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Tamparuli Sabah - A place to visit

Tamparuli Sabah was known as an old town rich with cultural value and fascinating places. The town located in the middle of Tuaran District, 36KM from the main city of Kota Kinabalu, easy to be found and a lot of surprises waiting for the visitors. The visitor will be fascinated with The Extreme Para Gliding Sport, The legendary of “Bukit Perahu”, Hatob-hatob Waterfall, Hanging Bridge and The Old Suspension Bridge Made by the British in the early 50s, The one and only "The Upside House Of Borneo" and Chantek Borneo Gallery if you visit Tamparuli Sabah. ( Please read more inside this website). For local tourist who likes to travel outside Malaysia, you can e-mail to D7tours and Travel Co through For International tourist who wish to visit Sabah The Land Below The Wind, you can e-mail or call to our correspondent travel agency:

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My Life My Stories: Bugang

As a local Dusun in Tamparuli the word "Bugang" were familiar with me and my relatives residing here. The word "Bugang" means flying fire balls in English Language and Api Terbang in Malay Language. Have you ever seen a Bugang before? This question is for the local people in Sabah not exclusively for the Dusun people but others races in Sabah. I have one experience watching it. It was about 15 years ago when I woke up in the middle of the night to take a piss. It was really an enjoying moment when I took a piss at my own yard under the full moon. Suddenly my mood were ruin when I saw a fire ball flying over my head, after a quick measurement I measure the height was about 15 feet above the ground(assumption). I felt shocked and little bit frightened. The flying fire balls goes straights to an old oak tree across the road. My elder brother have once saw it flying through the old oak tree when it blossom and blooming. It was a sign of a drought. Many people got the same idea with that. When I told the story to my father the next morning, he smile and said.. "it is the Bugang" the fire ball ghost. That was ridiculous I said to my father. It is a UFO I said and we both laugh with our own different idea. Frankly speaking, it is a ghost. Now the old oak tree were long gone.  

After all this years, the memory came back again and I wanted to do some research about it. I have asked some older people about this and their explanation is, it is a fire ball ghost and it is popular among the Dusun people folklore. What is the science explanation about this phenomenon? An alien from outer spaces? or a spies mechanism form other country? It was believe that the story were being talk again and again for couple hundred years ago and it was existed before the British came to North Borneo. The word "Bugang" were very familiar with the Dusun people. I have seen it only once and never had the experience to see again after all this years. Do I need to see it again? nope... let other people have the chances to see it! Am I scared?Nope but the feeling when seeing it live was attaching me with a bad memory. Some people said it was a birds that glow in dark. The bird feathers have a reflection from the moon shine but this cannot be confirmed yet. I heard it from the old Chinese guy living not far from my parent house. 

If you remember last year I have posted a post title of "Radap Tree" which is about a traditional medicine to cure chicken pox. The radap tree also can attract this so-called "Bugang". There were Radap trees near to our yard when I was in primary school but now it is long gone vanish without a trace. Believe it or not, I have heard this again and again from my grandfather. RIP my beloved grandfather... There is no explanation about this phenomenon. Some day there will be an answer for this. For the people who have experiencing watching it... accept it and embrace it. I will write an article related to this topic again soon. If you do not satisfied with this do comment regarding to this stories. Till the next article... See Yaa. 

Written By: Harry George
Sources: Own Experience.
Pictures: Google Image



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