Into a magical world

  • Education
  • Sunday, 30 Jun 2013

Truly amazing: The grand prize winners from the 2008 The Star-NiE Campaign 4 Rewards Contest pose with the iconic Sleeping Beauty castle in Hong Kong Disneyland.

UNDAUNTED by the huge number of entries that has grown over the years and the stiff competition from rival schools, many participants of The Star-Pizza Hut’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) contest continue to harbour dreams of clinching the grand prize.

Yes, the magic of Hong Kong Disneyland has not waned. Eyes would light up when students are asked about their hopes for the contest.

Sekolah Tun Fatimah, Johor, student Nuri Syahirah Mohd Safian, 16, was one of them.

Nuri Syahirah said that it will be the “icing on the cake” for her team to win the trip to Hong Kong Disneyland to meet their favourite cartoon characters.

And that’s not just sheer fantasy. Former grand prize winner Lee Min Shan from Chinese Girls’ High School, Penang, would attest to that.

She and her teammates from team Sticky clinched the grand prize to Hong Kong in 2009. Min Shan and her teammates are trying their hand at the new contest concept as they would love to visit Hong Kong Disneyland once again, sponsored no doubt!

While spending the entire day with Disney characters is definitely the highlight of the trip, what else is in store for the grand prize winners of this year’s Tale Spin 2013 storyboard contest?

The winners of the Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary categories and their teachers are guaranteed to have a super-charged, fun-filled holiday, come December.

First on the list is a visit to the famous Avenue of Stars, which is Hong Kong’s equivalent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The avenue, which is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront, showcases the celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. Commemorative plaques, handprints of movie celebrities and various movie memorabilia line the walkways.

There’s even a special treat in store for kungfu fans — a life-size statue of the legendary kungfu action star, Bruce Lee!

The Peak, Hong Kong’s most popular landmark is also not to be missed. As the name suggests, The Peak is approximately 396m above sea level and the journey to the top by bus is an exhilarating experience.

From shopping and dining to nature walks, students and teachers will be able to do it all here, while enjoying the breathtaking vistas of the city.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History located in Kowloon is a must. The museum showcases almost 400 million years of Hong Kong’s dynamic history including its natural ecology, culture and traditions.

Repulse Bay, located in the south of Hong Kong, is also on the itinerary. The bay is the most spectacular in the region and is popular among locals and tourists.

If beaches with stretches of long, clear, azure blue water gently lapping the seashore is not your cup of tea, then you could probably do a pit stop at the fairly new Repulse Bay Shopping Plaza.

Golden Bauhinia Square is another site for tourists. The focal object at the square is the golden sculpture of the Bauhinia flower, the official emblem of Hong Kong.

The sculpture was presented to the people of Hong Kong by the government to mark the most significant occasion in the country’s history — the return of Hong Kong (a former British colony) to the People’s Republic of China.

A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without a sampan ride around Aberdeen Harbour. Aberdeen is famous for its floating village, largely inhabited by the local “boat people” known as Tankas, who are primarily fishermen.

So after months of deliberating on the storyboard entries, what better way to reap the rewards of your hard work than to visit bustling Hong Kong with your teammates?

The four-day, three-night, all-expenses-paid trip sponsored by The Star and Pizza Hut is truly a well-earned vacation for three lucky teams.

DUE to the haze and closing of schools in parts of Malaysia, the deadline for entry submission and online registration has been extended to July 5. Check StarEducate and our contest website ( for updates on vouchers and results in July.

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