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Monday, March 23, 2009

Tuaran Crocodile Park - Part 2

BAMBOO HOUSE

the park also built a very decent bamboo house and with a big hall for the dance show.

The interior reminds me of a very traditional-style bamboo house. Which is prevalent in interior sabah tens of year ago. (not very long though).This must be preserved as this is one of the proud heritage of Sabahan.

Its very cool and spacious and comfortable.Even without TV, PC, Telephone,etc etc.

The stairs. Orientally sabahan style.

The outer verandah of the house (is it the right word). My English has gone from bad to worse lately.

The park also gave a traditional dance show. Sadly only 2 dancers turn out. Where are the rest?

ANIMALS ON DISPLAY

In this category I will put two types of animals. DEAD and ALIVE.

I start from the dead ones.

This is a preserved buffalo. (is it). I forgot its name.

Perhaps this is a buffalo also.

A horse.

A goat.

And this is the picture of some very beautiful chinese clay-works (I dont know whether to call it porcelain or jars, or whether is even the right word to write).

All these are underneath the big beautiful bamboo+wooden made Hall.

LIVING ANIMALS

The crocs a.k.a the boss. There are many crocs displayed in cages. Got smaller ones and big ones. I think I must have been pretty much disgusted that I only took 1 picture of a large croc relaxing under the tropical sun.

Small tortoises. The ones that pretty much must have defeated the Hare.

Ostriches.

Deer.

And I don't know the name of this one. I know that its under the "deer" family also.

LandScapes

This is among the landscapes that I managed to snap on that day.

A very tropical one.

Garden-style arrangement.

Greenish and smelly waters where the crocs thrives.

And this one too.

I really encourage all of you to visit this place.Its hot but its very good, plus, its still developing and I'm sure many more interesting stuffs will be around soon.

Forgot to tell, there's also a croc-leather handicraft sold at the main entrance of the park. The goods ranges from Croc's penis, gallbladder, egg, oil which cost a few hundred and some lady handbags made with croc's leather which costs a fortune. After all, a tiny handbag that I saw is sold at RM4K a piece. Isn't that a fortune?

Tuaran still has a lot of things to explore. The Beaches (Pantai Dalit), The Resorts (Rasa Ria Resort), and The Seafood restaurants scattered along. So make sure you'll visit Tuaran if u go to Sabah.

Ok, Till then bye.

Tuaran Crocodile Park


At last, I managed to find some time to visit another place in Sabah

Which is the Tuaran Crocodile Park or "Taman Buaya".  Went there with a group of friends.

As you can see the Admission for Malaysian is RM15.00, for Non-Malaysian its extra RM5.(roughly about USD4.00)

This is the entrance landscape. And this is the entrance greeting

This is a preserved croc.

This crocodile was killed by some villagers coz it attacked one of the villagers. Luckily it was preserved for others to know about its story.

And this one also. (I'd be dead if its alive). To my surprise the park also displays some exotic animals for visitors to see.

and a real phyton (of course in a cage)

two pools of fishes..this one is kinda disgusting..where u can buy the food for RM1 and feed them. They're Starving!

A kind of Bear..if I'm not mistaken.

And a Large preserved fish.

CROCODILE SHOW

At 11.00am and 3.00pm Daily, The park will organize a crocodile show.

This is a preparation before beginning the show. The "stuntmen" were splashing some water on the hot floor before beginning the show.The announcer said this is to make the crocodile "comfortable" of which I have a doubt about it.

Here, they are persuading the crocodile to "cooperate" with the show. They use a long bamboo stick to guide the croc.

This is the How-to-tie-a-Croc's-mouth demonstration done by a young lady.

And this is the stunt where the guy are persuading the crocs so that it wont bite him when he kiss it.

There you are - an essentially nonsense crocodile kiss. A friend bet me RM5 if the guy would put his head inside the mouth. Which of course was not performed.

Besides this there are also several shows such as "dancing with the croc" which lasted barely 3 seconds, and "brushing the croc's teeth" demo.

Quite a nonsense but still a Daring show. Mind you, I still can't imagine being inside the large cage with several hungry crocs!

To be continued...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sunflower


It was raining season again. Most evenings are filled with thunder and downpour. I browsed over my past collection and thought that this one will brighten someone's spirit.

Yes, this is a picture of a sunflower grown in Sabah. Wishing days will be more filled with sunshine so that I will get chance to travel more :)

Map of Sabah

Map of Sabah