Goodbye Brunei... <3
Wow, I seriously can't believe my whole month went by so quickly and that today is my last day in Brunei…. I came into this country only knowing that I will be on a short term assignment here for my new position with Halliburton. All I knew about Brunei was that it was a dry Muslim country, yet now that I am coming back, I am coming back with so much. Not only did I learn a few perverted and bad words in Malay (the most important things to know in every language ;) ), a whole month worth of experiences eating different food and living in Asia, but I also gained a handful of life long friends. Even though Brunei has been amazing country to live in, what made it so amazing were the people who I met through my month long journey in Brunei… On my last day at the office, I almost did cry! It was such a bittersweet time for me because I am excited to go back to the U.S. to see my friends, family, and Bruce (And of course eating Kimchee, Chipotle, and pho), yet I will be leaving behind my new companions. I gave everyone a last hug goodbye, thank you a.k.a. love letters (haha jk), and took group photos with all the workshop workers, one happy photo and one gangster no expression photo (gangsters don't smile) hehe.
What little I knew about Brunie beforehand truly became priceless and unforgettable memories that I will continually cherish. I never thought that this small little country could give me so much. I will miss all the crazy foods and tropical fruits, the small little bumpy two lane "highways," the greenery backdrop on the drive to work, and all the people I have met here. Things I will not miss are the scary floor toilets and durian burps, but even those things gave me some unforgettable memories and stories to take back home.
Even knowing that I will continually have to say goodbye to the countries and people I meet throughout my job (since I will be traveling all over), I still find myself so attached, emotionally and mentally, to this little country. I really thought that I have accepted that I will be leaving, so I will not get attached, but it really is hard… I will definitely come back one day…. and hopefully be able to meet up with my new friends sometime, somewhere in the world. HOPEFULLY sooner than later…
Within my short weeks here, I actually was able to do a lot! I went to Labi to the countryside where I tried out tropical local fruits and hiked through the jungle to the waterfall, I was able to try all kinds of durian, eat all sorts of Asian foods, go on a road trip and island hop in Kota Kinabalu, go on a weekend trip to Miri for some nightlife, boat through Kampoong Ayer (the water village), go to different outdoor markets, conquer the floor toilet, and so much more! But there are still many things I would like to come back to Borneo for:
- Hike Mt Kinabalu with Goh screaming "AH YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH!!!!"
- Go hiking/camping, ride a long boat, walk across the canopy bridge in Temburoung
- Finish exploring the other islands in KK
- ATVing in the jungle near Bandar
- Find a franashia flower and all sorts of carnivorous flowers on Borneo
- Go see the damn orangutans that are on all the Borneo postcards
I hope that I was as good as a colleague as everyone was to me and that I have left a positive mark in everyone's lives. It truly has been a great month in my life. Thank you, Brunei! Thank you friends for everything!!!! I am always so thankful for everything I was given from Him and for all the great people God has sent in my life. I hope to continue my next journey being grateful, positive, and loving.
Anyway, I am off now to the airport! Good bye!!!!!!!!!