Wednesday, October 18, 2017


On 05 June 2015, a powerful magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck Mt.Kinabalu and the surrounding area, cracking roads and buildings and killing 18 climbers.We have not been driving there since then. Last Sunday, we took a drive to Mt. Kinabalu Park for a short break.
It's a beautiful morning as we were leaving home
Crossing the half completed "flyover" at Inanam junction.
  Approaching the Tampuruli river.
 From Tampuruli, it's all the way uphill.
It's still a leisure drive from there on, but the condition of the road was not like what it was some 2 years ago. Many parts of the damaged road are still under heavy maintenance. 
Arriving the local Nabalu market.  
On a clear day, visitors could enjoy the great view of the majestic Mt. Kinabalu from the Nabalu's view point. Last Sunday, it was otherwise.    
It's now 30 cents for a "Toilet break" at Nabalu.
From Nabalu, it's another 12 km to Mt. Kinabalu Park. There were heavy maintenance works along  this stretch.
A waterfall just some km before the Park.
 It was raining when we arrived the Park. 
  Visibility was below 50 meters.
 We had out lunch at the "Liwagu" restaurant.
The ever popular "Nasi Lemak" and "Nasi Kumpung goreng" 

We stayed for coffee after lunch and moved on to Kudasang market, hopefully to catch a glimpse of the mountain - to continue.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Having heard so much about the Cafe of Tong Hing Supermarket in Gaya street, we decided to check out their menu last Sunday's evening. It's a high end cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a wide selection of Malaysian and Western dishes. Pricing wise, it's above average.  
Located at 55 Gaya Street in the city.
This cafe also serve beverages like Mocha, Cappuccino, Latte, long or short black, English tea and wines.
The Curry chicken rice and Lasagna were not too bad. Nice presentation! Service provided was extremely professional. Foreign tourists especially Westerners will definitely love this place. 
Before leaving, we bought this RM9.90 cereals mixed grains bread (Sugar free)from their bread corner.

Tong Hing Supermarket was established in early 1959. It was then a pioneer in the retailing and wholesaling of imported foods servicing the western community in Jesselton, North Borneo. Today, the Supermarket continue it's operations in retail and wholesale business in Kota Kinabalu (formally known as Jesselton) area, catering to the upper segment of the market. The business offers a whole range of meat produce, deli, bakery, dairy, frozen foods, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and grocery items. 

If you are looking for high quality imported groceries, Tong Hing Supermarket is definitely the right choice. 


Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Two pairs of the pink-necked pigeons came for the fruits of the Bayan tree near our home. I took the opportunity to try out my camera skill. The pink-necked pigeon is the most common of the green pigeons in Borneo. They are found in the coastal and secondary forest. These birds move around in small flocks feeding on fruits and berries.
 The male with pink feathers around the neck.
It's difficult to take clear shots as the birds were hopping from branch to branch feeding.
Sometimes, hardly visible as the green plumage provided a great camouflage.
  The all green female.

These birds are not only found in Borneo but they are also found in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests are their natural habitats.  

Monday, September 18, 2017


Check Inn Hotel, a brand new property located at the busy Jalan Bunga (Bunga street), is most convenient for business or leisure trip when visiting Tawau. Walking distance to Commercial center and Government offices. Convenient Store, super market, coffee shops and restaurants are just near by the hotel. 
    An eight floor building with 44 rooms.
24 hours reception lobby.
  Lift to all rooms.
Tawau bay view from the upper floors.

Check Inn Hotel features free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the property. All bed rooms are  furnished with a private bathroom with complimentary free toiletries, comfortable bedding, working table, complementary coffee/tea, bottled drinking water, hairdryer and a flat-screen TV with Satellite Astro programs. 
Executive family room
Deluxe King room
Executive Twin bed room
Single room

The current opening tariff is ranging from RM88 to RM158 per room. For immediate inquiries and reservations, do contact them at +6089772193/+6089705114 or email to

Sunday, September 10, 2017


I only knew recently that the upgrading of the 145 km Sapulut - Kalabakan "highway" completed 3 years ago cost the Government RM920 million after reading a news report. The road condition is "bad" today. It is believed that most of the 145 km have been badly damaged by overloaded logging trucks on the road daily. Many road users have voiced their frustration and disappointment that no action has been taken by the authorities like the Road Transport Department and Sabah Forestry Department to check on the overloaded logging trucks. Worst of all, there has not been any repair or maintenance done on the damage parts. Instead, "danger signs" were put up to warn the motorists.   
File pictures of some of the damaged stretches.
Some 20+ logging trucks doing their business every day. We can only "hope" that the authorities could take immediate action.