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Welcome to another travel blog. In this blog you will find what gave me a memorable experience, and also what pissed me off. Most likely you will find what pissed me off more. Read my stories, tell me what you think in the comments.

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Kim Lian Kee

The original Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Mee is located in Petaling Street and if you have been there, the roads are congested and it's a nightmare to get in and out. The original is great, but you have your food on the streets, could be uncomfortable for some. The good news is, Kim Lian Kee is capitalizing on their brand name and they have a few outlets open in shopping malls. I normally go to the one in Mid Valley, a little too small for my liking and it's always packed. Taste wise is not really compromised because they do use fire wood to prepare the noodles and you get that slight hint of firewood-wok-burn taste, a must for really good wok fried noodles. The secret ingredient to making fantastic Hokkien Mee and Cantonese Style Kuey Teow Bee Hon is firewood and pork lard. Kim Lian Kee ticks both boxes. Personally, I think the Cantonese Style Kuey Teow Bee Hon is better than their Hokkien Mee. Did not enjoy the Loh Mee at all, it tasted bland, but maybe it was Loh Mee's off day.
Cantonese Style Kuey Teow Bee Hon
Loh Mee
Fried Crispy Dumpling
Fried Crispy Wan Ton

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Greenhouse by Muir a Total Disappointment

Greenhouse by Muir is basically five dining experiences in one building on three floors. Last night I went for a farewell at BRYCG, one of the five dining experiences at Greenhouse by Muir. BRYCG, pronounced as "Bridge", is marketed as authentic American Southern cuisine. I didn't really care what cuisine we were having, I just wanted a few drinks. When making the reservation, we were told alcohol is not served in BRYCG, alcohol is only served at The Deck, the rooftop bar. What restaurant serves steak and not serve wine? Sounds, ridiculous but that's just me. After a few calls, they agreed to serve us dinner at The Deck so I can get smashed. It started to sound like it was going to be a good night. When we get to Greenhouse, the first thing we do is get the drinks menu. Long Island Tea by the glass is RM32 and by the jug is RM95. The conversation that I had: DDC: How many glasses can I get from a jug?
Waiter 1: I don't know.
DDC: You don't know?
Waiter 1: Maybe 4 or 5 glasses... let me ask someone that knows.
Waiter 2: You can get 5 or 6 glasses.
DDC: How big are your glasses?
Waiter 2: Not very big, that's why you can get 4 or 5 glasses.
DDC: Would it make more sense to get glasses of Long Islands or a jug?
Waiter 2: I'm not sure. Their product knowledge is piss poor. How the fuck does the bartender not know how many glasses you can get from a jug? I went with a jug of Long Island and spicy chicken cheese Nachos. The Long Island came in a cute little jug. Did not have a banana for scale, so I used an iPhone 6. Let's get what was good out of the way. The soggy nachos was shit but the spicy chicken cheese topping was fantastic. That's about the only good thing about BRYCG. The Long Island was watered down Pepsi. I am fuming. I call the waiter. DDC: What is this shit? Get a glass and try it.
Waiter: I did it according to the recipe.
DDC: You what? Take a glass and try it.
Waiter: I don't drink. Clearly noticing I was pissed, he told me he would get the manager. That's fantastic, a bartender that doesn't drink, tries to dig his way out of a situation by calling the manager. While waiting for the manager that never came, the watered down Pepsi was getting even more watered down because the ice was melting. Sensing they weren't going to do jack about the jug of watered piss, I finished the Long Island, partly because I was thirsty from all that bitching. For my main, I ordered a rib-eye, medium rare at RM59. I was a bit wary about the price. It did not mention where the steak came from, RM59 is not expensive so I didn't really care. If it was beef from Klang, they would tenderize it by punching it eighty million times and splash some black pepper sauce on it. I also ordered a glass of house red, waiter takes my order and walks away, to where I assume, the house red wine is kept. A few moments later, instead of being served a glass of red wine, a slightly more senior looking waiter tells me they are out of house red. By this stage I am going batshit crazy. My steak comes, grilled to perfection, tasted like a piece of rubber. I was probably right, the beef probably come from Klang, authentic American cuisine my ass. Eventually they did replace my Long Island tea. They just upped the alcohol and it tasted rancid. I wanted to get smashed but not at all cost. I returned the jug of pirate piss. They were nice enough to remove the Long Island from my bill, but I insisted on paying for it as a matter of principle because I did finish my jug. I would not return to BRYCG. Price is above average but food quality and service is below terrible.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Tonle Sap Lake Floating Village Scam

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, it is so large that you cannot see the other side of the lake. All you see is an endless horizon. One of the "highlights" of Tonle Sap Lake is the river cruise on a rickety boat. Once you get on the boat, you're basically at the mercy of these scammers. I heard there are two piers, one operated by the government which is supposedly cheaper. Unfortunately for me, I had a scammer tour guide. I read later, that the normal price would be about $30 for an entire boat but my then future spouse, mother and I were charged $90 for the boat. The boat was in such a shit ass condition that when my mother stepped onto the boat, the planks gave way and my mom fell through. She was alright, so it's pretty hilarious now that I think about it. I'm a bad child. The guide that came with the boat was quite chatty in the beginning, telling us stories about the Vietnamese war and the culture. That was obviously his set up to the scam. When he got our attention, he started on some sob story about orphaned kids that lost their parents to drowning. If you spent your entire life on water, you would imagine they are pretty good swimmers or at least learned the ability to walk on water. We were told there were two orphanages, a Christian orphanage and a Buddhist orphanage. I have to hand it to this guy, he was smart. My mom and then future spouse is Chinese, if we weren't atheists, high chance we would either be Buddhist or Christian. If we wanted to help these poor kids, we would stop at a supplies store and buy rice. My mom who is a devout Catholic decided that we need to help these poor kids. Seriously mom? The guy waving in that photo is the shop owner, I don't know his name so let's call him Wanker 2. The white bags you see in the photo is the rice. It's $90 per bag. I don't know what sort of rice they eat, but I have never had 90 dollar rice before. They asked us to buy two bags because there are a lot of kids. My mom is all up for it. What the fuck, mom? After much negotiating with my mom, we agreed on one bag of rice. When we got to the orphanage, I swear Wanker 1, who is our guide, jumped out of the boat and flipped a hanging photo of Buddha to a picture of Jesus. They basically brought us to a school, the kids were in uniform. I'm pretty sure they returned the rice to the shop owner, or they brought it home for their own consumption. As expected, after he got his pay day, Wanker 1 retreated into silent mode. When at Tonle Sap, be extra careful. Once you get on the boat and on the lake, you're at their mercy. If you asked me, I would recommend you skip Tonle Sap altogether. There is really nothing to see, a bunch of boat houses and polluted water. You would have more fun watching Kevin Costner in Waterworld.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Beware of Scammers in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a great place to visit because of the history and culture and of course it's main attraction, the Angkor temples. When I traveled to Siem Reap, I was scammed the moment I got out of the airport. I've spoken to friends and colleagues that have traveled to Siem Reap and some had a better experience. I concluded that if you get the right tour guide, you'll be in safe hands. For the entire duration of my journey from Siem Reap International Airport to the Park Hyatt Siem Reap where I stayed, the taxi driver was convincing us to hire him as our tour guide and driver. Being 2 minutes in the country, he seemed like a jovial guy, had a proper car, spoke good English, I was sold. Never have I been so wrong. The next day when he picked us up from the hotel in the morning, he was the same person physically, but completely different personality. He didn't speak and only answered when spoken to. This was the beginning of a disaster holiday where he set us up for con every step of the way including the infamous Tonle Sap Lake cruise scam. If you managed to get a proper tour guide then some of the Angkor temples to visit when in Siem Reap would be the world famous Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm where they shot Tomb Raider. Apart from the breath taking sight of the Angkor temples, there is not much else to do in Siem Reap.  

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Sae Ma Eul Korean BBQ

If you head down to Solaris Mont Kiara you will probably find dozens of Korean restaurants and quite a few of them are BBQ restaurants. While I've not tried any other Korean BBQ place other than Sae Ma Eul, I've tried Hanwoori in Ampang which is super pricey as compared to Sae Ma Eul. Of the two, I prefer Sae Ma Eul. There's not too many options on the menu which is perfect because what they do have, they do it very well. There's always a line at Sae Ma Eul, so it's best to reach early or late, they open from 3pm until 1am. Sae  Ma Eul serves the standard stuff that you find at most Korean BBQ outlets; iced water, kimchi and sides but they set themselves apart from the competition by going with charcoal. I'm not a charcoal of BBQ expert, but I imagine barbecue with charcoal taste better. When I went this time I did not order the Prime Sirloin which goes for RM75 for a plate of 2 pieces. I went for two pieces of grilled spicy chicken and pork ribs marinated in special soy sauce. The marinated pork ribs is a must, if you don't eat pork then you shouldn't be going to Sae Ma Eul. The chicken and pork ribs is RM30 for a plate of 2 pieces. Word of advice; try and sit outside. It's a barbecue place, while they have the vacuum tube thingy, it doesn't do a good job at sucking up the smoke. The caveat of using charcoal I guess? Sae Ma Eul also serves an assortment of Korean beers, Makkeoli and Soju. Priced reasonably from RM10 - RM25, knock yourself out.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Best Spicy Pan Mee

Unless you stay beside this pan mee stall, you will probably never know it existed. The only reason how I know about this stall is because I used to work with someone that actually stayed beside the stall. I've been coming to this stall for more than 15 years, in the same period, I have not found a spicy pan mee that comes close. This stall operates out of the owner's home and I don't even think they have a name for the stall. 800 is actually the name of the house the stall operates out of. When I started coming here, the stall was operated by an old lady and her son, over weekends helped out by her grand daughter who was about twelve then. Today, the grand daughter runs the show, she does the cooking and all. The base pan mee is basic, just noodles and soup. You have the option to add fuchok (bean curd skin), prawns, fishballs, pork, eggs etc. I normally go with egg, prawns and fuchok. There's a few ways you can eat this, my partner prefers to not to mix the chili paste with the broth. I'm a person that likes getting punished, I'll mix the chili paste in the broth and have more chili with every mouth. That's the recipe for a fiery butt hole, I'll deal with the butt whooping consequences the following day. You have been warned. Nothing beats having some lime juice and asam drink to go with spicy soup pan mee, it helps amplify the arse destruction process. Pro tip: get the owner to make the drink, anyone else that makes it, it will be too diluted. The lime juice comes in a glass normally, but true to Malaysian style, I take mine in a packet tied with a raffia string. The logic behind this is, you pack more ice, making the drink colder.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Getting to Mount Kinabalu

To get to Mount Kinabalu, you will need to get to Kundasang. From Kundasang town, you can get a spectacular view of Mount Kinabalu if the weather permits. When I was there the weather was cloudy and the view was partially obstructed. I drove down from KK town and it was quite an interesting drive. The journey took about two and a half hours. When renting a car in KK, you may be tempted to rent from one of the many uni students there because it tends to be cheaper. That's perfectly fine, but check the car before driving off with it. The car that I rented had shoddy brakes, which is acceptable when driving around KK town, but to tackling the journey to Kundasang and back, you'd need good brakes. The first 40 kilometers towards Kundasang, you'll get a nice four lane highway that's riddled with potholes. When you reach Tamparuli Bridge, that's when everything goes to shit. After the bridge you'll have 60 kilometers of trunk road ahead, one lane going up and one lane going down. The road is winding while you go up the mountain. If that wasn't challenging enough, there are about a million potholes for you to avoid and road works taking place at certain parts. On my drive, there were a total of four areas being worked on. What goes up, must come down. With shitty brakes, the drive down was especially challenging. Thanks to God's good graces, Google Maps was accurate, that helped me in deciding how much brakes to apply while driving down the mountain at 90 kilometers per hour. If you're looking to drive up to Kundasang, I would suggest you get a four wheel drive SUV or a crossover, then potholes become less of a problem and you'll get round the bends better. When you arrive at Kundasang, the view is pretty spectacular and the air is cold and fresh. You may want to bring a jacket along if you're afraid of the cold, it can get quite chilly. Depending on who you ask, they may suggest you go to Desa Cattle Dairy Farm. Personally I thought it was a waste of time and money. They charged RM5 per entry. Considering there were only cows to see, I'm not sure what I was being charged for. At Desa Cattle Dairy Farm you get to see some grass, cows and a strong smell of cow shit. When you're done walking around smelling cow shit, you can visit their empty store. You'll only find some ice cream here. Nothing great about it. You get a pretty good view of grass and Mount Kinabalu. I went during the raining season so it was cloudy and I got a bunch of photos which I think is half of Mount Kinabalu, I could have been just taking photo of a hill. You will probably spend a total of two hours at Kundasang. There's really nothing to do here. Again, if you're planning to drive up and back, get a good car.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Malaysian MotoGP

Over weekend I went for the Malaysian MotoGP and sat at the Marquez Tribune courtesy of the super nice people at Repsol. The first thing I noticed when I got there was the crowd, it was easily three times more than the Formula 1 crowd. It is no wonder why Malaysia decided to stop having F1. In typical Malaysian weather and traffic, the day started very hot and super congested. I took 3 hours to get to the circuit when on normal days it would take about an hour. During the Formula 1, it took me about an hour and a half. As expected, there were many girls and bikes on display, I was not disappointed. True to Malaysian weather, the blazing sun turned to cloudy skies in a matter of minutes and twenty minutes before the MotoGP race, it started to pour. So if you're planning to go next year, do come prepared with a cap and a raincoat.  

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Gayang Seafood Restaurant

After have a bad terrible experience at Welcome Seafood Restaurant, I decided to visit Salut Seafood Restaurant because I have eaten here before some six years ago and I remembered having a good time. Unfortunately, Salut Seafood is closed on Mondays so I was recommended Gayang Seafood instead which is five minutes away from Salut Seafood by car. The first thing I looked for when ordering was the big mud crabs, unfortunately they only had the flower crabs. This wasn't a good sign. Flower crabs are small and skinny. We ordered a steam fish and it tasted alright, except they over cooked the fish and the meat was tough. The fish also looks super skinny for RM35. They could have done better with the fish. The clam with ginger and spring onion soup is a solid ten. It wasn't exceptional but at least it was cooked perfectly. Unlike the issue of empty shells like we experienced at Welcome Seafood, the clams at Gayang Seafood were big and succulent. The soft shell crab was basically just deep fried. They could have done a lot better by adding some flavor like salted egg or something. It didn't taste good as it just tasted like fried flour. For comparison purposes, we also ordered, Welcome Seafood takes this one. The Mee Tuaran was better at Welcome Seafood but not as good as the Mee Tuaran at Kedai Kopi Seng Hing. Again, for comparison purposes, we ordered prawns. This time I made sure they fished the prawns out of the tank fresh. As expected, the prawns were fresh and easily the best dish of the night. If you're in Kota Kinabalu and craving for mantis prawns, Gayang is a lot cheaper than Welcome Seafood at RM160 per kilo as compared to Welcome Seafood's RM260 per kilo. In total we spend RM124 which is still cheap in comparison to Kuala Lumpur. Whilst the seafood in Gayang was fresh and prepared reasonbly well, the condition of the restaurant was less than desirable.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu

I have always enjoy staying at Hyatt hotels and the Hyatt Regency Kota Kinabalu is no different. While the building looks a bit tired, it is well maintained. The room we were assigned was spacious and clean. On the first day we had breakfast at the club lounge where I had a basic breakfast of cheese omelette, sausages and a tomato. At the Regency Club you'll find the usual bread, cheese, butter, fruits, cereal and yogurt. I was busy working on my laptop so I didn't really check out the spread unfortunately. Breakfast starts at 6.30 until 10.30am. Evening cocktail consists of a generous amount of food. I imagine if you wanted to save some money you could have dinner there with two meat dishes, rice, sushi and soup. As for alcohol, a couple of red and white wines, Bacardi, Smirnoff Vodka and Gin. For those that don't take alcohol, there is soft drinks, juice and sparkling and still water. On the second day we decided to have breakfast at Tanjung Ria Kitchen. They have an enormous spread here from Western to Asian and local dishes. I decided to be boring and went for nasi lemak. The pool is located on the lobby level and is decently sized. The pool also overlooks the ocean. I would have liked to try their much raved about Japanese restaurant, Nagisa. It was not surprising when we tried to make reservations for the Japanese buffet on the day itself, it was fully booked. On the last day of my trip I was unwell from something I ate the night before so I decided not to go for breakfast. When my partner showed up at the restaurant without me and the hostess heard about my restless tummy, they offered to send breakfast to my room. It was a nice gesture and a true reflection of what to expect when staying with Hyatt.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Welcome Seafood Restaurant

Welcome Seafood Restaurant has two branches, one located at Asia City and the other in Bundusan. The first day we went to the Asia City branch because it was the easiest to get to, just a couple of minutes from our hotel. When we arrived at about 8, it was already packed and the was only three large mud crabs left, I grabbed all three! Side note; take a piss before coming to Welcome Seafood Restaurant, the quality of the bathroom here is atrocious. If I hadn't banged eighteen Gin and Tonic's at the Regency Club thirty minutes before, I would have held it in. We ordered the fried fish noodle - RM9, two salted egg crabs (RM30 per crab), one kam heong crab and three mantis prawns which cost us RM168 as it was RM260 per kilogram. I'll start with the worst dish, the salted egg crab crap. When it was served, I couldn't believe it was salted egg and I wanted to return it, only to be told it was indeed salted egg crab. It looked nothing salted egg crab that I have had before, and it sure as hell didn't taste like salted egg. They cooked it with sesame oil making the crabs sweet and tasting like shit. Be warned, avoid at all cost. Next up, the fish fried noodle, beautifully done and tasted wonderful. For a table of three, we ordered the noodle for one person and it was enough to go around. You'll get two pieces of prawns and bits of broken fish. The sweet and sour crab was good, nothing special about it. After having two perfectly good crabs destroyed by someone that I can only imagine have never had salted egg anything. You'll read at the bottom how inconsistent the cooking style is with the other Welcome Seafood Restaurant which is supposedly the main branch. The highlight of the night was probably the mantis prawn which cost me an arm and both my legs. The mantis prawns were cooked with salt and pepper, nothing complicated and cooked perfectly albeit a bit oily which I didn't mind. When I ordered it I honestly thought the waiter said RM68 for two pieces. Mantis prawns are pretty skinny, I'm not sure that three pieces equals 600 grams. Anyway, it was nice but very expensive. After speaking to a few local Grab drivers, they recommended that we try the main Welcome Seafood Restaurant, supposedly the 'sifu' chef is there. I don't know if it's because I like getting punished or because I'm such a generous person that I allow people redeem themselves, I suspect it's the former. Welcome Seafood Restaurant, the original, is located at some industrial area. The restaurant is noticeably much smaller than the restaurant that's located in Asia City. They also only had small crabs at RM9 per crab, medium sized crabs at RM15 was sold out at 7.30pm on a Sunday. My guess is they send the good stuff to where the money is. Much less tourist here, more locals, normally that's a good sign. I had less Gin and Tonic's tonight but I still had to use the bathroom, much cleaner here. I was pretty disappointed that there were no large crabs here so I went for a fried fish, I'll eat fried fish anytime of the week. The fish sauce was thicker and sweeter than I'm used to, but it was pleasantly nice. The highlight of my dinner. The fish cost about RM35. I'll do a direct comparison where I can so we'll start with fish fried noodles. Prawns, check, pieces of smashed fish, check, spring onions, check, egg, check. At the first restaurant they fried the noodles with cut chili, not available in the second restaurant. It tasted similar so I suppose it doesn't matter. Fish noodle cost RM18. The salted egg crab was terrible so I didn't want to take the chance, furthermore the crabs were small so I didn't feel like having any crabs. My partner went for the kam heong and it was solidly normal, how you'd expect kam heong to taste like. You can't, and should not go wrong with kam heong, it's probably tied with sweet and sour crabs as the most widely cooked style in Malaysia. From here on, things just fell apart really fast. The first of five horrible dishes in chronological order starting with ginger and spring onions lala (clams). This dish was actually pretty good, if the clams weren't empty. I had to retake the photos a couple of times because it showed a lot of empty shells. I'm a lazy person, I don't like using too much effort to take photos. Some would argue that the clam fell out of the shell during cooking, that may be quite true, but these were pretty big clams and a lot of them were stuck to the shell pretty good, I had to use significant force to evict them from their shell house. Ok, maybe I'm being a bit unfair, the clams tasted really good. Next up is a local favorite, kang kung (morning glory) with belacan. I have no idea how they overcooked this. Kang kung is supposed to be crunchy. They really dropped the ball on this, if you can't do kang kung belacan right, you should stop being a chef in Malaysia. Since the sweet and sour crabs from the first night was good, my better half decided to go for the sweet and sour again. Always best to stick to what you know right? How wrong we were. What was served was extremely disappointing and embarrassing. You can see that in the photo below it was cooked with spring onions and the photo above, no spring onions. The sauce was so light, it tasted like cornstarch and ketchup. It was so bad, we struggled to eat it. Last on the list are the prawns. What I hate more than shitty tasting food is food that is not fresh. In a city like Kota Kinabalu where it's located right next to the sea, there's really no excuse to serve bad prawns. Welcome Seafood Restaurant has tanks full of live prawns and they served us some frozen prawns or dead prawns or some sort. Like the dry butter prawns above, the wet butter prawns were not fresh as well. It's not hard to tell if prawns aren't fresh, the shell sticks to the body. Normally if the cooking style requires frying the prawn, that's when they serve you frozen prawns. Utterly disappointing. The second night without the mantis prawns we paid RM140. It's scary the amount of people that actually eat at Welcome Seafood considering the quality of the food they serve. Never again.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Kedai Kopi Seng Hing

Following my disappointment with the Yee Fung laksa, we made our way to Kedai Kopi Seng Hing for some mee Tuaran. Tuaran is a name of a town in Sabah, about 28 kilometers away. Don't ask me why I'm having mee Tuaran in KK and not in Tuaran. All I know is, Kedai Kopi Seng Hing serves delicious mee Tuaran, without the crowd and burnt sambal. Seng Hing serves its mee Tuaran with roasted pork and that gives it an additional flavor. There are restaurants that serve mee Tuaran without pork and you won't really get the full experience. I chanced upon this restaurant the last time I was in KK six years ago when I stayed at Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu. Kedai Kopi Seng Hing is located just behind of Le Meridien KK.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

Yee Fung Laksa

When making a list of what to eat in Kota Kinabalu, laksa is one of the must-tries and most of the time you'll be recommended the laksa at Yee Fung Restaurant. Within the hour of reaching KK, we were recommended to have lunch at Yee Fung about 5 times. The restaurant was packed when we got there, the fact that it's ranked 5th on TripAdvisor meant that it's full of tourists. We had to wait about 15 minutes to get a seat, a lot sooner if they actually had a first come first serve system. To get a seat fast, you'd have to be a big enough asshole and jump right in front of the waiters face. Once we got out table, the wait was minimal. It's not that hard to make laksa, scald the noodle and pour the already prepared broth. The laksa tasted alright. The broth is a lot lighter than what we're used to in Kuala Lumpur. The shredded chicken that came with the laksa was fresh and didn't have that left over chicken taste. I like eating laksa with sambal (Malay chili paste). This is where it all went to shit. The sambal was burnt. The fact that they mass produce this meant that this batch of sambal was burnt and the fact that they served burnt sambal meant they couldn't care less about their paying customers, especially the locals. RM8 for a small bowl of laksa with some shredded chicken and 2 pieces of prawns, when prawns cost next to nothing in KK, makes this laksa really expensive. Yee Fung Restaurant and their laksa is overrated, I would not recommend anyone go here unless you like waiting inline to pay for expensive laksa with burnt sambal. In my next few articles on my dining experience in KK, you'll notice that I did not have a good experience in my first trip back to KK in 6 years. My guess is the quality has been compromised as KK gets more commercialized. After my bad experience at Yee Fung, we immediately made our way for some mee Tuaran where I hoped I'll get a good experience, and we weren't disappointed.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

What You Need to Know about Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah, Malaysia and it's located to the west of peninsula Malaysia. From the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, it is roughly 2 hours by flight. Kota Kinabalu is often referred to as KK by locals and tourists. For a list of places to stay, click here. KK is famous for Gunung Kinabalu or Mount Kinabalu which is the highest mountain in Malaysia with an elevation of 4,095 meters. With it's close proximity to the sea, KK is also a great spot for cheap and fresh seafood. In Kuala Lumpur, for the same quality of food you would easily pay three times the price. Kota Kinabalu town itself is not large and you can easily get around with Uber or Grab, and walking. Off KK, there are a few islands to visit and you get can island hopping services at Jesselton Point. Prices start at about RM30 per island. Best start your island-hopping day early if you want to visit a few islands. When I was here, the weather turned from blazing sun to a storm in a matter of minutes. Normally the raining season is from October to February. Obviously the seafood will be impacted during the raining season as most fishermen would not risk going out at sea.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

An Unexpected Company During Dinner

I seldom take pork and even less if dining out for various reasons but one of the few places I would go if I wanted pork ribs would be Morganfield's. As you can see from the photos below, they have a rodent problem. Having rodents in your restaurant by any standard is unacceptable and unsanitary and this outlet was in an upscale shopping mall right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur. You would imagine they had better cleanliness standards. Needless to say I will not be patronizing Morganfield's anytime soon if they allow rodents to roam free in their restaurants. I was having dinner with my partner and suddenly a rodent jumped out from under the seat, took a few nibbles of what looks to be a smashed fry and parkour'ed back up into the seat again. This happened a few times. That is just disturbing. I'm no rodent expert, but that it looks pretty young, I'm wondering if its parents are nearby. I asked to speak to the restaurant manager and I was told he was outside of the restaurant. So I requested that he comes to me, I'm not about to walk outside in the middle of my meal so I can tell him he has a fucking rodent infestation in his restaurant. If he came over, apologized and promised to get his rodent infestation sorted then that would have been the end of it but he never came while the rodent jumped in and out about 20 times more, it was fast, but not faster than my iPhone 7s shutter speed. Talk about bad customer service. After paying for the meal, RM183 in total, not cheap by any means and left the restaurant only to see who I assume was the restaurant manager, some specky guy sitting outside doing nothing but obviously too busy to come speak to me. Easily one of the most uncomfortable dining experiences ever.

Danica Modesta

Danica Modesta

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