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Saturday, May 30, 2009

My Olympus E1 and Kampung Life at Telupid

Suzuki Jimny SJ410, wooden house and Telupid

Rubber Telupid Sabah

Telupid and Rubber - closeup

Telupid - if I were a kid..

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My Olympus E1 and Landscape photography at Mesilau - Kundasang


Kubis, Kundasang dan Kinabalu
Cabbages and Kinabalu..

Mount Kinabalu Golf Club - Golf, Kinabalu dan Kundasang
Mount Kinabalu Golf Club

Resort, Kundasang dan Kinabalu
Resort and Kinabalu

Resort, FLOWERS, Mesilau, Kinabalu and Kundasang Kiram
Kiram Village

Resort, Kinabalu, Mesilau dan Kundasang, Kiram
Kiram Village

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Kundasang

Well, you may know Kundasang as one of the tourist attractions in Sabah due to the majestic Kinabalu view, cool climate, vegetable and many more. That's is not my concern now, my point here to be shared is the physical problem of Kundasang. I'm not saying that Kundasang is in serious danger, its only a small things that we may need to think about. Of course this may already in the attention by the authority too, so this is just a word by the small like me. I'm not an expert in geology nor environmental, but just a concern citizen of Kundasang.

I read about "Six Kundasang landslide complexes identified" and "Kundasang's cracking up" in the dailyexpress news (via Mineral and Geoscience Department web) and its dated 2004 and 2005 respectively. Research has been done about the stability of the region. Just to quote some important part in these two articles:

Kundasang, once a small village in the foothill of Mount Kinabalu has come into the limelight because of its rapid development in the agricultural and tourism industry as well as its various land and slope stability problems.
Its hilly setting, mild climate and spectacular views of Mount Kinabalu had contributed much to the removal of its natural vegetation in that agriculture and other infrastructure development such as hill resorts and holiday homes have been creeping in.
...
He (Yunus Mohd Razak) hoped that the outcome of this seminar will guide the local authorities in reviewing the development projects, the town planners in land use zoning and the architects and engineers in preparing the layout of buildings, designing the foundation system and deciding on the most appropriate type and method of construction.
...
But in Kundasang, because the area relatively does not have steep slopes, that is only about 10 to 15 degrees, the movement is relatively slow. From time to time, at certain specific areas, it will move relatively fast that is maybe two to three kilometres per hour.
"We will identify areas which are of high risk in terms of fast movement. Because of the nature of landslides, Kundasang can still be developed, but merely for agricultural purpose. If you want to develop for infrastructure, you have to really look at areas which are moderately of low risk in terms of potential damages," he said.

--"Six Kundasang landslide complexes identified"
and this is really impotant to get local people to be involved on what happen and how they can benefit from the research.
And in the near future, just before we complete this research, we are planning to hold a seminar or get together with the local people and try to develop a certain procedure where the people can get involved.

Now this is in 2004, then how about recent measurements? I can see that the road to Kundasang shops/war memorial (from the junction), there is an evidence that within this period (up to 2009) it is clear that there is a movement, at least in this part of Kundasang.

(Image taken from Daily Express)

One another things that I don' really understand is the heavily affected SMK Kundasang (my previous school), where cracks at the teachers' quaters and some parts of the school are really visible since 2004 or earlier than that. Believe it or not the building (teachers' quaters) is still there although no more occupants. I think that must be due to research purpose, leave that building until collapse? in between that to happen, take a measurement, may be?

Are we waiting for the major collapse of those buildings or even the entire school? WHY not move the school to other place? It is not safe anymore.. but I know the sentiment of the people who don't want a new school far from Kundasang, but look at Ranau and SMK Agama Lohan.. what is the different? Please people of Kundasang, are waiting for the total disaster and after that suffer from no school building until a few years?
Prof. Komo said he noticed hairline cracks had already emerged at the basement of the multi-storey SMK Kundasang Teachers' Quarters and that it was indicative of a much larger fissure in the earth beneath the concrete building.

...

"Before that, schools were built based on no geological studies. That resulted in some schools abandoned which to me is a waste," he said.

"Hopefully, the Government will set up a committee to monitor the situation and address the problem better," he said.
Any results yet from this urge by Prof. Komo? but SMK Kundasang is still there.. how much longer this school to stay despite the geological problem here?

and finally, I really interested and happy to see this:
"We shouldn't talk about town planning any more for Kundasang but country planning and to urgently start planting trees," he (Prof Ibrahim Komo) said.
-- "Kundasang's cracking up"
Resolutions from noob me:
  1. We hope government can find a quic solution to where to build new school location of Kundasang
  2. Government realizes the land use zoning at Kundasang so that specific usage of the land must be adhered.
  3. Tree plantation zone at Kundasang..
That's all, Thank you.



Monday, May 04, 2009

My Olympus E3 and Kundasang War Memorial

Remembering the past - Death march of the Australian/British POWs through the dense jungle from Sandakan to Kundasang. I know that quite many source of this place you can go because you will get less info here just a photo to be shared.

War Memorial Kundasang - Australia - British UK - Flag
Three flags - Australia, British, New Zealand

War Memorial Kundasang - Australia - British UK

Kundasang War Memorial, Kinabalu - Australia, British UK
Pillars as frame of the Mount Kinabalu..

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Jalan-jalan KK-Tambunan-Ranau-Kundasang

Mencari PETA KUNDASANGhttp://sam4605.blogspot.com/2009/06/map-kundasang-kundasang-war-memorial.html


Misi jalan-jalan ini telah terlaksana masa cuti pekerja baru-baru ni. Misi ni ialah sebahagian daripada perjalanan ke pekan-pekan di Sabah. Tujuannya ialah untuk melihat sendiri semua bahagian di Sabah terutama sekali keadaan jalanraya, pemandangan kampung dan apa-apa yang boleh diambil gambar sepanjang perjalanan.



Peta perjalanan dari KK(A)-Tambunan(B)-Ranau(D)-Kundasang(E)

Kali ni, bersama isteri dan anak-anak balik ke Kundasang ikut jalan lain iaitu melalui Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Tambunan, Ranau dan akhirnya ke destinasi iaitu di Kundasang. Kami bertolak dalam jam 9.30am dari rumah melalui jalan Tuaran-Bypass. Jalanraya memang baik dari KK ke Tambunan cuma agak curam di bahagian sektor Penampang sebelum Tambunan, ada jalan yg lebih kurang 10-16% kecuramannya. Kami sampai di bahagian atas sektor jalan dan berhenti di satu tempat yg dinamakan Gunung Emas yg sepatutnya kawasan pelancongan tapi tidak berjaya, mungkin disebabkan pelancong tidak singgah lama barangkali. Masa kami lalu kawasan sektor jalan menaik, keadaan berkabus dan agak sejuk, sesejuk Kundasang. Ada banyak pondok yang menjual sayur tepi jalan, maksudnya mereka ada menanam sayur di kawasan ini. Satu lagi yang menarik di sini ialah tanaman pokok pines, menjadikan seperti pemandangan macam di luar negara.


Antara bulatan daripada baaaanyak bulatan




Kawasan rehat Gunung Emas.. sejuk, berkabus


Lepas tu singgah di Pusat Penerangan Raflesia tapi tutup la pula hari pekerja. Orang nak datang pun masa cuti apa la tutup pula. Depan sikit jumpa waterfall, pun tutup juga, apa hal betul. Tapi ya lah tempat-tempat ini berada di tengah hutan belantara Banjaran Crocker tu, cuti hari pekerja lagi tu.

Sebelum Tambunan, kami berhenti kejap ambil gambar lembah Tambunan dari atas bukit di tepi jalan, cantik pemandangan dan kawasan Tambunan.



Sabah ni jangan terkejut banyak roundabout, sebagai salah satu teknik untuk mengurangkan trafik light. Dari roundabout Ranau-Tambunan, ambil jalan ke Tambunan untuk cari Masjid sebab hari tu Jumaat. Sebelum sampai pekan Tambunan, jumpa lagi roundabout, masuk pekan dan dlm pekan untuk ke Masjid pun ada roundabout lagi.. banyak betul roundabout.


Jalan ke Trusmadi dan satu daripada signboard Gereja yang sangat baaanyak betul di Sabah, masjid tiada pula signbord besar-besar macam ni. Nasib baik kubah menara masjid tinggi dan boleh nampak dari jauh, jadi boleh la menuju ke arah kubah tersebut.


Alhamdulillah, sempat sampai dan solat Jumaat di Masjid Tambunan.

Lepas solat Jumaat, singgah di pekan Tambunan untuk makan tengahari. Kami pesan bihun goreng, dan diberikan sup kosong percuma. Jangan terkejut.. Sabah, sup kosong menjadi kemestian.

Sebenarnya acara perayaan pesta Kamaatan sudah bermula di Tambunan, ada pertandingan sukan sepaktakraw di pekan Tambunan. Lepas makan, kami bertolak pula ke Air Terjun Mahua lebih kurang 10-15 minit perjalanan dari bulatan Ranau-Tambunan-KK tadi. Kawasan air Terjun ni terjaga elok dan air terjun memang cantik, tapi yang tidak berapa cantik ialah gambar yang saya ambil. Setting tidak berapa nak ok. Tidak mengapalah nanti lain kali datang lagi kalau ada kesempatan. Satu lagi paling saya benci betul kalau orang picnik makan lepas tu tinggal saja. Apa baini orang, silaka betul.


Tengok tu dua org, pandai saja makan tapi tidak pandai pungut balik bekas makanan.. tiada sivik betul, nak ambil gambar pun tidak best ada sampah bikin rosak gambar


Nasib photoshop boleh kasi hilang tu orang..

Jam 4 petang begitu, kami keluar dari Mahua dan meneruskan perjalanan ke Ranau. Nah, bermulalah jalan kurang elok, grabel dan masih dalam pembinaan, punyalah berhabuk jalan. Bila siap entahlah. Tapi pemandangan kawasan kampung memang terbaik. Akhirnya kami sampai di rumah pada jam 6.00pm! dengan perjalanan selama 9 jam!.. sejauh 203km. Kalau tidak singgah mana-mana, jalan terus saja munkin boleh sampai dlm 3-4jam. Tapi apapun perjalanan ni memang memenatkan dan juga menyeronokkan. Di rumah Kundasang keadaannya sejuk dan berangin pula, jadi bertambah sejuk jadinya. Tidur dalam sejuk-sejuk memang terbaik.



Jalan grabel masih belum ditar, kalau hujan rasanya kereta mana boleh panjat jalan curam ini.


Pemandangan Kinabalu dari satu kampung siring jalan Tambunan-Ranau


Jarak perjalanan dari KK-Tambunan-Ranau-Kundasang dalam masa 9++ jam!

Baiklah, itulah catatan misi perjalanan ini, dengan harapan misi lain seterusnya akan tercapai. 
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