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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fathers Day in Madai


Today (20th June) is a special day - Fathers Day. Last night, my family discussed on how to celebrate Fathers Day. I suggested "How about having a picnic at Madai Waterfalls". My father agreed that it is a good idea.
So early in the morning at about 8a.m. We left our house and headed to Kunak, halfway there it drizzled. We didn't go into the town centre of Kunak, we continued on the highway for another 30 minutes. On the road, I felt sleepy and began to close my eyes. But I was awakened when my father called out to me "We have reached!"
I jumped out from my seat excitedly and went to paid for the entrance fee.

We found a rest hut and quickly occupied it greedily. Although it has stopped raining, we still ended up wet from the thick water droplets in the air. After our early lunch, I went up to explore the canopy walk. My excitement fell when I found out the canopy bridge here is only a short one, not like Bukit Gemuk's longer canopy walkway.

I found interesting tiny animals during my canopy walk there:

                A young colorful Shield Bug                              A flightless Tiger Beetle                              An orange-colored butterfly                      

After I finished the canopy walk and reached the other side, I discovered even more critters:



After some time I began to notice that here - Madai Waterfall, is a  place for lovers. I saw many young and old couples sitting together around this park.

We left at 1:40p.m. (considered early) and went to Kunak Town center and seaside the watch the lives of the poor local fishermen and their families. We can have all the view we wanted of the seaside by standing on a wooden platform. I can feel butterflies in my stomach because the wooden platform is poorly built. There are some big holes and gaps, the platform looks quite fragile too but luckily the platform can sustain my weight.

We then visited church in Kampung Kadazan, this time we brought mummy along. The tame dogs that we met last week had came and greeted us again, "Not you again!" wondered the dogs when they saw Mei Yin. The church had a big surprise for us (really....BIG). We noticed something new, the church had put up a ten meter long picture of Jesus Christ on a tall tower.

After reaching Tawau, we headed straight to Eastern Plaza - The largest shopping mall in Tawau. We secretly bought a surprise Fathers Day gift for our dear dad.

After shopping, we went to Tawau Open Seafood Restaurant (Best place to go to eat seafood in Tawau) to have a Fathers Day dinner. We had delicious dishes and Chinese tea. I wish everyday is Fathers Day because I can enjoy tasty foods everyday, but my Father does not see eye to eye with me because he is the one paying for the dinner.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

My School Holidays

My June two weeks school holidays started from 5 to 20 June.
During this school holiday, my father, sister and I went for a trip from Tawau to Sandakan. We travelled in our new car, stopping at interesting places along the journey. We visited the magnificent Madai and Gumantong Caves, Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay and other interesting places.
We also celebrated Fathers Day on 20 June at Madai Waterfall, the last day of my holiday.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Occasions For JUNE

June is another month with many event. We had our greatest fun in this June 2 weeks holidays.

3rd June (Thursday) - Making ZongZi in school.
ZongZi(粽子) is a delicious chinese sticky rice wrapped in Bamboo leaves. Pork, chiken meat or peanuts is usually putted in the rice. On this day, every class must prepare tools and ingredients required for making this food. There are techniques and few steps to make this food. We then take back our ZongZi from the school kitchen class after it is ready to be eaten.


5-20th June (Saturday) - School holiday Starts.
This June school holiday started after our school first semester last term examination finished. Teachers and students can take a break during this period.

5-9th June (Saturday) - A Family Trip from Tawau to Sandakan.
My father, sister and I left our house on the first day of our holiday. Our journey this time is for nature discovery purposes. We went up to Sandakan Town, stopping along the way to discover new things. This trip is worth for me because I discovered many new things (especially insects) along the way and with the help of two library books about insects to give me some information. We had managed to visit amazing places like caves, forests, mangrove swamp, the largest river in Sabah and ..... We had also learned how desperate the wildlife are because their habitats are destroyed for oil palm plantation. This trip is one of my best.


21st June (Monday) - School Starts Again!
Goodbye Holidays, Hello School. Enough for break time, it is time for study again.

23rd June (Wednesday) - Getting Scholarship?
Today, some dato and important men came. They came to give scholarship requested by students who have financial problem. Sabah Chinese High School is the most expensive school in Tawau Town. So some 'not so rich' students have to apply for scholarship for Sabah Chinese High School. Only those those who are approved can receive their scholarship today. Each student has scholarship less than RM 2,000 for one year only. It can help to pay school expenses.

25th June (Friday) - Talk on H1N1.
A health inspector came today to our school to give a talk on H1N1. She is from KK - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. This is her first time to come to Tawau. She talked about the dangers of H1N1 and the importance of not spreading this deadly virus. After her talk, any student can go up and ask her if they have any question about this issue.

26th June (Saturday) - Receiving student's first semester Report Card.
Parents of Sabah Chinese School students are invited by the school to receive their children's report cards from their class teacher. My father accompanied me today to school to take my report card. I'm was looking forward to know my position in class. Unfortunately, I got number 21 out of 40 students in class. The main culprits are Arts and Chinese.

28th June (Monday) - Returning Marathon Donation Cards.
Weeks ago, a card was given to every student in Sabah Chinese High School. Our school is going to have a Marathon next month. So this card is to list down the names of donators that donate for this coming marathon. Today is the deadline for donation, we had to give back our cards to the school.