Orangutan postcards and the long ride back to KB
This morning we woke up at a pretty normal time, about 8AMish. We got checked out of our hotel and decided to go try out the shops to find my postcards! I have been contemplating for a long time on whether or not I should start collecting anything with my global travels, but every time I tried, I just thought it was worthless since I went to like 20+ countries and over 30-40+ cities the past two years without collecting anything! But before I came to Brunei, I told myself that I would start collecting something whenever I started this global position. I decided postcards would be easy and fun! I would write a little note to my future self that was memorable for that city so that I could always look back. But yesterday at 1Borneo, I failed at finding any postcards remotely close to the islands I went to... The only postcards I could find were these ridiculous orangutan ones. There was one orangutan postcard where the monkey had a boner and the text under said "I really miss you right now"...... haha Asians are so perverted! I even checked our hotel store... filled with orangutan postcards... wtf! I checked all the book stores, card stores, and decided to try out the outside market. The market was right along the port and by the sea water. It was sectioned off into fruits/veggies, merchandise like clothes/handbags/housewares, dried fish/seafood, and other random shit like soaps/shampoo/pharmaceutical stuff? It was really interesting to walk through. Everything was so cheap. It was a maze walking between the shops, especially with tarps hung low above your head, mud puddles below on the ground, merchandise hanging down from the ceiling tarps... It was quite dirty and crowded, but I really enjoy markets like this and I really liked this one.
At the fruits part of the market, I bought some delicious filipino mangos. I can't wait to eat them! There were all different types of durian and tropical fruits as well.. but.. you guys all know how I feel about durian haha. Another portion of the market had souvenirs like magnets, wooden trinkets, keychains, hand crafted jewelry and handbags... so I was really hoping and crossing my fingers for some damn postcards!! But to my luck, out of all the shops crammed in this tiny little maze of merchandise, STILL NO POSTCARDS! WTF! I thought postcards would be really easy to find..
So we tried to continue on our search for postcards within the Centrepoint Mall in KK.... this mall was HUGE!! There were so many stores... similar to the ones at 1Borneo filled with fobby clothes and ugly shoes. But even with like 9-10 floors of stores, hotels, restaurants.... no postcards anywhere. We were all famished by then, and everyone wanted to give up looking for my postcards.. so we decided to just eat inside the mall at a restaurant called "Secret Recipe." I think this restaurant title is so funny... like what is so secret about the recipe? I wanted to see if I can find out the secret... hahaha
I had the King Prawn Tom Yam with Watermelon juice! yum! It was quite good... the noodles were overcooked so I was a bit sad about that, since I love my noodles al dente. We decided to try out the green tea cheese cake and the durian cheese cake for dessert... I really tried to be open minded about durian again and give it another shot.... .... nope hahaha I think after trying out that cheesecake, my view of durian has not changed... even with the tiny bites I had of the cheesecake, the flavor was just so pungent and strong like a slap in the face. The tiny pieces I had even made me burp the durian nasty burps! How is that possible?! Anyway, Secret Recipe is considered along the "fancy/expensive" restaurants here, but I just thought it was alright for the price.
After we ate, I kept bitching about wanting to find these postcards, so Amin drove about 30 minutes with traffic back to Jesselton Point, where I distinctly remember seeing postcards for Sapi and Manukan Island. To my surprise, they had it there! I was so happy.. I couldn't find a Manukan Island postcard, which was a shame. But I did end up buying a really ridiculous orangutan postcard that says "Thinking of you" on it haha. I guess it's a bit ironic on how I wasted all my time trying to find a postcard that didn't have a monkey on the front, but in the end I just bought it for the hell of it hahaha.
After the postcards, we went straight back home to KB (Kuala Belait). We left at about 1-2PM... It was such a lovely day outside with my favorite type of weather! The skies were glowing blue and everything was so colorful out! I was glad to have been awake to see the scenery out! There were a lot of palm tree forests and crazy rock formation boulders (?). It really was a nice drive... but then I started to get sleepy, and I ended up sleeping or singing ugly most of the way again haha.
The 5-6 hour drive ended up being a 10-11 hour drive back due to all the waiting in line for the immigration check points... 5 check points to be exact... Also we had to wait for that damn ferry again, which took about 1-2 hours of waiting. I felt so bad for Amin because he drove straight the 10-11 hours. We did stop in Limbang to use the toilet and to eat dinner. We ate at some shady yet really modern decorated Chicken Rice place inside of a motel. The food was alright... though I think made me a little sick.
At around 11PMish, we finally FINALLY made it back to KB/Seria area. I am so exhausted, but I had such an amazing weekend with two new awesome friends in KK. It was a long way there and back, but I had an unforgettable time! :) I'm so glad that this mini vacation worked out... it surely was a final BANG before I left Brunei.
Anyway, time to sleep! You would think I'm not tired after all the sleeping in the car, but I am really exhausted! Good night!