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Saranghaeyo Korean Festival (Photos by Kuai Tahir)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Okay, this is interesting. I managed to see the Live performance of the Saranghaeyo Korean Dancers featuring B-Boyz at 1 Borneo last week. I was a bit reluctant to go at first but since I have no plan for the night and furthermore, it's free, I then went to check the fest out. And hear me say, it's worth it. These are the few photos that my dearest friend Kuai Tahir, managed to snap.

This are the B-Boys with their dance routine. Dynamic and uniquely speaking, this was one of the stunt that they mesmerized the audiences with.

Although this step is very common but yet, still I find it very dynamic!

The traditional dance were great too. I just hope there's some kind of an outline, a story, where audience can read in order to relate themselves with the dances. I strongly believe that every movement is an act of something, to show something.

Lumis, Ned , lady dancer, Clay, Popo and friend of Clay..

Okay, this is one funny experience. A video man suddenly came up to me and say "Can I interview you?"

Kuai and Ned... Hahaha....

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Kota Marudu - The History

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Legendary Beginnings

Kota Marudu was originally known as Bandau. This name was used until 1974 before Sabah gained her independence through Malaysia. According to legends, Bandau is derived from a Kadazan word 'Mondou' which means a ghost that resemble a buffalo. According to beliefs, Mondou was frequently found along the Bandau river.

Historical Background

The district of Kota Marudu has its history traced back to the year 1845 or earlier with the rise of Sharif Osman, a local independence fighter from Kota Marudu.

Bandau was renamed Kota Marudu during the USNO rule. The name change was proposed by the State Assemblyman at that time, The Hon Datuk Idrus Matakim @ Andrew Matakim.

The name Kota Marudu was chosen to replace Bandau in commemoration of the existence of a town or fort located in the Marudu Bay and used by Sharif Osman and his followers to fight against the British Colonialist in the 1900s. To this day, Sharif Osman's grave and fort is still found in Kampung Marudu.

During the Chartered Company's rule established on 1st November 1881, the district was opened up for the cultivation of rubber and tobacco. The tobacco farm was within the area of Bandau town and was developed by the Dutch. Rubber was developed by an English company in Langkon. A jetty was built in Bandau town for the purpose of ferrying the tobacco on to the small ships for export. At that time, Bandau was widely referred to as Bandau Port. Other than rubber and tobacco, coal mines was also opened up in Kampun Tanjung Batu by an English company. The coal mine was closed before the 1920s.

Location and Area

The district of Kota Marudu has an area of 1,917 square kilometres or 740 square miles. According to the map, the Kota Marudu district is located between the latitude of 6° 15" to 6° 45" N and the logitude of 116° to 117° E.

The distance between Kota Marudu from the following destinations are:

  • Kota Marudu - 130 Km
  • Kudat - 90 Km
  • Kota Belud - 60 Km
  • Pitas - 52 Km


Kota Marudu is made up of 3 distinct area i.e. mountainous terrain, valley and the coastal area. More than two-thirds of the area of Kota Marudu is situated in the mountainous area. There are 5 major rivers namely:

  • Bandau River
  • Rakit River
  • Bongon River
  • Tandek River
  • Langkon River

There are two mountain within the Crocker Range namely Mount Tambayukum (8,462m) and Mount Tendok Sirong (3,315m). The type of soil found in the Kota Marudu district is the alluvium and sedimentary rock.

Places of Intereset

Among the places of interest in Kota Marudu include the famous Sorinsim Waterfall, located 40 km from the main town and Taman Sagabon, an agriculture research station at the Buyut lake. You can find South East Asia's biggest solar power station in Kota Marudu.

One may enjoy the district's celebration of the annual Maize Festival in honour of the agricultural product's contribution to the socio-economic development of Kota Marudu. The line-up activities includes a variety of exhibitions, competitions, traditional sports and the crowning of Maize Fashion Queen!

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YWNWA - Go Reds!

Monday, September 28, 2009

"We know we can beat the top teams like Chelsea and Manchester United but have lost points in the past against other sides," he said.

"We are winning these now and if we can keep doing the same against the best teams we will be close to the top.

"Next, we have the Champions League match in Florence and after that we can focus on Chelsea.

"Hopefully we can win at Stamford Bridge like we did last season. If we can do that we will be in a fantastic position." - Fernando Torres

Paul Hassall 27 September 2009
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My Life With My Friends (Bunch of them!)

Sunday, September 27, 2009
Elparanza's Grand Reunion 2008 at Mamutik Island

Let me just share with you precious moments of my life with my friends, or more like brothers and sisters to me. These are the combination of old but timeless photos with recent ones. Some of it were already posted in my previous post but well, I just can't help but to share it again with all of you. Mungkin ada di antara orang-orang dalam gambar yang kamu kenal, cousin-cousinkah atau long lost friends, atau ada yang berkenan di hati kah, let me know. After all, this is one of the purpose to blog.

Elparanza Trip to Kuching, Sarawak.
There were supposed to be 8 of us but last minute call, left 0nly 5.

Malalap Trip where everyone wanted to look cute. Cute? Rite...

Joe's resident at Kinarut during Elparanza Soft Reunion

This one was taken infront of Vino Vino, KK Times Square
after the meeting of Monsok Charity.

Okay, I don't really remember where this photo was taken at but yeah,
see it for yourself. Cool kan?

Infront of Beta Apartment, Labuan.
Posed with BBKK merchandises. Interested? Hehe

I have to say credit to the photographer for this awesome photo.
Snapped at War Memorial, Labuan.

My closest like-family-friends, the Elparanza.
Most of us met each other during Uni years and yet, the bond is as strong as ever!

Play for health. Futsal at Penampang Futsal Centre.
These are out tentative events; Volleyball, Pingpong, swimming, tennis, badminton and ....

Everyone is an island in this photo. Trying to be as cool as we can at War Memorial, Labuan.
One of my best trip ever with our closest friends!

This is also one of my favourite photo. This was taken when we were about to leave
for KK from Mahua Waterfall in Tambunan. These are the people who have
made the Monsok Charity a success.
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Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson

Monday, September 07, 2009
Something that expresses, the way I'm feeling now. It's for the best and hopefully, we move on.

Lyrics | Kelly Clarkson lyrics - Already Gone lyrics

It's a bit cliche I think. Whenever I listen to this song, it's more or less, same with Halo by Beyonce. I was reported that, actually, the co-writer of the song worked with both singers at the same time. For me, both songs differ. It just happened that, the music sounded similar because of the cello and piano. I have no further comment on this; as far as I'm concern, both songs are beautifully written and sang by two of the most outstanding performers in the world - I love both songs!
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