Kota Kinabalu, People and Places, Street Photography.

everyday is a new chapter

Posted in Black & white, Gaya Street by 1davidstella on May 21, 2014
Couple at Gaya Street market.

Couple and family.

Couple shares a common interest.. and taste in fashion. A man shares with his child, a morning at the market. New chapters are written everyday.


miniature beauty

Posted in bazaar, Gaya Street by 1davidstella on June 18, 2013

miniature beauty

This miniature rooster was popular among the visitors at the Gaya Street Sunday market. I am not sure if he is a potential meal or a pet.

tamu donggongong.. greetings.

Posted in Black & white, Donggongong, street portrait, tamu by 1davidstella on February 9, 2011


tamu donggongong.. greetings.

Friendly and cheerful atmosphere at Tamu Donggongong. Vendors at the dried seafood stalls (salted fish, anchovies and shrimps).

~Lightbox~  My Tamu Donggongong set.

The Donggongong township holds their weekly tamu (market) on Thursdays and Fridays. Not a huge market in this pre-dominantly Kadazan township, but it is easy to spend an hour or two here. An enjoyable market to visit.


tailor at the night market.

Posted in bazaar, street portrait by 1davidstella on December 8, 2010


tailor at the night market.

There are many men who provide tailoring and alterations service at economical prices. Photographed at the night market, Kota Kinabalu waterfront.

~ Lightbox ~


your camera got smile detection mode?

Posted in bazaar, Black & white, Gaya Street, street portrait by 1davidstella on November 30, 2010
your camera got smile detection mode?

Smile Detection will lock the shutter release in this scene, I presume. 😀



i will take this colour.

Posted in bazaar, Gaya Street, street portrait by 1davidstella on November 15, 2010


i will take this colour, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.

Ma'am shops for batik. Photographed at the Sunday market, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu.


Bright and sunny morning at the Sunday market at Gaya Street. The street is in the middle of Kota Kinabalu city and is closed to traffic for the weekly market. A popular place for both the locals and tourists.

Here, you can find many interesting things to shop for. It is crowded by 8 a.m. as many visitors shop early to avoid the mid-day heat. There are also many coffee shops along this 0.3 km stretch of road. Along this street and nearby, are many backpackers lodging. My Gaya Street set on Flickr.

kawan dari mana? {friend from where?}

Posted in bazaar, Black & white, street portrait by 1davidstella on November 15, 2010


kawan dari mana? {friend from where?}

Early evening at the waterfront fish market.


He probably thought I was with the European couple and their children. There is a whole world apart, between those two boys.

Photo below:- Mom and son, both with camera in hand.
big fish, mum!

local fruits stall at tamu putatan

Posted in Black & white, Putatan, tamu by 1davidstella on November 8, 2010


local fruits stall at tamu putatan

Local fruits stall the 'tamu' in Putatan township, Kota Kinabalu.


She was arranging the mandarin oranges (local) on her stall. The other items (front to back) are; bag of dried anchovies, ‘langsat’ {Lansium domesticum} before the mandarins, pineapples, sweet potatoes, and small pumpkins. {‘Langsat’ on Wikipedia.}


Putatan township is about 15 km from the center of Kota Kinabalu city. They hold their weekly tamu on Saturdays and Sundays.

What is a “tamu”?
The ‘tamu’ is a weekly market/bazaar and every township/district holds their tamu on a separate day of the week. So, there is a tamu somewhere every day of the week.

The tamu nearer to Kota Kinabalu are more ‘commercial’, meaning many of the stalls are ‘re-sellers’ or traders. The ones further away are more ‘ethnic’. At the tamu in Putatan, there is a good number of stalls selling produce from their own farms. Tamus are a great place for interaction with the local communities.

Tamus (weekly markets) throughout Sabah:-

Sunday: Kota Kinabalu, Kota Marudu, Sikuati, Kota
Belud, Tuaran, Putatan, Papar, Membakut,
Monday: Tandek
Tuesday: Kiulu
Wednesday: Tamparuli
Thursday: Donggongon, Telipok, Tenghilan, Pekan
Nabalu, Sipitang, Tambunan, Keningau
Friday: Donggongon, Sunsuron, Weston, Mesapol,
Saturday: Putatan, Babagon, Kinarut, Beaufort,
Sindumin, Matunggong, Ranau (tamu besar every
1st of the month)

The Tamu on SabahTravelGuide.com

fresh fish = good sales = smile

Posted in Black & white, street portrait by 1davidstella on November 6, 2010


fresh fish = good sales = smile

A stall at the waterfront fish market, Kota Kinabalu city. Business was good.


This is the wet section of the waterfront market. The sea is about 10 feet behind this stall. The market operates daily from about 5pm until about 11pm. A great place for night photography. The atmosphere is friendly and hospitable. There is laughter, chatter and even singing.

kota kinabalu waterfront fish market

Posted in Around Kota Kinabalu, bazaar, street photography by 1davidstella on November 1, 2010


kota kinabalu waterfront fish market

Kota Kinabalu waterfront night market. The sunset at this market can be beautiful and spectacular.



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