I'm tired with sore shoulders, after the rafting down the Slim River yesterday.
It was an experience the savour. While the water level was a little low, I had fun rafting. I think the others enjoyed themselves too though I was not sure about Hui Sheng. He didn't look too excited about the whole thing. He would have much preferred coding a complex algorithm in front of the PC than handling a paddle on a raft, I know.
We were joined by a bunch of spirited strangers and our rafts were captained by Orang Asli guides who helped us embark our exciting journey from mid-stream and ended our adventure downstream nearby an Orang Asli settlement about 3 hours later.
Along the route, it was heart-warming to see Orang Asli kids waving at us along the riverbank. Tell me, when was the last time you got waved at by kids in the city?
I think city kids aren't that interested in people :-).
It was also something of a memory jolt to see again how simple life can be, as it is with the Orang Asli. I saw a simple human habitat that consisted of thatched huts with walls made of split rattans. It was surrounded by patches of corns, groundnuts and young chilli plants, overrunned by chickens that can sprint faster than Ben Johnson on steroids. Yes, I tried chasing one...so I know.
The Orang Asli, they look happy. They were sitting together in their homes, talking to each other. I saw a young mother craddling her baby, surrounded by other family members. There's a stillness on their faces which I liked. In comparisons, our lives in the city are closer to those of the frantic chickens hunting for the next worm. Have we found fulfilment and happiness in our frantic pursuits in the city, I wonder? Now I have an inkling of an idea why Kit Lee trekked into the rainforest and refused to come back since.
I will post pics when we get our 2 Instant Kodak Waterproof cam films developed. I am making mental notes to go to Gua Tempurung, Perak for a caving experience next. Or to the Hotsprings of Sungai Klah, Perak to boil some eggs? ;-)