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About drizad

A self employed General Practitioner who lives with his lovely family in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He dedicates his spare time serving people with precious information on climbing the Majestic Mountain of the Borneo, Mt Kinabalu. Reachable at drizad(at)gmail.com

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Mount Kinabalu climbing photos by Andrea Lau

I received an email from Andrea with photos of her quest to Kinabalu…

..s***** looking face with blue towel – Andrea
..pretty girl wearing black and white stripe t-shirt – Miaw Ling
..nice lady wearing grey t-shirt, untied long hair – Ming Yen
..sweet lady wearing white t-shirt – Gek Joo
(4 super duper good friends)

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Thank you for sharing. If you want to see more photos, check out our Gallery.

Emergency phone card for your travel to Kinabalu

One of the problem that I notice for foreign travelers to Sabah is the difficulty of connecting themselves to outside world using phone. Mount Kinabalu is a place where you can actually “roam” with your mobile phone, but not all travelers come here with one. The options for them to get connected is still using the good old land lines, that are easily accessible via public phones which are available on the park (even up to Laban Rata). However, the cost for a normal rates o call from Laban Rata to United States for example, can be really huge. (Bear in mind, internet connectivity is almost impossible from Kinabalu).

Today I came across Pingo, a prepaid calling card provider which provide you with the best calling card experience, including quality, convenience, and customer service at the most competitive rates available today. They said that Pingo calling cards have no additional charges – just a nominal monthly maintenance fee – what you see is what you pay.

I did some research about using Pingo from Malaysia to call to anywhere around the world, and this is what I found out:

  1. Malaysia is one of the country that support Pingo calling card. They have their own toll free number here, 1-800-80-3815. Malaysia in one of the country listed among 34 other countries.
  2. Calling from Malaysia to United States is as low as 7.3 cent per minute (about MYR0.25 per minute). Calling from United States to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is as low as 2.9 cent per minute.
  3. I think Pingo calling card is one of the best options for you to have as a back up for emergency phone card.
  4. It is one of the best prepaid phone card rate to India.
  5. Well, it saves you money on international calls!

This is a sponsored post.

Transport service to and from Kinabalu Park by SSL

I went to Sutera Sanctuary Lodges office here in Kota Kinabalu couple of days back, to help on one of our fellow climbers on his accommodation in Menggilan Hostel, Kinabalu Park. After settling the matter, the receptionist handed me a bus schedule that SSL provide for travelers who would like them to help on transportation to Kinabalu Park, Mesilau and Poring Hot Springs. This would be the latest schedule:

DEPART FROM TO ARRIVE
0920 HRS SUTERA SANCTUARY LODGES
(WISMA SABAH, KOTA KINABALU)
KINABALU PARK HQ 1130 HRS
1030 HRS MESILAU RESORT KINABALU PARK HQ 1100 HRS
1200 HRS KINABALU PARK HQ PORING HOT SPRINGS 1300 HRS
1400 HRS PORING HOT SPRINGS KINABALU PARK HQ 1500 HRS
1500 HRS KINABALU PARK HQ MESILAU RESORT 1530 HRS
1530 HRS KINABALU PARK HQ SUTERA SANCTUARY LODGES
(WISMA SABAH, KOTA KINABALU)
1730 HRS

CHARGES
Per Person Charges

  • Sutera Sanctuary Lodges to Kinabalu Park RM40.00
  • Kinabalu Park to Sutera Sanctuary Lodges RM40.00
  • Kinabalu Park to Poring Hot Springs RM25.00
  • Poring Hot Springs to Kinabalu Park RM25.00
  • Kinabalu Park to Mesilau Resort RM20.00
  • Mesilau Resort to Kinabalu Park RM20.00

For reservation, kindly contact:
Central Administrative & Sales Office
G15, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah,
88000 Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Tel : 088-2248629/257059

Please contact them directly, at least one day in advance, so that they could prepare and arrange your transport properly.

For example: If you plan to take the bus from Kota Kinabalu (from SSL office) to Kinabalu Park, you have to arrive in Kota Kinabalu airport at least at 8.30am, so that you can still have time to travel from the airport to Wisma Sabah where SSL is.

Or, if you plan to take a bus from Kinabalu Park back to Kota Kinabalu, you have to arrive at Timpohon Gate at 2.30pm, where you could board the bus at 3.30pm from Kinabalu Park.

For Poring Hot Springs and Mesilau, just check their departure time.

2D1N Rungus Longhouse Homestay package

Some of our visitors feels that 3D2N stay in the longhouse is too long. So, I prepared a 2D1N package for those who still wants to feel the raw life of Rungus people in a shorter time.

Day 1 – Depart from Kota Kinabalu city center up to the north of Borneo, Kudat. the journey will take about 2 and half hours through villages and padi fields. Depends on the day of departure, Sundays will be a bonus on the journey as you can drop by in Tamu Kota Belud, one of the famous weekends open market in Sabah. It is good to also buy some raw material or some souvenirs (although not compulsory) for your stay in the longhouse.

Afternoon – should arrive in the longhouse, and will be greeted by my in-laws family. Mr Maranjak is the head of Maranjak Homestay and from that point of time, you will be the guest of the longhouse. After having welcoming drinks, (coconut juice and some locally brewed liquor), you will be introduce to the lifestyle of the Rungus Longhouse and the activities. You will be shown on how to make beads (Beads making) and other handicraft, so called “Inavol”.

Evening – Dinner will be served with lots of local delicacies, and most of the vegetables are home grown. After dinner, there will be a traditional dance show for you, so called “Mongigol” and you are invited to join the show. You will also be served with local drinks, called “montoku”. But I must remind you that this drinks, if take excessively can lead you to be drunk. The night will end with you sleeping in one of the rooms in the longhouse.

Day 2 – The day will start with breakfast by the host. After that, traditional games takes place. You can try to solve some IQ quenching games that is traditionally made by the Rungus people. A visit to the beautiful beaches at the Tip of Borneo and a sightseeing session in Kudat town will be followed. You will then be brought back to the longhouse for packing and head back to Kota Kinabalu. A visit to Honey bee farm in Kg. Gombizau and Gong making in Kg. Sumangkap will be made on the way back to Kota Kinabalu.

Just drop me an email if you are interested.

Another Borneo Pygmy Elephant fitted with GPS collar

Pygmy elephantLAHAD DATU: WWF-Malaysia captured another Borneo pygmy elephant in Ulu Segama-Malua on Tuesday after having tracked the path of the mammal for two days.

The captured elephant, a female believed to be few months pregnant, was fitted with a collar that can send GPS signals to WWF daily via satellite, enabling researchers to keep track of its movements.

The pachyderm, thought to be about 40 years old, was captured along with her young cub by a team of WWF wildlife trackers led by WWF-Malaysia’s Asian Rhinoceros & Elephant Action Strategy (AREAS) Project Manager Raymond Alfred and assisted by AREAS Programme Coordinator Amritharaj Christy Williams, who is based in Katmandu, Nepal.

The animal was sedated by the drug xylazine, fired from an air pump gun from close range, and then fitted with the GPS collar. The entire process took less than an hour.

Article syndicated from New Sabah Times

Calling ALL Sabah and Sarawak Bloggers!!!

AdvertletsI received an email from Josh (Advertlets) today. He is looking for MORE Sabah and Sarawak (East Malaysia) Bloggers to join Advertlets, as he has an opportunity for us to make use of our ad space to serve MORE targeted ads, i.e. advertisers from East Malaysia for LOCAL viewers. By doing that, it may increase our click through rate, and indirectly may increase our revenue by serving the ads. This is what his email sounds like:

Here’s the thing….We have managed to attract the interest of a advertiser, who plans to advertise a relatively big series of lifestyle events on your blogs, sometime around June, in East Malaysia. The event will happen in both Sabah AND Sarawak. Fingers crossed, besides giving you a relevant ad to show on your blogs, we will also negotiate for free passes for all of you, and some of you will get paying review / blogvertorial opportunities of the event (before and after the event).

We are really looking forward to making this campaign a success. To make it easier for us to close this deal, and also to ensure we can get ads specifically for East Malaysia in future, we need more bloggers – there are currently less than 100 Advertlets Bloggers from East Malaysia. We’ll need more to create a big bang…say, maybe about 250-300, before end of May?

Personally, I think this would be the best practice. Similar like Google Adsense, serving more targeted ads will definitely bring more revenues to the publishers and bloggers like us. So, visitors from Sabah and Sarawak will feel more “at home” by seeing ads from a local advertisers, compared to seeing an international ads. I don’t know about you, but serving some US advertisement in this blog is almost useless, and it is a big “ad space waste” for me.

I have a very good feeling about this thing and really support Josh and his team. If you happened to be one of the “East Malaysian Blogger” (or even blogger-to-be) why not register with Advertlets. Fingers-crossed, hopefully it CAN really be done. Malaysia Boleh!

For Josh, I will surely be one of your loyal supporter.

Climbing Mount Kinabalu in ONE DAY???

YES, you can climb Mount Kinabalu in ONE day, climb up in the morning, and climb down in the afternoon. I called Sabah Parks Ranger office just now, inquiring about the possibility of 3 US citizen summit Kinabalu in ONE day. They said it is possible, but there are few things that you have to do.

1. You have to present yourself (and your two other friends) in Kinabalu Park at least a day before your intention to climb. Look for the Manager of the Park, Mr. Haji Abdul Wahab and ask to get the permission & permit to climb in one day. If he is not around, look for the Kinabalu Park Ranger On-Call, and mention the same thing. If everything is satisfactory, You will then can check in to where you have book for your night stay.

2. For ONE day climb, you will then be allowed to climb next morning after confirmation from the Rangers. Guide, insurance and permit is compulsory, i.e. guide will be around RM100-150 for the group, insurance will be around RM10 and permit will be RM100 per person. Certificate of achievement is optional (RM10). All fees to be paid next morning before the climb.

3. You need to start climbing very early next morning, usually before 7am. Better to wake up at 6, and head to the Park office and you will be allocated the guide for you. You will start the climb earlier than other regular climber.

4. You will not allowed to continue your climb to the peak, if you are not able to reach Laban Rata before noon (12pm) or if the weather is not permitting.

Remember, you need to be really FIT, maybe as fit as a climbathon runner… or maybe at least 50%of their ability…

PayPerPost – the best blogger-advertiser platform so far

Green HeartI must admit that I love PayPerPost, although I have just joined them 11 days. So far, I have earned USD52 from only 4 sponsored post that I wrote, and there are plenty more coming. I joined other blogger-advertiser network also, but I personally felt that PayPerPost is the best.

For your information, PayPerPost is an easy platform for bloggers to earn money by writing a post for advertisers. PayPerPost is making use of word of mouth marketing – by having bloggers blog about the selected advertisers that want to market their services on the net. If you have a blog, why not register with PayPerPost. It is free and the approval is really fast. You can almost earn some money instantly, if you just follow the requirement that was stated by the advertisers.

There is some challenge though, for us Malaysian. As PayPerPost paid bloggers through PayPal, it may be a bit difficult for Malaysian bloggers to cash it out. I don’t mind, as I am aiming to reach USD650 as soon as possible in PayPal to be able to buy a new Nikon D40 DSLR online.

I Love Mt. Kinabalu

Another email that makes me feel “the warmth of giving” inside. This email from Andrea Lau was received on May 8…

Hi! Ruhaizad. I just back from Sabah last Saturday. It’s was a great x 100 experience. We finally manage to reach the summit of Mt. Kinabalu although it was a tough journey. I totally can’t sleep the night when we stay at Laban Rata because of too excited and tired. Thanks to our great Mt. guide Mr. Lazarus, he helps us a lot especially the next early morning. We nearly freeze along the way to summit because of bad weather (raining), but luckily the sky turned brighter and we had the opportunity to enjoy the sunrise and a full view of this great Mt. Kinabalu.

Unfortunately i didn’t see the ‘sacrifice pool’ on the way down, but my friends did because Mr. Lazarus told me to descent first as i walked too slow. So i have no idea where is the ‘sacrifice pool’ ha…ha..

I saw people collecting rubbish along the way, and i remember what i saw in your blog pictures that the way to Laban Rata looked like a dumping area, but now is very clean. By the time, i was excited and i said to myself :” Oh! I need to tell Ruhaizad this good news.” Ha..ha..ha..

It was truly amazing experience, and i promise myself i will be back.

Regards,
Andrea

For Andrea, thank you for your email. I really appreciate it.