Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rumah Terbalik The Upside Down House in Borneo

if u are staying in kotakinabalu
u must have heard all the fuss about Rumah Terbalik , The Upside Down House in Borneo
it was all over the newspapers
even nizam who was here for a holiday saw rumah terbalik on his way up to kundasang,
and he suggested that we go and check it out 

well, me being me, of course i wanna see what's all the hype about 
also, i can proudly say that i've been there, done that

nizam drove . and with my superb instinct and knowledge on roads in sabah,
we arrive after 30 minutes ++ drive from kota kinabalu
and we miss the junction 
because there were no signage at all  
we were quite in a rush since i thought that the rumah terbalik closes at 5pm
and man was i wrong 

we arrived around 4 ish plus
thought that it closes at 5 
but apparently opens till 8 pm
rushing like nobody's business and apparently u open till 8 -____-!

it was drizzling 
so pictures are a little bit gloomy 

we were greeted by staffs wearing kain batik sarong and official rumah terbalik polo tshirt 
quite a lot of staff i must say
but maybe it was raining so not much tourist / locals stopping by 
we were charged rm 10 PER PERSON
rm 20 for the both of us 

for foreigners rm 18 
still dirt cheap for them 
but anyway 

the rumah terbalik operates in a way only a group will enter the house 
and then followed by another group 
even though there were not many people around 

so u'll see the staff holding walkie talky
acting all important 
communicating with each other 
like lady gaga is entering the house 
even though there were 2-3 of us around visiting 

the entrance fee includes 
a guided tour of the house

so a guide will follow u around the house 
u can't take pictures in the house 
which is a bummer 
and u can only walk on the designated red carpet path 

the guide will show u around the house 
explaining the area of the house
etc. living room, wash room 

and while u were admiring the whimsicality of the house
and when u were about to get dizzy seeing the world upside down, 
the guide will proceed to next area of the house 
as if pestering u to end the tour quickly 
man i paid rm 10 for this 
at least let me take my own sweet time 
hell, i can't even take pictures inside the house 

and for  rm 10
i get two minutes of guided tour inside the house 
ok exaggerating maybe five minutes 
such a RIPOFF

the side elevation of the house

nizam taking a picture of the house 

this is me making my rm 10 worth it 
taking picture with a banana tree 
this is at the souvenir shop area 
and there is a cafe too
unfortunately no free drink with the entrance fee

don't be fooled by our facial expressions 
such a disappointing tour 

back elevation 
me again
trying to make my rm 10 worth it 

taken from the souvenir shop area 

to take a picture with this kancil
it's free
so next time if u drop by here
just take a picture of the kancil and the exterior of the house 
from the parking lot area
i just saved u rm10 

me again
trying to make my rm 10 worth it 

nizam's final verdict 

my personal opinion on how to make it better 
maybe the guided tour should not pester us to quickly end the tour 
*let us take our time to admire your hard work 
*it will be more informative if the tour includes the history, idea, construction
i suggest , provide visual/interactive information boards on the history / idea/ construction of the house 
*an area inside the house for visitors to take a picture . at least one area . designated area la. 
great effort to promote tourism , but i'll just go once in my lifetime

rumah terbalik 
location : Kampung Telibong, Batu 21, Jalan Telibong, Tamparuli, district of Tuaran.
operating hours : 8 am till 8 pm 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

{ i come bearing gifts }

last monday i met up with nizam 
and he came bearing gifts 
heeeeee [senyum.sampai.ke.telinga]

hahaa refer to post di mana aku kutuk moleskine 
a planner 
in an attempt to make my life more organized
i know it's february already 
but hey it's never too late to start
hahaa. [i hope so]
thank u mr nizam 

a tshirt!
All that is gold does not glitter,
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither,
deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadows shall spring;
renewed shall be blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king

_J.R.R Tolkien_

it's about perception 
where Tolkien is trying to say that things are not always as it seems, and nor you should assume things will stay as they first appear to be
deep much ?


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try hearing out these tracks 
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the problem with this product,
u can't find it in kk.

thank u mr nizam
for bringing me whatever is deprived here in the land below the wind 
much appreciated :)