Category Archives: General

Please vote. Your click is very much appreciated!

Please vote for my website. Thank you!
Vote for Mount Kinabalu!

Hi Mount Kinabalu climbers and lovers,

It has been 2 years since I started my Mount Kinabalu climbing website. The site has been a reference to so many people, who are looking for information on how to climb Mount Kinabalu from the internet.

Until yesterday, me and my partner, Aiden, decided to take part in The Malaysian Dotcom Youth Search, The Hunt For Innovative, Commercially Viable Website.

I just would like to have your vote (click) on my website, so that I don’t have to rely on donation anymore to run it.

Please do so by clicking “Vote For Me!” on the right upper corner of the website. Here:

Thank you very much for your vote.

Please invite your friends to vote for me too.

Have a nice day!


New Mount Kinabalu FAQ pages

Mount Kinabalu FAQ moved…It’s time for me to migrate the old Mount Kinabalu FAQ pages to our new home. It’s not that I don’t like the old FAQ engine (I used FAQ system), but I think it’s time for the FAQ to be more user friendly and have 2-way interaction between me and my visitors.

Some of the improvement on the new FAQ system are:

  1. The ability to collect questions directly from visitors. You can send me your questions on the FAQ page with the form at the bottom of the page and I will answer your question as soon as possible.
  2. The ability for visitors to rate the questions and the answers.
  3. It’s a WordPress plugin (FAQ-Tastic) which is easily maintained and have a very good support.
  4. Clean and white interface makes reading easy.

Just drop me your question in the form on our new FAQ page.

10 Durian Cake & Recipe links – anymore suggestion?

I wrote about red colored durian in July 2007, not knowing that the post will become so popular. At the time I wrote this post, the article about durian is the third most popular post in this blog.

Today I received an email from Mike Pool, one of the blog reader who would like to know  ANY recipe about durians!


I live in Canyon, Texas. My wife is from Malaysia. While visiting her parents in Malaysia, we tried a variety of rare types of durian. I tried a few, but I must admit, it was a difficult to make my mind give in to trying the first one. By the time we left, I could actually eat a pod without much hesitation. I never did see a red pulp durian. The next time we go, we must try to find one.

My curiosity still compels me to try recipes that use durian. The local Asian community has durian fruits and frozen pods in their grocery stores. Our Thanksgiving holiday is coming up. Many of us go to a friend’s house who is an engineer. His house is large enough to accommodate a large gathering. We are having dishes that are favorites from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. No turkey and dressing will be admitted to the social event. We plan on bringing a durian cheesecake. There will not be much in the way of desserts, so we hope it will go fast.

I enjoyed reading your article on your website. If you have any recipes that use durian, I would be interested in that. Borneo must have the most beautiful scenery in the world. I would love to see some pictures pictures of scenery from Borneo.


Mike Pool

I am not sure whether the links are appropriate, but these are the links to some of durians recipe online:

  1. Durian Online: Durian Recipe Gallery
  2. Durian Ice Cream
  3. Durian Recipe from Wiki Books
  4. Durian Cheese Pie
  5. Durian Cheesecake with Chocolate Fudge
  6. Durian Lime Pie
  7. Durian Pure Cheesecake
  8. Durian Cream Puffs
  9. Durian Cake
  10. Durian Mousse

Please add more links in the comments to the best durian cake & recipe online, and help Mike Pool to prepare durian dish for his Thanksgiving party. Thank you very much!

Durian cheesecake with chocolate fudge

Durian Cheesecake with Chocolate Fudge is brought to you by Ellana Guan from Cuisine Paradise.

How to get Kinabalu Blog updates easily

There are 3 ways that you can use to get updates from Kinabalu Blog.

  1. The old way – by opening your browser and click on your bookmark where Kinabalu Blog situated. It may be easy if Kinabalu Blog is the only website that you bookmarked, but I doubt that is the case. If you have 10 favorites blog or websites, then you may have to open 10 tabs which can take ages for them to load. A slow way.
  2. The new way – by using RSS. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a faster way for you to get updates from Kinabalu Blog. Look for this sign: RSS , on any website or blog that you like. Clicking the icon will leads you to the ‘Subscribe to Feed’ page of the blog or website. By subscribing to the site’s RSS, you don’t have to go to the website or blog to get the updates, but the updates will come to you. You can either direct the updates to:
    1. Your Feed Reader. I found a simple video explanation about subscribing the RSS feed via feed reader here:

      After finished watching the video, don’t forget to click at the RSS icon in the sidebar!
    2. Your email. Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe via RSS” column in the sidebar. Feedburner, the feed manager, will email you with daily updates of Kinabalu Blog.

Hopefully the updates from my blog can really promote Sabah as one of your travel destination, and Mount Kinabalu as one of your once-a-lifetime journey!

Popular sites and events in Melbourne, Australia

Tourism in Melbourne, Australia, is an important industry with approximately 7.6 million domestic visitors and 1.88 million international visitors in 2004. Melbourne attracts a large numbers of tourists, particularly young backpackers. Among popular sites and events in Melbourne are:

  1. The Melbourne Cricket Ground, known as “the MCG” or simply the “G”. From April to September, there are typically one or two Australian rules football matches there per week; the game can be spectacular, it is unique to Australia, relatively inexpensive to attend, and is safe and enjoyable for all, including children. It has also hosted two Bledisloe Cup rugby matches. During the summer, cricket matches are played there – the most important being the Boxing Day test match between December 26th and December 30th, and several one-day international games in January and February which are perhaps more enjoyable for the casual spectator. The MCG was renovated in preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, creating a maximum capacity of 103,000.
  2. The Melbourne Observation Deck, located some 237 metres above the city streets on the 55th floor of the Rialto Towers, offers spectacular views of the central business district and beyond. The Rialto Towers is the second tallest building in Melbourne after the newly constructed Eureka Tower.
  3. Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open tennis tournament, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments (held in January each year).
  4. The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre is located in Southbank and was built in the 1990s as a replacement for the Royal Exhibition Building. It has hosted thousands of conventions and exhibitions since its opening.
  5. The Melbourne Museum is located on the north-eastern fringe of the CBD, next to the Royal Exhibition Building. To many Melburnians, the most significant exhibit is the preserved body of Phar Lap, the famous racehorse of the Depression era. For those who cannot visit the nearby forested ranges, the Forest Gallery is a living internal facsimile. Technically-inclined visitors may be more interested in CSIRAC, the fifth electronic computer built and the only one of its generation to survive intact. The Museum complex is also home to Melbourne’s IMAX cinema.
  6. The Royal Exhibition Building located in the Carlton Gardens was built in the 1880s for the World’s Fair and is only one of a few such buildings that still exist. The building and gardens was granted World Heritage listing on 2 July 2004. It is the first building in Australia to be granted this status. The building also held the first sitting of the Australian Parliament on 9 May 1901. Subsequent federal parliamentary sittings were then moved to the Victorian Parliament building located in Spring Street and the Victorian government moved to the Exhibition Building.

If you are thinking to go to Melbourne for your next backpacking trip, Cheaperthanhotels has a lot of accommodation in Melbourne, from 2 star to 5 star, which you can choose.

This is a sponsored post

Reduced airport tax for Malaysian LCCT

Maybe a slightly good news for travelers to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah who use AirAsia as their carrier. Malaysian government have started to reduce the airport tax for low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) from 1st of June.

The not so good news is that AirAsia have abolished priority boarding to their aircraft since the last month. It means that women with children and elderly have to queue with other passengers to board their plane. But, if you still want to have the priority boarding, you have to pay RM20 per person.

My two cent: AirAsia is inhumane and ridiculous… That is what happened when they are the only sole provider of the service. People have no other choices. Same like ASTRO and TmNut Streamyx.