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Statue at Independence Square in Colombo, Sri Lanka

 Sri Lanka


 

I've got a chance to visit Sri Lanka when I represented Ngee Ann Polytechnic in a micromouse competition back in September 1995. This is also my first attempt in handling an SLR camera (a borrowed Canon EOS 1000 with a standard 35-70mm zoom lens). The week of figuring out the camera's various functions soon lead to my interests in photography.

Little hut at the beach behind the turtle hatchery, Sri LankaMasks at the mask museum, Sri LankaA drooling turtle at the turtle hatchery, Sri Lanka

We arrive on the night of September 3rd in Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. It took us quite a while before we found our driver sent by the event organizer. After a short ride to the Sri Lanka Foundation Institude, we discovered that the original accomodations planned was not available. After some hassles, we eventually got transfer to a hotel for the night.

Statue of Buddha in Colombo, Sri Lanka A cow lazing along the side of the road, Sri LankaIn the following days, we were mostly busy preparing for the competition. In the midst of the preparation, the host had brought us on a tour around the campus in their university. On the second last day, we were brought on a tour to various locations. These includes a turtle hatchery where newborn turtles are being cared for until they are ready to be released back to the ocean. Also visited is the beach at Hikkaduwa where glass-bottomed boats is available for seeing the coral reefs around the area.

We left Sri Lanka on the 9th of September. Security at the airport was tight. Body search, in addition to the usual metal detectors, are conducted even before entry to the airport. More confusions are created while we are checking in our baggages when our micromouse is being suspected for a bomb. It's only after we had turn it on and let it run around a little that they agreed it was indeed harmless.

 
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