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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

I went to Kota Kinabalu to do a short article for Coconuts.HK about the traveling to this place. 
After all the touristy activities, I took some extra time to explore the area and meet the locals. This place has amazing sights and sceneries, but the people were the higlight of my trip.

Play nice, please.

Play nice, please.

Walking through a small street in the city of Kota Kinabalu, we saw these little girls playing/arguing in front of a stall where the mother was selling food.

Family Errands

Family Errands

Local children here are often required to help out the family with daily errands and business

How's the family?

How's the family?

In Malaysia, locals, especially the elderly, love to share stories and gossip about family issues, jobs, other people etc. Phatic talk is important to build rapport in such culture

Let's pose one time

Let's pose one time

Taken by a side street next to the street markets, where locals reside. Children in Malaysia LOVE the cameras, they're not to shy to show it either.

Silhouette Lifestyle

Silhouette Lifestyle

Taken in a foodcourt facing Tanjun Arun Beach in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The sun was just setting, leaving a beautiful and tranquil glow of gold on the surface of the water

Residents of Malaysia

Residents of Malaysia

Behind all the commercial buildings in the city of Kota Kinabalu, you can find where the locals live.

Malaysian Chilis

Malaysian Chilis

At the Sunday Markets, the food here are always very fresh, fruits, vegetables and the thousands of chili sold around.

'This way!'

'This way!'

While walking down the local markets, kids would be so intrigued with tourists and approach them with smiles

No place I'd rather be

No place I'd rather be

There a thousands of things to do at a beach, one of the greatest thing is to just sit on a log and enjoy the beauty around you.

Gold is so valuable

Gold is so valuable

As the sun goes down, the sky takes one last chance to play with the different colors they can make.

Let the sun stay and play

Let the sun stay and play

Life can be so simple yet amazing

Colors painted everywhere

Colors painted everywhere

Second Day’s Sunset – Everyday, the clouds create new shapes and skies paint different colors

Quick stop before the beach

Quick stop before the beach

Vendors selling Malaysian street food in front of Kota Kinabalu’s famous sunset beach – Tanjung Arun Beach.

Looks as good as it tastes.

Looks as good as it tastes.

Girl sells skewers from a vendor in a foodcourt to the beach-goers.

Out of the shadows, into the sea

Out of the shadows, into the sea

Camp in the shade or go out in to the sun and play, your pick.

Under a Pier

Under a Pier

Captured on one of the many little islands next to the coastal area of Kota Kinabalu.

Lifeguards in Serenity

Lifeguards in Serenity

On an island just 20 minutes out from the coast of Malaysia. Lifeguards stare out into the clear blue

Let the light shine through.

Let the light shine through.

Tanjung Arun Beach, is famous for its sunsets – this day was over casted but it still managed to produce a lovely sight

Life is Good

Life is Good

All across the ‘Filipino’ Market, you can find locals sewing clothes

Sunset Stroll

Sunset Stroll

Enjoy every second of life, take it all in.

One of each, please.

One of each, please.

Taken inside the provisional food-court on Tanjun Arun Beach. Selling skewers of all sorts of meat/seafood.

Delicacy

Delicacy

One of the delicacies, is Chicken-Butt.

Lost in Paradise

Lost in Paradise

Took a little hike into the Jungle on Manukan Island.

Lurking

Lurking

On Sapi Island, just minutes away from the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Komodo Dragons have about 50 different types of bacterial strain in it’s mouth, making them extremely dangerous.

That tongue though.

That tongue though.

On Sapi Island, just minutes away from the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Komodo Dragons have about 50 different types of bacterial strain in it’s mouth, making them extremely dangerous

Coconut

Coconut

Nothing like having a fresh coconut sitting out on a beach underneath the sun

Glowsticks water

Glowsticks water

Decided to be creative and planted some glow sticks in the water for some night photography (we made sure we disposed of the glow sticks properly)

Some red to go with the sky.

Some red to go with the sky.

No better way to end a busy day than to enjoy some red wine while sitting on soft white and staring out into a sunset.

Lily Pads

Lily Pads

Nature is everywhere in Kota Kinabalu