Posts Tagged ‘Sabah’

 

When we entered the aquarium, I was all “Ooooh! Aaaaah!” over the colorful fishies and other sea creatures. There were seahorses and starfishes and baby sharks! 🙂 When we got to the end of the exhibit, my sighs of amazement turned to soft whimpering. There were these HUGE-MONGOUS fishes all over the place! Holy crap! I have never seen a fish as huge as those before. I was very amused, to say the least.

 

A visit to the Sabah Aquarium and Marine Museum was part of our city tour. View other entries on the city tour here:

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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.