SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

#FlyMeToSabah Bucket List To Tick Off

Updated 30 June 2022, 8pm ~ So so sad that SiennyLovesDrawing only won the 1st 20 entries for this contest ๐Ÿ˜ญ She has tried very best, hope that she can be part of media member with Sabah Tourism, refer winner announcement post via ๐ŸŒ ~ Her prize unboxing TikTok clip via ๐ŸŒ . Do check out her best moments in Sabah via ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ˜€

Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป all, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป got to know about the #flymetoSabah โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ›ซ contest hosted by Sabah Tourism Board very recently from her participation in the March #SabahChats via ๐ŸŒ & it triggers her travel memories ๐Ÿ’ญ @ Sabah & actually urge her travel wish to join in to try her luck to be 1๏ธโƒฃ of the winner ( Fingers crossed ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป as the last winner to be announced on 14 Apr) to realise her dream ๐Ÿ’ญ to continue explore & tick off her โœ…SABAH bucket list in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ



So, here a blog post to sharing in detailed about SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s virtual letter to Sabah Tourism #flymetoSabah ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโœ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ“ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Dear Sabah Tourism,

Yes, Sienny Yong aka SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป would like to explore more about Sabah & Sarawak in the future which both made Malaysia owns the 25% of Borneo’s land. Borneo, the 3๏ธโƒฃrd largest island ๐Ÿ๏ธ in the world ๐ŸŒŽ & divided between 3 countries ie. Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ , Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ & Brunei ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ

Once upon a time…

Still recalled her 1๏ธโƒฃst fly to Sabah was right after her university graduation ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“ & as a graduation celebration ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ trip to reward herself by opting for a hike to Mt Kinabalu (Mt KK) โ›ฐ๏ธ (aka Akinabalu by the local Sabahan people), it’s her 1๏ธโƒฃst hiking ๐Ÿฅพ trip, also to explore Malaysia’s 1๏ธโƒฃst heritage site, Kinabalu Park. Hmm…It was really long long ago & at that time she has got no social media platforms to show off her summit photo with her full colour certificate at that time ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ She was hike up with Mesilau route, it’s with beautiful scenery, though slightly longer journey as compared to the route she opted to go down, Timpohon route, a stairs alike route & not comfortable for her tiring legs back then. Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ Her beautiful colour certificate is nicely kept in the safety deposit box with a local bank ๐Ÿฆ now, 1๏ธโƒฃ of her precious achievements in life โœจ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Then, her 2๏ธโƒฃnd fly to Sabah was as a volunteer to collect & supply stationeries & teaching to some Bajau Laut kids at the rural sea nomad villages of Semporna Island ๐Ÿ๏ธ Still recalled the chalet hotel that she stayed was being flooded due to a heavy rain ๐ŸŒง๏ธ storm & the rising level of sea ๐ŸŒŠ water at that time. She joined her other volunteers together with the chalet staffs to clean up the chalets surrounding. The pure hearts & smiles of the rural kids still warm kept in her heart โค๏ธ It was a memorable weeks spent with the local Sabahan kids & people, sure the kids have all grown up healthily now. Interactions with local people is what SiennyLovesDrawing enjoys & treasures the most, valuable juicy life stories, learning more about local living, cultures etc. Absolutely precious ๐Ÿ’•


These 2๏ธโƒฃ travels to Sabah shared above were happened when she has yet to start her lifestyle blogging here at that time, also she wasn’t active in social media postings too

Then her blogging passion here โœ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป got noticed & received honourable media invitation ๐Ÿ“ง to join the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) business networking 3๏ธโƒฃD2๏ธโƒฃN trip in 2018. 3๏ธโƒฃrd fly to Sabah to explore & then shared her travel stories about the eco tourism at Sabah, read more via ๐ŸŒ & ๐Ÿ“Œ๐ŸŒ

She was truly amazed & proud as Malaysian because Dairy Farm ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฎ in Kundasang, Sabah making her really like being at a farm in New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ

So, Sabah Tourism, please #flymetoSabah

Now & future…

What’s SiennyLovesDrawing’s โœ…SABAH bucket listโ“โ‰๏ธ

โœ…Steam train with North Borneo Railway along the tracks from Tanjung Aru, through Kinarut to arrive at the Rice Bowl of Sabah, Papar to enjoy views of the paddy fields, traditional village homes on stilts & buffaloes as a train ๐Ÿš‚ travel lover. Ohh ya…Do you all remembered the famous Malaysian produced movie ~ Ola Bola โšฝโ“โ‰๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing wanna enjoy the Tenom – Beaufort jungle train ๐Ÿš‚ ride as a train ๐Ÿš‚ travel lover which it was being captured in that movie & to enjoy the ride with the local communities in the old train cabin seating area. Then, to taste Tenom coffee โ˜• as a coffee lover. More info via ๐ŸŒ

โœ…Adrenaline canopy walks in Danum Valley Rainforest ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ to observe see Sabah’s wildlife in its most biodiverse jungle as a nature lover ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ by walking about 300m through a 130-million-year-old ancient forest on a suspension bridge 26m off the ground ie. Approximately the height of a 6-story building OR 363m high & 620m length canopy walkway aka Rainforest Skywalk @ Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan

โœ…Beaufort bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ & enjoy Beaufort Mee is Chinese-style fried home-made local yellow noodles from Beaufort, served with choice of meat or seafood & fresh vegetables as a love local eats ๐Ÿ˜‹ traveller

โœ…Amazing milkyway galaxy โœจ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒƒ at Tegudon Tourism Village & Lasau Podi at Kota Belud. Or a hike up to Marangang hill top with a great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป view of Mt KK at Kundasang. Even at the peak of Mt KK โ›ฐ๏ธ

โœ…Hanging bridge at Mt Kinabalu (Mt KK) โ›ฐ๏ธ ie. The world ๐ŸŒŽ highest via Ferrata with a system of a balance beams & suspension bridges, hill paragliding @ Kokol Hill, Kinabalu OR Ranau Paragliding Park ๐Ÿž๏ธ๐ŸŒ„, @ Mt KK & parasailing @ Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Yes โœ…, to explore more ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ’ & tick off the 7 districts in

โœ…S ~ as a train travel lover

โœ…A ~ as a nature lover with green surrounding

โœ…B ~as a local foodie

โœ…A ~ as a milkyway galaxy admirer

โœ…H ~ as an adventure explorer

bucket list as shared in above paragraphs (Especially those in Italics) ie. Beaufort, Keningau, Kuala Penyu, Nabawan, Sipitang, Tambunan & Tenom. More info via ๐ŸŒ

SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

During her โœ…SABAH explore mentioned above ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ’, being a typical local foodie, she would like to enjoy a taste of local food in Sabah eg. Sweet crunchy kuih cincin (Will be grabbing a lot as souvenirs to bring back for her own snacks, family members & friends to enjoy), hinava (A sliced mackerel fish with chilies, onion, ginger & lime juice), latok (A seaweed with cili padi, lime & sambal belacan), Ngiu Chap, Tuaran Mee, Tamparuli Mee & many more from her interactions with local Sabahan people then ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Not just that, if time permits, during her #flymetoSabah trip, she wishes especially to exploring more of below ~ will continue updating this blog post for her next Sabah travels preparation

โœ…The rural tourism, more info via ๐ŸŒ, Kg. Sunsuron, Tambunan with more than 90% of its area is covered in rolling hills, plains & mountains ๐Ÿž๏ธโ›ฐ๏ธ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ & the community-based tourism @ Bingkor which currently in developing progress, read more via ๐ŸŒ


โœ… Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp, Kinabatangan (Camping stay ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ)

โœ… Kinabatangan River Cruise

Virtual letter to Sabah Tourism #flymetoSabah

โœ… The Tip Of Borneo @ Simpang Mengayau, Kudat

โœ… Tindakon Dazang beachโ€™s cliff, Kudat

โœ… Murut Cultural Centre, Keningau

โœ… Campsite P. Riui @ Sg Padas, Tenom & to enjoy the long hanging bridge that local Sabahan communities actually using in their daily commute ๐Ÿ‘ฃ to Panggi (Camping stay ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ)

โœ… Polumpung Melangkap Campsite @ Kadamaian, Kota Belud to learn how the 2015 earthquake actually changed the landscape & made the village as a new ๐Ÿ†• riverside attraction in Sabah (Camping stay ๐Ÿ•๏ธโ›บ)

โœ… To explore the natural grandeur of the Taralamas River Canyon @ Kg. Tiang Lama of Ranau with river trekking experience to uncover the local flora & fauna as a nature lover

โœ… Mantanani Island is surrounding by mesmerizing clear turquoise waters & with amazing view of Mount Kinabalu

โœ… Rundum Highland @ Tenom, more info via ๐ŸŒ

โœ… Umea Glam Kundasang (A unique staycation)

โœ… Pagoda Ling San @ Tuaran

โœ… Upside Down House @ Tamparuli

โœ… Endangered species ~ Sepilok Orang Utan, Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to learn more about these endangered species & efforts being made to get them off the endangered lists

โœ… Gomantong Cave, largest cave in Sabah. Black Cave & White Cave (With inaccessible terrain, slightly challenging)

โœ… Floating walking @ Pulau Pasir Timbul (Pulau Terapung/ Pitas Floating Island), Kampung Malubang, Pitas, Sabah

โœ… To enjoy a unique natural volcanic mud spa @ Pulau Tiga

โœ… Ohh ya…If you’re into diving & love sending postcard, do send SiennyLovesDrawing (Typical postcard collector) a postcard from this underwater post box, 1st of its kind in Malaysia ya โ˜บ๏ธ

After attended the FB live @ 6 April 2022 by Ms Grace Leong via ๐ŸŒ , she would like to spend an early afternoon to enjoy slow walking & exploring the heritage @ oldest streets like Gaya street (FKA Bond street), Beach street & more in KK town, also to enjoy tasting the local food eg. Coconut pandan, satay jawi, roti kahwin etc. Also to enjoy the Api Api night food market @ Gaya street, 6pm to 12am every Friday & Saturday ๐Ÿ˜€

To visit & observe the baby turtles release to sea within months of June to Sept @ Lankayan Island , special thanks to her reader (IG sunstylefiles) who commented on her IG reel post about this island via ๐ŸŒ . If you’re a diver & reading here, this beautiful tropical island in the Sulu Sea & Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) is 1 of the famous diving spots in Sabah, Malaysia ๐Ÿ˜€ More info via ๐ŸŒ


Sienny aka SiennyLovesDrawing

Please #flymetoSabah this typical travel lover & local foodie content creator with to share more about her โœ…SABAH bucket list tick off & Malaysia places ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

More exciting Sabah tourism updates via ๐ŸŒ

Travel info to Sabah wef. 1 Apr 2022 via ๐ŸŒ

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42 thoughts on “#FlyMeToSabah Bucket List To Tick Off

    1. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ I agree that the sky bike is a bit adventurous, I’m sure there are proper safety procedures, just the height while we are on it perhaps ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ Hmm…Life is short if not to try at least once …


    1. Thanks Fadima for your compliment & nice wishes ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

      So nice that you can attend your cousin wedding at Sabah, surely you get a chance to observe the wedding culture of a Sabahan then, have a safe happy travel to Sabah ya ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Yes yes, Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ that I have not been before

      I’m exploring whether I can combine my Sabah & Sarawak travels together or not, planning take a longer leave (If my boss can approve la ๐Ÿ˜†) & using the domestic flights if possible โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ’•


  1. Your volunteer trip photos posted here touching my heart, I’m wishing you good luck to win this contest. I have been your reader & good to read again your travel experiences and travel content, keep on sharing and travel safe Sienny

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    1. You’re right absolutely, lots of things to do while in Sabah, I’m looking forward to my next travel, ohh yes, I aim for railway travels at Sabah, the steam train ๐Ÿš‚ & the jungle train ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฉ


  2. I love the little map of Sabah and all the activities one can do there. I am so much into outdoor activities and adventures I found myself smiling through yours and imagining myself doing them. The Sky biking – I’m definitely going for that one soon. Nice reading about your trips

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    1. Thanks Fulu for letting me know you have a good read here, those in my Sabah doodle art are the my bucket list I wish to tick off, Sabah definitely with much more to offer if you’re into more adventurous activities ya ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      I wanna do the sky biking too โ˜บ๏ธ


  3. Exploring the Taralamas River Canyon is too good to pass up, it’s breathtaking! I would definitely visit it when I go to Sabah. Not only that, I would also like to see the Semporna Island.

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    1. Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ The Taralamas River Canyon is a unique natural formation that I would like to visit it to see with my own eyes ๐Ÿ‘€

      You definitely need to be at Semporna Island, the crystal clear clean sea water ๐ŸŒŠ, the friendly local people interaction sure you will enjoy it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

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    1. Hmm…Out of the 3 past travels to Sabah, the 2nd travel to Sabah as a volunteer trip considered a bit relax as we were planned on our own to meet the local communities with help from a local travel agent there, spent about 2 weeks plus with the local kids, I really missed the local interactions with the friendly people.

      The 1st travel for Mt KK hike not so relax, before need to train my stamina, so daily exercise routine with friends after work, climb stairs at office , weekend Batu Caves stairs practices etc. So happy that I made it to top

      The 3rd travel was on a media engagement, bigger responsibility to share on the eco tourism & followed through a tight schedule of that business networking trip, not a relax one too ๐Ÿ™‚

      So, the coming 4th travel and more I wish to do a relax & connect with local Sabahan communities again which what I enjoy the most from my travel journeys ๐Ÿ™‚


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