As usual, when the rainy season drew nearer, it became hotter. I could not bear
the stifling and suffocating humidity of the days. So last Sunday, I decided to
spend my holiday at Port Dickson with my friends.
Early in the morning, we
boarded a bus from Seremban. Port Dickson was less than an hour away and when we
reached here, we met many of our friends, who had the same idea as us - they
wanted to escape the terrible heat of the crowded city too. We headed straight
for the beach, only to find it packed with holidaymakers. Still, we felt more
relaxed as the fresh morning breeze wafted in from the open sea.
We took in the vivid scenery. On the beach, children were running here and
there, gathering choice pebbles, shells and seaweeds. Many were busy digging
sand to catch little crabs, which however darted back quickly into their sand
holes. Groups of holidaymakers were sitting under large beach umbrellas, having
breakfast; several were sunbathing in their swimsuits on the beach while others
were swimming in the sea. We could not resist the temptation of swimming. We
hastily took off our clothes, put on our swimming gear, and then plunged into
the sea. How delighted we were when we dived into the fresh cool water and took
a long leisurely swim. The splash of waves against the beach and the merry
shouting and laughter of holidaymakers created the liveliest setting to cool
down our town-wearied souls.
At eleven o'clock, we stopped swimming and chose a shady spot on the seashore
to unpack our hampers. Swimming had given us a good appetite. We devoured our
home-made lunch and then lay down on the sand. We took a nap till 1.30 p.m.
Then, in the afternoon, we went for a long walk along the seashore, took a lot
of photographs and enjoyed some seafood being sold by the seafront. We watched
some youngsters playing volleyball and even refereed a game. They wanted a
friendly game with us but we declined. We had to leave early if we wanted to
reach home by night or our parents would worry.
We decided to have a final dip before catching the bus back. It was wonderful
just floating lazily in the water, feeling the rays of the sun on our faces. As
it was evening, it was cooler and even the sun's rays were not as harsh as
earlier. We monkeyed around in the water just a little while longer before
reluctantly leaving it. We washed ourselves down in clean water, dressed up and
packed, making sure we disposed of all the litter. After all, it is our duty to
keep our environment clean. We had noticed that many of the people on the beach
had left their rubbish behind on the beach and many Coke cans and bottles were
floating on the sea. But we were not going to be as irresponsible as those
individuals. So we cleaned up, proud to be more responsible and caring towards
our environment than them.
By the time we caught the bus back, it was 6.00 p.m. We reached Seremban,
where we had dinner before taking leave and heading to each one's home. That
holiday by the sea had replenished us, bringing us strength and pleasure after
months of hard work.