3 weeks ago…
It was Friday, I knew it was Friday, it was Friday the 26th, September. It was a sleepless night, though I knew exactly why it was a sleepless night. Bed seems to be a roll-all-over place instead of a sleeping crib. Arghh! I knew I shouldn’t have drank before sleep. Too much drinking makes me heaty and sleepless. Woke up and I looked at the clock, it was 4am.
From the small opening under my rooms’ door, I can see a throbbing light coming in from the kitchen. Damn! My mom is up early. Owh! Today is the day, it is that one day that I have to travel early to the airport and catch an early flight. Today is the day that I’m flying to Bintulu, Sarawak for the Borneo International Kite Festival 2014.
I have to bug my dad to drive me to the airport that morning. Accompanied by my mom, we reached the airport about 15min before 6am. I didn’t wait long to check-in myself because my flight is scheduled to depart at 7.10am. Checking in early gave me enough time to roam the airport and make my final check on my luggage. For this trip, I packed both my Stylus 1 and 60D. Hopefully they are sufficient to cover for the assignment.
Reaching at Bintulu around 8am, I met with the other team members from Sarawak Tourism Board which will assist and guide me to cover the BIKF event. During the entire trip, we were staying in Kemena Plaza Hotel, one of the biggest hotel in Bintulu town, and is also the official hotel for the participants and media for BIKF 2014.
While having our breakfast, we discussed and planned the activities for the day. We decided to check out the festival ground and events in the afternoon.
We spent hours adoring and mesmerized by the kite shows despite the hot weather. When I say hot, it is REALLY HOT. It was measured to be around 38 degree Celsius out there at during that afternoon. However, the windy weather really compensates the heat and makes it feel a little acceptable to stay in the festival ground.
By the time, those big kites were towed down for the evening, there are still a lot more to check out at the festival bazaar.
Throughout the evening, we spent most of our times doing shopping at the night flea market (pasar malam) for foods and souvenirs. Apart from the night market and festival bazaar, there are shows and concert also being organized by the BKIF organizer at the stage area but we didn’t stay long to watch the show. The place was packed with people, plus the show wasn’t really my type of show. So, after briefly watching the concert we went back to our hotel to prepare for the next day activities.
On the next entry, I will post about our trekking trip at Similajau National Park, Bintulu.