I love everything Sabah is made up of. The valleys, the hills, the people, the food, the sunsets, the jams, the malls. Last weekend, my family and I decided to spend the weekend away together in Kundasang; the famous highlands (one of the few places in Sabah to have a cool and breezy climate) approximately 2.5 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu city, the main jump off point to the beautiful Mt Kinabalu.
^Sister took some drawing materials and each of us took the time to draw something. Quite therapeutic.
Some folks prefer to stay in Ranau, about an extra 20 - 30 mins drive from Kundasang town, probably because there are more shops in Ranau town then in Kundasang (by few really). After dark, Kundasang turns quiet and cold. Most local vendors would be home by then, and the only restaurants operating are the handful in town and the ones attached with the hotels / lodges. Ours included.
We reached Kundasang quite late, since we had to wait for Jessy from work…
There are a few significant places that make up a nation or a state and these few make up Sabah;
Sipadan Island, which was nominated to be the finalist of the new Seven Wonders of the World a few years back, Maliau Basin deemed as the Lost World of Sabah a 588 square kilometres of geological stones surrounding the Maliau River, Mt. Kinabalu, one of the tallest mount in South East Asia and then there's the Tip of Borneo Kudat, well it's special that way because it is at the Tip of the Borneo Island.
Because we have to work half day on Saturdays, we had to leave to wherever we go on Saturdays only after work. So we packed our bags the night before so that we could leave after work immediately.
We left nearly 1pm because some of us were dragged for work and after buying some munchies and stuff, we were finally on our way to Kudat nearly 2pm. We reached there almost 5pm, thanks to our trusty driver YY :) Kudat (Kudat Town)
Kudat is approximately a 3 hours drive (190 Kilometres)…
Before I proceed to my write up on Pulau Sapi, let me do the duty to carefully explain to you why there are so many people talking about so many islands at the mention of the word, Sabah. Reason why I'm doing so is because whenever people visit KK City, they have very limited time in exploring most of the natural gorgeous attractions, and sometimes ended up just moving around KK City. And when one does that, people would usually end up asking, why are there so many mentions of islands when we get to experience none?
As you can see from the previous Matthew Paul map below; Sabah is situated close to top north of the Borneo Island. That said, it's a privilege to say that tons of islands are under the local towns and cities surrounding the shores of this particular part of Borneo island. From Sipitang (look out from South left), imagine yourself "walking" from the Sipitang's shore / beach walk up slowly to Menumbuk, Kuala Penyu, Pulau Tiga, Kota Kinabalu, Tunku A…