Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Keryn's Travelogue: Work trip to Labuan, Sabah

Two weeks after my visit to KK, I've the chance to visit Labuan island, Sabah. :) Labuan is a Federal Territory of Malaysia and it was my first time visiting so I was quite excited!

Took an evening flight to the island and admired God's beautiful creation outside the window.

Checked into Sara Hotel. Went out for food and made myself some coffee and chilled in the room for the rest of the evening.

Duty calls! Next morning attended an appointment at the Ujana Kewangan Labuan. After that, I had the rest of the day free to explore the unfamiliar seaside town.

The Labuan Square.

The Labuan International Sea Sport Complex and while there, visited the Marine Museum. A shark was circling the Touch Pool but I didn't dare to touch it! Where has my courage gone.

The museum was so empty the fishes started to look creepy af. It was like they were just staring at me with their non-blinking eyes *chills*. And generally I have this fear against fish so yea.

The stairway of horror where the museum decided it was a good idea to paste 3D giant fishes along the walls.

The dugong's frontal view gave me a jump when I saw it suddenly on my right. I jumped and I screamed in my mind, what the heck is that?? And usually I find dugongs super cute!

A nice seashells display and some coral reef fishes. And that was the end of my almost traumatic visit to the Marine Museum lol.

Visited the Clock Tower near the Sea Sport Complex and chilled by the beach for a little.

Ramsey Point, a historical spot for Labuan where an exchange between the local and the English took place here, if not mistaken. (Read something on this at the Labuan Museum lol)

And yes I visited the Labuan Museum.

And many of you might have already known, I only stumbled upon the fact that Labuan is a duty free heaven! I randomly discovered a duty free store and only realized there after that there were tons laying around town lol. I went crazy with the Ritter Sports which usually retails for RM9.9-RM11+ but here it is sold at RM5.70 *hearts*. Back in KL the boxed Ritter Sports in the picture above are usually sold for Rm50+? While there I also enjoyed some ciders that I used to love when I was back in the UK, which was so inexpensive.

Overall it was quite a chilled visit if I'd say so myself. The town was quite underwhelming but since I only confined myself within the town centre area due to limitation of time, I would assume the west end of the island to be more exciting? That's where the beaches and the wrecks are located at, and it would have been amazing to be able to do some beach activities. Oh well, there's always a next time! Evening flight back was delayed and I only landed in KL at 12+ midnight. D:

And that's the end of my short visit to Labuan.

With all the love,

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Keryn's Travelogue: Work trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Back in February, I had the chance to revisit KK Sabah for a day. :) I've once been here many years ago on a family trip. When my family and I visited the place was packed with people because it was during the year end school holidays. My visit this time round though fell on a weekday during non-peak season hence the vacation town was really quiet. Which was a stark contrast to what I remember back then!

What didn't change though was the fact that you can see the sea wherever you go. And that really floats my boat! (haha pun intended)

Had coconut drink at the Pasar Besar. And I don't even like coconut to be honest it just felt like the right drink to have given the ambiance LOL. From there, looking down you can see the jetty where we took speed boats to the islands. How I wish I could just hop on a boat and go island hoping like last time!

I remember vividly the Handicrafts Market which seemed the same to me compared to years ago.

I remember vividly the dolphin at this walkway where you can enjoy beautiful sea view.

I remember vividly the giant sword fish in the middle of the roundabout. (See how much effort I put into writing captions? LOL)

The Waterfront, which is a row of pubs, literally empty. Don't think I visited the last time I was here probably cuz I was just a kid back then. But I'd imagine how lovely the place would be when holiday season comes around again and the place bustling with life.

CentrePoint Sabah also remained the same compared to years ago. I remember mentioning how KK is not a place for shopping, I still stand by that statement lol.

Worth noting though that Oceanus Shopping Mall was a recent addition to the town! Very new with only a few shops open for business. Had Nando's with a view of the sea, loved it.

Will end this post with a picture of myself in the toilet of Oceanus, in my work clothes for the day. Took an evening flight back to KL and that concludes my somewhat nostalgic visit to KK. :)

With all the love,