Christina feeding fish on Manukan island. We’ve officially arrived in Malaysia, the east side anyway. We are in Kota Kinabalu, where divers and mountain climbers alike seek this turquoise watered, shopping mall sprinkled, trekker dotted paradise!
Here is some geography, as Malaysia is fascinating in what it’s connected to…
Map taken from http://www.malaysia-maps.com
Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei are all connected to this island/peninsular place… We’ve visited Thailand’ and our final country we will visit is Brunei, but just wanted to show you some geography! You can see where we currently are in the Northeast corner, in Kota Kinabalu affectionately known as KK.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital, has 1.6 million people… The island of Borneo is in Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia… It is the 3rd largest island in the world and the largest island in Asia (we will be visited these jungle areas in Malaysia and Brunei)… Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country, we see Arabic written in many places, they say a Muslim prayer before flight take off on the airplane, many women wear head scarves, and the direction of Ka’ba is indicated by an arrow in each hotel room we stay so the direction of Mecca is indicated for people to pray. Fascinating!
Our first night, after Christina’s worst bout of food poisoning (travelling for 13 hours in a plane!), we were both excited for some breakfast!
This is Nasi Lamak… A traditional breakfast of coconut rice, peanuts, cucumbers, and sometimes sardines, the shrimp paste and curry sauce are also decent!
Josh tried some Nasi too, and Singapore noodles.. He loves being silly at breakfast as you can see…
It’s Saturday and that means visiting the Gaya street market in KK.
Fresh water pearls were for sale everywhere!
So were cats in cages…
Luckily lots of people were buying the animals!
The city mosque is a place we drove by after the market, the mosques here are exquisite and tickling Christina’s Islamic Art love bone, we will show many more on this trip.
Manukan island is next!
There are 5 islands to visit around KK, we took a speed boat and visited the one with the clearest water and hungry fish!
The fish were going after throwing some almonds down!
This is some of the clearest, most beautiful turquoise water we have ever seen!
We decided to take a dip!
A beautiful day in Malaysia…
Angel fish went crazy when we fed them bread!
There was a Malayan Water Monitor lizard we saw in the photo above, we fed it eggs, which it really liked. he was just strolling around the beach!
When attacked, Water Monitors try to intimidate predators by lashing out with their tails, inflating their throats, hissing loudly, turning sideways and compressing their bodies. When cornered, they will bite and claw. Unlike other lizards, they do not drop their tails in self defence.
We had fun zooming through the waters as we headed back to the mainland, next post we fly to Kuching, base camp for heading into the jungles of Borneo!