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Sabah Fest 2007 (May 4)

Sabah Fest is the most colourful annual tourism event, which is made lively and impressive by rich display of traditional costumes, music, cultural dances, and handicrafts from different indigenous groups of Sabah. Very well done this year (thanks to Sabah Tourism). I notice there were a lot more visitors than last year, and the RM20 (US$6) tickets to watch cultural performance and stage show were all sold out. In 2006, they even offered early bird promotion of RM10 (US$3), a 50% discount, to sell more tickets. No more discount this year, probably the response is too good, due to Visit Malaysia Year 2007. If you missed the show, no worry, they will publish a CD for sales later.

Sabah Fest 2007, Malaysia
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My mission is to capture as many beautiful photos as possible, of those indigenous people dressed in their newly-made traditional costumes. Usually the most colourful and bright-colored ethnic groups are Bajau (from Kota Belud) and Suluk (from Semporna). There were a few traditional dance performance around, so I also snapped some pictures. All of them were very cooperative and even made excellent pose for photo-shooting. Another catchy target is Murut warriors, with swords and long-feather headgears. I also took pictures of Kadazan Papar, Rungus (from Kudat), Tidung (from Tawau), Orang Brunei (from Papar), Orang Sungai (from Kinabatangan), Iranun (from Kota Belud), Bonggi (from Banggi Island) and Lundayeh (from Sipitang) people. It was a fruitful photography trip. Just check out my photos to see more…

Sabah Fest 2007, Malaysia
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Some souvenir, handicraft making demo, food and tourism product booths were setup and free for you to browse. To watch the performance, you need to buy the ticket (sold out). The programme is not the same every year. Each year they will invite certain indigenous groups from very far district to come here to perform authentic cultural dance. Since everything will be taped, it is a great way to document and preserve their culture too. It is a big lose if you never come to this event.

Visiting the event is a VVIP experience (free, no ticket required). Start from entrance, every guest will walk on red carpet and welcome by hundred of performers in their unique and colourful costumes. Along the way, your ears will be busy occupied by music played by all sort of Sabah’s traditional musical instruments such as tonggungak, gong, kulintangan, drum, and sompoton. And the warm and sweet greeting from those cute children, in beautiful dresses, will melt your heart. You can see their photos in my photo album.
Sabah Fest 2007, Malaysia
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Open the newspaper every day, and we will see depressing news on people hate and kill one another, due to difference in races, religion, political view, interest, etc. It is a blessing that the people of Sabah, which are formed by over 30 ethnic groups, can live in harmony together.

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Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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Dance Carnival, Papar (Aug 12, 2006)

It has been a long time I don’t blog. When I looked at all my unpublished photos yesterday, I was surprised how weak my memory is. Even though I can’t blog in regular basis, I think it is still a good idea to keep a record of what I photograph before I forget all the story behind. Another reason is that I still see many traffic generated from my old blog. If this site serves the online community well, probably I can spend minimal time to inject new content occassionally.

I went to the traditional Dance Carnival held on August 12 in Papar. The show was performed from 8PM to 11PM. Usually I am very reluctant to take pictures at night. The main reason is that the maximum light sensitivity of my camera is ISO400 (SLR can handle ISO800, 1600… with minimum noise). If the pictures are taken under low light and far distance, 70% will turn out blur, underexposed and grainy. Rather than disappointed by the outcome, might be better sleep at home. Well, I went anyway. You say “Buy a SLR lah”? Talk2 easy lah. Camera + len kits may cost around RM3,000. Don’t forget the extra batteries, charger, memory cards, filter lens, flash, bag… easily another 2K already.

What excited me was that I got the photos of indigenous groups from East Coast (Sukau / Kinabatangan / Tawau districts), namely, Orang Sungai and Orang Tidung. I also watched the performance of KadazanDusun, Bajau, Murut, Dusun Segama, Bisaya, Dusun Tatana, Orang Brunei, Lundayeh… What impressed me was the headgear of Murut Nabai from Keningau, as the picture below:

Papar Dance Carnival
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As expected, most of my photos were blur. Below is a OK picture, which shows part of the acting in a dance by Orang Brunei.

Papar Dance Carnival
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Papar Dance Carnival
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I will blog again if time permitted.

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