Stink or swim


You need souvenirs when you’re on vacation right? No, not her, you can’t take her back. :p

alam sensasi girls

I mean real souvenirs – and those souvenirs shouldn’t be your garden variety items which anyone can get so you’ll want to get something that reflects the culture of the place you’ve been too. Alam Sensasi has got it covered.


Masks to scare people with?

sabah tea

Sabah tea?
Got it!

alam sensasi

“I was here” t-shirts?
Got ya covered!

You can even choose:






Quite witty right? Right? Erm…can I at least get a sympathy smirk?


Local drums?
They haz it! Large or small whatever rocks your boat.

gamat soap

There’s even Gamat (sea cucumber) soap that claims to cure just about any dermatological condition…

sabah pearl

…and other items like Sabah pearls. I was told these are pearls harvested from oysters from the seas around KK.

They even have more esoteric items like local gongs if you feel like lugging it back home with you.

That’s part of the local retail experience you get. Perfect for last minute souvenir hunting.

books and magazines

There is also the obligatory bookstore to save you from boredom during long haul flights (Kota Kinabalu International Airport flies to places like Korea and Taiwan, to name a few).

I love this local seafood store too. It’s called Dried, Frozen Seafood & Bird’s Nest Shop. Very straight to the point, they believe in pragmatic naming, none of that vague artsy fartsy creative stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰

dried frozen seafood and birds nest shop

It brings the fresh seafood of Sabah back from where you’re from. The best thing is that everything is flash frozen so you can bring it back!

sabah abalone

Sabah is famous for its fresh and cheap seafood – they have abalone going for RM 50 in packs of 2-4 (depending on size). That is REALLY cheap and I wish I bought some but my freezer is a little full right about now.

huge fish

There’s even large (HUGE actually) cuts of fish which you can bring back and claim you caught it while deep sea fishing in Kota Kinabalu if you’re so inclined. smirk

nice girl

This is the girl that was manning the Indulge & Win contest. She’s really friendly and helped me a lot in filling out the form.

I submitted my forms and now I hope I win. BTW, here’s a tip for you – the answer is 5 for the number of international airports MAHB handles. ๐Ÿ˜‰

i with a cute chick

I’m with a cute chick. smirk

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87 thoughts on “Stink or swim”

  1. 6thseal reader: You can’t get liquor and cigarettes while flying domestic but you can get chocolates and perfumes. ๐Ÿ™‚
    fresh: Haha! Thanks Fresh! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yeah my hair does grow very fast for reasons unknown to me. :S

  2. HB, since you brought some seafoods back from your trip I gather you been doing a lot of cooking. It wonderful to have a store that packed frozen seafood ready to take back home.
    In San Francisco Chinatown they do the same for travelers from dim sums to roast ducks and seafood.

  3. How was father your days? Did you get numerous phone calls from unknow children to wish you father day?
    Hmmm……anyway good job on the music video. I was expecting you to do the rapping, should give it a go, if Emnimen can do you it, i am sure you can too

  4. Erica: Nice! Yeah the best thing is the Sabah abalone coz it’s cheap compared to other types of abalone. ๐Ÿ™‚
    rocket: Haha! No, unless you can receive calls from the dead. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks bro! I wanted to do both, but Cindy thought it would be better to do the middle portions. In hindsight, she’s right! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. no way dude, I am sure you (or shall I say “I”, since you are my alter ego) look good in a white singlet and rap in the soccer field.

  6. wow..shaved head, that wouyld be so cool. very “pai kia” look. Bet Cindy will like that a lot. Add couple of spiders tattoo in the neck area, very shiok.
    You can rap namewee style too. There is no such thing as bad publicity

  7. KY: Heh! That was the old airport, there is a shop that does that. The new airport duty free is now under Eraman. Oh wait, are you talking about recently? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    rocket: Spider tattos? Hmm…
    Not a big fan of nameweee, overrated and reuses the same formula over and over again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. he is good at what he does, bo pian liaw, cannot change formula. can you rap in Kuching style Hokkien, damn funny lah.
    what are you doing in KK? Why you fly so much, you a gun runner or high class male escort or something. damn how I wish to be you.

  9. eiling: Yup, the correct answer for Indulge & Fly is 5. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good one, and good luck!
    Wish me luck too! ๐Ÿ™‚
    rocket: I’m there for the Indulge & Fly contest – was there to eat, shop and relax in the airport. They even have a massage place! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. rocket: Head on over to the link in the post – whenever you fly at the airport, just buy something (can be anything – cigarettes, alcohol, which you would buy anyway) and stand a chance to win trips to places like London! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. but surely you didn’t take cold hard cash out of your back pocket just to fly to KK and spent all day in the airport to a bit of shopping

  12. rocket: Yup, it’s to promote the Indulge Till You Fly campaign. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I did spend a lot on shopping though. Liquor filled chocolates! ๐Ÿ™‚
    …and FML I bought this jacket and I don’t know where or when I’m going to wear it.

  13. rocket: Heh! Not yet. I just got the jacket at KKIA. ๐Ÿ™‚
    ciki: Nope, I’m back in KL! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I just went to the airport to shop, eat and get a massage. =D

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