Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sabah a truly nature, adventure, exotic place, say newlywed Polish

By JENNE LAJIUN

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah still lives up to its portrayal of nature, adventure and exoticness for Europeans visiting the state. Newlywed, Wojciech Polcynski and Marta Gutkowska of Warsaw, Poland said they were not disappointed to spend so much to come here for their honeymoon. "It is beautiful," said Wojciech when approached at the Monsopiad Cultural Village yesterday.

"The weather is what I like it to be all the time – warm and sunny. And there is still so much nature as compared to the two cities we visited earlier". Sporting his wedding ring, he said that they were married merely two weeks ago and had decided to travel to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Thailand for their honeymoon.

"We are glad to have included Kota Kinabalu in our itinerary. We did not like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur that much because it was too city-like," he said. He added however that they did enjoy their trip to Taman Negara.

"We managed to get to know some Orang Asli while we were there. We also saw some animals and the forest," he said.

Before going to Thailand, he said that he hoped to see some more snakes such as cobras, pythons while in Sabah.

"I heard that you can see a cobra at the paddy fields as there are many rats there. I wish I would have the opportunity to see one," he said.

His wife, Marta said that she particularly found Kuala Lumpur too noisy for her liking.

"We did not find the peace we wanted to find," she said.

According to them, Warsaw is also a bustling and busy city.

"Everyone is busy with their work and business. It is not a city where you can find your own pace and relax like here in Kota Kinabalu," said Marta.

Since arriving on Wednesday, Marta said that she enjoyed the genuine friendliness of the people of Sabah the most.

"In Poland, the people are so sad looking. They don’t smile so much and they are not too friendly," she said.

In addition, to the people, Marta who enjoys eating fish said she was in paradise where food was concerned.

She added that she has already tried the ‘hinava’, a local fish delicacy and that she liked it very much.

However, while Wojciech hoped they could extend their holidays here, Marta said that she would like to go home as their family is back in Poland.

"But truly, we had an enjoyable time in Kota Kinabalu. It is not like the cities in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore," she said.

Courtesy of New Sabah Times

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