The bird “Burung Tambun” that makes a sound of a cat!

The Megapode, also known as Burung Tambun lives in Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This bird likes to make cat sound, and it is very shy and sensitive to human presence.

To see this bird, you need go to Manukan Island very early in the morning. The reason being, as more tourist visit the island, these birds will go into hiding.

Make sure to keep a distance and be quiet as not to scare the birds away!

Suku Bajau Kota Belud

Bajau, the people with awesome skill in horse-riding

The Bajaus makes up Sabah’s second largest population. They reside in Kota Kinabalu up to Kota Belud and Semporna. Originally they were nomadic, sea-faring people. Now, the Bajaus are known for their many skills such as farming rice paddy, rearing water buffaloes, making boats and riding horses. They are known as “Cowboy Horsemen” of Sabah. 

The Bajaus often put on shows displaying their awesome skill in horse-riding during the annual ‘Tamu Besar’ Festival in Kota Belud.


The beautiful Manukan Island

The boomerang-shaped Manukan Island is the second largest island amongst the five islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. It has beautiful beaches and a good trail routes all around the island.

It has crystal-clear waters and a splendid marine life. This island is an excellent venue for all kinds of water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving or just relaxing on the beach.

You can also walk around the island, through its rainforest and wetlands.


Effort to create market for Bird’s Nest; there are 20,000 swiftlet house owners and farm in Malaysia

There are an estimates of 20,000 swiftlet house owners and farm operators in the country.

With the strong effort of Malaysians to create the market for Bird’s Nest, Kuala Lumpur plan to export raw and uncleaned (RUC) edible bird’s nest to China to create a stable price for Malaysian operators.

To achieve this in a sustainable manner, local swiftlet house owners and farm operators should comply with standard operating procedures set by both governments.

Gabungan Muhibah Walet Malaysia’s secretary Mohamad Azani Mohamad Zin said that bird’s nests are mostly exported via third countries such as Hong Kong and Vietnam, and added that market price is expected to be more stable with direct export to China.

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry signed agreement protocols with China in 2016 and this enable the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia to evaluate Malaysia’s bird’s nest before export.

Dayak Orang Ulu

Getting to know the Dayak Orang Ulu

The term “Orang Ulu” brings the meaning of “people who live upriver” to describe the several tribes that live in Sarawak’s upriver area. The “Orang Ulu” consists of the Kayan and Kenyah tribes, aas well as the smaller neighbouring tribes of the Kajang, Kejaman, Punan, Ukit, and Penan. Now, the term “Orang Ulu” also includes the tribes who live down-river, Lun Bawang, Lun Dayeh. It also include Berawan, Saban who live far-upstream, as well as the plateau-dwelling Kelabits.

Orang Ulu makes up around 5.5% of Sarawak’s population. The Orang Ulu are considered artistic as their longhouses are decorated with murals and woodcarvings. They known for their beautiful beads handicraft and their meaningful tattoos. 


Sarawak’s waterfronts revitalised with a magnificent bridge, the “Jambatan Darul Hana”

Country’s first “City of Unity”, Kuching, Sarawak has a new landmark which is a bridge over the river, Sungai Sarawak.

The bridge is called the “Darul Hana Bridge” or “Jambatan Darul Hana” which connects Pangkalan Batu to Pangkalan Sapi. The new landmark was the brainchild of Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Back then, before the bridge was situated, people used to cross the river using a boat. Now, with the bridge situated, people can cross the river with ease.

The structure of the 335m-long S-shaped bridge contains elements of the Bidayuh community’s bamboo bridges combined with a futuristic design. The bridge was supported by steel cables and it has hornbill-topped towers.

The meaning of the bridge was “Home to Peace and Tranquility”.

From a historical perspective, when Sarawak was ruled by Sultan Tengah, he had named the state ‘Sarawak Darul Hana’, thus the reason for the name of the bridge.

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I recently had Kolo Mee, and it was absolutely wonderful

Last weekend I went to the restaurant Taste of Sarawak in Intermark, Kuala Lumpur. How did I bump into this restaurant? Well I was sending a printing job to a printing shop to print an A3 size poster. After I had obtain my poster, I felt hungry and head down to the restaurant area. They are alot of small restaurant lots at the lower concourse area. Then I saw Taste of Sarawak, and I am like “Hey, I never eat Kolo Mee before. I should have a bowl, since I am the administrator of Smart Borneo website and all”.

So they served me this yellow noodles, which I can say was quite thin, and it was drenched in soy sauce. And they gave me another small bowl of clear chicken soup. 

The way they present the big bowl of noodles, is that they put slices of beef or chicken on top, some fish cakes and some green onions on top of the soya sauced drenched noodles.

So how you eat it, is that you have to pour the chicken soup from the smaller bowl into the big bowl of noodles.

As I taste it, it is a very unique taste. The clear soup taste very fresh, the soy sauce really juice up the noodles, and the chicken slice gives the sweetness and texture to the dish.

This dish is one of the dish that you can definitely re-visit its taste, as it is a light dish that can be eaten at any time of the day and able to fill your stomach.


The Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary

The Sepilok Orang-Utan Sanctuary in Sabah is the place in Southeast Asia where visitors can see the primates up close. This sanctuary also function as a rehabilitation centre that will free the Orang-Utans back into the wild.

A good time to visit are in the afternoon when the primates emerge from the jungle to the feeding grounds to get their food consisting of bananas and milk. Visitors can watch the keepers feed the Orang-Utan from the wooden platform.

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