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PELANCARAN PESTA KAAMATAN PERINGKAT NEGERI 2014

>> Khamis, 27 Mac 2014


Datanglah beramai-ramai untuk menyaksikan acara-acara kebudayaan Daerah Kota Marudu

ACARA-ACARA MENARIK

20 APRIL 2014
* Pertandingan bercerita bahasa ibunda

24 APRIL 2014
* Pertandingan Sugandoi Kaamatan

26 APRIL 2014
* Pertandingan Mr. Harvest Tourism Kaamatan

01 MEI 2014
* Pertandingan Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan
* Pertandingan Sukan Tradisi
* Pertandingan Masakan Tradisi
* Pameran Hasil-hasil Pertanian, Ternakan dan Perikanan
* Persembahan Kebudayaan Tradisi
* Persembahan Artis-artis Tempatan

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Gomantong Caves - Sabah

>> Rabu, 4 Disember 2013

It was March and one of the highlights on the tour itinerary was a visit to the Gomantong Caves on the way to Sukau and the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. The stopover at the caves was to be only for a couple of hours or so. Our 82km or 2 hr road trip from Sandakan was smooth enough and all was going well. We were dry and comfy in the van, the rainclouds were wringing down copious amount of rain and a friendly conversation was getting along with the other guests on the trip. There were only 3 of us on this tour and it was nice not to be cramped in with a large group. Then the driver took a turnoff towards Kampung. Sukau ( Sukau Village ) and traveled on for another 20 kms (12.4 miles) on a bumpy offroad to the main entrance of the caves. Little did we know that the 20km this boneshaker ride was only a teaser to the remaining trip ahead of us.It was March and one of the highlights on the tour itinerary was a visit to the Gomantong Caves on the way to Sukau and the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. The stopover at the caves was to be only for a couple of hours or so. Our 82km or 2 hr road trip from Sandakan was smooth enough and all was going well. We were dry and comfy in the van, the rainclouds were wringing down copious amount of rain and a friendly conversation was getting along with the other guests on the trip. There were only 3 of us on this tour and it was nice not to be cramped in with a large group. Then the driver took a turnoff towards Kampung. Sukau ( Sukau Village ) and traveled on for another 20 kms (12.4 miles) on a bumpy offroad to the main entrance of the caves. Little did we know that the 20km this boneshaker ride was only a teaser to the remaining trip ahead of us.Collection of birds' nests and the value of this produce have been recognised for as long as the Chinese djongs and ships sailed these waters and that dates back to the 13th Century. Before licensing was put into effect, the harvesting of birds' nests in the caves was managed by families on a rotational basis and the rights were inherited and passed down for generations. These days, the licensing is issued by the Wildlife Department, is based on tenders and costs about RM300,000 per harvest season. Under the Birds' Nest Ordinance and the Forest Enactment of 1968, heavy fines are imposed on unlicensed collectors. These birds' nests are so valuable that during non harvesting seasons, guards are posted at the cave to stop any poaching.Gomantong is one cave that is definitely worth a visit but one must make sure that the visit coincides with the harvesting seasons of the swiftlets' nests which happen to be from February to April and from July to September. The first harvest period coincides with the swiftlets' breeding season and ends before nesting begins. Harvesters collect the existing nests which prompts the swiftlets to construct new nests. The Black-Nest Swiftlets build nests with bits of feather, crumbs of moss / lichen and droppings mixed in with the saliva These dark coloured nests are considered of poor quality. The Edible-nest Swiftlet, on the other hand, build nests that are purely from their saliva. The white nests are smaller than of the Black-Nest Swiftlets but by far more valuable. Per kg of this quality will cost approximately USD1,000 - USD2,000 in the open market. The swiftlets build their nest at night, after a day out searching for food. The new nest will take about 30 to 35days to complete and once that's done, and the mother lays a maximum of 2 eggs which she broods for 1 month. When the fledglings are old enough to leave the nest, the harvesting season begins again. The harvesters must make sure that the nests are collected only after they are abandoned by the young swiftlets.But get this, the most prized birds' nest are the reddish brown nests believed to be saliva mixed with blood which the bird expels during nest building. It is thought to be highly nutritious. Researchers have found that contrary to this belief, the colour is derived from the oxidation of iron which results in rust. Rust definitely does not have nutritious value! Swiftlets build their nests at least 10m above ground but in lofty caves such as at Gomantong, the nests are some 90m above the cave floor. Harvesting is a tricky business. The harvesters have to constantly maintain and mend the rattan and bamboo ladders used to reach the nests 90 - 100m high. The first cave is known as Simud Hitam ( Black Cave ). Nests collected are of poorer quality. Further up from this cave is another called Simud Putih ( White Cave ), the larger of the two caves. This is located some 90m above Simud Hitam and is a treacherous climb. Anyone wanting to visit Simud Putih will have to apply for permit to do so and getting into the cave takes 5 hours. The prized white nests are found here.For a season's harvest, the worker gets a salary of RM3,500, ridiculously low for a task so dangerous but it is a lot of money to the locals. Once the nests are collected, it is carefully packed in gunny sacks and lowered down to the cave floor. The manager - normally the only Chinese in the crowd of locals, will quickly sew up the gunny so that no pilfering occurs.Whilst we were happily walking along the plankwalk, the workers were stomping up and down the guano mounds as they go about their work. The mounds looked alive, as the workers walked past, the ground seemed to heave. The strange dank, ammonia smell in the air was laced with a faint familiar stench. As the beam of our torches picked up the movement, immediately the stench came to light (sic). It was a seething blanket of cockroaches! Cave cockroaches! The cave is alive! Cockroaches, cave centipedes, millipedes, beetles, worms, spiders - a variety of bugs and a closed ecosystem. Everything in the cave is recycled and reused. Bats and fledglings that are too weak or too young to fly, fall to the squeegee cave floor and are quickly devoured, leaving only a trail of bones and beak. even in a small reserve like Gomantong there are species endemic such as O. mirabile, a separate species of Opisthostoma which is a land snail that lives on the ancient rocks of Gomantong in Borneo and nowhere else on Earth.After an hour in darkness, it was nice to step out into the sun again. Many visitors apparently have the good fortune to catch glimpses of wildlife such as orangutans. According to a survey conducted by HUTAN (an NGO based in Sukau, Kinabatangan) and the Sabah Wildlife Department in 2001, the orangutan population density was 3.8 individuals/km². An estimated population of 147 individuals shares this small protected area making it a high possibility of sightings in the area. The reserve is also home to a variety of birds but we didn't get to see any ~ The rain was still pelting down on us as we hurried down the plankwalk to our waiting van. At least it washed off some of the dirt from our ponchos but didn't dampen our spirits as our vehicle spluttered off back onto the offroads and towards Sukau. The trip was definitely enlightening! Paying $100s for a bowl of coagulated bird saliva is simply absurd, risking lives for a mere several thousand ringgit is.well, a simple way of life..

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RUMAH TERBALIK (Upside Down House)

>> Sabtu, 30 Mac 2013

TUARAN - Turn your world upside down when you visit this unique house in Tamparuli – literally! The ‘Rumah Terbalik’ (which translates to Upside Down House) is the first of its kind in South East Asia and among the five upside-down structures in the world (3 are found in Europe and another in Japan). The house was opened to the public in early February 2012 and has since been attracting visitors from near and far. The house itself is hard to miss, having been flipped upside down, with its floor facing skyward. Everything inside the house, from furniture to household appliances, hover above your head, as the ceiling is actually the floor. Visitors will notice some distinguishing Sabahan décor and features showcased in this house. In the garage, a car is parked upside down. It might seem disorienting in the first few seconds, but the fascination of it all takes over. This architectural wonder has also been included in the Malaysia Book of Records for being the first of its kind in the nation. Visitors can enjoy a meal or afternoon snack at the Rumah Terbalik Café or pick up a souvenir at the Gift Shop. Guided tours are available. Getting There The house is located along Mile 21, Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli. The journey by road takes approximately 40 minutes. Taxis can take you from the city centre but be sure to make return arrangements as taxis on standby may not be readily available at this location. Opening hours Daily (including public holidays): 8:00am to 10:00pm

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SUNGAI MOROLI, KAMPUNG LUANTI - FISH MASSAGE

Fancy something more unique than your average spa? Then head on to Kampung Luanti, Ranau for a fish massaging session! Located in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, 131 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu (2 hours and 40 minutes drive away); this fish massage ‘spa’ is managed by the Kampung Luanti JKK and lead by Mr. Jeffrin Majangki. In the Local KadazanDusun dialect, ‘tagal’ means ‘no fishing’, and the main purpose of the ‘tagal’ is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation. ‘Ikan Pelian’ or Malaysian Mahseer comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes are specifically trained by the villagers to perform the healing massage activities. The fish massage is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. Come to Kampung Luanti for regular fish massages and you will enjoy smoother and suppler skin - just like a baby’s bottom. If the idea of fishes nibbling off your dead skin doesn’t thrill you, try other activities such as jungle trekking and camping. Should you intend to stay longer, Kampung Luanti is also equipped with a homestay programme to make visitors feel at home every time. Tariffs Entrance Fee Status Within Ranau (Local) Adult >18 yrs RM 3.00 Children <18 yrs RM 1.00 Outstation (Local) Adult >18 yrs RM5.00 Children <18 yrs RM 2.00 International Adult/ Children RM 10.00 Getting There Transportation Fare (one way) Departure point Return Point Remarks* Bus (direction to Kundasang or Ranau) KK to Ranau RM 15.00 (per person) Ranau to Kg. Luanti RM 6.00 (per person) TERMINAL BAS BANDARAYA (UTARA) City bus terminal (North) Change bus in Ranau to Kg. Luanti Beside the entrance of poring hot spring Change bus in Ranau to KK KK - Ranau 7:30am-5:00pm Ranau- Kg. Luanti 7:00am-3:00pm Taxi Approximate: 1) RM 160 per taxi 2) RM 300 per taxi 1) Ranau taxi stand (next to Merdeka Field) 2) Hotel · Take bus from Kg. Luanti to Ranau town. · find a Taxi back to KK Car rental From RM 180 and above per day per car · Car rental company · Hotel lobby for car rental service Refer to car rental list

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KEHANGATAN SAMBUTAN PESTA TAHUN BARU CINA

>> Khamis, 26 Januari 2012



PITAS- Kemeriahan sambutan pesta tahun baru cina baru saja bermula, yang mana sambutan pesta tahun baru cina peringkat Kg. Salimpodon Laut. Anjuran En. Ruddy Awah ini bermula pada 23-01-2012 sehingga 28-01-2012, majlis yang diadakan ini adalah sambutan pesta tahun baru cina yang telah menjadi acara tradisi yang mana akan di adakan setiap tahun. sambutan tahun baru cina kali ini diadakan selama enam hari enam malam yang mana setiap hari akan menjalankan pelbagai aktiviti seperti pertandingan karaoke, pertandingan sepak takraw, pertandingan pancak silat, battle of the band, persembahan silap mata dan tarik tali. Majlis kali ini lebih hangat dengan kehadiran beberapa orang artis jemputan seperti Datuk M. Daud Kilau, Nera AF, Candy AF, Nadia Ali, Yantzen(rusty blade), Jandrywine(macam di KK), Pauline, Sheryll Josh, Peter Nianti, Meeda Hamzani,Abu Bakar Elah, S.Welly dan ramai lagi.
"Satu-satunya pesta di Sabah yang unik dan luar biasa serta terpanjang sambutanya" kata tuan pegawai daerah iaitu En. Sapdin Ibrahim yang mana telah merasmikan majlis pembukaan pesta tahun baru cina yang telah di adakan di dataran En. Ruddy Awah. Beliau juga menegaskan penganjuran sambutan pesta seperti ini sangat baik sekali kerana boleh menarik lagi pelawat atau pelancong untuk datang ke daerah Pitas, sesuai dengan slogan "PITAS DESTINASI BARU PELANCONGAN" RM 1juta yang akan di belanjakan untuk menaik taraf beberapa tempat seperti pusat pelancongan di Kg.Malubang yang terkenal seperti batu supirak, batu talam, batu orang berunsai dan telaga air tawar di kawasan air masin. En. Ruddy Awah berkata tujuan beliau mengadakan penganjuran seperti ini agar dapat berkumpul dengan keluarga dan sahabat handai setiap tahun dan memberi hiburan kepada semua pengunjung yang hadir, katanya lagi "saya sanggup belanjakan wang ringgit yang besar jumlahnya semata-mata untuk berhibur dengan keluarga dan rakan-rakan khasnya warga Pitas" beliau juga sangat berterima kasih kepada ahli keluarga dan semua AJK pelaksana yang banyak membantu untuk menjalankan penganjuran inidengan jayanya, katanya lagi beliau telah menghantar surat permohonan kepada MALAYSA BOOK OF RECORDS agar penganjuran ini dapat di masukan dalam senarai penganjuran yang terpanjang sambutannya di Malaysia. Media rasmi iaitu radio online UtaraFM adalah media yang bertanggungjawab untuk memberi liputan secara online sepanjang sambutan pesta ini berlangsung, yang mana di meriahkan dengan kehadiran Dee Jay seperti DJ RUMPUTT, DJ SIIPUTT, DJ KUPANG dan ramai lagi, untuk mendengar secara LIVE pendengar bolehlah terus saja masuk ke www.utarafm.net atau http://destinasibarupelancongansabah.blogspot.com/

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AGNES KEITH’S HOUSE

>> Rabu, 7 September 2011


Agnes Keith adalah seorang rakyat Amerika yang tinggal di Sandakan dari tahun 1934 hingga 1952 bersama suaminya Harry Keith, seorang konservator pengarah pertanian. Mereka tinggal di dalam sebuah rumah papan yang cantik letaknya di Jalan Istana, Bukit Merah. Rumah ini telah musnah semasa perang dunia kedua dan dibina semula oleh kerajaan mengikut reka bentuk Harry Keith. Beliau kembali bertugas selepas perang dunia kedua. Agnes Keith ialah seorang penulis yang mahir dan seorang pemerhati yang tidak berat sebelah. Beliau telah menulis tiga buah buku yang mengambarkan keadaan dan kehidupan di Sandakan pada masa itu, tajuk-tajuk buku yang dikarangnya ialah ‘Land below the Wind’, ‘Three came home’ dan ‘White man returns’. Buku bertajuk "Land Below The Wind" telah mempopularkan Negeri Sabah sebagai sebuah negeri di bawah bayu di peringkat antarabangsa. Rumah Agnes Keith akan dijadikan Muzium Cawangan Sandakan.

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AUSTRALIAN MEMORIAL


Semasa Perang Dunia ke Dua, Sandakan telah di pilih oleh orang Jepun sebagai pusat khemah tahanan iaitu ‘Penjara Masa Perang’ untuk menahan orang-orang tahanannya. Satu daripada khemah ini terletak di belakang Taman Rimba, Batu 8, Jalan Labuk. Kebanyakan orang-orang tahanannya adalah terdiri daripada orang Australia. Tinggalan bangunan dan peralatan-peralatan yang lama masih boleh dijumpai di kawasan ini. Pada tahun 1986 melalui sumbangan derma dan sokongan dari keluarga-keluarga serta kawan-kawan orang-orang tahanan Australia, tempat ini telah dibersihkan dan sebuah batu peringatan telah didirikan untuk memperingatkan jasa-jasa mereka semasa penjajahan Jepun.

Dalam angkaran yang dibuat terdapat 2,000 orang tahanan Australia dan 750 orang British telah d itahan di Daerah Sandakan. Pada tahun 1944, bulan September jumlah tahanan yang tinggal ialah 1,800 orang Australia dan 600 orang British. Mereka tidak diberi makanan, dan ramai yang jatuh sakit. Dalam bulan September ini juga, walaupun sakit mereka di paksa berjalan kaki melalui hutan-rimba sehingga ke Ranau. Selama setahun perjalanan menuju ke Ranau, jumlah orang tahanan yang sebanyak 2,400 telah tinggal menjadi 6 orang saja. Perjalanan menuju ke Ranau ini dikenali sebagai ‘Death March’.

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