Previously – Part 15
Trassenheide in Germany has its own upside down house, built as an exhibition to let visitors experience how it feels like to live in an upside down world. But most Malaysians are not privileged enough to fly to Germany, considering the fact that the promotional return flight ticket to Frankfurt, about 796 km to Trassenheide, is the same as the bottom 40% of monthly gross household income in Malaysia for the year 2012 [source]. But fret not, as Sabah has its own upside down house, near the town of Tamparuli.
We were driving back from Kundasang heading towards Kota Kinabalu on the descending and winding road when suddenly, rain fell heavily. Our journey was covered with fog that we had to switch on the lights to ensure that we can see the road and as a warning to others. It was freaking dangerous as we couldn’t see anything, literally.
As we reached the Tamparuli area, we saw the Rumah Terbalik [Upside Down House] and since we planned to visit the house, we turned right as the house is located on the right side when heading towards Kota Kinabalu.
As we entered the house, we felt dizzy due to the orientation as everything in the house are upside down too! However, they did not allow visitors to take photos inside, which is a shame as it was awesome to see everything upside down.
Nevertheless, to satisfy the camwhore-lust of most visitors, they do provide upside down toilet and garden as well as an upside down garage together with an upside down car(!) where you can burst out the inner creativity of photography that you have. Well, at least we had such moments soon after we exited the house before we headed to the cafe to try the coffee there. Hehe.
This house is actually a purpose-built house to increase the tourist attractions in Sabah. There is nothing much to be seen, apart from the house itself and the photographs opportunity [which is limited to the compound of the house]. However, if you are looking for something unique, especially since this is the first and only upside down house in South East Asia, do pay a visit as it may trigger your orientation [don’t misunderstand me! Lol] and give you a new perspective of seeing things.
After the visit to the Rumah Terbalik, we were damned hungry and on Dayang’s recommendation, we went to a restaurant called as the Rafflesia Chicken Hut. They have a lot of chicken rice varieties. I tried the Butter Chicken and in my humble opinion, the chicken is a bit too oily for my liking while the rice and the soup is quite okay i.e. nothing extra ordinary.
As we reached the hostel, we rested for the night as we had a very long day today, and we packed our things since we were returning to Kuala Lumpur the next day.
Rumah Terbalik is located near Tamparuli on the main road from Kota Kinabalu heading towards Kundasang. Depending on where you are coming from, either from Kota Kinabalu or Kundasang, it will be on your left or right respectively. The entrance fee is RM 10, as of July 2013.
Rafflesia Chicken Hut is located at Lot 21, Block B, 1St Floor, Damai Plaza, Luyang Commercial Centre, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.