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EDITORIAL TEAM Hello Breeze readers,

Hope you are all doing well as we enter the month of May. In this issue in conjunction with Kaamatan, we celebrate some of the success stories of our fellow Sabahans. To kick off, I’m proud to have Shone & Kathie Majimbun gracing the cover of this issue. Born and raised within the district of Inanam, they’re an amazing yet humble power couple that started from scratch in the food & beverage industry. Eventually they expanded to several different outlets under their care including the popular Shoney’s Dining & Bar and Happy Place. Read all about them in Personality. The word success also comes in the amount of positive impact through education and inspiring the public. In Feature, we explore the world of Mama Ita, a lady Tapai maker from Keningau. She doesn’t just make the famous traditional wine for business but also educating people the arts of making it. Her passion is to pass on the knowledge of Tapai making to not just our locals but also to the world. Probably still not known to many, our local farmers have started using apps during the pandemic to connect directly with customers. It has helped greatly in sustaining and improving their income. One such app is Orderla which is featured in Tech. Sticking to the Kaamatan mood, turn to Pop Culture for a look at the ever popular annual Unduk Ngadau contest. Who do you think will be this year’s Harvest Queen? On another note, don’t forget to check out Jon’s Recipe in Restaurant Review. We dare say their menu items are delicious, especially their Sarawak Laksa and desserts. Enjoy reading the rest of the pages. Last but not least, Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to those who are celebrating. Have a good May everyone.

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content THE Rural success stories ISSUE #153 16 ECO NEWS 06 FLASH

packing traditions


APRIL 2021

Harvest - a festival of thanks



Mami ita: sharing culture through tapai



Genie wong’s comeback



Negativity of Modern Living

Festive season special


The state of our roads




Don’t be captives of cavities

seamless orders with orderla

26 WELLNESS Aramaiti! Salam Aidilfitri!


unduk ngadau: sabah’s beauty queen


April 2021 BORNEO CULINARY ADVENTURES KICK OFF CEREMONY Kota Kinabalu, 8 April 2021 - YB Phoong Jin Zhe officiated the Borneo Culinary Adventures kick off ceremony at Plaza 333. Among those present were producer Mr Chris Chin, director Mr Chua Soon Min (Katak), hosts Stephanie Liew & Puikei and the rest of the production crew. Borneo Culinary Adventures is an upcoming informative and entertainment food show produced by local Sabahan production company Paper Pen Events. The show will be airing on Astro AEC Channel. Audience will get to witness main host, Stephanie Liew (Astro Star Quest 2010 - 1st Runner-up) and food enthusiast of Slurpin, Puikei go on an adventure and explore the different parts of Sabah to discover the culinary and culture of the state’s unique, iconic and signature delicacy and cuisine. For more information, go to

TAME & OCEAN VIRGO SCUBA DIVE PARTNERED UP TO CREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT Kota Kinabalu, 10 April 2021 - Japson Wong of Tanjung Aru Marine Ecosystem (TAME) and Monica Chin of Ocean Virgo Scuba Dive have signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation at TAME centre. The memorandum sealed their partnership to work together to educate the public about waste management, danger of plastic pollution, temporary solution for single-use plastic pollution and basic waste management from home. Among activities that will be established throughout this partnership is to establish an Eco-Brick drop off station at TAME centre and to conduct workshops/training on basic knowledge for coral reefs and marine life through Ocean Quest Global Coral Rehabilitation.

INSTALLATION OF JCI TANJUNG ARU AND JCI KK NEW PRESIDENTS Kota Kinabalu, 17-18 April 2021 - Dr. Jeremy Tong was officially installed as the new 2021 JCI Tanjung Aru President during JCI Tanjung Aru’s 40th Installation & Awards Banquet at Hilton Kota Kinabalu. During the same weekend, Chian Mei Hsing was officially installed as the new 2021 JCI Kota Kinabalu President during JCI Kota Kinabalu’s 59th Installation & Awards Banquet at Hakka Association Banquet Hall. JCI is an international non-profit organization which provides development opportunities to empower young people to create change. Find out more at www. and

SONY BIRDING WORKSHOP Kota Kinabalu, 25 April 2021 - Sony Malaysia held a birding workshop at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park to introduce photographers to the world of bird photography and to Sony’s lineup of cameras and lenses. Presentations and demonstrations on the cameras and bird photography were conducted by Sony Product Trainer - Mr. Kenny and Profesional Sony Alpha User - Mr. Zaki. Participants who attended the event were allowed to try out the cameras as they went to the wildlife park’s Jungle trail, Wildlife Trail, and Animal Show. With this, participants were able to get firsthand experience using the cameras and capturing the special moments of the animals in motion.




He felt grateful that this was his very 1st show because Good Trouble has a great working environment. Everyone was friendly and always willing to lend a hand. So when it comes to challenges, the biggest thing for Kye would be to get himself out of his own state of mind. With this show being his very 1st production, the need to do a great job is constantly in his mind. Being in a chill production environment really helps. Having lived in the U.S. for almost 4 years, that was where Kye found himself. It was a place where he felt he belonged and when it came to making friends, it was never a problem for him. Although currently due to the pandemic, he does not get out as often other than for work or meeting up with some friends. Kye cheerfully told me that he is still enjoying himself, so all is good. During his free time, Kye along with some of his friends from AMDA had created a company where every week they will write a script based on a selected prompt and stream it every Saturday night. Apart from that, he also sings and loves playing video games.


s a child, Kye Tamm was born and raised in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He was given the opportunity to pursue his studies in Saipan, an island off the coast of Guam, U.S. where he lived with his aunt and spent his last 3 years of highschool there. During his last year of school, he applied for AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles where he got accepted in summer 2017 and graduated in 2020. Studying in AMDA was a whole different experience for Kye. They had a lot of acting classes, stage combats, dialect classes and more. The best part was, according to Kye, the teachers themselves are industry players who are actually in movies and shows. Currently, Kye is busy shooting for season 3 of Good Trouble. When asked how he landed a role in this binge-able drama series, he replied that it was all pure blessing. Not long after he graduated, he was contacted by a manager who found his profile on a website where Kye submitted his audition videos. Kye admitted that it was not easy to find a person to represent him, especially when he was fresh out of college, so when the opportunity presented itself, he jumped on that chance. After he was signed, his manager found an agent who got Kye an audition for Good Trouble. Kye managed to get in the top 7 finalists of the audition and the rest is history.

His word of advice to those who want to pursue a course similar to his is -to believe in yourself and be optimistic because as cliche as that sounds, that is all it really is. Despite it being harder to get opportunities now due to the pandemic, if it is meant to happen, it will. If you really love acting, do not give up. FUN FACT: He is obsessed with wolves. They are cool, strong and able to work as a team or alone.

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Mami ita: sharing culture through tapai


o, it’s Kaamatan month again, and this might be an appropriate story for you. What is Kaamatan without the Tapai, or the rice wine. Well here is a fun fact, the other districts in Sabah might not just use rice, other types of harvests can be used to brew the Tapai too. Sugar cane, pineapples, bananas, and tapioca are as great. Meet Christa Mayon Ungkas, or fondly called “Mami Ita” by everyone around her. Mami Ita is a Tapai Maker, who comes from a lineage of Tapai makers. So, she has been doing this ever since she was little. Her mother was an English teacher who brewed, her grandmother was a bobohizan who brewed, so you can imagine the amount of knowledge that has been passed down to this here Keningau Lady. The place where Mami Ita is residing has constant irrigation problems for rice farming, so, making rice wine was challenging to her, but this opened a door for a more hands on collaboration of brewers and farmers. When Mami Ita has orders for her Tapais, it means that the rice farmers, the yeast makers and also the Tajau makers will have some kind of a financial gain from this. Rice wine is a drink that is served with a small buffet of


side dishes such as soups, grilled or smoked meat (sinalau), and various types of pan fried veggies and whatevers… you name it, it might go well with the Tapai. Oh, these dishes when served with the Tapai, are called “pusas”. Some take home info so you don’t look like a newbie this coming Kaamatan. Back to Mami Ita, so one day she was approached by 3 ladies from South Korea, asking that she teach them how to make Tapai, long story short, she agreed and history was made. You see, it’s very seldom that a Tapai maker would tell or even teach outsiders (outside of his/her family) on the processes of Tapai Making. So you can regard people like Mami Ita, as someone who is a rebel, going against her customs. But her rationality was, even her children, nephews and nieces have no interest in learning this craft, and so does most of the younger people of Keningau. She worries that this skill will die with her like it died with most of the older people she knew. So, the Mami Ita Tapai Workshop started. At first it was in Keningau, then in Kota Kinabalu, and then Mami Ita went to Sandakan for the Sandakan Food Festival 2019, where she did her workshop there, hosted by San Da Gen Kopitiam, awesome people. If it wasn’t for the pandemic, she was supposed to conduct another workshop in Kuala Lumpur post Kaamatan 2020. Kuala Lumpur will just have to wait.

Other than the processes of Tapai making, Mami Ita also imparts lore knowledges, tips and tricks and also Tapai drinking etiquettes to her workshop participants. For example, when you go to someone’s house where there is a Tapai drinking session undergoing, it is very rude to tell the others or the host that you are thirsty (saya haus). You have to be invited officially to sit near the Tajau as the next to drink, they will call you “biris”. Another one for you Tapai newbies out there. So, yes, Mami Ita will not only equip you with the recipe, but also with the culture too. She also advocates for the appropriate use of traditional alcoholic beverages. Some communities blame the Tapai for domestic violence, criminality and other negative happenings, for Mami Ita, understanding the real use of tapai is the key control to these unwanted happenings. The Dusunic people from the interiors of Sabah have discovered the goodness to the rice wine, one of the usage of Tapai is as a drinking water filter. Back in the day, farmers and land pioneers will bring a tajau or two with them deep in the jungles. Rather than drinking straight from streams, they would pour the water they found in the Tapai, the alcohol

in the Tapai will kill germs, and the water would be safe to be consumed, but the down side is (or up) you will get drunk. Through Tapai making, one will see how the people of Sabah are not only connected to other people in their community, but also how they are also connected with their natural surroundings the land, water, everything that grows and lives and even those beyond our logical understanding. The Tapai sees beyond race, skin color and the whatevers that divide us humans. In Mami Ita’s Tapai Making Workshop (and also at her home) all are welcomed, all are family, and I guess there is only one word that can describe this, Aramaitii! For more information on Mama Ita’s Tapai and Tapai Workshop, contact 019-585 1585.

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CIty Cineplex May 2021 movies



Release Date: 20 May 2021 Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi Director: Shawn Levy Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi

Release Date: 6 May 2021 Genre: Horror, Thriller Director: Ivan Kavanagh Cast: Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch, Luke David Blumm

A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside an open-world video game. Now in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way before it is too late.

When a young boy contracts a mysterious illness, his mother must decide how far she will go to save him.



Release Date: 6 May 2021 Genre: Action, Thriller Director: Guy Ritchie Cast: Jason Statham, Holt McCallany, Josh Hartnett

A mysterious new cash truck security guard surprises his coworkers during a heist in which he unexpectedly unleashes precision skills. Soon, the marksman’s ultimate motive becomes clear as he takes dramatic and irrevocable steps to settle a score.

Release Date: 6 May 2021 Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller Director: Taylor Sheridan Cast: Angelina Jolie, Finn Little, Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen, Nicholas Hoult

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him -- and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.



Release Date: 13 May 2021 Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy Director: Joel Crawford Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds

Release Date: 13 May 2021 Genre: Action, Crime, Drama Director: Ilya Naishuller Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen Hutch Mansell, who is simply a nobody becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord. With his family in danger as well, Hutch must save them and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.

The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.



CIty Cineplex May 2021 movies



Release Date: 13 May 2021 Genre: Horror, Thriller Director: Martin Wilson Cast: Katrina Bowden, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Aaron Jakubenko

Release Date: 13 May 2021 Genre: Horror, Mystery Director: Simon Barrett Cast: Suki Waterhouse, Megan Best, Madisen Beaty

A fun filled flight to a remote atoll turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane is destroyed in a freak accident and they are trapped on a raft, 100 miles from shore with man-eating sharks lurking beneath the surface.

Camille Meadows, is the new girl at the Edelvine Academy for Girls. She joined a group of girls in a ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened.


Release Date: 20 May 2021 Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery Director: Darren Lynn Bousman Cast: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan David Jones An esteemed police veteran, brash Detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks and his rookie partner take charge of a investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.

HORIZON LINE Release Date: 20 May 2021 Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller Director: Mikael Marcimain Cast: Allison Williams, Alexander Dreymon, Keith David A couple flying on a small plane to attend a tropical island wedding must fight for their lives after their pilot suffers a heart attack.



Release Date: 27 May 2021 Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family Director: Elaine Bogan, Ennio Torresan Cast: Eiza González, Mckenna Grace, Jake Gyllenhaal

Release Date: 27 May 2021 Genre: Comedy, Crime Director: Craig Gillespie Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong

An all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil.

Lucky Prescott’s life is changed forever when she moves from her home in the city to a small frontier town and befriends a wild mustang named Spirit.



Genie wong's comeback is where she discovered her online crush, Aylextv, with his life goals that inspire people to pursue their dreams. That was how Genie’s passion for music was reignited. At the same time, a Kuala Lumpur based record label called Manship noticed and approached her to produce a few songs. Genie is very excited with the opportunity as it is a rare thing to happen. Since making her comeback, Genie has produced a few songs such as the Chinese Pop number “Ni Rang Wo Xiang Qi Le” (You Remind Me), which was initially in English. Based on true events, it’s the tale of Genie’s experience through TikTok. On the other hand, her Latin English song, Papichulo, is about getting a guy to be more open to his girl. Genie has more music planned for the future but she can’t reveal anything yet. Besides her number 1 hits, her biggest achievement is actually being able to still pursue her childhood dream of making music till this day. She’s played at a Jazz Fest with outstanding musicians, made friends with people all around the world, and is still passionate in doing so. She wants to inspire and create a path for future musicians who are serious in pursuing their music dreams.


he best thing about the music industry is the stories we hear. Whether it’s how a band began, how an artist struggled through hardships for success, or even how one makes an inspiring comeback into the music scene. Well, this time, we’ll be featuring an artist who is making a comeback into the music industry, the one and only, Genie Wong. Genie is a Labuan native who used to be active in the music scene in Malaysia. She studied Music Technology and Composition in the United Kingdom and was very engaged in church music in her youth. Genie was a regular in the music scene from 2011 until 2015, actively performing in front of live audiences at the time. During said period, she had two songs that hit number 1 on HitzKK’s Borneo English Top 10 chart. She then decided to take a break from the scene to focus more on her family. So, what inspired Genie to make a comeback? In her own words, the comeback was pure luck and chance. When the pandemic hit and people were forced to stay home, she found herself with too much time on her hands. This fueled her curiosity to explore TikTok and randomly sing songs with strangers. TikTok

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Genie Wong

Genie Wong

Aidilfitri yang mulia


aya is almost here and the excitement is just getting started. Shops are playing Raya songs in anticipation of the holidays while most of us are already humming our favourite Raya tunes. Well, get ready to hum to a new tune as a few talented artists have collaborated to present everyone a new song called, Aidilfitri Yang Mulia. A total of 4 artists worked together in order to make this collaboration a success. Aldean is a 30 year-old emcee turned singer from Semporna, with a song of his own coming soon. Burhan Ayub is a Bongawan native and also a finalist for Bintang P. Ramlee Zon Sabah. Also in the lineup are Asz Marzuki, runner-up of the 2018 Bintang P. Ramlee for the national level, and Ayien, who was the national champion of the 2009 Bintang Irama Malaysia.


Aidilfitri Yang Mulia is the brainchild of Burhan. He came up with collaborating with other artists to produce a song for Raya in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, he had to put it on hold. It was only in January 2021 when the cogs started spinning and the music production process began. With the help of Kenzo Matakaji (recording studio), Burhan and Ayien composed the concept, melody, and music of the single. The lyrics were written by Mamat Joy, detailing the worry free times of celebrating Raya with friends and family before the pandemic. There’s one word to describe the whole production process swift. The team had to race against time and complete the whole production before Ramadan. In the span of just a few months, they produced the lyrics, music recording and music video shoot. Of course, the MCO did pose a challenge as the artists were all from different parts of Sabah. So, each artist had to record their parts individually at their own time. For Aldean, the best part of the process was by the end of it all. The excitement to share the song to the world compares to nothing, especially with all the hard work and dedication they put into the song. Don’t forget to catch Aidilfitri Yang Mulia on YouTube and Spotify. With everyone’s support, the group plans to produce more songs in the future to keep entertaining everyone, not only during the holidays.

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seamless orders with orderla


or the longest time, I’ve had the impression that online business would take almost twice as much effort in order to succeed. You need to take care of your inventory, taking orders, receiving payments, and even creating order forms. Fortunately, you can now do it all in just a single app. Orderla is an application that helps business owners easily manage and track the daily in and outs of their businesses. With Orderla, you can create your own order forms to send out to customers. The forms are simple and easy to understand, which benefits both the business owners and customers. Not only photos and price, business owners can also add in the description of the items they’re selling and the quantity limit as well. These forms can be shared on social media or ads through the links provided. Customers can then click on the links to browse through what’s available for sale. When they’ve made their choices, business owners will receive the orders as a WhatsApp message. That way, they get notified as soon as the customers submit their orders and begin to prepare the items for shipping. This makes for a more seamless online shopping experience. The app also supports multiple hassle-free payment by using payment gateways such as Billplz, Toyyibpay, and SenangPay. With the “Buy-now” button, customers will experience faster checkout and the merchants are able to easily verify the payments.

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Orderla also tracks the numbers of sales for your business, giving business owners accurate sales statistics. Orderla users can also keep their inventory in check automatically. When the payments are made, Orderla will help auto-deduct items from your stock. Business owners can also provide coupon codes to their customers through Orderla’s simple steps. The simplicity of the app allows everyone to use it with ease of mind. In Sabah, local farmers are utilizing it as a substitute to physical community markets to sell their goods, especially during the pandemic to connect directly to their customers. To all the business owners out there, this is a great app that lets you track almost all aspects of your business. An all-in-one app, all in the palms of your hands. Orderla is available in Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store.


packing traditions


love nasi lemak. It’s the classic Malaysian dish that anyone can enjoy. My favourite nasi lemak would always be those made by small business owners. Not only do you taste the authenticity of the dish, but you can see the innovativeness of those before us through packing and storing their food in banana leaves. It’s amazing that this type of “container” has stood the test of time. But what about today?

I’m not saying we need to move away from plastic containers entirely. They still have their place in our world. Maybe we should rely on them less? The thing is, we use them excessively and don’t recycle them when we are done with them. I’m also not saying that traditional containers are the only way to go. They certainly have their impracticalities in terms of durability or leaks.

Now, we mainly use plastic containers. It isn’t the end of the world, plastics do have their place in the world. The only thing wrong is how we tend to dispose of plastic, especially ones that are purposed for single-use. Why not implement the old “nasi lemak method”? Plant leaves are the perfect single-use containers. They’re accessible, renewable, and biodegradable. So, even if you randomly dispose of them after enjoying your meal, they’ll naturally decompose and won’t take millions of years to do so.

It is fun to see people try something new though or rather, something traditional and see if it sticks. It’s also great to see people reusing their old containers for years, only to replace them when they need to. At the end of the day, whether you’re using plastic containers or traditional containers, try to consider the health of the world in your decision making. I’m sure your actions will have a positive impact on our environment.

The fun part about “traditional” and natural containers is they’re unique and one of a kind. You won’t get the two with the exact shape, size, or pattern from natural containers such as bamboo shoots, gourds, or even coconut shells. Pottery was also used as containers back in the day. I believe the intimacy of moulding and crafting clay have made people care more about what they have, because they need to make it last as long as possible. These days, that type of mentality and meaning is close to nonexistent. We tend to move on to something new, even when our containers are still usable.

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karanahan view



re you feeling burnt out or lack the motivation to do your best at work? Well, it looks like you need a short day trip to clear up your mind and wind down a bit. Go for a swim, hangout with cute animals, or even experience something new. We’ve got just the place where you can do all these and more, and that special place is Karanahan View. You don’t need to go far to get to Karanahan View. Just enjoy the relaxing drive to Kota Belud (KB) with the lush scenery and the view of Mt. Kinabalu as you get closer to your destination. Karanahan View started its operation in August of 2019. Centred around the agro tourism concept, it’s 3 kilometers away from the KB township and you’ll have easy access to other recreational spots. Due north, you can find beautiful beaches, while going south will lead you to amazing riverside hangouts. At Karanahan View, visitors can enjoy a number of activities with their loved ones. Swim in the designated swimming pool, take a ride in their paddle boats, kayaks, and even experience their water rollers. You can also bike through the paddy field while enjoying the fresh air, or slow down with great company for

some fishing fun. If you’re not into those types of activities, enjoy a relaxing time feeding rabbits. However, there’s one activity that separates Karanahan View from the rest. You can revisit the past and experience a much simpler time by learning how to tend paddy fields and wear traditional costumes while you’re at it. If you’re planning to stay overnight, you have a choice of staying in their guest house or in the middle of the scenic paddy fields in contemporary or traditional huts. You can also elevate this experience by camping under the stars. If you’re not staying, hangout in their designated huts where you can have yourself a small barbeque party. Get amazing photos from every angle you’d like with Mt. Kinabalu in the background, sprawling paddy fields, and even their cool photo booths. So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your things and head on to Karanahan View. They’re always prepared to welcome all visitors and show them a great time. As their slogan goes, “Let the good times roll!” Karanahan View

013-804 8485

Admission: RM4 (Kids), RM6 (Adults), RM10 (Foreigners) Opening Hours: 8.30am - 6.30pm | Thursday to Tuesday

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The state of our roads


ll roads lead to Rome. Yet not all roads are created equal. Just look at our own roads, I mean, you have to admit we don’t have the best roads. Though not the worst, most of the roads we drive on are pretty nasty. Don’t even get me started on the roads that lead to rural villages. We deserve better and everyone should be aware of this. Our city and suburban roads are littered with potholes while our highways are paved inconsistently. One second you’re driving on smooth asphalt, another second the surface is as rough as sandpaper that you could feel every pebble on the road. That isn’t even the worst part however, as we constantly encounter random bumps of asphalt. That’s because the proper authorities are just fixing individual potholes rather than servicing the whole highway itself. When you go deeper into the heart of Sabah, the roads do get tougher to deal with while some are non-existent at all. Sometimes, the best piece road would only be paved with loose gravel. Big four-wheel drive cars are necessary to navigate the tight muddy paths we call roads in order to reach villages and communities in the rural areas. This easily turns casual visits into off-road adventures into these villages. The thing is, safety should be the number one priority when it comes to establishing a good road network. Hillside roads should

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be able to withstand the dangers of landslides while potholes should be fixed not just for the sake of fixing them, but for the safety of the road user in mind. Why not service the roads every few years and don’t start unnecessary road work that we aren’t prepared to maintain for years to come. Am I saying the authorities aren’t doing anything about our roads? Of course not. I know they’re doing their best. Though, I feel like their priorities just aren’t set straight. All of us need to care enough in order for things to improve. If you notice issues regarding your roads, get the attention of the proper authorities and don't just gossip about it. Don’t simply blame others because we are all responsible for how comfortable we want our roads to be.


Festive season special


ay is here and it is a very festive month with Hari Raya followed by Kaamatan. Here are 3 compound movements to help you burn more calories so that you won’t feel too guilty when the eating spree kicks in.

Full Body-weight Squat

EXECUTION • As you go down, keep the shoulders depressed and maintain the elbows at a stable 45 degree angle away from the body. • As you go back up, squeeze the chest and make sure to move the whole upper body as a single unit.

(20 reps, 4 sets, 20 seconds rest in between sets)

The good old squat is no stranger to everyone but it is undeniably one of the most effective workout for the glutes and lower body IF YOU DO IT RIGHT and getting it right is a whole different story. SETUP • Stand with feet shoulder width apart. • Toes turned out slightly. • Keep your core tight & spine neutral. EXECUTION • Before going down, perform a hip hinge by. • As you go down, push your butt back and lead your knee forward at the same. • Align your knees to the 2nd/3rd toe of your feet. • Make sure that your spine is parallel to the shin. • Try to go down as low as you can without compensation of form. • Come back up to starting position by moving the hip and knee joints together. • As you come up, squeeze your glutes at the top.

Thread the needle side plank (4 Sets, 10 Reps each side – No rest; alternate immediately) SETUP • Come to a side lying position. • Place your elbows under your shoulders and push your body up to a side plank position. • Align your elbow, hip, knee and heel in a straight line. EXECUTION • Keeping your core stable, slightly rotate your thoracic spine and thread your top arm into the hanging gap between your supporting elbow and ribcage. • With control, slowly thread the arm out and stretch it up overhead.

Full Body-weight Push Up (10-12 Reps, 4 sets, 30 seconds rest in between sets) SETUP • •

Come to a plank position with palms directly under the shoulders. Align the hip and knee in one line & engage your core.

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Selamat Hari Raya and Happy Kaamatan everyone! Stay safe, stay active and stay healthy.




umble beginnings are usually what successful people go through; but to maintain that humble motto and staying true to it is a challenge itself. Power couple Shone & Kathie Majimbun juggle 6 brands including popular eateries Shoney’s Dining & Bar and Happy Place while managing 4 kids on a daily basis. ‘Stay Humble and be Truthful to yourself ’ has been the constant principle for this lovely couple that led them to success.

Kathie is a simple and kind girl who originated from Kg. Dambai, Inanam. She initially aspired to be in the beauty industry, but she pursued hospitality education in ATI Sabah after receiving scholarships to pursue higher education. The rest, as we call it was history. Currently a mother of 4, time management was a juggle, but with Shone by her side, they were lucky to have great support and were able to manage family time with a balance of social projects as well as getting hands on with work. The amount of physical and emotional weights of what they do might scare you, but to Kathie, a positive spirit and by taking on life with the flow is what kept her standing strong to this day. “We can’t change unexpected life challenges, just embrace it, and learn from it along the way,” said Kathie. Shone also hails from Inanam in Kg Pomotodon, a cosy neighbouring hometown just nearby to Kathie’s. An adventurer and risk taker himself, he is also humble with an approachable personality. His success is from his drive to never give up and a constant will to improve. Cooking has always been his passion and his determination took him to New Orleans, USA where he worked with Marriott group for 2 years and learned new culinary skills. He later came back to Kota Kinabalu to start his own business. Before the Shoney’s Dining & Bar -as we know it today, Shone himself went through a couple of failed attempts in starting his own business. It then got reignited from a little boost of motivation and encouragement - through a thoughtful little recipe experimenting for a group of Vegan Yoga enthusiasts at Nuluhon Garden Retreat one day, and it became a candle of hope with excitement to tackle the food & beverage industry again. What goes around comes around is among the top life principles embedded in him in everything he does – from cooking behind the scenes, training the team and running the business in general, he does it in a down-to-earth way and makes sure it is sustainable long-term. This is also applicable to his personal passion for outdoor activities, as he is one of the leading committee members for Sabah Land Rover Club which involves heading out to expeditions, and occasionally for family camping trips with the kids to enjoy what mother nature has to offer. Coming back as a couple, their first successful business was Shoney’s Dining & Bar at Gaya Street. It quickly became a popular eatery and caterer in Kota Kinabalu. Their growing number of customers constantly gave good reviews. When asked what’s the secret? The couple replied, nothing fancy. Just great chemistry and good coordination between the couple’s responsibility and getting the right team. It was down to getting hands on and training the people with patience. Shone and Kathie encourage people from the rural areas to work with them and train them with the skills needed. Empowering their team with the right

attitude and seeing them grow and earn for their own family has been a great accomplishment as a boss, no matter where they come from. Until today, hardships are still undeniably there, but are manageable. Running reputable F&B brands like Shoney’s Dining & Bar and Happy Place was not only the beginning of their journey, but they have also undergone learning experiences in managing the team, building a great work environment and most importantly, sustaining the business. Currently they are also running F&B outlets like Sumibiya which focuses on Japanese cuisine, and an upcoming Halal Café, as well as precooked food is down the pipeline for the future. Kathie and Shone are looking forward to taking things slower to focus more on auto-piloting their outlets through training and quality control for their foods to serve their customers better. They are also actively giving back to the community through off-road expeditions with Sabah Land Rover Club, as Ex-co and regular members for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of the club, as well as working with various NGOs such as Malaysia Red Crescent Society (PBSM), Rotary Club and Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (YADiM). It goes to show that they try to give back to the community through service contributions as well as growing the rural community as much as they can. And these thoughtful initiatives are the ones making differences, a step at a time. Still more to come for this couple. Until then, one thing is for sure, always remember to ‘Stay Humble and be Truthful to yourself ’. Fun Facts: Shone is a good singer and once joined the popular One In a Million singing competition on television. Kathie shot to fame in 1999 when she became Sabah’s Unduk Ngadau queen.

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12 Zodiac forecast from 5th of May to 4th June 2021

Pay attention to whom you trust, especially this particular month where your trust is easily robbed away. Not a good time for you to lend money, it will be challenging to collect it back. Regardless of the amount, just say “NO”.

This month's male OX needs to stay under the radar. Not a good time to show off what you have achieved. Your little achievements are just the beginning. There is more to come and you need to be ready for it.

Luck is not here to stay. This month of May, be extra careful with your spending. You have already overspent on unnecessary things! Put your extra money into a good investment portfolio.

Aventurine Dark Green

Peridot Green

Big luck this month for both male and female rabbits. Seems like your superior is assembling all good points for your appraisal. Appreciate useful advice from senior fellows. They know the BEST!

Finally your efforts have been recognised by someone! Your hard work and patience bear positive results. Be independent and not dependent. Your superior is observing you.

Start learning how to accumulate wealth! Put your wealth into the right basket. Choose a mid-term investment that suits your investment portfolio. Gold is highly recommended!

Citrine Light Yellow

Lapis Lazuli Royal Purple

Copper Phantom Bronze

Lucky star rotation finally stops at South! This section always belongs to the brave horse. This month, avoid lending money out. Pick a comfortable investment portfolio and avoid risky investment.

Relief! This month, you will receive some good news and a job offer. Just make sure you can divert your timing between work and rest. Work smart and never skip your first meal.

People judge. Do not take it so seriously. Waste no time on drama and gossip! Focus on your plan and target. Prioritise your important tasks and do not let others stop you from moving forward.

Obsidian Yellow / Beige

Moonstone White

Purple Titanium Orange

Learn from failure. Everyone makes mistakes. Tolerate your weakness and find a way to improve it. Don't expect fast results when you only put in a tiny effort. Be patient.

Spend more time outdoors. Make yourself a top priority. Others might become your burden and will delay your plan. Properly choose the right circle of friends. Make the right choice at the right time.

Not everyone can keep your secrets! Pay attention to whom you share your problems with. This month of May, avoid getting into a heated argument. Just stay away. Let people solve their own problems. It’s better to have less concerns!

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Aquamarine Navy Blue

Yellow Jade Lemon Yellow

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Aramaiti! Salam Aidilfitri!


ramaiti! Salam Aidilfitri! May is the month of holidays for us all in Malaysia this year! While as Sabahans, we get extra days to celebrate the Great Harvest! What is celebration without that 24/7 food munching and open house line-up! As we might celebrate differently this year, we’re pretty sure it won’t stray far from an all nighter karaoke session and food indulgence to bring that family bond closer together. With all that yet to happen, here’s some CAN DO tips to get you through GUILT-FREE! Be part of the cleaning and preparations – Spring cleaning, food preparations, serving guests and cleaning up the mess. Surely this will keep you on your feet, lifting ‘weights’ and unintentionally hitting that 1,000 steps target. Did you know mopping can burn up to 314 calories? Which is somewhat equivalent to 45mins of swimming or boxing class. So, get involved and it will indirectly burn some fats. Cleanse and Detox the gut – Prepare the body for the impact. Try food and drinks that help with digestion and cleanses the gut (ehem) so we can make way for new foods to go in! All jokes aside, familiar brands like Yakult can do the trick or if you’re keen for a fizzy drink and yet remain guilt-free, try making your own kombucha at home with just tea and sugar! We promise that you may even get that hint of a fermented beer taste to get you kick started for Kaamatan! Again, guilt-free cause it will be all homemade.

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Eat & Drink moderately – Do not go all out just because it’s a once a year celebration. We can always make that yummy rendang whenever we crave and bake that kuih raya just for the fun of it on other days or months. So, eat with consideration that IT IS NOT your last meal. Less Sugar or Going Sugar-Free makes a lot of difference – Desserts like ABC, cakes and kuih are crowd favourites especially during festivities. Though tempting, we should try to reduce our sugar intake to avoid diseases such as diabetes and obesity; because let’s face it - staying home more often has made us too comfortable, and the body will only start to burn fats on a shortage of sugar! Lastly, the BONUS TIP award goes to - Exercise. OH WAIT, NO YOU DID NOT JUST. I don’t mean to be the party pooper, but you need to make sure to reduce your calorie intake - to make way for more food afterwards! Take 15mins to do a short sprint or workout (not with a full belly of course) - the point is to stay fit and healthy. Incorporate exercise as a habit, and it might just get you ready for the next festivity!



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ince we were younger, we’ve always been told to take care of our teeth to avoid getting cavities. Our teachers taught us about it, our dentists advised us regarding it, and toothpaste companies advertised it on the television. Ever since then, most people have been cautious about cavities and try to avoid them at all costs. But how much do you know about cavities? Together with Dr. Sylvia Lim of Phi Dental, let’s discover more about cavities and the proper ways to prevent it. Cavities, also known as tooth decay or caries, are permanently damaged areas in the hard surface of your teeth that will develop into tiny holes. It’s caused by a combination of factors including bacteria, frequent snacking, sugary drinks, and not cleaning your teeth well. It’s also caused by plaque build up, which is a sticky substance that binds to teeth. Everyone is at risk of having cavities but some have a higher risk of developing it. Those risk factors are dry mouths, eating disorders, lack of fluoride, and acid reflux disease. More often, cavities develop in the back teeth as they can trap food particles and are harder to reach when brushing or flossing. There are a few treatments to help treat cavities. You have the option of getting an early stage treatment, tooth fillings, crowns, or even root canals. Each of these options depends on when and how severe the situation is. Though, prevention is the best

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treatment. So, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, eat less sugary food, and visit your dentist at least twice a year. If cavities have developed in your teeth, do not avoid visiting the dentist as cavities don’t go away on their own. They will grow in size, spread to other teeth, cause infections, and affect the nerves in your mouth. It’ll just be a snowball of bad decisions. One myth that has circulated since ancient times is that cavities are caused by worms in our teeth. However, advancements in dental medicine have proven that tooth worms aren’t real and cavities are caused by plaque. Dr. Sylvia advises all of us to introduce fluoride in our dental hygiene routine. The water in Sabah isn’t fluoridated, thus the high rate of Sabahans experiencing cavities, especially in children. So, be sure to brush your teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride to ensure a strong and healthy smile.

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Harvest - a festival of thanks


arvest is a time of plenty – and it is celebrated all over the world to give thanks for a successful crop as the season approaches its end. It is a happy time, when people give thanks for positive things. In the UK there is a Harvest Festival which happens on the Sunday closest to the harvest full moon, around the end of September or the beginning of October, called St Michael’s Mass or Michaelmas. I remember bringing food to put near the altar at church when I was little – I think because we weren’t farmers I brought a can of baked beans! Didn’t matter. It was all given to people who needed it. The Jewish Harvest Festival is called Sukkot, which means the Feast of Ingathering or the Feast of Tabernacles. It is celebrated after, the third of the great Annual Festivals, Rosh Hashanah, at the end of the year. It is a very old festival, dating back to pagan times, bringing villages together in an essentially agricultural community. It can be traced to the fifth century when the cult of St Michael spread to Western Christianity. In the Middle Ages it was a huge religious feast, and the harvest traditions we know now grew from there although they are much muted today. Then there were fairs with market stalls and games, and churches decorated in autumnal gold. People also ate geese on this day, said to bring financial protection for the next year. A great procession would lead in the last wagon-load of corn from the fields, with a band, banners and decorations. From Saxon times, (more than a thousand years ago) straw corn dollies were made out of the last sheaf of the harvest – it was believed that this contained the spirit of the corn. The spirit was supposed to be descended from the Roman goddess Ceres (think cereal) and was called The Maiden, The Neck and the Mare. The dollies decorated the banqueting tables and were kept until the next spring to make sure that year’s crop was good.

respectable people! Too much of this caused the festival to be centred on a service of thanksgiving in the parish church. Less fun, more controllable! In Sabah the traditional Tadau Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) is part of the Momolian belief system of the Kadazan-Dusun I expect you all know this already but I continue to find such information news to me. I learn that it honour the bond between the Creator and Creation, and thanks Kinoingan for sacrificing his daughter Huminodun to produce a fruitful rice harvest. I attended a Kaamatan in my first year in Sabah and was thrilled to be included in such a heartwarming and fascinating day. There was lots of food and drink, and I almost like tapai now! Dancing (my sumazau is legendary, believe me!) and chat. I watched rituals led by bobohizans, and appreciated beautiful traditional clothes (and the beautiful women in the Unduk Ngadau pageant, even though this is not something that is part of my culture today). An uplifting and for me completely unusual day. This comes out of ancient indigenous animism, which few people believe in today, I understand. Nevertheless, the old traditions are still respected and valued. I salute Sabah for being a state that celebrates difference of this kind and allows all faiths to flourish. Real communication, in fact. Long may it last.

People took care not to anger the spirit so they would line up at a distance and throw their sickles until the corn was cut, so it could not see whose did the actual cutting. In the Welsh Borders the straws would be tied into four bunches, to represent the legs of a horse, before the sickle-throwing commenced. In Devon and Cornwall the corn dolls would often be kept above the hearth and ploughed back into the land the following Plough Monday. Then there was a harvest tea or supper, which everyone attended. Food and drink was followed by dancing and merrymaking, which often got out of hand and was disapproved of by

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A corn dolly for the English harvest festival

Negativity of Modern Living


hat’s the first thing you think about when someone mentions modern living? Technology perhaps? Technology that we once thought was impossible or considered magic. You might have thought about our modern age and how different this generation is compared to the last. Well, for me, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the word modern living, was quite literally modern design. I thought about modern designs in a home and what it feels like to live in

Rants & Raves

a modern home! Please tell me I’m not the only one! Oh well, since modern interior design was the first thing I thought of, that’s exactly what I’m going to talk about! When you search up aesthetics on pinterest, how often do you feel drawn or end up picking a modern house design? With so many different aesthetics such as cottage core, dark academia, Y2K and more, most people seem to be more drawn to fantasy. Almost everyone would end up picking the castle looking house or a cutesy, adorable house. Modern home designs seem to have become the new basics. Modern interior designs are all about a sleek and clean look. Making your home look more like art than an actual home. Of course, who hasn’t seen those modern Japanese home channels. I used to wish every home could have a smart system to control everything from the lights to the TV! Well, I guess we technically have it now as a lot of new condos have incorporated smart systems into their locks as well! But, when you focus on making your house look like a fancy art museum, you end up creating something less homey. Sometimes, living in such a modern setting can feel cold and lonely. While others fill their home with memories and handmade arts and crafts; you’ve tried to perfect your home into something for display. We are already surrounded with so much modernity in our lives. Why not make our home the only place we can relive the past?

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unduk ngadau: sabah's beauty queen


n Sabah, Kaamatan is one of the biggest celebrations the state celebrates annually. If you ask anyone what makes it special they’ll definitely say the atmosphere and the time spent with friends. Though, there is one more thing that completes the modern Kaamatan festival. This is the Unduk Ngadau. But, what is the Unduk Ngadau? It’s basically the beauty queen of the Unduk Ngadau beauty pageant that is held annually. It’s held to commemorate Huminodun’s spirit, a maiden said to be of total beauty of heart, mind, and soul. As the myth goes, Ponompuan, the daughter of Kinoingan and Sumundu, sacrificed herself to save her famine-stricken people. From that, her flesh gave rise into rice while other parts of her body also became edible food for her people. She was then called Huminodun which means “transferred sacrifice”.

The pageant is unique to Sabah and is the most recognisable cultural event. Ask any Sabahan about it, they’ll surely know what it is. The first ever pageant was held in 1960 in Penampang. 25 contestants participated in it and was ultimately won by Mui Lan. Initially, a big number of contestants were mainly from Penampang, but as it grew in popularity, other districts had their own representatives as well. In 1995, Sabahans residing in Peninsular Malaysia were also invited to participate in the pageant. The way the pageant works is, contestants will participate in district level competitions first. The winner of each district competition will then represent their respective districts in the state level pageant. The winner of it all will be crowned the Unduk Ngadau. As she is commemorating Huminodun, fans of the pageant believe she is supposed to exude a high level of moral and become a role model to the younger generation of the community. The Unduk Ngadau pageant has evolved through the years to become not only more competitive but also more entertaining. An example would be the reformed question-and-answer round in 2012. In 2020, it was suggested that the pageant would be held online due to the pandemic but was then canceled, marking the first time that no winner was crowned.

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Personally, I don’t think going fully digital is the way to go for the pageant. Organizers should innovate with the system and add a round where contestants are asked to accomplish traditional tasks. Maybe it’ll bring excitement to the pageant while exploring the significance of Kaamatan itself and the culture we came from. At the end of the day, the Unduk Ngadau will always be the reminder of our roots.


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e don't often see restaurants serving traditional Sabahan food, while most of those who do are missing an “authenticity” factor. Well, HOUSia has got the said factor dialed in. HOUSia, a combination of “house” and “saya” (my), is one of the many food kiosks located in Funky Farm Food Court in Kepayan and was established by friends Casey, Mackdowell, and Oziel. Once you walk into the food court, you’ll easily spot the charming stall in green. While only being in operation for a month, they’ve already massed regulars who enjoy their selection of dishes. Apart from the authentic taste of the food, HOUSia also differentiates itself from other restaurants by serving their dishes in bamboo “plates”. The main dish they serve is the Tavantang Set. It includes a serving of brown rice, fried basung (mackerel), salted fish and egg, plus tuhau, hinava, losun, and pickled mango/bambangan (depending on the season). They complement each other through the different flavours that each has to offer. Apart from the set, they also serve Pandan Chicken and Tuhau Fried Chicken. The Pandan Chicken has a hint of sweetness to it while the Tuhau Fried Chicken has a generous serving of tuhau on each piece of chicken wing. Lastly, you can wash the food down with a refreshing mug of lemon grass. In the future, they’re planning to include more dishes from other Sabahan cultures, and not just centred on Kadazan Dusun Murut food. Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm Opens everyday except the 2nd & 3rd Mondays of the month. @hous.ia

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Jon’s Recipes: Where Sweet Met Savory


ewly relocated to one of the Inner Corners of Damai Plaza, Jon’s Recipes (JRs) was founded by two food passionate friends Marcus and Jonathan who saw an opportunity and took the risk in the midst of a pandemic lockdown to set-up their little café. What started out as a café serving just coffee, other beverages and desserts, their customers began requesting for savory dishes. Today, Jon’s Recipes kitchen is bustling trying to keep up with customer’s orders of both savory and sweet treats.

soft cookies to choose from - Belgium Dark Chocolate, Signature Peanut Butter, Cookie Chocolate Spread, Hazelnut Chocolate Nutella, Marshmallows S’mores and not forgetting the extralarge New York style cookie – Lotus Biscoff. These soft cookies are crunchy on the outside and gooey soft on the inside – they are a pinnacle of perfection. Your cookies don’t get any fresher than this. Their Midnight Brownies are also made to order and yes, they’re as superbly gooey on the inside – scouts honor!

As we entered the café, its small but charming interior gave us with a warm welcome with a reading chair paired with a minimalist lamp on the left corner and a few tables and chairs strategically located. If you are there with friends, a cozy couch with a large table and chairs are located at a private corner.

Everyone loves a classic pasta dish because they do not disappoint and the utmost popular would be the spaghetti Bolognese. At Jon’s Recipes, their Aussie Beef Bolognese is slow cooked to perfection. Now whenever you slow-cook anything, you would know it will melt in your mouth and this dish does! The sauce is rich and silky, and clings lovingly to the pasta; the beef is tender and soft, it literally melts in your mouth. Slowcooking the Bolognese sauce creates rich browned flavors, while ensuring that the meat stays tender. This traditional red meat sauce requires a long simmer, but it is worth the time to really bring out those flavors.

The main specialty of Jon’s Recipes is their made to order soft cookies. Yes, you get your cookies super freshly baked while you eat, drink and relax; and you cannot get this anywhere else but Jon’s Recipes. This café boasts one of the best homemade cookies I have ever come across. They have a selection of mouthwatering 40

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Ultimate Polo Bun Burger

Soft Cookies

If you’re feeling adventurous, I would suggest trying the Shasouka (also spelled Shashouka). It is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish and one that’s eaten for breakfast or any meal of the day. It’s made from simple eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, usually with olive oil, peppers, onion and garlic, as well as, spices; and is vegetarian. It’s also a runny egg lover’s dream dish, as you dip and lather it with toasted bread. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain once called Sarawak laksa “Breakfast of the Gods” and JRs Sarawak Laksa recipe is from the kitchen of Marcus’s mother. So this dish is the closest as you can get for a scrumptious bowl of laksa. It’s the perfect balance of heat from the laksa paste consisting of sambal belacan, tamarind, lemongrass, herbs and spices with a little coconut milk. This unique fusion is not found in any other type of laksa. Served with rice vermicelli, omelette strips, shredded chicken, beansprouts, prawns, fresh coriander and lime, this bowl of laksa’s broth is thick topped generously with large succulent prawns and chicken chunks, it has the perfect balance of aromatic herbs and spices with a subtle hint of sour-ish and chili note and not overly rich and creamy. JR’s laksa is available in 3 sizes, Try Try (S), Ok Cukupla (M) and Laksa King (L). And then came the Ultimate Polo Bun Burger and melted away all our worries. A classic burger with a twist of the old fashion polo bun that gives a tinge of sweetness as you sink your teeth in it, along with the spot-on balance of flavours from the melted cheese, caramelized onions and an excellent smashed 120g Aussie beef patty. It hit all the right notes and reminded us of the flavour we didn’t even know we were looking for. The other must try burger is the Prawn Burger, made from I promise 99% pure

Aussie Beef Bolognese

Signature Peanut Butter milkshake

Lotus Biscoff prawn patty, a signature homemade tartar sauce, perfect fries and sesame side salad. Both dishes have very few ingredients but come together perfectly like a match made in heaven. While or after inhaling their spectacular feast from the humble menu, you should just bloat your tummies more with JRs excellent milkshakes consisting of the Signature Peanut Butter and Biscoff Lotus. If you asked me which was my favorite? BOTH! Another go to place for fantastic milkshakes if you have no idea where to go, be daring, try something different! There’s more to the menu at this friendly neighbourhood makan spot. Don’t let their simple menu fool you, they surely pack a punch and their cookies…will literally make you go crawling back for more.

Address: Lot 41, 0, Jalan Damai, Taman Luyang Phase 4 & 5, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Business Hours: 10.00AM - 6.00PM | MONDAY - SATURDAY Facebook: @Jonsrecipes Instagram: @jons_recipes

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