Meet Proboscis, Our Mascot

The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary is a must-see in Sabah because the proboscis monkey is the only primate unseen in other parts of the world except Borneo. And they are becoming endangered – similar to the orang utan – due to deforestation which is threatening their existence in the wild. These primates have to sometimes travel long distance in search of food in the wild. It all started 10 years ago, a tycoon businessman from Kuala Lumpur bought 400 acres of mangrove forest and initially developed it into an oil palm plantation. But he had a change of heart

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Wildlife Day In Sandakan

Sandakan, the second largest city in Sabah, is a gateway to several wildlife conservation centres and other eco destinations, and among some of the popular attractions are the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, the Kinabatangan River Cruise, Gomantong Caves, Turtle Island and the long canopy walk at the Rainforest Discovery Centre. We stayed at the Hotel Sandakan Waterfront which is located right in town and it boasts a beautiful view of the Sulu Sea. The hotel was going through a change in management and physical renovation, and as I write this post, it is now

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Filipino Market in Kota Kinabalu

As if we weren’t tired enough from shopping at Gaya Street Sunday Fair in the morning in a tropical heat, we continued to walk around Kota Kinabalu (KK) city to while our time before heading off to the Filipino Market which only opened at 5pm. Because the weather was scorching hot, we cooled off in air-conditioned places. We walked around in Suria Sabah and Centre Point shopping malls as my friend wanted to buy mobile phone accessories. By the time it was nearly 5pm and the weather became a little cooler with the sea breeze blowing in from the waterfront, we walked towards

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Gaya Street Sunday Fair

When my friend Su and I planned our trip to Sabah, we made sure that we would be there for the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Gaya Street is located in the business centre of Kota Kinabalu (KK) and only a stone throw away from our hotel. It is closed to traffic every Sunday morning for the fair. There are numerous stalls selling art and craft, food, fruits, meat, veggies, antiques, t-shirts, coffee, iced beverages, etc. Street markets are common in Malaysia – in fact, it’s pretty much our way of life – there are handicraft markets catered for tourists, and

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Low Clouds and Sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach, Kota Kinabalu

We had read about the beautiful sunsets at Tanjung Aru Beach in Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. Every evening the beach gets crowded (but not frenzy crowded, thank God!) with locals and tourists to watch the sunset. I have never seen clouds this low before. It’s as if I could reach and touch the clouds! Even after the sun has set, and as the skies turned from orange to red to dark purple, the crowd stays on at the beach to eat and drink at food stalls or enjoying delicious seafood at restaurants located there. ***** Useful Information How

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First Trip to Sabah

Sabah is one of the 2 Malaysian states located in Borneo – the other state is Sarawak- and we call them East Malaysia. The rest of the 11 Malaysian states are located in Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia). Not many Malaysians living in Peninsular travel to East until these last couple of years or so. It’s not difficult, really, one just has to hop on to a plane and fly across the South China Sea. The problem was flights were expensive in those days. But now with low cost airlines such as Air Asia, Firefly and Malindo Air, and our national

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