Wednesday, March 23, 2005

White water rafting

As I mature in life ..... I appreciate life more :) or in other words - 'more kiasi' - i guess everyone does , right ? Today lunch, we (my colleagues) talked about outdoor activities. So, last year, we conquered Mount Kota Kinabalu liow, this year brainstorming where / what to do ...

White water rafting was brought to the table ....so flashed back to 6 to 7 years ago. I joined my ex-colleagues to Kuala Kubu Baru for white water rafting. Guess I'm a curious person, sometimes, I want to experience new thing, enjoy the journey of exploring new thing, want to find out, taste it, like it or not is another question. That's life to me, new experiences mah .....Bahija is not a sporty person, I failed all my sport subjects. Yet, dare to explore white water rafting.

Water rafting is not a super dangerous sport. There are some risks involved of course, but it is a fun sport. However, during my trip, it was a rainy season, the professional coaches had not been down to the river for days. On the Saturday morning, the river was quite rough. I supposed the mistake here was to allow the so called 'professionals' to let us continued the journey. Started with safety briefing, what to do, what to wear etc etc ....

The initial journey was very very fun ...then suddenly we were caught in a river 'tornado' - raft capsized, i was in the river, the heavy lunch box was above me, thus I struggled very hard to get myself out from the water .....was hit by the paddles, bleeding ...panicked also, cried. I almost reached my last nafas, almost mati .... din remembered how i got off from the trap, but I was pushed at least 3 km away by the strong current .....along the way - hit some rocks, passed thru pohon pokok etc - luckily didn't 'tercucuk' into those pohon, it was chaotic , hopeless situation, current so strong, I practically couldn't do anything, and let things happened 'No Choice'. Life's just so fragile then...Until the end, I was brought to a shallow river ....so i got my life back, calmed down myself while holding on to a tree branch, shivered, gementar, muka pucat waited for long long time for rescue. Oh, I also realized that I didn't inform anyone about my water rafting trip. None of my family members knew my whereabout, so there was 'guilt' as well while was struggling in the river.

After the rescued, I chicken out all the way, Kman and I walked on the rocks by the river, we were so afraid of stepping into the raft ......( which was also not a smart decision - rocks apparently very slippery also ). But to conquer our Fear ....we rather not.

Question to me, will I ever try water rafting ? answer is may be -but the lesson here is - I need to be responsibled for my doings, to people who loves me. It's not a courtesy to inform them when I'm participating in a slightly risky sport/event, it is a MUST loh. Also, do my own homework, SAFETY comes first, cancelling a trip is nothing - as compared to losing a life, don't trust the 'professional' so much, preparation is important ..... (my mum still tak tahu this incident leh , oppppps ). Treasure life baik-baik yuh .....

4 comments:

anti-ringgit said...

Hello hello! Yes life is precious, you do not want your close families and friends to worry so much about you. I think besides your wild water rafting experience, there are many other risks. We do not know what will happen tommorow. So most importantly don't tell your families and friends how much you care for them when you about to take the risk.

Tell them now! Don't wait :)

Janice said...

Your mum doesn't know but i did ! Anyway, i would still encourage those who have not attempted to go for it as i did it in Beaufort, one out of the world's 10 recemmneded white water rafting rivers !

Anonymous said...

hie there...Good to know u survived the adventure at KKB...I'm planning on a trip there myself..any tour operator's name you can recommend for the KKB white water rafting?

:)

David Deland said...

As you age and mature, you have this urge to try extreme stuff and go to fancy places to be able live each day to the fullest. So it's okay to try sports like water rafting, as long as your safe and you're with your friends to have a good time. Wish I could also experience that!