Friday, May 27, 2011

100 Facebook Fan Giveaway Winner

The winner has been picked for my This Side Of The Island  Facebook Page and it's lucky no. 16! It's Tara Greenfield who has won my Kanzashi Cherry Blossom Clutch and an Etsy 10% Discount Coupon for This Side Of The Island. 

Polly Dolly: High Flyer

It's a High Flyer time at Polly Dolly today. Time to catch the travel bug and get our passports fulled to the max with our adventure in the high skies living the life as well seasoned traveler. Come and join us with our Polly Dolly travelers at Danimezza.

high flyer
To be a high flyer in the sky I want to be comfortable and stylish too and so I just couldn't resist these gorgeous turquoise hobo bag. I could fit all my travelling goodies and still have room from my souvenir  shopping too. Dressed for comfort in this lovely lacey top teamed up with this ultra comfy jeans and got to have those kitten heeled shoes, not too high just nice for walking and discovering new places.

high flyer by cindapod featuring striped scarves

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another Giveaway!

I'm so happy to announce another Giveaway to celebrate my 100 fan mark on my This Side Of The Island Facebook Page and I'm giving away this gorgeous Kanzashi Cherry Blossom Clutch with my handmade Kanzashi Cherry Blossom that I made the last week. 

 Kanzashi Cherry Blossom Clutch. The kanzashi cherry blossom has pearl and glass beads embroidered into the centre of the flower.

Kanzashi (Japanese Fabric flowers) traditionally worn by Maiko (Geisha in training). They would wear specific Kanzashi dependent on the season or event - cherry blossoms during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

To celebrate the 100 fans that have "Liked" my page I'm going to give this clutch away and an Etsy Discount Coupon to the lucky winner. All you have to do is make a comment below or on Facebook about your favourite bag from This Side Of The Island and you are in the running to win. The winner will be picked by the Random Generator and announced on 27th May so remember to make a comment to win.

A just a small note of thanks and farewell to Blog This who have just ended an era of great blogging and wonderful challenges for many talented bloggers around Australia. I was so glad to be able to give back and donated this bag to their challenge winner for Challenge 72.  and the winning post from Lisa at Life As We Know It . Congrats Lisa!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Tip of Borneo Part 2 The Journey

The start of any journey always begins with a good map or in this case a GPS.

Where ever you travel there is always a beautiful shade of green. The paddy fields are really a sight to see this time of year.

Not a single word from the boys. Everyone enjoying the long drive up the coast.

He was full of giggles along the way. 
I was never really a photographer.... but the auto focus works!

Something you see more of these days ... oil palm plantations .... miles of it.

The village stalls along the way where they sell veggies and fruits and sometimes local handicrafts.

Almost there. Lots of coconuts growing along the way. Kudat is well known for it's coconut industry and fishing. 

We are here. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau or otherwise known as the Tip of Borneo

Beautiful powder white beaches.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Tip of Borneo Part 1

The Tip of Borneo
Living in the city you sometimes forget about the rest of what this beautiful place holds. Rainforests, the highest mountain in Borneo, Mt. Kinabalu, rivers, tropical islands, and white powder beaches with warm crystal clear waters. 

I live in the suburbs surrounding the city of Kota Kinabalu, which isn't really that far maybe about a 5mins drive from the city centre. Not far at all but it's still the suburbs anyway. It's a growing city and we often take if for granted when everything becomes so urbanised, modern and new. It hasn't always been that way and if you were to look back maybe 40+ years ago the place where I live was still part of the jungle with swampy soils and full of tropical trees. It's now the busiest urban area with new apartment buildings and houses coming up and main roads getting wider all the time but I'm lucky in a way because just opposite from where I live is a golf course and a small nature park so I still have a bit of "protected" greenery and a reminder of what it might have been not so long ago.

This side of the island where I live is more developed than the rest and it if you were to take a one and half hour drive out of the city radius you would probably find yourself near some paddy fields, near the mountainous region or definitely near a "kampung" or village. It's still amazes me when we take a long drive out .... meaning at least a good two and half to three hour drive out and find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. I have to admit that I'm a creature of comfort and quite settled with my computer, wifi, satellite tv and most importantly air conditioning. I don't think I could last that long trekking through the jungle or taking a climb up Mt. Kinabalu. The leeches just scare me to bits so all such activity is totally out of the question. I'm really quite content with looking at Mt. Kinabalu from a good distance when people ask me when am I going to climb it and I'll let my husband take the honour in climbing it instead, which he has done in the past and is suppose to do again later this year. 

Recently we had a chance to do a bit of travelling and get away from our daily routines and we decided to take the boys up to the Tip of Borneo. It is the most northernmost part of Sabah and if you look at the map kind of looks like a dog's head so I guess you could say that's the dog's ear that we went to visit! We had been there many times before and our last visit was about seven years ago when our first son was just one and our daughter was about seven years old. It was a different place then with not too many signs pointing the way and a detour or two trying to find the right dirt road to turn into. An untouched spot at the time with only the locals living close by and the kampung kids playing at the beach.

The area is now starting to show some development now but not too much so that it still retains the natural beauty of the beach and surrounding areas. There's a monument at the tip and a sealed road leading up to the point. A few tourist spots are slowly opening up nearby but the kampung is there and it still has a local feel to the place. 

The beauty of the tip only reachable by climbing down the cliffs and walking along weathered rocks that have been shaped by the lapping waters of high tide and the strong sea winds that comes with the seasons. I've walked down the cliff before but this time I had my two year old to handle and so my husband took our eldest son down to rock beds to the furthermost tip and looked at the many rock pools along the way and watched the sun reflect off the sea waters. This place still has it's charm and beauty and I'm happy to still be able to see it eventhough in a few years this place might be very different in years to come. 

The Tip of Borneo, northernmost part of Sabah, is located at a place called Tanjung Simpang Mengayau.

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