Weston is named after a railway engineer and the town is built as the terminal point for the first railway of North Borneo from north of Beaufort. It is located about 2.5 hours drive from Kota Kinabalu. While travelling to Weston, I was expecting to see only Proboscis Monkey and sunset. But instead, I experience and learn more during the trip.
We depart from Kota Kinabalu at 1.30pm and have lunch at Beaufort town before continuing the trip. Dark cloud is forming at the horizon and it seemed like a thunderstorm is coming anytime soon. On the way to Weston from Beaufort, our guide Mr Simon stops by to show us the “Lucky” stone at the roadside. Locals and passerby claim that the stone moved back to its original location after they moved it to other places. So they believe it is indeed lucky and has the ability to give luck to anyone especially if you are buying 4D.
Before we reach Weston Town, there is a Chinese temple on the left. We didn’t go in as the sky is turning dark and we don’t want to be trapped by the rain. There is also a species of Pitcher Plant growing on the sandy area but we didn’t manage to see it as the thunderstorm has begun by the time we reach there.
We then take shelter in front of some old shop lots which are more than 100 years old. The shops are made of wood and opposite them is the oldest Chinese primary school in Sabah, SJK (C) Che Hwa. Simon tells us there are a total of 5 students at the school and 6 teachers and a headmaster. The new SJK (C) Che Hwa will start operating at Kolombong, Kota Kinabalu and this old building will be abandoned soon. Hopefully they will make this a heritage building and not bulldoze it away.
The only remaining of 100 years old Jetty at Weston. The first railway of North Borneo ends at Weston Port. The tracks for the railway are long gone. It’s sad that not much is being done to inform the younger generations about Sabah history. We feel thankful for the information provided by our guide about the story behind this wooden jetty.
we had an afternoon tea at the rest area before proceed to meet Proboscis monkey.
Proboscis monkey usually come out during late afternoon because they hate hot weather. They are clearly visible around the mangrove trees eating their favourite tree leaves.
Despite rainy day, colors of the sunsets are till clearly visible on the sky
Our trip is climaxed by a river cruise along the Weston River to see fireflies at night with the bonus of a super starry night after a thunderstorm. Many thanks to Simon from Weston Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary for information about Weston that appeals as a historical old town. More should be done by government to promote and inform the general public about the history of Sabah.
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