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Lok Kawi Wildlife Park July 31, 2007

Filed under: KK Invasion — saifulrizan @ 2:52 am

I have two days to update my blogs, with set of pictures and of course, to finish my story on my trip to KK. Although there’s not much to tell, but I am sure my readers are now pretty bored of the same post for many days on the front page. Now here I am, taking advantages of 3 days off to update all my blogs!

Back to my trip to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, I took many pictures of the animals there. I’m sorry, I intentionally refused to stop by at the aviary, because Im tired of watching the same bird that we also have in Labuan Bird Park. But the other animals were awesome!

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is about 25 KM (South West) of the capital Kota Kinabalu. It is easily accessible by either the Old Penampang – Papar Road via Donggongon town or the Putatan – Papar road.

The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is run by Sabah Wildlife Department under the Ministry of Toursim, Culture and Environment. The park covers about 280 acres of land include the Botanical Site managed by Sabah Forestry Department.

At the moment, the Park has more than 100 species of mammals including birds, which are kept in captivity. On the Botanical side, there is a trail which leads t the Herbal and Ginger Garden. You may even catch a glimpse of the ever famous Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes sp.). Some introduced dipterocarp trees can also be found in this area.

Coming attractions are (now in progress) the 1.4 km forest walk, the canopy walk, mountain biking track and the observation pavilion. Have fun but remember to abide and respect the rules and regulations of the Park.

Inspired by Omar Ariffin work on Pusaka Bumi : The Legacy Of Nature, I tried all my best applying all the knowledge and my camera ability on taking pictures. Of course the result are far from Omar Ariff work, but then I know there’ll always a room for improvement!

Overall, my trip to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park was very syok! Despite the hot weather and my ultimate frustration on the camera battery life span, I enjoyed my walk in the park and the experiences.

Here are some information.

Open daily : 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Entrance fees:

  1. Visitors 18 years old and above (Malaysian citizen RM 10.00) & (Non Malaysian citizen RM 20.00)
  2. Visitors below 18 years old (Malaysian citizen RM 5.00) & (Non Malaysian citizen RM 10.00)
  3. Free admission to Senior citizens (60 years old and above) and Handicapped Malaysian citizen only and school childrens (below 17 years old).

LOK KAWI WILDLIFE PARK Jalan Penampang – Papar Lama, W.D.T. No. 63, 89507 Penampang. Tel: 087-765793 Fax: 088-765762

JABATAN HIDUPAN LIAR SABAH (SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT) Block B, Tingkat 5, Wisma MUIS, Kota Kinabalu Tel: 088-215353 Fax: 088-222476

 

Tell July Issue 2007 July 30, 2007

Filed under: Magazine Review — saifulrizan @ 1:10 am
NOTE: Thanks to TELL Editor, Sh. Sakinah Aljunid and TELL Writer, Michelle Gunaselan for spending some times sending complimentary emails appreciating my review on their past issues in my blog.

I know I am late, perhaps my hectic and pathetic time management kept me away from creating new material for this blog. I’d spend more than normal working hours in the office, due to packing up office equipments to be sent to Australia (where I’ll spent the next 7 to 8 months – alone) and closing up the operation in Labuan. I’ll be jobless by the time I come back to Malaysia, but then I know if there’s a will, there’ll always a way!

This month TELL magazine featured photographer, Omar Ariffin (Omar Ariff Kamarul Ariffin) with his masterpiece creation Pusaka Bumi: Malaysia’s Legacy Of Nature; an album consists of superb photos of wildlifes all across Malaysia. In fact, I’ve read about Omar Ariffin in Click! Issue 21, which then sparked the enthusiasm in me to try taking animal pictures.

Omar Ariffin, together with his assistant, Zul and his daughter, Melissa crossing Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak taking arresting pictures of nature and wildlife. He’s not just a photographer in technical, but also a nature lover with a conscience of the importance on keeping our nature preserved. He believes modernization can be enjoyed by everyone without sacrificing the gifts of God. His album published and sponsored by Yayasan Seni Berdaftar (YSB). I would like to have a copy of Pusaka Bumi: Malaysia’s Legacy of Nature, for the sake of amazing pictures and to appreciate Omar’s effort on boosting public consciousness on keeping the nature there, untouched and preserved disregard the development and modernization we’re facing now.

From left: Zanariah Zainal [Company Executive Director], Mehrzad Yasmin Malik [Lecturer, Singer], Izham Ibrahim [Marketing Executive] & Soosan Hoh [Artistic Director, Actress & Writer]

This month, Mustapha Mahidin brought four peoples to the round table, debating on the choices of moviegoers, simply to discuss on why Malaysian films pale in comparison to Hollywood blockbusters (or do they really?). Participants voicing their opinions (majority of them) on how boring and less attractive Malaysian movie are, compared to Hollywood movies; which I agreed! But then, with the appearance of Yasmin Ahmad, Afdlin Shauki and another guy – for the film Cinta (Im so sorry, I forgot his name), there’s a promise and hope in our film industry. I know, because I watch their movies more than any cheap cliché lovey dovey movies! (If I ever watch the latter, which I never bother to watch it anyway)

A Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, featured the joy and beauty of shopping in the historical city of Istanbul. Perhaps the pictures taken from the magazine could salivate all you bargain lover to be there!

I’m moved by Personal section of this month TELL issue! Wahti Mahidin with her article; No Joy For Lina, Rocky Bru for his Side-Kicking Corruption, Toni Kassim on her A Matter Of Gender and Vernon Emaung with his superb article; Wilting Without Grace. It took me 3 to 4 times reading his article with curiosity and full interest to appreciate the superb literature and ideas.

Other must read articles!

FEATURES: King for the new age, The Halal story, In Search Of Nature, People Of The Forest & Darling Dayang Nurfaizah.

SIGNATURES: Keluarga Klinik Rosman, David & Loganathan Arumugam, Mahadi : The Voice Of Jalud, Going, Going, Gone! & Little Olympians.

LIFESTYLE: Print season. Fruits for the skin, Tunku Halim, Joanna Bessey, Mark Inglis, Cheryl Samad, Miri International Jazz Festival, BMW 325i, Dim Sum at Sunway Resort Hotel and more!

Grab your TELL magazine today (if there’s any left) J.

 

Orang Utan, Lok Kawi, Wildlife Park July 20, 2007

Filed under: KK Invasion — saifulrizan @ 12:57 am
The orangutans are two species of great apes known for their intelligence and their long arms and reddish-brown hair. Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, they are currently found only in rainforests on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, though fossils have been found in Java, Vietnam and China. They are the only extant species in the genus Pongo and the subfamily Ponginae (which also includes the extinct genera Gigantopithecus and Sivapithecus). Their name derives from the Malay and Indonesian phrase orang hutan, meaning “person of the forest”.[2][3]


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Canopy Walkway, Poring. July 17, 2007

Filed under: KK Invasion — saifulrizan @ 12:47 am

I am not an athlete, nor a wildlife lover, but when I know there’s hanging bridge like 200 meters from the Poring lower ground, I challenged myself to climb the hill and bring my trusted camera and tripod there. Ok, one advice for any newbie out there. There’s no use of tripod above the canopy walkway, so don’t bother bringing one!

One more thing is, I was wearing jeans when I decided to head up the hill, and climbing a stairs with inconsistent height, my thigh got sore and I did stop for breath two to three times. Wear something loose before you do something that requires maximum use of your muscle (if any), so if you’re sweating like a pig, it won’t be so obvious!

After 20 minutes of climbing, I reached the station where the starting point located. I took another rest before going for my first time walking across the canopy walkway in my life. I don’t see it hard, but without a good balance, or peoples crossing the walkway with you jumping or behaving like monkey, you might want to tell God how much you appreciate your life and you still want to live!

There’s a rule everyone should know, because it’s serious.

Sabah Parks Enactment No. 7 Of 1996 Section 48 (1)(a)

Strictly prohibited to cut, fell, damage, remove, injure (write / scratch / carve), destroy or set fire to any tree or protected plant in a Park.

Any person who contravenes any provision of the above shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to imprisonment for three years and to a fine of one hundred thousand ringgit (RM 100,000.00)

View from the last checkpoint.

View from the last checkpoint.

There are three checkpoints to pass before heading back to the starting point with the same canopy walkway. The other 2 checkpoints were in construction, and that best explain why we have to walk on the same walkway back and forth.

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Poring Hot Spring – Revisited July 10, 2007

Filed under: KK Invasion — saifulrizan @ 5:39 pm

Note : Few more days to go, and I’m still not sure where to go to take pictures!

Last Monday, I drive to Poring alone, with only a camera and full tank of petrol. Perhaps I was intimidated by few Traverama magazine I bought couple days back, or maybe I’m just dead bored to spend another day in my hotel room. I left Kota Kinabalu at 8 in the morning, heading straight to Tuaran before I started flipping map. I remember the last time I stepped my foot on Poring soil was when I was a kid, probably 8 or 9 years old.

The famous Mount Kinabalu. Apology for the clouds. Don’t have the power to remove it.

A result of using the tele mode of my DSC H5

The road still there, with some addition of concrete walls at some places. Perhaps to solid the foundation of the hills. I almost wanted to stop at all places to take the panoramic view, but with speeding trucks and TAXI, I prefer to keep driving until I can find a place where I can hit the brake properly and pull off to the roadside. I admit driving behind a lorry driver with drift-like driving skill was thrilling and make you want to go along. Please! Do not drive like an asshole and value you and others live!I arrived at Poring Hot Spring at 10.30 plus. I couldn’t remember how much I paid for the entrance fee, but I think it’s less than RM 5.00. After packing my stuff, I head for the Canopy Walkway first, then the Kipungit Waterfall. I’ll upload the pictures from my visit to both places in my next post. For now, this is the picture of Poring Hot Spring.

I left the place at 3.30, wishing that I could reach Kota Kinabalu before 4.30 so I can pick up my mom and dad from the ferry terminal. Crap. No one can reach KK in 1 hour!So I just drive slowly and enjoy the nature and the fume from the diesel-powered vehicles…

Thick fog might be normal here

The next time I come to Poring, I’ll complete my visit by hiking to the Langanan Waterfall (about 3,365 metres from the entrance) and the Bat Cave (about 675 metres from the entrance). I’ll be there again next year!

More info about Poring Hot Spring at Sabah Tourism Page.

 

The long drive July 7, 2007

Filed under: KK Invasion — saifulrizan @ 12:20 am
So we left home at 7, hoping that it won’t be a big mess if somehow we stuck in traffic jam. Well, this small island does have its own peak time as well, despite the population and, well, small scale island. We arrived 20 minutes before departure time, giving me extra time to pay for landing fee (RM 14.00), take boarding pass and buy passenger ticket (RM 5.00) for my dad. Hold on, did I mention my dad come along with me to KK? Yes, and it was the first time we sit together in the car for the longest time in my life. I have to admit my communication skill with my dad improved, making the gap closer than before.

Even the departure time scheduled at 7.30, we left the jetty at 8.00 am, not sharp, but barely there. I took some pictures from the upper deck to add into my collection. Not impressive, but I think for someone that’s into photography, taking pictures are fun!

Approximately 1 and a half hour later, we arrived at Menumbok jetty, taking time to get out of the ferry. With big trucks side by side my car, I was extra careful driving the car. There was a long line of cars and Lorries waiting for their turn to get into the ferry and head to Labuan. I guess it must be a public holiday, but I don’t think it was. We started our long journey with nothing but left my favorite CD playing the acoustic concert of Foo Fighters. Sometimes one of us initiate the conversation, mostly me but it doesn’t end for long. Perhaps my dad a bit petrified seeing my driving skills. I was not that fast, but then it’s 2,000 cc car, why should I go 100km/h when I can clock to 160km/h? I know it used to be fun driving for long hours, but with my dad sitting beside me, I need to show some respect. Or else I might blow my eardrums with my collection of metal songs. Or perhaps both of us trying to be introvert and extrovert at the same time but we manage to keep it there, motionless. Anyway, It’s fun to drive with you dad, seeing you relaxing on my leather seat and talking to me like I am your age. I think it’s more fun when I saw you closed your eyes when I take over the damn slow Kancil while we realized the V10 truck speeding on the other side of the lane. I am looking forward to do that again.
We reached Kota Kinabalu at 12.30 at noon, and headed straight to Asia City looking for accommodation that is near to our office, MCIS Zurich Insurance. We managed to find one, Asia City Hotel that cost for RM 90.00 per night with twin bed and a TV that won’t be utilized that much. I think its ok since we’re only staying for one night. Besides, GSC and Cathay just a few steps away and I am eagerly waiting for Transformers tonight!

I’m still arranging my schedule so I can take beautiful pictures around KK and show it to the world in my blog. And I’m looking forward to watch the Sabah Rugby Union Resident Cup that will be held starting next Tuesday at UiTM field.

Anyway, my beloved cat, Jaja, passed away this afternoon, due to sickness. We (me and Fiza) adopted this cat when we first met Jaja at Labuan Sea Sport Complex. Seeing Jaja growing up in my custody, I felt deeply sad and sorry for not making your life longer that you deserve. With Belang the only cat that still alive and kicking, I will miss you dearly Jaja, for your playful and energetic attitude. We will always love you.

 

Labuan – Sabah bridge? July 5, 2007

Filed under: Miscellanuous — saifulrizan @ 2:11 am

I am all prepared for my trip to Kota Kinabalu this coming Friday. I think this will be the last time for this year, since I’ll fly to Brisbane on August, and going back to Labuan at the end of the year. I am not sure yet of my period of stay there, but if there’s necessity that I need to extend my period of stay , I will obey. I need to get things done properly so I can settle down in Labuan temporarily before looking for job opportunities or perhaps starting a new business.

After a couple of months in HARD WORK MODE, I need a vacation I guess. I’ve been sluggishly dumb and out of this world for many days last June. I think if woman have PMS, I have PMS too, but in terms of emotional lah. Weekend does not mean anything to me, because work load has set my mind to be flexible to think about work everywhere. Gosh, I was mentally raped from the trauma of dealing with paper works.

This coming Friday, I’ll drive my car to Kota Kinabalu via Menumbok. I really miss the moment driving on that road, with the panoramic view of Sabah skyline and the big truck testing their speed limit all the way from Beaufort to Kota Kinabalu. Recently I heard some rumors about the proposal on building a bridge connecting Sabah to Labuan, via Menumbok. With approximately 5 millions spent on the research alone, this said project might be an opening for economic and lifestyle development in Labuan, and perhaps, our duty free status will be stripped off permanently. For the people that don’t drink alcohol, that might not affect them much. With alcohol, cigarettes and automobiles being the main item that is tax-free, many people will face a big change in their lifestyle. Personally, I think that’s the best. Besides, why focus on such petty things when we can experience the development in our economies factor, society development and change of lifestyle? We’re talking about big scale changes here.

But then, I will miss the long drive dearly, since I really enjoy driving in such way. With the bridge in research (and perhaps will be executed), the period of driving from Labuan to mainland will be shorter, and more convenient. After all, we have to face the changes before facing the actual development.

Among other things that I concern is, will this bridge affect the flooding of PATI (Pendatang Asing Tanpa Izin) or illegals in Labuan. Since the access is will be very easy, it might be an opportunity for total mobility for them in Borneo. Last night Buletin Utama TV3 covers the dilemma that local people in Sabah facing with regards to these alien. With the Permanent Resident status will be considered to be given to illegal (mostly from Philippines) in Sabah, this will raise issues on securities and public awareness. I am not racist, but other than working as hard labor building a skyscraper, would there be any benefits that comparable to their crime and uncivilized lifestyle? It’s obvious the journalist that covers the segment last night in Buletin Utama TV3 voice out the problems on crime, hygiene awareness and breaking Malaysian law without concern on Malaysian sensitivity. Whoever the Minister that issued such proposal to give PR status to these illegal should reconsider such proposal.

Perhaps for initial, we should start sending these alien to West Malaysia, and let them see and experience how it’s like to have aliens among them. Besides, if PR will be given to these people easily, they should reconsider the rules and requirements to apply for Malaysia My Second Home. For expatriates to live in Malaysia, they are required to purchase an assets valued at certain amount; which I am not sure about the figure, but it’s more than these aliens annual income. That’s only one of the requirements.

It’s undeniable that these aliens will do the work that most Malaysian refused to do. Does anyone really interested in lifting bundle of bricks, work under burning sun, get your hands dirty and receive small salary? I used to work in construction after SPM, and I know how hard it used to be. That is what reminds me to look on where I stand before raising my hand touching the sky. But, do them feel the same?

We’re all the same, but not all of us can be the same.