Avila Geraldine Samuel is a journalist based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She writes and covers a wide range of topics from local politics, environment, tourism, culture, to crime, among others. She also does freelance jobs - doing serious and laid-back writing based on client needs. When she is not working, she goes places one stamp at a time or just watches the world go by =)
Recalling past events, specifically the 2015 Sabah earthquake that killed 18 climbers on Mount Kinabalu. An article for New Straits Times' 175 years anniversary.
A news article focuses on views of local political analysts on the possibility of making Sabah-based Parti Warisan Sabah a national party following party permanent chairman's statement, inviting ex Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to join.
A news article about the people of remote Matanggal village in the rural district of Paitan, Sabah (Malaysia). The story focuses on a young villager, who donates his land for the construction of a health clinic in Matanggal, and his life experience.
An exclusive report on fish bombing activity in Sabah, Malaysia.
An exclusive report on shark catching and its population as well as effort to protect shark species from dwindling in Sabah waters, Malaysia.
A feature article about Mantanani islanders and scuba diving tourism potential at Mantanani island off Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia
A feature article about the Rungus tribe beaded necklace, which presents a variety of folktale stories, making it a unique piece of accessories to acquire.
Feature stories on Malaysia's mobile court to provide legal services to people living in far-flung villages. The stories also tell the experience of seven delegates from the United States, who joined a mobile court programme to rural Matanggal, Sabah.
An interview with former Malaysian policeman Shanmugam Munusamy about his most memorable experience during service, where he recalls an engagement with Moro National Liberation Front members on Bakungan Island off Sandakan, Malaysia in 1976.
An exclusive news report focusing on the view of Universiti Malaysia Sabah academician Dr Ayesah Uy Abubakar, who is Mindanao-born, on the armed conflicts in Mindanao, southern Philippines - Marawi clash - in 2017.