My Last Day In KK

Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, June 3, 2009 | Published in

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You thought my KK series is over, didn't you?

Well, almost. This will be the last post.

After spending a really nice time at the beach, I was reluctant to leave Manukan Island. But I had to leave, otherwise I would miss my flight back to KL.

The speedboat ride back to KK was not a pain in the ass, unlike the ride to Manukan Island earlier. That's because I sat at the back.

boatride 3.2

Leaving Jesselton Point, the ferry terminal was a little sad for me. But as I bade farewell to Jesselton Point, KK welcomed me back!

Jesselton Point behind 2

Before I went to the airport, I had my lunch at the Olde Station Kopitiam at Warisan Square. I did not plan to eat anything on board the plane so I had to make sure I was full before boarding. Haha!

I ordered their asam fried meehoon dish with curry chicken which was excellent! Also ordered roti kahwin, which is simply bread with kaya and butter. And also had their very good thirst quencher (not in the photo) - the 3 in 1 drink with kat chai, ham moi and lemon in it. Totally refreshing.

asam fried mee hoon & roti kahwin 2

I reached the KK airport wondering why their screen monitors detailing the flights and time of departure were so small I could hardly read anything on them. Or maybe my vision had deteriorated over the years.

So that's it! I took the flight back to home sweet home!

Oh, let me show you two souvenirs I bought in KK.

souvenirs

On the left is a bottle opener which I like, and on the right is a fridge magnet. The bottle opener also doubles up as a fridge magnet. Nice?

There are a few interesting things I noticed during my KK trip. Two of them I have already mentioned in the earlier posts, that is, the sun rises and sets very early in KK which I don't really like. And the weather can change from sunny to rainy in an instant.

The third thing I noticed is the large number of Filipino people in KK! They were everywhere from the people working at Lavender Lodge to the waiters and waitresses at restaurants. And of course not forgetting KK even had a Filipino market selling handicrafts and souvenirs!

I guess KK is quite near to Philippines, right? Wait, let me have a look at the map. My geographical knowledge simply sucks! Haha!

Anyway, one night as I was walking along the darker streets in KK, a Filipino lady passed by and said hi to me in the most friendly way. I was a little startled, but quickly realised she's looking for customers. Well, if she had not looked that plump, I might have just considered...haha!

Guess the Filipinos are working in all kinds of jobs in KK!

Oh, and do you know KK is home to a number of famous musicians? Singer songwriters Pete Teo, Mia Palencia, Jerome Kugan, acoustic guitar virtuoso Roger Wang and Australian based R&B singer, Che'Nelle are all from KK.

Also from KK is famous TV personality Daphne Iking and the first Asian-born member of the Australian Cabinet, Penny Wong. Didn't know that, did you?

Well, that concludes my post on my KK trip.

If you have missed some of my earlier posts on KK, you may read them by clicking on My KK Trip.

FIRST COMMENTER

(76) Comments

  1. Mei Teng said...

    Oh wow...you sure caught me by surprise. I thought I saw a wrong post or something this morning...haha

    June 3, 2009 at 9:07 AM
  2. Mei Teng said...

    I like Mia Palencia. She's a talented singer with a beautiful voice. Heard her sing live in 1Utama one time. She sings really well.

    The Philippines is near Sabah so I guess that's why you see alot of Filipinos there.

    Foong...you would have considered?!!..hahha.

    June 3, 2009 at 9:12 AM
  3. Pete said...

    Nice bottle opener...also frigde magnet!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:01 AM
  4. Tita Beng said...

    It isn't surprising at all to hear that there are many Filipinos in KK.
    I guess, not only in KK but everywhere in the world where jobs are available. And for those who's not capable of landing a better job, they end up like that plump lady you declined. It's a pity there are Pinays like her, but I understand that happens to any nationals, not just Filipinos.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:39 AM
  5. foongpc said...

    mei teng, haha! I didn't think of coming out with this final post earlier. But then I saw I still have some photos left and decided to make use of them! LOL!

    Mia Palencia is a talented singer. I like her singing too.

    Recently I found a new singer which I like. Her name is Zee Avi. Have you heard of her? She's a Malaysian. I like her voice and her songs. You can watch her singing a song called "Bitter Heart" here.

    As for the Filipino prostitute, well if she's pretty and has a good figure I might just go for it! I'm kind hearted what - help people earn some money lah. Haha! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:43 AM
  6. ladyviral said...

    Omg! finally able to view your blog! I have been having issues coming here. It keeps telling operation abort then when I click "OK" the whole page goes blank -_-''

    Finally get to read to relieved. I love the magnets! Especially the one with the details of the probiosics monkies. It is absolutely gorgeous!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:55 AM
  7. ladyviral said...

    Oh and the wateris so blue! So nice... I miss swimming in the ocean T_T.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:56 AM
  8. fufu said...

    you should have considered filipino... she might know some special filipino skill!!! wahahhaha... better stop here....

    anyway i was reluctant to leave sapi island too wanna go back to kk again >.<

    June 3, 2009 at 11:06 AM
  9. Mei Teng said...

    What?! Kind hearted...in contributing to the demands of that industry?? No demand, no supply.

    It's a no no...ok. I better stop here otherwise there'll be endless debate to the world's oldest profession.

    Maybe your typo is because of thinking too much about her..hahha :P

    June 3, 2009 at 11:09 AM
  10. fufu said...

    i also just heard of zee avi ya... what a talented artist!! we actually have plenty of them... "Malaysia Has Talent" tooo~~~ just we dont appreciate and not properly bring them up >.<

    June 3, 2009 at 11:41 AM
  11. reanaclaire said...

    so where will your next trip be? i love to travel too but only limited leave.. sigh..

    June 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM
  12. khengsiong said...

    I heard that when Sabah was ruled by the now-defunct USNO, the government purposely allowed Filipinos to immigrate as a way to 'dilute' the Kadazan population.

    I'm not anti-Filipino, though...

    June 3, 2009 at 11:58 AM
  13. nic

    foong foong!! so the bottle opener is for me right right?!? tat's very nice of u, no wonder u were approached by the Filipino nice lady hehe...

    June 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM
  14. Nick Phillips said...

    The fried mee hoon dish looks so yummy that I'm craving for one now! LOL!

    June 3, 2009 at 12:59 PM
  15. lina said...

    I like your souvenirs. :)

    Looking at fried beehoon photo before lunch time sure makes me crave for one too!

    June 3, 2009 at 1:07 PM
  16. Ai Shiang said...

    The bottle opener is nice. At first without reading I thought it was something that you put on the door as the "knocker", something like a door bell. I can't recall the proper name for it ...

    June 3, 2009 at 1:24 PM
  17. Life Ramblings said...

    those souvenirs are great to keep tokens from your most precious memories.

    June 3, 2009 at 1:58 PM
  18. Merryn said...

    dat fried meehoon reminds me of college days when i had that everyday!!!!! gosh.. no wonder so fat that time.. hahahha..

    aw.. dat's the end? my guess will be ur next destination is that place far far away with dat fellow blogger eh? looking forward for THAT post!

    June 3, 2009 at 2:08 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    pete, thanks! : )

    tita beng, I'm sure you know this better than me since you are a Filipino. I guess you are right, it's not just Filipinos that work as prostitutes, many other nationals do the same too : )

    June 3, 2009 at 2:31 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    ladybiral, oh I did not know you have difficulty reading my blog! I don't know why that happened but I hope you will have no problem from now on.

    Thanks! I like the souvenir with the proboscis monkey too! You miss the blue sea? Plan for your beach getaway now! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 2:34 PM
  21. foongpc said...

    fufu, haha! Special Filipino skills? I wonder what skills they have that we don't know about? LOL!

    Same like me reluctant to leave the island? Haha! I guess we always feel sad to leave our holidays behind! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM
  22. foongpc said...

    mei teng, haha! My typo definitely has nothing to do with the plump lady OK! Maybe still dreaming about the nice blue sea and waves rushing to shore at Manukan Island. LOL!

    The world's oldest profession need our support, no? You want it to die a natural death? What a pity. Haha!

    June 3, 2009 at 2:41 PM
  23. foongpc said...

    fufu, you heard her sing? Amazing, right? Yes, we do have lots of talents here!

    mei teng, have you heard her sing? I think you will like her kind of songs - if I guessed correctly! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 2:46 PM
  24. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, my next trip will be Guilin, China. Can't wait!! : )

    Limited leave? Well, you can still go local destinations. Stay for 4D/3N kinda holidays - will still be fun! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 2:49 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, oh I didn't know that! So it's to dilute the Kadazan population? Interesting. Well, luckily you mentioned you are not anti-Filipinos cos I have a lot of Filipino readers and they'll bash you up! Haha!

    June 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    nic, hi there nic nic! No the bottle opener is not for you, no no! I don't want the nice plump Filipino lady, thank you. Shall I direct her to you, yes yes? : )

    June 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM
  27. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, yeah, I feel like eating it again! : )

    lina, thanks, I love them too! Craving for the asam fried meehoon? Me too! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 3:03 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    ai shiang, oh! I know what you mean - I think it's called door knocker or something like that. Yes, it does look like it now that you mentioned but it's not that big : )

    June 3, 2009 at 3:07 PM
  29. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yes the souvenirs will remind me of my KK trip : )

    merryn, you ate fried meehoon everyday last time? Wow! Not boring one meh? I can't eat the same thing every single day. Must have variety. I think the boredom will make you fat. Haha!!

    My next trip will be Guilin with blogger Jam. Can't wait! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 3:10 PM
  30. levian said...

    the bottle opening sure is fancy! i remembered seeing a lot of filipinos in kk back then too. it kinda felt like the indonesians around here. :)

    June 3, 2009 at 3:29 PM
  31. Bengbeng said...

    i thought i accidentally ended up in the archives or something. There have always been many frens from the Philippines over there

    June 3, 2009 at 3:59 PM
  32. [SK] said...

    oh, the first photo.. the water is so crystal blue, is that real?? and i like that fried beehoon, i wonder how the 3-in-1 drink taste like, cos i like all these citrusy drinks.. i am drooling now.. :p

    June 3, 2009 at 4:26 PM
  33. Unseen Rajasthan said...

    Oh What An Amazing Bottle Opener !! I Would Love TO Have Come !!

    June 3, 2009 at 4:35 PM
  34. annant said...

    foong foong, kk is beauuutiful right right tight? jz came back from kk! hehe

    btw, there's lotsa chickens and ducks around Lavender's Lodge hor... =.=

    June 3, 2009 at 5:04 PM
  35. Monica said...

    I thought yr KK series is over! LOL! yeah I like the bottle opener; very nice ;-)

    June 3, 2009 at 5:41 PM
  36. Mariuca said...

    Hola Foong! I have a cool personality tag for you, have fun! :)

    June 3, 2009 at 6:35 PM
  37. Mariuca said...

    Even the meehoon looks extra yummy today la, hungry! :)

    June 3, 2009 at 6:36 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    levian, yeah I like the bottle opener. A lot of Filipinos right? : )

    bengbeng, haha! I didn't think of doing this post actually until I found I still have some photos left so why waste them! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:19 PM
  39. JL said...

    Sure had a sumptuous lunch that day. :P

    Nice and nifty souvenirs, keke.

    June 3, 2009 at 10:20 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    SK, yes so blue, and yes it's real! Go there and see for yourself.

    Yeah, the fried meehoon was excellent! I'm still craving for it now! The 3-in-1 drink tastes slightly sweet and sour, a great drink on a hot day! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:22 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    unseen rajasthan, it's a nice bottle opener indeed. Thanks for dropping by my blog! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:23 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    annant, you juz came back from KK? So you stayed at Lavender Lodge too? I knew about chickens, not too sure about ducks, except the duck mee I ate! LOL!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:26 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    monica, haha! I thought so too myself! But decided to have one final post. Hehe. I like the bottle opener too! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:30 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    mariuca, oh no! Not another tag!?! I guess now no escape already right, cos I even created my own tag! LOL! Wait....I'll create a new tag and then tag you for revenge! Haha!

    Oh yes, the meehoon is so delicious, I'm still craving for it now! : )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:31 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    JL, yeah I did! Yes very nice souvenirs indeed! When your new post coming out? ; )

    June 3, 2009 at 10:32 PM
  46. JL said...

    New post about the highway. Next post on Friday. Hurry and grab FC XD

    June 4, 2009 at 12:08 AM
  47. Ayie said...

    Filipinos are everywhere. M'sia and Phil are neighboring countries, can be there by boat. Foong, I'm a filipino..careful with your words! haha! =P

    Hey foong, naughty you! I agree with Mei, no demand, no supply! haha This reminded me of one incident during college, was waiting for my bf by the mall door (inside) so we could go home and a group of guys passed by in uniform. Freaking A******s, one of them asked if I want to go with them! I wonder why...i was wearing my usual boyish outfit then.

    i like your souvenirs, can I have them? kidding!

    Your food reminds me I should eat lunch now. =)

    June 4, 2009 at 3:10 AM
  48. betchai said...

    Hi Fong, thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment, I really appreciate it. The noodles with the curry chicken really looked so inviting, I may have to try it.

    June 4, 2009 at 3:52 AM
  49. -eiling- said...

    Some friends warned me that the philippino market is full of pick pockets. I also wonder why the phillipinos like to work in KK?!!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:13 AM
  50. Superman said...

    Nice souvenir you got there. I am going to KK tomorrow! Can't wait to step my feets on KK land.

    June 4, 2009 at 9:24 AM
  51. jam said...

    I must say you have bought really nice souvenirs! Let's anticipate our Guilin tour in 2 months time!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:27 AM
  52. Rad Sujanto said...

    Nice trip! What flight did you take? Air Asia?

    Anyway, I'd like to see you in pictures sometimes. Seriously.

    June 4, 2009 at 10:30 AM
  53. Tekkaus said...

    Gimme the souvenirs. Ha ;D Well..you can always visit there another time right? My...it's like a long stay over there?

    June 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM
  54. bluedreamer27 said...

    those are cute souvenirs foongpc
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    June 4, 2009 at 7:41 PM
  55. nic

    foong foong.. i kenot take fat fat filipino lady.. scared scared... maybe u intro to boss la... good good?

    June 4, 2009 at 11:00 PM
  56. Filipina said...

    Foong, KK is pretty close to the Philippines so I am not surprised that there are a lot of Filipinos working there. Oh well you actually have Filipinos in every part of the world...I even saw them in Finland.

    Ever heard of the saying: "The grass is greener on the other side of the fence." Well most people think that way, whoever and wherever they are.

    Btw, those are nice looking souvenirs;)!

    June 4, 2009 at 11:03 PM
  57. imDavidLee said...

    previsouly i was thinkin to go KK wif fren..but no no more cos no budget..haha

    June 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM
  58. HappySurfer said...

    Nice souvenirs, esp the bottle-opener. Thanks for the tour, Foong.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  59. HappySurfer said...

    And now looking forward to your Guilin travel update. It's next month, isn't it? How time flies.

    June 5, 2009 at 8:01 PM
  60. kenwooi.com said...

    haha pilipino lady.. lol

    the bottle opnener looks like some tool from pirates of the carribean.. haha.. =P

    June 5, 2009 at 10:40 PM
  61. foongpc said...

    JL, thanks for the hints! I got FC on your highway post! Yay!: )

    ayie, why are you wearing boyish outfit? So the guy who asked you to join them - did he know you are not a guy?

    June 6, 2009 at 11:57 AM
  62. foongpc said...

    betchai, you are welcome and thanks for dropping by! Yeah, I love that asam fried meehoon. Yummy! : )

    eiling, yes it's true. Have to be careful when you shop there. I guess KK has a lot of Filipinos cos of the close proxomity with Phillipines?

    June 6, 2009 at 11:59 AM
  63. foongpc said...

    superman, oh you going to KK? Have a good time there! : )

    jam, oh I can't wait for our Guilin trip!! Anyway, it's great to meet up with you in KL! Now I know where is the best money exchange outlet in KL! And I get this advice from a person in Sibu! Haha! Thanks!! : )

    June 6, 2009 at 12:02 PM
  64. foongpc said...

    rad, yes AirAsia, cos cannot afford the other airline : )

    See my picture? Haha! I'm a very private person but if you want to see me, come visit Malaysia and we can meet up! : )

    June 6, 2009 at 12:05 PM
  65. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, not really a long stay, only 4D/3N. I hope it was longer : )

    bluedreamer27, I have voted! I hope I'll go to the next round! Wow! As if I'm an American Idol contestant! haha!

    June 6, 2009 at 12:07 PM
  66. foongpc said...

    nic, what's up with all the perkataan berganda? Haha!! OK, will introduce the fat Filipino lady to boss. hehe : )

    June 6, 2009 at 12:09 PM
  67. foongpc said...

    filipina, thanks for dropping by my blog! Yes, I guess a lot of people think the grass is greener on the other side, but is it actually greener? I guess for Filipinos, if they work in countries where the exchange rate is favourable, they will earn much more than working in own country, right? : )

    June 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    imDavidLee, never mind, start saving now and you will be able to go KK next time! Only need about RM700 for a 4D/3N trip if you plan it well and stay at backpackers lodge : )

    June 6, 2009 at 12:13 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, you are welcome. yeah, I like the bottle opener a lot! : )

    My Guilin trip starts end of July. Can't wait!! : )

    June 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM
  70. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, pirates of the carribean? Sure or not? Haha! You want the filipino lady? LOL!

    June 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM
  71. Ayie said...

    foonf, i don't think they could mistake me for a guy...guess you never saw me yet. the guy was trying to hit up with someone...the happy go lucky freaks! One of his friends just noticed and said I'm not one of those coz I answered in straight english in a sarcastic manner and told then (in addition) "no wonder, that's your school!" I think Some girls hit up with guys within that area...i was just too unaware of such things.

    back then I usually wear casual jeans and tees and not the girly one coz i needed to bring so much drafting materials with me. That's more comfortable for me.

    June 7, 2009 at 7:35 AM
  72. Kit Kat said...

    Wow... I didn't know there is a third part of this trip :p

    June 8, 2009 at 12:36 AM
  73. Rozella said...

    Haiyoh you making me so hungry lah and it's 2 hours away to lunch time! Hehehehe

    June 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM
  74. foongpc said...

    ayie, I guess casual jeans and tees are definitely more comfortable : )

    June 11, 2009 at 1:37 AM
  75. foongpc said...

    kit kat, well now you know! Haha!

    June 11, 2009 at 1:37 AM
  76. foongpc said...

    rozella, sorry about that! I also get hungry myself looking at my own photo : )

    June 11, 2009 at 1:39 AM