Showing posts from March, 2012

The 'Get Acquainted with Home' Project (Sabah)

I've been quite occupied and thoroughly engaged in The 'Get Acquainted with Home' Project. My personal effort in getting to know more about Sabah as a state first, a home second while learning the finer details of the traditions, ethnicities, rich cultures and places to explore that have been my four walls as I was growing up. I learned too little, and too slow, so it's time for me to buckle up, get rough and get acquainted with home. 

I still hold firmly on the idea of exploring other nations, but charity begins from home, and I needed to start to appreciate rightly from here. Things just got more interesting now that I'm blessed to combine both what little of my talent and my passion into this project. 
So if there's any place, or anything that you want to know more please ask me I will try and bend my back to help you. 
Love, Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Jesselton Port, KK

Kota Kinabalu has so many cool places to hang out. By the beach (my all-time favourite), by some local bars, by some local family eateries, the list just goes on and on.
Just lately I discovered a new place to hang out - and it's especially relaxing and gorgeous at night. It's the Jesselton Point. The main function of this port is to connect the boats, ferries to all the islands including Labuan. You can get your tickets from Jesselton Point as the tour operators operate from about 6.30am - 5.00pm.

Quiet, and very near to the big Suria Mall, traffic going down this area is not too crazy either, helps too that the parking spots are easier to find as compared to the bars right smack in the city along Gaya Street and parking spots are major factors for me. You can park right behind The English Tea House or Cock & Bull. There are parking spaces (both paid and free) for you to grab. 
In the morning it's busy with beach goers parading their bikinwears, sunhats - ready to boa…

Support Groups

It has been a challenging couple of weeks. Too many decision makings, too many sudden changes, I am trying to keep myself afloat. Tonight I went to the beach to clear my head a little. It has been forever since I'm out on the road by myself. 
Observation tells me that people live for others. I'm not saying it in a very suicidal manner, I meant in a way that people actually work harder or do more things because of or for the people they love and by that they're then 'living'. The people around me that night was filled with so much love. They're around their best friends, families, lovers :) 
Tonight I learn that our support groups are the most important and most vital thing one could ever ask for. The belief that there are people who care so much for you, and there are people who put faith in you - is a recognition of your being in life.  Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than…

Pulau Sapi @ Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks

Before I proceed to my write up on Pulau Sapi, let me do the duty to carefully explain to you why there are so many people talking about so many islands at the mention of the word, Sabah. Reason why I'm doing so is because whenever people visit KK City, they have very limited time in exploring most of the natural gorgeous attractions, and sometimes ended up just moving around KK City. And when one does that, people would usually end up asking, why are there so many mentions of islands when we get to experience none? 
As you can see from the previous Matthew Paul map below; Sabah is situated close to top north of the Borneo Island. That said, it's a privilege to say that tons of islands are under the local towns and cities surrounding the shores of this particular part of Borneo island. From Sipitang (look out from South left), imagine yourself  "walking" from the Sipitang's shore / beach walk up slowly to Menumbuk, Kuala Penyu, Pulau Tiga, Kota Kinabalu, Tunku A…

Gaya Street Market, KK (Sundays)

My family's Sunday's traditions would be getting up real early, maybe around 7 - 8am in the morning, have some breakfast and pay Gaya Street a visit. It has been like that since we were kids - until today. Almost kind of feel like there's something amiss if we don't just (at least) glance through Gaya Street on Sundays. Gaya Street Market is only open on Sundays. So what's in Gaya Street Market? Probably only the randomest stuff in the city.
How to get there? 
It being right smack in the city, makes it easy for people or tourists to reach Gaya Street. You can opt to take buses (from all over wherever you are) and stop at Padang Terminal, cross the road and that's where you can start the walk for the market. The stretch goes right up just before Ipoh Old Town Kopitiam. It is about a half an hour of sightseeing for a side of the market, and maybe an hour or more if you make a turn and cover the next stretch (lined in red).

It starts from 6.30am - 1.00pm. I can s…

World Press Photo Expo, KK

Rushed to One Borneo last night just to catch the World Press Photo Expo with brother before he drives back to Kota Marudu.

Oh my God, the pictures were incredible.

I teared looking at most of the photos. Which was something I didn't agree with (maybe I'm in denial). Most of the photos are tragic. World is filled with tragic truths, and because of that, in most cases, photojournalism tries to convey messages that we should appreciate what we have. But I believe the world is filled with the good and the bad, and the good seems to be underrated most often in photojournalsim especially. Why is that so?

Sigh. Am I indenial? 

In the midst of all the photographed tragedies deemed as best stories of the world in '11, I saw this. The brightest among all.

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Jos├ęphine Nsimba Mpongo, 37, practices the cello in the Kimbanguiste neighborhood of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. She is a member of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste (OSK), Cent…