Date : 28 May 2008
Venue : The Tip Of Borneo, Kudat
The Tip Of Borneo is also known as Simpang Mengayau in local language. Simpang is junction. Meanwhile ‘mengayau’ is from a Rungus Tirbe’s language, ‘mangazou’ means war. Therefore, Simpang Mengayau is most likely a place of war. It was named that way because Sempang Mengayau was used by the Rungus people to guard their territory from pirates attack in 18th and 19th century.
Geographically, Simpang Mengayau also known as The Tip of Borneo because of it location is merely at the end of the Kudat’s tip. Some people may call it di hujung dunia (at the end of the world).
This place is located approximately 40km away from Kudat. If we refer to history, Ferdinand Magellan (a legendary sailor) had landed here in Sempang Mengayau to fix his boat. At the same time, he gather foods and water from the local people before continues his journey.
I have to admit that Simpang Mengayau is beautiful place to hang around. This image shows a slippery rock at the very end of the tip. Down there, you can feel the vibration of the wave and wind crashing your body.. cool!
The Tip of Borneo
What is the meaning of ‘Simpang Mengayau’?
Kaum Rungus di Kudat
Pictures of Simpang Mengayau