27 May 2016

Monsopiad Heritage Village - Where the Legend Begins

 
Monsopiad village is located about 15KM from Kota Kinabalu . Monsopiad village is a contribution to the private sector towards the development of tourism in Sabah . The village entrepreneurs are working hard to make this place as one of the destinations of Tourism delegation to - tourists, especially from abroad  to visit the state especially in the town of Kota Kinabalu .

More than just a Museum, the concept of the Monsopiad Heritage Village is to document, revive and preserve the cultures and traditions, as well as the beliefs of the Kadazandusun people.

Monsopiad Heritage Village is a traditional village with historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people and it is the only cultural village in Sabah built to commemorates the life and time of the legendary Kadazan and head-hunter warrior "Monsopiad". The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have build the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture.

Located in Kampung Kuai Kandazon in Penampang District , the village is trying to perpetuate the old story about a Kesatrian Kadazan Bernama Monsopiad as a major attraction in Kampung Kuai Kandazon Penampang .

Entrance Counter. Fee, RM80 for Mycard Holder
You will have your own guide.

History
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Approximately 300 years ago, people in the village Kadazandusun Kuai Kandazon, Penampang live in longhouses. Moyog River is the only main road heading towards Petagas relations and towards donggongon. They use the river as a major way to take forest produce and sell and purchase goods between them `barter trade '. 

Within the Monsopiad Heritage Village lies the  "Gintutun do Mohoing", a monolith stone erected long ago, is a silent witness to many legends of Monsopiad. Within it, is believed to dwell spirits from the past. Today, many people visit the stone for luck.

If you do not catch a boat or raft, they walk through the forest to the place of destination. At that time, the village is frequented by pirates. The robbers stole their crops and livestock. This situation is a threat to the residents there. They are constantly in fear and did not dare walk alone into the woods and do their farming. 

Here they make variety of traditional brew, many of which are home-made using age-old methods. Sample the 'rice wine' and 'talak' at Monsopiad Heritage Village. Learn unique methods of brewing these local beverages, often used in traditional recipes as well.

Starting from the incident, a man named Monsopiad killed and decapitated heads of pirates and display it as a warning to other pirates not to come to their village. Monsopiad managed to chop off 42 head of man over history includes challengers Monsopiad living in Penampang. Said Monsopiad has carved a cross for each successful pirates beheaded on a stone. This stone is eventually used as tombstones Monsopiad after he died.

Born of Monsopiad
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History begins when Kizabon birth to a son that is a result of her marriage to her husband Dunggou. They lived in a longhouse in Kampung Kuai Kandazon, Penampang since 300 years ago. The events began when Kizabon and Dunggou hear a `Bugang 'above the roofs of their houses when Kizabon am childbirth. Dunggou considers it very special event and he climbed the roof of the longhouse. 


The existing house in which the skulls are kept are more popularly known as the "House of Skulls" and in itself is already a prominent tourist attractions since 1979 and is widely mentioned in tourist brochures and travel guides.


There he saw a nest Bugang. In the nest, there are also Bugang egg hatch. But Bugang not be there again. Leaving only shards of eggshell. Dunggou regard the incident as a good omen and believe that son that is born is the son of the mighty. Dunggou then pick up the pieces and dip the egg into her bath. These things are always done by Dunggou until their children grow up. Dunggou named his son as Monsopiad.

Monsopiad been taught martial arts
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As an adult , Monsopiad taught by his grandfather in martial arts . Monsopiad said to be a handsome and smart and long hair . The height is moderate . His good looks and physique Monsopiad cause many girls like to marry him . Monsopiad also always practice using a sword given by his grandfather . Besides practicing with swords, Monsopiad like to jump rivers and ditches . This jump was said to be very unusual .

Many visitor around the world and some are from College/University Students doing a research about the Kadazandusun indigenous ethnic visited often and arranging an interview with our Bobohizan to tell about the history of the village.

Suspension bridge hanging on steel cables at the Monsopiad Heritage Village, crossing the narrow Moyog River. This one wobbles at lot and is quite fun to walk across.

Death of Monsopiad
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One night, while asleep Monsopiad as drunk drinking rice wine at his home, Monsopiad was attacked by a group of strangers who want to kill Monsopiad with a machete. Attackers failed to kill Monsopiad because Monsopiad said to be immune. That night, Monsopiad beat some attackers using only his fists. However, of the assault, Monsopiad have pounded the walls of houses made of bamboo because the attacker managed to avoid. 

Fire making using bamboo demonstration



This causes Monsopiad hand injured by bamboo. Seeing the situation, Monsopiad jumping on the roof of the house and then fled and hid in the woods. After the incident, Monsopiad suffer pain and hurt that can not be cured. Monsopiad finally died and was buried on the hill in the village of Kuai Kandazon, Penampang by villagers. Stone carved by Monsopiad is then placed over the graves Monsopiad. These graves are still visible until now.

Be mesmerized by the beauty bird like dance of the "Sumazau"  and other traditional dance of Sabahan Tribe daily.




Watch the cultural performance

Getting There
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Take the No.13 bus to Donggongon town in Penampang from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK City. Fare is RM1.50. At Donggongon, board a minibus bound for Terawi and indicate your stop to the driver. Fare is RM1.00. You can also use any taxi to get there for RM35.00. Or contact the Village for shuttle services.
Other Info
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CULTURAL SHOWTIME: 10am/12pm/2pm/4pm
OPERATIONAL HOURS: 9am - 5pm (Monday - Sunday)

ENTRANCE FEES;
STANDARD PACKAGE
(Inclusive of cultural show and guided tour)

ADULT
Malaysia: RM45
Non-Malaysia: RM55

CHILDREN (7yrs - 12yrs)
Malaysia: RM25
Non-Malaysia: RM25

OPTIONAL PACKAGE
(Inclusive of cultural show OR guided tour)

ADULT
Malaysia: RM35
Non-Malaysia: RM45

CHILDREN  (7yrs - 12yrs)
Malaysia: RM15
Non-Malaysia: RM20

WALKABOUT PACKAGE
ADULT
Malaysia: RM20
Non-Malaysia: RM30

CHILDREN  (7yrs - 12yrs)
Malaysia: RM10
Non-Malaysia: RM15

25 May 2016

Hotel Review - Kota Kinabalu - Chaya Hotel Tanjung Aru


Chaya Hotel is located at Tanjung Aru. It is a new hotel around Tanjung Aru. When you google up about this hotel, most of it mention about their Infinity Pool and the sunset view from the pool.

C’haya Hotel is beautiful property located just a 5-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Welcoming guests with an in-house restaurant and a rooftop bar, the hotel also provides free Wi-Fi access at all areas.


This modern building is conveniently placed just a 15-minute walk from Tanjung Aru Beach. Perdana Park is only a 10-minute walk away and the lively KK Town is a 20-minute drive away.

Elegantly fitted with hardwood floors and wooden furnishings, all the rooms at C’haya Hotel include a flat-screen TV with international channels, including Chinese & English channels, and tea/coffee making facilities. Attached bathrooms come with a bidet, slippers and free bath amenities.

 My stay details
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Superior Twin Room
RM165
No Breakfast
Booking through Booking.com

 


What I Love about this hotel
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1. Spacious parking lot
2. Far from the town, which is good. Safe and peaceful.
3. Amazing infinity pool


4. Breathtaking sunset view from the infinity pool



5. Near to the airport
6. Free shuttle service from/to the airport
7. They contacted you 1 day before arrival to confirm whether you want free pick-up service from airport
8. Consider affordable and cheap.
9. No Breakfast
10. Spacious room. I love the sofa at the window.
11. Free Wifi, signal quite strong in the room




What I Hate about this hotel
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1. Not really friendly receptionist. Might because I am Malaysian, as I rented motorcycle, I brought a helmet. So its seem I am a stranger and did not have enough money to stay in this hotel. 
2. I read about welcome drinks offered. But not me. Who want to offer the guy with his backpack holding a helmet anyway?
3. I am quite surprised with the room toilet bowl. It was black dirty.


4. As I am "GENIUS" member of booking.com, one of my benefits to check-out late. Unfortunately, when I asked about this, the reception quite rude to told me I can't check out late as per benefit. When I asked why, they didn't mention and told me the room was taken. While I wait at the lobby for my airport shuttle bus, I saw quite number of western family check out late. Well, they are white and I am brown, of course they accept the request from the westerner. What a joke.
5. The infinity pool should be close at 7pm. When I went to pool around 6.30pm, it was already closed.


About this hotel
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Name: Chaya Hotel, Kota Kinabalu
Star: 3 stars
Address: Jalan Tanjung Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Contact: +60 88-211 858

 

23 May 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - Spicy Chicken Rice at Peppermint Vietnam

 

I was hungry and did not know where to have lunch. So I opened my mobile apps Foursquare to find affordable and interesting restaurant. This was when the Peppermint Vietnam came out.

Peppermint Vietnam has many branches around the city, and they have mix review about their restaurant. I just gave a try.


Once you enter the restaurant, you can see HALAL certificate hang on the wall near the counter. Most of the workers using hijab. 

I look into the menu, wow, of course there are so many Vietnam signature dishes such as PHO Vietnam Beef Noodle. So if you really miss Vietnam food, you can go here, plus the price is reasonable not like Halal Restaurant around Saigon, which is so expensive.


As I was very hungry, I did not plan to eat noodle. So I ordered the Spicy Chicken Rice instead along the Soya Cincau as my drink. For your info, Spicy Chicken Rice here is one of the signature dish. It cost only RM6.50.

The taste? I thought there was no extraordinary compare to other Chicken Rice. The taste is good and nothing so special about the dish.


And I think I should try another dish next time!

Location: Just your "Foursquare" to find the branch around the city, and WAZE if you want to drive or Google Maps if you want to walk.

21 May 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - Lokan Bakar, Puding Kelapa


 I had been introduced to this food stall few years ago while I visited KK city. And for this trip, I do not want to miss to taste this yummy "Lokan Bakar" and "Puding Kelapa" for the desert. Writing this post, I was drooling to the maximum.


I was rented a motorcycle while in KK City, so it is easy for me for this food hunting journey. Mobile phone apps WAZE is really helping me while navigating this city. From my hotel to the "Lokan Bakar" stall, the journey took almost 40 minutes, slow and steady as I was not in rush. 

 

Luckily I rented motorcycle for this trip, if not, I might be wasting time in a traffic jam. Most of the road in KK City is under cosmetic job and made the traffic jam more hectic.

The taste of "Lokan Bakar" is amazing. Plus the coconut puding inside the coconut it self, it just so tasty and you will not forgot the taste.

 
 You can choose how much you want for the "Lokan Bakar", i chose RM10 portion. For your info, along this road, there are a few of stall, you can choose the stall you want. Most of it, the taste is the same.

There is 1 drinks thats also popular, its called "Kelapa Bakar", where the coconut burned inside the fire until certain time. People said its good for the body. I did not have a chance to try it.
Where exactly the location? It just the same route you want to go Karambunai, but it is before Karambunai. Like I said, you can WAZE with the keyword "Kelapa Bakar" or "Lokan Bakar".

Enjoy!

20 May 2016

Transformers Autobots All Set to "Roll Out" in 1Utama




Exclusive activities and merchandise in store for kids and adults


Kuala Lumpur, 17 May 2016 – Transformers started off as a comic series in the 1980s before evolving into animated television series that depicts a war amongst giant alien robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects. Set against the outerworld Cybertron and Earth, it centres on factions of the Autobots and the Decepticons in an endless struggle for dominance or eventual peace. Since the first Transformers was adapted onto the big screen in 2007, its cinematography and special effects have captivated audiences from around the world - both adults and children alike. Now, Malaysians will have the chance to relive the Transformers experience live! These robot-aliens will be making an appearance in 1 Utama during the next school holidays.

Organised by Hasbro Toy (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd, the details of the event are as below:


Date     : 25 May – 5 June 2016

Time    : 10:00am – 10:00pm

Venue  : Ground Floor, Centre Court (Old Wing), 1 Utama Shopping Centre


As an added bonus, the exclusive Chevrolet Camaro that made its film debut as Bumblebee will also be on display at the event on 26 May, 3.00 to 6.00pm. Only five of these cars are known to exist in the country, making the car’s display in 1 Utama a rare opportunity. 


Besides meeting their heroes and the opportunity to purchase exclusive Transformers merchandise, children of all ages can look forward to a host of exciting activities at the roadshow to keep themselves well occupied during the holidays. These include the Fastest Fingers Challenge in which children 8-12 years old can participate with a minimum purchase of RM120 in two receipts. The challenge will require them to assemble a complete Transformers combiner figure in the fastest time possible. The winner of each session of the challenge, which takes place over the weekends during the roadshow period, will take home a Generations Combiner Leader figure worth RM249.90.



With a minimum purchase of RM80 in two receipts, children aged 5 to 12 will have the chance to bring out their inner Transformer character in the Dynamic 5 Challenge. Designed to promote teamwork and leadership, this activity is centred around Transformers characters Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Grimlock and Strongarm. Everyone emerges a winner in this activity as participants will receive a Transformers gift upon completion. They will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with a live-sized 10-feet Bumblebee and Optimus Prime statues in front of a cinematic Transformers visual background.


One Card members who arrive at the scene early can have their children participate in these activities and contests without a minimum purchase. However, these are limited to 50 children per day on a first come first serve basis.

Adult fans are also not excluded from the roadshow as there will be a special display consisting of collectors’ and limited edition figure over the course of the roadshow period.


The iconic Transformers is an action-packed fictional movie and animation series, featuring robot aliens armed with advanced weaponry and combat skills.  The relationship between these robots and humans make up much of the essence of the Transformers story.


More information and updates can be found on Hasbro Transformers’ Facebook page.

19 May 2016

Sabah - My first time Parasailing Experience at Gaya Island

  

Every trip, I always looking for the awesome experience, so that my trip memory will be last forever. During my trip to Gaya Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, I chose to do parasailing.

When I arrived at the terminal, parasailing never came out in my mind. When I arrived at the island, the in charge person at the island asking us who want to go parasailing.

I asked about the rate, I try to negotiate the rate. They offer me for RM80. I accepted it. They asked to wait for another 10 minutes for the parasailing boat to arrive.

There were 5 of us who will go the parasailing session. 4 of them were Korean, I was the only Malaysian. There were 2 for the boat crew.


I was the last person who parasail. I watched both couple from Korean, I was so excited and can't wait for my turn.

When my turn is up, I asked one of the Korean to hold my camera and took my photo. It turned out, she took so many photos non stop, and thanks to her!


Anyway, there was the most exciting 15 minutes moment in my life. I was glad that I decided to experience the parasailing. Sometimes, they flied me low to the ocean. So expected to get wet. Make sure you cover your phone or bring a waterproof camera.

So, do not forget to parasail when you have a chance to visit Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Have you parsail? Share you experience with me.

17 May 2016

Sabah - Day Trip to Famous Gaya Island


Most of my trip, islands and beaches are never exempted. During my Kota Kinabalu trip, I took the opportunity to visit one of the island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. I chose only to visit "Gaya Island" because I do not want to rush and caused me unable to enjoy my beach moment.

  
As I rented motorcycle in KK, it was easier for me to go from one place to one place. I parked my rented motorcycle at the Jesselton Jetty Terminal.


First, you need to buy return ticket to the island. To go to Gaya Island, return boat trip only cost you RM23 including all the tax. There are so many company you can choose. If you only want a return trip, you can choose any company, most of them are fix prices. I bought the boat trip ticket from Sunny Rainbow. If you want to do some activities in the island, of course you can survey the price from each company and also you can haggle the price. Good Luck!


Sunny Rainbow boat is quiet satisfactory. Only 8 persons inside the boat. Journey to the island is smooth, weather also quiet nice.


Once we arrived at the island, there will be 1 person will in charge for each company. Just remember their shirt!, each company, different people in charge, and you will easily get confused. Just tell them what time you want to go back to the city center. If you have another island to go, just tel them what time you want to transfer to the other island.


As Gaya Island is quite famous, it was so many visitor during that day. Plus, it was weekend. All the places were pack. I just went to the end, and organized my picnic mat. 


The water at Gaya Island, I can say its quite clean. But for snorkelling, it was nothing. This is because I had been snorkeled at a lot of places. Only a few small fishes and coral. This is because the snorkeling area is limited and have a limit. You cannot snorkel anywhere you want, only at designated places.


Anyway, trip to Gaya Island is good for me, where I can relax and read my novels and watching behavior of people all around the world.

I went back at 3pm, and I realized my skin got tanned!