Finally somewhere within my own country, I was having seconds thoughts about Sabah, because we brought our grandmother and it might be an issue as she can't walk too much, but it turned out fine, even though she didn't join us for certain attractions. Sabah, is truly beautiful, its sceneries never fail to amaze me again and again, even if its the same view. I know I say this a lot, but man I am definitely coming back. Shall we start?
We rented a car, but due to certain issues with the car we had to wait at the airport for 1 hour. After getting the car, we started our drive up to Kundasang, and boy can I tell you the drive up is so worth it, just pure beauty. after checking in to B-inspired Abode Kundasang, we started our journey, although it was already 4 pm by the time each one of us are ready.
First stop, the New Zealand of Malaysia, DESA Cattle Farm (0800 - 1700). If you googled online the look of it, its something similar to this picture. However I thought that we could walk in and be really close to the cows, but well I had high expectations I guess. I would highly recommend trying the gelato, every product there is made by their own cow milk. The gelato tasted heavenly, even my grandma loved it. I don't think milk or take yogurt so I can't comment on that. You can feed the calves and billies with grass and milk for a price, they are super cute, and when you walk further on you can see the adult cows chilling in their sheds, but do be careful dungs are everywhere. You get to see how they process their milk as well. I really fell in love with the view here.
Right after, we went to Kinabalu Park, there's a small entrance fee. We drove up and just did some sight- seeing, as we were there in the evening, it was extremely cold for me. Look at what I was wearing. They have trails for you to hike, or if you just wanna take a drive, you do that. Its good for the adventurers and explorers, I couldn't do it because I had my grandma to take care of.
It was only 1830, the sky was already turning dark, so we left for dinner. We at a restaurant called 89 Station, only 3 minutes away from the park by car. It is a non-halal cafe though. The sunset was beautiful as we ate our dinner and by the time we finished everything, it was pitch black, no street lights no nothing, we decided to just go back to the house and rest for night.
Set your alarm and wake up at 3am, THE STARS my god, I could have swore it almost formed a milky way. It was truly mesmerizing, but definitely too cold for me, so I went back in after 10 minutes, I didn't take any photos because somethings are better in person, I can safely say I was stunned.
After breakfast in town, we drove for about 30 minutes to Poring Hot Spring (0800 - 1800) , it would have been 45 minutes from our accommodation. The hot spring area was a-okay to me, but really relaxing no doubt, being adventurous *teehee* my brother and I decided to walk on the canopy, again there is a small fee, and you have to pay extra for cameras. they you have to climb up a tad bit, there are staircase provided, but its really tiring. You have to finish all four canopies, for some one who has acrophobia, the first 2 was not as scary, I could still look down, but when the 3rd one came into sight, my legs were shaking, my brother had the audacity to stop halfway and say to me: "Hey look at this view its so beautiful! " I would have smack him in the head, if we weren't on the canopy. After that's done, we walked further down the path and found ourselves a waterfall, chilled for a little and we left. They had a rafflesia site, but somehow it was under construction when we were there. We left the hot spring area at 11ish.
We were about to leave when I felt I must drink coconut juice because all that walking, hiking and climbing was making me sweat like mad, the stall was just down the road, and to our luck the stall employee has his own rafflesia , and he charged us RM10 per pax and brought us there, we were lucky because it was the flower's 2nd day of blooming. We didn't mind paying, how often do you get to see in person the world's biggest flower?
As we were driving out, something happened to our car, it overheated and the steering locked itself. We had to wait for the car company to bring in another car from KK, its about 2 and a half hour. We weren't going to wait that long doing nothing on our vacation, we wanted to continue our journey to Tagal Fish Spa, so we walked back down to the coconut stall and asked if they know any taxi drivers. They were more than willing to call their friends, but since it was a public holiday not a lot of them were in town. Our hero came to the rescue, he overheard and said he would taxi us there, and after negotiating a price we were happy to pay, we set off. (I felt extremely lucky to experience all kinds of help when a difficult situation was presented.)
Tagal Fish Spa was a 30-minute drive from Poring Hot Spring, there are stalls selling fruits and fried banana and potato along the way. After paying your entrance fee, you get to enjoy being eaten by fish, oh how the world turns. Every session is about 15 minutes, and you'll know your session is over when the lady broadcast your ticket number loudly. My sensitive feet can't stand the nibbling, it was painful for me, but an experience nonetheless, these fishes were trained and not the mention, they were really huge, was trying to grab one but instead I risked getting my fingers bitten off, so the moral of the story is, don't be stupid.
0540, waiting for the sun to rise and it was rising. It was too cold for me but the view, do you believe me now? This is the view from my abode. Even though it was too cold for me, we still stood there for 30 minutes just to watch the sunrise, if you ever have the chance and determination, please don't waste this opportunity.
After an early check out, we headed down to Nabalu Market as it is on the way to Kota Kinabalu. There are so many things to buy, from handmade handicraft to sarungs and batiks. As we were on a tight schedule, we only managed to stay for 2 hours.
The BEACH! On our second last day, we headed to Jesselton Point to get a boat to the Islands! My favourite part about KK. We got a boat service to go to 2 islands, Sapi Island and Manukan Island. Needless to say both islands had a lot of tourists making appreciating nature a bit difficult but we try to do what we can to enjoy ourselves. In Sapi Island, do get the snorkelling mask from your boat service because there are corals and fish and I liked it. When we head to Manukan Island, the island was much bigger and we didn't feel like swimming anymore so we went parasailing instead, we also wanted to try sea walking but we were running out of time. I guess when I am on holiday, I l like to splurge a little on things I normally would not do. We went back to the condominium right after to rest and left for the sunset at Tanjung Aru.
We were a bit late, so the sun was setting already but you could still see the horizon, the islands, it was like a piece of art indeed.
We left KK the next day for Kuala Lumpur, but before that we had just enough time to visit the Handicraft market, again we bought a lot of things, from clothes to jewellery and left Sabah full of great memories, souvenirs and knowledge about a part of Malaysia we didn't know about.
My stay in Kundasang: B-inspired Abode
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