Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

August 23, 2010

Another Pride of Sabah~!

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 7:02 am

Hi friends,

Denmark’s biggest television network planning for a brand new eight-episode documentary series entitled “Girls Off The Beaten Track”, shot in Telupid’s primeval Tawai jungle and its spectacular waterfalls, Semporna’s basic but happy Sea Gypsy lifestyle and our iconic orang-utan conservation programme in Sepilok, producer and director by Jesper Aeroe Vinther next February.

The crew will spent more than two weeks on location shoot in Gomboron, Bohaydulang island, Semporna and Sandakan.

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August 21, 2010

Australian Governor General, Quentin Bryce Visit Sepilok Sandakan~

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 4:13 pm

Hi readers..

SEPILOK: Sabah’s great apes sprang a master stroke surprise for Australian Governor General, Quentin Bryce, when she visited Sepilok at about 3.30pm last Sunday afternoon.

Just as Bryce sat down in the viewing stand, two ‘mother’ orangutans, each with an infant baby clinging to their bosom, all of a sudden showed up at the feeding platform 15 metres away from her!


August 20, 2010

ROAD to Sandakan~

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 12:27 pm

Dear Readers,

Prior to this post, I’ve just posted out the news of our ‘ Sandakan Day Memorial Service ‘ few days ago. Been reading the news from the Daily Express Sabah these days, reporting such great event which held in our home land. Bryce’s visit has made it so special and I would say a very much unforgettable day of the year for each and every one of us in Sandakan. It has marked as a day to remember.

“Many of their families and loved ones are here today too. Something extraordinary had sustained them, and something else extraordinary took over. “With the nourishment, shelter and safety provided by local Sabahans, some of you are here with us now, these men were nursed back to life and health,” Bryce said in the ceremony.

Honestly, I’m so proud of this. Therefore, here I would like to share my sincere gratitude and some of my thoughts to you guys. To those who had read the news from Daily Express Sabah, did you guys realise a simple truth from a statement that our Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman made? Alright guys, it probably had just slipped through the mind without realising it. He said :-

In the area of tourism, 533,000 Australians and 435,000 Britons visited Malaysia in 2009 but only 23,000 Australians and 32,000 Britons came to Sabah.

Hey, only 5% of them came to Sabah? We don’t need a calculator, you see. Distributing the percentage of 5%, how many of them have visited our home land Sandakan? Such a painful truth he has made. Not to say we have not got enough visitors visiting Sandakan, our young generations have also gradually moving out from our homeland to look for a better opportunity in the other side of the world.

What are we lacking of in our native land? Lack of job opportunities? Lack of media advertising? Lack of spending opportunities? Lack of population? Lack of places to visit? Lack of people with calibre? Lack of determination? Lack of hope? What are the answers? You guys gotta tell me.

I never forget where I came from. I always remember the road I’ve travelled. Never ever forget my roots. I wonder how many of them see and think like I do. I wish I could see many of you out there realise how beautiful our homeland is and try to make effort to beautify it even more. Let the people in the other side of world know how great this place can be. Dear Sandakanities, whether you are still living here or away from this land, we need the love from each and every one of you, we need people with big heart to the society, we need to show this undiscovered place to the others. I salute them- the Australians and British, they can make effort to pay respect and show gratitude to our heroes, so can we ! It’s not an empty land, it’s a hopeful place- Sandakan. Like what our Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said :-

“I hope this history is included in the education curriculum in all four nations. Sandakan holds a special place for our respective countries, and we will forever be bound by this shared history.”

Dear visitors and our Sandakanities, I’m sure this place will never fail to bring us with excitements, joy, fun and challenges. Believe me, it has more to offer. We just need some helping hands to bring it to the next level.

Thanks and warm Regards;

Cedric Chai (SA)

August 16, 2010

Sandakan Day Memorial Service

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 3:04 am

August 16, 2010, SANDAKAN: Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC yesterday led the Sandakan Day Memorial Service in honour of prisoners of war who perished in the infamous death marches from here (Sandakan) to Ranau during World War Two.

It is believed Bryce is the first-ever Governor-General of Australia to visit Sabah! It is also believed that this was the first-ever 8 hours direct flight between Canberra and Sandakan to attend the annual service and this year, it marks the 65th anniversary of the end of the war. Towards the end of World War Two, the Japanese Imperial Army ordered prisoners of war to trek along 240km of treacherous terrain in a series of forced marches from here (Sandakan) to Ranau, resulting in the deaths of 2,428 Australian and British servicemen.

There are more than 250 Australians have flown in for this year’s Sandakan Memorial Day Service.

August 15, 2010

New Hong San Tze temple in Jalan Leila, Sandakan

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 5:41 pm

August 15, 2010

Sandakan: Around 1,000 peoples, including worshipers, participated in a procession held in conjunction with the relocation of the Kong Teck Chun Ong (aka Sin Kung), a Hockien deity, to the new Hong San Tze temple in Jalan Leila, Saturday.

It took the participants to walk almost 2 hours to complete the 4km journey.

August 13, 2010

A glass of wine…

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 7:06 am

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine…
And those who don’t and are always
seen with a bottle of water in their hand.

As Ben Franklin said:
In wine there is wisdom,
In beer there is freedom,
In water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials,
Scientists have demonstrated that if we drink
1 litre of water each day,
At the end of the year we would have absorbed
More than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. Coli) – bacteria  
Found in feces.
In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop..

We do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer
(or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor)
Because alcohol has to go through a purification process
Of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
Water = Poop,
Wine = Health..

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid,
Than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information:
I’m doing it as a public service!

August 9, 2010

Sandakan Sports Complex – Nature Recreation

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 2:26 am

The jogging track at Sandakan Sport Complex, a small part of the 187 acres encompassing the entire complex area. This nature recreation I won’t say is a must go place, but worth place to go. You will enjoy the nice environment and a big lake in the middle of the jogging track. So, why not pay a visit?

There is also a mini forest trek there as well. This is very suitable for those beginners who are interested to get to know some forest trekking experience before upgrade to the bigger forest trek. Try it out, about 5-10 mins walk.  

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