Formula One Cars – Unsurpassed Technology at Its Finest

Formula One Racing is, quite simply, the paramount of karting. It is the professional form of the sport in its entirety. Formula One is an international phenomenon, a media conglomerate that rakes in millions and millions of dollars a year from advertising, sponsorship, and broadcast revenues. Professional drivers with millionaire bank accounts race these majestic kart marvels that are unprecedented, flush with technological luxuries – everything from hard to produce lightweight frames that glide the machine to tires with unsurpassed grooving style that exemplify powerful movement on the circuit.

There is no sport that bests epitomizes the term "global sport" like Formula One racing. Many countries serve as active participants in shaping the professional karting scene – for example, Malaysia is a hot spot for racing (Fernando Alonso, a Spanish-born driver under Team Renault recently won a race there) and Italy plays a vital role in designing and manufacturing first class, top-of-the-line karts. Drivers and racing personalities hail from all parts of the word – you have the charismatic and popular Italian Renault boss Flavio Briatore, the handsome young 23 year old racing prodigy in Fernando Alonso who stars in a Renault Megane commercial with his pet pig, and one of the highest earning sports figures in world history in Michael Schumacher. Rivalries are common in Formula One – adding the edge of excitement with every zip of the curve and nitrous boost of the machine.

In order to better become acquainted with Formula One racing, we must understand its organization. Karting goes way beyond pitting 3 2-cycle engine machines against each other on an oval circuit. Formula One is divided into drivers & their respective teams. Under such trademark car companies like Renault, Ferrari, and Toyota – each driver has an assembling cast of staffers consisting of mechanics, engineers, and designers all working towards one goal: to make that speedster faster using all the resources at their disposal. Headed by team bosses that are adept at creating sponsorship opportunities and assembling the best cast for each team, Formula One employs the finest specialists in the business with backgrounds in computer and automobile – even specialists with aerospace experience! High end, (rare technology reserved for space projects) in some instances, create the fastest and most efficient car possible. According to FI rules, racing teams must design, construct, and built their own karts from scratch. The staff is the pride of each individual team – capable and able to win every 57 lap enduro race from Malaysia to Great Britain.

Formula One cars can be summed up in two words: technological marvels. These sleek, low riding gems ripping through laps at speeds topping 200 mph. consist of more than just a chassis, an engine, and four wheels. For starters, the engine is located behind the cockpit as opposed to standard automobiles. They consist of 10 cylinder engines that produce heat which propel the kart forward. Team engineers are always looking
into ways to make their eng
ines more powerful. Currently, 1000 bhp (a scale for horsepower) has not been topped – it is up to the teams to produce an engine which would fare well supporting speed as well as support the chassis. And as we know, there is a snug open cockpit for Jarno Trulli to maneuver his machine in.

Construction of Formula One race cars is unprecedented. The first rule of thumb in designing a bonafide piece of framework is to make it weigh as least as possible. Less kart weight correlates to faster speeds. For this reason, team brains use lightweight material that is hard to construct. The minimum weight of a kart must be 600 kg including the driver. This ensures a level playing field, although teams are allowed to keep their money making construction methods a secret from other teams. Team staff is very highly regarded in the Formula One business. Their technological and dynamical know-how of the machines they build is a valuable asset to any team. And like free agents, they are lured and signed by the likes of companies creating a recruiting war for their services. Of course, there are restrictions for creating karts. You cannot add nitro boosts to your machine or use technology that resembles life in the year 3000. Teams are always looking to bend the rules slightly and coming up ways to beat the competition legally.

Professional kart tires have to have optimum characteristics to ensure smooth driving. For one, tires have to have grooving technology built into them. For the novices, grooves are indented lines in tires that allow for it to slow down considerably on turns and to adapt to the track surface. No matter what the technology, kart tires are simply not adept at withstanding the rigors of asphalt, concrete, and dirt. For this reason, Formula One racers are allotted two pit stops during the course of a 57 lap race to change tires. If you’ve ever watched a Formula One race, team staffers with lightning quick hands have an extremely limited time for which to remove and replace tires in the pit stop – often times not exceeding over 7 seconds! Regulations are placed on tire grooves (a minimum of four) to allow for an even playing field for all racers. Remember enthusiasts, grooves serve more to slow down the kart than to speed it up.

Chassis construction with its illustrious carbon fiber material, tires with indented grooves, team specialists with a knack for speed, and engines which burn heat like calories is the epitome of a Formula One race car. All of these attributes contribute to the performance of the vehicle in racing lap after lap. As a result of all this technology, Formula One cars leave people breathless reaching consistent speeds of 200 mph. on the race track. More impressive is the time needed to go from 0 mph to 100 mph – 5 seconds! Formula One is only moving forward with the advent of new features – like improved horsepower engines, more lightweight materials, new ballasts to add weight to the car, and more. Behind that stylish, mind blowing chassis that pique our interest is that top-class technology that makes Formula One racing so great.

About the Author: Michael Walker is a freelance author providing information about a variety of go-kart topics including go kart kits, dune buggy frames and free go kart plans. His artic
les prove to be both a use
ful and entertaining resource of valuable information for the karting enthusiast.

Malaysia – Essential Visits

Located in South East Asia, bordering Thailand in the north and Singapore in the south, Malaysia achieved its independence from British rule on the 31st of August 1957. With a population of approximately 23.5 million (58% Malays, 24% Chinese, 8% Indians and 10% others), Malaysia is rich in differing cultures and traditions. The uniqueness of Malaysia is that all these differing religions live alongside each other in harmony and peace.

You may be asking "What’s there to do in Malaysia?". Malaysia offers natural beauties in tropical rainforest, scuba diving; Shopping haven in all major cities; Friendly citizens across the country. Whatever you want to do, ranging from being a potatoe couch at the hotel to extreme adventures, Malaysia has it all.

Having said that, I will now point out to you the essential visits that you should take part in order to make your trip whole (in no particular order):

Petronas Twin Towers

Towering at a height of 452 metres (1483 feet), the Petronas Twin Towers is the highest twin towers in the world. Built to 88 storeys and 32000 windows, the towers are connected via a skybridge. You must book your time to access the skybridge for an excellent birds-eye view of the Kuala Lumpur city. The towers were featured in the movie Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Caterine Zeta Jones. When visiting the towers, take a stroll at the KLCC park (20 hectares or 50 acres) located adjacent to the towers and indulge yourself in shopping at the Suria KLCC located inside the towers.

Pulau Pinang (Penang Island)

Affectionately known as Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its natural beauty and exotic heritage. Located at the northern part of Malaysia, Penang, a bustling island, has a large variety of culture, people and food within the 285 square kilometres enclave. So diversed, you will be able to find churches, Chinese temples, Indian temples and Muslim mosques all within a five minutes walk. Colonial buildings still exist and are constantly being restored to its former glory. When you are at the Pearl of the Orient, you must sample the hawker food found at abundance, take a ferry ride (especially at night) and stroll along the beaches of Batu Ferringi.

Sipadan Island

Located on the north-eastern part of Borneo Island, Sipadan is one of the world’s best dive spots. White sandy beaches borders this 12ha island. The island was formed from a undersea volcano and is raised 650meters from the sea floor. Sipadan is famous for its reef wall, rare reef creatures and the regular appearance of sea turtles. If you are a diver, this is one place that you would not want to miss.

East Coast Islands

On the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, an abundance of idyllic white sandy beaches. To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, hop over to the east coast, put on a sarong, grab yourself a coconut, relax and enjoy the
pounding of the waves. Out i
n the sea, islands such as Perhentian, Tioman and Redang are famous for their dive spots and family getaway.

Cameron Highlands

This 1800 meters above sea level region is a popular getaway from the tropical heat for Malaysians and tourist alike. Cameron Highlands was discovered by a British surveyor named William Cameron in 1885. This highlands resembles England as old English inns, chalets and bungalows still exists today. Attraction in Cameron Highlands includes mountain and jungle hikings, tea plantations, fruits and vegetable farms, flower nurseries and its people. Cameron Highlands has two golf courses if you are game.

Proboscis Monkeys

Living exclusively in Borneo island, proboscis monkeys have the largest nose amongst all primates. Reaching up to 17.5cm long, the reason for the elongated nose is unknown. Another distinctive feature of this unique creature is its pot belly. The proboscis monkey is an endangered species and is listed under the IUCN Red List. Visiting these creatures in its natural habitat is well worth the journey.


About the Author

Mij Gnow is an avid traveller who is infected with the travel bug throughout the year. Weighed down by the corporate world to earn a living, Mij continues to write articles in preparation for his future travels. Mij is also the creator and administrator of Travel Corridor,; a site containing essential visits around the world.

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Kelah: The “king” of fish

ikan kelahThe "king" of the river fish – the "kelah" or Golden Mahseer – takes three years to grow to a size of three kilogram! To grow to 8 kg would take some 40 years, depending on its environment and food sources.

The kelah (scientific name "Tor Tombroides") which is also known as the "empurau" in Sarawak and Mahseer in India, can be found in several main rivers in the country except Perlis.

The prize fish which can fetch RM100 per kg, is now scarce as its population has dwindled either because of over-fishing or destruction of its habitat brought about by erosion.

Anglers would have to persistent enough to trek into the upper reaches of the rivers to hunt for this game fish that foreigners call the "Malaysian Golden Mahseer".

Among the places where anglers still go for the thrill of landing the fish are certain pools in the rivers of Taman Negara near Jerantut, like Sungai Tahan, Sungai Kenyam and Sungai Tembeling.

Sungai Nenggiri in Gua Musang is also a haven for these much sought after freshwater fish that can fetch a good price at fine dining restaurants in the country.

Sadly these Malaysian masheer (or tambriodes) faces extinction and efforts are underway to protect this endangered species.

Among other rivers, the Sungai Tahan which flows for about 55 km from its source in Mount Tahan to meet with Sungai Tembeling in Kuala Tahan, is said to be the fish’s main home.

With pools of five to 15 metres deep, its water darkish, swift and punctuated with waterfalls and rapids, the river is the natural habitat of this game fish which loves to hide and play among the many sunken logs and rocky banks.

To ensure that the species does not suffer the same fate as those in other areas, the authorities had since 2000 gazetted that river as a reserve where no fishing by whatever means is allowed.

With the ban, they are free and safe in Sungai Tahan. However, because its reproduction and growth rate is slow, the fish is said to be scarce and elusive.

As a result, the Wildlife Protection and National Park Department (Perhilitan) with the cooperation of Usains Holding Sdn Bhd, a research wing of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), had created an Ikan Kelah Sanctuary in Sungai Tahan.

Head of the
project, Professor Dr Eddy Ta
n, 57, said the idea of the sanctuary was mooted in early 1980s but they were able to realise it only in November 2001 after securing a RM5-million allocation under the 8th Malaysia Plan.

He said Sungai Tahan was chosen for the sanctuary because it is the natural spawning ground of the fish. Although fishing is outlawed for the whole river, the sanctuary project is confined to a pool area called "Lubuk Tenor", named after the Tenor river nearby.

Fringed by fruit trees such as guava, "neram", "temarih" and "ara" which are among the favourite food of the fish, the pool with a depth of four metres and the size of a badminton court, is about 40 minutes by boat from Kuala Tahan.

Dr Eddy said the research work was more of observation and study rather than scientific research because it did not disturb the fish.

"By this approach, we do not catch the fish by hooks or nets to gather data. Measurement of weight and size is through observation.

"Probably because we do not frighten them, the fishes in Lubuk Tenor appear to be more tame," he said.

Although men are their main enemy, the kelah in Lubuk Tenor are not exactly free from danger. "The kelah fry are food for another game fish, the `subarau’ while those weighing one to two kg are the preys of "toman" (or the snakehead) and tapah," he said.

One of the research work is to "persuade" the fish in the upper and lower reaches of the river to make Lubuk Tenor their home.

Jamalluddin Hamzah, 59, a founding member and former head of the sanctuary project, has many interesting tales to tell not only about how they "persuade" the fish but also how they convinced the local people around Kuala Tahan to appreciate and help make the project a success.

"When we first started, several of us had to go to the pool three times a day to scatter the food pellets made of seeds – morning, noon and evening," he said.

Jamaluddin also sounded a bell to call the fish when they scattered the food. "At first, only the lampam fish were attracted to the pellets. But three months later, several kelah weighing between one to three kgs were seen rushing for the food," he said.

After a while, they stopped using the bell and the fish would rush for the pellets whenever they are thrown into the pool.

And their efforts seemed to work because they have seen 40 to 50 of the fish in the pool, each weighing from one to five kg.

Jamaluddin said the villagers initially thought they were mad, wasting government money by feeding the fish in the river.

Dr Eddy said without the cooperation of the villagers, it would be difficult for the project to succeed. In this connection, they held several talks with them on the importantance of preserving these national treasures.

Students from schools around Kuala Tahan were brought to Lubuk Tenor to see how the kelah can be tamed and fed.

"After seeing for themselves how the wild fish can be tamed like those in the aquariums, the local people now realise the importance of the sanctuary project," he added.

Apart from the villagers, the project also involved the Orang Asli of the Batek tribe who live in Taman Negara.

"Almost 25 percent of the workers at the sanctuary come from this tribe. Now, the villagers and the Batek are acting as the eyes and ears of Perhilita
n in case anglers come to p
oach in the prohibited area," he said, adding that there has been no cases of poaching so far.

The sanctuary project is now a tourist attraction in the national park which is helping the local economy. The number of visitors to the park has increased from 50,000 in the 1990s to 66,000 last year.

Lubuk Tenor itself receives an average of 100 visitors a month since 2002.

According to Dr Eddy, the kelah can live up to 100 years which means that they can be passed on from generation to generation.

Based on the experience at the sanctuary, he believes that the fish can be reared in aquariums and exported like other aquarium-reared fishes.

They had in fact reared the fish in glass tanks in another sanctuary in Sungai Relau in Gua Musang, Kelantan, where the fishes were successfully trained to suckle liquid food from a feeding bottle after six months.

For diehard anglers, they still have the chance to experience the fight of the game fish in another pool found recently by the management of Taman Negara and Unisains, that is, at Pos Melantai 2.

A five-day and four-night package costing RM1,000 per person is now available to anglers and they come with experienced guides, boat rides, food and lodging.

To get to Pos Melantai 2, the anglers would have to take a boat ride of about an hour from Kuala Tahan, before continuing their journey by canoe and trekking through jungle trails for another three and half hours.

Anglers however can only catch and tag the kelah before releasing the fish back into the pool.

Dr Eddy said from his observation, there are 40 to 50 of the fish in the Pos Melantai 2 pool and the biggest ever landed, weighed 8.7 kg.

Those interested in the fishing package can contact Anjung Kelah, Taman Negara at 09-2664527.

Meanwhile in Sungai Nenggiri, The Kelantan State Government has taken the lead and has agreed in principle to gazette a catchment area covering three river tributaries to establish a kelah conservation area. It covers 800ha and involves more than 20 villages along the Nenggiri, Puian and Perian rivers like Kampung Setar, an orang asli settlement in the area. The conservation project includes the forest and riverine resources that will be protected from external threats. However, local communities will be allowed to continue harvesting limited resources on a sustainable level.

One of those involved in the project is Shariffuddin Budin, 45, the managing director of Titiwangsa Heritage Sdn Bhd.

Titiwangsa Heritage was given a five-year concession (from November 2003) by the Kelantan State Government to develop the area for recreational fishing, to undertake conservation works and to assist in the promotion of the area’s eco-tourism.

Two years of perseverance paid off when a watershed along Sungai Nenggiri was declared a conservation centre for the fish by the State government with endorsement from the Fisheries Department. It is one of the State’s first centres for research and re-stocking of the species.

Titiwangsa Heritage has enlisted the help of Prof Dr Azmi Ambak, an expert in freshwater fish conservation at Kolej Universiti Sains dan Teknologi, Malaysia (Kustem), as well as University Putra Malaysia Resource and Environment Economic Valuation specialist Prof Dr Mohd Shawahid Othman.

Shariffuddin said although the fish can be found in a few other rivers, their sizes are smaller compared to those found in
Sungai Nenggiri.

< p>“We are especially keen on kelah as a source to attract anglers to boost tourism in Gua Musang,” he said, adding that world-class anglers paid thousands of dollars for the masheer in Cauvery River in India where the fish is dubbed the King of Himalayan River.

“The biggest catch recorded at Gua Musang was 27kg; the fish was released back into the water as part of conservation purposes,” said Shariffuddin who has 15 years experience in handling kelah.

Shariffuddin believes Sungai Nenggiri has the potential to become a world destination for anglers who want to land trophy-sized catches of more than 10kg.

As part of efforts to create awareness amongst anglers and to attract tourists to visit Sungai Nenggiri, Titiwangsa Heritage organised the “Catch-and-Release Kelah Challenge 2005” from April 24 to June 3 with the cooperation of Kustem and the Fisheries Department. Winners received cash prizes, trophies and certificates.

The challenge was limited to only nine groups with one group comprising six anglers per week taking part. Fish caught were tagged for research purposes and then released.

Sungai Nenggiri, which flows from Cameron Highlands in Pahang to the lower reaches of Sungai Bertam in southern Kelantan, also teems with other freshwater species such as the baung, temoleh and ornamental fish like the arowana as well as udang galah.

The quality of the river water has, over the years, gradually deteriorated. Uncontrolled deforestation due to land clearing and timber harvesting activities upriver threaten the habitat of these precious species. In addition to the threat from logging, poachers also resort to deadly methods of fish harvesting using bombs, poison and electrocution method. If these activities are not checked, we might as well just say goodbye to the kelah and all its cousins!

A Quick Guide To Climbing Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

The majestic and awe-inspiring Mount Kinabalu is one of the premier destinations for thousands of visitors to Sabah, Malaysian Borneo each year. Kinabalu National Park, a designated World Heritage Site, boasts an estimated 4,500 species of plants which includes 1,500 species of orchids, 77 of which are endemic to Kinabalu, Nepenthes pitcher plants, and the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world.

The Park also supports 289 species of birds and 290 different types of butterflies. Besides being the highest peak in Borneo and the whole of South East Asia (between Irian Jaya and the Himalayas to be exact), and the youngest non-volcanic mountain in the world, Mount Kinabalu is extremely climber-friendly and compared to other much lower mountains around the world, Mount Kinabalu is an ideal first mountain for novice mountain trekkers to conquer.

gunung kinabalu

The standard climb up Mount Kinabalu is via the Kinabalu Summit Trail at Kinabalu National Park (~1,560m above sea level). The first ascent is from the starting point at Timpohon Gate, about 4km or 30 minutes drive from the Kinabalu National Park Headquarter.

If you prefer to start the ascent on Day 1, it is advisable to arrive at the Park late morning the latest or else, depending on the weather, the Park may not allow you to do the first ascent due to hazardous condition (i.e., the fog may be too thick by late evening causing visibility problems and/or the trail may be extremely slippery).

 Most climbers prefer to stay overnight at Kinabalu National Park upon arrival to not only acclimatize to the altitude but also to enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna at the Park before the "assault" on the next day/morning. The first ascent is from Timpohon Gate just after the Power Station up to the mid-summit Laban Rata Resthouse (or more popularly known as the 11,000 ft or ~3,873m).

You will first follow the crest of a narrow ridge that dips down onto the main slopes of Mount Kinabalu itself. A little further on, you will reach a scenic waterfall known as Carson’s Falls, named after the first Warden of the Park. Don’t forget to take a sip and fill your water bottles with the fresh natural mountain water.

Conservatively, it should take a normal fit person an average 5-6 hours to reach Laban Rata. Participants at the annual Mount Kinabalu Climbathon competition went all the way up to 13,400ft (4092.5m above sea level) and back in 2 hours. But it is not really about how fast you can reach the top. It is about the experience of trekking pass different vegetation zones from Oak and Chestnut to mossy and eventually to alpine type of vegetations, and observing the rare and exotic flora and fauna
on the way up.

ides the heated Laban Rata Resthouse, the other option for climbers is to stay at the unheated mountain huts.

There is actually another accommodation option at the so-called VIP Lodge, which is more expensive compared to the others and also, more difficult to secure (i.e., only two such units available). After a short night rest to recharge your battery, the second and more grueling phase will commence early morning on Day 2, at about 2 am to 3 am.

The second ascent will be from the mid-summit all the way to the summit, which is called Low’s Peak, named after the British colonial officer Sir Hugh Low, supposedly, the first person to conquer Mt. Kinabalu. The ascent should normally take a few hours but it is much more challenging than the initial ascent due to the thinner air near the summit.

But near the peak on the granite portion of the ascent, there will be a thick nylon rope laid down to mark the route so that climbers will not get lost in the fog. You can use this rope to pull your tired body up.

Although, to reach the summit is already an achievement, it is best to target, if possible, to reach the summit just before sunrise to catch the awesome sight. If you reached too early, it will be too freezing cold to wait too long for the sunrise.

On a good clear weather, the sky seemingly turns from black to red then orange and finally gold as the sun appears. When daylight breaks, you will truly feel that you are standing on top of the world. You can see as far as Kudat and even Sandakan if the weather permits.

One important tip is to make reservation early. Given the popularity of the Mount Kinabalu climb nowadays, it is advisable to book at least 3-4 months in advance (or even much earlier during the peak season usually around mid-year) to avoid any disappointment.

This is mainly due to the limited accommodation at the mid-summit (i.e., Laban Rata Resthouse, Mountain Huts or the VIP Lodge). In the event that there is no accommodation at the mid-summit, the climb will not be possible as strictly stipulated in the National Park’s rules and regulations.

Additionally, a mountain guide is compulsory. In essence, Mount Kinabalu is relatively an easy mountain to climb. There is not much risk of acute mountain sickness at the first phase of climbing. Given climber-friendliness of the mountain, conquering the mountain must be high in your list of "activities to do" if you were to visit Sabah.

For the average fit person, a visit to Borneo will not be complete without conquering Mount Kinabalu.

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Take A Trip to Malaysia

For both air and car travel, avoid the crowds by traveling during the week, especially from Tuesday through Thursday. An added bonus is that airfares for travel Tuesday through Thursday are usually cheaper.

Mid-morning and late afternoon flights tend to be less crowded, plus you can really avoid commute traffic during this time. This site also offers the load on late-night flights (also known as red-eye flights for obvious reasons): these flights can help you avoid traffic but it’s only effective if you can sleep sitting up-right on a plane!

And did you know that traveling off-peak means traveling during holidays (not before or after) when airfares are lower and there’s less road traffic?

Some of the most affordable travel deals of the year can be found in the fall. If you find super off-peak dates that fall between major holidays, strike while the iron is hot. Book immediately with your discount travel broker. Never hesitate!

One great example of saving money by traveling off-peak is flying to the Caribbean during the North American winter months rather than during summer. You might say what’s the point in going to the Caribbean in winter when you’re going there to savor the beaches? But the fact is, there is hardly such a thing as winter in the Caribbean as it stays warm most of the year. In fact, it’s not a good idea to fly there during the peak season (I.e., summer months) as this is the period when the hurricanes usually come.

By traveling off-peak, not only will you get cheaper flights and accommodations. You will also gain a difference perspective on travel – especially the added advantage of enjoying your dream destinations without huddling with the masses of tourists during holidays.

It also helps to subscribe to online newsletters of discount air travel brokers such as Jestgo or WesJet. By having yourself included in these companies’ mailing list, you can get your hands on off-peak travel promotions faster than those who didn’t. So you see, it’s not just the air miles!

Finally, book your flight early to secure the most gains from traveling off-peak. One year’s planning can certainly help you reap the reward of the cheapest airfares possible! On the other hand, booking last minute can also have its rewards. If you’re the kind who can leave at a moment’s notice, you can save a lot from last-minute flights and accommodations. After all, airlines and hotels would rather greatly discount their seats and rooms than leave them empty!


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Borneo – Exotic Island Paradise

SABAH is Malaysia’s premier nature adventure destination situated in the northern tip of Borneo Island, the third largest island in the world. Sabah is popular for its wildlife conservation attractions, rain forest, surrounding nature and islands, beach resorts, tropical white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and its warm and friendly people. If you are thinking of visiting Borneo, these places of interest and activities will whet your appetite!

Mount Kinabalu

Let me begin with my favorite place and definitely not to be missed if you are visiting Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu (4,093m). It is the summit of Borneo and the tallest mountain in South East Asia. This mountain is sacred to the locals. Thousands from around the world have trekked to its peak. At the feet of this mountain is Kinabalu National Park, a botanical paradise where rare plants are found: rare orchids, nepenthes pitcher plants and the rafflesia, the largest flower in the world.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

If you haven’t heard yet, the most popular native of Borneo is the Orang Utan. The world-famous Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre enables visitors to come in close contact with these amazing animals. This sanctuary allows visitors to witness an exciting conservation programme in action. Set in 43 square km of beautiful rainforest, the sanctuary helps once captive Orang Utans learn to fend for themselves in the wild. Watch how these orphaned Orang Utans being taught to climb, and then go to a platform where you can witness them coming in from within the forest for their daily meals of milk and bananas.

Danum Valley Rain Forest

If nature is close to your heart, then this next destination I am going to introduce you is a must visit, Danum Valley. Danum Valley is nestled deep in the rain forest of Borneo where nature is at its most pristine. As you travel deeper and deeper into the jungle, you will suddenly come across a magical paradise of the Borneo Rainforest Lodge (BRL), erected overlooking the magnificent setting of the Segama River and flanked by tall hill ranges. BRL is an impressive resort, designed by naturalists and built on stilts using traditional timber materials, and has the comfort of a 3-Star Hotel. I totally recommend Danum Valley to those who yearn to see wildlife in a primeval Borneo rainforest – the rare Sumatran rhino, proboscis monkeys, Orang Utan, elephants and over 275 species of birds.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Island Park

When you think you have enough of sightseeing and you want to take a day’s break idling around to charge your energy, then I suggest you tak
e a 30-minute boat trip to T
unku Abdul Rahman Park. The park is made up of five beautiful islands and is a well-known sanctuary where peace and tranquility prevails. The tropical white sandy beaches are ideal for relaxing and tanning. The crystal clear water is fantastic if you fancy snorkeling or watching the sea lives and corals. The park is also a great spot for a BBQ picnic under the long hours of golden sunshine. Other activities include windsurfing, fishing, parasailing, kayaking and bird watching.

Golfing Holidays

If golf is your sport, then try the numerous high quality golf courses in Sabah. One of the courses as described by its designer – “I had to create a masterpiece by combining the natural splendor of the mountains and the seas, with ingenious architecture, and create a first class championship course to provide an enjoyable, yet challenging game for top professional golfers and amateurs alike" – Graham Marsh. Enough words said for the quality of golf courses here.

White-Water Rafting

For the true adventure seeker looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity, Sabah offers some of the most exhilarating thrills in the world. My scariest experience, only because I am not a good swimmer, is white-water rafting down the Padas River (a grade-3 river). Whilst trying to negotiate the rapids along this raging river for a distance of about 5 kilometers, do enjoy the breathtaking view that the surrounding rain forest does offer. However, be warned, don’t take your eyes off the rapids and waves too long!

Scuba Diving

Off the North Eastern coast of Borneo lies a tiny jewel of an island, Sipadan, with a marine ecosystem so perfect and unique that it is world renowned as one of the best dive spots in the world. Sipadan Island rises as a pristine Coral Sea mount, 650 meters from the floor of the Sulawesi Sea. This pinnacle off the eastern coast of Borneo is an oceanic magnet for marine life. As soon as you enter the crystal clear waters of Sipadan Island, you’ll understand why you have endured a journey that has taken you halfway around the world. As you begin to descend into this tropical water, you’ll also understand why the World Wildlife Fund says, "No other spot on the planet has more marine life than this island."


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Malaysia hosts International Garden and River Festival

Malaysia will continue to gain global recognition as the host successful international events, this time it has won a franchise to manage International Garden and River Festival (IGARF).

IGARF, the world of horticulture and flower, known throughout Europe as the “Garden Festival” or the “International Garden Austellung” was brought here for the first time for six months from December 3, 2005 in May 28, 2006.

Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad Thursday, Malaysia is the third country in Asia which has been chosen to host a multi-hundred-million ringgit, after China and Japan, since it was founded in 1951 in Hanover, Germany .

The size of 50 hectares of water-front land in Kampung Aceh in Lumut, Perak was chosen as the location of the event.

“We are targeting 6,000,000 visitors 20-30 percent is foreign to the entire six-month celebration,” he told a media briefing at the event, here Thursday.

He said Malaysia is proud to host the festival and do our best to make a very successful event.

Dr Toyad said the two other events – the World Horticultural Expo and the Silver World Water conference will be held back-to-back during the festival.

He said besides providing a springboard for local and foreign industry to explore the potential for new business, the event is regarded as one of the biggest tourist crowd puller.

Dr. Toyad expect the private sector, including tour agencies and hotels will make early preparations and arrangements in view of the tourists come in and overseas participants.

Perak Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the hosting of the event in Lumut, Perak not only put on the map world, but also strengthen the intention to transform the country into an international tourist destination Lumut.

Silver said the government, will provide facilities with the installation on both public transport and traffic systems and other ammenities at the site of the event while plans are also being made to change the Pangkor Island as a center for quarters of the participants, delegates, officials as well as tourists.

Local organizers, the River Festivals Malaysia Sdn Bhd has expressed a strong desire and commitment to make the event one of the most prestigious and spectacular event.

Chief executive Encik Ghazi Hasbollah said Malaysia as a manufacturer of horticulture and a member of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (IAPH) will feature extensive resources for the chance of nature, adventure and eco-tourism during the event.

He said the central attraction of the event horticultural exhibition of indoor and outdoor garden flowers from 44 countries worldwide.

“Exhibit shows the technique to produce flowers, fruits, vegetables, designed to educate andinform an interesting and enjoyable,” he said.

This site, Ghazi said would be made with a giant park in 2000 large trees, 40,000 shrubs and millions of colorful flowers.

Another draw-card pavilion IGARF creative floral arrangements of some of the world’s best award winning decorator.

Leatherback turtle hatchlings make their way into the sea after being released from a turtle sanctuary in Kemaman on the eastern state of Terengganu late 17 August 2004. Several populations of sea turtles in Malaysia.

Malaysian turtle populations could soon be extinct

Some sea turtles population in Malaysia is on the verge of collapse and could soon become extinct unless urgent action is taken, scientists warned.

Leatherback turtle hatchlings make their way into the sea after being released from a turtle sanctuary in Kemaman on the eastern state of Terengganu late 17 August 2004.

“ There was a dramatic drop in the number sea turtles Malaysia last year,”the scientists said in a statement after a conference here, near one of the few nesting beaches are protected on the east coast of Malaysia.

“ Many of the populations at risk of extinction and could disappear in a few years if no immediate and effective action.”

The most vulnerable species are leatherback, olive ridley and hawksbill, international tourists whose ancestors roamed the seas for over 200 million years.

X1y1zs Malaysia was once one of the most abundant of the world’s population and Terrenganu state beach here is one of 10 major nesting sites globally for the gentle giant sailors peeled.

“ The number leatherback nests in Terengganu has fallen to alarming levels: from over 10,000 a few decades ago to less than 10 last year, while population and hawksbill olive ridley in other parts of the country is critically low levels ,”the experts said.

The conference was called by Worldfish Centre, an international research group based in Malaysia and funded by private foundations and government, to draw up national action plans as part of global efforts to prevent deaths Some species of sea turtle.

The conference was attended by over 40 specialists from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and the United States delegation stressed the need for international cooperation of the turtle knows no national boundaries.

Main theme of the conference is that while the Pacific sea turtles is “ serious problems … They can still be saved.”

One of the biggest problems Malaysia is to harvest turtle eggs laid on the beach. If the hatchlings do not make them in water they face a myriad of threats from entanglement in fishing nets, illegal harvesting for food and shell and the destruction of places to eat it.

However, the scientists showed that the experience in other parts of the world shows that the “ sea turtle populations can bounce back with proper management”, citing the success stories of the protected beach in the Gulf of Mexico and South Africa.

“ While leatherback Pacific now the most endangered turtle in the world,”to protect the eggs in St. Croix in the Caribbean “ has resulted in an exponential increase in the number leatherbacks bersarang”-from about 20 in 1982 to allow the way now.”

The scientists proposed 15-point strategy for Malaysia, including a better effort to provide alternative sources of income for those who harvest turtle eggs for sale, the “ effective laws and policies strategis Dan”generate more nesting sites for asylum.

They note that the Terengganu state government has agreed on the sheet 60 hectares (148 acres) of beach and coastal habitats in captivity Ma’Daerah nearby as a refuge. This beach is used mainly by nesting green turtle.

The scientists concluded that “ while there is still hope, crucial for Malaysia to maintain the population of green turtles and hawksbill olive ridley leatherbacks before their fate.”

Kids playing in the garden.

Malaysia to be turned into garden country

Kids playing in the garden.

Malaysia has always believed development must not be at the cost of its natural heritage.

The government had ensured that the country’s green lungs in the capital city and other cities were never affected by development.

“We have ensured that parks and gardens are made available in all towns and residential areas.

“We have vigorously protected our forests and jungles and we have asked all Malaysians to embrace nature and to place importance on the aesthetic aspect of their homes, gardens and surrounding,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said when launching the “Malaysia International Landscape and Garden Festival” at Perdana Lake Garden here.

The National Parks Board of Singapore and the Royal Dutch Embassy in Malaysia are also participating.

Najib said that Malaysia had even declared March 3 as National Landscape Day and launched the “Plant a Tree” campaign for each Malaysian to plant at least one tree so that about 200 million trees could eventually be planted by the time the country attains developed nation status by 2020.

The Deputy Prime Minister urged the people to keep the country beautiful, protecting the nature and preserving the environment.

On the nine-day festival, he said it was a new area of tremendous potential for Malaysia’s small and medium-scale industries to explore.

Najib said Malaysia was in a unique position to become the leading producers of landscaping and gardening products and services.

He said that the festival in Malaysia has the potential to become a major international event similar to London’s Chelsea Flower Show and Holland’s Floriade.

Speaking at a news conference later, he urged housing developers to beautify their housing estates before selling their housing units.

This would inject aesthetic value to provide a sense of well-being to the residents in the housing estate, he added.

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