Experience the thrill of Hong Kong’s Cheung Chau Bun Festival

Blogged by @joehairie
For Hong Kong Tourism Board

Unique cultural festival returns in a whirlwind of parades, deities and sweet treats culminating in a dramatic climb up a “bun tower”. Featured Image: Every year, thousands of people descend upon the tiny island during the Cheung Chau Bun Festival to witness and experience the colorful Piu Sik Parade (Floating Colors Parade). 

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Eating Culture: “Bos, ada Lada kah?” – A common question by Sabahan Diners

Written by @Lan 
Photos by curiostraveller.com


Thought of the day- “When in Rome do as the Romans do.”

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Let’s learn something from Narong Thaopanya and the rude tourist with her rancid stinky smelly feet

Written by @Lan
(Credit: Narong Thaopanya)
Source: Narong Thaopanya 

Thought of the day-“If they do it often, it isn’t a mistake; it’s just their behavior.”-Dr.Steve Maraboli

A backpacker is a backpacker. Backpackers travel in super cheap ways and that is not wrong. Entirely not a sin. Everyone does. Except for the super rich. But for this young tourist (as shown in the pic), is it all right to make your feet in super comfy position by putting it on a seat’s head rest, in a bus? To make things worst, a fellow passenger, Narong Thaophanya had to endure that rancid smelly feet of yours. You might be a farang but that does not mean your feet are some fragrant herbs. This incident occurred about 2 weeks ago. That’s history but there is always something that we can learn from it.

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The Gaelic Girls Irish Dancing Troupe @ Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) 2016

Written by @curiostraveller & Edited by @joehairie
Photos & Videos by The Gaelic Girls Irish Dancing Troupe and arranged by @joehairie
Credit: Sinead McGuire 


During both performances, on July 29 & 30, 2016, this particular team showed to the audiences and members of judges, their ability in being consistent, delivering the best and most importantly had all the artistic values. Coming in to the stage differently than the other competitors, they proved to nailed all the general values of dance competition (regardless categories), from the choreography, projection, execution of movement, technical skills and even left an astounding impression to all that watched both sessions. Having to perform a dance based on folklore background, their ‘story’ seemed to leave big impact to the audiences, the story of ‘Selkies’ that has at least some degree of  similarity in other ‘stories’ from all around the world. That was perhaps the secret of the success of the dance, a great story line combined with artistic values. Beautifully executed! Introducing to you the Gaelic Girls Irish Dancing Troupe.

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Cukur Jambul-Malay Rite of Passage @ Remimi’s residence: Kg Ketiau, Putatan, Sabah

The Rite of Passage for Mohd Aqif Akmal bin Asri

(Photos by @joehairie)


“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions. “– Paulo Cuelho

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Tadau Ka’amatan (Harvest Festival) 2016 @ KDCA Penampang

“People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots..”-Marcus Gravey

A Ka’amatan Gallery by @joehairie
KDCA Cultural Village


I recently went to KDCA (Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association) Hall or The Hongkod Koisaan (Unity Hall). As I will have my hands tied to other commitments on the 30-31 May 2016, I decided to visit the KDCA on the 29 May 2016. Preparations for the Tadau Ka’amatan celebrations were still ongoing when I came here therefore most cultural/traditional houses are not ready for visitors. It will be fully open to public on the 30 May 2016 with lots of interesting activities being planned by the organizers.

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Malaysia Craft Promotion 2016 @ Center Point, Kota Kinabalu

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

-Francis of Assisi

(Photos by @joehairie)


Malaysia has a wealth of traditional arts and crafts. Many villages are skilled artisans, and they dedicate a great deal of time and effort towards creating these exquisite pieces. Handicrafts can be made of fabric, wood, bamboo and many more. They make excellent souvenirs. Recently we had this great opportunity to be at the Malaysian Craft Promotion 2016 held at Center Point Shopping Complex, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This awesome promotion and showcase of traditional crafts is currently being organized from May 20, 2016 to June 5, 2016. This entry is dedicated to those who have interest in Malaysia/Sabah Traditional Crafts.

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Sabah Fest 2016-Part 1 (Handicraft Showcase/Traditional Food)

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JKKN Sabah-The Venue For Sabah Fest 2016 (April 29-30 to May 1,2016)

(May 1, 2016)

(This Part 1 of 3 features the Handicraft Showcase & Traditional Food- Sabah Fest 2016)

Sabah Fest is a celebration of Sabah’s rich and diverse cultures through musical theater and exhibitions under one roof. For the recently held 2016 event, Sabah Fest took audiences back in time with the staging of Gulu Gulu– a tribute to the past. Gulu Gulu (a Kadazan Dusun term which means ‘a long time ago’) focuses on the adventure, trials and tribulations of legendary Sabah warrior, Mat Salleh.

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Sabah Fest 2016-curiostraveller.com introduction ‘note’

Exciting Pocket Show during Sabah Fest 2016

For us, the curiostraveller.com team members, we got the tickets much earlier than most of everyone else (early April). We saw the promotional banner below and without thinking twice, we contacted Sri Pelancongan and in few hours, we received the tickets. Unlike the other bloggers who are dearly attached to some Sabah Tourism officers, we worked pretty hard to get these tickets.

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Unduk Ngadau 2016: Is she the next Huminodun or a Beauty Queen for 365 days?

(Credit to Adiputera)

The Unduk Ngadau winner is supposed to be able to exude a high degree of moral because they are representing the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut women. We are also looking at a winner who can be the role model to the younger generation and has a spirit of voluntarism in being willing to sacrifice her time for the community, besides being intelligent to ably present our country, culture and tourism to the world”-Joanna Kitingan

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Unduk Ngadau Pesta Kaamatan: The Legend


Unduk Ngadau is about getting back to roots. The roots of the Kadazandusun. It is about The Spirit Of Rice and understanding why and how Kinoingan and Suminundu sacrificed their only daughter, Ponompuan . She is later known as Huminodun, the transformed sacrifice and her spirit (Rusod) now lives in every plant. Huminodun’s rusod in paddy is regarded as Sunduan in status and is fondly called Bambarayon by Bobolians to denote the highest hierarchical position of this plant in the eyes of all Kadazan Dusuns. (KDCA.December 7, 2004).

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