Saturday, September 22, 2007

Trip to Sabah!

Trip to Sabah!

Sabah, a Malaysian state located on the northern portion of the island of Borneo. A second largest state in Malaysia after the state of Sarawak which borders with on its south-west. It also borders with the province of East Kalimantan of Indonesia in the south. Sabah used to be a British crown colony known as North Borneo prior to partnership with Federation of Malaya, Sarawak & Singpore to form the Federation of Malaya in 1963. Its state capital is Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton. Sabah is known as 'negeri di bawah bayu' which means the land below the wind. This is because of its location being just south of the typhoon prone region around Philippines.

Now, enough of the history about Sabah. Let me blog some activities which IEM YES carried out at Sabah.

Day 1 - At Nelayan!

IEM YES had their wonderful meal at Kampung Nelayan Seafood Restaurant, a lakeside floating restaurant which located within a botanical garden and popular recreational spot which called Bukit Padang. This restaurant shows off authentic traditional Malay architecture and had a stage right in the middle of ti where traditional dances are performed on selected nights for diners. It is truly a splendid place for dinner of course and we enjoyed it!

Day 1 - The branch meeting at IEM G&S Sabah branch

Next, we get down to business. Meeting was conducted for further discussion on IEM YES.

With some refreshments after meeting was held.

Day 2 - Outing at Pulau Manukan

All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. And so, we set for an outing at Pulau Manukan.

Pulau Manukan shaped as a boomerang with 51 acres, the second largest of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.Pulau Manukan has good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline. The best stretch is on the eastern tip of the island. There is a trail system around the island. Just an ideal place for snorkeling, diving and swimming.

The water is clear, it is just an excellent venue for water-skiing and sea sports. The beach however is somewhat rocky and thus, swimmers should exercise some caution. There are coral beds on the eastern and the western reefs and multicolored coral fishes abound here.

Manukan is one of the 5 islands under Tunku Abdul Rahman Park with only 20 minutes by boat from the state capital of Kota Kinabalu City. It offers clear waters and beautiful coral reefs. Shaped like a dolphin, the island is 1 and half kilometers long. Blessed with long stretch of white sandy beach promising hours of sea, sand and fun!!

Pulau Manukan is just a beautiful place which is ideal for a small to medium size group meetings. We also had a solitary time for ourself to watch the beautiful sunset of Borneo.

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