Monday, October 24, 2011

Family Trip to K.Kinabalu & Kundasang : Part 4 (Finale)

18th October 2011

Last day @ Kundasang as well as KK

We explored the Poring Park a little bit deeper and guess what...we decided to climbed up the CANOPY WALKWAY !! Dengar pun dah seram kan ?? Hehehehhee...once again my beloved mother and my Along proven themselves amazingly. Tak larat ibu ayah nak kejar neh!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Family Trip to K.Kinabalu & Kundasang : Part 3

*Ralat: Sila abaikan tarikh pada gambar...tak tau nak ku adjustkan tarikh tu...miahahahha...

18th Oct 2011

Dah bersiap2 untuk check out. Sempat kami anak-beranak tibai maggi sebungkus sorang. Lapar weh!!

After TERKONO RM403, we all directly headed to Poring Hot Spring. Poring is actually also gazetted within Kinabalu Park area. Poring is actually the name of a small town in Ranau. 

Conservation Fee : RM3/adult , RM1 /senior citizen F.O.C for kids below 12yrs old

I’d missed the feel of natural hot spring because I’m too busy to look over my children whom already jumped inside the cool pool. But luck for my mom as she managed to soak her feet for about an hour.

My little babies were too busy enjoying their moment here. It’s too difficult to get them out of the pool!!! Eii…buang masalah anak2 ibu ni. 


After done persuaded my babies, we headed to Canopy Walkway. Seriously guys, we all thoughts, it just a simple route to get to the canopy. Hehehehe..we were wrong!! It takes about 540m above sea level !! Mak aii…mendaki lagi…yahuuu!!!

And no more guess….

Superb awesome

Tired…but need to move on quickly before sunset. (Please make your back journey to KK around 4:00pm since it will be very difficult to drive in dark)

Berhenti makan di Pekan Ranau. Haa…kat sini yang Aspen kata nasi goring sepinggan RM6. Tapi boleh tahanlah..cuma macam biasa…anjing2 berkeliaran sana-sini.

Erm…advice lebih2 and my mom still got her shopping spree in Kundasang small tamu. Tapi mahal bah kamu menjual disini. Ada ke strawberry sebijik sehinggit !!! Bisik kat telinga Along “Along…kita beli kat umah jerla ek”

Dalam nak cepat2 tu, tup tup my hubby mengendong sekotak sayur-sayuran. 

Hahahahhaa….adeh…nasib in flight package, each pax got 20kg baggage. Erm…suker ati emakla…nanti anakanda jugak yang nak makan….

Berhenti Zuhur + Asar @ Masjid Kundasang. (Lambat sbnrnya, sbb maghrib masuk dalam jam 6:10pm)

Eh...benti sat....adehhh benti lagi

Family Trip to K.Kinabalu & Kundasang : Part 2

Sambungan citer tentang a minor lost to Kundasang
So we did a good lost since we were able to fill up our hungry tummy at Tuaran. But, only after we full, we realize instead of having ZURAIDAH as the name for the restaurant, the owner is actually a Chinese. When hubby told this to Lina’s (my fren) hubby, he said that there are a lot of Chinese Restaurants in Sabah using Malay / Islamic name and some force their workers to wear ‘tudung’…

What an annoying trick…


After Tuaran, we heading to Ranau to reach Kundasang. It’s happened to be no Kundasang in the signboard. So the journey Tuaran – Kundasang took about 1 hour journey from Tuaran. Since we drove kancil, so it might be a little bit slower. 

 Small Temple @ Tuaran

Subhanallah…Subhanallah !!

Cantiknya. Indahnya. Ajaibnya…..(pinjam kata2 GadisBunga yang juga had her vacation there on the same time)

Walaupun berpuluh-puluh churches along the way which a little bit disturb my feeling, but I still feel stunning with the scenery in Kundasang.  Hati dibuai-buai dengan keindahan yang tak terkata. Hubby mengingatkan “Kalau ini Aspen kata indah…what would the heaven look like…”

Check in Mt.Heritage Hotel & Spa which formerly known as Perkasa Hotel. 
Ok, a little bit about this hotel. I can say the room is very comfort for me and my family. My mom chose to sleep on Sofa Bed with Along while the Trio: Hubby, DeqYa and I cuddled on the King Size Bed. There were 2 televisions with Astro Channel.  There were also fridge, kettle, hair dryer and bath tub. 

RM360 / night as offered in internet inclusive of Breakfast and Dinner.


Aaa..makcik TERKONO here.  When they claimed the BF and Dinner are inclusive, I never thought that they will charge me for another pax!! Since I did informed them earlier that my group consist of 3 adults, and they promoted that Suite Room and menjanjikan kemanisan bla bla bla…bila check in pun terus je kasik meal coupon stated 3 PAXs!! So…I thought what I thought la kan….
Alih2…waktu nak check out, they charged me RM 403 instead of RM 360. WTF…kan?

Itu satu hal…

Rupa2nya, dalam meal coupon tu, although it stated there for 3 pax..but it should only be RM25/pax for dinner, and RM18/pax for breakfast. So…if we order something which is more expensive, we have to pay for the balance. 

In my case, we didn’t know about this yet. We did asked the waiter but he so confidence tell us that we can order anything on the menu…no need to pay.

Alih2, after Dinner…I had to pay another RM55
And only after that, we realized…the person that served us the menu is actually a Christian.


Patutla kami langsung tak lalu nak makan.

Memang tak luak…tapi adalah jugak secebis dua da masuk ke perut….

So, my advice…if you stay in any hotel in Kundasang, better not to include breakfast or dinner. Lagipun, roti bakar 2 keping + Telur 2 biji + Peas = RM 22.80

Ok2…takpe2, itu citer tak best.
Tapi citer best…right after Solat Jama’ Takhir di bilik, kami terus keluar ke Kinabalu Park !!

@ Kinabalu Park.
Conservation fee is RM3 / adults
Mula2 masuk memang lost. Tak tau nak kemana dan nak buat apa. Nak ke Botanical Garden inside the park, alih2 tutup kul 4:00 ghupernya. So, hubby bagi cadangan yang drastic and critical…hehehehe…

“Jom kita ikut trail panjat gunung…”

Tanya my mom, “Boleh ke mak?”

“Eh….boleh!!!” Wow!! My 65yrs old mother!!! Walaupun dah terbayang-bayang abg dan kakak2 Aspen akan maki2 Aspen sebab heret emak…tapi I believe this would be a great experience for her as well, so we decided to follow the Pandanus Trail which drag us to 590m above the sea level. 

But we felt a bit disappointed because when we end that trail, we still can’t get the view from any of the top points. However, we all were so happy and satisfy with the experience. 

All of us memang dah berpeluh2 and kepenatan, tapi…suhu yang sejuk dan udara yang sangat2 segar mengalihkan focus. 

Paling tak percaya my little Along. Dalam orang kata dia lembik, kurus…dia yang paling kuat dan laju dalam cabaran ini. Hehehehhe…DeqYa jangan citerla, berdukung 80% of the challenges. Princess Baby ayahla katakan…

At room…Di luar hujan. Cuaca jadi sangat sejuk tapi emak kata, still tak sesejuk Cameron Highland. Ada betulnya. 

Hubby and I amik kesempatan berjalan berdua-duaan kat luar. Tak lama pun…balik2 da kena sound dengan Along “Ibu ngan Ayah tinggalkan Along!!” Erm….alahai
To be continued....

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Family Trip to K.Kinabalu & Kundasang : Part 1

I've already been waiting this one trip since June. Alhamdulillah I managed to bring my family to have a great vacation in Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang. I hope with a simple journal of mine, those who are planning to go to Kota Kinabalu and visit Mt. Kinabalu in Kundasang would have a rough ideas about that Negeri Bawah Bayu state.

15th October 2011 (Sabtu)

Our flight should be 7:15pm but with our good kelam kabut here and there we only managed to be in KLIA at 7:00 pm!!! Thank God for let us meeting only those kind hearted FireFly crews. With some marathon scene (which is very not favour by my beloved mom) we board the plane a minute before the door close. Penat !!

Arrived at KKIA (Kota Kinabalu Int'l Airport) and guess mom didn't bring her MyKad!! She only brought her old IC. Adeh....tarik muka sket dengan emak sambil ting tong ting tong dengan pihak imigresen. Hish....kami di semenanjung tidak pernah tanya kalau kamu orang Sabah masuk ke semenanjung bah!!! Geram...geram...but then emak managed to get her 'PAS LAWATAN SOSIAL'. Aspen jeling pegawai imigresen sambil melirik ke papan iklan besar yang tertulis "1 MALAYSIA"

Huh! Sarcastic bah!!!

Keluar dari KKIA we see nobody with any signboard with my name. Huh! So I ran to the Tourism Table which thank GOD still open at that time and requested for Megah D'Aru Hotel's number. Called Megah D'Aru and 15 mins later, one bro with charter van came over to fetch us. Erm..lega. It was F.O.C (That's why I picked this hotel)
Megah D'Aru Hotel - about 10 minutes from KKIA
After verifying the credit card...terus naik bilik dusyum dusyum tidur!!!

16th October 2011 (Ahad)
Mata terpisat-pisat kena simbah cahaya terik matahari. "Jam aku ni silap ke hapa ni?" Cepat2 kejutkan mak for Subuh Prayer. She look at her watch "Eh..baru 5:45 la" Erm...we all forget that Sabah's time is actually about 1 hour earlier

Turun sarapan. Oo....kena main order2. Tak boleh lebih dari 3 org because I only booked breakfast for 3 pax. So hubby decided to shop for breakfast at pasar pagi nearby

My dear friend Lina and her family sent the rental car to us. lucky for having her in KK. She's been in KK about 10years sudah...

Lepas aje dapat kereta, we all move to KK town. We were lucky for being in KK in Sunday since we were able to meet the Tamu Gaya in Jalan Gaya. Since it's only open on Sunday, my family and I already bought all the souvenirs for our family.
"Tak payah pikir2 dah lepas ni" kata emak

Reached Jesselton Ferry Point. Aspen already planned to book boat return ticket for Island Hoping. I planned to go for all 4 islands, Manukan, Sapi, Mamutik and Pulau Gaya. But since it's already afternoon, so we only can go for 2 islands. But!!! believe me, 2 are already enough. Tired bah!!!

After had so much fun snorkelled in Manukan for 2 hours, we board the boat (from the same agent...jangan tersalah) with our wet clothes to spend another 2 hours in Sapi Island. Ok kengkawan, for return tickets of 3 adults and 2 kids for 2 islands hoping = RM130 + RM30 for snorkel equipments. I’m not sure if the price that we got is cheap or biasa2, but if you’ve been offered more than this price, its mean, you dah TERKONO.  For me, I just pick this because those offered in internet is much higher.

Subhanallah!! Cantik sangat2. We were all very excited with the fabulous surrounding and getting more more excited watched all the beautiful fishes swimming around us. Ader plak yang manja2 ni main gigit2 kaki. Auwww....I tak rela!!! Hehehehhehe..............Punyerla excited sampai lupe I brought my SATIO snorkelled together in Manukan.


I believe this is PEMBALASAN since I felt anger on my mum in KKIA (Remember?)

Back to Jetty. Emak dah kelaparan, so did all of us. In my plan we will going to Medan Selera for seafood, but we just stop at the "Masakan Padang Ibu" restaurant at the jetty.

It served nasi campur but you only can pin point to those lauk-pauk and few minutes later they will serve it to you in a cantik-cantik way la.

Nasi putih 5 plates, Terung Sambal 1 pc, Telur Masin 2 pcs, Chicken Soup, Masak Lemak Nangka (sorang mkn), Ikan Goreng...Daging sket, air sejuk 4 gelas, air kopi 1 cawan sume sekali RM68 ---> Mahal tapi da agak. Tengok tempat la kot. Tapi actually makan kat Sabah memang mahallah, sebab makan dekat pekan kecil Ranau pun, nasi goring dia RM 6 !! (Ok..kita citer ni later)

Maghrib di Masjid Negeri Sabah. Nice Masjid tapi maaf ye Muslimin Muslimat Sabah (especially those in KK)...Masjid Negeri kamu tidak terurus dan erm..tidak begitu bersih. If you compare it with erm..ok, I have to pick from my state of course, Masjid Negeri Selangor...aduhai macam langit dan bumi.

Anyway, alhamdulillah dapat solat Maghrib dan Isyak di situ dan sempat berkenalan dengan seorang 2 jamaah yang kemudiannya menghadiri kelas agama di situ. Kata salah seorang jemaah, walaupun dia seorang pegawai kesihatan, beliau turut menyumbang bakti untuk berdakwah di negeri Sabah. Waktu ini saya tidak begitu faham mengapa...(Pun citer later nanti)

Berjalan2 ke arah UMS, nak cari Menara Tun Mustapha sebenarnya (Kecur air liur bila melintasi Medan Selera) When we arrived at the monument building, I am so so dissappointed. Kenapa bangunan dan kawasan sekitarnya  gelap??!!! Aduhai...kecewa sungguh.
Gambar ni pinjam kat Google...tak secerah digambarkan

Although it was very dark, I still captured few photos of Along and Deq Ya with the building at the back...kenangan tu. Dalam perjalanan balik ke Megah D'Aru...kami melalui another Mosque, Masjid Bandaraya which also in gelap-gelita. Ermm..........

Reach Megah, baru berpeluang look around. Erm...there was a black book...written in BM, using ALLAH referring to JESUS. "New Testament" those who do not favour of this kind of disturbance, please do not stay here. But for us...we just put the book aside (wlaupun very very very unhappy)

17th October 2011 (Ahad)
Checked out from Megah D’Aru. Directly goes to Kundasang. I can say the road in KK is not difficult to understand. It has so many roundabouts, it’s good but sometimes we need to be careful because some of this roundabout is not noticeable from afar.


To go to Kundasang (Mount Kinabalu), we should head to Ranau, Sandakan and Kota Belud, but at the very beginning (from KK) just find the signboard to Tuaran.

We got a little confuse in here. We just drove right to Tuaran Town. In Tuaran, we were able to find Zuraidah Catering for nasi campur and tapau some for Kundasang. But...this is very ikhlas advice from me, do not simply trust the restaurant with workers with TUDUNG. Sedih gila bila fikir hal fact, it’s quite mencabar to find HALAL food as mencabar to identify who are Muslim and who are not.

Back to our journey.

So, we weren’t suppose to be in Tuaran Town pun. Before sampai this small town ada roundabout, so pick the simpang heading to RANAU.
(Erm...letihla pulak...kita cont. Later ok)

To be continued......
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