Mt Kinabalu, Via Ferrata 2011
Arrive in Sabah, greeted by Jan's friends
Get into the van. Still got 2 more fellas will pick them up later.
Laksa and claypot rice
Walking around the shops.... can boil the grass and mandi ...
Some shops nearby the restaurants
Time to move
Kota Kinabalu nowadays got jam also
Stop to buy some mineral water
On the way to the Mt Kinabalu national park
Arrive at the National Park office
Get our permits and hire guides
Lots of tourists
Stop by at the Mountain Torq Office
The world's highest and Asia's first via ferrata on Mt Kinabalu
Who wants to buy t-shirt
Mud and tracktor
Buy some bananas, good for energy
Our driver for today.
Arrive at Masilau resort.
Raining... run from the van and get your luggage out
Put on backpack cover and raincoat
Short walk up to our dorm rooms
Wow, we stayed here last time, looks nicer
Nice and cosy double decker beds
Yummy steamboat... good for cold weather
What's the best way to cook the eggs.
Next morning, all ready for the trek up Mt Kinabalu. Leave some luggage here.
Breakfast... had to wait quite long.
American breakfast. You can also order nasi lemak.
Starting point here.
Our guides handing out the tags.
Still got many trees in the resort
Ok, start trekking....
Too hot can remove raincoat ... better use umbrella like our guide.
Walk walk walk
No not stopping here
Up and up.... already mossy forest
Still got how many KM ?
Photo at the bridge
Chia says this is her 3rd time climbing Mt Kinabalu.
Her friend ask her why she come here so many times.
This time want to try the Via Ferrata mah...
Nice little forest ...
Down down down
Stairs ... got alot of stairs...
Toilet... maybe no water
Ok, stop here for lunch.
Have some sandwich and cheesecake
Squirrel and rat also want to eat.
Ok, already back to Timpohon trail...
Rocks and mud
Rain coat, umbrella, backpack cover... good idea
Up some more
Stop a few mins.. trekking behind Shoo Chan
Up some more... "are we there yet section" .. very misty can't see much
Stop here to have a kit kat...
Waras hut... must be new
Ok, reach Laban Rata... where's everybody...
Via ferrata briefing at Pendant hut
Uuuhhhh ... Sit next to Alvin
Some more briefing by our Via Ferrata guide
We trek up to summit using the blue trail... and come down via ferrata the red one
Red one join back to the shorter green circuit...
Some mat salleh tourist trying out the gear...
Ok our turn
Shoo Chan goes first... loop the rope around the hook
Ok, dinner time and Laban Rata hut
Rice with some vege and curry chicken and eggs
Time to sleep, lights out
10 of us just nice fit into one room
Ok 2.30am wake up and get ready ... Sylvia all set
Everybody going up the summit trail... traffic jam
Not enough air...
Looks like neon pants can glow in the dark...
Walk walk walk some more ...
Already reach the 8km mark lah... want to proceed to Low's Peak ?
Quite flat here.... easy walk.. just follow the white rope to be safe
Ok, Low's Peak is just up there another 15 mins... but, no time lah
That's the sunrise...
Ok, go back down
Amazing landscape... granite rocks etc... looks like another planet
Take some more photos....
Puddles of water
The famous wave thing.... South Peak
Donkey ears again....
Above the clouds
Walk walk walk...and enjoy the view
Looks like Transformers
Some grass here and there... the via ferrata starting point is just in front
Ok, get ready.. maybe have some cheesecake first
Toilet can do it somewhere around
Put on your harness
Guide help us put on helmet and tie the rope
Got 8 of us, split into 2 groups... 4 and 4.
Each group got a guide. Guide will be behind, and holding camera for us
Ok, whose turn to go down...
We are up next...
Ok, Jan go first.. I'm next... woah... very high up, can see Laban Rata
Wow... looks like really got the mountain climbing style....
If raining sure got waterfall here...
Down down one step at a time... uugghh I'm going to vomit again..
Got shaky bridge... piece a cake...
Ok, no more photos... after that raining.. and have to trek down to Timpohon gate
Next morning, at Poring Hot Springs resort... drying off our stuff
Lets go try out the hot springs
Cross the bridge
Got some private pools
Get your swimsuit ready
Hot hot water
Ai yah, have to fill up ourselves... wait quite long.. some leaking one..
Ok lah just soak our toes first...
Ok, check out and back on the road...
Jan's friend give briefing about the fishes... don't grab...etc
Distribute some fish food ... fish very friendly, already trained
Aaaahhh... fish attack
Get some fish massage
Can go to the deeper area to play some more
Mr fish says hello to Jessy
Sucking or biting ? No more food for you...
Alvin poses for photo with fishes
The rest look on...
Ok, there's some food here.. eat something or else get hungry
Back in the van
On the road again...
More dark clouds ... farming area
Stop for lunch at Tamparuli
Chinese tea here free flow...
Ok, bye bye...
Extended tour ........
Check in to Tune Hotel.. first time staying in Tune hotel
Good location near 1Borneo shopping mall
Very slippery floors and ads everywhere
Whaoh, what's this.... got 12 hours of air con left.
Bed... sharing room with Chia. Got one towel ...
Air con and hangers.. and more ads..
Fast, easy and secure online banking.. very convenient...
Ok, need to rent a car for our Kudat trip
Proton wira ? No, looks like they are out of cars today...
Massage next to hotel
Will come back later for a foot massage
1Borneo shopping mall...
Plastic flowers shop... coming to KL soon
Dinner time... specialty is crocodiles, but no we don't want to eat crocodiles..
Ada apa makan ? Bak kut teh
Bak kut teh soup. It taste more like normal soup... Ok lah
Shop for some fruits, too green
Ok, kill some time, everyone go for foot massage...
Got time to watch some movie and relax after all that trekking
Oh, YK is here...
Chia busy making arrangements for the car and kudat trip..
Ok.... this looks good
Map to Kudat, tip of Borneo... no need GPS
Got via ferrata package also
Why I take so many photos of this shop.... good service mah
The lady recommended good place to eat breakfast....
Finally got our transport arrangements
Ok makan.... somewhere nearby, in front of Guardian
Nasi lemak, chicken rice, red bean soup etc
Ok, check out.... 58mins of aircon left
At least they had a nice sink with hot water to wash my clothes..
Store some of our luggage at Tune Hotel
Shoo Chan picks up her laundry ... weight the clothes
Ok, YK driving!
Stop for a drink
Kopi ais ... 4 of us lah...
Ok, arrive in Kudat...makan some noodles
Chit chat with this lady boss.. she says she's from Taiping
Kudat small town, view from the Ria Hotel
Can see the sea
Aaahhhh.... nice and comfy hotel room! Must pamper ourselves once in while..
Hello at the balcony
This is what we came for... helicopter view of Tip of Borneo
Ok, looks like there's a nice paved road...
Ok.. we are here, right at the most northern tip, of Borneo....
nope, didn't see any penguins or seals... just some waves and rocks
Black rocks look like Mt kinabalu rocks
Any tsunami here ?
They are taking photo of me jumping up and down.. huh..
Coconut juice ... while waiting for the rain to stop
Stop to get some beer for tonight...
Go out for dinner... some chinese restaurant....
Got some pasar malam also
Ok, next day........breakfast behind the hotel
Pau for breakfast
With some noodles, milo and lormai kai...
Soup noodles look better ...
Just trying out the local food......
Visit a temple next door
Ok, bye bye Kudat town and we visit other attractions
Either bee nest or waps nest
Get some water...
Can have homestay here
Long house.. with rooms...
Can buy some handicraft here..
Just hangout here for awhile
Ok.. Gong village in Mutuggong
Looks like everyone here specialize in making Gongs
Musical instruments..... some tourist will buy as souvinir
Biggest gong in the football field
Pesta Gong, officiated by YB Chia
Matunggong..... in chinese means "Everything also empty"
Maybe no chinese will want to stay in a town called Matungong
Back to Tune hotel to collect luggage
Check in to backpacker hostel for the night... next day already flying off
Looks like 2 of us have to sleep in the attic
Walk around Kota Kinabalu town
Have some snacks
Can do some shopping here too
Stop at Chia's favourite coffee shop.... sanfrancisco coffee
7.30pm time for dinner, meet up with Chia's friends...
They bring us to a seafood restaurant somewhere 15mins away from town..
Ha, toufu, clams... yummy .. very fresh
That's how you pull it out
Ok, next morning, bye bye. The rest fly to Tawau for some diving and snorkling in Mabul.
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