the MH meal, chicken bryani,fruit cake,cadbury,coke,spritzer
Sabah own newspaper
I never went to KK ever before, few things that ring the bells about KK in my mine before i leave to KK would be, cheap and fresh seafood, cute guys, filipinos, dodgy city.This actually was a really impromptu trip. i cant really disclose details on it, i just pack few clothes, toiletries, a book and a netbook(which i regret bringing it cause i didn't have time to switch it on during the trip)
Well im not quite sure what to expect when i reach there since i took Malaysia Airlines red eye flight last thursday. Sampai2 dah kul 1 camne? lol, luckily the friendly people at the airport guide me till i found my aiport cab, with the fare of RM75(midnight fare maybe) i reach 1Borneo. For future travellers outthere to make it easy to understand let me note it down for you in topics.
Transportation in KK
Shuttle bus schedule
Yeah i did some goggling prior to my trip so i discover that there is a FREE shuttle bus service to and from 1Borneo(Suburban area) to Warisan Square(Town City), which really save alot of money! you just need to register before your board the bus and the bus schedule is in 1 hour gap from 9am - 10pm. convenient right?
Then when it comes to going to area which is not covered by the bus i walked, i hail a proper cab and i hitch and ride. I know its not safe to hitch and ride, but i guess im blessed and people in KK are super friendly. The way to do it, you point direction, put on a helpless face on and pick your ride when the car stopped near you. Then you tell them your direction and ask if they can take you to the place "tumpang" or you tips them(i tips max RM10 according to the distance im going). If its reasonably safe and cheap then you hop in the car and make small talk with your new friend.lol. i save alot this way!
Eating out in KK
at Anjung senja
must try : coconut drinks at the seafood market, RM2.50 only
lunch by the jetty. oregano cafe.
surprisingly, theres padang food also in KK!
KFC, Mcdonalds are available too of course.
i dont really eat, tell you the truth i just had maximum 2 meals a day, 1 heavy and 1 light snacks(night time) then i drink 100 plus,teh ais or starbucks. always put a choc bar in your purse just in case you get hungry. I went to the anjung, the seafood spot in Likas, then the rest i settle my craving for mcdonalds,kopitiam and other stuff. On day 1 i had lunch by the KK jetty at Oregano spent time there relaxing on the cafes there. But seafood is cheap there!
Shopping in KK
this is at saltfish market, i believe thats sea cucumber.
never been so excited to visit a fish market like the one in KK!
this is not hermit the frog. hehehe
Starbucks is available here in 1borneo also in warisan square.
pearls for the elder sisters and aunties. cheap.
i just shopped for souvenirs, as i know all other stuff at shopping malls is higher than the usual price in peninsular malaysia. But since you in KK, do check out their shopping malls from the high end like Suria Sabah(equivalent to Pavillion KL) or 1Borneo(equivalent to Midvalley) or Warisan Square(equivalent Central Market) or to the local shopping centres like Central point(equivalent to Sungei Wang Plaza KL) . Other shopping spots are like the Filipino market where you can find handycrafts, and fresh seafood market where you may see alots of variety of sea creatures on sales with affordable price. Then you might wanna check out the salted fish market, and pasar besar kota kinabalu and check out whats on sales there.
Sightseeing & Entertainment in KK
There are lots of things to do and places to go for photography, SPA,Karaokes, wine and bars, clubbing, indie gig(cowboy bar at star city) or if you want to see movies suria sabah & 1borneo is the only malls evailable with cinemas.There are bboys spot nearby the jetty where they hangouts and show off their skills and also grafitti spot nearby Jesselpoint(which i missed! due to limited time!)
Travel Safety in KK
In general it is safe to travel anywhere else in the world as long as you respect their local terms and norms. Dress appropriately not too revealing(hello, this is asia!), be friendly and show respects to the local people, then you are safe and people will help you. Despite the reminders i found the people here are super nice,friendly and helpful! they waves and smile at me and i smiles back, i wave back to people who waves and smile, and i was surprised even the street boys who loafing around the city are friendly too. unlike some other places in peninsular, Sabah boys doesnt do the lip squirting sound, they smile and come to you and will ask your name"siapa nama kau" then the conversation will be on and on. I walk through and discover the town from the high end malls of 1borneo,suria sabah till the local spot like star city and citypoint where the local people shops, went to the bar and local gig and come back in one piece :)
My Manukan Trip
you have to register yourself here at manukan guest centre and pay RM3
not my boatride!
true enough, like my friend said, they race their ride back to jesselton point jetty! it was fun!
At first i wanna go to Pulau Gaya to see the local community spot there,but a local lady suggest me to go to Manukan island since it is not safe with no boys around. I decided to went to Manukan island, i took the boat trip from the Jesselpoint jetty pay the return boat fare of RM17 + RM3 insurance. with total of RM20 i then off to Manukan at 12pm. Reach there before 1pm, the boat ride took me less than 30 minutes. Then im off discovering the island andits local people which are staff who lived there because they work at the resort.
Manukan Island is the 2nd largest island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Sea park. There are others island like Sapi, Gaya,Mamutik & Sulug. But since time is limited, i head off to Manukan, Said to be the worthy ones(esp if you come with family since it has the facilities and resort there)
Manuka is a well maintained island, upon your arrival, you will have to register at the island centre and pay island entrance fee of RM3. The minute your arrive you will definitely see the fishes swimming by the jetty and snorkeling people swimming around. The island have the sandy beach spot as well as rocky beach. So pick your spot and have fun!
By 5, my boat which is the last daily boat trip KK arrived. So i left Manukan with a promise to come back again next time :)
i did dropby at jom heboh,its the first time ive ever been to jom heboh. cant believe i went to jom heboh KK of all its many stopover. Anyway yeah i did some recce and observation on whats and whos the latest and hippest,esp on the booth setup and decorations and of course the MCs on duty.
Army of Friends
So i just know that in KK, there's a small indie community who actively host gigs at cowboy bar,asia city, under the movement of 'Army of Friends'. By accident, i read twit from unopopshuvit saying that the boys are currently at cowboy bar, KK at that time i was at Jom Heboh site(imagine me at Jom Heboh site which is so not me!). so after doing some booth setup recce there, i quickly make my way to KK town. However when i reach there, it was towards the end, but i manage to see two bands The Caulfield Cult(Singapore band-alternative punk i think) and local band known as Eyes full of insects(metal hardcore). It was a small venue with friendly atmosphere. Then quickly after the gig end i have to rush to the shuttle point for my pickup to hotel. Anyway their had a team of crew for everything including an indie PR/online media arm to support their activity, they are known as quick reverb.
see ya again KK
note to firefly travellers : they do not accept frozen seafood box as baggage. they just allow a small frozen box perhaps 2kg? on board as hand carry item only.
nasi goreng with satay.bolehlah~
i went back to KL on monday afternoon with firefly, just trying out the new Firefly 737-800. The flight was smooth. I promised that i will come again to KK cause there are still alot more to discover! :)