Sunday, March 11, 2018


Climbing activities have been resumed on 10 March, following the clearance given by the Kinabalu Park Authority after a field damage assessment.
The summit area
A technical team of 47 people lead by the Director of Sabah Parks took the mountain trail leading to the summit confirmed that the trail and all ancillary facilities were not affected by the earthquake. There were no major damages.
File pictures of the majestic mount Kinabalu. 

This is good news as the mount climbing activities are back to normal. According to the mount Kinabalu Park, there have been only a few cancellation so far. 

Friday, March 9, 2018


At about 09:06pm, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake, with its epicenter at 16km south west of Ranau, jolted Mt. Kinabalu, the Interior and west coast of Sabah. Repeated tremors were felt in the city of Kota Kinabalu.

This was the second major earthquake happened after the last one (6.2 magnitude) shook Mt. Kinabalu and killed some 18 climbers including mountain guides on 06 June 2015. As of this evening, there was no report of serious damage or loss of life. 

During the tremors, there were 239 people including 130 climbers and 42 mountain guides at Laban Rata area (where the climbers and guides were to spend a night there before the summit climb in the  morning).  
 Climbers assembled at the Emergency gathering point after the tremors

Following the emergency procedures, all Mt. Kinabalu climbers, mountain guides including workers at Laban Rata area were ordered to leave immediately. They started their "descend" at 09:40pm and reached Tempohon gate near Park HQ at about 04:20.

The Director of Sabah Parks told the press that a team has been sent to do damage assessment of the trails up Mt. Kinabalu. He would make an announcement when his team returned.

Meanwhile, all climbing activities have been suspended till further notice.   
** Pictures - courtesy of Whatsapp groups

Thursday, February 15, 2018


To day is Chinese New Year Eve. It's time to wish everyone "Gong Xi Fa Cai". Good luck, good health and all the best!
It's will be a "new day" tomorrow! Let's celebrate!
The Dog is the eleventh of all Zodiac animals. Dog is always honest, loyal, a truest friend and the most reliable partner. May the year of "Dog" bring peace and happiness throughout the world!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018


It's worthwhile to visit the Sunday open market in Donggongon, Penampang where farmers and traders come together and sell their best produce ranging from vegetables to fruits and all sorts.

We were there this morning for breakfast at Kadai kopi Loi Hin before visiting the open market.
We always love the "Ngiu Chap" here. It's superb!
My favourite "Milk tea, You tiao, Ngui chap and Neck bones soup"
Tender chunks of  beef slices, mixed with tongue, tendon, meat balls and "bee hoon" in  clear flavorful broth.
Beef neck bones soup 

After breakfast, we walked over to the open market just a minute from Kedai Kopi Loi Hin.
The round shape brown fruits hanging were the "Tarap", a native fruit found in Borneo Island. Known for its strong aroma, a favourite for the locals. The fresh is soft and creamy white. It's RM5.00 per fruit.
 This jungle durians were selling at RM20 per kg.
Other local fruits - Bananas, pineapples, papayas, rambutans, water melons and avocados. 
 Durians and taraps were everywhere!
Bambangan, the wild Jungle Mango, an exotic fruit of Borneo.
Huge and small local yam(s). 
From this stall, we picked up 3.9 kgs of local "kampung" durians at RM10 per kg. The smaller ones were cheaper at RM5.00 per kg. 
I always love the our local "kampung" durian - creamy, sweet with a very slight bitterness.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Kota Kinabalu Airport is probably the worst airport in this region in term of Traffic control for pick up and drop off. The authorities especially the Malaysia Airport Berhad, Kota Kinabalu seemed to turn a blind eye on the situation. There is no designated zone or lance for pick-up and drop off passengers.
The service roads of the terminal has become a parking area leaving very little space for vehicles to drive through.
The worst situation - many vehicles were left unattended even at the center of the service road. All these vehicles should be towed away by the Airport Security of Police.
 The Pedestrian walkway was also not spared.
The Malaysia Airports Berhad should take immediate action to ease the situation. They should look at other airports and learn how to implement an effective control system. If I am not wrong, the situation has been "like that" for many years after the terminal was opened in 2008.

*(Pictures taken on first week of January 2018)  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

HAPPENING IN SABAH - Kota Marudu/Ranau Road, near Kampung Tolidusan, collapsed on Thursday.

A section of the Kota Marudu-Ranau road, near Kg. Tolidusan collapsed 2 days ago after heavily downpour in the area on Thursday night.
Fire and Rescue personnel were digging in search for two men believed to have fallen and buried alive after their motor bike was found at the site. 
  After some hours of digging, they managed to locate the bodies.
3 Fire and rescue personnel were involved in the operation. Let's hope the Government Authorities would expedite the repair work.

* Photos - courtesy of whatsapp groups.

Monday, January 1, 2018


It's another New Year! 2017 has just disappeared when the clock stroke 00:00 on 01 January this morning. 2018 has been welcomed with some cheers and fireworks!
We welcome this 2018 and pray for a peaceful year, HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone: Wishing everyone all the best, good health, good luck and good health!     

Saturday, December 23, 2017


As a result of the continuous rain last Sunday, flash flood hit the district of Keningau, an interior town in Sabah. At least 12 houses along "Sungai Pampang" (river Pampang) were swept away - the same river that was overflowed in 1996 and killed some 200 people. Miraculously, no one was hurt this time.
Within the same week, Penampany area, near the city of Kota Kinabalu was also hit by flash flood  after several hours of heavy rain. 
We have had extraordinarily rainfall in the second half of 2017. It's only a few days to Christmas followed by the end of 2017. Let's pray for favourable weather during Christmas and  the New Year . 

** Pictures - courtesy of Whatsapp groups.