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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The evolution of HIP HOP Culture in Borneo


Monday, May 14, 2012

Give a little; Gain a lot

Hola amigo ! Sono manchi tutti ! 

Thank you " BFA Charity Dance Fiesta Participants!"
Photo taken by Melissa Alut Lim @ Likas Sports Complex, Aerobic Hall.  


With the constant change of my location and  task assigned in hand, sometimes i hope that  the "Whassapp" application in my BB allows blogging so i could constantly update the happenings, and keeping everybody in a loop of whats happening over here in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. I need to learn this on the smartphone anyway.... ; /

"Together we can do great things!" was the tagline that attracts more then 100 participants who came and join "BFA Charity Dance Fiesta" please click HERE for event detail. For only  RM 20 ( Euro 5.00), each participant can dance their way out, with proper "sweatxercise" technique and refreshment upon leaving the fiesta. On top of the healthy sweat out, the priceless value of reaching out to the indigenous woman of Borneo was one of the most encouraging turn out to the participants. Through the open concept Dance Fiesta- BFA has successfully raised RM500 to PACOS Trust - the indigenous woman sector as a token of encouragement and empowering them for a better living. 

The 2 hours dance involve various rhythmic movement ranging from Afro, Hip Zumba,Belly jam, Bangla and modern dance as well as kids hip hop. Arghh... the great work out credits goes to my buddies Mellisa Robert, Nita Maria, Gergianne Lingam as well as Wester the Hip Hoper.These dance movement works on your hip muscle, your buttocks ( gluteus maximus), arms muscle and even belly ( tummy). 


Ouch , this picture was taken when she is at hype, our BFA Principal Yuen 

Me, taking sometimes for a little chat with Anne Lasimbang ( President of Pacos Trust ) 
Wester, leading his Kids HIP HOP team 

The hyper crowd which consist of kids, young and the young at heart. 




Georgianne, giving the crowd a thorough cool down


The Dancing troupe, danced their way out for the goodness of participants and the indigenous of Borneo

PACOS Trust President, Anne Lasimbang, receiving cheque amounting RM500 from Principal of BFA Yuen;
On behalf of the beneficiaries, she extend her heartfelt gratitude for the effort being done by the Sabahan Woman.


As little as we can do as an individual, never forget that "synergy is the best Strategy" and together we can do great things ! Thank you BFA for your great effort ! 







Monday, April 23, 2012

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park ( TAR islands of Sabah, North Borneo )


Christmas Day falls on December 25 and is an occasion for Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  In Sabah, many people, even if they are not Christian, give each other gifts, prepare special meals and decorate their homes at this time of year. This is because the Christmas festive falls on the year end school holidays where children enjoy exchanging gifts, setting up wood fire and even decorating Christmas tree.
This Christmas, if you are still contemplating where to  spend your holiday. The isle of islands in Borneo is one of the best options. This near island escapade gives a total opposite feel of winter snow Christmas like Europe; however, these perfects tropical islands provide a memorable vacation island of a lifetime.
Islands of Borneo




TAR Marine Park (Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park)

The TAR islands are easily accessible as they are close to Kota Kinabalu - about 15 to 20 minutes boat ride. You can choose to visit one or more of the islands in a day, or spend a night or two to enjoy the tropical moonlight and even night camp fire with your love ones. TAR Marine parks provide a perfect gateway for family gathering.

Pulau Gaya- One of the largest island at the Park at 140 hectares with 25km of shoreline. For divers, the coral reefs along the entire coast of the island are in excellent condition. There is one tropical resort on this island called the Gayana Island Eco Resort. The untouched coastal Dipterocarp forest is ideal for trekking and studying unique species of plant and animal life.

Pulau Manukan - This 51 acres boomerang shaped tropical Island is the second largest of the TAR Marine Park. Manukan has good stretches of beaches especially on the southern coastline. Ideal for snorkeling, diving and camping. There are also accommodations available with excellent facilities. However, due to the popularity of this particular island, the crowd congestion may be slightly noisy in during the day, making it a similarity like the enchanted island of Bali.

Pulau Mamutik - The smallest of the five tropical islands of the Park covering some 15 acres. Rich coral life surrounds the islands. The island has a jetty, a 3-bedroom rest house for rent and quarters for Rangers on the island. There were also sea sports such as banana boat, canoeing as well as water skiing for rent during the day. Mamutik island also serves as the main off shore station for your scuba dive lesson. Other facilities available include changing rooms, toilets, picnic shelters, tables and barbecue pits. There are also fresh water and electricity in the island.

Pulau Sapi - For a small tropical island of 25 acres, Sapi Island has one of the nicest beaches in the Marine Park. Its clean white sand, crystal clear water and teeming coral reefs fringing the shoreline makes it ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Day use facilities are available at the island such as a jetty, picnic shelters, barbecue pits, tables, changing rooms and toilets. There are also hiking trails available through the interior which can provide an excellent opportunity for you to appreciate nature in its wild habitat. If you are considering a destination for your children, this is the perfect edutainment island for children.

Pulau Sulug - Sulug Island with an area size of 20 acres is the farthest away from Kota Kinabalu. The tropical island is also the least developed. The shoreline is mostly rocky with beautiful patches of coral at the southern end. The island is however, very popular for those island hoppers who prefer the tranquil and untouched tropical beach atmosphere. Plenty of naughty long tailed Macaque welcomes your arrival. So, be careful with their snatch and begging behavior. This is the calmest and most quiet island and it is always the perfect pit stop for divers.

Perfect Escaped for the young, the young at heart, and the old
These islands are easily access, perfect destination not only for open water divers but also non divers. You can opt for the non diver package and just chill in your cozy room. It all depends how you want your Christmas to be, a romantic and quiet mode, or celebrating it with a warmth gathering among family members.  This is because Sabah is blessed being well known as “Land below the Wind”. These islands are well sheltered from the rough waters of the typhoon belt. Choose your desired island according to your holiday theme; make your way to Jesselton Point at Jalan Pantai, your holiday is just a doorstep away! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Step to Success" - Langkah Syabas


Langkah Syabas- Generally means "step to Bravo! ( Congratulations) " in the malayan phrase. This is a quiet beach front situated at Kampung Kinarut Laut, a 3 acres land from a brainchild of a beautiful mix marriage couple (Peter & Lisa Cantwell) on their  dream in developing a cozy yet welcoming resort for leisure traveller from around the world to Sabah, North of Borneo. For locals, this is a perfect escaped for great luncheon or chill out over the weekend as the Restaurant serves delicious home made beef sausages, and self manufactures cheese ricotta



Little Golf driving range

Walkway to lodges



Guard sheep , chilling at the beach front, for
one moment we thought it was a dog


 
Scenic view from restaurant


Chill out Bar (Left) and exotic dining tables


Simple yet appetizing "chicken liver pate" with "home made cheese"

A little more private chalet are just at the new site of Langkah Syabas.... Perfect honeymoon retreat for newly wed couple or even a breakaway from the hustle and bustle of KK city.

For more infor please log on to www.langkahsyabas.com.my


Saturday, April 07, 2012

Happy Easter, Its more then just about colourful EGGS

Picture Caption :Babe D Pug, ready for her weekend run

Dear relatives and friends,

On this holy day,
we celebrate the rebirth of Jesus,
claiming to be the son of  God.
No guilt in death, No fear in Death. 

Howdy with the long weekend, 
I wish you a great weekend ...
with lots of Easter EGGS 

with love, 

~Melissasy~


Sunday, April 01, 2012

Empowering the Indigineous Woman Through Wellness Program



The spirit of outreaching and making a difference to eliminating poverty does not only involve activist of NGO. Be it an individual, an organization, together we can always make a difference to change the world.

Borneo Fitness Academy (BFA), is a fitness academy founded by Yun Yuen, a born bred Sabahan lass whom has been abroad to venture into her wellness education 30 years back. Being back to her home land, she initiated Borneo Fitness Academy which mainly focus on the core value of fun fit exercise - to the woman of all ages,be it young and the young at heart.

PACOS TRUST (PACOS) is a community based voluntary organization registered under the Trustee Ordinance Chapter 148, Sabah, Malaysia to help raise the quality of life of indigenous communities. PACOS acts as an entrusted Non Profit Organization in reaching out to local indigenous of Sabah in various community development program,  in which financial contributions from members, individuals and international funding agencies helps to sustain most of PACOS activities. 

As the old saying, synergy is the best strategy and together we can make a difference, the objective of this event held is to outreach to the local indigenous women who has the equal rights in "SAFE, HEALTHY; EMPOWERED"  as any others in the world.

The event features various modern fitness movement which are a "hit" in town, namely HIP Zumba, Belly Jam, Batuka Latin, Hot Power Yoga, Afro dance which mainly coordinates upper and lower part of your body with lively Latino music and requires consistant stamina and waist, hip and shoulder strenght. This event gives participants a total body workout with special focus on your core area. 

Come! Join us in this joyous event, be Fun, Fit and Fabulous while never forget to do our part in giving the Indigeneous woman a better world of living.. Let them be Protected, respected and most of all Healthy and Empowered.. 

Event details : 
Date    : 28th April 2012,  Saturday 
Time    : 5pm-7pm 
Venue  : Aerobic Hall, Likas Sports Complex

See you there ! 


    




 



 

Sunday, February 05, 2012

A new Challenge with Borneo On Wings 2012 (BOW 2012)


Last year, i have the opportunity to discover various region of Sabah, from coastal to interior of Sabah, adventures to relaxation, livelihood to cultural living, also unforgettable spiritual encounter in the heart of Borneo. This year, i took the liberty to promote sustainable tourism through an exciting World Class Aviation Event, spearheaded by a team of extreme Borneo Explorer, who led Borneo On wings 2012.


WHAT IS Borneo On Wings 2012 


An unofficial logo of BOW 2012; yet to finalize




Borneo On Wings 2012 is a world class aviation sports event for  Light, Microlight,Ultralight  or experimental Aircraft held in Borneo particularly Sabah and Sarawak. This event is organized in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia, Sarawak Tourism Board and Sabah Tourism Board.It is Malaysia Sports Aviation Federation (MSAF) sanctioned 1st of its kind being held in Malaysia.


Being introduce by Capt.Tom ( a good friend of mine) on the spearheaded team of fabulous 3, Willy, Jeff and Lorraince, i was aspired by their eagerness and 1Malaysia team spirit ;making this event a success in the eyes of the world. 


So i asked, Why Borneo? 
Knowing Tom as senior captain for having more then 8000 hours under his wings in East Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak were already his second home. 


The various objectives aimed by BOW 2012 which particularly benefits the publicity of Sabah and Sarawak attract me the most. However for BOW, the aim to create a radically new Aviation Event for the World Aviation Calendar specifically for Light, microlight /ultralight  and experimental aircraft is the main target. This world class aviation event took place by promoting the magnificent topography, mystical flora and fauna of Sabah and Sarawak and subsequently promote the isle of Borneo as an Private aviation Tourism Destination. Taking this exciting event, it is hope that this event could create a platform on which  Light Sports Aircrafts, Experimental and Ultralight aviation can flourish and thus inculcate the interest to the young generation. 


The team and its great Patron 
From left Lorraince ( BOW Secretary), Willy Wong ( Event Director),Amrul Nizar ( Event Technical Director ),
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ( Patron of honor),Dato Seri Muhammad Leo Toyad Abdullah ( BOW Advisers) and third from left Jeff ( Event Commander) 



The exact event will be held from 1st until 9th of September 2012, comprising of various activities, from non-competitive aeronautical based event, participants flying in loose formation through out Sabah and Sarawak. Making pit stop at each designated area in urban, suburban, rural and interior part of Borneo. While on the ground, the participants will involves in CSR programme, mingling with the locals and encounter the untouched wilderness of Borneo Cultural Safari. 


Remember Power boat event F2 in Sabah during 2009? So instead on having it on the sea, this time we do it ON AIR ! An exciting first ever aerobatic event, lets bring it on :) 






Thank you BOW team for entrusting me as part of the team in Sabah region, Its time to flap the Borneo wings and spread the wonders of Sabah, land below the wind !