Monday, February 26, 2007

Kota Kinabalu - Day 2

I just came back to Cyberjaya after one whole week of CNY holiday. It was a very tiring week as I have been out to "bai nian" since the first day of chinese new year until the 7th day. Phew~ It was a great start for the year of boar though I lost some money in gambling. Hehehe.. Now, my mind's full of assignments. Aihz.. But as promised, this is the day-2 post for my trip to Kota Kinabalu.

KK scene: Sea + mosque

My day-2 started very early in the morning. For the sake of enjoyment, I sacrificed a lot of my sleeping time. =P And so, we got up around 7am (the sun rises and set 1 hour earlier in East Malaysia) and went to a famous shop to eat roasted duck Wan Tan Mee with Kuan's parents. Josh's not satisfied with the noodles and he ordered a few "siew pao" to eat. Right after finishing our breakfast, we went to the Jesselton Port to take a boat to Pulau Manukan. The island is one of the islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. All the fishes are protected there and if anyone is caught fishing, they will be fined.

Waiting for our roast duck breakfast

To Manukan Island @ Jesselton Port

So, we took around 15 minutes to reach the island.Before we step out of the boat, we enjoyed looking at the different types of fishes swimming in crystal clear water. Hell, I've never seen such beautiful water in my life.

Me, Kuan, Bee on the boat

Fishes + Crystal Clear Water

While others were still shooting photos and enjoying the view, me, Kuan and Bee went to the lobby to check in. We've booked 2 chalets which costs us around RM200 per chalet. We dumped our luggages at the waiting room, rented some goggles and life jackets, changed into swimwear and jumped into the water for snorkeling! Before jumping into the water, we actually visited the Marine Research Centre (looks more like a musuem) where inside were a lot of corals, shells, fish bones and etc etc. A very quick tour around the centre and off we go into the water. Weee~~

Entrance @ Manukan Island

Whale's Bone @ Manukan Island

The water is nice but too bad the sand is too rough with a lot of dead corals which makes the floor too spiky and hard to walk on. I was quite excited as this was the first time I went snorkeling and I've been longing to snorkel for a long long time. We managed to lure some fish over to our hands using some bread we bought. It was beautiful, fishes swimming around you, some of them nibbling your fingers. Too bad there were no photos taken because our cameras are not waterproof.

Back from snorkeling ^^v

After that, we went to the shallow side to play water. It was very relaxing lying on the beach where the water splashed on your feet every few seconds. We stayed in the water until our skin got all wrinkled. Washed off some of the sand at the public toilet and to the chalet we went. As I stepped into the chalet, I was quite stunned as the place was really cozy and nice. We took turns to bathe while the others watched tv, rest at the balcony and eat maggi mee lunch. Suprisingly, Ian manged to contact someone and bought a carton of cheap Tiger beer. We drank some beer, played some cards and rest.

Chalet bedroom (1st floor)

Chalet living room (ground floor)

At 4pm, Kuan asked me whether I wanna go to the Sunset Point, a place where we can see sunset (duh!) And so, we borrowed a torchlight from the reception counter and started to follow the trail towards sunset trail. The trail is about 1km long. As I lifted up my feet for the first step towards Sunset Point, I kicked on a rock and injured my little toe. Thankfully the kind hearted receptionist gave us a plaster to seal my wound. Off we go~

Sunset Point @ Manukan Island

We reached the Sunset Point way too early. The sun is still very bright up in the sky. So we waited and waited and waited. Key arrived to Sunset Point and together we waited and waited and took some photos and waited. Finally, the sky's getting dark, but, we can't see the sunset. The sun was blocked by the clouds. Saddening... Spent so much time there to see sunset and in the end, just a bunch of dissapointment. Aihz... Can't do much, we just tracked back to our chalet. I was very very tired then, dropped dead on the bed and I was sound asleep very quickly. Someone woke me up around 8pm to go out to the beach to watch some stars. I was such a lazy piggy head that I prefered to lay on the bed and continue sleeping. Around 10pm, I woke up and had another meal of maggi mee. Delicious eh? After that I watched a show with my friends, took more photos and went to bed again.

What a mess...

That's about it for day-2 @ Manukan Island. My housemate was hungry and he ordered some popiah to eat. Looks like my plan to lose some inches after the celebration of fat pig CNY is not going to start today. *yawn* Billy, out.

Next: Kota Kinabalu - Day 3

Friday, February 16, 2007

Kota Kinabalu - Day 1

On the 10 January 2007, I've taken a ride on a plane for my very first time. I was flying to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah!! I went to LCCT to catch my flight at 9am.

(top) me, Eddie, Bee, Josh, Kuan, Kuan's bro, LeongKee, Ian (below) Key, Vinn @ LCCT

Eddie, me and Josh inside the plane ^^

And so, we reached KK 3 hours later and everyone is dead hungry. So dropped our luggages at Kuan's house and went to a nearby stall to take our lunch. We had ABC, cendol, fried mee and kuey tiaw, chee cheong fun and sabah's "yao char guai".

Yum, yum.. everyone's eating~

Then, we went to the park just beside the stalls, Taman Tun Faud. It has a huge lake and many people were jogging there. We relaxed, enjoyed the scenery, took some photos and drove to a beach in KK.

point here, point there @ Tun Faud Park

Eddie, Bee, me and LK @ the dirty beach

It wasn't really a good impression to see a dirty beach like this. We hoped that the beaches we are about to see in the next few days will be better.

Can you see how dirty it was? *yucks*

Very soon, we're back at Kuan's house for a short rest as it has been non-stop going around since we got down from the plane. Some of us played a board game called "Cluedo" brought by Eddie all the way from KL. Haha.. And around 7pm, we left house to a restaurant for our ver first seafood dinner in KK. We had crabs, prawns, fish, "xu zai choi"(vegetable) and deer meat. Most importantly, I wish to express my gratitude to Kuan's parents because they are the one that pays the bill. Thanks a lot!

I like the prawns the most. =P

Going back to Kuan's house after dinner hoping to call it a day? Nah.. The night is still young. We went out again after a short while.. to the cyber cafe. We played a round of DotA, won the game and went home.

The CC has 2 storeys and it's packed!

Yet, people are still reluctant to sleep after such a tiring day. We played Cluedo again, took turns to bathe and finally went to bed very late at night.

As you can see, I've put up a lot of photos in this post and will be the same for the coming posts. Hope you won't mind for it to take some time to load. =P "A picture says a thousand words" Well, I prefer to put a picture than writing a thousand words though. Hehe.. That's all for the Day-1 of my trip to Kota Kinabalu. Day-2's post shall be out after my CNY holidays. Happy CNY and cheers! Billy, out.

Next: Kota Kinabalu - Day 2

Happy Chinese New Year

It's been a long time since I blog. To my dear readers out there, sorry to keep you waiting. But I don't think there're many people reading my blog honestly. Nevertheless, I'll still continue to blog. Hehe.. Well, for the next few posts, I'll be putting up a lot of photos taken during my vacation to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. But for this post, I actually planned to post something about my life now. But to think of it, it's so lame and boring. So, I decided to just start posting about my trip to Sabah.

Before I sign out, I would like to wish everyone Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig. May everyone be as "fat" (rich) and properous as the pig in the year of pig. Billy, out.
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