How A Malaysian Resort Company Is Weathering The Coronavirus Pandemic

What with travel and movement restrictions worldwide by the coronavirus pandemic, the hospitality and travel industry is undoubtedly one of the most impacted. But while many hotels struggle to stay afloat and running despite empty rooms and cancelled reservations, one company in Sabah is proving that it pays to diversify. Formed in 2007 in Kota Kinabalu, Echo Resorts – a family business which owns Gayana … Continue reading How A Malaysian Resort Company Is Weathering The Coronavirus Pandemic

Events in March: Kota Kinabalu Jazz Fest 2018

Hey, KK folks, what are you up to this weekend? 🙂 If you’re a fan of jazz music, do head on down to Sutera Harbour Resort, where the Kota Kinabalu Jazz Fest will be making its return from 9 – 10 March, from 7PM to 11PM each night. Credit: Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival The annual fund raising event, which is jointly organised by the Rotary Club … Continue reading Events in March: Kota Kinabalu Jazz Fest 2018

Clean Water for Communities – Kampung Kalampun, Keningau, Sabah

Water. The bringer of life. Most of us who live in cities never stop to think about how precious this commodity is; simply because it magically appears every time we turn on the tap. In an ideal world, everyone should have clean water as a basic right to survival – but that isn’t the case. A UN report in 2013 revealed that 783mil don’t have … Continue reading Clean Water for Communities – Kampung Kalampun, Keningau, Sabah

Handicraft Center & Salted Fish Market, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know that I was recently in Kota Kinabalu for work. It was my first time there, and I was itching to explore…but my itinerary was pretty packed so I only managed to sneak out for a couple of hours on my last day. A good spot to stay at is at Le Meridien KK, as there are several … Continue reading Handicraft Center & Salted Fish Market, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Kohinoor North Indian Restaurant, The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu

Anjung Samudra @ The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu is home to a row of chic cafes and restaurants, where guests can chill while watching beautiful views of the South China Sea: boats docking in the evening and the shadow of Pulau Gaya beyond. The place is especially lively at night among tourists, expats and the local yuppies. It’s also where you’ll find Kohinoor, one of only … Continue reading Kohinoor North Indian Restaurant, The Waterfront Kota Kinabalu

Seafood @ Sinsuran Night Market, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Located on the west coast of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is a seaside town famed for its beautiful islands. It would be blasphemy, then, to come here and not tuck into its delicious seafood. One of the best places to get some is at the Sinsuran Night Market. Featuring dozens of stalls, each displaying gigantic lobsters, huge shrimps, colourful fishes of all shapes and sizes, giant oysters … Continue reading Seafood @ Sinsuran Night Market, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Hotel Review: Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

During my recent trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, I stayed at the Le Meridien, a five-star hotel facing the waterfront along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, it is within walking distance to many tourist attractions, such as the Filipino Market, the Handicraft Market, Oceanus Mall and seafood markets. The room was spacious but it wasn’t particularly outstanding – … Continue reading Hotel Review: Le Meridien, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Kota Kinabalu – Of Sunsets, Rain and Pisang Goreng Cheese

I’m lucky to have been to a lot of places. The UK, the US, parts of Southeast Asia… so it’s embarrassing to admit that I’ve never been to East Malaysia. Living near Kuala Lumpur, the central hub of the Peninsula, there was little reason for me to venture there. Recently I had to travel Kota Kinabalu for work, so it was a good time to … Continue reading Kota Kinabalu – Of Sunsets, Rain and Pisang Goreng Cheese