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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu

Tune Hotel

Tune and Courtyard side by side


Lunch at Kenny Rogers in 1Borneo mall.

Half chicken with the choice of black pepper or mushroom sauce, three side dishes and a muffin.

After lunch, we took the mall shuttle bus to city center. It stopped at Warisan Square, later I knew that this mall is also owned by 1Borneo.

Warisan Square

From here we took a cab to Jesselton Point to find out more about our snorkeling trip tomorrow.

Jesselton Point

All these ferry companies offered the same service, a speedboat ride with a choice of 1 to 3 islands and rental of snorkeling equipments. The cost of the trip entirely depends on how good the bargaining skills is. Having to speak Malay is an advantage.

We asked a few agents for quotation, it was getting cheaper overtime.

Clear blue sky

Speedboats to the nearby islands

Then we walked our way back towards Warisan Square.


Saw a Sabah Tourism Board office, we went in and asked about the motorbike rental but unfortunately there was none. :( We also helped ourselves with some sightseeing brochures and then decided to go to Tanjung Aru beach. Taxi wasn't cheap and also not metered, so we asked the officer on how to take public transport to the beach. After getting enough information as well as the cold air from the office (what a hot and humid day!), we walked to City Hall to take the minibus.

Passed the Atkinson Clock Tower on our way to City Hall.

Atkinson clock tower is KK famous landmark.

The condition of the city buses was so bad, if it were in Singapore, it would have been scraped for long long time ago hehehe... He was reluctant to ride on one but I insisted after walking all the way here.

The ugliest bus I ever took.

I was a bit worried too when I entered the bus because there was a very fierce looking guy sitting behind. I took a sit in front of him, but I kept looking sideways to watch if there was anything amiss. Hubby sat behind this guy, but he didn't seem to worry at all.

Cost RM 1 per person. :P

Passed by a slum area.

Tanjung Aru beach

Enjoying the ocean breeze while sipping coconut juice.

We asked the seller specifically for a young coconut. I just knew that we could use the shell as a spoon.

Tanjung Aru beach

Found many starfishes on the muddy beach

Oh please no!! :P

We took a cab back to city center after waiting the minibus for half an hour to no avail. The taxi ride cost RM 15.

Requested the taxi driver to stop at State Mosque for us to take pictures.

Alighted at the Waterfront. Wow, it's a great place to chill and waiting for sunset.

Ordered a plate of Penang fried kwetiau, it was more like a vegetarian fried kwetiau.

Chicken satay

Great sunset view from here!!

Going down further

And the sun had completely set beneath the horizon.

Next to the waterfront is a a bustling wet market.

Ever did your marketing in a wet market at night? :)

Bought a stack of Philippines mangoes (6 each) at RM 10. They were the best mangoes I ever had, so sweet with juice that kept flowing when I cut it. It was finger licking good. :) Definitely must try for mango lover!

Three sizes to choose from but hmmm.. they were about the same size.

Dinner at Fish & Co Warisan Square and it cost half the price! Yes, I love Malaysia :P

Seafood platter for one

Grilled fish with peri peri sauce

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