My 1st holiday destination of the year was at SipadanKapalai Dive Resort. Leaving KK at 0650hrs on the 4th February to Tawau via flight AK6122 with another 3 friends from Kota Kinabalu then meet up another 2 new friends at Semporna before we departed to Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort.
We were warmly welcomed by the Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort airport rep when we walked out from the arrival hall. Then we took a 45 min bus ride from Tawau to Semporna. Here are the pictures to share with you all, cheers!
While we were waiting for the boat transfer to the resort
We left from Kota Kinabalu at time 1400 hours and made an overland journey for 2½ hours to Teratak Village, South Western part of Sabah. Upon arrival, they enjoyed light refreshment at the jetty and then proceeded for a late afternoon river cruise in search for the bizarre odd nose Proboscis Monkey along the river. This stretch of wetland is also home to other wildlife such as Long Tailed Macaques, Silver Langur Monkeys, varieties of endemic and migratory birds, monitor lizards, bats, otters, etc. When the darkness falls, witness the magic of thousands flickering fireflies on trees along the river bank. After having scrumptious dinner, we then returned to the jetty and transferred back to Kota Kinabalu. What a wonderful way to close the curtain of year 2011 with Pink Borneo Teratak River Cruise!
We are now in the month of November. Over the months of September & October, we kept receiving & hearing news of gay bully, gay murder. I am sad for the ‘gets-better’ time is not here yet I suppose. My purpose to post these news is hoping Gay Community Kota Kinabalu, SabahBorneo,Malaysia are aware of things happened out there. And I started to think or better word to describe, I wonder if such things also happened here locally, yet it had been covered up.
POSTED BY KEVIN FARRELL ON OCT 31, 2011: 27-year-old Nick Aaronson’s body was found naked on his hotel bed, with his hands tied behind his back and a belt around his neck this weekend. The U.S. Airways flight attendent had been strangled to death, and his body showed signs of choking and beating beforehand.
Receiving an email stated: “We have added…… listings at http://www.utopia-asia.com/tipsmala.htm. Your website has been selected for our Utopia Spicy Website Award and recommendation to our thousands of daily visitors looking for cool and trendy sites.” this morning, marked the milestone of Pink Borneo’s progress and growth for years to come.
We are looking forward to give you our very best service in Borneo, cheers!!
“The gay scene in Malaysia is thriving; although it is still mostly underground, it is basically tolerated by the “live-and-let-live” attitude of the locals.
From travel industry’s perspective, Sabah has all the important qualities to successfully develop Pink Borneo; Sabah has outstanding quality of flora and fauna, and the natives have rich and diverse tradition and culture. Most visitors find that the locals in Sabah are generally friendly to all visitors regardless of their cultural background or sexual orientation. Sabah’s hotel industry is also booming and this provides a wide range of accommodation to suite everyone’s budget and preference. There are also several gay-owned or gay-friendly establishments to support the development of Pink Borneo, ranging form backpacker hostel, pub and club, restaurant, spa centre, hair-salon, boutique, photography, event organiser, etc. Since all major destinations in Sabah such as Sepilok Orangutan Centre, Selingan Turtle Island, Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary, Danum Vally Research Centre, etc. are well documented; visitors find it easy to enjoy their special interests. Finally, with the increasing number of direct flights coming to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah has become accessible to travellers from all over the world.”
10 October 2011, Kota Kinabalu – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Kota Kinabalu (SPCA KK) had successfully raised an amount of RM7,300.00 on the 8th & 9th October 2011, venue City Mall Kota Kinabalu. Through this campaign, volunteers utilized all their heart, might, mind & strength, hoping to stir awareness to the public of the importance of helping animals from being cruelly treated & urged the public to understand the law that could be applied on those who abuse the animal.
Today, I am in extreme sorrow & pain cause I have seen such extreme graphic Youtube of a gay African man been beaten, burned alive by angry mob. Why is this still happening in this modern world? Why people still hate gay so much that they would even kill?
With this heartbreaking thing happened to this poor gay African, I urge, I plea to you, my fellow gay friends of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia & to entire world… Cherish gay friends, acquaintances around you, stop the drama, think of the true value of mankind, we are hated thus we must love our own community more, unify, and together we become the strength of each other… for we are really blessed to be born in Malaysia indeed!