Sunday, 18 July 2010

Kota Kinabalu trip – 18 Jul 10

Today is our last day and we went out for breakfast after having two days of bread. I have arranged van transfer to the airport with Jenny yesterday. The van would pick us up from Lavender Lodge at 11.30am and the transfer cost RM50 ~ S$22 per van.

We intend to have breakfast at Kedai Kopi Fook Yuen hence we walked to Gaya Street.
Gaya Sunday Market

It's only after reaching Gaya Street that I couldnt find Kedai Kopi Fook Yuen. When I returned to Singapore, I realised that I copied the wrong address after checking it. We had our breakfast at one of the coffeeshop which looks packed, normally this is the safest bet isnt it?
The coffeeshop where we had our breakfast

We ordered Susu Kahwin (evaporated milk+condensed milk), Kopi Kahwin (coffee + tea) even though these were recommended in Kedai Kopi Fook Yuen. Susu Kahwin is too sweet to my taste. I ordered 猪什面 while YQ ordered 鱼片面。The noodle is mediocre and I wldnt recommend.
Kopi Kahwin & Susu Kahwin
After our breakfast, we splitted up at the Sunday market and agreed to meet at the entrance at 11am. The whole stretch of Gaya street was filled with stalls selling everything under the sun, from daily necessity such as vegetables, fruits, plants to souvenirs such as T-shirts, magnets etc. There is even a mobile body check-up stall and blind massage here. I bought a pair of sunglass for RM18 ~ S$8 and a hat for RM27 ~ S$12 after bargaining. YQ bought a pair of sunglass for RM18 too.
Form your own words
Hand made soap
Bird of paradise
Wallets, bags and sunglasses

Such a huge hat
Tonkat ali
Natural scrub
The famous kueh lapis in Sarawak can be found in Kota Kinabalu
This dog face doesnt resemble a dog
Cute puppy
Durian plant
Coffee beans
Such a huge lemon
Rooster and hens
So many chickens
Seashells for sale
Red hibiscus
Body checkup
Pulling for voters
So many people
Blind massage
Buskers performing at Gaya Street
Special type of durian with red flesh

I heard a smoothing music which cames from an ice-cream van, a brilliant idea to attract kids right? I have seen this in Hong Kong before.
Ice-cream van
Such a huge bao

We walked back to Lavender Lodge and the van was already waiting for us. We reached airport within 15min and proceed to check-in. The queue was quite long and for those with check-in luggage, the luggage needs to be scan and a sticker will be pasted on the luggage. This is similar to what I have seen in Penang. 
Departure hall
Such a huge carpark
Inside the departure hall
Scanning of check-in luggage
Long queue
Shops at the departure hall

There is only one eatery at the departure hall public area hence we have no choice but to have Mac for lunch. This is the first Mac outlet that I have seen in KK as KFC dominates the KK City.
My lunch
Transit area
Waiting for our flight
Bye bye KK
Aerial view of Gaya island

We reached Singapore at around 4pm and it was raining when the plane landed. While waiting to disembark the plane, I saw a SATS van stopping at the back emergency door. I guessed it should be loading the food for the next flight since the turnover time for budget airline is short.
Breaking of wind to brake the airplane
SATS loading food catering onto the plane

Chew Hiang thought that she could buy duty free liquour but end up she couldnt. I read before that those arrived from Malaysia are not entitled to the duty free concessions but she told me that last time someone told her that as long as you spent more than 3 days outside Singapore. In the end, we asked someone from the duty free shop and indeed we couldnt buy.

Out of curiousity, I googled and found from the Singapore Custom website on duty free concession. Bona fide travellers are entitled to duty-free allowance for spirits, wine and beer only if all of the following conditions are met:
(a) You are 18 years old or above;
(b) You have spent 48 hours or more outside Singapore immediately before your arrival;
(c) You have not arrived from Malaysia;
(d) The liquors are for your own consumption; and
(e) The liquors are not prohibited under section 38 of the Customs Act.

We bade farewell to each other and I went back home with YQ.

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