Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tip Of Borneo

A must visit place whenever i go back home is Simpang Mangazo (Simpang Mangayau). Its a bout 30 minutes driving from pekan kudat.I like to take the kids (niece's and nephews) mandi laut and also play galau.Last visit to Simpang Mangazo cost me a real bad sunburn coz we spent almost the whole day playing by the beach.

Literally, Tanjung means ‘tip’ and ‘Sampang Mangazo’ means a junction where a battle took place. According to Rungus folklore, this was the site of a fierce battle fought by their forefathers, defending Rungus territory against invaders. Local folklore claims that pirates often frequented this area, attacking and looting innocent villagers who lived nearby. The villagers decided to join forces and defend themselves. Hence, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau became an ideal spot to observe the arrival of pirates and foreign ships. The brave warriors stood guard here and kept unwanted visitors at bay.

History also claims that the fleet of the famous explorer Ferdinand Magellan, on its voyage to circumnavigate the globe, stopped here for forty-two days to repair their ships. In the distance, you can see a lighthouse. Locals believe that spirits ‘move in’ to this lighthouse when their ‘homes’ in surrounding areas (either on the mainland or nearby islands) are disturbed by human activity. Today, the lighthouse serves as a guiding beacon to passing ships.

The tip that is only a hard rock

Can never get enough playing at the beach of Simpang Mangazo.With a better facilities such as car park and canteen and also easy access, its a worth visit place for family.I just sounded like Malaysian Tourism Board promoting my place..haha

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


called my mom late in the evening to check on her.she still at my aunt house after my cousin wedding.back in the island.Pulau Banggi is the name.She was ok but a little bit tired.long day for the wedding she said and my little sis Nora got massive headache.Dad was out to the beach to check on his 'Kelong'.sigh..make me miss kampung so much.i quickly look for the ticket.planning to go home on august.i bet i will never get off for raya this wanna spend time with family during ramadhan.i havent done that for the past 10 years.i almost forgot the feeling of get up in the morning for sahur and the crowd during buka puasa. My house will super noisy with nephew and nieces.also miss mom cooking. I know i being an absent daughter to my will try to make it up to them.

That is Pulau Banggi.Takes about 45 mins from the mainland (Kudat) by ferry and cost you about RM15.00.The ferry will only stop at Karakit and will have to take a small truck (double cab) to my hometown, Lok Tohog which cost RM2.oo.A lot of changes nowadays.They have better school compared to my previous one.Better facilities i can say.hahaha...cant believe we dont have electricity and water supply for ages.but its cool least people dont have to use lantern and stuff like that.i remembered last time we will have to carry the water all the way from the well at the hill.i wonder if thats made me short and tiny..kidding. LOL

The view of my hometown.

My dad with his fish net.

Fishy fish that can easily found near my fathers boat.

Putu (steam tapioca) my mom favorite.mine too.the different is that mom take it as a substitute for rice.Mom doesnt really like rice actually.and i always have it with sugar..sweet.

The catch of the day

My dad kelong

My mom plucking thorns of ikan buntal (Bloated fish).she always cook that for me whenever i got back know how much your mom love you when they willing to do every single of your favorite thing.shame i cannot eat seafood coz my kampung is a seafod heaven.but still..that doesnt stop me much from eating. :D

its a tradition to make roti jala and penyaram for funeral. the people will help each other to make rice flour from the rice using wooden ball.even they can buy the flour but they prefer to make it themselves.its really fun to listen to the mortar and to sieve the flour.The aunties will come to your place and help with preparation to make the kuih and also to cook lunch for the guest who come and helped.they will gather and invite 1 imam to recite the quran and have makan-makan together.being with people in kampung is more lively.after the kenduri..they will send some of the food to the other house in the neighbourhood.the kids also will get treat of sweets and grandfather passed away when i was little and i lost my granny in 2008,but they still doing the kenduri until today.

Traditional way of sieving the flour

Taking break after the process of making kuih jala and penyaram done.

The kuih penyaram made from rice flour.not my favorite LOL

Have to go now.i got lunch appointment with helen,fadhlee and yenny.i dun wanna be late coz we gonna have sushi for lunch.but i promise to update more pic.