Friday, August 11, 2017

Sabah unveils new tourist spots

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is slowly becoming a haven for short getaways, especially for eco-tourism lovers as it unveils more places outside the city.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, less than two hours away, are dozens of mini parks and hills for hiking which lead to rivers, waterfalls and homestays fit for family trips.

Among them is Kampung Tambatuon Eco-Tourism Park in Kota Belud, some 80km from here.

This place offers visitors options for hiking the Nungkok hill, go for wet hiking at the Kilombun River, feed fish and get feet massage at the Tagal river there, and lastly take a dip at the waterfall.

On rare occasions if the timing is right, visitors can also see Rafflesia flowers along their hike.

Another spot nearby is the Eko Pelancongan Tagal Kampung Talungan, where its main attraction is the river where people can swim with freshwater fish, walk on a suspension bridge and camp.

Not far away, a similar eco-park – Kampung Terintidon eco-tourism in Kota Belud – is also a new attraction.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

AirAsia’s Kuching-Langkawi route officially launched

KUCHING: AirAsia, the world’s best low-cost airline, yesterday launched its inaugural flight from Kuching to Langkawi which will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The launching ceremony at Kuching International Airport (KIA), using flight AK5093, was ‘sent off’ by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz and AirAsia Head of Commercial Spencer Lee.

Celebratory all-in-fares from RM100 one way are available for booking online at from now until Aug 13 for travel period between now and Feb 8 next year.

With the inaugural flight, AirAsia now flies to 11 destinations from Kuching with more than 220 weekly one-way flights.

The other destinations are Miri, Sibu, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru, Kota Bahru, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Pontianak.

“We (AirAsia) are committed to continue growing this hub as Sarawak has a lot to offer beyond a tourism destination.

“Last year, we have flown about 3.2 million guests in and out of Kuching hub and we believe that the introduction of the two new routes to and from Kuching, namely Pontianak recently and Langkawi today (yesterday), echoes our commitment in Sarawak,” Lee said.


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Borneo Wildlife Warriors - Film featuring Sabah’s wildlife and rescues showing Sept 16

KOTA KINABALU: Borneo Wildlife Warriors, a six weekly episodes of a film production featuring sun bears, elephants, orangutans and others, on breath-taking rescues and relocations in the state will be released starting from September 16.

This will be the second season after the completion of its first 10-episode film production, ‘Borneo Jungle Diaries’. The episodes can be watched online at

Scubazoo TV is a new online wildlife channel by Asia’s leading natural history filming and photography company, Scubazoo.

Its managing director, Jason Isley, said these episodes will be investigating the threats posed by afforestation, the illegal pet trade and more with Sabah’s Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) vets and rangers working to protect endangered wildlife.

“There are a few places that evoke the magic and mystery of Borneo: dense jungles packed with enigmatic animals, including orangutans, sun bears and the world’s smallest elephant.

However, Borneo’s rain forests – and all that inhabit there are facing colossal threats. Deforestation, illegal wildlife and pet trade and the traditional medicine trade are all threatening the survival of these unique animals,” he said.


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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

First Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival not to be missed

KUCHING: Sarawak’s first ever Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) will be happening at the Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching on Sept 29 and 30.

The two-day jazz music festival will feature a total of 17 acclaimed jazz musicians and bands from all over the region, including Sheila Majid (Malaysia), Ernie Watts (USA), Jeremy Monteiro (Singapore), Kunto Aji (Indonesia) and Shanghai Sisters (Malaysia).

Sheila Majid, Malaysia’s Queen of Jazz, has been in the Malaysian and international jazz arena for more than 30 years after soaring to success with her 1986 song ‘Sinaran’, an evergreen.

She achieved international stardom by winning the prestigious Indonesia BASF Award for Best Female Artiste in R&B category in 1987, never done before by a non-Indonesian.

Her success in Indonesia was followed up by a 1988 nationwide tour. Sheila spread her wings to Japan with the release of her 1988 multi-platinum selling album ‘Warna’ and has performed in many cities around the world.

She released several more award-winning albums including ‘Legenda’, ‘Ku Mohon’ and ‘Cinta Kita’. Her 2017 album entitled ‘Boneka’ is her first studio album after 13 years.

She is a household name in Malaysia, her music breaking all age and racial barriers.

American jazz musician Ernie Watts is one of the world’s most versatile and creative saxophonists.

Starting at the age of 13, the two-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has played jazz professionally for 50 years all over the globe, been featured on 500 recordings with different artistes, and played on movie soundtracks for acclaimed hits such as Grease and The Color Purple.



All set for 2017 Kuching Marathon

KUCHING: The Kuching Marathon which will be held on Aug 13 here has been well received by both local and international runners.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk James Chan welcomed foreign runners to also visit the Kuching Festival and other tourist attractions here.

He said the council supported the event as it promoted sport activities and healthy living among the public.

He said this when dressing the Padungan cat statue with a Kuching Marathon outfit yesterday.

Also present was Kuching Division Marathon Association secretary Liew Tang Chieh who said that Kuching Marathon was an exciting event incorporating 42km race, 21km, 10km and 5km races.

He disclosed that only 40 per cent of the participants are from Kuching, with the rest from other divisions, states or countries.

The runners will have a great opportunity to enjoy the unique and harmonious atmosphere of the Cat City. Participants will also have the chance to learn the rich culture and history of the city by the Sarawak river.

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