Archive for January, 2019

My Dream Holiday to Kota Kinabalu

Monday, January 7th, 2019

I recently went on my dream holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It was my dream holiday because the place is amazingly beautiful and you can visit lots of islands there. I stayed at Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Hotel. There are lots of activities there such as swimming, water slide, henna tattoo, hair braiding and many other fun games by the beach. They also serve very nice food and you can use their hotel car any time. I like to stay at Shangri-la Hotel because they have very good service.

The beach in Kota Kinabalu has a very nice view of sunrise and sunset. There is a lot of food to eat in Kota Kinabalu. There is steamboat, fast food, noodles and rice. My favourite food there is steamboat because there are lots of delicious foods inside such as crab, prawn, fried rice and many more.

I love Kota Kinabalu because there are a lot of souvenirs to buy at the market like key chains as gifts and soft toys. Travelling to the city is very convenient and you can spend the whole day there. But my favourite thing to do there is to go snorkelling to see all the corals and fishes. We chartered a boat to an island. However, there were many monkeys on the island, most of which came by our table to try to steal our sandwiches. I hate monkeys!

The weather during my stay was warm, although it did rain one night. However the rain did not last, so I love the weather at Sabah as it is perfect for outdoor activities.

I would love to go to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, again for my holiday. I hope it happens soon!


~ Kierstan Khoo, 9

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Two Friends

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Once there was a boy named Austin who went to Happy International school. He was the star student in class and the teacher’s pet but he had no friends at all. Many people wanted to be his friend. They tried to make friends with him but he refused to make friends with them because they were not smart. The others despised him because he was smart. He was lonely while the other kids had fun together. It was very sad for him. There were some who were mean to him too.

One day, he was running around in the field and he tripped on a rock. He fell and his knee started bleeding. He tried to call for help but nobody could hear him. He did not have a phone and could not walk. He started to cry. After a while, one of the boys that tried to make friends with him named Michael. Austin thought that Michael was going to walk away when he saw him but when Michael saw him he immediately called the teacher and they brought him to the nurse. Austin realised that even though Michael was not that smart they could still be friends. Austin asked Michael whether they could become friends and Michael said yes.

Austin became best friends with Michael. They were very happy. They promised each other to always be friends and never betray each other.


~ Brian Ong, 9 

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The Worst Tyre Ever

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Seriously?  Halfway through our trip, the car tyre went BOOM?  I walked out of the car and looked at the inflated tyre unhappily.

It was our road trip to Cherating.  We started, happy, in fact very happy at first, but the inflated tyre came along, and it was disappointing.  Very disappointing.  I don’t know about my family, but they, too, had a frown on their faces.

Fortunately, Dad had parked his car in the emergency lane, so we could call someone to fix the car tyre.

Maybe it was just our luck, because before Dad could fish out his mobile phone from his pocket, another car parked along the emergency lane.  The driver came out.  He wore a windbreaker with a black shirt underneath, with a black leather jeans to top it off.

He started to examine the tyre.  He said, “You have a nail in it.  I could change your tyre for you.  That is, if you have a spare tyre.”  Mom answered, “Of course we do!  We will be extremely grateful if you can help us.”  She added, “We also have a jack in our boot.” Mom gave him the supplies and the man bent to the task.

In 15 minutes, he was done.

“Oh, my!  That was fast!” I gasped.

The man smiled, “I’m used to it.  Happy to help!”

Mom offered to pay the man for his service. He said, “No, thank you.” And waved goodbye before disappearing into his vehicle.

We got into the car and continued our journey to Cherating.


Chen Li Shan, 9


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