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 wut..my 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)
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. Oh...so 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.
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"...so 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 ni...in 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......