Previously – Part 7
The skies were gloomy. It was very dark in Kota Kinabalu. It rained heavily that we felt like going back to the hostel and sleep. But no. I don’t want to get bitten by bedbugs in the afternoon! But, we did not really have a plan after the snorkeling trip.
So, with the rental car and road signboards [yeah, we did not even bother to get a map or switch on the GPS... ;D], off we went driving without any destination in mind.
Where did we went to? Well, just driving around, seeing the scenery along the way, faced the traffic jam, stopped when I was sleepy and to take photos. A literal definition of free and easy
First stop was the museum. The museum is located on Jalan Muzium, on top of a hill near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. We were driving along Jalan Penampang and the Hospital was on our right when we saw the signboard showing the direction of the museum on the left.
Unfortunately, the museum was closed when we arrived. We just walked outside the museum and had a look at the outdoor exhibition.
Malaysian – RM 2
Non-Malaysian – RM 15
Sabah Museum is quite big actually. According to the layout plan of the museum, the museum has a main museum and several other specialized museums. It is a big museum complex.
Even the design of the main museum is unique. Not a typical colonial-built building like other museums in Malaysia, totally a different design.
There is also a wooden boat, donated by a woodcrafter to the Museum. The crafted wood is very beautiful. Honestly, I can’t see myself in the woodcrafter’s position. It requires a lot of patience for sure!
It was still raining as we left the Museum’s compound. “Jom makan! | Let’s eat!“, I told my bestbuddy, Akmal. But, we did not know where to eat. And we did not know what to eat. We exited the Museum’s gate and was shocked to see a long line of cars waiting for their turn to pass the traffic light in front of the Hospital.
Suddenly, I saw a row of shop houses on the opposite side of the road. And I saw a restaurant in the middle of the shop houses. My eyes caught the banner, which reads “Nasi Katak | Frog Rice”.
Eh, wait… “nasi katak?”
To Be Continued – Part 9
Slackers. The first thing that will come to everyone’s mind is a person who avoids work or effort. But is it true that every slacker avoids effort? What if I tell you that slackers are among the people who put A LOT of effort. Do you believe me?
Well, trust me. I have met them.
My journey to meet them started early in the morning. The meeting point to meet these slackers was at the Gua Damai Extreme Park, Selangor. As it is close to the Batu Caves KTM Komuter Station, and the fact that I have never ride a Komuter train to the Batu Caves station [last station on the red line], I chose the train this time.
I went there as a participant of the #TSDayOut program, a program by Tourism Selangor in which they invite bloggers and/or those interested to explore what Selangor has to offer.
Apart from walking, which is quite far, the best way to go to Gua Damai Extreme Park from the Batu Caves station is by taxi. After alighting from the train, take the right exit and taxis are lining up there. But remember, turn on the meter!
When we arrived at the Park, we saw a lot of people had already arrived.
After donning the official t-shirt, we were greeted by one of the slackers, Helena Foo.
She is one of the slackers under the Slackline KL. Slackline, as in slacklining.
Never heard of it? Well, you are not alone. Let me be frank. Before #tsbreakaway, I don’t even know what slackline is. And yes, I have always thought that slackers are lazy people. But I am wrong. Most of us are wrong. Thanks to Juan, we discovered this small, but growing community of slackers.
What is slacklining actually? According to Wikipedia, it is like a webbed rope and a narrow trampoline. For me, it is like a narrow rope which can sustain weight up to 3000kg, where slackers will walk from one end to another, or perform tricks on it [tricklining].
It looks easy, right? But trust me, it does not at all. ‘Slackers are people who put a lot of efforts’ really make sense. They do put a lot of effort.
Normally, people slackline by stretching the slackline between poles, trees, cliffs, or anything which can sustain it from one end to the other. Here, they strung it between two trees. Nevertheless, great care was taken to the trees by putting a layer of protection to avoid abrasions to the trees.
These slackers set up several slacklines for us participants to try out. The organizers had also organized several team building challenges for us to compete against each other.
Everybody was shaking and wobbling non-stop the first time [and many times to come] as we tried to set foot on the slacklines.
I wonder how many attempts and failures did Hakimi, one of the Slackers from Slackline KL group, had to endure before he can master this sport?
Slackline is a very good activity for everyone, actually. Apart from strengthen the core and learn to balance ourselves, slackline also teach us to be patient and to not giving up.
There is one quote I found regarding slackline from Anonymous.
Life is one long slackline.
Indeed it is. In life, we fell, and we got up. Again and again. Things might look hard, but actually they are doable.
Slackline, from one end to the other looks easy. Looks so near. But to reach the end of the line, it takes time. It takes several attempts and several falls, before we can successfully reach the end without falling. That is life. And that is how I see slackline.
So, thank you to Juan and Tourism Selangor for introducing us all to this exciting activity: Slacklining.
I did say earlier on that meeting the slackers is a journey, right? It was a long journey. After the activity, we headed for lunch at Restoran Dapur Elly Scha, a newly opened restaurant at the neighbourhood.
Situated near Pappa Rich, we tried their signature dish, which is a fried rice with fried egg, tempura prawn, chicken padprik and fries. Bloated!
After lunch, Anis, Jeff and I proceeded to take the LRT from the Gombak station, which is the last station on the Kelana Jaya line. Jeff and I were asleep in the train, whilst Anis kept herself awake, to make sure that we will alight at our respective stations. I was the last one to alight among us three.
As it was quite some time since I took the Rapid KL buses, I planned to ride on one. Anis told me, “You can sleep in the bus later on”. Was she right? No!
I had to stand up for another 20 minutes or so, looking at the traffic jam on the Federal Highway before finally securing a seat. And finally, I got to doze off.
That was a journey.
Interested to join or try slacklining?
Checkout Slackline KL @ http://slacklinekl.wix.com/slacklinekl. They normally set up slacklines at the Kiara Park every Saturday. For more info:
Helena Foo | +6 012 698 1368 | email@example.com | facebook.com/slacklinekl
For Gua Damai Extreme Park, visit here.
Thank you Tourism Selangor for organizing #tsdayout and to Slackline KL for the awesome experience!
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Malaysia is a colourful country. There are so many things that travellers can see, do, learn and try here. However, most people travel to Malaysia only to see all the popular sights but have no idea of some of the local cultures.
This post is not about teaching the cultural values or about showing all the beautiful places that Malaysia has to offer. Rather, it is to show how some of the normal places in Malaysia looks like.
The video below is a short video made by my team as a gift to my friend who got married earlier this month. It shows, among others, some clips of how a local university campus looks like, the Petronas Twin Towers as a backdrop, the Penang Bridge as a backdrop, a nice grassy garden area at a shopping mall known as the Setia City Mall and of course, a short clip of the solemnization process in a Malay-Muslim wedding ceremony.