As Ramadhan is drawing the curtains down, the schedule is so packed like CRAZY!! This weekend is slated for “Kem Kesedaran” at Bukit Nenas, Kuala Lumpur. If last year, our targeted pupils were the “hardcore ones”, this time around, we focus on the ‘cream of the cream’; a let-loose feel before they are mentally-exhaust for upcoming UPSR trial and UPSR itself! And YES, my name is inevitable to be included…. SO…. LMAO! Hahahaa!
The beautiful night scenery of KLCC from Bukit Nanas Eco Park. All in Malaysia!
Farhaina, Kak Sarah, me & Ustaz Redzwan.
A scene in Bukit Nanas Eco Park. Exhausted.
Anyway, the kids went there by bus whereas Kak Adda and I went with our respective cars. Since we pushed off around 3.30 p.m., so you can image that the roads are congested with people coming back from work! So happen that the entrance is at the Golden Triangle, so getting there was quite of a challenge! Personally, I am very flustered. WHY? Because Menara Kuala Lumpur and Bukit Nanas were SO CLOSE/NEAR to Jalan Raja Chulan where AFFIN BANK headquarters is located; and that was my old working place! Hahahha…. Always saw the tower when having breakfast at the 17th floor (Banquet Floor) and yet never even bothered to visit! Hahaha…nevertheless, it brought reminiscence of the old good banking days…. (,”)
Ustaz Redzwan preparing the tents.
The kids getting ready for prayer.
That night after dinner and prayers, the activity we did was Night-Walking. The activity was conducted by the Forestry rangers and instructors but just to boost the kids confidence I also tagged along with them; along with Farhaina, Ustaz Harris, Ustaz Redzwan & Kak Fazidah. It was kinda funny because since Bukit Nenas is the only virgin forest in the city, you could see various lights of skyscrappers behind the darken greeneries and distanced sound of “modern music” from KL Tower nearby.
Still, around 11.00 p.m., each pupils were left to walk alone a short-distanced lane in the jungle leading but quite dark. The icing of the cake for the activity was that few of the forestry rangers were already stationed in various positions along the lane; camouflaging with the dark night. They acted as ‘whisperers’ and ‘mystical provoke’ for the kids. Hahhahaa! Since these are the “cream-of-the-cream” pupils who hardly ventured out anything physically like the previous year, you could hear SCREAM from the jungle. And some even threw-up and stupefied BECAUSE THEY WERE SO SCARED!! Some were also crying vehemently while few boys were cooking stories that they were not scared and even punched one of the forestry rangers! Hahahah. Of course we as teachers, we had to provoke them as well. I reminded them that this activity IS NOT A PLATFORM TO EXHIBIT BRAVADO (for the boys who were boasting and ridiculing about friends who were scared); THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE THEY WILL KNOW WHO ARE THEIR REAL FRIENDS; EITHER THE ONES WHO RIDICULE/ LAUGH WHEN THE FRIENDS ARE HAVING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS; OR LENDING HANDS TO THE NEEDIES….
The next morning, everyone woke up circa 5.30 a.m. and performed prayers together and then exercise/jogging up to the Kuala Lumpur Tower around 7.15 a.m. We could see that there were preparations for the “Bubur Lambuk Cooking” Competition. Tents were erected and committees went back-and-fro. We were informed that circa 12.30 p.m., we could bring the kids up there again to feast on various “Bubur Lambuk”! Well, their ‘rezeki’ then! Hahahah…
After breakfast, the rangers took the kids for Jungle Trekking and around 12.30 p.m. up we brought them up to the tower area again for “Bubur Lambuk”. The atmosphere was FESTIVE! There were 36 tents and each tents represented one organizations/mosque committees who worked relentlessly and together to cook “Bubur Lambuk”. This event was a cooperation between KL Tower and also The Kampung Bharu Mosque who is famous for its “Bubur Lambuk”; in conjunction for the upcoming Ramadhan. I say that it was a good event and we were given LOTS of “Bubur Lambuk” until we literally have no hands to bring them down. The kids enjoyed themselves tasting; so did we, the teachers!
The Pre-cooking sessions.
Ghee/ ‘Sapi” oil ambassadors? Hahahhaa!
After that, the kids were supposed to have a LDK (group work) session with Kak Fudziah but it was cancelled because seemed like the kids were bit lethargic. After prayers, we organized games and then the forestry rangers took over for Orienteering and bearing session. The kids were taught on how to navigate compasses and reading maps. It was good for them to work as team and gaining new knowledge.
While the kids were having sessions with the forestry rangers, Kak Adda, Kak Lin, Kak Airin (and Iecha!) and I took the opportunity to rest our limbs and sinew to have “high-tea” at the Revolving Restaurant at Kuala Lumpur Tower which is Atmosphere 360. It was a nice relaxation with ambiance of exclusivity as well as mind-therapy. It was breathtaking seeing Kuala Lumpur from bird’s view and to see familiar buildings like National Palace, The Independence Stadium, etc. Oh, Malaysia! Indeed a truly Asia. So beautiful! You guys can check the website at http://www.atmosphere360.com.my/ .
At Revolving Restaurant in KL Tower. – Courtesy of Teacher Azlin Rani.
Around 8.30 p.m. the kids once again whisked to the Tower to enjoy themselves. This time, we were shown documentary on KL tower and it was fascinating to know that the idea to conceive the tower was tantamount to 15 years but the effort to crystallize it was merely between 1991-1996! The workers worked 24 hours and 7 days a week! I was touched and proud with the vision. Who could have thought that Malaysia could go that miles and distance with modern architecture? The idea of beloved Tun Dr. Mahathir, the Malaysian Father of Modern Development was amazing! He brought so much good ideas. We love Che’ Det SO MUCH! May ALLAH SWT bless Che’ Det!
A Malaccan House replica under KL Tower amongst the numerous Malay houses. A must-see!
Diamonds etched on the entrance of KL Tower. Imported from Kuala Lumpur’s sister city, Esfahan in Iran.
Subhanallah. Breathtaking night view of Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia.
Courtesy of Teacher Azlin Rani.
All of us (pupils and teachers) didn’t miss the chance to venture the 6D X-Theater Experience. All you have to do is to wear the 6 Dimension spectacles and sit on special chairs designed to rock, jerk and twist according to the movement seen as per graphics shown. You will have the feeling as if you were the one in the scenes portrayed! The kids enjoyed that and Shahira, Kak Yati’s daughter was adamant and excited and asked me to try as well! Hahahaa; so Ustaz Redwan, Ustaz Shuib, Farhaina and I decided to do. It was fun and our graphic was the car race ala “Star Wars”! For time being I was fantasizing myself as mixture of Lara Croft and Anakin Skywalker! Hahahaha…..! But really with the gush of winds blown to our faces and the seat jerked (ala Singapore’s “Universal Studio” at Shrek’s Place), it felt REAL. But really, it was FUN! You guys should try that if you happened to visit KL Tower in Malaysia!
The 6 Dimension Experience! Only in KL Tower, Malaysia!
Around 10.00 a.m. , we went down to Bukit Nanas Eco Park via the trail bridged between Bukit Nanas & KL Tower. After prayer, the kids had a motivational session ala “Sentuhan Qalbu” and then off to bed.
Sunday morning in heart of Kuala Lumpur!
This morning, I have to go back earlier and couldn’t stay with the kids until noon because Ustaz Harris wanted to make preparation for his son’s birthday – and with tonight we all have “Majlis Makan Amal Sekolah / Charity Dinner” (yeah, our schedule is SO TIGHT!), so we decided to steal time there. After all, we had already managed the kids from the first day.
The famous Convent Bukit Nanas schools, one of the oldest education institution in Malaysia and also famous for its cathedral. Situated at the bottom of Bukit Nanas. As a student from Penang Free School, schools like St.George’s Girls’ School, Convent Green Lane (Penang) & Bukit Bintang Girls’ School, Victoria Institution & Convent Bukit Nanas (KualaLumpur) are all familiar names amongst the English-educated societies.
On whole, it is a nice programme combining elements of au naturel appreciation as well as modern Malaysian tourism. And once inevitable lesson we can embrace from this programme; apart from strengthening the ties between teachers and pupils and pupils with their peers especially their friendships and motivations, IS THAT – Malaysia, is truly Asia. (,”)