As promised, here is my long overdued post on the Tioman Island trip :)
I was there for 6 days covering the SAS Tioman International Eco Challenge 2008, the first time such an event being held at the island and I was the lucky one assigned to cover the event for Majalah 3.
It was my first time at the island and I was amazed by its beautiful clear water, white sandy beaches...a different sight from my previous trip to another island last year.
The race day started with a bang, literally. The crown prince of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, flagged off the participants.
The first day of the race was hectic and the tension level way high. Thus, the lack of pictures. I don't think I should get into detail on that. Fast forward to the 2nd day..
The guy in yellow is main guy who had this whole event happen, Lt Kol (R) Bustaman. He helped organize the whole trip for us too.
That night he invited the TV3 crew for dinner onboard a navy ship, KD Mahawangsa. After a whole day of shoot, we were starved. Good thing the navy serve some of the best food around ;)
While we were having dinner at the upper deck, there was a navy karaoke session going on at the lower deck. There was pressure from every possible angle for me to sing a song.
No matter how much I declined, I just couldn't let the whole ship down. So I brave myself to go on the huge stage and entertain the hundreds on navy personnel with my awful singing. The only female song that I know from their list was Candy's Akan Ku Tunggu. The rest were rock songs which were impossible for me to sing.
To divert the attention from my singing, I invited them to dance for me. Not just one guy accepted my invitation...
In the end, although my pitch was everywhere and I didn't hit the right notes, at least I did my part to lift the spirits of the brave men onboard.
The last day of the race was relatively a short one. While one cameraman covered the starting, we were on standby in the middle.
We were on top of this huge rock overlooking the beautiful Tioman. Here the cameraman and technician attempted to shoot an album cover.
Shortly, we were joined by the other press.
That night was the gala dinner where the Sultan of Pahang gave out the prizes to the winners.
The husband and wife that I personalized went home with RM8,000 as the 1st runner up. Although the student didn't win, his experience was enough to give juice to the story..hehe!
All in all, it was a fun trip although stressful at some point. But the story turned out quite good. I was told by the organizer, the crown prince of Pahang acknowledge the good job done. Woohoo!
The M3 team were concerned that our ratings would be affected by the AF finals but it didn't! In fact, the rating was quite high for this particular episode. Another plus point...Alhamdulillah...