Video of adventurer and proboscis monkey hits five million views

KOTA KINABALU: The video of Irish adventurer, animal whisperer and king of animal selfie, Allan Dixon with a proboscis monkey taken in Sabah has reached five million views on @9GAG.

Dubbed as the real-life Dr Dolittle, Dixon has the ability to ‘talk’ to animals to get realistic selfies with wildlife for online content.

For six months in 2014, Dixon worked in Australia for the Best Job in the World Competition held by Tourism Australia and pursued photography and making videos with animals. Dixon, who is originally from Wicklow, Ireland has since traveled to Canada, Iceland, Norway, Australia, across Asia and visited Sabah recently.

Sabah Tourism hosted Dixon to Sandakan as well as a visit to see proboscis monkey. The now famous video selfie with the ‘big nose of Borneo’ garnered five million views on 9GAG Instagram account within three days.

When met during a high tea with Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Dixon said he planNED to produce a video on his visit to Sabah.

Source : Borneo Post

Unveiling the brand new Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Kota Kinabalu has long been a popular gateway for international travellers headed to
the rainforests and pristine coral reefs of eastern Sabah and Borneo. This coastal city a
short flight away from capital Kuala Lumpur, is home to the UNESCO World Heritage
Mount Kinabalu, the fifth highest point in South-east Asia, and renowned for its
indigenous tribes and cultural diversity, despite being one of Malaysia’s fastest growing
Only 15 minutes’ drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Mercure Kota
Kinabalu City Centre with its convenient access to and from the city’s major roads,
banks, office complexes and the new Sabah International Convention Centre, is the
ideal place for business travellers to base themselves. While leisure visitors will be
thrilled with the walking distance to entertainment venues, eateries, shopping malls
and tourists attractions. Just a stone’s throw away is the historical Jesselton Port with
ferries to nearby islands, among them Pulau Sipadan which draws adventurous divers to
its waters.
The 4-star hotel offers a choice of 310 contemporary guest rooms comprising 135
Superior rooms, 40 executive suites and 135 suites in configurations of one-, two- and
three-bedroom, spread over the 25-storey building with guests residing on the higher
floors enjoying views of the ocean.
Garth Simmons, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels for Malaysia, Indonesia and
Singapore, says that “the opening of Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre strengthens
our network in Malaysia, where we currently operate 16 hotels offering more than
5,000 rooms.” Of the 27 properties AccorHotels plans to open in Malaysia, adding some
8,400 rooms to our network over the next three years, three developments are in

For events, meetings, weddings or social gatherings, the hotel’s function room on the
roof top, which also houses the hotel’s gym and swimming pool, features state-of- the-
art audio visual equipment and can accommodate up to 40 guests.
For those who wish to dine in, Maupassant offers all-day dining while Fratini’s serves a
wide range of Italian favourites. Phileas Café in the lobby is another rest stop for a
quick hearty meal, while the Compass Lounge on the rooftop is the perfect place for a
leisurely wine and dine affair while admiring the ocean in the distant.
Hotel General Manager Mr. Jacques Leizerovici, who fell in love with the city 11
years ago and stayed for good, says that “Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre is well
positioned to cater to the needs of both business and leisure travellers, and the ideal
location for social and corporate events. With the ambience and facilities offered
within this hotel, we hope to achieve a standard of guest experience that surpasses
others in this city.”
From now until 31 December 2017, celebrate the opening of Mercure Kota Kinabalu
City Centre with the opening special offer of MYR 245.30 ++ per night with breakfast in
a Superior room. For reservations, email, call (+60)154876188,
or for more information, visit

Source: Mercure Hotel

SWEPA Visit to SPS/Kadaiku-Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts


A group of SWEPA (Sabah Women Entrepreneurs & Professionals Association) members led by YBhg. Datin Hajah Albina Ogor Abdullah, its newly elected President (2015-2017) made a courtesy call to Puan Sitti B. Damsal, the General Manager of Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn. Bhd. on the 30th of September 2015.  The SWEPA group was also invited to Kadaiku – Sabah Souvenirs & Handicrafts for a familiarization tour to gain an insight on the extensive range of Sabah-made crafts and locally produced food and beverage offered. Kadaiku is located adjacent to the Sri Pelancongan office in Sinsuran, Kota Kinabalu.