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If you come to Limbang, a border town near Brunei, around the early months of June you will be able to experience Pesta Babulang, a colourful annual festival of the Bisaya people populating this region of Sarawak. In the olden days, Pesta Babulang used to be a feast given to redeem one’s honour if the …View full post
If you are in Sarawak in the beginning of June, you’re in for a big treat! The colourful and magnificent Gawai Dayak Festival throughout the state will be in full swing. Once you’ve participated in the merry-making, you’ll be glad that you took the trip to Sarawak for this occasion! This religious and social festival …View full post
Taking a classic old-style train journey surely has its moments. It might not be the fastest mode of transportation in comparison with the modern-era train. However, the old-style train has its own tale to tell. Imagine that it is back in the 1900s during the British era in Sabah. Imagine that you are a young …View full post
Are you thinking of a wonderful place for romantic getaway with your newly wed spouse to somewhere within Borneo island? You don’t have to look any further. Manukan Island just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu Sabah is the ideal place for you to spend quality time with your loved one. If you are flying from Kuching, …View full post
If you come to Limbang, a border town near Brunei, around the early months of June you will be able to experience Pesta Babulang, a colourful annual festival of the Bisaya people populating this region of Sarawak. In the olden days, Pesta Babulang used to be a feast given to redeem one’s honour if the person had done wrong. The wrongdoer would invite the wronged party and as many friends as possible to the feast. Pesta Babulang is traditionally held on the 7th and 9th of June in Kampung Batu Danau, around thirty kilometers from Limbang.
You must be wondering on how to get to this beautiful border town of Limbang. Well, you are in luck since MASWings have daily flights from Miri to Limbang. If you are coming from Kuching, you can take one of the daily flights to Miri, and then take a connecting flight to Limbang. Visitors from Kota Kinabalu and Labuan can also take the daily flights to Miri and a connecting flight to Limbang.
The Bisaya people, numbering around ten thousand, are concentrated amongst the middle reaches of the Limbang River where they build their homes. The Bisaya originated from Visayan nobility who fled the Philippines to Limbang and later married local woman. Their descendants are now known as the Bisaya people in memory of their ancestor from Visaya.
Pesta Babulang is the main festival for the Bisaya people of Limbang. The annual Pesta Babulang transforms the normally quiet and laidback town of Limbang into a hive of joyous activities as thousands flock to this border town to celebrate this festival. The Bisaya of Limbang would organise several events to commemorate Pesta Babulang. These events include buffalo races, food fairs, beauty pageants and song and dance. This festival also highlights the traditional Bisaya handicrafts, songs and dances. During Pesta Babulang, the Bisaya people would show their warm hospitality towards visitors to Limbang.
Here, you will have the opportunity to try out the traditional Bisaya food on offer at the various food stall display. Food lovers should not miss out on the unique taste of Bisaya food, which could not be found anywhere else.
The main attraction of Pesta Babulang is of course the famous buffalo race. Teams from Limbang, neighbouring Brunei and Sabah would compete against each other and display their skills in handling these beasts of burden in order to win the race. This exciting buffalo race with indeed captivate the spectator’s attention.
Another main attraction of this festival is the Miss Babulang pageant where Bisaya beauties bedecked in dazzling traditional costume would compete for the title. The beauty of the contestants and their breath taking native clothing would astound you! These beauties would be judged based on their looks and the authenticity of their costume. It is no surprise that apart from the buffalo race event, the Miss Babulang pageant is popular with visitors to Pesta Babulang.
Pesta Babulang is indeed another of the wonderful mosaic that makes Sarawak a distinctively unique place in all of Malaysia. Why don’t you head on to Limbang and experiences the colourful sights and sounds of the joyous Pesta Babulang?
If you are in Sarawak in the beginning of June, you’re in for a big treat! The colourful and magnificent Gawai Dayak Festival throughout the state will be in full swing. Once you’ve participated in the merry-making, you’ll be glad that you took the trip to Sarawak for this occasion! This religious and social festival is celebrated by the Dayak people of Sarawak, namely the Iban and the Bidayuh. During this time friends and family would visit each other and to renew old ties.
Within Sarawak, MASWings have many flights connecting major cities, such as Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri to each other. If you are a visitor from Sabah or Brunei, MASWings also has regular flights connecting these destinations to the major cities in Sarawak. If you want to experience the joyful Gawai Dayak Festival, Sarawak is the place to be in come early June.
A traditional Gawai celebration in an Iban longhouse would kick off on the evening of 31st May where an offering ceremony called ‘miring’ would be conducted to honour the spirits. The Dayak people living in the cities would normally travel back to the longhouse for Gawai eve. Most rooms in the longhouse would be decorated with the beautifully woven Pua Kumbu, a traditional. After the miring ceremony is over, a big feast would start. Every family in the longhouse would contribute towards the food. Here, mouth-watering traditional Iban delicacies such as ayam pansuh or bamboo chicken and glutinous rice would be served. The famous Iban rice wine, known as tuak, which is brewed one month prior to Gawai would be served. As the night carries on, the celebration becomes less formal with traditional Iban dances and poetry being performed.
The city dwellers that stayed behind in the city during Gawai eve would hold their own similar gathering in their houses or even in the restaurants. On the first day of Gawai, there would be an open house where visitors would come over to their Dayak friends’ house. Traditional Dayak cakes such as sarang semut, penganan celup and penganan iri would be served to them. Of course, the obligatory tuak would also be on the menu! In fact, visitors to a longhouse would customarily be served several rounds of tuak as a welcome drink. Do expect to be constantly offered tuak doing your visit here. This offering of tuak to visitor is called nyibur temuai or the watering of guests. This is a sign of respect and hospitality towards the guests. Regardless whether you are visiting a longhouse or an urban home, you are guaranteed a warm welcome from your host!
There would also be open houses organised by Dayak associations on the days on Gawai day itself and several days after Gawai to highlight the rich culture and tradition of the Dayak community. Do take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the festivities. It is an experience of a lifetime.
If you want to visit Sarawak, then the Gawai season is the right place to do so. The close-knit atmosphere and the merry-making will enchant you for the days to come as a reminder of your stay in the exotic Land of the Hornbills. Come and see what awaits you in Sarawak during Gawai Dayak!
Taking a classic old-style train journey surely has its moments. It might not be the fastest mode of transportation in comparison with the modern-era train. However, the old-style train has its own tale to tell. Imagine that it is back in the 1900s during the British era in Sabah. Imagine that you are a young boy whose greatest dream is to go on an exciting train ride. Every day you and your friends would pop by the train station and watch the steam-powered locomotive preparing to leave. Each time you hear a whistle being blown you will know that is the time for the train to leave. You then watch the smoke billowing out from the train chimney, the engine starting to roar and the wheels turning as the train starts to pull the passenger carriage along the railway line.
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During these olden days, young boys knew nothing about cell phones or videogames. The main excitement for them is to watch the fascinating steam-powered train and its loud engines.
You cannot help but wonder on how the long and heavy metal contraption is capable of carrying along so many people on the carriages behind it and moving as if it is one big giant caterpillar.
You may think that it is not possible to relive these good old days of classic train rides. However, thanks to the joint efforts of Sutera Harbour and the Sabah Railway Department in January, North Borneo once again relives this golden age of steam-powered trains. This once novel dream of getting on an old-style train ride is now a reality.
The North Borneo Railway is famous for its original Vulcan steam-powered engine, which is the only remaining engine that is still in operation throughout the world. Although the North Borneo Railway train was built in 1900, it is well maintained and preserved to ensure that it still looks the way it did back then.
The train was initially used to transport goods. As time goes by, the train has now become one of Sabah’s proud icons and a popular tourist attraction.
When boarding the North Borneo Railway train, your journey starts in Tanjung Aru station. Here the friendly staff bedecked in classic colonial attire will greet you. As you enter the train, you are given a replica of a brown passport containing the description, historical facts and the destination of the North Borneo Railway. The original brown passport was used as a welcome gift to passengers back in 1900s.
The train whistle is then blown as a sign that everyone is aboard and the journey is about to begin. As the trains starts to move away from the modern day Kota Kinabalu, passengers will begin their journey into the past. Throughout the journey, old music will be played to add to the authenticity of this old-style train ride.
Before you reach your first stop, you will be served a mouth-watering continental breakfast, which consist of freshly baked Danish pastry, croissant bread, fresh fruits, tea and coffee. As you enjoy your morning breakfast, you will have the chance to see the beauty of Lok Kawi Bay as the railway passes through here.
As you stop for half an hour or so at Kinarut town, you will be given a complimentary drink and fresh towel, just like they did to passengers back in the good old days.
As you travel into Papar Town, the train will enter the 450 metres long Penggalat Tunnel that was constructed back in the 1900s. Once you depart Papar Town, you will be served a sumptuous tiffin lunch. At this time, there will be a hive of activity in the train as the stewards scrambled to serve the passengers. This delicious lunch consists of spiced mackerel fillet, vegetable salad, prawns with mixed vegetables, aromatic chicken briyani rice, fresh fruits and a selection of tea or coffee plus beer, wine, soft drinks and juices.
In short, taking the North Borneo Railway train journey is definitely of the things you must try when you are in Sabah. So, take a trip to the distant colonial past as you embark on this journey of a lifetime.
We decided to go to Kota Kinabalu and Manukan Island in Sabah last month for our honeymoon. It was a special three days trip that both of us would never ever forget. We have not been to Sabah before. Therefore, that is why we chose to go somewhere new to for this special occasion.