Friday, April 3, 2009

Wierd Fruit

I found this fruit nearby the river. I am not sure whether it is a wild fruits or planted by the local people in the village.

Anyone can help me to identify this fruit?

Nature + Wildlife + Community

I am thinking a lot on how i can contribute to something that i really like the most in my life using this blog as my tool to reach out to the world. So, i have decided to dedicate this blog, My Life Is My Choice to my passion of nature and wildlife but then i know it will enggaged to the community surround them.

I am growing and expand my knowledge now, so many things that i expected and unexpected will happen in my life along this journey and adventure. Therefore, i am hoping that i can contribute something to the nature and wildlife (that can not speak for themselves but through our observation will shows what they need from us, human beings - that do a lot of talking and actions). So, i will not forget about the communities that lives or i can say connected to them.

This will be fun and i am changing my layout again because i don't want it to be look so complicated. I just want it to be simple and hopefully easy to access.

~With Love,
From Writer's Table.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


My friend forwarded and email to me saying that they need a volunteers. So i hope everyone that interested will come forward ena send emails to them via email add below and get the form from them.

Time to do some action here. :D

We need Malay-speaking volunteers to help us conduct an awareness outreach programme in Gerik, Perak. The programme is a component of our campaign to reduce consumption and trade of tigers and their prey. Gerik has been identified as a wildlife crime hotspot, and with its close proximity to the forests of Belum-Temengor, it is crucial for efforts to be intensified in the surrounding areas.

This outreach programme, a continuity from the event held in 2008 (please refer to the Pictorial report as attached), will target adults and school students. Training to conduct both programmes will be provided. Please refer to attachment for the programme itinerary (file name: Proposed Gerik April 2009).

Dates: 28 April to 3 May 2009
Venue: Pasar Malam - Adults programme
Primary and Secondary Schools - School students

Transportation, meals and accommodation will be provided. You will also receive a certificate of participation for your efforts. Prior experience in conducting awarness programmes is an advantage.

Please fill in the attached volunteer form, save it under Gerik2009_Vol_YOUR NAME.doc and email by the 10th April 2009.

Vote for Sipadan Island

Published on: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Kota Kinabalu: The State Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, through the Sabah Tourism Board (STB), is embarking on an all-out "Vote for Sipadan" campaign to promote the island as one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature. The island, also known as a dive haven among divers worldwide, is currently on 17th place under the island category in the on-going search for the new wonders of nature, which is being carried out via an Internet online voting system.

Sipadan still needs more votes to make it to the top 77 by group categories in the second stage period from January to July 7 this year. It must be in 11th place under the island category within these three months to go to the next round.

Sipadan is one of the 261 national and multinational nominees from 222 countries which participated in the New Seven Wonders of Nature search.

It went through the first stage - the National Qualification - on Dec. 31 last year.

"We will work together with Tourism Malaysia, dive operators, hotels and travel agents, the press and government agencies in disseminating information to the public and tourists to vote Sipadan," said State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun in a press conference to announce the campaign, Tuesday.

They will also go to schools and colleges to conduct talks on this as well as write to all the elected representatives in the country on top of a cyber campaign.

Malaysians in Sabah can vote for Sipadan under the island category via website address: or directly at

"Let's show the world that Sipadan too has what it takes to become one of the seven Wonders of Nature," said Masidi, adding that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had himself already agreed to provide a special allocation for effort.

He said Sabah is currently also getting help from Professional Association of Diving Instructor (PADI), an international organisation which comprises 80 per cent of the certified divers in the world, in fishing for votes for Sipadan.

Meanwhile, Masidi said Sipadan island which is still under the Federal Government's jurisdiction is expected to be returned to the State Government's administration soon.

Sipadan had been under the Federal Government's jurisdiction pending the outcome of the dispute on the sovereignty of the island between Malaysia and Indonesia, he said, adding the Federal Government is now finalising a move to transfer the jurisdiction back to the State Government now that the matter had been resolved.

"Only then (after the jurisdiction returns to the State Government) we can sit down and discuss how to manage it better. The Attorney-General is looking into it. The process is on track and hopefully it would be immediate," he said.

Currently only a limited number of divers at a time are allowed to dive at more than 10 dive spots around the island as part of conservation efforts, he said, confident that Sipadan island will greatly boost the State's tourism industry by being one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature.

New campaign to raise profile, $ for orang-utan

Published on: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Kota Kinabalu: A brand new campaign designed to open a window of opportunity to everyone in Malaysia to make a real difference for Sabah's orang-utan kick-starts today (April 1) in Kuala Lumpur. The twin focus over the next 12 months is to "raise the profile of and raise funds for" the conservation of orang-utan whose last population count in the State numbered at about 13,000 among a total of 30,000 which, as a world population, is considered precariously low.
Feeling a compelling sense of mission and urgency, Haulieu Bagnau, an International Marketing Management graduate with a former corporate career background made a "complete turnaround" to join Orang-utan Appeal UK as the Charity's Liaison Officer for fund procurement!

In Haulieu, the Charity has an experienced corporate marketeer in Malaysia to work with big businesses, small businesses, organisations, the community, etc.

If the Charity had kept a low profile for a decade of dedicated conservation work, that is going to change.

In an interview with the Daily Express last week, Haulieu vowed that she is going to muster all her international corporate job knowledge and experience to help "raise the profile of and funds for" the Orang-utan Appeal UK in Malaysia.

After spending six weeks at Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan, with tacit groundwork support from Mike Steel, Appeal's co-ordinator in Sabah, and the Sabah Wildlife Department, Haulier is taking the mission and vision of the Orang-utan Appeal UK right to the national capital, Kuala Lumpur, to rally the national print and electronic media around two starting events right away.

Between April 1 and 5, Orang-utan Appeal UK has teamed up with Cave & Cellar, distributor of wines from Banrock Station, an Australian wine producer which is highly regarded for its passionate conservation cause with 70 such projects in 13 countries, for a one-year campaign.
"For every bottle of 750ml wine sold between April 1 2009 to March 31 2010, they'll donate RM1 to the Appeal," said Haulieu.

"We'll kick off the launch in KL doing a five-day road show with flyers all over and I'll be doing presentations at various venues, with the media there."

The three venues involved on a rotation basis are Tesco, Mutiara Damansara, (April 1 & 3) Cold Storage, Bangsar Shopping Centre (April 2 & 5) and Jusco, Mid Valley (April 4).

A bigger event themed Earth Week: Rockin' For the Environment, follows on April 17-25 April when Orang-utan Appeal UK will team up with expat rock band named Benchmarx and the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) to present Orang-utan Rock at Little Havana in Bukit Bingtang, 9pm to 1am on April 17.

"A fee is charged at the door for the Rock concert featuring Benchmarx and local rock act Pop Shuvit (for adults only) and all proceeds will go to the Orangutan Appeal UK," Haulieu said.
"In 2007, Turtle Rock raised RM7,000 plus for SeaTru , in 2008 Tiger Rock raised RM11,000 plus for MyCat and this is Benchmarx's third annual Rockin' For the Environment event," said Haulieu.

Following that, there will be a Conservation Awareness - Community Outreach Project for the pubic at SoHoKL, Solaris Mont Kiara on April 18-19 April - an Arts, Music and Fun Festival co-organised by Go International Group and SoHoKL.

A Children's Fun Festival follows on April 25 at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Ampang Campus.

This Music and Educational Fun Festival is open to ISKL community and students only and a British High Commission officer will be guest speaker at the opening ceremony.
Haulieu noted the cost of one orang-utan at Sepilok ia RM7,500 a year and there are 50 to care for!

Hence at any of the above events, Orang-utan Appeal UK will be offering its Popular and successful Orang-utan Adoption Scheme.

Anyone who signs up with a donation of RM180 will receive a certificate, newsletter, photos of their orang-utan baby and a short story about the adopted orang-utan's history at Sepilok, followed by an update pack six months later detailing the progress of their adopted baby orang-utan has made and more photos, Haulieu said.

"This is a great gift for the occasion - show your care, by helping make a real difference to the lives of orang-utans," she called on people in Malaysia.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri)

Known as Bornean Gibbon, this species occurs throughout Borneo except for the southwest (where H. albibarbis found), from the north bank of Kapus River clockwise around the island to the bank of Barito River (Groves, 2001).
The species is found in tropical evergreen forests of primary, selectively logged and secondary forest types. They are arboreal and diurnal and frugivorous (preferring fruit high in sugar), but will also eat immature leaves and insects (Leighton, 1987; Rodman, 1978). They have been recorded from forests up to 1,500 m (Leighton, 1987) or 1, 700 m in Sabah (Yasuma and Andau, 2000), with densities decreasing at higher elevations.
Listed in CITES Appendix I and considered Endangered based on an estimated population reduction of over 50% over the past 45 years (3 generations) due to rampant habitat loss and over-utilization. It occurs in a number of protected areas across its range, including Betung-Kerihun National Park, Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Kayan Mentarang National Park, Kutai National Park, Sungai Wain Protection Forest, TAnjung Puting National Park (Indonesia); Lanjak-Entimau Sanctuary, Semenggok Forest Reserve (Malaysia). This one i found in Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia.
The major threats of this species according to IUCN 2008 Red List are deforestration and trade in illegal pets are the predominant threats , and in interior areas hunting is also a threat.

My question is: What is the best approach to reach out to the people in the rural areas so they will rather see this animal live freely in the forest more than see it as a delicious meat or a lovely pets?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The TEN Commandments of ECOLOGY

I AM the Lord your God who have created heaven and earth. Know that you are My partner in creation: therefore, take care of the air, water, earth, plants and animals as if they were your brothers and sisters.

KNOW that in giving your life I have given you responsibility, freedom and limited resources.

STEAL NOT from the future: honor your children by giving them a chance of longevity.

IMPLANT in your children a love of nature.

REMEMBER that humanity can use technology but can not recreate life that has been destroyed.

SET UP pressure groups within your community to prevent impending catastrophes.

THROW out all arms which cause irreversible destructions of the foundations of life.

BE SELF disciplined in the small details of your life.

SET aside time in your weekly day of rest to be with the world rather than use the world.

REMEMBER that you are not the owner of the land, merely its guardian.