Night market first night (day 1)
Waking up at 5 am and getting ready to head for the airport was certainly an exciting moment for all of us. During our 10 am flight, some of us slept whilst others played cards and mingled around. Thankfully, after we landed, it only took us 1 hour to pass through immigration, get our luggages and travel to our hostel. By the time we arrived at the hostel, we were all extremely tired, however we didn’t want to waste our precious time, therefore the majority of us decided to explore the fascinating streets around our hostel. By 6 pm we gathered at D’HARZ, the famous local restaurant, to have our first Sabah dinner. The local Malaysian food was extremely unique and certainly gave us an insight into what Malaysian food culture was like.
After our fulfilling dinner, we strolled around the local night market trying new food, drinking new drinks and buying handmade trinkets. We had an amazing time exploring the unique stalls and it allowed us to get a better understanding of how lower class citizens of Sabah work their nights away. For many of us, going to the night market gave us the opportunity to try Malaysia’s famous fruit— durian for the first time. On the other hand, we also noticed how the night market was mainly filled with citizens who were living a harsh and difficult life. Many of them were wearing torn clothes and running around barefooted; some of them looked like they haven’t slept in days. Most of us found it especially hard to witness young children begging for food on the streets. Witnessing such a huge wealth gap sparked a introspective conversation within our group. By the end of the day, everyone went to bed learning something new.
Day 1 of the Sabah CAS trip was definitely a great start to the trip.
Jane, Winnie, Ms Devries first time durian.