05: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Kinabalu Old & New

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Day 3, and as we drive along Likas Bay, the weather shows no sign of letting up.
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The seafront has been done quite nicely, and there are places where you can comfortably enjoy your tea while admiring the scenic bay.
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Picnic spots litter the place, while the gleaming rocket-like Tun Mustapha Tower, named after Sabah’s most colourful ruler (1967-75), stands guard.
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Completed in 1977, this 30-storey cylinder is originally known as the Sabah Foundation Building. There’s a truly pricey revolving eatery on the 18th floor, so we’ll pass, thanks.
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Ain’t that the nozzle of a rocket engine? 😀
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Not far from the modern tower, a water village stands. Looks charming from afar …
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… but come closer, and you see decrepit houses above open sewer.
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Yes, the water does stink. I wonder how those folks live.
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The water in this lagoon is virtually stagnant. There is opening to the sea but I think it’s not wide enough, and the tide is also not strong enough to flush the stale, pungent, rubbish-strewn water.
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And all this mess is sandwiched between the futuristic Tun Mustapha Tower and the beautiful City Mosque described in the previous instalment. What a pity. 🙁
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After a hearty lunch at a friend’s house in Bundusan, Penampang, we pay the State Museum a visit.
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Unfortuntely no photography is allowed inside the museum proper, which is a big pity, since it houses an impressive display of the state’s rich culture and history. Would have made great publicity if I’m able to put photos here.
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So, just outside pics I have. Here, a traditional Bajau boat called lipau sapit, used for trading on the east coast.
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Next to the car park, there is a row of old vehicles on show, and suddenly my 72-year-old dad gets excited about this one.
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I’m clueless till he tells me that it’s the same bus which used to ply our Kelantan roads in the 1930s and 40s.
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He says when he was a small kid in a remote village, he thought he could out-race this bus on the road.
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Simple instrumentation for the driver.
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With a wooden body and wooden windows pushed open, passengers would sit at the sides and on a plank in the middle, with more hanging at the back, together with the conductor. Or so my dad tells me. I suspect this bus couldn’t go very fast.
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Across the museum’s car-park, there is an area where traditional dwellings are reconstructed. Looks very educational, so we pop in.
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Several long-houses of the peoples of Sabah are faithfully reconstructed.
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The tilting side of one of the long-houses.
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We decide to try out the Murut long-house.
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Aina gingerly climbs up the stairs.
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Feels spacious and airy, raised platform on one side, and individual rooms on the other.
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Inside one of the rooms, meant for one family. Sleeping platform and kitchen corner.
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A backgounder on the place. Please click image for a better read.
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Then I notice a depressed portion of the floor. I warily step on to it …
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… and yes, it’s a trampoline, or a lansaran to be more accurate! So we have a bit of wholesome Murutic traditional fun before departing. A visitor to KK must visit this museum. Thoroughly recommended. 🙂
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A couple of hours to kill before our flight back to KL, so we take a look at Sutera Harbour, with Tg Aru in the background. Reclaimed land, this.
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So late in the day and kids are still having a bit of fun.
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At last, we get to Terminal 2 of KK International. Built at breakneck speed to catch the start of Visit Malaysia Year 2007.
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It looks pretty impressive.
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But it does not look like an LCC terminal, though it’s serving AirAsia.
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Good ambience.
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A long row of check-in counters.
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More seats would be most welcomed.
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We wait for our on-time departure with AK5115 (reg. 9M-AFC, the ManUtd Airbus A320), while this family decide to have a round of Scrabble or two.
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We land at KUL 15min ahead of schedule, and are soon home by 11.30pm. It has been another memorable trip to Sabah, made more so by the Ranau-Tambunan drive! And yes, the state deserves better roads.


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