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Amazing Scenic Getaway in Kundasang, Sabah of Malaysia

Hey all 👋🏻☺️, as refer to SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s earlier blog post about her Best Moments in Sabah, Malaysia 🇲🇾 , if you’ve missed it, you may enjoy your read via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/06/30/best-moments-in-kota-kinabalu-kudat-keningau-tenom-of-sabah-malaysia-%c2%b7-day-by-day-itinerary/

In this blog post, she will share about her amazing scenic getaway with FLYPOD Kinabalu Mountain Lodge, Kundasang, Sabah of Malaysia 神山飛点山庄 ğŸžï¸ğŸ¡ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ’¤ğŸ˜ƒ

Actually SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 wasn’t in her itinerary planning to travel to Kundasang ğŸžï¸during this recent Sabah trip. However, just because of a beautiful coincidence that she got to know & engage with FLYPOD team (🌐 https://www.facebook.com/flypodhotelkk/) , a great 👍🏻 1️⃣ stop travel solutions provider, then she got to enjoy a fully recharged mind, body & soul, an awesome scenic getaway at FLYPOD Kinabalu Mountain Lodge ğŸ¡ğŸžï¸ğŸ‘

So, she has checked out & stored her big backpack ğŸŽ’ with FLYPOD Hotel 🏨 (Fee applies ✅), then enjoyed yummy brunch 😋🍽️☕ @ FLYPOD Restaurant before departed to Kundasang ğŸžï¸ with Sky Tee & Jane of FLYPOD team 👫🏻🚗☺️💕

FLYPOD Kinabalu Mountain Lodge ğŸžï¸ğŸ¡ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ’¤ is centrally located at Kinabalu Park, Sabah. It offers a strategic location 📍& comfortable environment with beautiful scenery 😍🤩, if you’re planning your hiking 🥾 to Mount Kinabalu ⛰️, do check out this lodge ğŸžï¸ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ’¤â›°ï¸

Ohh ya…It was took over by a 🆕 management ie. FLYPOD & with its soft opening on 1 Feb 2022. It requires a 2.5 hours car ride 🚗 from FLYPOD Hotel 🏨, Kota Kinabalu International Airport ✈️ & Tanjung Aru Railway Station 🚉 You may engage for the transport service either car, van or bus 🚗🚐🚌 to reach to this lodge with FLYPOD team ya 👍🏻

With the 🆕 FLYPOD team management since Feb 2022, this lodge ğŸžï¸ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ’¤â›°ï¸ğŸ‘ğŸ» is now much improved on its cleanliness & well equipped for all its guests’ necessity comparatively if you’ve read up the TripAdvisor reviews made prior Feb 2022. SiennyLovesDrawing has shared & contributed her TripAdvisor review via 🌐 https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/ShowUserReviews-g3845613-d1028871-r852907728-Kinabalu_Mountain_Lodge-Kundasang_Ranau_Sabah.html based on her lodge stay in July 2022, so more travelers got an updated review, sharing is caring as always ya ☺️💕

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Kinabalu Park ğŸžï¸ğŸŒ³ was gazetted in 1964 to protect Mount Kinabalu ⛰️ & its flora & fauna 🌳🌳, also Malaysia 🇲🇾 ’s 1️⃣st World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO in Dec 2000 for its outstanding universal values & the role as 1️⃣ of the most important biological sites in the world ğŸŒŽ Plenty of nature activities available especially enjoy the trekking trails ğŸžï¸â›°ï¸ğŸ¥¾ğŸ‘ğŸ», more info via 🌐 https://www.mountkinabalu.com/mount-kinabalu/kinabalu-park

Yeah‼️ You may request to stop by the Nabalu Craft Market before heading up the lodge for a quick shopping 🛍️🛒 Had a safe arrival with FLYPOD team though the roads up to the lodge is slightly steep, then enjoyed a cuppa of hot honey 🍯 as welcome drink 😋💕 from the friendly staff here at this lovely lodge, yes ✅, she did felt being home 🏡 & welcomed 🤗

When arrived, 1️⃣st impression to her, it’s absolutely suitable for a nature 🌳🌳 getaway from the busy city 🌆🌇 lifestyle & to enjoy relaxing. Totally an ideal 👍🏻 place for travelers within Kinabalu Park area ğŸžï¸

Let’s stay & enjoy a nice up close nature getaway with the view of the green nature of Kundasang valleys ğŸžï¸â›°ï¸ğŸŒ³ğŸŒ³

Do enjoy her TikTok clip captured from her awesome stay here via 📹🌐

This lodge ğŸžï¸ğŸ¡ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ’¤ is actually owned by FLYPOD which was established in 2017, it was took over & then with soft opening in Feb 2022. FLYPOD is a management company for different business divisions & based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. FLYPOD aspires to be 1️⃣ of the prime movers of the local tourism industry in Sabah, Malaysia 🇲🇾 with FLYPOD Hotel, FLYPOD Restaurant, FLYPOD Cafe Lounge & this Kinabalu Mountain Lodge, also upcoming FLYPOD beachfront, all are set to thrive in serving both domestic & international travellers to Sabah, Malaysia 🇲🇾 Also to be 1️⃣ of the leading sustainable & environmental friendly 💚tourism organizations in the Sabah tourism industry to providing memorable travel experiences to all visitors

It sets 9️⃣km from Mount Kota Kinabalu ⛰️ to offer accommodation 🛌🏻💤 with a restaurant, a shared lounge & a 24-hour front desk for all its guests’ convenience. There is a private bathroom with bidet in some units, along with slippers, a hairdryer & 🆓 toiletries. It offers airport shuttle service with an applicable fee 🚗✈️

This lodge has a garden & sun terrace. She has checked into a Queen Room with Balcony in FLYPOD Kinabalu Mountain Lodge for a comfy night stay 🛌🏻😴💤 Love the comfortable pillow & bed 🛏️ Her room is with attached bathroom & fully equipped with all necessity inclusive of electric kettle, cups, toiletries, tissue papers, towels, water heater, fan (No need for air conditioner, it’s absolute chill cozy with its cooling weather). If required, you may request for mosquito repellent, heater, iron & hair dryer from the hotel reception

Ohh ya…Thanks so much for the mosquito repellent spray & heater set up in her room by its friendly polite lodge staff. The free WiFi connection 📶 here was good during her stay here as she managed to do a work Gmeet 👍🏻 upon her checked in, yeah!! 😀

She loves ❤️ the peaceful calm environment here so much, making she easily fall asleep here, cooling nice ☁️🌡️👍🏻

Guess what❓⁉️

She really had a good rest during her stay here, nice deep sleep 💤😴 with its calm soothing surroundings â›°ï¸ğŸžï¸ğŸ’šğŸŒ³ğŸŒ³ Absolutely a good stay to enjoy maximum rest here 👍🏻

Do check out her FB album posted on her Sabah travels via 📸🌐

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She woke up happily after a great 👍🏻 early night rest here 🛌🏻💤👍🏻 She loves the nice valley view 🪟 from her room & enjoyed birds singing in the morning 🌄🕊️🐦

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is fully charged & energized from her good night rest here 🛌🏻💤👍🏻The cosy comfy environment here making her easily fall asleep on the bed 🛏️, it’s absolutely a good place for resting, highly recommended 👍🏻

During her stay, she has met 2️⃣ Singapore travelers, Naz & Lucas, had good chat with them to exchange travel stories & experiences 👫🏻😃😁 They love their cozy comfy stay here & recommended the trekking 🥾 at Kinabalu Park

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Ohh ya…You can enjoy steamboat meal 🫕🍲 during your stay here, absolutely a great 👍🏻 dining choice with its nice cooling ☁️🌡️, yummy 😋🤤 max

She got to enjoy her favorite hot green bean soup 🥣 (From earlier night supper as she missed it due to fall asleep 💤 unpredictably from the cosy comfy room 🛌🏻), hot honey & fried noodles as breakfast 😋👍🏻

SiennyLovesDrawing got amazed & loved the beautiful view of the Donkey head peak of Mountain Kota Kinabalu 🤩😍 during her morning walk 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️with Sky Tee & the absolute friendly guard dog, Happy 🐕‍🦺🦴

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Highly recommended👏🏻👍🏻 SiennyLovesDrawing really love & enjoyed her great stay here 👩🏻❤️💕

It’s really a good place to be at if you wish to enjoy a silent retreat, me time as well as family time with cooling weather & green nature view

Insider news: There will be a family room soon here (Now construction 🏗️🚧 in progress) with view 🪟 overlooking beautiful mountain valley 😍🤩🌄 Definitely worth to enjoy family time here

Absolutely a good 1️⃣ stop travel hospitality service enjoyed during SiennyLovesDrawing’s extended stay with FLYPOD Hotel 🏨, she really impressed with the friendly customer services from the FLYPOD team, including the guard dog, Happy 🐕‍🦺🦴 @ FLYPOD Kinabalu Mountain Lodge 😃😁 Do keep up the great customer service spirits, SiennyLovesDrawing for sure will be back again, see you ya

Highly recommended you all to connect with FLYPOD team for your Sabah travel ya 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻.

~ FLYPOD, Be welcomed. Be fulfilled. Be at home ~

Yes ✅, SiennyLovesDrawing did felt being home 🏡 & welcomed 💕🤗 during her stay here, will be back again for sure ğŸžï¸ğŸŒ³ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ’¤

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Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/3KHuKRRk5FJatQYs8 (SiennyLovesDrawing has also contributed her Google review as a Google Local Guide ☺️)
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/kmlsabah/

Yeah‼️ #AnywherewithGL ~ SiennyLoves Drawing loves her 🆕 travel companion with Gaston Luga waterproof backpacks ğŸŽ’during this trip 🇲🇾 #sharingiscaring to all #travelbackpack lovers â¤ï¸ğŸŽ’ğŸ’• ~ 15%OFF code “SLD15OFF” & a 🆓 tote bag by purchase every #GastonLuga #backpack or bundle via 🛒🛍️🌐 https://gastonluga.com/my/backpacks

A comfy shoe is recommended for travelling, siennyLovesDrawing has opted for 👟 #LuccaVudorSG ~ Absolutely comfy leather sneakers 👟 for this whole Sabah trip , loving it 💕❤️, 🛒🛍️🌐 https://luccavudor.com/product/

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Arts In Sabah

Updated 6 Aug 2022, 8.30am ~ Added YouTube named Arts In Sabah with SiennyLovesDrawing

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 would like to share about her amazing art exploring trip recently at Sabah

So, what’s arts in Sabah❓⁉️

As an art lover herself, she got amazed with the beautiful wall murals ğŸŽ¨ğŸ–Œï¸ around Sabah that being painted by the local Sabahan artists

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Truly proud of all local art talents shown to the world the heritage & culture of the people in Sabah in different ways, forms & knowledge through art & crafts

Do check out her FB albums posted on her recent Sabah travels via 📸🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennylovesdrawing/posts/pfbid0ZDMHAhaGmYqvWuMmDbWeXULFXRZzbCmkwXLT9XuXX7dyMQzewNmpb64uqe2M6mpDl & 📸🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennylovesdrawing/posts/pfbid0hTUKekAVLMxXLKie9P3fxuXwJmU6Z64iq1V1CtxC4qe7duzjn5ycX9Qmc3dXjWcul & 📸🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennylovesdrawing/posts/pfbid0wJbxEQ8CQLnTL4QKdESdBoWWp5Aa79kqqJ8ym2bnkLYuh6mx1HyaHUkfrKZM8p4Jl

Wall Murals Hunting

Kudat

SiennyLovesDrawing got amazed with the beautiful wall murals ğŸŽ¨ğŸ–Œï¸ surrounding the Kudat ferry terminal jetty ⚓ ticket office. It’s by a local Sabahan artist named Chong Ket Phin (FB: art.painting.50309), a very low profile artist

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948055813525524480-4ivc

Next to the Pasar Besar Kudat for the mural painting at its main entrance & public toilet by the same local Sabahan artist, Chong Ket Phin. You can grab the famous Kudat salt peanut, stingless bee honey etc. from this market

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948305284121419776-4xxs

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vsobCUvbDnyG8Enh9

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This same artist also did some beautiful wall murals @ the public toilet of Kudat Town Board. These wall murals surrounding the COVID-19 prevention messages ie. Wear mask 😷, sanitasing, social distancing etc.

Chong Ket Phin is based in Kudat, so not surprised you will see more beautiful wall murals from him around Kudat during your visit to here ya 🤩👍🏻

Also spotted a wall mural (Unknown artist) with our Malaysia’s talented badminton player, Dato Lee CW @ Kudat Sports Center

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948306083216035840-Uv0o

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/WURbxTftWtX5E7ky9

FB🌐: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063806250237

Tamparuli

Tamparuli Bridge is now covered with traditional murals showcasing the bridge 🌉 history & the ethnics in Tuaran. A short Sumazau dance performance at the entrance by the local students on a volunteer basis, donations are welcome

She has learnt about the sacrifice of a lady named Solongkoi for the Tamparuli bridge built up here

SiennyLovesDrawing really really loves the ways talented Sabah artists showcasing their art talent & telling stories about their home state, the art, cultures & people. It’s truly touching her heart ❤️

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LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948306998702563328-qNrX

Do check out her TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7115401909170687259

Ohh ya…Do check out the famous Malay song ğŸŽ¼ğŸŽµğŸŽ¶ğŸŽ™ï¸ named “Jambatan Tamparuli” on YouTube channel

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/M3hyxPauFaeyHu469

Website🌐: https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/tamparuli-bridge/

Kota Kinabalu

At arrival hall toilets of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA), SiennyLovesDrawing got welcomed & amazed 🤩 by the beautiful under the sea wall murals by local Sabahan cartoonist artist, Jaini Abd. Ghani aka Binjai ğŸ‘¨ğŸ½â€ğŸŽ¨ (IG: Kartunis_binjai) & Sabahan artist, Halim Batak (FB: halim.batak.7). To her personally, both tell stories about Sabah is with many diving 🤿🦪🐠🐡🦈 spots & well known for its under the sea beauty

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6947928269014884352-Tqde

Then outside the KKIA, absolutely an amazing colourful graffiti 😍 named “The Nature Mind of Landscape” by Kenji Chai ğŸ‘¨ğŸ»â€ğŸŽ¨ (IG: mr_kenjichai), it aims as a reminder of the value of nature & how all of us must do more to protect the Malaysia 🇲🇾‘s endangered species, especially Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis Larvatus)

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Actually these art displays at airports are part of the National Art Gallery & Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) initiative ie. KUL Art Airport to promote Malaysian artworks & to showcase these participating Malaysian artists’ cultural identities not just domestically, but also on an international stage. Yes ✅, both domestic & foreign travellers whether now arriving & departing from international airports at KL, KK, Penang & Kuching will be greeted by a series of artworks created by local Malaysian artists. Malaysia 🇲🇾’s international airports are the next cultural hubs

Visit to the Tun Mustapha Tower in the rain 🌧️😆 to view the beautiful wall murals surrounding it 😍 Also visit the Tun Mustapha Gallery to learn the life of this remarkable man, Tun Mustapha from his humble beginnings to his illustrious days as the former Head of State & Chief Minister of Sabah

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LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948736120138436608-JnsW

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/fh3Lpkbfrna5rizT7

Operating hours: 8am to 5pm

Website🌐: http://www.yayasansabahgroup.org.my/

SiennyLovesDrawing loves the giant wall murals @ Wisma Wanita, KK. This murals painting presented by The & Tobpinai which consists of 7️⃣ artists to complete this beautiful giant art wall,

  • En. Sabating @ Baron Kampiau
  • En. Johnny Chin
  • En. Mohd. Aspurani bin Ismail
  • En. Awang Roslan bin Awang Yusoff
  • En. Abrin bin Sabtari
  • En. Munif bin Ahmad Musahar
  • En. Seidi Atiman @ Saidina

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LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949524059000872960-ib80 & do click in to read more about this wall mural story inspiration by 1️⃣ of the involved artist via 🌐 http://mohdaspuraniismail.blogspot.com/2022/02/karya-mural-gergasi-bangunan-wisma.html

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/GwyVYHrfmrZC19BS7

Visit Sinsuran Bin Murals (Opposite Center Point) ie. Mural paintings by Fiaso Art Gallery (https://www.facebook.com/Fiasoart-Gallery-101320511704135/) , by KK Splash Squad & by Josrie Heral (IG: kot4kmimpi) , Intan Munirah Hamzah (FB: NtanMunirah) & Nashrul Azaharie Oredi

Then, continue to visit Bandaran Bin Murals. It’s 1️⃣ row to each other to view the mural painting by Suparno Sapar (Opposite KFC Bandaran), another one by Josrie Heral (IG: kot4kmimpi) , Intan Munirah Hamzah (FB: NtanMunirah) & Nashrul Azaharie Oredi & another one by Canie Peter Tan (FB: caniet)

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949526429923487744-KLWz

Guess what❓⁉️

These are actually the great 👍🏻 efforts by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) aka KK City Hall who initiated painting of murals on public bins & toilets all over town, in collaborations with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) in Oct 2018 to encourage clean city, importance of not litters 🚯🚮 to public, as well as beautifying the city outlooks including trash bins, that’s absolutely brilliant 👏🏻👍🏻

So, you can actually do what SiennyLovesDrawing had enjoyed her bin murals hunting while in KK ya

Next, mural paintings hunting @ 📍 Wisma Intiutama KK, Australian Place & Gaya street

Also spotted mural bin paintings by Binjai, another by Canie Peter Tan, Daisy Raymond Elling & another by Murnie Liana Binti Rahim, Fakhruddin Bin Mohd Yaakub

Stopped by 333 Agromart Local Production & Yees Yogurt, Plaza 333 with mural paintings by Kenny Kinjawan (IG: Kajenjen) & Cracko Art Group (IG: crackoart)

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949529826097549312-a1M6

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Enjoyed traditional Sabah cuisine dinner @ My Native Sabah, Plaza 333. It’s an authentic restaurant that serves Sabah’s unique native traditional foods

It’s a nice place to try & taste the traditional cuisine of different tribes in Sabah, it’s also a bar to relax with friends after your meals here

LinkedIn album on the murals 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949536184041676800-23Ra

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Ohh ya…It serves also the live or fried edible nutritional protein sago worm 🐛 named Butod, more info via 🌐 https://www-mysabah-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.mysabah.com/wordpress/sago-worm-butod/amp/

In this restaurant, also a parrot 🦜 mural painting by Cracko Art Group 😍🤩

Address📍: https://g.co/kgs/bHKe19

Operating hours: 11.30am to 8.30pm , except Sunday

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/mynative.sabah

Visit to wall murals walkway along Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu 🏨🛋️🛌🏻 This was in conjunction to its celebration of 40 Years of Hospitality Excellence & Care in 2019. Do read more via 🌐 https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-borneo-post-sabah/20190802/281578062275805

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The mural paintings were presented by local Sabahan artists ie. Rosmaini Sunarjo, Azlan Dulikab, Lim Sheng Haw, Abdullah Ehlid Al Walid Luli

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6951332767653621760-I_2Y

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/52Z4bdpyXJySbB86A

Visit Wisma Sabah to view the giant colourful graffiti mural wall on this building by Kenji Chai in collaboration with Hotlink. Read more via 🌐 https://says.com/my/lifestyle/kenji-chai-hotlink-sabah-mural-nft

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/T5jQgjXXieBaZHLr6

Enjoyed a big bowl of bitter gourd soup vermicelli with a mix of both fresh fish & fried fish slices as lunch @ 📍 Kwong Sup Ikan

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When stepped in to its air conditioning dining area, you will be amazed with the 1️⃣st aquarium ♒🐟🐠🐡🐢🦀 concept murals by Oka.studios (IG: Oka.studious)

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/esnzdUiFiR5wkoeA9

Operating hours: 7am to 5pm

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/KwongSupIkan/

While she enjoyed her dinner @ Tana Restaurant, Toojou Hostel. It’s a restaurant serving nordic-inspired food with a local twist. Absolutely must try the red snapper here, so fresh & tasty 😋

SiennyLovesDrawing impressed with the inner restaurant design which being covered with attractive murals (with each of the 6️⃣ floors dedicated to a key aspect of Borneo’s tribal mythology, oceans, animals, plants, food & slang) & on a big slide within the restaurant area done by local Malaysian artist, Wilson Ng. Do read more via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/691720201207608/posts/pfbid0Sjf7K7aEsLv6NAnBpBCXfmYkjiVY7yvPTxyji5ZtcA5QiP7Muk5voDtJdrBoEvbpl/

The outer building is covered with graffiti mural painting done by local Sabahan artist, Kenji Chai

Do check out her TikTok clip captured to view the impressive mural arts captured here 😍🤩📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vZUXmgoHx5av6iLSA

Operating hours: 11am to 12am

Website🌐: https://mural.toojou.com/ & https://www.toojou.com/foods-drinks

In conclusion, do check out & listen to her voice over about her Sabah wall murals hunting TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

Art Galleries

Kudat

Visit to G Wonder Khayalan Home Art Gallery, it’s owned by a local Sabahan artist named Jainal Amambing, an award winning artist in domestic & international

Guess what❓⁉️

It’s also known as The Ugliest Home Art Gallery in North Borneo by the artist owner himself

Hmm…Why❓⁉️

Mr Jainal believes in finding art in imperfect things surrounding his life. So, he always love to portray the ugliest things from materials eg. The inner part of the Pokok Berlian, instead of the smooth tree trunk. To him, all things are art in different perspectives

Personally to SiennyLovesDrawing, this actually is a natural real look of an art gallery with the real art space of Mr Jainal to producing & exhibiting his art masterpieces & creative ideas

Absolutely an inspiring amazing gallery visit here. In fact, almost every corner in this home gallery is an instagrammable spot, highly recommended 📸👍🏻

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Entrance fee is required ✅

  • Children 12 y/o & below, RM2️⃣
  • Adults, RM3️⃣
  • Foreign visitors, RM7️⃣

Her impressive inspiring home art gallery visit TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/mCPuyJUBCFEpM8yg9

Opening hours🕘: 9am to 5pm daily, except Sun

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057669840616

Kota Kinabalu

Sabah Art Gallery promotes the arts by local artists. Started 1984, already 38 years old now. A building completed 2013 & belongs to Sabah State Government

Known for being the 1️⃣st green building in Borneo & Sabah, also the 1️⃣st green public gallery in Malaysia 🇲🇾 by using the solar ☀️panel, (partial of the electricity in gallery, especially those lighting on paintings), rain 🌧️ water harvesting for toilet/ rest room usage, sensor movement light, dim 🔅 light systems, sky light to reception area etc.

Its architecture ideas based on traditional basket & 3️⃣ ethnic tribes ie. Rungus, Murut & Dusun in Sabah

When stepped in to the lobby for entrance ticket ğŸŽŸï¸, you will be welcomed by giant Pinakol art installation created with recycled plastic bottles 🤩😍 Then, the reception table is a wood sculpture with kayu tembusu, it looks like a giant hand holding the painting palette ğŸŽ¨, a mini souvenirs shop named Karai84 with 20% commission upon sales made on the local artists’ art & crafts, with priority to Sabahan artists

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/6iTCkKhudYRkeJtZ7

Operating hours: 9am to 4pm, except Monday

Website🌐: https://sabahartgallery.com/

SAG Art Space – The Wonders of Wilderness (WOW 1.0) 🦈🚣‍♂️🐢🐋🐳 is with amazing displays of life-sized marine animals in 3D sculptures & the underwater environment as well as paintings & digital art, including fisherman’s boats too 🤩😍 Read more via 🌐 https://www-theborneopost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.theborneopost.com/2022/01/15/local-artists-hoping-to-implement-creative-arts-projects/

Address📍: Pillars of Sabah

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/wowproject1.0/

Art Workshops

Kudat

Met Madam Agnes Angkung for Litai art making activity @ Rungus Longhouse @ Bavanggazo village

It’s colour beads hand making accessories whether necklace, bracelet etc. The motif on the accessories is known as ‘Vinusak’ which means flower in the Rungus language

SiennyLovesDrawing so happy that she learnt this for the 1️⃣st time & got to make herself a pair of Litai earrings during this hand making workshop

Special thanks to Ms Nana for helping on a side of the earrings , while she did another side to complete a pair 😃

Her travel mate,Ms DG made herself a keychain from this hand making workshop, yeah 👍🏻

Special thanks to Madam Agnes for her patience in guiding her during this hand making workshop. She is very friendly in her teaching & guiding. Highly recommended this workshop ya

Guess what❓⁉️

She actually started this craft art since she was 6️⃣ years old, already with 40 years of experience & expertise 👏🏻👍🏻

Enjoyed Rungus cuisine as lunch here, yummy 😋🤤 tasty

Visitors may opt for a homestay in long house experience here with breakfast, lunch & hand making experience, can be a customized package ya

Her happy Litai hand making learning TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/he3zVrnCV7LiYZQ56

Website🌐: https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/kampung-bavanggazo-rungus-longhouse/

Keningau

Met with Ms Emily Jeneble (IG: emilyjeneble) to learn the Kelarai Craft lesson @ Kg. Batu Lunguyan

It’s a bamboo weaving workshop, hmm…not so easy for SiennyLovesDrawing to even learn the basics ie. Pattern Sinab-Sab . She got lost in counting the numbering to do the weaving, lol 😂

Ms Emily is patiently explained to her again & again, then she got it & managed to do the base for her coaster. Then, Ms Emily allowed her to choose the top pattern ie. Puvok (Owl 🦉 design) & helped her to sew the edges & finished a coaster, yeah 👍🏻

Her TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

@siennylovesdraw

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♬ Music Instrument – Gerhard Siagian

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8n5nNc8cPBUKWnjUA

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/anyamanbuluhkeningau

Website: https://kelarai.avana.asia/

Kota Kinabalu

Met Christianne Goonting aka Tianne @ Lavinia Private Art Gallery to enjoy a beautiful mandala woven art workshop guided by Tianne to use some recycle/ upcycle materials eg. Wooden chopsticks from takeaways, bread bag packaging & with beautiful colourful woven, then happily kept this beautiful craft made after

SiennyLovesDrawing learnt the basics & enjoyed to string her magic to form her 1️⃣st mandala woven crafting for the 1️⃣st time

Also she shared that string art is an art arrangement with coloured threads & are wound around a grid of nails on a board to form a specific pattern or image

A great 👍🏻 met up & chit chat with her, also had an amazing visit to her home gallery & got inspired by her art passion & creating mind to have recycling & upcycling in mind, bravo 👏🏻

Ohh ya…She is accepting local artists artworks to display at her gallery at no cost to support local art talents community 👍🏻

Do check out her TikTok clip captured from her time @ Lavinia Private Gallery 📹🌐

@siennylovesdraw

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Operating hours: On appointment basis via email 📨 to me@tianne.org OR contact Tianne📱+6019-8811330

Address📍: Lavinia Private Art Gallery, 495 Jalan Sang Kancil 1, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Website🌐: https://tianne.org/gallery

There is an on going event ie. University Village Art Fair (UVAF) & have attended Henna (Temporary tattoos) workshop @ 1st Floor, Nature Inspiration Art Gallery(NIAG), University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF)

The workshop is guided by Mr Muhammad Saffwan Abdul Liel Hawa (IG: HennaSapok & IG: Mandalasapok) who already in this art passion & career path of 13 years, since he has resigned from Mari Mari Culture Village performer & henna demo

He is now based in KK with blood of dusun & murut, born in home town @ Ranau. Actually he self taught himself with henna practice on own 2 weeks before making for the visitors at the culture village. Known for his Borneo themed design & will bring along costumes to wear & take photos with his henna drawn

Do check out her TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rMsZh7ftydxyqxxv6

Operating hours: 8am to 5pm

Website🌐: https://www.ucsf.edu.my/niag/

Went to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to visit the Azman Hashim Gallery. It was built in 2017 & opened in Nov 2021. Personally, SiennyLovesDrawing is amazed with the nice building architecture & design. This building has a round design structure inspired by Sabah’s traditional musical instrument “Gong”, while within the inside of this building, you will spot a traditional fishing tool named “Bubu” shape inspired tower named Menara Beria 🤩

There are some beautiful wall murals surrounding the Anjung Beria & with nice view overlooking the South China Sea from its Menara Beria rooftop

LinkedIn albums 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948943473379061760-U53- & 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948940750176858112-BACO

This gallery has space features ie. closed, open exhibitions & corridors. She had the privilege to meet the Akademi Seni dan Teknologi Kreatif (ASTiF) students here & visited the on going art exhibition named NAFS “The Secret Of NAFAS BAYU : Kesatuan Alam” (🆓 admission) , more info via 🌐 https://qrco.de/bd7UHL & 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/nafs.exhibition.ums/

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948946265665638400-aYFb

Insider news📌: Moving forward, this gallery will expand its art park to keep & exhibit art sculptures, as well as with event & dining space. Still in the planning stage at the moment

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ph39YVSXB8rZbRZB7

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/galeri.azmanhashimums.92

Tenom

Murut Cultural Centre is the largest ironwood (Kayu Berlian, it was believed that if the tree trunk kept longer it will turn as diamond ğŸ’ŽğŸ’) building in Borneo aka Murut palace, it’s located in Kampung Inalisan Pulong, Tenom

Her travelmates & herself enjoyed trying the colourful Murut costumes, Tuka Tuka ~ the Murut Custom, blow pipe, Langsaran (Trampoline) etc.

A good experience to explore this centre to learn more about the history & cultures of Murut tribes. There is an area exhibited the jars usage in ancient time within this gallery that no camera is allowed as it’s a respect to a real submission of “Tangkal” ie. Coffin ⚰️ in a jar to display in this cultural center

Worth a visit ya 👍🏻 Do enjoy her TikTok clip captured from her amazing visit here via 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Ggmxg6xntafVX2Lq7

Operating hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Website🌐: https://culture.sabah.gov.my/?q=page/Sabah-Murut-Cultural-Centre-Tenom & 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/murut-cultural-centre

SiennyLovesDrawing would like to express her heart ❤️ warm special thank you for the awesome 5️⃣ days accompany of Sabah Tourism Board team members, Ms DG, Ms Nana & Ms Mel. Really appreciate the help to capture precious travel moments of her & also great 👍🏻 trust of her art, blogging & content creation passion ✍🏻👩🏻‍💻

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A special thanks to tour services delivered by the tour guide, Mr Tommy Soo & driver, Mr Peter of Borneo Exclusions. A special thank you for their great 👍🏻 & friendly hospitality throughout these 5️⃣ days for a safe smooth road journey traveled in Sabah. Mr Peter was so careful & dedicated in his driving to offer all a safe car rides 🚗 Mr Tommy was so so humorous & resourceful professional in providing the tourist spots information. So, if you’re traveling to Sabah & require tour services, do check out Borneo Exclusions via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/borneoexcursions/

Do check out her earlier blog post about her Sabah travel bucket list via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/04/05/flymetosabah-bucket-list-to-tick-off/

& blog post about her best moments in Sabah via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/06/30/best-moments-in-kota-kinabalu-kudat-keningau-tenom-of-sabah-malaysia-%c2%b7-day-by-day-itinerary

So, do enjoy this YouTube 📹🌐 of Arts In Sabah with SiennyLovesDrawing & TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7124462765183405338

SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

Best Moments in Kota Kinabalu, Kudat, Keningau & Tenom Of Sabah, Malaysia · Day by Day Itinerary

Updated 15 Aug 2022, 9.05am

Note📌: This blog post was progressively being updated by SiennyLovesDrawing during her trip, hmm…A superb long story, enjoy reading ya 😀

Hey all 👋🏻☺️, do you remembered reading SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻’s earlier blog post about her Sabah travel bucket list❓⁉️ To recall, you may enjoy your read via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/04/05/flymetosabah-bucket-list-to-tick-off/

Guess what❓⁉️

Her travel wish comes true, yes ✅, she travels in Sabah now, Malaysia 🇲🇾 This is her 1️⃣st trip by air 🛫 out of Kuala Lumpur (KL) city since Post-Covid with the state borders & international borders reopened @ Malaysia 🇲🇾

In this blog post, she will share briefly her itinerary planning & then with more details from her own personal travel experiences & observations about COVID-19 travel procedures, peoples, places & the food she encounters during this domestic trip @ Sabah in upcoming blog posts, do stay tuned ya 😃

Do check out her FB albums posted on her Sabah travels via 📸🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennylovesdrawing/posts/pfbid0ZDEEAgGaViiSmiaESro69UQubF1EpcmrWC6gZAZB3Qo3iUB8VdLR2CFaDAqcnLxkl & 📸🌐 https://facebook.com/100057989202221/posts/pfbid02kjpUdBjPpDyjDrMRjCkW59pvg24WVYTLr9Ep4nrdiBGeGZJhbYFtvWwMedvJTnahl/ &📸🌐 https://facebook.com/100057989202221/posts/pfbid0wDTvapLUrZHf5Ae5aZQBm2F4cVFFiVwuWgSL1pbtNi6bW8rju7wzDwLbnfnq8sggl/

Travel Preparation & Checklist

  • Identification card (I/C) for local Malaysians 🇲🇾 OR international passport 🛂 for foreigners 🙅🏻‍♀️🇲🇾, must ensure at least 6️⃣ months validity ya 👍🏻
  • Digital Certificate of Vaccination ~ Personally she suggests to screenshot & keep a copy offline in all your devices to avoid no network OR connectivity issues while travelling to roads less traveled or rural areas then🧳
  • Wef. 1 Dec 2021, COVID-19 RT-PCR or RTK-Ag swab test prior to travel is no longer required, EXCEPT FOR partially vaccinated & not vaccinated prior to entering Sabah
  • Wef. 1 May 2022, COVID-19 travel insurance is no longer required
  • Wef. 1 May 2022, MySejahtera Check-ins are no longer required
  • All visitors to Sabah both domestic & international will be given a social travel pass with 90 days validity at immigration counter. Must safe keeping it as you will need it again at the time you leave Sabah. Penalty occurs if lost it
  • Do wear comfortable shoes & travel light as SiennyLovesDrawing always enjoy, #AnywherewithGL with Gaston Luga waterproof backpacks ğŸŽ’during this trip 🇲🇾 ~ 15%OFF code “SLD15OFF” & a 🆓 tote bag by purchase every #GastonLuga #backpack or bundle via 🛒🛍️🌐 https://gastonluga.com/my/backpacks & SiennyLovesDrawing also has opted for #LuccaVudorSG comfy leather sneakers 👟 for this whole trip at Sabah, loving it 💕❤️, 🛒🛍️🌐 https://luccavudor.com/

Personally, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is fully vaccinated, including booster vaccine, she still performed the swab test prior her trip. So, she would like to HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all fully vaccinated travelers whether travelling to/from domestic or international to be PCR tested before travel trips for the peace of mind & the safety of others #kitajagakita

Day 1️⃣

Her Premium Flex with Air Asia flight has departed to Kota Kinabalu (KK) from Kuala Lumpur International airport (KLIA2) @ 5.30am

Guess what❓⁉️

SiennyLovesDrawing was nearly missed her flight for the 1️⃣st time ever, she was lucky 🍀 that she didn’t, so you all still get to read her stories here 😅😂🤣

Unsure & don’t know why she wrongly remembered the Boarding Gate for her flight. Actually she got an angel 😇 who he helped to take her photo – Kota Kinabalu wall at departure hall. He asked, which is your boarding gate❓⁉️ She confidently answered Gate K 🤦🏻‍♀️, if she bothered to recheck her boarding pass again, she would definitely saved her energy to run & rush to the other end for the correct boarding gate that early morning

She was thankful 🙏🏻 that she got on the flight 🛫 to KK, she felt blessed. So, moral of this story to you all, do recheck your boarding gate before you walk towards it to wait for your flight boarding, if missed a flight is definitely not good ya

It’s really feeling good while on board with flight ✈️ after 2️⃣++ years, enjoyed looking out the flight window to feel the warm sun 🔆 rays & seeing the dancing clouds ☁️ up close while enjoyed her favourite flight meal ~ Santan Nasi Lemak Pak Nasser

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6947922297739460608-jJMu

Kota Kinabalu (KK)

Arrived safely at KK international airport (KKIA) @ 8am, a 2 hours 30mins flight journey

Happy flight to KK TikTok clip captured 📹🌐

Guess what❓⁉️

At arrival hall toilets, she got amazed 🤩 by the beautiful under the sea wall murals by local Sabahan cartoonist artist, Jaini Abd. Ghani aka Binjai ğŸ‘¨ğŸ½â€ğŸŽ¨ (IG: Kartunis_binjai) & Sabahan artist, Halim Batak (FB: halim.batak.7). To her personally, both tell stories about Sabah is with many diving 🤿🦪🐠🐡🦈 spots & well known for its under the sea beauty

When she captured the photos & videos these murals especially at Gent toilet, she got stopped with thought that she went in to wrong toilet, lol 😆😂

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6947928269014884352-Tqde

Then, absolutely an amazing colourful graffiti 😍 named “The Nature Mind of Landscape” by Kenji Chai ğŸ‘¨ğŸ»â€ğŸŽ¨ (IG: mr_kenjichai), it aims as a reminder of the value of nature & how all of us must do more to protect the Malaysia 🇲🇾’s endangered species, especially Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis Larvatus)

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As an art lover herself, she got amazed with the beautiful wall murals ğŸŽ¨ğŸ–Œï¸ at KKIA painted by the Sabahan artists. Truly proud of all local art talents shown to the world the art & culture of the people in Sabah in different ways, forms & knowledge through art

Actually these art displays at airports are part of the National Art Gallery & Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB) initiative ie. KUL Art Airport to promote Malaysian artworks & to showcase these participating Malaysian artists’ cultural identities not just domestically, but also on an international stage. Yes ✅, both domestic & foreign travellers whether now arriving & departing from international airports at KL, KK, Penang & Kuching will be greeted by a series of artworks created by local Malaysian artists. Malaysia 🇲🇾’s international airports are the next cultural hubs

Happily met & greet with Sabah Tourism Board team members, Ms DG & Ms Nana, as well as tour guide, Mr Tommy Soo & driver, Mr Peter of Borneo Excursions at KKIA. Then, departed together to Kudat on a road trip of approximately 3.5 hours

SiennyLovesDrawing had get to know them chit chat & then closed her eyes 👀 & rest during this road 🛣️ journey 💤😴🥱, she had an early morning 🌅, time to recharge so can gain energy to share more juicy stories with you all ya 🤗💪🏻🙌🏻

Kudat

Arrived at Kudat Esplanade Sidek ⚓ @ 12pm

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/QaKaMejiJ569AHWh6

Next, a 🔟mins boat ride 🛥️ to enjoy lunch @ 📍🍽️🐟 James Tambakan Fish Farm

Yeah‼️ Time to enjoy healthy delicious live & fresh seafood dishes, either steamed or boiled, yummy 😋🤤

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Visitors can opt to enjoy fish snorkeling 🤿 & feeding fish 🐟🐠 at farm here

Happy fish farm visit & fresh live seafood lunch enjoyment TikTok clip captured 📹🌐

Address📍: 🔟mins boat ride 🛥️ from Esplanade Sidek or Kudat Marina Jetty

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/jamesfishfarm/

After lunch, visited to Kudat Ferry ⛴️ Terminal Jetty ⚓

Guess what❓⁉️

Again, she got amazed with the beautiful wall murals ğŸŽ¨ğŸ–Œï¸ surrounding this jetty ⚓ ticket office. It’s by a local Sabahan artist named Chong Ket Phin (FB: art.painting.50309), a very low profile artist

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948055813525524480-4ivc

This artist is based in Kudat, so not surprised you will see more beautiful wall murals from him around Kudat during your visit to here ya 🤩👍🏻

Do check out & listen to her voice over about her Sabah art exploring TikTok clip via 📹🌐https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7116705559709371674

Then visit the G Wonder Khayalan Home Art Gallery

It’s owned by a local Sabahan artist named Jainal Amambing, an award winning artist in domestic & international

Guess what❓⁉️

It’s also known as The Ugliest Home Art Gallery in North Borneo by the artist owner himself

Hmm…Why❓⁉️ Do check out her next blog post on ~ Arts in Sabah via  https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/07/26/arts-in-sabah/ ya ☺️💕

Personally to SiennyLovesDrawing, this actually is a natural real look of an art gallery with the real art space of Mr Jainal to producing & exhibiting his art masterpieces & creative ideas. Absolutely an inspiring amazing gallery visit here. In fact, almost every corner in this home gallery is an instagrammable spot, highly recommended 📸👍🏻

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Entrance fee is required ✅

  • Children 12 y/o & below, RM2️⃣
  • Adults, RM3️⃣
  • Foreign visitors, RM7️⃣

Her impressive inspiring home art gallery visit TikTok clip captured ya 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/mCPuyJUBCFEpM8yg9

Opening hours🕘: 9am to 5pm daily, except Sun

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057669840616

Happy full tummy dinner @ 📍🍽️ Restaurant Hock Cheong 福昌

This restaurant is a famous wedding lunch or dinner opted by most of the local Sabahan in Kudat as it serves delicious 😋🤤 foods

All dinner dishes ordered so so yummy tasty 😋👍🏻 personally she enjoyed the butter prawn the most from this dinner

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Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ohJsqtrQCQfhmXMy8
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=154929537938987&__tn__=C-R

Checked in @ D’View Holiday Homes for a comfy night rest. A very clean, nice, comfy & spacious room with nice view to the Bak Bak beach ⛱️🏖️

She slept early since no wifi was available, also she was superbly tired of her early day & long road journey…A comfy bed to rest on 🛏️😴💤

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Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/1axyfadCv1NozSy56

Website🌐: https://dviewkudat.com/

Day 2️⃣

Woke up energetic after a good night recharged 💤👍🏻

Approximately 16mins car ride to enjoy breakfast @ Rainbow 🌈 Kitchen / Rainbow 🌈Herbs, the well known dish serves here is Tom Yam soup 🍲

SiennyLovesDrawing has tried from her travel mate order & loves the creamy milky non spicy Tom Yam served here

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She has ordered the fish head noodles served here, she is not too into the flour coated of the fish when she chewed on the fish meat. However the soup really a good boiled & with typical Chinese style cooking 👍🏻

Do note that the serving portion here is smaller because it serves as breakfast ya ☺️

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/F4XygZFqvbruofhq8

Operating hours: 7am – 1.30pm

FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainbow-Herbs-Kudat/428416687215555

Next to the Pasar Besar Kudat for the mural painting at its main entrance & public toilet by the same local Sabahan artist, Chong Ket Phin

You can grab the famous Kudat salt peanut, stingless bee honey etc. from this market

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948305284121419776-4xxs

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vsobCUvbDnyG8Enh9

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This same artist also did some beautiful wall murals @ public toilet of Kudat Town Board

Also spotted a wall mural (Unknown artist) with our Malaysia’s talented badminton player, Dato Lee CW @ Kudat Sports Center

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948306083216035840-Uv0o

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/WURbxTftWtX5E7ky9
FB🌐: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063806250237

Next, visit Rungus Longhouse @ Bavanggazo village to meet Madam Agnes Angkung for Litai art making activity

It’s colour beads hand making accessories whether necklace, bracelet etc. The motif on the accessories is known as ‘Vinusak’ which means flower in the Rungus language

SiennyLovesDrawing so happy that she learnt this for the 1️⃣st time & got to make herself a pair of Litai earrings during this hand making workshop. Special thanks to Ms Nana for helping on a side of the earrings , while she did another side to complete a pair 😃

Her travel mate,Ms DG made herself a keychain from this hand making workshop, yeah 👍🏻

Special thanks to Madam Agnes for her patience in guiding her during this hand making workshop. She is very friendly in her teaching & guiding. Highly recommended this workshop ya

Guess what❓⁉️

She actually started this craft art since she was 6️⃣ years old, already with 40 years of experience & expertise 👏🏻👍🏻

Enjoyed Rungus cuisine as lunch here, yummy 😋🤤 tasty

Visitors may opt for a homestay in long house experience here with breakfast, lunch & hand making experience, can be a customized package ya

Her happy Litai hand making learning TikTok clip captured 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/he3zVrnCV7LiYZQ56
Website🌐: https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/kampung-bavanggazo-rungus-longhouse/

Tuaran

Departed to Tamparuli Bridge with road trip of approximately 2 hours+

Now, the bridge is covered with traditional murals showcasing the bridge 🌉 history & the ethnics in Tuaran

SiennyLovesDrawing really really loves the ways talented Sabah artists showcasing their art talent & telling stories about their home state, the art, cultures & people. It’s truly touching her heart ❤️

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948306998702563328-qNrX
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A short Sumazau dance performance at the entrance by the local students on a volunteer basis, donations are welcome

Do check out her TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7115401909170687259

Ohh yaDo check out the Malay song ğŸŽ¼ğŸŽµğŸŽ¶ğŸŽ™ï¸ named “Jambatan Tamparuli” on Youtube

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/M3hyxPauFaeyHu469
Website🌐: https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/tamparuli-bridge/

Keningau

Then visit to Keningau with road trip of 2 hours 7mins

During the journey, has passed by & stopped for toilet break at this highlands area named Tambunan, it’s with beautiful nature green 💚 scenery along the journey, fresh air & cold ❄️🥶 weather. Next time SiennyLovesDrawing wanna visit here again

Yeah‼️ Dropped by to takeaway the famous Lai Pao Chicken Wings @ Keningau ☺️ Special thanks to Ms DG for her recommendation, SiennyLovesDrawing fit to enjoy a slightly sweet taste coated fried chicken wings here, it’s yummy tasty 😋🤤 to chew on the juicy tender bites, however just slightly oily, it was a nice try ya

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Do check out her tasty Lai Pao fried chicken wings enjoyment TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7131896192652430618

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Sk2cxa9Ec95kiims9

Website 🌐: https://laipaofriedchickenwing.business.site/

Arrived 7pm @ Keningau & had Bak Kut Teh dinner @ Restaurant Yau Hau Fook Bak Kut Teh Keningau

Frankly, 1️⃣st time she tasted NO herbs taste & slightly salty Bak Kut Teh

HmmSiennyLovesDrawing is not gonna recommending this shop, hence no location details to be shared

Her travel mates have shared that the other Bak Kut Teh shop named Ho Peng Cafe (ie. same row as this shop), it serves better Bak Kut Teh, so perhaps worth to try if you happen to be at Keningau then. If you do, welcome to share your foodie feedback with her ya ☺️

After dinner, checked in to Mee Woo Resort & Spa for a comfy night rest as the bed 🛌was clean & comfy

Hmm…Her hotel room not a very well maintained room, the water heater was not very hot, the ventilation fan not working well with not pleasant smells, also she spotted a baby cockroach in her wash room 🪳😳🤯

Then, she was really disappointed that the wifi was so weak & unable to connect in the room. Hope it improves better then

It’s worth checking out its swimming pool with slides (Including kids pool) aka water park here. For non hotel guests, you may pay an entrance fee to enter & enjoy this water park ğŸžï¸ It offers spa services with reasonable price within it

SiennyLovesDrawing has not checked out the pools & spa services during this stay

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/4SPwzaqdMwP2friM6
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/MeeWooResortandSpa/

Day 3️⃣

To Kris Vin Delicatessen to enjoy its famous Nasi Lemak with fried chicken drumbstick, buns & cakes 🫓🥐🍰

Once stepped in, you will be welcome with buttery bakery smell, yes ✅, smells so good & tempting

Herself & travel mates have packed some buns & cakes to enjoy during long car 🚗 ride to Tenom & KK later

Do stay tuned for her next stories on What To Eats @ Sabah blog post ya 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rbZXDkFYGyMMNJDk9
Operating hours: 9am to 5pm

To Kg. Batu Lunguyan, Keningau to meet with Ms Emily Jeneble (IG: emilyjeneble) to learn the Kelarai Craft lesson

It’s a bamboo weaving workshop, hmm…not so easy for SiennyLovesDrawing to even learn the basics ie. Pattern Sinab-Sab . She got lost in counting the numbering to do the weaving, lol 😂

Ms Emily is patiently explained to her again & again, then she got it & managed to do the base for her coaster. Then, Ms Emily allowed her to choose the top pattern ie. Puvok (Owl 🦉 design) & helped her to sew the edges & finished a coaster, yeah 👍🏻

Do check out her bamboo coaster weaving TikTok clip captured 📹🌐

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♬ Music Instrument – Gerhard Siagian

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/8n5nNc8cPBUKWnjUA
Operating hours:
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/anyamanbuluhkeningau

Website: https://kelarai.avana.asia/

Tenom

Went to Lai Brother Cafe to enjoy its famous Tenom fried noodles

It’s tasty that you have tasted the good fry of the noodles “wok hei” in Cantonese dialect. Also the style is similar to our Cantonese Ying Yong noodles ie. Fried noodles topped with thick egg gravy served with roasted pork, fish cake & vegetables

Do stay tuned for her TikTok clip ya 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ShXWEQYdu54uxVs58
Operating hours: 6am to 10pm
Website🌐: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Product-service/Lai-Brother-Cafe-%E8%B3%B4%E6%B0%8F%E5%85%84%E5%BC%9F%E8%8C%B6%E9%A4%90%E5%BB%B3-110316644173136/

After lunch visit to Murut Cultural Centre

Hmm…It’s the largest ironwood (Kayu Berlian, it was believed that if the tree trunk kept longer it will turn as diamond ğŸ’ŽğŸ’) building in Borneo aka Murut palace, it’s located in Kampung Inalisan Pulong, Tenom

Her travelmates & herself enjoyed trying the colourful Murut costumes, Tuka Tuka ~ the Murut Custom, blow pipe, Langsaran (Trampoline) etc.

A good experience to explore this centre to learn more about the history & cultures of Murut tribes. There is an area on jars usage in ancient time in this gallery that no camera allowed as it’s a respect to a real submission of “Tangkal” ie. Coffin ⚰️ in a vase to display in the center

Worth a visit ya 👍🏻

Enjoy her TikTok clip captured from her amazing visit here ya 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Ggmxg6xntafVX2Lq7

Operating hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Website🌐: https://culture.sabah.gov.my/?q=page/Sabah-Murut-Cultural-Centre-Tenom & 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/murut-cultural-centre

Kota Kinabalu (KK)

Departed to KK with road trip of 2.5 hours & enjoyed dinner @ Tana Restaurant @ Toojou Hostel. It’s a restaurant serving nordic-inspired food with a local twist. Absolutely must try the red snapper here, so fresh & tasty 😋

Do check out her TikTok clip captured to view the impressive mural arts @ its staircases 😍🤩📹🌐

SiennyLovesDrawing impressed with the inner restaurant design which being covered with attractive murals (Each of the 6️⃣ floors dedicated to a key aspect of Borneo’s tribal mythology, oceans, animals, plants, food & slang) & a big slide within the restaurant area by local Malaysian artist, Wilson Ng. The outer building is covered with graffiti mural painting done by local Sabahan artist, Kenji Chai

Do read more via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/691720201207608/posts/pfbid0Sjf7K7aEsLv6NAnBpBCXfmYkjiVY7yvPTxyji5ZtcA5QiP7Muk5voDtJdrBoEvbpl/

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/vZUXmgoHx5av6iLSA
Operating hours: 11am to 12am
Website🌐: https://mural.toojou.com/ & https://www.toojou.com/foods-drinks

Checked in to The Luma Hotel. It’s 1️⃣st creative design hotel since Jan 2022, yes ✅, a 🆕hotel ğŸ©ğŸ›‹ï¸ğŸ›ŒğŸ»ğŸ›Žï¸ being designed with Sabah’s majestic tropical rainforest 🌳🌳 & unique culture. It offers all travellers an escape from the city’s hectic life. It aspires to support local talents & promote environmental sustainability 💚

SiennyLovesDrawing really enjoyed her absolute comfy 2️⃣ nights stay here in its Palm Marvellous Double Bedroom. Got to enjoy the bath tub after a tiring day with rose 🌹🛁 salt provided & in room coffee machine for an early cuppa ☕ while updating blog post for you all ☺️💕

Do stay tuned for her TikTok clip ya 📹🌐
Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/hMmKVGJfqzmyhGdy7

Website🌐: https://thelumahotel.com

Day 4️⃣

Enjoyed simple buffet breakfast served @ Jojobar Restaurant (1️⃣st floor of The Luma Hotel)

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Then visit the Tun Mustapha Tower in the rain 🌧️😆 to view the beautiful wall murals surrounding it 😍

Also visit the Tun Mustapha Gallery to learn the life of this remarkable man, Tun Mustapha from his humble beginnings to his illustrious days as the former Head of State & Chief Minister of Sabah

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948736120138436608-JnsW

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/fh3Lpkbfrna5rizT7
Operating hours: 8am to 5pm
Website🌐: http://www.yayasansabahgroup.org.my/

Proceeded to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to visit the Azman Hashim Gallery. It was built in 2017 & opened in Nov 2021. Personally, SiennyLovesDrawing is amazed with the nice building architecture & design. This building has a round design structure inspired by Sabah’s traditional musical instrument “Gong”, while within the inside of this building, you will spot a traditional fishing tool named “Bubu” shape inspired tower named Menara Beria 🤩 There are some beautiful wall murals surrounding the Anjung Beria & with nice view overlooking the South China Sea from its tower rooftop

LinkedIn albums 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948943473379061760-U53-

& 📸🌐https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948940750176858112-BACO

This gallery has space features ie. closed, open exhibitions & corridors. She had the privilege to meet the Akademi Seni dan Teknologi Kreatif (ASTiF) students here & visited the on going art exhibition named NAFS “The Secret Of NAFAS BAYU : Kesatuan Alam” (🆓 admission) , more info via 🌐 https://qrco.de/bd7UHL & 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/nafs.exhibition.ums/

LinkedIn albums 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948946265665638400-aYFb

Insider news📌: Moving forward, this gallery will expand its art park to keep & exhibit art sculptures, as well as with event & dining space. Still in the planning stage at the moment

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ph39YVSXB8rZbRZB7
Operating hours:
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/galeri.azmanhashimums.92

Lunch at Borenos Fried Chicken, Alamesra (🆕 outlet since Apr 2022) & with a privilege to meet & chat with the friendly founder, Ms Janice

It’s a Sabah’s local healthier version of fried chicken as Ms Janice herself loves fried chicken personally, less oily, yet crispy juicy to chew on. It’s famous for full-spring chicken 👍🏻😋

SiennyLovesDrawing personally loves her 1️⃣st bite chew on the fried chicken drumstick 🍗, the tasty juicy with great 👍🏻 fragrant in her mouth 👄, absolutely satisfied. A must try local Sabah friend chicken

Ohh ya…Insider news that Borenos is expanding to West Malaysia soon, yeah 👍🏻 Also in plan to expand to overseas too in the future. Proud & happy to note our local Malaysian brand with plan towards international

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6948947618836197376-BBHz

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/qjgdaySwvN7mJG4M6
Operating hours: 9am to 9pm
Website🌐: https://www.borenos.com/

Visit Murals @ Wisma Wanita, KK

Mural painting by The & Tobpinai, it consists of 7️⃣ artists to complete this beautiful giant art wall

  • En. Sabating @ Baron Kampiau
  • En. Johnny Chin
  • En. Mohd. Aspurani bin Ismail
  • En. Awang Roslan bin Awang Yusoff
  • En. Abrin bin Sabtari
  • En. Munif bin Ahmad Musahar
  • En. Seidi Atiman @ Saidina

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949524059000872960-ib80

Do click in to read more about this wall mural story inspiration by 1️⃣ of the involved artist via 🌐 http://mohdaspuraniismail.blogspot.com/2022/02/karya-mural-gergasi-bangunan-wisma.html

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/GwyVYHrfmrZC19BS7

Visit Nature Inspiration Art Gallery(NIAG), University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF)

There is an on going event – University Village Art Fair (UVAF) & have attended Henna (Temporary tattoos) workshop @ 1st Floor guided by Mr Muhammad Saffwan Abdul Liel Hawa (IG: HennaSapok & IG: Mandalasapok) who already in this art passion & career path of 13 years, since he has resigned from Mari Mari Culture Village performer & henna demo

He is now based in KK with blood of dusun & murut, born in home town @ Ranau

Actually he self taught himself with henna practice on own 2 weeks before making for the visitors at the culture village. Known for his Borneo themed design & will bring along costumes to wear & take photos with his henna drawn

Do check out her TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rMsZh7ftydxyqxxv6
Operating hours: 8am to 5pm
Website🌐: https://www.ucsf.edu.my/niag/

Visit Sinsuran Bin Murals (Opposite Center Point) ie. Mural paintings by Fiaso Art Gallery (https://www.facebook.com/Fiasoart-Gallery-101320511704135/) , by KK Splash Squad & by Josrie Heral (IG: kot4kmimpi) , Intan Munirah Hamzah (FB: NtanMunirah) & Nashrul Azaharie Oredi

Then, continue to visit Bandaran Bin Murals. It’s 1️⃣ row to each other to view the mural painting by Suparno Sapar (Opposite KFC Bandaran), another one by Josrie Heral (IG: kot4kmimpi) , Intan Munirah Hamzah (FB: NtanMunirah) & Nashrul Azaharie Oredi & another one by Canie Peter Tan (FB: caniet)

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949526429923487744-KLWz

Guess what❓⁉️

This actually the great 👍🏻 efforts by Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) aka KK City Hall who initiated painting of murals on public bins & toilets all over town, in collaborations with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) in Oct 2018 to encourage clean city, importance of not litters 🚯🚮 to public, as well as beautifying the city outlooks including trash bins, that’s absolutely brilliant. So, you can actually do what SiennyLovesDrawing had enjoyed her bin murals hunting while in KK ya

Next, mural paintings hunting @ 📍Wisma Intiutama KK, Australian Place & Gaya street

Also spotted mural bin paintings by Binjai, another by Canie Peter Tan, Daisy Raymond Elling & another by Murnie Liana Binti Rahim, Fakhruddin Bin Mohd Yaakub

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949529826097549312-a1M6

Stopped by 333 Agromart Local Production & Yees Yogurt, Plaza 333 with mural paintings by Kenny Kinjawan (IG: Kajenjen) & Cracko Art Group (IG: crackoart)

Enjoyed traditional Sabah cuisine dinner @ My Native Sabah, Plaza 333. It’s an authentic restaurant that serves Sabah’s unique native traditional foods

LinkedIn album on the murals 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6949536184041676800-23Ra

It’s a nice place to try & taste the traditional cuisine of different tribes in Sabah, it’s also a bar to relax with friends after your meals here

Ohh ya…It serves also the live or fried edible nutritional protein sago worm 🐛 named Butod, more info via 🌐 https://www-mysabah-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.mysabah.com/wordpress/sago-worm-butod/amp/

Ohh ya…In this restaurant, also a parrot 🦜 mural painting by Cracko Art Group 😍🤩

Do check out & listen to her voice over about her Sabah art exploring TikTok clip via 📹🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7116705559709371674

Address📍: https://g.co/kgs/bHKe19
Operating hours: 11.30am to 8.30pm , except Sunday
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/mynative.sabah

Back to The Luma Hotel 💕❤️ for an early resting

Day 5️⃣

Went to snap OOTDs at Waterfront KK with the “I ❤️ KK” & the Tongak fish 🐟 roundabout

Ohh ya…From this trip, SiennyLovesrawing realizes that each roundabout in Sabah with the statues on each to tell you a local story about the particular town, hmm…Perhaps next Sabah trip, SiennyLovesDrawing will be doing unique roundabout hunt ya 😆

Visit to wall murals walkway along Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu 🏨🛋️🛌🏻 This was in conjunction to its celebration of 40 Years of Hospitality Excellence & Care in 2019. Read more via 🌐 https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-borneo-post-sabah/20190802/281578062275805

The mural paintings were presented by local Sabahan artists ie. Rosmaini Sunarjo, Azlan Dulikab, Lim Sheng Haw, Abdullah Ehlid Al Walid Luli

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6951332767653621760-I_2Y

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/52Z4bdpyXJySbB86A

Visit SAG Art Space – The Wonders of Wilderness (WOW 1.0) 🦈🚣‍♂️🐢🐋🐳 with amazing displays of life-sized marine animals in 3D sculptures & the underwater environment as well as paintings & digital art, including fisherman’s boats too 🤩😍 Read more via 🌐 https://www-theborneopost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.theborneopost.com/2022/01/15/local-artists-hoping-to-implement-creative-arts-projects/

Address📍: Pillars of Sabah
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/wowproject1.0/

Visit Wisma Sabah to view the giant colourful graffiti mural wall on this building by Kenji Chai in collaboration with Hotlink. Read more via 🌐 https://says.com/my/lifestyle/kenji-chai-hotlink-sabah-mural-nft

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/T5jQgjXXieBaZHLr6

She then attended a beautiful mandala woven art workshop with Christianne Goonting aka Tianne using some recycle/ upcycle materials eg. Chopsticks from takeaways, bread bag packaging & with beautiful colourful woven, then happily kept this beautiful craft made after

SiennyLovesDrawing learnt the basics & enjoyed to string her magic to form her 1️⃣st mandala woven crafting for the 1️⃣st time

Also she shared that string art is an art arrangement with coloured threads & are wound around a grid of nails on a board to form a specific pattern or image

A good meet up & chit chat with her, also had an amazing visit to her home gallery & got inspired by her art passion & creating mind to have recycling & upcycling in mind, bravo 👏🏻

Ohh ya…She is accepting local artists artworks to display at her gallery at no cost to support local art talents community 👍🏻

Do check out her TikTok clip captured from her time @ Lavinia Private Gallery 📹🌐

@siennylovesdraw

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♬ Piano music(806606) – Draganov89

Operating hours: On appointment basis via email 📨 to me@tianne.org OR contact Tianne📱+6019-8811330

Address📍: Lavinia Private Art Gallery, 495 Jalan Sang Kancil 1, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Website🌐: https://tianne.org/gallery

Enjoyed a big bowl of bitter gourd soup vermicelli with a mix of both fresh fish & fried fish slices as lunch @ 📍 Kwong Sup Ikan. Surprisingly that the name of the soup in Cantonese/Mandarin “江鱼仔”, it means anchovies, however none of the dishes related to it, perhaps the soup base 🤔

The fresh fish slice is tasty to enjoy with a sense of fresh sweetness, while she is not to enjoy the fried fish slice, she prefers more dried fried, as she doesn’t really like the taste of flour coated on the fish slice. Just her own tasting preference ya ☺️

The bitter gourd soup base is slightly plain to her taste buds & not bitter. She would have preferred a thicker bitter taste soup base. She has tried a sip of the tomatoes soup 🍅🍲 base from her travel mate’s bowl, it tastes better as compared to bitter gourd

When stepped in to its air conditioning dining area, you will be amazed with the 1️⃣st aquarium ♒🐟🐠🐡🐢🦀 concept murals by Oka.studios (IG: Oka.studious)

LinkedIn album 📸🌐 https://www.linkedin.com/posts/siennylovesdrawing_travellocal-foodie-happyeating-activity-6951365938277453824-QigF

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/esnzdUiFiR5wkoeA9
Operating hours: 7am to 5pm
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/KwongSupIkan/

Visit Sabah Art Gallery, it promotes the arts by local artists. Started 1984, already 38 years old now. A building completed 2013 & belongs to Sabah State Government

Known for being the 1️⃣st green building in Borneo & Sabah, also the 1️⃣st green public gallery in Malaysia 🇲🇾 by using the solar ☀️panel, (partial of the electricity in gallery, especially those lighting on paintings), rain 🌧️ water harvesting for toilet/ rest room usage, sensor movement light, dim 🔅 light systems, sky light to reception area etc.

Its architecture ideas based on traditional basket & 3️⃣ ethnic tribes ie. Rungus, Murut & Dusun in Sabah

When stepped in to the lobby for entrance ticket ğŸŽŸï¸, you will be welcomed by giant Pinakol art installation created with recycled plastic bottles 🤩😍 Then, the reception table is a wood sculpture with kayu tembusu, it looks like a giant hand holding the painting palette ğŸŽ¨, a mini souvenirs shop named Karai84 with 20% commission upon sales made on the local artists’ art & crafts, with priority to Sabahan artists

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/6iTCkKhudYRkeJtZ7
Operating hours: 9am to 4pm, except Monday
Website🌐: https://sabahartgallery.com/

SiennyLovesDrawing would like to express her heart ❤️ warm special thank you for the awesome 5️⃣ days accompany of Sabah Tourism team members, Ms DG, Ms Nana & Ms Mel. Really appreciate the help to capture precious travel moments of her & also great 👍🏻 trust of her art, blogging & content creation passion ✍🏻👩🏻‍💻

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A special thanks to tour services delivered by the tour guide, Mr Tommy Soo & driver, Mr Peter of Borneo Exclusions. A special thank you for their great 👍🏻 & friendly hospitality throughout these 5️⃣ days for a safe smooth road journey travelled in Sabah. Mr Peter was so careful & dedicated in his driving to offer all a safe car ride 🚗 Mr Tommy was so so humourous & resourceful in providing the tourist spots information. So, if you’re traveling to Sabah & require tour services, do check out Borneo Exclusions via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/borneoexcursions/

Do enjoy reading her full Arts In Sabah story via 🌐  https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/07/26/arts-in-sabah/

Lastly, she then checked in to Space Cap Hotel to experience 1️⃣st stay in space capsule accommodation, love it as it’s really clean & a unique experience to stay in a well equipped space capsule 👍🏻

It’s air conditioning, with charging port, mirror, lighting etc. Just that shared toilet, inclusive of simple breakfast is. Instant coffee ☕ with peanut butter bread ğŸ¥œğŸ§ˆğŸž with waterfront seaview

Tips📌: Ohh ya…Walking in rate is cheaper as compared to online booking, so call in to check availability 😃

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/W5mfK1nfBJ195Gw99
Website🌐: https://www.facebook.com/CapsuleHotel.KK/
Day 6️⃣

Wake up early, enjoyed simple breakfast @ hotel with a cuppa & peanut butter bread ğŸ¥œğŸ§ˆğŸž, then slow walk of approximately 16mins to Sunday market @ Gaya Street, walking tour around Gaya Street, Kampung Air, Centre Point, Filipino Market, Krafttangan Market etc. Do check out her morning visit to Gaya Street Sunday Market TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7131531868670807323

Checked out from Space Cap Hotel & checked in to Flypod Hotel

Hotel pick up @ Bus stop Wisma Square by the friendly hotel staff, done checked in, had a nice hot shower 🚿, enjoyed airport sunset 🌇 view from hotel room

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Then, she met with friend, Sky Tee for a good long chat at the comfy cosy Flypod Cafe & Lounge (With Karaoke ğŸŽ¤ available). It’s beautiful when the micro optics lighting is on at this lounge, magical & relaxing to chill here. A great 👍🏻 simple dinner served by Flypod Restaurant. A friendly down to earth young boss that is willing to share a lot of his life journey

A comfy good night rest in its clean cosy minimalist with all essentials ready ~ Deluxe King hotel room (Airport view). The location is next to big roads & airport, so unavoidable cars 🚗🚘 pass by & flight ✈️ noise during the night, but it’s a good location 📍 for hotel stay if you’re doing sabah train ride & having early flight 🛫 the next day. It’s with 4️⃣mins walking🚶🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️distance to Tanjung Aru train station 🚉 & 🔟mins ride 🚗 to airport

Flypod Hotel provides airport shuttle with an additional fee, SiennyLovesDrawing has booked hers, peace of mind then 👍🏻

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/TJji9fTFX9hxA4PKA
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/flypodhotelkk/

Day 7️⃣

Checked out & stored my backpack with Flypod Hotel (Fee applies)

Breakfast @ Flypod Restaurant for a cuppa Cappuccino ☕ & The Triple Decker sandwiches 🥪 Very generous portion & tasty to enjoy 😋👍🏻

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Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/xz8sMEnskbg64mby5
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/FLYPOD.R/

Papar & Membakut

Then depart to Papar with Sky Tee, exploring this small town by walking slow 🚶🏻‍♀️, met lots of friendly Sabahan here especially they poses with their fishes at Papar fish market, river front jetty, Papar railway station 🚂🚉 lol 😆😂

Enjoyed a cuppa of favorite hot honey lemon🍯🍋 at Kak Anna Restaurant to rest after walking under the hot sunny â˜€ï¸ğŸ˜Ž day. Love the interior design with a collection of antiques here. Then, enjoy sat under a tree 🌳at Jalan Bunga Raya to watch the local life in Papar, relax chilling moments ☺️

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/62cCMvvaJUYfwjHg9

Proceed to visit Binsulok beach ⛱️🏖️ to pray at the nice man-made cave temple named 福靈岩Flypod Beachfront here

Met a friendly local couple named Awang & Dayang who were busy digging soft clams named “Dalus or Lala” in national language of Malaysia 🇲🇾 using a wooden tool named “Gurit”. SiennyLovesDrawing enjoyed learning how to & the digging fun from the couple, lol 😆😂

Enjoyed beautiful sunset 🌅 Absolutely a calm relax place to be at

Insider news: There will be a 🆕 resort named Flypod Beachfront here, now construction in progress 🚧🏗️

Address📍: https://goo.gl/maps/3spn7Q8wkmoSe6ZEA

Went to Restaurant Fu Yee for fresh tasty seafood dinner 🍽️ 😋🤤 & back to Flypod Hotel with a happy tummy for a comfy night rest 😁💕

A specialty must try dish here is the Steamed Wine Prawns with Egg White 🦐

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rkTqjvoKa5CnuP1i9
Contact no. : Ah Pan +6016-842 3197

A special thanks to her 🆕 friend, Sky Tee for this day trip accompany, do stay tuned for her TikTok clip captured from this day trip ya 😃😁

Day 8️⃣ & Day 9️⃣

Checked out Flypod Hotel 🛏️, enjoyed light lunch @ Flypod Restaurant ~ Tuna Mayo sandwich 🥪 & dragon fruit juice

Kundasang

Then, departed to Kundasang with Sky Tee & Jane, checked into Flypod Kinabalu Mountain Lodge for a comfy night stay

She loves ❤️ the peaceful calm environment here so much, making she easily fall asleep here, cooling nice ☁️🌡️👍🏻

Do check out her FB album via 📸🌐 https://facebook.com/100057989202221/posts/pfbid02m68VDUGsTMKoWq9ZzPCDsEfVBbMnehN9W8ih878Si2RatnJuPhXW7oBYoiVpkoUSl/

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 is fully charged & energised from her good night rest here. The cosy comfy environment here making her easily fall asleep on the bed 🛏️, it’s absolutely a good place for resting, highly recommended 👍🏻

Met 2️⃣ Singapore travellers, Naz & Lucas, had good chat with them to exchange travel stories & experiences 👫🏻😃😁

Enjoyed morning walk with Sky Tee & his guard dog , Happy 🐕‍🦺🦴 Amazed with the beautiful view of Donkey head Mt KK 🤩😍

Had her favorite hot green bean soup (From earlier night supper as she missed it due to fall asleep unpredictably from the cosy comfy room 🛌🏻), hot honey & fried noodles

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Highly recommended👏🏻👍🏻 SiennyLovesDrawing really enjoyed her great stay here 👩🏻❤️💕, it’s really a good place to be at if you wish to enjoy a silent retreat, me time as well as family time ~ Insider news: There will be a family room soon here (Now construction 🏗️🚧 in progress) with view 🪟 overlooking beautiful mountain valley 😍🤩🌄 Definitely worth to enjoy family time here

Do enjoy her TikTok clip captured from her awesome staycation here via 📹🌐

Also enjoy reading her full lodge stay story via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/08/11/amazing-scenic-getaway-in-kundasang-sabah-of-malaysia/

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/P2Xi6gndiqDLthnt8
FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/kmlsabah/

Day 🔟 & Day 11

Kokol Hill

Special thanks to Sky Tee & Jane who dropped by for her to check in to NG Kokol Santai Cafe & Camp Site, hmm…Not very lucky as with bad weather, rain 🌧️☔ superb heavily

No sunset 🌄 …so sad ohh…

Instead of camping 🏕️ at the camp site, SiennyLovesDrawing was forced to camp in the cafe area as the rain just like down pouring heavily non stop ☹️

A cooling camp site stayed here, not very comfortable as the camp was rented without a proper comfy base. Hope it can be improved then as she has suggested to Aunty Silis. She told that she will order online the inflatable air bed, that’s great to hear 👍🏻

Missed the sunrise 🌅 moment as she woke up late 🤦🏻‍♀️ Enjoyed nasi goreng kampung with fried egg 🍳 as breakfast with Aunty Silis & Uncle Niun, the founders of this space. They are so friendly to chit chat with. Delicious 😋🤤 food served at this cafe with nice view to enjoy

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/xePRn7ZGZoy9ayKm9

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ngkokolcampingsite/

After breakfast, Aunty Silis has invited SiennyLovesDrawing to accompany her for her shop supplies shopping trip to Menggatal town

Then, enjoyed famous Ngiu Cap aka mixed beef noodles 🍜 lunch @ 📍 Kedai Kopi Nyuk Pau Baru, it’s Aunty Silis favorite dining whenever she does her shopping at this small town

She loves the nice beef fragrance of this bowl 🍜 then to enjoy the tender juicy beef 🍖 Highly recommended as you will note the local crowds here

Back to cafe & camp site to chill & relax till sunset

Address📍: https://maps.app.goo.gl/2pobyv23cm9wsks59

Kota Kinabalu

Left after saying good bye to Aunty Silis with Flypod driver to return to Flypod Hotel for a good night rest

SiennyLovesDrawing had a safe ride & enjoyed how careful & dedicated the driver, Mr Wan while on the way driving down from Kokol hill to Aeropod Commercial Square. Moreover he is so friendly to chit chat with during the ride journey

Day 12

Checked out from Flypod Hotel, relaxing chill enjoyed her brunch while updating & writing her blog post @ Flypod Restaurant

Love ❤️ the comfy environment here & appreciate the staff here who are friendly to help her to look after her belongings while she went for a quick toilet break ☺️

Then, great 👍🏻 airport shuttle 🚗 from Flypod Hotel to KKIA for her safe flight 🛫 from KKIA to home sweet home 🏡

Do check out her TikTok clip captured via 📹🌐

Absolutely a good 1️⃣ stop travel hospitality service enjoyed during SiennyLovesDrawing’s extended stay with Flypod Hotel, she really impressed with the friendly good services from the Flypod team, including the guard dog, Happy 🐕‍🦺🦴 @ Flypod Kinabalu Mountain Lodge 😃😁 Do keep up the great customers service spirits. Highly recommended you all to connect with Flypod for your Sabah travel ya 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻

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FB🌐: https://www.facebook.com/flypodhotelkk/

Yeah‼️ This was her stories of 1️⃣st half planned itinerary & then 2️⃣nd half just follow her heart ❤️ slow travel, no planning & with surprises along her travel journey at Sabah â˜ºï¸ğŸŽ’ğŸ’•ğŸ‡²ğŸ‡¾

Hmm…Just that she didn’t manage to go on the Beaufort-Tenom old train ride 🚂 as planned, then Sky Tee sent this video post via 📹🌐 https://www.facebook.com/groups/346134855892631/permalink/1408242869681819/ as a replacement, perhaps a good reason for SiennyLovesDrawing to be back to Sabah #flymetoSabah ya ☺️❤️

Hmm…What else SiennyLovesDrawing not to be miss, places to visit or local food to enjoy❓⁉️

Quick quick comment below or any of her social postings shared above, sharing is caring as always ya ☺️

SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

#FlyMeToSabah Bucket List To Tick Off

Updated 30 June 2022, 8pm ~ So so sad that SiennyLovesDrawing only won the 1st 20 entries for this contest 😭 She has tried very best, hope that she can be part of media member with Sabah Tourism, refer winner announcement post via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=347716010722356&set=a.224387169721908&type=3 ~ Her prize unboxing TikTok clip via 🌐 https://www.tiktok.com/@siennylovesdraw/video/7102749691724549402 . Do check out her best moments in Sabah via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2022/06/30/best-moments-in-kota-kinabalu-kudat-keningau-tenom-of-sabah-malaysia-%c2%b7-day-by-day-itinerary/ 😀

Hey 👋🏻 all, SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 got to know about the #flymetoSabah ✈️🛫 contest hosted by Sabah Tourism Board very recently from her participation in the March #SabahChats via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1720355908139397 & it triggers her travel memories 💭 @ Sabah & actually urge her travel wish to join in to try her luck to be 1️⃣ of the winner ( Fingers crossed ğŸ¤žğŸ» as the last winner to be announced on 14 Apr) to realise her dream 💭 to continue explore & tick off her ✅SABAH bucket list in Malaysia 🇲🇾

🌐 https://tourism.sabah.gov.my/news/newsdetails/fly-me-to-sabah-offers-opportunities-to-experience-sabah-bucket-list-holidays

🌐 https://flymetosabah.sabahtourism.com/

So, here a blog post to sharing in detailed about SiennyLovesDrawing ‘s virtual letter to Sabah Tourism #flymetoSabah 👩🏻✍🏻💌📬👩🏻‍💻


Dear Sabah Tourism,

Yes, Sienny Yong aka SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 would like to explore more about Sabah & Sarawak in the future which both made Malaysia owns the 25% of Borneo’s land. Borneo, the 3️⃣rd largest island 🏝️ in the world ğŸŒŽ & divided between 3 countries ie. Indonesia 🇮🇩 , Malaysia 🇲🇾 & Brunei 🇧🇳

Once upon a time…

Still recalled her 1️⃣st fly to Sabah was right after her university graduation ğŸ‘©ğŸ»â€ğŸŽ“ğŸŽ“ & as a graduation celebration ğŸŽ‰ğŸ¥³ trip to reward herself by opting for a hike to Mt Kinabalu (Mt KK) ⛰️ (aka Akinabalu by the local Sabahan people), it’s her 1️⃣st hiking 🥾 trip, also to explore Malaysia’s 1️⃣st heritage site, Kinabalu Park. Hmm…It was really long long ago & at that time she has got no social media platforms to show off her summit photo with her full colour certificate at that time 😃😁 She was hike up with Mesilau route, it’s with beautiful scenery, though slightly longer journey as compared to the route she opted to go down, Timpohon route, a stairs alike route & not comfortable for her tiring legs back then. Guess what❓⁉️ Her beautiful colour certificate is nicely kept in the safety deposit box with a local bank 🏦 now, 1️⃣ of her precious achievements in life ✨👍🏻

Then, her 2️⃣nd fly to Sabah was as a volunteer to collect & supply stationeries & teaching to some Bajau Laut kids at the rural sea nomad villages of Semporna Island 🏝️ Still recalled the chalet hotel that she stayed was being flooded due to a heavy rain 🌧️ storm & the rising level of sea 🌊 water at that time. She joined her other volunteers together with the chalet staffs to clean up the chalets surrounding. The pure hearts & smiles of the rural kids still warm kept in her heart ❤️ It was a memorable weeks spent with the local Sabahan kids & people, sure the kids have all grown up healthily now. Interactions with local people is what SiennyLovesDrawing enjoys & treasures the most, valuable juicy life stories, learning more about local living, cultures etc. Absolutely precious 💕

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These 2️⃣ travels to Sabah shared above were happened when she has yet to start her lifestyle blogging here at that time, also she wasn’t active in social media postings too

Then her blogging passion here ✍🏻👩🏻‍💻 got noticed & received honourable media invitation 📧 to join the Malaysia Inbound Tourism Association (MITA) business networking 3️⃣D2️⃣N trip in 2018. 3️⃣rd fly to Sabah to explore & then shared her travel stories about the eco tourism at Sabah, read more via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/6-eco-tourism-must-see-in-sabah-malaysian-borneo/ & 📌🌐 https://twitter.com/SiennyLovesDraw/status/1070869540232286208

She was truly amazed & proud as Malaysian because Dairy Farm 🇲🇾🐄🐮 in Kundasang, Sabah making her really like being at a farm in New Zealand 🇳🇿😍🤩

So, Sabah Tourism, please #flymetoSabah

Now & future…

What’s SiennyLovesDrawing’s ✅SABAH bucket list❓⁉️

✅Steam train with North Borneo Railway along the tracks from Tanjung Aru, through Kinarut to arrive at the Rice Bowl of Sabah, Papar to enjoy views of the paddy fields, traditional village homes on stilts & buffaloes as a train 🚂 travel lover. Ohh ya…Do you all remembered the famous Malaysian produced movie ~ Ola Bola ⚽❓⁉️ SiennyLovesDrawing wanna enjoy the Tenom – Beaufort jungle train 🚂 ride as a train 🚂 travel lover which it was being captured in that movie & to enjoy the ride with the local communities in the old train cabin seating area. Then, to taste Tenom coffee ☕ as a coffee lover. More info via 🌐 https://railtravelstation.com/sabah-state-railway/

✅Adrenaline canopy walks in Danum Valley Rainforest 🌳🌳 to observe see Sabah’s wildlife in its most biodiverse jungle as a nature lover 💚🌳 by walking about 300m through a 130-million-year-old ancient forest on a suspension bridge 26m off the ground ie. Approximately the height of a 6-story building OR 363m high & 620m length canopy walkway aka Rainforest Skywalk @ Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan

✅Beaufort bridge 🌉 & enjoy Beaufort Mee is Chinese-style fried home-made local yellow noodles from Beaufort, served with choice of meat or seafood & fresh vegetables as a love local eats 😋 traveller

✅Amazing milkyway galaxy ✨💫🌃 at Tegudon Tourism Village & Lasau Podi at Kota Belud. Or a hike up to Marangang hill top with a great 👍🏻 view of Mt KK at Kundasang. Even at the peak of Mt KK ⛰️

✅Hanging bridge at Mt Kinabalu (Mt KK) ⛰️ ie. The world ğŸŒŽ highest via Ferrata with a system of a balance beams & suspension bridges, hill paragliding @ Kokol Hill, Kinabalu OR Ranau Paragliding Park ğŸžï¸ğŸŒ„, https://instagram.com/montkskybike @ Mt KK & parasailing @ Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Yes ✅, to explore more ğŸ‘©ğŸ»ğŸŽ’ & tick off the 7 districts in

✅S ~ as a train travel lover

✅A ~ as a nature lover with green surrounding

✅B ~as a local foodie

✅A ~ as a milkyway galaxy admirer

✅H ~ as an adventure explorer

bucket list as shared in above paragraphs (Especially those in Italics) ie. Beaufort, Keningau, Kuala Penyu, Nabawan, Sipitang, Tambunan & Tenom. More info via 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/division/interior/

SiennyLovesDrawing Sabah travel bucket list

During her ✅SABAH explore mentioned above ğŸ‘©ğŸ»ğŸŽ’, being a typical local foodie, she would like to enjoy a taste of local food in Sabah eg. Sweet crunchy kuih cincin (Will be grabbing a lot as souvenirs to bring back for her own snacks, family members & friends to enjoy), hinava (A sliced mackerel fish with chilies, onion, ginger & lime juice), latok (A seaweed with cili padi, lime & sambal belacan), Ngiu Chap, Tuaran Mee, Tamparuli Mee & many more from her interactions with local Sabahan people then 😋👍🏻

Not just that, if time permits, during her #flymetoSabah trip, she wishes especially to exploring more of below ~ will continue updating this blog post for her next Sabah travels preparation

✅The rural tourism, more info via 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/rural/, Kg. Sunsuron, Tambunan with more than 90% of its area is covered in rolling hills, plains & mountains ğŸžï¸â›°ï¸ğŸŒ³ğŸŒ³ & the community-based tourism @ Bingkor which currently in developing progress, read more via 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/press-release/developing-tourism-in-the-interior-of-sabah/

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✅ Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp, Kinabatangan (Camping stay 🏕️⛺)

✅ Kinabatangan River Cruise

Virtual letter to Sabah Tourism #flymetoSabah

✅ The Tip Of Borneo @ Simpang Mengayau, Kudat

✅ Tindakon Dazang beach’s cliff, Kudat

✅ Murut Cultural Centre, Keningau
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✅ Campsite P. Riui @ Sg Padas, Tenom & to enjoy the long hanging bridge that local Sabahan communities actually using in their daily commute 👣 to Panggi (Camping stay 🏕️⛺)

✅ Polumpung Melangkap Campsite @ Kadamaian, Kota Belud to learn how the 2015 earthquake actually changed the landscape & made the village as a new 🆕 riverside attraction in Sabah (Camping stay 🏕️⛺)

✅ To explore the natural grandeur of the Taralamas River Canyon @ Kg. Tiang Lama of Ranau with river trekking experience to uncover the local flora & fauna as a nature lover

✅ Mantanani Island is surrounding by mesmerizing clear turquoise waters & with amazing view of Mount Kinabalu

✅ Rundum Highland @ Tenom, more info via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/rundumHighlands/

✅ Umea Glam Kundasang (A unique staycation)

✅ Pagoda Ling San @ Tuaran

✅ Upside Down House @ Tamparuli

✅ Endangered species ~ Sepilok Orang Utan, Sun Bear Conservation Centre & Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary to learn more about these endangered species & efforts being made to get them off the endangered lists

✅ Gomantong Cave, largest cave in Sabah. Black Cave & White Cave (With inaccessible terrain, slightly challenging)

✅ Floating walking @ Pulau Pasir Timbul (Pulau Terapung/ Pitas Floating Island), Kampung Malubang, Pitas, Sabah

✅ To enjoy a unique natural volcanic mud spa @ Pulau Tiga

✅ Ohh ya…If you’re into diving & love sending postcard, do send SiennyLovesDrawing (Typical postcard collector) a postcard from this underwater post box, 1st of its kind in Malaysia ya ☺️

After attended the FB live @ 6 April 2022 by Ms Grace Leong via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/siennyyong/posts/1728521580656163 , she would like to spend an early afternoon to enjoy slow walking & exploring the heritage @ oldest streets like Gaya street (FKA Bond street), Beach street & more in KK town, also to enjoy tasting the local food eg. Coconut pandan, satay jawi, roti kahwin etc. Also to enjoy the Api Api night food market @ Gaya street, 6pm to 12am every Friday & Saturday 😀

To visit & observe the baby turtles release to sea within months of June to Sept @ Lankayan Island , special thanks to her reader (IG sunstylefiles) who commented on her IG reel post about this island via 🌐 https://www.instagram.com/p/CcHCqKNBsa6/ . If you’re a diver & reading here, this beautiful tropical island in the Sulu Sea & Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA) is 1 of the famous diving spots in Sabah, Malaysia 😀 More info via 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/destination/lankayan-island/

Regards,

Sienny aka SiennyLovesDrawing

Please #flymetoSabah this typical travel lover & local foodie content creator with https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/ to share more about her ✅SABAH bucket list tick off & Malaysia places 🇲🇾


More exciting Sabah tourism updates via 🌐 https://twitter.com/sabahtourism/

Travel info to Sabah wef. 1 Apr 2022 via 🌐 https://www.sabahtourism.com/alert/

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6 Eco Tourism Must-See in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has recently participated in MITA business networking 🤝 trip of 3️⃣D2️⃣N to Sabah state, East Malaysia 🇲🇾

It’s a collaborative 🤝 efforts between MITA, MPC, Tourism Productive Nexus & Sabah Tourism Board😁 Curious 🤔 about what’s happening❓⁉️

Do click in the above main tweets 📌📌 thread @ Twitter for a summary of all exciting activities ya 🤗

Yes✅, Sabah tourist destinations📍📍definitely more than just the famous 👍🏻👆🏻hiking 🧗‍♀️🧗‍♂️site, the summit of Borneo & the Malaysia🇲🇾’s 1️⃣st World UNESCO Heritage ~ Mount Kinabalu ⛰ or beautiful 😍🤩 diving site ~ Semporna Island 🏝🏖🌴

So, she 👩🏻 is gonna sharing 👩🏻‍💻📝 here the 6️⃣ must-visit eco 💚 tourism destinations📍📍in Sabah from her recent travelling experience to appreciate;

✅ The rich heritage, art & culture of Sabah local indigenous communities 👫👭👬
✅ The precious natural 💚 eco environment with rich flora 🌱🌿🌳 & fauna 🐄🐮🐟
✅ The shopping (including online) 🛒🛍 👩🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻 for Sabah locally produced souvenirs ğŸ’ğŸŽ

So, enjoy the details of each Sabah’s tourist destinations 📍📍

✅ Heritage, Art & Culture of Sabah local indigenous communities 👫👭👬

1️⃣ Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) Cultural Village

This cultural village is a non❌-political association of 40 indigenous ethnic communities of Sabah 👫👭👬 & specially catered for the Kadazandusun tribes & 4️⃣ major Dusun tribes in Sabah i.e. Dusun Tindal Kota Belud, Dusun Papar, Rungus & Murut 😊

This village features 11 different ethnic tribes houses 🏠🏡🏘 in 1️⃣ village i.e. The Penampang Traditional House, The Tenom Traditional House, The Beaufort Traditional House, The Kota Belud Traditional House, The Kuala Penyu Traditional House, The Keningau Traditional House, The Tambunan Traditional House, The Papar Traditional House, The Ranau Traditional House, The Tuaran Traditional House & The Kudat Traditional House 😀

Do enjoy vBlog ğŸ“¹ğŸŽ¥ created by SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 for sharing here,

Highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻as after your visit, you will understand better the differences between today’s culture & the culture that the ancestors’ lived in years ✌🏻🙌🏻 Also have an opportunity to witness the ancestor’s lifestyle at their respective homes 🏠🏡🏘 which are built exactly similar to years ago 😲👍🏻

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Each of the houses 🏠🏡🏘 with different hands 🤚🏻on & interactive activities between the indigenous communities & the visitors 👫👭👬 e.g. traditional games, traditional cooking demo & classes,  headgear (named Sigah) folding, block printing, blow pipe making & demonstration etc. 😀

It operates as a museum 🏛 to preserve Kadazandusun ethnic culture with aims to share the knowledge, history, culture & tradition of Kadazandusun 🤩

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Hmm…Guess what❓⁉️

You can also taste the “disgusting 😱” (personally to SiennyLovesDrawing👩🏻) local delicacy named butod i.e. the sago worms 🐛 which the local indigenous communities believe high ⬆️ in protein 👍🏻

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Do shopping 🛒🛍 for some local handmade souvenirs ğŸ’ğŸŽ e.g. necklace, bracelet, bag etc. from its souvenir ğŸ’ğŸŽ shop which indirectly will contribute to the local heritage & cultures preservation funding 💰

Admission fee ğŸŽŸ is required ✅

Address📍: Kadazandusun Cultural Association Sabah, Hongkod Koisaan, KM. 8, Jalan Penampang, 89509 Penampang, Sabah, East Malaysia
Operating hours🕙: 9️⃣am to 5️⃣pm daily
Website🌐: http://www.kdca.org.my/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/KDCA-Cultural-Village-KCV-RW-1882000735216642/

2️⃣ Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum

This miniature museum 🏛 is a brainchild of the founder named Anne Antah 🧕🏽 She has started it with 7️⃣ pairs of the most common costume dolls 👫 creation in 2011 i.e. Kadazan Penampang, Kadazan Papar, Bajau Samah, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh & Dusun Lotud 😍

With the realisation that not ❌ many young generation 👶🏻👧🏻🧒🏻👦🏻🧑🏻 has adequate ✅ information 📌about the traditional costumes, she 🧕🏽 has then build this miniature museum 🏛 as a centre for local Malaysians 🇲🇾, visitors & culture-enthusiasts 👫👬👭 to learn the heritage cultural of the Borneans 👏🏻🙌🏻

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 really impressed 😍🤩with this miniature museum & created a vBlog  ğŸ“¹ğŸŽ¥ for sharing here, do enjoy ya 😄😁

You have to be at this museum 🏛 personally to view with you own sight 👁👁👀 the great 👍🏻 detailed works done on each costumes

Guess what❓⁉️

During your visit, you will gain in depth understanding about Sabah’s people 🇲🇾👫👭👬 & their heritage culture in miniature scenes & dolls 👫 which all dressed up in traditional costumesğŸ‘˜ğŸŽŽ, houses 🏘🏘 & structures which all scaled to depict scene based on local folklore & legend 😍🤩

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Highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻when you are travelling to Sabah, you have to visit to this ~ The Malaysia 🇲🇾 1️⃣st Book of Records 📜, the Malaysia 🇲🇾 ‘s 1️⃣st miniature indigenous costume museum 🏛

You may redeem an exclusive printed postcard 🔖 as souvenir ğŸ’ğŸŽ from your visit too

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Admission fee ğŸŽŸ is required ✅

All guests 👫👭👬 are welcome 🙏🏻 to dress ğŸ‘˜ğŸ‘”ğŸŽŽğŸ‘— up in the traditional costumes with accessories for photos 📸 / videos ğŸ“¹ğŸŽ¥ opportunity

Not just with its physical souvenir ğŸŽ stalls within the museum 🏛 , this creative arts museum 🏛 also owns an online shop 👩🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻🛒🛍of local gifts ğŸ’ğŸŽ & souvenirs in particular the Kain Chanteek (locally made textile) via 🌐 www.shopinborneo.com , plenty of promotions avilable for your happy 😃 online shopping 👩🏻‍💻👨🏻‍💻🛒🛍

Address📍: Kg Lakang, Tamparuli, 89208 Tuaran, Sabah, East Malaysia
Operating hours🕙: 8️⃣am to 6️⃣pm daily
Website🌐: http://www.chanteekborneo.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Chanteek.Borneo/

✅ Natural Eco 💚 Environment with rich Flora 🌱🌿🌳 & Fauna 🐄🐮🐟

3️⃣ Poring Hot Spring ♨️💦💧

Definitely a must visit place📍to de-stress 😌 & soak away the sores & aches of your muscles in this spring 💦💧’s hot ♨️ sulphuric minerals especially for the healing properties which popular & believing among the local communities 🇲🇾👫👬👭

Also called as Poring Springs/ Poring, a hot water spring ♨️💦💧with its source deep under ⬇️ the fertile ground of Mount Kinabalu ⛰

Guess what❓⁉️

It’s hot ♨️ enough to boil an egg 🥚 However she 👩🏻 forgot to buy eggs 🥚🥚 & bring along during her recent visit 😌☺️ Oppsss…

Within the park, you may visit the butterfly 🦋 farm, the Poring Orchid 🌺Conservation Centre, the tropical garden🌿🌱🌷🌻, the Poring ğŸ¦‡ğŸŽğŸŽ‹ canopy 🌳🌳walkway, the Rafflesia flower 🌺 site etc.

SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 really enjoyed 😁 this hot spring ♨️💦💧& felt very comfy 😌 & light after a good 👍🏻 dip ♨️💦💧with her friends 👭👭👫

Do remember to bring along your rubber sandals/ slippers👣, change of clothes👚👕, towel & swimwear 👙 for your hot spring ♨️💦💧visit ya😁

Also to remember drink more water 💦💧after your hot spring dip ♨️💦💧 ya

Admission fee ğŸŽŸ is required ✅

Address📍: Poring Hot Spring, Sabah, East Malaysia
Operating hours🕙: 8️⃣am to 6️⃣pm daily
Website🌐: https://wikitravel.org/en/Poring_Hot_Spring
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Poring-Hot-Springs/150838218299533

4️⃣ “Tagal” Sungai Moroli, Fish 🐟 Massage

Hmm…Why not a unique spa 💆🏻‍♀️💆🏻‍♂️ from your usual❓⁉️

Do enjoy an experience once for the fish 🐟 massaging 👣 session @ Kelah fish 🐟 sanctuary, Kampung Luanti, Ranau

In the Local KadazanDusun dialect, ‘tagal’ means ‘no fishing âŒğŸŽ£ ’ & the main purpose of the ‘tagal’ is to conserve & preserve the environment 💚 as well as the ecosystem to benefit the future generation 👶🏻👧🏻🧒🏻👦🏻🧑🏻

‘Ikan 🐟 Pelian’ , ‘Ikan Kelah’ or Malaysian Mahseer 🇲🇾🐟 comes from the family of Cyprinidae. These fishes 🐟🐟 are specifically trained by the villagers 👬👫👭 to perform the healing massage 👣 activities. Wow 😲‼️

Ohh ya…The Kelah fishes 🐟🐟 are huge here, not to worry as the fishes 🐟🐟 got no ❌ teeth, so will not bite, instead lots of fish kisses to your feet ya 👣

This fish 🐟 massage 👣 is deemed to have a curative effect on those who suffers from psoriasis. So, a regular fish 🐟 massages 👣👣& surely you will enjoy smoother & suppler skin 😍 Hmm…One said simply like a baby👶🏻’s skin 👍🏻😃

Admission fee ğŸŽŸ is required ✅

Address📍: Kg. Luanti, Ranau, 89300 Sabah, East Malaysia
Operating hours🕙: 8️⃣am to 5️⃣pm daily
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-Spa-Kg-Luanti-Ranau/207666489254559

✅ Sabah’s Locally Produced Souvenirs ğŸ’ğŸŽ

5️⃣ Desa Dairy Cattle 🐄🐮 Farm

No need ❌ to travel ✈️🛫 to New Zealand 🇳🇿 , Malaysia 🇲🇾 also owns a mini New Zealand. Hurray‼️😲😃

This farm 🐮🐄 is located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu ⛰ & offers beautiful 😍🤩 green 🌳🌳 scenery. It’s definitely a breathtaking destination for pre-wedding 👰🏻🤵🏻photo shooting 📸📸 (a permit 🆗 application is required✅) with breathtaking Mount Kinabalu ⛰ as backgroud with its cool breeze 🌬💨from KundasangğŸž

Guess what❓⁉️

This cattle 🐄🐮 farm is producing approximately 900k litres of milk 🥛 annually with its approximately 200 hectars farm 🐄🐮 All the milking cows 🐄🐮here are Friesians i.e. the highest ⬆️ milk 🥛 producers of all cattle 🐄🐮 breeds imported from New Zealand 🇳🇿

Not just that, many milk 🥛 lovers ❤️ will queue up long just to taste its fresh cow 🐄🐮 milk 🥛 , fresh goat 🐐 milk 🥛 , yogurt, gelato🍨 🍦etc.

Highly recommended 👍🏻👆🏻it as an educational destination for with a family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👪👨‍👩‍👧 getaway or a school 🏫 trips. Many exciting educational activities are available for the young generation 👧🏻🧒🏻👦🏻🧑🏻 e.g. bottled milk 🍼 feeding the calves 🐮🐄, fresh grass 🌱🌿 feeding the goats 🐐🐐 , milk 🥛 processing, milking 🥛process, milk 🥛making etc.

Feeding activities required a fee 💵✅ to purchase the milk 🍼/ grass 🌿🌱 While there are specific timing/ schedule 🕛 for the raw milk 🥛 processing. Do contact ğŸ“žâ˜Žï¸ğŸ“±& check out the details before your visit 😀

Before make a move from this farm🐄🐮, don’t forget to do a healthy shopping 🛒🛍 for some local produced milk 🥛 souvenirs ğŸŽ from this dairy farm 🐮🐄especially the popular Desa Cattle’s milk 🥛 in a box,  milk creamy ice cream 🍦 etc.

Address📍: Desa Dairy Farm, Ranau, Kundasang, Sabah, East Malaysia
Operating hours🕙: 8️⃣am to 5️⃣pm daily
Website🌐: http://desaplus.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/desadairyfarm/

6️⃣ Sabah Tea 🌱🌿🍃☕️🍵 Garden

1️⃣ said no ❌ trip to the Sabah Tea 🌱🌿🍃☕️🍵 Garden would be complete without a taste 😋🤤of Sabah’s finest tea ☕️ 🍵 Yeah‼️

Sabah Tea 🌱🌿🍃☕️🍵 Garden is the only organic tea farm 🌱🌿🍃☕️🍵in Borneo & 1️⃣ of the few ones in the world 🗺🌍

She 👩🏻 had a lunch dining 🍽🍴with friends 👫👭👬 here with a seat facing this 2.5k hectare tea 🌱🌿🍃☕️🍵 plantation for a beautiful 😍🤩stunning view, as well as enjoy a cuppa of hot Sabah Tea ☕️ Pandan 🌿🌱 teh tarik. It’s smooth, fragrant & not too sweet to enjoy 😋🤤

You have to enjoy a beatiful 😍🤩 walk 🚶🏻‍♀️🚶🏻‍♂️into this organic tea plantation🌱🌿🍃☕️🍵, apprecicate & touch the tea leaves 🍃, as well as snapping photos 📸📸 & videos ğŸ“¹ğŸŽ¥ for sharing in social medias 😉

An educational visit to enjoy a variety of recreational activities e.g. obstacle-crossing in the Sapaon Recreational Area, trekking along the trails to the peak of Kamunsu Hill ⛰ / to embarking on a night 🌃🌌 walk 🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏻‍♀️to check out the unique insect 🐜 ğŸžğŸ•· life

Guests 👫👭👬 can also opt for a stay vacation 🛌🛀🏻🚿🛋 either in a traditional long house, a cosy bungalow / camping ⛺️ to enjoy the starry sky 🌌 etc. A variety of tour packages are available to cater for your choice, do exploring for your visit ya 🤗

Free 🆓 admission ğŸŽŸ, however a small fee ✅ is required for a tea 🍃🍃adventure tour/ day tour (not available for public holidys) to its tea 🍃🍃factory

Address📍: 17, Kg. Nalapak, Jalan Ranau-Sandakan, 89309 Ranau, Sabah, East Malaysia
Operating hours🕙: 8️⃣am to 4️⃣pm daily
Website🌐: http://www.sabahtea.com.my/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/sabahtea/

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