Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fleeting moments at Kota Kinabalu...

Just returned three days ago, from a few days' rest at Sabah...
Had always been quite attracted to the charms of Kota Kinabalu city...
She is compact enough to discover by just walking around, which is what I like..
Being a coastal city, the breeze comes in thus making the walks quite pleasant...


We normally take Malaysia Airlines for our flights back to Malaysia...
At Kansai International, we caught a glimpse of the cabin crew scurrying away...

For the past few years on our travels, we have been asking for vegetarian meals...
Not just any vegetarian meal, but Hindu Vegetarian, that is...
The main course consisted of grated coconut with okra, curry chick peas, and flagrant rice...


KK, short for Kota Kinabalu, is quite well known for its food...
For example, the seafood Tuaran fried noodles...
I have heard about how good it is and was happy to be able to try it at a supposedly well known shop just behind the Meridien Hotel...
The taste? A little bit greasy, but not too bad...

Also tried the seafood tom yam noodles...
The dish looked very spicy, but it was ok....
The other thing I like to do while at KK is to walk around the market at the waterfront...
When the sun starts to go low, the hawkers set up shop...

Seafood (again) laid out over a net...
Would have liked to try these but dared not take the risk of having to dash to the toilet....

Sitting next to the hawker stalls are the vegetable vendors...
The different types of mushrooms caught my eye...

The mountain of tomatoes... 

Fresh veggies of the leafy kind...
and bitter gourds...
A kid helping out his dad to carry watermelons...

The salt fish market... not surprising as KK is a coastal city...
There are loads of stuff being sold here... 

Such as shark fins... they still sell these in broad daylight?

And sea cucumbers...
Later on, when we went scuba diving, there was not a single sea cucumber to be seen in the dive sites... guess we know by now where they all ended up...
And finally, stole a shot of a worker processing dried shrimps...