This “UK Fun Fair” thing wasn’t part of our itinerary. However, on our first night at Kota Kinabalu when we were supposed to retire early, we found ourselves looking for something to do and this perya (fair) was sitting right across the street from our hotel, so we decided to have a look. And look was about all that we did, what with the safety concerns and the huge crowd the place has drawn.
Apparently, UK Fun Fair is a mobile fair that comes to different towns. Before I knew that, I had the stupid experience of asking a random man about the attraction in question. “What’s this place, sir?” I asked him, to which he replied, “It’s a fair.” Right, right. So I followed up with, “So what’s special about this fair?” and he snapped, “It’s from the UK.” Right, right. I felt like the biggest idiot ever right then and there.
Entrance to the entire fair costs RM 2 per person, with an additional RM 2 price tag for every ride you wish to try. To be fair, some of the rides seem downright scary, especially when the seats creak loudly while you fly in different directions. I’m guessing that’s the kind of thrill you pay for here. Other game booths are also available, none of which interested me. The Winnie the Pooh booth was cute as hell, though, but I think it’d be somewhat frightening to get stuck in there when it’s dark.
“What’s this place, sir?” I asked him, to which he replied, “It’s a fair.” Right, right. So I followed up with, “So what’s special about this fair?” and he snapped, “It’s from the UK.” Right, right. I felt like the biggest idiot ever right then and there.
I don’t even know if the fair is still where we found it because it’s mobile. At any rate, I’m writing about it to record the stupid exchange I had with that random bystander near the Winnie the Pooh booth. I will never forget about you now, thank you very much.
(Also, this was written to remind me of the Jakel Silk House which towered over the UK Fun Fair – we had a good laugh about what they might be selling or manufacturing in there.)
UK Fun Fair
Jalan Sulaman, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia