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Roundtrip Borneo, June 2004

Kundasang

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Selling fish
Selling fish

In this more quiet part of the market, around the corner of the fruitmarket, they were selling fish and meat. On the one side of the street it was life chickens that they kept in cages. And on this side of the street it was fish, fish and more fish.

The owner of this fish stall was clearly proud about his fish. They seemed so nice and friendly and so proud of their shop, it made me wish I needed to buy some of their products. Now if they were selling fruit, hahaha, I wouldn't have to think twice. But I had no use for fresh fish at that moment ;-))

Uuuh.... maybe not ;-)

The fish
The fish

After a bit closer inspection of the fish I decided that it maybe was good that I didn't need to buy any fish. The flies on top of the fish that seemed to have a good time there, which didn't seem like the most hygienic circumstances to me. I guess even buying fish was a bit of a culture shock for me, LOL :-)) This was totally different than those well-refrigerated fish I am used to buy at home. Hahaha, but then again..... I probably would be eating this very same fish tonight at dinner at the lodge, like I had done every evening during my trip in Borneo. And I can happily say that I haven' gotten sick of it at any time, so it probably wasn't that bad as it looked ;-)

 

Woman on the market

Woman on the market in Kundasang
Woman on the market in Kundasang

Sabah is a region of many cultures and religions. Muslim is one of the biggest religions around here and you can see many little mosques in the villages. But it also shows in the way people dress. I saw lots of woman walking around with shawls covering their heads, like these woman in the picture. But as there are so many cultures around, I could see a great variety in the way people dress. It was really interesting to watch.

View from Kundasang

 View from Kundasang
View from Kundasang

It was time to leave the market and go to the war monument here in Kundasang. On the way over there I couldn't help but being 'distracted' by the beautiful view on the surroundings. It is so breathtaking! My camera just needed to click, click and click again :-))

Kundasang Memorial Garden

Plaque at the Kundasang Memorial Garden
Plaque at the Kundasang Memorial Garden

In Kundasang you can find a war memorial to commemorate the people that died here during World War II. It is a sad story to read on this plaque and it moved me very much bringing tears to my eyes.

The Kundasang Memorial Garden was build and funded in the late 1950's by the people of Sabah. It is dedicated to 'those men and woman of all races that gave their lives for and in Borneo during the war'.

Kundasang Memorial Garden

Kundasang Memorial Garden
Kundasang Memorial Garden

The reason why this place was selected is very touching. Here, in the shadow of Mount Kinabalu, many of these prisoners of war died. According to the local custom, the by clouds surrounded mountain harbours the souls off all those who have died. And the views from this place over the mountain are breathtaking. The mountain feels so near. A worthy place for this war memorial.

Beautiful views

Enjoying the beautiful views
Enjoying the beautiful views

You need to climb some stairs to get to the War Memorial Garden. The garden is made of several plateaus with nice gardens. When you reach the top of the garden, you come to this wonderful viewpoint. It was so amazing to sit here on this wonderful sunny day and having this amazing view over Mount Kinabalu and surrounding area. This was a moment I think that I'll never forget.

Zooming in....

 Zooming in....
Zooming in....

Zooming in with my camera... It is great to have a zoom lens that can bring everything so much closer. I just clicked around a bit with my camera to capture parts of the surrounding landscape, and bring home with me some of these wonderful views and memories. Borneo and Mount Kinabalu, a place I won't quickly forget.

Enjoying the moment

Åke and me :-)
Åke and me :-)

We all enjoyed this moment at the Memorial Garden, sitting, relaxing, enjoying the wonderful view. It was sad to leave, but of course we couldn't stay here for the rest of the day. 'One' our guide had more in store for us for the day, so the trip continues. Our next visit is going to be to Poring Hot Springs. But that is another story on another page. I do hope you enjoyed reading this one.

The trip continues....

 Canope Walk at Poring Hot Springs
Canope Walk at Poring Hot Springs

The previous leg of my journey was a visit to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-West Asia.

From Kundasang with its lively local market, its war memorial and wonderful views over Mount Kinabalu, it is time to be heading to Poring Hot Springs. You can read all about this place on my next page.

I hope you will join me on this virtual trip and enjoy reading my travel stories and see the pictures. For me it has been fantastic to write about my journey because it has made me relive the trip once again :-)

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