Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Kalology Of Keningau


So what would you do when you are assigned deep into the Interior Division for a 3 days and 2 nights assignment?

You bring along your trusted camera, despite knowing you won’t have much time to stroll around snapping photos.

Time constraint is the adversary here. Thus the only day where I am free to do what I love is on the last day itself. Which happen to be Sunday, which is the ‘Tamu Keningau Day’.


In these days of H1N1 fright, always come prepared.


Someone who has been to a Tamu in Keningau mentioned on lucky day, you will come across people selling python meat. I didn’t find any except for these two Labi-labi that will most likely end up in someone’s pot.



There are many traditional products on sale in Tamu Keningau, made by the hands of the elders.


Traditional herb known as Pokuntiou.


Sabah’s famous Tarap fruit.


Selection of seeds for your garden at home.


Even refurbished retro Japanese bicycle in some striking colour!

Kalology refers to science of abstract beauty. Thus this post will not be appropriate without exposition of Keningau’s finest.


Sunday morning sumandak went for Tamu in her cool shades and rattan basket.


Lovely sumandak of Keningau after Sunday’s mass.


And hot sumandak selling some delicious quail meat.


But of course, this lovely shot of Ina is personally the best for me. Who knows, she could be strutting the stage during her younger days in Unduk Ngadau contest?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

God In Bundu Tuhan

Bundu Tuhan is captivating, mainly due to its godly name. Tuhan is what God is in Malay. But the name origin of Bundu Tuhan has nothing to do with God. It’s more about the fall of a Bundu tree in this place sometime ago. The name Tuhan is from the word Notuhan, which is Dusun for fall.

Nevertheless one can’t deny the Supreme Being as we drove back from Poring, reaching Bundu Tuhan at 6:05 pm only to notice the glorious view on the offering.

The cloud hit the peak of Mount Kinabalu, creating a pattern that makes it look like it is enveloping the peak.

While at the same time when u look east, strip of clouds strike across the setting sun.

Even the trees and cloud alone create such astonishing view.

The sky is like a huge canvas, where God paints on it.

And to the west, a full moon begins to appear on the darkening sky.

I simply can’t deny the existence of God in Bundu Tuhan, what with God’s finest creation, such as a group of four Kadazan girls to further testify on this.

And I fall in love.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Poring Without Portmanteau

Weekend in Sabah translates to wide range of opportunities for you to recuperate after 5 days work. And it usually involves something green, natural and exploratory.

Hence last Saturday I climbed up the twisting road to Ranau and paid a brief visit to Poring at about 3pm.

Poring is famed for its hot springs. But a nice warm bath in the pool is not what I had in mind, especially not during the school holiday when the area will be crowded with families and kids.

So with my fellow acquaintances we decided to hike the jungle trail to Kipungit Waterfall and Bat Cave, roughly 760 metres from the hot springs.

Kipungit Waterfall

Bat Cave. Visitors are discouraged to enter the cave.

Mamut River

It was nice to see the greenery and breathe the fresh air, away from the harum-scarum in Kota Kinabalu.

Visitors can also choose to go as far as Langanan Waterfall, 3525 metres into the jungle which also involve climbing up the hill. Apart from that there is also a Canopy Walkway which is 157.8 metres long and 41 metres high just nearby to the hot springs.

Due to time constraint I have to skip both.

Back at the hot springs I meet up with Park Ranger, Mr Palimin Barantis who share some tips on how to really enjoy Poring Hot Springs. Stay away during the school holidays and to really enjoy your tranquil moment in the pool, it’s best to come on weekdays, he said.

I couldn’t agree more.

So why the heck did I came here during school holiday and arrived at Poring late in the evening?

Well, someone tied the knot. That’s right, no more RS Café Kampung Baru Putatan for him.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tittle-tattle In Tanjung Aru

The best thing about living in Kota Kinabalu is of course the beaches which are just minutes away.
Tanjung Aru without any doubt is all the rage here.

You can just drop by one evening after work, sit at the café and just spend time watching people on the beach.
Of course there is no need to point out there will be plenty of sumandak around.

A sight like this makes me want to settle down and procreate, haha!

And then, at 6.20 pm the eagerly awaited moment arrived.

Sometimes you get lucky, a fishing boat right next to the setting sun.

And you go home a happy man.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kota Kinabalu Kick About

I was kind of jaded on Friday night last week, no Sumandak around and no football match on ESPN.
So off to Signal Hill Observatory Platform to polish my skill on exposure and shutter speed.

The second photo of Kota Kinabalu at longer shutter speed, giving the impression of a more vibrant and energetic KK at night.

I guess, as an amateur.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Picturesque Pogunon

Minutes from Donggongon town is a small kampung known as Pogunon.

Buffaloes are common at most kampung in Sabah. When it comes to wedding ceremony, most likely you will have buffalo meat serve on the menu.

Pogunon once made the news after the unearthing of ancient burial jars in the area. I didn’t manage to find the site except for these two graves.

Even death won’t do us part.

On the way back I passed by a church with a captivating phrase on its wall.

A church notice board in Malay might be unthinkable in Semenanjung, but not on this side of Malaysia.

Makes you ponder about the argument of banning Bible in Malay, since not all kampung folks in Pogunon are well verse in English.

Bless This Babagon

Babagon is another Kadazan kampung along the Donggongon – Tambunan road, famous for its sweet pineapples and Babagon Dam.
The Babagon River that runs through it falls under the Tagal system. A system that prohibit fishing except on certain period in order to sustain the aquatic life in the river.

A smaller dam serves as a bridge for vehicle to cross the river. Sometime kampung folks take the opportunity to stop by to wash their vehicle.

Or go for a romantic dip in the river.

I came across this Ina (Kadazan for grandmother) on her way back home with a basket full of Babagon’s finest pineapples.

Snap a shot of her and then offer to send her home.

Ina thinks my car air-conditioner comforting but the leather seat a bit too hard.

I think Ina rocks.

It's A Moyog Monday

Somewhere in April on my way to Keningau I came across something that reminds me of O Cristo Redentor.

So on 1st June, being a public holiday in Sabah, I took the opportunity to drive up to Moyog.

Here is the Malaysian version of O Cristo Redentor. Not as daunting as the one in Brazil, but still you can’t escape to notice it on the drive uphill once you reach Moyog.
Moyog on the other hand is a small kampung somewhere along Donggongon – Tambunan road. A river of the same name runs through the village.

It is prohibited to catch fish from the river. Punishment among others include a sogit in the form of a pig weighing at least 50kg.

Landslide occurred at one part of the road near Moyog. Such is a normal occurrence in Sabah and it may take months to get fixed.


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