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Friday, September 16, 2011

Kota Kinabalu

I always have vacation trips with my girlfriends since Uni years. It started with Pangkor (2007), PD (2008), Redang (2009) and Perhentian (2010). We have this conversation on the last trip where one of them mention that I wont be joining their trip anymore since I'm going to get married the next year (2011). We were all arguing when I asked 'Why not??' and they all come out with answers that Hubby wont let me go or I wouldn't have the heart to leave him alone while having holiday with them or I am pregnant or already have kids.

But hey, 2011 comes and we have the vacation that we used to have and this time I bring Hubby along ^__^ Aren't they are so cool?! Hehe. Well, my Uni girlfriends is Hubby's friends also. So can scratch the awkward part. Lol.

This year we have it at The Land Beyond The Wind. Mane lagi, KK lah! Haha. It was a plan for CLIMBING KK but unfortunately everyone was super busy with work and none of us found available package for the date that we picked. It's either fully booked or couldn't to find a pack of four. Oh, we are all six person together this time (including Hubby) but another two person don't want to do climbing.

Anyway, I am now writing on the second day of the trip. Laju tak update? Haha. We went yesterday with AirAsia which the flight was scheduled at 12.10 noon but rescheduled at the very late notice which 4.25PM. We are all ready to check in our bags till the lady at the counter said it was resceduled. No SMS/email notification from AirAsia..until it was 12.15noon. Lambat betul!

Heading to LCCT with KLIA transit

So we spent the whole hours waiting at LCCT, having our meal and played cards. Arrived at KK around 8PM and straight away take cab that cost RM42 for five person. Unfortunately the cab only could stop at one place, so we choose my girlfriends area to drop.

Nak drop bag lah kononnyer

Oh, we stayed separately by the way. Hubby and I stay at Kampung Air and meanwhile the girls stays at Gaya. It's just 500m away. Reason? We plan our trip together but separately. Geddit? :P Haha. It's just a crash planning. Bought the same date for ticket but nothing major for planning. Sape nk buat ape, die buat sendiri. Aktiviti sendiri2. Bilik pon sendiri2 tp all the girls tak leh sendiri2 la plak book bilik kan, kang mahal lak nk blanje :P Real activity planning pun baru ade the day we arrived. Ha..tak ke betul2 crash vacation. The only thing we still make this happen is because all of us already bought the flight ticket. Haha.

Back to the story on the first day of arrival. After checked in, we all get our dinner and playing cards and at the same time looking at the brochures for the activity. The girls have their own plan and both Hubby and I have our own. Raja wants to dive on Friday leaving Shima and Hazirah do their own plan which are River Cruise while Hubby and I wants to spent time together at Manukan Island. Saturday we all back together for Kundasang trip. Sunday, the girls will go to Manukan while Hubby and I will go some city trip. Monday are yet to be confirmed.

Dinner and cards..as always

Today is Friday and as planned Hubby and I went to Manukan Island. Before that, we stayed at Impiana Mutiara on the first night but the room was in unacceptable condition. Room too small - Fine. Towel koyak - OK. No Hot shower - still OK. Bathroom water too slow and tiny - hmm..oookkkkaaayy. Bukak selimut atas katil and saw the bed was half covered. Cadar tu separuh je. Whaattt?? Slimut pun tak bersih. Aduyaii...malam tu tdo dengan berlapik towel. Hari Sabtu trus tukar hotel sebelah. Hotel Iskandar. Same price. Bigger room. Air shower pun laju tak kedekut macam sane. Eishh..bed pun a lot better. Service pun so friendly tau.

Ok. Back to Manukan Island. We just walk to Jesselton as it's just less than 1km from our place. We saw there's a package of RM170 per pax for Manukan and Sapi Island with lunch, snorkel equipment and return ticket. We think it's just too expensive so we just bought it separately. Return ticket RM17, snorkel equiment and life jacket is RM20. Baru RM27 per pax. We both didn't take lunch cause we already took heavy breakfast (Roti canai, Mee goreng and Hubby have his Nasi Putih lauk ayam goreng) We are full the whole day. We only bring mineral water to avoid dehydration. Jangan lupa juga sunscreen :P

Jesselton ticket hall

Heading to Manukan (gegar2 dalam bot)


It was less than half hour ride and the place was almost full with people. There are already 400 visitors by the time we arrived and it's just not yet 12! The place is quite nice actually but we found it's not as good as Redang. Yes, you can snorkel but nothing much to enjoy beneath. Fish hardly seen and it's better to see them at the jetty cause all the pretty fish is there but unfortunately the jetty is a restricted area. So we spent our time lazying near the beach, lying down beneath the tree while playing Cooking Dash. Haha. It a really relaxing time for us.

Solat jangan lupa ;) We rent the mat for RM3. They charge at RM5 if you dont bargain.

Happy face :))

We plan for kayaking but they charged RM75 per kayak which wayyyy to expensive. The price there is too much for us. One thing that I never knew that Malaysia offers sea walking here in Manukan! Macam cool gile tapi price mahal wehh..RM250 woooo! Dalam laut takde la cantik sangat kan but I bet it is one of the thing that you want to try but not for us, at least here in Manukan. Sea walking tempat lain ajelahh.

The boat only available until 5PM and you have to keep or at least remember who is the person bring you there or the name of the company that sells your ticket. Else, no boat will bring you back to the land. There are quite scene that I saw where most of them are foreigners that asking the boat to bring them back but they refuse unless the foreigner said 'I pay you'. Hubby asked our boat guy in between two island, Manukan and Sapi, which one is better cause we think Manukan is overrated. He said Sapi is much better and beautiful than Manukan. 

Waiting the boat

Sampai Jesselton around 6PM and we plan to wait for sunset but the weather is already dark and it started to rain heavily. Luckily we have Hubby's towel and we cover our head with it until reach hotel. While walking, we saw Maxis broadband sales person showing thumbs up to Hubby and while approaching, he said to his friend loudly 'Kamu kalau mau girlfriend, cari yang begini. Sanggup berhujan!'

Ewah..bangga tapi kelakar. Haha.

Dinner KFC je malam ni. Konpem sedap dan senang :P Hubby already snores next to me. Penat agaknya berehat :P The day will start early tomorrow. Gotta sleep early! Nites!