Next we were heading to one of the most special destinations of our Kerachut trip, the Meromictic Lake! You may ask what is really so special about a Meromictic lake? Well, the water in a Meromictic lake consists of sea water and fresh clear water, in 2 SEPARATE layers that do not mix!! Yeah the denser salty sea water will always remain at the lower layer while the less dense fresh water will always remain on top. Dipping your legs in a Meromictic lake, one will feel cool water sweeping swiftly through the top while warmer water drifting slowly at the bottom. What is even more special is that the Penang National Park’s Meromictic lake is a seasonal one that is only visible for six months of the year.

Getting ready to go into the Meromictic lake
Getting ready to go into the Meromictic lake

 

Dipping our legs in the lake water
Dipping our legs in the lake water

Feeling it
Feeling it
Feeling the refreshing cool water at the top and the warmer layer at bottom
Feeling the refreshing cool water at the top and the warmer layer at bottom

Yeah… we did it!
Yeah… we did it!
A lifetime memory
A lifetime memory

Leaving the Meromictic lake with the most unforgettable experience, we moved on to our campsite, to learn how to set up our own tents. It was the first dose of experience for many of us, and here we truly understood the meaning of ‘easier to say than done’. As we watched attentively how the instructors did it, it turned out to be rather demanding when we did it ourselves. Anyhow, it was without a doubt an endeavor which required organizational skills and great attention to details.

Demonstration by the instructors
Demonstration by the instructors

Watching attentively
Watching attentively
Is it really that easy?
Is it really that easy?
Getting the hands-on experience
Getting the hands-on experience
Doing it ourselves
Doing it ourselves
Am I doing it the right way?
Am I doing it the right way?

Finally the tents are up
Finally the tents are up

After all the ‘hard work’, we couldn’t wait any longer to play the fun and exciting games we had been waiting for. The instructors proceeded to reveal that we would be playing 5 games, all of which would test us on our teamwork, fighting spirit, speed, understanding among one another as well as physical and mental strength.

 

In the first game, we made a big circle and took turn to shout out numbers in increasing sequence. The person who was supposed to shout out the multiples of 5 (eg. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25….) must say ‘uno’ instead of the numbers. Whoever failed to do so or hesitated would be penalized! He or she must sing or dance in the center of the circle to entertain all of us.

Are you sure you wanna hear me sing?
Are you sure you wanna hear me sing?
Don’t worry, let me accompany you, let’s dance together
Don’t worry, let me accompany you, let’s dance together
Exabees PY Ooi and EK Lim dancing in the middle of the circle entertaining all of us
Exabees PY Ooi and EK Lim dancing in the middle of the circle entertaining all of us

Subsequently, we moved on to the very exciting balloon popping game which is usually seen on HK’s Eric Tsang Super Trio Gamemaster show, in which the contestant is required to pop the balloon using his stomach or chest with two of his teammates holding the contestant’s left and right leg respectively.

5 balloons were given to each team and each team member would take turn to pop the balloon. But before we could do that, we would have to chase the balloon walking with only 2 hands. The game was both physically demanding and exhausting and made a lot of us sweat profusely.

I can’t ‘walk’ anymore. Give me the balloon!!
I can’t ‘walk’ anymore. Give me the balloon!!

After doing what is done on the HK’s Super Trio Gamemaster show, it’s time to sit down and play some mental games and had some mental exercise while catching our breath.

 

It’s the ‘rope game’ which taught us the special techniques to free ourselves from a tangle of ropes between 2 persons. First, we needed to ‘tangle’ ourselves together.

Initial tangling done!
Initial tangling done!
Tangling done, and it’s now the time to untangle ourselves
Tangling done, and it’s now the time to untangle ourselves
Using a special technique to free ourselves without having to untie the ropes
Using a special technique to free ourselves without having to untie the ropes
Untangling endeavor’s gone bad. Help….! Help….!
Untangling endeavor’s gone bad. Help….! Help….!

The rope game was followed by the wood block game or some prefer to call it the ‘wooden Lego’.

Each team must put together the wood blocks come in a variety of shapes to form different letters, etc.

Teamwork is the key in this game
Teamwork is the key in this game

The last game of the day was not only a game which challenged our physical might, but flexibility as well.

 

 

Well, we were required to hold hands while walking. Sounds easy to you? J It’s NOT! Holding hands yes, but we needed to hold each other’s hands between our legs!!

Ready? We didn’t say holding hands was easy!
Ready? We didn’t say holding hands was easy!
Are you ready to start?
Are you ready to start?
RUN……..!
RUN……..!

Having played 5 group games in a row, Exabees headed on to something really relaxing, eye opening and heart touching. We were going to the turtle hatchery site where we learnt about the slim survival of baby turtles – among 1000 baby turtles born only one would survive!

 

We knew that nature has its law but we humans can definitely play a greater role in protecting these cute and long living animals.

 

Stay tuned as Exabees were ready to witness baby turtles toddling back to the sea, watch the eagle during sunset and have the most amazing night jungle walk the Avatar way