Visiting Kota Kinabalu

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With dancers from the Monsopiad Cultural Village


When we visited:  October 2006

How we got there: 

Koror-Davao-Manila via Asian Spirit, then Manila (Clark)-Kota Kinabalu via Air Asia (about $100/person round trip)

Where we stayed: 

The Pacific Sutera Resort, part of the Sutera Harbour Resort Complex (conference special $79/night for a deluxe room)

What we did:

 While Mason attended his conference, enjoyed the swimming pools, the bowling alley, the kids play area/club and the food.  We took the free hotel shuttle downtown and did some shopping in a local mall it was quite the experience-- the colors, the food stalls.  We did two tours.  One was a half day city tour where we caught the view from Signal Hill, saw the Sabah State Mosque, and visited the Sabah Museum.

View From Signal Hill
  That same afternoon, we took another tour that took us to the Monsopiad Cultural Village where we witnessed and participated in the dances of the Kazadazandusan people, saw their traditional homes and costumes, and saw how they made  Lihing (rice wine).  We participated in traditional games, including a target practice using the blowpipe and played traditional instruments.  The very last stop, was the skull house, where the shrunken heads of the warriors that were captured and killed by the legendary Kadazan warrior, Monsopiad. 

Interesting Fact Learned: 

The Malay word for the finger decorations (the ones that look like long fingernails) and the Palauan word for fingernail are the same.

What we wanted to do but didn’t: 

We are definitely going back when the kids are older to visit Kinabalu National Park, Poring Hot Springs, but most importantly, fly to see the Orangutans at Sepilok.




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