Monday, August 9, 2010

Fascinating Kota Kinabalu

I went to Kota Kinabalu (KK) last year and spent three days there. Since KK got so much to offer, three days was not enough. This year, I extended it to four days. I stayed in Tang Dynasty Hotel for the first two days, working on day time, and stroll along KK waterfront at night (Awesome!) and two days at my dear friends Dr. Shah and Beruang Madu's place.

I spent two hours at the Water Front on the first evening and found it fascinating, and went there again on the next evening.

The view from the Water Front was breathtaking, and very relaxing. I could sit there for hours, meditating while breath in the ocean air. Observing the locals was fun. Naive children picking up 'treasures' on the beach. Cheerful boy sitting at the tip end of the boat while the father maneuver the boat.  A stocky father embracing his sweet daughter while she touches her father's face. We just can't find those moments if we walk by hurriedly.
Strolling in the wet market behind the Philippine Market had made me realised that there're tons of new things yet to be registered in my mind. The seafood was excitingly cheap here. 
"Dua ringgit! Dua ringgit! Dua ringgit!" the sellers chanted, informing the buyers that the fishes were only two ringgit per kilogram. Gossh.... if only they can offer such price in KL. 

The fishes were all very fresh. The they were still in their vibrant colours. We can't get those in KL. 
O, wait, this was something new to me. The spanner crab as the locals called them, were like the alien found in the movie. I was told their flesh's texture and taste were somewhat between that of the prawn and crab. But beware, the price could burst the veins of your heart. 
Barbecued or grilled seafood were plentiful. Be reminded to ask for the price before you take them. Barbecued chicken wings were tasty! I had four as appetizer before I went for my sumptuous dinner :-P
Goshhh!!! They got wild durians!! The flesh were vibrant red or striking orange. I used to have them when i was very, very, very young. Hard to find them now a days. The red flesh one tasted bitter, while the orange one tasted rather sweet. Both with pungent smell.

Best of all, i met my long-time-ago's lab mate Miss Evenni. We last met in 1996. We had dinner at one of the famous tourist-infested restaurant while mesmerizing the good old days when we were, errr, young :-P
Yah, KK is fascinating. 

Coming up, exciting activities at the outskirts of KK and nearby. 


Boy said...

hmm would like to go someday..

Beruang Madu said...

Hi Josh... how is Sandakan?? Waaa kat mana mana ada itu spanner crab kan... sekarang musim betul kat sini

Josh said...

[Boy] You'll have your chance for sure. It's a nice place.

[Beruang Madu] Hi bang. Sandakan was nice, tapi Josh stay kejap jer. Should have stayed longer. Josh suka sangat Rainforest Discovery Centre tu. And all the nearby Islands. Seafood memang best!!

:: NbC :: said...

Hi Josh,

wah, nampak fresh the new look of the blog.

spanner crab sound interesting to me, did u try..?

cant wait for my January trip :-)

Josh said...

[Pinky] A'ah, Josh tukar design masa kat KK, atas tegur nasihat Abg Bear.
O spanner crab tu, err... err... It's rather expensive and i don't think it worth to try :-P More then RM100 per kg for the live one, and yg kat pasar tu (mati) was about RM70 per kg. Tu pun tak pasti fresh ker tak.

Cath J said...

wow.. weird looking crab yet looks delicious too.. hahahhaha

Josh said...

[CJ] it's too expensive for me. Maybe you should bring your 'rich hubby' there and ask him to belanja u. hahahaha