Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

We wanted to do some snorkelling and since the east coast of peninsular Malaysia was still off season and we wanted a somewhat clear visibility when snorkelling, we decided to fly over to Borneo and spend some time at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, just a 20 minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. We could of course go to the east coast of Sabah, which is very famed for its excellent diving spots, but they are not as easily accessible concerning that we are travelling with small children and the focus on these dive spots are mostly full scuba diving activity. After some pro and con discussions a 20 minute boat ride sounded just about right.Going by speedboat to mamutik island from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.Borneo divers , Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.Scuba gear on mamutik island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.View from mamutik island, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.Tunku abdul rahman marine park, pulau mamutik, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

I totally forgot to invest in an underwater housing for my camera, so I borrowed my daughters US$100 pink Nikon Coolpix, for the underwater shots. I must say they turned out to be rather decent in quality. Not the snappiest in auto focus, which made me miss a couple of shots of some magnificent blacktip reef sharks.

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Cedar Point Food Court

On our way to a one week stay in Kota Kinabalu, we made a quick stop-over in Johor Bahru. I needed to do some arrends in Johor Bahru and the kids enjoyed our last stay at the KSL resort, so we opted to stay there again. We had on previous stays tried some restaurants in and around the KSL area but never seen a genuine food court. My wife asked the hotel staff if they knew where in the area we might find a good food court, and the answer we got was Cedar Point Food Court. It was located some 600 meters from KSL, and just next to the Grand Paragon Hotel, and it was exactly the type of food court that we were looking for. The classical large plaza, surrounded by food vendors.

It offered mostly Chinese food but also some Malay, Indian and Western. When browsing around much of the food looked so delicious that it was hard to make a decision on what to choose. I went for the clay pot chicken rice, and boy did I make the right choice! This was the best clay pot dish I have ever had. The addition of chinese cured sausage and fish sauce made it an explosion of umami flavors.

Cedar point food court, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Clay pot chicken rice stall at cedar point food court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Clay pots at cedar point food court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Clay pot chicken rice vendor at cedar point food court, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Clay pot chicken rice at cedar point food court Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Plate of clay pot chicken rice in Cedar Point Food Court, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Satay vendor at cedar point food court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Food vendor at cedar point food court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Restaurant worker at Cedar Point Food Court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Seafood vendors at Cedar Point Food Court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.People at Cedar Point Food Court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.Food vendors at Cedar Point Food Court in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The End of a Journey

The 16th of April 2015, almost a month ago, our journey came to an end. Our six months of parental leave were over and we headed back home to Sweden. This is in no way the end of this blog. The journey will definitely not end for you. I took around sixthousand pictures and many of them were dedicated just for the intent to be used here, so there are still a couple of stories that need to be told and a couple of pictures that will help me with the telling.

I am really glad that I got so many followers. It was a bit unexpected for me, since I originally created this blog so my family and friends could keep up with what we were doing. At the moment you are 543 followers and for me that is an impressive number, when taking in account that I don’t use social media like facebook. I also want to thank you for the nice response I have gotten and for all the interesting correspondence.

You can read about our last weeks in Malaysia on my wife’s blog.

Thank you and see you in the next post!

/Winfred

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