Last Friday, 14 of us, including the boss, went for a 2 days 1 night teambuilding session a.k.a. bonding trip worrr @ Kuala Kubu Baru in Selangor. The company which organised the trip is Tracks Adventures. Go check 'em out if you're interested in whitewater sports! I just found out that they even organise whitewater rafting & kayaking in Laos & Indonesia! Like, wow!! Really impressive, wey!
So, we left KayElle around 9am on Friday and reached at about 10 plus. We were taken to the hotel upon reaching KKB. At first, we were quite doubtful about the 'hotel' because before this, we were supposed to be staying at some dormitory but 'twas fully booked. So, we had to stay at this hotel/motel. *panic*
This is how the hotel looked from outside. Not too bad lah... Phewwww! But tell you something. On the second day, somehow, when we came out from the room, we smelled a very nice fragrance at a certain part of the corridor. Hmmmm... didn't think so much about it until someone else mentioned that it could be because of some *ahem-ahem*. And yeah, it was kinda weird because the smell was only present at that certain part of the corridor... *shivers* Oh and yes, we did what Lin Peh advised us to do to protect ourselves from hotel ghosts, we knocked on the door before entering. Actually, I saw one of my team-mates doing it first and only then I also knocked on the door of my room... Shucks, I never did this before, you know?!
After unpacking a bit and grabbing the things we needed, we were taken to the whitewater rafting place, the Selangor River. On our way there, we passed by some of the most scenic views that I've seen in a loooong time! I managed to capture a few in the moving van. And the air, ahhhh... really fresh, more so because it was still drizzling when we reached there. *orgasms*
Upon reaching the "put-in point" (weird term, doncha think?), we were greeted by Marjorie Gabriel (Margy), who's said to be Malaysia's most accomplished female whitewater kayaker, a certified ACA (American Canoe Association) swiftwater rescuer & rock climbing instructor. She is really the cool!
She then briefed us on the do's and don'ts of whitewater rafting, how important it is to save our ownself first IF the raft capsized; how important it is for us to work together, i.e. paddle forward, paddle backward etc; how to hold the paddles correctly so as not to hit the person beside us; how we should bring our legs up facing the direction of the river flow in case the raft capsized and we get thrown outta raft. *shudder* Listening to the briefing kinda brought some fear although this was yours truly's second time whitewater rafting in KKB. But what the heck, I knew it was gonna be sexhilarating! I pitied my other team-mates who didn't have any sexperience... They were scared liuliu... But of course, after going through the sexperience, they'll never say never again... *grins*
I don't really know how to put it in words... Can't describe it well enough. You've just gotta do it! At least once! Oh, and our raft nearly capsized! Yeah! There were 2 guides in our raft, one in front and the other one (Margy) behind. Margy actually fell into the river when our raft had the "near miss"! And the liuliu me didn't even realise that she was thrown out! No wonder the other two rafts in front of us were cheering when we went near them...
I don't really know how long we were in the river but after all the rapids, (we passed by a couple of Class 3.5) we reach the still waters. When I did it the first time around about 8 years ago, upon reaching the still waters, the guides asked us to jump into the river and just let the current 'drift' us downstream. Now, that was a really, really relaxing experience! Imagine, just letting go of everything, looking up to the sky with lotsa trees as shades, listening to the jungle, just you & nature, and of course, the company you are with... B L I S S F U L...
So, this time around, I was kinda looking forward to this part of the experience but so liuliu, this time don't have worrr... We just sat in the raft and had to paddle a bit. Really potong stim!! Lost all my steam... :P
Then, we were lead to a spot which looked like a 'picnic site' with lotsa shade and lunch was served. Nothing fancy, just rice, chicken & mutton curry. After the hardwork in the water, such a simple lunch tasted heavenly. Aiks! No picture of lunch!! Arrrghhh!!! I must must MUST try to be more 'sensitive' in trying to take bloggable pictures! *LOL*
After lunch, the next activity, Rakit (Bamboo Raft) Building & Orienteering. Well, there wasn't much on orienteering, really... maybe they were referring to raft orienteering?!
**Okay, time to go shower!!!**
**Okay, time to go shower!!!**
DYK that if you had muscle ache, doing stretching helps to relieve the pain faster? Thanks to B for teaching me all the stretch stretch work!