Poring — Kundasang, Day 02

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26.05.2017 | friday

our second day in Kundasang was filled with adventures, that's for sure. it's fun for me to see these photos, especially the ones of K that i took whenever i slowed down my steps, and photos of me that he took when he occasionally grabbed the camera. we had so much fun here. near the park entrance, locals were enjoying soothing sulphur bath in Japanese-styled open air tubs, a natural hot spring streams into the area. we walked further and i remember the towering trees so vividly, the scary (but nothing short of amazing) canopy walk, the refreshing waterfalls. the giant trees of the Borneo rainforests never failed to amaze me.  along the Canopy walk, we had the pleasure of having a bird's eye view of a hundred million year old rainforest, from the 175m length walkway suspended 60m above lush treetops tangles. the Poring Hot Spring area is one part of the Kinabalu Park,  but it's located in Ranau, rather far from where we stayed but i think the trip was worth it. breathtaking is an understatement. 

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Kinabalu Park — Kundasang, Day 02

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26.05.2017 | friday

we were pretty confused from the moment we got to the entrance of Kinabalu Park, sign boards were pointing everywhere and we had no clue where to start. K drove the car til we can't go any further, parked it outside an empty building at the end of the road, we started walking. we walked til we got tired, got into the jungle, hiked a little, explored a few 'sections' of the park with our curious minds. small structures were taken over completely by nature. nothing loud but the sound of refreshing streams. the park is divided into a few areas, with more than one hiking trail -- this is where all climbers who plan to conquer the peak of Mt. Kinabalu start their journey. we could've explored more but we had so little time on our hands. so much to see!

i'm saving more photos of the intriguing floras within the Kinabalu Park area for another post, if only i could share everything i saw. this was such a beautiful haven. what do you think?

 

 

 

Desa Dairy Farm — Kundasang, Day 02

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26.05.2017 | friday

after breakfast K drove to a far end of the Kundasang town, where we waited around 15mins for the entrance to the Desa Dairy Farm to open. we were welcomed by a breathtaking view of the surroundings. i'm glad we got there early. we could see a few cows feeding on grass in the distance. once we got in, i was impressed with the strict standard of cleanliness maintained around the compound. we bought fresh milk, chocolate-flavored milk and yogurt, all made on-site. we sat at the outdoor seating area of the main building and enjoyed a few moments alone. the best milk and yogurt i've tasted in a long time. i'm not a fan of milk but i wished i could've bought more to bring home in a few days, but these won't last long outside the fridge, no preservatives. so, so good. we walked to the Calf Pen, we watched some kids feed the animals with so much joy on their faces. we watched some workers doing their daily job from the Observatory for the Milking Parlour.

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before leaving, we spent sometime near the green pasture again, taking it all in. what a view. this place is known as the 'Little New Zealand of Sabah' for a reason. we went to the souvenir shop and bought fridge magnets and shirts, turning into your typical tourists, of course. couldn't help it when everything looked so well made. also the fact that it was a weekday and there was no crowd, we took our time exploring the farm. a morning well spent. i remember thinking i wish i could visit again, maybe not soon, but one day.

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