Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, The New Zealand of Sabah

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm is famous locally as The New Zealand of Sabah. The vast expanse of green grassland with herd of cows grazing and lying around at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu make the place seems like it was overseas rather than our own homeland.


The farm is located at Mesilau, a 2-hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city. The 199 hectares farm has mostly Holstein Friesian cows which are the highest milk producers among all cattle breeds.

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There are so many activities that you can do here. You can head over to the calf pen to see calves and young goats, and you are able to feed them. You can buy grass or milk to fee the calves and goats. If you come at the right day and time, you can watch the milk processing machine being operated. At 3pm to 5 pm, visitors can see the milking process through the big window in the designated area. Visitors also can see the cheese making process at their cheese cellar room at 10:45 am and 2:45 pm daily. The cheese is a recent addition to the products of the Desa Dairy Farm, which had just started in year 2015. This farm is said to be the only place in Malaysia producing cheese.


The one thing that you must not missed out when visiting the farm is trying their fresh dairy products. There are different flavours of yogurts, gelatos, puddings and fresh milks. You can even taste Malaysians’ favourite flavour (and fruit), durian flavoured gelato there. Besides durian, there are chocolate and vanilla flavoured gelatos; coffee, strawberry, blueberry and mango flavoured yogurt; and original, chocolate and the latest addition, coffee flavoured milk. Besides food, you can also buy souvenirs at the shop. T-shirts, key chains, postcards are sold at the souvenirs shop.

The picturesque green grassland, with the majestic Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop also attracts photographers from all over Malaysia to snap thousands of photos. Even some couples had their wedding photoshoot at the grassland, with a fee.

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The farm is opened for visitors from 8am to 5pm daily, with entrance fee of RM5 per adult and RM4 per child or student. So, if you happened to visit Sabah in the near future, feel free to visit this cattle farm! Although it is quite far from Kota Kinabalu city, the trip there will be worth it.

If you are interested go to Desa Cattle Farm, feel free to email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com. Here is our latest promotion for 3D2N Best Melawat Sabah Tour,  which includes trip to Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring and of course, Desa Cattle Farm!


6 Popular Seafood Eateries in Kuching

1. Top Spot Food Court
If you talk about seafood restaurant in Kuching, this place would definitely be your first choice. It is situated in the middle of Kuching city and easy to find, as it was within walking distance from our famous cat statue. Located on top of Taman Kereta (literally translates to “Car Park”), the place has several seafood stalls. The dishes that you definitely had to try are curry ambal (bamboo clam), steamed fish, midin belacan, oyster pancake, grilled prawns, and many others. You can also choose the seafood yourself.

TopSpot in Google Street View:

2. See Good Food Centre
See Good Food Centre, located at Ban Hock Road, is one of the best seafood places in Kuching. First timers might have a hard time to locate the restaurant. It is located in front of Hua Kuok Inn and near Grand Supreme Hotel. The restaurant opens every day except on the 4th and 18th of every month. At this family restaurant, you can try their seafood selections such as oyster pancake, bamboo shell clams, and various types of fish, lobster and crabs.

See Good Food Centre in Google Street View:

3. Buntal 88 Seafood Centre
Even though it was quite far from the city, Buntal has several seafood restaurants due to its location by the sea. After much consideration, we decided that the best seafood restaurant there is 88 Seafood Centre. Our recommended dish would be fish deep fried with garlic and ginger, bamboo clams with curry, salted prawn and bitter gourd with salted egg.

Buntal 88 Seafood Centre in Google Street View:

4. Rock Road Seafood Restaurant
Rock Road Seafood Restaurant, an upclass restaurant located at Rock Road, is a halal-certified seafood restaurant. The restaurant had been around since 1960s. There, you can choose the type of fish or crabs that you want and how you want it cooked and order your food even before you are even seated. We would recommend sharks fin Soup, Crabs stir fried in satay sauce, Fish pan-fried with soy sauce and Scallop with broccoli.

Rock Road Seafood Restaurant in Google Street View:

5. Pending Seafood Centre
This seafood centre is more to hawker style. Its cosy atmosphere had attracted people to visit it. There are several stalls here such as L & L Seafood, Chai Seafood, New Hui Wang Seafood, Yee Siang Seafood and others. This place is popular because it is located near to fresh raw seafood products supply.

Pending Seafood Centre in Google Street View:

6. Benson Seafood
This seafood place sits at the riverbank. It is near to the fish market so the seafood is fresh. The famous dishes there are pepper crab, chilli crab or prawns, oyster pancake, squid with soy sauce, clams, deep fried fish with several choices for the sauce and many others. While enjoying your meal, you can see several boats and sampan passing by the river.

Benson Seafood in Google Street View:


PROMOTION 2D1N Kundasang Sabah All the Way Tour

Kundasang All the Way Tour 2D1N

Minimum: 4 persons. Valid from 3 Dec – 31 Jan 2016
This is the best tour there is for Kundasang. Visit All the places there is in Kundasang.
Map of Nabalu Market, Kinabalu Park, Desa cow Farm, Poring Hot Spring, Sabah Tea Garden and Kpg Luanti Fish Spa in Kundasang Ranau Sabah

Map of Kundasang Ranau Sabah

Day 1: We pick you up from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu at 7am, so that we will be in time to see Sabah Tea morning factory tour which starts at 8am till 10am. It takes more than 2.5 hours from Kota Kinabalu city to reach Sabah Tea Garden. You can have your morning breakfasts at Sabah Tea Garden. After that, we will visit Kampung Luanti Fish Spa. The fish here is not your ordinary small fishes that nibble your dead skin cell but is about the size of your palm or bigger. These fishes live in the river at Kampung Luanti.
Sabah Tea Garden

Sabah Tea Garden

Kpg Luanti Fish Spa

Kpg Luanti Fish Spa

Do note that you may want to step into the river and play with the fishes. Slippers are for rent there and we encourage you to bring additional pair of rubber slippers as the rocks at the river bank can be quite sharp.
Poring Hot Spring

Poring Hot Spring

Next, we will proceed to Poring Hot Spring and have our lunch ( self pay) there at the same time. We will  experience the Poring forest canopy walk and see the spectacular view of tropical rainforest from 100-200ft above the forest floor lead by our guide.  The trail is quite steep and the walk takes 30-40 minutes altogether.
Enjoy an invigorating mineral bath in the outdoor tubs based on first come first served or just explore the area. Once we are fully satisfied, we will move on to Kinabalu Park, a botanist’s paradise was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO covers an area of 754sq.km with an altitude range up to the summit of Mt Kinabalu standing at 4095.2m above sea level. The park is home to the various species of flora and fauna.
We then make a move and check in at Cottage Hotel to freshen up. At 7pm, we will  enjoy our steamboat dinner. After dinner, we return back to our rooms to rest and overnight. (steamboat dinner)
Desa Cow Farm and Kundasang War Memorial

Desa Cow Farm and Kundasang War Memorial

Day 2: After breakfasts, 8;30am,  we will start off  visiting the Desa Cow Farm. It is also known as Little New Zealand because of the beautiful scenery there. This is a place where you feel like you are being in New Zealand with the mountainous scenery there. We can take some photos and visit the milk processing plant there. Then we will move on to Kundasang War Memorial which was built to remember the soldiers who had perished during WWII here in Sabah. Established in 1962, this was one of the first memorials to commemorate the brave Australian and British Prisoners of War who died in Sandakan and during the infamous death marches to Ranau during World War II. The memorial also remembers the people of North Borneo who risked their lives to help the POWs.
The Memorial is made up of four beautiful gardens – the Australian Garden, the English Garden, the Borneo Garden and the Contemplation Garden and Pool – to represent the different nationalities. With its towering pine trees and blooming roses, a walk in the gardens is reminiscent to that of a stroll in a quaint English garden.
After this, we will start our journey back to Kota Kinabalu and stopping at Nabalu Market for photostop of Mt Kinabalu, coffee break and some souvenir purchase along the way. We will reach Kota Kinabalu city in evening and drop you off at your hotel in Kota Kinabalu city. (Breakfasts)

RATE per person: RM371 ( inclusive of GST), Per Child: RM297 ( inclusive of GST)

Includes: Driver/Guide, 1 nite stay at Cottage Hotel with breakfasts on twin/triple share, steamboat dinner, entrance fee to Kampung Luanti Fish Spa, Kinabalu Park, Poring Hot Spring, canopy walk, Kundasang War Memorial, Desa Cow Farm, transport and petrol.
Excludes: Driver/guide tipping at RM5 per pax per day, meals that are not stated and personal items.

For more information, email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com

or call us at + 60 16 4123 304


Promotion Pakej ke Kuching Sarawak ony RM270







3D2N FREE AND EASY: RM270 ONLY per person

( Includes Airport Transfers and 2 nites hotel stay at New 2 star NOVA HOTEL)

Only RM270 per person

Includes: Airport Transfers and 2 nites hotel stay on 1 Queen Bed.

 Offer valid from: 23 Nov 2015 – 30 Jan 2016

Nova Hotel Kuching

Nova Hotel Kuching

Location of Nova Hotel: Abell Road, Kuching ( New Hotel just completed 2015)

Hotel features: Individual air-cond, 40″ and 32 ” LED colour TV with Satellite aand Inhouse CCTV channels, coffee/tea making facilities, complimentary wifi, bottled water, in room safe box, refrigerator, laundry service, private car park, lift and 24 hrs security system, Iron and ironing board ( upon request)

Orang Utan

Orang Utan

Sarawak Cultural Village dancers

Sarawak Cultural Village dancers

 Serikin Market

Serikin Market

Optional Day Trip for Transport and Entrance Fee only:

Packge SCVOU 1:  

Pickup time: 8am

Sarawak Cultural Village and Semenggoh Orang Utan: RM170 per person

( Add on lunch at RM27 per person)

Price excludes 6% GST

Package Serikin 2:

Serikin: Pickup time: 8am

Return to city: About 1-2pm

Transport Only for 2- 8 persons: RM350 per van ( flat price)

 (Add on Lunch RM27 per person)

Price excludes 6% GST

Santubong River Cruise

Santubong River Cruise

How about later in afternoon at 4pm, we go by boat to see Wildlife Cruise along Santubong River? We can even look out for dolphins! YES ! Wildlife Dolphins!

Santubong River Cruise TOUR ITINERARY

Time: 4 pm-8 pm

P”ick you up at 4pm  before proceeding to Santubong jetty. This tour takes you in a boat down the Santubong river, past the majestic Mount Santubong and its historical sites, into the bay, where pods of dolphins are found. Sightings can never be guaranteed, but the probability to see dolphins is quite high, because they are around throughout the year. The boat then heads to the western side of the bay into the Kuching Wetlands National Park, Sarawak’s only Ramsar Site. Ramsar sites are wetlands of exceptional global value that are designated for protection. Here you can watch Proboscis Monkeys and Silvered Leaf Monkeys come to the water’s edge, and if you’re lucky, giant crocodiles too. Highlights are the dolphins and a very different perspective of Mount Santubong, as early sailors would have seen it from the sea.

The tour includes transfers by air-conditioned vans to the boat jetty and back. As the light fades you will be able to see fireflies. Packed dinner will be provided. You will return to the boat club around 8 pm, and then proceed to head back to  Hotel. Tour End.

RATE: RM200 per person adult, Price per child: 150 per child ( Rates exclude 6% GST)

Package includes: Pick up from Hotel, transport, boat ride, boat fee, jetty fee, packed dinner and guide

Excludes: Personal items.

** Dolphins are spotted there but we cant guarantee you will see it, as they are wild animals.

Come book our Free and Easy Tour to Kuching, and buy our Optional Tours of Package SCVOU1 or Package Serikin2 or Package Santubong Wildlife River Cruis3!

For more information, email us at cutiborneo@yahoo.com

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Pakej Percutian Sabah 3 hari 2 malam

Sabah merupakan salah satu destinasi percutian yang terkenal di Malaysia. Negeri di Bawah Bayu ini bukan sahaja terkenal dengan pulau-pulau yang indah, malah kehijauan flora di negeri ini juga menjadikannya tarikan pelancong sama ada dari dalam atau dari luar negara.

Di sini, kami ingin memperkenalkan salah satu pakej percutian ke Sabah. Dalam masa 3 hari 2 malam, anda boleh melawat tempat-tempat menarik di Sabah, sama ada gunung, pulau dan tempat tarikan pelancong yang lain.

Sejurus ketibaan di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kota Kinabalu, anda akan dijemput oleh pemandu pelancong kami. Kemudian, anda akan dibawa melawat Muzium Negeri Sabah yang dibina pada tahun 1985. Muzium ini dibina berdasarkan senibina rumah panjang masyarakat Rungus.

Destinasi seterusnya ialah Kuil Puh Toh Tze yang terletak di Jalan Tuaran, Wisma Tun Mustapha yang terletak di Likas dan Masjid Negeri. Selepas itu, anda akan dibawa ke Pasar Kraftangan di Kota Kinabalu. Di sini, anda dapat melihat pelbagai jenis kraftangan yang diperbuat daripada rotan, manik, mutiara dan ukiran kayu. Selain itu, anda juga boleh membeli kain batik, T-shirt dan kerongsang dengan harga yang murah dan berpatutan di sini.

Selepas seharian berjalan-jalan di Kota Kinabalu, anda akan dibawa ke Sabah Oriental Hotel yang bertaraf 4 bintang untuk berehat dan bermalam.

Keesokan harinya, selepas sarapan, pemandu pelancong kami akan menjemput anda di lobi hotel pada pukul 8:00 pagi dan anda akan memulakan perjalanan untuk ke Taman Negara Kinabalu. Perjalanan ke taman negara mengambil masa lebih kurang 2 jam. Dalam perjalanan, anda akan singgah sebentar di Pekan Nabalu untuk makan tengah hari dan membeli cenderamata sebelum meneruskan perjalanan ke Taman Kinabalu.

Sumpiton, one of the souvenir at Nabalu Market

Sumpiton, one of the souvenir at Nabalu Market

Taman Negara Kinabalu merupakan salah satu tapak warisan UNESCO. Anda boleh melawat Taman Botanika dan melihat pelbagai jenis flora seperti periuk kera, orkid, paku pakis dan sebagainya.

Kemudian, anda melawat Kolam Air Panas Poring. Nikmati keindahan alam di sekitar kawasan Poring dengan berjalan di atas titian kanopi (canopy walk) yang tergantung di 100 hingga 200 kaki dari aras tanah. Selepas penat berjalan, anda boleh mandi di kolam renang terbuka di Poring. Kolam air panas ini terkenal dengan kandungan galian sulfur yang boleh menyegarkan badan. Anda akan kembali ke Kota Kinabalu pada sebelah petang.

Take a dip at Poring Hot Spring

Take a dip at Poring Hot Spring

Pada hari ketiga, anda akan dibawa melawat Pulau Manukan dan Pulau Sapi. Selepas sarapan, pemandu pelancong akan menjemput anda di lobi hotel pada pukul 8:30 pagi dan anda akan dibawa ke Jeti Sutera Harbour untuk menaiki bot ke Pulau Manukan. Pelbagai aktiviti boleh dilakukan di sana seperti Jet ski, banana boat dan parasailing (**Kesemua aktiviti yang dinyatakan tidak termasuk dalam pakej). Anda boleh berurusan secara terus dengan penganjur aktiviti air di pulau tersebut untuk mencuba aktiviti-aktiviti ini.

Manukan Island

Manukan Island

Pada pukul 12:00 tengah hari, anda akan ke Pulau Sapi. Di pulau ini, anda berpeluang untuk melihat biawak (Komodo Dragons) yang berkeliaran. Selain itu, anda boleh mencuba Scuba-Doo, sejenis kapal selam mini yang membolehkan anda berjalan di dalam air tanpa perlu risau dengan masalah kekurangan udara. (**Scuba-Doo tidak termasuk dalam pakej).

Anda akan kembali ke Kota Kinabalu pada sebelah petang sebelum ke hotel untuk daftar keluar. Kemudian, pemandu akan membawa anda ke lapangan terbang untuk penerbangan pulang.

Pakej di atas termasuk penginapan di Sabah Oriental Hotel yang bertaraf 4 bintang beserta sarapan, bayaran masuk ke Taman Negara Kinabalu, bayaran masuk ke Kolam Air Panas Poring dan Canopy Walk, pengangkutan, makanan seperti yang dinyatakan dan pemandu pelancong.

Untuk menempah pakej ini, sila hubungi kami di 016-4123  304 atau emelkan pertanyaan anda di cutiborneo@yahoo.com.


New trail up Mount Kinabalu starting 1 Sept 2015

Mount Kinabalu is now ready for climbing after the soft opening on 8 August 2015. It takes nine weeks of rebuilding the damaged trails and repairing the wrecked buildings, and climbers are invited to climb this amazing mountain once again.

On the soft opening day, they had tested the Timpohon Trail in order to assess the trail. This alternative route is believed safe for climbers. However, there is a limit to climbers’ capacity, as only 100 of climbers are allowed to climb per day. This would be a day climb with a cut off time of 2pm, as they will climb up to Laban Rata only because the trail to the summit is still under review and will not be open until it is deemed safe for climbing. The climbers can choose whether to spend the night at Laban Rata or climb down on the same day when they book with the park.

On another note, the Mesilau Trail which was heavily damaged during the earthquake remains closed.

Thus, after many difficulties, on 1st September 2015, Mount Kinabalu had officially opened its Timpohon Gate for climbers.

Instead of repairing the existing trail, the state had developed an alternative trail as the old path was claimed unsafe for climbing. This is because they feared the fallen large boulders found along the old path would harm climbers in case there is any earth movement in the future.

The authorities had warned that this new alternative route may be tougher as they are steeper than the trail that was used before the earthquake.

Mount Kinabalu is expected to be ready to accept climbers to the summit by 1st December 2015. Until then, we hope the restoration work to proceed smoothly.


Pakej Percutian Kuching Sarawak 4 Hari 3 Malam

Jika anda sedang merancang untuk melawat Kuching dalam masa 4 hari 3 malam, pakej percutian Kuching Sarawak kami adalah jawapan kepada segala pencarian anda.

Kepelbagaian kaum dan etnik di Sarawak merupakan faktor utama Sarawak menjadi pilihan pelancong dari serata dunia. Malah, Kuching telah diisytiharkan sebagai ‘City of Unity’ dan merupakan bandar pertama yang mendapat gelaran sedemikian di Malaysia. Di ibu negeri Sarawak ini, anda boleh melawati pelbagai tempat menarik dan kebanyakan tempat ini boleh anda lawati dalam masa empat hari sahaja.

Berikut merupakan itinerari yang kami cadangkan.

Pada hari pertama, sejurus ketibaan anda di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuching, anda akan dijemput oleh pemandu pelancong. Anda akan dibawa ke hotel untuk daftar masuk dan boleh berehat sebentar. Kemudian, pada sebelah petang, anda akan menaiki sampan untuk menyusuri Sungai Sarawak selama 1 jam. Di sepanjang sungai, anda dapat melihat Kampung Gersik, Fort Margherita, Dewan Undangan Negeri, Astana dan sebagainya. Untuk makan malam, anda akan dibawa ke TopSpot Seafood Food Court. Kebiasaannya, hidangan yang menjadi pilihan pengunjung adalah udang mentega (butter prawn), oyster pancake, ketam lembut bersama telur masin (soft shell crab with salted egg) dan umai. Selepas itu, anda akan kembali ke hotel untuk berehat.

Sampan Boat Cruise

Sampan Boat Cruise

Selepas sarapan pada hari kedua, anda akan dibawa ke Kampung Budaya Sarawak. Di Kampung Budaya ini, anda boleh melihat pelbagai etnik di Sarawak seperti Iban, Melanau, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Melayu dan Penan. Pada pukul 11, anda akan dihiburkan dengan persembahan kebudayaan yang mengambil masa kira-kira 45 minit.


orang ulu

Selepas makan tengah hari, anda akan dibawa ke Pusat Pemulihan Hidupan Liar Semenggoh untuk melihat orang utan yang hidup bebas di sini. Kemudian, anda akan melawat kilang pasu dan anda boleh melihat mereka membuat pasu malah anda boleh mencuba untuk membuat pasu anda sendiri. Untuk makan malam, pemandu pelancong akan membawa anda ke restoran berdekatan untuk menjamu selera sebelum kembali ke hotel untuk berehat.

Orang utan di Semenggoh

Orang utan di Semenggoh

Pada hari ketiga, anda akan dibawa ke Serikin. Pasar Serikin hanya dibuka pada hujung minggu, dan untuk ke sana, perjalanan dari bandar Kuching memakan masa selama 1 jam 30 minit. Pasar Serikin terkenal dengan barangan cenderamata dan perabot yang diperbuat daripada rotan, baju, kain telekung, makanan ringan, makanan basah dan macam-macam lagi. Barangan yang dijual di sini agak murah berbanding barangan yang dijual di bandar Kuching kerana kebanyakan barangan dijual oleh penjual dari sempadan Kalimantan.

Pasar Serikin

Pasar Serikin

Pada sebelah petang, anda akan melawat Pasar Tamu Kubah Ria untuk membeli ikan terubok dan pelbagai barangan lain yang terdapat di sana. Kemudian, anda akan ke Kampung Gersik yang terletak di seberang sungai untuk membeli kek lapis. Di kampung ini, terdapat beberapa kedai kek lapis dan anda bebas untuk membeli dari mana-mana kedai mengikut selera anda.

Selepas itu, kembali ke hotel. Untuk makan malam, anda boleh mengunjungi kedai makanan yang berdekatan.

Pada hari keempat, anda akan dibawa bersiar-siar di bandar Kuching. Anda akan melawat Astana, Dewan Undangan Negeri, Dewan Suarah, Muzium Sarawak, Muzium Kucing, Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan, Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara, Masjid Lama Kuching dan banyak lagi. Anda juga akan bersiar-siar di Waterfront dan Main Bazaar untuk membeli cenderamata.

Kemudian, anda akan ke hotel untuk daftar keluar. Selepas itu, anda akan dibawa untuk makan tengah hari sebelum berangkat ke lapangan terbang untuk penerbangan pulang.

Pakej ini termasuk penginapan 4 hari 3 malam di Grand Supreme Hotel beserta sarapan, bayaran masuk untuk Sampan River Cruise, Kampung Budaya Sarawak, Pusat Pemulihan Hidupan Liar Semenggoh, pengangkutan, pemandu/pemandu pelancong, makanan (seperti dalam itinerari)

Jika anda berminat untuk menempah pakej ini, sila hubungi kami di 016-4123 304 atau emel kepada cutiborneo@yahoo.com.


Tower of Heaven at Mount Silam, Lahad Datu, Sabah

If you get a chance to visit Lahad Datu, Sabah, there is an observatory tower called Menara Kayangan located at 620 metres above sea level on Mount Silam, 10 km from the town.

Why is it called Tower of Heaven? Probably because of the picturesque bird’s eye view that you can see once you reach the top of the tower. From here, you can see Lahad Datu town and its surrounding mountainous forest, Darvel Bay and a few islands. If you are too lazy to climb the stairs to the top, you can enjoy the view from the scenery while sitting on the bench outside the tower. Since it is located on top of Mount Silam, the cool and fresh air would definitely tempt you to stay a bit longer to relish the beautiful scenery laid before your eyes.

While making your way to the top of the tower, you will see some posters and photograph of Mount Silam at the side of the stairs. You can take your sweet time climbing 8 floors of staircase to the top by reading information on Sabah and Mount Silam on the walls.

This tower is not the only attraction. You can also trek through the trails at Mount Silam. There are two trails, both have different difficulties. For Trail Kayangan, it is more steep and narrow but takes only about 1 hour and 45 minutes. Another trail is Trail Kalung-Kalungan, which takes about 2 hours and 35 minutes to complete.

Another unique feature at Mount Silam is the Silam Crab. Some might wonder why crabs live in mountainous area and not in a body of water, but that is the special thing about this crab. Furthermore, this small, orange crab can only be found at Mount Silam.

While trekking, you might notice that the vegetation at Mount Silam is a bit different from your usual mountain. This is because the soil is rich in heavy metals such as magnesium, cobalt, chromium and others, but has low concentration of plant nutrients.

For those who are interested to stay at Mt. Silam, there is a hostel and a rest house that you can book through Sabah Forestry Department.

To get there, you can go by car. It is about 10km from Lahad Datu town, and the entrance is next to Lahad Datu-Tawau highway. Passing through the entrance, you will have to drive another 10 km to reach the tower. Along the way, you might be able to encounter macaques and orang utans.

Please note that there is no public transport to Tower of Heaven, though taxis are available. The entrance fee for Malaysian adult is RM5, while child is RM2 and for foreigners, adult is RM10 while child is RM5.


Competition vs. Interdependence at Team Building Event

Big companies organise team building yearly or the start of a big project because the management knows that team building is a powerful way to unite the employees from various departments. It is powerful not only for uniting the employees but also to develop each employee’s strength and getting them to think out of the box.

So now, is it better to have competition among the competing groups or better to have inter-dependence activities at a Team Building Event?

Cheering each other before activities

Cheering each other before activities

In my opinion, there are 2 ways to look at it. Here are my thoughts are below:

COMPETITION amongst the team members:


1) When you compete in a game outdoor, you are actually realising what your limits are .

2) You are required to push your limit so as to help ensure that the members win.

3) When you are in a team group, you need to help your members to push their limit, hence you get to know one another better.

4) Competition may cause dislike because if the team loses because of 1 team member’s fault, the whole team will dislike or hate that person that causes the team to lose.

5) Competition actually makes a person or team work against the other. This will cause division of the company employees.

6) In a competition, those who are not skilful in that specific game would feel demotivated.

Games that use INTER DEPENDENCE for the team members

Helping one another to overcome obstacle

Helping one another to overcome obstacle


1) The team member is forced to work in a group instead of individually.

2) When you depend on one another in a teambuilding game, you would naturally get to know each other better.

3) There is a feeling of camaraderie in the teambuilding group, which you can translate into good working relationship amongst colleagues in the office later.

4) When you help each other out, both of you share a feeling of success and that “Feel Good” when your team eventually win that competition.

5) This “Feel Good” feeling would be brought back to the office and they would happily work on their tasks knowing that they can rely on their colleagues to help them out if they face any issue or problems later.

Work together in a team

Work together in a team

In my humble opinion, in a teambuilding event, it is best to have competitive games and games that require the participants to be inter dependent. So we bring out the best in the employees in the sense that we made them push their limits in a game and also at same time we required them to help one another to reach the end goal.

In conclusion, there is always 2 sides to a coin and depending on how you looked at it but the best of both side of arguments hold true.

So are you planning to have a teambuilding event soon? Why not come and have a chat with us? You may email us at: Cutiborneo@yahoo.com or call us at + 60 16 4123 304.


7 Team Building ideas for great time together

In order to make teambuilding fun and interesting, especially for a big group, here are 7 fun ideas for your company to think about and work on.

Some ideas that we used to do as kids can be used as teambuilding games for the participants. When everyone is having fun, even games that are deemed childish is worth joining.

1) Each group is given a necktie.

Each member in a group will come up with creative way to tie a necktie. The person with the most creative knot will win the game. This translates to creative idea and juices to flow in a company, and for creative way to solve a problem.

2) Life boat game

Each group is given a task of whom to save in a sinking boat when there are 10 different persons in the boat, with their own nationality, profession and gender. They are given 10 minutes to discuss and then to tell us why the person is eliminated and why the last person standing there should be the last on the life boat.

This game tells us how the participants prioritize the person whom they work with at their workplace and how they can help each other to stay in the boat during crisis, here being to help each other to solve problems when issues arise.

Rafting activity

Rafting activity

3) Best time of my life

Each participant is given a deck of card, and they choose either Ace that represents their school life, Queen that represents the time when they started working and Jack that represents the time when they get married and have children, and then they have to tell us the best time of their lives during any of the chosen lifetime of the card. So when they start to tell us here about their background, we are able to know more about them.

4) Toxic Waste

Toxic waste is a game that challenges on leadership, coordination and patience as a leader, as the members are blind folded and led to remove toxic waste from the danger zone. Here, of course we use only water as toxic waste.

Toxic Waste game

Toxic Waste game

5) Lead to people

Here, we need to find a participant that is different from us, eg. They are heavier by 50 pounds, taller with 2 inches, thinner of opposite gender, and we just jot down things we noticed about them. So here, we are able to get to know our colleagues better via their appearance or outlook.

Building teamwork

Building teamwork

6) Walk this way

Each participants are divided into 2 rows. The first person will do a funny dance. Then followed by the next one, who will do a different dance routine than the first one. By the time they reached the last person, everyone will be laughing and all pumped up. It relieves and distress the participants and get them in a relaxed and fun mood.

7) Contribution to the company

Everyone moves around and tell the person they meet of how they can contribute to the company productivity. They must tell as many people as they can. The most person told will win. This game will make them think of how they can contribute to the company and the role that they play in the company. Most people have been working for a company and never really thought about their role in the organization. This act of telling another person what role they play in the organization will reinforce this value of their contribution to the company.

We hope that the above 7 ideas will excite you to create the above games for your company staff in one of your company teambuilding event.

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