Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

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

 

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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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