Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Vroom Vroom!

Cars for me is something that gets me from Point A to Point B. But all that changed when I was sent to cover the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia Challenge 2015 in Manila at the end of February this year. My first thought was: What?? Does this mean I have to run?? Like I never run, I hardly walk!! My daily exercise is walking from my carpark spot to the elevator to get to my desk at the office.

But, pheww, much to my relief I just had to watch the region's aspiring young engineers and scientists  show how innovative they were in designing, building and testing ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. I was even given a full-kit to do so!

Here are some pictures from the event:

Pre-event, at the paddock with fellow Malaysian journalist watching Malaysian celebrity Fahrin Ahmad  do a test-run in an urban concept car.

At the launch of the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 Challenge.

Some of the Malaysian teams getting their cars ready. 

Representing Malaysia are 14 teams from Malaysian universities: namely Monash University, Malaysia; University of Malaya, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; German Malaysian Insititute; Multimedia University Melaka Campus; Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman; Curtin University Sarawak; and Universiti Malaysia Pahang. They were competing against students from universities, colleges and technical institutes across 17 other countries; including 49 teams that made their debut at the competition this year. Competing on home soil are 30 teams from the Philippines’ top engineering schools. 

On the sidelines, there were  a myriad of activities including the show that showcased Shell FuelSave  study on driving habits featuring Fahrin Ahmad and his fellow celebs from Thailand and the Philippines.

And other fun activities.

I didn't stay on for the results and had to leave a day earlier.

But it was fun.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

School with a lot of heart

Hi, there.
It's February 2015 already? Time really flies..especially when there's so much to see and do, right? Not when 2014 just slams into 2015 without much of a slow-down, for me that is.

Anyway, my January was one that I shall always cherish. After attending a School-In-Hospital conference in November, I was eager to find out more.  For the uninitiated, the School-In-Hospital is a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health to provide formal schooling to young patients either warded or those receiving scheduled treatment in hospitals.

So, I wrote to the Special Education Division and sought their permission to visit the nearest hospital in my area that has such a school - Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre.

What came out of it was this feature article published in Learning Curve of the New Straits Times.

The teachers from UKMMC's School-In-Hospital are a dedicated lot. Also the hospital staff. I was truly humbled. They're truly heroes.