Not So Duty Free After All

in #teammalaysia4 years ago (edited)

I tried taking uber today from my growing up home in labuan to town only to learn that there is no Uber service available here. So the next thing to do is get on Grab app and hope there is grab in labuan, yes there is and apparently from the word of the grab driver there is more than 1000 grab driver in labuan.

I am not sure to be impressed or surprise, as the number is pretty high for a small island with little amount of people, where everything is pretty close by and almost everyone has vehicle.

Nevertheless i am happy there is grab service , it takes me to where i need to go today, do one work related meet up , banking and finally dropping me to financial park.


that is how financial park look like. An icon of Labuan that represent Labaun as an island of IOFC ( international offshore financial centre)

a walk to remember

I took a nostalgic stroll along the side walk of financial park, went in and left after 5 minutes. Then i walk to a place that has lots of memories during my younger days , a place called Medan is literally an open air food court right across financial park.

I am here to meet up my former schoolmate john. He join a steemit community in Labuan , got in the community whatsapp group but have not sign up. I am here to brief him why he need to get started.


middle part of Medan Selera, they used to serve good ABC here too but it has close down.

soul food

Anyway, Whenever i am back in labuan , there is two things that i must get my hand, some called it soul food, i call it labuan yummy food. One is the medan selera sup Tulang and the other must try is the hawker ABC shaved ice dessert that is located at the old cinema. Unfortunately, this time around I miss the shaved ice dessert.


The infamous sup Tulang that I always go for in my younger days, especially after clubbing, help me to get rid of my hangover.

In search of this yummy food, i quickly walk towards the table that i am familiar with. While waiting fo john, there is lots on my mind. Things i saw, conversation i had with the Uber driver and few other and general feeling of labuanites on labuan economic state.

Damn, John just arrive . So i guess I write on that thoughts on another post however to conclude, i wish to conclude my thought on Labuan economy with this following photo, you figure it out.

  • at this point of writing I was at Labuan waiting for john, But he arrive early.

These are photos I took of the same type of chocolate purchase in Labuan and Kota Kinabalu .


Labuan being the duty free island, heaven for chocolate lovers and all, one piece is RM8.80


at a local superstore in Kk known as CKS, per piece is rm7.25

That is my thought on Labuan economic state, no wonder so many people had to do grab for survival. Best of luck to all to my fellow islanders, I hope to see more of you in steemit. You don't have to suffer anymore, steemit is here.

By the way, when I return to kk and saw the price of the same chocolate cheaper than labuan, I was pissed. Lol. Dammit. I got cheated by my own island. Lol.


Thanks for sharing the story... sad but true...the morale of the story is good times never last. We must be ready and adapt to changes in order to move forward. Joining steemit is one of those move.

I agree, best success in steemit, and don forget to help friends that is in need by introducing steemit. All the best. Thank for commenting.

LOL coklat cks KK lg murah..haha..btw, I hope someday uber or grab can use steem dollar to pay..hehe

Not really, the chocolate in labuan is 200gm, maybe its imported chocolate from overseas, u may want to re-check.

Yes true, different in 35 gram , both malaysia .. not imported . Yet the economic isn’t right. Say its the same weight . That a rm1.55 difference for 35g. it doesn’t suit duty free price if it the same price with kk, It ain’t much of duty free after all.

The labuan and kk chocolate based on this comparison carries similar in number which is 22.7 cent per gram. Let say it is imported . Numbers per gram still doesn’t make sense because of its weight is already taken in to account for price difference.

Ahhh that explains. Normally i would buy imported chocolates rather than chocolates made in malaysia. Definately not much difference.

Go for imported bro, it taste better than locally made in malaysia. Even Cadbury made in malaysia sucks compared to imported cadbury. 😂

I think you just missed the whole point. 😂

Really? Let me the judge of that. 😂

The labuan and kk chocolate based on this comparison carries similar in number which is 22.7 cent per gram. Let say it is imported . Numbers per gram still doesn’t make sense because of its weight is already taken in to account for price difference.

haiz ... pair it with beer or wine . then it suddenly become considerably cheaper ! its all about packaging brooooo ! at cost chocolate is surely cheaper but the logistics costs made it more expensive.

Haha .. now everywhere is duty free for chocolates smuggled from Labuan 😂😂 ... The cendol no more at Medan ???

😂 lets get into smuggling business.

Cincau ah ming still available @bitrocker2020 at bus stop. 😂

Medan cendol also still available.

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