Walkabout Kota Kinabalu

Posted: October 9, 2012 in Sights
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Woke up at 6 a.m., pushed back the curtains…the sun was up and it was already very bright on the other side of the window ..let’s make the most out of my last day at KK…armed with my camera and a bottle of water, I headed out of the air-conditioned hotel into Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens

At the market place (I dunno..some how on Google map- this is said to be Pasar buah-buahan tempatan)  – saw piles of cabbages, chilies, greens, brinjals etc

As the morning progress, I thought there will be more stalls but I was wrong, it was the other way round..most if not all of the stalls at this ‘outdoor’ area had packed up even before 10 a.m.

Certain sections were  thoroughly flushed and scrubbed..

After the hustle bustle of the market place, I walked to the Waterfront…saw a man fishing at the bridge . I dare not stop or stand too close in case I frighten the fishes (and get blamed)…..it was pleasant and breezy at the Waterfront

There were many watering holes along the Waterfront..these coasters looked rather desolate and tired under the morning sun..kinda like discarded dancing shoes after a night of partying…

The State and Malaysia flags added colour to the coastal skyline..( it was Merdeka day during my visit, hence- the patriotic decorations…)

A family portrait…Papa and Mama ship and their four children

I headed back towards the dock..and decide to stand within conversational distance to the man with his fishing line..and  ..ah…he turned out to be such a friendly person. Pak Cik’s wife sells vegetables at the market place, so during the weekends, while waiting for the wife , Pak Cik fish and looks after the children.

For bait, the Pak Cik uses bananas which he cuts into small cubes and attached one to the fish hook. Voila !! Look what i caught !

The catch so far ..including  ikan belais, which Pak Cik said -are delicious when  fried

While dad fish, the children keep themselves busy running along the wooden bridge, plucking flowers, and checking the tally of the fishes from time to time. I asked the kids to pose for a picture, the two girls obliged, but the little boy refused..

When I show him the picture of his sisters from my camera, the little boy was convinced and cooperated….aren’t they cute ? The little kitty is a stray hanging around the Waterfront 

Next to Pak Cik, there was another guy with a more high tech fishing rod and gears.. for bait he used fishballs ….how ironic… Note the ‘ice box’ with the frozen water bottle and the one that didn’t get away

After saying goodbye to my new found friends..i headed to the Pasar Besar Kota Kinabalu..

Made a stop at a shop selling dried seafood. Just in case you are not familiar with this scene..those black / dark grey oblong thingies at the top part of the picture are dried sea cucumber. At the lower racks are dried fish, dried anchovies, dried prawns and dried seaweed.

Outside the shop,  there were trays of sea thingies – Work in progress…the top three trays are sea cucumber and in the pink tray below…seahorses ! Yup..we eat them too…the Chinese boil these for soup, said to ‘clear the blood’…

I think I like KK … 🙂


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