State of Sabah Local Customs

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State of Sabah Local Customs

  • Snap it if you can!

    This info is more of suggesting of photography.after the airplane took off, depend on which side you sit, look out of the window.. check if you can see this picture (see my attached photo) .. this 'smiling face' are the 3 islands that you hopped during the snorkeling !

  • Eco friendly shower

    You will not find this type bathroom just in Sabah but all over Asia.The first time we had one, we kept going in the small bathroom, coming out shaking our heads. There was no shower that we could see.After further investigation we did see a shower attached to the wall. We also so a small box that must be the water heater. We turned it on and we...

  • Party

    It's part of the kadazan culture to drink whenever there's a party. Drinks can be the local wine- few of them,wine, beer,whisky or brandy. If somebody offer you a drink, just drink a sip if you don't normally drink. It's not polite not to take what is being offered to you. But if you really must decline, do it politely or ask somebody to help you...

  • Shake Hands

    I think Sabah people like to shake hands..when you meet them AND when you leave them.Hug and a kiss is acceptable only if you are close with them-normally among relatives and close friends. SOME muslims don't shake hands especially the ladies but don't feel offended by it.

  • Additional State Holidays 2007 - Sabah

    Sabah was obtained by the North Borneo Company from the Sultanate of Sulu (Philippines). Hence there are no hereditary kings. Sabah joined Malaysia not on Merdeka Day August 31, 1957 but later on September 16, 1963 called Malaysia Day.Sabah has a large Christian community and hence Good Friday is observed as a State holiday.The State Governor is...

  • Food Parties

    If you are invited to a party in Sabah, make sure you go there with a very empty stomach, because a party here is basically about only one thing: food! It doesn't matter if you get there at 18:00 or at 23:00, the food will always be there, ready to be eaten.The food is served in a buffet, you can take whatever you like, but make sure that you try...

  • Tiger Beer

    A big part of the inhabitants of Sabah are Muslims, and so they don't drink alcohol. But another big part are Christians, and when you see them having a party it seems like they drink for two!The local beer of Malaysia is Tiger Beer and it is the biggest Asian beer brand. At a night of partying with the Christian part of the Sabahans, many liters...

  • Karaoke

    Everywhere in Asia karoake is extremely popular. Malaysia is not different from that. In any CD-shop you will find lots of karoake-CD's. Some of them in English, but most of them in Malay. It's nice to sing along with the English songs, but it's even much more of a challenge to try to follow the Malay songs.

  • Friendly People

    You can most assuredly get friendly responses to your queries for directions etc.Taxi drivers, bus drivers, hotel staff, restaurant waitresses are of a different category altogether when compared to those of West Malaysia, especially the larger cities of similar size.

  • Kadazan Culture

    You have a chance to see traditional Kadazan dress and dance when you visit the Monsopiad Cultural Village, Penampang, K Kinabalu

  • Point with your thumb

    Apparently, in most of Malaysia - including Eastern Malaysia, it's considered rude to point with your forefinger and instead you should refer to things with your thumb. It's quite easy once you get used to it and Jonathan and I continued to do this for about two weeks after we came home. We asked a friend in KL why pointing with your forefinger was...

  • Two hands please!!

    It is polite here to give and receive items with both hands (and sometimes an ever so slight bow ... or so I noticed).Just observe who does it and mimic! It does get a little bit getting used to though, especially handing over money over a shop counter, it feels ridiculous holding a money note with both hands!

  • Wedding

    Attending a friend's wedding. It was a grand wedding held at Sutera Harbour. The guest of honour was the Chief Minister of Sabah.

  • Wedding Photo

    Picture with the couple. From left, her parents, my friend and her husband, my best friend, me and the groom parents.

  • Culture Dance

    That night was so lively. They had culture dance, singing.. and I was so tired after my island trip..but it was fun!

  • Sukau market

    Once a month on Sunday people from all around Sabah will go the the market in Sukau (along the Kinabatangan river). Fruit, clothes, meat, drinks, old medicine, stereos, watches.. anything will be sold there. But the main reason for the locals to go is to mingle. People dress up a bit and come by boat. We were definitely the orang putih (western...

  • Monkey or Ape?

    Since I do not have a tail, have an upright posture, am bipedal and am slightly more intelligent than a monkey (emphasis on "slightly") one must conclude that I am, in fact, an ape.

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