So I am back in KL again! Our trip to Borneo was wonderful and we didn’t want to leave. Well, holidays are always never long enough. We stayed at the beautiful Gaya Island Resort and enjoyed everything it had to offer. Beautiful villas dotted around the jungle within the resort becoming one with nature. The peace and serenity there, far away from bustling Kuala Lumpur was exactly what we needed.
The resort has its own private beach called Tavajun Bay – about 5 mins boat ride away. We practically went there almost everyday. Lying beneath the trees and looking out into the ocean, life seemed so blissful. The salty sea breeze and rolling waves worked their magic as always, calming our mind and soothing our soul.
Besides relaxing at the beach and enjoying the local delicacies, we also did some of the free activities on offer at the resort. The jungle trekking from the resort to Tavajun Bay was something we did and enjoyed immensely. It was hot, humid and took us about 45 mins to finish the trek. We were told there are Proboscis monkeys living in the jungle in Gaya Island but they are shy creatures so we did not spot one while we were there.
However, we did visit The Orangutan Sanctuary in Shangri la Rasa Ria resort, Kota Kinabalu. Orangutans are primates found only in Borneo and Sumatra. Once we arrived, the park rangers brought us into the Orangutan sanctuary located in the forest surrounding the resort and we got to see the Orangutans which are being rehabilitated there. Watching how the Orangutans interact with each other and their surroundings was pretty amazing! While munching on a buffet of fruit one of the Orangutan looked down from the platform it was sitting on and dropped the fruit it was holding for the deers below. I was quite stunned, I mean that is something a human would do, a kind one at that. These beings are simply kind, intelligent and wonderful.
I don’t think all monkeys are like the Orangutans either because half a hour later their rowdy and unruly cousins the Macaques came along to join in the fruit buffet party and they were fighting with each other unlike the peaceful Orangutans.
Its really unfortunate that the forest homes of these Orangutans are under threat due to logging and other factors. I hope that both local and the international community will continue with their conservation efforts and more awareness be raised and constructive action is taken so that these amazing creatures will not become extinct in years to come.
I also went along to the Guided meditation and yoga sessions offered at the Gaya Island Resort. A wonderful lady named Elena was leading the classes and she was telling me how meditation changed her life. I couldn’t agree more. I meditate every day, it is that one thing that I do without fail even during a flare up with my Autoimmune disease, actually that is the time when I need it the most. Meditation grounds me and nourishes my soul like a sweet mango.
Every morning before breakfast we took a leisurely stroll along the beautiful lush gardens in the resort, soaking in the glorious morning sun.
I am definitely feeling restored and renewed after the holiday but in some ways I am also glad and ready to be back home in my own space again…