Turtle poachers apprehended in Sabah, Malaysia

Dead turtles lining up at the harbour - photo from Daily ExpressFor the second time in 72 hours, marine turtles have been seized from Chinese fishing boats in Sabah’s waters carrying a cargo of 220 Green and Hawksbill turtles on 28 March 2007. The first boat was apprehended on 26 March with 72 marine turtles of the same two species and six people were arrested.

WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia applaud the success of the Sabah Marine Police and encourage them and other enforcement agencies to continue these efforts. Chris R. Shepherd, the Senior Programme Officer with TRAFFIC Southeast Asia says, “We urge the authorities to prosecute these poachers to the full extent of the law. If there is no deterrent, killing of these endangered species will continue”.

Female hawksbill turtles make about 1,000 nests in Malaysia each year Read more from the related newsfeed:

  1. WWF Website: www.panda.org
  2. WWF Malaysia Newsroom
  3. Daily Express
  4. Jail turtle poachers up to 50 years

My two cents: If we don’t do something right now, I am afraid that our next generation – our children can only know these kind of turtles in museums…

Terminal 2 Kota Kinabalu International Airport (aka LCCT)

I went to KKIA (Kota Kinabalu International Airport) today with my son, just to see the newly developed Terminal 2 airport. For your information, Terminal 2 KKIA is dedicated to “low cost carrier”, aka LCCT terminal (similar like KLIA LCCT). It is the hub for Airasia and Flysianexpress airlines.

I hereby show you 21 photos taken with my Sony DSC-S40. Not so beautiful. Plan to upgrade to Nikon D40 later.

Anyway, enjoy the photo!

Upgraded toilet - with diaper change room and for the disableKKIA HallwayYou are here!Check-in counterPress down to releaseSome brochuresTourist Information Center - Where you can get some info.Taxi/Cab booking counter. They have options to suit your budget.Airasia counter on the left, Flyasianexpress on the right. Kind of “Open Counter”.Sabah Tea ShopCafeteria on the first floorAirasia’s placeWaiting HallTenom Coffee ShopSouvenir Shop on the first floorSelamat Datang is Welcome in EnglishKKIA departure hallSomething to refer if you are lostTerminal 2 KKIATerminal 2 KKIAFrozen Seafood Shop

Email from our friend, Calvin

I received an email from one of our friend, who went to Sabah and spend some good time here. We managed to know each other from Mount Kinabalu Borneo.com, and Calvin is generous enough to share with us his moment there by sending me a photo of his team. This is the email that he send to me.

Hi Ruhaizad,

I sure did enjoyed my trip. Well, the closest thing i have to a proper camera is my hp-cam; so photo qualities are quite sub-par. Will be attaching a picture of us getting ready from some rafting action at Kiulu, shot by a friend using a digital slr; rather large in size though. I’m the guy to the right of the rafting guide in the photo.

Well, it was quite a thrilling ride, being a first timer & non-swimmer i did not really know what to expect (half-expecting to be tossed into the waters at every rapid, like in TV), but i had a great time indeed. Heard Padas is better. Will be looking forward to that for my next trip. I do blog a little, to amuse myself; i’m not so much of a good story teller though.

Read your blog, you (& your wife) looked great in the unique wedding photo!


Kiulu White Water Rafting - by Calvin

Thank you, Calvin! Well, if you want your story and photo in here, just drop me an email!

Mount Kinabalu from Kinabalu Pine Resort

Kinabalu Pine ResortWe went for a family retreat last year to Kinabalu Pine Resort, a get away resort that is situated in Kundasang, about 90 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu. It is also situated at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu at an elevation of about 1525 meters above sea level. The weather is cool, the air is fresh and the views are breathtaking.

As I went there with my wife and kids, I don’t intend to climb Mount Kinabalu. We just go there for a weekend get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

In my opinion, the resort is really nice. Clean and well taken care. The meals were also nicely cooked and if you are a Muslim, all the food that they provide is “Halal”. Most of Kadazandusun in Kundasang are Muslim, so, you do not have to worry about that. The vegetables were home grown and fresh from the farm.

Mount Kinabalu seen from Kinabalu Pine Resort

So, if you did not be able to book for a climb on Mount Kinabalu, or just want to spend a couple of days lazing around in cool climate, I would recommend Kinabalu Pine Resort.

What are the things you can do while you are here? Well, you can of course visit Kinabalu Park HQ, for a walk in the “Mountain Garden” or the jungle trails around the park, and visit the Information Center. You can also drive a bit further to Poring Hot Spring or drop around Kundasang War Memorial.

Rungus wedding couple

It is actually my wedding photo (in Rungus traditional costume), taken on the Valentine’s day 2004 (my wedding day there). Photo was taken with an analogue camera. We were sitting in a ‘platform’ (I don’t know what is it called) in front of my father-in-law’s longhouse. You can still see the structure when you visit Kg. Bavanggazo Rungus Longhouse (Maranjak Homestay).

Rungus couple

Pitcher Plants of Kinabalu

Do you know that:

  • Mount Kinabalu and Kinabalu Park is famous with it’s pitcher plants – apart from Rafflesia?
  • Pitcher plants is famous for their leaves, not the flower?

The leaf tips of insect-eating pitcher plants form colorful cups. Nine species of pitcher plants grow on Mount Kinabalu. The pitchers, flushed maroon and pink, come in a variety of fancy shapes and sizes. Species St. John reported finding a pitcher of the largest species, Nephentes rajah, containing 4 liters (3 1/2 quarts) of liquid. Another was digesting a drowned rat.

Nephentes villosa - you can see it during your hike at Kinabalu

The hollow cup of the pitcher plant acts like a trap and a stomach. Insects are attracted to nectar secreted from glands near the mouth of the pitcher. Upon entering the cup, they slide down the slippery side; their escape out is blocked by downward pointing spines. They eventually drown in the slimy ooze at the bottom and are digested. The plant absorbs its lunch through the walls of the leaf. Thus pitcher plants can survive in very poor soil. They rely on nourishment from the insect corpses.

A few specialized insects actually make their home in the pitcher. Some feed on the decomposing insects. Others breed in the fetid pool at the bottom of the pitcher.

Nephentes rajah - Notice anything about this photo?

Want to see more photo on pitcher plants? I have few more on Mount Tambuyukon photo by Dr. Ravi.

CCleaner – Spring clean your Windows registry for free!

I think it’s good for me to share with you this freeware tools that I have been using for the past 2 years. If you have been using Windows for the past few years, and you have not done any “registry cleaning”, your PC might be in danger of getting “hanged”. Or, if you have been using registry cleaner that have a subscription fee, why don’t you get one for free from now on?

CCleanerCCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! 🙂

Cleans the following

  1. Internet Explorer – Temporary files, URL history, cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat.
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    Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more… also comes with a comprehensive backup feature.
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    Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Media Player, eMule, Kazaa, Google Toolbar, Netscape, MS Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more…
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Kinabalu Solo Traveler – A hilarious travelogue…

At last, after 1 month delay, I manage to upload an article by Leif Pettersen on his quest on Mount Kinabalu, about 2 years back. This article, which was one of my reference for my website Mount Kinabalu Borneo.com, was published a year earlier. As the article is so long, I have divided the article into 4 parts for easy reading. One of our readers give this comment:

The link you gave was awesome…a very good read, and a good laugh too! –Dimitri Ars

So, if you would like to see what a “Solo Traveler” like Leif gone through during the climb, have a good laugh here.