5D4N Kota Kinabalu Day 0

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The following are the stuff I brought with me for my trip to Kota Kinabalu.

2 hiking poles. A MUST. If you’ve stumbled upon this page and are heading to Mount Kinabalu, PLEASE make sure you have 2 and not 1 hiking pole. These 2 babies preserved my legs, KNEES especially. Of course you can still buy carved hiking sticks at Kinabalu Park for RM5 each but they are not as light as proper hiking poles. Moreover, these 2 hiking poles which I bought for RM16 each has shock absorbers that tremendously help you move better for hours after hours during ascend and descent.

Knee and ankle brace. A must for people with a history of injuries. I’ve injured my left ankle and right knee once before.

2 very important items for climbing Mount Kinabalu.

Milo wafer cubes. It doesn’t have to be those expensive type of energy bars. As long as it’s high in calories it will do.

Custard cream biscuits.

Instant cup noodles. A must as the packed lunch during ascend is shiteous. Of course you can only eat it once you reach Laban Rata as there aren’t hot water along the way.

16 pieces of medicated plasters for the 3 of us.

5 oral rehydration salts.

2 rows of paracetamol for pain relieve.

Tissue papers. There is not enough toilet paper at the mountain hostels.

Handkerchief. A definite must for people with chronic sinus issues. Your nose will run faster as you near the peak, as it gets colder and colder.

Apple cider vinegar. All-in-one anti bacteria, anti nausea, insect repellent, blister treatment.

My own tube of shampoo as I’m dandruff prone.

Rubber bands. You never know when you might need it.

Flip flops are the best choice as they are light. You’ll definitely need it when you reach Laban Rata.

The coolest rechargeable head lamp bought at only RM26.

The 13 LED bright-as-hell head lamp. A definite MUST during the ascend from Laban Rata to the Low’s Peak.

Extra thick gloves for keeping the hands warm and preventing rope burn.

The accessories.

A good quality windbreaker is important as it gets very windy and cold during the ascend to Low’s Peak. The temperature can be as low as 3ÂșC.

Track bottoms.

2 pair of socks. Nothing more nothing less.

2 t-shirts.

Sweater No.1.

Sweater No.2.

2 shorts.

The clothes.

All rolled up into plastic bags. Rolling clothes save space and prevent wrinkles. The plastic bags are for protecting them from the rain.

I managed to fit all of the above into the bag. Total weight was about 5kg.

Crocband Flip

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Bought my first ever Crocs footwear.

One of the main reasons why I don’t buy Crocs is because it looks ugly.

I’ve always wondered how a pair of Crocs feel like.

Recently, I noticed their latest arrival while browsing through Queensbay and couldn’t help but to get myself a pair.

It’s very expensive though. The most expensive pair of flip flops I have ever bought.

I plan to wear it ONLY when I travel so as to prolong the life of the flip flops. =)

4D3N Bali Day 3 : Kuta Square, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Matahari, Aj Hackett Bungy Jump Bali, Warung Murah, Dikuta Massage Reflexology, Nasi Jotan, Kuta Beach, Kuta Horse Carriage, Kuta Mini Van, Warung Murni Kuta, Soto Ayam, Ayam Bumbu Bali, Vi Ai Pi, Engine Room, Bali Bomb Memorial, Hard Rock Bali, Bintang Bir

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06.34 am – Jl Pantai Kuta in the morning.

Family day for the employees of one of the hotels in Kuta.

Went to a CIMB kiosk and

used my Visa card to withdraw an additional IDR 500,000.

The very empty Pantai Kuta at 6.43am in the morning.

Indonesian women doing yoga in the morning.

Family day = clean up Kuta beach day.

The entrance to Tune Hotels.

A pretty big water pocket from the rain last night.

One of the most budget yet convenient hotel to stay in Kuta.

The small counter by the entrance of Tune Hotels

owned by Ceria Agency Transport

that rent out motorbikes for IDR 50,00 per 24 hours.

The key to my bike.

hehehe.

Had a bit of petrol left.

07.59 am – Went to KFC Kuta Square for breakfast.

Had a fish fillet sandwich and

chicken fillet sandwich.

The Indonesian KFC menu doesn’t change as well.

Bought an additional green bean bun for breakfast.

09.30 am – 1st stop, Mr Kuta Surf, a surf shop located directly opposite Discovery Mall.

Vivian bought herself a pair of Roxy for IDR 135,000. That’s like 60% the price of what you’d normally get back in Malaysia.

09.47 am – Next stop, Kuta Square.

Went through a lot of surf shops

before deciding on a pair of Quicksilver.

The recyclable bag.

To be worn during Chinese New Year.

And then Vivian spotted an optical shop.

Bought herself a box of contacts as she lost one lens side when trying to wear it.

Went to Matahari Kuta Square to check out the items on sale.

The surfboard by the elevator.

10.40 am – Next stop, a row of shophouses under the same management I suppose, called Bali Colada.

Blue Glue bikinis.

Metrox.

Crocs.

10.53 am – Drove over to Legian Art Market for additional shopping.

11.48 am – Somehow, I got lost and found my way to AJ Hackett of Bali.