Kota Kinbalu – Day 1: October 27, 2007

Sunset over Kota Kinabalu
Sunset over Kota Kinabalu.

Running away to a destination that I have never been to before can be as nerve-racking as it can be exciting. The main concern is accessibility. Throwing caution to the wind, Wuan and I decided to go to Kota Kinabalu not knowing if it was convenient for a wheelchair user like me. Surely there are people in a condition similar to mine there. Moreover, Wuan’s sister Rosalynn and her family, and our good friend Dee are staying there.

The Pacific Sutera Kota Kinabalu
The Pacific Sutera, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The moment we made landfall over Sabah, I already liked the place. There were wide expanses of green stretching as far as our eyes could see. The land was relatively undeveloped as compared to Penang or Kuala Lumpur. There were no tall buildings. It was indeed a pleasant change of landscape. I figured that this city the other side of the South China Sea would be more laid back without all the hustle and bustle.

Our room at The Pacific Sutera
Our room.
Photo by Wuan.

Rosalynn picked us up from the airport and drove us to The Pacific Sutera. Nico was waiting for us at the hotel when we arrived. Our stay there was a wedding gift from both of them. Thank you to you two. The twin bedded room was cosy. After freshening up, Rosalynn took us on a tour of the hotel grounds. The sun was setting then. It was an overwhelming sight especially when we were so near to the sea watching the ochre sky together with the sound of waves lapping rhythmically at the shore. We planned to catch the sunset again tomorrow. Nico and Rosalynn later treated us to dinner at the Silk Garden – a Chinese restaurant at the hotel serving Sichuan fare.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

8 thoughts on “Kota Kinbalu – Day 1: October 27, 2007”

  1. ohh..i have stayed there…the hotel is just great…breakfirst is great, view is great, room is great…

    Their buffet breakfast was really something. πŸ˜€

  2. Gosh, looking back at the pics of Pacific Sutera sure made me miss working there. And nice to hear that Nico gave you and Wuan a good welcome upon reaching there. πŸ™‚

    Pacific Sutera really is nice huh. πŸ™‚

  3. i just love the sunset pic.

    We are going back to KK again for that… and to meet all you nice people again. πŸ˜€

  4. Wow Pete, you never mentioned about the sweet gestures of Pacific Sutera for that romantic looking room. Looking good πŸ˜‰


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