Monday, January 31, 2011

37th SSEAYP 2010 - Homestay with the Sahlan Family

Day 20 - 13 November 2010

Mortal revealed her true birthday to me.

After breakfast, we took our homestay luggage to the Pacific Hall and had our briefing by the Administrative staff on homestay matters.

By Solidarity Groups (SG), we left Fuji Maru for our Welcome Luncheon & Homestay Matching Programme. According to the programme booklet, we were supposed to meet Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib but we were informed that he could not attend the ceremony. Instead, the Guest-of-Honour would be Deputy Minister for Youth & Sports, Senator Tuan Gan Ping Sieu.

Once we reached the hotel ballroom, I met my host sister and her friend. Heard they had been waiting for us for about two hours!

Host sister Amalia & her friend Syaz

There was cultural performance by local dancers. Malaysia Participating Youths (MaPYs) also performed a segment of their national presentation.

Speech by Administrator Kaori Shiojima

Speech by Japan Ambassador to Malaysia

Speech by Senator Tuan Gan Ping Sieu

Gift Exchange

Gift Exchange with Singapore Contingent

Gift Exchange with Vietnam Contingent

And then we had lunch!

Host Father Mr Sahlan and Host Mother Fauziah came by to fetch us home in their MPV.

Hung (Vietnam), Aida, Syaz, myself, and Amalia

Celebrities doing filming

We headed to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to try our luck if we could secure tickets to the Twin Tower. We couldn't :(.

On the way back home, we stopped by MacDonald's to have some food.

We stayed in a 2-storey house at Ampang, Selangor. Host Mother thought calling her "Ibu" would make her sound so old, so we called her "Kakak" instead.

As the family had already made plans to attend a cruise dinner and couldn't secure tickets for Hung and myself, I took Hung to explore Kuala Lumpur. The host family was kind enough to hand us the house keys. 

KL Monorail

We walked around Bukit Bintang Plaza and Sungei Wang.

Welcome to the Dark Side! (Telco publicity)

For dinner, we had Fried Kway Teow at the roadside hawker stall. This same vendor had been here for so many years! The uniqueness of the dish is that it is black! Guess some soot makes the food taste better!


Trying out Lok-Lok

We reached home at about 11pm and used Facebook to connect with our families. I remember turning in at close to 2am, when everyone else had already slept. Thank Hung for letting me have the bed :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

37th SSEAYP 2010 - Selamat Datang di Malaysia

Day 19 - 12 November 2010

Mortal's "secret" wasn't a pleasant one after all. In fact, it would bug the Angel for the large part of the SSEAYP journey.

We had the flag observance ceremony hosted by Malaysia in the Pacific Hall.

Fuji Maru reached West Port, Port Klang at about 10am. While the Administrator and National Leaders were having their Cruise Operating Committee (COC) meeting, the Participating Youths (PYs) had our free time. Many of us were at the deck, eager to greet our hosts as well as to see land.

Reception Committee members & Immigration Officers boarding Fuji Maru

After lunch, we had an Orientation by the Reception Committee on the Local Country Programme.

The Japan PYs (JPYs) distributed some sponsored gifts to all of us.

Tissue paper & medication for mosquito bites

Then, we left for Institutional Visit by our Discussion Group (DG). DG Youth Development visited the International Youth Centre at Kuala Lumpur.

The Director of IYC, Dato' Raja Ruslan Bin Raja Samah gave us an overview of the history of the organisation and its functions. IYC is an agency under the Ministry of Youth & Sports. The centre houses several international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) like the Asian Youth Council and KABESA. It offers subsidised rates for venue rental for NGOs and youth.

IYC's core business is to plan, design and implement international youth programmes, collaborate with international and national NGOs, as well as organising selected national programmes for the youth. Its youth programmes include Crime Prevention among youth.

In Malaysia, youth refers to those aged between 15 to 40 years old.

Gift exchange from IYC Director to Facilitator Jay

Gift Exchange from Facilitator Jay to IYC Director

Liked the quote: "Where youth gather be there happiness"

Refreshments were served and PYs get to interact with the local youths, mostly still studying in high schools.

Next, we left for Putrajaya for the Interaction with Local Youth over dinner.

At the Ministry of Youth & Sports building

Cultural Performance by Thailand Contingent

Cultural Performance by Lao Contingent

Cultural Performance by Indonesia Contingent

Cultural Performance by Singapore Contingent

Cultural Performance by Vietnam Contingent

Cultural Performance by Brunei Contingent

Cultural Performance by Cambodia Contingent

Cultural Performance by Philippine Contingent

Cultural Performance by Japan Contingent

Cultural Performance by Malaysia Contingent

Cultural Performance by Local Youths

Fuji Maru looked magnificent in the dark.

Selamat Malam, Malaysia~