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MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

The Land of Wind - Bario, Sarawak

The town of Bario, located on the northern part of Sarawak, is not only the home of Kelabit and Penan tribes (both belonging to the Orang Ulu ethnic group) but also the source of  exotic food and crafts. Lying at an altitude of about 3,500 feet above sea level in the north-eastern corner of Sarawak is the famous Bario Highland. Bario is blessed with cool weather with temperatures that could go down as low as 11° Celsius. It has 14 villages with a population of 2,000 people.

Bario Sarawak

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The name Bario is a combination of the words ‘Ba’ and ‘Rio’. ‘Ba’ means paddy field, while ‘Rio’ means wind. The majority of residents in Bario is of Kelabit descendant, one of the minority Orang Ulu tribes of Sarawak, formerly known as headhunters and warriors in the past but now successful planters and farmers. Although the highlands are named after the Kelabits, it is actually home to many other groups such as the Penan and Lun Bawang. The Lun Bawang, who are the same group as the Lun Dayeh in Sabah, are the predominant people around Ba Kelalan in the northern part of the highlands. All of them are collectively known as the "Orang Ulu" or "People of the Highlands".

 

A gateway to Kelabit highlands is made possible by flying to Bario with MASWings from Miri.

 

Most of the area's accommodation is found in and around Bario, and it is the main starting point for treks throughout the area. You can go kayaking or immerse in the historical tales of the monoliths that dot the area. The place has incredible organic food such as the famous Bario rice and pineapple.

 

One of their annual events is the internationally known Bario Food Festival also known as 'Pesta Nukenen', held in July each year since year 2005. Nukenen means food in Kelabit. It was relatively small when it first began but now it has become larger, made popular with the fact that visitors could get the chance to savour the famous Bario rice and pineapple during the festival while taking in the wonderful highland setting.

The Land of Wind Bario Sarawak

 

The festival had grown larger in scale and included jungle-trekking packages, historical site visits and longhouse homestay experience. It attracted visitors not just from Malaysia but also as far Japan, England, Australia and Denmark. All visitors were pleasantly surprised to find that the local food that they savoured were not only cooked traditionally albeit using wooden stove, but also served on leaves and bamboos, making the entire experience refreshingly eco-friendly. Fish, venison and other hunted animals were also cooked in the mixture of various ingredients indigenous to Bario.During Nukenen Fest, various products – from crops to wild products to Orang Ulu crafts – were exhibited and sold at the E-Bario Telecentre.

 

It can get quite chilly in the evening so do bring a sweater. Daytimes are usually warm and humid, especially when struggling through thick forests while trekking. The rainy season is between October and February.

Pay a visit to Bario, Sarawak by flying with MASWings to visit the 'Pesta Nukenen'and experience the life of Sarawak inland.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

Manukan Island- an Unforgettable Honeymoon getaway

Do you want to experience an unforgettable honeymoon trip? Then you should go to Manukan Island for a perfect honeymoon getaway. It is only within a short boat rides away from Kota Kinabalu. Once you are there, you will know why the beautiful Manukan Island is extremely popular amongst tourists and local Kota Kinabalu residents alike.

MASWings has regular flight from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu once every day. From Brunei, three daily MASWings flights connect Bandar Seri Begawan to Kota Kinabalu. If you are coming from across the sea, there are available direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.

From Kota Kinabalu, you can take the ten-minute boat ride from the Jesselton Ferry Terminal to this beautiful island. Manukan Island is one of the largest islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Sabah’s only marine national park. The magnificent Manukan Island has a lot to offer to visitors coming to its shores. The clear blue water surrounding Manukan Island makes it the perfect spot to go snorkelling or diving. In fact, these two activities are popular amongst visitors to this island.

If you go for a dive in the water, you will be astounded by the colourful variety of tropical fish and beautiful coral reef formation littered throughout the area. Apart from snorkelling or diving, you can in indulge many other activities in Manukan Island such as para sailing, jet skiing and boat riding. You could just simply sail along the water surrounding this island and enjoy the breath taking scenery with clear blue skies that complemented the equally clear blue water. The soft clean water is indeed captivating to the eyes. Do make sure you take many photos when you are here to capture this perfect scene!

On Manukan Island itself, you can find many things to do to indulge yourself in the honeymoon vacation that you are in. The various choices of accommodations available here will surely make you want to spend a night or two with your loved one in this tropical paradise. Manukan Island boasts complete recreational facilities for visitors, with several restaurants serving local and international cuisines, several chalets, a clubhouse and of course a dedicated diving centre for avid divers out there.

Walking together hand in hand with your loved one down the beach, with its clean sands and the beautiful palm trees rustling overhead is one experience that you will never forget. Visitors to Manukan Island often say that this island is one of the best places for a honeymoon getaway. You would be hard-pressed to disagree with them once you are here to see Manukan Island for yourself. The various indigenous plants and animal life throughout Manukan Island adds to the colourful atmosphere of this natural retreat. Watching the sun setting across the horizon is indeed a romantic and breathtaking view.

Words alone cannot describe the beauty of Manukan Island. You really have to go there to fully experience it. If you are planning for a honeymoon getaway, why don’t you take a trip to Kota Kinabalu, hop on a boat and head straight to this wonderful island for a trip of a lifetime?

 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

Mari Mari Cultural Village and Monsopiad Cultural Village, Sabah

Sabah is popular with its diverse ethnics and rich history. The Mari Mari Cultural Village and the Monsopiad Cultural Village are two of Sabah’s popular tourist spots in learning and finding out more about the culture and history of these ethnic groups in Sabah.

 

Together with MASWings, let us unfold the two cultural villages and see what do these two have in store for us.

Mari Mari Cultural Village is situated in a remote forest in Kionsom, Inanam. It is an ideal setting for a cultural village which preserves the environment of the tribes long ago. Situated 25 minutes away from the city and in a remote forest, you could enjoy only the sound of nature and the closeness of what the tribes feel years ago. Entering the village requires you to cross a hanging bridge to cross the river and get to the other side.

 

Upon entering the village, you will be introduced to a variety of ethnic tribes in Sabah such as the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut, Rungus and Dusun. You will also be shown their traditional homes and how each and every house has a different look and feel. Besides that, the different ethnics at the cultural village will even demonstrate their traditional way of cooking food in bamboo and the brewing of Montoku, known as rice wine which is the favorite drink of the Dusun tribe.

 

Other tribes present there will also demonstrate the different kind of skill sets such as the traditional way of lighting a fire by the Rungus tribe, the extracting of tree bark in order to make various items such as ropes, vest, floors, and walls by the Lundanyeh tribe, and also blowpipe making by the Murut tribe. There are many more demonstrations in the cultural village itself such as dances and musical performance. Besides that, they will even teach you how to cook or craft using their traditional way if you are interested in learning.

 

The Monsopiad Cultural Village on the other hand, is another cultural village worth going to. The Monsopiad Cultural Village is founded in 1996 making it Sabah’s first living museum. The cultural village is situated beside the Penampang River and is surrounded by many other traditional buildings. It takes about an hour and a half from Kota Kinabalu and if you are wondering where the name Monsopiad comes from, the name is taken from a fearsome warrior who lived in the village of Kuai long time ago.

The Monsopiad Cultural Village is a Kadazan cultural village allowing you to learn more about the Kadazan tribe. Upon arriving at the village, you will be treated to various Kadazan displays such as their ceramic jars, padi grinders and bamboo items. You will also be shown the costume of Bobohizan Inai Bianti, a direct descendent of Monsopiad. There are lots of other interesting things being shown at the cultural village alone such as a massive monolith holding a dozen legends, and also the House of Skulls, where you will be shown 42 skulls which are also trophies of war from Monsopiad.

 

There are a lot more to the cultural village and it will not be interesting if you don’t see it for yourself. Let MASWings Airline fly you to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and learn more about the various ethnics in Sabah.

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