New place, new friends
Today was such a BEAUTIFUL day out! I couldn't waste it being indoors, so I went for a run... uhh... mistake haha. I guess I didn't realize how hot it was outside since I was engulfed by cold and conditioned air indoors. I made it about a mile, before I had to turn around and head back. I am not used to running in hot, humid air so I felt as if I was going to suffocate while running. I'm such a NOOB. But instead of running, I took the time to see the beach in my backyard. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Everyone told me the beaches will be dirty with debris everywhere and warned me that there will be blood sucking sand flies. I came prepared though. I dressed in long pants, long shirt, sneakers, scarf around my head, and even rubbed Listerine on my hands and other bare skin spots (it sounds crazy, but I was a bit desperate and read online that it helped keep the sand flies away). Luckily, I was able to survive with no sand fly bites. Standing on that beach, under clear blue skies, and hearing the water slowly crash onto the sand I felt so at peace and so thankful. Continually I am reminded of God's existence by being able to see first hand the nature and scenery He has created. I was speechless at how virgin and clean the beach was and I really enjoyed my time on the beach, walking and exploring.
Later in the evening, I got a hold of some of the engineers I haven't met in the office since they were off shore (Pao & Suresh). We met up to go eat at some restaurant, which I do not know the name of since the sign was in Arabic, but I had the butter seafood & guava juice with soursop. Both were very tasty, or "they both tasted nice" (how Bruneians will say it). Afterwards we met up with Suresh's cousin, Gana, and another engineer named Rhodin. We had a little get together party at my new home to try my special green tea I purchased from Singapore before entering Brunei. It was really fun getting to know everyone, especially all their dirty secrets while playing "Never Have I Ever." (muhahah) We had a late night munchies run at about 1AM and I tried Kauy Teow! It was like pad thai but more soy sauce-y? I learned that SOS Tomato (ketchup) was not pronounced S.O.S. tomato.. but actually Sauce tomato.... hahaha I need to get used to all the Malay words here...
Anyway, today was another great day, but I am exhausted once again so time for bed! Good night!