Additional FT Holidays 2007 - Labuan
Originally an island of State of Sabah, it was turned into a Federal Territory (Wilayah Persekutuan).
Note following additional holidays beside nationwide public holidays.
1 February 2007 Thursday
Federal Territory Day
(Apply to Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Labuan only)
30 & 31 May Wednesday & Thursday
(Apply to Labuan, Sabah only)
Located at Layang-Layangan Village in the west coast of Labuan, Peace Park is dedicated to all fallen soldiers of World War II.
This beautifully landscaped park has developed into a place of pilgrimage for those who visit Labuan. Located next to it is Surrender Point. It was built as a memorial where the commander of the Japanese Army surrendered to the Australian on September 9th, 1945, which led to the end of World War II in Borneo.
On September 9, 1945, in a small shack 50 metres from Surrender Point, the Japanese officially surrendered Labuan to the Australians, and the handover signing took place.
Nearby, camps were set up for trials on the officers and servicemen of the Japanese unit for atrocities at the POW camps in Sabah and Sarawak.
The Japanese decided to build the Peace Park next to the Surrender Point, to show that they are sorry for the horrors of the War. The Peace Park pays tribute to the ones who have sacrificed their lives in Borneo during WWII. It is also a memento of friendship between Malaysia and Japan, and a promise of peace and harmony for all mankind that such war-like cruelty will not happen again in the future.
The Peace Park was heavily funded by the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation, and to this day, funding still comes in from Japan to keep the Peace Park in good shape.
The Park has Japanese features, with landscaped gardens, water features including bridges and gazebos.
The large raised mound with two curved walls that is the centre of attention in the Peace Park.
At the entrance of the Park, carved in a stone slab is... “Peace is the best”.
"Off The Sabah Coast"
Places of interest in Labuan include the following:
The Peace Park, situated near the beautiful Layang-Layangan Beach, was built as a memorial and renunciation of the horrors of the war... It is a park with landscaped gardens and pavilions, Japanese-inspired small ponds, stone bridges and park seats...
This is situated close to the Peace Park... It marks the spot where the 32nd Japanese Southern Army had surrendered to the 9th Australian Imperial Forces on September 9th, 1945...
This 42.4m high red-brick stack is believed to be linked to the coal mining days of Labuan... Situated on a rise at Tanjung Kubong, it was made from more than 23,000 pieces of red bricks imported from England and layered typical of British architecture...
Pohon Batu and Pancur Hitam Beaches
This is one of the most developed beach stretches in Labuan and is a popular picnic ground for the locals... A beautiful landscaped park extends directly onto the long sandy beach...
International Sea Sports Complex
Built in line with turning Labuan into a major island destination, this complex is located at the waterfront area along Jalan Tanjung Purun and houses the main sea sports centre, an adminsitrative block, a marine biology museum, souvenir shops and food outlets...
Located near the Chimney, the bird park is recognisable from the three large doom-shaped cages surrounded by beautiful landscaping... It is home to a good number of the 580-odd species of Borneo birds... You can bird-watch with a good pair of binoculars and help is available to identify the birds...
This memorial holds 3,908 graves of soldiers, mainly Australians and British with some from the Punjab Signal Corp, new Zealand and a few locals, who died either in captivity or battle here in Labuan... It is situated at Jalan Tanjung batu... The palce was constructed, and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission...
Surrounded by six smaller islands, namely Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Daat, Pulau Rusukan Besar, Pulau Rusukan Kechil, Pulau Papan and Pulau Burong, Labuan is a popular sport for diving activities... The blue clear water around these idyllic islands is home to one of the world's richest coral and fishing grounds which offers unlimited dep-sea tacking and coastal table-fish catches...
FRESH SEA FOOD, ALL YEAR ROUND
"Its where I met my hubby..."
This place is just a small island which is part of Borneo. It is so small that you can go round the island just in one evening.
On this island is where I first met my hubby. He was born and raised up in Labuan.
I frequently visited this place between year 2001 up to 2004 for meetings. Recently, we went back to visit my in-laws cemetery, my hubby's relatives & friends.
Done lot of shopping which include fresh sea food, dried prawns, chocolates and some souveniers. The prices here are comparatively cheaper from the Peninsula Malaysia as Labuan is a tax free zone.
It was a great visit but too short a trip.
"X'mas in Labuan"
Dec 2008 is my 2nd time that I came back to celebrate X'mas with my extended family members.
As other typical X'mas celebration, the X'mas eve was spent with having dinner with family & sometimes close friends. This year, the X'mas eve dinner was at Tiara Hotel.
The food spread was awesome and its value for money at RM59.90++ per pax.
There gone all my diet!