Mount Serapi Climbathon & Malaysia Scout Day 2017

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You name it, hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, rafting, camping, scuba diving and etc. I did them all! But of course as my age is catching up, I did less of them now. Huhuhu…well at least I lived my life to the fullest right?

-A speech by Ketua Pengakap Negara “Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Haji Shafie bin Haji Mohd Salleh”-

One of the mountains in Kuching, I hiked before was Mount Serapi. It’s not too far away from Kuching city but once you reach the top, the air is as cool as your home air conditioner. As if, you are far far away from Kuching. I went there for a Scout activity in 1991 with my fellow Scouters but I forgot how tiring it was. So, to rediscover the feeling, I decided to take up the challenge once again through another Scout activitiy called “Climbathon”.

I brought 11 students with me. They were excited about the climc but I think they regretted it too. Hahaha! But again, they reached the top earlier than me. It took me 2 hours and 10 minutes to reach the top and I don’t remember taking that long to do so when I was young. Nevertheless, I’m proud of myself having to reach the top together with young, strong and enthusiastic climbers.

-My students-

Regular runners really amazed me, they ran to the top and ran down to the finishing line below. I simply could’t comprehend where they got the stamina from. These people must have ran to work everyday. Hahaha! But it’s okay, I met all my good friends on the top of the hill. It was fun and chilled. Taking photo was a must. The Sabahan climbers were very proud that they conquered the mountain. The showed off their flags proudly. But me? I just showed my towel. Huhu!

-With my buddy, Ernie Angel Konnor-

-With my buddy Nicholas Gudem-

Finally, I got my medal and certificate. Those proofs made me happy! oh yeah!

-My medal and certificate-

Ride to the new Batang Sadong Bridge

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During the last Hari Raya holiday, my friends and I had a day ride to the newly completed Batang Sadong Bridge. However, we were not the first to be there. I’m not sure whether this is the longest bridge in Sarawak but the length is 1.48km.

It was officially opened on 18 December 2016 by Datuk Sri Najib Abdul Razak and it cost 231 millions. The bridge is connecting Asajaya and Simunjan. 

I went there by bike together with my two other friends. They’ve been here before but not me. So I think, I was the only person feeling excited that day. Hehehe!

After selfie, we moved on to Simunjan town. The journey took about 30 minutes from the bridge by bike. I’m not sure how long it will take if by car.

Emmm…nothing much had changed. But this town will be crowded on Sunday and its fish market is very popular I heard.

Orait then, till we meet again.


Serian Scout Run 1.0: The actual day

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I have not been running for more than 20 years now. My last run was in 1993, and that’s because I was a school athlete.Frankly speaking, I didn’t have a clear idea on why I signed up for Scout Run 1.0. But this time around, I brought my students along.

I didn’t sleep well the night before the run because I was anxious. So, I won a spot as the earliest participant to reach Serian Mini Stadium. Haha! Looking at the bunch of runners joining the run made me excited.

Meeting my friends at the run, I took photos with them. And of course, during the photo sessions, there’ll be people whom you not know appear suddenly in frame.

Prior to the run, we had Zumba, led by two beautiful women. It worked on me because I sweat a little doing all the moves, not to mention, all those laugh I had for fifteen minutes flexed my face muscles.

Since I didn’t take breakfast that morning, I was grateful with the presence of Ayam Brand crew who served us simple chicken sandwiches. I wanted to eat two but was too tired to do so.

At the starting line, I did selfie with my students once again. We were all excited about the run after being informed that medals would be given after completing the run.

The only thing was, they all left me behind. Hahahaha! I wished I’m still young and fit. Anyway, all of use completed the run and got our medals. It’s time to show off our medals right?

Sorry, the medals were still wrapped in plastic. Finally, before leaving the stadium, we took photos in front of the nicely designed wall of fame. On it, there were names of companies and individuals who supported and sponsored the event. The organiser must be doing very well for this event.

Thumbs up to Serian Scout Council for a very successful run. I hope there will be Serian Scout Run 2.0 next year. Till we meet again…bye!