Rumah Terbalik Borneo & Desa Cattle Farm, Kundasang

Daren and his family came to KK for a good ol' vacation during the Christmas week. It was their first time ever in Kota Kinabalu, let alone in Sabah, so we were scrambling to think of ideas on what to do. Aunty didn't want to do any islands, so that's a major scrap of the bulk of things to do in KK, neither was she a very adventurous person, so we've decided to do some things that are a lot more mild, but significantly Kota Kinabalu/ Sabah as well.

We started off the first few days with a visit to the handicraft market, and then subsequently heading to the apartment. We hired a car the next day, and figured one truly Kinabalu thing [without all the islands] to do was the Kinabalu park. That's about 2 hours drive away from the city itself. Which is still alright because KK is the gateway to some of the best things to do in East Malaysia.

I drove the first car, while Daren drove the second. We stopped by at the Rumah Terbalik Borneo, which was the fifth of its kind in the world. It was a very interesting concept, I wouldn't say it was superbly awesome maybe because there was only one house, but the details in the house were charming! Even the car was upside down!

What was even more adorable was the fictional story behind the house; about a family who has a very naughty boy son. Consequently, the house turned upside down because of the naughtiness of the boy! It's a lot funnier in Sabahan slang because whenever parents describe their naughty kids they would usually say --- "Budak nakal ini buat rumah saya tunggang tebalik! [which means upside down]."

Which is terribly cute. That must be how it came about.

After about an hour or so at the Rumah Terbalik Borneo, we drove uphill to the Kinabalu Park. Our main purpose was to go to the local meadow to try their locally produced milk! Unfortunately.... we were too late. Everything zapped out from the storage by the time we got there. They only had their icecreams, so we tried the icecreams instead. The Desa Cattle farm is by all means not for the leisure drivers. There are tons of uphills to brave through, and even when you could push your car through, you'd be weary how the car after doing so, so please be careful! It's an uphill drive!

Some pictures from our day trip: 

Rumah Terbalik Borneo

No pictures were allowed inside the house, so I took some photos from outside but that was about it. But look! This is so cute! 

Desa Cattle Farm, Kundasang

The place was expectedly beautiful with the stretch of greens, but for some strange reason I expected more! Maybe because Australian's Great Ocean Road killed it for me with its wide sea and green view. There was some construction ongoing next to the meadow as well, so I personally felt a little uncomfortable with that. I have this idea that this might be destructive for the cows, but I could be wrong.

The place was still so very beautiful. If you shift to another part of the area, instead of going where the mass did, you could see for yourself even more the wonders of the place. I didn't manage to take a photo of  that particular view because my phone cam died on me after that. But trust me, it was breathtaking!

On the day we arrive the small town Kundasang, they had a 4WD tournament and people were pulling chairs sitting by them large fields and having tents set up around the area. It's so refreshing to see interesting things like that. If only more people would've known about these interesting activities they had, I'm sure tons would colour the area.

It was around Christmas.

Took a photo of this random kid feeding the goat, TOO CUTE!

Tips & Recommendation:

Start your journey way earlier in the morning. Say around 6am? The traffic is a lot smoother and by any chance you decide to check up on some of the interesting things you see along the way, there is still some time :)

The roads are tricky. Sabah is notorious for having landslides and falling roads, I know this isn't any better advice, but please be careful!

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.


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