Dated: 2010 Mar 28
To the Bornean Land Below the Breeze

Previous Unloads:

2010 Mar 28: To the Bornean Land Below the Breeze

2010 Feb 28: On the Beach of Kijal

2010 Jan 17: To the Bornean Land of the Hornbill

2009 Nov 10: Dedicated to My Teacher, CheGu Ghazali Hanafiah

2009 Jul 25: A Bridge to Bayan Lepas

2009 Jul 16: UDM Maiden Degree Conferement

2009 Jul 1: The Tanjong at the Muara of Terengganu River

2008 Dec 28: The 2008 Year Event

2008 Aug 12: Kenyir Re-Visited

2008 Aug 08: Taken to the Memory Lane - UKM 1970 in 2008

2008 Jun: Bukit Besar - The Last Bastion

2008 May: An Old Man and the Sea

2008 Apr: Drifted from the Past

2007 Nov: Ke Tepian Sang Seluang Melaut

2007 Mar: Duku - The Fruit of Terengganu

2006 Oct: The Faces of Ramadan

2006 Aug: Convocation UKM #34 2006

2006 Jun: Bidong Revisited

2006 May: Kenyir, Here I Come

2005 Nov: Jalan Hale Revisited

2005 Apr: In the Backyard (and Frontyard)

2005 Jan: Seri Puteri Eventually Visited

2005 Jan: SAS Re-Revisited

2004 Jul: In the Heart of Two Cities

2004 May: Cameron Highland Revisited

2003 Nov: Reunion of Class of 66

2002 Sep: A Consequential Events from Feb 2002

2001 Dec: Digging Deep Into the Root: SKBT Revisited

2001 Jul: 29th Covocation of UKM

2000 Dec: Just An Unlucky Day

2000 Jul: A MiniReunion of Class of 66

1999 Dec: Study Tour to Taiwan

1999 Sep 23: A Week on Leave

1999 Sep: The Officiation of Smart Technology Centre, UKM

1998 Apr MOU and Launching of Chito-Chem (M) Sdn Bhd

1997 Dec: Rally Nationwide Vision

1995 Dec: SAS Revisited

1994 May: First Asia Pacific Chitin and Chitosan Symposium (APCCS)

1991 Aug: Study tour to Medan, Indonesia

1991 May: A Visit to Langkawi, the Land of Mahsuri

Mar 26 Fri, after two nights break at Sg Merab home, I joined the team in a two and a half hr flight, for the first time to "the land below the breeze". To Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Kota Kinabalu, for the sixth meeting of the Agriculture Deans. Which had entered into the writing phase of the 'halatuju' task, which needed times for continued w/shop. Commuting during the tasking period in the UMS Chancellery from Grand Borneo, in the One Borneo Complex. Which was rather very close to UMS.

The place once called Jesselton, the capital of then North Borneo. After 1963, together with Sarawak, it was termed East Malaysia. Where the sun rises one hr earlier than in the Peninsular. In mid 1980's, the one-hr difference was zeroed by holding half an hr in the east, and forwarding half an hr in the peninsular.

But the 'early morning' hr make the dwellers more prepared for their daily chorus. They do not rush in the darkness of early hours.

North Borneo was really once a 'sea dwellers' place. Thousands of islands connecting to many thousands more in the Philipines. The paradise for sea goers. Inadvertantly, the pearl were the 'gold' of the sea. Which currently 'archived' in the so-called Filipin Market of Jesselton, near the harbour. The rest of KK were very recent. One would not fail to trace some of it to as recent as Putrajaya era.

Hosted by the Dean of School of Sustainable Agriculture (UMS), Prof Ridzwan, a marine aquaculture expert. He managed to insert a dinner, on 27 Sat evening, in Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant, Taman Tun Fuad, Bukit Padang. A rather exotic seafood eatery, perhaps the biggest in K Kinabalu. Judging by the site, the cultural live show and audience participation, the need for booking, the service, and invariably the price.

Undoubtedly, UMS has made up itself. From a UKM branch campus in 1975 in a temporary place, to a current permanent campus. With a branch in Sandakan, and perhaps somewhere else in the North Borneo. And it has carved a niche too: the marine aquaculture of commercial ability which was supervised by Prof Ridzwan during its construction ten years ago.

The streets of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, I imagined is very much different from the streets of once Jesselton of the North Borneo.

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In 'business' in UMS, for three consecutive days,

On the Streets of Jesselton, North Borneo

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