Ok, I feel so guilty now. Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia was supposedly just our gateway to Bali in Indonesia. Taking it for granted, we didn’t do much research about the city only to find out that our 19-hour halt was way too short.
It was ten in the evening and the group was too tired and famished to even lift our bags. We pre-arranged an airport pick-up from our hotel in the heart of Kota Kinabalu which made our lives easier upon arriving at the airport.
|Elevated walkway in the city|
After settling, we went out on a very humid night to search for a dinner place. Our stroll led us to the Waterfront area and we combed almost all the hawker stalls for some Mee Goreng, Kopi Ice and Satay (thinking that it would be as fun and vibrant like the street food scene in Kuala Lumpur).
We had Mee Goreng Ayam (RM 6 | US$ 1.67), Mee Goreng Seafood (RM 7 | US$ 1.91), Nasi Lalap (RM 6.50 | US$ 1.81), Teh ‘O’ Ice and Kopi ‘O’ Ice (RM 2 | US$ 0.56 each).
The Mee Goreng was just ok, it was kinda bland. The Kopi Ice was the same, it didn’t have that strong coffee and milk flavor that they serve in Kuala Lumpur. But it was ok.
|Mee Goreng Ayam|
|Teh 'O' Ice | Kopi 'O' Ice|
|The highlight of our dinner|
|Splash of colors|
We, of course, needed some help going around town so we sought the advice of one of the tourism officers. They then told us that the Atkinson Clock Tower is just around the corner and that we could probably make a quick visit.
|Atkinson Clock Tower|
After visiting two important landmarks in the city, we strolled along the famous Jalan Gaya and went to the small alleys that lead to much interesting areas.
Along Jalan Gaya, we found this certain eatery that was packed with diners that afternoon. The Yee Fung Restaurant serves the famous laksa (I tried laksa in Singapore and had good memories about it).
|Yee Fung Restaurant|
|Fortune Coffee Shop|
|Teh Tarik and Kopi 'O' Ice|
Taking advantage of the time left, the group headed to the Handicraft Market along the Waterfront. We checked out some souvenirs and stuff, haggling is of course encouraged.
|Dried fish and stuff|
It was a quick layover but I’m sure that we are so coming back to Kota Kinabalu and explore more of what Sabah has to offer. Next stop, Bali!