Saturday, July 04, 2015

Ad hoc Sabah Trip Day 4


Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @FongIp Cafe (馮業)
Gaya Street Sunday Market
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Desa Cattle Dairy Farm
Lunch @Restoran Babytea
Kinabalu Park
Dinner @Welcome Seafood Restaurant (大茄來海鮮餐廳)
Supper @Sin Kee(新記)

It was Sunday today meaning that Gaya Street Sunday Market was on selling wide variety of stuffs from fruits, breads, breakfast to cloths, souvenirs, pets and hand-made soaps. Having breakfast at FongIp Cafe next to the place we stayed, the market was just right behind us.

That was a massive one occupying the whole street! Some of the cars parking in Gaya Street were stuck and probably would not be able to escape until all the stalls closed. Could see some weird but funny frog pouches sold. Tried some local delicacies as well and they tasted nice. The idea of ice lollies sounded interesting but we didn't try to avoid having stomachache. 

This was made by coconut! That's amazing!

People celebrating the Buddha Festival on the same day and we got some cakes as gifts.

Rented a car today (RM150) to do some sight seeing in the surrounding area. The first stop was Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. Also known as the floating mosque, it was famous for photographing it's reflection as it was partially surrounded by a man-made lagoon. It's a stunning mosque but we had not luck to get in coz it was closed on the day of our visit. 

Then we drove all the way to Desa Cattle Dairy Farm (RM4/person), which took 2 hours drive from the city. We needed to bear the bumpy road all the way up to the farm but it was worthy. 

We went there just for the famous fresh milk. Bought a 500ml original one and a 1L chocolate one (RM10). Products like gelato, yogurt and puddings could also be found.

See all the cute postcards there? The little factory behind the glass was the place manufacturing fresh milk and milk products.

The fresh mountain air with magnificent landscape and feeding experience were definitely a bonus for the trip. Though we couldn't quite see Mount Kinabalu due to haze, the experience was not any less good.

Up next was of course lunch time. We were starving but there was nothing around, so we drove to a little town and finally could eat in a restaurant called Restoran Babytea. The food was just soso (RM14.3).

Time to do some exercise. We visited the first world heritage in Malaysia, Kinabalu Park (RM15/ person) right after having lunch. 

There were heaps of local people and tourists enjoying the hot spring there. We didn't dare to soak our feet into the water and just made our way to the canopy walk.

It took each of us RM5  to take the canopy walk. It was quite interesting walking in a forest on shaky bridges. 

Ended the canopy walk with a durian ice lolly (RM2.5). Left the park and drove to another entrance to walk the trails.

Have heard about the countless species of flora and fauna for a long time and we wanna see them in person so bad. Unfortunately, as it was raining and we didn't even have a chance to walk the trails. We just dropped by the exhibition hall as the rain was too heavy. What a shame! Maybe we can consider climbing the glorious mountain and exploring this beautiful park next time.

Dinner at Welcome Seafood Restaurant again (RM172.5)! We missed the taste of creamy prawns and decided to go back for dinner. This time we ordered some other seafood and they tasted as brilliant as the first time we tried.

It was our last night and we didn't want to miss any good food. In the end, we made our way for supper at Sin Kee for another round of Bak Kut Teh (RM17). The way of ordering food was quite different from Yu Kee. Food was served in one pot only. A nice one to end our trip.

Total expenses for 2 =RM419.3
Breakfast @FongIp Cafe (馮業)                                  /
Local food @Gaya Street Sunday Market                     RM5
Car rental                                                              RM150
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque                                       /
Desa Cattle Dairy Farm                                            RM4 X2 =RM8
Milk                                                                       RM10
Lunch @Restoran Babytea                                         RM14.3
Kinabalu Park                                                          RM15 2 =RM30
Canopy Walk                                                           RM5 X2 -RM10
Durian ice lolly                                                         RM2.5
Dinner @Welcome Seafood Restaurant (大茄來海鮮餐廳)  RM172.5
Supper @Sin Kee(新記)                                              RM17

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