I was still a newbie in Singapore when my newfound friends, Manager and Big Sis, invited me to tag along with them in going to Bintan, Indonesia. It was a combined birthday celebration of Manager and their other 2 friends. Roughly, there were 10 of us who travelled together via the ferry boat. It was my first time to ride a ferry and good thing, I did not feel sea sick during the 45-minute trip.
The birthday celebrants rented two villas for our accommodation. When we reached our destination, we ate our packed lunch and rested for few minutes then we immediately went to take a dip in the swimming pool.
After an hour or two, we went to the beach and played the “Pinoy Henyo” game (a game made famous by Eat Bulaga, the unbeatable noontime show in the Philippines). We were bubbly and into it that a lot of people were curiously looking at us with amused smile. 😉 After the game, some of them went for a half an hour swim at the beach.
The banana boat rental area was our next venue. We split into three groups and took turns in riding the banana boat. While waiting for our turn, we donned our life vests, planned a strategy and Manager gave a last minute instruction. It’s my first time to ride the banana boat so I was a bit nervous at the same time excited.:D
We were the last group (two guys and two ladies) to do the banana boat ride. Manager took the front row, next was Big Sis, then me, then the last one was Drew. From what Big Sis and I have understood in Manager’s last minute instruction, if one falls, the rest should also release their grip and dive. When Manager (intentionally) lose his balance and fell in the water, Big Sis released her grip and I also followed.
And yes! You guess it right, aside from not being blessed with a good singing voice, I don’t know how to swim. :p No matter how I tried to imitate the frog kick (which I normally see from swimmers), I cannot get out from my location. I was so scared because we were in the middle of nowhere and we were in the deep part of the sea. I whispered a prayer and did my best not to panic as I listened to Manager’s instruction.
He asked me to move my feet like I’m cycling. I was able to move a bit but it’s extremely challenging. I don’t know how but I was able to reach the speedboat… I think the wave helped me.
We all had a dinner in the other villa and played a couple of games. Although, I was the sole “outsider”, it didn’t feel like it because they all made me feel at home in their company. I must say, it’s one event worthy to be treasured.
Not knowing how to sing and swim will never be a hindrance for me to enjoy life. Wallowing in self pity is a waste of time. As they say, imperfections make life more exciting. Live life to the fullest. Aja! :p