Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What I did during the holidays besides being a sloth

Assalamualaikum w.b.t
I hope life has been treating you well.

This blog is legit semi-abandoned smh. But today I thought, why not post something. So here I am.

Tomorrow's my last day at home. I'll be leaving for Shah Alam on the day after. "Why?" you might ask (this is the point where I pretend that my life is interesting and people would actually be curious about such things lel). I'll be going to UiTM Shah Alam for my degree! Alhamdulillah I got accepted into LW224 - Bachelor of Law (Hons.) which is the programme I've been aiming for even before I even got my SPM results :)

So here I am, on my 2nd last day at home on this long holiday, blogging while listening to music, and I haven't even finished packing. Later lah hahahha.

I probably spent half of the holidays sleeping. But it ain't all unproductive. In my last post I wrote about my experience during UiTM's Vice Chancellor's Cup Debate Tournament which was held during the earlier days of the holiday. You can read my previous post if you want to know more... i mean, if you want.. or whatever. hahaha.

Back in June I spent  9 days at Pulau Redang, which was awesome! I was helping Dr Juanita from UMT with an awareness program in Laguna Redang but before that I spent a two nights at the Turtle Sanctuary in Chagar Hutang, Pulau Redang. It was nice to finally be on an island again after so long! There's no internet nor telephone service there, but it was nice to get away from those. I spend a lot of time on my phone to be honest, and not enough time being outside with nature.






At Chagar Hutang I got to sleep on the sandy beach, beneath a sky full of starts. It was the prettiest night sky I have ever seen. I have never seen so many stars before. There's no light pollution there, hence the mesmerizing view. In fact, even at night, we turn off the lights, and even the use of flashlights are not allowed because it will scare away the turtles. Turtles are very sensitive towards light. awww.





Other than that, I got to see turtles lay their eggs (finally, I mean, I've been living in Terengganu since I was 2 weeks old, and "kita tengok penyu bertelur" is mentioned in the song "Ganu Kita" but how many people have actually seen a turtle lay eggs, right in front of their own eyes, right?)






During the day I had plenty of time to go snorkeling. It as fun. I even caught a glimpse of a black-tip shark!(they were waiting to eat the baby turtles :( oh well, that's nature for ya) It's such a shame that I live in Terengganu, home of beautiful islands, but I have only been to two of them - Pulau Bidong and Pulau Redang. I want to go to ALL DA ISLANDZ. InsyaAllah...

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu's Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) offers a volunteer programme  in which the volunteers stay in Chagar Hutang for a week and basically help the sea turtles lay their eggs (which pretty much makes you a hero). For more information about the volunteer programme go to http://seatru.umt.edu.my :)

So after spending 2 nights at Chagar Hutang I spent the remainder of the 9 days in Laguna Redang Beach Resort which is located on a different beach on the island. SEATRU held an awareness campaign in conjunction with World Oceans Day which falls on the 8th of June. We had a booth at the hotel lobby, with posters and stuff. We sold merchandise to raise money. We even had painting activities which was a big hit with the little kids. The main attraction would be the turtle hatchlings release we did on the beach. I had a lot of fun in Pulau Redang :) the other volunteers were so friendly and we had no trouble getting along and working together. I learned a lot about sea turtles too.










According to research, it is estimated that in every 1000 turtle hatchlings, only 1 turtle will reach maturity. This is due to natural predators, and other threats such as pollution, getting tangled in fishing nets, etc. Besides that, the harvest of turtle eggs for consumption is also among the causes for the decline in population of turtles. Human activities threaten the turtles more than natural predators :( So far, It is illegal to commercially sell turtle eggs in Sabah and Sarawak, but not in Peninsular Malaysia (unfortunately). So friends, please help the turtles. Even if you can't participate in the volunteer programme, you can still do your part to help them. How? by not polluting the ocean, not buying/eating turtle eggs, and by spreading the word!





So that's all about Pulau Redang. Other than that, nothing too exciting happened. Hari Raya was hari raya, but this year I got to spend time with my friends in Johor Bharu, so that was a nice change. My family also visited the Crocodile Park in Pasir Gudang. At home, I learned to cook a few meals. Horayyy for learning how to be domestic lol.

Oh, and I also found love ;)

So I guess that's it. Didn't expect the post to turn out this long hahahaha. If you read this until the end then congratulations, go get yourself ice cream and pretend that I paid for it haha. I think it's obvious that I don't blog as much as I used to, but oh well.

Please pray for my success in my studies. Thank You :)


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