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TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 2017 - My first 100km trail marathon

After 2 years of going haywire from the blogging world ( maybe less coz I blogged for The Borneo Blog ), I have decided to blog about my fi...

Sunday, September 09, 2018

[Food] Alu Alu Kitchen Kolombong Dim Sum


Good news everyone!  Here's a new place to enjoy dim sum.


Alu Alu Kitchen is known for organic and healthy range menus.  These dishes are examined before being served.  Also are healthy and safe to be consumed.  Their seafood are chemical and antibiotic free!

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

[Race] TMBT Ultra Trail Marathon 2018 - 100km

If you haven't read about my first 100km trail running the year before, click here.

But if you just wanna read about my latest race update on 100km, proceed here.


Right off the bat, I probably wasn't feeling it in the first place, had mixed feelings and given that I was still somewhat mentally drained from my first 100km, a small part of me wanted to do better  since I was rather ill last year, and would wanna come back stronger this year.

I contemplated till the very last minute and registered.

Monday, August 27, 2018

[Food] Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant Super Value Set Lunch


Kampung Nelayan Floating Seafood Market Restaurant being one of the famous dining places for tourists and locals for their steamboat buffet has recently launched their Set Lunch Menu.




Tuesday, July 17, 2018

[Event & Activities] Rediscovering Tawau - Part 1

If you've been following my social media (especially Instagram and Twitter), I have been in Tawau for the past 3 days last weekend, experiencing it like a tourist.  Hashtag: beingtouristy.

Hello TAWAU!
I was in Tawau for 4 years during my teen years and studied there.  I don't go back as often as I want but I would definitely wanna go back again to rediscover the food and hiking spots (think I've been to some when I was younger, my dad like to take us around and see places also enjoy plenty of eating, hence why I was a chubbykins when I was younger, thank you dad), maybe can also include diving in the process since I got my license.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

[Events] Milo Breakfast Day Run 2018

I don't usually register for a race/run till the very last minute but this is one of many last minute run that I've registered (okay, that includes TMBT coz I registered before closing date).  

For this one though, I'd registered 3 weeks before (just coz I saw the "bunting" along the road near my house and couldn't resist).  A way to kick start my running haha okay not really but you get what I mean.  Thankfully, they still have shirts my size (size cumil). 

Registration fee was RM30 (and it's cheaper if you registered in a group), you'll get an event tee, a running bib, the medal (given you finish the run/walk) and goodie bags after the run.  It's not a competition guys! (bilang si Cassie).

Apparently, Milo Run is not something new.  It is an annual event and has been around since 2013.  First time for me though, I wonder why I did not register any before.  Glad I did this year.  According to the website, the mission of driving the importance of breakfast as an essential source of energy to take on the day.  I also found out that RM5 of the registration fee goes to charity (correct me if am wrong).

Friday, July 06, 2018

[Activities] PADI Open Water Dive Course

You can't imagine the number of times I rewrite this post (now, while listening to Jacob Lee on Spotify).


Here we go again trying to restart how I wanna write about my Open Water Dive course experience (typing without looking what am typing and let all the juices flow).

I know a lot of people who wanted to explore the underwater world but doesn't know how and where to start.  Thankfully, I have friends who thought about me when they have something interesting to do.  

My first underwater experience was with Borneo Divers, I took the Discovering Scuba, which takes about a day with 2 dives, did it at Mamutik, that was brief, but was definitely a fun experience, though, I wished I had gone more than 10m at that time (didn't know how to equalize and what's up with my buoyancy?), and this was 3 years ago.

Moving forward to 2018, I finally decided to take the Open Water Dive course with my two (2) other friends.  Again, am blessed with people who helped me arrange.  I guess I wasn't thinking straight, I had 10 days to prepare (right after my Maliau Basin trip, I hope I couldn't finish that post soonish, "sabar kamurang").  I mean, what is there to prepare right?  Just do it! YOLO!



Monday, July 02, 2018

[Activities] KK (Kota Kinabalu) Free Walking Tour


Sabah Tourism Board (STB) recently introduced the KK Free Walking Tour.  It is open for everyone (tourist, locals) who wish to learn more about the history (dated back to pre-post and post-war), heritage and culture of KK City.  The tour is currently available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and starts at 9am, Sabah Tourism Board.  


Registration can be made via freewalk.sabahtourism.com or walk in and register at the counter at the STB building (please take note that each session is limit to 15 pax only, it is advisable to register early).  Oh yes, did I mention that it is FREE?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Hypergear Malaysia Promo

I apologize for the lack of update.  I know some of you guys might be waiting for my recent Maliau Basin trip, but fret not, I will do that once am done with getting my open water license.

My Hypergear drybag been to places: Mulu, Mt. Kinabalu, Kundasang, the islands etc
For now, here's what am gonna blog about.

Drybags.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Discover Unique Iftar Experience with Sutera Harbour Resort's Selera Kampung


Throughout this holy month of Ramadan, Sutera Harbour Resort beckons everyone to discover a unique iftar experience in the biggest bazaar in Kota Kinabalu with their famous Selera Kampung.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

"Dapur Berapi" (Kitchen on Fire) by Celebrity Chef Ismail at Promenade Cafe, Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu



Malaysia's very own Celebrity Chef, Dato' Haji Ismail Ahmad (or affectionately known as Chef Ismail) was specially flown by Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu to showcase his mouthwatering Signature Malay cuisines at Promenade Cafe this whole month of Ramadan.  Inspired by traditional and authentic Malay delicacies, Chef Ismail is well known for his meticulous preparation with emphasis on traditional recipes and the preservation of culinary heritage for the younger generation to appreciate.  


Friday, May 18, 2018

[Food] Ramadan Bazaar Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu

 
 

Celebrate the spirit of togetherness at Ramadan Bazaar Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu, the city's most popular Sungkai Buffet, continues to engage diners with Ramadan favorites and new exciting dishes at the hotel's all day dining venue, Latest Recipe.


Friday, May 04, 2018

[Events] Sabah Fest 2018 Musical Theatre: Solungkoi: Jambatan Tamparuli


Sabah Fest returns bigger and better!

Sabah Fest 2018 is a celebration of Sabah's rich and diverse cultures through musical theatre and exhibition under one roof.  It happens annually in the month of May and will kick start the Ka'amatan (Harvest Festival) month with stage performance of Solungkoi on all three nights.  This event is brought to the public by Sabah Tourism Board and is organised by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd.
This year features a musical theatre of a famous landmark in Sabah, the Tamparuli bridge and the stories behind the construction of the bridge.  An epic love story 💜 .


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

[Events] BIG PRIZES awaits winners of MAGGI®'s latest "Jom Masak & Menang Besar" Contest

MAGGI® has always been one of the well known household names around the world, who doesn't own any MAGGI® product at their home?  I know I have.  The must have at home would always be the sos cili, sos tomato, sos thai, MAGGI® assam laksa in packs, MAGGI® cukup rasa, just to name a few.  


This year, MAGGI® returns with MAGGI® Jom Masak & Menang BESAR contest which will commence from 1st May 2018 to 30th June 2018.  That's 2 months for a chance to win exciting prizes which I will get into soon.  To top that off, this contest is only available for SABAHAN.  Higher winning chance for people in Sabah! Yay.

Monday, April 30, 2018

[Events] Suria Sabah Fragrance Fair 2018

Just in case you forgot about mother's day this year, it will fall on the 13th May 2018 and here's an option for gift ideas.


Suria Sabah is having their 2nd Fragrance Fair at the ground floor in front of Metrojaya main entrance starting from 27th April till 1st May 2018 (that's 4 days!).  Tomorrow is the last day! Don't missed out!

Fresh flowers wrapped by Love Arrives 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

[Review] Never Take It Off Bracelets

The time I discovered Black Veil Brides's song Knives and Pens years back, I fell in love.  I've been following the lead singer, Andy Biersack updates since then.


Look at this band then, and now.



Monday, March 26, 2018

[Food] Up2U Cafe, Damai 10th Anniversary on 31st March 2018


Up2U Cafe in Damai Plaza is turning 10 this 31st March 2018!!! 👏👏👏

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary, the cafe is having a RM10 promo on selected classic meals.  Yeap you heard me!  RM10 ONLY.  This was probably the second time I've been here.  The cafe serve simple hearty western food and snacks.  You also can chill and shisha here too.  Serves no pork and serves alcoholic beverages.



Friday, March 16, 2018

[Food] Radha's at the square

 
Radha's banana leaf is now available at KK Times Square.  The former Mr Ho's Fine Food, currently Jesselton Butcher is a fusion restaurant and bar that serves indian and western cuisine.  This restaurant serves no pork and serves alcoholic beverages.  


A good option for people who wanted to carboload is the vegetarian thali set, serves on a thali layered with banana leaf are rice, assorted vegetables, spices, curry and dhal, pickles, dried chili, rasam, payasam, kesari and papadam (mind you, I love papadam, I sometimes buy it from the shops and just eat that like my daily snacks).  Perfect for lunch, full of flavors and taste delicious too.  Just enough portion wise. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Celcom Harith Iskander #KitaOK Live Comedy Tour 2018 in Kota Kinabalu

This might be a little short notice on my part but, Laugh Factory's 2016 funniest man in the world, Harith Iskander is in town! Woot woot? 

Have you got your tickets yet?


Prouldy presented by Celcom, the live comedy tour kicks off at Kuala Lumpur: Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil on February 24th and has been to Johor, Melaka, Penang and Kuching.  The Godfather of standups comedy in Malaysia will finally be in Kota Kinabalu: Port View Palace Hall at Hakka Hall tomorrow at 8:30PM!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

TAMAHA Food Race 2018

A very good morning evening!  Lemme just get myself caffeinated before I proceed with this post (probably gonna be long) of how my last weekend went.  It's pretty obvious from my current banner updates last Saturday (so orangie now).  Sorry 'bout the massive update, being the designated INTAMAHA (I'm impressed with my updates coz it looked pretteh on my feed) for the mentioned race requires me to check in at every location.

This building will be 100 years old on 16th March 2018

My very first food race with 3 of my friends (2 which I come to know from Sabah Tourism - SabahChats gathering since last year).

Ahang, Evan, me and Gotoh

Friday, March 09, 2018

Sabah Tourism Building turning 100!!!


Sabah Tourism building is turning 100 on 16th March 2018.

Did you know?

"Sabah Tourism building is one of the three oldest building in the city other than the Atkinson Clock Tower and the structure of the former Land & Survey Building, with the building formerly housing a post office."  - Wikipedia

Monday, March 05, 2018

[Cafe] Hello Stranger Cafe, The Walk Riverson


If you're looking for a place to chill, have a cup of coffee, maybe catch up with your friends or have some alone time to read a book, here's a place you might want to consider.  Hello Stranger Cafe, located at Ground level at The Walk Riverson, in the heart of Kota Kinabalu city.  Now, I've been asked on many occasions where The Walk Riverson is located, and I spare myself the explanation by saying it is near Imago (people just do not know where KK Times Square or Glenegles is located 😅). 

Outdoor seating but it can get a weebit hot at times.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

[Activities] Mulu Pinnacles (4D3N) Trip 2017 - Part 2

In case you missed the first part of this post, here.

Back to where I left off.  Sorry this took awhile, been having problems with the connection.


Mulu Pinnacles 💜

Day 3: Mulu Pinnacles


Our group

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

[Activities] Mulu Pinnacles (4D3N) Trip 2017 - Part 1

I've lost count to the number of times I've re-written this post, I can't seem to complete it.  It has been a struggle but I'm gonna make sure I complete this 😂.  To those waiting for this post, I sincerely apologize for the delay.  Post 1 is getting longer hahaha help!

Mulu airport

Where to begin?

If you're planning to do the Pinnacles, it is highly recommended to book in advance since there's limited slots available at Camp 5.  Allocate 3 days 2 nights for this tour.  Minimum 3 person per tour.  But if you're going solo, don't worry, they will group you up with other solo travelers :) I'll include a summarize costing for this trip at the end of Part 2 of this post.
 
The return ticket from Kota Kinabalu to Mulu costs RM295.32 via MasWing and I had booked it early, my trip was 5 days after TMBT.  I don't know what I was thinking when I agreed for that trip but I was excited for it.  I was confident about my recovery haha.  Optimist!

Flight to Mulu

There are 2 available flights to Mulu from Miri in a day and 1 from Kuching.  Flights will transit at Miri for immigration clearance (for at least 20 minutes).

My flight was originally scheduled for a 55 minutes flight but somehow it was cancelled (without notice).  Thankfully, friend had informed me earlier (around August, mind you) I had sort it out with Malaysian Airlines.  So, that's about an extra 30 minutes to Mulu.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu Chinese New Year 2018 Buffet Promo

Who's excited for Chinese New Year? ME

Chinese New Year is all about the reunion and gatherings of families and friends; it's also the day in a year where you get to enjoy the holiday's special meal.




Salmon Yee Sang.
Celebrate this lunar new year at Latest Recipe, Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu with a spread of delicious feast prepared by Executive Chef, Fahdrul Bin Hj Abd Malek and his culinary team.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

[Activities] Climbing the highest mountain in Malaysia

Akinabalu
Have you climb the highest mountain in Malaysia? It was my third climb.  Why stop at one?

I have always thought that I'm an adventurous person growing up.  I would climb trees and was active in sports (running short distance mostly).  I had, though, probably gone through a phase growing up and shut myself out from the world somehow.   I hated everything then.  I guess things do change, for the better.  I've discovered myself  again and have started opening up to the world.  

Whenever I wanna try something new, I'll overthink and  would probably find ways to avoid it.  Not unless I have paid for it, then it would be impossible to back out.  That was the first time I climb Mount Kinabalu in 2012 via Mesilau Trail.  I never knew booking a slot/slots was that tedious (especially for a big group) till I did the booking myself.  I've also climbed in 2013 via Timpohon - Summit Trail.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

[Events] Tomei 50th Anniversary: Xi Fu Wedding Collection Fashion Walk 2018


Tomei is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and I happened to be showing my sis a photo of Tomei's new Majestic Celebration collection 2018 (this is so pretty, I kid you not, but it wasn't available for showcase yet.  Maybe will be arriving this week) which I thought looked cute on Instagram 4 days ago and she directly called her contact at Tomei Suria Sabah to check it out, found out about an event happening on Saturday and RSVPed when I said I can bring her.  It's the Luxe Heritage: Xifu Wedding Collection Fashion Walk, showcasing Tomei's sets of gold and silver with diamond wedding collection, and life bridal's wedding dresses.

Program listing

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

[Activities] Murug Turug Eco Resort

It's funny how social media plays a major role in our daily life.  Like how much time a person spent being online?  I know how it feels like not being online for 4 days (Mulu trip, Digi! YUDo this? I survived, will try to finish writing about that, it's in my draft since last year). 


You know that feeling of seeing something so beautiful and wanting to be there?  I have seen a lot and this is one of the places in my bucket list of places to visit.  I also love following food bloggers/instagrammers hehe.

Been so grateful with having people who share the same sentiment about exploring nature and  totally enjoying the moment.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Weekend Buffet at Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Once in awhile, we would wanna pamper ourselves with a good meal.  Having a good diet is important but imagine having the same meal with the same portion everyday of the week, how boring.  (I was on an oat diet for a year before, and the thought of oats just makes me sick now ).  I try to workout at least 4 times a week and not feel guilty with food consumption (I have gone through a strict diet regime before, I just don't have the same mindset anymore).  Lemme just EAT HAPPY!

I remember having 2 times a month cheat day and it always falls in the weekend ❤ you know how we love the weekend.  Here's an option to enjoy your weekend.

BUFFET!

This is the first time for me here at Mercato Restaurant, Avangio Hotel Kota Kinabalu.  Their current buffet promotion:


Promotion starts 20th January 2018 and available every weekend.

Time: 6:30pm to 10pm (Saturday) and 12 noon to 3pm (Sunday).
Price: RM48 nett for adults and RM38 nett for children (aged 6 - 12 years old.

And you can enjoy buffet for the price of 4 when you dine for 5!
      
For reservation and enquiries, feel free to contact: 088-536888.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

[Activities] Bukit Bongol, Kota Belud


Hiking has been the in thing since last year with the numbers of spots that you couldn't have imagine exist.  Kota Belud alone probably have over 30 spots to explore.  I have been to certain parts of Kota Belud, for hiking and camping (Kowatuan and Mt. Minodtuhan) but have yet to visit every single one of these places.

Recently, I'd planned a day trip with friends to the famous Bukit Bongol.  Now you must be wondering why this hill in my bucket list, it has been my bucket list since last year for hills to climb.  Not because it is challenging (the dog made it!) but how it will look like in a photo, we all know how everyone love beautiful photos 😂.  There are 10 peaks in of Bukit Bongol.  Yeap, you heard me, 10!!! Imagine multiple camel backs.

There are 3 known starting point to get there:-
via Pirasan
via Kinasaraban
via Kg. Mandap


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

[Activities] Arnab Village Ranau

A continuation from my previous post.  We left the camp site and proceeded to Arnab Village in Ranau.  What seems to be a short trip became long due to traffic condition heading towards Ranau.  Not too sure what happened, probably an accident?  We were stuck longer than expected (like a 25 mins trip took us more than an hour, whyyy??).  Thank god we have snacks in our car.  Almost lost it.  We had a funny live video on Facebook 😂. 

Every now and then I see a familiar location (race route, KIBBAS!!!) 


Parking spots are available around the area but a bit muddy due to rain.  Entry to the rabbit village is RM5 per person.  There's also a cat room but we didn't go check it out.  

Friday, January 05, 2018

[Activities] Polumpung Melangkap View Camp Site (PMVCS)

This year, I thought I'll get back to blogging.  I don't know how often I will write but I guess it only happens when I have good "free" internet connection and when am overflowing with ideas or when I feel like it.

Neways, recently, I'd planned for a trip for the new year's with the gang.  It's our first camping trip I reckon after few years of celebrating it at a friend's house steamboating, well not really in the wilderness but at a camp site where you don't have to worry about digging a hole everytime you gotta do your no. 2 😂.

Our destination: Polumpung Melangkap View Camp Site, Kota Belud.

It's easy to book and you also get fast reply via WhatsApp (012 871 5576/ 012 828 7376 / 016 824 6529 / 014 650 4122).  More info via their FB and IG.

How to get there?



We set off after having breakfast at Menggatal Ngiu Chap at Inanam around 9:30am and gathered at Kota Belud Town after grabbing some extra stuff that we needed.  I think it was fear of hunger that we had a lot of food especially meat options with us.

Got myself some fried chicken from Sugarbun, so tasty!  I feel like eating this again coz it's so good.


Also bought some sweet corn (this is so good, the stall is just along the road) for RM5 and watermelon for RM7.


Point of entry, parking available
Arrived the camp site around past 1:30pm.  Registered and got the stuff we had reserved prior.
Cost breakdown not inclusive the food that we brought with us.