Rungitom Journey: Banggi Island 4
Keywords: life story, journey, banggi island, chapter 4
We have reached the last chapter of my journey story. Keep on reading if you want to know more, or just view the pictures I have taken. Any comments are well appreciated.
CEO: Esok kena bangun awal tengok loading itu kayu.
Ap: Jangan risau boss, sa punya alarm paling mantap punya, siapa-siapa pun bleh bangun.
Me: Ah, betul bah?
Ap: AP bah ni~!
CEO: Ah, OK lah.. tidur dulu.
Ap said it right, we did woke up early by the alarm sound of his phone; he set System Of A Down song BYOB. A kinda rude awakening but I got up and took an early morning shower; followed by them after like half an hour of re-sleep. I realized that I forgot to bring my own toothbrush and toothpaste, so after shower I chew on my last pack of Dentyne (all of them!). That will do the trick, just barely making my breath a bit fresher.
I walked outside to view the early morning scenery. The wind was calm, the sea wave is calm… everything is calm but the sun is yet to rise over the horizon.
See that big tree over there, thats the natural habitat for sea snake. Because the shortcut to the jetty is beneath it, one must tread carefully and watch out for falling sea snake; they tend to that sometimes. But luckily for us the sea snakes was nowhere to be found even we used that shortcut for many times. When everything is ready, we all go to the restaurant area for some breakfast.
When we reached the restaurant area, the sun came out and shone brightly. Khiong and Jeff(one of the site workers) joined in; we hava our breakfast consist of some pastries and hard boiled egg before the main course, which is Curry Maggi Mee plus egg and a glass of iced coffee for the finisher. A light chat after the meal and also the answer for the riddle the CEO gave us last night, we grunted in disbelieve that the answer was that… simple.
“Ya kan, kenapa saya tidak terfikir”
“Aii, itu laa pula jawapan dia”
“Nah kan, sikit lagi sa jawab betul semalam”
There’s not much to do after that, just watched the contract workers loading the logs to the ship. I made myself busy by taking more pictures of the working to load all of those logs. The log that I didn’t found yesterday was recovered back, apparently the log has fallen down from the jetty and into the sea.
Luckily the logs did not washed away to the open sea, so my checklist was completed and the next one is up to them. Its their job from the beginning, I was just helping out the first one.
As the sun gets higher, the wind and the seas began to get wild, the contract workers was doing their job very fast as soon as the next trip of logs came. By 10:00AM, we returned back to our resthouse room to get another nap since we have nothing to do.
Woke up from the short nap and all of us feel hungry again. Checked out from the resthouse and continue on to the restaurant. Before having lunch, I took some more pictures(what else I can do?). All work is done here for us, we took our time before catching up with the passenger ferry to get back to the mainland.
The passenger ferry is the fastest means of transportation between Kudat and Banggi island; the journey will only take just one and a half hour. The passenger ferry departs exactly 2:00PM, swaying left and right at some times, as the ship made its way with full speed through the wild waves.
Arrived at Kudat jetty, continuing on the journey home with Mitsubishi Triton that was left parked at the parking lot. The CEO set the next destination to Kota Marudu before heading back to Kota Kinabalu. Before even a kilometer away, our ride was hit by another problem, flat tyre. Ap, who is the driver, drove back to the nearest oil station to fix it.
Kota Marudu: 4:30PM
This is my first time to step into Kota Marudu, my first impression of this place was like a cowbow town, minus the horse and the cowboys. While CEO goes to meet his client at a nearby restaurant while me and Ap checked up Triton’s engine.
We joined them shortly and have another nice kopi c ping and kuih pisang. After a lengthy discussion and given a durian for each of us by the client, we moved on to our destination. As we pass by Tuaran road, the sun sets down in a magnificent glow. I too some pictures before the sun went out of view.
After that much journey of roads and oceans, I finally arrived home bringing back one durian that the client gave previously. What a day it was, I put down everything and went straight to bath; have a small dinner after that and watched TV.
I wonder when is my next journey is, the office has been bugging about these duty to go outstation for 3 days and 2 nights at Base Camp. When the time comes again, I will make sure that all of my equipments are complete and be fully prepared; because next time I will go further inside the jungle.
I may be Bear Grylls of Sabah, surviving the jungles of Banggi island… not!
“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams, Jr. (American Novelist and Poet)