Every year a bunch of International Schools in South Sast Asia participate in the tournament seasac (South East Asia Student Activities Conference). This year the Australian International School in Singapore hosted seasac basketball 2018. I have never been to Singapore before and it was a lot of fun.

Day 1:

Thursday morning we left the school and drove a bus to Singapore. The bus ride was around five hours long, we had one lunch stop on the way. I slept, chatted with friends and listened to music most of the way. When we arrived at our hotel (Orchard Parade Hotel) we checked in and then went out to eat dinner and buy snacks. We were four girls who decided to do face masks and watch the new episode of Riverdale.

Day 2:

Day two started out very early, we ate breakfast at 6:30 am. Afterwards we left the hotel to go to the school (AIS). At AIS we started out by having a opening ceremony. After the ceremony we went by bus to Stamford American International School (SAIS) where we had our first game against Garden International School. We have already played Garden a couple of times before. We started the tournament out with a win! At 2:00 pm we had our second game against SAIS. We lost the game by one basket: 30/28. At 5:00 pm we had our last game of the day, it was played against AIS. We lost this game by a lot.. After the big loss we went back to the hotel where we relaxed and went out to eat at this very good pizza place.

Day 3:

On our second game day we started out by playing against Harrow International School, where we sadly lost. It was a crazy game, very emotional. One good thing about this game was that I scored a basket. Then later we played our last game that day, it was played against British School Jakarta. We won 28/21, I made another basket. We had five girls fouling out including myself, I fouled out when there was around 20 seconds left. A little after 6:00 pm we had a banquet. Everyone was dressed nice and we ate good food. The "all star players" where revealed and the sportsmanship award as well.

Day 4

We started out with an early game, we played for fifth and sixth place. We played against Stamford again. We won this time 36/28 and therefore ended on fifth place. After our game we watched the finals. When all the games were done we had the award ceremony. It was an amazing weekend, you get to play what you love and make new friendships. After the ceremony we took the five hour long bus ride home.

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On the 15th of December my family and I left tropical Malaysia for cold snowy France. We landed in Geneva airport Saturday evening and thereafter drove a three hour drive up in the mountains to Val-d'Isère. Val-d'Isère was a snow-paradise but at the same time it was freezing cold: around -11 degrees. We skied from the 17th to the 20th. The first days it was quite cloudy and there was a lot of new snow. Especially the last skiing day the sun was shinning. We had very bad jetlag and that caused us to have barely any energy and we therefore went early to bed after being on the pists all day. I was nervous about skiing due to my knee injury however I used my jumper knee brace, which helped a lot! After a couple of wonderful days in beautiful France it was time for our next destination. On the 21st we left the hotel very early in the morning and drove to the airport. Due to the terrible morning traffic we almost missed the plane. After a hectic morning we finally got on the plane and landed in Denmark a couple of hours later. The remaining two weeks of the Christmas holiday was spent with family and friends in Denmark and Sweden. "Skiing is the next best thing to having wings.”

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2018 started out with a lot of basketball. My first day back after the break I had practice and then two games later in the week. We played against the International School of Kuala Lumpur and the British School of Kuala Lumpur, we won both games. I got to play a lot which was both very hard and fun at the same time. Both games were very intense and you really have to be focused all the time. We have won every game in our season so far and will be playing for the championship on Saturday. We play to win the ISAC tournament, ISAC stands for International School´s Athletics Conference. Then on the 1st of February we (the team) will go to Singapore and play in the SEASAC tournament. SEASAC will be from Thursday to Sunday, however I will write another post about that trip. This week consists of hard practice, were I missed one due to being sick. "Team work is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one".

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Just recently I started playing basketball. It is a lot of fun, we have played one game so far and will play another one on Wednesday d. 13/12. Unfortunately I have dealt with a knee injury the past years and that have stopped me from playing a lot of sports. We practice three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. We have two really good coaches and we are twelve players. I already knew quite a few of the girls from the team but there are also some new faces. It can be quite busy both practicing three times a week, keep up with the IB and do other stuff, however it is a good way to both do something you like, socialise and get a work out. I have never played basketball before and honestly never thought I would play it, but I have started to really like it.

Last sports season I played soccer but was not able to continue due to my knee injury. I began to attend physical therapy twice a week back in October and I am hoping to finish it in January. Last Saturday I went to see my doctor about my knee. We have now come to the conclusion that I have a jumper knee (patellar tendonitis) and I have to keep working on my knee to make it stronger. The good news is that it is nothing too serious and I can start running again and play basketball for real as long as my pain is not too bad. I bought a jumper knee strap that I wear when I do more than just walking e.g. play basketball and it is suppose to help relieve patella pain from frequent running and jumping. The strap keep pressure on the patella tendon. I have had it on for one practice so far and hopefully it will start to help.

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Every year all the 5th-11th graders on M´KIS goes on The Explore Malaysia Trips to "learn beyond the walls of the classroom". The schools purpose of these trips are to provide opportunities for students to develop personal skills and provides a sense of unity within the Class.

General Philosophy:

  1. Discover and Explore Malaysia
  2. Emphasize our Expected School-wide Learning results/School philosophy
  3. Work/interact with local communities
  4. For students and teachers to socialize and have FUN!

This year my grade (junior) went to Kuching Sarawak. We were on Borneo from monday-friday. The first day we flew from Kuala Lumpur to Kuching, early in the morning. We hade one day in Kuching, we visited Chinatown, a museum and India Street. It was fun exploring the city, other than it started to rain. We ended the day by eating at Top Spot seafood centre. The dinner was a little bit of a challenge because I do not like fish, but I ended up trying some of it. Lets just say seafood is never gonna be my favourite thing to eat. On Tuesday we left very early on a bus to go to the Longhouse. On the four hour drive we stopped at Semenggok Nature Reserve of Sarawak, where we both saw a alligator and three Orangoutangs. It was my first time ever seeing Orangoutangs, which was really cool. We saw one orangoutang coming alone and then a mom with its baby.

We stayed at a Longhouse with the Iban people and there families. The Iban´s had a traditional welcoming ceremony for us, including their traditional war dance. On the third day we did some community service. We helped re-build a wall for them with rocks protecting the village from water. We stood in long lines giving the heavy rocks to each other, in a crazy heat. It felt good helping the Ibans and say thank you for hosting us. On our last full day we started out doing a hike through the rainforest, followed by a lunch by the river. We all helped preparing the food. After a lovely lunch we sailed up the river to visit a local Iban school. The kids were a little shy, but very sweet. You could say sailing was our "public transportation". Later that day we got the opportunity to shoot with a Iban blowpipe. 

Early Friday morning we left the Longhouse. On the way to the airport we stopped and visited a Pepper farm, very interesting. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur later that night and was home at around eight p.m. It was a very good but different trip. So interesting to experience how a very different culture lives. We did not have any service that week either but was lucky to still be able to take some pictures. Another great thing about this trip was how everyone got to know each other a lot better. 

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In the beginning of October we had a fundraising week for Madeleine Children´s Fund. MCF is a fund that was established after a little girl named Madeleine passed away after a hard but brave fight with cancer. The funds purpose is to remember her but at the same time help todays kids who get diagnosed with cancer. Families who have a sick kid are often also faced with a financial burden, that is something MCF wanna help with.

The MCF consists of a group of parents from Mont´Kiara International School, all volunteers. Every year the school has a "Cancer Awareness Week". The community service you do as a IB student collaborate with the MCF. Some of the activities the school arrange during the cancer awareness week is: Dance-a-thon,skip-a-thon, run-a-thon, sell MCF products, Christmas lunch, cooking demonstrations and this year we ended the Friday with throwing the younger kids a Halloween Carnival. I helped babysitting and arranged a activity. I really like making sure the younger kids gets a good halloween experience. All the students who have physical education run/walk during PE that week, you give a donation for each lap you run

This is just one of the many fundraising weeks we have, this month (20-24/11) we will have a fundraising week for the club Habitat for Humanity.

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Heej, her i Malaysia går jeg på en international skole (Mont'Kiara International School), jeg tager den to årige IB som står for International Baccalaureate. På IB skal man bestå det der hedder CAS, C står for creativity. Jeg har valgt at min blog skal være en af mine kreative ting. Indtil videre skriver jeg både på engelsk og dansk, men ændre det måske til bare at være engelsk. Her på bloggen vil jeg både skrive om hvordan det er at være expat i Kuala Lumpur og udfordre mig selv med både at tage gode billeder og skrive gode indlæg.

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Heyy, here in Malaysia I attend an international school (Mont'Kiara International School), I am taking the two-year course IB. IB stands for International Baccalaureate. The IB require that you do the CAS program, it stands for Creativity, activity and service. I have decided to make this blog as a part of my creativity. So far I will both write in English and Danish, but I might change it to only English. On this blog I will write and show pictures about how it is to be living as an expat in Kuala Lumpur. I will also challenge myself with the commitment that goes with having a blog, write fun and good posts and take good pictures.

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Heeej, mit navn er Lærke og jeg er 17 år gammel. For omkring en måned siden flyttede jeg om på den anden side af jorden, rettere sagt Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia er mit nye hjemme de næste to år. Resten af min familie har allerede boet her det sidste år, men der var jeg udvekslingsstudent i USA. Jeg har en blog, hvor i kan læse en masse om min oplevelser i USA, Oklahoma; http://nouw.com/laerkeiusa. Jeg håber i vil følge med i mit nye eventyr, som expat.

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// Heeey, my name is Lærke and I'm 17 years old. About a month ago, I moved to the other side of the earth, more specific Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is my new home for the next two years. The rest of my family have already lived here the past year, but at that time I was an exchange student in the United States. I already have a blog where you can read about my experiences in the US, Oklahoma; http://nouw.com/laerkeiusa. I hope you will follow my new adventure, like an expat.

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