Postcard From Mount Kinabalu

Sometime in May 2016 John Huong had just descended from having successfully reached Low’s Peak and was resting at Laban Rata before continuing on his descend down to Timpohon Gate. I can’t remember if I saw his status on Facebook or Instagram but I was quick to ask for a favour while it was still convenient and that was to mail me a postcard from the highest post office in Malaysia — located right next to Mountain TORQ’s Pendant Hut at 3,289m above sea level.

I walked past this very post box during my climb a month earlier and it didn’t hit me at the time that it might have been a functioning one until I chanced upon a web page that said it’s “certified the highest post box by Malaysia Book of Records.”  John picked the postcard of St John’s Peak and gave me an exciting addition to my growing collection of postcards from around the world.

Google 'shimworld postcards' and you'll see a couple of blog posts of my postcard collection from senders around the world including Bruneian friends who took precious time out of their holiday to send me one sometimes two. Thank you very much! Here's a unique one of them all — mailed in by trail runner friend @laribananaz after he successfully completed his Mount Kinabalu climb in May 2016. Location: Next to Mountain TORQ’s Pendant Hut Elevation: 3,289 metres above sea level Date of installation: 14th February, 2015 Certified highest post box by the Malaysia Book of Records All outgoing mail receive the Mount Kinabalu post office ink stamp. John, I have finally visited Kuching 😎 #sabah #malaysia #kotakinabalu #postcard #postoffice #shimworld #mountain #MountKinabalu #trailrunning #gunungkinabalu #mountaintorq

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu Ranau Trail

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Photos: Canon PowerShot G5 X and Samsung Galaxy Note5

Our mountain guide was a young, patient gentleman who let us take our time descending from Low's Peak with a view of the iconic South Peak in the distance (second photo). And taking our time I did being the last one (not counting the other brave souls attempting their Via Ferrata some stones away) Compared to my miserably wet and depressing 2013 climb this one was godsend nevermind that the sun was up in full force and I was still moving snail pace soaking up the gorgeous, breathtaking but often nauseating (not a great fan of all things altitude) panoramic views owing to perfect weather. I took this rare opportunity to take as many pictures as my semi-numbed fingers could handle. 📷 Jan Shim Photography #mountain #mountainclimbing #MountKinabalu #malaysia #sabah #kotakinabalu #shimworld #fitness #sunny #landscape #photography #photographer #mountaintop #panorama #serene #cold #amazingborneo #janshimphotography

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Unseen Sungai Liang

It’s been more than a year since my last post, and I have no good reason for the unusually long hiatus other than the fact that I was using Facebook a lot more and the social media platform was more (instantly) engaging than blogging. Today, completely on a whim and somewhat motivated by yesterday morning’s awesome group activity, I thought hey why not share pictures of a side of Sungai Liang that’s rarely seen or known to folks that don’t call this kampong their home.

All photos: Samsung Galaxy Note5

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