Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Monkey Suit

Me and my monkey suit. Blazed up, nametag and a neatly tied hair.

And a stolen MAC. WAHAHAHAHA.

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tip of Borneo - Simpang Mengayau, Kudat

There are a few significant places that make up a nation or a state and these few make up Sabah;

Sipadan Island, which was nominated to be the finalist of the new Seven Wonders of the World a few years back, Maliau Basin deemed as the Lost World of Sabah a 588 square kilometres of geological stones surrounding the Maliau River, Mt. Kinabalu, one of the tallest mount in South East Asia and then there's the Tip of Borneo Kudat, well it's special that way because it is at the Tip of the Borneo Island.

Because we have to work half day on Saturdays, we had to leave to wherever we go on Saturdays only after work. So we packed our bags the night before so that we could leave after work immediately. 

We left nearly 1pm because some of us were dragged for work and after buying some munchies and stuff, we were finally on our way to Kudat nearly 2pm. We reached there almost 5pm, thanks to our trusty driver YY :) 

Kudat (Kudat Town) 

Kudat is approximately a 3 hours drive (190 Kilometres) from Kota Kinabalu City. It is a small town located on the northern part of the island, with ethnic race Rungus as the main residents, and other sub group of the indigenous Kadazan. There's about 10% of the population which is Hakka Chinese and other minorities including Bajau, Dusun, Murut, Bugis and Malay. 

Source: sabahmatthewpaul.com
Kudat is famous for the race's Rungus unique heritage - you can visit the Rungus longhouses, where you get to experience having luncheons and looking at how the Rungus stay at the longhouse, and also where the traditional "gongs" are made and where honey is produced in "Simpang Mengayau" the northernmost on the island of Borneo. 

Kudat is also famous for it's Kacang Kuda, a type of peanut widely produced here in Kudat. It is extremely delicious! 

Ah, Simpang Mengayau was where we headed. 

According to the Sabah Tourism Website, Simpang Mengayau means a 'lingering junction' where South China Sea lingers and and meets the Sulu Seas flowing from the east. There's a famous lighthouse called the Pulau Kalampunian lighthouse - a reminder of treacherous coastline and past shipwrecks, looking over the beautiful Pulau Kalampunian the left of Simpang Mengayau. 

The Tip of Borneo and the whole long stretch of beach were insanely gorgeous. White sands, beautiful waters and crazy view. I was the only one among them that have not visited Tip of Borneo so I was snapping away like nobody's business.

Walk to Tip of Borneo 
There are plenty of things you can do when you're in Kudat or Simpang Mengayau. Okay fine, maybe they're not THAT much, the place is quiet, peaceful, perfect for those who are looking to chill out for a night or two. You can opt to stay at those small villas or chalets opposite the beach, I believe it shouldn't be too expensive and you'd have an amazing view to wake up to everyday. 

Sunsets in Kudat is crazy beautiful. Ying Ying which is from Kudat brought us to this little hidden place to take the sunset photos from another place and ah omg. Mind you, none of these were photo shopped! 

The beach is like empty! It's perfect for a private getaway with your lover or friends :) 

Sun was burning my eyes from the other way.

Dinner at Esplanade Kudat Town

Kudat is extremely small. You'll be done with it in say maybe two or three rounds of driving. We had some awesome dinner at Esplanade Kudat Town. Most of the stuff we ordered were spicy heh, YY couldn't comprehend most so we ordered her some Fried Egg. Hehe. 

Meals at the town you're visiting is a MUST. It's probably one of the fastest and most interesting way to learn about one's place or culture. Kudat is famous for it's seafood, so you should go around trying some seafood. Esplanade Kudat cooked both in Malay and Chinese styles. Yum.

My poor YY having to resort to satays and fried egg.

Kudat Golf and Marina Resort 

The girls wanted some R & R so we stayed at the Kudat Golf Marina Resort. 

It was fairly cheap for a Standard Room about RM 150 a night and we even included an extra bed, for about RM 46.25 per person. 

Attached with a swimming pool, gymnasium, breakfast for two, lounging area and an adequate room. Nothing more nothing less for the four of us. 

Lovely Cella and; Amy swimming around. They really love to swim.

Kudat Golf Marina Resort

I love my morning breakfast so much. I really wouldn't mind having to wake up really early in the morning just to enjoy my breakfast. It's crucial :)

We were there for only a night but we get to ; 

1. Hang out by the Tip of Borneo 
2. Have awesome dinner at Kudat Town 
3. Swim some 
4. I get to sleep under the stars (I was too tired from work) 
5. Breakfast

Imagine the things you can do with 3 days 2 nights you lucky people! 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Friday, May 25, 2012

East Malaysia by Artisland

Producer: East Malaysia
// East Malaysia
Filmed and edited by Arthur Inamov
Color correction by Andrew Melikov

// Cameras: Canon 5D Mark 2, Canon 7D, GoPro Hero2
// Editing: Final Cut Pro
// Color correction: Color Finesse 3
// Music: "Clouds Over Dreams" by Daniel Powell

Web: artisland.ru
Blog: artisland.livejournal.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Art-Island/101822833227154
Twitter: twitter.com/#!/artislandcinema

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For those who appreciate

I read this post a couple of months back about falling in love with a girl that "travels". I'm sure most of you have read it. And from the string of flawless argument she presented to us, I too just like a million of those that share the same values as those who love to explore, truly agree in the entire post - but on men.

I've met numerous of people in my life, from my day to day life and from my short trips. I'm sure you do too and they are, by chance, "travelers" for sure. During my visits to some of these places, local or international, near or far, I am really at ease with these strangers I now call my friends.

These strangers are of different mother tongues, skin color, hair type, eye color. In short, we are truly different in its entirety. We grew up with different values, different physical appearance and in different time zones. So the odds for us to be able to communicate so in sync is remotely impossible.

But these people, these really kind people that I've met, South East Asians, Europeans, Indo-chinese,  Malaysians, Caucasians, Africans - both men and women share one beautiful common ground - humility. Like the core of the post that she shared, humility in acknowledging there are tons of people different than us, both big and small, or places both glorious and timeworn is the most inspiring trait. With humility comes appreciation. And by grace, men or women who appreciates everything around them are so easy to love. They do not condemn, nor degrade, nor dispute the difference yet they maneuver the differences, accept and love it as they are.

Mamutik Island
No, not all of them are Atheists, have braids, burnt tanned skin, frizzy hair, and an empty itinerary. But yes most kind humble men are easy going, could live without gadgets and are not dressed to the nines. They're generally moderately neutral that way. They take life as it comes, they are not bundled with anger, jealousy nor pride. They love life and are genuinely happy for other people.

Victor Harbour
Usually no hard expectations on others and themselves, very accommodating, forgiving, very easy to communicate to, hilarious because he understands in the strangeness of reality, simply humble enough to try new things, always willing to offer assistance, believes in kindness and karma, and most importantly appreciates the nature of some things and basically, is just pleasant to the soul.

To most men, ego and the drive for possessions must be built in. You can't really blame them, some say it's innate, some say it's paternal instincts, some say it's the modern age but having these I call it the gratitude roses among thorns in your life are really soothing.

I am attracted to both men and women that eventually becomes my gravity. That encourages me to pull myself back to earth, look at the beauty in simplicity, kind hearted and always willing. It may be in a form of reading, mingling with different stratas or just plain ol getting tickets to wherever they are (which is the best because it is the reality). They are the reason why I believed in kindness and why I always want to live in accepting more cultures as I go along the way.
1 Corinthians 13: 4, love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
So till then, be kind!
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Melbourne City

I’ve always thought Australia is such a wholesome country. Amazing climate, breathtakingly beautiful natural attractions, great people (they're really witty in general), excellent food (especially fresh foods, oh my God!) and fascinating appreciation of arts and culture. Always worth visiting, and almost impossible to cover all the states or places of interest. 

Melbourne Museum 
The only downside about Aussie is probably the fact that it being one of the most expensive country to visit at this moment. Even US Dollar is cheaper than AUD now.

Melbourne City Lookout, Mount Dandenong
Yuen and I visited during Autumn, so it was a tad cold and leaves were evidently falling everywhere. Very pretty though. 

Carlton Gardens

Federation Square/ Flinders St. 
To begin with, if you haven’t known, Melbourne is packed with all kinds of races. Greeks, Italians, Indians, Malaysians, Chinese, Thais, Singaporeans the list just goes on and on. 

Yuen was putting these glasses on without realizing the stamps on both of the glasses. Hehe. 

Amazing picks of fresh foods too. All of us have agreed that fresh foods here in Australia make you feel like cooking every other day. Make you feel like eating healthy food every day too! 

Queen Victoria Market 
The city especially has rows and rows of restaurants of foods from all over the world, come to think about it, it can’t entirely be the schools that’s bringing in all these international people could it? 

And based on my own personal observation, for exploration, Melbourne city can be broken down into three main areas;


Recognised as a UNESCO’s World Heritage City, the architecture here in Melbourne city really is gorgeous. Probably one of the main reason why so many kids pursue their architecture studies in Melbourne. 

      There are aplenty of ancient buildings, very well preserved and taken care of and then there are the new ones – futuristic, practical and eye-catching definitely. 

Richmond Street 

Some can be spot even from a mile away. It’s a crime not to take pictures of some of the buildings here in Melbourne; they are a blend of modernism and vintage wash. 

Luna Park, St. Kilda.
Here are among notable buildings around the city – Melbourne Theatre Company, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Museum, State Library, Parliament House, Federation Square and so much more. 



I know by right it should fall under Arts & Culture, but with the variety of food and coffeehouses there are in Melbourne, it is only fair Melbourne’s choices of food deserve its own mention. 

Look at that giant portion. 

St. Kilda's Fish & Chips 

After spending one or two days walking around the city during the weekdays, and observing how so many of Melbournians are always chatting, drinking and merrymaking at al fresco restaurants during the day, I have finally deduced too that Melbournians have adopted the Italians’ lifestyle! They really love to relax, sit, eat, chat and drink up their plain ol’ coffees or wines if could all day long. 

With all of the races having its own vigorous communities budding rapidly in Melbourne, the variety of choices have directly grown (probably) triple or quadruple of the choices as well. Greeks, Thais, Malaysians, Italians, Chinese, Indian… truckloads of good food.

Elizabeth Street
Pie in the Sky, Mt. Dandenong 
I mean, who wouldn’t with the insane amount of choices of eateries in Melbourne! And please check out the interior decorations as well, they’re stupendous. 

OST at Richmond Street 
As testament, my friends who are working in Melbourne did say the exact same thing! They are generally very relaxed people, and love to spend their time eating and chatting and drinking loads and loads of coffees. 

Sweetheart Chee Hang actually brought us to his workplace as well, and treated us this amazing pizza. Look at that thick topping! 

Baked in South Melbourne, Clarendon Street 
My favourite food in Melbourne/ Australia. 

Arts and Culture (Lifestyle)

Live shows, buskers, art drawing, coffees, wines, graffiti, cheese, bargain hunting, opera, eccentric fashion sense, scones, cycling, musicals, footy and the list just goes on and on. 

I think Melbourne is rich in culture, especially with the total mesh of all the races in the world. 

Look, you can cast your own baby bump. I am so doing this!! 

Rose Street Market 

Just like every other big cities, graffitis are like the voices of the streets. Colourful, sound and usually interesting in nature, Melbourne's graffitis are very interesting as well. I love the colours and the eccentricity of it all. 

Graffiti all over Melbourne's Streets
Bargain Hunting 
Essentially, Melbourne is infused with a very strong European culture (the appreciation of arts and fine lifestyle). I would love to list down all the things one can pick up on doing but based on my interest, for someone like me, I would probably spend my money on ; live shows (theatres), hidden gems hunting (like below) and themed bars.

Busking is so common here in Melbourne. You get to see numerous types of buskers lurking in the city. If they're good, then be generous :) 

More picture on my Facebook soon for you to lurk around. Feel free to ask me anything and I shall try to help you out. Yuen spearheaded most of the moveabouts when we were in Melbourne, so that might be my handicap if you were to ask me in full detail. But Denise did told us that, with My Journey Planner it shouldn't be hard to navigate. 

Visit in Melbourne! Oh you'll love it. I'll be staying away from Aussie for a while simply because it's too expensive and I'd like to visit some other countries for now :) 

My next Aussie post will be on The Great Ocean Road. Let me get all the info about it right and sort out some suggestions for you :)

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.