"Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive...
...who is you-er than you!
Shout loud, “I am lucky to be what I am!
Thank goodness I’m not just a clam or a ham
Or a dusty old jar of sour gooseberry jam!
I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be!
If I say so myself,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!”
Notes: Smile and ask for a discount! :)
Feb 5, 2012
No better place to turn 26 than the beach! The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park of Kota Kinabalu is a marine park that is made up of a cluster of five idyllic islands namely: Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Gaya and Pulau Sulug. If you are on a budget (like us), there's no need to fret. All these islands are only about 20-30 minutes speedboat ride. We rode a taxi from Lavender Lodge and proceeded to Jesselton Point where we purchased speedboat tickets from Aparu Holiday Tours. Their speedboats are like jeepneys in the Philippines with different routes. You just have to ride the speedboat going to your island of choice!
-Island Hopping Manukan and Sapi = RM 23 (we got less RM 10)
-Tax = RM 3
-Conservation Fee = RM 3 (Malaysian rate)
The first stop was Mamutik Island where we dropped off some passengers. It's the smallest island but we saw some big sea urchins.
They also offer Sea walking. Literally, walking under the sea while interacting with different species of fish, corals and colorful marine plants. The rate ranges from RM 120-RM 250. Too pricey for us, so no thanks! Haha.
No need to worry about food in this island. There are a lot to choose from. From small food stalls to long buffet tables. We spent only RM 5.50 for breakfast.
For lunch, we transferred to the wonderful Sapi Island. To me, it was better than Manukan. Last round of snorkeling. Schools of fish were following us. This is where I'm happiest :)
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY INDEED!!!
But that's not all..
At night, we went to Mari Mari Village to experience ancient Borneo. It is just 30 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu City. I was so amazed to be in a living museum showcasing different ethnic communities. Felix, the cat err the friendly excursion guide gave a brief intro and led us to the different villages.
We also learned about tattoo-making and its symbolism. "BEAUTY". "WARRIOR".
After visiting the different villages, we found ourselves dancing with the different tribes. Their traditional dance is much like, Tinikling.
Then, they gave us a REAL PERFORMANCE. It was the best Malaysian Folk Dance I've ever seen!
Finally, it was time for dinner. Malaysian food is quite similar to Filipino food. It has a flavor that appeals to my palate.
The tour costs RM 130 inclusive of return transfer, english speaking guide, buffet, house tours and demo and cultural performances. A must visit when you're in Sabah. It lasted about 3 hours and I immediately felt connection. Truly, an unforgettable BIRTHDAY!
Thank you for sharing this AMAZING experience with me, Dawg! I still can't get this silly smile off my face. ♥ ♥ ♥