Words by Hannah Reshma
Photos and Videos by Hannah Reshma, Norman Harsono, Franklin Tan, Hamza Delbar, Jasbir Singh, Aw Yuong Tuck, Chrishandra Sebastiampillai, Yeo Li-Sha & Yeong Hui Min

From eating grubs and trapeze-ing around KK,
up to non-stop nonsense for six whole days,
will Meng Yoe ever forgive us,
For causing such an amount of ruckus?
The Sabah trip may be over,
yet the memories are far from mediocre,
Part 1 details the silly things we say,
All our witty jokes and puns (“touché”)
Now paying homage to all the darn things we do.
Without further ado, here is Part 2:



Isn’t She (Mother Nature) Lovely?

Words by Janice Ng
Photos by Janice Ng

Mother Nature.  There is just something naturally alluring about her in the purest form. Lush greeneries. Vast oceans. Majestic mountains. A myriad array of biodiversity – from the tiniest of critters to the largest of creatures. She makes you awestruck and wonder at a Creator who owns the best box of crayons and paints in every shade of hue imaginable. While most definitely nothing beats than embracing its entirety first-hand, Mother Nature is truly a masterpiece of its own when encapsulated in a single photograph. This is evidently seen in the rise of eco-photography and astro-photography lately. However when scrolling through Instagram or any Internet feed, these aesthetically pleasing photographs are usually captured in a land(s) far, far away.

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Words by Franklin Tan
Photos by Hamza Delbar

So on our last day we, meaning myself, Hamza, Norman, Mad and Tuck, decided to roam around looking for food that we will not be able to get back in Peninsular Malaysia. In comes Norman, again to the rescue, with the Google search engine and  found a place that claims to have authentic Kadazandusun food that is called D’Place Kinabalu.  Continue reading “#butodchallenge”

*Cue Hysterical Laughter* – We Say The Darndest Things [ISO Sabah Edition]

Words by Hannah Reshma
Photos by Hannah Reshma and Hong Di-Anne

Though the ISO Sabah trip was short, the camaraderie between travellers was fast-formed and palpable; and the trip was filled with many moments of pure, unfiltered laughter, with (and at) each other. Thus, this article was born, a compilation of the darndest things we say (and text) – a tribute to each of the unique characters on the ISO Sabah study trip.

Meng Yoe: We’re leaving on a jet plane
Meng Yoe: But we do know when we’ll be back again

Hamza: “Omg where’s Norman?”

(Hamza, failing at the buddy system from the get-go: not noticing Norman’s absence from the van until we had already reached the airport)

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God, the Mountain, Sunsets, Stars and other Signs

Words by Chrishandra Sebastiampillai
Photos by Hamza Delbar, Jasbir Singh, Chrishandra Sebastiampillai and Tan Meng Yoe

One of the first things you will notice about Sabah is the many signboards that announced the names of churches along the road. The further you go out from Kota Kinabalu, the more churches there are. For a lifelong Catholic used to seeing fewer churches in Semenanjung, the experience was all the more gratifying. Sabah is the site of a thriving Christian community that is unique. As a child, I was privileged to briefly be part of this community in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, KK. In this article, I will explore my memories of church experiences in Sabah over the years and some of my encounters with Catholic Sabahans in Petaling Jaya. Continue reading “God, the Mountain, Sunsets, Stars and other Signs”

The ISO Series: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Words by Franklin Tan
Photos by Franklin Tan

In this article, I have interviewed individuals that have all been on previous trips in the ISO series, asking a various number of questions that had pertained to their experiences and things they have noticed or learned.

I have interviewed three current students in the School of Arts and Social Sciences; Norman and Hannah who had both been on last year’s ISO series study trip which was ISO Laos (2016), and Janice who had been on two of the previous ISO series trips – ISO Yangon (2015) and ISO Laos. And I also heard from Chrishandra, who is the chaperone of this year’s ISO series study trip and she has been on three ISO series trips; one as a student during ISO Iloilo (2013), one as an alumnus in ISO Yangon and one as a chaperone for this year’s ISO Sabah (2017). The last person I have interviewed is Jasbir, the risk manager of Monash University Malaysia who has accompanied the travellers on three of the ISO series trips which were ISO Yangon, ISO Laos, and ISO Sabah. Continue reading “The ISO Series: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

Coffee, Tea Or Mee?

Words by Aw Yuong Tuck
Photos by Hamza Delbar

Sabah is also called the “Land Below the Wind”. It is the second biggest state in Malaysia after Sarawak. There are many traditional Chinese coffee shops in Sabah that incorporated Muslim eateries, serving halal food.

Having said that, the segregation between races are much less evident here in comparison to the Peninsular Malaysia. To understand this phenomenon, the ISO Sabah crew interviewed the owner of Yuit Cheong Coffee Shop to learn more about the racial harmony that can be found in local coffee shops. Continue reading “Coffee, Tea Or Mee?”

A Local Perspective on the Impact of Chinese Tourists in Kota Kinabalu

Words by Norman Harsono
Photos by Hamza Delbar and Hannah Reshma

Kota Kinabalu has witnessed a massive influx of mainland Chinese tourists over the past decade which correlates to China’s strengthening economy. Walking down the Heritage Walk, these tourists are generally distinguishable, other than by speaking mandarin, by a tendency to travel in tour groups and having a penchant for chic and urban fashion with brightly coloured accents. The city has adapted by providing mandarin translations for several street signs in tourist hotspots, many hotels and restaurants provide Chinese translations of their signs and brochures, and even GrabCar has adapted by introducing a special option of ‘GrabCar (Mandarin)’. But as with all forms of development, there is debate as to the impact these tourists have had in Kota Kinabalu.

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Truth Be Told

Words by Yeo Li-Sha
Photos by Yeo Li-Sha

  • The word ‘Tapun’ by the Dusun people (Interviewed Gordon from PACOS)

Tapun’ is a sacred word used by the Dusun people to decline food politely when offered in order to avoid any bodily injuries by the evil spirits. They believe that if you or reject a meal without saying ‘Tapun’ you will face physical harm, such as falling down the road.

So the way of using ‘Tapun’ is that when you are offered food and you are not hungry, kindly decline the offer by gently touching the tip of the food or the tip of the plate and say ‘Tapun’.


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