When Max an I woke up this morning (at 4:00 am Borneo time) we decided that we would go straight to the pool after breakfast. We went to breakfast in our swimsuits and then jumped in! The water was relaxing. It was so nice to move around after such a long time sitting on the airplane the day before. The pool is made up of three sections and two hot tubs (actually cold tubs today as the heaters were not working). Max’s favorite part was the two small waterslides that connected two pools together. I wish we could have an overhead photo to show you the layout. There are real rocks all along the sides of the pool so it looks like you are in a lake.
We spent all day around the pools and met lots of new kids. We are the only Americans here that we know of. Today we played with kids from Singapore, Ireland, Holland, and Hong Kong.
Almost all of the kids we met played chess and we got to have a big chess tournament on this totally awesome huge chess board. Each square on the board is the size of a whole chess board (2 feet sq). The pieces were solid wood and they were HEAVY and hard to lift. It was more fun to play with heavy pieces because it made the pieces feel like they were real. It reminded me of the giant Wizard Chess game from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
In the afternoon there was a demonstration of Sarawak tribal hunting with a blow dart gun. We shot at balloons hung on a tree some distance away. Some kids were reluctant to try but eventually everyone joined in the fun. It wasn’t so hard because the hunter guy was holding the tube and aiming the dart for you. We used darts without poison on them!
We’ve had so many adventures already just on the first day of our trip. I can’t wait to see what we do tomorrow.