What a trip. I definitely learned lots in the past five days.
Play Hard. Play Fair. Play Safe.
That was one the of 'sayings' of Wasabi, one of the instructors.
Play hard. Do your best. Put 100% into anything you do.
Play fair. If you're not going to do it right, why do it at all? Let everyone have a chance.
Play safe. Safety first! Use your mind; don't do silly things.
25 Kilometres of kayaking. I can't say it was the most fun and easy thing we did, but I definitely picked up some skills from it. I obviously learnt the physical skills (sweep stroke, rock hopping, etc.), but also, how you think, affects what you do. I learnt that if you don't push yourself mentally, you'll never get there. If you keep dreading what you're doing, you will never get the most out of it. Kayaking was a thing that I didn't want to do at first. But slowly, I got used to it and pushed myself to keep going. Time will go by really fast if you live in the moment, and don't think what's ahead of you. Think about the journey, not the destination.
I also realised how we take so many things for granted. We camped out for two nights, and it wasn't easy. We set up our own tents, collected firewood, washed our own dishes. We cooked our own food, which I actually enjoyed. But those nights, I realised we were really being pushed out of our comfort zone. At home, we have air-cons, fans, comfy beds, helpers to cook food for us. But here, we had the wind, stars, the sound of the waves, insects, campfires. Which, I think, isn't that bad either.
Overall, I can't say I had a spectacular time. But I definitely got to know my classmates better. I got to bond with them. Now I see a totally different side of them, a side I never knew. I will always remember the great and tough times I had at Sibu!