Monday, September 1, 2014

The First Upside Down House in South East Asia @ Rumah Terbalik, Tamparuli, Sabah

One of the latest tourism product in Sabah is the Rumah Terbalik (upside down house) at Tamparuli. Rumah Terbalik is opened to public since early February 2012 and has attracted not only local but also foreign tourists.
The house was opened to the public in early February 2012 and has since been attracting visitors from near and far. - See more at: http://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/rumah-terbalik-upside-down-house#sthash.EHYdfiVZ.dpuf



Rumah Terbalik

Rumah Terbalik

The admission fee of Rumah Terbalik is RM10 for Malaysian adults and RM18 for foreigners. For students/ children below 12 years old, it costs RM5 and free of charge for children below 3 years old.

Rumah Terbalik


Rumah Terbalik

Before we stepped into the house, there is a white signboard clearly states that we are not allowed to take any pictures inside the house. So there is no photos to be shared for the interior part of the house.



Rumah Terbalik

This Rumah Terbalik is first of its kind in South East Asia and among the few upside down structures in the world.



Rumah Terbalik
Remember the giant gong post I shared previously? Here I saw the gong again! For Dusun and Bajau people, gong is presented as dowry and also being used as door bell. The guide for Rumah Terbalik said we must hit the gong 3 times to alert the host.

Rumah Terbalik

The house is equipped with living room, toilet, kitchen and bedrooms. Inside, one will be fascinated with all the things being upside down. The cups, the books, the fans, the air conditioner all being upside down. At some points, I stared to imagine how it looks like in normal way.

Rumah Terbalik


There's no chance of snapping a picture in the house silently as that's a guide walks beside you. Admire all with your eyes! It only took me around 15 minutes to finish the tour inside the house.

Rumah Terbalik

 Outside, there is  a garage with the car being parked upside down.

Rumah Terbalik

And I'm the strongest girl in Malaysia who able to lift the car up xo

Rumah Terbalik

Jump as high as possible when I'm still young ^^

Rumah Terbalik

The open air toilet outside the house
Rumah Terbalik
The upside down garden


Rumah Terbalik

Rumah Terbalik


Rumah Terbalik

Rumah Terbalik
Stopped by the gift shop to have a look.

Rumah Terbalik
Then we headed to Mango Garden Restaurant to have our lunch.

Rumah Terbalik

Rumah Terbalik


Rumah Terbalik
Mango Garden Restaurant is next to Rumah Terbalik. From the interior of the restaurant, we can see the upside down structures through the window.

Rumah Terbalik

The price range of the food served here is around RM8.90 till RM29.50.

Rumah Terbalik
The group photo in the restaurant

Nasi Goreng Ikan Masin RM9.50 @ Rumah Terbalik
Fried rice cooked with egg, mixed vegetables, salted fish and served with a bull eye's egg, acar (pickled vegetables) and papadum.

Ketam Bakau Tumis Tomato RM16.50 @ Rumah Terbalik
Local mud crab cooked in delicious sweet, spicy chilli and tomato gravy. (with the combination of local herbs and traditional Malay ingredients is what makes this dish interesting and flavourful)

Sayur Kailan Masak Dua Rasa RM15.50 @ Rumah Terbalik
Kailan served in two styles of preparation, deep fried and stir-fried with seafood, topped with crispy anchovies. (A fusion dish between the Bajau Semporna tribe and Chinese's method of cooking)

Rumah Terbalik

Tenom Coffee Tiramisu with Raspberry Jelly & Ice Cream RM8.50 @ Rumah Terbalik
Local Tenom coffee flavoured finger sponge with mascarpone cheese and whipped cream, dusted with Tawau cocoa.

Apple Crumble Tart with Caramelized Chopped Nuts & Ice Cream RM8.50 @ Rumah Terbalik
Crunchy apple crumble tart accompanied with sweet caramelized Kudat ground nuts.

Overall my dining experience here is great! I really enjoy the food here to the maximum. Some of them are very special which I never see and taste before. Do drop by here to try if you are to visit Rumah Terbalik as the fusion dish between local tribe with Western /Chinese/ Malay is awesome. 

Rumah Terbalik is open daily from Monday to Sunday at 7.00am until 7.00pm. Open as usual during public holiday.

Address:
Kampung Telibong, 
Batu 21, Jalan Telibong, 
Tamparuli, Sabah

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Visit the Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud, Sabah


The Bajau people, also known as Sama are the second largest indigenous group in Sabah after Kadazan Dusun. Originally seafarers, there are now two distinct groups, the East Coast Bajau and West Coast Bajau. The East Coast Bajau are nomadic sea gypsies.


Bajau Horse Riding
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud


The West Coast Bajau have now settled down around the Kota Kinabalu to Kota Belud areas and have learnt the art of farming and cattle rearing. 
Bajau Horse Riding
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud

They are the famous cowboys of Sabah and have been dubbed "cowboys of the east".  

Bajau Horse Riding
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud
Their skills in horsemanship are well known locally and on festive occasions both horses and riders are dressed in colourful costumes. (from:http://www.sabah.edu.my/itsr039/BAJAU.htm)



Bajau Horse Riding
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud- kiss with the horse


For my recent visit to Sabah, I had a great chance to visit Bajau people to know them better.

Bajau Horse Riding
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud-I should bring a hat so that I look like a cowboy


We came to a house in Kota Belud where the Bajau family rears horses.

Bajau Horse Riding
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud


Although the horse is not tall, I still scared of falling off when riding on it. Great balancing skill is needed. Though it's an unforgettable experience. That's also my first time seeing the horse dressed in such way. Hopefully in near future I can come back here for their Tamu Besar (a great event for Bajau horsemen as 100 Bajau horsemen will wear their Bajau costumes, decorate their horses with colorful outfit and use horses to do different movement and formation)



bajau parang making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud


At some places in Sabah especially the roads of residential area, one has to be careful of the cows. They are everywhere. But when our cars drove closer to them, they knew to move aside to give way to our car ^^

Bajau Parang Making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud


This was my first time knowing that Bajau people are also skillful in making parang or machete. A parang is a medium-sized weapon.
It can be used for different purposes such as clearing land, cutting meat and also as wall decorations.

bajau parang making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud


We had been brought to Kampung Siasai which is a parang making centre. The village is famed for its handmade parangs by the Bajau community for generations.

bajau parang making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud-parang making


Bajau Parang Making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud-parang making


Upon arrival, the skilled Bajau parang makers demonstrated to us the traditional parang making. First, a fire is lit in the burner. That's not an easy job. One has to endure the heat besides a strong arm to lit the fire.

bajau parang making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud
The Bajau parang maker told us that the most expensive parang costs only RM500. The raw material steel is bought from Inanam.

Bajau Parang Making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud- parang


He also told us that sometimes the customers request to make the parang at special date/day. For example: Thursday night.



bajau parang making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud- parang


The handle of parang is made from sturdy wood.

Bajau Parang Making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud- parang


But sometimes there is exceptional, the handle can be made with buckhorn. Another special collection that he showed us is the double sheaths parang!


Bajau Parang Making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud- parang


Occasionally, special motifs are carved into the wooden handle, making it more attractive.

Bajau Parang Making
Skillful Bajau @ Kota Belud- parang


The parang is not completed without the beautifully decorated sheath. If you visit Sabah, don't forget to drop by Kampung Siasai to learn about the ancient traditions of Bajau's parang making.Visitors can purchase exquisitely designed parangs from here as well.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Place for Shopping @ Filipino Market, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Before we headed back to KL from Kota Kinabalu airport, we had some spare time to stop at Filipino market for last round of shopping spree. Filipino market as its name suggested, it is run by Filipino immigrants. It is located at waterfront of KK and easily accessible, just within a few minutes distance from airport.


Filipino market
Filipino market


Filipino market
Filipino market


The building is painted with light red, yellow and green colour. There are tailors with their machines sitting outside the building. I can say I would not pay any special attention or enter this building when passing by if I was not being told that's a popular shopping place for tourists and locals.

Filipino market
Filipino market



Filipino market
Filipino market



Filipino market
Filipino market
 There are about 40 stalls inside. The goods on offer include local handicrafts like frog bags, key chains, music instruments, masks, cloth and accessories.

Filipino market
Filipino market


Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market

Filipino market
Filipino market

Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market

Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market
Filipino market

Deep sea pearls necklace sold at around RM200. Some goods are cheap, some are not.


Filipino market
Karimba


Filipino market
Karimba

Then, I saw this when walking alone inside. It's quite eye catching and I have to get one to ask the shopkeeper what is this, the price and etc.

Filipino market
Karimba


These little music instruments are called Karimba, made with coconut. Although they look very simple but they can be played and sound coming out from it. It is sold at RM18/ piece. A very good souvenir if you have friend who really loves to play music!






 Filipino market

These are the hauls from Sabah. I can't remember which one bought in Filipino market. But if you like colourful bracelet and necklace or hunting souvenirs at very last minutes, it is a very nice place to shop before boarding.

Filipino Market
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, 
Kota Kinabalu, 
Sabah
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