35 sweat it out in BUSA’s Sunday hike

Rokiah Mahmud

The Brunei-US Association (BUSA) hosted its yearly hiking event yesterday, this time venturing to Wasai Balik Kanajong at Bukit Silat in Kampong Katok.

Thirty-five people joined the hike jointly organised by BUSA Chapters from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB), as well as Laksamana College of Business (LCB) Fitness Club.

Acting US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam cum Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Emily M Fleckner and US Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Barrus joined the hike alongside BUSA President Salimah binti Haji Saim, BUSA members, LCB Fitness Club members and the public.

Faaiz Zulkifki, who is familiar with the trail, briefed attendees before they set off on the one-hour trek to Wasai Balik Kanajong. The first leg of the trek challenged hikers with its steady and steep inclines, before eventually easing out towards the Wasai.

Bukit Katok, which loops to Bukit Silat, is popular among hikers with its many trails, tropical flora, natural pools, as well as safe and easy routes.

BUSA-UBD Chapter Chairperson Bashreen Bahreen described the hike as a “great stress reliever,” allowing him to develop his mental alertness, particularly after the exam and semester ends. The friendly hike aimed to promote a healthy lifestyle and was coordinated as part of BUSA’s social events with the BUSA Alumni, and the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.

Acting US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam cum Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Brunei Darussalam Emily M Fleckner, US Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Barrus and BUSA President Salimah binti Haji Saim in a group photo. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD