Sandakan @ Sabah, Malaysia : Our Travel Journal (Part 2)-Getting to Sandakan is now made easier by AirAsia

Written by @Lan & edited by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com team members)
Special Mention: BIG AirAsia, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan & Borneo Sandakan Tours
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Pushing other big names in the aviation industry, AirAsia is again the Asia & World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 7th consecutive year. We are happy to see that AirAsia is servicing the route from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur. For our recent trip from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan, we chose to depart on the earliest AirAsia flight which was at 0700 HRS. The reason, hoping to see that majestic Mount Kinabalu from inside the plane. Being a budget airline, the airline is about a straight forward service, you get what you paid for, it’s a no frills airline but it gets you to the destination. Traveling to Sandakan from Kota Kinabalu is now made easier by AirAsia. There are several flights to choose from, be it early morning, mid day or early evening. This entry is meant as a guide for future travelers to Sandakan, especially for the first timers.

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Sandakan @ Sabah, Malaysia : Our Travel Journal (Part 1)-As we see it

Written by @joehairie
(Photos by curiostraveller.com unless stated otherwise)
Special Mention: Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan, Borneo Sandakan Tours & Air Asia. 

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Located on the north-eastern coast of North Borneo (Sabah), Malaysia, Sandakan is the second largest town after Kota Kinabalu city. Dubbed as the ‘Little Hong Kong’ and has great links to the past, this town is easily accessible by air or road, from major towns in Sabah.  We traveled to this town recently and produced this Travel Journal, presented to you in separate entries. It is about how we see this town according to our own perspective, as travel bloggers. Much has been written about this town, from the history to the food trail and adventurous activities but still many will skip this town when they tour around Sabah. Honestly, we want to change that perception. Being Sabahans, we think that Sandakan has much better offerings for visitors to Sabah.

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

(Photos by @joehairie)

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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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Unduk Ngadau Winners (1991-2015)

 

The Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan is a beauty pageant held during the Kaamatan cultural event in Sabah,Malaysia. Unduk Ngadau title comes from the ethnic word Runduk Tadau which means ‘the girl crowned by the sunlight. In Rungus Language, Runduk means “to communicate”, and Tadau means “the Sun”, therefore Unduk Ngadau translates to communicate with Sundu(Kinorohingan) or God asking for blessing of sunlight.Below are the winners from 1991-2015 (with images).

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Unduk Ngadau Winners (1960-1990)

The Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan is a beauty pageant held during the Kaamatan cultural event in Sabah,Malaysia. Unduk Ngadau title comes from the ethnic word Runduk Tadau which means ‘the girl crowned by the sunlight. In Rungus Language, Runduk means “to communicate”, and Tadau means “the Sun”, therefore Unduk Ngadau translates to communicate with Sundu(Kinorohingan) or God asking for blessing of sunlight.Below are the winners from 1960-1990( with images).

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Remembering The Double Six-The June 6, 1976 Tragedy

(To complete this entry, I referred to some past publications and work by some amazing people/Organizations. Credits mentioned at the end of this entry-using the APA format citation)

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@joehairie posing in front of the Double Six Monument
We were having our dinner at Grace Point, Sembulan when I saw this monument that really made we wonder the history of The Double Six. I was still a baby when the tragedy occurred, so I know nothing about it. 0, yes nothing. Months ago, we invited my parents for lunch at this place and I remembered my mom (Madam Mary Lansing) talking about the tragedy. She said that she lived in that area, Kampung Sembulan and witnessed the whole tragedy. She also told us that the area was actually full of sea water or something. I was laughing when hearing her story as she claimed that everyone was running here and there (I mean for what and how?)..I thought that was the sea.

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