Archive for September, 2012

For dinner, we had a choice, to have a meal at a posh resort which involved a boat ride and Chinese food or have seafood. The boat ride didn’t seemed to big an attraction and the majority chose to have seafood over Chinese food, so…. that was how we ended up at Kampung Nelayan. I guess if we had an inkling that Kampung Nelayan was so touristy- we might have change our mind….Kampung Nelayan was touristy, Evidence No.1 : there were many tour buses at the parking bay, Evidence No. 2 – the cultural performance.

We had steamed clams (sah pak, @ RM40/kg)  – these were steamed with ginger and spring onions, the size of the clams were moderate and the meat was soft and not rubbery. I rather liked these..

Baked oysters –  the sizes  were a bit small and the meat was a bit  thin ..bummer…Oh..i had a peek at the bill at the end of the meal and found that these cost the same as the clams above i.e RM40/kg)

Steamed fish – the grouper was of a generous size..which result in the meat being a bit tough..haiya…small also complain, big also complain.. everything also want to complain….how can like that one ? ( the grouper was @ RM150/kg)

The cultural performance titled 1Malaysia Cultural And Variety Show was not too bad , the most interesting was the blow pipe demonstration and the kadazan dances, Chinese dances were included too and we had a bit of a discussion over the rather funny looking head gears of the dancers- which looked more like a lantern than a head piece…

Fried chicken and salad – the vegetable salad was mainly cucumber and tomato, the fried chicken was not bad- the meat was tender and tasty

Lobster in sauce – the identification of the lobsters were not well defined as it arrived in chopped and scrambled pieces – as I only got to sample a piece close to the ‘leg’  i thought  they belonged to those of  flower crabs..kinda like the blind men and the elephant  ( e-mail me if you hadn’t heard about this) my apologies to the lobster..( the lobster was @RM320/kg )

Brinjal and four angle bean– the brinjal and the bean were fried with tauchuo ( soy bean paste) and this was delicious. The womenfolks  at our table declared this the best dish of the night ..if my boss heard about this, he might not want/need to order the lobster.or any seafood…shhhh. In the bill, this dish was named as Bibi Baba or maybe I should say there was one item on the bill named – Bibi Baba which was unaccounted for , and  Brinhal and four angle bean was not on the bill, thus my conclusion. I did a search on the net and can’t find a dish called Bibi Baba..anyone can help out ?Stir fried choy sum – this was like what might have come out of my kitchen la..nothing to shout about

Fried noodles- by this time, I was already too full and did not sample the noodles. The feedback from my fellow diners – so so only ..

Overall –I would say it was an average meal ..

The total bill plus beers and juices , and double everything you see above (as we had 2 tables) plus service charge and tax , came to RM2825)

 

Kampung Nelayan Restaurant http://www.kampungnelayan.com/
Taman Tun Fuad,
Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu
Sabah
Tel 088 231003 / 231005
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En route to Kinabalu Park, we made a stop at Nabalu Village- the funny thing was that in the itinerary the stop at Nabalu was for ‘savour local fruits and to bargain for prices for the handicrafts’..but it was not mentioned that at this stop, one could get a very good view of Mount Kota Kinabalu

 And of course there was the shopping, we were told that it was cheaper to shop for souvenirs at Nabalu Village than down at the KK city…part of the market and no, the dog is not for sale..

 I think that person that hung out the clothes has lot of pride in the chore, in such neat rows too

 Next stop was the Kinabalu Park , we visit the Exhibition Centre and I was astonished by the records on the signboard..Whattttt ? 2 hours 37 minutes and 4 seconds to climb the majestic Mt KK. How do they do it ?We took a short stroll at the mountain garden

These mushrooms reminded me of Papa Bear, Mama Bear and Baby Bear from Goldilocks ( I am not sure where I got that association..well probably make more sense that associating them with Harry, Curly and Moe ?)

Had a short stop for lunch and we head on to Poring Hot Springs . There are some detailed pictures about the hot spring at this site  , The hot springs were rather popular, there were a number of people soaking and prancing at the pools

There was also a rock pool

But our purpose at Poring was the Canopy Walkway.  The charges wete RM3 for Malaysian above 18, RM1.50 for Malaysians aged 6 -17 , for foreigners  the charges were RM5 for adults and RM2.5 for age 6 -17, Additional  RM5 for  cameras ( including digital, manual and handphones) and RM30 for videos.

 We didn’t pay to bring in the cameras, so no pictures- sorry. To get to the canopy walk is in itself a good workout, you get to walk many many steps uphill, at that time of our visit, it was drizzling slightly, so I couldn’t tell the wet scalps were due to sweat or rain..it took around 30 minutes of walking ( and panting)  amidst the lush green forest  to reach the  elevated canopy walkway. It was not a continuous walkway but a combined four walkways. The walkway is said to be 157.8 meters long and 41 meters high.  The reward …A breathtaking view….you can view some interesting pictures of the canopy walkway by clicking here

On the journey back to KK , we stopped by some roadside stalls that were selling fruits,  vegetables and local produce

 One of the attraction was a fruit said to be not available back in the Semenanjung – called  Buah Tarap, shown below with some rambutans for companions

The taste – cempedak-ish, soft, sweet and fragrant, with a hard seed inside. I think this must be in the nangka- cempedak family lah….I liked it..what you see in the picture below is a partially consumed  fruit.. 

 

Cactus – Part II

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Sights
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Since my cacti  started  flowering a few years ago, they decided to make it a yearly affair. They = three of these  cacti at the ‘flowering age’ . I must say that due to this being now considered almost a ‘common happening ‘ the excitement of seeing a bud forming and later blooming had more or less being much diluted compared to when i saw the first flower…you know that idiom lah..too much of a good thing…

Anyway, to top that, the cactus decided to give me a surprise…with  double blooms..ahhhh…i thought i will share the pictures with you…

Hmm….is two better than one ?

For the solo flower, you can view the older pictures here https://pegasuskl.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/cactus/