Kota Kinabalu, a Sleeping Beauty of Its Own.
Kota Kinabalu at its best.
Mother and daughter explores KK...
It's been a while since my daughter had joined me for vacation out of the country.
Last time i remember was our trip in Fukuoka with my mom then, back in 2014. So with my daughter Sarah's prodding that it was her last chance to travel before getting herself busy with her final year in med school, i finally said okay, we'll go to KK! It's a place so near to Philippines but never really crossed or even itch to have a peak. But lo and behold! We were quite surprised and amazed how this li'l place called Kota Kinabalu came out like a hidden pearl inside a shell.
First of all. It was just a little over an hour by flight to KK. Ticket was cheap that i was overly happy to have saved a lot just for the ticket. If i remember right, Cebu Pacific had a promo and i was able to buy our tickets for only over a hundred dollar, already for the two of us. And this was in November 2018.
Secondly, i was lucky to have chosen via booking.com this lovely hostel called Escape Backpackers KK for our one week stay, at a price unimaginably cheap and with a very kind host/owner and staff. Hostel fees i paid for two would have just been our cost for two-three days stay in Singapore or Japan. And aside from its very cheap rate, they have the best home-cooked breakfast every morning, in fact a full breakfast that is either fried rice. fried chicken or chowmein, eggs or pancakes, fresh bread with jam, peanut butter, brewed coffee, fresh milk and orange juice for FREE. Ooppps! And this is just the start.
Kota Kinabalu is a small place where islands, beach and mountains almost comes hand in hand, so it is your choice which way to go. Up over the famous Mt. Kinabalu for some hiking and trekking. Or go over the jetty and visit the many small islands that offers beauty and respite from our usual busy days of city life. Then roam the famous busy streets for local taste of food and all other stuffs this city has to offer. Beautiful mosques and historical museums are just a grab car away or if legs can keep a slow but sure pace of threadmill, then walk briskly through the nice, clean and peaceful streets of KK, go ahead and make your rounds around while you take snap pictures here and there.
As for me and Sarah...we took a lazy stride over the days, nothing to hurry as we had enough time to enjoy and savour our days with DIY itinerary that suited us more than we expected.
Selamat datang Kota Kinabalu.