48hours of Bongawan – Ranau Road Trip

Earlier this year I have started my Bullet Journal with some goals for 2019. One of them is to have my own version of COURT (it stands for Camping, Outing and Road Trip) at least once a month.

I did the first unplanned court to Polumpung, Kota Belud.

It was again the unplanned trip I did on the 2ndday of February. It was unplanned because my good friends and I had just decided on having the trip one day before. It was also unexpected because Ahoon just came back from Bali, and Sylvia just came back from Kuala Lumpur.

It was impromptu, as I typed out the very brief itinerary on our Whatsapp group.

2ndFeb 6am – KK to Bongawan for a BBQ picnic near the river
2ndFeb 3pm – Bongawan to Ranau for Durian Fest (overnight)
3rdFeb 8am – Ranau to Kudat for Simpang Mengayau and back to KK

Three of us in the group made it for the itinerary but unfortunately, we had to skip Kudat.

2ndFebruary, 6am – Ahoon and I departed from our place as early as at 6am in the morning. It took us 2 hours to reach to the small town of Bongawan. It was my first time in the town. Thank goodness that I made it this year before I get any older. I just loved my early morning experience in Bongawan. where I can see those pre war, colonial shop houses. The Japanese army, the Australian forces were once occupied this small town.

Bongawan name is taken from the local word of egrets – Bangau

Ahoon suggested that we should get ourselves the Kopi Lang. It’s the black coffee drink in a bottle, and it’s chilled in the refrigerator before it is served to the customers. That’s Ahoon browsing to her phone. And, that’s my hand holding a bottle of Kopi Lang.

We had the Kopi Lang at Kedai Kopi Sam Hing, one of the old wooden shoplots built in 1922. The coffee shop was once featured in the local newspaper. A paper cutting is placed on the table we sat. I was lucky to have some insights about the history of Bongawan.

What a scene to enjoy as early as 8am in the coffee shop. I had the chance to listen to the chatty customers next to our table talking about what’s reported in the printed newspaper – the husband and wife sitting face to face waiting for their menu to be served – the old man with his tobacco pipe – the family of five having their pau (the white round pastry stuffed with meat). I’m glad that I woke up so early and didn’t miss that opportunity to witness such a peaceful environment.

After Kopi Lang, we visited the weekly market of Tamu Bongawan held every weekend where you get to see fresh vegetables and most important is that you get to see friendly locals with their generous smiles.

After buying some stuff from the market, we then headed to Sylvia’s home for the BBQ picnic, which took us 20-30 mins drive from the town. I just loved the fact that her house is not far from the river where we had the small and simple BBQ. We had some fishes, prawns and chicken wings. I’m not going into details on this part, I’m letting the picture to do the story for itself.

I do not want to be so dramatic to describe the feelings of awesomeness for this event, but it was indeed satisfying. I love everything about being close to my good friends. Laughing to each other and being tired for the day. How can it not be one of my most memorable adventures in my life?

Let me continue with my sharing and I’ll let you to imagine the kind of adventure you want from here.

We departed for Ranau exactly before 4pm from Bongawan. We reached Lohan Damai Eco Ranch just before 10pm. We had simple dinner before we checked in to our room where we got it for complimentary stay. Thanks to Sylvia’s previous connection in the district. We were tired and all we wanted was a good night sleep to have our things to do the next day. Lights out and off we went to the dreamland that first night.

3rdFebruary – We woke up quite early not because we wanted it. If I wanted to point out the distressing moment during the trip is of course our good sleeps that were disturbed by the crying sound of a baby next room. Ahoon and Sylvia are so going to agree with me on this. We had no choice but to get ourselves from the bed for bath and breakfast. Despite the crying baby, we totally had a blast for our second day in Ranau – Kundasang.

We’ve made it to Sylvia’s family place in Ranau for durian, rambutan and langsat! And delicious lunch. Too bad, we were enjoying that moment and forgot about taking photos.

We’ve made it to Ranau Rabbit Farm (photo below).
From left; Sylvia, Ahoon and I. 

We’ve made it to Rosary Hills (photo below).

We’ve made it to BW Bus Restaurant, Kundasang (photo below)

We reached home (Kota Kinabalu) by 6pm. It was the complete 48 hours of making friendship memories.

In life, we do not want to make enemy, we do not want to judge and hate people just because they sinned differently than us. We just want to be good to ourselves and the friendship we have. I hope and pray you would have a blossom friendship as well. Cheers!END/

4 thoughts on “48hours of Bongawan – Ranau Road Trip

  1. Your fan says:

    I like this one. Nice pictures too. Maybe I will start writing about places I visited too, when I have the time. And you can teach me how. Wink wink!


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