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My Weekend II - Grandnya Kaamatan Kota Marudu

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Dari KDCA terus balik ke Kota Marudu pada awal pagi hari Ahad. Tercari-cari di mana pula sambutan Pesta Kaamatan ni kali. Rupanya dibuat di dalam dewan. Okay, satu pembaharuan. Ramainya orang. Mesti susah mau pass through ni. Terus teringat tag photographer kawan bagi. Apalagi, lepas keluarkan peralatan menembak, gantung tag di leher, berdiri menunggu dekat pintu mengharap ahli RELA nampak kewujudan diri yang kerdil ini :p

Nasib baik. Dibenarkan masuk secara bersahaja melalui pintu paling depan dengan stage. Wah, ramainya orang. Sudah ramai photographer yang sedia beraksi. Cepat-cepat saya mendapatkan ruang yang strategik. Tiba-tiba ternampak pula wajah yang sangat familiar. Kakak dan mama pun ada juga, hehehe. Bolehlah diorang tolong pegang beg camera ni... Hahaha.

Pembukaan yang sudah gemilang. Tujuh Bobolian (Bomoh wanita) yang diwakili oleh tujuh orang pemimpin Daerah Kota Marudu termasuk Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus J. O ataupun lebih dikenali sebagai Dr. Max yang juga merupakan ahli Parlimen Bandau (Kota Marudu, Sabah).



Kemudian tari sketsa 'Lagenda Huminodun' pula dipertunjukkan. Terkejut sedikit. Wah! Macam state level punya kaamatan. Nasib baik kurang bermain dengan lighting. Kalau tidak, confirm macam state level punya Kaamatan.

Menjiwai watak sehingga menitiskan airmata dalam Sketsa Tari Huminodun

Teruslah keluar 14 orang peserta Unduk Ngadau Daerah Kota Marudu. Wah, boleh tahan juga peserta-peserta tahun ni tapi Unduk Ngadau last year masih di hati :p. Akhirnya yang terbaik juga menjadi pemenang. Balance daripada segi kecantikkan dan IQ. Tidak boleh berat kepada satu aspek sahaja.

The Reigning Queen - Unduk Ngadau Kota Marudu 20019
Miss Laine Leona

Persembahan artis lagilah best! Teruja sedikit. Bukan kerana penampilan artis tapi disebabkan penganjuran yang 'mendatangkan' artis-artis itu. Betul-betul macam state level. Senyuman terukir. Bangga. Siapakah artis-artis itu?

Stacy

Kumpulan Sleeq

Lah - VE

Marsha

Majlis berlangsung sehingga lewat petang tapi dewan tetap tidak kosong malah kedatangan orang ramai semakin bertambah. Siapa yang tidak mahu melihat wanita tercantik Daerah Kota Marudu dimakhotakan? Dan akan pula membawa nama Kota Marudu ke peringkat negeri?



Pada akhir majlis, saya rasa penat sangat-sangat tapi tetap berpuas hati dengan hasil kerja. Unduk Ngadau yang menang pula, memang kena di hati. Tapi tahun ni, sangat berpuas hati dengan penganjuran Pesta Kaamatan Kota Marudu. Kalau boleh saya katakan, terbaik di seluruh negeri Sabah daripada segi penganjuran dan artis-artis yang datang, bagi sayalah. Tunggu di KDCA nanti. Macamana?


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My Weekend - Tahniah Kota Belud!

Monday, May 24, 2010
It had been a great weekend for me. With friends celebrating my birthday to start with, I was taken aback of how many showed up at the party. I can't really thank you enough for the wishes, gifts and hand shakes. Thank you guys. Thank you very much.

That happened Friday night. This is the story that I would really like to share with all of you. The Sugandoi Competition (singing competition) held at Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association Hall (KDCA). 10 contestants were selected after the semi final held last Thursday and last Saturday night, the grand finale was held with the crowd yelling their favourites. But I have to say, the best will always be the best in their own way and this year, it goes down to Kota Belud as the winner for this year.

For those of you who are new to this, Sugandoi means star. It then refers to as The Kaamatan Star which is basically a singing competition. When crowned as the winner, it means you are a star.

And My personal comment to the winner:
Bravo Kota Belud!


These were some of the pictures I snapped during that celebrated night.

Arie Famree Sius representing Kota Belud, the winner of the 2010 Sugandoi Competition


1st runner up, representing Tawau. I can't remember the name :p

2nd runner up, from Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan

Congratulations again to all the winners especially to Arie Famree Sius from Kota Belud. I have to agree that he has that showmanship and talent to be a good singer and performer. And to all the other contestants, you guys have proved that The Land Below The Wind has much to offer in the field of entertainment. The judges must have had a very hard time deciding the winners, I'm quite sure of it but at the end of the day, they have to choose only one and this time, it's from Kota Belud. Well done and congratulations Arie Famree Sius, I declare myself as one of your fan.

Till my next posting guys. I leave you guys with two of Arie Famree Sius's clips of the competition.




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This Is My Day

Friday, May 21, 2010
What makes it more special today
is that
28 years ago
I was born on the very same day as today

.Saturday.

Allow me to just sit here and sing 'Happy Birthday' to myself

Thank you God for giving me the chance to live until today

Ned
since
1982


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Sodop Gala Nite Kaamatan Daerah Kota Marudu

Friday, May 21, 2010
Masuk saja bulan Mei, memang suda menjadi kemestian Pesta Kaamatan menjadi tajuk perbualan orang Sabah di sana dan di sini. Perayaan yang menjadi perayaan tradisi sekian lama oleh masyarakat Sabah khususnya Kadazan Dusun Murut ini sememang dinanti-nanti setiap tahun. Pesta di sana sini. Hahaha.. memang bestlah. Daerah kelahiran saya Daerah Kota Marudu juga tidak ketinggalan membuka perayaan ini dengan menganjurkan Sodop Gala Nite malam tadi. Bila saja kawan bawa untuk tangkap gambar, terus saya angkat tangan kanan tanda setuju. Sampai saja, dapat pula tag official photographer. Memang langkah kanan betul.

Miss Cahaya Bridal, Miss Popular, Miss Fotogenik, Miss Congeniality dan Miss Body Beautiful

Banyaklah acara menarik semalam. Persembahan dari artis-artis tempatan macam si Ampal yang menjadi juruacara majlis, si Robert yang menang Gema warisan dulu, si Ivy Alexandra yang kita semua kenal tu sama di Ridah, artis Kinabalu Records. Ada juga si Zana AF yang datang memeriahkan. Persembahan tarian dari Kumpulan Budayawan Kota Kinabalu pun kena jemput. Tapi yang paling menarik, mestilah pengenalan peserta Unduk Ngadau 2010 Daerah Kota Marudu.

For me personally, saya rasakan masih banyak ruang yang boleh diperbaiki oleh penganjur. Saya bukanlah photographer pro tapi sikit-sikit tahulah juga. Antara keluhan kami sebagai photographer malam tu, lighting yang kurang sesuai. Sport light 'ditembak' dari bawah dan langsung tiada penggunaan lampu gantung. Penggunaan smoke vision juga menganggu pandangan penonton apa lagi kalau mahu ambil gambar. Saya tidak nampak logik penggunaan smoke vision untuk pertandingan kecantikkan seperti ini.

Di sini juga saya lihat sendiri betapa tidak adilnya layanan terhadap artis tempatan Sabah dan luar Sabah. Artis tempatan Sabah diletakkan di dalam bilik yang panas dan langsung tiada kipas tapi artis yang seorang lagi duduk di meja depan VVIP. Minta maaflah kalau terasa pedas sedikit tapi kenapalah mesti begini? Sedikit terkilan. Sebenarnya banyak jugalah.

Tapi tahniahlah kepada penganjur kerana dapat juga menganjurkan annual event ini. Bukanlah masalah besar sangat jugalah, hehehe. Yang penting, Gala Nite malam tadi memang secara keselurahannya berjaya. Tunggulah hari Ahad ni. Unduk Ngadau Kota Marudu akan bakal dinobatkan
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Camping di Malangang, Kiulu.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
SAYA sangat suka camping!

Bila sahaja ada aktiviti camping, kalau timing dan keadaan yang sesuai, saya pasti akan join. Tapi tu masa budak-budak dulu. Sekarang, walaupun masih suka camping tapi masa sangat limited. Kadang2, memang adalah juga aktiviti-aktiviti begini tapi jarang dan selalunya tidak ngam timing. Jadi bila sekolah menganjurkan aktiviti camping unit beruniform hujung minggu lalu, sayalah orang yang paling cepat mengangkat tangan tanda setuju. Hahaha... Excited sikit. Mungkin banyak sikit... Eh...Mungkin juga excited banyak-banyak. Mungkin melebih-lebih daripada pelajar sendir...

Sebenarnya, ni perkhemahan unit beruniform sekolah. Tiap tahun mesti kena buat tapi tahun ni, sekolah pilih location yang lain sikit. Di luar sekolah. Alasan utama, bagi pelajar cuba benda lain. Dan sangat tepat. Perkhemahan ni lain sangat. Lain daripada camping-camping sebelumnya dan lain juga daripada camping-camping yang pernah saya sertai. Apa yang lainnya? Cuba lihat gambar-gambar ini.

Ada body rafting

Kawan-kawan guru pun turut serta body rafting

Ahli khemah menunggu giliran

Cantik ba Sungai Kiulu di Malangang ni.
Dulu, tempat ni lebih dikenali sebagai Pulau Kelapa

Seronok diorang kan..
Kamurang tau, saya tidak dapat body rafting sebab saya terpaksa jadi camera man

Nah, sempat lagi diorang ni posing...

Body rafting dalam kumpulan

Diorang bersama instructor diorang

Si Rana mencuba flying fox

Ni si Nick Neo. Baru Form 4 tapi girlfriend dia Form 5 sudah ah... hahaha...

Ni pula si Helvicks. Antara student paling rapat dengan saya...
Girlfriend dia Form 4. Dia ni Form 5. Hehehe...

Saya kurang pasti nama ni pelajar... Tidak jelas sangat muka dia :(

Ni pula si si Romih... hehehe...

Ni lah antara aktiviti dan gambar yang sempat saya ambil. Memang bestlah camping diorang ni kali. Mahu juga ikut aktiviti-aktiviti diorang tapi bagi peluang kepada students dululah. Kesian diorang ni. Jarang-jarang dapat peluang try ni benda. Mungkin lain kali, orang lain boleh snap gambar saya pula mencuba ni barang... Hahaha :)

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Dear ('-')

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's been a long time since I last heard from you.
How have you been lately?
Hope things are well for you there.
Is it still cold there?
Just put on extra sweater and I think you'll be fine.

It's the busiest week yet for me at work now.
Got to manage my time wisely, I know.
It's exam week and at the same time reports and paper works due dates are at the corner since it's close to mid term school break.
I wonder if you remember how it felt like 'celebrating' holidays.

Well, I won't take much of your time but I really hope this letter finds you well.
I can't really be with you all the time, physically and emotionally but please remember that I'm working as hard as you too to make this work.

Above all, I just want to say that I miss you and I can't stop thinking about you.


Hugs and kisses to you
Take care and till then...


This letter is like this if I only have the gut to send it...

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Borneo Bloggers Award 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME

I have never done this before but I really need my reader's help. I was nominated for the Borneo Bloggers Award for the category Personal Blog and I would really-really appreciate if you guys can vote for me. Here are the voting rules. Please take time to read okay.

Voting rules!

• Voting begins on 12 noon, 18th May 2010 and ends on 12 noon, 14th June 2010. During this 28-day period nominees are encourage to campaign for votes and support from fans, friends and family.

• To be able to vote, you must first register as a member (a ‘BCBuddy’) of BorneoColours.com. Registration is free.

• There are 8 blog categories open for voting.

• The Personal category is randomly split in two because of its size. You may cast one vote for each half, but in the end the totals will be ranked altogether as a single category.

• You are allowed to cast one (1) vote per category daily. So in total, you may cast 8 votes per day, for 28 days.

• Attempts to manipulate public voting, by registering multiple accounts or otherwise exploiting the system, are not permitted. Attempts to do so may result in the voiding of votes cast and/or the disqualification of the offender from the contest.

• BorneoColours.com may amend these terms and conditions at its own discretion if deemed necessary throughout period of the contest.

To sum these all up ,click http://borneocolours.com, be a member and search under Personal Blog Group 2. Click The Chosen One then click vote. Thank you very-very much. Your votes will be much appreciated.


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Let Go

Thursday, May 13, 2010
Have you ever read any books by Andrew Matthews? I have to say it's a real deal reading his book and somehow somewhere, his book may be to bold and direct; towards me. I came to read his book since early this year and I have to be honest that I don't really agree of his way describing things.

But every time I feel sad or depressed, I will always find the strength when reading his book. It helps me deals with things I'm sad about.

Recently, a long lost friends (two actually) suddenly called. Although it didn't happened on the same day but both of them came with the same intention; they need someone to hear them. At first it seems awkward as they were telling me their stories. All I can do is hear and speak where necessary because I don't really know what happened and judging is something is will never do.

They, both of them, called me continuously for a week or two and to my surprise, it sparked the feeling of comfortableness and I started giving advices and opinions. When I were about to have a feeling of connection with them, they suddenly stop calling and stop sending text, which is understandable that they were through with their problems. I realized that I am just someone for them to 'let go' and although I was okay with it, it hurts me to the fact that our friendships are based on problems.

Last night was the night I felt so miserable and I took the time to read Andrew Matthew's Happiness In Hard Times. I specifically turned to the title "Let Go" which made me realize how much stress I have put myself on. I learned that wanting things is alright and that hoping a better future starts to work today. But what I learned most was that I am what I chose to become and certainly I don't want to choose sadness. I'm not surprised actually. That's the nature of it. People tend to turn to God in time of distress. Not that much different for people too.

Yes, I miss the time when we are talking to each other but I need to move on and be happy. At least, they know that whenever they needed a friend, I'm here for them. And they knew that.


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Sabah Fest Arung Salamiah Part 2 - Arung Salamiah

Thursday, May 13, 2010
The month-long Sabah Fest kicked off here tonight with a splendid performance of a musical entitled “The Legend of Arung Salamiah”.


The love story, which made its debut at this year’s Sabah Fest, mesmerised the audience as they watched the various cultural dances and traditions of the people of Sabah, a living example of the 1Malaysia concept.



The legend tells the story of Arung Salamiah, a beautiful woman from an aristocratic family who only had her eyes on Tanjung Kalang despite being surrounded by admirers.

Her family did not approve of her love for Tanjung Kalang who was from a different social class, and planned to marry her off to someone of the same status.





In what is seen as a show of frustration, Tanjung Kalang embarked on a journey across Sabah to search for his true love.

The performance also featured the culture and dances Tanjung Kalang experienced in his journey, including the Penansang dance which originates from Semporna and Sazau Bobohizan staged by the Kadazan Papar community.


Tanjung Kalang’s journey started at the scenic Pulau Boheydulang near Semporna, then across Semporna, Tawau, Sandakan, Kina­batangan, Papar, Bongawan, Tenom, Ken­ingau and Serudong in Kalabakan before ending in Semporna.

source
Malaysia.com
thestar
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It's Kaamatan Again

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This is the second time I posted this particular Kaamatan clip in my blog simply because I just love this song. Enjoy and let the spirit of Kaamatan be with all of us.


Lyrics

This is Kaamatan, everyone is welcomed
No matter where you are from, we say no problem
This is Kaamatan, everyone is welcomed
And if you try the tapai, you'll say aramai...tih!

Every year in the month of May
Sabah is the place to stay
Kadazandusun harvest festival
Spirit of 'bambarayon' the source of it all

From those days even until now
We will have the Sumazau
A dance as beautiful as an ancient song
To the beat of the instruments that we called gong

'Unduk Ngadau' crowns the beauty queen
To honor 'Huminodun' sacrificed in her teens
her beauty, grace, strength and bravery
Represents the people who plants the 'padi'
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Sabah Fest Arung Salamiah Part 1 - The Children

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thanks to Chistine aka Lumis for the tag as a photographer for the Sabah Fest 2010, I can enter for free. And not just for one night, but also the night after that. It's a great honour to capture the moments in photos as the 22nd Sabah Fest embrace the nights with colours and unique showcase of the Sabahan's Dances.

I am a true Sabahan. I know for the fact that I am from the first time I was born into this world. But I have to be honest with you. Some of the dances are new to me. I am always a fan of the festive season especially in Sabah and yet, I was taken aback knowing that, despite the experience as I used to dance before, some of the dances performed were quite rare and of course, inviting at the most point of it.

For this first part, I am happy to share with all of you the children of the breathtaking Sabah Fest 2010, Arung Salamiah.

The warrior dance of the Magunatip by young children

Dancing the Magunatip of the Murut Clan


Isn't he cute?




A 'shaky' I must say but I love this photo; a boy in a traditional Dusun attire

A girl in Bajau traditional costume

The traditional costume of the Muruts

A girl in Murut Traditional attire

A boy in a Malay costume

This is a Chinese girl wearing a traditional Dusun attire. When I snap this photo, her mother ask her to give the best smile she can give. I guess she's just too shy

I only know her by the name of Shafinaz

The talented singer, Presley Petrus from Papar

With all these photos, I am quite sure, to attend Sabah Fest again next year and the year after that.

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