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#1: Anjung Ketam

A Labuan domicile took us to a new-ish eating spot called ‘Anjung Ketam’ located on the northeastern coast of the island. He and his wife claimed this place offered the best seafood in the territory, so who were we to dispute that?

Location of the eatery is as per ‘+’ on map below. Coordinates (for those armed with GPS) are N05 20.879, E115 14.701.

Yes, that’s the place.

Ample car-park, but filling up fast as diners arrive.

A pier next to the eatery for landing fishes.

Full of anticipation. The coast of Sabah is just 12km away on the other side.

Our hosts choose the critters for our evening’s consumption.

View to the south, and there’s a rival eatery over there now.

Sorry, no pics of our seafood, as I was too pre-occupied with demolishing the stuff. But I can tell that our menu of sweet & sour fish (what fish, I dunno), fried prawns, and steamed crabs, plus other things, were top notch. Excellent meal! biggrin.gif

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#2: Surrender Point

On the western side of the island, there is a beautiful beach at Kg Layang-Layangan, where the food-stalls are famous for satay.

A hundred metres away, there is a memorable site …

… The Surrender Point.

The whole story on one plaque.

The Australians’ role.

How Borneo was recaptured from the Japanese.

The sad numbers.

The decisive strike by the Aussies.

After the grim reading, I gaze at the beautiful, serene South China Sea behind me.

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#3: The World War II Cemetery and Memorial

And where were the soldiers who died in the 2nd World War buried? Many of them here, a well-kept cemetery in the scenic southeastern corner of the island, just south of the airport runway.

Upkeep is paid for by the Australian govt.

Immaculate rows and columns.

Many young people died either in battles or in captivity …

… and were buried here.

In the middle of the cemetery, a memorial for fallen Aussies.

Pillars bearing plaques of the dead.

The guardian cross.

Also at the memorial, a bit of history …

… and background.

One lonely unknown soldier.

I take one final look at the graveyard before continuing with my journey.

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#4: The Chimney

Virtually at the northern tip of Labuan stands a curiosity – a structure that looks like a chimney (whence the name), but nobody is really sure what the whole thing is all about.

It’s atop a hillock …

… and at its base, I look back at the museum and the carpark.

Next to it, a plaque tells the story.

Another one describes the technical details.

At 106.5ft tall, it’s quite a structure.

The plan of this 100-year-old structure.

Base dimensions with respect to Aina.

Inside the tower, I look up at the opening at the top, 100ft up.

Impressive stuff, but it would not keep me awake at night thinking about its mystery. smile.gif

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#5: The Bird Park

The unassuming entrance to a treasure trove.

Inside the compound, another photo opportunity.

Extensive enclosures to house the birds.

Interior of enclosures is well-presented.

Birds are free to roam. Well done to the interior designer!

Some of the inmates.

Staff feeding a couple of ‘naughty’ hornbills under confinement.

Whatever you do, do not miss this pair of talking Jungle Mynahs. They are hilarious!

Ah well, kids will always be kids. biggrin.gif

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#6: Other Sights

Last bit on Labuan …

From the air, the promontory just north of Kg Layang-Layangan.

Next to Kg Layang-Layangan, Telekom Malaysia’s humongous satellite dishes, and lake in the water catchment area.

Downtown Victoria on a Sunday morning.

Just around the corner …

… beautiful, quite but narrow streets.

In the midst of narrow streets, there’s a small square …

… with the ubiquitous Tourism Malaysia marble plaque.

Diversification? High-tech electronic stuff and handicraft.

Labuan Mosque, with the main dome done to the theme of an inverted badminton shuttlecock, I’m told. I thought it looked more like a stunted rocket with huge engine nozzles!

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