I was away again last week. My destination was Tenom and Keningau of Sabah. As soon as I got to know that I'll be evaluating students in these two places, I googled and found out that they are very far inland. Both are situated along the Crockers Ranch of Sabah, and driving to these places take 3 to four hours, depend on your driving skill. My first meal here in Sabah, a quick lunch at Papar, a small town along the way to Tenom. I had Nasi Ayam Rica-rica: fried chicken with hot and sour belancan sauce. Nice.
I intended to rent a car and drive myself but was strongly opposed by local friends, as the road was too windy and hilly for those who're not familiar with the road. With the help of a friend, he managed to get me a taxi for three days two night at RM600, including visit to interesting places. En. Masdir was his name.
Basically Tenom is a very small town. It took me a mere 10 minutes to cover the whole town by foot.
This is a statue of a well known warrior, Ontoros Antanom.
The lifestyles of the people here are pretty laybacked.
The was the best hotel in town. I put a night there at only RM44 per night. Huge room, king-sized bed, hot shower, air-conditioned and TV were provided.
At night, the town was really quiet. This was the only place with human activities: the restaurants. At 9.00pm, the town is dead.
With nothing much to do, I tried their coffee at various shops.
Tenom is known for it's aromatic coffee. With majority of the farmers planting coffee, coffee powder production company can be found easily. But the famous coffee were from only two major company. This was one of them.
To get fresh and good quality powder, my taxi driver took me to a factory. Vast choice of coffee powder were available. Since many friends and colleagues texted me to get them Tenom coffee, i bought a box full of coffee. The tauke was grinning from ear to ear.
Strangely, a small and plain looking berry like these are capable of making people crazy world wide. A sniff of these aromatic drinks would drive a person to heaven, literally.
I was told that Tenom is also known for the white water rafting activities. Too bad that I could only spend a night there. I headed to Keningau the next day.