Thursday, 24 May 2012

Penampang Harvest Festival 2012

A bit about Penampang

The name Penampang in contemporary usage refers more often to the district, with the town of Donggongon as the main town within the district. Donggongon means 'shelter' or 'rest area' in the native Kadazan language, referring to its historical role as a stop-over for people from the hills who journeyed down the coast for trade.

Penampang is often considered a stronghold of the Kadazan community, and the main centre for their political and cultural development. The Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) community hall hosts many of Kadazan's traditional festivities, chief among them the annual Kaamatan or 'harvest festival', their most important cultural event. [wikipedia]

Penampang Harvest Festival 2012

May is a busy month for the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut ethnic groups,  as this is the month that they celebrate and show appreciation for a bountiful harvest of their staple food -  rice. Similar to all other districts in Sabah, Penampang hold its Pesta Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) annually and this year that happened on 19 May 2012. This year's Kaamatan theme is:

"Kobingginavaan Do Koubasanan Kohodi Sunduvan Di Obingginavo"
"Love for Culture Creates a caring Society"
"Cinta Terhadap kebudayaan Membentuk Masyarakat Penyayang"
(In Kadazan, English and Malay respectively)

Daytime activities : held at District Council football field (near Tun Fuad Stephen Hall)
Evening activities : at Buhavan Square, starting at 7.15pm

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok is seen officiating the event

Penampang district winner of the choir competition

Magavau ritual performed by young lads

Traditional Kadazan dance - The Sumazau

Young Kadazan dancer in full traditional costume

Local singers with one of the Penampang 'Sugandoi' winners.

The peak of the district level harvest festival celebration was marked with the crowning of the 2012 Unduk Ngadau beauty late in the evening. A total of 20 young ladies took part in the competition.

So, let the Unduk Ngadau extravaganza begin....

The ladies introducing themselves

The 10 finalists:

The 10 finalists standing infront of the judges

From 10, now it's down to the two of them. Anxiously waiting for the announcement of the 2012 winner.
'Tarik nafas panjang-panjang, kio'

..and Miss Samantha won it this year.
I think she's got the approval of the crown judging from the thunderous applause from them.

Penampang Unduk Ngadau 2012: Miss Samantha Sharon Laujang


 The top 7 with their prizes

Miss Samantha will represent Penampang district at the state level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan beauty peagant on 30-31 May 2012 @ Hongkod Koisaan KDCA in Penampang.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Petronas Twin Towers

The Visit
The Petronas Towers also known as the Petronas Twin Towers (Malay: Menara Petronas, or Menara Berkembar Petronas) are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

According to the CTBUH's official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but remain the tallest twin buildings ever built.

The building is the landmark of Kuala Lumpur with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower. [Wikipedia]

Note: Pictures were taken during a visit to the the towers in December 2011.
      Twin Towers
Front view with super-wide angle

Level 86 - the highest deck visitors are allowed to go up to. 

The panoramic view is simply breathtaking, if you are not scared of height


Bird eye view with the 10mm lens

You should try it at least once when you visit KL

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Keeping an eye


Egretta Alba or great egret is the official mascot of Kota Kinabalu city.
Location: Sabah Parks jetty.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Petronas solar lighting

Let's go green!

That's probably what Petronas is trying to get across when it built several solar-powered street lights withing the compound of its Kota Kinabalu HQ building.

Petronas building in Karamunsing, Kota Kinabalu

Solar-powered compound lights

It can be nice and has the potential as decorative poles

It is interesting to find out how much is each set of pole but even more interesting is if Petronas is willing to invest on setting up a solar farm somewhere in the interior of Sabah. That would then be in contrast to what they are good at - finding hydrocarbon a.k.a black gold.