Somewhere in Asia travel blog

Backside of an apartment building

Big fish

Sunday market on Jalan Gaya

Sunday market on Jalan Gaya

Blind Foot Massage

Fresh honey

A local cafe - round bread

Where round toast is made

Busy at work

Chinese checkers

View from inside a hardware store

View from inside a hardware store

Ramadan has officially began

Tasty-looking temptations

Putu piring - type of steamed rice bun, with a sweet middle

A daily market that happens only during the Ramadan - right before...

Ramadan Food Market 2006

Ramadan Food Market 2006

Ramadan Food Market 2006

Ramadan Food Market 2006

Ramadan Market 2006 - an excite sate guy

Ramadan Market 2006

Ramadan Market 2006 - lots of hungry people

Ramadan Market 2006

Ramadan Market 2006 - birds of a feather...

Ramadan Market 2006 - an excitied little guy

Ramadan Market 2006

Ramadan Market 2006 - father and son

Ramadan Market 2006 - cendol to go

Ramadan Market 2006 - we liked his hat

Mooncake Festival

Patiently waiting for the fun to start

Fun police

Still a hero

Cotton candy

Is it Kevin?

Oh no, it's just some other guy pretending to be Kevin

Kota Kinabalu is a modern town, set up for tourists like no other we've seen in Borneo. There are tens of hostels to choose from, all offering clean rooms, nice common areas, free breakfasts, and even free internet access. We enjoyed our stay at the ultra-clean Summer Lodge, with the added bonus of two tiny kittens to play with, Mimi (2 months) and Milo (1 month).

The town itself rests on the South China Sea, and is a gateway to the many attractions of Sabah. The city was rebuild from scratch in 1963, and boasts sprawling suburban areas, as well as many high-rises that dot the city skyline, all called "wisma (complex) something". Kota Kinabalu is not completely lacking in charm. Like many other Malaysian cities, there is no shortage of colourful markets (including a neat Filipino market, and a nearby Sunday market), kedai kopi places, and Indian-Muslim restaurants. There is also one delicious Indian option, called either Banana Leaf or Lotus Flower, we couldn't quite figure it out - needless to say we quickly became regulars there.

The city comes alive during Ramadan (starting on September 24th this year). There are more people out during the day, shopping. Muslim restaurants open late, and stay open well into the night. New food markets crop up all over town, and cater to those seeking quick eats as fasting breaks for the day around 5:30pm. These little markets serve up some amazing food, fresh and cheap. Many people who observe the daily fast walk up and down the market looking, but not eating. Some purchase food early in anticipation of the break of fasting.

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