Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to Properly Dress for a Trip to Borneo

Adventure, wildlife, fun and outdoors – those are the words that you can associate what a trip to Borneo is like.

So in order to make the most out of your trip, it is best that you know how to properly dress so you can easily blend into the crowd.

You’ll also know holidays to Borneo and what you as need to bring to be prepared for what awaits you in the jungle wildlife in Borneo.

Here are a few tips on how one should pack his bags before heading on to see the orangutans or trek Mount Kinabalu:

  • You will want to dress modestly if you want to blend into the crowd. Shorty shorts, tube and tank tops, backless dresses aren’t recommended. Sure, it is tropical in Borneo, but you will want to skimp on those clothing – this is not Hawaii anyway.
  • If trekking the rainforests of Borneo is on your itinerary, then be prepared to dress correctly. The rainforests are very humid and you will be saying hello to a lot of leeches, so the more skin you cover, the better. It is best to wear comfortable trousers and long sleeved shirts. For added protection, tie or clip your trousers around the ankle to prevent nasty leeches from getting in. This is one of the important holidays to Borneo that you need to know.
  • It is best if you concentrate your clothing on mostly trekking or outdoor clothing. Since humidity in Borneo is accountably high, pack clothes that are made of lightweight fabrics. Long trousers and long sleeves will also protect you from the abundant mosquitoes too.
  • If you are more on the luxury side and you have booked at hotel resorts, dress code is more relaxed. You will find holidays to Borneo that you can pack a sexy dress, a shawl and those glitzy flip flops.


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The Best Things To Do In Borneo

Being the world’s third largest island, Borneo not only offers rich marine life, but also beautiful and untouched lush green forests filled with heterogeneous wildlife that you may have never seen before.

Here are the best things to do in Borneo information that you are going to need on your vacation:

1. Climb Mount Kinabalu.

Never fail to trek Mount Kinabalu if you visit Borneo. Never ever. Challenge yourself to climb the highest peak in South East Asia and be amazed by the heart stopping and breathtaking sceneries at the very top.

Be prepared to be surprised and terrified by leeches, snakes and other wildlife along the way to the top.

Stop and admire the beauty of the world’s largest flower, if you are lucky. It is very rare and it only blooms for a couple of days before completing wilting away.

See the different species of pitcher plants and orchids that look like the gods themselves carved it out.

2. Dive in Sipadan Island.

Being one of the islands with the richest marine biodiversity in the whole world, Sipadan Island is a heaven for the marine lovers and diving enthusiast.

See bursts of color from over a thousand fishes and swim along with the manta rays, turtles, barracudas and some other fishes.

Diving in Sipadan island will never be absent in most diver’s bucket lists and in any things to do in borneo information website.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Reasons To Visit The Island of Borneo

Every person has various of reasons why he/she prefers to spend the holidays in Borneo. Too many people, Borneo may serve as an escape from reality, a spiritual hideaway, a place to unwind, and solitary refuge for those with weary souls. This article will, however, tackle the five main reasons why people from all over the world choose to spend their holidays in Borneo.

Borneo takes pride in its lush rainforest, rich tribal culture and a highly diversified wildlife. To be more specific, here’s a list:

1. The eccentricities

Alright. Every country, every place has its own oddities. But Borneo surpasses them all. Cat lovers should start rallying now and head to one of the Borneo’s cities, Kuching. Kuching must have been born out of the Malays’ great love for cats. Every nook and corner of the city are inundated with cat effigies of different sizes, colors and shapes. There’s even a cat galley solely dedicated these furry friends. Tourists can salivate over 2,000 exhibits of cat paintings and sculptures combined.

2. The people

If you love people and their way of life, spending the holidays in borneo might be the best choice for you. One of the widely known tribes in Borneo, the Penan, has a very interesting culture and getting a glimpse of how they live in one of the most isolated areas in the world would certainly prove to be insightful and an eye opener for those who are used to living in the urban areas.

Immersing in the Penan community is not only a wonderful experience, but it would also give the tourists helpful ideas in surviving the wild. Please know, however, that meeting the Penan tribe would be difficult because they’re located deep into the forest. Tourists need to fly to Long Lellang and depending on the situation; they also have to sail on a canoe just to visit the Penan’s settlement.

Aside from the Penan tribe, there’s also the Kelabit community which is nestled in the far flung areas of Sarawak. Like the Penan tribe, they also have a very rich culture and it can be witnessed through their dances.

3. The Food

Borneo might not be the world’s leader in terms of cuisine superiority. But the thing is, as a tourist, you want to try something new. And Borneo can give that to you. Most of Borneo’s delicacies are infused with recipes and cooking techniques from India, Malaysia and China.

Borneo meals are usually seasoned and garnished with unique rainforest herbs and spices. Examples of these herbs and spices are NasiLemak, KoloMee and Ambuyat.

If you’re up to it, you can also try eating durian. Durian is a fleshy, milky fruit that is usually described by the aficionados as “the fruit that smells like hell but tastes like heaven.”


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Highlighting Santubong’s natural heritage

THE Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) will hold its signature nature event — the Santubong Nature Festival — for the second time in November. It is hosted by the Permai Rainforest Resort and supported by the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) and the Sarawak Museum Department.

Open to the public, the festival will run from Nov 8-9.

Kuching North Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai officiated at the festival’s soft launching at Taman Budaya (Reservoir Park) last month.

The Santubong Nature Festival aims to highlight the rich heritage of the Santubong peninsula, from its visually stunning appearance, to the rare clouded leopards and hornbills that call it home, right down to the dolphins that swim its shores.

It also advocates a holistic and integrated approach to development and management of the area, safeguarding its unique landscape, biodiversity and historical assets, and showcases the tourism and recreational potential of the Santubong peninsula.

Following last year’s festival’s success, the two-day event will continue to highlight Santubong peninsula’s natural, historical and cultural heritage.

Exciting activities such as multi-sport treasure hunt, guided heritage, geology and nature walks, tree planting, guided boat cruises and a beach clean-up will be held between now and the festival proper. This includes a series of talks on geology, archaeology, dolphins and biodiversity of Santubong, which will be held in Kuching and Permai Rainforest Resort. The first guided geology walk was held yesterday.

MNSKB has been carrying out many activities, particularly bird-watching, in the Santubong peninsula for many years. These regular bird-watching activities eventually resulted in Bako-Buntal Bay, which forms part of the Santubong peninsula, being included in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Site Network last year. Bako-Buntal Bay is the first flyway network site established in Malaysia and one of the world’s Important Bird Areas.

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8th Gawai-Kaamatan Celebration: Five-star glitter for a traditional festival

SINCE its inception, the Gawai-Kaamatan Celebration has been held at a grand hotel and attended by more than 1,000 guests from Sarawak and Sabah.

Both the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and its counterpart, the Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sabah) (KCCI), have been taking turns to organise the event, starting in Sabah in 2007, as a way for members to network and foster national integration.

This year was again Sarawak’s (DCCI) turn to play host – on June 28.  And it was suggested a longhouse be chosen as the venue this time around. But could a longhouse provide a five-star ambiance for the joint celebration – the 8th in the series?

The answer was found after much soul searching when DCCI leaders decided on a longhouse at Nanga Sekutan, Sabuah (Bintulu) — and the honour went to Rumah Miekle (pronounced Michael) Ding.

The recently completed Rumah Miekle Ding is touted as a five-star 24-door longhouse – not without good reasons.

Situated on a hill facing the towns of Kemena and Sebauh diagonally across the river, it is modernly equipped and also built of concrete – possibly the first of its kind in the state in terms of structure and design.

In fact, to many who visited Nanga Sekutan in the first half of the year, Rumah Meikle Ding is already a five-star longhouse with all the trappings of a modern dwelling place — water supply, electricity, air-conditioning, modern fixtures and utilities and such like.

Besides, a belian jetty by the river where many longboats are berthed, gives the longhouse an elevated status.

Rumah Miekle whose achitecture is impressive – and cars can be driven right up to the entrance — is also the home of Kemena assemblyman and Assistant Minister of Public Utilities Dr Stephen Rundi.

The people of Bintulu are very proud of this special longhouse which has produced 71 graduates, eight of whom are medical doctors, including the assemblyman himself.

Guest of honour

For the 2014 Gawai-Kaamatan Celebration, Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem was the tuai pengabang (guest of honour). The idea was well received not only by DCCI members but also the Ibans of Bintulu.

Adenan had earlier also launched the new Sebauh ferry crossing the Kemena River from Sebauh town to Sekuan.

The celebration theme this year was Rural transformation through cultural integration. The setting in a real longhouse was most meaningful to the 1,000 guests — and perhaps another 1,000 local well-wishers.

The programme included a parade of six Kumang Gawais from the state and 10 Unduk Ngadau (Kadazandusun beauty queens) from Sabah. Iban delicacies such as pantu shoots and local veges were served.

Sebuah is a sub-district of Sarawak, about an hour’s drive from Bintulu town. Part of it was settled in 1886 by the Skrang Ibans with the permission of the White Rajah not long after the Krakatua volcano erupted in Java, Indonesia.

Policy of Rajah

The Rajah’s policy was to populate all parts of Sarawak with people keen in agriculture, particularly rice cultivation.

Sebuah is made up of a few Chinese shops (some are still the old wooden shops) and government offices, and is home to the Iban, Chinese, Melanau, Malay and Orang Ulu.

There is a secondary school — SMK Sebauh — a Chinese primary school and a local government-run primary school in the town.

Sebauh produces good lumber — and a sawmill is still operating across the river just before Sungei Sebauh branches out from the Kemena River. Sungei Sera, in turn, branches out from Sungei Sebauh, further up in the ulu.


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