We took a 5 - hour trip by bus to from the city of Harbin to the snow village. When we arrived, I was awestruck by the beauty of the snow in this district. At the same time, I was also shivering at the village because the temperature there was around -30 degrees Celsius'The snow that gathered on the dead trees make them look like snow toadstools. A lot of snow seemed to fall in this village and I once appeared to have my left foot buried deep in snow when I was caught unaware while walking around the village. The thick snow present in trees and piles of snow hovering on each and every roof is brought in by the 8 months of winter experienced by the inhabitants of the snow village every year. This is me trying to make a snow angel on snow but it failed as there was not enough snow. Many winter games can be experienced here from
riding on huskies tobogganing and skiing while sitting but the snow
village sure demands for a price. Every activity cost about 100yuan.
During Hari Raya, our school has an extra holiday for a week. Our family joined the church cell group to a 4days 3nights trip to Gem Island, Terengganu. That was an awesome trip, from morning until evening we went snorkelling. Our leaders are Uncle Andy and his wife, Pastor Elaine. They are experienced and they taught us a lot of skills in snorkelling. We stayed in Gem Island Resort & Spa. That is the only building and resort on this small island, although not many Malaysians know this island but it is well-known by other countries. We found a lot of foreigners especially Japanese tourist at the resort.
p/s: too bad.... We can't bring along our camera with us while snorkelling, so we didn't capture any snorkelling photos
It was the jellyfish season during our trip. My cousin was seriously stung by a jellyfish (as shown in the picture above) Luckily, Pastor Elaine told us that lime cures jellyfish stings and we have to apply it to my cousin's leg.
So, here, it begins again. I try best as I can to write something down now as I will be returning time and again for memories. Perhaps this is something I cannot live without after all.
How my life has turned out so far: -
- I've finished my high school education. Fantastic. Now I don't have to see it again. Given the chance though, this is a phase of my life I'd like to relive if possible. I wish I made more use of the time last 5 years I spent here.
- Despite what I'm saying, I've gotten pretty good results for my SPM examinations (which is really a Malaysian version of an O-Levels equivalent) and landed myself in Foundations at a local university which I must say has turned out much better than my high school days so far.
- Just went through the first semester of Foundations and am currently going through a semester break which I do not know how to make use of hence ending up here. But, really, it came up in a conv…