Thursday, June 26, 2008
I remember one conversation I had with my Pak Long. I was with my family at his home. He asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up?"
I was probably 8 years old at that time. I thought of a simple, non-complicated job. "I want to be a reporter" I answered.
He laughed,"Reporters are such busy-bodies."
Well, look at me now.
Friday, June 06, 2008
From Kuantan Air Base we went to the Navy Base via helicopter - Nuri to be exact. This time some of us civilians were kinna freaked thinking about the recent crash. Alhamdulillah the flight went smoothly.
The practice mission involved a 4-engine aircraft, Charlie C-130, flying low in search for the 'survivor', mark the location with flares then fly higher to drop the rescue boat and pararescue team.
The guy in the picture below was part of that team. Here he is explaining the contents of his rescue kit. Cool diving suit, eh?
While I was at the base, I was given the chance to try out the static jump training at the 40ft tower. You people may remember this from the show.
Honestly I wasn't scared of the height. It's more of anticipating the fall when I jump off the tower.
I went too slow that I didn't reach the 'finish line'. Now here's one thing that was edited out from the show where they pulled me further front to a higher ground.
We received positive feedback from various people and I am glad we managed to meet their expectations. Hope you people enjoyed it as much as we did producing this special report :)
Thursday, June 05, 2008
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...