Last month was quite a hectic month for me. Awal bulan ke IMKK by Dr. Azizan. Then ke Kota Kinabalu for family trip. Oh my. Seriously starting that point, I’m starting to forget all the days and dates. Haha.
Tau – tau je dah bulan April. What a swift of time. So fast.
I’ve been meaning to share but since I’ve lost track of time, the sharing had been postponed for exactly a month. I am so sorry.
This trip was planned around 2 months earlier. And to tell you the truth, aku tak ada lah excited sangat nak pergi. Ye lah, because of this and that *my very own personal reasons* but I decided to go. Quite an adhoc decision juga la.
Plus, dah almost 20 years tak jejakkan kaki ke Kota Kinabalu, so I was kind of missing that place. A place of my childhood la katakan. There’s something sentimental about Kota Kinabalu. So, why not go,kan?
13 March 2016
I packed my bag around 10pm on the dot. For quite a frequent traveler, I kinda know what to pack and what not * still single boleh lagi la*. Still doubting the trip, seriously. Feeling of not going actually.
14 March 2016
Woke up super early to catch the 9 am flight. We took MAS since we have little kids and my parents are frequent flyers of MAS. Spent a little bit of money for comfort. It’s convenient. And yes, not all of us going. Just 10 out of 15 of us going. So, it’s quite a number juga la kan.
After around 2 hours something, we finally reached Kota Kinabalu. Yay! It’s kind of emotional to me since I’m finally back to Kota Kinabalu after all these years and I kinda thankful that I didn’t cancel this trip. Alhamdulillah. Thank you, Allah.
Say Hello, Kota Kinabalu~!
So, we rent 2 cars and drove to our homestay belongs to Yaya’s friend (my sister-in-law). It was a 2 storey house. We loved the house! The interior was so simple and chicks. Haha. Anyway, I wished I took the pictures of the place. It’s all in my head, sadly.
Okay, day 1 was a leisure-day to us. We drove to One Borneo and had our lunch at one Nyonya style diner. At first we planned to go to Philippines Market but because of the traffic, we changed our plan and go to Tanjung Aru, experiencing sunset and had some light dinner.
That night, Angah and Alang went out and bought us dinner and do some groceries shopping. Truth is, our trip was so simple with just a simple planning and improvising them on the go. Haha.
So, the end of day 1.
15 March 2016.
Abah, Alang and Zira went to the market buying some seafood for our dinner that night. After that we drove to Kundasang. One of my favorite place! We drove there quite late but we still enjoyed the scenery.
Lots of picture taken.
We went to Kinabalu Park, Desa Farm and did some vegetables shopping. Had our lunch at Puteri Nabalu.
At Kinabalu Park.
At Desa Farm, we can see and feed the calf and lamb with grass and milk.
That was Isaac’s 3rd attempt feeding the lamb after previously 2 failed attempt.
As much as I love water, I also love mountains. I feel so near to the sky as if I could touch them. I am so happy. Dzikr never missed from my heart. I keep on saying Dzikr in my heart non stop. I’m thankful that I made this trip. Kinda a healing trip. Clearing out my mind from unnecessary thoughts and all.
That night, we had our seafood dinner.
16 March 2016.
Today is Island-hopping day~! Another favorite! I just love anything that related to water. Like seriously. You can see me smiling from ear to ear just because I’m around water and this is OCEAN! A whole lot of water. What a peaceful moment.
We hop from Pulau Mamutik to Pulau Manukan and finally Pulau Sapi. At first I wasn’t planning to had a dip so I didn’t put on my swimming suit. Just a sport pants and a t-shirt. And I changed my mind. I did dip and played with my niece and nephew. Haha.
We spent half a day just to hop 3 islands. And truth is, I kinda miss my childhood moment with my cousins there at those islands. Kota Kinabalu used to be a place where us cousins spent our holiday together since we had our family’s BIG project there. And it was like a BIG family trip to Kota Kinabalu. Along with Arwah Nenek. And I kinda miss nenek while in Kota Kinabalu. Things that we do and experience.
So, we end our island trip and went back to Jesselton and had our lunch there. At Minang’s restaurant.
That’s finally how we end our day. We went back with sunburns all over our face and all. With good memories, of course. Hehe.
17 March 2016
It’s our last day in Kota Kinabalu. Had our late brunch at Nook *it belongs to our homestay’s owner*. I just love the place. So cozy and welcoming. Aussie-style diner.
Then, went to observation point just to have a final look of bandar Kinabalu before went to Abah’s workplace in Sabah. A company build up by him and his friends. It’s our very first visit. Sebelum ni Mama and Abah yang datang. So, this time is ours pula.
Observation point. We can see the whole of Kota Kinabalu. Hehe.
Looking at Abah & friend’s company made me feel proud of Abah. And thankful all at the same time for Abah to had such a great friends to work with.
And that was our final site to visit. We directly drove off to the airport to board. So, goodbye Kota Kinabalu and Hello Kuala Lumpur.
Nowadays I love to see many of my friends traveling. It’s a good adventure, you know. To go to places and learn.
Be a traveler not a tourist.
A tourist is like a visitor. Visit here and there. And that’s it. But a traveler will open his/her eyes, heart and soul to learn, understand, mesmerizing the wonderful world Allah has created. A traveler will always come back with a lesson of life in heart.
That’s why I love to travel to various places. I have no expectations. I am open to learning and new experiences.
And during trips, I still had my Herbalife shakes every day for breakfast. Why? It’s easy to prepare and filling. Definitely a good choice for breakfast if you want to stay energetic and excited the whole trip without any small messy things.
Especially for Muslims and we kinda picky with the food that we’re eating, and it’s kinda frustrates at times to find halal food. And Herbalife shakes is the best choice for us at desperate times like that. It can helps in keeping us filled while looking for Halal food.
For me, I’ll bring at least a canister of Herbalife shakes. That’s the minimal. It’s not bulky at all. Just reserve a small portion of your luggage for a caniser and a shaker cup. That’s all. Simple, kan?
When we make things simple and less messy, it made our trip so easy and memorable. Truly.
Be a traveler.
A smart traveler.
HERBALIFE SHAKE IS NO 1 MEAL REPLACEMENT IN THE WORLD!
SOURCE EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL 2016