Previously – Part 2
What was supposed to be a short nap turned out to be a long sleep for me and Akmal! We were so tired and the air-cond was full blown, so it was soooo comfortable to sleep that afternoon. When we woke up, we thought of having a walkabout at the city. We went out of the hostel and it was raining heavily!
We waited for a couple more minutes until the rain subsided and we went out to find the Signal Hill Observation Tower.
The observation tower is located on Signal Hill. We did not have a map but we were told by our friend that it is very close to our hostel. Indeed it is! The entrance to the hill is just behind our hostel. :)
To go to Signal Hill, after turning left from the main road as per the map above, we will reach a T-junction. Take a left turn and proceed straight ahead until we reach the Observation Tower.
From this tower, we could see the whole city centre of Kota Kinabalu. Unfortunately, it was still raining when we reached here. We could still see all the buildings and the scenery of the downtown area but we bet the scenery must be better during good weather. After all, Kota Kinabalu is a seaside city beside the South China Sea and it must be nice to see the view of the sea from this tower.
After spending several minutes appreciating the view under the heavy rain, we proceeded straight ahead along the road and drove downhill until we reached the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Park.
Unfortunately, when we reached there, they were closed for the day. :(
What we did then was to drive back to the entrance as per the hand-drawn map above and instead of turning left [which will lead us to the Observatory Tower], we turned right, towards Jalan Istana.
Along the way, we could see the dense jungle sandwiching this narrow and winding road. It was quite dangerous to drive here actually because it was raining and the road was very narrow. But being curious, we drove to see where the road ends. We saw Istana Kota Kinabalu as well as the Official Residence of the Chief Minister whilst driving along this road.
Apparently, the road ended at a roundabout and because we did not want to get lost in an unfamiliar place, we drove back towards Jalan Istana again. ;p
We drove straight ahead until we reached the Atkinson Clock Tower.
This clock tower is one of the historical landmarks in the city as it is the oldest standing structure in Kota Kinabalu. You can read more about the clock tower here.
We spent some time here, appreciating the structure under the drizzle and when the clock struck 6, it was getting very dark as if it was 7 pm (in the Peninsula).
Yes, although the time zone between the Peninsula and East Malaysia is the same, the sunrise and sunset are not. Sunrise and sunset is an hour earlier in East Malaysia as compared to the Peninsula. So, 6 pm here is like 7 pm back home..
Oh, I need to get used to this. Haha…