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Friday, October 19, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pride of Sabah Offroader: Modified Isuzu D-Max Monster


Modified Isuzu D-Max Monster

The one and only Isuzu D-Max monster in Sabah which modified for extreme offroad. Pride of Sabah offroader ready for Borneo Safari 2012

Modified Isuzu D-Max Monster
Modified Isuzu D-Max Monster
Modified front to axle with coil spring and radius arm.

Modified Isuzu D-Max Monster
Modified Isuzu D-Max Monster
Rear is stock condition but installed single arm to the chassis for anti-wrap on the spring

Monday, October 15, 2012

Blogger.com: Why my Pageviews restart to 0?

I logged on to my blogger today only to know that my pageviews was reset to 0. Why bloger? why?.. Can you give me my pageviews back to normal?.. please..

Update 2.32PM: The pageviews back to normal now.. thanks blogger.com

Friday, October 12, 2012

22ND BORNEO SAFARI INTERNATIONAL XTREME KINABALU OFFROAD CHALLENGE ITINERARY - UPDATED


VEHICLE SCRUTINEERING

13th & 14th October, 2012 
Saturday/Sunday (10.00am – 5.00pm)

1st Technical Inspection (scrutineering) for all Borneo Safari participants. Registration and payments. Venue Zone: Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, Sandakan & Tawau. 

Please call contact no.s below for your respective venue.

20th & 21st October, 2012
Saturday/Sunday (10.00am – 5.00pm)

2nd Technical Inspection (scrutineering) for all Borneo Safari participants. Registration and payments. Venue Zone: Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, Sandakan & Tawau.
Distribution of Convoy Vehicle Stickers.

Please call contact no.s below for your respective venue.


ALAMESRA SHOWGROUND

26th October, 2012
Friday (9.00am – 5.00pm)

9.00am – Official Launch of 1st Borneo 4WD Outdoor Show at Alamesra Showground.

10.00am – 3rd Technical Inspection (scrutineering) for International Participants only. 
Vehicle Stickers Scrutineering – all participants must get their vehicle inspected to receive an approval slip from the Vehicle Scrutineering Manager.

27th October, 2012
Saturday (9.00am – 7.00pm) 

Second day of 1st Borneo 4WD Outdoor Show 

9.30am – General Briefing for Competitors and Participants (compulsory for all particpants). 

10.30am – Individual Group Briefing – all participants must meet their respective team leaders

11.00pm – High Tea for all participants

1.00pm – Distribution of event t-shirts and Official Programme Book to all participants. Please ensure that you present your vehicle sticker approval slip during collection.

2.00pm – Paragliders landing on Alamesra showground led by Guest of Honour Dato’ Seri Tengku Adlin, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board

3.00pm – Launching of Borneo Safari Special Stage 1 by Dato’ Seri Tengku Adlin

4.00pm – Special Stage 2 starts

7.00pm – Special Stage 3 starts 

XTREME KINABALU TRACK

28th October, 2012 - Sunday 

Last day of 1st Borneo 4WD Outdoor Show (10.00am – 4.00pm) 

Day 1 - 9.00 am Ceremonial Flag Off of Borneo Safari at Alamesra Showground by Yang Berhormat Datuk Peter Pang En Yin, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sabah. 

Sabah Air helicopters will fly above the convoy during flag off for a dramatic start to the 22nd Borneo Safari International Off Road Challenge. ATVs, Motocross bikes and mountain bikes will follow behind the convoy to Kg. Pulutan, Menggatal for SS 4 & 5. 

Residence, photographers and tourists in the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu city are highly encourage come to see more SS action! After the SS, convoy will proceed Kg. Gondukut. 

Charming Gondukut
A nice and easy start as the convoy travels north over sealed and village roads to the first campsite at Gondukut village in Kota Belud district. This is one of the most picturesque roads in Sabah with stunnng views of Mt Kinabalu, low-lying hills, rustic villages and clear running rivers.

29th October, 2012 - Monday
Day 2 – Rumble at Rosob Badi

Convoy will experience its first hardcore section with river crossing and swampy conditions along 2km between Gondukut and Rosob Badi. Added challenge thrown in if it rains and winching is a high probability. 

Beautiful sunset views at the highest point of the route before going downhill to Camp Nyaman for overnight. SS 6, 7 & 8 will be conducted at this part of the route.

30th October, 2012 - Tuesday
Day 3 – Xtreme Rosob Rantai

Convoy will be tested on one of the longest hardcore sections with 6km of steep hills and river crossings. Time to slip and slide to test your driving skills! Expect to meet at least 2 – 3 winching sections. Convoy is scheduled to regroup before sundown at Rosob Rantai before setting down for the night at Rosob Rantai campsite. SS 9 & 10 will be conducted at this part of the route.

31st October, 2012 - Wednesday
Day 4 – Tranquil Togob

Convoy will experience the longest section along the eastern foothills of Kinabalu Park to reach the next campsite. Man and machine will again be tested with slippery conditions and uphill hardcore section between Rosob Rantai and Gana village before reaching Kampung Togob Darat, the best campsite on the Borneo Safari route.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the rustic scenery and beautiful clear rivers as they spend two days here for a series of activities which includes donating rations, medical camp and building facilities. 

Participation by all participants is highly encouraged to show support for this worthwhile cause. SS 11 & 12 will be conducted at this part of the route.

1st November, 2012 - Thursday
Day 5 – In Touch with Nature – Monggis

Convoy will visit Kinabalu Park’s Monggis Sub-Station for a tree planting green project. Monggis Sub-Station is the base station to climb Mt Tambuyukon (2,580m/8,462ft), the third highest mountain in Malaysia after Mt Kinabalu and Mt Trusmadi. 

The Borneo Safari 2012 plans to plant more than 150 seedlings at Kinabalu Park, Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site, as part of its environmental project. Pictured here is the beautiful Kikulat River that flows through the Park. For those interested in a half day hike, the Kikulat Waterfall is just 2km from the sub-station.

The Monggis Sub-Station serves as a sentry post with research and recreational facilities. The sub-station was established in 2006 and is located 35km from Ranau town at an altitude of 300m above sea level. The area is surrounded by lush vegetation from lowland dipterocarp to highland forests.

Convoy will proceed back to Togob Darat campsite for 4 special stages for SS 13 to 16.

2nd November, 2012 - Friday
Day 6 – Mesmerising Mamut

After breakfast, convoy will proceed south and ascend uphill from Togob Darat Campsite to Mamut Campsite for a breathtaking view of Mt Kinabalu’s Eastern Ridge and the former Mamut Copper Mine site below which now forms a lake. Photo opportunities for sunrise and sunset landscapes. SS 17 will be conducted at this part of the route.

Water supply at this high elevation is limited and participants are advised to pack warm clothing as temperature at Mamut Campsite can drop to below 20°C. 

3rd November, 2012 - Saturday
Day 7 – Rugged Mesilau 

Convoy will start the day by proceeding to Ranau Tamu ground in the morning and welcomed by Yang Berhormat Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah for the flagging off of SS 18 & 19. There will be cultural dance and the public is welcomed to see more 4WD actions! 

Convoy will later proceed further south-west along the foothills of Mt Kinabalu to Mesilau along a 6km hardcore section. Expect at least 2 – 3 winching points. Time to test your vehicle driving skills!

The Mesilau Campsite is the highest elevation on the Borneo Safari 2012 route. Warm clothing is essential as temperatures at Mesilau Campsite can drop to 15°C at night. 

Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt Kinabalu as well as off-roading through some of the largest highland vegetable farm areas in Sabah. Photo opportunities are abundant along this section.

CLOSING CEREMONY

4th November, 2012 - Sunday
Day 8 – Kota Kinabalu Closing Ceremony

The day will start of with the showdown of the final SS 20. After the final SS, convoy will proceed from Mesilau Campsite to Kota Kinabalu for the closing ceremony.

The closing ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm at Pacific Sutera Grandball Room and the guest of honor is Yang Berhormat Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah. 

THE END

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NO.s

Mr. John Kong +6 0168349888
(Sponsorships & Media Matters)

Mr. Liew Vui Kwong +6 019 8615893
(New Membership and Subscriptions)

Mr. Anthony Foo +6 019 8823717
(BS 2012 Registration of Competitors and Officials)

Mr. John Chak Lee Cheng +6 016 8336955
(BS 2012 registration of Tag On Participants)

Mr. Lo Fui Min +6 012 8345370
(Technical Inspection for Kota Kinabalu Zone and Competitors)

Mr. Atun Goh +6 013 8730555
(Technical Inspection for Keningau Zone)

Mr. Loh Peck Ker +6 019 8139571
(Technical Inspection for Sandakan Zone)


Mr. Simon Foo +6 019 8331150
(Technical Inspection for Tawau Zone)


GENERAL REMINDER 

A. Bring along rain gear as it will be wet! 

B. Bring warm clothing for Day2 as will be at high elevation. 

C. Additional fuel - at least 20 ltrs. 

D. Bring a hoe/cangkul as you will need this at the hardcore area. 

E. Get your Malaria vaccination started at least 5 days before flag-off. 

F. All participants including TAG-ONs are expected to help each other during the 8 days event.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Spyshot: Foton Tunland


Thanks friend for sharing the spy-shot of this truck. I'm not sure exactly but it looks like tail lamp design of the DMax or GWM Wingle 5, so the third-brake light, wheel arch looks like Toyota Hilux. But the addition of fin on fender? That's looks like the idea of Ford Ranger.

Searching on the Internet, I finally found the spyshot just like this car. So, this looks like Foton Tunland, a China Brand as mentioned in Paul Tan automotive blog here and here.



Friday, September 28, 2012

KRUMS @ Long Pasia 12: 4x4 Battle Mode



Ada kain rentang digantung di UMS yang Kelab Rekreasi UMS akan ke Long Pasia. Menarik dan selamat mengembara untuk staf yang terlibat.
Sukacita Kelab Rekreasi UMS (KRUMS) mempelawa semua staf UMS yang berminat untuk menyertai kembara KRUMS@ Long Pasia mengikut ketetapan berikut: 

Tarikh : 30 Sept. – 01 Okt 2012
Tempat : Long Mio & Long Pasia 
Yuran : RM180.00 (Staf gred 45 ke atas)
RM100.00 (Staf gred 44 ke bawah)

- Yuran merangkumi kos makan & minum, hostel penginapan, pengangkutan 4WD, t.shirt, sijil dan insuran berkelompok.

Aktiviti : 4WD Novice Experience, Jungle Trekking, Tree Planting Activity, River Bath, Charity works with SK Long Pasia, Border village with Kalimantan & Sarawak etc. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Zuikoholics Malaysia: Behind the scene of M.Zuiko Digital 60mm video 1 published

For those of you fan of Olympus m4/3, you may watch the 60mm macro in Zuikoholics Malaysia field test video, the bug-zilla macro.

Jump to the Zuikoholic Malaysia here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree: Motocross at SIC

I have few photos only on motocross but I think I already fall in love with this sport.

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree 2012

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree 2012

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree 2012

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree 2012

Malaysia 4x4 Jamboree 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Zuikoholics Malaysia: M.ZD 60mm 1:2.8 Macro Preview

M.Zuiko Digital 60mm 1:2.8 (source: Zuikoholics)


Zuikoholics Malaysia, a new blog which runs by the group of Olympus enthusiasts has published their preview and preliminary field review of the most awaited m43 macro lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8. Quoting Zuikoholics, while the 100mm macro lens that suppose to be on Olympus 4/3 lens roadmap is missing, it is now replaced with this new lens. Personally, I wish Olympus will not abandoned entirely the 4/3 system because there are reasons why I still keep my Olympus 4/3 systems.

Anyway, jump to the links for further information:

In other prominent review from Malaysia, Robin Wong via his popular blog is the first to fully review the lens. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My Photo of Isuzu DMax in Borneo Safari Official Website

Update: the photo is now has been replaced with the new one =) 

The Isuzu DMax
(Olympus E-3+ZD ED 70-300mm) 

I would like to thank Isuzu for the media facilities and Borneo Safari for the adventure opportunity. Also on behalf of 4wd-suv.com, we hope to extend our cooperation for this year Borneo Safari edition, the Extreme Kinabalu 2012.

Here is the previous entry about the Isuzu DMax in Borneo Safari 2011.
Jump to the Borneo Safari official website.

Friday, September 21, 2012

I still want my 12-60mm


Olympus - Sunrise through the ZD ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 SWD (equiv. 24-120mm in 35mm) - Evolving Lights
The ZD ED 12-60mm SWD f/2.8-4.0

Olympus E1 + ZD ED 12-60mm SWD
Weather resistant lens - proven during rainy 4x4 challenge photography

I bought this lens together with the Olympus E-3 in 2007. Since then the lens become my favourite with over 90% of the time usage. It covers from wide to moderate tele and also not forgetting macro capable. Overall, I'm very satisfied with this lens for its Super Grade, dust and weather resistant.

However the lens eventually suffered with aperture stuck issue in early 2009. Having serviced by Olympus Malaysia, the lens is working perfectly until extreme usage of this lens during wet and muddy Borneo Safari 2011 where the SWD was totally out of order. The symptoms began with refuse to focus from 12mm and then all the zoom ranges where the lens does not response to focus at all. Manual focus helped a bit but there was a smearing effect in the photo. The lens is now at Olympus Service Centre since April 2012 because I still couldn't decide whether to bare the cost (RM900++) to change the  SWD unit.

Portraiture @ KDCA Penampang

P4185032 

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TA4XDC New Year 4x4 Challenge 2011 - Kampung Bawang, Tamparuli
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