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    Default Badminton in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

    Hi,

    I know this may be a desperate plee, but I am going to be in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia between June 26,2006 and July 7, 2006. I will going from Ottawa, Canada. So I was wondering if any BC'ers are from there and are willing to invite me to play with you. I have not played in that city since the late 1980's I am available anytime of the time except for May 28.

    I just can't playing plus I want to know what are the new places there that are available now. I have played at quite a few venues there...but who knows, after so many years...I'm sure there are alot of new ones...

    Thanks in advance.

    bchaiyow

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    Sandakan, used to be once known as "Little Hong Kong", is now not as safe. You wouldn't want to go out alone at night.
    Besides badminton-hopefully someone will help you out on this-you shouldn't miss seeing the majestic Orang Utans and the long nose Proboscis monkeys, all in their natural environment.

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    Sorry don't know much about Sandakan. Don't even know that its is not a safe place to go. Any major things happening there since its not so safe?

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    As long as you are sensible and do not take careless risks you should be ok. If you should visit Sandakan, the safest way is to fly from KK. Driving from KK to Sandakan requires a strong 4-wheeler that can go over deep and large potholes; and the journey is just too long.
    It would be best if you have friends in Sandakan.
    Sandakan is, in my opinion, a must 'visit place', specifically to see the Orang Utans and the long nose Proboscius monkeys, the latter, besides having an unusually long nose, looks like they are wearing jeans. There are also sea turtles in their habitat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak
    As long as you are sensible and do not take careless risks you should be ok. If you should visit Sandakan, the safest way is to fly from KK. Driving from KK to Sandakan requires a strong 4-wheeler that can go over deep and large potholes; and the journey is just too long.
    It would be best if you have friends in Sandakan.
    Sandakan is, in my opinion, a must 'visit place', specifically to see the Orang Utans and the long nose Proboscius monkeys, the latter, besides having an unusually long nose, looks like they are wearing jeans. There are also sea turtles in their habitat.
    Hi Taneepak,

    Sorry but I forgot to mention something, I used to live in Sandakan, but just all my friends have either gone to KL or other countries, or they don't play badminton. So that is why I was just wondering if there are any BC'ers who would be kind enough to invite me to play.

    Although, I would want to go and see the long nose Proboscius monkeys...havent seen them yet, actually, I didnt even know they have them there...

    And I agree with drving from KK to Sandakan, it's a pretty crazy drive, and we almost went over a cliff (twice!) on the same trip at the same place!!! Glad I'm still alive. And yeah, it's just not safe to be walking around downtown anymore espeically not at nite, I never do that, maybe daytime. I rarely go downtown anymore, I usually goto one of the "uptowns" now.

    SO no BC'ers from Sandakan???

    bchaiyow

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    Some info here is abit outdated.

    Yes, central Sandakan City (old city area) is not the safest or nicest place to visit anymore. But other parts of Sandakan are developing into nice comfy places to be. Places like Mile 6 i hear.


    Driving from KK to Sandakan is no longer as adventurous as before. Any compact car should be able to survive the 8 hour drive on the now 'proper' roads & facilities built thanks to development by our government.

    To view the State's best running badminton development project / effort, drop me a PM & we will show how we do Badminton in Sabah (KK Area).

    Cheers!

    The Borneon BaddyNut.

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    oh man! I may be going to UMS (universiti Malaysia Sabah) to further my studies, I would really want to join the badminton community there, a club or something and train with fellow badminton Sabahans!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jug8man
    Some info here is abit outdated.

    Yes, central Sandakan City (old city area) is not the safest or nicest place to visit anymore. But other parts of Sandakan are developing into nice comfy places to be. Places like Mile 6 i hear.


    Driving from KK to Sandakan is no longer as adventurous as before. Any compact car should be able to survive the 8 hour drive on the now 'proper' roads & facilities built thanks to development by our government.

    To view the State's best running badminton development project / effort, drop me a PM & we will show how we do Badminton in Sabah (KK Area).

    Cheers!

    The Borneon BaddyNut.
    Hi BaddyNut,

    I will be flying directly from KL to Sandakan now that they have that direct flight...usually I have to go thru KK, but not this time I really wish I could stay at least a few hours and just visit the badminton centers...I am currently coaching at a badminton academy here locally in Ottawa, however, I am only coaching kids between 6-12. hmmm, do they still that Gaya Street bazaar every Sunday there? Maybe I can drop by for a day trip.

    Yeah, Mile 6 is really nice now. Im sure there's more there now, last time I was there was 3 yrs ago. Well, if I do drop by KK, I certainly will PM you...thanks for offer...

    bchaiyow

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchaiyow
    Hi BaddyNut,

    I will be flying directly from KL to Sandakan now that they have that direct flight...usually I have to go thru KK, but not this time I really wish I could stay at least a few hours and just visit the badminton centers...I am currently coaching at a badminton academy here locally in Ottawa, however, I am only coaching kids between 6-12. hmmm, do they still that Gaya Street bazaar every Sunday there? Maybe I can drop by for a day trip.

    Yeah, Mile 6 is really nice now. Im sure there's more there now, last time I was there was 3 yrs ago. Well, if I do drop by KK, I certainly will PM you...thanks for offer...

    bchaiyow
    Hey,

    Yeah! Gaya Street Bazaar is still running strong every Sunday. The city has changed abit (For the better of course) & it's not quite just superficial. I think you might find Gaya Street a little more pedestrian friendly as well.

    Some constructions are still going on (like some fly overs) so its a bit messy at some roads.

    Would be great if you could make it.

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phydhel
    oh man! I may be going to UMS (universiti Malaysia Sabah) to further my studies, I would really want to join the badminton community there, a club or something and train with fellow badminton Sabahans!

    Sure. PM me your info & other stuff like where you will be staying & mode of transport... there's a few centres & will have to see which best suites your needs.

    Cheers

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    Yoo jug8man,.. ur from kk too? which place you play ? it nice to hear Bc from kk.

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    I am from sandakan, althought i have been in KL for 10yrs for study and works. There is no such things as not safe at night anymore,, is just like any where in the world. NOT SAFE depends on where u go

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    charls, check your pm.

    Cheers

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    pm checked..

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    hey erm... i just found out this topic here ..haha.. erm ..i hope bchaiyow u're still in sdk ..im from sandakan too.. currently studying in auckland(arrived here on feb 2006) and im playing for a private club her under north harbour association which is called Indonesia Badminton Club of New Zealand (IBNZ)..well guys..there 13 diff nationalities in this club..which are malaysia,indonesia,denmark,canada,laos,philipines, singapore,UK,new zealand,china,hong kong,india,and pakistan.THis club is sponsered my Garuda Airlines. At the same time im also playing for a social club here which is Massey university Badminton Club.How long will u be in sdk or u're not in sdk oredi ?

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    Hi,

    thanks for the reply...but hehe, I am back in Canada already since July of this year. Howver, I did get to play badminton twice with my sister's collegues. My sis ter still lives in Sandakan. We played at Chi Hwa school and Dewan Masyarakat. I prefer Dewan better as it is a bit cooler being next to the ocean. But still hot

    nice to hear from someone from Sandakan. Wow, sounds like you play a lot in NZ. hmmm...been to uckland..but dont remember much...

    bchaiyoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchaiyow
    Hi,

    thanks for the reply...but hehe, I am back in Canada already since July of this year. Howver, I did get to play badminton twice with my sister's collegues. My sis ter still lives in Sandakan. We played at Chi Hwa school and Dewan Masyarakat. I prefer Dewan better as it is a bit cooler being next to the ocean. But still hot

    nice to hear from someone from Sandakan. Wow, sounds like you play a lot in NZ. hmmm...been to uckland..but dont remember much...

    bchaiyoe

    haha well .. i only play for 2 clubs here.. both the clubs are under North Harbour Badminton Association. I went for a trial last week and it went well. According to the Harbour Badminton manager and the other who were in charge of the trial, they r considering to put me under Auckland reserve team(as im not a resident here). Well, even if i could make it to the reserve team, i might will reject it because i might will leave nz nxt year. sigh..~ it's not on the right time.

    Anyway, u should hav play badminton in the Taman Tyng Hakka hall. The courts there are good and new. Obviously it's better than the dewan's court because it's bigger there and u cna play extra time if the nxt customer hasnt arrive. ! thing good abt the dewan is because it's air condirioned? not sure .. never play there b4.

    dim.

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