Group photo taken from a look out tower in Taman Pertanian Malaysia

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This work camp which last for 3 days and 2 nights was situated at a resort-like venue with a swimming pool and small wooden huts equipped with beds. It was considered as a luxurious camp as we are not really camping. The reason is, the main objective of this camp is to prepare our year 2009 closed campfire.

11th of December 2009

Before we enter the park, which is a Malaysia Agricultural Park (Taman Pertanian Malaysia), we confronted several ‘challenges’. ‘What? Heng Yuen told us the entrance fee is RM2 per person!’ We dealt with the clerk, telling her that we had requested the special price of RM2 per person from the office. She called to the office and the answer was disappointing. “Tak da, office cakap RM4.” We decided to pay it as we don’t want to get into this kind of challenges. Since we pay RM4, we waited for the bus service which bring us to our campsite because we paid for this service! Unusual from other camps, this time we don’t have to set up tents because we rented 8 huts for accommodation. While the boy scouts are preparing lunch, the rovers can’t get over with the temptation from the swimming pool and eventually jumped into the blue water. After lunch, no no.. Not swimming again yet. Boy scouts learned the Zulu dance from Chon Ming and the seniors practiced Hakka dance. The rovers, some sitting aside observing while some assisting in the performances. After observing the Hakka dance from the seniors, the rovers jumped in with a more spirited ones and of course, its better than the seniors’ Hakka dance with only 3 dancers. When we finished preparing the performances, some of us dipped into the swimming pool again while some prepare dinner. Opps, we missed up an important point: there are KRS girls around our campsite!! In fact, there are boys too, but of everything which came into the mind of our scouts, there are only girls. Kar Wai, as usual hooked up with the girls and invited them to join in our campfire at night. After dinner, and after cleaning up, we began our campfire. With just a few hours of learning and practice, the boy scouts performed their Zulu dance in front of the KRS. Seniors and rovers performed a sketch and Hakka dance respectively. The KRS are also invited to do a performance, they performed a chinese song. When the campfire ended, Zhi Hao drove Lung Chuin, Kar Wai and 2 other KRS up the hill to survey the route that the KRS are going to hike at midnight. We had an idea to hike with them but after the survey, we gave up because the road is too steep. Everything went well on the first day.

12th of December 2009

With a simple breakfast of bread with kaya or tuna, we started the activities on the second day. The boys were kind of exciting when they heard of cycling. Few rovers went to the shop and rented a few bicycles. Rovers are suppose to prepare the lunch so most of them did not get to cycle around. Therefore, rovers prepare lunch while the seniors and boy scouts enjoyed cycling around. After lunch and clean up, all of us change into full uniform and went for a hike to the look out tower, where the photo above was taken. Ying Joe who supposed to lead the way back to the campsite, brought the whole gang walking rounds with him and returned to the same place. With some effort, at last he managed to figure out the right way and brought us back to the campsite. Back in the campsite, the pool is booked so we waited beside the pool. The seniors claimed that they are capable to prepare the dinner on time with only 3 person. Scout law number one, no choice but our stomach’s fate is on their hand. Rovers and boy scouts played Captain Ball in the pool and all of them enjoyed themselves. When the time arrived, we were informed to get ourselves prepared for dinner, cooked by only 3 seniors and yet it looked delicious. After the meal, we are invited by the KRS to join in their cultural night, something similar to a campfire. They did it so formally with all the speeches and so on and the rovers are requested by Heng Yuen to perform the Red Indian song. With just around 15 minutes of practice, the rovers managed to do it although it doesn’t looks perfect. We carry on with our night game after the KRS’ cultural night. We played a game so called Fox Game. This game is played in dark so that we can’t really recognize who is our enemy and team mates. Things were not so well when Benedict fell and injured his leg with a deep hole. Immediately, the game was stopped and he was sent to the hospital to seek treatment. Everybody was tired after the day and slept soundly.

11th of December 2009

Nasi lemak is always served in one of the meal in every camp we go. Not sure what had went wrong but what I’m sure is that we ate ‘nasi lemak without lemak’ (without santan). There were so much left over and they were packed and brought back to school to be distributed. After all the clean ups, we left the campsite silent again and we headed back to MBS to break camp.

Thanks to those who attended this work camp. The next work camp will be on 18th and 19th of December.