|(Took this blur-blur picture with my Pentax.
Still legible, right? Humph! Who needs a DLSR lah?! Hahaha!)
“First class or Economy?”
What’s the difference?
I remembered our Labuan girlfriend specifically told us to take the first class, which is the upper deck of the fully air conditioned ferry. Hmmm, better heed her advice so that we will not be sorry later.
Thank goodness we did that! The last one hour in the ferry was sways from left to right and right to left! Travel bags placed at the aisle were dancing with the waves! The rain and the storm looked really frightening from inside out!
While I was silently praying for long life (did not want to die young mah!), someone behind dear cousin’s seat puked! Yucky yucks! Quickly dear cousin, seated on my left, moved to the seat on my right. Good thing we were already reaching the Labuan International Ferry Terminal! Phew!
Our ferry was delayed for half an hour (on top of the scheduled 3 hours journey) and our lady friends (dear buddy and dear Labuan friend), who were already at the Terminal, started calling us to check on the weather! Hahaha! It was raining cats and dogs where they were, so, how was the sea??? Rough lah, dear friends!
The moment we got into the car, I asked, “Why lah don’t turn on the engine? Hot lah!”
The two of them burst out laughing before declaring that the car’s battery was dead and they had been sitting in the car waiting for help to arrive for the past half an hour while waiting for us! Aiyak!
Did I tell you that our dear Labuan friend was driving a test drive car?!
Hahaha! Guess none of us would be investing in that model / make lei!
This sculpture at this roundabout was the first beauty I sighted on this island.
Simply a wonderful piece of art!
I also found their trees very interesting;
almost all of them have “hairy” trunk one!
Yeah, that also caught my attention wor!
We must find a laundry shop to wash all our dirty clothes from the Mount Kinabalu climb!
By hook or by crook, if not we will have nothing to wear and have to carry all our dirty clothes to the next few destinations!
Don’t worry, there is one around town?!
This shop was not reliable at all.
Although they were fast and cheap;
and we had left our dirty clothes overnight to be collected the next morning,
we found that they did not separate the white and the coloured clothes.
My beautiful white jacket had patches of dark stains after this visit! Haizzz….
After we deposited our stuff at dear Labuan friend’s place,
This is a popular place for the locals and
it is particularly famous for their pork knuckles!
Too bad, it was sold out by the time we reached there!
Among the few dishes we ordered,
everyone loved the curry prawns in coconut and their coconut pudding!
The fish was a little overcooked, the vegetables were just so-so and the mushroom dish was too oily!
Worst of all, was their staff attitudes!
Asked for chilly padi, don’t have.
Asked to help us take a group photo, nobody came forward; not even the captain.
Asked the waitress to be careful not to spill the hot tea over the DSLR,
she threw the pot of tea on the next table, murmured a curse before stomping away!
However, their manners improved after dear buddy told them that dear cousin and I are food critics of a HK magazine!
Wahahaha! When lah we ever became one??!
But they believed it because dear cousin was busy snapping pictures of everything and everywhere!!!
The next morning, dear Labuan friend brought us to her favourite coffee shop,
which she used to patronise when she was a teenager;
said that they served the best “kei tan koh” (steamed egg cake)!
Gee, that was like how many years ago lah!
In other words, we did not find that cake tasty at all.
Then, we were told that their popular butter bun was sold out! Sigh!
It was good (finally!) everyone (except me because I do not take bean related food stuff)
agreed that their “tau sar pan” (green bean baked biscuit) was very fresh and tasty.
“They also serve very good beef noodle here.”
The moment I stepped into the shop, I was greeted with a pleasant surprise.
Here, Muslims and non Muslims share the same place to sell and eat their food!
The name of the shop is Kedai Kopi Hup Juan.
Behind the cashier counter, the drinks counter and one other stall were Chinese but there were also two Malay stalls operating in the same coffee shop!
The beef noodle operator was a Malay lady and
she charged RM3.50 only for one bowl of beef noodle!
With all the condiments, in KL, this bowl could easily be priced at RM5 and above!
Though their chilly was not as good as the ones I have patronised in Peninsular Malaysia,
I must say the idea of squeezing a lime into the soup was brilliant!
The soup immediately tasted refreshing and yummy!
I drank “sampai habis” (until finished) lei! Slurp!
When I was at Ranau, where we stayed at a homestay for a night after the Mount Kinabalu climb, I witnessed Muslims having dogs as their pets in their houses. I was flabbergasted by the finding because I always think Muslims consider dogs sinful to have around.
Maybe I have not been exposed to the world enough to understand the true meaning of the religion.
Pardon me, but I must say this part of Malaysia has more harmony and represents our “1” Malaysia slogan more aptly than the capital itself.
It is a small town which has many duty free shops.
Good place for smokers and drinkers lah!
Unless you are into diving or snorkelling, you may want to stay one day or two longer.
I tell you also ah, this place is so small that when someone sneezes at one end of the island, the ground will tremble on the other side of the island!
Jom! Let’s go for a drive, the fastest way to see it all!”
We passed by this temple – said to be the biggest in Labuan.
I must say it really look majestic where it stands!
The only place we parked the car was at
Our dear Labuan friend explained that this was where the Japanese surrendered!
Honestly, not being a great history fan;
my attention was only on the beach!
This is what I am talking about!
Beautiful beach, wonderful sunshine and pretty flowers on the ground!
We were the only four living souls wandering there!
Yes, we were that relaxed here.
I must say this is a very peaceful place.
Peace Park mah! Hahaha!
We almost lost count of time standing around, sleeping around,
walking around and fooling around!
“Gals! Let’s go! We still need to go for lunch before we catch the ferry!”
At least one of us was back to reality on time management!
Even in a moving car, I managed to snap this “perfect” picture!
I wanted to snap the building structure and the “1” Malaysia came into focus instead!
Hmmm, what is this picture hinting uh?
Everywhere we drove around town, we would be able to see this mosque;
as if it was the focul point of the city!
I found this “spaceship” mosque awesome!
Must really salute the designer of this beauty!
Our visit to this island ended at the Ferry Terminal!
We reached this place at about 5 pm the evening before,
stayed a night with dear Labuan friend’s mummy,
spent the morning rounding the place
and immediately after lunch rushed here to catch the 2pm ferry.
We were told to be here an hour earlier because we had to go through the immigration.
Don’t forget that our next destination was Brunei lei….