KK Day 1: White Water Rafting!

Dear Dayre,

After a lousy 5 hours of sleep, we were awake at the crack of dawn (6am) for the long day ahead!

According to our schedule, we were supposed to have breakfast after a tour of the hotel, so @shiberty and I thought it'd be ok to skip the hotel breakfast, unfortunately apparently breakfast plans got scrapped because it was too rushed to fit into today's timetable 😭

Well, I did manage to get some really beautiful pictures of Sutera Harbour but I really wanted some breakfast: we even walked past the breakfast buffet at the hotel and I spotted an eggs station 😻😻😻 Tomorrow morning die die also must go for the breakfast buffet!

Sleepy faces at 7.30 in the morning! At least I managed to get one advert submitted phew 💦

So the first activity of the day was.. White Water Rafting! 🚣

We arrived at the river side and it was SCORCHING SCORCHING hot! ☀️☀️☀️ The sun was just merciless man. But sun or no, I was all set to conquer the river! So after about ten thousand layers of sunblock all over my body, we had a brief instruction and off into the river we went!

Here I am in my kuku looking helmet and safety vest.. I shoulda just worn a long sleeved top to protect myself from the sun! 😭

Well, the rafting was really an experience and it was so much fun! We even tried body rafting: that's when you jump off the raft into the water and allow the rapids to carry your body down the river currents! Whoaaaa… Got myself a noseful of water but it was sucha adrenaline rush!

Our rafting guide was hilarious but he was really nice too, the other boat got capsized (multiple times?!) by their guide.. Just for fun! Lol. I was totally soaked regardless cos I went into the river and the water felt SO good! 👍

I actually enjoy doing outdoor sports a lot and would love it even more if I didn't get tanned so easily 😭

The view as we journeyed down the river was breathtaking too, and I really regretted not bringing my camera onboard for fear of the camera getting damaged by water 😔 Ah well, those memories will stay with me still! It was a remarkable experience.

@shiberty and I after the rafting session: soaked to the bone and dripping wet! Thank goodness we brought along a change of clothes! Surprising though my eyeliner didn't even budge: still the no.1 waterproof liquid liner from HeroineMake! @yuunwen 😆 Tested and proven to withstand even fast river rapids! 👍

And with @evonnz and @jaynetham! It was so fun to have done this together!! Don't you think I look darker already? Gonna slap on my intensive whitening mask tonight….

Lunch was local KK food that everyone practically inhaled cos we were so hungry, I was, from skipping breakfast (tho we bought some snacks to tide us through) and the food quickly disappeared from our table 😂

Mee Tuaran, a local food that's kinda like mee goreng cooked hokkien mee style with bits of random meat, charsiew, fishcake and vegetables. It wasn't anything fancy, but everyone slurped it up like it was the best thing on earth! I loved the accompanying side dishes more (we had taukua, omelette, stir-fried veggies etc) 😋

Found a mama shop nearby our lunch place that was selling ice cream for like 0.60RM! Super cheap and it tasted sooo icily good in the crazy hot weather!

At lunch time with @shiberty and @evonnz 😋😋😋

So after lunch, it was time for a river cruise down Kiula wetlands and some monkey spotting! The coach ride took three whole hours! Good thing the coach was very comfortable so I could catch up on my sleep!

Look!!! We spotted quite a few proboscis monkeys! This was the best I could capture with my camera.. Haha! They were jumping around from tree to tree like Tarzan! 🐒🐒🐒

When it turned dark, we were even brought to see fireflies sightings! It was amazing! Nature's very own fairy lights. But it was pitch dark and impossible to catch it down with our cameras! 🙁

What a fruitful day out! Took another 2 hour coach ride back to our hotel, and it was nearly 10pm when we got back.

And… I'm very proud of myself cos YAY!!!!! I managed to do today's Insanity workout too! 💪💪💪

Sense of achievement hehehe well I had to make up for the bag of chips I had for breakfast 😅 Still, feeling good that I got that 40 minute workout in! It was intenseeeeee. @shiberty was cheering me on as I suffered together with Shaun T 😂

Just got myself all fresh and showered, now I'm gonna mask and finish up some edits on a blog post. Can't wait for the last day of our Kota Kinabalu adventures tomorrow!

Night! 🌙

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