Saturday, 18 December 2010

Firefly Ticket Giveaway - Kota Kinabalu , Sabah

I'm a Malaysian from Malaysia . I born in KL , Malaysia , but i haven't even travel finish the whole Malaysia . I wanted to travel the whole Malaysia . Courtesy of Firefly and ShannonChow , i got chance join this Firefly Ticket Giveaway Contest  to win a pair of air ticket to Kota Kinabalu ,Sabah , or Kuching , Sarawak . I choose Kota Kinabalu , Sabah , because i had ben to Kuching , Sarawak . After all , Kota Kinabalu , Sabah is also part of Malaysia . I had been to Kuching , Sarawak . Kuching , Sarawak is fun and awesome . The places , food and everything in Kuching is nice . I believe Kota Kinabalu , Sabah will be more fun and nicer ! I really want to go to Kota Kinabalu , Sabah .

You can take 2 hour and 45 minute Fireflyz  flight everyday from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (KUL) to Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) (BKI) .



You will also get some free snack and drink during the flight .


And when you go there by plane, you will get to see nice scenery like this through the aeroplane window , 




The airport is 7km away from the city . So after you reach Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) , there are few ways for you to get to the city . The first way is  to catch a shuttle bus that leave every 1 hour and the shuttle bus will drop you at  the Wawasan Center south of downtown Kota Kinabalu . You can also catch a minibus along the mainroad away from the airport . Minibus No. 17 (KK-Putatan buses) will bring you to the city. Taxis are also available . You need to buy coupon . The standard rate from the airport to the city is RM30 (as of July 2010).

Now let me introduce you few place that you must go if you go Kota Kinabalu , Sabah . The first place you must go is Mount Kinabalu . Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range and is the 4th tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Indonesian Papua's Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora and Puncak Mandala. Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th tallest mountain in the world by topographic prominence.

The mountain and its surroundings are among the most important biological sites in the world, with over 4500 species of plant, 326 species of birds, and 100 mammalian species identified. Among this rich collection of wildlife are famous species such as the gigantic Rafflesia plants and the orangutan. Mount Kinabalu has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status.
The main peak of the mountain (Low's Peak) can be climbed quite easily by a person in peak physical condition. If not fit enough, though, the climb can be very hard despite there being no need for mountaineering equipment at any point on the main route. Other peaks along the massif, however, require rock climbing skills.
Climbers must be accompanied by accredited guides at all times due to national park regulations. There are two main starting points for the climb: the Timpohon Gate (located 5.5 km from Kinabalu Park Headquarters, at an altitude of 1866 m), and the Mesilau Nature Resort. The latter starting point is slightly higher in elevation, but crosses a ridge, adding about two kilometres to the ascent and making the total elevation gain slightly higher. The two trails meet about two kilometres before Laban Rata.
Accommodation is available inside the park or outside near the headquarters. From there, climbers proceed to the Timpohon gate at 1866 m (6,122 ft), either by minibus or by walking, and then walk to the Laban Rata Resthouse at 3,270 m (10,728 ft). Most people accomplish this part of the climb in 3 to 6 hours. Since there are no roads, the supplies for the Laban Rata Resthouse are carried by porters, who bring up to 30 kilograms of supplies on their backs. Hot food and beverages, hot showers and heated rooms are available at Laban Rata. The last 2 km (2600 ft), from the Laban Rata Resthouse at 3,270 m to Low's Peak (summit) at 4,095.2 m, takes between 2 and 4 hours. The last part of the climb is on naked granite rock.
Given the high altitude, some people may suffer from altitude sickness and should return immediately to the bottom of the mountain, as breathing and any further movement becomes increasingly difficult.
Mount Kinabalu 
The next place that i  going to introduce is Kota Kinabalu Esplanade .

The newly opened KK Esplanade invites visitors of all walks of life to come and enjoy it! Surrounded by famous landmarks such as the Hyatt Regency hotel, Cocoon bar, and Wisma Merdeka shopping complex, this esplanade is a perfect place to chill out and enjoy the atmosphere of KK city. Overlooking the sea, the esplanade also serves as a strategic place to catch a beautiful sunset after a long, hard day. Located at the heart of the city, this esplanade provides an alluringly unique backdrop for photography enthusiasts to hone their skills. In addition to the benches provided and the wooden platform overlooking the islands, you will be amused by the dolphin monument and the smaller statues of fishes decorating the esplanade.  

The next place i going to introduce to you all is Mari-mari Cultural Village .





The Mari Mari Cultural Village is situated amidst a remote forest setting in Kionsom, Inanam; 25 minutes away from the hustling and bustling city. Its surrounding atmosphere may faintly remind you of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’; in the Sabahan sense. The beauty of untapped nature is guaranteed to capture your eyes and heart as soon as you arrive at the village!

In the village, you will be introduced to various traditional homes of Sabahan ethnic communities—the Bajau, Lundayeh, Murut,Rungus and Dusun—which are built by descendants of the tribes which they represent.Your friendly excursion guide will also give thorough introductions to the houses, making it a highly educational experience.

Be prepared to teleport back to the times of ancient Borneo through the display of unique ingenious architecture, simulated lives and ritualistic ceremonies. Also, get acquainted with each village tribe as you enter their homes and experience their rich culture.

For a more hands-on experience, check out the little huts in the village where daily routines of traditional Sabahan life come alive. Grab the chance to see blowpipe-making demonstration, fire-starting demonstration using bamboo, tattoo-making demonstration, and get an in-depth look at the mystical symbolisms behind them. Visitors will also get chance to sample Sabahan traditional delicacies from each ethnic group.
A visit to the Mari Mari Cultural Village will be a cultural excursion of a lifetime! See, taste and feel the essence of Sabah presented to you as it was and as it is.
Mari Mari!!

The next place i going to introduce to you all is Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.


The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park was officially open to the public on the 17th February 2007. It is located along the Penampang-Papar old road and is fully developed by the Sabah Wildlife Department.

The park consists of two components: zoological and botanical. The main objective of the park is to become a family-oriented park and the emphasis is put on the Children’s Zoo.

Among the inhabitants of the zoo (zoological component) are the Borneo Pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinoceros, Orang Utan, Proboscis monkey, Malayan tiger, as well as some different species of deer.

The botanical component, on the other hand; offers visitors the opportunity to go jungle trekking along the botanical trail. The paved trail is about 1.4 kilometers long. However, for leisurely strolls, visitors are only advised to walk halfway along the trail.

TariffsLok Kawi Wildlife Park is open for the public daily from 9.30a.m to 5.30p.m. Entrance fees charged are as follows: adults RM10 (Malaysian) and RM20 (non-Malaysian).

Getting ThereThe journey to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park takes 30 minutes to an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu, the estimated distance is 20 kilometers. For transportation, visitors can either drive or take a taxi from the city centre.

Taxi fare per way is RM25 to RM30. Please arrange with the taxi driver regarding the drop off and/ or return point.



Next , i'm going to introduce you some nice food at Kota Kinabalu . The first nice food at Kota Kinabalu is Damai Roti Kahwin .


This bread has revolutionized the fate of shoplots at Damai. The kopitiam, call Foo Yuen (富源), makes the most awesome bread in the world that it *melts* in your mouth the moment you put it in. I am having difficulty on how to put this into proper words, you have to try it yourself.
This restaurant has practically changed the face of the street, many new food businesses appeared to cope with the hungry crowds, shops around closed down and converted into restaurants, attracted many stalls too. Now the street is call “Wai-sek gai”. You say “Damai roti kahwin” to any KK folks, we will say “ahhhhhh yes yes yes, you’re very smart ha! let’s go yam cha”. This kopitiam is never empty.
The next food i going to introduce is Ngiu Chap (Beef Noodle) 牛雜面 .
Can you resist beef noodle with tasty thick broth? There are plenty of famous beef noodle around KK, and one of them is at Lintas 33 bread shop. You ask any KK fella “hey which ngiu chap best in KK?”, you might get 20 different replies.
The next food i going to introduce is Wan Wan Fish Noodle 旺旺餐廳 . 
This is another KK most famous restaurant — Wang Wang restaurant. This is one of my favourite restaurant I mentioned earlier above the post. Wang Wang restaurant serves the most expensive fish noodle at KK (based on my experience). However, they have a valid reason for charging premium price — they serve quality and high standard fish, and damn delicious one. You’ll happy to pay the premium price after your meal — trust me.
The noodle itself is a dish of its own. As you can see from the photo above, the noodle contains fried shallots, green onions and mince chicken. Qualify as a complete dish. The soup base — you have two main soup base to choose from, tom yam or normal one. Both taste absolutely awesome. I didn’t say that because I am promoting KK food, it’s true – you have to taste it to believe.
The next food i'm going to introduce is Tuaran Noodle 斗亞蘭面.
Tuaran noodle is a local delicacy. This noodle cannot be found anywhere on Earth but here. This noodle has that special taste that keeps you looking for more.
Long ago, this dish only can be found at further district call Tuaran (hence, the name of the noodle). However it’s too troublesome to drive 20km from central business district to eat this noodle. Eventually a few restaurant offer this dish around Kota Kinabalu area.
The last food i'm going to introduce to you is Pan Fried Dumplings 鍋貼.
Based on comment from www.ahbing.com , “This is only a pan-fried dumpling” anonymous says.

“NO, this is GUO TIE, the ultimate bestest-best-best-best food you can find at KK” Ah Bing reply arrogantly.
“Have you ever try eating a dumpling that meat juice burst out every time you bite?” Ah Bing added. “You will repeat the first sentence…”


There are a lot more nice food in Kota Kinabalu . It will take times for me to mention all . And if i mention all , this blog post will be longer . So , go there and try it out . You can easily ask the local there for introduction of nice and famous food .
So , i will stop at here . Faster go experience and enjoy yourself at Kota Kinabalu , Sabah ! I want to go to Kota Kinabalu , Sabah ! Mari-mari ! 
Till then , bye 




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