Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Hamin Lodge, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah










Our Saturday evening flight landed on time at Kota Kinabalu (KK) International Airport.Upon leaving the arrival hall, I saw two men standing side by side holding placards reading like this: Welcome Philip of Sibu and Welcome Philip of Sarawak. As I was puzzling over which man to ask on my transport arrangement, my handphone suddenly rang. "Hamin Lodge has sent a taxi to fetch you and your friends at the airport. Have you arrived", the lady at the other end of the line politely asked. I held on the line while asking one of the two men if he was sent by Hamin Lodge. Both replied at the same time that they were sent by Hamin Lodge to pick up Philip. Why two men? I am not a VIP and certainly do not deserve this kind of treatment!. I asked the lady who was still on the line who should I follow and she answered: "The taxi man". Well both men did come to fetch the same person. Hamin's staff had made double booking of a taxi and also a van.I hate myself for not taking the picture of the two men holding placards with my name standing there together.I made my accommodation booking online with Hamin Lodge after reading their impressive website (www.haminlodge.com) and it was my first time going to check into a backpacker style accommodation. Sharing a bedroom with a fellow Photographer on a double decker is also a first for me. True to their propaganda in the website, the lodge is in superb location with budget price. The facilities are also more than adequate both in the lobby and in the room except that it will be perfect to have a small chair or two in the room. Most of the furniture in the hotel, including the bar,bar stools, reception counter, beds and cupboards are made of bamboo.The entire place is clean, homely and quite romantic. The location is very convenient to look for food , sightseeing and shopping at the seafront, wet market, Filipinno Handicraft Market , Centre Point Shopping Complex etc etc which are all within 10 minutes walking distance. A huge food court serving a variety of local delights and live seafood is right beside the lodge on the ground floor. On the first floor, the same management also operates under a different name, a traditional spa and massage centre. The Aroma Villa Spa offers several value-added packages to suit your requirements perfectly.Oh, before I forget, the other goodie is the free use of internet for the first half hour. Well, if you need to use one hour, just log out at the 29th minute and log in again after waiting a minute!

11 comments:

Sarawakiana said...

very interesting mix up indeed. Isn't it typical of Malaysia?

Many people continue to "not do things right the first time...."

All the ISO....sigh.

Hope things get better in our beautiful county.

Anonymous said...

I am jealous because Sabah seems to have a lot more nicer places compared to us. In term of tourism, Sabah is a step ahead of us. Our Sibu is the tourism spot for the rural folks, but not for foreigners?

rubberseeds said...

sarawakiana:with the present deteriorating world economy and the many political,social and economical problems at home, I am not optimistic about our country, at least not in the near future.

anonymous:Sabah is well-endowed with better accessible natural tourism assets, such as Mt. Kinabalu and the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.And it is much better connected with major cities in Asia.We have our own tourism products too, but how many direct air links do we have? Our tourism planning and management are also lagging far behind than many other states.Heard that Sarawak gets very little federal funding for tourism development and promotion.

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to ask you about your speedboat wharf photo (the top one in your blog). Was it taken in the evening or morning, because I could see that the sun is slow, and the shadow is long. The sun seems to shine from the east (morning)?

rubberseeds said...

anonymous:It was taken in the evening around 5pm. The dark sky was threatening a heavy storm and I was lucky to snap a few pictures with that dramatic backdrop.

Yan said...
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Yan said...

Oop.... confront us, I mean, not comfort.

Sarawakiana said...

Yes, your photo has a lot of foreboding elements - long shadows, evening,dark clouds,brown water and darkish colours, but the boats are pointing forward!! Ready to go. And I notice one small speedboat in the distance coming ...like a prophet bringing in the good news....chariots and clouds...

When are you guys going to organise a photography workshop?

Yan said...

Rubberseeds,

Also on the pix on the top of your blog. I don't like the dark clouds looming over the sky. Yet, looking at the boats in standstill - I see hope. Yes, no matter the tempestuous waves of despair, the looming dark days, the raging storms of life and the swirling abysses of darkness that may confront us, hope will keep us steadfast and strong!

And it depends on where you anchor your boats!

rubberseeds said...

sarawakiana:You really have a very meaningful explaination of the photo.Thank you.FYI, that is a jet ski, not a speedboat. We will be organizing photography outings cum workshop very soon for some Sibu Bloggers. Infact I was just meeting and talking about it an hour ago with Bengbeng.You are always welcome to join us.

Yan: your point noted.

Sarawakiana said...

wow..splendid. I would really like to explore Sg. Assan....by boat that is..

Do you have a good collection of photos of the wooden coastal vessels plying between kuching and Sibu and Sibu and Miri?

There should be a lot of interest in this history - From the time Hoover built his first motor launch to the present express boats.

so far no express between Sibu and Miri...

all the best for your bloggers' outing!!