Kota Kinabalu | Island hopping

My in-laws were in town for about 2 weeks. This time around, Stef and I would liked to show them the beauty of Malaysia. We have decided to do a trip to Kota Kinabalu for the islands, Sandakan for the wildlife, and Kuantan – my home sweet home for a quick stroll. #visitmalaysia

First stop: Singapore – Kota Kinabalu

It was easy to get around Kota Kinabalu, taxi was cheap – and getting to the islands are super convenient. We walk to the Jetty from our hotel ; and chose Sapi Island for day 1.

Sapi Island was beautiful. The boat ride was slightly disappointing looking at the amount of rubbish and plastic bottles along the way , but the island itself was beautiful with pristine water.

There wasn’t too many shades, and the bigger part of the island was closed off. However, the snorkeling experience was breath-taking.


Day 2 : We chose Manukan island, and the cost and time took to the island was similar ( #Traveltips : there are no set pricing for the boat rides, so prepare to negotiate slightly below ticket price if you wish )

Manukan island is slightly more touristy as there are resorts on the island with better facilities in general. The beaches are nice, and I personally preferred the private beach as it is more beautiful to snorkel in. (#Traveltips : Beware of sea urchins, they are big and everywhere)

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It was easy and relaxing if you are en route to something else like climbing the mount KK or wildlife spotting.

Boat ride : RM 25 per person
Snorkel set : RM 20 per set
Conservation fee : RM 30 (you can go multiple islands with it )

#TravelTips : Haggle! Costing of boat ride dependent on your negotiation skills, but it’s not too much anyway.

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Rawa Island

For our annual company trip, #hootcamp, and this year it was at the wonderful Rawa Island, 30 minutes boat ride off Messing. I have been to plenty of islands in Malaysia, and this is definitely one of my favorite.

Let’s not talk about the journey to get there, as whatever that might be, pleasant or not ; it’s totally worth it once you’re there!

The island itself is small, with only two resorts ; one family friendly, the other party-animal friendly. We stayed at the family friendly one of course ( it looks much nicer and the food was amazing – check below for a variety )

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A whole lot of goodness!

The water was pristine, slides are super fun, and you can get amazing thai massages there ( it’s a must do!). There are peacocks everywhere and a resident beagle that is super adorable and friendly at parties.  Plenty of hammocks and beach chairs by the beach as well.

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The gorgeous fun slide on the left~!

You can hike around the island in less than 30 minutes, but be prepared to go up hill quite a bit to see the full view of some island in the vicinity.

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The climb was worth it!

The favorite part of my trip was simply the snorkeling experiences. I can literally sit down on the ground, wear my goggles, and see fishes swimming around me. That’s how clear and how healthy the corals are. I did about 2 hours of snorkeling sessions too and spotted tons of amazing clams, sea cucumbers, corals, and fishes.  My only regret was that I did not bring an underwater camera to show what I mean.

The theme of the party was #pinktropics ; so the photos are amazing (all without any filter).Sunset was beautiful from the deck tucked along the hiking trail too. It was a great place to bond, simple and not overly luxurious – which makes it suitable for a quick getaway.

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Sunset from the deck~!

All and all, it was only a short trip from Singapore, and definitely a place I would revisit!

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A trip down under| Margaret River and around

Quick itinerary view : 3 days 2 nights out of Perth
Perth – Fremantle – Margaret River – Mandurah – Penguin Island – Airport

I personally am a beach bum, so our day trips to wrap up our vacation was without a doubt the easiest to plan. We drove from Perth towards Margaret River, passing through Fremantle market, and back to Mandurah the day after for ease of going back to the airport. We took our own pace, enjoying one beach after another, strolling through vineyards, and do practically nothing at all (the best kind of vacation).

On the way from Perth, we drove through Fremantle to the famous Fremantle market. Parking was easy to find around the Fremantle prison, and the market was very accessible. There are quite a number of eateries within the market, and we tried a number of them – good’ol Australian breakfast, Spanish, Korean, German, Turkish, and more.

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Paella
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Fried chicken, waffle and ice cream! (best breakfast combo)

On the shopping side, it was not as interesting as I’d imagine it to be (most of the items can be found anywhere around South East Asia at a cheaper price). Other than that, we enjoyed the food and fruits, strolling around and soaking in the busy market atmosphere, and head on to Margaret River.

The drive towards our hotel was great. It was scenic, and we could easily stop and look at the amazing coastline, and was extremely happy to arrive at our villa for the night. The beach is right outside our villa, and so secluded there’s almost no one at all except for some surfers in a distance. 

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Beach near our villa..
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Home for the night

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We wander around and found a gem! An amazing Thai restaurant called Chang Thai, fully ran by Thai staff, homey and delicious !

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Next day, we drove to some caves and a beach, and immerse ourselves in some fun before spending a night in Mandurah at Hamelin Bay. Apparently you are able to see Stingrays coming close to the beach, but can’t attest to that.

#TravelTips : Caution, drive slowly or cautiously!! We saw a kangaroo crossed the road and wow it was HUGE! 

For our final day, we drove over to Penguin Island to visit the wonderful penguins and sea lion. The boat trip was really pleasant, superbly calm that you can opt to walk across to the island ( yes, I meant WALK! ) if you want to.

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After seeing the penguins on the island, we got on the glass-bottomed boat to see the sea lions. Getting in touch with nature in close proximity was nice, it was superbly hot, and we manage to get through the whole boat tour in time for lunch and to the airport.

Perth, I’ll be back someday! =)

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Cost of boat tour : $38.50 / adult ; $29.50 / child

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A trip down under | Sand-surfing, Lancelin

Remember when I said I have sand in my hair for the whole week? Here’s why!

There are quite a number of sand dunes along our drive from lunch at Lobster Shack. It was definitely a great experience for us, even my parents enjoyed it! If you are sensible, it’s quite a safe sport for anyone (unless falling into soft sand hurts for you).

DSC00935It’s quite a sight, but the climb to the peak for a 10 -15 seconds slide down and lugging a slightly heavy board all the way up the hill is quite a task for someone who’s not as fit (I’m that someone).

DSC00965#FunTips : Rub the wax on the board vigorously for a smooth surf. You need it!

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#Traveltips 1 : The location is not super accurate on Google maps, so if you are lost, stop by at the entrance to the town – there will be a big signboard with a map that shows you where it is! (that’s how we did it)

#Traveltips 2 : You don’t have to rent the surfboard earlier in town. You can rent it from the guy at the entrance – same price, less hassle.

#Traveltips 3 : Please make sure you do not have anything in your pockets, jewelries, or anything you can easily loose. No way you can get in the sand like Uncle Scrooge with his mountain of coins.

 

Location :
Fee : AUD 10 per board for 2 hours ( more than enough time)

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A trip down under | Twilight Hawker’s market

In the evening, we visited the Twilight Hawker’s market. Twilight Hawkers’ market features over 50 stalls (perhaps more?) that does every cuisine and dish imaginable. From Turkish to Thai, Greek to good ol’ burgers and desserts (honey cakes,gourmet marshmallows, gelato, and more!), this place was heavenly!

There was live music and the entire space smells incredible with a huge crawl of hungry people. It was definitely worth a visit looking that there is practically nothing to do besides eating out in Perth after 5pm, and we love food (obviously)!


 

Hotdog~
Hotdog~
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WassupDog stand
delicious Turkish Shaksuka ~
delicious Turkish Shaksuka ~
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Stef queuing at the Bratwurst Stand
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Vanilla Crème brûlée ~
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Marshmalloz stand~

 

#TravelTips : The only issue here is getting a decent place to sit – so be creative (get a mat or something)! Come via free intercity buses or train as parking might be slightly challenging too. Be hungry and bring lots of cash!

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Location : Forrest Place, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Opens every Friday from 4.30pm – 9.30pm ( 16th October 2015 – 29th April 2016 only) *check their site for next year’s timing*

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A trip down under | Caversham Wildlife Park, Perth

Next, we drove to Caversham Wildlife park to check out Aussie’s amazing wildlife. Caversham is located within Whiteman’s park, so you will definitely have a lot to do within that area. Caversham is unique compared to other wildlife parks or the zoo, in the sense of it being really cozy, and giving visitors a lot of close-up opportunities with the wildlife.

The entrance fee to Caversham includes everything you do in the park from petting Koalas, watching(and participating) in the farm show, meeting a huge Wombat and his friends, feeding is kangaroos and more.
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[ Koala cheap mlb jerseys up-close wholesale mlb jerseys ]

The kangaroo wholesale nfl jerseys feeding grounds are a highlight for my Mallorca family, as the food was provided in the park ( #TravelTips wholesale nba jerseys :  it looks like a garbage can within the gazebo) and the kangaroos are docile wholesale mlb jerseys and mostly hungry. After canvassing the area,  at least studenter 40% were albinos and Autokurgan joeys, so the experience was really | something.


 

Some fond moments …

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[ #chowtime ]

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[#adorable]

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[ Picture time with A Mr Heavy Wombat! ]

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[ Sheep shearing by the professionals ]


It’s best to go in the morning to avoid the about heat (only if you are here in summer!). and Alternatively, arrive late afternoon before 2.30pm .

#TravelTips : Do allocate at least two hours for a chance to do all the shows and sessions at ease. We walk fairly quick, so 3 -4 hours with kids ( good condition for baby-strollers)

We really enjoyed our time there ( which made us all like kids again ) and would most likely visit again in the future as there are some small areas that was under constructions.  

For more info : http://www.cavershamwildlife.com.au/

Location : Caversham Wildlife Park ,Whiteman Park, Whiteman, WA, 6068
Opening hours : 9.00am to 5.30pm , daily except for Christmas.
Tickets : Adult ( AUD 27 ) , Child ( AUD 12 ), Student and Senior ( AUD 19 )

 

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A trip down under | King’s Park, Perth

After a well rested day 1, it’s time for some fun in the sun.

We grabbed some pastries and coffee around the corner, and got our rental car from Hertz via Perth’s amazing intercity bus ( I can’t believe it is free!!). Note : #TravelTips to getting a car in Perth is coming soon! 

First on the list, King’s park. The drive through the park was splendid. If you have the time, definitely stroll around, with maybe an afternoon picnic to enjoy the spectacular view of the city and the water whilst surrounded by mother nature. It was far too hot for us, so we drove around the park and stop over at the big Baobab tree to visit the Lotterywest Federation walkway or some called it the glass bridge.  

Kings Park

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[A photo of mummy dearest on the Lotterywest Federation walkway]

We took a short stroll through the bridge, took in the amazing view and spot some wildlife and birds, and walk through the online Success Path. I hold this Perth quote create on the wholesale nba jerseys ground dearly : “to all those who love to play and dare to dream, thank you.” Finally, some overdue appreciation!!

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Off we ran into the car to escape the heat, but it was definitely worth the trip here. #mustdo

#TravelTips: always bring a binocular with you, you never know what you’ll catch! I do not know much about birds but there are so many different species we have spotted on such a short stroll, so that was really something!

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#TravelTips : The drive in the park was wonderful, wholesale nfl jerseys with some view points to stop at – but it is far Ribs too big to be on foot cheap mlb jerseys (don’t be too ambitious!), so get a bike if you can.

For more info : http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park

Location : Perth WA 6005, Australia
Opening Hours :  24/7
Admission : Free

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A trip down under | Perth

Western Australia (WA) is an amazing place to be if you like road trips, wonderful scenery and lifestyle. Recently over the holidays, Stef and I along with my parents took a quick 6 days holiday to see the best of Perth and its surrounding. Let me cheap jerseys just say, cheap jerseys we were superbly well rested and in awed with what WA has to offer despite the scorching summer temperament.

I would like to share with you our trip itinerary as I have had quite some challenges to get all the necessary input searching online on what to do with a family of four.


 

Day 1 (half day) :

First and foremost, we arrived at Perth airport – superbly smooth as Perth Airport is well designed and getting out of there was no fuss at all. Once out, the sign for public transportation was clear, and we quickly got into a taxi.

Our first night there we have decided to stay at the Central Business District for ease of exploration the next day – and to easily pick up our car over at Hertz. Stefan chose The Royal Hotel Perth – its central, really really old ( from 1882 ), 5 minutes from the train station, and walking distance to Elizabeth Quay Is for some great stroll along the Swan River, wholesale nfl jerseys and close proximity to tons of great restaurants and cafes, : most notably for me Ribs and Burgers, as well as Jamie’ Italian.

IMAG5492 IMAG5491A view from our bedroom (top) and the actual view of the hotel back in those days (bottom)

Something to Hello note : do not book Royal Hotel Perth if

  • You have huge and heavy luggage (no elevator in sight)
  • You are a light sleeper (the windows are shaking like there is an earthquake from cheap jerseys cars passing by at all hours)
  • It’s really, really old (so if you dig classic settings , by all Chris means)

Otherwise we had a pretty (Нидерланды) budgeted, decent stay and enjoyed the proximity to Coles supermarket.

The stroll along Swan River and view of the Bell Tower at night was pretty pleasant as well. It’s lively, and there was a wonderful laser show at the water every 20-30 minutes. Definitely a great place for wine, dine and romantic night stroll. We went there around sunset, and the water is so clear we could see jellyfishes close to the dock.

Perth CBD Elizabeth Quay

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Water laser show

It’s wonderful, filled with perhaps tourist as CBD is pretty quiet after hours, and do google up events happening over and around Elizabeth Quay. One thing to note though, 7-Eleven closes at 9pm – so if you need something, get it early!

Pretty delightful first day all and all. Onwards to day 2 …

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