Kinabalu Pine — Kundasang, Day 01
and all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves. -- V. Woolf, To the Lighthouse
25.05.17 | thursday
we left Kota Kinabalu around 9am, right after we got our rented car. a Proton Saga, not in its best condition (a fact we'd only realized after driving out of town) but we made it through our few days up in the mountains with no breakdown. i was so grateful. that morning K drove for a couple of hours before we arrived at our destination -- the small town of Ranau\Kundasang, at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. we stopped by Pekan Nabalu, had lunch in Ranau (about 15mins drive from the resort) & settled down at our booked chalet afterwards. the scenic Kinabalu Pine Resort wasn't hard to find. it was drizzling when we got there but that's no surprise -- weather in the mountains is one of my favorite thing.
from the porch we could see lots of houses on the slope of a hill. in the far horizon the Mt. Kinabalu peak was covered in thick clouds so i was a little disappointed we couldn't see it when we arrived! but how perfect would it be to wake up to this view every day!? chilly weather, super fresh air. our beds for our 2 nights here weren't luxurious in any way but it was perfect, we didn't need AC & we could hear crickets through the windows at night. on our first day, we sat on the porch & drank warm beer (no ice or fridge!) & over the next few days, our version of a fridge is the bathroom's sink, with cold running water keeping the beer chilled. we soaked a few cans at once (we bought the beers we like in KK & we were right that it was hard to find once we got to Kundasang). it worked. the sink-fridge i mean. funny thing is that i remember wishing we'd brought wine instead!
the chalets in the resort were so conveniently connected that we could walk up & down some stairs, before we knew it we were in a common area. it was a weekday, low peak season. there was hardly anyone around.
there was a 'rabbit house' not far from the reception building. it was too adorable! we spent a few minutes with the rabbits, feeding them with lemongrass leaves.
i think we made the right decision to stay here, it gave a lasting impression to me, even after almost 6 months now since we left. the scenic drives, the hikes, the weather, the view of the peak of Mount Kinabalu from where we woke up every morning -- i miss it! i've been holding back my posts about Kundasang for a long time, i wished i'd never have to stop writing about this place. on to new adventures i guess? look forward to a few more posts from this trip, i've got tons of photos to share. tons.