Saturday, October 3, 2015

Kota Kinabalu in 50mm

Pulau Mamutik, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

When I went to Kota Kinabalu three years ago, I immediately fell in love with the place. The city's not that crowded, quaint, and affordable. Not to mention that their food tastes great! Last month, I went back to Kota Kinabalu to strike one item in my bucket list - parasailing abroad. The plan didn't push through when I first went there three years ago due to inclement weather.

I couldn't enjoy my Kota Kinabalu trip without these crazy and kaladkarin people - Ria, Kisha, Pau, and Fra. We truly had a blast despite the limited time.

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Sabah State located at the northwestern side of Borneo Island. It is known for its sprawling markets, waterfronts, and mosques. KK is the gateway to Kinabalu National Park, the home of Mount Kinabalu. Towering at 4,095 meters, it is the highest peak in Malaysia.

As always, my prime lens captured the beauty of this city.

Quick facts:

Where we stayed: Sensi Backpackers Hostel. A comfy yet affordable hostel right in the middle of downtown Kota Kinabalu (Jalan Gaya). Everything's in walking distance from malls, banks, shops, waterfront, pier, and etc.

Places to visit: Atkinson Tower, Signal Hill, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, City Mosques, and the Waterfront.

How to get there: Cebu Pacific Air flies 5x a week from Manila. Please be advised that it's a red-eye flight.

Communication difficulty: 3/10. Majority of the locals understand basic English. Some of them even know how to speak Tagalog due to the number of Filipino immigrants living in this city.

On our way to the Pulau.

Selfie tourists.

Powerpuff girls.

Takaw Travels

Pastel x Scruff


Hello, Maria Mercedes Jose!

That's Kisha and me!

While waiting for our lunch.


Sexy Pau!


Nasi Ayam with turmeric rice.

Nasi Lemak

Deep fried pusit.

Kisha's resting bitch face hahaha



Local markets

At Waterfront!

Off to Signal Hill!

Kapoy baktas oi.

Downtown KK


  1. Pizza for me, not spicy foods! The place looks cool and quiet, amazing to explore and discover. Travellers have time to visit this place.

    1. Malaysian cuisine is spicy but bursting with flavor! You should try one!

  2. Wow! Ahhhhh paradise you bewitched me. I so LOVED the photos and your caption makes me giggle. The models looks very hot ;)

  3. wow.. I love all your shots... I've heard about Kota Kinabalu from some of the Malaysian bloggers I know... based on your pictures.. parang di rin sya nalalayo sa Pinas no?
    thanks for sharing

  4. When we went to KK, we spent the whole time climbing the mountain. It looks like I have to spend more time to explore the rest of KK.

  5. The place looks nice. I need to look for the meaning of the word red-eye flight (I am not familiar with it haha)

  6. nice photos..Kota Kinabalo has been in my bucket list...hope I can make it soon :)

  7. It looks like a lovely place + you've got beautiful photos, too. I hope I can visit Kota Kinabalu with my boys one day!

  8. Kota Kinabalu looks a lot like Manila, right?


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