Sunday, April 19, 2009

Weston Wetland Sanctuary, Beaufort/ Sipitang - Part I

I'm happy that my friends visited Sabah, Land Below the Wind on last week. I had met them when they are going to Manukan Island. Kindly visit Mayyi's Blog for her trip in Sabah...=)

On 29th of March 2009, more than 12 of us went for an outing at Weston Wetland Sanctuary with the services provided by Tropical Holidays Paradise.

Before we continue our precious journey, we went to Moon Bell Restaurant opposite Wisma Merdeka for our Lunch. And our friends felt satisfied with the foods provided.

At 2.30pm (30 minutes behind scheduled), we continued our journey to Beaufort/Sipitang by hopping in to our tour bus/van, and one private car.=)

As a confession, the Sun was surely Hot & shine like a Hot Spot Light on our journey. See the below picture, I used 2 cardigan/jacket to cover up.

After 2 hours on road journey ----->> We reached Weston at 4.30pm.

Although it was silents all around, but there were people (one of them was the "old man" of the Village) welcomed us & bring us to visit the village by foot.

The first thing that caught our eyes was the signboard of antique 7 UP...Wow~~~

Saw the bridge, it was the path way into the village.

Aww.... Before I forgot, I would like to give a brief introduction about Weston.

The villagers at Weston are mostly/ all of them are Brunei-ans, they hang Brunei's King photo at their house as a sign of respect to their King.

The main source of living came from the Fishes, prawns etc around there. The main job by those villagers are Fisherman and some of their children went the the Town to work and go back during weekend. Besides, the houses we seen are above the sea water or mud when we move further to the end of the village.

As for the business man around there, mostly are Hokkien.

Pic: The shell that covered most of the house beside, heard that it had some usage for the villagers living there. (one of the source of living).

When we walked further, we saw Monkeys on top of a house. And I walked further to took some pictures in closer view. Heard that those Monkey was too clever that, its went in to houses & open the refrigerator for foods... LOL

After a while of walks, we came to the Old Man's house for a cup of tea. There house was huge although it was a Kampung house above the water. The first step into the house, we saw tea & some local food for us to fill our tummy.

See the furniture? Nice right?

Saw the tea/ coffee that filling the cup. The owner of the house told us that it was all the way from Brunei. Taste Good.

Besides, the lady of the house we visited taught us the proper way of sitting on the floor where our leg should be putting toward the left or right side and not sitting down like a man --- X (imagine how a man would sit on the floor, then you know what I'm expressing)

The prawn "kuih" was nice, and every other tits bites too.

After the nice tea break, we continue our journey. We saw one or two Chinese a.k.a Hokkien villagers staying at Weston. By the way the Old Man knew how to talk in Hokien!!

We walked to the Jetty for our boat trip. And before that, the picture below was the "Keropok" / chips factory owned by the Old man who bring us around the village.

For your information, the big logs that build into Jetty once upon a time was over 100 years old.

But we are not using that as the main Jetty, the main Jetty just next to it.

Part II of Weston Trip will be blog on next entries... Please stay tune!!


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