Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Jalan2 Kota Kinabalu 2

Assalam...

The drive to Kundasang from the heart of Kota Kinabalu took about 2 hours. Again we put our trust on Waze to lead us the way. Alhamdulillah, it did an excellent job this time. We passed by Tamparuli, and many small towns. At almost every settlement there is a church. A proof of their strong believes in Christianity.

As we started ascending, i think it was before a place called Nabalu, i saw the MOUNT KINABALU. I was so excited to finally be able to see it with my own naked eyes. Not through someone else's camera lense. It was mesmerizing.... with fog covering some part of it. The view was just amazing. Subhanallah. MashaAllah. It is Allah's great creation. The view was so peaceful. No words could explain it. It was stunning.

Kinabalu Park
Our first stop is at the Kinabalu Park. It is where the climbers begin their quest. The Timpohon Gate is the gate to the Mount. You must be registered and get a pass before passing through the gate. To enter the park you need to pay RM3 for each individual. We drove through the park. We can still witnessed the traces from the devastated earth quake that happen in June, 2015. During that time, we were readily registered to conquer the Mount sometime in October. Due to earthquake, the Mount was temporarily closed to all for a few months. Reaching 50 soon, I still put some hope to ascend the mountain. To pass the Timpohon gate as a registered climber. By the way, the flora and fauna was fantastic to a nature lover. While we were at the lookout spot at Timpohon Gate, the heavy fog began to cover the mountain and we were not able to see the peak of the mountain anymore. Alhamdulillah I had a glimpse of it earlier. Hoping for another glimpse of it on our way back later.

Poring
Next we head to Poring for the hotspring. It took us about one hour or more. Passing through the Kundasang and Ranau town. At the hotspring many small pool were built for visitors to enjoy the warmth of the water that originates from the unactive volcano. You can smell the sulfur in the vicinity. Entering the hotspring you are charged another RM3 each. Other interesting activities that you can enjoy here is the Bat Cave and the Hanging Bridge. There's an extra charge for the bridge. We did not proceed to those activities as we planned to get back to Kota Kinabalu before it was dark. We stopped at the Ranau town for solat Dzhuhur and Asar at the Ranau Masjid. We also witnessed the earthquake that hit the Mount Kinabalu area and Ranau sometime in 2015.

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm, Kundasang
Our next stop is the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm in Kundasang.  Again, we put trust on Mr Waze for the direction. We were called to go there based on the many photos posted on the social media about the place. The place is also known as NZ Malaysia.The scenery. Yes... Alhamdulillah. Subhanallah. MashaAllah. The view is superb. Going to the place is a challenging drive. It is a very steep road. Our rent Proton BLM was struggling hard to get to the top. We later proceed to the farm with a charge of RM5 per person. At the farm, you can feed the calf, see how the milk was extracted from the cow and being processed. They are also selling fresh milk carton and ice-cream for visitors to enjoy. The weather? Yes, its chill because it is hilly.

Tamparuli
As we headed back to KK city, we stopped in Tamparuli to see the hanging bridge there. We did not stop at the Rumah Terbalik, the upsidedown muzeum as it is already late and we need to find our way to Grandis Hotel for our following two nights stay.

Grandis Hotel
The hotel is within the Suria Mall. If you are driving, there is no parking space at the hotel. You have to park at the Suria Mall at your own cost. Argh....very upsetting. However, after negotiation, we managed to get the season pass which requires us to pay RM10 per day for multiple entry. The deposit for the pass is RM200. Well.... just lets accept the offer as the hotel room were already paid in advance. The room was big and spacious. We requested for a seaview, thus, it is very calming. The restaurant has a Halal cert. This is very convincing. Alhamdulillah.

Seafood at the Philipine Market
For dinner, we decided to experienced the most talked about seafood eating place near the Philipine Market. Well.... the place was so crowded. Alhamdulillah, we managed to get a parking space at the nearby parking area. There are varieties of seafood to choose. But.... the price is not cheap. So, please come prepared with enough RM in your wallet.

Upon finishing dinner, we decide to head back to the hotel....lets just rest for the night and continue our adventure tomorrow.

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