Archive for March, 2009

Now.. Saturday, 28 March 2009 (at the point I’m writing) it’s about 1 hour and 25 minutes to the EARTH HOUR 2009.. What you can do to show your support to earth is to switch off your lights for ONE hour period starting 8.30pm tonight!

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What is EARTH HOUR?
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.

Did you know?
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, 2.2 million switched off their lights for one hour. While in 2008, 50 million people all over the world switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

What you can actually do during the EARTH HOUR :
– Write a live blog post during the night
– Take a picture of your place where it happen
– Take a video of the situation where it happen

Vote earth for EARTH HOUR 2009! Make your vote count!

via : www.earthhour.org

Read more at : wikipedia.org

It’s been quiet sometime we’ve been into some ‘Take A Brake’ session.. today I got this some interesting quiz online which I got the color right!! (at least..)

My Aura is BLUE

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it’s hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

What Color Is Your Aura?

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Atkinson Clock Tower

The Atkinson Clock Tower is one of the few remaining historical building in Kota Kinabalu. This 15.7m-high wooden structure is located at the hill slopes just nearby the Gaya Street area. It was first built in 1905 in memory of Francis George Atkinson, the first District officer of Jesselton during the time of the British North Borneo Chartered Company.

Today, the Atkinson Clock Tower is managed and well preserved by the Sabah Museum and it still serves to keep the Kota Kinabalu city time till today.

Did You Know?
– The tower was first built with ‘merbau’ wood and its a non-nails structure.
– This tower was built by Francis’s mother, Mary Edith Atkinson.

The Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre is first known as Likas Mangrove or Likas Swamp before it changed to Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary and later Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre. The area consist of 24 hectares of mangrove forest which has 9 different species of mangrove plants. The sanctuary become the feeding ground for many species of resident birds and some migrated bird species from Northern Asia.

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Situated just within the Kota Kinabalu city centre, just beside the Likas Sport stadium.

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The sanctuary was first designated as a bird sanctuary in 1996 while in 1998 it was designated as a State Cultural Heritage Site.

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Once you enter the area, you’ll start the journey by following this path.

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Before you enter further, you may look at the location map in order to see the overall location.

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The path will take you about 1.5km boardwalk into the mangrove.

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You have a choice to start with the path on your left (looks a bit scarry kan!!)

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Maybe that’s why, they put this sign instead.. I would recommend that you don’t go alone (like me). The place is peaceful, very fresh and really quiet.

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or you may go all the way straight (I choose to go straight instead)

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The first hut you will find (there are total of 10 huts along the way)

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Just take a look closer at the mangrove tree.

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This shot taken during my early visit in the morning at around 8am.

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After about 20 minutes walk, your will reach The Rotary Nature Activities. Actually its an outdoor classroom for environmental games + activities.. just at that time it was closed for renovation.

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Then, later continue the journey along this path and if you’re lucky, you’ll witness groups of birds flying across this area.

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After about 15 minutes walked from The Rotary Nature Activities, you will reach at this point.. actually this is my favorite spot!!

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It’s actually a Bird hide, if you pronounce it in locals it will sound like ‘tapuk burung’

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But I love to called it ‘tempat batimbak burung’.. The place you can hiding quietly while witness birds trying to catch a fish + small crabs + oysters.

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and it’s time for….. ‘sniper mode’!!

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I have waited about 20 minutes and suddenly one bird appear..

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and later came another one..

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Just this is the closest I can get..

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After I have enjoyed my 45 minutes ‘batimbak burung’, I continue the journey..

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Through this path and all the way…

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..to the observation tower, about 15 minutes walk from bird hide

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some shots I took from the tower

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Lastly, you will reach at one path where you can walk through a gravel of mud all the way until the starting point, those who love to get close to nature can actually try this path.

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Shot taken at freshwater pond at the entrance of the starting point.. just playing with the 50mm lenses.

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While this shot taken at the main entrance near the main gate of Kota Kinabalu Wet Land Centre.

Those who love to enjoy some nature in the city, this is the place you MUST go!!
I would recommend to visit Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre during the morning time (7am-8am) or late afternoon (4pm -5pm) as you might get to witness those birds + other inhabitants.

These are some birds species you may expect :
– White Breasted Waterhen or Keruak
– Spotted Dove or Merbok Balam
– Peaceful Dove or Merbok Aman
– Purple Heron or Pucung Serandau
– Little Heron or Pucung Keladi
– Common Redshank or Kedidi Kaki Merah
– Common Greenshank or Kedidi Kaki Hijau
– Pacific Golden Plover or Rapang Kerinyut
– Common Sandpiper or Kedidi Pasir
– Common Iora or Kunyit Kacat
– Little Green Pigeon or Punai Daun
– Philippine Glossy Starling or Perling Mata Merah
– Pink-Necked Green Pigeon or Punai Gading
– Green Imperial Pigeon or Pergam Besar
– Common Kingfisher or Pekaka Cit-Cit Kecil
– White Collared Kingfisher or Pekaka Sungai
– Stroked Bill Kingfisher or Pekaka Paruh Pendek

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre also provides educational activities + programmes.
for more info go to : sabahwetlands.org or call : 088-246955

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Sunset Shot at STAR Tanjung Aru
Shot taken at Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa with the views of South China Sea. This 5-star Resort consist of 492 guestrooms & suites with private balconies and with 7 restaurants and bars. Located about 10 minutes drives from Kota Kinabalu International Airport T1 and 10 minutes drive to Kota Kinabalu city centre.

more info : www.shangri-la.com

Spot My New Blog!

Posted: March 3, 2009 in Take a Brake

This is the continuation from my previous post..

here is another easy hint/clue …

footprint

p/s: Nah! massy.. try this! heh! heh!