Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bintulu Waterfront Promenade

I think i always mentioned about my activity at Bintulu Promenade in my previous posts. Quite a few, i think. So, maybe this is my last posts about this beautiful place. I was there last month where i have to drive my car all the way from Bintulu to Sabah. I posted a few beautiful scenery of sunsets here at Bintulu Waterfront. Where i used to have a walk and jog with my friends.

This is some of the small board or plates they have here. So, i just take this one.

I still keep on doing this. Taking the sunsets view from Bintulu Promenade. I really love the sunsets view here. I miss it very much even though at my place here got a few places for viewing sunsets. It will never the same even though it is the same sun....:)

Aha....i used to take one shot of rainbow when i am in UNIMAS and i think i have posted it somewhere in my blog too. But i really love this one. I took it from the promenade too but this is the opposite side where the town is taken place. The tall building is the New World Suite and the area called Parkcity Commercial area. My ex-company office was there. Not far from the building.

Orait....enjoy the photos of the beautiful scene but i was there to experienced it in real...:D

Friday, May 22, 2009

More checking stations to deter poachers

Published on: Thursday, May 21, 2009 in Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: The Forestry Department has deployed more field staff to man Forest Checking Stations (FCS) built at vulnerable points of entry, including "mouse trails" built by poachers.

This follows a vicious attack by poachers against Forestry staff at the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve.

Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) will be implemented in the near future to deal with similar situations.

However, Sabah Forestry Department Director Datuk Sam Mannan said:

"SOP on security is best undisclosed. Whatever the case, better security has now been provided to ensure the safety of field staff on patrols and during static duty.

"The SOP has always been there, but has now been upgraded for better security and to restore confidence.

"Paramilitary police, or PGA personnel, have been stationed on a permanent basis at the entrance and at the base camp on a rotational basis.

This is now a permanent deployment. The PGA forces now also accompany forestry staff on patrols in the reserve," he said.

Mannan also added that:

"Simultaneously, the department has employed armed security personnel stationed at the base camp. We've also applied for a gun licence for protection during operations and surveillance of field staff at specific localities."

Following the assault on district Forestry Officer Indra Sunjoto, police have arrested a number of suspects for investigation and two have been charged in court.

Mannan said he is "shocked and angry that the poachers would resort to such extreme and violent means. This has not happened before."

Mannan denied that Indra was in a coma.

"He regained consciousness after a while. He went through a thorough medical examination and so serious injuries were found. Apart from shock and gash on his head, he is okay. This is a miracle," he said.

Mannan also confirmed that the clouded leopards, deers and elephants have been shot by poachers. He said that no more than 10 endangered species were targeted by poachers.

In April, district Forestry Officer Indra Sunjoto was repeatedly beaten up when a group of some 20 armed men attacked the base camp at Ulu Segama Malua forest reserve.

He suffered a cut on his head which required stitches and subsequent medical specialist treatment.

Other staff members who tried to help Indra were threatened with bodily harm by the intruders.

In the attack on the base camp, which lasted for one hour, the assailants, armed with machetes, samurai swords, brass knuckles, Rambo knives, and hockey sticks, among others, also damaged the department's cars, carted away food from the workers' quarters and several motorcycles.

It was believed that the assault was meant to injure Indra, or perhaps kill him.

Family Visit to Taman Tumbina, Bintulu, Sarawak

Taman TUMBINA is one of the mini zoo that located in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. There are quite numbers of wild animals keep in this zoo. However, most of it in a very poor condition and even there are breeding in the quarantine area. Such as one family of long -tailed macaque. From the first time i make a visit there until last year, the family has increased where one young born in the small cage where they kept them.

Okay, enough about it because if you want to see what is actually happen there, better to see it yourself. This centre really need a real touch of a zoo keeper or anyone with zoology background. Those animals need hands that really can work on helping them to have a better care. I can not do it because i failed when i become a volunteer at the centre. I have to admit that i can not do my part there.

Saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) resting in the small pond. I think it was about more than five individuals. The condition is quite bad but lucky to see the crocs is doing well in such a small place. I still remember back in 2006-2007 when i was still working in Bintulu, our department give away two juvenile crocs to this centre and i think both of them was died a year later.

The deer farm is not looking very good too but they still survive. The space is very small for about more than 10 indidviduals. No grass on the ground anymore and my nephews trying to give some green leaves to the animal and they ate it.

I am not sure what type of duck is this but maybe it is domesticated duck. Hahaha..i am no good in identified duck species. I think they didn't display the information about this animal outside the cage.

My nephew really interested looking at this beautiful peacock but the condition of this bird also very poor. You can see the feather is broken. Next picture will shows you.

See....i told you....beautiful in pain. Hmmm......what should i say it really beautiful but....the pretty feather is broken...

This is my story during my family visit to Taman TUMBINA Bintulu last month. Actually i really want to avoid visiting this place because it really make my heart painful to see all the animal are suffering. But this time i have to go and show my little niece and nephews this animals. They never had a chance to see this animal alive. So, that's it!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Five (5) Lessons

People always says that Sharing Is Caring. I recieved this email a few weeks back from a friend and i find out this is really good for our reflection in our life. So, i want to share it here and enjoy reading pal!

This is the five (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?'

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times.. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

'Absolutely,' said the professor.. 'In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you dois smile and say 'hello.'

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned hername was Dorothy.

2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:3 0 p.m., an older African Americanwoman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.

Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 60s.. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached..

It read:'Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bed side just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.'

Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.

A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

'How much is an ice cream sundae?' he asked.

'Fifty cents,' replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled is hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.

'Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?' he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

'Thirty-five cents,' she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins.

'I'll have the plain ice cream,' he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill onthe table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down thetable. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies..

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a road way. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of theking's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came byand simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the
boulder from the road way. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, 'Yes I'll do it if it will save her.' As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did,seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, 'Will I start to die right away?'.
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister ALL of his blood in order to save her but he had chosen to save her anyway.

Looking For An Answer

I had headache today. So much thing have to be done. Paperwork....paperwork and paperwork. I am not sure when i can finish it because it will never finish. Yay! Sorry..i am not complaining but sharing. It is just one way for me to throw it out. I will feel better and get my work done later...

I am done with editing my second proposal and then now i am editing some of the attachment documents. I am still have problem with my English. The way i elaborate my sentence and lack of vocabulary really piss me off when i am doing my writing.

Some more i have to prepare everything in English because i have to submit it to my boss but then i have to translate some of the docs into Malay language. Especially for the documents that will goes to the ground, which we will use for the implementation of the program. This is because the community where i carried out my work only understand Malay and their own mother tounge language.

Sometimes there are still big question mark hanging around in my head asking why i am here? Why i am doing this job? Still doubt myself for the decision that i have made. I am still searching and digging for the answers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Swimming With The FISH - Tagal System

In Sabah it is known as "Tagal System" borrowing the word "Tagal" from the native language. Actually it is a community-based fisheries resource management system. It has gaining the minds and hearts of many riparian communities in Sabah. The Tagal System is a stakeholder-driven system of rehablitation, protection, and conservation of the river environments and the fisheries resouces for its sustainable development. At the moment, the number of Tagal areas established in Sabah has multiplied to 212 involving 107 rivers in eleven districts.

Protection of the environment of the Tagal System rivers and its enforcement are in the hands of the elected Tagal Committees. At present the enforcement of the prohibitions is through the imposition of native customary laws that are backed by the Native Court.
And then, Sarawak borrowed the same system and it called "Tagang System". In the Iban language "Tagang" is refers to control and conserve. It aim is to raise awareness of conservation and local community commitments towards increasing fish production for food as well as promoting agro-tourisme. Apart from that, it also create responsible manner to prevent, control and reduce river pollution to preserve natural environment for the future generation.
There are 23 Tagang System areas in Sarawak.
* The above photos was taken by myslef during my visit to one of the village that run their Tagal System in Sabah. It was a lots of small fishes in the river after a few month they launch their Tagal System.