On the 5th till 8th of June 2009, 10th KL Air Scouts went to Pulau Sibu… [Argh!!! Sorry for late post, but Form 6 really swamped my schedule. Anyway, moving on with this piece of memory simply known as “The Memoir of Pulau Sibu: 4 Nights, 3 Days, 2 Beaches, 1 Island”]
4th of June 2009
The group was informed beforehand to arrive at 9 pm. With others being either early or late, the early ones starting the work of packing the things up for the camp. After everyone was gathered and things were already loaded up, what else? Onboard the bus we went like *ahem* orderly…boys we were. Let the butt-numbing, back-breaking, bladder bursting 7 hours of bus ride begin from midnight 12.
For the first few hours in Bus B (the Mafia playing gang bus), Min Hao was busy explaining the mechanics of the game to the Boy Scouts and playing along with them. A few pit stops here and there, we reached Tanjung Leman by 7 am, the point where we will take boats to the much said about utopian island.
5th of June 2009
Unloaded the equipments and food off the bus and loaded them back into the bunk boat. We got across by speedboats, which was instantly refreshing after the long bus journey. With the sea-water laced wind in our faces, we took approximately 20 minutes to reach one of Pulau Sibu’s jetty. A while later, the bunk boat arrived and the cycle of unload-load began once again. We gathered in the shade provided by a big tree (anyone has any clue what tree it is?), deciding what to do and did it. Some were assigned to carry equipment into the complimentary chalet aka Scouters’ Room aka HQ aka QM Room. Some to the kitchen, bringing along kitchen equipment and food, setting it up for lunch.
Meanwhile, tents began to unfurl and take shape as everyone chose their campsite. (which later was under-utilised, read on to find out why) With Chon Ming and Chee Wah at the kitchen, cooking away despite of the hot weather and kitchen heat, he gave everyone a wonderful lunch, 3 dishes + 1 soup, (guys, as a reminder, actually WE are supposed to cook that time, they was only supposed to guide us through). However, nature has a change of plan and soon, it began raining, with boys who were already playing in the sea coming out of the water and others running towards the kitchen for shelter as well as lunch. The best part was drinking the hot, peppery cabbage chicken stock soup while it was raining. Nothing could compare with the sensation.
The rain continued with the same intensity, never waning until it was already too late begin our supposed first program, that was exploration of the island and mapping. With Gary in lead, we went to the erm… front desk reception hall? that was poorly maintained. He taught the 4 Lead 5 Bights Turk’s Head, with little actually successfully completing it and others being frustrated at the diagram shown that was definitely misleading.
Next was dinner followed by our first campfire there, everyone in a jolly mode and later lights out to a exhausting start of a camp, with some already choosing to sleep on the beach, funnily though, with some sitting and sleeping.
6th of June 2009
The sunrise was in one word, magnificent. The sight of it breaking out of the horizon and slowly rising above the clouds compensated for the lack of comfortable sleep. The highlight of the day was water games and canoeing. However, injuries occured, with Ken Ji apparently stung by a jellyfish and Wen Qiang complaining of severe stomach pain which many speculated to be appendicitis. After that, a pretty short walk to the village nearby, although it has been modernised, to have a look and try our luck in catching clams that are supposedly abundant near there. However, all efforts were futile and we decided to continue playing in the water. After quite some time, we set back on our way to the campsite. Gary decided to sprint and posed a challenge, anyone who arrived after him has to do push-ups 20 times. In fact, it was actually a test of obeying orders, with Gary later vehemently lecturing us about our nonchalance to his challenge and purposely giving up, which was unlike the scouting spirit.
After lunch, we did scout training for about 2 hours, with the time being split into 4 half-hour intervals and 4 stations with various items. Definitely, it was insufficient but a proper session can be conducted in schools during meetings. Again, after this was another break, which everyone took to the waters hurriedly and enjoyed ourselves.
At night, a treasure hunt was planned with Weinan leading a campfire to distract the boys while the other young scouters planted clues all over various places. (Wish to apologise here for causing a misunderstanding between the clue-planters and accidentally “starting” the hunt earlier.) With the winner being Bravo team led by Yii Yang, they got to enjoy 3 coconuts as a well-deserved reward. Just a passing remark, the Moon was really scenic throughout the entire camp.
7th of June 2009
Note: Wake up early in camp if you can get an excellent view of the morning sunrise. Slowly witness the Sun’s hue and colour changing the skyline and horizon plus a reflection in the water. Tak boleh dapat di KL. Today was a more relaxed pace compared to the days before. Things done included parts of Usaha badge, with the makeshift obstacle course being the most physically demanding, especially for Weinan who had to do it twice to show the boys that it can be done. The commando crawl was torturous…
After dinner, the Seniors went off to discuss about presenting a sketch later during campfire and the boys listening to Min Hao and Alvin about the badge scheme. If not wrong, during the night’s campfire, we had a lot of fun especially with the song “The Night is Young”. Rovers were echoing parts that shouldn’t be echoed and Heng Yuen splashed a bit of water on us for our mishief. Lights out with many still opting for open air sleeping at the beach.
8th of June 2009
The last day of camp. Breaking camp was done efficiently and exceptionally well, in fact ahead of schedule. With everyone in uniform, we conducted investiture ceremonies for those who successfully passed Tenderfoot and Usaha badges. Another marvelous speed boat ride to the mainland and into the bus we go!
Lunch at Mersing was wonderful as we got to see another town very much different from KL. It has a certain laidback feel to it yet modern enough to feel suitable in.
Reached Scout Den around 7 pm. After a brief unloading, we were dismissed. Ciao!
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