Tuesday, May 19, 2009

East M'sia - Sabah

Over the last weekend I was given an opportunity to fly east to Sabah to assist in a driving program for a certain car company. I must say that it was quite an experience, learning everything from A-Z. Although I've been through other events, having one in Sabah was quite an experience. Why? Well firstly it was my maiden voyage to Sabah and secondly I get to learn from the best on being an instructor.

Nothing beats starting the day at 4am driving to the airport and checking in the luggage and boarding the plane around 6am then flying for about 2 1/2 hours. Upon arriving we had to pick up 6 vehicles from HQ and drive it to a parking lot that we've booked for the 1 day event. Although we were there early, the locals who have occupied the parking lot won't be moving untill 5pm in the evening. While we wait, we did some other stuff till we finally did everything and finally finished briefing around 10pm. Another early morning saw us up and ready by 8am and by 8:30am the participants arrived. One thing I've got to say is that Sabahans are really paitent and friendly, they also listen to the instructors when we do tell them something. Finishing 2 sessions and ending around 4:30pm, we rounded up whatever was ours and headed for the hotel.

Dinner time was pretty interesting as we headed to Salut, which was about 15km from the hotel. On the way we were given a small tour by our very own head instructor, 20 minutes later we arrived and to my surprise this seafood village actually grows and rares their own food! So everything was absolutely fresh when it arrived on the dinner table. After a good meal, we headed back to do a little more packing before heading to bed.

On Sunday, I had a chance to visit the local Philipino wet market. There were all sorts of food stuff to purchase, fish, squid, shellfish, seaweeds and a whole lot more of things. I must say that the locals were friendly enough to allow me to snap photos. Jesselton Port was the next destination and I went all out snapping photos left & right. Got on the afternoon flight back to KL and thanks to sweetie for picking us up.

Although I didn't have alot of time to savour the moment of being in Sabah, I'd definately be back for more.

Special THANK YOU to YSDA for everything.

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