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Fishing boats off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

Fishing boats off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

Fishing boats off the coast of Kota Kinabalu.

Museum Kopitiam, a museum & restaurant located below our lodge, is a...


Today we stayed in KK, as we could only pick up our Indonesian visa from the Indonesian consulate after 4 this afternoon. Finally, with our Indonesian visas in hand, we eventually made our way to KK’s equivalent of San Francisco's’s Fisherman's Wharf, the Waterfront Esplanade. This portion of KK’s waterfront, obviously built with the tourist demographic in mind, is lined with higher end stores for tourists selling handicrafts, restaurants, bars and cafes. A series of outdoor restaurants and bars are situated on a boardwalk here maybe 200 meters long. We could have easily been at a waterfront joint in North America or Europe. During our seafood dinner at an Italian restaurant while sipping Carlsberg beers, I really even forgot where we were. While we want to experience the authentic local culture as well, there is no denying that luxuries are nice from time to time when one has been on the road for a while.

KK’s high level of economic development - and everywhere we have been thus far in Malaysia - has surprised me. While my knowledge of Malaysia had previously been limited to articles from the Economist and friendly banter with clients who were of Malaysian Chinese heritage, since first coming to Malaysia some two weeks ago, and based on the very limited amount of the country which I have seen firsthand, I have been impressed with Malaysia’s high levels of economic prosperity, highway infrastructure and development generally. Years ago, I recall reading about the former Malaysian prime minister Dr. Mahathir’s stated goal of having Malaysia join the club of developed nations by 2020. If what I have seen already is any indication, Malaysia is within reach of this goalpost.

Tomorrow we are heading south for a few days, and as i’m not sure as to whether we will enjoy similar WiFi connectivity in other parts of Sabah, i’m going to continue to upload some of our many photographs onto the internet for the next few hours.



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