Sabah – where I was born

Sunset in Kota Kinabalu.

Sunset in Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah is a Malaysian state that occupies the northern corner of the island of Borneo. Blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands, and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests, Sabah is a nature lovers paradise. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orangutans; and some of the most stunning diving sites in the world.

I was born here, in the state capital Kota Kinabalu to be precise, but my family moved to Kuala Lumpur when I was still a small child. My earliest memories of Sabah are of my school holidays there: noisy dinners with our relatives, fun picnics on the beach, day-trips to the Mount Kinabalu National Park and boat trips to the nearby islands. On my more recent trips, I got to see more of Sabah. One particular trip I truly enjoyed included a visit to the Orangutan Santuary in Sepilok and the Kinabatangan river safari.

So, I was really excited when several bloggers friends of mine and a videographer visited Sabah recently. It was great to see Sabah through their eyes and I was thrilled when they discovered its amazing nature, delicious food and lovely people. Oh, and not to mention, the most glorious sunsets! The video is a romantic journey around Sabah and, in my opinion, beautifully captures the romance of Sabah. Check out the Sabah video below:

It’s been several years since my last trip back to Sabah. Watching this video sure brought back great memories. Think it’s time I planned another trip back to Sabah, where I was born!

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14 Responses to “Sabah – where I was born”

  1. suraj 30/12/2015 8:05 am
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    Amazing video and Fantastic sunset in Kota Kinabalu. its really nice thanks for sharing “keith jenkins”

  2. Sunu Philip 07/07/2015 1:15 pm
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    Great place and awesome video. Would love to visit this beautiful place some day.

  3. Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home 09/06/2015 2:29 pm
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    The videos is really fantastic with all the details, nature and atmosphere. Sabah is a piece of heaven!

  4. Keith Jenkins 03/06/2015 2:47 pm
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    Thanks George! Yes, I’m in awe of the work they do at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary! Sure makes you want to adopt an orangutan. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  5. Sand In My Suitcase 02/06/2015 9:56 pm
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    An enticing video! And it sounds like you had lots of fun enjoying the nature of Sabah on your school holidays as a child. Janice was blown away meeting the orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary when on an Asia cruise several years ago – they do such a good job there rehabilitating the orangutans and preparing them to live in the wild again.

  6. Nicolas 21/05/2015 6:08 pm
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    Fantastic sunset in Kota Kinabalu. Nice Keith

  7. Keith Jenkins 14/05/2015 11:00 pm
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    Yay! Glad to hear it Leyla. The sunsets there are amazing right? As is the food! 🙂

    Cheers,
    Keith

  8. Keith Jenkins 14/05/2015 10:59 pm
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    Thanks for your comment Neha!

  9. Leyla Giray Alyanak 14/05/2015 4:59 pm
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    I didn’t realize you were from Sabah – which to date is one of my absolute favorite places on earth. I had the good fortune of spending a month in Malaysia a couple of years ago and ten days were in Sabah – enough to give me a taste but not enough to satisfy me. The most glorious sunset photos I have of anywhere were taken in Sabah. The food was fantastic, the people incredibly welcoming, and the wildlife extraordinary. Of course I do want to see Sarawak as well but… I have a feeling I’ll be waylaid by Sabah again.

  10. Neha 14/05/2015 10:17 am
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    Beautiful! From what I understand, Sabah is such a nice place. I have visited that place once together with my family and i remember we had a great time in Kota Kinabalu.

  11. Keith Jenkins 13/05/2015 12:09 pm
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    Haha, wish I had such amazing video skills! 😉

  12. Keith Jenkins 13/05/2015 12:08 pm
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    Thanks Diane! I agree with you – sure made me proud! 🙂

  13. Diana Diane Teo 07/05/2015 1:07 pm
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    That’s a beautiful video of my hometown. Proud to be Sabahan =)

  14. ciki 07/05/2015 1:04 pm
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    I thought you made the video! Well no matter.. same difference.. Malaysia is stunning of course! What’s there not to love:)

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