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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)

Mount Kinabalu Adventure in Cameron Highland?

Jan Leow at Low's PeakDon’t get me wrong. I received an email from my fellow friend, Jan Leow about his experience on climbing Mount Kinabalu in July 2003. His story was very long that he needs to break it into 2 parts, for easy reading!

Jan Leow run the website, Cameron Highland, a website which has a very similar theme with mine. We like to share our tips and tricks on traveling for people who are planning to come and visit our places. We are also using the same system, (SiteBuildIt) to create and maintain our website. Check out what Jan Leow have to ay on his trip to the highest peak in Borneo!

So, what I really mean was Mount Kinabalu outdoor adventure travel in!

Mount Kinabalu Trip by Jan Leow, Part 1

Mount Kinabalu Trip by Jan Leow, Part 2

Recommended Holiday Gift

Do you know that as a Malaysian, you cannot cash out your money from Paypal? That was what happened to me few weeks back. I got some money from some friends around the globe in my Paypal account. As I notice that I could not cash out the money, I use it to buy a book from Barnes & Noble. Luckily, B&N accept Paypal. I have another account from Amazon, but they did not accept Paypal as one of the payment processor.

I bought a book called “The Digital Photography Book” by Scott Kelby. It’s a book for beginner photographer who would like to improve their photography technique. The book is very brilliant, as it is written specifically for people like me who want to know the good technique of photography.

With nearly 200 of the most closely guarded photographic “tricks of the trade”, this book gets you shooting dramatically better looking, sharper, more colorful, more professional-looking photos every time.

Each page covers a single concept that makes your photography better. Every time you turn the page, you’ll learn another pro setting, tool, or trick to transform your work from snapshots into gallery prints. If you are tired of taking shots that look “okay”, and if you’re tired of looking in photography magazines and thinking, “Why don’t my shots look like that?” then this is the book for you.

Good news for Malaysian. B&N ships to Malaysia, but it took about 6 weeks to arrive at your doorsteps. And, it’s about RM106 (including the shipment).

Digital Photography Book

My verdict: 5/5…

Really good book for amateur photographer. Idiot proof. No alien technical photography jargon.

If you want to get one, get it from Barnes & Noble below.

The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book

An email from a friend…

Today, I received an email from our good friend from Philippines. She went to Mount Kinabalu few weeks back and posted some of her nice picture in flickr. Since I also contributed my photos to flickr, I decided to contact her to say hi.

This was her reply.

“Hi Ruhaizad,

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU for all the info that have provided me about Mt. Kinabalu. It was really a big help. Our Sabah trip wouldn’t have been that successful without your climbing tips from your website ( as well as the info that you have provided me in the email.

I was planning to write you an email after the climb but I got stuck with piles of work to finish after i got back from my week-long vacation. I also haven’t got the time to update my blog ( as well but I plan to write abt my KK and Mt. Kinabalu experience which was just amazing!!! I really wanna go back there again.

With regards to your question, I only used a digital point and shoot digicam during the climb..a Canon’s an old Canon digicam model w/ 3.2MP resolution but I have to make do of it…i had to postpone buying a DSLR ‘cuz of my Sabah trip…hehe! But no regrets though ‘cuz the whole trip was more than rewarding. We were blessed to have a good weather during the climb so my camera did just fine…I’ll send you photos of our climb in the email…

I’ve included a link of your site in some of my photos so anyone who might be interested in climbing Mt. Kinabalu and plans to organize the trip on their own will find your website because it definitely contains very useful information.

Once again thanks and i hope to visit Sabah again 🙂



If you want to see what wantet had photographed, feel free to check out her link:

The biggest unedible fish in Kota Kinabalu

When you arrive in Kota Kinabalu, try to spot this fish. I will give you the direction:

Go to Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kota Kinabalu. From the main entrance of the hotel, turn right. Walk down the slope and again, turn right. Nah… now you will see the fish.

Notice the bus at the background? It’s a bus for tourist who stay in Hyatt.

Huge fish in Kota Kinabalu

A postcard from MAKNA

A postcard from MAKNAI received a postcard from MAKNA, a short form for Majlis Kanser Nasional or National Cancer Council, a non-profit organization. The postcard showed a girl with acute myeloid leukemia, Christina Stanley, 3 years old.

I received the postcard because I have committed myself to donate some of tip jar to them, so that they can continue to serve the people who have cancer.

If you would like to do the same, go to the website:

Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 2007 set for August 25-26

The World’s Toughest Mountain Race, the 21st Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon will be held next year on August 25-26.

Mount Kinabalu ClimbathonThe change of date is due to the request by the Skyrunner World Series Committee to schedule the event on 25-26 next year as they have decided to host the final circuit/series in their own country in Spain.

The Buff Skyrunner World Series 2007 organized by the World’s Federation of Altitude – FSA (racing on high altitude of 2000 meters above sea level) is scheduled to be held at the following venues:

  • Mexico at Chico Hildago on May 6,
  • Andorra at Vallnord on June 3,
  • Italy on July 1,
  • France on August 12,
  • Malaysia at Mount Kinabalu on August 25-26,
  • Japan at Mount Ontake, Nagano on Sept 2,
  • Spain (final circuit) on September 23.

The Climbathon is listed as one of Sabah’s 13 premier events highlighted in the Visit Malaysia promotional material.

Another 13 Backpackers & Travellers Lodge added!

Upon doing some updating of the website, I was informed that there are new addition to our members of Backpackers and Travellers Lodge around Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and one at the foothill of Kinabalu! (just 2 km from Kinabalu Park entrance).

Kinabalu Rose Cabin near Kinabalu Park

So, for those who are looking for an option for accommodation, check out our newly updated page on “The Lodges”.

A lot of things happening last 3 weeks…

I am sorry that I haven’t been posting in this blog for the past 3 weeks. I was occupied with a lot of personal and family matters. And, I manage to get myself a break.

17 October 2006 : My wife delivered our second child, a girl weighted 3.2 kg in Hospital Likas. I am now a father of a pair!

My daughter, Syahzanani Izzati

23 October 2006 : My family and I went back to Muar, Johore for Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday. We took AirAsia flight to Johor Bahru as MAS does not have any more flight shuttling Johor Bahru. It’s a bit risky flying with a 6-days-old baby but we continue our journey anyway.
24 October 2006 : We celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, a Muslim festival after 1 month of fasting. I ate a lot of ketupat and kuih raya!

31 Ocotber 2006 : We went back to Kota Kinabalu, to continue our life here with our newborn baby.

1 November 2006 : We went up north to Kudat to visit my in-laws.

2 November 2006 : We went to Tanjung SImpang Mengayau, The Tip Of Borneo with my 2 children. The place is very beautiful and I could not resist but taking a lot of photo there.

Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

6 November 2006 : I am back to my office!

Seawalking Discover Sabah’s Beauty Under the Sea

Imagine yourself walking at the bottom of the sea! When I heard about it I did not know what to expect. The thought of walking on the seabed made me so curious that I had to experience this under sea adventure!

Borneo SeawalkingSo what is seawalking? Seawalking gives you the opportunity to literally walk under the sea! It is made possible by the Sea Trek Underwater Helmet Diving System, so there is no need for carrying oxygen tanks or other complicated equipment. It is so easy to use and an be enjoyed by the whole family, from ages 7 to 80 years old.

The walk takes 20-30 minutes below the sea surrounding Gaya Island, one of the islands which make up Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. You first have to register at Sapi Island where the seawalking operation is situated. There will have a brief explanation about basic hand gestures for underwater communication and walking techniques.

After briefing, we hopped on the boat and went to the pontoon where the real fun begian. At the stairway, the Seawalking Diving Helmet is put on, and one by one went down by a ladder guided by the instructor. At the bottom of the ocean floor there are ropes, which guides you during the walk. Be sure not to stray off! The instructor gave me some feed to attract the tropical fish. I was amazed with the beauty and colors of these countless exotic creatures. We had our pictures taken under the sea and will definitely impress people who see me posing with the ‘community’ of the underwater world.

by Susan Metselaar, from Malaysian Borneo Sabah Newsletter