Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

September 22, 2010

中秋节快乐~

Filed under: Happy Celebration — Cedric @ 2:57 am

Hi Friends,

The Mid-Autumn Festival, in Chinese, 中秋節 is a popular festival celebrated by Chinese here in Sandakan.

So peoples around the world, let’s gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, eat moon cakes and pomelos under the moon together 🙂 oh yes, please carry along your lanterns as well 😉

Would also like to take this opportunity to wish my family, friends and peoples around the world Happy Mid-Autumn Festival and 家好月圓慶中秋, 中秋节快乐! Good health and all wishes come true.

September 21, 2010

Great Place to Relax – Sandakan!

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 9:11 am

Hi all,

Another nice place to relax in Sandakan. A nature land, fresh air, birds watching, peace of mind, a glass of red wine, and a stick of cigar.. enough for you to enjoy your holiday? If not, then, pour yourself out, jump in the Jacuzzi pond, steam bath and a glass of dry martini!

So, what are you guys waiting for?? Shall we???  

Nice? Interested? Let me know, i’ll tour you there.. 🙂

September 7, 2010

Management Lessons by Humour~

Filed under: Information — Cedric @ 1:32 am

Hi Readers & Friends,

Just for fun to update some joke of the day and hope you will enjoy reading it. I personally like Lesson 3 😉 what about you? Have a good day~  

 

Lesson 1: Lion, the Manager
One day a Lion was sitting outside his cave, lying lazily in the sun. Along comes a fox, out on a walk.
Fox: “Do you know the time, because my watch is broken”
Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix the watch for you”
Fox: “Hmm… But it’s a very complicated mechanism, and your big claws will only destroy it even more”
Lion: “Oh no, give it to me, and it will be fixed”
Fox: “That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that lazy lions with great claws cannot fix complicated watches”
Lion: “Sure they do, give it to me and it will be fixed”
The lion disappears into his cave, and after a while he comes back with the watch which is running perfectly. The fox is impressed, and the lion continues to lie lazily in the sun, looking very pleased with himself.
Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the lazy lion in the sun.
Wolf: “Can I come and watch TV tonight with you, because mine is broken”
Lion: “Oh, I can easily fix your TV for you”
Wolf: “You don’t expect me to believe such rubbish, do you? There is no way that a lazy lion with big claws can fix a complicated TV”
Lion: “No problem. Do you want to try it?”
The lion goes into his cave, and after a while comes back with a perfectly fixed TV. The wolf goes away happily and amazed.
Inside the Cave:
In one corner are half a dozen small and intelligent looking rabbits who are busily doing very complicated work with very detailed instruments. In the other corner lies a huge lion looking very pleased with himself.
 
Moral:
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY A MANAGER IS FAMOUS, LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY SOMEONE UNDESERVED IS PROMOTED; LOOK AT THE WORK OF HIS SUBORDINATES. 
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Lesson 2: Who is your Boss?
 
One day rabbit was sitting outside his burrow,typing something in a typewriter. Along came a fox.
 
Fox: “What are you working on?” 
Rabbit: “My thesis.” 
Fox: “Hmm… What is it about?” 
Rabbit: “Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.” 
Fox: “That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes! 
Rabbit: “Come with me and I’ll show you!”
 
They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After few minutes, gnawing on a fox bone, the rabbit returns to his typewriter and resumes typing.
 
Soon a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.
 
Wolf: “What’s that you are writing?” 
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.” 
Wolf:”That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat wolves!” 
Rabbit: “No problem. Do you want to see how?” 
The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing. 
Finally a bear comes along and asks, “What are you doing? 
Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat bears.” 
Bear: “That’s ridiculous ! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat bears!” 
Rabbit: “Come into my home and I’ll show you”
 
 
Inside the Burrow :
 
As they enter the burrow, the rabbit introduces the bear to the lion.
 
Moral:
IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW SILLY YOUR THESIS TOPIC IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHOM YOU HAVE AS A SUPERVISOR.

IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW BAD YOUR PERFORMANCE IS; WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER YOUR BOSS LIKES YOU OR NOT
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Lesson 3: Cat and bird
A bird was flying south to escape the cold.
On the way It was so cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field .
While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it .
The dung was warm and the bird lay there all warm and happy started to sing aloud..
A cat heard the bird singing and following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung


Moral:


1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.
2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3) And when you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut!

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Lesson 4 : Ass is the Boss
When the body was first made, all the parts wanted to become the Boss.
The Brain said, “I should be Boss because I control the whole body’s responses and functions.”
The feet said, “We should be Boss as we carry the brain about and get him to where he wants to go.”
And so it went on and on with the heart, the lungs and the eyes until finally the asshole spoke up.
All the parts laughed at the idea of the asshole being the Boss. So the asshole went on strike, blocked itself up and refused to work.
Within a short time the eyes became crossed, the hands clenched, the Feet twitched, the heart and lungs began to panic and the brain fevered.
Eventually they all decided that asshole should be the Boss, so the motion was passed.
All the other parts did all the work while the Boss just sat and passed out the shit!
 
Moral:

YOU DON’T NEED BRAINS TO BE A BOSS – ANY ASSHOLE WILL DO.
 
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Lesson 5: Lady with a Bath Towel
Thrisha just finished her shower and her husband entered the bath room. Door bell rings.
Thrisha quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.
When she opens the door, there stands Bob,the next door neighbor.
Bob asked “Where is your hubby?” She told “He is taking bath”.
Bob says, “I’ll give you $800 to drop that towel.” After thinking for a moment, Thrisha drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.
After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. Thrisha wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.
When her husband comes out of bathroom, he asked, “Who was that?” “It was Bob the next door neighbor,” Trisha replies. “Great!”the husband says, “Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?”
 
Moral:
YOU CAN PREVENT CERTAIN AVOIDABLE EXPOSURE, IF YOU SHARE CRITICAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO CREDIT AND RISK IN TIME WITH YOUR STAKEHOLDERS, 
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Lesson 6: Priest and a Nun
 
A priest was driving along and saw a nun on the side of the road. He stopped and offered her a lift, which she accepted. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to open and reveal a lovely leg. The priest got excited and he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun looked at him and said, “Remember Psalm 129?” The priest removed his hand and apologized profusely.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to retrieve a bible and looked up Psalm 129. It Said, “Go forth and seek further up, you will find glory.”
 
Moral:
ALWAYS BE WELL INFORMED IN YOUR JOB, OR YOU MIGHT MISS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

September 1, 2010

Borneo Bird Festival 15 – 17 October 2010.

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 4:54 am

Calling for ALL Bird Lovers, Rainforest Trekkers, Photographers, Friends, Family, Students, Tourists, Visitors and ALL Sandakan’s Community,

Have you guys plan a trip or holiday for the month of October 2010? If not, you could consider to join the once a year Borneo Bird Festival event held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sepilok Sandakan, Sabah.  This event will take place from 15 – 17 October 2010. The RDC is a centre for environmental education situate within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.      

For the birding enthusiasts there will be photography competition, the Borneo Bird Race, Nature Art Sketching, daily guided birding tour, childrens’ activities and many more exciting programs at the Festival.      

There are minimal fees to attend the Lectures, Workshops and Guided tours.  Due to limited capacity, do register early to avoid disappointment.     

Block your diary and service your vehicle or book your bus/air ticket now!! Have a great time at Borneo Bird Festival and welcome to Sandakan aka the Little Hong Kong~!    

      

 

Borneo Bird Festival    

Date: 15 – 17 October 2010    Venue: Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan 

TIME / DATE PROGRAMME
15 October 2010 (Friday)
1000 – 1600hrs Activities and Booth Exhibitions
1400 – 1600hrs Launching of the Borneo Bird Festival 2010
1600 – 2000hrs Bird Race Flag Off – Session 1
1600 – 1800hrs Guided Birdwatching Walk
1900 – 2030hrs Guided Walk – Rainforest By Night
 
16 October 2010 (Saturday)
0630 – 0800hrs Guided Birdwatching Walk
0500 – 0900hrs Bird Race – Session 2
1000 – 1045hrs Talk One: Birds of Borneo and its Specialty”Conservation and Tourism”    
1000 – 1800hrs Activities and Booth Exhibitions
1100 – 1145hrs Talk 2: Hornbill Conservation
1200 – 1245hrs Talk 3: Eagle Conservation
1245 – 1400hrs Break for Lunch
1400 – 1445hrs Talk 4
1600 – 1800hrs Guided Birdwatching Walk
1500 – 1700hrs Showcase : Environmental Message from Our Children(Student’s Showcase)    
 
17 October 2010(Sunday)
0630 – 0800hrs Guided Birdwatching Walk
1000 – 1045hrs Presentation & Workshops (Rainforest Hall, RDC):Talk 5: Birdwatching Basics and equipments    
1100 – 1145hrs Talk 6: Birding Asia and the Best Places to Go
1200 – 1245hrs Talk 7: Hornbill Nestbox
1245 – 1400hrs Break for Lunch
1400 – 1445hrs Workshop : Bird As Art – Sketch OR Paint
1500 – 1545hrs Prize Presentation Ceremony1) Bird Race    2) Bird Photography      
1600 – 1645hrs Closing and Hi-Tea

What to Bring and Wear 

A pair of good quality, waterproof binoculars is always essential for the birdwatcher. It’s advisable to bring a tripod along with your camera—the low light of the rainforest makes this vital.     

Cool and loose clothing in cotton or special tropical-weight fabrics in light brown, beige or green is recommended. A hat and poncho are also important. Bring a rain cover for your camera bags and also a camera rain cover for light drizzle or thick morning mist. An umbrella, water-resistant bags and moisture absorber, such as Thirsty Hippo, reduces moisture in both binocular and camera bags. A light face towel is invaluable for wiping your face and neck when the going gets wet and sweaty, or for covering your camera should you not have a special rain cover.

For more photos, please refer back to:

https://cedricchai.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/2-rainforest-discovery-centre-rdc-sandakan/

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.

Source from:-

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=74211

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..

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=74161

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..

However,
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.
             
Remember:
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.  

July 29, 2010

Fruits Season – Tarap Fruit

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 6:09 am

Hey guys,

Fruits season in Q3 of the year. Tarap fruit is one of the seasoning fruit and this fruit available only in Sabah, North Borneo.

I believe a lot of friends who stay out of Sabah misses this fruit so much, right? Come back and let’s enjoy the fruit together 🙂

Sandakan Dragon Fruit’s farm

Filed under: Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 3:55 am

Hi friends,

These are dragon fruit plants and the red color one is the dragon fruit. I know there is nothing special, but, who knows there might be some friends out there who never see the real plant before, right?

July 28, 2010

Malaysia Airlines and MASwings operations at Sandakan airport

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 7:34 am

Effective 29 July 2010, Malaysia Airlines and MASwings will cease their operation at the Sandakan town office and move the entire operation, including ticketing operations, to Sandakan Airport.

With the consolidation exercise in Sandakan airport, ticketing and related services previously held at the town office will move to Sandakan Airport.

The operating hours are from 7.15am to 7.15pm, from Monday to Sunday including public holidays.

Other than reservation and ticketing, MASwings in Sandakan airport will also be able to provide reissuance and refund service for Malaysia Airlines and MASwings’ tickets, mileage points redemptions for Malaysia Airlines’ frequent flyer programmes and MAS holiday packages.

Contact 089-660525 for more details of the ticketing operations in Sandakan airport.

July 16, 2010

Agnes Keith’s House – Sandakan

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

Agnes and Harry Keith’s house sits atop a hill, overlooking the Sandakan Bay. In her first book, ‘Land Below The Wind’, she writes,’ When we sat in that house and looked out through its open doors the harbor of Sandakan became a background to our entire world. I knew then that was where I wanted to live.’ Agnes and Harry lived in their original house from 1934 until 1942 when they were interned by the Japanese and sent to prison camps first on Pulau Berhala near Sandakan and then to the Batu Lintang camp at Kuching.  Harry persuaded Agnes to write accounts of their lives in Sandakan and in Sabah to pass her leisure time. Agnes had a books published. First of the trilogy was published in 1939 and became a big seller in America where she came from. The 2nd book, Three Came Home was her account as an intern in prison camps during the Japanese Occupation and was published in 1946. The 3rd book, White Man Returns was published in 1951, an account of life in Sandakan – post war.

 

When the Keith family returned to Sandakan after the war they found their house destroyed, as with the rest of Sandakan town. Sandakan had to be built from scratch again. The retreating Japanese army razed the town and Keith’s house, which was occupied by Japanese officers, was no exception. It was rebuilt in 1946-47 on the original foundations to the same design and was the first government permanent timber house to be built after the war. 

 

Agnes and Harry named it “Newlands” and they lived in it until they left Sabah in 1952. After their departure, the house passed through many tenants and in the 1990’s was left abandoned to vagrants. In 2001, the Sabah Museum in collaboration with the Federal Department of Museums began restoration work on the house.

 

Today Agnes Keith’s house is a prime example of how, if we put our mind into it . we can produce quality. Unlike many other projects that have all but put our country to shame that has shown such inadequate research and non-commitment placed on those projects.

Although the house is but any other colonial house found ubiquitous some 60years ago. it’s now become a rarity as Malaysia surges towards 2020’s vision of modernisation. Many have been torn down to make way for development unfortunately. Agnes Keith’s house has a story to tell. On the 1 st floor, a well documented account of Agnes and Harry’s life is displayed in a series of Perspex sheets and an audio visual room has great video screenings of what it was like in Sandakan during the early 1900’s. If you wish to watch the videos, just ask the officer and he will be more than happy to screen them for you.

July 8, 2010

Borneo Elephant

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 1:29 am

 

The Borneo Elephant, also called the Borneo Pygmy Elephant, (Elephas maximus borneensis) is a subspecies of the Asian Elephant and found in north Borneo (east Sabah and extreme north Kalimantan).

 In 2003, mitochondrial DNA research has shown that its ancestors separated from the mainland population about 300,000 years ago.

 The subspecies currently living in Borneo possibly became isolated from other Asian elephant populations when land bridges that linked Borneo with the other Sunda Islands and the mainland disappeared after the Last Glacial Maximum, 18,000 years ago.

A form of the extinct Javan Elephant?

Other scientists argue that the Borneo elephant was introduced by the Sultan of Sulu and abandoned, and that the population on Sulu, never considered to be native, was imported from Java. Thus the Borneo elephant actually may be the extinct Javan elephant. 

Many facts support this hypothesis, including no archaeological evidence of long term elephant habitation of Borneo, a corroboration in folklore and the lack of the elephants colonizing the entire island of Borneo.

A senior female leads the herd.

Borneo elephants live in herds of 5 to 10 individuals but you may come across up to 30 individuals feeding alongside a river. Most probably, the “herd” is made up of small family groups.

A herd is led by a single senior female. Young females remain in the family group presumably for life. Males will leave when sexually matured at 10 to 12 years old.

Big eater but very shy and quiet.

In a day, an adult Borneo elephant can eat up to 150 kg of monocotyledon plants like palms, grasses, gingers, and wild bananas. They get minerals from salt licks, which are natural concentrated sources of salt in the rain forest.

Despite their size and strength, the Borneo elephant is actually quite docile and would shy away from humans and rarely endanger humans. However, some individuals-especially the bulls-can be quite dangerous in specific circumstances. It can kill with its tusks, forehead and trunk, and by biting.

Elephants are generally quiet animals but their trumpeting can be heard many kilometers away. They communicate using a wide variety of vocalizations, from the sound of trumpets to subsonic sounds (low frequency sounds that we cannot hear).    

What are the differences between the Borneo elephant and other subspecies of Asian elephants?

  • The ears of Borneo elephants are larger relative to body size compared to other subspecies of Asian elephants,
  • Other Asian elephant subspecies are around 2.5-3.0 m tall but Borneo elephants are only about 1.7-2.6 m tall,
  • The tails of Borneo elephants can almost touch the ground.   

June 24, 2010

The Batu Sapi (Bull Rock) Sandakan

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 12:35 pm

Hi all,

Batu Sapi is a rock formation beside the river to the south of Sandakan, Sabah. This rock formation was created by water erosion, current and waves over millions of years. It now stands at the estuary surrounded by mangrove and the fast encroaching Sandakan town.

June 17, 2010

The Sumatran Rhino

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 2:41 am

The Sumatran Rhino is the smallest Rhino.

The Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is the smallest and most primitive of the 5 surviving rhinoceros species (2 species in Africa, 3 in Asia). It stands at about 120-145 cm (3.9–4.8 ft) high at the shoulder, with a body length of 250 cm (98 in) and weight of 500-800 kg (1100–1760 lb)

Like the African species, it has two horns; the larger is nasal horn, typically 15–25 centimetres (6–10 in), while the other horn is typically a stub. A coat of reddish-brown hair covers most of the Sumatran Rhino’s body.

The Sumatran Rhino in Sabah is one of the 3 subspecies. Scientifically known as Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni, it is also commonly known as Eastern Sumatran rhinoceros of the Bornean rhinoceros. This subspecies is named after Tom Harrisson, who worked extensively with Bornean zoology and anthropology in the 1960s. The Bornean subspecies is markedly smaller than the other two subspecies.

The most endangered animal in Malaysia!

The Sumatran rhinoceros in the most critically endangered animal in Malaysia; less than 30 individuals are estimated to remain in the whole of Sabah!

The decline in the number of Sumatran rhinos is mainly due to poaching for the high value of rhino products. Their horns, which are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine, fetch as much as US$30,000  per kg on the black market. The rhinos have also suffered from habitat loss as their forests have been cleared for lumber and conversion to agriculture.

Sumatran rhinos were once found throughout rainforests, swamps and cloud forests in India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. They are now critically endangered, with only 6 substantial populations in the wild: 4 in Sumatra, 1 in Sabah and 1 in Peninsular Malaysia.

I like to be alone.

The Sumatran rhino is a mostly solitary animal except for courtship and child-rearing.

It is the most vocal rhino species and also communicates through marking soil with its feet, twisting saplings into patterns, and leaving excrement.

I have the oldest rhino genes!

Of the living rhinoceros species, the Sumatran rhino is the oldest, first emerging more than 15 million years ago. It was closely related to the Woolly Rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiqutatis), but not to the other modern species. The Indian and Javan rhino emerged 2-4 million yrs ago.

Although only the Sumatran rhino remains in Sabah, 10,000 yr old fossil remains of the Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) have been found in the Madai caves, Kunak, in the east coast of Sabah.

Sumatran rhino facts:

  • Many rhino trails look like drains, 3-4m deep. Generations of rhinos have used these trails and the animals seldom deviate from them,
  • Pictures of rhinos in the wild show that the skin is smooth. However, in captivity, the rhino becomes hairy, maybe because it doesn’t push its way through vegetation anymore. The hair can grow quiet long,
  • Sumatran rhinos are very agile and quiet in their forest environment and may reach speeds of 40 km/h (25 m/h),
  • The males have territories of about 50 square kilomoters in size. Females have smaller territories (10-15 square kilometer).  

June 11, 2010

Don’t be serious, be sincere.

Filed under: My Note — Cedric @ 3:27 am

Don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all good order. There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same is with life where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.

One thing about nurturing the spark – don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And, 50 years is just 2,500 weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up?

It’s ok, bunk a few classes, scoring low in couple of papers, goof up a few interviews, take leave from work, enjoy with your friends, fall in love, little fights with your loved ones. We are people, not programmed deviced. Don’t be serious, be sincere.

June 2, 2010

Sandakan Memorial Park

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 7:35 am

During late 1941 and early 1942 Japanese Forces swept south in a series of victories that brought the Second World War to South-east Asia and the Pacific. Many Allied service personnel become prisoners of war. In July 1942 nearly 1500 Australian POWs were shipped from Singapore to Sandakan and forced to build a military airfield at the command of the Japanese. In 1943 over 770 British POWs arrived, followed by a further 500 Australians. All of these prisoners were housed here at the Sandakan POW Camp.

In late 1943 there were about 2500 prisoners at Sandakan. In January 1945 the first of three “Death Marches” took place when prisoners were force-marched 260km to Ranau. The Marches claimed large numbers of POW lives. At the end of the war only 6 were still alive – and they survived because they escaped.

The Returned & Service League of Australia begin the task of preserving the site and this park has now been developed by the Australian Government with the co-operation of the Government of the State of Sabah as a memorial to those who suffered and died here, on the Death Marches and at Ranau.

The pathway will take you up to a commemorative pavilion and memorial, and then back along the road the prisoners of war took as they set out on the Death Marches.

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