Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010!

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 11:59 pm

Happy New Year 2010! 🙂


Is time before I forget or don’t have time or don’t make it or get hold of you, I am just taking this opportunity to thank everyone , I mean EVERYONE , who made 2009 a fabulous year.. Hoping 2010 will be even better.

~ For all those I’ve made promises to and never kept – it was not deliberate but I will “improve” in 2010.

~ Those that I owe lunches, movies, night out , etc…, I’ll fix that as well, I’ll make time . For sure.

~ For those that have supported me and made me smile through all my hardships…I salute you!  🙂

~ For those I’ve disagreed with, argued with and just never got along with……well, I’m Sorry!!!!!!! Let’s try again next year.

~ Those that I’ve hurt…..unintentionally/intentionally….I’ve already apologized “I’m Sorry” again…

~ For those that stuck a knife in my back the past is all forgiven but not forgotten…. 😛

~ For those that have let me down…..oh well…. I should have known better

~ All the true friends that I have: you ROCK!!..Awesome!

~ Congratulations to all the new mommies & fathers, newly weds etc…,

But all in all, you guys have made 2009 a great year. I wish you and your loved ones prosperity, good health, wealth, happiness, greener pastures, abundant blessings,

May 2010 be the year you achieve wonderful things in God’s guidance and strength.



Cedric Chai


New Year 2010 Resolution

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 9:00 pm

Hi all,

After the 2009 solution, and is now to plan for New Year 2010 resolution.

1.) Improve health:

~ More exercise i.e. to commit myself in “Jungle Trek” every weekend and explore in others interesting exercise as well. Go Go Go!!! Also, introduce more friends to Jungle walk in Sandakan and let them experiencing the fun as well as the satisfaction after the trek!

2.) Improve finances:

~ Save money for future expenditure of assets.

3.) Relationship:

~ Look for a serious girl friend and get marry 🙂

4.) Self Improve: 

~ Planning to take up a photography course or learn photopraghy skills from those professional protographer. Also, to improve my touring skills in order to shows friends /customers around Sandakan, or the whole Sabah. And Finally, to venture more more interesting place around Sabah and introduce to friends and peoples all over the world via my this personal blog 🙂   

5.) Maintain a blog:

~ Will continue to maintain this personal blog and continue to invite more friends come over to Sandakan.

6.) Take a trip

~ Continue to organise trip for relaxation and keep myself up to date in terms of breaking news, fashions and trend.  

7.) Social activities:

~ Take part on the more social activities in Sandakan i.e. church, join club, NGO and volunteer works to enhance my networking.

2009 Solution

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 8:00 pm

First of all, Happy New Year 2010 to my family, relatives, friends and everyone 🙂

Year 2009 is coming to an end and it is time evaluate year 2009 and  to commit the new year 2010 resolution.

1.) Health improvement –

For the past 2 months been joining friends to jungle trekking at Sandakan Rainforest Park located at Mile 5, north road, Sandakan approximately 1KM from Thsun Nyen Housing area. From very young age, i’m actually indirectly involved in jungle trekking which i myself also not realised on that. Not only jungle trekking, but more than that, i.e. river trekking and fishing, explored in different jungles to look for “rubber seed”, seeking wild fruits and eat them on the spot like survival game, and of coz take cigarettes without permission, i believe some of my old friends still can recall, right? Also, seek for Pitcher Plant (Monkey Cup aka Ma Liu Ang) and take the liquid inside the Picther Plant to apply on our hair, armpit and private part. Why? Because rumors said, the liquid helps to grow more hairs in everypart of our body! At that point we are plain, that’s why we are desperate to have hair all over our body, haha :). Actually, this is one of my friend favourate topic, Mr Jacky Liu. Every now and then, he will remind us on this story. Below is the sample of the pitcher plant where you still can found them at Sandakan Rainforest Park. For those who never see/experience them in real,  please let me know, i’ll show you guys.    


2.) Career –

To moved on previous company (Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad) for 7 years 5 months employment, and, to start new in EON Bank Group, Sandakan Branch. My job task in EON Bank as Business Development i.e. to market business loan for small and medium enterprise (SME) as well as Public Listed company. Anyone interest in business loan for your company expansion or any of your friends looking for business loan, please do not hesitate to contact me or walk in to EON Bank Sandakan Branch to look for me, Mr. Cedric Chai.

3.) Education –

Nothing new i’ve learn this year 2009 in terms of theoretical 😦 next year have to work harder in this area. Practically on job training and dealing with customers.  

4.) Self Improvement –

Continue to learn to become more organized and good time management. Also, do more exercise to manage stress and it’s work! Need to improve on emotional intelligence and be more patient 🙂   

5.) Vacation –

2 trips to Peninsular Malaysia to catch up with old friends, colleagues and company trainings. Few trips to Kota Kinabalu for leisure, friend wedding and also company attachment. Be a tour guide to friends came back/from other places, and show them around Sandakan attractions and Sandakan nice foods 🙂 and will continue to do more/better in 2010.

6.) Contribution –

Not much contribution so far this year 2009, intend to join NGO’s body in year 2010 to widen up the network and knowledge.   

I guess that is all for the year 2009 solution and starts planning for next year 2010 resolution 🙂

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009 and New Year 2010

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 6:44 am

To my family and friends and their family,

Wish you all a happy Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year….

 I believe all of you should have your own activity(ies) on your christmas/new year eve, some of your might have friends party countdown, pubs & discos countdown, family countdown at home, join the crowds on the streets, and, church party.

No matter where are you, we are still celebrating on the same day! Enjoy the party~


December 22, 2009

Happy “Dong Zhi” December 22

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 6:32 am

December 22 is Dong Zhi – the winter solstice.

Dong Zhi is the day for families to gather and eat tang yuan – glutinous rice balls cooked in a sweet broth.

Dong Zhi is also the day when everyone becomes one year older. Happy Birthday!

The shortest day of the year – the winter solstice – is called Dōng Zhì (冬至) in Mandarin Chinese and has special meaning in the traditional Chinese calendar.

Dōng Zhì is the day when families get together and eat tāng yuán (湯圓), a sweet soup made of glutinous rice balls. It is also the day when everyone becomes one year older.

The Chinese Calendar
The traditional Chinese calendar is divided into 24 equal divisions each corresponding to 15 degrees of Celestial longitude.

The sun reaches 270 degrees sometime around December 21, the date set on most Western calendars as the winter solstice. Dōng Zhì, however, can fall on December 21, 22, or 23. In 2008, Dōng Zhì falls on December 21.

The Meaning of Dōng Zhì
The Chinese characters for Dōng Zhì are 冬至. The first character means “winter” and the second character means “arrival.”

In traditional Chinese society, the arrival of winter meant that the farmers would lay down their tools and celebrate the harvest by coming home to their families. A feast would be prepared to mark the occasion.

These days, Dōng Zhì is still an important cultural holiday. Even though most people do not get a day off work, everyone tries to get together with their families to eat tāng yuán.

Tāng Yuán
You can buy frozen tāng yuán in the supermarket, but it’s not that difficult to make. Simply mix glutinous rice flour with water to make a dough. Place it in the refrigerator for about half an hour, then take it out and form it into small balls.

The balls are boiled in water until they float, and then put in a syrup of rock sugar and water that has been prepared separately.

December 12, 2009

Historical Background Of Sandakan

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 9:18 am

During the 1700’s, Sandakan was a trading outpost of the Sulu Sultanate and an important source of beeswax, rattan canes and edible birds’ nests which is relished by the Chinese communities throughout Asia.

As the power of the Sulu Sultanate declined during the second half of 1800’s, German and British traders formed the first European settlement in the area which come to be known as Kampung German or “German Village”.

When Kampung German was accidentally razed to the ground, the first Resident of the East Coast, an Englishman named William B. Pryer, decidedto relocate the settlement to the mouth of Sandakan Bay near Sim Sim on 21st June, 1879. Pryer named his new settlement Elopura or “Beautiful City” but soon the name Elopura was replaced by Sandakan, which is Sulu origin, meaning “the place that was pawned”.

The settlement thrived as a major trading post for the region and eventually Sandakan become the capital of Sabah (then known as North Borneo) when the British Government appointed The British North Borneo (Chartered) Company as the administrator of Sabah in 1881.

Modernization come to Sandakan during the early 1900’s with the building of brick shops with corrugated iron roofs. Roads were metaled and motorcars made thier appearance. Sandakan saw its first film show in 1912 and chinese operas were also introduced during this era.

By 1923 Sandakan had already installed automatic telephone exchange, even before Hong Kong and Shanghai has thiers.

By the late 30’s, Sandakan is a picture of calm and progressive town with well-lined shops, banks and pleasant looking wooden houses at the town centre.

The Japanese occupation of Sandakan during the Second World War started on 19th Jan 1942 and lasted until 19th Oct 1945 when it was liberated by a Brigade of the Australian 9th Division. At the end of the war, Sandakan was near total destruction, partly because of the Allied bombing in the process of liberation and the Japanese burning of the town.

During this period, a number of British and Australian prisoners of war (POWS) were held at Mile 8, a colonial agricultural and forestry station on Labuk Road. All but six (6) of the nearly 3000 prisoners were killed either at Mile 8 or on the three (3) infamous “Death Marches” to Ranau, which is about 250km west of Sandakan.

In 1946, Sabah officially became a British Colony and the capital was shifted from Sandakan to Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu). Altthough Sandakan was no longer the Centre of administration for the state, it remained as the economic capital of Sabah for many years to come.

After the war, Sandakan town was rebuilt at a fast rate and 1948, nearly the whole town site had been re-built. Shops were quickly opened for business as the population tried to get back to it pre-war life  in spite of the hardship and scars of the war where many of the locals perished.

On 16th September 1963, British North Borneo joined the Federation Of Malaysia and changed its name to Sabah. By the late 60’s and 70’s, the skyline of Sandakan has started having high-rise buildings.

During the timber boom of the 1970’s, Sandakan once again captured the limelight with reportedly having the highest concentration of millionaires in the region; earning the tag name “Little Hong Kong” due to the high Chinese population, landscape and prosperity.

By the 1980’s the timber industry was gradually being replaced by oil palm plantations as the world’s demand for palm oil surged in the 1990’s.

Of late, tourism has emerged as a major industry to Sandakan because of its abundance of nature and wildlife. In 2004, Sandakan was declared as “Nature City of Sabah, Malaysia Borneo” and set to be the prime eco-tourism destination in Malaysia.

Over its hunderd years of history, Sandakan has developed from a gunrunning village to become the timber centre of Sabah during the 60’s and 70’s. From a settlement on the outlook for pirates, it now has buildings rising high from its skyline and the development of the new waterfront at the town centre is bringing  Sandakan to another milestone in its colorful history.

Food in Sandakan – Part 1

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 5:34 am

Yo readers 🙂

I believe nothing is more important than food in your live and besides your vacation/holiday, right?? Here are some of the nice food in Sandakan that you may enjoy!! Let’s see what we have..


This is salted vege mihum. Is tasty, the soup is nice! If you like sour feel, then, this is your taste 🙂


 Ha Min with Yue Fu (Shrimp Mee with fish cake) “) i like the taste. Very nice having with a cup of “yin yang”.. hmmm 🙂 good feel!


Egg Tart in Sandakan 🙂 This egg tart i eat beside the beach with nice view and windy environment… jeng!!


Look like UFO? This is fried ice cream. This skin is hot but inside is cold ice cream 🙂 nothing special, you can find it in some other places also besides Sandakan.

This is “meat ball mai fun soup” and “meat pork and slices fish mai fun soup”. Eat this during rainy day, damn nice 🙂 of coz’ not rainy day also nice :):)

Tea time!!! I like the yellow bun, we call it “Gum Sar Pau”. Is very very yummy when it just take out from the big steam cooker!! Very nice! Sauce in the bun!! Must try! I eat with milk tea (lai cha) and LoHonGoa (herb tea)… yummy!

Live seafood in Sandakan. Which one you like, just pick 🙂

I like this dessert very very much!!! Coconut pudding (yea zi lai lou fa)!! Eat this after meal or during your vacation time after the hot sun, you will be damn satisfy!!! There are roasted chicken, pork, and duck rice also there 🙂

Everytime i have friend came from outstation, i will bring them to eat these food at mile 4 market. Very nice Wotet, Yau za guai & Ham zin bang, Lobak gou, Char siew bau, satay, chicken wing, and etc etc 🙂 i drink chrysanthemum tea to stay away from the heat 🙂  

This is cross over! I bought the Pudding (LaiLouFa) and mix with the papaya! Nice also and healthy! The Siew mai is from homemade :):) very fresh and yummy!!!

This mix rice stall serve  many choices of food 🙂 and very long long queue!!!

The Restaurant besides the harbour! Imperial bayview 🙂 nice scene!!

The Tasen Crackers!! Sandakan very own manufacture this cracker… very presentable and yummy during TV time and fun time…

Dinner time 🙂 this “Jiew Pai Tafu”, “Yau Zam Yue” and “Shue Zai Choy”. All also very nice!! yummy right????

No meals is more important than breakfast! I like this type of breakfast 🙂 “Hot salted lemon water”, “economic fried maifun” and “Siew mai”. Enough to stay until lunch time. Yum yum…  

Century Egg dumpling. Most of my friends like these food and repeating eat whenever they come to Sandakan. Check out some new and creative food there also, dragon ball soup and tamato basket 🙂 besides creative, it’s nice also!! And, of coz’ a glass of Lemon Ice water!!! Yummmmmmy!!

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