Kota Kinabalu Travel Blog› entry 3 of 5 › view all entries
January 23rd, 2010 – by: annabelc
On Friday I spent the day on a tropical island, Manukan Island. After a fifteen minute trip on a small, very old boat, full of character. After a quick snorkell, A and I went para-gliding. Most amazing thing, ever. A and I were attatched to a huge parachutte on the boat (although the guys were very careful to tell us not to touch certain clips because they would come undone :s). Was amazing to see the islands and city from such a height (and not feel sick). When the boat slowed down a little we dipped our feet in the water... very warm, not unlike a bath.
We hopped on a banana boat (a big inflatable yellow thing that you sit on with five other people that gets towed behind the speedboat and tries to tip you off). Was lots of fun trying to hang off, although one of other guys on it fell on top of me when we got tipped off.
More snorkelling after lunch, there were lots of fish and the water was perfectly clear and the sand brilliant white. was v nice. Although we did put sunscreen on, A and I got very sunburnt on our backs, still paying for it today... I can barely move my right arm it hurts so much. Haven't been this badly burnt in years. Also, the straps from my bathers are awful. Very painful to wear anything :(
Today A, C, P and I headed to the Mt Kinabalu National Park. Was a very long drive, but very beautiful, and (apparently) cold. C said that locals come up to get away from the heat, but it was still 20oC otuside.. barely cold at all.
For dinner tonight we had a seafood feast!!! So fresh that C chose it when it was still alive and swimming, 30 mins later in was on the table. We had prawns, crab, a vegetable only grown in Sabah that I can't rememebr the name of, and three other kinds of shell fish.
Have been doing a lot of shopping, malls here are so big! And there are so many; designer brands along with market stalls, A is being very patient with me :)
The fashion here is strange. A polo shirt and shorts are considered perfectly fashionable, and high end shops sell them. For girls, that is. T-shirt and shorts is pretty much okay for guys everywhere. A is having lots of trouble buying shoes... he's a size 12.5 or 13, most of the shoe shops only go up to size 10 at the biggest. I'm not having huge luck with buying shoes either, my feet are just slightly the wrong shape or something.
That's all for tonight, bed time now. Flying to Miri tomorrow night, be nice to get there.
Will put up photos soon, promise!!
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