Kate on Location (Day 4)

KATE NOKWE brings you the latest from the SA Swimwear shoot in Borneo.

The minute the Mainstay team and I arrived on Gaya Island, off the mainland of Borneo, we knew that tearing ourselves away from this special place would be one of the hardest things to do. Steeped in a splendour which combines the beauty of lush forests, scenic trails, intricate cave systems and meandering rivers with clear, enticing waters, this island is a utopia of tranquillity.

Words could never do justice to its majestic beauty; no amount of film could ever capture this tropical paradise, where the visitor cannot help but succumb to the grandeur of a place in which nature reigns supreme. Granted, this was my first trip overseas (go big or go home, they say) but Borneo and the Island Resort certainly fulfilled its promise as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

One of the main questions that I've asked the models on this trip is, ‘What tops this experience?’ No one has been able to think of another place. This is my frame of mind as I start off my last day on the island, day four of the SA Swimsuit Borneo photo shoot.

As Candice, Rosette, and Careen bid us farewell, it dawned upon my travel companions that this infatuation with this island would soon be entertained only as a memory.

Only an activity that would out-do the other days here would be a fitting end to this experience. The solution, it turned out, was fairly simple: a two-hour spa treatment. While the photographers and models battled it out in the hot jungle, my masseuse was performing magic, relaxing my nerve ends, confronting my sleep-depriving demon, insomnia. The lady with bewitching hands let the effect of sleep-deficiency run its course on the massage table and I finally managed to get some real rest, which energised me for the day.

By lunch-time I was doing hand-stands on the beach, not to mention an impromptu 'how to work your abs' session with a true beauty, Nicole Meyer  (see photograph) .

I invited Nicole to a local craft market for a ‘get to know’ feature, and she brought the Gaya Island Resort experience to a perfect close as we joked and laughed, hanging out with the locals. I even learned a few poses, courtesy of Ms Meyer!The day quickly faded into the evening, where we enjoyed a traditional barbeque in a not-so-traditional environment – complete with candles and exotic cocktails – on the beach, hosted by Ms Heng Shi Yun of Gaya Island Resort for all the sponsors.

And then in the midst of it all, I got a call from home – Ballz Visual Radio – who wanted a catch-up. That started a little yearning for the familiarity of home, less food and more exercise (not to mention more sleep).

But I know that no matter where I go, this experience of Borneo will remain forever in my heart. It has changed the way I view the ‘regular’ events of my everyday life and opened up a new world of possibilities and discoveries which stretch far beyond the previously perceived boundaries of my life.
Thank you, Borneo

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