Kota Kinabalu, People and Places, Street Photography.

i am who i am.

Posted in bazaar, Black & white, Putatan, street portrait, tamu by 1davidstella on September 25, 2010
i am who i am.

Keeping life as simple as it is. Trader at tamu Putatan.


He didn’t speak.. just smiled, head and hand signals. His friends said he is ‘orang asli’ (indigenous tribe), he didn’t understand what I was saying. I think they were just joking.I have seen him every time I visited this tamu… no shirt, bare-footed, and no cellphone. He doesn’t look like he wants one.. keeping life simple.

Putatan township is about 15 km from the center of Kota Kinabalu city. The population here is about 85k. They hold their weekly tamu on Saturdays and Sundays.

A ‘tamu’ is a weekly market and also a social gathering. It has a history that goes back to the time when the land was under British administration. An interesting summary can be fount on SabagTravelGuide.Com here.

Tamus (weekly markets) throughout Sabah:-
Sunday: Kota Kinabalu, Kota Marudu, Sikuati, Kota
Belud, Tuaran, Putatan, Papar, Membakut,
Monday: Tandek
Tuesday: Kiulu
Wednesday: Tamparuli
Thursday: Donggongon, Telipok, Tenghilan, Pekan
Nabalu, Sipitang, Tambunan, Keningau
Friday: Donggongon, Sunsuron, Weston, Mesapol,
Saturday: Putatan, Babagon, Kinarut, Beaufort,
Sindumin, Matunggong, Ranau (tamu besar every
1st of the month)

Another shot of the trader at tamu Putatan, but 4 months later, still without a shirt, still with a smile.:-

i am who i am (III)

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