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So it was time for a celebration. After all, having the whole group in reaching the top without leaving anyone behind is quite a feat. It was time to celebrate. Out from the gates of paradise and straight into the real world. Before we even reached sea level, we found ourselves already missing the fresh mountain air, the cooling breeze of the mountain range. It was back to humid, polluted, congested cities.
But before we head back to Kota Kinabalu, we stopped to have a celebration dinner at the most convenient (since its along the way back to KK) yet scenic restaurant: Salut Seafood Restaurant.
These we definitely ordered. Picture (left): The usual clams commonly called ‘si ham’ which is used in Penang Fried Kueh Tiaw. Picture (right): These clams are usually served with toothpicks, so that you are able to pick the meat out of their shells.
Various types of clams and oysters cooked using various methods
After our seafood fiesta, we retired to bed early as we had to leave KK in the wee hours of the morning, mostly to avoid the traffic jams of the city as well as to get ahead of the crowd that will later on form the long queue at the immigration points. We arrived Beaufort close to 6 am when the sun was just starting to bring light into the skies. Beaufort has always been my breakfast place of choice because the chinese coffee shop there serves the best Fried Kueh Tiaw. It is ‘charred’ perfectly and is served with thick slices of 3-layered roasted pork. Enough said, the photos below will tell you everything, perhaps even salivate your mouth. 😉
Alls well that ends well. Another successful and enjoyable trip to Mount Kinabalu where every single grouop member reached the top. Friendship forged, experience gained. Although our footsteps and scent that was left on Mount Kinabalu will fade, the memories of Mount Kinabalu 2012 will forever remain in our hearts… and stomach! *Burp*