*CUE HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER* PART 2 – WE DO THE DARNDEST THINGS [ISO SABAH EDITION]

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:

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*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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Koonduan Kiau Nuluh Enterprise: Saving Livelihood, One Pineapple Jam Bottle a Time

Words by Hannah Reshma and Nanna Dybdal
Photos by Yeo Li-Sha and Hannah Reshma

When the earthquake struck the village of Kampung Kiau Nuluh in 2015, claiming the lives of 18, the villagers’ livelihood was also significantly impaired. Ms Aireen Gumbih, the head of production at the pineapple jam and chutney processing centre, reveals that the trauma from the quake had disenfranchised women from farming, as they were plagued with the fright that another earthquake might occur. In the aftermath of this tragedy, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and other organizational bodies came to the aid of the villagers, attempting to re-establish their livelihood.  As pineapple farming is a large part of the villagers’ livelihood in Kampung Kiau, Good Shepherd Services (GSS) suggested alternative ways of production of pineapple in order to generate high income and revenue for the ladies involved in the production, and thus, the Koonduan Kiau Nuluh Enterprise (KKNE) (Koonduan, when translated from Dusun to English, means women) was formed in order to restore the spirit and passion of the village women, empowering them through entrepreneurship.

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Aireen Gumbih, explaining the workings of the jam and chutney processing centre

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Kinabalu Park: A World On Its Own

Words by Hannah Reshma
Photos by Hamza Delbar

Kinabalu Park aka Taman Kinabalu was named a national park of Malaysia in 1964 was later designated the nation’s first World Heritage Site in 2000, thanks to the role the park plays as a primary and vital biological site of the world, holding thousands (almost 4500!) of species of flora and fauna.

Boasting high biodiversity, Kinabalu Park fully lives up to the claim, being home to many endemic species – species that occur nowhere else. The uniqueness of the species belonging to Kinabalu Park is possibly attributed to multiple factors, adaptation – lowland ancestors evolving due to cold weather, travel – species arriving from other cold regions, such as the Himalayas, and climate change – the migration of lowland species into the mountain regions as a refuge for species that prefer colder climates.

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Daily Diary: Day One

Words by Hannah Jambunathan
Photos by Yeo Li-Sha

4:30 AM, Monash University Malaysia.

Locked out of the offices and away from the video equipment, waiting for ‘Jimmy’ the security guard to arrive with the keys, it didn’t bode well for the rest of the trip, which hadn’t even properly begun yet.

But following the quick arrival of Jimmy and the rescuing of the video equipment, it became apparent that though the day may have started off with a slight hitch, from then on out it went on without a hiccup; as we arrived at KLIA2 in good time, checked in and boarded the plane with ease.

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