Kota Kinabalu, People and Places, Street Photography.

tamu donggongong.. greetings.

Posted in Black & white, Donggongong, street portrait, tamu by 1davidstella on February 9, 2011


tamu donggongong.. greetings.

Friendly and cheerful atmosphere at Tamu Donggongong. Vendors at the dried seafood stalls (salted fish, anchovies and shrimps).

~Lightbox~  My Tamu Donggongong set.

The Donggongong township holds their weekly tamu (market) on Thursdays and Fridays. Not a huge market in this pre-dominantly Kadazan township, but it is easy to spend an hour or two here. An enjoyable market to visit.


daphne ii

Posted in Black & white, Gaya Street, street portrait by 1davidstella on January 26, 2011


daphne ii

Daphne checks out a pair of sunglasses.



daphne & timothy

Posted in Black & white, street portrait by 1davidstella on January 4, 2011
daphne & timothy

Daphne and Timothy checks out some sunglasses.



tamu kinarut.

Posted in Black & white, street portrait, tamu by 1davidstella on December 22, 2010


tamu kinarut.

Women selling vegetables and other local produce at the weekly tamu, Kinarut.

Lightbox / Tamu Kinarut set

Kinarut is a town located about 17 km from Kota Kinabalu and just a few km from Putatan. It is one of the stops for the North Borneo Railway {out of commission for upgrading works}. A small town with just two rows of wooden shophouses and two rows of new concrete ones, the population here is 15,716 (circa 2006) consisting mainly Bajaus and Dusuns.

Kinarut is one of three places in Sabah with “kina” as part of its name. The word probably comes from the early connection with the Chinese. “Cina” is Malay for chinese. The other two are Kota Kinabalu (which derive its name from Mt Kinabalu, the 5th highest mountain in South East Asia) and Kinabatangan River (the longest river in Sabah).
Tamus (weekly markets) throughout Sabah:-

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

totem at monsopiad cultural village

Posted in Black & white, Cultural Village by 1davidstella on December 22, 2010


totem at monsopiad cultural village

From archive: Totem at Monsopiad Cultural Village. Ethnic and ceremonial crafts.

~Lightbox~ / Monsopiad Cultural Village set


goodnight, sweet dreams.

Posted in Around Kota Kinabalu by 1davidstella on December 1, 2010


goodnight, sweet dreams.

Chalet on the sea. Photographed at Gayana Eco Resort.



your camera got smile detection mode?

Posted in bazaar, Black & white, Gaya Street, street portrait by 1davidstella on November 30, 2010
your camera got smile detection mode?

Smile Detection will lock the shutter release in this scene, I presume. 😀



ground control, my transformer did not find icecream.

Posted in Black & white, Gaya Street, street portrait by 1davidstella on November 30, 2010


ground control, my transformer did not find icecream.

The best seat on the street, but little girl needs a nap now. Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.



front seat view

Posted in Black & white, Kundasang by 1davidstella on November 23, 2010


front seat view

Passing the entrance to Kinabalu National Park, on the way to Kundasang village.



lihing making utensils and ingredients

Posted in Around Kota Kinabalu, Black & white, Cultural Village by 1davidstella on November 18, 2010


lihing making utensils and ingredients, Monsopiad Cultural Village, Kota Kinabalu.

Traditional Lihing (rice wine) making utensils and ingredients. Photographed at Monsopiad Cultural Village. {***Don't drink too much lihing.. it makes you TOO happy. 😀 }


Rice wine is widely consumed in Asia (sake, anyone?), and “Lihing” is Sabah’s very own rice wine. It is a popular one and it’s 13% ~ 21% alcohol content will make you happy quite quickly. It is still made the traditional way, except for modern concessions like using plastic for covering the jars, or using ready-made yeast. Lihing may be further distilled to make a more potent drink (40% ~ 50% alcohol content) called “talak” or “montaku”{schnapps}. {Don’t mess with this one!}

The recipe is simple enough.. “pulut” {glutinous rice} cooked with just enough water, then spread on the “kohintung” {tray made from bamboo, pandan or mengkuang leaves (pandanus} to cool. The “sasad” {yeast} is pounded, mixed with the rice, and transferred to the “topukon” {jar} or container. It is sealed with banana or tarap leaves. In two weeks, it is ready for drinking from the jar, with some water added. For storage in containers, the jar is drained after a month. The remaining mash of the rice may be distilled for “talak” or “montaku” {schnapps}.

There are customs and superstitions associated with making good lihing. Read more here.

Some corktails and more imaginative ways to drink lihing here.

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