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ISSUE #57 : JUNE—JULY 2015

KIULU VALLEY : VALLEY IN THE MIST EARTHQUAKE HIT RANAU, SABAH FEATURED UNIQUE LODGE : THREE CAMEL LODGE

LEMAING IS CLOSED


Borneo EZone is Borneo Eco Tours monthly newsletter regarding our product updates, ongoing and upcoming community and environmental projects, and recent happenings. CONTRIBUTORS: Albert Teo, Belinda Too, Dwana Andrew, Rosalind J. Kantis, Riog Yanarch, Nancy Lamau ADVISORS: Albert Teo, Baton Bijamin, Timothy Teo, Susan Soong

WHAT’S INSIDE NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 3 Sabah Earthquake 4 Closure of Lemaing 4 A Helping Hand 5 Featured Tour Package 6 Product Updates 7 Kiulu Valley – Valley in the Mist SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE CORNER 9 SRL Recieves 3 Star Rating NATGEO UNIQUE LODGES CORNER 10 Featured Lodge : The Three Camel Lodge 10 14 New Lodges Joins NatGeo Unique Lodges

PHOTOS BY: Albert Teo, Nancy Lamau, Rahman, Dwana Andrew, Pius Joimin, Suhailie, Riog Yanarch

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BEST SOCIETY CORNER 13 Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity 14 How Guest of BET/ SRL contributes to BEST Society’s projects 14 Volunteering and Internship 15 Signal Hill Eco Farm STAFF NEWS 17 Internship review 18 Carrot Award 18 RECWEL – A Weekend of Compassion 19 RECWEL—Hari Raya Celebration BEYOND MEMORIES 21 Photo Album 22 Guest Feedback

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Cover photo by Gordon Charles Whittleston—Feb 2015 Next Page Image : Kiulu Valley at Kiulu-Mantob. Read on page 7.


MD SAYS Welcome to our June-July 2015 57th issue – our 10th year anniversary of Borneo Ezone. This is a roller coaster year of ups and downs. The year started with Sukau Rainforest Lodge becoming a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the world on our 20th anniversary celebration followed by the lodge getting a three star rating as a jungle lodge-the highest rating possible. On June 5, a 6.0 Richter scale earthquake struck Mt Kinabalu and took away 18 lives. The two subsequent mudfloods also destroyed our newly opened 16 bed Lemaing Camp, a RM300,000.00 community based ecotourism CBET project in Kiau village. In July, BEST Society and Borneo Eco Tours were blessed with another new opportunity to develop a new community based project, Kiulu Farmstay in Kiulu by a group of 12 volunteer architects from the Malaysia, UK and Australia. This is part of our integrated approach to CBET to work with a cluster of three villages in Kiulu consisting of Mantob, Mumpiring and Pinagon Baru centred around homestay program. The project is expected to complete in end of August 2015. Meanwhile, BEST Society will be busy implementing some community projects including Bengkoka Living water project, Sikuati organic farming project and Kiau earthquake recovery projects. Enjoy, Bsc.Econ.(Hons.) / London University, FHCIMA, CHA, ADK. Fellow, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. Advisor, Camp Lemaing, Kg. Kiau, Sabah, Malaysia. www.lemaing.com Managing Director/Chairman, Borneo Eco Tours, Malaysia. www.borneoecotours.com Managing Director/Chairman, Sukau Rainforest Lodge, Malaysia. www.sukau.com Director, Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST). Society, Malaysia. www.bestsociety.org Member, Marketing committee, Sabah Tourism Board. Member, Rural Tourism Product Development committee, Sabah Tourism Board (2013-16), Member, Tourism Product Development Committee, Sabah Tourism Board (2013-16)


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NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

SABAH EARTHQUAKE SABAH EARTHQUAKE On 5th June 2015 at 7.15am, an earthquake hit Ranau, Sabah with a magnitude of 6.0. It lasted for 30 seconds and was the strongest to affect Malaysia since 1976. Areas in the east coast of Sabah also felt the tremors, as far as Labuan, Miri, Sarawak and Brunei.

The earthquake affected 187 climbers of 21 nationalities. 137 were stranded and rescued but 18 lives were perished, 4 of whom were local mountain guides. Their courage and heroism have become the talk of the town, as some eyewitnesses saw them protecting the climbers. The four guides were Robbi Sapinggi, Valerian Joannes, Ricky Masirin and Joseph Solungin. The epicentre of the earthquake was very near to Mount Kinabalu and had caused major destructions to the surroundings. One of the peaks on Mount Kinabalu, the iconic Donkey's Ears was broken and main routes to the summit were also damaged and impassable to the stranded climbers. There were over 90 aftershocks reported ranging in magnitudes from 1.6 to 5.2. As a result, from the earthquake, most areas in the Kinabalu Park have been closed temporarily for repairs and rehabilitation.

ROBBI SAPINGGI

VALERIAN JOANNES

RICKY MASIRIN

JOSEPH SALINGIN


CLOSURE OF CAMP LEMAING A series of tremors and added by tropical storm following the 6.0 Richter scale earthquake on 5th June had caused major landslides, followed by the flood of rock debris loosened by the earthquake, wrecked the lives of the inhabitants of the villagers including Kiau. Two mudfloods that hit Kiau including the latest on 4th July, caused severe damage to Lemaing, a community based ecotourism lodge, an hour trek above Kadamaian river from Kiau. The mudslides irreversibly changed the landscape of the area and permanently raised the river level by more than 10 metres. On July 6th, Dr Ravi Mandalam and Dr Heng Aik Cheng (President of Sabah Society) and wife, Ian Hall of Arkitrek, Baton Bijamin (General Manager), Leslie (Operation Manager), Pius (Adventure and Community Specialist) of Borneo Eco Tours, Albert Teo of BEST Society and staff of Lemaing went to assess the damage and the real cause and consider various options for the reconstruction of Lemaing. As such, Lemaing will be rebuilt on a different site in the area. Until a suitable site is found and the rebuilding pr oc e s s c o mm enc e d, Le ma i ng operation will be unable to provide any advice as to the timeframe of how long this process will take.

With the turn of event, Lemaing is CLOSED until further notice. Borneo Eco Tours' guests who have booked Lemaing tours will be offered an alternative tour with the same value OR a full refund.

A HELPING HAND The employees of Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge have collectively pledged a donation in aid for the Persatuan Malim Gunung Kinabalu (Mountain Guides Association) for a total of RM 4836 which was organised by MATTA. The management of Borneo Eco Tours also matched the same amount to be handed to BEST Society for Kiau 5-year recovery plan.


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FEATURED TOUR PACKAGE

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ITINERARY: Day 1 : Depart for MBCA. Overnight at Studies Centre Rest House Day 2 : Trek through the rainforest near Agathis Camp. Overnight at Studies Centre Rest House Day 3 : Visit nature Gallery. Overnight at Studies Centre Rest House Day 4 : Depart for Maliau Studies Centre READ MORE


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PRODUCT UPDATES

To complement with this tour, we are featuring this book for guest who are interested to learn more about the mystical Maliau Basin - one of Malaysia's finest remaining wilderness areas. For those who had booked the tours with us, you are our valued guests and we are giving you discounts for every book you purchase. So don’t miss out the good bargain!


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PRODUCT UPDATES

KIULU VALLEY VALLEY IN THE MIST

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Imagine the silence of pristine fields, a silence broken only by the calls of the native animals and the soothing sounds of water flowing over rocks. This is just one of the many delights awaiting you at Kiulu Valley. Located 60 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu, this beautiful valley offers you an experience of a lifetime by taking you through one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Sabah

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A year ago, Albert Teo and team envisioned a new Community Based Ecotourism project in Kiulu, with the aim of transforming it into an integrated ecotourism destination that includes farmstead, homestays and outdoor adventure activities. The principal objective behind this project is to alleviate poverty among the local community by creating new income and job opportunities – a social entrepreneurship approach that acts as a catalyst for community development and capacity building. Our community based ecotourism project in Kiulu has begun on July 4th 2015, as we collaborated with Arkitrek and volunteer architects from the United Kingdom (UK) to build a farmstay by the Kiulu River. Set to be completed by September, the farmstay will be the perfect place for visitors to cool down from the heat of the day, as they dip in the sensationally cool Kiulu River. Visitors can sit back, relax, have a bite or two and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.


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A year ago, Albert Teo and team envisioned a new Community Based Ecotourism project in Kiulu, with the aim of transforming it into an integrated ecotourism destination that includes farmstead, homestays and outdoor adventure activities.

For those who crave that electrifying rush of adrenaline, they can experience the thrill of Quad Biking in Kiulu Valley, driving round hills and farmland, over dirt tracks, up and down steep slopes, through muddy banks and water splashes. Buffalo Riding is another activity where visitors can ride around the village whilst enjoying the panorama views of Kiulu Valley. Other adventurous activities include trekking through jungles; exploring hidden trails to one of Sabah’s beautiful waterfall systems; and a night walk in search of frogs and nocturnal wildlife. The fertile soil in Kiulu Valley is a major factor for agriculture. The local Dusuns will show visitors how to plant and grow rice – a paddy planting activity that is done sustainably, organically and by hand, the way it had been for generations. Visitors can also dine by the paddy field, giving them the opportunity to taste local dishes that are organic, healthy and delicious. Apart from that, the local Dusuns will demonstrate to visitors the process of rubber tapping – from using a special tapping knife to shear off a thin layer of the rubber tree’s bark and letting the latex flow into a cup attached to the tree – to manually rolling and drying the rubber sheets to be processed as end products. With so many fun and exciting activities, Kiulu Valley is a great place for family outings, school field trips, camping and team building activities. What sets Kiulu Valley apart from the rest is its location next to the beautiful Kiulu River – deep pools and shady spots with only birdsong, the rushing of the river and flitting butterflies to disturb the peace. Kiulu Valley is a real learning experience and it is one of those experiences that will leave a lasting memory.

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Pic 1 : A scenic paddy field at Kiulu-Mantob Village. Pic 2 : The local villagers train a buffalo to be used as buffalo riding activity . Pic 3 : First meeting with the villagers in Kg. Mantob on 27th October, 2014

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Pic 4: The building of the Kiulu Farmstay commences on July 4th.

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Pic 5 : A group of volunteers from UK will spend 2 months at the village to build Kiulu Farmstay supervised by Arkitrek.

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Pic 6 : Local villagers who help with the construction of Kiulu Farmstay.


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SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE CORNER We are pleased to announce that Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL) has received a threestar rating certificate from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia – the highest possible for a jungle lodge – making it the only lodge in Kinabatangan region to be rated with three stars. Managing Director, Albert Teo said “this is a wonderful achievement on the back of the recognition early this year when SRL became a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. A double recognition in 2015.” SRL is committed to creating a complete ecotourism experience by embracing conservation, community development and sustainable tourism as part of its green policies. “Hotels in Malaysia are rated according to the star rating system designed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. The system assigns points from 1-10 to six different criteria in order to determine the star rating of the hotel.” The six criteria include the appearance and cleanliness of common areas, presence and quality of facilities, quality and ambiance of bedroom, quality and variety of services provided, safety and hygiene, and professionalism of staff. Sukau Rainforest Lodge is honoured to have earned the three-star rating certificate. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of our guests, management team and staff. Read more about SRL’s other awards and recognitions


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SUKAU RAINFOREST LODGE CORNER

NEW PROMO VIDEO Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL) is an ecotourism leader throughout Borneo for over 20 years. SRL is perched on the bank of the Kinabatangan River in Borneo, one of Asia’s most important waterways. SRL was the first lodge in the area designed based on ecotourism principles. SRL was built in 1995 with the mission to excel as an ecolodge by providing a unique and authentic experience in hospitality, interpretation, conservation with local community participation and leadership development. SRL embraces conservation, community development and sustainable tourism as part of its green policies. In conjunction with celebrating Sukau Rainforest Lodge 20th Anniversary, SRL became a charter member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. To express our gratitude, we are happy to share with you our latest video of Sukau Rainforest Lodge and its many wonders.

CALLING ALL INSTAGRAMMERS, USE HASHTAG #sukaurainforestlodge OR TAG US @sukaurainforestlodge TO BE FEATURED HERE


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There have been 14 more new lodges that have joined the NGUL collection. The lodges span the globe and the spectrum of travel experiences. They are: 1. The Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia 2. Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia 3. Cuizmala, Costalegre, Mexico 4. Hacienda de San Antonio, Colima, Mexico 5. Inkaterra Hacienda Concepci贸n, Amazon Rain Forest, Peru 6. Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco, Peru 7. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley of the Inca, Peru 8. Mara Plains Camp, Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya 9. ol Donyo Lodge, Chyulu Hills, Kenya 10. Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean 11. Siwash Lake Ranch, British Columbia, Canada 12. Tutka Bay Lodge, Alaskas Kenai Peninsula, United States 13. Winterlake Lodge, South-Central Alaskan Wilderness, United States 14. Zarafa Camp, Selinda Reserve, Botswana In January 2015, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World started with 24 charter lodges. Sukau Rainforest Lodge is the first in South East Asia to be in this collection. The National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection is a global network of sustainable hotels and lodges that provide travellers with enriching, authentic, and inspiring guest experiences. Each carefully selected inn, lodge, or resort celebrates its local culture and wildlife and encourages guests to engage with their environment. www.nationalgeographiclodges.com

FEATURED LODGE : THE THREE CAMEL LODGE The Three Camel Lodge leads the way for Mongolian ecological and conservation efforts in opening and maintaining the property, located in the heart of the Gobi Desert. An award-winning luxury property that combines culturally-minded design with a heightened blend of adventure, sophistication, and education. Located in the wilderness near Dalanzadgad, the only village with a domestic airport in South Gobi Province, and Bulgan, home to one of the only farms in the desert. This region of the Gobi houses a fantastic array of wildlife and endemic foliage, arid conditions that give way to sometimes surprising results, and nomadic people who are warm-hearted and hold the blood of Genghis Khan in their ancient veins. The Lodge serves as a base for scientific research and wildlife monitoring and actively fights against animal poaching and the unauthorized removal of dinosaur fossils from paleontological sites. Hunting has been prohibited within a 12-mile radius of the camp. Website : www.threecamellodge.com Facebook : TheThreeCamelLodge Twitter : @ThreeCamelLodge Images and text from The Three Camel Lodge website

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC UNIQUE LODGES OF THE WORLD CORNER

ANOTHER 14 NEW LODGES TO JOIN THE COLLECTION


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BEST SOCIETY ORNER

GIRLS’ POWER : BORNEO ECOTOURISM SOLUTIONS AND TECHNOLOGIES (BEST) SOCIETY SENT OUT A GROUP OF FEMALE VOLUNTEERS TO SUPPORT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 20th June 2015, Saturday – Building house for the needy with Habitat for Humanity is a monthly activity organized by BEST Society and Borneo Eco Tours. This program has started since 2014. Recently, another group sent by BEST to build a new house in Kg. Sarapung, Kolopis, Penampang. Lovely, all volunteers were female and very energetic. There were total of 8 participants from multi departmental. They were joined by another group of students of 17-18 years old from France International School who were on a 10 days volunteering program with Habitat for Humanity. The students are very young, energetic and friendly. It was a privilege for the team that HfH National National President (Malaysia) Mr. Allen Tong and HfH Sabah President Mr. George Chong with Mr. Anthony Tham and Mdm. Emily Togium, the board members, came to the site to support the volunteers. Mrs. Doris Nois expressed her gratitude with all the help she and her family received. BEST and BET will continue to help by send another group for the month of July. Habitat for Humanity is an international non profit organization aims to helping eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building a decent, affordable houses and served the people worldwide.

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BEST SOCIETY ORNER

BEST SOCIETY VISIT TO SIGNAL HILL ECO FARM Led by Mr. Albert Teo, Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society and some of its members visited Signal Hill Eco Farm together with three other members from Sikuati, Kudat who participated in the Organic Farm Phase 2. The main purpose of this visit was to know more about Eco Farming, its operation and the owner, Mr. Lee Thien Fook. Mr. Lee started the farm two and a half years ago from scratch for his wife whom was diagnosed with cancer. With limited financial income, Mr. Lee cannot afford his wife’s (Mrs. Lee) ongoing 1 treatments in the hospital. She also needed organic food for her daily nutrient, so Mr. Lee decided to start this organic farm to produce organic food for his wife. With the eco farm, both of them can enjoy fresh organic vegetables, chicken and duck and most of all – Mrs. Lee’s condition became stable after eating organic food.

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Mr. Lee is an innovative person as he is not afraid to experiment with different things. An interesting method that he uses to control the cycle of the farm is through nature. To name a few, he uses warm water to control the temperature of the soil, water the plant three times a day, remove the bottom leaves of the plant so that pest from the soil will come up. He also feeds chickens with herbs for healthy chickens. With his abundance of fresh produce, he decided to open up a restaurant that caters mainly for cancer patients but also for other people who wants to eat fresh organic food. “Take the right food to eat” was emphasized by Mr. Lee after a productive sharing session with BEST Society. With strong persistence and willingness to try, Mr. Lee has successfully built a lovely eco farm. Organic Farming in Sikuati, Kudat has started since May 2015 with Shell Sustainable Fund RM 40,000.00 and this visit was a great exposure for all participants who are involved in organic farming. Pic 1 : Albert Teo together with Mr Lee, the owner of the eco farm Pic 2 : Visiting the farm

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Pic 3: Vegetables at the eco farm are all organic Pic 4: Mr Lee and his fresh produce


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GIVING BACK

Borneo Ecotourism Solutions and Technologies (BEST) Society is seeking candidates who are willing to share their skills with our dedicated working management team and supportive staff to help BEST Society in promoting sustainability ecotourism, alternative employment and income in Borneo. Any candidates with relevant skills are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates must go t h r oug h m in i mu m 5 m o nt h s internship and job criteria depending on your skills. For application or enquiry on internship program, you may submit your email to info@bestsociety.org.

Whenever you choose to travel with Borneo Eco Tours, you're not just choosing your holiday or tour. You're a part of something much greater as your travel with us directly funds all our community and social projects throughout Sabah. A part of our profits each year goes to BEST Society, that's responsible for all our community, social and environmental work. On top of that, international travellers to Sukau Rainforest Lodge also contribute directly to this effort.

Borneo Ecotourism Solutions & Technologies Society (BEST) is a community and environment non profit division of Borneo Eco Tours help to implement projects, include among others, tree planting, supply of water tanks to villagers in Sukau, Dandun, Lugu, medical camps in Sukau, Abai, Bilit, Dandun, Mantanani, community based ecotourism lodge in Bavanggazo, virgin coconut oil branding and packaging in Kimihang, and organic farming at Rampai Besar in Sikuati. Our latest project is a community based ecotourism camp/ecolodge in Kiau Nuluh and Kiulu-Mantob. FOR MORE INFO AND HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE A DONATION PLEASE VISIT

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INTERNSHIP REVIEW From February till June 2015 I had the wonderful opportunity to be an intern at Borneo Eco Tours. It was a great opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge and experience, while working in an international tourism company. Borneo Eco Tours gave me the insight into their ecological business, working method and future ideas. I could say that the way of thinking and acting of the company is inspiring, something we all can learn from. I was lucky to get the opportunity to work at the sales - and marketing department, and at the same time working on a product development plan for the company. Working on different duties, gave me a lot of knowledge. I have learned how to work within the tourism industry, something I could use for my future work field as well. Nevertheless, I got the opportunity to get a great insight into the beautiful culture of the Sabah. Living in Sabah contributed to a wonderful and real experience. The past few months helped me to develop myself on business and personal level. Something I am very grateful for! I would like to thank each and every single person in Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge. You

CARROT AWARD

" P e o p l e w o r k f o r m o n ey b r e c o g n i t i o n , p ra i s e a n d r e w At Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge, we believe that appreciation through Carrot Award Program to excellent team players is fundamental for the work culture because they have played their part to our success! Carrot Award is presented to an employee, who has demonstrated, practised or promoted the five C's of the Company's values Commitment, Consistent service, Competence, Character and Care.

IVAN CHANG SR. WEB PROGRAMMER Ivan has been awarded for his outstanding service for being a great team player. His arrival in the company was very timely as he helped improve the company’s tour operation system to ease the GST implementation. He always ready for any bugfixing and always helpful towards his colleagues.

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ROSALIND J. KANTIS SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR Always smile and always ready to help others, Rosalind has been a great addition to the family. No wonder that she has been awarded because of her extra miles and for being a great team player. Read more of our past interns’ reviews made this opportunity the best experience of my life. You made me feel welcome and appreciated from the first moment. You were always available to answer all my questions, about anything. Furthermore, without you I would never get so many local experiences. They always say "Time flies, while having fun". Well, this is only something I can support. The past few months passed by, way too fast and I wish I could stay longer. Once again, thank you so much for everything! I will miss everyone so much, keep in touch!! Terima kasih and jumpa lagi!

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HAMIT SUBAN

“Hamid was just excellent a really knowledgeable and hard-working bird guide who found lots of difficult species for us around the Kinabatangan River” - Daria & Alfred King, June 2015

JOFFONIE MARIUS

“Joy is one of the staff members that made my holiday memorable” - Monica Jhaneri, India, February 2015

Saturday, 27 June 2015 : A welfare visit to Bukit Harapan Therapy Community, Menggatal organized by RECWEL BET KK was part of monthly activities that being arranged from the committee member. There were 13 of us who had the opportunity and time to contribute for this visit. The objective of the visit is to show solidarity, encourage and entertain the special kids and adults in Bukit Harapan. Also, we need to build personal growth, to step outside of our comfort zone, to willingly serve others without prejudice and fear, regardless of race, religion and beliefs.

DEAN NEXTER

“Thanks to you and all of your staff for a wonderful experience - with a special mention of our birding guide Nexter” - George D . Perry & Joan Harbinson, Canada, March 2015

CHIEW KIAN VUI VAN CAPTAIN

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There are 6 volunteers staff currently caring the total of 42 residents who are mostly orphans in Bukit Harapan Therapy Community. According to Carol, one of the staff, the home needs around RM 20,000.00 per month for daily operation. They welcome donations from variety of sources. We had arranged a few activities with them such as singing and origami making. Some of them are talented, they sang perfectly and some could draw a beautiful drawings. Besides spending time with them, we also gave away humble gifts to each of the resident which consist of toothbrush, toothpaste and face towel for their daily use. We are very thankful to Bukit Harapan includes the staffs and the residents who had received our attendance to their place with an open and warm heart. We do hope that, we can come again and visit the place. Pic 1 : The residents welcomed their visitors with their favourite song. Pic 2 : Activity with the resident—making origami Pic 3 : They love to sing

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b u t g o t h e ex t ra m i l e f o r wa rd s " - D a l e C a r n e g i e .

A WEEKEND OF COMPASSION


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HARI RAYA CELEBRATION AT BORNEO ECO TOURS HQ At Borneo Eco Tours and Sukau Rainforest Lodge we celebrate and share the joy of different festivities and events as part as our work culture and to cultivate the spirit of togetherness between employees and the management.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AUG—SEPT 2015 10-15 Aug 10-15 Aug 12 - 14 Aug 15 Aug 15 - 16 Aug 22 - 23 Aug 28 - 30 Aug 29 - 30 Aug 31 Aug 5 Sep 5 Sep 6 Sep 16 Sep 24 Sep 26 - 27 Sep 26 Sep

6th Folk Art Festival & 10th Sabah International Folklore Festival 2015 Local Folk Dance Competition (Tugu Budaya ke-7) Sandakan Memorial Day Flower Festival 2015 2nd Borneo Rhythms of Rimba (ROR) Wildlife Festival Merdeka Day Open Regatta 2015 TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 2015 National Day - Sabah State Level International Coastal Clean Up Day 2015 Bazar Seni Sustainable Seafood Cooking Competition 2015 Malaysia Day Hari Raya Haji The “Sleep Over & Night Safari at the Museum” Borneon Run 2015


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9 August International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 12 August International Youth Day 19 August World Humanitarian Day 5 September International Day of Charity 8 September International Literacy Day [UNESCO] 12 September United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation

15 September International Day of Democracy

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Avocado

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Banana

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Coconut

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Grape

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Guava

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Honeydew - Tembikai Susu Jackfruit

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Orange

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Mango

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Papaya

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Passion Fruit- Buah Markisa Pineapple - Nanas Star Fruit - Belimbing Strawberry - Strawberi

Tangerine - Limau Watermelon- Tembikai

21 September International Day of Peace 27 September World Tourism Day

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Choose appliances that are more energy and water efficient

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BEYOND MEMORY LATEST TRIPADVISOR COMMENTS “Fabulous rainforest experience” We just came home after doing the 3 day/2 night package with Borneo Eco Tours staying at Sukau Rainforest Lodge. We had a wonderful experience. Our tour guide, J, was excellent. He was super friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We were lucky to see lots of wildlife during our visit. Sukau Rainforest Lodge was like an oasis. Really lovely set up with fabulous staff. Would highly recommend. MALK4 - Perth Australia

“Superb” A very nice place by the river. Beautiful and clean rooms. The staff is great! I just love to cruise slow in a boat looking for animals and then be back and have a nice drink. Food is average but you are in the middle of the rainforest. I wished we had booked one more night... We just stayed two nights. Seattle94—Göteborg, Sweden Pic 1 : Emily Buan, 10 year old guest of SRL photographing a herd of borneo pygmy elephant nearby with a total of 44 elephants Pic 2 : Thea and Asbjorn of Denmark play the Congkak at the lodge Pic 3 : Resident guide with her guests for the day—Mr Kelvin and family and couple Mr. Ulrich Pic 4 : Lounging at the pool Pic 5 : Mr Albert and Timothy Teo on a recent visit to SRL together with Mr Yukio Hasegawa Pic 6 : Big family breakfast - The families of Caroline Martin and Elizabeth Nicholls Pic 7 : Durian Daredevils—Stephen Walker and wife Pic 8 : Safety vests are a must Pic 9 : Resident guide, Sheila with her guests Pic 10 : Spotted an orangutan 10


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