese chopsticks but is thinner and made from sago leaf stalk or bamboo stick, to scoop the gooey Ambuyat.

Ambuyat
The Candas is one of the essential that you will need to eat the Ambuyat

Ambuyat

With the candas, it is easier to scoop the Ambuyat. Just put the front tip of the Candas into the Ambuyat, give it a little twist, pull and you’re good to go! For those who are having a hard time with the Candas can always use the good ol’ fork.

Believe or not, the Ambuyat is actually tasteless! Yes, they are tasteless I repeat. That is why when you’re eating the Ambuyat it is important to have your own customized dipping. The dipping can be either be a local fish soup called the Pinasakan, a canned sardine with tomato sauce, curry or anything that you like. Add some hot spicy chillies, some lime juice, or maybe a pinch of salt for that extra taste or just throw in some small slices of Bambangan (Local Mango) for that good sweet and sour taste. The Ambuyat will taste better if the dipping soup is based on your taste. The best dipping for the Ambuyat is the Pinasakan as it will give every scoop a superb spicy taste with a little extra flavours from the fish.

Ambuyat

It’ll add taste to your Ambuyat with the Pinasakan. Add some Bambangan and some extra hot chillies too for that Red Hot Chili Peppery taste. A little chilli won’t hurt the tongue.

Ambuyat
Ambuyat
Ambuyat

Another famous dipping for the Ambuyat is the classic canned sardine with tomato sauce and some cut chilies and a squeeze of lemon for that sweet, sour, and hot taste to your Ambuyat. All these dippings will make the Ambuyat taste better but for me, the good ol canned sardine is the unbeatable champion for all and also one of my personal favourites for the dipping. The Ambuyat may be tasteless but with the right dipping, I’m sure it’ll make your appetite go wild.

Next time if you happen to visit Borneo, make sure to put the Ambuyat in your bucket list as this is one of the unique food that you shouldn’t miss trying when you’re visiting Borneo. So if you are in Borneo, look for the Ambuyat and get right into the Gooey Action!

Do you wanna taste out other food in Sabah Borneo? Read out “Must eat food in Sabah Borneo”If you are looking for a place to taste Ambuyat, contact us now and we can bring you to D’Place Kinabalu for a taste of traditional food. 

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Traditional Dinner at D’Place Kinabalu

Traditional Dinner at D’Place Kinabalu

A night out to D’Place Kinabalu

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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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