Around the Filipino Market

When staying in Kota Kinabalu a visit to the Filipino Market is just one of the things that you have to do. The official name is actually the Handicraft Market, the Filipino Market is just a historical name that has stuck, coming from that many stalls were, and still are, run by Filipino immigrants.

Just as the name implies there is a lot of handicraft items, such as sarongs, jewelry and woodcraft, but also a lot of contemporary merchandise. The sidewalk off the Handicraft building, along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens is famed for the many Filipino tailors, who have set up makeshift sewing stations. They use antique foot powered sewing machines and can for a very modest sum fix pretty much anything that needs to be sewn. Just next to the Handicraft Market there is a market for dried and salted fish.

During the day there is not much action in the area around the Handicraft market. You might see people sleeping or resting in odd places and people preparing goods in a rather relaxed way, but it is just the calm before the storm. As soon as the sun goes down the place gets intensely busy. The produce market nearby starts to draw its crowd. The makeshift restaurant stalls are getting operational, and the honey glazed chicken wings are starting to sell like hotcakes. Pasar kraftangan, handikraft market or filipino market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.Dried fish in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Dried and salted fish in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. A happy tailor at the filipino market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. A man pushing a wheelbarrow, preparing for the coming night market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Man Sleeping in a resting chair in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.fruits Fruit market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. a basket of chili peppers Egg vendor at a night market in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. lemongrass Market for dried and salted fish in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

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8 thoughts on “Around the Filipino Market

    • Thank you!
      Yeah, the ways of living in Southeast Asia are pretty much the same, except for the different religious beliefs. The surf around KK is pretty much non existent. The only place I heard of decent waves is on the northen tip of Sabah, in Kudat.

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