Friday, April 30, 2010

A Sojourn in Labuan (1)

After so many years of travelling within and outside the country on government service before, I now get to travel to accompany the wife. A while ago it was to Langkawi. Yesterday afternoon I found myself here in Labuan. Haven't been here for some years.

Yes a lot of changes and development. According to En Rahman our ground pilot, the development in Labuan would not have happened if the island had remained under the Sabah State Government and not become a Federal territory.

The terminal building had been extended (see pic).

All the way to the Grand Dorsett hotel, modern offices and shopping complexes had sprung up, interspersed by new housing estates. The International Sports Complex is huge and sprawling, located by the seaside, with a full view of the harbour.(pic to be added). The hotel where I stayed could match any 5 star hotel in KL. Look at the view from the balcony outside my room facing the sea (pic).

My wife was here for the Pesta Air 2010 and a group of Cuti-Cuti 1 Malaysia dancers came along with the Ministry of Tourism officials. After rehearsal that night, we had a hearty meal at the warung closed to the hotel. The chicken wings and sup tulang were fantastic . Several plates of chicken wings and nasi goreng were enthusiastically ravished until late into the night.(see pics)

But lunch, the next day, was even more sumptuous.We had scallop, fish, lobster and a variety of veges.(see pic)

In spite of my ghout I finished my share of the crustacean delicacy. My wife threw her diet to the wind and Cik Norsiah, the hostess, tackled four of the scrumptuous denizens of the deep all by herself, three of which represented a salvation from a possible waste by three colleagues.

Look at the satisfied faces of the ladies after the lunch. I'm too sleepy myself to write now after such a heavy lunch at the Fisherman Wharf. So, see you later. Zzzzzz...

When I woke up it was alredy time for the Pesta Air concert to begin. The International Sports Complex was really crowded by people waiting to see the show.
But since many big screens were provided in the area from which the show could be seen, there was no jam-packed overcrowding. More about that later.


rambomadonna said...

I am here in Labuan too but my maxis broadband sucks! Cannot update blog today!

norzah said...

Use the hotels' connection, J. It's not very satisfactory but quite ok.
I'm using celcom broadband.

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