Malaysia II Day 9: Sandakan – KK

After a fun-filled day yesterday, we had plenty of downtime to just enjoy the amenities of the hotel today. We casually strolled downstairs to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant, then walked around the attached Harbour Mall. I was less than pleased with the shops in the mall; however. There was a billboard saying “Fashion… coming soon” and we joked about how currently fashion is lacking in the mall. We walked outside in the market for bit and tried some local fruits. 

We then headed to the lounge for some coffee and reading. While I was reading the local brochures, I found out that there were quite a few Chinese temples in the area, so we decided to check out the largest and newest buddhist temple – Puu Jih Shih. It was located on a hill top and it started raining, so we called a taxi and the taxi driver was nice enough to walk around with us acting like a semi-tour guide and drove us back to the hotel. It was a pretty big temple and it was nice and quiet. It provided a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle from yesterday. We head back to the hotel to pack then hung out in the lounge for a few more hours before heading to the airport for our flight back home. 

For dinner, my hosts were nice enough to bring us back to the Lido Food Court (see posts from previous Malaysia trip for details). As a reminder, It was an outdoor food court with so many food stalls, I felt like a child in a candy store. We were here last time we were in KK and miss the deliciously flavourful satays. As someone who does not like lamb, I am surprised that the lamb satays did not taste gamey at all – must have been all the marinating that’s hiding the taste. i also tried the crunchy pancakes stuffed with peanut, the chicken wings, the BBQ stingray (again), veggies roll-ups and the Bak Kut Teh while here. My favourite was still the satays. I also found out that I’m not a huge fan of Bak Kut Teh. It is too medicinal tasting for me. The veggie roll-ups are also really tasty. T’was a successful food journey.

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