31 May 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - Philippines Market is a Seafood Heaven


Visiting Kota Kinabalu means you are visiting the seafood heaven territory. The easiest and nearest place to have overload of seafood is at Philippines Market, just beside the waterfront and across the Le Meridean Hotel.

Might be some local did not recommend this place, as most probably the seller ask for ridiculous expensive price.





I am very wonder, is the price are really expensive? I try to survey the price from one restaurant to one restaurant.

Most of the price is affordable. You can haggle the price too.

You can watch the video how I ask the price for each seafood.

RM 15 - Roasted Squids

RM 10 Fried Squid

RM 10 Butter Prawn

29 May 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - Nasi Katok dan Ayam Madu Panggang

 
 Have you try to taste "Nasi Katok" or "Knock Rice"?

Nasi Katok is a Brunei signature dish. At first I really do not have any idea what is Nasi Katok. Nasi Katok is very simple dish, plain rice+fried chicken+sambal.


They served you hot fried chicken which makes the taste is amazing. The most special for this dish is its "Sambal"

I try Nasi Katok at Warisan Sri Rasa Cafe. It is located at the Asia City Complex and opened at night only. If you go at night, there are a few of stall you can choose.



The history of Nasi Katok was started in Brunei. Once upon a time, there was someone selling the Fried Chicken+Plain Rice from house to house. So, at everyhouse, they will knock the door as they sell the rice. That is why the rice call "Katok" or in english "Knock".

Beside Nasi Katok, you can't resist the smell of honey roasted chicken wing they sell beside the "Nasi Katok" Cafe. Just buy some and enjoy at your table. I am sure it is non-stoppable.





Direction: 
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The best apps to use while in KK City is Foursquare. You can get the Nasi Katok direction from the apps + Google Maps if you want to walk

Address: 
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Nasi Katok,
Kompleks Asia City
near Restoran Sri Keningau
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 88000

28 May 2016

Welcome to Kuching, inaugural Hong Kong Airlines!


Today is the special day for Kuching International Airport as we receiving Hong Kong Airlines inaugural flight. Hong Kong Airlines' inaugural flight to Kuching was given a welcome boost of water supply as soon arrive to the aircraft parking at the Kuching International Airport at 5:30 this morning .


The historic flight , which took three hours , 30 minutes , leaving the Hong Kong International Airport at 1.55 am, while the return flight would leave at 6.20am and arrive in Hong Kong at 9.55 am.
  
Source: FB Sarawak Travel, Malaysia, Borneo

 Arrival passengers and crew were welcomed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism , who is also chief executive officer of Sarawak Tourism Board , Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and General Manager ( marketing ) Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad , Mohamed Sallauddin Mat Sah .

Beginning today , Hong Kong Airlines to fly to Kuching twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 


The flight schedule for Kuching route is as follows (*All Times Local):

Flight no.*
Route
Departure/
Arrival time*
Frequency
HX715
Hong Kong to Kuching
01:55/05:30
Every Wednesday and Saturday
HX716
Kuching to Hong Kong
06:20/09:55
Every Wednesday and Saturday

* Flight number and schedule may change without prior notice.

Source: FB Malaysia Airport

About Hong Kong Airlines
=====================

Established in 2006, Hong Kong Airlines is a full-service airline firmly rooted in Hong Kong with a wide destination network covering over 30 major cities across the Asia Pacific region, including Gold Coast, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Sapporo, Bangkok, Bali and Okinawa. The current operating fleet is made up of 30 Airbus aircraft with an average age of around 3.5 years, consisting of 25 passenger aircraft and five freighters, being one of the youngest fleet in the world. Hong Kong Airlines has been awarded the internationally acclaimed 4-star rating from Skytrax since 2011. Adhering to the concept of “Fresh and Very Hong Kong”, Hong Kong Airlines is committed to “Bringing Greater Journeys Sky High”, and is dedicated to providing a pleasant and enjoyable journey to all passengers.

For more information, please visit:

Official website                  : www.hkairlines.com
Facebook                            : www.facebook.com/hkairlines
Sina Weibo                         : weibo.com/hongkongairlines
WeChat and Instagram ID  : hkairlines
LinkedIn                             : www.linkedin.com/company/hong-kong-airlines

27 May 2016

Monsopiad Heritage Village - Where the Legend Begins

 
Monsopiad village is located about 15KM from Kota Kinabalu . Monsopiad village is a contribution to the private sector towards the development of tourism in Sabah . The village entrepreneurs are working hard to make this place as one of the destinations of Tourism delegation to - tourists, especially from abroad  to visit the state especially in the town of Kota Kinabalu .

More than just a Museum, the concept of the Monsopiad Heritage Village is to document, revive and preserve the cultures and traditions, as well as the beliefs of the Kadazandusun people.

Monsopiad Heritage Village is a traditional village with historical site in the heartland of the Kadazandusun people and it is the only cultural village in Sabah built to commemorates the life and time of the legendary Kadazan and head-hunter warrior "Monsopiad". The direct descendants of Monsopiad, his 6th and 7th generations have build the village on the very land where Monsopiad lived and roamed some three centuries ago to remember their forefather, and to give you an extraordinary insight into their ancient and rich culture.

Located in Kampung Kuai Kandazon in Penampang District , the village is trying to perpetuate the old story about a Kesatrian Kadazan Bernama Monsopiad as a major attraction in Kampung Kuai Kandazon Penampang .

Entrance Counter. Fee, RM80 for Mycard Holder
You will have your own guide.

History
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Approximately 300 years ago, people in the village Kadazandusun Kuai Kandazon, Penampang live in longhouses. Moyog River is the only main road heading towards Petagas relations and towards donggongon. They use the river as a major way to take forest produce and sell and purchase goods between them `barter trade '. 

Within the Monsopiad Heritage Village lies the  "Gintutun do Mohoing", a monolith stone erected long ago, is a silent witness to many legends of Monsopiad. Within it, is believed to dwell spirits from the past. Today, many people visit the stone for luck.

If you do not catch a boat or raft, they walk through the forest to the place of destination. At that time, the village is frequented by pirates. The robbers stole their crops and livestock. This situation is a threat to the residents there. They are constantly in fear and did not dare walk alone into the woods and do their farming. 

Here they make variety of traditional brew, many of which are home-made using age-old methods. Sample the 'rice wine' and 'talak' at Monsopiad Heritage Village. Learn unique methods of brewing these local beverages, often used in traditional recipes as well.

Starting from the incident, a man named Monsopiad killed and decapitated heads of pirates and display it as a warning to other pirates not to come to their village. Monsopiad managed to chop off 42 head of man over history includes challengers Monsopiad living in Penampang. Said Monsopiad has carved a cross for each successful pirates beheaded on a stone. This stone is eventually used as tombstones Monsopiad after he died.

Born of Monsopiad
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History begins when Kizabon birth to a son that is a result of her marriage to her husband Dunggou. They lived in a longhouse in Kampung Kuai Kandazon, Penampang since 300 years ago. The events began when Kizabon and Dunggou hear a `Bugang 'above the roofs of their houses when Kizabon am childbirth. Dunggou considers it very special event and he climbed the roof of the longhouse. 


The existing house in which the skulls are kept are more popularly known as the "House of Skulls" and in itself is already a prominent tourist attractions since 1979 and is widely mentioned in tourist brochures and travel guides.


There he saw a nest Bugang. In the nest, there are also Bugang egg hatch. But Bugang not be there again. Leaving only shards of eggshell. Dunggou regard the incident as a good omen and believe that son that is born is the son of the mighty. Dunggou then pick up the pieces and dip the egg into her bath. These things are always done by Dunggou until their children grow up. Dunggou named his son as Monsopiad.

Monsopiad been taught martial arts
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As an adult , Monsopiad taught by his grandfather in martial arts . Monsopiad said to be a handsome and smart and long hair . The height is moderate . His good looks and physique Monsopiad cause many girls like to marry him . Monsopiad also always practice using a sword given by his grandfather . Besides practicing with swords, Monsopiad like to jump rivers and ditches . This jump was said to be very unusual .

Many visitor around the world and some are from College/University Students doing a research about the Kadazandusun indigenous ethnic visited often and arranging an interview with our Bobohizan to tell about the history of the village.

Suspension bridge hanging on steel cables at the Monsopiad Heritage Village, crossing the narrow Moyog River. This one wobbles at lot and is quite fun to walk across.

Death of Monsopiad
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One night, while asleep Monsopiad as drunk drinking rice wine at his home, Monsopiad was attacked by a group of strangers who want to kill Monsopiad with a machete. Attackers failed to kill Monsopiad because Monsopiad said to be immune. That night, Monsopiad beat some attackers using only his fists. However, of the assault, Monsopiad have pounded the walls of houses made of bamboo because the attacker managed to avoid. 

Fire making using bamboo demonstration



This causes Monsopiad hand injured by bamboo. Seeing the situation, Monsopiad jumping on the roof of the house and then fled and hid in the woods. After the incident, Monsopiad suffer pain and hurt that can not be cured. Monsopiad finally died and was buried on the hill in the village of Kuai Kandazon, Penampang by villagers. Stone carved by Monsopiad is then placed over the graves Monsopiad. These graves are still visible until now.

Be mesmerized by the beauty bird like dance of the "Sumazau"  and other traditional dance of Sabahan Tribe daily.




Watch the cultural performance

Getting There
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Take the No.13 bus to Donggongon town in Penampang from the bus stations in front of City Hall or Wawasan Plaza in KK City. Fare is RM1.50. At Donggongon, board a minibus bound for Terawi and indicate your stop to the driver. Fare is RM1.00. You can also use any taxi to get there for RM35.00. Or contact the Village for shuttle services.
Other Info
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CULTURAL SHOWTIME: 10am/12pm/2pm/4pm
OPERATIONAL HOURS: 9am - 5pm (Monday - Sunday)

ENTRANCE FEES;
STANDARD PACKAGE
(Inclusive of cultural show and guided tour)

ADULT
Malaysia: RM45
Non-Malaysia: RM55

CHILDREN (7yrs - 12yrs)
Malaysia: RM25
Non-Malaysia: RM25

OPTIONAL PACKAGE
(Inclusive of cultural show OR guided tour)

ADULT
Malaysia: RM35
Non-Malaysia: RM45

CHILDREN  (7yrs - 12yrs)
Malaysia: RM15
Non-Malaysia: RM20

WALKABOUT PACKAGE
ADULT
Malaysia: RM20
Non-Malaysia: RM30

CHILDREN  (7yrs - 12yrs)
Malaysia: RM10
Non-Malaysia: RM15

25 May 2016

Hotel Review - Kota Kinabalu - Chaya Hotel Tanjung Aru


Chaya Hotel is located at Tanjung Aru. It is a new hotel around Tanjung Aru. When you google up about this hotel, most of it mention about their Infinity Pool and the sunset view from the pool.

C’haya Hotel is beautiful property located just a 5-minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport. Welcoming guests with an in-house restaurant and a rooftop bar, the hotel also provides free Wi-Fi access at all areas.


This modern building is conveniently placed just a 15-minute walk from Tanjung Aru Beach. Perdana Park is only a 10-minute walk away and the lively KK Town is a 20-minute drive away.

Elegantly fitted with hardwood floors and wooden furnishings, all the rooms at C’haya Hotel include a flat-screen TV with international channels, including Chinese & English channels, and tea/coffee making facilities. Attached bathrooms come with a bidet, slippers and free bath amenities.

 My stay details
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Superior Twin Room
RM165
No Breakfast
Booking through Booking.com

 


What I Love about this hotel
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1. Spacious parking lot
2. Far from the town, which is good. Safe and peaceful.
3. Amazing infinity pool


4. Breathtaking sunset view from the infinity pool



5. Near to the airport
6. Free shuttle service from/to the airport
7. They contacted you 1 day before arrival to confirm whether you want free pick-up service from airport
8. Consider affordable and cheap.
9. No Breakfast
10. Spacious room. I love the sofa at the window.
11. Free Wifi, signal quite strong in the room




What I Hate about this hotel
=====================

1. Not really friendly receptionist. Might because I am Malaysian, as I rented motorcycle, I brought a helmet. So its seem I am a stranger and did not have enough money to stay in this hotel. 
2. I read about welcome drinks offered. But not me. Who want to offer the guy with his backpack holding a helmet anyway?
3. I am quite surprised with the room toilet bowl. It was black dirty.


4. As I am "GENIUS" member of booking.com, one of my benefits to check-out late. Unfortunately, when I asked about this, the reception quite rude to told me I can't check out late as per benefit. When I asked why, they didn't mention and told me the room was taken. While I wait at the lobby for my airport shuttle bus, I saw quite number of western family check out late. Well, they are white and I am brown, of course they accept the request from the westerner. What a joke.
5. The infinity pool should be close at 7pm. When I went to pool around 6.30pm, it was already closed.


About this hotel
============
Name: Chaya Hotel, Kota Kinabalu
Star: 3 stars
Address: Jalan Tanjung Aru, Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Contact: +60 88-211 858

 

23 May 2016

Where to Eat? - Kota Kinabalu - Spicy Chicken Rice at Peppermint Vietnam

 

I was hungry and did not know where to have lunch. So I opened my mobile apps Foursquare to find affordable and interesting restaurant. This was when the Peppermint Vietnam came out.

Peppermint Vietnam has many branches around the city, and they have mix review about their restaurant. I just gave a try.


Once you enter the restaurant, you can see HALAL certificate hang on the wall near the counter. Most of the workers using hijab. 

I look into the menu, wow, of course there are so many Vietnam signature dishes such as PHO Vietnam Beef Noodle. So if you really miss Vietnam food, you can go here, plus the price is reasonable not like Halal Restaurant around Saigon, which is so expensive.


As I was very hungry, I did not plan to eat noodle. So I ordered the Spicy Chicken Rice instead along the Soya Cincau as my drink. For your info, Spicy Chicken Rice here is one of the signature dish. It cost only RM6.50.

The taste? I thought there was no extraordinary compare to other Chicken Rice. The taste is good and nothing so special about the dish.


And I think I should try another dish next time!

Location: Just your "Foursquare" to find the branch around the city, and WAZE if you want to drive or Google Maps if you want to walk.