Words by Hannah Reshma
Photos by Hannah Reshma and Hong Di-Anne
Though the ISO Sabah trip was short, the camaraderie between travellers was fast-formed and palpable; and the trip was filled with many moments of pure, unfiltered laughter, with (and at) each other. Thus, this article was born, a compilation of the darndest things we say (and text) – a tribute to each of the unique characters on the ISO Sabah study trip.
Meng Yoe: We’re leaving on a jet plane
Meng Yoe: But we do know when we’ll be back again
Hamza: “Omg where’s Norman?”
(Hamza, failing at the buddy system from the get-go: not noticing Norman’s absence from the van until we had already reached the airport)
Jasbir: This tea is terrible
Jasbir: *Orders another tea*
Hannah: Is this tea tea-sty?
Hannah: Shoot I should have gone with tas-tea shouldn’t I?
Meng Yoe: This is the handicraft area where you can buy…handicraft
(Meng Yoe exhibiting excellent explanation skills)
Hamza: PC pills? I think I need to take them…to regulate myself
(Hamza in a discussion about birth control (BC) pills)
Jasbir: You’re either a bro
Franklin: …or a garden tool
Hannah: Omg Norman if you lie down on the ground, you’ll disappear!
Here’s a (blur) picture of the floor….and some jeans
Franklin: Say silk five times fast
Hannah: Silk silk silk silk silk
Franklin: What do cows drink
Hui Min: You’re not even in the game
(Hui Min delivering a savage burn to Tuck, discussing the level of his ‘game’ in obtaining girls’ phone numbers)
Meng Yoe: *Shares crackers with Li-Sha*
Meng Yoe: Why did you laugh at my crackers? Did they crack you up?
Fadzrin: *Points at white buoy*
Fadzrin: Look it’s a bloated pigeon
Yeah, Mad – that’s not a bird, that’s a piece of plastic
Hannah: We can play spoons but I don’t have spoons, I brought chopsticks instead. We can play sticks!
Li-Sha: Sticks and spoons
Franklin: Sticks and spoons may break my boones…
*Discussing stories and photos*
Chrishandra: I need you Hamza
Chrishandra: I need photos from you, Hamza
*Playing Two Truths and One Lie*
Li-Sha: I was born with a dislocated hip, I dislocated both my knees, I dislocated my ribcage
Hamza: How do you disCOLAte your hip?
(Hamza, visibly excited, making a verbal typo)
Di-Anne: Can we cross the road to take a picture of (Mount) Kinabalu?
Meng Yoe: Now that Jasbir’s gone to the toilet, we can do these things. Because now…I AM THE LAW! *looks super happy*
Meng Yoe looking super happy: “I’ve always wanted to say that!”
Nanna: Pigeons are rats with wings
I now interrupt our regularly scheduled programme to bring you a snippet of ‘Cue Hysterical Laughter: Whatsapp Edition’:
Of interviewing animals, and appropriate memes
Author’s note: I didn’t even get the nuggets
I came out to have a good time and I am honestly feeling so attacked (by Norman) right now (1/2)
I came out to have a good time and I am honestly feeling so attacked (by Norman) right now (2/2)
The true purpose of group chats is to shame other travellers in ‘’lost’-their-phone-and-cause-a-mini-panic-only-to-find-it-in-their-bag-once-the-van-has-already-made-a-U-turn situations’
Arguably, the happiest bunch of beggars to exist
Franklin totally not overreacting to a photo of pigeons, especially considering he was at lunch with the boys eating GRUBS
And now, back to our verbal nonsense:
Norman: Do you know ‘kipouvo’ means ‘there are bananas’? ‘Ki’ means ‘there are’ and ‘pouvo’ means ‘banana trees’
*Continues on this train of thought aka rambles/mutters to himself for about 3 minutes*
Norman: Wouldn’t it be practical if we were all named after what we have?
Norman: I would be ‘ki Macbook Air’, Li-Sha you are ‘ki DSLR’
Norman: Hannah would be ‘ki nonsense’
Franklin: Eeee so shameless Norman cover yourself
Hamza and Hannah: *Swat bugs off each other*
Hamza and Hannah: I got your bug!!
Hamza and Hannah: *High fives*
*Arriving back from grueling hike about full of slipping and sliding*
Jasbir: Did you hurt your backbone?
Di-Anne: I…don’t….have…a backbone?
(Hong Di-Anne, our spineless alumni traveller)
Meng Yoe: *Holds watermelon* If you put this in the fridge it becomes winter melon
*Franklin eats 6 slices of bread for breakfast*
Hannah: I think when you die and we do an autopsy, we’ll find that your insides would have turned into a huge loaf of bread
Franklin: This has been the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals, maybe ever
(Franklin, after being cheated in a biscuit trade with Hamza, trading a full biscuit for Hamza’s half-eaten one)
Li-Sha: Ew there’s a moth on my leg!
Hannah: Why do you only think about yourself, Li-Sha? Maybe the moth is thinking “Ew there’s a Li-Sha’s leg on me???”
(Hannah illustrating why she is ‘ki nonsense’)
Meng Yoe: Yesterday Nanna asked me where she could find pearls, so I Googled ‘genuine pearls in Kota Kinabalu’…
Meng Yoe: The first result was YoYo Café, the second was Gong Cha…
Hamza: Because my heart is open for you 24/7
(Hamza, speculating why a wedding photoshoot was happening outside a 24/7 convenience store)
Hannah: Not first place, is it Ken-ya or Can’t-ya?
(Hannah remarking on Kenyans losing to local Sabahans at the annual Kinabalu Climbathon)
Li-Sha: It’s to absorb the moitchure
Li-Sha: *Laughs until she goes extremely red in the face*
(Verbal typo #2: Li-Sha trying to explain to Hannah why there was a slice of bread on the floor of the room)
Franklin: What’s your favourite memory of the ISO trips?
Jasbir: […] and looking at the stars in Kampung Kiau. I’ve never seen so many stars in my life
Hannah: What about looking around this table right now?
Jasbir: There are many stars, some bright ones, and…*points at Hannah*… some not so bright ones
Meng Yoe: What did you have for lunch?
Hannah: Chicken rice
Meng Yoe: What do you call it when chickens fly?
Meng Yoe: Chicken…rise
Hamza: Paint me like one of your French girls
Stay tuned for Part 2 – a compilation of the darndest things we do!