Previously – Part 8
If it really is ‘Nasi Katak’, of course we can’t eat it as we are forbidden to eat ‘katak’. We went to the shop lot area and saw the signboard stating ‘Kedai Kopi Aladdin‘. Didn’t look like a restaurant selling a ‘Nasi Katak’ by looking at it.
We peeked closer and realized that it was not nasi katak! The banner read: Nasi Katok!
Nasi Katok is actually a Brunei dish, consists of rice, a fried chicken and sambal [chilli paste]. It is like a normal rice with fried chicken dish, but what differentiate the dish is actually the sambal. I love the sambal because it was not that spicy and we can feel the sweetness of the sambal. Simply loved it!
To wash down the dish, we ordered the asam boi + lemon drink. So refreshing. But I didn’t remember what they call the drink as because it sounds Chinese.
After our late lunch, we didn’t know where else to go. That was when the crazy idea got into my mind: to drive aimlessly and return back to the hostel at night.
As Akmal agreed to it, we started driving and visited several places along the route. Some of the places we just passed by. The feeling was good as we looked at the different scenery along the way. It was simply awesome!
Along the way, these were the places which we stopped by to take photos and to enjoy the moment :D –
Menara Tun Mustapha or Tun Mustapha Tower is a tower building owned by and built in the compound of the Sabah Foundation. This is one of the tallest buildings on the island of Borneo. As one goes to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, this tower is visible while riding on the boat back to the jetty.
Bangunan Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah or the Sabah State Legislative Assembly Building is the seat of the state legislative assembly. In other words, it is the ‘Parliament’ for the Sabah state. Unfortunately and as expected, the main gate of the building was closed when we arrived. However, we still manage to catch a glimpse of the keris [Malay dagger] monument inside its compound.
The only reason why we visited the Sabah campus of Universiti Teknologi MARA was because both of us are alumnus of the University although we went to the main campus of the University which is in Shah Alam. Oh, and because we noticed that the campus is quite far from the city centre, thus had made us more eager to explore the place. It is a unique experience actually because apart from getting lost [there was no big or proper signboard to begin with], we had to pass by a kampong before actually reaching the campus. And it is located exactly in a kampong area nearby kampong houses. Nice!
Masjid Bandaraya Likas is really an attention seeker. Because our attention was drawn to the mosque when we were driving beside it! The mosque has a man made lake thus making it beautiful to take reflection photos especially during daytime. Apart from that, the mosque is a tradition-braker. For the first time in my whole life I saw a mosque which provides water recreation activity IN its compound. Thinking of paddling the small boat on the lake? Yes, you can!