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Rule, Britannia!

A throwback to the times when Britannia did rule the waves. British North Borneo Chartered Company was the entity assigned to administer the territory of North Borneo in the days when colonialism was the buzzword and the byword.  And this is where the story of the artillery guns begins.

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Golden City in the Middle Earth

Could this be an illusory image from the Fantasy-land?

Be assured that this is no illusion.

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Kota Kinabalu (left) As Viewed from Jesselton Point

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A Sojourn Down Costa del KK

A tour of  Kota Kinabalu by the sea in a Mediterranean sort of way.

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Gaya Centre, Wisma Sabah, Wisma Merdeka, Hyatt Hotel & Wisma Yakim

Costa del KK

1. Costa del KK

Invariably at some point during your sojourn in Sabah, you will embark on an excursion to the tropical islands that are dotted around the coast of Kota Kinabalu. And from where we shall take in the sights of KK coastal charms.

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Once Upon A Time In Jessel’s Town

An image that was once quite a common sight around the Port of Sabah in Kota Kinabalu. Now with the new port located away from the city at Sebangar Bay, this picturesque spectacle is no longer a familiar sight. And the port has been renamed Jesselton Point to bring a bit of nostalgia back to the past. The KK port is now mainly reserved for the docking of passenger cruisers, which call at KK from time to time. 

 At least that is the theory, but in reality, for one reason or another, ships are still calling at the port.  Any reason why? I wish I knew! The  picture was taken quite recently.

Port of call Kota Kinabalu

Port of call Kota Kinabalu

 Tourist Information Centre

When you are in KK, try and pop in at the Tourist Information Centre  located at 51 Gaya Street- another relic from the colonial past. I leave it to you to ask the staff there about the history of the building- Post Office being one.

Tourist Information Centre

Tourist Information Centre

For information on Jesselton Point, please refer back to my older post.

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Night Lights in Kota Kinabalu(KK)

When the night falls, KK springs into a life of its own. The kaleidoscope of lights & colours just before the nightfall gives rise to a sense of  wonderment about the splendour of nature blended in with man-made colours of light. The night vista in KK bowls one over about the beauty of KK, which one often overlooks in the hustle bustle of city life.

Night Vista from Signal Hill

Night Vista from Signal Hill

 

 

 

Dusk Colours by Likas Sports Complex

Dusky Colours by Likas Sports Complex

KK has also got some notable distinctions in quirky architectural edifice- such as that of  Wisma Intiutama. The building is shaped in a triangular fashion and at one end of the building it tapers off to a narrow point. You often wonder who the poor bugger that is assigned an office at that minuscule corner of the building. He must have been sent to Timbuktu for insubordination.

Architectural Qurkiness- Wisma Intiutama

Architectural Qurkiness- Wisma Intiutama

 When it comes to naming a business, KK is also not far behind in the championship league of quirky name. We have a cineplex called Growball inside the Centre Point Shpping Complex. How the name was arrived at one would never know.  I hope it is not meant to be rude to the men who love to take their loved-ones for a hanky-panky night out at the Growball Cinemax.

No Hanky-Panky Tonight

No Hanky-Panky Tonight

And the Centre Point Shopping Complex looks quite majestic when the night comes. In the night setting it looks magnificent, but in the daylight it is just a square box with no aesthetic architectural beauty to it. Though a lot of my friends would think otherwise.

Centre Point Shopping Complex- the Jewel of KK in the past

Centre Point Shopping Complex- the Jewel of KK in the past

This has been a night of enlightenment. KK, My Kind of Town.

More KK Night Scenes Here

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Api-Api- the Town that Rises from the Ashes

Kota Kinabalu, affectionately known as KK by the locals, is the coastal capital city of Sabah, where sandy beaches with tall coconut & palm trees can be seen in abundance. Originally known as Jesselton, named in honour of  Sir Charles Jessel, a high ranking officer of the then British North Borneo Company. It underwent name change in the 1960s when Sabah (then North Borneo) became independent and joined Malaya to form the federation of Malaysia. KK is also known as Api Api (Fire ! Fire!)- so called as it supposedly derived its name from the time when KK was actually located in the Pulau Gaya island opposite the present mainland location, but got burnt down by pirates pervasive at the time. The present capital location was relocated from the island after it was razed and destroyed. 

New Town

New Town

Kota Kinabalu has now become a modern city with modern facilities. Shops, malls, restaurants and entertainment joints are now dotted around the city centre. Nightspots are not in any short supply at all- plenty of choice selections to pick from both for the city folks and visitors alike.

KK Proper

KK Proper

 Some interesting places to visit when you are in KK:
 Australia Place, Atkinson Clock Tower, Tugu Peringatan Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, KK Coastal Highway, Double Six Monument, Signal Hill Observatory, Gaya Street Sunday Market, KK Esplanade, Sabah State Museum & Heritage Village, KK Waterfront, Jesselton Point,  State Mosque and City Mosque.
Merdeka Memorial

Merdeka Memorial

Some of these places can be found in my other posts, others will be covered in the future posts

On the outskirts of the city there are some notable places to pay a visit as well:

Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Zoo), Monsopiad Cultural Village, Petegas War Memorial, Kasigui, Donggongon, Poh Toh Tze temple, Sabah Foundation Building, Tun Fuad Stephen Park, North Borneo Railway, St Michael Church, Tanjung Aru Beach, Tungku Abdul Rahman Park isands.

KK City Centre

KK City Centre

For those who prefer to venture further afield from the  city itself, you will find plenty of  tourist attractions in their natural environmental settings- pristine rainforests, sandy beaches and islands. And for those who are adventurous enough- jungle trekkings, mountain-climbings, island hoppings & white water-raftings are fully served by a few tour operators located at Wisma Sabah and around KK city.

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Islands, Ahoy!

Let’s take a trip down the memory lane to where, once upon a time, passenger & freight ships, great & small, docked to load and unload goods (and passengers) serving the Jesselton (now called Kota Kinabalu- KK) town folk needs. This location was once also where locals celebrated festivals with water carnival activities. As little as 4 years back it was still teeming with cargo ships docking to drop off goods, especially during the three major festivals- Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Christmas. But as with progress everywhere the shipping port has now been moved to a bigger port area and further away from the city.

Selamat Datang- Welcome

Selamat Datang- Welcome

The old Sabah Port has now been revamped and spruced up with a new lease of life. After undergoing major renovation and refurbishment, it’s now turned into a ferry terminal cum entertainment night spot. Now officially renamed Jesselton Point to bring a nostalgia touch of colonial atmospheres back to this port where once British colonial officers travelled to & from their colonial offices at this far corner of the world.

Spectacular KK view from Jesselton Point

Spectacular KK view from Jesselton Point

Shops and cafes are now lined up along a row by the waterfront serving food and selling handicrafts. Mouth watering Western & Asian food fares can be had here. There is also a pub (bar) at the far end of the shop row for those fancying a night out painting the town red.

 

Waterfront Al-fresco Dining

Waterfront Al-fresco Dining

The KK ferry terminal is serving two main destinations- one for the Labuan Duty-free Island and the other for day/overnight trippers bound for Tunku Rahman Marine Park islands dotted around Kota Kinabalu city.

Ferries serving Labuan Island

Ferries serving Labuan Island

For the sports inclined, there is also a footsal stadium (Indoor Soccer Arena) adjoining the Ticketing office and food court.

Sunset at jesselton Point

Sunset at Jesselton Point

To get there:

Get to Wisma Merdeka and look out for Coffee Bean café. From the outside of this coffee shop, walk towards Wisma Sabah, then keep walking at the same direction for about 15 minutes. Once you see an archway that says Jesselton Point, you have arrived. Have a groovy time while there.

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