Its been 3 years since I last visited Babagon village, Penampang. This place holds my bittersweet memories of my first love story. I came back here not because I wanted to rekindle the relationship, rather, I came here for #twtupBabagon.
The tweetup event idea came about on twitter, mentioned by a few tweeps, Kenny a.k.a @kebintho, Fidelis a.k.a @fidelisfrancis and others with Datuk Masidi, @MasidiM, our state Tourism, Culture and Environmental Minister. The date was set on May 25, 2013 which falls on Saturday, and the venue, Babagon Tagal area. The tagal area is Babagon village’s tourism centre where local and foreign tourist can unwind.
Since I don’t have anything to do on that day, I joined up the event, with hopes of meeting a few tweeps in real life. Kenny offered a ride to the venue, which is cool considering the bus fare from my place to Babagon is pricey.
Babagon Tagal area is a wonderful natural splendor, cool river, peaceful surrounding, and a serene view. We arrived to the place on time, and to my surprise, media friends are also attending.
While waiting for Datuk Masidi to arrive, we are already chatting and getting to know each other. We went strolling by the river until the ford bridge. Now, when I posted to my social account about the bridge (which I mistakenly mention as Forge Bridge), fellow blogger Charlotte and Justin wanted to know what ford bridge means.
A ford bridge is a man made structure that acts as a bridge during dry or shallow river season, and act as a ford during normal flow. A ford is a shallow place with good footing where a river or stream may be crossed by wading or in a vehicle.
The event got livelier with the arrival of Datuk Masidi and more tweeps who arrived late. From tagal fishes, pirahnas, spa, grilled fish and jokes, we all had a wonderful time. More importantly, there will be future tweetup, so hopefully more tweeps can join in and get to know each other in real life. Having Datuk Masidi to join us was a great honor for all of us.
Back to Babagon Tagal, some of us stayed back for a while and chat more. The ladies goes on a little swim in the river, and the guys just chill with grilled fish and drinks.
More photos can be seen via my Facebook page album.
Sad memories aside, I would love to come back to this place again, being near a river stream and dip my feet in the cool water can calm me down quickly…
“We hope that tweets and the meeting today will help market this place, especially among local tourists for recreational activities” ~ Datuk Masidi Manjun