I am not feeling well. Yesterday, after emceeing the Maal Hijrah Nasheed program at school (last week, I emceed The Children’s Day & next 2 weeks I will be emceeing the Hari Anugerah Kecemerlangan SK Serendah), I started feeling a bit feverish. The Friday schedule is tight as I have “Advanced Public Relations” at UPM and in order to avoid traffic jam in KL as office bugs are to go out from their offices at 4.30 p.m. on every Fridays; I cannot go back to my house; after school, straight to perform Friday prayer at Batu 16 Rawang Mosque and then straight to UPM.
The entrance to Beryl’s Chocolate Wonderland. The Willy Wonka wannabe? LOL!
I only attended the first half of “Advanced Public Relations” class as the other half after Maghrib is dedicated for groups’ presentation. I usually stay until the end but yesterday, I felt like I need to dash out as I was thinking if I reached Serendah earlier, I could have more time to sleep as today, I have to join the Year 6 entourage to Port Dickson! How am I supposed to commit with this meager state of health??? AND to make the matter worse, the traffic WAS CONGESTED heavily and was stuck nearly an hour; only for the distance of from UPM until the former National Palace!! With my eyes reddens and my head throbbing and my body feeling feverish, I decided to make a detour to National Mosque. Around 45 minutes later, I make a move back to Serendah. The traffic was still congested but considerably bearable in comparison to the first journey!
This morning I woke up feeling very lethargic; with eyes still redden and body still unwell. I thought of cancelling my participation for the trip; after all, I was just to help my colleagues as the other male teachers couldn’t make it due to family commitments and I am always excited to explore new places; but this time around, I was really tired, probably because I am doing my Master’s Degree at the same time. Nevertheless, I didn’t have the heart to disappoint my colleagues. They need a stern figure to control the extra-excited kids (Yes, I know strangers always don’t believe that I am a stern teacher but in my school, I have a reputation of that image). So, I just forced myself to go…. AND IT WAS RAINING!
Our first destination was the Beryl’s Chocolate Wonderland at Seri Kembangan! I didn’t know it exists so nearby the MEDIVIRON Clinic I did for my medical check-up upon the registration for my Master’s Degree in UPM! The waiting area was congested with pupils from other schools as well (we were later told that there would be 29 schools visiting the place before 12.30 p.m.!!!). We were given briefing in a small auditorium owned by the company and the rest of the slot was filled with short movie on the history of the company and how cocoas are imported and produced and manufactured. We were given tour around a small chocolate museum and sight-seeing of the workers managing the processes of the chocolates; and then to the small outlets where of course, visitors are expected to buy the chocolates.
As I am pursuing my Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication now, I can’t help but to be fascinated with the communication part of advertisement, etc. This is so “Integrated Marketing Communication”. See how the usage of tagline of the 1st poster to invite customer to use the product? By positioning the brand and to create illusion of hedonistic to the customer (a touch point a.k.a selling points), manufacturer slyly promoting their products!
I am not chocolate aficionado and my personal review for this Beryl’s Chocolate Wonderland tour is that although it is a new and interesting place to visit with its small unique museum, the time allocated was brief stint; and visitors could only see the workers from afar and the time slot was poorly managed as we were compressed among other schools. Personally, visitors would feel that the main objective of modus operandi is to have visitors lavishing their money on the chocolates outlets at the end of the tour!! Irregardless, I guess the plan works as many people buy. As for myself, I only bought a small box of Beryl’s chocolate. At this juncture, Alhamdulillah; I was feeling better and more energized.
My cheeks have been gaining fats since I have been eating late at nights for the past 5 days. Dieting regime begins tomorrow; or at least until I am back to health! Behind is the biggest telescope in Malaysia costing around RM1.8 million!
Solar system model!
Our next destination is the Baitul Hilal at Port Dickson. This is the observatory where stars are gazed as well as to observe the new moon for Ramadhan & Syawal. This was an impressive place where we were given opportunity to witness the biggest telescope in Malaysia, costing around RM 1.8 million and so happened that the officer is a friend of my Penang Free School’s friend, Imran who is a PhD student in astronomy at Cambridge University (I tagged him in my Facebook status!). This is indeed a great experience for me especially as a Science Teacher; and coincidentally as the Head of Science Panel this year, I was there along with my 2 other Science Teachers’ seniors, Kak Ruhaizah & Kak Norsiah; so we were quite excited and agog with that and shared a few information regarding the ever-changing solar system. A great insight!
Constellation patterns? I snapped this from the computer screen monitor!
Our third destination was the Army Museum. I wasn’t really excited about this as I had already visited there in 2011 (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2011/05/09/under-the-scorching-sun-of-port-dickson-bandar-di-hilir-malacca-the-army-museum-seafood-sari-rhasa-independence-declaration-museum-portugueses-a-famosa-st-paul-chapel-st-fra/) but this time around, I had the opportunity to enter the Communists’ secret Tunnel! It was closed when I went there 3 years ago. It was cool to visualize how the communists operated within the secret tunnels.
On the way back, we stopped at Teluk Kemang and then we called the day off. Alhamdulillah, I was grateful that my health was starting to recover throughout the journey. Perhaps, I actually needed vacation from my hectic life? Whatever it is, Alhamdulillah. When you had the intention of helping others and Tawakallah, ALLAH SWT will assuage your difficulties. Alhamdulillah. ALLAH is Almighty!
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