When walking along the waterfront on the outskirt of Sandakan, one can't help but feel sad. On one side, a Chinese seafood restaurant packed with patron tucking in the lobsters, stingrays and mussels. While on the other side of the road, scantily dressed dirty children running around flying their plastic bag kites near their dilapidated huts built above the water. Women squatting on the roadside gossiping and observing the going ons in the open air restaurant. Such an irony.