We started the day with a trip to an Orangutan sanctuary about an hour from Kota Kinabalu. This place takes in orphaned Orangs and raises them for a few years. They then either relocate them to the larger sanctuary in Sepilok or release them into the wild. We really enjoyed the Orangutans. They are hilarious primates, and goof off a bit with eachother as well as their handlers.
Around mid-day, we decided to head out to an island off shore in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. The national park is a collection of about 5 main islands that are immediately off shore. The islands have several coral reefs and a population of some monkeys, monitor lizards, boars, and even some anteaters. We had to wait about 20 minutes for our driver to take us to the pier since all of the drivers were off praying. After his return, we were taken to the Jesselton Point Pier for a boat transfer to Pulau (island) Manukan. Manukan is one of the busier islands and seemed to be bustling with Chinese tourists. Of all the fellow travelers that we have encountered, the Chinese have the least amount of (western standard) etiquette, and the Indians always seem to screw stuff up or keep people waiting. The Chinese on this island were no exception, and we had some eye-rolling moments. They travel in groups and just kind of stampede you. It is actually pretty funny. We really enjoyed the tropical island, and the beach was surprisingly top notch. The snorkeling was fun, though we were a bit spoiled by Indonesian waters.
Tonight, we decided to eat like locals. First, we hit the night market for some street food. Kristin ate a corn on the cob and a strange shell stuffed with a potato mix. I ordered some chicken on a stick (satay) and a strange gooey green ball that ended up being a dessert type dish. After that, we stopped by a huge Chinese live sea food market and the selection blew our minds. It was like going to an aquarium where you can eat everything. Sharks, coconut crabs, tiger prawns, huge groupers, this place had it all. We decided that it was beyond our means, so we took some pictures and then left. We stopped by a few food stalls and eventually found our way to a shopping mall where we purchased some fresh fruit drinks. Delicious. We ended up eating at a malaysian-latin fusion restaurant that had 7 ringet (2 US) drinks. For dessert, we stopped by a boutique donut store.
A beach on the way to the Orangs. Beaches are much better than
we expected here.
A snake, fun
Orang Utan means person of the forest
They are indigenous to Borneo and very endangered
This one was showing off a bit
and making funny noises
Having a mid-day snack
They drink water off of their hands
This is my favorite picture. You can get really close because
there are no barriers or anything between you and the guys
Some of their mannerisms are so human like
Its okay bud
They really seem to have a great time
I am putting alot of these up because I know some 'monkey' lovers
read the site
He stood like this for about 2 minutes
Classic monkey pose
A dance number
Having a bottle
You got some stuff on your lip bud
Boat ride to Manukan
This is what the islands look like
Trees and beaches, you can see KK in the background. It was
not a clear enough day to see Mount Kinabalu
The pier, and Kristin's arm
I could see this guy staring at me the entire time that I laid out.
I think it was move in day because every time I glanced over, he was
shoveling sand out of his home.
Not a bad place to enjoy some ice cream
Lots of fish in the water
Kristin and I spent about 5 minutes checking out this creature and
his awesome crib.
Birds on a sign
I spotted this guy showing a little too much sass
Sunset over the South China Sea
The night market, an island, a boat, and just a sliver of moon
We took this picture looking into our hotel, shooting our own reflection
around dusk. It was Kristin's great idea. Fun picture.
Swam with this fella earlier today
The last of my chicken at the night market
A strange green dessert thing
Trust us, we won't. HUGE crab.
These are tiger prawns
The edible aquarium
I found these shoes at the mall. The lady laughed when I asked for
them in an american size 10.
Happy hour - heres to my positions back in funny world
What a terrific donut selection
See you guys tomorrow