Monday, September 3, 2012

The KK Diaries: UMS and KK's Beautiful Sunset

Still on Day 3, diary. Don't worry, this is the last part.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

USM Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
One of USM's main buildings.

We swear that we took the right bus and read the instructions on how-to-get-your-ass-at-Aquamarine-museum posted at Sabah's Tourism website thrice before exploring the upper district of Kota Kinabalu. I did not know what happened, but we seemed to have difficulties in locating the Aquamarine Museum. We climb numerous flights of stairs, entered this museum-like building (only to find out that it was the University Chancellor's building... wow sosyal building talaga!), only to find out that the museum was closed on Sundays.

It sucked big time. But hey, we just looked on the brighter side (excuses... excuses...)!

UMS or Universiti Malaysia Sabah is a state university of Kota Kinabalu. It was established in 1994. I can't believe that I AM OLDER THAN THIS UNIVERSITY. Everything in the campus was organized! The place pretty much reminded me of my alma mater, University of the Philippines, sans the maroon-green banners and of course, the Oblation. Some parts of the university were located on a hill, offering a panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea and Mount Kinabalu, the most prominent peak of Sabah State. 

USM Kota Kinabalu Malaysia

USM Kota Kinabalu Malaysia


It was a Sunday, so the campus was literally deserted, like a scene from a zombie-flick-where-the-lead actors-seek-shelter-only-to-find-out-that-a-few-flesh-eating-creatures-live-in-this-seemingly-peaceful-place.  PHEW! Wild, wild imagination, Renz! Way to go! *Slow clap*

We didn't have a choice but to walk a million miles back to the main gate of the university. Despite the heat of the sun, we still enjoyed our DIY tour inside KK's state university.

Uptown KK - so clean and organized

Late lunch. 

We finally boarded a bus that would take us to downtown. The heat of the sun made us as hungry as lions. Rawr.

Fast forward, we ate a lot at a local restaurant at Waterfront and waited for the sunset.

And just as we've expected, it was breathtaking... although it would be better if the sun wasn't obscured by clouds... but despite that I was in awe. I just loved it as how the colors the red spectrum played beautifully in the afternoon sky. Well, I just love sunsets.


Beautiful sunset.

The sky turned bright yellow, then dark orange, then red then twilight. Then I told myself that this is a good sign. Tomorrow's gonna be an awesome day for everyone.

And yep, it really was.

NEXT STOP: Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park! YAHOO!

To be continued...

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Read more of my Kota Kinabalu adventures here!

26 comments:

  1. Nice photos of the sunset.Malaysia is clean and beautiful country.

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  2. Nakakamangha naman ang pagunlad ng KK. Huling-huli na talaga ang mga tier cities ng Pinas.

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  3. The KK sunset is a splendid view. Nice following your KK adventures.

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  4. Is there a direct flight from davao to KK? nice!

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  5. Hey, Renz! It's actually Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) instead of USM. USM stands for another university in Malaysia :)

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  6. Oh, here's the continuation... Nice place indeed for adventure lovers...

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  7. nice sunset photos, kuya renz.
    honestly, i've never been to a university that's much younger than me. kudos to you for getting that chance. is your late lunch shrimps?

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  8. Mahilig din ako kumuha ng photo ng sunset and sunrise and this one's really nice. I hope I will have a chance to visit KK to see also what you saw =)

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  9. i was starting to wonder when you would post a photo of that elusive sunset you've been talking about in previous posts. breathtaking photo!

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  10. Wow! Ganda ng pagkakuha ng SUNSET photo ah. Captured moment tlaga.

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  11. you've been such a long way dear! i would like to explore malaysia too! when e move there this november since we're gonna car its gonna easy for me to go around.! xx

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  12. The sceneries are very nice! Cool photos!

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  13. I better revisit Kota Kinabalu. Bitin ang 24 hours noong Pebrero. :)

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    1. OMG NEL!!! 24 hrs? That was sobraaaaaaaaang bitin!!!!!!!!

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  14. now I really want to visit my cousin who lives in Malaysia! hoho. I love sunsets too :))

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  15. I like the fist 4 photos you've posted.

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  16. great shots.. and waaaa I would not survive with a food like that.. 3 times that would be great.. haaahah just joking..

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  17. The university looks so tranquil; it's conducive to sleeping...este, studying pala. :))

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  18. I always love sunset shots. You did a really great job here, especially the last one.

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  19. I like your sky photo. Sana I can do that with my phone...hihihi...

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  20. what an unfortunate "fortunate " event on your tour.. at least you were able to use your time with other activities and able to step on the "Chancellor's Bldg"... hahaha (buti pa sila may ganun)

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  21. I wonder how different KK is from our big Muslim cities here in Mindanao? I have been to KL but that's Mainland Malaysia.

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  22. I'm missing Kota Kinabalu. It was my birthday, when I went there. It's a lovely Nature Resort City. :)

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