Saturday, April 5, 2008

KOTA KINABALU TRIP (DAY 3)

Date: 05 April 2008

It is finally the 3 rd day and today plan will be in Gunung kinabalu and some other places. Em.. very early need to wake up.. From KK, we left at 7 am. Thanks to Darrel for fetching me to places. The journey up will take up to 3 hours but professional driver Darrel jus take about 2 hours.. he is using the other short cut route from Inanam




Reaching the Kinabalu Park.. and this is where the hiking continues from here... The weather is cold.. as cold as in Cameron at night. There are two enterance to climb thats de Mesilau and another will be the Timpohon Gate .. so many prefer the Mesilau.. and climbing need to book 1 month in advance.

Mount Kinabalu (Malay: Gunung Kinabalu) is a prominent mountain on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah and is protected as Kinabalu National Park, a World Heritage Site. Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo's Crocker Range and is the fourth tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Papua's Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora and Puncak Mandala. Mount Kinabalu is also the 20th tallest mountain in the world by topographic prominence.
Low's Peak can be climbed quite easily by a person in good physical condition and there is no need for mountaineering equipment at any point on the main route. Other peaks along the massif, however, require rock climbing skills


The next stop will be the Kundasang War Memorial.. More like memorial garden then war memorial.. cause i cant see any boms. or any things that can war equipment. it is actually a garden that is for the Australian Soldier that had died there.

Kundasang War Memorial is Located on a hill immediately behind the vegetable wholesale stalls is the Kundasang War Memorial and Gardens.

Major G. S. Carter, D.S.O. (Toby Carter) a New Zealander employed with Shell Oil Co. (Borneo) initiated the building of the Memorial in 1962, together with the launching of Kinabalu Park; to commemorate the 2,428 Australian and British prisoners who died during World War II at the Sandakan POW Camp, and the casualties of the three infamous forced death marches from Sandakan to Ranau. It also serves as a tribute to the many local people who risked their lives while aiding the prisoners of war. Only six Australians survived in this tragedy to tell their horror and there were no English survivors.

The fort-like Memorial was designed by J.C. Robinson, a local architect. It has four interlocking but separate gardens to represent the homelands of those who died: an Australian Garden, a formal English Garden of roses, a Borneo Garden with wild flowers of Kinabalu and at the top level is the 'Contemplation Garden' with a reflection pool and pergola.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Memorial was restored in 2005 by Mr Sevee Charuruks and with funding provided by the Malaysian Government. The Gardens have been replanted with flowers, particularly roses and rare orchids that include the Paphiopedilum rothschildianum (Rothschild's slipper orchid). The Memorial is open to all visitors not only to view the gardens but to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others.
Then, we ended going to Universiti Malaysia Sabah for our travel distance. There is nice buildings and there is many courses available.

UMS is the ninth Malaysian public university located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia and was established on November 24, 1994


After that, we went up to the @tmpshere to enjoy some drinks and tea as well as the beautiful view of the Borneo seas. This will be at the The Yayasan Sabah Tower (officially known as Menara Tun Mustapha)


The Yayasan Sabah Tower (officially known as Menara Tun Mustapha) is located in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. It was built in 1977 and it is the second tallest building in the island of Borneo after Wisma Sanyan in Sibu and followed by the Ministry of Finance Building, Brunei in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. This 30-storey circular glass sculpture that reaches 122 meters high is located in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It is named after Tun Datu Mustapha, a former Chief Minister of Sabah. The building used to be known as Sabah Foundation Building (Bangunan Yayasan Sabah). It is home to the '@mosphere' restaurant at the 18 floor, which slowly spins to provide a complete view of Likas Harbour. It makes one rotation per hour.
                                                                


At night, we had our dinner together and the drink in downtown Kota Kinabalu

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