World’s smallest snail

Borneo has once again claimed another world record – this time for the world’s smallest land snail.

Its shiny, translucent, white shell has an average height of 0.027 inches (0.7 millimeters), breaking the previously held record by about a tenth of a millimeter. The former champion — the Chinese snail Angustopila dominikae —is the world’s second-smallest snail, with an average shell height of 0.033 inches (0.86 mm), the researchers said.

Dutch and Malaysian researchers named the newfound snail Acmella nana; its species name (nana) is a reference to the Latin nanus, or “dwarf.” Acmella nana is so small that the researchers couldn’t see it in the wild without a microscope

Read more at livescience.com

 

Kudat Chinese Temple

A Chinese temple in Kudat town, the northernmost town in Borneo.

Tabin Wildlife Reserve photos

Place: Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Things to do: Spot wildlife, bird-watching, walk in mud, stay in jungle lodge.

Why you should visit: Best place to see the smallest elephant in the world (Bornean Pygmy Elephant)

Ratings: **** If you love wildlife, this is one of the places you must visit in Borneo

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Photographers

Lipad Mud Volcano

More mud

Roads

Lodges

Tabin Riverside Lodges

Detailed information on everything you need to know can be found at Tabin Wildlife Reserve’s website

Beautiful Caterpillar

Who needs to turn into a butterfly when the caterpillar is this beautiful?

Found near entrance to Kinabalu Botanical Garden in Kinabalu Park.

First lungless frog discovered in Borneo

Here’s another animal to add to your must-see rare species in Borneo list

Name: Bornean Flat-headed Frog

Scientific name: Barbourula kalimantanensis

Found in: Kapuas River, Kalimantan

Why you want to see this: Only frog known to have no lungs

read more about it here

More about frogs:

Top 10 most wanted frog rediscovered

Smallest frog in Asia

Photo: Dawn at Lake Sulaman

Fish in bottle

Saw this in Tuaran’s Sunday tamu (market)

Fish-flavoured drink?

Bajau girl in mangrove forest

Mount Kinabalu panorama

 

Mount Kinabalu as seen from Nabalu village.

Where to see orang utans in Sabah?

Just as the kangaroo and koala are symbols of Australia, the orang utan is the symbol of Borneo, and inevitably, everyone wants to see this red ape. Unfortunately, you won’t see them crossing the street next to you in Kota Kinabalu anytime soon. There are only a few places where the orang utan can be seen. In Sabah, the following places are where you can catch a glimpse of this adorable animal.

1. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

The largest orang utan rehabilitation centre in the world, Sepilok is located about 30 minutes drive away from Sandakan and offers the visitor the best chance to see the orang utan in the wild. Feeding sessions are held twice a day, once in the morning at 10am, and once more in the evening at 2pm. Numbers vary from 20 to none at all, depending on whether the orang utan is able to find food on their own or whether it feels particularly lazy on that day and prefer a hand-out.

2.  Danum Valley

If you prefer totally wild orang utans rather than semi-wild ones, Danum Valley is one place where sightings are possible. Whether you are able to see the orang utan or not really depends on luck. I would say there is a 50-50 chance.

3. Kinabatangan River

Another place where wild orang utans can be sighted. Don’t get your hopes up though.

4. Shangri-la Rasa Ria’s Nature Interpretation Centre

There are a couple of juvenile orang utans being taken care of by the staff in this resort, located about 45 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. Feedings are also held twice daily, and sightings are almost guaranteed. However, priority is given to in-house guests and during the peak season, it can be quite difficult to get a booking. Entrance is RM50 for in-house guests and RM65 for outside guests.

5. Lok Kawi Wildlife Park

“Orang utans in a zoo? We have that in our country too.”

I know, but if you really want to see the orang utan, this is one place where 100% sighting is guaranteed. They make an appearance at the animal show too, and despite the negative connotations of a zoo, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is actually not that bad.

And last, but not least

6. Near Roundabout outside Wisma Tun Mustapha

Really, no orangutans at all? No worries, you can always pretend to be one.

Malaysian Desserts

ABC at Gayang Restaurant

 

Sexy Lady orchid

one of the many (and definitely the best-named) tiny species of orchids found in the Botanical Garden in Kinabalu Park

Local Fruits

Local/English name: Rambutan

“Rambut” means hair in Malay, and the name aptly describes this local seasonal fruit. The flesh inside is transparent white in colour and completely covers the wood-like seed. It is sometimes difficult to completely remove the flesh from the seed. Rambutans look and tastes like lychee, but is sweeter and very juicy.  Tastes even better when it is refrigerated.

Taste: 8 (out of 10)

 

Local/English name: langsat

A small oval-shaped fruit, about the size of the circle that you make with your thumb and index finger. A bit sourish, compared to the rambutan. The greenish seed is bitter, so be careful not to bite into it. The latex from the fruit leaves your hand sticky after eating it.

Taste: 6.5 (out of 10)

Bambangan

Local/English name: Bambangan

A mango disguised as a coconut. The skin colour is similar to a husked coconut, but one touch and you will know the difference. Peel it, and it is even more apparent. This mango-like fruit tastes like a very sour mango, and is therefore seldom eaten as a fruit, but rather it is used in cooking when you want to add a sour taste to your dish. Cut up and mixed with its grated seed to be sold in bottles in local markets in Borneo. A fruit very common in Borneo, but not found in Peninsular Malaysia.

Taste: 3 (out of 10)

orang utan shovelling sand

Further proof that orang utans know how to use tools.

This orang utan was seen playing with a shovel and using it to scoop sand.

Now if we can only get her to start building a house.

Tycoon sends jet to S’pore for durian purchase

Sourced from The Star

Wednesday July 14, 2010

THE Musang King durian from Malaysia has proven to be so delicious that Stanley Ho, who is Macau’s Gambling King, sent his personal jet to pick up 88 durians from Singapore.

China Press reported that Ho bought about RM4,800 worth of the durian from the 818 Durian Stall in the island republic.

Ho then shared the king of fruits with his friend Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing by giving him 10 durians.

The daily reported that Ho’s worker wanted to buy 98 durians but only managed to get 88 as supply was low due to adverse weather.

In Singapore, the Musang King durian costs about RM38 per kilo, the daily reported

Sunset at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront

Sunset at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront 6:25 PM

Sunset at Kota Kinabalu Waterfront 6:36 PM

Kalampunian Beach

Location: Kudat, Sabah

Ratings *** Beautiful, deserted beach. Worth a visit if you are in Kudat.

Lost Ratings ***** If uncrowded beaches are what you are looking for, this is it.

Perhaps the most beautiful beach in mainland Sabah. Kalampunian Beach is located at the northern-most end of the island of Borneo and visitors to the Tip of Borneo tourist spot in Kudat will pass by this beach just before reaching the end of the road. It is best visited on a cloudless day as the brilliant deep blue of the sea contrasts nicely with the light blue of the sky. The white sandy beach is as soft as it looks and it is a pure joy to walk on the beach. Another reason to visit is for the remoteness as few tourists come here. If you happen to go on a weekday, you can probably have the whole beach to yourself. There are stalls selling beautiful sea shells by the roadside. Snorkelling gear and life jackets can be rented from these stores. This is a wonderful place to get away from the crowds and enjoy a relaxing day at the beach.

Getting there:

Kalampunian Beach is located about 3 hours drive north of Kota Kinabalu. Take the road to Kudat and follow the signboard to Tip of Borneo or Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. It is the beach on the left just before the drive up to the Tip of Borneo car park. Most tour operators conduct day trips to Kudat which include a stop at the Tip of Borneo. But considering the distance, it is better to spend one night here or in Kudat as a day-trip does not leave you much time to spend at the beach. The beach is at its best in the morning.

Take note:

There are no lifeguards on duty and you should be a good swimmer if you want to swim in the sea. Conditions can be rough at times.

Pros: One of the most beautiful beach in Sabah; deserted

Cons: Difficult to get to without your own transportation; 3 hours from Kota Kinabalu

Kek Lapis Sarawak

Kek Lapis Sarawak

These colourful cakes not only look good, they taste good as well.

The Kek Lapis Sarawak (Sarawak Layered Cake) can be found sold everywhere in Sarawak during festivals and celebrations like Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Christmas, etc. In Kuching, they are sold in front of the stores along Main Bazaar Road. The cakes cost RM10.

The cakes were originally brought to Sarawak from Indonesia, but has evolved into a unique product of Sarawak. It even has its own Wikipedia entry

The designs on the Kek Lapis Sarawak can range from simple layered lines to multi-coloured batik patterns. What’s even better is that the different colours are not just due to food colouring, they taste different as well. Some of the flavours available are mint, coffee and pandan.

Yummy!

Borneo sunsets

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Sunset at KK Waterfront 11.7.2010

Sunset at Shangrila Rasa Ria Resort

Sunset at Tanjung Aru beach

Sunset from Kinabalu Park

Sunset at Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort

Sunset from near Nabalu

Sunset at Pulau Tiga

Female ghost in police lock-up disturbs cops

Sourced from The Star

Tuesday June 1, 2010

A PONTIANAK has apparently been disturbing officers on night duty at the Betong district police headquarters about 150km from Kuching.

The apparition of a long hair woman in a white dress has been spotted several times in the lock-up.

It was also seen around the police station.

“Its face is similar to an officer here. When it is given instructions, it would only keep quiet,” said a source quoted in Harian Metro.

Such incidents have been happening ever since the police headquarters shifted to the current location in April.

The police has sought the services of an ustaz to get rid of the ghost.

The ustaz, apparently, found that the spirit of the woman was not in peace.

“We were told that the woman, when she was alive, was a rape victim and was murdered here.”

Betong OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Bukhori Saffai said three policemen had been disturbed by the ghost over the past month.

The latest incident happened last week.

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