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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Asia's Got Talent - Meeting Mel C and David Foster!


Ever since I first saw the ‘Wannabe’ video clip song by the Spice Girls in MTV, I was hooked.  It was like within a very short period of time, these 5 young girls with very different characteristic became an instant sensational in the world of pop music. Every girls want to be like them, every boys adore them..yeah that explained even David Beckham scored a wife!
Spice girls (source : Google)
The Spice Girls comprises of Emma (Baby Spice), Geri (Ginger Spice), Mel B (Scary Spice) , Mel C (Sporty Spice) and Victoria (Posh Spice). I on the other hand have always had an eye on Mel C. I love the tomboy and sporty look that she portrays plus she can really sing on a high pitch note. I grew up listening to their hits one after one another, I used to save some money from selling handmade 3D cards/bracelet/namecard etc and purchase the Galaxie and Brit magazine for their posters. I even joined some MTV contest on television by posting letters (I don’t have a computer at that time) and won their album cassette. Their music used to be my companion during studies, low and high time and dancing with my little sisters..hahaa..those were the days. And their posters filled the wall at the corner in my home.

While on a separate note, the legendary David Foster is a name that needs no introduction. A 16 times Grammy award winner, he discovered and keep discovering raising stars with great intuition and integrity. Remember the late Whitney Houston, Celine dion, Micheal Buble, Charice, etc…well he literally raise them up!

Orait, enough of the travel back in time..recently, I was given the chance to meet one of the popstar, Mel C! thanks to MixFM, Astro and AXN for making my teen dreams come true. Who would have thought that a long time dream came true that very day. Thanks Kanmani!
which i could be in Singapore for the live finale..but for now we settled with this.
I arrived Doubletree by Hilton quite early to avoid the traffic. Supposed to start at 3.30pm but the event only started at 4.30pm. They served some light refreshment for us. It was a small group of meet and greet, I presume most of the winners are not able to make it since it’s a weekday.  Anyway, Kanmani and I just hang out while eating the delicious finger foods.
excited ladies..



The MC of this meet and greet session was Mr Melvin Aeria and he kept us entertained with his chatty friendly personality.Then finally the time that we are waiting for has arrived. The minute Mel C and David Foster walked in from behind the partition, we were screaming and loud applause was cheering for them. 
as they posed beside the standee of themselves
Mel C said being a judge for Asia's got talent is simply amazing and overwhelming
we were screaming as they entered the room
Kanmani and I couldn’t stop smiling and giggling ..its like almost unbelievable as we got the best seats sitting at the front row and I must admit my heart skip a beat.
Melvin introduced both of the popstars legends with a snippet video of the Asia’s got talent show which I follow through in AXN channel.  Such amazing talents we have here in Asia. Seriously..i  was not expecting this. Anyway, while Melvin was interviewing both David and Mel C, both Kanmani and I couldn’t help it but giggling and keep taking pictures of them, Suddenly David just stopped Melvin politely and said : pardon me, but I am really curious why is this two girls are giggling about? Can I just asked them now?” as he walked towards us. I was like uh oooo… and I stopped clicking the button on my handphone.

David was curious to know why both Kanmani and I keep giggling.
He turned the mic towards Kanmani where she replied, because my dreams come true..which David quickly replied “ but I am dreamcrusher” and then he look at me and turned the mic to me..and I was blank..but at the back of my head, I basically think I would have said that.. so  I asked David..: can u pinch me? and raise my palm.. which he obliged and pinched the back of our hands. We were like “whattt???”  to which I replied to him..ok now we are not dreaming..its a reality.. he just smiled and walked back to Mel C..
this is the moment when i said pinch me.. haha
I guessed he just want to release the tense in the room earlier by making us feel like we are meeting long time friends then our idols. We were lucky for sure being 'discovered' by the legend behind the legends. David even asked all of the winners to lose out the red lanyard hanging on our neck..haha..He really treat all of us like friends than fans. So friendly and down to earth.

Another opportunity kicked in, as earlier during the registration, we were told to write a question on a piece of post-it where all the post-it will be picked up during a lucky draw to ask the judges of Asia’s got talent.Only 3 post-it will be picked up and this 3 lucky persons will have a chance for 1 to 1 photo opportunity with the judges and an autographed poster and CD. Guess what? I was the 3rd lucky person to be called! Woots. My question was read aloud by Melvin for both David and Mel C and it goes “ If you were given the chance to perform in the Asia’s Got Talent, how would you showcase your talent beside singing?”
Mel C answered  “she will do acrobat” and David said he will dance! Just last Thursday was the finale , and for the first time ever of this Talent show franchise where all 4 judges really perform for their fans and audience at Singapore! It was wicked!
how cool to be meeting them in person! 
and for the group photo!
Meeting both Mel C and David was surreal. I even managed to tell David, we all should go for local food later but he said he is rushing to the airport as he need to be in Singapore for the finale. Mel C still have her sporty charm only much more feminine right now.

Well what can I say, another great day of meeting my teen idol and a legendary that is respectable in the music industry. How music bring such huge impact in our life and Without the melody and rhythm, the world would be dull and boring.

So I have met Mel B in 2011 and Mel C..now when can I meet the other 3?? Only time will tell. Keep dreaming and making it happen interestingly guyz!
Waiting for another 3 other spice girls



Sunday, April 26, 2015

TSDayout For White Water Rafting at Hulu Selangor


Work has been crazy with meetings, meetings and meetings lately. Deadline, minutes, paperwork, assignment and the list go on and on with pilling load on my desk. Not to mention the crazy traffic around Klang valley to and fro to work. Sounds familiar in your life too? Well…the last thing we probably need right now at this moment is to put all those behind and go for a quick break from this hustle bustle city..The next questions that would come pouring in your mind would sound a lot less like the details below:
1)But where?? 
2)What to do?
3)With who?
4)How much?
5)Why is it difficult to make it happen?

Aaahhh…so the devil has heard and its time to be spoken..jeng jeng jeng.. 

If you are clueless but your body, mind and soul have been pushing you to react the opposite, I suggest you keep reading my blog to find out how. And don’t be surprise that we could find it all in our beautiful Selangor!

You see, I am a true believer of live life interestingly. So even if I am a dead beat at work, my weekends should not be one. I tried to organize a short trip somewhere but at times I could not manage to get my friends’s schedule in place so when Kanmani whatspp me if I would be joining #TSDAYout by Tourism Selangor at Hulu Selangor for White water rafting. I was like…what? The first TSDAYOUT for 2015? Yeah..its happening on 4th April 2015. I just jump in with delight. I quickly fill up the online registration form and wait for their feedback. 
1st TSdayout of 2015!
If you are a newbie about #TSDAYout, let me enlighten you..like how Mr Grey of 50shades enlightens to Anastasia . Tourism Selangor Day Out also affectionately known as TSDayout,  has been around since 2011. Yeah dude..ever since I joined their first activity, I got hooked and intrigued. Since it is a day out thing, it is mostly activities found right here in our very own sensational Selangor for half or full day. Organized by Tourism Selangor and all you need to do is basically to bring a positive attitude and have fun! Who could have thought that this #tsdayout has been virally addicted where more places has been introduced, more friendship has been developed, more blogs has been penning about it, more photos has been shared, more people are getting jealous with our facebook timeline..haha

It is now a branding by its own. In #TSDayout We gather, we did the awesome activities, we bonded, we share memories, we are inspired and hungry for more ! All thanks to the creative mind from the people of Tourism Selangor / Discovering Selangor to promote the sassy state of Selangor from the public to the public.

Okay…I think the introduction speaks for itself. I am excited to spill what are the activities we did on that 4th April 2015..get ready your gopro, your life jacket, your clear mind and come swim with me in this next adventure I am about to share for you.

That early morning Saturday drive from Setapak to Tourism Selangor office in Shah Alam was smooth as the skin of a jelly. Upon reaching their office, Shoba and Anu was at the registration counter and helped us to distribute goodie bag..
video

Registration counter
oh ya, their goodie bag is nothing short of interesting items that are also equally useful. Light breakfast was prepared for all the participants. Slowly other participants started to come in and catching up with both friends old and new is always exciting. Kanmani, Bella , Rfan, Adam and 3 (Khai )s form a pack and boy it was like a chatter box in there. 
the Shah ALam blue mosque looking gorgeously majestic as the sun rising with delight

After a short briefing by Mrs Renuga (PR exe) and Pn Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din (GM) of Tourism Selangor, we are pumped up for our next adventure. 
Briefing before we depart to Hulu Selangor. (Pn Noorul on the left in orange and Ms Renuga on the right)
Tourism Selangor chartered a cosy bus for us and the journey from Shah Alam office to Hulu Selangor also known as "The Sleeping Hollow' where the almost an hour journey was pleasant and relaxing. The reason Hulu Selangor was chosen as the 1st #TSdayout venue this year is to keep within the theme of Visit Selangor Year 2015 and in conjunction with the Heritage, Eco-Nature & Sports. Actually, Selangor has many fascinating places to visit, but only we are a little ignorance on the beauty of this sassy state. So many things to see, do and eat! Come let's plan another road trip here.
wefie time in the cosy bus! 
the mountain ! nice backdrop
 We arrived at the destination and within a short walk, we saw the river on our left and a small hut ahead of us. We were also introduced to the friendly rafting operator, Mr Pie Abdullah. He briefed us on the safety and guideline of water rafting and tubing. The cost for the package of rafting and tubing is about RM180 per person for 3-4 hours depending on the water level and the group size.  
Mr Pie Abdullah, our friendly rafting operator/guide
Pic by Khairul Idzwan
the rafting vest is slightly different from the normal life jacket.
helmet for protection
let's go
After the briefing, we armed ourselves with the safety gears before hop on a tractor to the rafting point. While waiting for our turn, one of the guide get us to play some games as ice breaker. 
Pic by Renuga. Like a bunch of escaping campers we are..haha

Then Mr Pie briefed us again on the do’s and don’t’s while demonstrating some of the technique if we are trapped under the raft in the strong rapid. Just be calm and let the flow takes you..just like our life, there are things that we do not necessarily need to be in control..we gotta learn to let go..you see.. when everytime I engaged with this kinda outdoor adventure..its not only for fun and the excitement but to learn and it has also been teaching me valuable lessons when facing challenges in life. 
tubing time
Mr Pie giving us some instruction on the do's and don'ts on tubing
And also briefing on how to handle the paddle.
Pic by Renuga..ok IM ready..lets go for tubing!
First, I decided to do the tubing but the rapid was so sluggish that it started to get a little boring for me. Then Vanessa asked me if I want to swap with her to do the rafting..i immediately said yes. Ahaha. But it was equally the same effect since the rapid was moving slowly. The scorching sun was another factor of dampening out enthusiastic spirit earlier that morning. But as we paddle the raft to the end of the river bank, We were beat, thirsty, hungry and annoyed. 
Pic by Khairul Idzwan..the rapid level was not as we expected as it was a dry season...hrmm..
So when Mr Pie asked if we wanted to try out for 2nd round, we were a little hesitated. But Mr Pie gave his assurance that the rapid flow beginning to speed up, so our crazy group decided to give another try..and thank god we did because it was fun and erupts with anticipation! As they released us to the river, we were like in a rafting competition at first. Marching left and right to get the momentum speed right and moving forward was in our league. 

wefie time! what a bunch of crazy people we are. fun is the word! 
row row your tube!
a lonely path of greens and calm river flowing.
Then as we reaching the ‘cliff’, we were instructed to stop as only per raft are allowed to flow through. That was when, our nervous pill started to kick in. We could hear the sound of the falling water, the chirping sound of the bird while the sun were blazing proudly on us..i looked up , then left and right…ok..its happening..ready? set go..we were paddling and paddling as we moved very closely to the water slope and suddenly I could only notice we were falling ..all together almost 90 degree down ..water gushing but we managed to pull it off..and were back on track as the water washed us away.. that was so much fun, that we did another round..woots! the day just getting better and better.. and then it was time to head to our meeting point. 
let's go for 2nd round
we need to pull our raft again
teamwork!
sign of relief when they 'landed' safely!
But not for our group..notice all the panic faces reaction??? hahah..
So as we were paddling, the guide stopped and pull the string of the raft and turn them 90 degree before it went capsized and all of us were thrown out from the raft..haha..we’re being bullied voluntarily and we kinda liked it haha.. since we were already drenched wet, and the stream seems to be pushing me a litte, I just did the ultimate thing..lie flat face up and float like a plastic bottle ready to be washed away. Suddenly I felt so light, so liberating..peacefully relaxing as I gazed myself with nature around me..seems like I found a new paradise here. This is what I was looking forward to..for a moment, I totally forgot about work..stress..it was pure bliss and as I raised my head, I saw the rest of our group did the same..and we were like bunch of light plastic surrendering to the river flow. We even did a ‘star shape human boat’ by placing our legs in the centre while holding hands like a bunch of kids. 


The current started to push us away..we cant balance ourselves..hahaa
so this is what we did...let it go!
As i look up it was beautiful ..light blue skies with white cotton candy like clouds.
some even taking a minute to hop on the tube and doing a freestyle tubing.
We arrived at the ‘take out’ point drenched wet from head to toe but this time it was satisfying. Even though our body was a little sore after all the paddling and falling butt first on the stones earlier on but our mind was so light as if we just did a rejuvenating spa treatment due to the wonderful floating effect.

Stomach was growling like a hungry HULK so we devour the delicious chocolate bars, fried noodle and sandwiches. At that moment, our group table was silent for a long time..hahaha..as we started to upload some photos at instagram and sharing videos. Then the crew told us to clean ourselves at the shower room nearby as we are leaving shortly to another destination for late lunch and an introduction on bird watching by PC Wings at Kuala Kubu Baru. Wait another lunch? wow..nice! 

Off we went after shower to the city hall of Kuala Kubu Baru and after briefing and presentation by the PC Wings on bird watching, buffet were served. We were so exhausted but my appetite wasn’t ..haha..then it was the announcement of Instagram photo winners. I almost forgot about the competition.. and yeay I've won.. congratulation to the rest of the winners as well.. we had our group photo and then it was time to bid goodbye. 
Mutton and chicken bryani.
Silent moment...
Pic by Khairul Anuar. the instagram winners
pic from Bella's hp
goodies ..me likey!
Our chartered bus was so comfy that most of the participants slept during the ride back to Tourism Selangor Office in Shah Alam. 

So have I answered your 5 questions earlier in the beginning of this write up?.if no..then I do not have any advise to offer .. but if it is a yes..then what are your waiting for? 

So in a nutshell..I've truly had fun during the TSDAYout. 
Enjoy the video below : 
Go and Like Tourism Selangor Facebook , Twitter page and WEBSITE to gear yourself for your next adventure around Selangor. Its time to paint your journal and life with colors of beautiful Selangor ! Sometime you don’t have to go so far to be inspired, be intrigued and aspire others to live life interestingly..it is just a stone away from your neighbourhood!

My previous experiences with Tourism Selangor :
Skypark 2013

You may contact Tourism Selangor at:
Lot p7, Jalan Indah 14/12, Seksyen 14
Shah Alam, 40000 Selangor
Tel: 03-5512 6100 , fax : 03-5512 4100
Email : reservation@tourismselangor.my
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