Thursday, April 20, 2017

PAN BORNEO HIGHWAY UPDATE PENAMPANG - PAPAR

The first 15kms of dual carriage Pan Borneo highway was at the final touch and opened to traffic recently. 
 
 
 
 Work was still been done on part of the left lane.  
 
 
I turned back at this 15kms point as the road work beyond was still under construction. As the weather improved, the pictures below speak for themselves.
 Heading towards Penampang
 
 
 
 
 
Crossing the dual carriage bridge before arriving at Penampang. It may take another 3-5 years to complete the 35kms to Papar.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON 2017, JAPAN.

2017 Cherry Blossom season in Japan is now at it's peak in many major cities of western and eastern Japan, including Tokyo an Kyoto. Millions of Japanese have been celebrating and enjoying the Spring season since end of March. Though we were not there this year, I could still share some beautiful cherry blossoms pictures taken by my Japanese friend, a few days ago at Iwatsuki Castle Park,one of the most outstanding cherry blossom sites in the prefecture Saitama. 
"Thank you' to Miura san for all the awesome pictures. We should be there for the 2018 Cherry blossoms season.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

WELCOME SEAFOOD RESTAURANT, KOTA KINABALU

Welcome Seafood restaurant, located just behind the newly opened Hilton Kinabalu is popular among the locals and tourists.
It can accommodate at least 300 people in both open-air and air-condition indoor dining.
As this restaurant is best known for its seafood, it's definitely recommended for visitors.

There is a wide selection of live seafood such as scallops, fish, clams, lobsters, prawns and etc,etc. However, price is expensive compared to other places in the city. Diners can order their choice of the fresh seafood from the "tanks area".
 
 
Some of the seafood on display.

Last week, we had a birthday celebration in this restaurant and I found that the food served was  superb.   
Deep fried soft shell crabs.
Flower crabs with salted egg.
Fried squids in salt and pepper.
Steamed prawns.
The popular steamed"Gong-gong".

It's recommended to make a booking in advance as this place is always packed with tourists, It would be best to dine between 7pm to 8pm. Service is average, probably due to the crowd. Seriously, the food is delicious but quite expensive.

Monday, March 13, 2017

BACK TO BLOGGING

I have not been blogging since 24 January 2017 due to some unforeseen circumstances. I should be back by the 3rd week of this March. Wishing all everyone all the best and enjoy your day! I hope you will enjoy some of my favourite pictures taken over the years.
 
 Mount Kinabalu after heavy rain.
 Klias wetland cruise.
 
Sunset view from Tanjung Aru Beach.
 Mamutik island of Kota Kinabalu.
 Overflying Indonesia.
  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

THE SUN BEARS OF BORNEO

The sun bear is found in the tropical rain forest habitats of Borneo and in some parts of Southeast Asia. The large scale of deforestation in the past many decades has dramatically reduced suitable habitat for the sun bears. The Borneo sun bear is also known as the "honey bear", as they have a strong appetite for honeycombs and honey. Honey, beetles, termites, ants and fruits make up their daily diet. 
The sun bear's fur is usually jet-black, short and sleek with some under wool.

The major threat to the sun bears are the habitat loss where deforestation is still actively happening in Borneo for plantation development. Because of the threat, in 2008, sun bear researcher Wong Siew Te, imitated a joint project between Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), the Sabah Wildlife Department and the Sabah Forestry Department to establish the Bornean Sun bear Conversation Centre (BSBCC) in the Sepilok-Kabili Forest Reserve of Sandakan.  
 Viewing platform at BSBCC

The mission of BSBCC is not a zoo or a main tourist attraction, but a centre to improve sun bear welfare, and for education, research and rehabilitation. The objective is to create the capacity to confiscate, rehabilitate and release suitable orphaned and ex-captive bears back into the wild. The centre aims to be a strong base to educate the public about the plight of the sun bears, to raise conservation awareness about this species, and to conduct more research on this species. Currently there are 30+ rescued sun bears residing in the centre. 

Visitors who wish to visit the centre, the opening hours daily is from 09:00am to 3:00 pm. The admission fee: RM15.00 for local Malaysian and RM30.00 for adult foreigner, Child under 12 years old is free. The centre is located 23 km from Sandakan town. It's just next to the Sepilok Orang Utan rehabilitation Centre. Public bus services and taxi are available.

** Pictures: courtesy of BSBCC. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE WONDERS OF BORNEO - RAFLLESIA

Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants found in S.E.Asia. 9 species are found in Borneo. It is the official state flower of Sabah. Recent flowers found were measuring up to 95cm across and weighed up to 10 kilograms.   
 Blooming Rafflesia, biggest flower in the world.

Bloom with striking colour, Rafflesia flowers are beautiful, however, the flowers smell like rotting flesh and that the foul odor attracts flies and other insects.     

Visitors who are interested in the Raflfesia flowers, can try their luck at the nearest forest reserve in the Crocker Range which is about an hour drive from the city of Kota Kinabalu.    
Located at the roadside of the edge of a forest reserve is the Rafflesia Information Centre. The centre is solely established for the conservation of the remarkable Rafflesia plants.

This Rafflesia Information Centre is open daily to visitors from 8am to 3pm. Subject to the blooming Rafflesia flowers, visitors can opt for a jungle trekking adventure escorted by the "Forest Ranger" to take a closer look of the  plants and flowers.

Rafflesia flowers usually bloom for a week or so. During this short blooming period, the flowers are   pollinated by flies and insects attracted by the foul smell.
 
Rafflesia plants are also found in the Poring Hot Spring area, near Mt. Kinabalu National park. Some Rafflesia plants are found in the land belonging to the local villagers. Whenever there is a bloom, visitors on tour to Poring are allowed to enter their area and view the flowers at a token entrance fee. That's if you are lucky, you do not have to trek hours into the jungle to see this amazing flower.