Sunday, November 15, 2009

Malay and Iban outnumber Chinese students in rural schools

Last month I travelled to Maludam in Betong Division, specifically to meet the headmaster of SJK Chung Hua, Maludam, Mr. Lai Ngit Sin ( red shirt in above photo). While there I was very well taken care of by Mr. Lai who is extremely friendly and hospitable.Two days ago Mr. Lai together with some of his colleagues and also a group of primary six pupils paid a brief visit to Sibu.I was very happy to have an opportunity to reciprocate his hospitality. With them were also the headmaster, teachers and some primary six pupils of SJK Chung Hua,Roban.
The Sibu tour was educational and also fun for the group.We visited Jubilee Park, Civic Centre's Heritage Museum, Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum, Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden and an ostrich farm.

The majority of the group's 22 pupils are Malay and Iban who study in the 2 rural Chinese schools.Every where we went people were amazed by these Chinese-speaking bumiputra, each of them also has a Chinese name.

Here are some photos showing the bumiputra students at SJK Chung Hua, Maludam.

A story highlighting SJK Chung Hua, Maludam, has recently been published in The Star. For further reading please click the following link.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/15/education/5074846&sec=education

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort





















The success story of a self-made millionaire who owns and operates the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort at KM36, Miri-Bintulu Road. (Photos 3, 4 & 5 are provided by the resort)
To learn more about Henry Law and his resort, click the following link.

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/11/14/lifetravel/5063984&sec=lifetravel

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sleeping with 4 beautiful girls

Do you believe I slept with 4 beautiful girls on November 12, 2009?. I'm not joking. It's absoultely true! I went to Bamboo House Lounge at Sarawak House tonight and at the spiral staircase, I met this group of 4 beautiful girls and 1 quite handsome guy. They invited me to have a game of pool....the girls played, the guy just watched in jealousy.
I let the girls win and they were so happy. They even posed for me to take a few pictures. It was only after a few games that I asked for their names at the pool table. The guy's name is RJ and on his left are Kane,Lala,Chen and Rose. All are young, sexy and beautiful.They flied all the way to Sibu from Baguio City in the Philppines. Chen, the most attractive girl among the group told me that they would stay for at least 3 months. After making acquaintance, I gathered all my courage to ask the girls if I could sleep with them. Kane,Chen and Rose immediately nodded in agreement at the same time flashing their sexiest smiles. Lala however insisted that RJ must also agree.So what do you think was happening next?
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Well, well, well....guys, did I make up a convincing story? Or you already know from the very beginning that I am only bluffing?

Jokes aside, I went to take photos of the New Vibration Band which is making its debut at the Bamboo House Lounge. During the photography session, we required the band members to lie down on the floor to take some very unique and interesting photos. And at the end of that photography session, I quickily jumped on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of "sleeping" with 4 girls at one time.
The New Vibration Band will be performing nightly from 8.45pm onwards for a duration of 3 months.
Bamboo House Lounge which is an entertainment outlet of the Premier Hotel is a popular night spot for both the in-house guests and also the local revellers.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sacred Heart Secondary School Speech Day & Star Foundation

Datuk Clement Hii arriving at the Mill Hill De La Salle Centenary Hall

The Sacred Heart Bagpipe Band, the only such school band in Sarawak was in attendance

Datuk Hii addressing the 1,500 audience


Johnny Wong Siong Sah, an old boy and successful businessman coming back all the way from New Zealand. He is also the President of Canterbury Foochow Association, New Zealand.

Daniel Wong Pak Ing, an old boy and General Manager of Sibu Water Board sharing his stories with the students

Mr. Thomas Ling from Sibu Autistic Association receiving RM20,000 from Star Foundation

Mr. John Wong from Sarawak Society For The Blind Sibu Division Branch receiving RM20,000. Mr. Wong received another Rm25,000 on behalf of Malaysian Red Crescent Society, Sibu Chapter

Datuk Hii presenting a RM20,000 cheque to Ms Ivy Lau of Sibu Kidney Foundation
Mr. Yong Kie Ho from Methodist Children's Home was also presented with a RM20,000 cheque
Michael Wong, an old boy from class of 1963, giving away an award to an outstanding student

Peter Seo, past President of Sibu Sacred Heart Secondary School Alumni Association of Kuching giving away an award

Daniel Wong presenting an award to a student

President of PTA, Mr. Nicholas Sebastian giving away an award

Councillor Robert Lau Hui Yew who is also the President of Sacred Heart Old Boys Association presenting an award to an upper six student

Dr. Bryan Lim Choon Yang, President of Sibu Sacred Heart Secondary School Alumni Association of Kuching congratulating Wong Jian Cheng who scored 7As in his PMR

Dr. Gregory Hii of the School Board of Management giving away an award

An upper six student receiving his award from Johnny Wong

Datuk Hii presenting a laptop to Wong Jian Cheng who won the Best Academic Award

The Principal of the school, Mr. Vincent Liong presenting a souvenir to Datuk Hii

Please click the link below to read the story published in The Star. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/3/nation/5027597&sec=nation

Temple Opening and....TKS

The largest temple complex in Malaysia, (some say the largest in South East Asia and some even claim it is the largest in Asia) the Yu Lung San Tien En Si Temple had it's grand soft opening on November 1.The official opening will probably be in 2010 and some internationally famous personalities would be invited as guests of honour. Kung Fu Star Jet Li's name has been mentioned as one of the possible guests.

Located at KM26 Sibu-Bintulu Road, the 60 millon temple complex is believed to be the only one in the world where 3 religious faiths; Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are combined together.

The construction of the temple began in 2004 with funds donated from various individuals and organizations locally and overseas.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Robert Lau was one of the guests at the soft opening. He was so elated to walk on this special red carpet.Any one (except those who were present at the ceremony) can guess what was he walking on?

A pat on the shoulder by the Deputy Minister on the founder of the temple, Hii Siew Onn (left) and Tang Kee Hiong (right), one of the main sponsors. Tang is the boss of San Hin Group of Companies in Malaysia and Brunei which also owns the Tang Dynasty Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Another guest of honour was Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh, Sarawak's 2nd Finance Minister (Middle). Datuk Sri Wong said in his speech that the Sarawak Government is recognizing the temple complex as the main tourist icon in Sibu.It is understood that several thousand local and foreign tourists have already visited the temple even before its opening.

Yet another generous sponsor and guest of honour is Dato Sri Paduka Tiong King Sing. TKS needs no further introduction here if you are following the national news lately.

Paul (right) , did you come all the way from miri to give a thumbs up to TKS? I am only joking,seriously. Paul is a lawyer and very active photographer who came here to take photographs and meeting up old photographer friends like Philip Kong and Roger Tiong. I hope you will take part in the photography contest organized in conjunction with the temple's opening. I first met Paul in Marudi during the Baram Regatta last year.

More photographs of TKS. He is seen here with one of his best buddies, Hii King Chiong of Kingwood and Fonsen Group of companies which are dealing in timber, oil palm, sago, property,construction, shipping and hotel businesses in Malaysia and overseas. Hii is also a major sponsor of the temple.

Below are some photos taken during and after the grand soft opening which attracted more than 1,000 people.






This guy on the floor is not performing some kind of rituals. He is my photography buddy...Kahlid. A devoted Malay Muslim who is a senior officer with an airline. Kahlid is very active in photography and very dedicated too. You can spot him taking photos in temples, in churches, in mosques, in Chinese and Iban cemeteries.You just name any place..he must have been there before. He is a true Malaysian, a brother. I would like to end this post with several more photos of the buildings at the temple complex taken on a more sunny day before the opening.