On the 20th September we went to Sibu Island. When I left home. I was super excited because I couldn't wait till we got there. Everyone in the class was excited when I arrived at school. I left my bag in the plaza. My bag had a name tag but most people forgot to put a tag on their bags. I was wearing my Minecraft jobs T-Shirt and everyone was pointing to the occupations they wanted to have. After everyone had arrived, we all rushed to the door to queue up. But then we remembered that we needed to be in number order so everyone had to get into their respective places. Since I am number 19 of 22, I was near the back of the queue There were stairs to get to the buses. Most students had suitcases and were struggling but I had a backpack so I managed walking down the stairs easily.
At the border all of us hopped off the bus when we got to the border and left all our things inside the bus. Everyone was starving because we could only eat after we crossed the border. We walked in a straight line to the immigration hall.I felt great that we had already reached the border. It had only been about 30 minutes at least that's what it felt like. We went up the escalator and then we walked into the hall. The hall was freezing and I was shivering. We lined up into two queues, one fingerprinting line and one non-fingerprinting. I did not know that one could use fingerprint if under 18 so I just went with the non-fingerprinting line.The queue took 30 minutes, so I just stood there being bored in a giant freezing hall with at least 100 other random people. Finally it was my turn. I went up and I gave him my green card and passport. He checked them and then asked to scan my fingerprint then I went through. I was the 3rd last and I walked over to the class and everyone was there so we all went out. I was so happy to get into the warmth again.
On the bus ride I sat next to Arnab and we played a pokemon game with my pokemon book and I won. I felt kind of sick in the bus ride. Although I had a headache, I was still fine. They showed a movie on the bus. It was Annie. Annie was one of the most boring movies I have watched. I watched it for 5 minutes but since we were not enjoying it, Arnab and I just continued playing the Pokemon game.We saw a forest fire at one point and it was very smokey. Then we finally reached the jetty...
When we arrived at the jetty we all took our suitcases out and lined up in our classes.I drank all my water on the bus and I couldn’t wait to get some more. Finally we had a chance to refill our water. I drank the water and it tasted like dirt. I was then told it was from a well. So I just had it. We all put our suitcases along the jetty and the team leaders gave us life jackets and then we were off on the ferry (Pelican 2).
On the ferry the team leaders taught us many song and chants.I felt happy that we were finally almost there (I forgot that we had to walk across the island). We saw tons of fish from the window. When we arrived at the jetty in Sibu I saw 3 crabs and over 150 tiny fish.
When we went to the cabins I told everyone to make sure to leave their shoes outside on the balcony. It was dark. There was only 1 tiny light that covered a ¼ of the room.The bathroom was not great because the shower was in the middle of the bathroom and when someone showers the whole bathroom gets wet.The best part of the room is the reading lights because we don’t need our torches to read at night but we needed our torches to walk around the room.Our first challenge was putting on the sandfly oil. I am used to putting Sunblock and mosquito spray but I have never put sandfly oil on before. It felt really weird putting oil on and they team leaders gave us so much I felt oily for the whole day.The oil gave me rashes when I came back in Singapore! I loved Free time when we got to play swingball. It was so fun because swingball was my favourite game there out of football,basketball,poison ball, playing on the swing,playing in the playground and monkey bars and running around(and of course swingball).
When we went swimming I really enjoyed it because my group played tag and It was really fun playing around in the sea on the first day when we arrived.For dinner we ate fish it was quite tasty I enjoyed it.
After dinner we had a class talk and then we were off to bed.Everyone brushed and changed into their night clothes and then off to sleep.
In our cabins on the first night it was boiling! There was no air circulating in the cabin. Everyone in my cabin kept on saying how hot is was. The fan was on 5(Max) and it was still very hot. I think it was because of the mosquito net as the net’s holes are so small that no air can get through it. It was lights out at 9pm but I fell asleep at 10:15pm .I woke up at 1am but I fell asleep after 20 mins.
When I woke up I woke up at 6:40 and I quietly changed into my Minecraft T-Shirt and brushed and then the double bell rang.
After the double bell rang we started talking about how hot it was at night and how they couldn’t sleep for so long and we had to wake up Arnab because he overslept till 7:16 and everyone changed and brushed and then the bell for breakfast rang.When we walked out everyone was saying “It’s so hot at night” and stuff like that.
At breakfast I sat next to Arnab it was one of the best meals there it was egg,cereal and toast.I.The cereal choice was milo cereal,honey stars cereal or rice crispies.I had milo because I have it at home and it was the most popular the breakfast was the best (not including Lunch or Dinner because they are totally different).
At the island we were snorkeling from I played on the beach with Krish and we dug a giant hole and we reached water. Only 8 people got to go snorkeling before the storm came it so we quickly hopped into the boats and drove back.On the way back in the boat the boat ride was 10mins long and it was open top and open side so it was crazy it was like a wave rider/jumper.The boat was very shaky that it felt like we were tipping off.
During free time I played swingball with Arnab again and it was very fun it was the best game at free time (we had free time after every meal except dinner but we had free time before dinner).
At night we had Beef and Rice for dinner and It was quite good I liked the beef and then we were off to bed.I fell asleep about 45 mins after we went to our cabins.Good night
When we had tuck shop and played games I Bought a magnum and a 100plus and then while we were playing mafia Krish was putting his 100plus can near me and I was pushing it away so then everyone thought I was the mafia but I wasn’t.
When we went boogie boarding I had never been boogie boarding before and it was very fun.I caught an giant have and I went so high on the have it was as high as a mini tree.When we were boogie boarding I saw some fish when I fell of my board.
At the banana race we had an banana and I was number 19 so when it was my turn I had a super squished banana and I hit the banana 4 times and then caught it.I enjoyed the swimming we played tag again and it was very lively.
At dinner time we had noodles and satay it was very appetizing and it was a very satisfactory last dinner at the end of dinner Tam told us that here are going to be evening(night) activities until 9:30pm.We all wondered what it could be but then me finally remembered that last year they had a show and then we all go really excited for it to commence.
As we were leaving I felt kind of relieved and kind of sad because I wanted to go home but I really enjoyed staying in Sibu.On the ferry We just sat their looking tired but ready for the journey ahead we didn't do much on the boat.Back in the bus I played the pokemon game again the TV wasn’t working so we had too do something else so I tried to sleep but it was not possible.At the border I went with the non-fingerprinting line and I was much faster than on the way there.
As we drove into UWCSEA everyone started screaming in joy and then everyone was like “I’m going to get to the water fountain first” I was very happy as we reached school and I knew it was the end of a big adventure.
My final thoughts about Sibu is Sibu was the best school trip yet and I am really looking forward to G5 Trip next year.