26 August 2009 · Comments Off on In Sabah – Day 6 (The Final Day) · Categories: Travel

It was my last day in Kota Kinabalu. As I had a few hours to spare (before heading to the airport), I walked my way towards this particular shop located a couple streets away from where I stayed in. It was recommended by the lady owner (of my accommodation).

Iced Coffee

What I noticed about coffee shops in Kota Kinabalu is the fact that there were only hand full (one or two) stalls in it. And these stalls were selling more than one type of delicacy, I would say. Run by a Chinese lady (or at least what I saw on that day), the workers were pretty efficient. Within minutes I sat down, one waitress came to take my order.

Kedai Kopi Seng Hing

I was told that they were famous for Tom Yum Mee or maybe it was the lady owner (of the accommodation) who said the it was delicious. I’m not sure which one it is, but I took her words and ordered my share.

Tom Yum Noodles

When it first arrived, my first impression was that they brought the wrong stuff to me. As you may see, due to its broth, it looked like Curry Mee instead of the Tom Yum Mee. But as I smell it, my impression was wrong as I sensed the aromatic smell of Tom Yum; the piercing spicy sourish smell.

The first sip of the broth was sufficient to convince me that the lady owner was right. I loved the fact that they used coconut milk in that it made the broth richer. With correct amount of herbs and spices, the broth was spicy, sourish and managed to deliver the taste. It was spicy enough to provides the kick every Tom Yum lover is asking for. Heck, I drank till the very last drop of the broth. It was that good.

Tom Yum Noodles

There were ample amount of toppings and not forgetting noodles (kuey teow in my case) too. The prawns were fresh and succulent and there were few bits of minced meat (chicken, I think) in it which you might not able to notice it till the very end of your meal. I was tempted to order another one but since my taxi was about to reach soon, I regretfully walked away without the second empty bowl on the table.

Outside Of Airport

On fine day, you might able to see the Mt. Kinabalu from the entrance of the airport. However, as I reached the airport at about 9am, the weather didn’t look good at all as it was gloomy and about to pour heavily.

Air Ticket

The check-in process over the counter was a breeze as there weren’t many people. Still early, I lurked in McDonald’s for free WiFi. The whole process of getting bored reached to peak (again) as I was in the plane. I looked to the left and I saw this…

Above The Sky

And when I looked up, I spotted the aircraft is kinda dirty as I saw this…

Dirty Buttons

Meals were served approximately 45 minutes after we were up in the sky. As usual, there were two choices and I picked Fried Kuey Teow instead of Omelette (I think).

Brunch

Fried Kuey Teow

Let’s just say the food was edible but I didn’t finish them all. And that’s the last photo I took during my solo trip to Kota Kinabalu…

All in all, it was pretty tiring yet relaxing trip. The places I saw, the strangers I met and the experience I’ve gained were priceless. I was blessed with fine weather. Although I wished I could stay longer, but then again, with that, I wouldn’t have reasons to go back to Sabah another time.

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24 August 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Travel

As I did more research to draft out my itenerary, there was this place that I wanted to go badly. The Tip Of Borneo, or the locals called it Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, is the northern tip of Borneo whereby the South China Sea meets with Sulu Seas. It is located in Kudat and is said to have stunning view as one could look out at the vast sea towards the north. If you google pictures for it, you’ll be amazed by it too. However, having said that, I did enquire about the transportation and the thoughts and suggestion / feedback I received from the accommodation staff did not sound pleasing at all.

Taxi

To get to the said place, there are two modes of land transportations; bus or rented van / taxi. I opted for the latter mode as it’s faster than bus. In order to catch the earliest ride, I woke up at about 6.30am so I could be at the long distance taxi stand by 7am to scout around for good offers. After much discussion, I literally had to pay RM25 for a close to 3.5 hour ride to Kudat. Moreover, the van that I sat in was a Toyota Unser which was shared amongst 7 strangers who were heading towards the same direction. The journey… let’s just say it wasn’t the most comfortable ride I’ve ever been as the road was bumpy… real bumpy.

Upon reaching Kudat, the same driver, who took me there, asked me where I wanted to go to. With offers and bargains exchanged, within minutes, the driver willing to settle at RM60 to take me there and back to Kudat city. I was expecting around that price as it wasn’t as near as I told it would be.

Un-Tarred Roads

With the un-tarred roads, it took us approximately 30 minutes or so to reach to Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. I was surprised at the road condition. Surrounded by coconut trees and palm oil tress, it did not look like it was heading towards a tourist attraction area. It was so appalling that I would turn back (cancel my plan) if I would to drive there alone.

Walkway

I was cursing my luck as the weather was pretty bad. Storm was brewing and it looked like it’s going to rain any time soon. To make matter worse, there was not a single soul at that place except for me and the driver. It was kinda spooky experience as I could hear the waves splashing roughly, thunders were roaring and the clouds were dark. Something like a scary scene from a movie, I would say.

Looking Outwards

So, instead of bringing out my DSLR, I took along my compact camera and walked along the pathway.

Clouds Over Sea

It didn’t take long for the rain to pour. Not knowing when it would stop, with heavy heart, I was ready to leave. But the driver was kind enough to wait for a while as he said that the rain tends to leave quite fast. So, we hung out at the cafeteria nearby.

Resort

It was about 15 minutes later the rain subsided. Slight drizzle and all, we went back there again. This time, there were a few tourists too. Though the weather wasn’t the best I hoped for, the view / experience was definitely worth the trouble of getting there.

The Globe

In the middle were the big globe and Malaysia flag.

On The Globe

And behind the globe, there was a map imprinted on it.

Tip Of Borneo

At The Edge

At the edge, there was nothing but rocks, sea and cool breeze. I was told that the wind can be really strong at times. And at low tide, one could walk to the end of the rock as it signifies the ‘tip’ of Borneo.

From The Tip

The view looking back from the ‘tip’.

Pantai Kalampunian

On the left was the clean beautiful beach of Pantai Kalampunian. That was the first time that I saw the beach was unoccupied. That pretty much explained the cleanliness.

Panti Kalampunian

It was about 1pm or so that I decided to head back to Kudat city. It was yet another bumpy ride out of that place to the city. While waiting for the van to leave, I took the opportunity to grab my much needed lunch nearby.

Mee Basah

They called it Mee Basah. My own interpretation of it was Kudat’s version of Cantonese Fried Mee. With fried noodles, the chicken meat was rubbery and the broth was tasteless and starchy. I ate half of it only. Blergghh…

Street Of Kudat

The streets in Kudat were pretty empty. And all the shops were more or less the same. IIRC, we reached Kota Kinabalu at about 5.30pm. Luckily, I managed to occupy the front seat and so, I managed to take a short nap once in awhile. Not knowing what to eat this time for dinner, I took a stroll again to the Filipino Wet Market.

Ice Kacang

Seafood was definitely not in my list. This time, I went for snacks instead. First up was the ice kacang. It was kinda tasteless yet heavy on milk in it. Best of all, there were macaroni in it!! -.-“

BBQ Chicken Wings

Then, I tried out the chicken wings. Unlike in peninsular, at RM1.20 per piece, you can literally buy a lot with RM10. Though they looked tasty from the outside, it wasn’t so at all. Though moist, the meat was bland as they didn’t marinate them properly / long enough. But then again, it costs RM1.20 only, so yeah…

Martabak

My last snack was Martabak. It was literally a fried roti canai with vegetable fillings (consisted of carrots, cabbages and onions) in it. There was no meat in it! I got conned or maybe I assumed wrongly it was the same ‘type’ as Murtabak offered by mamak stalls. I finished 3 / 4 of them and I discarded the rest as it was so oily and no meat in it. No meat, I repeat, no meat! Gahh…

Warisan Square

I walked around a lil more and off I went to Warisan Square to grab a drink before I headed back to my ‘crib’.

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