Bruce and Ian’s Malaysian Tour


Saying Goodbye to Malaysia [BIMT34]

Saying Goodbye to Malaysia [BIMT34]

After our long day’s hike through Taman Negara Kinabalu, we got back to Kota Kinabalu in time to grab dinner at a mamak stall. We gorged ourselves on maggi goreng and roti canai (knowing that this would be the last time I ate curry of this quality, I made something of a pig of myself), while locals ate, smoked, and watched the Malaysian classic Commando and other action movies on the big-screen TV the restaurant had set up outside to attract customers.
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Soursop: Tastes Great, Less Filling [BIMT33]

Soursop: Tastes Great, Less Filling [BIMT33]

After a good long hike through Taman Negara Kinabalu, we were all pretty bushed and ready to get back to our hotel. We had an early flight to catch the next morning, and Ian and I began to look back upon just how much we’d done in the course of our frenzied trip across Malaysia. We’d seen some amazing sights, eaten some amazing food, met some amazing people.
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Exploring Kinabalu National Park [BIMT32]

Exploring Kinabalu National Park [BIMT32]

After a lengthy drive down winding, misty roads we arrived at Taman Negara Kinabalu, or Kinabalu National Park. Mount Kinabalu loomed above us. We’d wanted to try to climb the mountain during our stay (Sarah, a longtime KLer who’d never been to Sabah, was especially excited about the possibility), but we couldn’t make the two-day climb fit in our schedule.
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The Misty Mountains of Sabah [BIMT31]

The Misty Mountains of Sabah [BIMT31]

For our second day in Sabah, we were avoiding the north roads we’d managed to get turned around on the previous day, and were instead heading east towards Taman Negara (National Park) Kinabalu, and the park’s centerpiece, Malaysia’s largest peak: Mount Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu: Food Court Frenzy! [BIMT30]

Kota Kinabalu: Food Court Frenzy! [BIMT30]

We hadn’t eaten in quite a while by the time we checked into our hotel at Kota Kinabalu. We were stiff, sore and exhausted both physically and mentally from our white-knuckle, pitch-black drive through the wilderness, and were tempted to just call room service and stick a fork in any plans to explore KK that night. But I’d caught sight of an open-air food court just a couple of blocks from the hotel which looked fun and interesting, and managed to rally Ian and Sarah to go check it out. Given our appetites, actually filling up on room service probably would’ve proved expensive, anyway…
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Into the Heart of Borneo…by Accident [BIMT29]

Into the Heart of Borneo…by Accident [BIMT29]

It was about four in the afternoon by the time we left the longhouse, and we had a three hour trip ahead of us. We were hoping to explore Kota Kinabalu by night a tad before we turned in, so we hopped in the car, switched on the radio (or at least Ian’s iPod loaded with modern R&B – I’d have loved to have heard some Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, but Ian’s tastes don’t stretch back much further than Mariah Carey, unfortunately) and headed back south. The GPS had taken us all the way to the northern tip of Borneo without any problems, what could go wrong with just heading in the opposite direction?
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