Posts Tagged ‘Kota Kinabalu’

 

This floating mosque is the largest mosque in the city of Kota Kinabalu. It is surrounded by a man-made lagoon and can house up to 12,000 people at a time. It’s pretty funny how there’s a giant sign that prohibits fishing and swimming in the water and what do we see next? A group of kids doing exactly what the signboard says not to.

 

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After our sumptuous lunch at a local curry house, our tourguide brought us to Signal Hill where we could get a good view of the city. On our way to the very top, we made a stop at the Atkinson Clock Tower to take a look at the oldest standing structure in Sabah.

 

 

This clock tower is made up of all-wood and no-nails! NO NAILS! Amazing, right? The picture is not so amazing though because we only had a view of the back of the tower from where we were parked. But we took what we could get. 🙂

There’s really not much else to see so we moved on up higher to the Signal Hill Observatory Platform.

 

 

Signal Hill Observatory Platform is the highest point in the city. It offers a good aerial view of the Kota Kinabalu city proper as well as of the adjacent islands.

 

 

After our tiring yet exhilarating tour at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, we asked our friendly tourguide where we could have some authentic curry for lunch. A funny exchange transpired because he had a hard time understanding our Filipino-slash-nonMalay accent. 

Me: Where could we eat some curry here?

Tourguide: Carry? Yes, I wil carry!

Me: No! I mean CURRY. Like chicken curry.

Tourguide: Why you carry chicken?!?

Haha! Imagine the look on his face when he actually thought we wanted to buy a live chicken and CARRY it around! He eventually understood what we really meant and he took us back to the city proper to eat some authentic Malaysian curry.

 

 

The place looked rather plain and unassuming from the outside. A start contrast to the colorful, almost festive look of the interiors.

  

All the dishes were displayed carinderia style. Unfortunately, the viands had no labels on them so we just went with our guts (and rumbling stomachs) and pointed at what we wanted to eat. Turo-turo!

 

 

The servers plopped banana leaves on the table for us to use as plates. Then they served us appetizers which we barely touched coz they all tasted weird and funky. LOL. That’s when I realized the place must be pretty legit authentic because when I looked around at the neighboring tables, all the other locals were happily devouring those starters. But when I tried them, all I tasted was different sorts of unidentified spices. 

 

 

The locals were eating with their bare hands but the scent of the spices were too strong and we predicted it would take a while for us to wash out the residual stink. So we played the tourist card and asked for spoons and forks.

The food was great! As expected, everything was spicy – with varying degrees of spiciness. Good thing the rice serving was huge because we really needed lots of rice to down all the savory curries we ordered.

And now, I’m craving for curry. Ugh. =| 

 

 

I don’t know exactly when it started, but I like checking local zoos out when I travel to new places. There’s nothing like the rancid smell of mixed animal pee and poo in  the air. Heh. But I do love visiting those animals, though some say it’s inhumane to keep them in a controlled environment. Whatever lol.

 

We squeezed in a trip to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park during our city tour in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

The squirrel monkey was really hard to photograph as it kept jumping around from one place to another. Super hyper and elusive! The peacock, however, seemed bored and was just standing around. Heh. It even went up near the edge of the cage as if begging for a close up. It’s pretty cool how these two seemingly opposite creatures were put together in just one enclosure.

I spent a considerable amount of  time watching this baby elephant try to get into the bathing pool. #supercute!!! He would put one foot in then slowly retreive back. Then just decides to dip his trunk into the water. After some time, he tries with the foot again. I eventually just got bored and moved on to other attractions.

We were able to catch the animal show with a painting baby orangutan, hula hooping bird and puzzle solving parrot. I’ve always admired zoo trainers. The amazing bond they have with the animals never cease to amaze me.

At one point, the host picked people from the audience to do stuff with the show animals. And boy, oh boy! I was lucky (NOT!)  to be called up front when they took out the snake. I don’t like snakes! I don’t like creepy crawlies! The snake wasn’t even that big but cold sweat drenched me as I savored my 5 minutes of fame (or shame). LOL.

 *shivers*

 

Selamat Datang! ^__^

This is what greeted us upon pulling up the driveway of Sabah Museum. Oddly, it sounds pretty close to Maligayang Pagdating (which also means Welcome in Filipino). Datang –> Pagdating LOL #prettyclose.jpg

In the facade of the building, a fountain/statue thing is situated which provides a nice backdrop for more touristy shots.

 

 

 Near the parking lot, vintage cars were on display. I actually don’t understand why they have those cars there, but they looked pretty in pictures so whatever. lol

 

 

The museum is one big complex which consists of the Main Building, Science and Education Centre, Heritage Village, Sabah Art Gallery, and Museum of Islamic Civilization.  

However enticing that might sound, we didn’t go in to check out the archives coz we were pressed for time. We did checkout the souvenir shop, though. They sold all sorts of trinkets from silly ballpens to preserved insects.

 

 

I did not buy anything from there though because we had a chance to check out the local night market on our first night and the prices in this shop are way too steep for the spendthrift that I am.

After a few minutes of going around, we decided to go and move on to our next destination. It’s such a shame how we were not even able to go inside the main museum but I’m trying to think of it in a positive way. More reasons to go back, yeah?

 

 

 

 Malaysia, I will be back someday. Someday…

My first ever international travel was to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We wanted to optimize our stay and visit as much tourist spots as we could given the not-so-long-time that we had. Luckily, we were able to contact a fellow Pinoy who now resides in KK and makes a living out of being a tourist guide. We arranged for a city tour with a private car and a driver so going from one place to another was no problem.

The first place we visited was Sabah State Mosque (also known as City Mosque). It has one majestic dome and gold inlays. Pretty elegant, really.

The mosque could accomodate up to 5,000 worshippers at one time. Unfortunately, it was still closed when we dropped by so we did not get to see the interior of the place. Nothing much we could do but take pictures and stare in amazement at this stunning piece of architecture.

Visiting this place was the perfect jumpstart to a day of exploration around Kota Kinabalu.