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First and foremost...

Thank you so much for visiting this humble blog of mine. I'll try to give you guys some good reviews on the local food & sceneries especially from my hometown (yay Tawau, Sabah) so please bear with me ok 😊

Oh and just so you guys know before proceeding...

a) I never travel abroad - so you won't be seeing any posts outside of our beloved country (yet!)

b) I take all of my pictures with my puny, low megapixeled & outdated smartphone - so no professionally taken photos here as well (sad but true)

c) I never got invited to do a review - so my comments are somewhat unbias (for now)

d) I have this ongoing problem with my internet at home so I can only go online at work - so I'm sorry beforehand for any comments that cannot be reply timely (my bad)

e) I don't mind if you guys wanted to use any of my pictures - just as long as you credit this blog as well ok 👍

Also due to my own carelessness, I've accidentally deleted most of the photos that I've uploaded to Google Album Archive recently. Thankfully I found a way to recover most of them (but not all I'm afraid) albeit in a much lower resolution & quality. So if you view my past posts and there seems to be missing photos from them, I do apologize beforehand for that. I'll try to update them with newer photos should I drop by said places again in the future. So sorry folks... 😢😢😢

So here goes nothing...

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Domino's Pizza Riverson (KK FoodieVenture #96)

Man, it’s been years since I’ve last had Domino’s Pizza. I remembered that I’ve first tried them out when I was still studying in KL and has had fond memories of eating their food. So when a friend told me that they’re opening several branches in Kota Kinabalu late last year, it’s obvious that I had to drop by again just to relive the experience.


Me and my partner were fortunate enough to arrive at their Riverson Walk branch (I’ve heard that they also opened branches somewhere in Bundusan & Inanam) before lunch time so we took our sweet time at the front counter (because I literally forgot just how to make an order – yup, I’m getting old). We finally decided upon their thinly crusted Tuna Extreme (I think) pizza plus whatever were included within our ‘couple set’ meal (no, I’m not kidding about the name). We also added some Garlic Cheese Onion Rings as our side dishes due to my love for said fast food. Needless to say, the overall meal was okay but for some reason not as good as I’ve remembered them though. Minus the onion rings (which thanks to the ‘cheesy dust’ was good but not exactly superb either) and mushroom soup (I like theirs better than Pizza Hut’s to be honest) our main dishes were somewhat bland and dry. I guess I was expecting more since I do remember that I had a great experience before. Oh well… at least service was quite okay when we were there so at least something positive came out of it. But I do recommend you guys to try them at least once just to see whether you like them or not yourselves. 








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Jesselton Point Food Stalls (KK FoodieVenture #95)

So since we’re staying at the Mercure Kota Kinabalu during our recent trip to KK, one of the nearest places to get a bite was none other than Jesselton Point. Yup, KK’s main port when it comes to travelling to the nearby tourist islands also provides some affordable eats for budget conscious traveller such as myself.


We tried two different stalls (on different nights of course) and the verdict was… just average I’m afraid. Granted, we’re mostly there for the breezy nightly views but the dishes that we’ve tried were mostly okay but nothing too distinguished. On one night, we tried out their Nasi Goreng Lalap and Nasi Goreng Thai (which looks suspiciously similar to the latter minus the sambal) while on another night we went with their simpler dishes; their Nasi Goreng Kampung and Nasi Goreng Nenas. Even though they do have a cleaner & a more comfortable environment than the other by-the-ocean food meccas in KK, patrons were few and far between. Personally, I think the lack of variety when it comes to their stalls contributed to the lack of customers. And this is something that the main operator needs to look into as the place has a lot of potential, especially with a few other commercial constructions going on nearby at the moment. 

**P/S: I need to apologize beforehand for the poor quality of the photos below as I have yet to upgrade my pre-historic smartphone...



*By the way this is their Nasi Lalap Ayam..

... the Nasi Goreng Thai (which doesn't look anything Thai at all)...

... their Nasi Goreng Kampung...

... and Nasi Goreng Nenas



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Outward Vacay: Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

My annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Kota Kinabalu last year (for my much needed end-of-the-year vacation) has brought me to this relatively new hotel. Barely a year from its opening, the new hotel is located at the far end of KK city, but near to the likes of Suria Sabah mall, the not-yet-opened Jesselton Mall & Residence as well as Jesselton Point, where all ferries to the nearby islands converge.

During check-in, I was initially shocked by their somewhat hefty deposit (apparently they imposed a deposit of RM100 per night – a first for me since the hotels that I’ve been to usually had a fixed rate regardless of the duration of your stay) since I will be staying there for almost a week. But thankfully, the receptionist took pity upon my unprepared & panic state and was considerate enough to lower the amount. In fact, the hotel’s overall staffs were quite friendly and nice so I do feel at ease during my stay. Now I’ve read numerous comments regarding the weird layout of their rooms as well as the size of it being a bit small. But I think it is a matter of personal preferences since I found my room to be spacious enough despite being windowless and the bathroom design to be very unique. My partner even joked that we can finally do our ‘morning businesses’ at the same time now since both the toilet and shower were separated by different glass doors. But light sleepers do beware (such as moi). They do have an extremely thin wall (since I could clearly hear our neighbour’s conversation as if they were right next to me, at 3am no less) and that very noisy piping system (my partner legit thought that it was the sound of airplanes repeatedly passing by overhead).

Also, the hotel does have a small swimming pool on the 25th floor with a tiny portion of it dedicated to kids (and I mean hilariously tiny). And since our booking doesn’t come with a free breakfast, I can’t really comment on their dining facilities but it’s good to note that they have several eateries within its premise – the Fratini’s Pasta & Pizza café on the ground floor, the main restaurant on the 2nd floor and a bar of sorts’ right by the poolside. Overall, a convenient place to stay despite the sound proofing problem.

Next we have…

Type – Superior Room with 1 King Size Bed
Room – 4/5 (I actually loved the unique layout of the room)
Price – 3/5 (I still think they’re reasonable despite the hefty deposit policy)
Service – 5/5 (very courteous and friendly staff – kudos to them)
Décor – 4/5 (very modern and vibrant – definitely a cheerful looking place)
Facilities – 4/5 (they also have several meeting halls if I’m not mistaken)
Location – 4/5 (they’re also on the same row/ street as Tong Hing Supermarket)

*These are the outer look of the hotel & the lobby area...

(Mercure is on the left while the right one is the Jesselton Mall & Residence)



*These are pictures of our room...





*And last but not least, the views of the 25th floor (which includes the pool, gym & a bar/cafe)...




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