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  1. Ciki
    February 14, 2011

    How the couples visiting here were quite stereotypical? Don’t the women just wear shorts and tshirts and flipflops? LOL
    Oh, you found the pizza place.. good and affordable huh? is it still crowded for lunch?

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      Ha, I noticed many middle aged ladies with big handbags than the younger generation and short shorts. And, I did keep an eye out ;) Not sure if we are talking about the same pizza place. Mine is a tiny tiny cafe. Very affordable!

  2. Jill – Jack and Jill Travel The World
    February 14, 2011

    Hmm, I can see ourselves enjoying a suburban farmer’s market. Curious to read more about your adventures in our neighboring country (I’m originally from Indonesia :)) — a visit to Malaysia is so overdue.

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      Hi Jill, didn’t know you were from Indonesia! Certainly would recommend Sabah for a quick holiday. It’s a little pricey, at least I think so for anything longer. Next week I should be bringing something a little different ;)

  3. Migrationology
    February 14, 2011

    I went to the Gaya Street market expecting a bit more of a local market with authentic things like blowguns from the jungle of Borneo. It was a little different than I expected, but it was a very friendly, interesting market like you said.

    I was impressed by a potted tree seller who sold many varieties of Durian trees!

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      So was I! Well, maybe not blowguns. But I was thinking live birds, a little slaughter here and there. Not to mention the odd local person selling tribal stuff. Disappointing in that sense. Then again, KK is not exactly the Borneo of old. I hope Kalimantan is more like that!

  4. iamthewitch
    February 14, 2011

    I love the part about Sleepy Malaysian husbands wishing they were somewhere else! LOL! I hate to say this but it certainly reminds me of my other half! There must be something that makes men so against shopping :P

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      I’ve yet to see a man being with a girl on his arm who’s actually happy to be shopping. I think most would be happier with an xbox on a Sunday morning (hint hint) :)

  5. Jason
    February 14, 2011

    Hey Dave, The photo’s and your description makes it look all so very orderly. I got a laugh when you described the ‘Sleepy Malaysian Husband’ wishing he were somewhere else. It seems Malaysia and many western countries have something in common on that one. I’m looking forward to your posts, where you do scratch the surface and dig a little deeper.

    From memory there was a shanty town just outside of KK on the ocean, with many houses perched on stilts over the water. Not sure if you’ve seen it yet, but it may be worth a look. I never had a chance, as I was on a bit of a whirlwind trip, at the time.

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      Hey Jason, it’s pretty orderly alright. I was expecting something more crazy. All very civilized. Reminded me of French farmers markets. Even a bit cleaner!

      Yes, been to the shanty town. The last time I visited a place like this was in The Philippines I was bombarded with PC comments and email about using the term “Slums”. I imagine something similar will happen next week :)

  6. Liv
    February 14, 2011

    Cool, bak chang (picture 1), glutinous rice balls with usually a pork and chestnut filling, wrapped in pandan leaves. Chinese in origin, with a myth/legend to match, usually prepared for the autumn festival. Very filling.

    By chance, did you spot any salted fish? Actually, you’d smell them before you see them.

    I hear you about digging a little deeper. It takes a while to learn the hidden beat of a place.

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      Well spotted, and thanks for the translation. Many things seem Chinese of origin here. Though every time I mention it people scoff at me! Ha. Yes, I saw the salted fish, smelled it too. But I have to admit since the Philippines it’s not my favorite! Will try to get a photo of some drying for you soon ;)

  7. Greg
    February 15, 2011

    Well?!?!? What happened with Emma?? :)
    (Or is that for another post?)

    I love reading your descriptions of these kinds of things – markets, shops, festivals – things that are ordinary to the people there, but somewhat exotic to outsiders. You have a very factual, yet descriptive style.

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      Ha ha, yes, Emma will have to be one for the book :) Thanks for the Kind words. I like to see things that locals see, kinda helps breaking the ice. Though next week might not meet everyones approval!

  8. Anna’s World
    February 15, 2011

    I love Markets. So interesting to see a “farmers” market in Asia. You have such a good insight into these things!

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 15, 2011

      Thanks Anna, I never expected to see a farmers market either. I’ll follow this up again before I leave with a behind the scenes look at things.

  9. Abby
    February 15, 2011

    Aw, that sounds great! When I was there, my friend was always on the hunt for healthy, fresh food. She knew all of the expat stores and her favorite local stalls. It was fascinating. She’s recently moved up to Kota Marudu, and I wonder how she’s faring on the food front! Our conversations now usually turn to bugs…

    • The Longest Way Home
      February 16, 2011

      If her main intake is bugs, I guess she needs a lot of support these days! Bugs, nutritional, but too a little on the wrong side of too crunchy … ;)

  10. Meimei
    July 21, 2011

    Hello! I’m really enjoying reading your blogs about Kota Kinabalu. It’s very informative and fun to read. My family will be going there this August and it’ll be our first time (obviously), we’ll be staying there for 2 weeks. Excited and anxious about it. Dunno where to begin as newbies to the area and traveling. So yeah, search, search, search the net for information about Kota Kinabalu, hotel “shopping” and bookings, tourist spot researching, and the likes. Whatever information we can get about each place is a necessity and a huge help. hehehe… Gaya street has already been in our listm too. ^_^ I’m a big pizza-lover myself, so I was wondering if the Pizza place that you went to is still in the center of Kota. May I know the name? ahehehe… And I was hoping that you’d be a consultant of some sort about Kota if you don’t mind. ^_^ Will continue on reading the rest of your blogs. Thank you~ =)

    • The Longest Way Home
      July 21, 2011

      Sadly the Pizza place I referred to closed down recently. It wasn’t “mainstream” enough. There are, however several others around Kota Kinabalu, but the prices are rather high. Not been able to find another like that one.

      All that said, Kota Kinabalu is a great town, with lots to see and eat. Hope you enjoy it!

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