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Kota Kinabalu, a Sleeping Beauty of Its Own.

Updated on July 22, 2019
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A grayin' old retired mom of two lovely daughters trying to enjoy life and see places not too costly. It's the memories that matters.

Kota Kinabalu at its best.

This is often referred or known as the famous floating mosque or the blue mosque. Lovely angles of this beautiful mosque can be taken depending on the lighting and hues of the sky.
This is often referred or known as the famous floating mosque or the blue mosque. Lovely angles of this beautiful mosque can be taken depending on the lighting and hues of the sky.
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with all due respect, visitors need to wear proper clothes that can be rented at the entrance before entering the holy mosque
with all due respect, visitors need to wear proper clothes that can be rented at the entrance before entering the holy mosque
Welcome to Ghaya Market
Welcome to Ghaya Market
looking for some nice buys and souvenirs
looking for some nice buys and souvenirs
handcrafted bracelets
handcrafted bracelets
handmade souvenir pens and key chains
handmade souvenir pens and key chains
handmade leather coin purses and wallets
handmade leather coin purses and wallets
fresh fruits and fruit shakes
fresh fruits and fruit shakes
Local fruits from the sunday market in Ghaya
Local fruits from the sunday market in Ghaya
local sweet delicacies
local sweet delicacies
Dried fish can be found here just like we have in Philippines
Dried fish can be found here just like we have in Philippines
some kind of an ice cream at the local market
some kind of an ice cream at the local market
Durian sweets and tea, one of Malay's well-loved favourites
Durian sweets and tea, one of Malay's well-loved favourites
lovely indoor bonsai cactus plants
lovely indoor bonsai cactus plants
Lovely flowers on a sunday
Lovely flowers on a sunday
let's go island hopping...
let's go island hopping...
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One of the many lovely islands in Kota Kinabalu
One of the many lovely islands in Kota Kinabalu
My lovely daughter with all smiles...
My lovely daughter with all smiles...
milky white sand scrubbed all over
milky white sand scrubbed all over
basking under the beautiful morning sun
basking under the beautiful morning sun
clear blue skies and waters along fine white sands of the island...bliss!
clear blue skies and waters along fine white sands of the island...bliss!
Food...
Food...
more food...
more food...
fresh bounty of the sea...
fresh bounty of the sea...
Bbq here and there...
Bbq here and there...
Grilled fish...
Grilled fish...
local sweet for dessert
local sweet for dessert
Requested to cook these delicious steamed fish in butter and lemon sauce, and this yummy spicy squid in fresh tomatoes..
Requested to cook these delicious steamed fish in butter and lemon sauce, and this yummy spicy squid in fresh tomatoes..
Arabic food, the malay way
Arabic food, the malay way
Welcome to Sabah Muzeum
Welcome to Sabah Muzeum
watching sabah's history
watching sabah's history
Tried to catch the sunset at Tanjung Aru beach side but was late
Tried to catch the sunset at Tanjung Aru beach side but was late
Home away from home, a good place to stay here at Escape Backpackers Hostel KK
Home away from home, a good place to stay here at Escape Backpackers Hostel KK
My kind of morning...
My kind of morning...
A homey view with real home-style breakfast for every guest in Escape Backpackers Hostel KK
A homey view with real home-style breakfast for every guest in Escape Backpackers Hostel KK
Fruits for morning breakfast
Fruits for morning breakfast
Beaufort Train Station
Beaufort Train Station
one way ticket to ride...
one way ticket to ride...
Striking a pose at Sabah's local train
Striking a pose at Sabah's local train
Me and daughter hopping on to see their century-old train here in KK
Me and daughter hopping on to see their century-old train here in KK
exploring the century old train of Sabah...
exploring the century old train of Sabah...
enjoy the ride....chooo...chooo train!
enjoy the ride....chooo...chooo train!
hungry tummies after a long busy day exploring the city
hungry tummies after a long busy day exploring the city
And yes, they have modern malls too
And yes, they have modern malls too
Oishi Hokkaido Egg Tarts, oishi ne!!!
Oishi Hokkaido Egg Tarts, oishi ne!!!
lunch out at the shopping mall
lunch out at the shopping mall
eyeing for some marvel characters shop
eyeing for some marvel characters shop
Thank you Kota Kinabalu...it was a pleasure having visited you.
Thank you Kota Kinabalu...it was a pleasure having visited you.

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.

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    • angela martinez67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Martinez 

      24 months ago from Cavite, Philippines

      Thanks Tess. If your planning to visit Asia, then Kota Kinabalu is a good choice. From here you can hop on many other interesting islands or hike up their famous Mt. Kinabalu, a mountain located at the West Coast Division of Sabah, Malaysia. It is protected as Kinabalu Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the highest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range and is the highest mountain in the Malay Archipelago as well as the highest mountain in Malaysia (as wikipedia says). Oh, and yes...please do try visit the lovely islands and beaches of Philippines too when you get more time. Cheers!

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      Tess 

      2 years ago from Hawaii

      Excellent article. This place looks spectacular. I'll add it to my bucket list.

    • angela martinez67 profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Martinez 

      2 years ago from Cavite, Philippines

      Hello Liz...much appreciated you dropping by and appreciating my simple story and pics simply taken from my not so high-tech smart phone. I hope you guys may consider visiting this piece of tiny pearl in this big wide world of real interesting, lovely but expensive to-do or to-go places. Cheers!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      You have added great photos to this article. They really bring it to life.

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