Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

July 29, 2010

Fruits Season – Tarap Fruit

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 6:09 am

Hey guys,

Fruits season in Q3 of the year. Tarap fruit is one of the seasoning fruit and this fruit available only in Sabah, North Borneo.

I believe a lot of friends who stay out of Sabah misses this fruit so much, right? Come back and let’s enjoy the fruit together 🙂


Sandakan Dragon Fruit’s farm

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 3:55 am

Hi friends,

These are dragon fruit plants and the red color one is the dragon fruit. I know there is nothing special, but, who knows there might be some friends out there who never see the real plant before, right?

July 28, 2010

Malaysia Airlines and MASwings operations at Sandakan airport

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 7:34 am

Effective 29 July 2010, Malaysia Airlines and MASwings will cease their operation at the Sandakan town office and move the entire operation, including ticketing operations, to Sandakan Airport.

With the consolidation exercise in Sandakan airport, ticketing and related services previously held at the town office will move to Sandakan Airport.

The operating hours are from 7.15am to 7.15pm, from Monday to Sunday including public holidays.

Other than reservation and ticketing, MASwings in Sandakan airport will also be able to provide reissuance and refund service for Malaysia Airlines and MASwings’ tickets, mileage points redemptions for Malaysia Airlines’ frequent flyer programmes and MAS holiday packages.

Contact 089-660525 for more details of the ticketing operations in Sandakan airport.

July 16, 2010

Agnes Keith’s House – Sandakan

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 2:26 am

Agnes and Harry Keith’s house sits atop a hill, overlooking the Sandakan Bay. In her first book, ‘Land Below The Wind’, she writes,’ When we sat in that house and looked out through its open doors the harbor of Sandakan became a background to our entire world. I knew then that was where I wanted to live.’ Agnes and Harry lived in their original house from 1934 until 1942 when they were interned by the Japanese and sent to prison camps first on Pulau Berhala near Sandakan and then to the Batu Lintang camp at Kuching.  Harry persuaded Agnes to write accounts of their lives in Sandakan and in Sabah to pass her leisure time. Agnes had a books published. First of the trilogy was published in 1939 and became a big seller in America where she came from. The 2nd book, Three Came Home was her account as an intern in prison camps during the Japanese Occupation and was published in 1946. The 3rd book, White Man Returns was published in 1951, an account of life in Sandakan – post war.


When the Keith family returned to Sandakan after the war they found their house destroyed, as with the rest of Sandakan town. Sandakan had to be built from scratch again. The retreating Japanese army razed the town and Keith’s house, which was occupied by Japanese officers, was no exception. It was rebuilt in 1946-47 on the original foundations to the same design and was the first government permanent timber house to be built after the war. 


Agnes and Harry named it “Newlands” and they lived in it until they left Sabah in 1952. After their departure, the house passed through many tenants and in the 1990’s was left abandoned to vagrants. In 2001, the Sabah Museum in collaboration with the Federal Department of Museums began restoration work on the house.


Today Agnes Keith’s house is a prime example of how, if we put our mind into it . we can produce quality. Unlike many other projects that have all but put our country to shame that has shown such inadequate research and non-commitment placed on those projects.

Although the house is but any other colonial house found ubiquitous some 60years ago. it’s now become a rarity as Malaysia surges towards 2020’s vision of modernisation. Many have been torn down to make way for development unfortunately. Agnes Keith’s house has a story to tell. On the 1 st floor, a well documented account of Agnes and Harry’s life is displayed in a series of Perspex sheets and an audio visual room has great video screenings of what it was like in Sandakan during the early 1900’s. If you wish to watch the videos, just ask the officer and he will be more than happy to screen them for you.

July 8, 2010

Borneo Elephant

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 1:29 am


The Borneo Elephant, also called the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, (Elephas maximus borneensis) is a subspecies of the Asian Elephant and found in north Borneo (east Sabah and extreme north Kalimantan).

 In 2003, mitochondrial DNA research has shown that its ancestors separated from the mainland population about 300,000 years ago.

 The subspecies currently living in Borneo possibly became isolated from other Asian elephant populations when land bridges that linked Borneo with the other Sunda Islands and the mainland disappeared after the Last Glacial Maximum, 18,000 years ago.

A form of the extinct Javan Elephant?

Other scientists argue that the Borneo elephant was introduced by the Sultan of Sulu and abandoned, and that the population on Sulu, never considered to be native, was imported from Java. Thus the Borneo elephant actually may be the extinct Javan elephant. 

Many facts support this hypothesis, including no archaeological evidence of long term elephant habitation of Borneo, a corroboration in folklore and the lack of the elephants colonizing the entire island of Borneo.

A senior female leads the herd.

Borneo elephants live in herds of 5 to 10 individuals but you may come across up to 30 individuals feeding alongside a river. Most probably, the “herd” is made up of small family groups.

A herd is led by a single senior female. Young females remain in the family group presumably for life. Males will leave when sexually matured at 10 to 12 years old.

Big eater but very shy and quiet.

In a day, an adult Borneo elephant can eat up to 150 kg of monocotyledon plants like palms, grasses, gingers, and wild bananas. They get minerals from salt licks, which are natural concentrated sources of salt in the rain forest.

Despite their size and strength, the Borneo elephant is actually quite docile and would shy away from humans and rarely endanger humans. However, some individuals-especially the bulls-can be quite dangerous in specific circumstances. It can kill with its tusks, forehead and trunk, and by biting.

Elephants are generally quiet animals but their trumpeting can be heard many kilometers away. They communicate using a wide variety of vocalizations, from the sound of trumpets to subsonic sounds (low frequency sounds that we cannot hear).    

What are the differences between the Borneo elephant and other subspecies of Asian elephants?

  • The ears of Borneo elephants are larger relative to body size compared to other subspecies of Asian elephants,
  • Other Asian elephant subspecies are around 2.5-3.0 m tall but Borneo elephants are only about 1.7-2.6 m tall,
  • The tails of Borneo elephants can almost touch the ground.   

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