Previously – Part 17
We went back to the hostel, collected our backpacks and checked-out. Dayang was waiting for us in her car. A few metres after we left Gaya Street, I noticed the Court building on the left side of the road. I told Dayang to stop as I wanted to take a photo there. It is not everyday that I got to visit Kota Kinabalu Courthouse. Plus, the design is different. It has a colonial touch, although not as delicate as the one in Ipoh. Funny that it has become kind of habit for me and my friend to take a photo of Courthouse whenever we found them.
Read here for our experience in Phnom Penh, including photo at the Court! [in Bahasa].
After we left the Courthouse, Dayang gave us some kaya toast and kuih that she bought at Kedai Kopi Fook Yuen, one of the famous halal kopitiam in Kota Kinabalu.
The toast was nice. The taste of margarine blend with kaya in between the toast is very rich. I can finish 3 sets anytime. :D Initially, we were supposed to go breakfast together but since we spent quite some time at the street market, Dayang decided to pack the breakfast for us instead.
The atmosphere in the car whilst on the way to the airport was different as compared to the moment we first arrived. It was quieter than usual. Perhaps, the feeling that we were going to depart soon was playing in our minds.
“Eh, ada keretapi eh sini? Wah, lain kali aku datang sini aku nak try naik tren pulak lah! / Eh, there are trains here? Wow, next time I am here, I wanna try to ride on the train!“, I said,breaking the silence whilst pointing to the railway tracks I saw as we were approaching the airport.
Yes, I make it a point that apart from conquering Mt. Kinabalu, the next time I am here, I must try to ride the train. I read somewhere that the second leg of the train is quite classic. Gotta try it to believe it :)
Soon after we arrived at the airport, we checked-in our bags and a box of food-souvenirs to be brought home. I even managed to buy a postcard to be sent to myself from one of the shops in the airport.
The moment to depart finally arrived. The feeling was strange. I had a funny feeling about it. After having fun together for a few days, especially the road trip to Ranau-Kundasang-Poring, we were again to be separated 1646.36 km apart. We bid farewell and off Akmal and I went into the departure hall.
At the immigration counter, we had to return the immigration slip and the boarding pass will be stamped by the immigration officer.
Finally, at 9.55 am, the plane took off from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, leaving behind all the good memories throughout this journey, before reaching the Kuala Lumpur International Aiport at around 12.30 pm.
This concludes my Kota Kinabalu travelogue.
Kedai Kopi Fook Yuen is situated on Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu. They are next to Old Town White Coffee, the next block down from the Jesselton Hotel, across from Hotel Sixty3 (Source: Trip Advisor)
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To Be Continued – Kota Kinabalu: Epilog