Thursday, August 21, 2014

Berendoi Ceremony for Baby - Part of Malay Culture

While in Seri Menanti Resort, I had an opportunity to witness the Berendoi ceremony.

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Berendoi ceremony


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Berendoi ceremony
I really don't know about this Malay ceremony until that day. It is a kind of baby welcoming ceremony.

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Berendoi ceremony


Majlis Berendoi
Berendoi ceremony


For all Berendoi ceremony, there must be a nicely decorated swing at the mid of event venue. By the way, 'endoi' from berendoi word meaning swing that used to put baby to sleep.


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Berendoi ceremony




To start off the ceremony, the men sitting in a big circle and women sutting at the side read and sang a few songs. The songs presented brought some advices to the baby to be obedient to their parents.

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Berendoi ceremony


It is very tough to shoot the baby as he moved here and there in the swing, (other photos almost blurred) and I was lucky to have this shot. So, I like this photo a lot as his father was looking at him with full affection and the baby was looking at my camera.

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Berendoi ceremony
 Coming next is called 'cukur jambul'. The guests will cut some of the baby hairs and put on the tray. Then they will give some money back to the baby.

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Berendoi ceremony
 After a while, the baby started to cry. I think he may be frightened at that time.

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Berendoi ceremony
 The guests sat at the round table and were served with some snacks. It is a wonderful experience for me to witness the ceremony and know more about Malay culture. Hope you get something as well from my sharing.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Proboscis Monkey River Cruise Tour @ Le Cruise De Kota Belud


Le Cruise De Kota Belud showcases Kota Belud's own wetlands, the nearest place from Kota Kinabalu where one can discover one of Sabah's icon, the proboscis monkeys. This place is still under reported compared with Klias Wetland near Pulau Tiga.
 
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Le Cruise De Kota Belud


The cruise begins along the Tempasuk river where one will be reeted by the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu at the background and before long the sight of bouncy crowds of proboscis monkeys will engross river cruisers.

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Le Cruise de Kota Belud is very near from Usukan Cove Lodge, estimated the road journey is about 30 minutes. However, if you coming from Kota Kinabalu city, it takes around 1 hour and 18 mins.


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Kota Belud


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Kota Belud


It does not look like a tourist place or well developed as in other places. It is only a small village. I met them, the Iranun kids when they playing outside the house. It is one of the indigenous group in Sabah. For centuries, the Iranun were involved in pirate-related occupations. (but now no more)

They are well-known for their skills in weaving and producing brass bells. Traditionally there are three distinct type of design for their houses: Marigai (equivalent to a palace), Turugan (resthouse for guests), Kampilan (residence for higher hierarchy) and Ubung-ubung (ordinary household).(from: http://www.sabah.edu.my/itma018/Culture/Ethnic%20Profile.htm)

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Pinjaram


We were served with Pinjaram cake upon arrival. It is Bajau indigenous group of traditional food which normally found in wedding ceremony, celebration and feast. It is made with rice flour, sugar and coconut milk. So it tastes sweet and nice!


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When I went in front to take pictures, the friendly Bajau woman asked me to make one myself :) Of course I reluctantly to try it and do one....but the outcome is not guaranteed :P

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Somehow I'm serious with it....no play play....learning to make a nice one :) Anyone wants to try my 'product'? :S

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While waiting for our boat, we had some spare time to explore around the place.

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Hand made crafts by local community for sales

I'm so curious of the stuff they hanging at the pillars and went to check out one by one. It is actually traditional tools used by different ethnic in Sabah.

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Barait
This traditional haversack still commonly used today originates from Takutan, a Dusun village in Sabah. Barait was traditionally used by men to carry personal items during hunting trips. It is also used by men when going to the fields to carry food and water.

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Basong
Basong is lightweight funnel shaped back pack which is normally carried by women to carry mainly fruits, vegetables, paddy and other harvest produce. It is handmade crafted using rattan and bamboo by Dusun, Rungus and Murut people.

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Nyiru
Made from thin strips of Bemban stem. Nyiru are essentially shallow oblong or egg-shaped or round trays used as winnows for paddy and other farm and household applications. Rungus, a native indigenous group inhabiting the northern part of Sabah, are well-known for their fine skills in producing these trays.

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Sompoton
Sompoton, a traditional Kadazan musical instrument played by the Dusun tribes and it is originally from Tambunan district, northern part of Sabah. It is now prevalent among Dusuns and Muruts.


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Wakid

Wakid is Dusun carrying basket, also known as Balud, is widely used basket carrying a variety of agricultural produce and firewood. During harvesting, it is used to carry paddy stalks. Traditionally, it carried by women as men prefer to carry bigger version of  a similar basket type. 

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The small jetty where we board the boat for river cruise.


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Proboscis monkey


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Proboscis monkey


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Proboscis monkey


Proboscis monkey
 The pictures shown above is taken using my smartphone therefore they are unclear and we only allowed to stay on boat and can't walk into the mangrove forest.

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Proboscis monkey
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Proboscis monkey
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Proboscis monkey
I can't catch any great and clear image of the Proboscis monkey. But my friend, Munzir Alawi, writer from Santai Travel magazine who brought along a good camera and sharp lens able to capture very funny and playful act of proboscis monkey. Hehe so I asked for re-shoot from his camera screen so that I have something to share in my blog :)

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Proboscis monkey
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Proboscis monkey
Proboscis monkeys live in group. They are good swimmers. When they encounter dangers, they will swim..if you are lucky, you have a chance to see it. Our tour guide seen once! I must say he is very lucky. I never know monkeys can swim until he told me. =="

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Proboscis monkey
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Proboscis monkey
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Proboscis monkey
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Village panorama along the cruise fascinates me. The local still remains their simple lifestyle.

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 This is some information of the tour for reference. If you are interested, you can contact with local tour operators.

Package price:
Adult RM190/person
Child RM145/person 

Package tour includes:
* Land & boat transfer
* Life jacket
* Light refreshment & dinner
* English Speaking Tour Guide

Itinerary:
1340-1500 hrs- pick up from hotel (pick up time varies according to hotels)
1600 hrs- arrive at jetty- safety, program briefing, light refreshment
1630 hrs- river cruise in search of Borneo's pleasure- Proboscis monkey & sunset viewing
1800 hrs- buffet dinner will be served
1840 hrs- depart for an evening river cruise to spot the fireflies
1930 hrs- return transfer to respective hotel

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kudat Festival 2014


If you are attending the Sunset Music Fest at the Tip of Borneo, extend your trip to explore Kudat and witness the merriment of the Kudat Festival. On 20 June, make your way to the Sidek Esplanade for the Dragon Boat Race. On Saturday and Sunday, an array of activities take place at the Esplanade, including a traditional cooking contest, local talent competition, batik-painting demonstration and a coconut-based handicraft-making contest.  All this and more during the 2014 Kudat Festival! - See more at: http://www.sabahtourism.com/events/kudat-festival-2014#sthash.KixtEHyD.dpuf
For our first night in Sabah, we stayed in Kudat Golf and Marina Resort, a 3 star hotel yet rated as one of the best hotel in Kudat district. (We can't expect too much for the hotel in countryside) Therefore, it is not surprised that Sabah Chief Minister also stayed at the same hotel that night for Kudat Festival 2014 event.
If you are attending the Sunset Music Fest at the Tip of Borneo, extend your trip to explore Kudat and witness the merriment of the Kudat Festival. On 20 June, make your way to the Sidek Esplanade for the Dragon Boat Race. On Saturday and Sunday, an array of activities take place at the Esplanade, including a traditional cooking contest, local talent competition, batik-painting demonstration and a coconut-based handicraft-making contest.  All this and more during the 2014 Kudat Festival! - See more at: http://www.sabahtourism.com/events/kudat-festival-2014#sthash.KixtEHyD.dpuf
If you are attending the Sunset Music Fest at the Tip of Borneo, extend your trip to explore Kudat and witness the merriment of the Kudat Festival. On 20 June, make your way to the Sidek Esplanade for the Dragon Boat Race. On Saturday and Sunday, an array of activities take place at the Esplanade, including a traditional cooking contest, local talent competition, batik-painting demonstration and a coconut-based handicraft-making contest.  All this and more during the 2014 Kudat Festival! - See more at: http://www.sabahtourism.com/events/kudat-festival-2014#sthash.KixtEHyD.dpuf

在沙巴的第一晚,我们入住Kudat Golf and Marina Resort,一间3星级酒店但是也是Kudat区域内其中一间最好的酒店。(我们不能在郊外地区要求太多)所以,那天沙巴首长也住在这里,为的是隔天的Kudat Festival 2014主持活动。

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Kudat Golf and Marina Resort

We checked in very late at night. So this photo was taken in the next morning after having our breakfast. It is clean and comfortable regardless the fact that it needs some refurbishment. 

我们很晚才到达酒店。所以这张照片是隔天早上吃完早餐拍的。酒店虽然是有点旧需要翻新但是整体上害死干净舒服。

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Kudat Golf and Marina Resort

We had our breakfast at the hotel's cafe. For the food choices, it is not up to my expectation. There is flies flying here and there. Sadly to say they need to improve on it.

我们在酒店咖啡用餐。食物选择方面,没有达到我的要求。有许多苍蝇飞来飞去。很伤心的说他们需要在这方面有所改善才行。

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Kudat Golf and Marina Resort

But one thing delighted me is the fact that Kudat Golf and Marina Resort has breathtaking sea view in front of it. 

不过令我高兴的是,Kudat Golf and Marina Resort有个叹为观止的海景。

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Kudat Festival 2014

After checked out, we headed over to Sidek Esplanade for Kudat Festival 2014. Coconut Festival that held annually is now being re-branded, replaced and renamed with Kudat Festival. For the 4 days event, an array of activities take place at the Esplanade, including a traditional cooking contest, local talent competition, batik-painting demonstration and a coconut-based handicraft-making contest.

酒店登出后,我们便坐车到Sidek Esplanade出席 Kudat Festival 2014。为了重新包装,Kudat Festival 是今年才使用的名称,之前都叫Coconut Festival。4天的活动,有一连串的精彩节目在那进行包括传统烹饪比赛,本地才艺比赛,巴蒂布彩绘示范以及以椰子手作艺术品比赛等等。

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Kudat Festival 2014

The 2014 Kudat Festival is the latest tourism product to attract domestic and foreign tourists to visit Sabah, specifically the district of Kudat. 

2014年Kudat Festival是吸引国内外游客前往沙巴,具体来说是Kudat地区最新旅游产品。
 
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Kudat Festival 2014

Kudat Festival is such a great event for first time visitor to Sabah (like me) as I got to know more about the local tribes culture through their dance, performance and apparel. What's more? I can take picture and talk to them as well. 

Kudat Festival 对于第一次游玩沙巴的我是个很好的活动因为通过他们的舞蹈,表演和服装,我有机会知道更多本土的族民文化。更重要的是?我可以与他们拍照和聊天。

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Kudat Festival 2014

I'm always curious about the tribes' traditional wearing. It is considered weird and rude if I stare at them when I just want to have close look at their outfit. So the best way is to take their pictures and study at home. LOL...the picture shown above is Rungus traditional wear for a man and lady (ignore the slipper).

我对民族的传统衣服很好奇。若我一直瞪着他们看好像很奇怪。所以最好的办法就是与他们拍照然后在家慢慢看。哈哈..上面这张照片便是Rungus民族传统男女服装的图片(请忽略拖鞋)。



This is a very clear and quite details pictorial explanation of Rungus wearing. (from MUAH website)

这是个非常清晰和仔细的Rungus服装解释图(来自MUAH网页)

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However I can't find any pictorial explanation for Rungus man wearing.

但是我没有找到Rungus男生服装的解释图。

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Kudat Festival 2014
 That's one of my gain for my Sabah tour to meet and chat with the indigenous group as so far I only know them through the History text book.

这是我来沙巴的其中一个收获,就是与当地的土著会面和聊天因为以前都只是在历史课本知道他们而言。

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Kudat Festival 2014

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the festival was value-added in filling the tourism programme to simultaneously develop the sector in the area. "The diverse communities and traditions in Kudat can lure tourists to visit the district and boost the tourism sector in the area.

"As such, facilities in terms of hotel accommodation and restaurant must be added or upgraded to meet the hike in tourist arrivals," he said when opening the 2014 Kudat Festival at the Sidek Esplanade Square on Saturday. 


首席部长Datuk Seri Musa Aman 说,这节日是增值的旅游项目同时可开发该地区。 “Kudat各色各样的社区和传统可吸引游客前来,促进在该地区的旅游业。

“因此,在酒店住宿和餐饮方面的设施必须添加或升级,以满足入境游客人数的上涨,”他在 Sidek Esplanade 上周六开幕的2014年Kudat Festival时说。


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Kudat Festival 2014

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Dragon boat race is held annually. But one special thing here is that women participate as well.

龙船比赛每一年都有举办。但是这里的特别之处是女人也参加。

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Kudat Festival 2014

Batik painting competition
巴蒂布彩绘比赛

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The ethic group traditional wear display
各民族服饰的展览

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The booths at Kudat Festival
Kudat Festival 的摊口

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Showcasing the animals available in Kinabalu garden.
展示在Kinabalu 公园内的动物

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I walked into some booths for visit. Here some special things- Kuih Lidah (Tongue Cake) for sell.

我走去一些摊口参观。这里是一些特别食品-Kuih Lidah (舌头糕)出售。

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pre-order birthday cake booth
预购生日蛋糕展台

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coconut soap for sell
售卖椰子肥皂

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Kudat Festival 2014

Kudat has always been known for its coconut groves. Coconut planted by Hakka Chinese back to year 1883, the history of coconut at Kudat is 131 years until today. Frankly speaking, I only know this when being told by local folks.

Kudat一直以其椰林著名。1883年椰子是由中国客家人带进来的,椰子在Kudat的历史至今已有131年。坦白说,我是因为当地人告知我这些才知道的。

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Kudat Festival 2014
At Kudat Festival 2014, there is a handicrafts competition using coconut and categorized with different parts used. For example, handicrafts made with coconut shell, handicrafts made with coconut trunk, handicrafts made with coconut leaves and etc.

在Kudat Festival 2014, 这里个手工比赛,利用椰子不同部分所制。例子,用椰壳做的手工,用椰子树干做的手工,用椰叶做的手工等等。

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I was so impressed looking at all the beautiful craft works using coconut and the locals are so creative.

这些用椰子做的美丽手工看了令人叹为观止,想不到本地人这么有创意。

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Vase made with coconut leaves that's so eco-friendly

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Isn't it cute? 
很可爱对不?

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If you are going to attend the Sunset Music Fest at the Tip of Borneo next year, remember to extend your trip to explore Kudat and witness the merriment of the Kudat Festival. Till here, thanks for reading ^^ 

若下一年你来出席 Tip of Borneo的Sunset Music Fest的话,记得待多一天来发掘Kudat市区以及体验Kudat Festival的欢乐气氛。就到这里,谢谢到访 ^^
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