Sibu Island, Malaysia

Posted: September 19, 2012 in Malaysia
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“No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself.” – Denis Waitley

I missed the company outing last year in Desaru, Malaysia because my ass spent 2 weeks in Switzerland and France. For this year 2012, for our annual office outing,  less than 5 hours away from Singapore (20 minutes by ferry) lays Sibu Island Johor, Malaysia where we  indeed experienced that orange sunset, clear emerald blue sea, soothing tropical breeze and white sandy beaches.

The Sibu Archipelago lies only 30 minutes from the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. The archipelago is rich in natural beauty and Most of these islands continue to be uninhabited but some has various resorts like the one we visited –SIbu Island Resort http://www.sibuislandresort.com.my/ This 20 acres island is surrounded by powder milk sand has its own hilly terrain jungle track, mini zoo with a number of uncaged deer just roaming around the garden surrounded by pine trees. A number of amenities are also there like the tennis and volleyball court, swimming pool, game room (billiards and Ping-Pong) and the karaoke bar that is open until 1am for free.

Also, there are complimentary activities that we did try like the zip line and archery. We also went for snorkelling where they took us in a secluded island and left us there for 2 hours with just goggles, life vest, and fins. Well, the island was actually picture perfect and the sand was fine that it reminded of the beach at my mother’s hometown where she used to exile me and my siblings for 2 months during school break when were young.

You need not throw yourself far-flung just to see the fishes, they are very visible waist high but for those who did make an effort they found nemo and dory. My colleagues managed to see the corals with clown fish, blue tang, etc. while I walked along the shoreline feeling like richard-brandson and enjoying my own private island (http://www.neckerisland.virgin.com/)

The accommodation was nice as my colleague and I managed to score the layang-layang suite that has 2 bedrooms, shared bath and living room. The cottage was all wood and the style was like old Malaysian housing. The food was so-so, a good insect repellent is a must, and the spa massage was expensive and you have to queue because they only have one masseuse. While the rest of the time was ours to waste the only activities that are compulsory to attend was the buffet dinner night with 70’s hippy dippy theme and the relay games organized by the resort – which was a lot of fun.

I really enjoyed the office outing it’s the one weekend I get to connect with my colleagues outside the workplace and I like that our company has budget to include their partners and kids as well.  So here’s looking forward to the next one… Cheers!

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