When I lived in Kota Kinabalu in 2009, photographer Valerie Lo asked me if I had “old things” she could use for some still life work.
“Because you are from Europe and would have different old things to us.”
Hungarian clarinettist Joe Fritz’s tone is the cream on an Irish coffee in winter. He plays melodies which weave in-and-out and break your heart with their unpredictable prettiness. He was at the Brisbane Jazz Club playing the music of Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and plenty of driving, straight-ahead jazz.
I have a new tech gadget which is great for blogging long posts on my Android phone. It’s a Logitech K480 Bluetooth multidevice keyboard. I’m using it with my Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.
On the night before my flight back to the Gold Coast, Mike took me to ZenQ and I had their signature grass jelly dessert. I love grass jelly, although I have no idea what it really is.
Wicker baskets are used by traditional KadazanDusun people while harvesting.
But these are just a pretty display at a beach resort. :-)
Yap Keng Vui and Chua Chun Kiong brought me to meet curator Allen Lin at the newly-built Hakka Association building in Kota Kinabalu.
“The Hakka Association has 13 districts in Sabah,” Allen said. “Penampang, Putatan, Kota Belud, Ranau, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Tawau, Sandakan, Keningau, Beaufort, Kota Kinabalu and Tenom.”
My friend Yap took me to the relatively new Sabah Art Gallery.
It’s an ecologically friendly building, powered by solar panels. Responsive lights turn on as you approach a painting. It’s a little freaky, but you get used to it :-)