Welcome to my homepage! If you share a keen interest in photography, travel and adventure, then I hope through this website and blog, I can share my life experiences with you. Being a keen outdoor adventurer, I love photography, mountain biking, camping, trekking and offroad expeditions. JOHN KONG
We are pleased to announce that the Borneo Expedition will be covering and filming Episode 2 of our overland adventure series this year by joining the Trans Borneo event organised jointly by North Borneo Explorer (NBE) of Sabah, Malaysia and P.T. Java Adventura of Java, Indonesia.
BRIEF HISTORY OF TRANS BORNEO
Trans Borneo started in 1988 when a group of former ex-Camel Trophy participants led by Yamin Vong, Dr. Zaini, Taib Khamis and the ACKL (Adventure Club Kuala Lumpur) members, decided to do a similar type of event in East Malaysia.
The first event started in Kuching and took participants on the roads less travelled towards Kota Kinabalu. The rugged clothes, bandana on their heads, participants with mud-boots, and mud-filled vehicles captured the public’s imagination and sparked off massive interest in off-roading in Sabah and Sarawak. In 1989, the event started in Kota Kinabalu heading towards Kuching. Read More
Today is my big 50th Birthday. In car terms, that is vintage status. Friends around my age group and elder will say it’s just a number and life is just beginning!
I must say my journey has not been entirely smooth. As a young man entering adulthood, I remember feeling like my potential was infinite. At 17, my first job was at McDonald’s in Melbourne, Australia. Graduated in 1989, came straight home to Kota Kinabalu to start my career as an Accountant and later started Ocean Pro Boats manufacturing in 1995 at Lumut, Perak as a young entrepreneur. The financial downturn in 1997 has caught me and I lost everything in 2000; the business, properties and my fiance of 7 years…
Blessed with supportive friends, family and a “Never Give Up” attitude, I re-discover my inner self, my strength and my weaknesses. As I always have a passion for arts, cars, sports and the great outdoors, this has given me strength to pick up a camera and started photography to share my vision through my lens and has never looked back. It’s important that we must be passionate and love what we do to live a quality and fulfilling life.
From my experience, the key in life is finding our balance. We have found our balance when we start to appreciate what we have, and not worried of what we don’t or lost. This applies to all aspects of life, our career and relationship. We can only do so much within our limits and never let other factors to push us over our limits.
I’ve made a lot of memories in my 50 years and I know for a known fact that I will not be given another 50 so death will eventually come one day. A great philosophy is that every new day from today onwards is a bonus!
SO THANK YOU FOR A GREAT 50 YEARS to all to the people that have shared it with me thus far and I bless you all my friends, my family members, my son Ian and lastly my lovely daughter, Abegale.
Have a great life ahead!
Love and Hugs
JOHN KONG, May 2017
Meet 5-year-old Henry and his 9-year old brother, Adren, from Kampung Sungai Magandai, a remote village in the Kota Marudu District presently only accessible by off-road vehicles. Henry and Adren do not enjoy the modern pleasures of iPads, Disney channels and things that our children take for granted in their daily life. Sunday means making two wooden swords from pieces of wood and a game of sword-fighting begins. Henry and Adren are part of the 6 children of Kokop, aged 48 and his wife Marinok, 34.
The eldest daughter Nervina (20) works as a babysitter in Kota Marudu and her younger brother Zidan (17), currently works as a factory worker in Kota Kinabalu for a wage of only RM300 a month. Their 3rd child aged 15 also works as a babysitter in Tandek for a minimal wage of RM300 per month. Their youngest daughter, Elviana is only 2 years old.
Kokop’s house is a 3-kilometre walk from Kg. Sungai Magandai and is currently in a very rundown state. The roof is full of leaks and walls are made of tree barks. Kokop barely makes less than RM50 a month from the sale of wild vegetables gathered from the forest. They have no piped water nor electricity in their house. Water is sourced from the river below and cooking is done with firewood where chicken meat and other meats are only for special occasions.
These are some of the current living conditions of the 100 homes of the Dusun Sonsogon people of Kg Sungai Magandai which has an estimated population of about 600 people. The lives of these 100 homes are about to change for the better.
THE SWEPA BAREFOOT SOLAR PROJECT
The Sabah Women Entrepreneurs and Professionals Association (SWEPA) is a Non-Governmental Organisation established since 1994. SWEPA aims to bring women entrepreneurs and professionals to the forefront in the economic development of the state and nation.
Headed by SWEPA Barefoot Solar Project Organising Chairlady Datin Jeanette Tambakau, and SWEPA Deputy President Datuk Aminah Ambrose, SWEPA is working together with Barefoot College in India, founded by Mr. Bunker Roy more than 40 years ago with a geographic focus on the least developed countries, to train women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.
THE BORNEO EXPEDITION – Experience Borneo Like Never Before
The Borneo Expedition is a 4WD overlanding adventure travel series to promote overland routes in Borneo and beyond. Each expedition comprises of an exhilarating experience exploring destinations of significant geological, ecological, cultural and historical importance.
EPISODE 1 – LONG PASIA EXPEDITION
For Episode 1, the Borneo Expedition visits Long Pasia, the most southern part of Sabah in the Ulu Padas area. The Ulu Padas is known for being one of the richest plant diversity areas in Sabah, and Long Pasia a village that is particularly rich in culture, history and natural heritage, making it an absolutely unique tourist destination.
Long Pasia is the home of the Lundayeh people who have many similarities with the neighbouring Lundayeh people of the Kerayan-Kalabit highlands of East Kalimantan in Indonesia and Lawas, Sarawak where they are called Lun Bawang.
THE OVERLAND JOURNEY
Long Pasia is located more than 250 Km from Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah. The overland journey to Long Pasia starts on the north-south highway from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom crossing the mighty Crocker Range. From the junction midway between Tenom and Sipitang highway, a 90 Km off road section awaits you before reaching Long Pasia.
Elevation changes become more dramatic with steep inclines going up to 1,220m above sea level at the highest point. The weather changes to a cooler, more comfortable temperature, as you leave the hot humid lowlands into the highlands of Long Pasia located at 1,000km above sea level. Read More
If you heading for a holiday or a business trip to Kuala Lumpur and is thinking of capturing some stunning images of Kuala Lumpur, the most photographed location in Kuala Lumpur is undeniably, the Petronas Twin Towers, often regarded as the icon of Malaysia.
Also known as KLCC, this 88-storey building stands at an amazing height of 452 metres and is hailed as the world’s tallest twin structure. Complementing the metallic and steel architecture is the KLCC Park, a beautifully landscaped garden complete with water fountains and spacious walking paths perfect for an early morning run if you are staying in near the area.