Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Kg. Darau in the 70's

Manage to dig out one of these old photos taken in Kampung Darau, which i think is around 1974. Me on the right with the "gang" is going fishing for prawns along the Darau River. Catch then used to be plentiful - fresh water praws weighing a kilo each is common. You can easily catch crown fish for your home aquarium and during high tide, you can see puffer fish swimming upstream with the tide. A recent check with the kampung friend revealed that the river have been dead for years since agriculture and poultry activities upstream poisoned the river in the late 70's. The catchment area for this river is also lost to development and thus it now only serve as an outlet for rainwater. Sad case.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

My Roots

Visited a school mate (Lip Su) in Likas and both of us plan on having some "pau" for our afternoon tea. While waiting at Lip Su's home, i chance on some very old magazine which his father collected over the years. In one of them i noticed a very familiar photo which turn out to be of my great grandfather - Lo Tat Yen @ Miao Hin. The accompanying article written in Chinese (Translation later) which gives a fairly good description of the early years in Sabah, which of course is North Borneo then. To summarise, Mr. Lo Tat Yen born 21 November 1869, originates from "Gong Dong", China and travelled to Sandakan, North borneo in 1911. He served in the Basel Mission Church, Sandakan till 1914 when he travelled to Inanam Basel Mission Church, then just established. Within months the First World War started and European missionaries left for home leaving Mr. Lo Tat Yen to lead the Inanam congregation. He served at Inanam till 1922 and returned to China leaving a few of his children at Inanam. In 1940 he decided to return to North Borneo and travelled with one of his grandson- Mr Lo Yung Fah. Then again the World War broke out and he is forced to leave the young grandson Yung Fah in Hong Kong while travelling alone on his journey to North Borneo. The war and and occupation ended after three years and eight months. Mr Lo Tat Yen have been serving the Bassel Mission Church till his death at the age of 85 on 25 July 1955.

Note: The grandson (Yung Fah - my uncle) is well and now reside in Vancover, Canada.

The article in Chinese
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Thomas Lo

MCA new year party

A good friend - Yapp - invited me along to this dinner party hosted by the Sabah MCA - Papar, Putatan, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Sepangar and Tuaran branch. In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the atmosphere is great with Lion Dances, and live music performed by the Kian Kok School on traditional musical instruments which i thought ( to myself ) is almost extinct. In attendance is also the Malaysian Transport Minister YB. Chan K. C. and in his address to the assembly, he presented good news to tourist arriving in Sabah. More direct flights from Australian cities are in the pipeline. Well, i think this hint will be enough to nudge the local tourism industry into shifting gear and start improvement in services required.

Thomas Lo

Friday, February 23, 2007


Surffing lead me to this site which promote your existing web properties. Register an account and write a "lens" about your stuff and traffic will follow.
The address is

Thomas Lo

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Configuring this site

Adding things and modification to my blog site is surprisingly easy as compared to other blog sites that i have visited. Today, have added a javascript coded links to my Delicioue site/account and it just work fine...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Happy Chinese New Year

Dear all,
Today is the second day of the Chinese new year of the pig (2007). After a nice dinner with my family at Kota Kinabalu, decided to browse the web and chance upon this blogger site. Everybody that i know have been talking about blogging and there i go, got myself this page. Nothing much to write about now but the first thing is to setup and test out the features that this blog site offer or promised.

Love and Peace,
19 February 2007.