No. of Hours:
Date: 11 October 2018 / Thursday
Category: Healthy Living

Date:  02nd October 2018 (Tuesday)

Number of hours:  8 hours

Time: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Category: Healthy Living

 

At about 10am, Nic, overall in-charge of High Elements gather about 14 of us which includes the associates and all of the interns to discuss and delegate roles. At first, all of us did the checking of the high elements store. One of my intern mate and I took out all the high elements helmets and wash the workable ones. After washing the helmets, we dry it under the hot sun by using bamboo sticks and chairs. We have to at least wash the helmets once every two months or air-dry it under the hot sun. All of the condemned helmets were placed in a black plastic bag, in the store. How do we check if it’s condemned? Firstly, we have to check the buckle and also make sure that both sides of the buckle are present. Secondly, we have to check if the sponge is still there sticking at the top, in the inside part of the helmet. Thirdly, check the straps if there is any torn and also check if the dial is working. Basically, just check every part of the helmet. While we were checking and washing the helmets, the other three interns did the checking of harness. Make sure all of the loops (leg loops and waist loop) are in working conditions. Also make sure that elastic is present to put excess straps. Other than that, ensure that belay loop and also accessory loop are intact and present.

After all of us are done with checking of the helmets and harnesses, we checked the condition of the ropes. We have to look out if there is any fraying or dent in the rope. In another word, basically just run through the ropes. If there is a need to cut the rope, we have to make sure that we tape the rope first with the correct colored wire tape, then heat the knife using the blow torch and cut the middle part of the taped rope. Always check surrounding first before using the blow torch.

After doing so, we checked the condition of karabiners. We de-rust the karabiner by using the sandpaper, metal brush and WD40 to smoothen the surface while doing this, make sure that the table is covered with a towel as a base. After that, ensure that karabiners are not oily then lastly rub metal polish over. After that, we do the checking of sticht plate, bb cord must be present and in good conditions too.

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After checking the high element store, all of us start gearing up and wear our helmets and harnesses. We took some equipments needed for the rockwall, such as the pliers, and head over to the rockwall area to do a physical check. The first thing that we did was checking the wall for any discoloration as well as wet patches as it is a sign of the wall becoming mouldy or rotten.  we also checked if there is any cracks or splinter as the wall are made of wood are covered and painted with fiber glass paint.

Before we start climbing and repairing, it is important to check our surrounding too. we checked if there are any obstructions to the wall and if there is a need to cut any trees or branches that is obstructing the rockwall itself, we need to inform the OPS Team. Next, we proceed to check on the tiles. I was being told that the tiles are to be tightened but not to put extra force on it as this can cause the tiles to have cracks. Once done with tightening of the tiles, we checked for hollow by knocking the walls. After that, we put more tiles in for upcoming pre-school programme so that it will be easier for them. how do we put it the tiles? first of all, we have to put the tile and the bolt and at the back of the wall, we put a washer as it helps to distribute the pressure evenly, and not only on the nut, which is the last step to secure the tile. After everything is done, we check the bar where the rope are supposed to run through. We checked if it is rusty.

Then, we proceed with checking of high elements by using lobster, ladders and tools. We were asked to evaluate the problems with the elements itself. Each element have different kind of maintenance to be done. As for example, the element ‘Multi-vine’, we have to ensure that the activity rope (vine) have at least the equal length and each vine must be attach to a back up line with a shackle, to stop vine from moving. Shear Reduction Device (SRD) are to be intact , tighten and smoothen for the belay line. Lastly, we checked every metal parts of every element if there are any rusting on it.

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Challenges i faced:

I am afraid that I might fall when climbing up the rockwall to place the tiles as falling is one of the fear that I have. High Elements is not what I am good at, especially when rigging up and de-rigging.

Lessons I have learnt:

To further improve myself, the shortcomings , and to overcome my fear, i have to learn to love and enjoy anything or any tasks that were given. I have to stand out of my comfort zone too. By doing that, it opened my mind to see various reasons of why I need to enjoy every moment of my life. One of the reason is because, i can earn tons of knowledge that not many people would have the opportunity to do so.

No. of Hours:
Date: 18 September 2018 / Tuesday
Category: Healthy Living

 

Date: 02nd September 2018 (Saturday)

Number of hours: 4 hours

Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Category : Healthy Living

 

Dikir barat is typically performed by groups of ten to fifteen members and they will usually sit cross-legged on the platform, sometimes surrounded by the audience. With a flexible format that incorporates singing, poetry, movement and music, dikir barat is a form of entertainment that cuts across various segments of society.  This group of performers is called ‘awok-awok’. Alongside with the awok-awok, we have two lead singers, Tok Juara (Leader) and Tukang Karut (Song Initiator) also called as ‘frontmen’ as a whole. Of course Dikir Barat or any other performing arts would not be complete without any percussionist. Our percussionist is called ‘Paluan’. The Traditional instruments consists of “Ibu Rebana, Anak Rebana, Maracas, Gong, Canang”.

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I started joining Dikir Barat when I was in secondary two. My sister was the one who persuaded me to join at first and the first time that I went for the orientation in secondary school was not that fun and I felt like I went for the sake of committing to a CCA. We started off with some icebreaking activities to get to know and bond with each other. After that, the seniors and instructors teach us on the basic things like the proper way of sitting when performing and also on how to clap properly. The seniors did a little performance for us to watch and learn. That was when I felt like my heart and soul belongs to Dikir Barat. The music played by the percussionists, the singing by both of the frontmen, the claps from the ‘awok-awok’, movements and everything just blend in well together. Watching the seniors perform really calms my mind and hype up my energy level.

Up till now, I am still currently in a dikir barat group but in ITE College West. This dikir barat group is called ‘Sri Ratu Wilmana’. We train twice a week, on every Tuesday and Thursday, consecutively. But on examination period, we will usually pause or have a break for a moment to prepare for our examinations. We will usually continue after the examination period is over. We hold our training sessions at school, in a room with a mirror for us to practice or train. During our competition period, the percussionists will train in a different room so that both ‘awok-awok’ and percussionists can focus more on their own tasks. On that peak period, we will have extra training sessions too.

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Last week, on 02nd  September 2018 (Saturday), we prepared and trained hard for our upcoming competition which is on 15th September 2018 (Saturday). As the Tok Juara, I do my part and listened to the audio that was being sent by my instructor to memorize when I am at home so that it will smoothen the flow of our training as we do not have much time to waste. When I reach, I will usually sit in front of all the ‘awok-awok’, gather their attention and lead them to do this practise that we will usually do before we start our training session which is to project more of their voice from the stomach, which is called “Pecah Suara” which also means “Breaking of the Voice”. After doing so, i will hand the task over to one of the ‘awok-awok’ to lead the rest as i have other things to do too, like memorizing not only the lyrics of the song but to also know the melody along the way and add some vibratos in it. As for the “Tukang Karut”, their tasks are almost the same as the “Tok juara”, just that it has more requirements and also have more things to memorize and learn. Usually, my partner (Tukang Karut) will go to a corner of our training room and rehearse or memorize the songs that were given to her, together with an instructor that will guide her on her singing techniques. On the Paluan (Percussionists) side, my instructor plan beats for each of the percussionists to play and it usually took more than an hour for them to master certain beats and techniques of how to play it on the instruments they were given. It took months for everyone to master but took weeks if all of us cooperate.

Challenges I faced:

the challenges i faced were the people in my team. It is hard for me to lead them sometimes as they were talking among themselves. I had to remind them that one person should speaks at a time, over and over again. This leads us to having difficulties to proceed to meet the objectives of the training.

Lessons i have learnt:

I learnt the importance of respecting one another, especially when someone is talking. There can be an important message that the person wants to pass on. If we missed out the message, there may be misunderstanding between one another and also, i think it is not a pleasant thing to have the person to repeat the message all over again.

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Above, is a picture of my team and I, after a competition called “Piala Suara Serumpun” .

 

 

 

 

 

60 hours over 12 months
No. of Hours:
Date: 31 August 2018 / Friday
Category: Admin

Outdoor Appreciation

Expectations: To be at ease with nature development stewardship for our environment

  • Planning

4 meetings

-3 meetings

-1 preparation

  • Execution
  • Day 1

Urban Trekking

-CC to RM

Sleepover on boats

  • Day 2

Sailing to 1D15

Lunch @ Tanjong Site

Dragonboat to Lazarus

Dragonboat to Tanjong Site

Tent Pitching @ Tanjong Site

Dinner (Outdoor Cooking)

  • Day 3

TCH

Outdoor cooking for lunch

TCH

Night Sail to RM

  • Day 4

AJ12 Debrief

Transfer to CC

  • Post

Service Learning

Expectations: Give useful service to others in the community and understand meaning behind voluntary service

How?

Pro-bono / Subsidized programme

Healthy Living

Expectations: Develop physical and mental wellness through healthy living

How?

Cycling / progressively for 18 months

Community Leadership Initiative

Expectations: Contribution to the community

Beneficiaries

Objective

Plan & Execute

Learning Outcomes & Impact