Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bambangan



Bambangan is a type of wild mango with brown skin and a strong pungent smell. This fruit usually not eaten fresh except when it is sweet and ripe enough. Bambangan is best made into a pickle or cooked with fish for a distinctive flavour. It also can be fried with onion and chilli and served as a side-dish or sambal.

To pickle a Bambangan, chopped the peeled fruit and then mixed with its own grated seed to make the flavour more delicious! The yellow the colour of the flesh inside the sweeter it taste.

Bambangan is a well known fruit for the Sabahan people (Sabah, Malaysia) especially among the Kadazan and Dusun tribes. But nowadays, it is getting popular among every race in Sabah. The tree is very tall and it takes long years to mature and bear its fruits. It can only be found in Northern and Western area of Borneo. This Mangifera species belongs to the Anachronistic family in the order of Sapience. There are about 600 species in 70 genera in the family which are mostly subtropical and tropical woody trees and shrubs.

Nikon D90 with Tamron 90mm
Location : Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Friday, September 19, 2014

Baccaurea Angulata


Baccaurea Angulata or locally known as ‘Belimbing Dayak’ or ‘Belimbing Hutan’ is an underutilized fruit indigenous to Borneo with its proximate analysis and antioxidant values are yet to be explored.  It is also known as 'Belimbing Api', 'Buah Uchong', 'Belimbing Tampoi' and 'Rambai Hutan'.  The trees grow in wild and may reach up to 10 meters tall and profusely branched. The fruits are red to purple in color and available in loads during fruits season.  The fruits are grouped in Euphorbiaceae together with ‘Rambai’, ‘Tampoi’, and ‘Jentik-Jentik’



From the outside, this wild fruit resemble a Jackfruit (Belimbing), however the flesh inside looks similar to 'Rambai", "Duku" or "Langsat".  The white flesh can be eaten fresh while the sourish skins are used in cooking by the rural communities.  Studies shown that Baccaurea Angulata is a good source of natural antioxidant with significant health benefits.

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Nikon D90 with Tamron 90mm
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ticklish Nibbling Fish

This fish massage is believed to have curative effect on those who suffer from psoriasis.  You can find this activity at Tagal Sungai Moroli in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia.

The word 'tagal' in the local kadazan-dusun dialect means 'no fishing'. The main purpose of 'tagal' is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem of the river for the benefit of the generations to come. The Pelian fish or the Malaysian Mahseer originates from the family of Cyprinidae.

Here, Ruth, a student from Kota Kinabalu is feeding these fish with special food bought from this place and letting the fish sucking it from her hand.  And yeah, her expression tells it all.



Most of the fish are quite large, with length more than a feet.  The Tagal concept enable these fish to grow undisturbed and villagers are only allowed to catch them during the breaking of Tagal season.

And how does it feels? It feels like a slimy small vacumm sucking hard like a baby.  These fish does not have any teeth, however due to the pressure when it sucks your hand or feet, the skin may show harmless reddish spot.

This Tagal concept are practice at rivers mostly on western Sabah.  Some of it are at Kiulu River, Tambunan River, Moyog River and Mari-Mari Village.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 18-105mm
Location : Tagal Sungai Moroli in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Damai Eco Ranch

A Peaceful View of Damai Eco Ranch at Morning Sunrise


 Damai Eco Ranch is a resort with a concept of modern countryside experience. It offers a wide range of leisure activities, be it if you want to experience peaceful and calm atmosphere away from the city, or you want an adventurous and challenging activities. It is suitable for those who wish to spend time with family and friends on the weekend or during school holidays.

Damai Eco Ranch is located between Ranau-Sandakan road and Poring Hot Spring. Driving from Ranau Township to Damai Eco Ranch only takes about 15 minutes. You can easily get a taxi or bus with cheap fares in Ranau Township. If you have problem finding a transport, you can contact the administration of Damai Eco Ranch and they will arrange a vehicle to pick you up from where you are to Damai Eco Ranch. Fee will be charged according to the number of passengers and the location where you are fetched.

I planned to take photographs of Milky Way or Star Trail or Night Photography at the night before.  However due to uncontrollable tiredness and out of inspiration, out of motivation, I only gaze briefly at the moon lighted sky and wish I would have the chance someday.  In the morning, with brisk of hope and leftovers inspiration came out of nowhere, I walked around the ranch armed with my old D90 feeling everything I could sense in this place.  I love the light of early sunrise touching my skin and especially the light when it falls on the Eco Ranch's Cabin.

Photo above is another version of the earlier morning sunrise.  When the sun goes up at Damai Eco Ranch, all the countryside smell of morning dew, clean atmosphere and cow's manure filling up the air, enlighten all living souls.

Nikon D90 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Location : Damai Eco Ranch, Kg. Lohan, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday, September 8, 2014

Murut Costume

Sylvie posed with her Murut costume from the district of Nabawan, Sabah, Malaysia.

The Murut are an indigenous ethnic group, comprising 29 sub-ethnic groups inhabiting northern inland regions of Borneo.  A large percentage of the Murut communities are in the southwest interior of Sabah, East Malaysia, specifically the districts of Keningau, Tenom, Nabawan, and Pensiangan, along the Sapulut and Padas rivers. They can also be found inhabiting the border areas of Sarawak, (especially around the Lawas and Limbang areas, where they are also referred to as Tagal people), East Kalimantan (in Malinau and Nunukan) and Brunei.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Rungus Costume


Dana with her Rungus Costume during 1Malaysia Independence Celebration at SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin.  The Rungus are an ethnic group of Borneo, residing primarily in northern Sabah in the area surrounding Kudat. A sub-group of the Kadazan-Dusun, they have a distinctive language, dress, architecture, customs, and oral literature.


Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

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