Kayak and seafood dinner at Serasa beach
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It was the best weekend by far for my 2009. I always have this "idea" that there is pretty much nothing to do in Brunei. But my yesterday mini getaway proved me wrong. Wrong..wrong..wrong.. Brunei can be as fun as any other place...all you need to do is find out from people who know....and I was lucky...my friend knew of such place. I never knew that paradise can be right under my nose and it takes the shape of a beach called SERASA.
I always know Serasa beach, in fact I have been there a couple of times before and I never found the beach as appealing. However, yesterday has changed my view 360 degrees. Before I carry on further with this blog let me just tell you my opinion of Serasa the day before yesterday - DULL.
Something about Serasa beach...
Serasa beach is one of the most popular and few beaches in Brunei. The water might not be as blue as at Manukan island and the sand might not be as white and clean as the ones found in Langkawi (not that I have ever been there but hey I have seen pictures), but it is one of the best picnicking spots in the country.
Back to my story...
It was a boring Sunday, I woke up, lied down in my bed for what seems like hours of transcending nonesense moment, then I remembered my friend talking something about kayak and how fun it was.
Our kayak came out finally. It was orange with two seaters. My friend asked me to get on first and sit infront, the sea water made me nervous (for some strange reason I always thought that sharks will bite my legs under that 5 inches of water...yeah I have been watching too much movies) so I climbed up the kayak with a little difficulty as it kept on swaying from side to side but I manage to balance myself on it in the end. My friend pushed the kayak and I let out a sharp yelp as I thought he was going to let me manouvre the boat myself...he laughed and told me that he just needed to get us to the deeper part of the shore so that we could row the boat easily. When he got on, he told me that I was sitting on the wrong part of the boat (I was sitting on a black circular thing which I reckoned was somekind of a storage) and asked me slide to the front a little bit where the seat is, and I did.
We rowed the kayak for like an hour and it was the most exciting hour I ever had in a long time. I never thought that kayaking can be so much fun! the water was calm except for when there were motorboats passing us to get to the yacht club (one of the guys waved at me, I think he saw my ripped lycra hehe). At some points we stopped and let the current take the kayak wherever it flows with us on board while I laid there in there watching the great blue sky.
Soon it was getting too dark to see our way and we had to go back to the shore. The night was not over yet. We washed up at the washroom there. Problem arised; the shower in the ladies' washroom didn't work, I forgot my towel and my shower gel..PERFECT! Fortunately my best buddy lent me his towel and shower gel and asked me to shower first...bless his heart... so that's one problem solved. After reconning the ladies' washroom, I decided to use the small bucket there to collect water and use that to clean myself...I know what you're thinking...the washroom was clean despite its dilapidated condition.
After I was done and all dressed in my fresh clothes, I passed my friend's stuff in the next room and waited for him outside. While waiting I watched the workers there cleaning up their boat and I had this feeling of calmness bolstering me.
Hunger poked my gut and we went to the restaurant just next to the kayak place to have dinner. What I like about that place is that the people there were friendly and you can round up your kayak and dinner bills together. I had a plate of spicy butter prawn with rice. It was magnificent. My friend ordered fried chickens and chips. I finished up his chips hehe. We chit chatted our way through dinner and I realised some signboard that was screaming "Strictly no beer" .
We left the beach around 8, with full tummy, sore arms and smiles on our faces.