A trip to Taif in Saudi
It was a Monday morning and I was feeling very bored when my father
said, "Let's go to Taif tomorrow. We will ask Uncle Shehan and his
family too to join us."
"We could also visit the Water Park," my mother told my brother Saif
and me. Taif is similar to Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.
I was very excited. I could not wait for Tuesday to dawn. I packed
everything I needed into my perfect pink Barbie suitcase and went to
sleep. When I got up in the morning, my friends Akshantha and Hannah,
Uncle Shehan's daughters had already arrived. I quickly had a wash and
played with them till noon. Then we had lunch. Uncle Shehan and his wife
arrived by 2 p.m. We then started our journey.
We had to travel far to reach our destination Taif, in Saudi Arabia.
We saw many monkeys and baboons on the way. We stopped at many places
during our journey to view the beautiful mountains. We slept in the car
for about an hour. We arrived in Taif around 8 p.m. and stayed in an
apartment for the night.
The next day we went to the Water Park. First we went on the upside
down roller coaster. We were all dizzy when we got off it. Then we rode
on cable cars over the mountains. We also visited the Horror House. My
mother really enjoyed that. Then finally, we had fun in the water.
The next day we started our trip back home, after lunch. We were very
happy. Now, back in Sri Lanka, I happily recall memories of this
Reading, the art of my
Books are a part of my life. I wish I could spend my whole life in a
library because I love books so much.
My favourite leisure activity is reading books.It is no surprise that
my friends call me a "book worm".I like reading English storybooks as
well as Sinhala books. I am in a reverie (day dream) when I am reading a
book. I believe that a 'good book is a good friend'.
A good book gives us a lot of knowledge and many guidelines to live
our lives. My favourite author is Enid Blyton. I wish I could borrow all
the books in the library and read round the clock. I count the days to
visit the International Book Fair which is held every year in September
in Colombo. I have already collected plenty of money to buy books at
There were many literary icons in Sri Lanka such as Martin
Wickramasinghe and Kumarathunga Munidasa who showed their might with the
pen. If someone offered me a choice between a crown and a library full
of books, I would promptly opt for the library without a second thought.
I have my own small library at home and I have read every book in it
more than twice. My parents encourage me in my reading habit by giving
me book as birthday presents.
I enjoy reading not only books but also magazines and newspapers too.
I derive great pleasure from reading. So, I readily agree with Sir
Francis Bacon's great statement, that "some books are to be tasted,
others are to be swallowed and some to be chewed".
My best friend
My best friend is Savinda. He is very smart and tall and brainy too.
His favourite sports are swimming and rugby.
Savinda's favourite drink is Fanta. He likes to eat submarines.
Savinda comes to my swimming class too.
He has a sister and a brother. Savinda's ambition is to be a doctor.
When I am in trouble he helps me. A friends in need is a friend
indeed. Savinda is my best friend, for ever.
I am a boy named Samuditha Deshan Amarasinghe. I am eight years old.
My school is Dudley Senanayake Central College in Tholangamuwa. I am in
Grade Four. My favourite subject is English.My parents are teachers.
There are six members in my family including myself. I have two sisters
and a brother.
My best friend is Dileepa. I like to eat ice-cream. My hobby is
reading books and watching television. I want to be a doctor one day.
species in need of protection
Sri Lanka's wildlife is enriched with a large elephant population.
They are the country's largest animals and are a wealth to our
nation.They need to be protected because they are a threatened species.
are found in the forests as well as in sanctuaries set up especially for
them. Such sanctuaries take good care of these animals providing them
with food and water. They are able to roam freely in their natural
Unfortunately, the elephants that live in the forests are not able to
live freely because of the many dangers they are faced with due to
attacks from humans. The elephant population in the country is on the
decrease as a result of many being killed for their tusks, which are
very valuable.They are also killed by farmers when they encroach into
the villages and destroy their crops.
Clearing of forests for development has become a major threat to
these innocent animals who once roamed in these areas freely. Large
areas of land are cleared today to construct housing and office
complexes, development projects and also for agriculture.These animals
lose their habitats as a result of this.Most often the elephant
population in such areas that come under these development projects are
not provided alternate habitats. So, the animals who are forced live in
habitats that have been reduced in size, encroach into the villages in
search of food and water. This leads to an elephant- man conflict.
The Department of Wild Life has taken several measures to protect
such elephants from being killed.They have put up boards to prohibit
poachers from entering these restricted areas and killing the elephants.
If anyone is found engaging in illegal activities, the Government will
take action against them and punish them severely.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and other sanctuaries take in most
of these elephants that are injured by man or as a result of natural
causes, such as by falling into wells and mud pits. They are treated
medically and then provided with food and water. They are also bathed by
the mahouts. Orphaned baby elephants are well looked after by them.
Such elephant orphanages and sanctuaries are set up to raise public
awareness of the fate of elephants through the print and electronic
media. People need to be educated about the need to protect these large
animals who often kill them or destroy their homes only because they
have lost their own homes and have no other place to go to look for food
alone will not make one a good citizen
We often see certain people who are highly qualified and hold high
positions in society lacking in good manners. Such people become
unpopular very fast at home, office and wherever they go.
They usually lead unpleasant and unhappy lives because they are
rejected by most people.
The reason they are ill mannered is because they have not been given
proper advice and guidance by their parents on how to behave in society.
They have not been taught the value of good manners .We should learn
good manners and habits from our childhood. They are the main
characteristics of a good citizen who is respected and loved by all in
Home is the first place where we learn good manners from our parents.
School is the next place where we are taught how to behave properly in
This is why we regard our teachers as "second parents" who guide us
to become good citizens.
We should never behave or speak in a rude manner to hurt the feelings
of others. We should respect the ideas of others even if we do not agree
with them all the time.
We must also not behave in a manner that would inconvenience others.
We must always be pleasant, polite and helpful to others.We often see
how schoolchildren help old and blind people to cross the roads and how
they offer their seats to them in crowded buses and trains.Such children
are those who have been given proper advice at home and school about the
value of good manners and good habits.Such children are not only a pride
to their parents but also to their schools.
Therefore, we should keep in mind that education and good manners go
hand in hand to mould a good citizen.
We should strive to become people who would command the respect of
Otherwise, even though we excel in our studies, without good manners,
we would only be just 'educated fools'.
New technology, the
pulse of the future
The highly developed modern technology plays a key role in the smooth
functioning of the world today. Modern society is totally dependent on
technology and cannot do anything without it.
The education system in the present world is closely connected with
the fast developing technology. Many schools use computers to impart
knowledge, and students can now access information about their
syllabuses via the internet even before the teacher provides it. It is
much easier to learn lessons using computers. This innovation of modern
technology has become a tool of self-learning.
Advancing technology has also made vast strides in the development of
different modes of communication.Today communication has become very
easy and fast with the introduction of skype, facebook, video calls, MMS
and SMS facilities. Communication has been globalised.
Apart from the numerous practical benefits obtained from modern
technology, many depend on it for entertainment and also as a means to
beat their loneliness. Everything revolves around modern technology.
Going by this trend, one could say that it is the pulse of the future.