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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

Must visit places around Mount Kinabalu

When visiting the Kinabalu Park and Poring Hot Springs, do take the opportunity to visit the many places of interests along the way…

Kundasang

Kundasang is 6 km (4 miles) from the Kinabalu Park HQ, renowned for temperate vegetables. A long row of wooden stalls ‘gerai’ bustling with vegetable whole-sellere. Pick-up trucks fully laden with vegetables from farms around the valley deliver and unload their goods at the stalls. Bulk-buyers come from all over Sabah, even Sarawak and Brunei. Passing travelers also stop to purchase. Nearby are few rows of shops, seemingly sleepy except on Fridays, the weekly Tamu, market day.

Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens is like a fort on a hill, located immediately behind the rows of shops.

Kundasang War Memorial

Major G.S. Carter, D.S.O. (Toby Carter) a New Zealander employed with Shell Oil Co. (Borneo) initiated the building of the Memorial to remember 2,428 Australian and British prisoners of war who died during World War 2 at Sandakan POW Camp, the 3 infamous forced death marches from Sandakan to Ranau, adn as tribute to the many local people who risked their lives to help prisoners of war. Only six Australians survived to tell the horror. There were no English survivors.

Australia Garden

The ‘fort-like’ design of the Memorial was by local resident architect, J.C. Robinson. It has 4 interlocking but separate Gardens to represent the homelands of those who died: ad Australian Garden, a frmal Englisg Garden of roses, a Borneo Garden with wild flowers of Kinabalu and at the top level is the “Contemplation Garden” with a reflection pool and pergola.

Kundasang War Memorial

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the end of WW2, the Memorial was and beautifully restored in 2005 privately. The Gardens now replanted with flowers, roses and rare orchids including the much sought and valuable Rothchilds slipper orchids. ANZAC memorialService and private Memorial Services are welcome with prior arrangements. The memorial is open to visitors with minimal entrance fee charged.

Agro T Nursery is situated just a few meters from the Kundasang War Memorial on the left. At a small fee, it is possible to tour the nursery’s gardens of flowers, such as roses, orchids, hybrid hibiscus, tomatoes and other vegetables.

20th Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon 2006

They call it “the world’s toughest mountain race”. It takes a gruelling soul to run, race and climb Mount Kinabalu with a total distance of 21 kilometers for both men and women. Takes place in Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, Mount Kinabalu (4095.2 meters) International Climbathon is a true challenge to the spirit of human endurance.

Mount Kinabalu Climbathon 2006

The race first started as a competition among the Kinabalu Park staff aimed at improving rescue efforts on the mountain (especially useful during bad weather when helicopters can’t be used) in the development of a Rapid Reaction Rescue Squad and, as such, was first held in 1984. It was not until 1987 that outsiders were allowed to take part. Following the success of the first national race in 1987, the Climbathon went international in 1988, earning itself the title of “the toughest mountain race in the world”.

Indeed, Climbathon is not for the faint hearted. Its gruelling 21 kilometers (13 miles) route over a more than 2,250 meters (7,357 feet) ascent, and the punishing pace, test even the most experienced, but every year more mountain runners take part, including the world’s best. Participants who do not finish the race within the time limit – 2 hours and 30 minutes to the peak and 2 hours from the peak to the finish line – are automatically disqualified.

Mount Kinabalu Climbathon

In the early days, Nepalese Gurkha runners dominated the men’s race, with Sundar Kumar Linthap winning from 1988 to 1990, followed by Kusang Gurung from 1991 to 1993. In 1994 the crown was taken over by Guianus Salagan, before he was overtaken in turn by Ian Holmes of Great Britain in 1997. Holmes hold the title with the record of 2 hours 42 minutes and 7 seconds for the fastest race, but in 2003, the record was broken by Italy’s Marco de Gasperi who finished with time of 2 hours 36 minutes and 59 seconds.The Climbathon resulted in Malaysia organizing the 15th World Mountain Championships in Sabah in 1999.

It was the first time that the World Mountain Race Championships was held in Southeast Asia. In 1998 the race was held in the Island of Re-Union under the French Athletic Federation and in 2003 it was held for the first time in Alaska, USA. This will be the fourth year that the Climbathon is the final determining race for the SkyRunner® World Series circuit. The Spanish based company Buff® has taken over this circuit as its main sponsor. Last year Climbathon has been endorsed as one of the 7 official races of the Federation of Sport at Altitude for the Skyrunning World Championship Circuit (racing on high altitude). A total of 247 participants (men category:126 women category: 51 and veteran men: 70) came for the ultimate endurance test.

The race will be held in Kinabalu Park HQ and Mount Kinabalu on the 30th September and 1st October 2006. Are you tough enough? Thinking of participating? US$33,400.00 in total Cash Prizes awaits those who dare to accept the challenge!! Send your registration form from the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon official website.

Last year’s winner of the event:
Mens open category:

  1. Ricardo Meija from Mexico, 2 hours, 41 minutes and 51 seconds.
  2. Dapit Fulvio from Italy, 2 hours, 48 minutes and 18 seconds.
  3. Jean Pellisier from Italy, 2 hours, 49 minutes and 57 seconds.

Women’s open category:

  1. Anna Pichrtova, 3 hours 13 minutes and 25 seconds.
  2. Favre Corrine, 3 hours 29 minutes and 08 seconds.
  3. Cruz Aleida Salazar, 3 hours 42 minutes and 19 seconds.

Veterans category:

  1. Taising Bukulong, from Malaysia, 3 hours 12 minutes and 28 seconds.
  2. Jios Kundapit, from Malaysia, 3 hours 26 minutes and 32 seconds.
  3. Raimin Ikin, from Malaysia, 3 hours 39 minutes and 29 seconds.

Kota Kinabalu is going to be an AirAsia Hub from July 11

Good news for budget travelers in Borneo Island. I adapted this news from our local newspaper, The Borneo Post this morning.

The Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) will be officailly become an AirAsia hub beginning July 11 (next Tuesday). By establishing KKIA as a hub, the budget airline will commence daily flights between Kota Kinabalu-Miri, Kota Kinabalu-Kuching and Kota Kinabalu-Tawau. Previously, those route was managed by our national carrier, MAS.

“Having the hub strategically in place will facilitate the growth of the tourism industry in Sabah and at the same time stimulate travel between Semenanjung (Peninsular) and East Malaysia,” AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive said.

“The introduction of new routes and additional frequencies from the Kota Kinabalu hub will certainly create more economic opportunities in terms of tourism and business travel,” the Chief Minister of Sabah said.

The new AirAsia flights will be operated using the Boeing 737-300 aircraft and available for booking at all AirAsia distribution channels. In conjunction with the launch, AirAsia will offer special fares of RM9.99 one-way for its Miri (in Sarawak) and Tawau routes.

Get your low fare airline tickets at www.airasia.com

My two cent: Well, its good to know that you have options to choose between two major carriers in Malaysia. However, there are some complaints from the passanger that AirAsia staff is not as ‘friendly’ as the MAS staff. Looking from our point of view, they may be correct. Well, you can expect that to happen when they have to ? ‘overwork’ to give the best service around. I can usually see that they sometimes ‘faking’ their smile, just to make ourselve happy.

AirAsia

Experience it yourself. You may have a better experience than me 😉

The Greatness Within You

It may be difficult to believe, but some people actually cringe when an opportunity presents itself. They are the ones who don’t care what happens, just as long as it doesn’t happen to them.

Yet, there are others who, seeing the exact same opportunity, reach out and seize it immediately. It doesn’t matter that it’s something they have never done before; it doesn’t matter that others may try to discourage them. They understand that, as someone once observed, the man with new idea is often thought to be crazy – until the idea succeeds.

We believe that success most often strikes those who are optimistic and willing to challange their abilities. Consider the runner Glenn Cunningham, who was severely burned in his youth and told that he might never run again. Glenn, however, was undaunted. He overcame his disability by walking… then running… then taking strenous regimen of running miles every day. And then amazingly, Glenn set a world record for the mile run!

ASked to explain how he achieved such a feat, Glenn remarked,”I’ve never look upon myself as someone special. Maybe it’s because ignorance was always my greatest asset. I never knew I couldn’t do certain things.”

So, in business – as in life – we think it’s wise never to assume what you are or are not able to do. Only by expanding your mind, stretching your boundries, and testing your toughness will you make the same discovery as Glenn Cunningham and many in SBI! business: the unique, individual greatness that lies within you.

Still a sad news for Mount Kinabalu

This article was adapted from the local newspaper The Borneo Post, Thursday, June 22, 2006.

At last, the Chief Minister of Sabah has come out with a very late but good decision: ‘Mount Kinabalu project off’, it was on the first page headline of local newspaper, The Borneo Post. The area for RM9 million restaurant-resthouse project in World Heritage Site is totally scrapped. The Chief Minister said such development in the gazetted as a World Heritage Site, or any ecologically sensitive locations is strongly dissallowed.He said that it is an important area and the state government would dissallow any type of development which could destroy the environment there.

“The project involves rock blasting for piling purposes and we cannot allow this to happen within the World Heritage location. The project has been scrapped following discussion with the other ministries and we will give Federal Development Department Sabah (JPPS) ample time to clean up the debris, and hopefully the place will return to its original form,” he said. Asked about the situation in the area, he said that according to the JPPS report, it is “not serious”.

“We were told that the existing resthouse such as Laban Rata could not support the number of climbers wishing to scale Mount Kinabalu but we cannot allow anymore development there. If there is a need, then Sabah Park should find another location”, he said.”When we heard that there was rock blasting involved, we had to stop the project,” he said, referring to the resthouse-cum-restaurant project at Layang-Layang, a project funded by the Federal Tourism Ministry and supervised by JPPS to provide climbers with a place to rest and eat before continuing their journey. It was scheduled to be completed in May last year.

However, the previous contractor was unable to complete the project within the stipulated period and the contract was terminated. JPPS said they have opened a new tender for it.

My two cents: Malaysian style of thinking: Do first, think later… And look what happened? The damage has been done.

Sad news for Mount Kinabalu

This post was adapted from a local newspaper, The Borneo Post, June 13, 2006.

The Federal Development Department Sabah (JPPS) is being blamed for the abrupt abandonent of the RM4.35 million restaurant and resthouse project along the Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail. The Sabah state Government is pointing the finger at the JPPS for answer to the controversial high altitude project which has not been completed on time. The Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister also said the State Government is aware of the project being abandoned.

My two cents: What a waste of money!. Greed.The authority that approved the project is the one should be blamed. This is what a typical Malaysian do. They do first, and think later…

The project has become an eyesore at 2,727 meters asl, at the junction of the Summit Trail and Mesilau Trail, just above Carson’s Camp (Layang-Layang Hut). It was scheduled to start on June 30, 2003 and completed by May 1 last year. The contractor apparently abandoned it and left leaving a trail of debris at the site including piles of rocks, sand, iron bars and building materials.

My two cents: Poor Mount Kinabalu. No more beauty of a Upper montane/chestnut forest at 2,727 meters asl. If you want to know what I mean, go and see it for yourself.

The reason, according to the contractor was that they could not complete the job due to the cost of transporting materials via as well as the inability of his workers to cope with the harsh weather conditions on the mountain. It was also understood that JPPS officials had met with Chief Minister of Sabah over the abandoned project that is believed to have been re-tendered for a price of about RM9 million.

My two cents: I told you! They only think after they did something. And re-tendering the project for RM9 million? Another waste of money. The money can be used for upgrading the infrastructure and facilities of most of the poor interior part of Sabah. Leave Mount Kinabalu alone.

Former Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry Permanent Secretary said that there is no need for such a building there. He also questioned if putting up such structures with the use of dynamite blasting was in compliance with the World Heritage Site guidelines.

My two cents: I would not be surprised if UNESCO stripped out Mount Kinabalu as one of the reknown World Heritage Site!

Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) President said the association feared that officials who had approved the project were putting commercial viability ahead of environmental conditions.

My two cents: Yes, I agree. Greed is a good term.

The Ideal Business

Yesterday I read a book, “How To Slay The Financial Dragon” by William A. Stanmeyer, J.D. I got the book a few years ago, while doing my network marketing business as it is one of the recommended book. I just would like to share with you about “The Ideal Business”, that was discussed in one of the chapter inside the book. Why? Because I want to illustrate to you whether SBI! fulfill the criteria of “The Ideal Business”. Let’s go through it together.

  1. No Boss. Work for yourself. No worries about layoffs, corporate politics, or martinet-type superiors who enjoy making you suffer.
  2. No Big “Capital Investment”. Start for under $500. No need to go into debt or spend all your savings.
  3. Home-Based. No office rent. No rush hour. No wasted time and money driving and parking. No “road rage” or stress.
  4. Flexible Hours. As little as six to ten per week, often in small one- and two-hour segments, mostly lunch hour, evenings and weekends. Fits anybody’s schedule, no matter the demands of his regular work.
  5. No Exams or Years of Training. Unlike insurance, real estate, law, accounting and medicine, the Ideal Business has token licencing at most and little or no mandatory expensive formal training.
  6. Tax Benefits. The few on-going expenses of this business are mostly tax-deductible, unlike the cost the cost of being an employee.
  7. No Discrimination. Unlike a JOB, promotions and higher wages are here based solely on performance, not sex, colour, nepotism, or office politics.
  8. No Employees. Thus no paperwork for employees, no fringe benefits to fund, no trumped-up discrimination suits, no headaches when they don’t show or they pilfer the cash register.
  9. Constant Strong Demand for the Product(s) or Service(s). As J. Paul Getty stated years ago, the Ideal Business is one where you sell a product or service that people want, need and can afford, and preferably this demand repeats again and again.
  10. No Special Sales Skills or Prior Experience Needed. The Business is deliberately designed to be easy for people who don’t like or have no experience in selling or any other aspect of business.
  11. A Senior Associate Who Accelerates Your Learning. A mentor, this person offers continual guidance and has a financial stake in your success.
  12. A Time-Compounding System That Brings In Strong Residual Income. By setting up franchise-like group of “marketing asociates” on whose sales one receives overrides, one generates income through helping others, in a few years, it comes in automatically.
  13. No Accounts Receivable and Collection Headaches. The Business is structured to insure that the company you work with pays you directly, as soon as it receives payment from the customer.
  14. Minimal Legal Liability. No employees means no worries about “vicarious liability”, viz., an employee on a business errandhits someone and you, the employer, are sued.
  15. Unlimited Income Potantial. Unlike a JOB, which pays only the price of replacing you with willing substitute – and thus severely limits your income potential – the Ideal Business has no ceiling: income is not restricted to the efforts of only one person.

Now, does SBI! fits the 15 criterias that were mentioned in the book? You can only answer that after you get the fact from the people out there who have done it.

If you do not like to go out at night to find prospects, speak with total strangers and get a lot of rejections (if you choose network marketing), than SBI! is for you.

Our Visitors Valued Comments

Only after about 4 months in the world wide web (internet), a lot of visitors who found my website give a very impressive comments about Mount Kinabalu Borneo.com. I just like to share with you their comments:

Very useful and inspiring site, THANK YOU! – Jeela Goldberry

Well done! This is a very good website about Mt. Kinabalu.. – wwaiyong

Hi there… have enjoyed reading on your website… – Rose Trimboli

…has introduced us to look into your creation this informative site. Thank you for your hard work (i believe it is not hard if you find enjoyment in it) and thank you indeed for promoting our Borneo Backpackers. – Susan Soong

Wow this is definitely a good site. I am going to KK in beginning of May to climb Mt. Kinabalu with my colleagues and friends… – Liza Lee

Thanks for your website and this is really informative And best wish to me to climb till the summit !! (which don\’t have confident at all ! ) Thanks and best wishes to you as well … with all the hard work of setting up the website. – Siew Fang

Thanks alot for your information. Glad that I have found this website and managed to get answers from you. It helps alot. I hope that this website will be kept alive for a long time as it contains all the info needed. Thank you once again and keep up the good work. Take care and all the best for you. – Chai Ming

Hey… I have really appreciated your information!!! My wife and I are doing the Kinabalu climb on May 2nd… I hope we have GREAT weather! All the best – Al Ronberg

With all the positive response from you, I will definitely going to improve my website, adding on some new feature to the website, Travel Ebook and all recent news is about Mount Kinabalu and the climb.

For the next few months, my next sister project would be about Rungus Longhouse Homestay. It would be a very suitable activity for you, after climbing down from the mountain (post-climbing). One of the longhouse is currently under massive development in Tanjung Sempang Mengayau-at the tip of Borneo. So, if you want to spend few nights in one of the best Rungus Longhouse around, check out our page for Maranjak Homestay – A Rungus Longhouse Experience.

At the meantime, you can always share with me your opinions, comments and suggestions. It will really help me improve.

A Better Life

Have you ever met anyone who is unhappy with his or her job? When you talk to as many people as you do, the odds are pretty good that a few are dissatisfied.

Why are they unhappy? There are many common complaints. A paycheck that’s too small. Little chance of promotion. Lack of recognition. Low personal satisfaction.

For instance, if you feel you’re underpaid, then payday can be more negative than positive. And if you don’t see a way to advance in the company, your future will always be the same as today.

Further, if you’re not self-employed, you’re probably told what to do. When to arrive at work. How many hours to put in. How much money you can earn. Some folks view these as guidelines, but others see them as restrictions and limitations.

Whether these are considered as “guidelines” or “limitations” comes down to human nature, and the world certainly needs different kinds of people. Additionally, many employees are dissatisfied with their work. However, we don’t think anyone should settle for a situation that he or she isn’t happy with. People must take responsibility to make change – which is where SBI! comes in.

So while you provide people with world-class informations and a great way to earn income, you also offer a proven pathway to personal achievement and satisfactions. To put it simply: you help people live better lives.

SBI!

Mount Kinabalu on Google Earth

Do you know that you can see Mount Kinabalu from Google Earth? Wondering what Google Earth is? Google Earth is a service by Google which provides 3D interface of the planet. Yes, almost anywhere as long as it is on the surface of the Earth. Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips. In short, you can actually see your house in the internet via this service.

What you can do with Google Earth? Plenty. Like what Google list out:

  • Fly from space to your neighborhood. Type in an address and zoom right in.
  • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
  • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
  • Save and share your searches and favorites. Even add your own annotations.

Today I manage to spend my time using FREE Google Earth service to look for Mount Kinabalu. I was really surprise with the result. It was the first time I saw Mount Kinabalu in 3D! I would like to share with you what I got:

Mount Kinabalu on Google Earth

Okay, okay. It is 2 dimentional. What about this one? Can you appreciate it?

Mount Kinabalu on Google Earth
Can you see it? Cannot? Well, The best way to get close to Mount Kinabalu is download your own Google Earth on your desktop. It’s FREE (I love freebies), and if you think that you need more, you can upgrade your Google to Google Earth Plus and Google Earth Pro later.

Get it from here:http://earth.google.com/

After downloading and installing it to your desktop, ( you need to make sure that your desktop fullfill the requirement from Google. Otherwise your Google Earth is not going to function properly) download this file on your Google Earth. You can work around with it and see Mount Kinabalu in a different perspective.

The good things about Google Earth is: It support Windows, Mac and Linux.

The not so good things about Google Earth is: SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS WATCHING YOU!

Have a nice day Google Earth-ing! 😉