Mount Lambak is located just next to the town of Kluang, pretty much in the center of the state of Johor, at the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula. The elevation is about 500m and it is fairly easy to reach the summit, if you are in good physical condition. It is tropical rainforest climate so remember to rehydrate a lot. We always drink 100 Plus when doing physically challenging tasks. It is an isotonic beverage widely found in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and also a beverage that I miss really much being back in Sweden. It is a perfect place to make a daytrip as a family, especially for us who lived some 10km away, in Taman Sri Lambak.
The views of the mountain after the rain is nothing but breathtaking. The fog formations dancing their way to the top, and clouds sweeping over the summit in a very dramatic way, will pretty much leave an impression on anyone viewing this work of mother nature. I spent a couple of hours at the foot of the mountain, trying my best to capture some of these fantastic sceneries, which resulted in the video you can see below.
There is no shortage of seafood in Kota Kinabalu and one of the perks of the seaside location is that the supply of seafood is constant and fresh. Just take a look at the restaurants by the waterfront, where brightly coloured fishing boats lands fresh seafood, destined for the dinner plates of said restaurants. Unfortunaly we did not try any of those restaurantants since my wife caught a bad cold (as you can read about here) and stayed in bed for the remaining days we had in Kota Kinabalu, and I really don’t like to dine alone. Well, this makes all the reasons for going back to Kota Kinabalu in the future. And all of a sudden, our stay in Kota Kinabalu came to an end.
When staying in Kota Kinabalu a visit to the Filipino Market is just one of the things that you have to do. The official name is actually the Handicraft Market, the Filipino Market is just a historical name that has stuck, coming from that many stalls were, and still are, run by Filipino immigrants.
Just as the name implies there is a lot of handicraft items, such as sarongs, jewelry and woodcraft, but also a lot of contemporary merchandise. The sidewalk off the Handicraft building, along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens is famed for the many Filipino tailors, who have set up makeshift sewing stations. They use antique foot powered sewing machines and can for a very modest sum fix pretty much anything that needs to be sewn. Just next to the Handicraft Market there is a market for dried and salted fish.
During the day there is not much action in the area around the Handicraft market. You might see people sleeping or resting in odd places and people preparing goods in a rather relaxed way, but it is just the calm before the storm. As soon as the sun goes down the place gets intensely busy. The produce market nearby starts to draw its crowd. The makeshift restaurant stalls are getting operational, and the honey glazed chicken wings are starting to sell like hotcakes.