Kota Kinabalu (Day 2: City Mosque, Shangri-La’s Sunset Bar, Sin Kee Bah Kut Teh)

The second day marks our last day in the city. Our first stop is the Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (Masjid Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu). This is actually my first time to enter a Muslim mosque. I’ve been to one before in Kuala Lumpur but I don’t recall going inside. You must follow a dress code before you enter.




For lunch, our next stop was October Coffee located at Peak Vista. The place has a very quaint feel to it. You would not think that you are even in Kota Kinabalu. I am not fond of drinking coffee when I am hungry so I only took a sip from my brother’s cup. They offer a wide variety of coffee from you standard espresso to several single origins. We also tried some of their dishes which was just okay. They also have other branches so you may want to check those too.



In the afternoon, we decided to do another run of Escape which I mentioned already in my Day 1 post. We headed to their newly opened shopping mall called IMAGO. While the others stayed in the mall to purchase some last minute hiking equipment, some of us headed early to Shangri-la Tanjung Aru for the sunset.



Our friend, who organized this trip, booked us a reservation at the Sunset Bar which is the place to be for the killer sunset view. We were lucky to get a spot that had unobstructed views of the sea and the sun. It was very windy during this time and the humidity from the sea is quite high. My camera actually malfunctioned for a time due to this.


Witness the sunset…





However, my favorite part was when the sun cannot be seen anymore. I was able to take some night shots just before the sky turned completely dark.




From Shangri-la, our last stop was Sin Kee Bah Kut Teh which was just across Fatty Kee’s. Contrary to your typical bat kut teh, the broth was less bitter than what you would normally expect. You will probably like this if you’re not accustomed to the taste of strong bitter herbs.



After dinner, we headed back to our hotel early since we had an early call time the next day. Tomorrow is the day we have all been waiting for!

Summit to Mount Kinabalu (Day 1: Timpohon Gate to Base Camp)

– The Tourist Pao


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