Kota Kinabalu, Borneo – A foodie’s paradise and more


Sabah’s main city…
What to eat / What to see & do / Day trips / Where to stay/ Getting there & around

There are some cities which are the attraction and some that are merely the base from which to see the attractions. Everything I read about Kota Kinabalu lumped it in the latter category with a shout-out to the food.

In many ways, this is true. If you look at Kota Kinabalu with the tourist gaze, there are very few sparkly things to catch your eye. If you look at it, however, as a the hub of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, where people are living out their daily lives, you’ll still see a small and scruffy city, but one that has an immense vibrancy. I do not exaggerate when I say I could happily spend a few weeks there, despite a city centre so small that it’s walkable in less than 20 minutes. This praise is more than about making my stomach happy with the fantastically cheap and tasty offerings but rather there is something about the atmosphere that is very appealing. I just want to sit in a cafe and hang out. Continue reading “Kota Kinabalu, Borneo – A foodie’s paradise and more”

Review: Anmitsu Mihashi, Ueno Head Branch / あんみつみはし、上野本店

Matcha anmitsu
Matcha anmitsu

Japan is famous for sushi. And breaking out of my previous aversion for fish, I had been sampling the cheap and tasty offerings at Heiroko Sushi Okachimachi branch.

One thing Japan is not famous for is desserts. And although I have enjoyed countless desserts in Japan, I can kind of see why. Continue reading “Review: Anmitsu Mihashi, Ueno Head Branch / あんみつみはし、上野本店”

Review: Heiroko Sushi Okachimachi Branch – 平禄寿司 御徒町店

Kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi!
Kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi!

A miracle has happened over the past few months. A miracle that I have been trying to achieve for six years. I’ve begun to like fish.

“Oh big deal!” I can hear some of you saying. Well, it is. Continue reading “Review: Heiroko Sushi Okachimachi Branch – 平禄寿司 御徒町店”

Hello again, I’ve been drinking VERY expensive sake…


Hisashiburi desu! That’s the Japanese for “it’s been a long time!” Yesterday, I sat the wondrous Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N3… and I realised that I am still quite terrible.

So what do you say when someone asks you how it went? Well there are four answers. Read the picture from right to left now…

1) Good
2) OK
3) Difficult
4) Don’t ask. Continue reading “Hello again, I’ve been drinking VERY expensive sake…”