koko' Goes To Secondary School... Again

Yes, koko' has gone back to school... again.
Once upon a time, I was there as a child.
This time, I have returned... a MAN!!

ha~~ ha~~ ha~~
This sophisticated education machine was sent "back in time" to linguify a needy generation!

Where am I doing it?
Although it was nothing like what several of my friends have gone through to get to their schools... like wading through shoulder-high flood waters & etc.
Well... My journey was still quite a memorable one.

First, I took a 30 minute flight from Kuching to Sibu.

taken from panoramio.com
Then, I took a 2 hour express boat ride from Sibu to Song.

taken from tropicalisland.de
Finally, I took a 30 minute longboat ride to my school.

Many of you must be wondering what living is like in a UK boarding school...
And today is your lucky day...
Here is my first-hand account of the living conditions in school.

My school is situated along the Katibas river in Sarawak.
The only means of arrival & departure: Boat & Helicopter

Lodging: Yes, I was placed in one of the many 3 bedroom apartments
Electricity: Yes, 2 generators take turns for a 24-hour supply
Piped Water: Yes, unfiltered & untreated river water

Landline telephone: None
Snail Mail: the school has a PO Box in the nearest town, Song
Cellphone Coverage: Yes, Celcom & Maxis on high ground
Internet Availability: Yes, but lacks in reliability, stability & speed

I will only provide my family & some close friends with my newly acquired Celcom number.
This number will only be used when I am in school.
Once I leave for a more centralised location, I will switch back to Digi.

Upon arriving at my apartment, I was pleasantly surprised at the more than minimal living standards.
Although I lack the means to communicate with the outside world, my basic necessities are well taken cared of.
I share a good apartment with a friendly & accommodating housemate who has supplied the apartment with most of everything that is needed.
Cleaning tools, a water filter, company, entertainment...
Thanks, Cikgu Chieng.

Will write more on the school & students in a later post.
At the moment, I am in Sibu: living on the generous hospitality of a fellow teacher's family.
Thank you, Cikgu Nigel Ling.
There are a few necessities that I have to purchase here & then ship over to my apartment.

Yes, there is no MidValley on school grounds.
I have to take a boat into a town or city to purchase groceries & other goods.
Then, I will have to carry everything to the express boat, then to the longboat & then all the way up a hill to my majestic residence.

Oh... oh... guess what?
There is, on my shopping list, a fridge & a washing machine.

Okay, ladies... dont worry...
I have been training in the gym for most of last year in preparation for such a situation.
I'm a very strong man with a lot of stamina!
**ladies swooning over me**

Sorry... It does get a little lonely up there...
These little delusional outbursts help me stay sane...
I miss my squeeze!!

Also, I would like to apologise for the lack of original pictures.
My camera was KIA & we will all have to wait until March for me to get a new one.
Why the wait?
Well... I insist on purchasing my next camera with my own money.
My parents have been more than generous with me for more than 2 decades already.
It's time I learned to stand on my own two feet.

Waiting makes the heart grow fonder...
I cant wait to caress the body of an SLR that I can call my own!!


  1. it's awesome to know that despite the challenges, u seem contented with everything there. soon i believe u'll find more creative ways to entertain urself. well, u just need to.. lonely guys give me the creeps! hahaha.. kidding! all d best ya!

  2. oh btw... u might imagine ladies swooning over u now..but if u get too lonely, n then get to see ur woman after a period of time, im afraid u'll swoon over her instead. hahaha.. altho i suspect she doesn't mind...hehahaha.

  3. Koko, I can see that it isn't really enjoyable, getting a place with limited (or weak and slow) internet connection and phone line. I might end up crying after class and stuffs like that.. Gosh.. but whatever it is, a strong man like u can surely endure all these and become a very good and successful cikgu.. So, gambatte and all the best to u! :D

  4. Anonymous18/1/09 09:12

    Hey.. so i am expecting you to beef up during May hols ya for graduation~ Don't worry.. promotion may be faster there since there are less competition ;)

  5. Muscle man. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    See you soon darls!

  6. haaaa, seee? Azrin was right. Just the mention of you and muscles made your lady swooooon to the high end of the moon already haha

    Good luck, seriously, after a while, i think you will like it. When I got posted to JB, I freaked out coz even tho its a big city with all the necessities, I didnt knw the place and god its so big! but after a while, I kinda like it here.

    Plus, look on the bright side, your bank account will be a real huge fat duck by the time they let you come out of the jungle hehe

    Good luck, knowing you, I know youll make the best of it =D

  7. all the best koko! it sounds like a cool adventure (not that i want to join coz i have enough adventures of my own here)...hahaha!

    You will do awesome! Keep that positive spirit alive!!!

  8. water filter!

    reminds me of someone i prefer not to remember..

    seems that ur getting ard just fine. all the best bro. Im still waiting to get to my school

  9. Azrin:
    I count my blessings...
    Professionally, I have a lot to gain here.
    Also, the things I lack may actually make me better esp in these difficult resession-ish times.

    Want to come & work here after your masters?

    p/s: I'll do more than swoon when I see my woman.

    You'll be crying because you cannot contact the outside world but actually it's not that bad.
    The co-workers are open, friendly & helpful.
    You can approach them anytime for help or just a chat.
    I'm sure you'll love it here.

    Jon Chu:

    p/s: You still haven't removed me from 180's mailing list!

    I may actually lose weight because I have so much work, I am working through meal times & there is no canteen for a quick bite!

    Pink Suspenders:
    I cant recall who you are...
    But thanks for dropping by...
    Would love to check out your blog some time, if you dont mind.

    p/s: My bank account is looking like it will swell bigger than I imagined!
    Plenty of allowances!!

    Thanks, PohLin!
    We are placed where we are for a reason.
    I think I have found mine.

    Actually, it is the exact same kind of filter...
    Can never run away from his mementos, eh?

    But you dont have to worry...
    I'm sure you'll have lots of pineapple juice in Hawaii.
    No need for this kind of filter.

    Sorry about leaving Gamin' Watch...
    I dont think my place is conducive for gaming.


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