I just came back from a tiring but fun camping trip with my bestfriend last night. It was a 1 hour and a half drive from my home but it feels like more because I was driving alone from my place, while my other four friends from another different town.
Location : Polumpung Melangkap View Camp Site, Kota Belud Sabah
Entrance Fee for Camping : RM6 (adult) RM3 (children 7 years old and above)
Tent Rental Fee : RM30 for 6pax size
Canopy Rental Fee : RM15 each
Check out their Instagram page here where you can find their contact numbers for booking or enquiry.
If I’m not mistaken, my last camping trip was during my energetic teenage years as a Pathfinder member. Camping at this age was not really the same like the old days in terms of being energetic lol!
We arrived around 2pm on Sunday, and I was in total shock when there were sea of people at the camp site. Oh well, it’s public holiday here so that’s explained why. While searching for the perfect spot to set our tent, the rain poured heavily and we decided to ask for the campsite crew to set up everything for us. Thank goodness the rain stopped after a while and we started fire for dinner prepping.
Starting up fire after rain was not really easy but we eventually did it! We saw some of the campers even called the campsite crew to start up their fire. *pat on the back* we did it on our own 😝
We had Tom Yam, BBQ chicken wings, fishball, hotdogs, watermelon, durian and nachos cheese – nothing so fancy about our camping food but it tasted so special! I know it’s quite a lot for the five of us but we just love food lol.
After dinner, we went to the river for what we called ‘brief-dip-bath’ 😂 the water was so cold! During the brief dip, we got the chance to stargazing while in the river! How I wish I have pictures for you to see. It was magnificent!
We played a few games, laugh a lot, sangs few songs and chatted a lot. Such good times.
The sun was scorching hot but the water was so cold that makes us want to stay for long. And that being said, of course the five of us got sunburned!
What I learned from this camping:
- Ultimate escape from my real lives – Completely unplug from distractions where the network services were weak and I got time to focus on what’s really important; my team.
- Work as a team infinitely more easier and fulfilling! And of course we got each other to keep warm.
- Learned to enjoy simple things – “happines is real when shared”
- Appreciation of nature’s beauty – night time sky full of stars, mountain view, etc.
- Get comfortable with the uncomfortable – no big comfy bed, no table for food, not getting a real shower, sleeping with the outdoor symphony.
I’m sure there’s more to write about after-camping thoughts but it’s gonna be a long post for you to read. Over all, yes it was exhausting but worth it! Everything reconnected and that’s the real deal.
That’s all for now; off to plan our next camping trip! 😜
Love, Mich 🌸