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Friday, May 30, 2008

Training Sabah's Sailing Athletes

Sailing has become an important sports. It was dominated by Sabah
sailors. They were systematically trained by Leonard and Christopher
Chin of the Kota Kinabalu Yacht Club, because KYC was humiliated by
sailors from Sarawak.

It was about 1995 and two of my children were part of his project.
Unfortunately we left for Sandakan at about that time. My children
that were still at kindergarten at that time, managed to learn for a
few days only.

KYC started dominating Optimist sailing in the Interport Regattas that
Sailors in Borneo competed with.

Not satisfied with the results so far, Leonard expanded the sailing
interest to Sandakan and Tawau Yacht Clubs. Three of my children went
for the training conducted by Leonard Chin himself, along with the
children of my school mates, Mabel and Karin Lim. I frequently see him
playing badminton at school or halls around Sandakan.

During the first training sessions, parents came along and helped
sailors from KYC handle boats and children. I remember clearly Mabel
Lim's enthusiasm in sailing. My daughter, being older and more
experienced, having been exposed to Optimist sailing early on, learned
quickly and helped train the other young sailors.

Unfortunately, I moved to Kota Kinabalu in 2001 again, and this time,
three of my children and some children from SYC competed at KYC and
Magellan Sutera Harbour. My family stayed at the 5 star Sutera Harbour
Resort using my transfer allowance, while watching my children

None of them won but it was a good experience for my children because
they sail in the ocean in rough sea from Tanjung Aru Beach to the
Sutera Harbour Marina. Many boats capsize. My youngest son was not
allowed to sail but managed to sail in the trials.

Leornard came up with the Novice championships for beginners in
Optimist. My daughter won one event but being almost 14 years old, I
realised that she will not be able to achieve world class standard. My
sons, were not interested partly because their performances were not

Leonard Chin predicted that SYC will produce champion optimist sailors
because of the unpredictable and shifting winds and currents at
Sandakan Bay. He is proven correct because by 2007, SYC had produced
champions in the form of Mabel and Karin Lims, and I'm sure some other

I've video recorded the training sessions of my two youngest children
and had uploaded them to youtube.

You should notice how calm the sea was despite an approaching storm so
sailors can train almost any time. This is unlike at Tanjung Aru
Beach, where KYC sailors train, the venue for the first training
sessions for my children. Many sessions were cancelled because waves
were too strong for optimist boats.

Sailing is a good sport and pastime. It is not demanding like
badminton. It requres lots of brain power instead of physical power.
It allows us to enjoy the beauty of Sabah which is its protected seas
that is full with life.

THE absence of Doha Asian Games winner Rufina Tan and the presence of
a plethora of national sailors at the Malaysia Games poses a
formidable challenge to a young Sabah sailing team hoping to repeat
their three-gold haul of 2006.
Rufina opted to skip the Malaysia Games in Terengganu having
sacrificed her studies in the lead up to the 2006 Doha Asian Games,
where she won gold in the optimist, thus forcing her to play catch up
with her schoolwork.

Added to that, Sabah's three gold medals in the last Games in Kedah
all came in the optimist categories, for which their sailors are now

Josephine Tan and Mabel Lim who finished 1-2 in the girls' optimist in
Kedah have graduated to the International 420 but face an uphill
struggle against the sister combination from Kedah of Siti
Noorbaidurah and Khairunnisa Mohd Afendy, who start as favourites.

Similarly Sabah's boys' optimist champion of 2006, Adrian Brian Chang,
has moved up to the laser radial where another of Kedah's Mohd Afendy
siblings, Khairulnizam, is the favourite.
"Our sailors who won in 2006 are all sailing in different classes this
time so it is very difficult to assess their chances," said Sabah team
manager Shoon Yun Chin yesterday in a telephone interview from Setiu,
where the sailing events will be held from Tuesday.

"The sailing fleet is also a lot stronger than the last time with the
national sailors all competing here.

"We are hopeful of giving our best and are looking at medals of any

In Rufina's absence, Perak's Nurul Elia Anuar, the Asian Games bronze
medallist in the women's laser 4.7, is the main attraction in Setiu
when she takes to the sea in the laser radial event.

Seven gold medals are on offer in sailing in the men's and women's
optimist, laser radial and International 420 and the mixed team
optimist event.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Re: Kudat Riviera: Villas in the most beautiful beach

These two additional awards were not announced on its website.

At RM70,000 per acre, no Sabah wanted to develop and own these
properties. With houses on them, the prices should go up to RM500,000,
the normal prices for bungalows in Kota Kinabalu with much smaller
sizes, 1/4 of an acre.

One problem often sited is the remoteness of this area. Actually it is
not. The road is all-weather and will be accessible throughout the
year because this place is dry and sparsely populated. Natives do not
live at the beaches. They live far away from the beaches. I don't
understand this but could be due to the fact that this place is baren,
not even good for dense coconut planting.

Distance from Kota Kinabalu, is only 200km. With highways, we can
reach this place in 1.5 hours. With a plane, in just one hour.

NST Online » Local News
More awards for yet-to-be-opened villa

The exclusive Kudat Riviera villa resort.

KOTA KINABALU: The state's first high-end tourist villa resort has won
two more prestigious international awards, even before it opens its
Kudat Riviera won the awards for the "Best Developer - Waterfront
Development (Future)" and the "Best Developer - Corporate Social
Responsibility" at the Cityscape Asian Property Award Show in
Singapore last month.

The first accolades came last year for "Best Architecture" and "Best
Development" at the CNBC/Daily Mail International Property Awards in

It was also declared as the "Top of the Region - Finest Development in
the Asia Pacific Region" by Asia Pacific Tropical Homes Magazine last

Kudat Riviera, comprising 30 exclusive luxury villas, is set to open
its doors at the end of the year.
It is set to bring Sabah alongside Bali and Thailand, in providing the
best to high-end tourists.

Managed by Exquisite Borneo Villa (EBV), each villa is equipped with
its own butler and staff, swimming pool and private tropical garden,
offering complete privacy to guests.

Located in the northern district of Kudat, the resort is spread over
six kilometres of the coast.

Each villa has a quarter to just over an hectare of land, and guests
can choose between the beach front, hilltop or a private cove.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the switch to luxury
tourism was long overdue, and would help boost Sabah's image.

"We see it as being the start of a significant uplift in the awareness
of Sabah's great tourism potential."

Re: Kudat Riviera: Villas in the most beautiful beach

This is a third party report of the property awards.

Although Kudat Riviera didn't win the global award, it did get the 5
star status, one of only three in all the nations that were given the
awards, at least in the "Development Category".

Kudat Riviera reaps awards
by Asia Property Report

Kudat Riviera, a high-end villa development in Sabah by Exquisite
Borneo Villas (EBV), won two prizes at this year's International
Property Awards, which was held in conjunction with CNBC. Kudat
Riviera took five-star awards in both the Development and Architecture
(multi-unit) and categories for Malaysia.

Now in their 13th year, the awards were presented by the BBC's former
Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond at a gala dinner in London's Grosvenor
Square. An estimated 400 property professionals representing 56
countries gathered as results were announced for 100 awards across 20
The publicity surrounding Kudat Riviera, which also features in
International Homes' 'World's Best' collection, has helped put Sabah
and Malaysian Borneo on the map for international investors looking
for an exclusive exotic home.

"The International Property Awards highlight that Kudat Riviera's
exclusive properties are among the best in the world," said Phil
Dobson, EBV's founder and Managing Director. "The Kudat Riviera blends
the tranquillity of the Caribbean, the karma and mystique of Bali and
the exotic traditions and warmth of Borneo. It offers a deluxe villa
lifestyle among unspoilt beaches with easy access to Sabah's beauty
and diversity."

Other Malaysia recipients in the awards included The Legend
International Water Homes by Kuala Lumpur Metro Group, which received
four-star prizes in both in the Development and Architecture (single
unit) categories. Damansara Legenda, by Mah Sing Group, also took a
four-star award in the Development category.

For Singapore, Tanglin Residences by CapitaLand Residential was the
winner in the Development category, while Karma Kandara in Bali, by
Karma Developments, won the Development and Property awards for

Kudat Riviera: Villas in the most beautiful beach

This picture shows the most beautiful beach in the world where this
villa is to be located. At a cost of US299 thousands only, for sizes
of more than 1 acre, it is much cheaper than the one at Sutera
Magellan at Kota Kinabalu.

The beaches are called Kelambu Beaches in the name of the island just
in front of the beaches, that you can walk to. This is one of three
that I found. One is at Sri Lanka, based on the article at Reader's
Digest about a survival from the super tsunami that struck Sri Lanka
and another at Langkawi Island.

The Kelambu beach is the longest and most beautiful among them so far
because it is not crowded. It is also close to the Tip of Borneo that
I call Horn of Borneo, Tanduk Borneo, one of three places where two
oceans meet.

Despite winning International Awards:


Site 2) talks about Phil Dobson's visions for his EBV(Exquisite Borneo

this place is relatively unknown among locals. None of my
acquaintances ever appreciate this beach. Almost all didn't know where
it is located. The one that did visit it, view it just as a normal

I appreciate Phil Dobson's success in acquiring this properly despite
him being a foreigner. Locals will just fill up the beaches in order
to get as much land as possible, just what they are still tryng to do
with Likas and Tanjung Aru beaches, right at the Kota Kinabalu.

Kelambu beach survived because the price of land there is so cheap
that that filling the beaches will not get as much value for land as
the major cities should get.