17th March, 2009, we were ready for the go very early in the morning on the second day. Though the tour on the first day was quite taxing (at least on me), most of us were up even before the cock crows at dawn, very much eager for the day's destinations. By 6.30 am, all were geared and psyched up and we recited our prayer together beseeching Divine intervention that we may be protected all throughout. Slightly before 7.00 AM, the tour bus that would take us arrived with the driver and the tour guide very much looking cheerful and willing. Our destinations for the day were Tambunan, Keningau and Tenom, the district where the famous Sabah Agriculture Park is located.
From Stella Maris Church we proceeded to Donggongon, an outskirt of Kota Kinabalu where we had our breakfast. It was at this point also that our parish priest, Rev Fr John Chong wished us a safe and interesting journey for he had to return to Kuching for a very urgent appointment with other priests and the Archbishop of Kuching.
The road to Tambunan is for the most part very winding, ascending up hills and mountains but with very breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and the world below. We had a short stop at Tambunan town itself to ease up and for some quick drinks. After a few more hours inside the bus, our next stop was Keningau, where we had our lunch. For us Sarawakians who are used to paying relatively cheap meals, food in Keningau (and all other towns) in Sabah are considered to be extravagantly expensive. A hundred ringgit on meals in ordinary eateries in Sarawak (especially in my hometown Lundu) would be considered a feast for about four or five but with that same amount in Sabah, that would just be enough for us from getting hungry.
After lunch, we proceeded right away to Tenom, famous for the state's Agriculture Park. Tenom by itself seems to be quite a sleepy town if not for the Park which is slightly to it's outskirt. It was in the Park that we see boundless specimens of flora. Unfortunately, we were told that we came not during bloom or fruiting season so we miss the chance of seeing rare orchids and other plants flowering or tropicals plants fruiting. So no free durians, langsat or jack fruit et al.
Like the day before, I was seated (though not exactly) next to the bus driver where the tour guide would usually be. My reason is obvious, to get the best view of what I have never seen before so that I can have the best chance of taking pictures. Never mind the comfort of the passenger seats for I expect a worthy trade off in return for scenic views along the journey. So, all along the journey, I was alert more than anybody else inside the bus except for the driver. It was a real feast day for my eyes and my camera for I was shooting at anything that was "new and strange" to me as fast as my ability and my camera could handle. I must admit that the pictures are not "professional grade" but for an amateur like me, it was a real satisfaction indeed. As far as I am concerned, my Canon S5IS camera did not disappointment me, except for a couple of battery changes which I am prepared for. Using mostly sports scene mode, below are some of the images that I captured while (mostly) from inside a moving bus.
Road to Keningau, extremely straight for a stretch of about 22 km (according to our driver). Notice also the signboard of a Church, which is exceptionally common in Sabah but quite rare in other states in Malaysia.
Even mosquitoes have a village in Keningau, Sabah thus Jalan Kg Nyamok or Mosquito Hamlet/Village Road.
Another rainbow greeting us on our way back to Kota Kinabalu.
More images can be viewed here.