My first visit to Labuan was in 1975 when I was a trainee at Gaya Teachers College in Kota Kinabalu. Together with my college mate, we fly on MAS Fokker Friendship F50 from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Labuan Airport. Labuan town was known as Victoria then. During that visit, I can still remember the we stop at a Malay barbershop at the roundabout on Jalan Merdeka, near the Labuan jetty now. The barber shop was owned by the father of our college friend who invited us to Labuan. The barber shop is no more at the location now but in its place is the Hong Leong Bank.
This picture below is the mentioned roundabout. Compare it with the Labuan Town map above. The barber shop I mentioned is somewhere near the tree on the left side of the photo. Of course the roundabout then was smaller than what can be seen today.
Another landmark that I can still remember is the Victoria Hotel. I am not sure whether it was the only hotel in the town then since we slept in our friends house. The hotel is depicted on the photo below.
In this posting, I am compiling all my blogs about my visit to Labuan. Just click on the links provided to read further.
The first time I visited Labuan after 1975 was in 2004. I was housed at the Sara Hotel at Jalan Dewan. The status is between luxury and budget and affordable to most people. One advantage of staying at Sara is the availability of a good Malay eating restaurant just next to the hotel. It is also just walking distance to the Ujana Kewangan the largest shopping complex on Labuan Island. The Labuan Tourism office and Labuan Museum is just 5 minutes walk away. Labuan library is also within walking distance. Round the corner is the nightspots for those who like to spend the night boozing.
In 2007 I came to Labuan again and stayed at the Labuan Waterfront. Read about my stay HERE.
The tittle is literally translated from Bahasa Melayu, the official languange and mostly spoken in Malaysia, Jalan Jalan Kuala Lumpur. I am making this tittle as a series of blog post to enter the Blog4FT blog writing contest.
As soon as leaving the station walk towards Jalan Mesjid India or popularly known as Little India. This is a place where KLites use to congregate especially during the month of Ramadhan to buy textiles for their baju kurungs. There are concentrations of shops selling varieties of baju kurung cloth and shoppers are usually lost of choice. At Mesjid India too there are shops belonging mostly Malays at the bazar where they sell Baju Melayu, the Malay traditional dress. I think I am not exagerating if I were to compare this area as the textile district in Los Angeles city, USA. This is because for Malays specifically, it is here to go and shop for clothes. Jalan Mesjid India is a more specific place to shop for Malays and Indians preparing for their religuous festivals. The existence of Indian shops within the vicinity is what attracts Indian shoppers to this area. The same goes for Malays with the present of shops selling textiles for tratitional baju kurungs.
Went to Affin Bank to withdraw some some money to pay my credit card and some money to spend while going on my journey. As I walk along Jalan Mesjid India took some photos. This area will be crowded with shoppers during festive shopping especially during the holy month of Ramadhan and before Deepavali.
Running parallel to Jalan Mesjid India is the famous Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. It was one of the oldest main road in Kuala Lumpur city and was and still a popular shopping destination. Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman witness the growth of Kuala Lumpur with large individually owned shops some in pre-war era buildings such as the Kowloon Hotel and among the names popular are Globe Silk Store, Kamdar, GS Gill, Tang Ling etc. Stores along Jalan tunku Abdul Rahman still attract consumers because of the reasonable price offered and can be considered a budget concious shoppers paradise as compared to higher ends shopping complexes. More reference to Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
One of the pre-war building that remains in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is the Colesium Theatre. It has been preserved and still screen mostly Indian movies.
Next to the building is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Square that house the KL Information Centre and what else…………………………….to satisfy the call of nature.