I am glad Jugjet Singh remembered the name of the hotel the NPC entourage from KL stayed in while in Sabah. Finding a forgotten hotel is like reuniting with a long lost friend. Because of the big entourage, we were put up in an apartment/condo style hotel. It is near the Klagan @ Riverson featured earlier.
It is especially nice to get reacquainted because we can now go online to look for pictures to trigger even more memories.
I have forgotten the names of many hotels I stayed because I didn’t keep mementos or records. Entire hard disks were also lost in crashes. After the introduction of blogging and social media, at least there are some written records or pics archived in the cloud somewhere. Many times, we lose touch or are no longer friends with the people we traveled with. So it is hard to even recall a name. In a stroke of bad luck, both me and travel partner lost all pics we had from an extensive tour of Vietnam. She too cannot remember the names of all the hotels we stayed.
This hotel brought back some fond memories. My apartment mate was the late Uncle Bernard Khoo, better known as the blogger Zorro Unmasked. He left for heaven in 2014. The late Bernard, being fatherly and naggy was put in charge of the beer inventory. We carted so many crates to Sabah. Bernard was annoyed by people who came to our unit to drink and left unfinished cans lying about. It as a cardinal sin for drinkers according to Bernard.
Marina Court Resort Condo hotel is impersonal but functional. A chartered bus picked us from the guardhouse daily. I don’t recall a lobby or reception area. There are some things I like about it. Main thing was the location facing the ocean. the then South China Sea and Pulau Gaya. What does that means? If you stay on a floor high enough, you get a spectacular view, especially during sunset. I will follow with a couple of pics if I can find them.
This post is in memory of Bernard Khoo (1940 to 1974).
Address: Block B1-808, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: +6013 884 9917