Posts Tagged ‘Sabah’


World Press Photo 2011

World Press Photo 2011

What first started out as a national competition became an international annual event when members of the Dutch photojournalists’ union came up with the idea back in 1955. Ever since that first competition, the people at Nederlandse Vereniging van Fotojournalisten (NVF) have always displayed the winning pictures in an exhibition. At first there were only over 300 photographs sent in by 42 photographers from 11 countries that were submitted for the competition. Over the years, these numbers have increased tremendously, as evident with the record number of images received for the competition in 2011 – a whopping 108, 059 images taken by 5,691 photographers from 125 countries including Malaysia.

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Vienna Boys’ Choir

Vienna Boys’ Choir

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is one of the best known boys’ choirs in the world. It is made up of a choir of trebles and altos and is based in Vienna. Though the boys are mainly selected from Austria, there are other boys that comes from other countries in the choir group. There are approximately 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen. This group is divided into four smaller groups and each of the group is named after famous Austrian composers that were associated with the choir’s history. The four are Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.

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25th Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011

25th Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011

If you think running marathons or triathlons are taxing, try mountain running for a change. This extremely challenging sport, also known as fell running, is the sport of running and racing, off road, over upland country where the gradient climbed is a significant component of the difficulty. For those who indulge in mountain running here in Malaysia, do not miss the 25th Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon 2011 which will take place from 22nd till 23rd October 2011.

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Borneo Bird Watching Festival 2011

Borneo Bird Watching Festival 2011

Sabah is one of the favourite destinations in Malaysia for many nature lovers. Not only is it famous for its breathtaking indigenous flora and fauna, it is also a well known haven for birds. It was recorded that Borneo is home to a total of 622 resident and migratory species of birds, with 32 endemic species recorded. Out of the 32, 4 of these endemic species can be found on either Sabah’s hill slopes or in its forests.

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Malaysian Craft Promotion 2011

Malaysian Craft Promotion 2011

Hand-crafted items, be it for decorative or functional purposes, are often a sight to behold. A simple looking piece of craft, for example the wood pieces with Holy Quranic inscriptions that are often used in Malay households may take up to four or five days to complete it. Its intricate carvings and designs are usually distinctive and will differ slightly from region to region. Often, the knowledge and the know-how that goes into creating these wonderful hand-crafted items are passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, this knowledge is fast fading into the background as more of the younger generation do not realise or see the importance of mastering it.

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Pesta Kalimaran 2011

Pesta Kalimaran 2011

One of the more interesting aspects that makes Malaysia so appealing in the eyes of tourists is the diverse cultures that are still being practised by the people here. Other than the cultural festivals like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya which are celebrated nationwide, there are also other smaller cultural festivals celebrated by indigenous groups in East Malaysia. One such festival is the Kalimaran Fest.

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