Saturday, May 28, 2011

Reflection (by end of Week 2 of June Holidays)

Deadline: End of Week 2 of June Holidays

Task: Using template from Pages, produce a 'professional travelogue' (like those in magazines) with reflection, learnings, insights and understanding of your adventure experience. The article must answer the following questions:

1) What new discoveries have you made about yourself from the adventure experience?
2) How do you think these new discoveries are going to impact your life in the future?
3) What else have you learned and what were the incidents that lead you to these learnings?
4) Before your adventure, what does life mean to you?
5) After the adventure, how has the experience shaped your understanding of the meaning of life?
6) What is your understanding of C.A.R.E.S.? Illustrate the true spirit of C.A.R.E.S. with incidents from the trip.
7) Select a picture that would show what life and adventure is about making a connection between the two.
8) Finally, write about your emotions, achievements, ups and downs of the whole trip.

Note:
Please write in pros like any other professional articles and not answer the question one at a time. You will have the autonomy to organise the article anyway you want to make it a nice read. You may include other insights not covered by the questions above. There is no limit to the number of pages you want to write as long as there is substance and quality.

Send your article to Mr Aidil (aidil_idris@sst.edu.sg), Ms Sheryl Gythri (sheryl_gythri@sst.edu.sg) and myself (lam_hin_chew@sst.edu.sg)

Looking forward to your writings!

Tasks Ahead!

Presentation for Parents / School Assembly - Enoch (Oi/c), Nicole, Iffah

Video Editing for the Trip - Mathew (Oi/c), Jie Yi, Deepika

Music Video - Ming Yi (Oi/c), Godfrey, Edwin

Meeting: 31 May 2011 (Tues), 10 a.m., SST Consultation Room

Read the Comments on Your Video

I have given my comments where you posted your pre-trip videos. Feel free to respond to my comments.

Photos

Hi all,

If you are looking for the photos, they can all be found in the link below.

Picasa Sabah GCP Trip

Thanks.


Mr Aidil

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Energy Conservation

Ways:

Why Conserve the Environment?

There are so many reasons. The earth has finite resources and these resources are often exploited for short term profit gain while the natural areas that were destroyed in order to mine the resource are lost forever. 

Impact if we don not Conserve the Environment

The whole world is one big ecosytem, so destroying one part of it will have an impact on another part. For example the extinction of a bird which eats mosquitoes could result in an increase in malaria. So we are effected as well if nature is destroyed. We need trees to convert Co2 into oxygen.

Many wildlife need certain habitats in order to survive and will or have become extinct if their habitats are destroyed. So protecting natural areas helps maintain the biodiversity of plants and animals. There is a certain tree in India which has not germinated in 300 years. It is thought that the seeds of this tree needed to be ingested by the dodo which has been extinct from approximately the same time this tree stopped flowering.

Sea levels will rise, causing a decrease in land which is covered by water and the food production will drop drastically when lands being used to plant crops are flooded.


Sources: http://seql.org/100ways.cfm
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090307153919AAtmWAs



About Sabah

Basic Information:

- Sabah is located near the northern portion of the island of Borneo

- It's Capital is Kota Kinabalu (aka, border of Kalimantan, Indonesia).

- also known as 沙巴 or The land below the wind

- Sabah is the second largest state in the country.

- There are also a total of 23 districts in Sabah.

- Has a population of 3,120,040 [as of 2010]

- Cities in the are includes Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tanwu, Lahad Datu, Keningau, Semporna and Kudat; being ranked from highest population to lowest.

- Sabah has a size of 73,619 square kilometers

- The western part of Sabah is generally mountainous. (eg. Mount Kinabalu, Mount Tambuyukon, Mount Trus Madi)

- Sabah’s economy is dependent on lumber, rubber, cacao and tourism.

-The temperature in Sabah is 25-33 degree.


Sabah weather:

- The climate throughout all of Sabah is considered equatorial (temperatures never get extremely hot, nor do they get extremely cold)

- The climatic conditions are different in areas such as the highlands when compared to costal areas.

- The hottest time of the year is between May and September

- Humidity is fairly high year round.

- Main factor to consider when planning a trip to Sabah is the season. (Only two seasons are distinguishable, which are rainy and dry)

- The rainy season in most of Sabah is from October to February.

-The rest of the year is considered the dry season.

Mout Kinabalu:


- It is the ranked 20 as one of the most prominent peak.

- 4095 meters high.

- Not the highest mountain in southeast asia


Ecotourism (Singapore)


Ecotourism in Singapore. Is it a possibility, do we have ecotourism? If so, what are they?

The definition of ecotourism, according to http://www.untamedpath.com, is “responsible travel to natural areas which conserves the environment and improves the welfare of the local people”. The natural areas involve remote areas, whether inhabited or uninhabited, and are usually under some kind of environmental protection at the national, international, communal or private level.

In Singapore, although a concrete jungle, still has the possibilities of ecotourism. Places such as Bukit Timah Nature Resrerve, the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin and Sungei Buloh Nature Park offer us the opportunity to explore these green-lung areas instead of being surrounded by the constant high density buildings. So it is possible to turn these places for Eco Tourism destinations.

Sources: Link

Bunking plan for us at Mount Kinabalu

Ladies
1) Jie Yi/ Cassandra
2) Kuzhalini/ Deepika
3) Fathiah/ Iffah
4) Carven/ Ming Yi/ Nicole

Men
5) Enoch/ Brendan
6) Joshua/ Jun Jie
7) Imanni/ Chang Han
8) Daniel/ Ian
9) Godfrey/ Mathew
10) Edwin/ Kevin

Produce a reflection

1)Picture
2)Your thoughts/ feelings
3)Quote
4)Change in you
5)Self-discovery

While you are there

Select a picture that is meaningful to you related to adventure. The picture can be a metaphor.

Before you go

Photo booth record of your thoughts/ emotions before the trip. Plan what you want to say.

Minimum time: 1 minute
Maximum time: 1 minute 30 seconds.

Help
-Why do you want to go to Mount Kinabalu
-How do you feel after the training at Bukit Timah Hill to Venus Drive car park
-Why do you want to torture yourself by going to climb Mount Kinabalu



P.S. Remember to tell your parents about this blog for them to be updated. :)
and One thing that is not in the packing list that you need to pack is the harness that the school will distribute to us today or tomorrow.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Reflection (Character Attributes - Positive Attitude and Helpfulness) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

For those who are holding the cards on Positive Attitude and Helpfulness, copy the quote that is most meaningful to you and explain why. Substantiate it with something that you had experienced, felt, observed, heard during the hike.

Reflection (Character Attributes - Honesty and Character) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

For those who are holding the cards on Honesty and Character, copy the quote that is most meaningful to you and explain why. Substantiate it with something that you had experienced, felt, observed, heard during the hike.

Reflection (Character Attributes - Respect and Responsibility) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

For those who are holding the cards on Respect and Responsibility, copy the quote that is most meaningful to you and explain why. Substantiate it with something that you had experienced, felt, observed, heard during the hike.

Reflection (Character Attributes - Creativity and Communication) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

For those who are holding the cards on Creativity and Communication, copy the quote that is most meaningful to you and explain why. Substantiate it with something that you had experienced, felt, observed, heard during the hike.

Reflection (Character Attributes - Leadership and Trust) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)


For those who are holding the cards on Leadership and trust, copy the quote that is most meaningful to you and explain why. Substantiate it with something that you had experienced, felt, observed, heard during the hike.

Reflection (Character Attributes - Teamwork and Appreciating Diversity) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)


For those who are holding the cards on Leadership and trust, copy the quote that is most meaningful to you and explain why. Substantiate it with something that you had experienced, felt, observed, heard during the hike.

Reflection (Leadership) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)


Through your observation of the leaders that lead the group or your personal experience as a leader or one that had gone through an adventure, what kind of leadership qualities (hard and soft skills) would you like to see in an outdoor leader?

Reflection (Learning) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)


Name 3 things you had learned about adventure. Based on your personal understanding of adventure, write a statement about adventure (not more than 15 words) and then create a metaphor to signify what adventure is to you. Eg. Understanding: Adventure is going beyond one's perceived limits to overcome the challenges. Metaphor: Adventure is like Apollo 11 which landed on the moon in 1969, making going to the moon impossible possible.

Reflection (Self-Discovery) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

In embarking and completing an adventure, it always result in a greater awareness of one's character, strengths and weaknesses. What did you learn about yourself?

Reflection (Change) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

In an adventure, the ultimate outcome is a positive change in one's outlook and character leading to personal growth and development. How has the hike impacted you on your outlook and character? What positive change(s) would you like to commit yourself to make in your daily live?

Reflection (Greatest Moment) on Hike from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to McRitchie Resevoir (20110514)

What had been your greatest moment during the hike? Why?