Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tawau Day 3 and goodbye 斗湖的第三天及离开

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It was a relaxing day.

Today ( 5/6/2013) we decided to explore Tawau town on foot.

We walked for about 4 hours and covered most part of the town.

At the waterfront, we saw traders from Indonesia doing a roaring trade with Malaysian counterparts. They loaded their boats with household items, food stuff, cooking gas, mattresses, refrigerators...even petrol and diesel!

Malaysian bought from them agriculture produces like banana, mangoes....

This is a "tax free zone", no taxes being levied on goods in/out of the jetty.

The Indonesia/Malaysia border is just 15 minutes boat ride away.

At another jetty, I was told by a "custom officer" that goods in/out of this jetty are being taxed. He was quite unhappy that the country gets nothing out of the Indo/Malaysian trades.

It was quite an interesting and mind-opening walk.

In the evening, we attended a praesidium meeting at 7:30 pm followed by a fellowship at a restaurant famous for its "raw fish", "egg Tong Shui" and "Curry duck porridge".

The next day, Nicholas brought us to a restaurant specialized in "Fried milk fish" (imported from Indonesia). We loved it. The restaurant is owned by Indonesian Chinese and can only found in Tawau.

After lunch, Annie and Elaine came to our hotel to say goodbye to us - we were leaving for home on a 4:00pm flight.

Thus concluded our 9 days Sandakan-Tawau sujourn, an unforgettable journey we will cherish for years....

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今天(5/6/2013)我们是自由行。

我们步行了大约四个小时,在斗湖市区范围内寻幽探秘。

在海边的码头地带,我们见到许多来自印尼及本地的船只,在忙着上下货物。

来自印尼的大,小船只,装载了来自该国的物品,大部分为农作物,交到岸上的马来西亚购买者。而往印尼的船只,则装满脸乘客,也满载了各种本地的货品,包括食物,家居用品,垫褥,冰箱等,挤满在船上。

这是一个“自由交易区”,来自印尼或前往印尼的货物,不需缴交任何关税。 

但在另一边的码头,入口/出口菲律宾的货物,都需要报关抽税。

一位“关税局”有关人员告诉我们,他很不高兴的看到与印尼的来往中,我国损失好多的税收。

这是非常有趣的步行经验。我们对斗湖的市区有更多的认识,也对当地的政治,经济状况,非法移民的问题,有个更清楚的概念。

傍晚时候,我们参加了一个支团的周会,过后我们几个人去吃夜宵。

他们带我们吃品尝道地,只有斗湖才有的“鸡蛋糖水”,“鱼生”,非常的特别。

隔天下午,Nicholas 兄弟带我们去一家马来餐馆,吃那里著名的“煎牛奶鱼”。

这些鱼是来自印尼,经过特别的煎炸,加上特别的配料,非常的可口,我连骨头也吃了!

午餐后,是我们告别斗湖的时候,我们向Annie,Elaine及Nicholas告别,依依不舍的离开酒店,启程往机场去。

我们乘搭下午四点多飞机,离开了诗巫,结束了总共九天的『山打根-斗湖』之旅。
 
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