Tuesday, 24 September 2013

                                                                                   Lot 666,Taman Kurnia Jaya,
                                                                                   Jalan Padang Tembak,
                                                                                   15000 Kota Bharu,
                                                                                   Kelantan Darul-Naim.
                                                                                   December 21st,2012.

Dear Fira,

What a pleasant surprise I got when I came across news of your recent mid-year examination results while I was glancing through the Facebook. Wow! You really scored  A's in all the core subjects especially English Language, Bahasa Melayu and History. I am really proud of you. I think it is worthwhile,  burning the midnight oil for the examination as you got flying colours.I guessed by now you have planned to go for a trip with your buddies. I hope you and your family are in the best pink of health then.
Anyway, I am writing this letter to inform you about my special school trip to Rantau Abang, Terengganu, where you can find the best 'kerepok lekor' in the world. The trip is organised by our Nature Society. We went there on August 10th to 14th, about two weeks ago and boarded a chartered  bus. There were 20 male and 20 female students. Also, three teachers accompanied the trip. All of us assembled at Dataran Kijang at about 8.30 a.m. and departed half an hour later. We finally reached Rantau Abang beach before noon.
The first thing we did when we reached there was, we checked in at the nearby chalets, Indah Permai Chalets. Our programme started at 5.00 p.m. on the first day. We started with treasure hunt programme at the beach with formation of  four groups of which each group comprising of 10 participants. There were a lot of obstacles  to reach at the last point such as compiling  giant puzzles, and searching for man-made golden eggs.The winners were then awarded with goodies of  hampers and  RM 200 cash.Then we had a sumptous dinner with grilled chicken,prawns and meat.The night continued with the perfomances of hotel guest band and few local established singers.Gosh !At last I saw my favourite singers rendering their songs live!We too had our presentation with magic shows and sketches.I didn’t know that some of my colleagues were so talented!Truly it was entertaining and fun.We dispersed almost midnight and gear up for more interesting and exciting programme the next morning. Right after midnight  I could hear many female  “lions” were  snoring heavily  from one bed to another.Most of them slept like  dead logs.Oh gosh!,they must be extremely exhausted!

The next morning immediately after  our breakfast,we started with games of telly matches. We were given free hands to choose our own partners.The winner would then be  awarded with  two sets of breakfast  the following morning. Again we had a whale of time,so enjoyable and we could feel our stresses were over.The game continued until the last round,and guess what? My group emerged as champion.!

After our lunch and solat,we  did a volouteer work in the evening together with the hotel staff and management plus the residents.We were invovled in a small campaign of “Keeping the Beach Clean”.So we started  the “Beach cleaning” voluntarily.Again it was fun.All of us walked on the beach with a large black plastic bag each strolling the beach,singing songs and then collected as many  empty bottles,tin-cans,used plastic sheets,dry leaves and tree’s bark .We managed to cover about 2 kilometres of the beach.Finally we managed to collect over 100 black plastic bags full of these rubbish. We were satisfied to do this work as part of our community responsibility.
The next day,the last in our iternary.Certainly it would be a sad moment because we were going home the next morning.We were given free time of our own to do some souvenirs shopping.I bought a few key-chains for my siblings.Then our thrilling moments started at night.Our programme was watching turtle laying eggs at the beach. It was a memorable occasion for all of us. For the final touch, we helped the local workers collecting the eggs and put them in the bucket.Then we transferred the whole eggs to the safe area.We want to make sure that these endangered species are protected.

We headed home the next morning.The trip was not only fun but  we also learned about team building and most importantly, forging  closer relationship with classmates and other  friends. We also have to motivate ourselves so as to convince us that motivation really help us during stress period.Beside,being  independent is another good lesson for us throughout this trip.

 I have to pen off now.Congratulation again and best wishes to  you. I really hope to hear on how you spend your vacation then.Send my regards to your family especially to my gorgeous aunty. Be a good girl and always keep in touch.
                                                           Your cheerful cousin,
                                                                                                                                Iqin.


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