We have moved!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Monday, January 18, 2010
Would like to announce that the Wong Loong Association has decided that our 5th reunion will be held on the . Mark your date!! See you there
p/s that means I am bogged down with updating the family tree again.. tee hee hee... do email me at celine(at)wongloong(dot)net. Thanks.
While my in-laws think that I spoil my boys, I told them that it is very rare to have polite kids nowadays. :) The boys can be so irritatingly cheeky, yet "Please & Thank you"s are always generous from them. Yes, even my mumbling baby C.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
To those who are not sure about this place, it is in Klias Beaufort, about 2 hour drive down south from Kota Kinabalu. Since we were passing Membakut, we dropped by at my parents' house for tea and continued our journey to Klias for the river cruise.
Arrived Kampung Garama at 4pm. While parking our car, we saw families of macaques along the roadside.
At night along river banks in the Malaysian jungles (most notably found near Kuala Selangor), fireflies ("kelip-kelip" in the Malay language or Bahasa Malaysia) synchronise their light emissions precisely. Current hypotheses about the causes of this behavior involve diet, social interaction, and altitude. [source]
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Gomantong Cave is in our itinerary, as it is located near Sukau.
The entrance of the Gomantong Cave. Can you spot Baby C & Mama?
Gomantong is the largest limestone hill and the most important source of edible birds nets in Sabah. Tourists visiting the cave during harvesting season can see local collectors dangle from the roof of the cave on ladders made of rattan and bamboo collecting the nests produced by the agile swiftlets. [source]
Unfortunately, we were 2 weeks early as the workers told us that the next harvesting date is on the 20th August this year. Despite that, we enjoyed exploring the more accessible Simud Hitam (Black Cave) which takes 5 minute to walk around the well-maintained boardwalk.
Since the 13th century, Chinese traders have come to Sandakan in search of birds' nests, a prized delicacy among the Chinese and found nearly 100 metres up on the ceilings of the Gomantong Caves. Harvesters put their lives on the line literally, climbing networks of rattan ladders and ropes to get to the nests. The risky nature of nest collecting has only helped made the commodity a pricey one.[source]
The main cave system is divided into two parts: the more accessible Simud Hitam (Black Cave), and the larger Simud Putih (White Cave) which lies above. The names refer to the main type of nests produced by swiftlets in each cave. Simud Putih (White Cave) is the larger of the two caves, and also the more dangerous; special permission is required to enter and one must participate in at least five hours of intense spelunking. It is where the more valuable "white saliva" nests of the swiftlets are found, and is a steep 30 minute climb further up the mountains. [source]
We did more swimming, had superb seafood dinner (Thanks Suk Goong for arranging it) and had a good rest on a more comfy bed.
This is one trip that I anticipated the most, because I planned to bring my 15mo baby into the deep jungle and to cruise the longest river in Sabah, the Kinabatangan river.
We left the place by noon, and headed to Gomantong caves....and to Sandakan town to stay for another night. Next!