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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...

Friday, December 21, 2018

[Food] Festive Indulgence and Year-End Celebration at Hilton Kota Kinabalu


Celebrate the festive season with a line-up of gastronomic delights, specially prepared for the joyous season.  From 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019, start the journey with Zest Cafe's choices of festive pastries and bakeries including whole roasted turkey, followed by an indulgent buffet spread at Urban Kitchen to Rooftop Poolside Bar & Grill first wet countdown party!



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

[Events] Innisfree finally in Sabah!!!


innisfree, the No. 1 natural beauty brand from Korea, opens their 12th store in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.  Yayyy finally!  Located at Ground Floor (facing PADINI Concept Store) in Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, the store recently had their Grand Opening last 7th December 2018 and will be having opening specials till 31st December 2018.  This is so exciting!



They had an early bird special on the day, where the first 100 visitors in queue, were to receive an innisfree Pencil Roll Case and 2 pieces My Real Squeeze Mask for free!

Friday, December 14, 2018

[Food] Hotel Grandis Christmas Buffet



Hotel Grandis ushers in the festive season with a calendar of delicious dining and fun-filled entertainment throughout Christmas and the New Year to celebrate the most joyous time of the year.

Photo credit: wanyyg
As a special highlight of the season, the hotel's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony welcomed the public on 12 December 2018 where the hotel is dressed to impress with holiday decors.  The ceremony was held in front of the hotel entrance where by-standers were able to enjoy the beauty of the 15-foot tall Christmas tree.  Plenty of bright LED string lights were strung vertically on the Christmas tree, adding to the air of festivity.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

[Food] A Winter Wonder at Ibis Styles Kota Kinabalu Inanam


Inspired by the magic of the festive season, ibis Styles Kota Kinabalu Inanam presents a blue and silver holiday of "Winter Wonder" to spice up the most wonderful time of the year.  The hotel launched the festive season with their Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony last Saturday, 1st December 2018, marking the beginning of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.



Wednesday, December 05, 2018

[Food] Viva Le Fete with Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu this Christmas


Unlock limitless festive inspirations at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu this holiday season with fascinating dining offers prepared by Executive Chef Fahdrul and his culinary team.  This holiday season will be a delightful Christmas curated with your favorite dishes.



Latest Recipe offers delicious Festive Buffets: - 
  1. Christmas Eve Dinner at RM158nett per adult and RM70nett per child.
  2. Christmas Day Lunch and Christmas Day Dinner at RM138nett per adult and RM60nett per child.
  3. New Year's Eve Dinner at RM158nett per adult and RM70nett per child.

Monday, November 26, 2018

[Food] Hard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu New Lunch Menu


Hard Rock Cafe Kota Kinabalu in Oceanus Mall introduces new set lunch menu starting this Monday, 26th November 2018.



Thursday, November 22, 2018

[Events] Domino's Pizza Officially Opens in Kota Kinabalu - Marks Monumental Entry into Sabah

Domino's Pizza Finally in Kota Kinabalu!!!


Staying true to its commitment of fulfilling the voice of its consumers, Domino's Pizza is now serving and delivering its delicious freshly baked pizzas in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.  Unlike the other outlets, the outlets in Sabah allows consumer to dine in for the experience of the freshly baked pizza.  Its opening in Sabah recorded a milestone for Domino's Pizza in Malaysia and Asia Pacific.  Domino's Pizza Malaysia is ranked the 15th largest market in the world as well as the 5th largest in Asia Pacific.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Activities] Lobou Lobou Trail, Kampung Natai, Telipok

I stumbled upon this when browsing around Facebook pages.


Got my friend, Mag to arrange it.

A newly opened trail at Kg. Natai, Telipok near Kokol.  This trail is handled by Natai Eco Tourism and brings hikers along a 7km loop trail with river crossing, waterfalls and caves, over 800m elevation a.s.l.

I roughly know where Kg. Natai is since me and my running buddies will pass through this junction before running down to Kg. Tombongon for our 21km Kokol Hill training loop.

Price subject to change, please check with Robert as per above image.
Price for hiking only is RM35 and for hiking and abseiling is RM55.

Monday, November 05, 2018

[Activities] Nulu Kebayau, Telipok

There are 5 hills at Nulu Kebayau, Telipok, it has been in operation since 2015 and has since received many visitors especially from the avid hikers.

My IG friend recommended to go there for sunsets when I inquire about the trail.  We had arranged our trip to the trail with the local guide earlier and he estimated we start around 3pm for that.  It's also nice to go for sunrise but you will need to get there earlier.  


The starting point for this hill is SK Kebayau, Telipok.  Now am not sure if, like me, the only SK Kebayau that I know of is located in Kota Belud, boy, I was wrong.  There is one in Telipok, located about 12 minutes drive from Telipok town (I will include the map as follows).


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

[Activities] Mayang Endurance Trail, Kg. Sinorut, Kiulu

I have been off running for almost 2 months after completing TMBT 100 last September, when my friends suggested to explore this new trail in Kiulu under Kg. Sinorut Eco Tourism, the Mayang Endurance Trail 20km loop, I couldn't resist the offer.  I needed the time off from everything and get back to what eases the soul.


As the day finally approaches, am getting nervous, I started to regret my decision.  But glad I proceeded it.



Monday, October 01, 2018

[Food] Damai Foodtruck Gathering


I finally found myself at Damai Multipurpose Hall parking lot with my friends last Friday.  Thanks Charlotte and Beverly for letting me tag along. 


I always wanted to go there but my main concern was parking.  I finally realize that it wasn't a problem coz the foodtrucks use the far end of the lot while visitors can park at the nearby lot nearer to the building.


The Damai Foodtruck Gathering has been going on for quite a bit, handled by Estona Events and Promotions and goes on every weekend from Friday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm.  The numbers of foodtrucks varies from time to time, so do follow their Instagram: estonaeventsandpromotions or Facebook for updates.

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.