Up at 7 after snoozing numerous times, only had toast, cereal, and fruit for breakfast as couldn't face more Asian food. Packed up our bags then went to the jetty to catch a boat to one of the islands, although I didn't have my swimming costume on ready so had to change in a wet-floored toilet that I dropped my costume on! So gross, but I washed it off and carried on regardless. We lay on the beach for about 5 hours, during which time I got burnt to a crisp because I forgot to reapply sunscreen. I'm now paying for that with every step, as my shoulders, chest, thighs, and feet are all red and swollen.
I was anxious about wearing my costume, but when Miserable Moo showed absolute disregard I figured I could get away with it. If only I'd put sunscreen on!
After a cold shower and lots of moisturiser we walked to post office in search of stamps and a hard envelope for my certificate, but of course it closed five minutes before we got there. I collected my clean laundry and then went for roti with Brian and Beth, Kim, and the Danish girls - roti in egg in it was quite nice, along with the obligatory Milo.
Back to the hotel to meet the group for the last night, where we waited for a little while before donning our ponchos and raincoats and heading for the restaurant. It was an actual Malaysian restaurant this time, where we all kept our coats on because the air conditioning was on so high. Arkin had ordered for us already, so we tried quid, prawns, and a few different local dishes. The prawns hadn't had their shells or veins removed, so we weren't too keen on those, but overall it was pretty nice. Kathyrn and I didn't have rice as we were saving room for the coffee and cake that we'd been trying to have for the past three days, yet it still cost all 30MYR each. We put together a collection for Arkin to thank him, but Miserable Moo and co decided to give theirs separately to show how much they appreciated him, which was a little egotistical. We all gave what we could and thanked him together, bar those two.
As we left the restaurant in the rain, Kathryn and I searched for an ATM, which led us through rain-filled roads, and across treacherous tiled floors to the Mall, where we found a Starbucks that was closing! Out into the rain again to find another late-night Starbucks, where we eventually had hot chocolate and hot carrot cake outside to warm up.
Then rain persisted and so we waded across the road to a taxi, paying 10MYR to get us to the bar everyone else had gone to, BB's Cafe. A Singapore Sling was the cocktail of choice, followed by drunken singing by Arkin and a very tired me heading home at 11.45 through the dark streets of Kota Kinabalu. I got a little lost and panicked a little, but walked as though I knew where I was going to avoid any trouble, not that there was any, then back to painful sleep with my sunburn.