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Monday, August 27, 2007

GAYA STREET - An hour in PICs

Recently (yesterday actually), I got the chance to go to Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu...for a very short and impromptu sight seeing...Needless to say..it was as usual- very tangy and entertaining...
Here are some of the pics I managed to snap.
 


Local Handycrafts sold here



another stall



local (or not-local) plants sold here



this is the nearest 'ratatouille' family i met here



i couldn't manage to find the cats..



exquisite traditional musical instruments on display



porcelains



sea shells...



titbits...kuih tradisi..



more handicrafts..



paintings on sale



miniatures..



The entrance..and exit as well..seems to wave goodbye to me..for sure i will visit you again..

guess what I end up buying this...a rattan stick which cost me RM 0.70 hehe



so why dont you try experience it for yourself?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Keningau..Cinnamon..Keningau..Cinnamon..Kayu Manis..Better Stick to Keningau.

Keningau is located after tambunan if you drive from KK. Now there are two ways to access it. By Penampang-Tambunan road..or by Kimanis Road..Kimanis road is a Shortcut anyway..it takes less time to go there but the road is steep and sloppy..which means you have to be extra careful..

Keningau name is derived from the name of a tree-spice that grows abundantly here long time ago, guess what its cinnamon tree, or Kayu Manis, reknowned for its sweet and aromatic bark used to spice up food. Now you can still see the traces of cinnamon tree growing here and there, though not as many as before.

The weather if hot and humid..in the afternoon its scorching heat..but that maybe due to its location in the middle of an island and surrounded by hills and ranges that makes it a "frying pot". Nevertheless, it still gives you surprises.

The people of keningau are mainly kadazan-dusun, murut and many other races adds to its variety such as chinese, malay, bajau, jawa, lundayeh and even iban and so on..

I would recommend you to visit the "Taman Bandukan" Located at Kg. Bandukan, (Bunsit), Bingkor. It's sure a place to go if you would like to experience of nature beside a river. and Yes, you can swim there.


Next place i can think of is the, "Crocker Range National Park", Which is under "Sabah Parks" too. well, The place is a sure place to go if you would like to experience a night with nature. It provides hostel and lodgings, and camping site.Has a trail for visitors to walk, It also has an exhibition room which is very nice! It contains preserved animals and so on..Butterflies and Moths are abundant and you can see them flying over the lamps at night! Unlike the weather at downtown, Its Coooool here!



It's keningau town from crocker range!



This i took from the exhibition room



Have fun!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Kudat



 Kudat is one of the hottest place i ever been in sabah...apart from kota marudu and sook..but i like the town..its at the tip of borneo and i can see the vast sea of sulu...the surrounding is very nice and full of coconut trees.


http://realtravel.com/kudat-photos-p1134841-4393672.html


(But this one was taken during one  of the windy days)


and this one taken during one of the hotter days




 
i really like this view!


Kota Belud



        

Kota Belud is a nice place to visit..its like another place that adds the myriad colours of Sabah.
Majority of the people living at the coast are bajau..while those that stay near the hills are native Kadazan dusun.
                     
I can say that what I like about Kota Belud are its fantastic view of Gunung Kinabalu (Mount Kinabalu), it's tasty but cheap 'mi sup', Noodle soup, its views and perhaps its food especially kuih..pisang goreng..very authentic.

                  

One of the major events held here every year is the "Tamu Besar Kota Belud", where you can find almost anything sold.

      


(all pictures are taken from the internet: thank you) 

Map of Sabah

Map of Sabah