Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Things We Endured For Sinalau Bakas!

What exactly is sinalau bakas? Well, take a look at these pictures:

*new pic :-)

Still not getting it? Okay, quick facts about sinalau bakas:

It derives from Dusun/Kadazan language (local dialects in Sabah)
Sinalau - smoked, salai (Malay)
Bakas - wild boar, babi hutan (Malay)
Translation - smoked wild boar meat, daging salai babi hutan  (Malay)

So, on Sunday, about a week ago after church, my brother-in-law said: Oh, I soooo want to eat sinalau bakas.  Let's find some? Mau ka? Of course the collective answers were: Betul bah? MARI!

The time indicated that it's a shy over 30 mins past 1.00pm and off we went, driving all the way from KK to Tamparuli.  Passing through Tuaran and it rained! Big fat rain, it was practically a Niagara! Passing through Tamparuli town, it was still raining heavily. The car moved in a snail pace, blurry windshields, sharp and dangerous turns, crazy rain and halfway to Ranau town, we finally reached the sinalau bakas stall in Kg. Kelawat around  2.40pm!  It was still a Niagara! I so wanted to snap a picture of that stall but it was impossible to get out from the car. My brother-in-law did a Usain and he was dripping wet by the time he reached the stalls.  Besides sinalau bakas, stalls also selling tuhau, bosou bakas,  pinongian bakas (sorry, I don't know how to translate those in English! Let's just say, those are KadazanDusun traditional food condiments). The best part? You can buy the meat in varieties: smoked, raw, grilled (yummy, when you eat with steamed rice, chillies and soy sauce. The slightly charred skin is manna from heaven!!)

I saw several kampong folks gathered in a makeshift table, eating and drinking montoku and from the look of it, they all were slightly worse for the wear. Eating and drinking while it's raining outside must be oh-swell-mag! We really wanted to sit and eat right there at the stall but since the table was full, we decided to tapau and drove all the way back to Tg. Lipat, KK and had a mini picnic instead. Sinalau bakas with chillies and steamed rice: what a blessed life! Some tips for those who are interested to head out to Kg. Kelawat for sinalau bakas: crude stalls are built by the roadside. The first clutter of stalls you'd see on your right (keep in mind that by the time you've reached them, you'd be halfway to Ranau town) just drive straight without stopping because the best one is further up. Upon reaching it (also on your right side), look for the last stall with a crude and grey bricks wall and eureka! That's our guy.  Meats are sold in kilos.  If i'm not mistaken, raw meat is RM12/kilo, grilled is RM13/kilo & smoked is RM16/kilo.

The things we endured just to get to sinalau bakas, we must be crazy!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

KK, LET'S PARTAAAAY!! face2face KK, Sabah

image source: from the organizer's official FB page

Mile High Sounds & Portfolio Events present the 2nd annual Installment of face2face KK, Malaysia’s Facebook party.

face2face Musicfest is making its way back to the shores of Kota Kinabalu with a stellar line-up of powerful live music acts and entertainment. 1Borneo’s exclusive two stage arena will once again be the grounds for
another exciting blockbuster event. The show starts at 9pm and closes at 3am.

For the first time in KK, chart-topping Malaysian rock group One Buck Short, will be headlining the main stage. Opening acts for them include Kota Kinabalu’s up and coming local punk rock foursome, A Sky Collapse Triangle (KK) and Cover band Equal-ize. Also gracing the outdoor stage is Twilight Action Girl, the famous indie-electro rule-breaker that has been residing at Zouk KL for over 6 years. DVJs Asian Duo & Jerone will be showcasing their live video-jockeying skills on big screens.

Lookout for an exclusive tap-dancing performance by Model and TV Personality JoJo Struys, together with Love Parade percussionist Calvin Clarke (UK). Rocking the dance floor at face2face KK last year and back
by popular demand, DJ/Producer Adam Cooper (UK) will heave the dance floor till close.

Indoors at Ice Bar, catch DJs spinning the best in Dance Music. Acts include:

Dean Richards (NZ) - Hed Kandi DJ and co-organizer of face2face Malaysia,
DJ Lee Kemp (AUS) - former Hed Kandi Australia DJ
Blastique (MHS) - Malaysia’s most reputed live act with vocalist Ushera (KL) & Percussionist Calvin Clarke (UK)

Early Bird tickets are on sale for just RM 25 until April 25th 2011. Presales are selling for RM 40 from April 25th to May 12th. Early birds and presales can be purchased from Ice Bar, 1Borneo Concierge, Imperial Hotel & Pose Boutique (Centre Point).

Tickets can be purchased for residents outside of Kota Kinabalu by bank deposit. Purchase details on face2face - facebook party KK 2011 event page

Ice Bar is offering a fantastic deal for RM 780:
- 6 entrance tickets
- 2 bottles of Glenlivet Whiskey
- Exclusive table booking

Contact Addie +60138761177 or Mat +60128432414 for table bookings.

Due to overwhelming response, high demand and limited space, the organizers strongly encourage face2face partygoers to purchase early bird, presale tickets or special table booking packages as soon as possible!

This is an 18+ event open to all Facebook users and friends from all over the world.

Event Organizers: Mile high Sounds & Portfolio Events KK

Media Contact: Dean Richards, +6012 655 5984,
Media Contact: Raymond Fang +60123885641,

FOR FURTHER INFO, DROP BY TO: face2face-facebook Party KK 2011

Last but not least, always drink responsibly! 

Cheers, peeps :)

4th Reunion - DSS Class of 98

Event: Class of 98- 4th DSS Reunion Dinner (Friendship to Cherish, A Night to Remember)
Date: 26th March 2011
Venue:  Puteri Ballroom, Taman Tun Fuad, Kota Kinabalu

We have been doing this reunion thingy for every 2 years interval and everytime you meet them, whew..someone is pregnant, someone is on maternity leave, someone is in the hospital because she's due to give birth anytime now, someone brings along her new kid, someone have just gotten married! The obvious changes of all is the collective moans:  I AM GETTING BROADER/FATTER! OR "I'm adding another wrinkles this year"

My, how time flies...

Some pictures from the party:

Me and a friend (Rodz), sorting out some of the gifts for lucky draws..

My heavily pregnant friend, Raysia a.k.a Kobie

l-r: Leng, Blynn, yours truly & Rodz

Karaoke time!

some of the girls, l-r: Karen, me, Jane, Leng, Rodz, Kobie & Anis
The highlight of the night: Best Dressed title went to Anis

cuting the cake! 

Children's fashion show funny, I got the 'Miss Body beautiful' title. If only.. maka penternakan babat suda ni..

Kena denda nyanyi lagu Sayang Kinabalu!

Another group picture with the Queen of the night :)

Overall, we had fun that night! Everybody got hadiah dan gelaran (Ms. Beautiful Smile, Ms. Gorgeous, Ms. Congeniality, Ms. Friendship and a few others)

Well, ladies, see you again in two years time! I'm sure there will be another major, major changes! 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Make Malaysia the FB Capital of the World!


We, orang Malaysia, have THE MOST FACEBOOK FRIENDS on average. We, as a nation, spend THE MOST TIME on Facebook.

Wouldn't it be great if all of us come together as one and do a super duper huge petition to get Facebook to acknowledge Malaysia the Facebook capital of the world?

Challenge accepted!! Nothing is impossible so let's come together hand in hand and start inviting your friends, Churpers!

Just add your profile picture to the Movement gallery. Your picture will help us create the largest FB invite card ever. So large FB won't ignore us! Pledge your support and you could win an exclusive invite to DiGi's LIVE FB Party.

C’mon, click I want a LIVE Facebook PARTY!!! #DiGiforall for more info, share them & make us the top of the world! Yeehaaaa!!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Got Banged!


I'm talkin' about the K-Pop royalty, BIGBANG! Yes, these guys are big with capital B in Asia! Don't believe me? Look for them in Youtube and you'll see that I'm not exaggerating :) They have millions of views!

Their new MV Tonight, let's just say that I wanna get high and banged. Hehehehehe..

Catchy and party tune friendly, no?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Christchurch, New Zealand beckons!

Christchurch, New Zealand calls!

Hop onto a spontaneous trip to Christchurch!

Fly to Christchurch, New Zealand from RM499 (one way) on Economy. Wanna posh your flight even more? Well, Premium class is flying for RM1799 (one way). Place your booking today & reward yourself with this trip. Don't miss it, book it now. 

Booking period: 1 - 5 April
Travelling period: November 11, 2011 to February 29, 2012

Share this with your family and friends. Plan a holiday with them today!

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