Jom Durian Bah! @ Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Blogged by team for Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu
(Photos/Videos by @curiostraveller & @joehairie)


Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu’s team is bending the rules a bit on its No Durian Policy by having ‘Durians’ in the hotel ONLY for this month of August at its Promenade Cafe, Dynasty Restaurant and Deli Corner.

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Into The Wild @ Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Lahad Datu

Text & Photos by Evon Foo
( Guest Post by Ms Evon Foo- A blogger from )
Re-blogged by @curiostraveller

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My travelling plan this year as I have been telling everyone is to do “cuti-cuti Sabah”, meaning holidaying in and around Sabah — domestic travelling!  Being in the hospitality industry sometimes I do feel slightly embarrassed that I have been to less places in my home state than many of the tourists from around the globe that I have come across over the years.

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The Colors of Buffet Sungkai @Promenade Cafe, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

(Photos by @joehairie)


“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
-J.R.R Tolkien

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for Sungkai.”

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Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Sabah


Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu has 450 rooms and suites and is only 10 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Its location is perfect for both business and leisure travelers because most business, shopping and entertainment centres are within one’s reach.

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Troubles In Paradise….My Story about Sabah

Article and Photos by MizaKL
MizaKL previously contributed an article, here is the LINK


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the beauty of Sabahans.  After reading it, I assumed (I hope it is not true) that some would think I was exaggerating about it.  Nothing is perfect in this world, not even Miss Universe.  I managed to visit Kundasang, a quiet small beautiful town.  I would say this is the heart of Sabah since you can find Mount Kinabalu here. Therefore, this would be the main attraction of tourists.  Besides the majestic mountain, there are a few tourists spots too nearby like Poring Hot Springs, Sungai Moroli Fish Massage and Desa Dairy Farm. Sabah Tea plantation is also around this area.

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Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa @ Kota Kinabalu

(Photos by @joehairie unless stated otherwise)

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“James Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of Kunlun Mountains. For us, the members, Shangri-La is a place full of tranquility, a place qualified enough to be called ‘Home’. We felt that at The Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa”

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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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Hotel N°5 Kota Kinabalu: Interview with the Operation Manager-Ms. Phergie Chiu

(Photos by @joehairie)


We at recently interviewed Ms. Phergie Chiu (Operation Manager of Hotel N°5) and we want to share with our readers, her answers to our questions. We do hope that this Interview will help all of us to understand how Hoteliers and Hotel N°5 Management works hard to ensure the brand steady growth. Being a new hotel and having to compete with other bigger brands, it will be interesting to see how a 3-star hotel catching up with competitors in the Hospitality Industry. This interview might also inspire those who intend to work in this industry.

Related entries:

Cafe 5 @ Hotel N°5  Kota Kinabalu

Hotel N°5  Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

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Cafe 5 @ Hotel N°5 Kota Kinabalu: The Dining Experience

(Photos by @joehairie)


The team members are avid food hunters. We just love to visit cafes/restaurants and eat some good foods, slurping the best beverages and chill out, relaxing, enjoying the atmosphere and admiring the ambiance. Recently we stayed at Hotel N°5 (click HERE to read the entry about our 1 night stay in that Hotel). Hotel N°5 does have its own café named as Café 5. We decided to have our lunch and dinner at this café on the same day we checked in. What were our thoughts about this café? Read our review and discover the uniqueness of this café.

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The Beauty Of Sabah: Showcase Gallery 2 by @haralhaj


Gallery 2- ‘Friends are friends forever’ and we found the new meaning of friendship in Sabah

This is Gallery 2, a continuation from Gallery 1 (HERE is the link). Through this gallery, I will be sharing the moments when all 5 of us spent time together for a short trip/vacation to Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang and Ranau in Sabah, Malaysia. I do hope this gallery will inspire those who are still indecisive in making the dream trip to Sabah a reality. Bring along your family or friends and I am sure you will all enjoy your moment here.

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The Beauty Of Sabah: Showcase Gallery 1 by @haralhaj


Gallery 1-‘When Nature Speaks for itself’ through my lens…

In my previous article (click HERE), I wrote about my intention to come to Sabah for a short trip. Well, I came and now I am back in my hometown, Pontian, Johor Darul Ta’zim. I enjoyed my short vacation in Sabah and I went to Kundasang / Ranau as well. I dedicate this photo gallery to my family members, friends, colleagues, Sabahans, Malaysians and to international visitors planning to come to Sabah. I do hope that all of you will be inspired and motivated by the beauty of Sabah. Thank you Sabah!

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Delicate People of an Elegant State : Sabah, “Land Below The Wind”

Me, Miza…

For a city girl, when one mentioned the word Sabah, the image that would come to my mind would be a state with no skyscrapers. Public transportations would be difficult. It would not be easy to find good restaurants. No malls to shop. But the most frightening part would be the language barrier.  How would I find my way if I am lost there? What about the people? Would they be helpful if I needed help?  All these have been playing in my mind for the past few years, and were some of the reasons why I didn’t travel to Sabah.  It may sound childish to some, but I must admit I am a coward at uncertainties.

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

(Photos by @joehairie)

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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