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

 

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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WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WITH YOUR FAMILY?

WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WITH YOUR FAMILY?

WHY SHOULD YOU TRAVEL WITH YOUR FAMILY?

12

May, 2017

Traveling can be life changing…

Where you get to kick back, relax, and rediscover your true self. Yet, we tend to put off traveling plans due to bearing the responsibility as a parent, work obligations, finances, and/or some other reason. However, you shouldn’t allow all these reasons to hinder you from traveling, especially if you have kids.

I love traveling with my family. Every year we will always have plans to go somewhere together for the holidays, be it an overnight in Kundasang, Ranau, or a week in Sandakan. It is always fun when you are traveling with your family.

Here’s why you should go traveling with your family:

1) Best Family Bonding Experience

Going for a movie night or having dinner together, could be a good family bonding time. However, traveling with family is definitely the best time to bond, as it reinforces the fact that quality time spent together is essential. Traveling with family could help cut out from all the distraction of school, work, digital world, and more. You will have the chance to sit down and have a conversation with your children or vice-versa without being interrupted in new and exciting places.

2) Create Fond Memories Together

Years from now, when you look at the album or your vacation videos, you will eventually relive the wonderful memories of your vacation with your family. Memories with family are to be cherished and remembered for as long as you live. Moreover, the best and unforgettable memories are made when they occur unexpectedly.

Who could forget the time when my brother was showing his stunt splash jumping into the swimming pool but it went wrong, as he accidentally slipped due to the slippery deck. Ouch! Or even during our family trip to Manila a few years back, we won’t forget the crumbling feeling we felt in the pit of our stomachs when we realized that we’d gotten lost somewhere in the city as we made our way back to the hotel.

3) Break Away from Stress and Relax

Traveling with a family will definitely put aside the daily routines in our lives, and allow us to enjoy and relax on the trip together. Most families will spend their days with work deadlines, school activities, extracurricular activities, household duties and errands, which resulted in stress to our daily lives. Having stress in our lives can be good, but too much stress without any relaxation could lead to harmful health. Thus, a break from the busy and repetitive daily routines, even if it is only a weekend getaway, could help to relieve the stress.

4) A Chance to Learn and Experince New Things

There is no doubt that you and your family will learn and experience different things while taking your family to travel out of state, or just around the corner. For example, if you and your family are traveling in Sabah Borneo, drop by to Mari-Mari Cultural Village where your family can experience Borneo culture, people, and languages first-hand, in order to change their perception of the world around them. Not forgetting, kids being the observant ones, will cherish and appreciate more the new things that they have experienced, in which they will share their experiences with friends or peers alike.

Two months ago, I have joined a private family tour to Weston River Cruise for work purposes. I can see that the children were so excited to see the Proboscis Monkeys and Fireflies in real life. Thus, this new experience could lead the children to easily express themselves more knowing that they have experienced something different. (Stay tuned for my next blog post, I’ll be talking about my experience joining in the private family tour to Weston River Cruise)

5) Becomes a Model Problem Solver for Your Kids

No traveling experience is perfect, even traveling with family too! Unfortunate events can sometimes occur that you and your family didn’t plan for. Either the flights got delayed, your kids get sick, a flat tire before reaching to a destination, traffic jams, or weather change, can disrupt your meticulously thought-out plan. These situations are unavoidable, and parents will be put in the position to deal with this kind of situation on the spot. This is a good opportunity for the parents to be a real-life model problem solver for the kids, which will let them adapt the situation easily through understanding self-reliance and encourage them to be independent.

Having read those 5 reasons why you should travel with family; – does it trigger you to plan your next travel adventure? And this time, with your family? Do consider bringing your little ones too for a staycation, weekend getaway, a short out-of-town trip and/or adventure travel. Traveling with family creates unforgettable memories, so do cherish it while you can. You can read our blog on our 5 quick tips about family travel in Borneo

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Sabah, My Birthplace, My Home

Sabah, My Birthplace, My Home

Sabah, My Birthplace, My Home

05

May, 2017

Doing events as a passion does have its perks. Traveling from one city to another has given me great privilege to learn of other’s culture and their great history. Some, more intriguing than the other, but nonetheless, it has humbled me to love my birth home more. Puzzled? Let me indulge you why.

Sabah, my birthplace, my home

Our ancestors were mainly farmers. To maintain a farm, you need loads of people to help with the daily chores. From cleaning the house to cooking, feeding the livestock, and etcetera etcetera. So what do you do? Have big families! It’s a norm to have more than five siblings in one family(back then). So when you have big families, it also means your family tree is huge! If you think to have 20 plus cousins are a lot, try more than 50. And that’s just my first cousins. So imagine having an intimate wedding (that’s 3000 plus pax for you mate).

Some people has the mentality thinking that if we look different, we are different. To us, we’re all the same, we come from soil, and when we die, we go back to the soil. Simple logic, yet deep meaning.

Everywhere you go, happy faces looking at you smiling as a show of respect, and they don’t even know who you are or who your father is, or where your mother worked (or what you ate for dinner). None of that matters.

And that is a major reason as to why I love coming back and being with my family in Sabah, my home, my birthplace.

Check out the documentary video below about Sabah, Malaysian Borneo by Sabah Tourism Board.

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The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

The Legends of Mount Kinabalu

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April, 2017

“Once upon a time there was a giant living…at the foot of Mount Kinabalu.” – Ansow Gunsalam, 1983
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.

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.”

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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