Coconut Festival 2008

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This is probably the most interesting fashion show in Sabah. The Coconut Fashion Queen contest is the highlight of Pesta Kelapa (Coconut Festival) celebrated in Kudat annually. The contestants have to dress in outfit and accessories made of coconut materials. I think the contest is solely for fun and laugh, but the contestants were really serious about it.

Pesta Kelapa
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Actually Coconut Fest is not my main target to visit Kudat. I just timed the trip during the pesta so I had something to do at night, before I moved on to other destination the following day. In fact, there were some delay on the show, so the event ended at 11:30pm. @_@

Coconut Festival
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This was my 2nd time watching the Coconut Fashion Show. I had already blogged about this festival in year 2005. When I look back at those old photos, goodness… so bad quality (taken with a compact camera). This year I took better photos, but it really hurt my arms to hold heavier camera for hours.

Pesta Kelapa
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Compared to year 2005, their coconut fashion design has become more sophisticated and beautiful. I like the costume of contestant no.5, she reminds me of Sailor Moon, a Japan anime character. Though she didn’t make it to top 5, she won the title Miss Photogenic.

There was an exhibition about livestock, pet and coconut handicraft too.
Coconut Festival
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The bad weather and heavy rain almost spoiled my travel plan. I managed to visit a few interesting places such as Kampung Minyak (Oil Village) in Kudat. Later this week I will blog about them.

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Photos taken in Kudat, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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By Murphy Ng