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Read the passage carefully. Then choose the correct answer.
 
Dear Eileen,

Thank you so much for your letter. I'm sorry for the long silence. I have been on a holiday with my family. This time, my father decided that we should do something different instead of the usual 'balik kampung' holiday. So, he booked us on a tour to Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in Sarawak.

The resort is about 275 km from Kuching. Since my sister is teaching in Kuching, we decided to spend a day with her before driving to Batang Ai. The name 'Batang Ai' means `the main river' where you can find the Iban tribe. The Ibans were famous in the past for their headhunting skills but I'm sure you know that they are very modem now.

At Batang Ai, there is a lake which was formed when they built the Batang Ai Hydroelectric Dam. The national park there is run by the Ibans. They provide boat services, longhouse tours, demonstrations of traditional dances, longhouse accommodation and guided tours. There is also a wide variety of handicrafts.

On our first day, my father took us all on a nature walk. As I'm not the adventurous type, I was a bit reluctant to join them. Wali, our tour guide, was very persuasive. As it turned out, the walk was the most fascinating I've ever had. Did you know that you could fry an egg on a wild banana leaf? Wali also pointed out many precious species of trees like the Bintangor tree which is being researched to make a vaccine for AIDS. The most exciting part was getting through the suspended canopy walk. We also had the opportunity to see several types of hornbills and other rare birds.

The next day, we went to a longhouse by boat. We were greeted by the longhouse leader. Then, we tried a special drink called 'tuak', a type of rice wine prepared by the tribe. The highlight of the visit was an evening entertainment of traditional dances. We were delighted to join the dances and my father made a fool of himself, having drunk a few cups of 'tuak'. I looked round for human skullsbut I could not see any.

When we finally got back to our resort, we felt really tired. Wali took out his guitar and played us some traditional songs. My sister was able to sing some of the songs which she had picked up. I could see that my parents really enjoyed the peace and quiet as they lead quite busy lives in the city. As for me, I was left speechless watching the sunset changing hues in just half an hour.

That's all about our trip to Sarawak. We have decided that we would definitely go back for a longer stay and maybe visit the wildlife sanctuary there.


Yours sincerely,

June

     
  1. From paragraph 1,
    (a) what was so different about this holiday for June ?
    (b) why did June apologize to Eileen ?
     
  2. From paragraph 2,
    (a) how far is the Batang Ai Longhouse Resort from Kuching ?
    (b) what does the name 'Batang Ai' mean ?
     
  3. From paragraph 4,
    (a) what evidence is there to show that the tour guide was very persuasive ?
    (b) name one discovery that June made on the nature walk.
     
  4. From paragraph 5,
    (a) explain the meaning of 'highlight'
    (b) give another word for 'delighted'
     
  5. From paragraph 6, how did June and her family feel about the trip ?
     
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    Answers
     
  1. (a) They went on a tour to Batang Ai Longhouse Resort in Sarawak.
    (b) She had not replied to her letter for a long time.
     
  2. (a) The resort is 275 km from Kuching.
    (b) 'Batang Ai' means the main river.
     
  3. (a) He managed to persuade the reluctant June to join the nature walk.
    (b) She could fry an egg on a wild banana leaf.
     
  4. (a) It means the most enjoyable part of the evening.
    (b) 'happy'
     
  5. They were tired but really enjoyed themselves.
     
 
 
 
 

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