I have already decided how to spend my next holidays.
Usually I wait for the holidays to come, and then make up
my mind where to go, what to do, and when to leave. What
usually happens is that I leave for some place with a group
of friends and then begin to wish I had gone somewhere
else. This time I am going with William to Mersing.
William has a huge bungalow by the seaside in Mersing.
Usually his bungalow is crowded during the holidays
because William likes his friends around. This time,
however. William wants the bungalow all to himself
because he wants to try scuba diving. He is new at scuba
diving. He wants me to go along because he knows I have
only been there once before and that I like to learn more
about sea sports. William loves to show off his skill in sea sports. William proposes to stay in Mersing for at least two
weeks. This means that I shall have to take quite a number
of cloths and other necessities with me. I may have to take
back my suitcase from Albert.
William has two or three boats. The boat that I look
forward to using is his powerful twin-engine speedboat. The
entire boat is made of fibre glass, and the base of the boat
and the short keel are made of transparent fibre glass. When
you sit in it you can actually see the water below your feet
and you get the queer feeling that you are standing on
water. Its speed is another remarkable feature. At times, I
have seen the whole boat leap clear of the waves. But I
know that at the same time that it is fun, it can also be
extremely dangerous and that if you crash at eighty miles
per hour, you could be killed. I shall spend most of the time
in the speedboat, and learn how to control it, especially when
the sea becomes choppy. I would like to try racing in
circles, and practice maneuvering through floating buoys.
There are water-skis in the boat too. William. who is
highly skilled in sea sports, knows how to use skis. I shall
spend some time learning how to ski. Needless to say, the
first few attempts will tire me. I shall learn to get used to
balancing. and then to maneuvering the skis through water.
William has promised that he will not speed when I am
learning. I think if all goes well, I ought to be a proficient
water skier before the holidays are over.
William has a larger boat, which he calls his yacht.
Actually it is a big white boat with an inboard engine and it
belongs to his father. This boat can travel far out to sea.
William's father has been known to sail this boat from
Singapore to Kuala Terengganu. We will take this boat some
twenty miles out to sea, weigh anchor, and stay for a couple
of days. The last time I was there, I caught a fish some two
and half feet long. William has a spear gun, and a harpoon
gun. and he intends to take them along. He has never speared
sharks before, and he told me he would like to try. Probably
we will shoot sharks from the boat. It is very dangerous to
venture into the water when there are sharks around. William
has a friend who is a fisherman who knows exactly where to
I shall probably accompany William when he sets out
in his speedboat to find a place where he can scuba-dive.
There is a magnificent reef in Mersing which is partly
submerged when the tide is up. Usually he brings up all
kinds of weird coral. Sometimes he brings up lots of
peculiar fish for me to examine, and then throws them back
in the water.
There will be a lot more than just fishing, diving, boat
racing and skiing to keep us busy. Apart from lounging on
the beach and trying to get a tan, we might probably wander
a few miles down the coastline and hike for the fun of it. I
expect I shall return with lots of memories.