Tuesday, 31 March 2015

On .........was my first oversea trip and I was really excited. Atmosphere in the bus was filled with noises of excitement and temperature was kind of low at the same time so I was feeling very cold. As we arrived at Malaysia, we visited a high school and we enjoyed it as the people there are really fun to get along with and the best part is that, we exchange our Facebook accounts and one of them is Ryan. I was really happy to made a friend like him and because of that, we were able to share our lifestyle in our own country. Our lunch come next and it was weird as my friends took pictures of their food. I was wondering why would they do that for. Anyway, having a view of the countryside from a sceneric drive through it,  my whole perspective of the world changed as I never thought that this world could become that beautiful. Lunch was then held; the food there was nice. After lunch, we had a glance of the rubber tapping process. It is a process by which the latex is collected from a rubber tree. An incision is made in the tree's bark, which cuts through the latex vessels, from which the product then flows and that is where our rubbers come from which I did not know at the first place. We also had top spinning which reminded me of my old time games called Beyblades. The part I enjoyed most was competing with friends to see whose top spins the longest. We then visited the Herbs Garden and discovered that our mint is from the Mentha piperata. I heard that You can grow it easily by cutting off a stem and placing it in water to grow roots. Do you like food? If you do, let me introduce you to Kueh Bolu! There was a demo of the Kueh Bolu making and when I got home, I tried making it and it was successfully made with no sweat! It tasted as delicious as the one I ate during the trip. Our next stop, the Pineapple Farm, followed by Oil Palm, which  amazed me due to the scenery which led to taking of photos and selfies. Coffee, one of my favourites! Yes, we went to the Coffee plantation and learnt about where coffees are derived from and how are they made. As night hit sky, our last before dinner was knowing how coconut trees can be utilized. By mentioning what is after the coconut tree discovery, you should by then already no what was next and that was our most precious one, dinner! It was a long day and most of us were famished. As our dishes arrived, we gobbled them up like a super hungry lion. We then end of with our last activity, the river and cruise which made me felt like a pirate (I know it is ridiculous but that is me in my fantasised form). Aye Captain! For what most of us had been waiting for, the hotel! We had a hotel check in and debrief about next day's activities and things we should do. Since our teachers had said that there is a swimming pool, we relentlessly find ways to get to the swimming pool but our efforts went futile which disappointed us. In contribution to the disappointment, wifi did the most. We then find ways to play in the hotel room with friends which lead us to sleeping late and waking up tired in the morning and there comes our second day!

Breakfast was an ordinary one and the funny part was that, one of my friends forgotten to brush his own teeth! Funny! We then arrive to Jalan Kota to visit St Paul Hill. There stood a white statue which reminded me of Sir Stamford Raffles statue. I did not know it was a church at the first place which makes me a blur donkey, however, better knowing it late than nothing right? The next church we visited is the Christ Church, which is an 18th-century Anglican church in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is the oldest functioning Protestant church in Malaysia and is within the jurisdiction of the Lower Central Archdeaconry of the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia. Moving from churches to temple, we visited the Princess Hang Li Poh's temple and had a glance of the King's well which is located right next to the Poh San Teng Temple, itself located at the southwestern foot of Bukit China. It is believed that this is the oldest existing well in the country, and was dug on the orders of Sultan Mansur Shah, purportedly for his consort, the Princess Hang Li Poh. Not to mention, that was the first well I had ever seen in my life.  Next, the Famosa Resort, which is a Portuguese fortress located at Jalan Parameswara. I learnt that it is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia and that had kept my eyes opened in amazement. Moving on to a famous street called Jonker Street, which was being mentioned by my Geography Teacher a million times and because of the number of times being mentioned, I got really curious about that street and wanted to explore around it. Due to the exploration, I got lost. However, I was able to track back to my class. Special thanks to my phone which I was able to contact my friends regarding where they were. We ended off our last visit by visiting The Cheng Hoon Teng temple. I heard that it is a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism located at No. 25 Jalan Tokong, Malacca Town, Malaysia. Amazingly, it is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia, Wow! Last but not least, the one and only thing we had been waiting for, OUR LUNCH! Yay! Nothing much to talk about our lunch but I want to end off with one thing which made me happy and glad. Things seemed impossible to happen do happen and this possibility is the existence of me and my 'friend'. I will tell you why is it quote-unquote. My roommate and I were enemies and it seemed as though we would never be friends in forever but because of this learning journey, we slowly got along and that had given me a powerful moral. Nothing is impossible as the word itself said 'I'm Possible'.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Experiences in a hawker centre

Name: Kang Jia hui                                                              

Class: 2E1

Date: 14/01/2015

Draft: 4

My experiences in a hawker centre

                            A hawker Centre? Sounds pretty flaw am I right? The impression for most teenagers would be just a place to satisfy their tummy unlike places such as the Mac Donald's, KFC or other restaurants which provides them an even more delightful meal. If you think hawker centre is underrated, think about it! It is mostly built around all parts of Singapore and the main reasons as to why is because it is convenient for people living nearby or for some of the people who do have trouble walking long distances for example the elderlies or the amputees. There are also many variety of dishes which consists of the Chinese, Indian, Malay and the Caucasians which we all can choose to eat. Of course it does have its own drawbacks and I will be detailing them as you continue reading.

                              This is one of my experiences in the hawker centre.  After school, I always buy foods from the hawker centre on the way home for lunch. There are many dishes to choose to buy such as the Lasi Lemak, Chicken rice, Roti Prata and many other kinds and one day, I caught up in an unpleasant experience. Yes, I had a really bad food poisoning which rendered me useless. I wish I had not devoured dishes from the hawker centre and should have famished myself all the way until home as the next day was important occasion for me due to an annual sport competition. However, that is the past. Now I am pretty sure that the hygiene standard improved which led to my change in perspective towards the hawker centre.

                            First and foremost, by the observation I made while queuing up, I saw evidence of family bonding. The good thing about a hawker centre is that family members can just head down to eat for dinner or in fact I could say it is another way for family bonding. Sometimes, eating at home is a bit too mainstream and a change of environment is needed but of course, some prefers eating as a whole at home. Dedicating my passion for cooking; to me, I would prefer cooking meals at home. There are also reasons why some people preferred eating at home and one of them could be due to some hygiene conscious purposes or afraid of getting food poisoned. No one would ever head down to the same store to buy dishes after being food poisoned unless one is able to accept the fact that its hygienic level improved. 

                           Price is another thing I would like to talk about. We all know hawker centres are located all around us and let's just say, if the dishes are expensive and for that, it would not differ much from a restaurant and if that is the case, people would often buy food from the restaurants instead due to its upper class dishes. Not trying to say the food in hawker centres are really bad but when compared to restaurants, you know it is way better. We also have to know that not everybody is securely financed and if the price goes beyond what they can pay, it is going to be really tough for them unless there is a downpour of money from the sky. 

                      Last but not least, I think it is still a community which people can spend time chit-chatting and leisure for people who works. Overall, I would say that it is actually a blessing for hawker centres to be all around Singapore despite all the bad things that occurred which is forgiveable as it helped people more than it harmed them and most of the shopkeepers there are friendly which never fails to leave a smile for the customers!