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e-Newsletter: Back Issues




1. Borneo Editorial: 'Independent Borneo'
2. What's New: 'New Borneo Directory' & more
3. Borneo Tours Spotlight: 'World Heritage Sites'
4. Special Travel Deal: Silver Hair Special
5. Destination of the Month: 'Survivor Island'
6. Borneo Events for September
7. Regional Hotels Promotions
8. General Travel Tips
9. Interesting Websites
10. Tell Your Friends About Us


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Dear Valued Subscribers,

Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak will be celebrating 'Hari Merdeka' or Independence Day on 31 August. Although both states formed Malaysia together with Peninsular Malaysia (formerly known as Malaya) and Singapore on 16 September 1963, Sabah and Sarawak actually achieved independence from the British on 31 August 1963. Although, it was seldom mentioned, Sabah and Sarawak were both an independent country for 16 days 39 years ago. Brunei Darussalam gained an internal self-government from the British in 1959 but it is only as recent as in 1984, that Brunei was officially alleviated into full independence, whereas, Kalimantan was automatically controlled by the locals and directly proclaimed under the Republic of Indonesia on 17 August 1945 after the end of the Japanese occupation. In a sense, Borneo is an INDEPENDENT region under three different nations.

For those who thought that the title of this editorial might have suggested a different perspective of an 'independent Borneo', here's something to ponder - given the present socio-economic-political disparity between the four regions, it is more likely that a Republic of Borneo will turn out to be a total disaster. One that will yield more hardship and poverty to Borneons. The experience of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in the 1990s should serve as a reminder as to why Borneo should best remain as it is today. Even a united Germany requires many years to adapt. After all, unlike the other countries, Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan have long been part of (or is) an independent nation. Is there really a need to destroy a comfortable four-storey condominium owned by three different landlords?

Feel free to share your feelings on this editorial, or any other related subject, at newsletter@e-borneo.com.




New Borneo Directory
We are rebuilding the directory database once again. The new directory is still in Beta mode and will be officially launched soon. Some of the old directory database will be imported by stages, time permitting, and will still be online for your convenience for the time being. Help us re-build by submitting your website URL(s) today, thanks.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/cgi-bin/clinks/main.cgi

Flight Checker Tool
A useful tool to check/track air flight route, availability, price and departure/arrival time of your preferred airline or other international airlines. Excellent tool to search for the cheapest airfare, fastest route, or a combination of flight/hotel/car, etc.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/flight-check.shtml

Regional Hotels Online Reservations
Added more than 25 recommended hotels in Asia to help you find the best and most competitive hotel rates around Asia for your holidays. All recommendations are based on personal first-hand endorsements by our travel specialists network, travel correspondences and/or personal visitors accounts.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/so-hotel.shtml




10D/9N Ultimate Borneo Experience
A specially-designed tour package for you to experience the best of Borneo including the World Heritage Sites of Kinabalu Park in Sabah, and Mulu Caves in Sarawak. In between, stop over for a night in Brunei and visit Jerudong Park, Borneo's only equivalent of Disneyland. For more information, please visit the link below:

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-ube01.shtml

7D/6N World Heritage Sites of Borneo Tour
A shorter version of the above for those who have only a week of holidaying to spare. Equally unique in experience, but include a special tour to the the Cultural Village of Monsopiad, a legendary headhunter of the "Kadazan" tribes. Please visit the following link for more details/itinerary:

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-whs01.shtml




Silver Hair Special: One Month in Sarawak, Borneo!
The Malaysian government has recently introduced this programme to cater for and encourage those at retirement age to spend some of the winter months away from their home country in a warm and pleasant environment where the cost of living is less then half what they are used to - and no heating bills!! Stay here in Borneo and at your leisure discover the rest of Malaysia; you will find the internal airfares amazingly cheap and the basic cost of living equally so. Also, for all the sacrifices they’d made for you, this is an opportunity to pay them back - present your parents with an affordable adventure holiday of a lifetime..., and a month or more away from you! Check out our SPECIAL DEAL - including AIRFARE, exclusively for ex-London travellers at the link below.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-silver.shtml




Pulau Tiga "Survivor Island", Sabah, Borneo
It was featured on our main page for most of this month. One of the best known island in the world courtesy of the American reality show Survivor Series. This is where the first Survivor was shot, but most TV viewers especially in the US, thought it is a remote island far far away from civilisation and thousand of miles away from the dense rainforest jungles of wild Borneo. It may shock visitors that the island is actually not too far away from Kota Kinabalu, the city of Sabah. But it is a rare opportunity to see some of the props utilising local materials created for the show, as well as the island's attractions such as a mud volcano, etc. A must for those seeking an island getaway holiday, or for the die-hard fans of the Survivor TV series - this is where it all started!

Also, read two newly added travellers' tales at the Leisure section entitled: "Our Adventure to Pulau Tiga", and "Survivor Island - Mudcaked on Isle of Mystery".

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/insideborneo/leisure.shtml

http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-kk21.shtml   (2D/1N)
http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/tours/eb-kk22.shtml   (3D/2N)




Sabah's Events

1 September 2002
2nd Merdeka Day Sea Carnival
This Sea Carnival held in conjunction with the Merdeka Day celebrations is a parade of crafts from cruises to kayaks. Just like the march-past on every Merdeka Day, this is an exiting march-past at sea.
(For further info: Kinabalu Yacht Club; Email: kyctaru@tm.net.my )


1 - 30 September 2002
Monsopiad Art Exhibition
For a second time the cultural village will become the background for an exceptional art exhibition of local talents.
(Organiser: Monsopiad Cultural Village; E-mail: mcv@tm.net.my; URL: http://www.monsopiad.org/ )


September 2002
World Team 2002 - Skydiving World Record
The International World Team of Expert Skydivers, camera flyers, pilots and support personnel (up to 500 participants) will gather in Sabah. The goal of the Team is to achieve new skydiving world records in World Record Mass Freefall Jump and World Record Freefall Formation.
(Organiser: Exotic Sky Adventures USA/Borneo Connections Sdn Bhd; URL: http://www.worldteam.com , http://www.exoticskyadventures.com , http://www.borneoconnections.com )


5 - 14 September 2002
SUKMA IX 2002, Sabah
Kota Kinabalu will host the country’s major sporting event this year as the nation’s top athletes compete for gold medals and break national records in the SUKMA IX 2002.
(Organiser: Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Sabah; For more info - SUKMA IX, 2002 Sabah Secretariat; http://www.sukma2002.com.my )


14 September - 10 October 2002
Sabah Annual Art Selection Exhibition
This is a major annual art exhibition which showcases a number of selected works from schools children right up to professional artists submitted for this activity yearly.
(Organiser: Sabah Art Gallery; E-mail: gallery@tm.net.my )


16 September 2002
Birthday of T.Y.T. Yang Di Pertua Negeri
The Federation of Malaysia was formed on this date. It is also celebrated as the official Birthday of His Excellency The Governor of Sabah. A series of activities will be held in conjunction with His Excellency’s birthday, a public holiday.
(For further info: Sabah Tourism Promotion Corporation; Email: info@sabahtourism.com )


18 - 22 September 2002
Sabah International EXPO 2002 (SIE 2002)
SIE 2002 aims to create a platform for opportunity to explore the trade and investment opportunities in Sabah. The event comprises a full day conference on 18 September and the EXPO on 19 - 22 September. Whist promoting tourism in Sabah especially for the MICE market, the SIE 2002 will also showcase the latest technologies with a wide range of products, equipment, supplies and services for the manufacturing, resource-based and tourism industries. Providing ample networking for exchange of ideas and business techniques, it is an event of opportunities for local, regional and international leading businessmen.
(Organisers: MICCI & FSM; Email: miccikk@po.jaring.my , fsmkk@po.jaring.my )


24 - 25 September 2002
Pesta Kelapa
The Coconut Festival, an annual event held in Kudat and features vast variety of coconut products. Catch the interesting activities and games in this year’s festival celebration.
(Organiser: District Office of Kudat/Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd; Email: pt.pd.kdt@sabah.gov.my or balwant@sabahtourism.com )


Sarawak's Events

6th September 2002
Jet Ski and Kayak Meet - Kuching Waterfront

Are you a jet ski expert or a kayak enthusiast? No matter what your credentials are, come and take up the challenge in competing in the ace held in conjunction with the annual Sarawak regatta. On your way to the finishing line, thousands of cheering and anxious spectators lining up at the Kuching Waterfront are all there for you. Catching the imagination of the local fanfare at the venue, the jet ski and kayak races are set to steal the limelight of the day.
(Organiser: The Organizing Committee, Sarawak Regatta/Kuching Resident Office; Tel: 6-082-241660; Fax: 6-082-244435)


7th - 8th September 2002
Sarawak Regatta - Kuching Waterfront

The popular Kuching Waterfront becomes the gathering venue of thousands of people from all walks of life who come to witness this flagship event of Kuching City. It is an offshoot of the Baram Regatta that was originally a contest between traditionally huge war canoes bringing ferocious daring warriors travelling upriver. They were first held on the Baram River to settle local rivalries between disputing tribes without resorting to war and headhunting. The excitement of those warlike, bygone days is rekindled as the State's expert boatmen take up their paddles to prove their prowess. Much awaited by the locals, these days though, there is the added excitement of jet ski and kayak racing with the exception of the traditional ferry boats or Perahu Tambang race that will definitely attract the crowd.
(Organiser: The Organizing Committee, Sarawak Regatta/Kuching Resident Office; Tel: 6-082-241660; Fax: 6-082-244435)


Labuan's Events

12th - 15th September
X-Games Open Championship
Don’t miss the excitement of this x’treme sporting event to be held at the Arena Sukan Lasak Labuan. Watch the various endurance routines being attempted by men and women driven by the belief to excel and to be their best.
(Co-Organiser: Perbadanan Labuan, Persatuan Sukan Lasak Labuan)


29th September
Unity Day Celebration (Labuan Level)
A program to mark Unity Day celebrated on 16th September at the national level to be held at the Labuan International Sea Sports Complex. Some of the events include the Agriculture Produce Fest, and the "Rukun Tetangga" Fair.
(Co-Organiser : JPN, Gabungan RT)




Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia

Free Night Special Offer 1
3+1 Offer" Receive Free Night at JW Marriott, KL

- Stay 3 nights at Pankor Laut Resort and receive 1 night in a Deluxe room free of charge at the JW Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur at Bintang Walk.
- Promotion is subject to availability and may not be combined with any other offer.
- State clearly at time of booking that the reservation is for the "3+1 Offer".
- Offer valid until Sep. 30, 2002 - *Hill/Garden Villa room only*

Free Night Special Offer 2
Free night !

- Stay 7 nights and pay for 6.
- Promotion is subject to availability and may not be combined with any other offer.
- State clearly at time of booking that the reservation is for the "stay 7 and pay for 6" offer.- - Offer valid until Sep. 30, 2002 - *Hill/Garden Villa room only*

BOOK THESE SPECIAL OFFERS: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/ph/special-pangkor.shtml

RESORT URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/ph/pangkorlaut.shtml

Hotel Inter-Continental, Hong Kong

Special lower rate!!
Valid now until Mar. 31, 2003.
More than 30% off published rate.
From US$252 onwards.

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/ph/hotel_inter-continental_hk.shtml




Babysitters on Vacation

So you and your spouse would like a quite dinner together and the hotel provides a babysitter, easy right? Double-check the hours of babysitting services. Make sure that they are available during the time you need. If not, see if they can recommend anybody. Ask the same questions as you would at home. If there is an organized program ask questions.

- Do they have planned activities?
- Are meals provided?
- How much does it cost?
- Are they trained in CPR or emergency procedures?
- What is the ratio between babysitter and children?

Remember that this is a family vacation. Try to do as much as you can with the family and your children, the memories can never be replaced.

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Malaysia Photo Gallery
Surreal photography website from a German with a local "love story" twist. Check out his web photo gallery with over 600 high quality images captured during his numerous visit to Sabah, Sarawak and West Malaysia. A must for patriotic Malaysians?

URL: http://www.molon.de/galleries/Malaysia/Malaysia.htm

BakerBoon Site
If you are bored or don‘t know where to surf to, try this site out. Its a personal site, but with a lot of fun and games, cake recipes, baking, cooking, ghost stories, healing, and other entertaining links. We liked it simply because of its Chicken Curry recipe - yummy.

URL: http://bakerboon.tripod.com/boon/id45.shtml

Sabah International Exposition 2002
This must be one of the most organised and well structured government-linked websites we have ever come across for awhile. And this is an unbiased observation which has nothing to do with the fact that they add a link back to us. Full of information about trade and investment opportunities in Sabah. If you want to test the Sabah market, the SIE is one of the rare opportunity for foreign companies to exhibit their products or services. Alas, all exhibition booths have been taken up. Bookmark it and see you in 2004?

URL: http://www.sie.com.my

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Happy MERDEKA holiday and have a fruitful and proactive month of September ahead. Looking forward to your continuous strong support this year.


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