#MyTravelokaEscapade Sabah | Land Below The Wind

Hangang Park. March 2016

I have a confession to make.

I hate travelling.


Nice way of starting an entry after leaving this blog for a month aye.

Let me rephrase that.

I hate travelling because of the expenses that come with it. I mean, who doesn’t want to break away from the boring repetitive routine? I do. But still, travelling is not free. The experience comes with a price. One might argue that the adventure of stepping out to new places is going to be worth it but after seeing the miserable state of my bank account,

Flight tickets, lodging, food and all of the others expenses are not cheap so if there are ways for me to cut cost I’ll be gladly do it. So, when I get my hand on the information that Traveloka is holding a contest and will support the trip to the destination of your choice for FREE, I was ecstatic. Is this fate?

You can pick one from the 10 destinations given above and if you won, you might have a shot taking the grand prize home.

After seeing a couple of bloggers joining, some of them have been announced as the weekly winner (so jealous) I decided to join the #MyTravelokaEscapade bandwagon and see my luck in the contest.

Now, let me introduce you the dream destination of mine.

Hint: Think, gorgeous blue sky, glorious golden sand and transparent water sea that so clear that you can see the creatures within.


When my friends here asked me which place should they visit when they come to Malaysia I would always recommend Sabah.

mytraveloka escapade sabah


It’s winter now in Japan, so vacationing away at sunny, tropical places, relaxing under the shade while sipping freshly made juices by the beach would be great. Sabah, aside from being widely known for its majestic tall Mount Kinabalu, it is also famous as one of the best diving and snorkelling spot in not just South East Asia but in the world, so I will go snorkelling (no license required) and enjoy the amazing scenery of coral garden and marine animals. And finding Nemo while I’m at it.


In high school, we Malaysians learned in Geography class that Sabah is sparsely populated with many ethnic groups like Kadazan-Dusun, Bajau and Murut but their food has never reached popularity in Semenanjung (East Malaysia) area. To be honest, if you ask me to name at least one of Sabah famous dishes, none would come to mind. I have zero knowledge about Sabah local delicacies. That’s why if Travelog by chance decides to crown me the winner, I would try each ethnic groups gourmet food and eat with my heart content.


I consider myself slightly lower than average in stamina. My daily exercise only includes cycling back to back from university and home but I want to challenge myself (2017 resolution) and go way beyond my comfort zone to become a brand new me. I believe climbing the 4095m Mount Kinabalu could help me stay motivated at exercising because you need to prepare your stamina for like a month before climbing one and I could use this opportunity to shed a few kilos.


Nabalu Market

It has been a long time since I go to local market, having a conversation with workers there and bargaining for the cheaper price using rojak slang, Malaysia’s unofficial national language. Strolling the streets and window shopping is good enough for someone who dislikes spending money like me.Usually, I would never win in this kind of competition, so please prove me wrong, Traveloka. *pleading emoji eyes*

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  1. OMG. sy yang duduk di sabah ni pun masih belum pegi pulau-pulau yg cantik tu. tapi sy dah daki gunung kinabalu. dan kalau pegi Sabah wajib rasa semua makanan tradisi kat sini tau.hehe.

      1. Makanan sedap sedap lagi banyak time hari raya haha, akak dah try buah tarap? Sedapp ~

  2. I just realized it when I read throughout this post. We in Semenanjung are not quite expose with the variety of foods that each of ethnics in Sabah has to offer. And I think it would be a great idea if we got some restaurants in semenanjung that serve unique mouth-watering foods originated from sabah. Idk if there ady got any restaurants in semanjung offers this. And if they do, maybe they need more effort to commercialise it.

    p/s: i love your blog mobile template. like this is the first time i browse your blog on mobile browser and I ady love it!

  3. Good luck!
    Sabah is always in my list too.
    Seeing pictures posted is breathtaking enough I can't imagine the joy seeing them in person at the first place. Must be spectacular 🙂

  4. I've never been to Sabah yet and to be honest never think of going but your post made me think otherwise!
    Anyway goodluck on the contest rasya!

  5. kat malaysia ni sabah dgn sarawak je saya tak pernah jejak lagi. teringin gila nak pegi sabah sebab pulau dia cantik2 sangat! T^T
    jangan lupa seafood kat sana fresh2 dan murah!

  6. Wah..sy yg d Sabah nie pun x penah round Sabah sebab mao jalan2 perlukan bajet yg besar hahaha.. But I already go to Kundasang and it was my fav. place ever. And my hometown Kudat, and you can go to the Tip Of Borneo (Simpang Mengayau, Kudat).

    D Kota Kinabalu (I mean the city) there just a few foods with ethnic.. If you want to taste the local food, pantai Timur Sabah such as Tawau ramai yg cakap makanan dia mostly are the best! Hahaha I don't know cuz I never go there. Too far from KK.

    I hope ur dream to go here come true. 😀

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