Linux For You Magazine & Free Knoppix 5.0.1 Live DVD!

Last week, while I was window shopping in one of our local bookstore, I grabbed a magazine called “Linux For You” August Edition. I have seen the magazine for few times in that bookstore, but I was not keen to buy it then. But, when I saw it has free Knoppix 5.0.1 Live DVD, I could not resist to pick it up. It cost me about RM17, but never mind, I can claim from my yearly tax benefit.

The unique thing about this magazine is, it is publish in India. It is magazine dedicated tor linux and open source software. And, they publish it every month!. I wonder if Malaysia community have this kind of magazine.

They also give you free Live DVD! Do you know any PC or Windows magazine which gives you free Windows XP CDROM (installer?). If you can fine one, tell me and I will buy it from you! The DVD was functioning flawlessly, without any hassle and I manage to play Sudoku from the DVD!

If you would like to know more about Linux For you, this is the link;

For free Live DVD;

Linux For You

Happy Independence Day for Malaysia

Today, 31st August 2006, is 49th year for Malaysia independence. So, what do you do today? As the country is getting older, I really hope whoever rule the country will give their best effort on keeping this country peaceful and harmony.

Let us be friends. War will not get us anywhere. There is much more to do with love than hate.

I would like to thank God for giving me the ability to live and serve you with this website. I am really glad that I live in Malaysia.

“Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri, lebih baik hujan batu di negeri sendiri”. It’s a Malay proverb, meaning that although there are many good things outside our own country, and less in the place where we live, it is still best to live in our own place. It might be similar to “There is no place like home”.

Selamat Hari Merdeka. Merdeka! Merdeka! Mentega!

Map to Rungus Longhouse in Kudat, Sabah

I was asked by one of our fellow traveler about the direction to the Rungus Longhouse in Kudat, nothern part (tip) of Borneo. I replied to her email with this map.

UPDATE 26 December 207: I have uploaded a Google Maps to the Longhouse HERE. Check it out!

Map to Rungus Longhouse

I know, I have a bad drawing, but this map is temporary. I will of course load up a new and digitally made for you – next time. If anyone would like to help me on producing a nice picture of the map, I would be delighted to accept.

Basically, the road to Kudat is simple. After passing Kota Belud (they called it the cowboy town), there is only one road leading north. When you arrive at the Kudat – Kota marudu junction, turn left and follow the road straight. It will take you another 35 minutes to the longhouse and 1 hour to Kudat. Most of the taxi driver & bus driver from Kota Kinabalu knows where the Longhouse is.

Enjoy your journey.

Kota Kinabalu City Map

UPDATE 5th December 2007: How to Get to Kinabalu Park HQ from Kota Kinabalu using Google Maps

I always got request from our fellow travelers on maps of Kota Kinabalu and Mount Kinabalu trail. Well, you can get the trail map from the website, but for Kota Kinabalu City map, I will show you here. I save the map from Google Earth, and this map will include:

  1. Sabah Tourism Building
  2. Wisma Sabah (where Sutera Sanctuary Lodge is)
  3. Atkinson Clock Tower
  4. Kota Kinabalu Jetty (Jesselton Point)
  5. Jesselton Hotel
  6. Gaya Street
  7. KK Plaza
  8. Wisma Merdeka (where Borneo Books 2 is)
  9. Jalan Pantai (Beach street)
  10. Wet market
  11. Filipino market
  12. HSBC & Standard Chartered Bank)
  13. Le Meridien Hotel
  14. Hyatt Regency Hotel
  15. Australia Place

Kota Kinabalu City Map

If you stay in one of the hostel that is suggested from my website, then it will be inside the map. All are the important places that is stated above is just a walking distance from where you stay.

Mount Kinabalu Exclusive Travel E-Guidebook

I was moved by one of our fellow adventure travelers who asked me to be more ‘physical’ on the information that I give on my website. So, after struggling for about 2 weeks studying how to create a PDF, I manage to make my website physical. A PDF for those who want to have something to print out and bring it with you on the journey.

Unfortunately, I could not give the PDF free, as there are cost incurred during the making of the PDF and to maintain a free Mount Kinabalu website. So, despite selling the ebook (I don’t feel it is appropriate), I will give you the ebook with only a small donations. Your donations will make the website alive and freely available for other new mountain climbers and adventure travelers like you.

You can get the instruction of the ebook here.

Mount Kinabalu Ebook

Eyesore views at Mount Kinabalu

See it for yourself. Thank you Ganesh from Singapore with all these pics. I really appreciate your effort. The photos was taken just less than a week ago.

Mount Kinabalu The abandoned projects just above Layang-layang Hut.

Mount Kinabalu
See all the damage? Looks like a rubbish dump to me.
Mount Kinabalu
Caused by one of the seven human deadly sins – GREED.

Mount Kinabalu This is the Mesilau Route -Summit Trail junction. I was really sad when I saw this.

Mount Kinabalu

Hopefully you will not be the one who do this.

Mount Kinabalu Mesilau-Summit Trail junction, where you can see all those mess.

If you are planning to climb Mount Kinabalu soon, try to take some photos of this place. Email me the photos and I will put on this blog so that we can share with adventure lovers and travelers around the world. Spread out the message of how greedy people can do to our Mother Earth. Hopefully, if our voices is loud enough, THEY can hear us and repair all the damages that has been done.

Thanks Ganesh for your photos! I put a watermark of your email on every pics!

Airasia, MAS and flyasianxpress (FAX)

Not a very good news for us – I think.

Do you know that MAS has scrapped their flight from Kota Kinabalu to Johor Baharu? Only Airasia fly that route currently. I don’t think that is a good move by MAS as a national carier. I won’t have a choice to take the flight back to Muar (my home town) but to take Airasia. I like Airasia because of the price, but I like MAS for the services.

For your information, the Kota Kinabalu airport (Terminal 2) is currently under heavy renovations. The condition is also worsen as flyasianxpress also functioning from that airport. The last time I went to the airport, it was very very crowded, noisy with the construction work and dust from the surrounding piling places. You will agree with me when you arrive in Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2.

For flyasianxpress, congratulations for your new services for the people of Borneo. I heard that the pilot for FAX were ‘loaned’ from previous MAS services. Well, at least the MAS pilot still have a choice. But pity for the lower category of staff and the ground staff for MAS. With their company resructuring, a lot of them lost their job.

I am really not agreeable with their move and scrapping flights from KK to JB is the most that I DISAGREE!!!!!!

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The World’s Top Dive Sites in Sabah – Siadan, Mabul, Kapalai & Lankayan

Sabah is blessed with some of the most beautiful islands, coral reefs and atolls. The clear waters and exotic treasures of marine life found here have captivated visitors and divers from all over the world.

Sipadan Island
Rated as the world’s top dive sites. For the true diving enthusiast, the island needs no introduction. Praised by the internationally renowned oceanographer and filmaker Jacques Cousteau as one of the best diving spots in the world, it is unique as the only oceanic island in Malaysia.

Sipadan IslandIts geographic position puts Sipadan in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world, the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin. Sipadan rises 600 meters from the seabed to provide spectacular wall dives and underwater garden. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystem. Sipadan is also renowned for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles, which gather there to mate and nest. It is not unsual to see more than 20 turtles on each dive.

Another unique feature to divers is the turtle tomb that contains many skeletal remains of turtles. The residential schooling barracuda and big-eye trevally are one of the highlights on every diver’s Wish-list, which often gather in thousands forming spectacular tornado-like formations. Mantas, eagle-rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks may also be seen, as well as as abundance of macro life.

For sustainable and conservation purpose, there will be no onsite dive resorts operating on SIpadan Island. Diving activity will continue for divers to be ferried in by operators operating from the mainland or nearby islands other than the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan.

Mabul Island
Situated only about 15 minutes by speedboat from Sipadan, Mabul is recognised as one of the world’s best “muck-diving” sites, one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life in the world. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, gobies and frogfishes are everywhere, as are moray, snake eels and practically the whole scorpionfish family. There is no doubt about it, mabul is a magical macro site! The beauty af Mabul and Kapalai will also appeal greatly to non-divers as well. There are two resorts on Mabul Island, with the third resort ad off-shore refurbished oil-rig.

Kapalai Reef
Kapalai Reef Actually a sandbar, Kapalai sits on top of the Ligitan Reefs. The sole resort is built water-village-style. Together with Mabul and Lankayan, Kapalai offers some of the best “muck-diving” in the world. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, sea moths and mating mandarinfish, giant frogfish, ribbon eels, harlequin ghost pipefish and crab-eye gobies are found right by the jetty! While the abundance of other marine life like the various gobies, ambonian shrimps, mantis shrimps, crocodilefish, lionfis and scorpionfish, are unusually almost ignored as being too common here!

Lankayan Island
Lankayan Island Located in the Sulu Sea, the northeast coast of Sandakan. This is a small island paradise with only one dive resort, surrounded by stretches of white sandy beaches, swaying casuarinas and beautiful sunsets.

Described as a true macro-world paradise, there are also larger marine creatures such as leopard sharks, marbled stingray and giant grouper as well as schools of bumphead parrotfish, yellowtail barracude and scads. Nearby is the Turtle Islands Park, so the hawksbill and green turtles are also ‘visitors’ in its dive sites.