Here we are again. I'm saving the date of the climb for a reminder: 29th-30th July 2018
This time i'll be talking about my recent hike up Kinabalu Mountain or what the locals call him, Aki Nabalu.
Work has been hectic so i do apologize for the delay in posting this journey. Plus ive been having writers block these pass few months. I'll be staring at the screen and nothing come to mind. So whilst my mojo is back. Here goes...
I went on this Hike with the help of my friend's company: NUHU REPUBLIC.
They have the best rates so far. So if you are interested, contact her through instagram: @vendiebendie or you could just PM me at @thetravelingkayan for more info.
First and foremost. You should train. period.
Forget my headline. you should train. period. or suffer the pain like i did.
I'm a stubborn person. i sometime tend to not listen to my body. Add ego and either u get success or down right sick or both.
I got the latter.
Id say a success non the less for someone who had minimal training. I just manage to arrive KM8 and sad to say i did not reach the peak where you get the nice picture with the sign.
What I Packed:
The weather up there can be cold or mild. Depending on the wind situation and humidity on the day of the climb.
Our flight flew in quite late the day before. So we all decided to stay in town. Too late to Grab up to the mountain base.
Arrive Panalaban Basecamp
Arrived! KM 6 right on time!
Finally a brief break from hiking up and time for some FOOD and SLEEP.
Temperature up here starts to get cold once we stopped hiking so cover up to avoid getting sick.
Got a wakeup call at 1.30am for our supper and pre hike briefing. We started the summit attack at approximate 3AM. This second half of the hike is much more strenuous compared to the compared to the previous 6KM hike because it is more inclined (plus we had to suffer lack of sleep and night hiking and a huge drop in temperature considering the time we started to walk up)
What i could have done differently
Kinabalu in general is considered an easy hike as the Park had already accommodate hikers with stair and handrails on most of the trail if we were to compare other hiking trails in Malaysia.
Sibu has always been a place I-have-never-been-but-would-like-to-visit-one-day throughout my life. Food has always been the main reason when visiting Sibu. Well, it my main reason lah.
I didn't do the places to visit because they are more or less the same everywhere in Sarawak but food here is a must. One cannot find a more Chinese influenced food scene in the state of Sarawak but in Sibu. In my opinion.
Glory Cafe, Sarikei - Coconut Tomyam Prawn
19, Jalan Bank,
96100 Sarikei, Sarawak
I'd like to add another district while im here; which is SARIKEI
Our group were from from different directions of Sarawak so we decided to group and spend the night in Sarikei before heading off to Sibu the next day.
The glorious Coconut Tom Yam Prawn of Glory Cafe! This is a must when in Sarikei. Though the price was a bit much (RM37 for a bowl-made out of coconut) but it was way worth it. The quantity was huge so share with your friends or family! i promise you; RM37 is cheap. Also, you'll be given a chance to choose what types of noodle you want in your soup.
However due to public demands (it was a full house when we got there), you might need to wait some time for your order - we waited for 30 minutes till we got ours!
Kompia is a must for this trip - they say Sibu's kompia is the best but I cant resist ordering one for the road in Sarikei. and I was not mad at all.
Deep Fried pork Gyozas were the perfect appetizers. Dip these babies in sweet chili sauce or maynoise and you'll be in heaven.
The coconut pudding was delightful after all the salty, savory meal <3
H Cafe, Sibu
2a&2B, Jln Kawi,
96000, Sibu, Sarawak
Finally, Sibu!! After checking and settling in our airbnb - we got a little hungry by tea time so we thought of somewhere to get a snack.
Food in Sibu are ridiculously cheap when compared to Miri or Bintulu in my opinion.
Taman Muhibbah Food Court
Jalana Muhibbah, Pekan Sibu,
96000, Sibu, Sarawak
This was the table's favorite. Was done in less than a minute.
Any random local shop
When in Sibu. IT IS A MUST TO GET KAMPUA. Kampua is basically the ambassador to all things that is food here in Sibu. This is where Kampua is made known. If you have been to Sibu but not tasted Sibu Kampua, then you have not been in Sibu. i tell you. its that good.
Noticed, my title of where to get Kampua in Sibu. Exactly. So far all kampuas in Sibu have yet to disappoint my friends (acting tour guide); so any shop will do.
Doesn't it look good just by looking at the food presentation?
Upstairs Cofffee, Sibu
699, Jalan Sanyan,
96000 Sibu, Sarawak
Just Opposite Wisma Sanyan, theres a hidden lepak spot on the second floor. The Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies were just RM1/piece. So cheap right? and it was the size of my palm!
The tuna salad in Almond Bagel was a delicious touch - loved that it was full of chopped raw onions and loads of leafy garnishes giving it a hint of sweetness and crunch to this fishy sandwich.
Green Coffee was something new to me. but a whiff of green tea anytime of the day is a definite yes in my book!! <3
Sibu Night Market
Sibu night market - is abit different then the usual night market that i usually go to. Only in Sarawak do you see a non muslim vendor and a muslim vendor do their business side by side.
Even to the point of asking change with each other.
There were no halal or non halal sections; just pure business.
For our last dinner we decided to do it at home. We were exhausted, mind, body, soul and tummy.
And thus, ends my of short getaway through the Sibu food scene.