Tuesday, 27 June 2017

It's been 2 months?! - 27th June 2017


Posted by Xian Jin


One moment I was wondering about what’s going to happen. Now, here I am preparing for my finals. It’s as if I’m on the express train of life. I remember how I was so undecided and unsure on what to do, what not to do, what to say, what not to say… etc before I entered college. Questions and doubts were floating like stormy clouds in my head, ready to pour. I had mixed feelings about starting school again, after 6 months at home- I left my job too, and missed it deeply (still do). Fast forward 2 months later, here I am, as busy as one can be with assignments, presentations, so on and so forth. It’s strange how time can pass so fast.


Despite having been here for over a month, I still get lost occasionally. This place is huge!!


I am really enjoying my time here, ‘even though’ it has only been a few weeks (or ‘because’, I don’t know which yet). I’ve fallen in love with the beautiful scenery of the lakes and trees, the ducks, cats, tortoises- you name it, you got it. Not to mention the people around me, who have been so friendly and caring. I’m glad I ended up here, and even more so that I took a course which was totally outside my comfort zone. 

I look forward to more walks across the bridge every morning, as if a pathway to a land unknown. Here's to more running from one hall to another, more classes where everyone but me seems to know the topic inside-out, and more adventures in the days to come.



Thursday, 25 May 2017

Community Football - 20 & 21 May 2017

Posted by Brandon.

The football season ended with a bang! A carnival was held at the field. It was a 2-day tournament. All the tribes (Spartans, Vikings, Aztecs, Samurai, Apache and Gladiators) had a march pass with their costumes, weapons, etc. I felt very excited for the carnival to start.



The field was overcrowded with children of different ages wearing their costumes.



 Everyone was in bright smiles.☺


And here we go! The march pass starts! There were dozens and dozens of parents who came to cheer and support. Their cheering was excellent to me.


The march was well organized, outstanding and everything was in order.


  
Our tribe managed to get the best costume award!


First game of the tourney.


Everyone played well and they all deserved to win.


Honestly, I think some of my team mates were not in high spirit. Partly because few of our best players were absent on that day so some of them were downcast.


But we were all very alert, and had a lot of ball possession.


My partner and I.


In the end, it doesn't matter how much gold or silver we get. It is the joy and fun and effort to take part in these kind of competition. It is an eye-opening encounter for me and I enjoyed playing with the team.

 I would like to thank the coaches, who worked hard to coach us, and the parents, who also worked tremendously hard for the decorations, making the clothes, etc. And I also like to thank my parents who took their time to send me to a far place to let me play football.

Three cheers for Vikings!!!



Our Helper - 1 May 2017


There was once a helper in our house,
Who babysit us and set up traps for each single mouse.
One day she decided to leave,
So we gave her a card and a gift.


It was sad to see her go away,
So we brought her out to dinner the day before May.
She told us her sweetest memory was about me,
And this helper goes by the name of Suryati.



                                                                             -Brandon Hah☺


Old-time comfort food - 19 & 20 Apr 2017



Pasir Pinji







Kong Heng, Ipoh Old Town
 




Chee Kong Roast Pork, Taman Pertama
 




Sepetang charms again 20 April 2017

Post: Silas

We are back at Sepetang again! But when we got there, we saw so many extraordinary things like it's our first time there. Probably because we had a guide to bring us to some places we haven't been from our previous visit. I think we were so engrossed by the wildlife in the mangrove that we just didn't realize that the river mouth nearby has just as much stuff.

Somebody has been busy drying fishes for our dishes...


A visit to the charcoal factory. At least this time I understand what was really going on in there.


A walk among the mangroves, but it was in the afternoon, low tide and not very humid, so we didn't really see much of the creatures. 


But we did see some inquisitive crabs coming out of their holes to greet us...


I realized that when we were in the mangrove, we always look down, because that's where the crabs and mudskippers are. But this time when I looked up, it was like a different world altogether. Birds and monkey hiding at the treetops, waiting for us to spot them. For instance, this is the first time I've caught a glimpse of a green-billed Malkoha. 


Looking down again, to see a family of mudskippers, chilling under the shade to hide from the searing heat of the sun... What a hot afternoon it was!


Welcome to the Kuala Sangga Fishing village. What's fascinating about this village is that the school has only 14 students, and 10 teachers. You saw that right. So the class with only one student wins the Best Award every year!! Besides that, it's just a few houses, a church with a unique history and a Kopitiam.



Look at the black tub. The village has no water supply, so they rely mainly on rainwater. But how clean can the water get?


The main 'highway' connecting every building in the village together. No traffic jam!!


I foresee a very promising fishing trip coming up soon.


Can you believe it? An actual wild boar!! I've only seen some on televisions, but they are all CGIs. But this is the real deal. No tusks, less aggressive, but still a wild boar. 




The villagers work so hard just to provide their families' simple life. No fancy smartphones or shopping malls. Looking at this place, I am very much grateful for all that I have. 


"Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance, you must keep moving..."


Now we've come to the second highlight of the trip, Brahminy frenzy!! It all happen as soon as the boatman threw a bucket of food and horned. The kites immediately zoom out from their nests to eat. It was truly a wonderful sight to see.


Now that we've seen so many of these kites, spotting one circling around the city won't bring as much excitement as this. 



After the exploration, we settled down to eat some of the local specialties- Curry laksa and ABC ais kacang. And although spicy is not my cup of tea, this is one exquisite dish I've ever tried. Store opens at 3pm.


Who would've imagine? Just when I thought I could call it a day, after seeing the wild boar and the majestic Brahminy kites, we spotted some creature we never thought we'd see. Pink Freshwater Dolphin!! To be honest, I thought they could only be found in Singapore. But this, this is more than what I'd asked for. This trip is, by far, a rather intriguing and eye-opening one.
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