Monthly Archives: December 2008

Christmas 2008 – New Year 2009 activities

Christmas Eve

Christmas Mass at a church in Kepayan, then the mandatory crib photo.

Afterwards, Christmas party at a brother-in-law’s house.

Christmas Day

Took the family out for lunch, then spent some time at 1Borneo.

Of course time to try something new:

2nd day of Christmas, 26th December 2008

Opening of Christmas presents.

My little girl says Merry Christmas.

Then attended a friend’s wedding reception in Papar. I even played in the band, my first after many years. Later on, dropped by a cousin’s husband’s nightspot, then another.

3rd day of Christmas, 27th December 2008

Attended an aunt’s open house. She and family lives in Australia and it’s a kind of a tradition for them to be in good old Sabah every Christmas. Later on dropped by 2 more houses. In the process, stumbled upon someone sleeping in the middle of the road. If something bad happened, not even a Seattle injury lawyer would be able to file compensation. But don’t worry, he’s sent back home safely.

4th day of Christmas, 28th December 2008

Spent the morning and early afternoon at the kampung. Then attended Stella Maris’ Golden Jubilee mass, presided over by the Archbishop. Went back home early to send the youngest daughter to the clinic; she’d been feeling poorly since last night.

5th day of Christmas, 29th December 2008

Had planned to bring the family to one of the islands, unfortunately almost everybody in the house fell sick, including my son and wife. I think it’s almost certainly caused by one of the things served for last night’s supper, which fortunately I didn’t eat.

6th day of Christmas, 30th December 2008

Several options, depending on everybody’s health. Son still not at 100% health, so brought eldest daughter to the kampung to visit her “Australian” aunt together with my mum, brother and another cousin. Later dropped by a nightspot at Tamparuli.

New Year’s Eve

Coincided with the last “tamu” (traditional open market) at Tamparuli. Had the last fried mee of the year at the famed Wun Chiap restaurant, then made my way to KK to make preparations for the evening’s program.

My mother in law scheduled to return home after several weeks in Italy, Egypt and the Holy Land, including spending Christmas in Bethlehem. An exchanging of gifts has been planned, and as usual there’d be a party in the house to welcome the new year.

Here’s wishing everyone a prosperous New Year 2009!

Declarations of love / marriage proposals on billboards in Kota Kinabalu

David Tan’s wedding proposal to Kelly Tan on Valentine’s Day 2008 using a billboard at the LDP in Kelana Jaya was probably the first such proposal ever done in the country.

The second could very well be right here in Kota Kinabalu; the one in September 2008 at the Damai-Luyang intersection, apparently of a Mr Jason proposing to a Ms Viviana Yew. She apparently accepted, as later “Yes, I do” was added to the bottom right corner and the smiling couple posed for photographs in front of it with the beaming lady sporting a diamond ring:

Click here to see the photos

1970s Christmas song covers recorded at home in 2 days, then broadcast on SuriaFM

The up and coming music group from Tamparuli, Papier Mache recorded, over two nights, on the last weekend before Christmas, two popular 1970s Indonesian Christmas songs, “Hari Natal” and “Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru.”

Recording was done at “Firehouse”, in a humble home studio, yet the results were not bad at all. I must say their version which stuck firmly to “old school” tradition reignited my interest to the 2 songs which was even on the must-do-songlist of carollers more than 20 years ago.

The songs were then sent to DJ Othoe of SuriaFM who promptly played them on his show.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas to all of you!

“Hari Natal” [Christmas Day]

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“Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru” [Christmas and New Year Wishes]

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Original versions:

Koes Plus – Hari Natal (1973); amazingly, apparently none of the bandmembers were Christians

Mercy’s – Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru

Video of a very drunk man, apparently in Tamparuli

UPDATE 29th December 2008

Around 11.45pm on Saturday the 27th of December we were driving from a friend’s house to another somewhere in Tamparuli, passed a corner and what did we see? Someone was lying ON the road, apparently too drunk to walk home. I dread to think what would’ve happened if we had driven faster and could not stop in time.

One of us recognised the person but didn’t know the exact location of his house. Later we got someone who knew the location of his house to send him home.

Therefore, it seems that it’s not just “don’t drink and drive” but “don’t drink and walk.”


Apparently happened on 17th December 2008, a tamu [traditional open market] day.

He was not drunk enough because he still could talk, but he was so drunk that he could not even stand.

Let the video tell the story:

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Videos of the Tamparuli old shophouse fire, 9th December 2008

On 9th December 2008 around 5am, one whole row of the old shophouses, out of 5 were destroyed in a fire.

Originally there were 6 shophouses built sometime 1954. One was destroyed in another fire in 1976.

Three sundry shops, a jewellery shop, a tailor shop, two book stores, a restaurant and two shops selling mobile phones were totally destroyed.

Also destroyed were a luxury car which belonged one of the shopowners:

Pic courtesy of Romeo

The fire was believed to have started in the jewellery shop.

All 30 people who lived in the building residing in the units escaped in time.

Some videos follow.

The following was taken apparently around 6am:

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The uploader of the above video claimed that the fire started at midnight, but firemen only arrived several hours later, even though there is a fire station located about 10 minutes drive away in the town of Tuaran.

The following should be later as it was already light. Fire’s still raging:

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The following was apparently taken at 9am; by then the fire was fully extinguished:

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Firemen cleaning up:

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Daily Express, 11th Dec 2008

… one wonders if the owner of the burnt Merc went for the cheapest auto insurance available .

The Tamparuli old shophouse fire of 2008: before and after photos

For the sleeve of their debut album, the Tamparuli music group Papier Mache took a group photo, around 6.30am on 3rd February 2008 on the (only remaining) narrow lane in between 2 rows out of the 5 fifty-year-old wooden shophouses in town.

The photographer was Mr CV “90 Degrees” Chong of Borneo Post.

Preparing for the shoot:

The selected photo:

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Horseracing accident at Royal Sabah Turf Club, Tanjung Aru

While most people were preoccupied with the F2 Powerboat World Cup my son pestered me to watch horseracing at Tanjung Aru instead.

We only stayed a few minutes, because an incident happened during the very first race we watched.

Two jockeys fell off, one apparently seriously injured. I am not sure if Ethan will like horses very much after this.

If there’s one thing I learnt, it’s to bring a point and shoot camera with video-taking capability at all times, you never know what might present itself…

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…Were english saddles used?

Funny short movies, Sabahan-style

I first saw the excellent “Rahsia Terpendam” sketch / short film by J.M Poyee on a mobile phone several weeks ago.

It really reminded me of the carefree times when I was a kid at the village.

Then yesterday I found out that there are at least 6 other similar shorts uploaded to youtube earlier this year.

If this trend continues, I might just disconnect the Astro off the main TV and replace it with youtube instead…

Here’s a playlist of all 7:

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Servay Hypermarket at Bandar Baru Penampang, 100 days after the fire

Probably not a single person in Penampang area missed the news on 20th August 2008: the huge, popular, 10-year old Servay Hypermarket razed to the ground.

After some time, the smoke died down, the area was fenced up and people started to get used to the sudden empty space in the middle of the township.

About 100 days later, on the 29th of November 2008 I happened to be in the vicinity and had time to peek.

The middle area has been largely cleared:

The shaded pick-up area now looked like this:

Malaysia’s youngest Datuk, Chief Minister, Member of Parliament, Deputy Chief Minister, Vice-Chancellor etc

UPDATE 22 March 2013

Youngest Inspector General of Police (IGP): Tun Hanif Omar, who became Malaysia’s fourth IGP in 1974 aged 35, and held the post for 20 years, another record.

UPDATE 16 March 2013

Youngest Tun:
- Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun (born 31st July 1918) became Sabah’s first governor (Yang di-Pertua Negeri) in 1963 at the age of 45. He was conferred the Grand Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm (S.M.N.) (Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara) award on 26th November 1964. He was 46 years old.
- Tun Daim Zainuddin, at 53 in 1991: the youngest ever non-Governor Tun?

UPDATE 6 April 2011

- Larry Sng, 22 in 2001 in Pelagus, Sarawak.
- Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, 22 in 1969 in Bukit Nanas, Selangor [subject to confirmation]


Any mistakes pls inform. Thanks.

Member of Parliament:
- Najib Tun Razak, 22 in 1976.
- In Sabah, the late (Datuk?) Affendi Stephens was 23 when he became MP of Marudu in 1982. The late Datuk Peter Mojuntin became MP of Penampang at age 24 in 1963.

Chief Minister/ Menteri Besar: Najib Tun Razak was 29 when he was appointed MB of Pahang in 1982. In contrast, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir Bin Toyo was 35 when apppointed Selangor MB in 2000.

Deputy Chief Minister / Deputy Menteri Besar: Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin was 32 when appointed Deputy CM I of Penang in 2008.

UMNO Supreme Council: Najib Tun Razak, 28 in 1981.

UMNO Vice President: Najib Tun Razak, 40 in 1993.

Deputy Federal Minister: Najib Tun Razak was 25 when he was appointed Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Post in 1978.

Cabinet Federal Minister: Najib Tun Razak was 32 when he was appointed Culture, Youth and Sports Minister in 1986.

Enough of politicians.

Self-made millionaire: youngest ever is apparently Mahadi Badrul Zaman, who by the age of 23 in 2006 had been earning 6-figure (in RM) monthly via selling unit trusts.

King: Almarhum Tuanku Sayyid Putra was 41 when he became the 3rd Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) on 21st September 1960. In contrast, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, the current King was 44 when his term started on 13th December 2006.

Queen: Yang Amat Mulia Permaisuri Siti Aishah Abdul Rahman was 29 when she became Raja Permaisuri Agong (Queen) of Malaysia in 1999.

Vice Chancellor a Malaysian public university: Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang, 43, appointed Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) VC on 1st October 2008 for a 3-year term, is the youngest person ever appointed to head a Malaysian public university.

Datukship: The world’s top squash player, Nicol David, 24 was awarded a Datukship by the state government of Penang on 12th July 2008. The late Affendi Stephens got his Datukship at 24(?). In contrast, the world’s top badminton player Lee Chong Wei was 25 when he was awarded a Datukship by the state government of Penang on 30th August 2008. Vinod Sekhar reportedly got his Datukship at 26. Songbird Siti Nurhaliza got her Datukship from the Sultan of Pahang on 24th October 2006 when she was 27.