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Spice Up Your Life!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Mari mari, makan CURRY

Mari mari, makan CURRY

Sit Back and Relax! Grab a bite and tuck into this local spicy delicacy, curry laksa !!!!!!

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon!

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Tanjung Lipat

Bird-watchers of the genuine kind can have a spot of bird ogling at the stretch of the KK (Likas) Coastal Highway, collecively known as Tanjung Lipat. Eagles can be observed gliding along high above the Peak Condominium. Further up the road near to the vicinity of City Mosque (otherwise known as Blue Mosque by the Japanese expatriates), other species of birds, such as egrets & herons, can also be sighted in  the swamps or mangroves.

The famous KK landmarks, Yayasan Sabah (Sabah Foundation Rotunda) & City Mosque, can also be seen along this stretch of road.

There is also a KK Wetland Centre nearby, which we shall cover in the near future. Don’t forget to bring along a pair of powerful binoculars. Meanwhile, have a feast of bird-admiring to your heart’s content. Be sure not to mention it to your beloveds while you are doing a spot of bird-ogling.

Where Eagles Dare, Eagles Soar.

Where the Eagle Dares,

 

Eagle spotting

the Eagle soars.

Flying High

Flying High

'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,

'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,

And this bird you'll never change.   --Lynyrd Skynyrd

 

And this bird you cannot change. -Lynyrd Skynyrd

To get there

Take a City Mosque bus from Wawasan Plaza. Ask to be alighted at the stop just before the roundabout nearby Likas Square. If you are from out of town, taxi would be a more viable option. Arrange the time for return journey with cabbie in advance.

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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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I do like to be beside the seaside.

 

 

 

I do like to be beside the seaside.

 

Forget the sunblock, get the hairblock instead!

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Boxing Smart

Inspirational Light-bulb-    ding!

Smart Alecs have been telling me to think out of the box!

Well, Smartie Pants, I’m still looking for that box that will fit me with my head sticking out!

Please.............!

Please.............!

Picture courtesy of  http://www.freefunnypixs.com/funny-animals.php

 

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Journey Back in Time

Atkinson Clock Tower

Colonial Clock Tower
Colonial Clock Tower

Billed as one of the oldest wooden structures still standing in Kota Kinabalu- the state capital of Sabah. It was commissioned in 1903 to commemorate Mr. Francis George Atkinson – the first District Officer of Jesselton (now renamed Kota Kinabalu), who succumbed to a tropical disease during the British North Borneo Chartered Company Administration. It stands majestically on top of a hillock and has miraculously survived the Second World War bombing blitz.

 

Originally used as a navigation beacon for shipping but over the years as Kota Kinabalu expanded and with sea reclaimation it fell into disuse. It also had a dual use purpose as it once gave out loud chimes on the hour to alert town folks of the time.

 

If you happen to be in Kota Kinabalu, do take a tour of this nostalgic landmark.

 

To get there:

Ask for direction to the old KK police station (Balai Polis in local lingo) – now Traffic Division. On the right of the Balai Polis, take the steps leading up to the clock tower.

 

 

 

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In deep thoughts

I fish and I live. I sweep and I am a full man

I fish and I live. I sweep and I am a full man.

 Contemplating at Shangrila Tanjung Aru Beach Resort

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it- Confucius

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Island in the sun, that's where I wanna be!

 

 

 

Island in the sun, thats where I wanna be.

Further contemplating at Pulau Bayu, STAR resort

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous – Confucius

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