Till now I really don’t know what is the meaning of it when it says, “Sabah, the land below the wind.” What they meant by that? I just have no clue and I have yet to ask.
Sabah is one of the places to go for those who love beaches, snorkeling and diving. There are many to choose from, just take your pick. Besides, there’s the culture of the people living there. As for me, I’m more on the wildlife side, especially the birds. I want to photograph as many species as I could and to cover as many areas as possible in a short period of time. Since I have yet to set my feet on Sabah, the initial trip will be just a recce trip, a getting familiar trip and I did that just recently.
I visited the state of Sabah, Malaysia for the very first time last two weeks ago. The experience really made me more aware and conscious of what Sabah had to offer, especially to visitors. The irony was that I had already knew roughly what was on the plate, but it was just like in the back of my mind. Obviously it did not get any serious attention from me. Not anymore, I had been enlightened.
I spent five days visiting places that were near to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah where I stayed for the whole duration of my trip. Initially I had intended to make use of the public transport, it’s cheaper, but then it would take more time to travel far and wide. So I rented a car for three days and visited Kota Belud, Kinabalu Park and on the third day drove from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom via Keningau. I then made a round trip back from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu via Sipitang and Beaufort. The trips to Kinabalu Park and Tenom were very exciting as the roads were paved on the crafted hill and mountain slopes. It went up and down, twist and turn, seemingly endless. But, I must say that I really enjoyed it very much.
Homeless puppies outside Tune Hotel, Kota Kinabalu
Egret shot at Sabah Waterfront
Filipino Market during day time
This is why there are coconut trees lining many beaches. Tanjung Aru Beach
Lone windsurfer at Tanjung Aru Beach
The town of Kota Belud
Delivery in Kota Belud
Workmen at work installing awning for a shop in Kota Belud
Kinabalu Park. There are a few lodges here
One of the upper streams of Silau Silau River at Kinabalu Park
While waiting for the birds at late afternoon then this happened, so before leaving Kinabalu Park, made this product shot of my ride
I just love driving here
The scene along the highland route
Scene along the lowland route
Believe me there was an egret next to this bull doing the same thing and same pose but the camera was in the bag and I had to turn around and so this is half of the loaf
Tenom town near the railway station
Pass through Sipitang on the way to Beaufort
Seaside food stalls in Sipitang
Wooden shophouses in Beaufort
I like the car rental company. The original car that I rented was a small Perodua Viva, only that the air-conditioner was not cold enough but I didn’t mind. Then it rained and with the windows closed, the windscreen turned opaque due to condensation. I asked for a replacement and they duly replaced it with a better car at no additional cost.
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For Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, contact this number: 012 921 4242