Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

January 3, 2014

2013 in review…

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 2:16 am

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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July 30, 2012

Sandakan Mini Zoo~

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 12:07 pm

Hi Friends,

Here are some of the wildlife living in Sandakan Mini Zoo located at 25km away from Sandakan Town.

Minimal charges applies to visit the premise. Have a nice day and enjoy yourself with friends and family there 😉

Reptiles

 

 

Mammalia

Fish Pond

The Nature Green

Borneo Birds

What is a Forest?

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 11:58 am

What is a forest?

  • The cardle of human civilization (Anthropologist)
  • The symbol of rise and fall in history (Historian)
  • A green gold store (Economist)
  • A biological oxygen-making machine (Biologist)
  • A storage medium for solar energy (Physicist)
  • An instrument for soil conservation (Soil Scientist)
  • A natural water reservoir (Hydrologist)
  • A lungs of the earth (Earth Scientist)
  • The silent contributor to climate stabilization, wind protection and sand dune stabilization (Climatologist)
  • An agent for cleaning pullutants and beautification of environment (Ecologist)
  • The origin of fossil fuels and the source of rivers (Energy expert)
  • A huge gene bank (Geneticist)

Conclusion: Forest is the pillar of ecological equilibrium and the guardian for mankind’s survival.

September 30, 2011

More Yummy food in SANDAKAN the Little Hong Kong..

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 12:59 pm

Dear Friends, 

Been busy lately and no update my blog for quite sometimes. Here are some very yum food to welcome you guys to The Little Hong Kong, Sandakan. Will update more Sandakan foods, place and news to you guys about Sandakan. Stay with me.   

September 3, 2011

Eagle Story -Truly Motivational.

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 11:27 am

The Story of the eagle…

The eagle has the longest life-span among birds. It can live up to 70 years, but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40, its’ long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its’ long and sharp beak become bent. Its’ old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its’ chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options; die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its’ nest. There the eagle knocks its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its’ talons. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers. And after 150 days, the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for … 30 more years.

Why is change needed?

1.) Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process.

2.) We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions.

3.) Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.

Our lives are not determined by what happends to us but by how we react to what happens. Not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results. Let’s change to make a change~!

When it rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the cloud. … 

Thanks, Cedric

August 20, 2011

I’m Willing…

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 11:56 am

Missing thoughts is a very obscure thing,
like shadow ~ taking shape of whatever.
Silently and breathlessly resurface at the bottom of heart,
In a blink of an eye ~ shrouded me in loneliness.
I weakly fight against, especially at night.
Think of you till breathless.
Hate that I can’t immediately sprint towards you.
Loudly tell you ~
willing for you, I’m willing for you,
I’m willing to forget my name for you.
Even if just an extra second in your embrace,
No regrets losing the world.
I’m willing for you, I’m willing for you,
I’m willing to be left at the end of the world for you.
As long as you sincerely reciprocate with love, anything (i’m) willing,
Anything (i’m) willing for you.

July 31, 2011

Monitor Lizard

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 10:55 am

Water monitors are large

In Sabah, there are 3 species of monitor lizards, the largest and most numerous being the Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus Salvator). It grows up to 3m long and 25 kg in weight. It is the second largest monitor lizard after the Komodo Dragon (Varanus Komodoensis), found in the island of Komodo in Indonesia.

Adult water monitors are light to dark brown to almost black in color. Juveniles often have a distinctive pattern of light yellow spots.

Monitor lizard facts

~ The other 2 species of monitor lizards in Sabah are Dumeril’s Monitor (Varanus Dumerilii) and the rough-neck monitor (Varanus Rudicollis),

~ Adult monitors dig burrows to use as sleeping dens,

~ Monitors lizards are famous for raiding poultry farms for live chickens and eggs. They are also Monitors also excavate turtle and crocodile nests for eggs.

~ Female monitors lay about 20 eggs at a time in burrows near riverbanks.

There are 61 species

Yes, there are about 61 species of monitor lizards around the world. All belong to the family Varanidae with one genus Varanus.

Water monitors are perhaps the most common species of monitor lizards in Asia. They can found from Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, Southeast Asia to the various islands of Indonesia.

They don’t chew their food!

Water monitors are carnivorous and hunt for live prey such as crabs, insects, birds, fishes, amphibians and rodents. Although they all have sharp teeth, water monitors don’t chew their food: they swallow their prey whole!

They can run fast & climb trees too!

Water monitor lizards are highly mobile. They swim well and have even been seen swimming far out at sea. They can remain underwater for up to half an hour!

They run fast for their size as they have powerful leg muscles. In fact, they are faster than most of us can run!

They also climb well, to search for food as well as to escape predators, using their strong curved claws. The young usually stay in trees for safety. If comered up a tree, they will jump into the safety of a stream or river.

May 10, 2011

Sandakan Food Time~

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 2:00 pm

 

Hi friends,

It’s food time in Sandakan. I’ve not been update my blog for quite sometimes. Will do it more often when i have time.

Enjoy~

May 9, 2011

Swiftlets

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 1:06 pm

These birds’ nests are edible!

Swiftlets are best known to Sabahans as the birds whose edible nests are the source of brids’ nest soup.

Although Sabah has 4 species of swiftlets that build nests on limestone and sandstone cave walls, only 2 species produce to commercially valuable birds’ nests. They are the white-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus) and the black-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus maximus). It is easier to tell them apart by the type of nests they build than when they are flying.

World’s most expensive soup?

The price of unprocessed nests is about RM1,000/kg of black nests and RM5,000/kg for white nests! In Hong Kong, processed black and white nests can fetch up to US$2,000/kg and US$4,000/kg respectively. A bowl of authentic bird’s nest soup there can cost US$60 (RM220) or more!

The best and most expensive birds’ nests are the white nests. It is made solely from saliva cement mixed with very few feathers. The black-nest swiftlet builds its nest out of saliva cement mixed with many feathers.

Bird’s nest is a multi-million dollar business in Asia. Each year, Indonesia exports 80-100 tonnes of these nests to Hong Kong while Malaysia export 10 tonnes of its finest nests. Chinese communities in North America eat more than 30 tonnes annually.

Cave swiftlets are like bats.

Like bats, Aerodramus cave swiftlet use echolocation to search for food and to fly in dark caves.  Echolocation (biosoner) is way to ‘see’ by hearing. A swiftlet makes clicking noises and listens to the echoes returning at different times and loudness levels. These differences are used by the swiftlet to ‘see’ its surroundings.

Unlike a bat’s echolocation, the clicking noises made by Aerodramus swiftlets are within the human range of hearing  (3-10 kHz).

Swiftlet facts

~ Aerodramus swiftlets weigh about 14 grams and are 10 cm long. They can live for 15-20 yrs,

~ The best quality processed black nest is “taohu yen”after the town of Tawau in Sabah where birds’ nests are actively traded.

~ You can witness the harvesting of black birds’ nest in the Gomantong Caves in the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain in March or April, and then in August or September. It is estimated that there are about one million swiftlets in the Gomantong caves!

February 9, 2011

Good Day Sandakan on CNY 2011

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 12:40 pm

Good Day Sandakan on Chinese New Year 2011.

January 23, 2011

Nice Resort in Sandakan~

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 8:12 am

Hi Friends,

Wonderful place with wonderful environment.

Looking for a relaxation place for a stay and away from city life for 3 days 2 nights for this coming chinese new year? This place is recommended, and welcome to Sandakan aka Little Hong Kong, Nature City, Land Below the Wind, North Borneo.

For locals, you are free to travel there to have a drink with your love one or among friends 😉 Also, a fine place for a wine and cigar session as well.  

 

 

Enjoy yourself in Sandakan the nature City.

January 2, 2011

2010 in review

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 2:32 pm

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 63 posts. There were 367 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 373mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was October 22nd with 106 views. The most popular post that day was Note 2210~.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, sdkfood.blogspot.com, mail.yahoo.com, and google.com.my.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for sandakan food blog, sandakan food, batu sapi, sandakan, and food in sandakan.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Note 2210~ October 2010
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Sandakan’s Attractions October 2009
21 comments

3

Food in Sandakan – Part 1 December 2009

4

Sandakan Food~ March 2010
5 comments

5

More Sandakan Photos November 2009
9 comments

December 24, 2010

Food of Sandakan~

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 2:30 pm

 Hi friends,

It been sometimes you guys din’t see my update.

First of all, thank you so much for those friends who still continue to visit my blog or those who accidently visit my blog also.

Here are another photos of Sandakan local foods.  Hope you all like it~

November 15, 2010

Food Food Food~

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 12:07 pm

Hi friends,

Food time again~

A day will not complete without food in your stomach. For those who are on diet, no worries, you still can eat. Eat quality in stead of quantity 😉

 

November 6, 2010

Sandakan Puu Jih Shih~

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 12:43 pm

Hi Friends,

Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple is a Buddhist temple in Sandakan, Sabah. It is located on a hill about 4 km to the west of Sandakan town centre. From here, there’s a panoramic vista of Sandakan Bay below compared with the other Chinese and Buddhist temples in Sandakan, Puu Jih Shih is pretty new, having come into the picture only in 1987 at a cost of RM5 million.

Puu Jih Shih is extravagant, and is likely built to awe. It is built in a grand scale, with giant undulating dragons, golden Buddha statues and more.

October 25, 2010

Sandakan Borneo Bird Festival – 16th Oct 2010

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 1:05 pm

Hi All,

Some photos taken on the yearly event at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan on 16th Oct 2010. Car park was full and visitors was crowded such as photographs, teachers, students, foreigners, trackers, and many more on that 3 days event.

Plants at RDC

Tropical Giant Trees, Tower and  Rainforest

 

October 23, 2010

First Year

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 11:57 am

Dear all,  

I still remember the strong force I had when I first started off with this blog and that was the love, passion and hope I have for my little hometown- Sandakan. It was Oct 2009 when I had my first entry introducing Sandakan in my personal blog. Throughout the year, I’ve been constantly taking pictures and keep introducing places and Food in Sandakan. In such a short year, to date I have 4,880 views, 58 posts and 135 comments in my blog from the site stats.

Yes, I have to say that it’s not something very spectacular. I’m not even a famous blogger but each and every entries I’ve posted, I’ve put 100% of effort, research and dedication to it. Some of you might think I’ve nothing else to do or perhaps I’ve too much of free time. As well as some of you might also have this thought of me, trying to show my capability of being the Ambassador without being officially recognized. If anyone of you may have such perception on me, my apologies that I wasn’t able to express myself very well in words. Well, I’m not trying to clarify or score any impression points now but would just like to express a few words of mine.

To those who have been following my posts, I believe you know how much I love my hometown. I called it HOME, where I find this is the best shelter I’ve ever had and therefore, this little blog of mine was created. I just wanted to share what I’ve experienced in Sandakan and of course also to guide those who are interested to find out more about this place. For your information, I’m not receiving any fees for advertising these places. Neither getting paid nor expecting any return at this period of time. This is purely because I love my hometown – Sandakan. I want to see this place to be well known and to bring back some of the hometown memories to the Sandakians who are now not physically in Sandakan. Nevertheless, of course I do wish to have real readers who appreciate this little assignment of mine.

Ok, to keep it real simple, I would like to thanks everyone for dropping by, leaving comments and spending time to read my blog. I truly appreciate the time you all have spent especially to my supportive readers. Without your support, it won’t be a smooth sailing year for me and my blog. You guys are always welcome to visit my blog as many times as you want and raise any queries if you have any. I’ll be extremely glad to show you around of this beautiful place. Ahh, and also, leaving comments or feedback are welcome too. Always feel free to express your opinions and I’ll try my best to keep my blog up to date although this is not a promise yet. It will be a challenging year ahead for me and I will definitely keep you guys posted whenever possible. 

Special thanks to my budd, Mr. Jacky Liu who has never stopped supporting me since I’ve started this blog. He has witnessed the growth of the blog. Thanks budd, no words can express my gratitude but you know the word from the bottom of my heart.

Another special thanks to Ms. Rachel Chung for the help in wordings in my entries. Mainly your participation in the editing part. Although they are not 100% the exact words but nearly close to what I wanted to say, thanks for reading my mind and heart effortlessly.

The following person I’m going to thanks stands a very important place in my heart. She has never left me no matter how despair I am. Never in before and never in future. She loves me with all her heart, without expecting anything in return. Always love me for who I am, who I wanted to be and who I’ll be. I’ll never be able to do that much without her love and care. The unconditional love given & the never-give-up spirit, they will be forever stored in my heart. Thanks my Mum.., for providing a safe home and to shower me continuously with the love in no matter good or bad times. No one loves me like you do and you are truly simply the best and irreplaceable. I love you Mum.

Thanks & Sincere,

Cedric Chai

October 22, 2010

Note 2210~

Filed under: My Birthday's Note — Cedric @ 3:35 am

Dearest My Family, Buddies and all my Friends,

My Special day falls on 2210. Every year i’ll get so exciting when the month of October approaching, but, this year 2010 is a very challenging year for me. I’m not exciting and i don’t feel special at all.

But, i received a lot of bless wishes from a lot of peoples. No matter how hard time and how challenging in life, i still have you.

Special thanks for my love family, buddies and all my friends. You make my day again.

Love,
Cedric Chai

October 19, 2010

Croc farm and other Wildlifes in Sandakan.

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 4:28 am

Hi friends,

Interested in venturing some giant Crocs in Sandakan? Feeding, performance and other wildlifes, come and discover 🙂    

 

Danger Croc 1

Swimming Mouse

Feeding time

Lazy Deer

Performance Croc

Ostrich

A gang of crocs waiting for food.

Peacock

Danger croc 2, successfully killed 4 human being before arrested.

October 6, 2010

Estuarine Crocodile

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 1:01 am

The estuarine crocodile is the largest reptile.

There are about 14 species of crocodiles worldwide, of which the estuarine crocodile (crocodylus porosus) is the largest. Also known as the saltwater crocodile, it is found in freshwater swamps, rivers, inter-tidal zones and estuaries throughout Southeast Asia and northern Australasia.

A healthy adult male saltwater crocodile is typically 4.8m – 5 m (15.8ft – 16.6 ft) long, weigh around 770kg (1697 lb). However, this species is capable of growing to sizes up to 9 m (30 feet)!

It’s a very powerful predator!

The estuarine crocodile is an ambush predator capable killing large animals like water buffaloes, although relatively small prey still make up the majority of the diet of adult. In Sabah, it can take monkeys, wild boar, birds, domestic livestock, pets, water buffalo and also humans. Younger crocodiles eat smaller animals like insects, amphibians, crustaceans, small reptiles and fish.

Generally it seems lethargic, a trait which helps it survive months at a time without food. It typically loiters in the water or basks in the sun through much of the day, usually preferring to hunt at night.

Estuarine crocodiles can digest mostly everything from their prey, including bones, feathers and horns!

It does not have sex chromosomes.

Crocodile embryos do not have sex chromosomes. This means that the gender or sex of a crocodile is not determined genetically.

Instead, sex is determined by temperature, with males produced at 31.6 C. and females produced at slightly lower and higher temperatures. The average incubation period is around 80 days.

Saltwater crocodiles nest in mounds, raising their eggs above the ground water table. However, many nests are lost to flooding each year. When the eggs are submerged, oxygen cannot reach the embryos and they die within a few hours.

On average, at least 80% of all eggs die during incubation, and less than one percent of all hatchlings will reach maturity. Major predators of the hatchlings include birds and fish, but major cause of death is cannibalism by other adult crocodiles.

Crocodiles have new teeth all the time!

All Crocodilians have replacement teeth all their life (though not in ‘extreme’ old-age). Each tooth is hollow, and the new one is growing inside the old. In this way, a new tooth is ready once the old is lost.

Juvenie crocodile replace teeth with larger ones at a rate as high as 1 new tooth per socket every month. After reaching adult size in a few years, however, tooth replacement rates can slow to two years and even longer. Very old crocodiles may reach an almost toothless state, after teeth have been broken and replacement slowed or stopped.

The result of this is that a single crocodile can go through at least 3,000 teeth in its lifetime!

There are lesser in numbers now.

Estuarine crocodiles are severely depleted in numbers throughout the vast majority of their range. Sightings in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are becoming extremely rare and the species may even be extinct in one or more of these countries.

However, the species is also the least likely of crocodilians to become globally extinct due to its wide distribution and almost pre-colonial population sizes in Northern Australia and New Guinea. In India, this crocodile is extremely in rare in most areas but is very common in the north eastern part of the country (mainly Orissa and the Sunderbans).

The population is scattered in Indonesia and Malaysia with some areas harbouring large populations (lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Santuary, for example). The estuarine crocodile is also present in very limited portions of the South Pacific, with an average population in the Solomon islands, a very small & soon-to-be-extinct population in Vanuatu Is. (official population = 3) and a decent but at-risk population in Palau Is. (possible rebounding).

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