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Sabah

Sabah First Day: Up Kundasang

Wheee finally I managed to visit Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. One of the 4 states of Borneo.

Reaching KK early morning somewhere around 8, we decided to visit Kundasang on the first day.

Kudansang is a town in another district located almost 2 hours away from KK City.

To start the journey, we had Shen Rou Mien, (literally means Raw Meat Noodle). Non halal tho.

The noodle texture is kinda like Kolok Mee but thicker. Not bad I like it.

Gosh, the road is so winding. Do remember to open up the vehicle’s window if you’re sitting in the last row. The fresh air may helps to make you feel better.

One word to describe it: MAJESTIC.

At first, we mistook a high mountain for it but after inspection, we found out there’s a huge mountain popping out of the clouds above the mountain. It was so enormous and stood so high apart from the rest.

Hopefully one day I get to climb up the Mount.

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Kinabalu National Park

First stop, Kinabalu National Park. This is the entrance and also the starting point to hike up the Mount Kinabalu.The driver thought of driving us here to have a view at the majestic mountain at a closer distance.

Too bad when we were there,  Mount is hiding behind the clouds.

I have no idea what this building is. There’s a cafeteria,  rooms and even a small information room on Mountain Kinabalu at the top floor.

If you happen to be there, do remember to grab a stick of Avocado Popsicle! It tasted like Kuih Talam more tho. LOL Then again I love Kuih Talam, so it’s all good. hahaha

Check out the crazy hiking record while you’re there too. Normal people takes 2D1N to complete the hike, these people done them in rest than 3 hours.

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Poring Hot Spring

Next, located about 45 mins away, it’s the Poring Hot Spring. Since we have hot spring back at home, we didn’t went in the pools.

Located further inside the Hot Spring centre, there are Canopy Walk. This is fun but kinda scary tho as it swings when a strong wind blows. It takes 30-45 minutes to complete one round with four suspension bridges.

We took a lunch there, and it was good.

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Kundasang

After the lunch, we went back to Kundasang, I actually kinda like this area, the view was good. It’s a town located on a small valley behind Mount Kinabalu.

There are many cheap products to purchase here. A must get is the “Keropok Amplang”. It’s selling at a 50% cheaper price compare to KK City and it’s delicious.

I just love the houses by the mountain. If only there’s a cafe by the hill, where I can just sit down with a hot chocolate and draw some comics while enjoying the cold breeze and scenery.

Deli Cow Farm

Just a 15 minutes drive away, it’s the Deli Cow Farm.

And this place doesn’t look very “Malaysian”

So green, much cold, wow…

That’s Mount Kinabalu in the background.

A must thing to do is buy and drink the fresh milk there. It’s good, better than I expected. Please get the original milk without extra flavorings.

There’s a calf pen located behind the Deli Farm Center, and it’s open for public viewing. It’s kinda fun touching the calf, the only problem is that they wanna eat my miao plushies. =.=

Back to KK City

The road back was also very dizzy.

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First day itinerary:

KK City

-> Kinabalu National Park

-> Kudansang

-> Hot Spring (can skip actually)

-> Kudansang Deli Farm

-> KK City

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While on the way up to Kundasang, you will pass by this place.

you can drop by if you fancy things upside down.

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Bario Sarawak

The Different Sceneries of Bario

One of the things to do in Bario: Photography

So what do in Bario beside eat until you break the weighting machine at the Bario Food Fest? Well, if you like to take photos, you will enjoy here. Beside taking potraits of the Kelabits people.

Bario is a very unique place to offer a few different feels of scenery in one place.

The Misty Village

I love this period of time the most. The whole place is so dreamy with the thick mist.

and when you got tired, you can have a cup of coffee by the road.

The Green & Blue Countryside View

During the late afternoon, it’s great to have a drive/walk around the village.

If only the road were well tar, then it would be great for cycling.

I was able to visit some Kelabit longhouses there and found out it is very different from the other ethnics longhouse design. Kelabit longhouse has a common kitchen. Everyone cook and eats together.

Oh ya, you can just walk into people’s house as if you stay there. LOL

 The Purple Sunset.

As you can see, this is my favorite spot in Bario. XD

I was running like mad to reach there before the sun truly set. Too bad I was a little late.

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I wasn’t really prepared for Bario and missed out a couple of nice shooting spots.

Nevertheless, here are some from my friends who I met in Bario.

This spot is just few minutes walk from my Longhouse. Too bad I didn’t manage to go else can get a good shot of the milky way.

Yes. MILKY WAY!

The Milky Way Sky in Bario

Be hold!! The night sky in Bario.

It was soooo amazing. I was like…

Too bad I do not have a tripod with me, else I’m so gonna take a plane wreck + milky way combo!! hahaha

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There’s this magical thing about this place. I guessed its the mood of the place and the heart warming people I met there. I think I missed the  most is the story telling session we had every night by the fire pit with a glass of home made pineapple wine, “Ada lagi”.

…….Okay, I admit I miss the pineapple wine. XP

Too bad, Uncle don’t allow us to take it out of Bario.

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Must have items into Bario: - Sunblock ,  – DSLR Camera, – DSLR Stand, – Torch light, – Marshmallow (BBQ it at the firepit),

– Instant Tom Yam noodle (it’s a enjoyment to eat hot tomyam noodle in a cold weather) XD

optional: - Hiking equipment (if you’re into hiking)

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A BIG THANK YOU to our flight sponsor,

homestay provider,

the amazing  Uncle David and Auntie Lucy from Labang Homestay  (site).

and all other new friends we met there for the great memories. :)

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Bario Sarawak Trip

Never Judge a Destination by Its Photo.

So I went to Bario last month and didn’t brought any long pants with me. And it was one of my biggest mistake on the trip.

The photos on the internet so far was so misleading. None of them looks cold but the temperature actually dropped down to 14 degree Celsius on the first day.

The most scariest part is the wind and the fact that Bario means Valley of Wind makes it even scarier.

Look at the mist.

Taken with Canon 550D:

Taken with Ipad:

And I wasn’t the only one..  hahahaha phew

 

My friend who went with me only wore only a singlet and shorts. Hahahahahaha

The Stupid duos.

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