So as of right now, it's assignment week, and I'm figuratively and almost literally drowning in my university work, plus, finals are just around the corner, so yay, all the fun!
A week back, I took my very first trip without my family to this very quaint little town in Sarawak called Bario, population of approximately 5000 people and mainly composed of an indigenous tribe, Kelabits. Here's an overview of the very brief but definitely memorable trip:
We took a tiny 18-seater focal plane on a 50 mins journey from Miri to Bario, and I am actually really surprised at how smooth the landing went.
So after we were all settled in our longhouse, a local took us around the town which took under 2 hours to cover. It has been quite a while since I breathed in air so fresh. The town was very quaint and relatively quiet, but because we went there during election week, there was a lot more people compared to how it usually is. Relatives and friends flew in from all different parts of Malaysia just to cast a vote.
This is a shot taken of lightning flashing behind Mount Prayer on the first night, and on the same night, we all saw the milky-way in the skies! Because Bario is not polluted by light, the night sky was absolutely amazing, unfortunately due to the constant flashes of lightning, we weren't able to take a decent photograph of the skies.
We had a steep hiking race against the sunrise the very next day and honestly, the photos I took didn't do the actual view justice. (@ Mount Prayer, Bario)
What I loved about Bario was the fact that it was very warm and welcoming. Never once did I feel like an outsider in the home of the lovely people who fed and provided us with shelter. It felt so good to just sit on the balcony and watch the stars and talk about a life that feels millions of miles away. Thank you for being good Bario (aside from the 5 hour trek we did from Bario to Pa Lungan, definitely a first and a last for me).