Archive for June, 2011

DTC 1 Camp 2011 – 23 – 25 May, 2011

June 18, 2011

The DTC had its annual Camp in Malacca, this year.  There were 20 intellectually challenged campers, 3 volunteers and 6 staff who stayed in the Straits Meridian Hotel, Malacca.

Instead of visiting the usual historic sites (which they had already done several times), the programme included a high flying trip on the Menara Taming Sari (Melaka Tower).  “It is the first and only gyro tower in Malaysia.  It measures 110 meters in height, and revolves 360° to provide a panoramic view of Malacca town and beyondThe Menara Taming Tower provides the opportunity for tourists to view the city of Melaka and beyond at a glance; you will see the whole city, the historical sites and other major buildings instantly!  You can witness sea activities from the imposing height of 80 meters.  Once it reaches the top, a breathtaking, sprawling view of Malacca as far as the eye can see, up to the Straits of Malacca, is clearly visible, especially in good weather, with the Melaka River running through the grand panorama below.”

The 20 campers also had a ride on an amphibious craft  with Duck Tours. This vehicle can move on road and water anytime. It looks similar to a boat but with 4 tires – a boat cruising on the road.  Everyone enjoyed the “sail” in the sea, even Mary who had difficulty climbing on to Quacker 1, the amphibious craft!

Duck tours offers a combined city, island and harbor tour without the hassle of switching craft. More than a tour, it is 45 to 60 minutes of land sea adventure. The tour route would cover sites of interest such as Porta de Santiago, Sultanate Palace, Independence Memorial Museum, Mahkota Parade and Pulau Malacca The Duck Tour will enter the Straits of Melaka from Floating Mosque towards Pulau Besar before entering back Banda Hilir at Melaka River.”

Excursions also included a visit to the Crocodile Farm,  the Malacca Zoo and of course, shoppin.

Afternoon was a time of games and fun.   The nights were filled with story, craft and prayer.