Friday, June 29, 2012

What You Didn't Know - Majalah 3 Taiwan

I'm totally excited about my return to Majalah 3! And my first story will be aired tomorrow. Yahoo! It's also one of the most challenging story for me. Emotionally on location and physically during post production.
There's so many things to share about my experience with this story that I don't know where to start. How about some did-you-know's? Yeah, I'll do do that.
Did you know....
1. 90% of the shoot was done in Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.

In the morgue

2. The university is 100% vegetarian. Lucky us!

3. We got our own bowl and water container to eat at the campus cafeteria. Everyone washes their own utensils. Go green!

4. This was my second time there, doing this story. First time was 
6 years ago for MedikTV. And this time around it's more detailed and comprehensive.

5. I met the same Malaysian student I met 6 years ago. Back then she was a first year student. Now she's an intern.

6. It's summer in Taiwan and there were sand flies in Hualien that bites. Many people were seen scratching away, including us. And my technician got it worse..

They itch!

7. I experienced my first earth quake. It was 5 am and my bed just shook. I was frightened but went back to bed soon after because I was informed that quakes are a norm in Hualien. 

8. It was my first time shooting in HD (semangat after the
Singapore HD workshop).

9. 90% of the shoot was done with DSLR camera.
Canon 5D Mark II

10. The crew and I were on location as early as 4am to shoot the technicians preparing the bodies.
11. The first time I came face to face with all the bodies exposed in the operation theater, I dared not step inside until they were all covered.

12. Throughout the shoot I stayed in a 3-bedroom apartment ALONE! No, nothing weird happened. Alhamdulillah.. The crew were 2 floors above me.
Living room, dining room and kitchen at the back

13. I cried during the burial ceremony...

14. I gave a token to the family of the deceased. They decided to top it up and donate the money to the university.

15. The mother of the 33-year-old made me cry (again) during her speech although I didn't understand a word she was saying.

16. We spent 8 days in Taiwan but we only had an hour to go Taipei city center, which was just before we board the flight back home.
Taipei 101 - Tallest building in the world (still?)

17. I had tissues beside me when I edited the story.

18. The external hard disk (that contained ALL the visuals from the shoot) was suddenly unreadable...6 days before transmission!!!
19. I made backups for all my files and my editing project as a safety measure. So I didn't lose anything. Phew! My precaution paid off.

Main external hard disk, back up hard disk and my trusted MacBook Pro

20. Had so many technical difficulties along the way because of my first experience with HD. It wasn't pretty. Late nights / no sleep / no eat...alas, I got through it!

Totally satisfied that it's finally done and ready to roll! Don't forget to watch the show this Saturday (tomorrow!) at 9pm. I'll just post the promo again. Feel free to share it! Appreciate the support :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Majalah 3 Comeback

I was in Taiwan for 8 days recently doing my comeback story for Majalah 3. Yes, I'm back! Been super duper busy getting the 1-hour feature story done for this weekend. I will write more about it. In the mean time, here's the promo! :)

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Breastfeeding Forum

Waddaya's my 600th post on this blog!! And I'm glad to say this little blog milestone also includes a story about milestone in my life. 

I gave my first breastfeeding talk :)

It's more of a forum actually, with the wonderful ladies at Petronas.

They have a very strong breastfeeding support group within the company and they have events like these on an annual basis. I'm glad to be invited as one of the panelist. The title of the forum was "Cabaran Menyusu Si Kecil" (Challenges in Breastfeeding Your Child). With me were three other mothers, all Petronas employees.

The forum was to share our experience in breastfeeding as a fulltime working mom. Each of us have different challenges. I assume you all know what my challenge was, right? Travelling and fully breastfeeding (come on, if you don't know it yet, read the archive). The others had really interesting stories too!

One lady is breastfeeding by exclusive pumping. You heard that right. Her child refuses to direct feed so she pumps all the time! The other lady works in a 'hazardous' environment and still breastfeeds her child. The other happens to be the president of the breastfeeding support group, who, like me, travels a lot. And yet she managed to breastfeed all 4 of her children!

It was truly inspiring listening to their stories and I hope what I shared also helped inspire the ladies of Petronas (also known as Petronita) in breastfeeding.

You know, I've always wanted to share my experience with an audience. I'm glad I was given chance to do so :)