Saturday, January 23, 2010

A hectic week in PJ

10 of us, all new employees of The Star Publications (M) Bhd, were flown over to the company's headquarters in Petaling Jaya for a week of orientation. The above photo is the impressive Menara Star at Section 16 Petaling Jaya.

We were put up in Eastin Hotel, right next to Menara Star. Our day started at 9 am and ended usually around 6 pm, except for Monday when the Group Chief Editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai treated us to diner at Sri Hartamas and also on Thursday night when Executive Director Ng Beng Lye treated us to another dinner before we visited the Star Media Hub at Shah Alam.

Executive Director Mr. Ng Beng Lye welcoming Team Sarawak at Menara Star.

Group Chief Editor Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai briefing us on the Star's layout.

David Yeoh, Star's Managing Editor was with us most of the day.

This is M. Raja, the Star's Sarawak boss. We were also classmates in Sacred Heart School, Sibu.

Raynore Mering, Journalist based in Kuching.

Rafidah Aziz? No no...she is our colleague based in Miri. She looks so familiar to me.But I just couldn't remember where I had seen her until she mentioned about Lamin Dana Resort in Mukah. Diana Rose is the owner of the resort which also doubles as a Melanau cultural village. Diana previously also worked for 7 years for the Star as Journalist based in KL and Kuching.

Vanes Devindran, Journalist based in Kuching.
Zora Chan, Journalist based in Kuching.

The Star Group also owns 3 popular radio stations, Red FM, 988 and Suria.

Briefings at the radio stations before we met up with their popular DJs.

This is hot and sexy Aly (above)who runs the Eleven2Three music show. She admitted we scare the hell out of her when our group of 14 people watched her broadcasting live.

We also visited Star's office at Putra Jaya. The Journalists and Photographers here specifically cover events and happenings in the federal administrative centre.The lady at right is Mazwin Nik Anis, Putra Jaya Bureau Chief.

A group photo taken with the Prime Minister's office in the background.

We were also invited to the preview of MStar, a Bahasa Malaysia newspaper to be published by Star Publications soon.The paper will hit the streets on February 28 and initially it will be distributed free in the Klang Valley.

We were all very impressed with the RM500 million Star Media Hub at Shah Alam. This is where the newspapers and the group's other magazines are printed. The Star is the largest English daily in the country with 300,000 copies being printed every day. The machines here are so efficient and fast that it only takes slightly more than an hour to finish printing the 300,000 copies! Star Publications also publishes Kuntum,Galaxie,Flavours and Shang Hai. Star's other printing plant is located at Bayan Lepas, Penang where it prints the Star's Penang Edition.

Our group also attended a 2-day intensive workshop on Social Media Journalism conducted by Anita Devasahayam and Julian Matthews of Trinetzen Media. It is very much a hands-on workshop where we all learn the skills in gathering, analysing and disseminating news.

Andre (left) is a new Photographer with the Star in Kuching. At right is Anita. Andre's father, the late Rapaee Kawai or more popularly known as Apai Star, was one of the most senior press photographers working with The Star before his untimely demise last May 21st. He was the first Sarawakian Photographer sent to cover the 1st Malaysian Everest expedition and the first Malaysian Press Photographer to use a Canon DSLR worth RM120,000 for the Everest expedition.

And this is Mek Zhin, also a new Journalist attending the workshop but she is based in PJ.

We were "graduated"!......a group photo at the end of the workshop. My group,including Raynore,Mek Zhin and myself won the grand prize in the final exercise which required us to present on power point a paper on social media journalism which we can execute.The prizes include some books written by renown Journalists.

Isn't she cute? This cat was captured on camera at Putra Jaya. Can any one offer a good answer as to why a car key was hanging on her neck?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

More photos of Kampua "Dai Ko" to share

I go to this kopitiam at Mission Road where this kampua noodle stall is located quite regularly with my photographer buddies. The stall owner and his wife make very nice kampua, chin tong mien and tan hoon. He happily allowed me to photograph him one morning after I asked for his permission. Business is good especially in the morning.

The week in pictures

Datin Fatimah Abdullah is without doubt, currently the most powerful woman in Sarawak's politics. She holds 3 Assistant Minister's post as Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister Office, Assistant Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Assistant Minister of Women Development. I went along with her to visit 2 banana farms in Durin area recently.She is extremely friendly and approachable.

What are the men laughing at? Hey, you can't even hold a banana correctly!

SMC staff led by its Chairman and some councillors had an hour of group exercise at the Town Square one early morning.They should do it more often instead of just twice a year!

All except one were reappointed to Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) on January 11, 2010. Deputy Chairman Daniel Ngieng (above) took the oath and at below picture, Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh congratulating Datuk Tiong Thai King (middle) on his reappointment. At right is council secretary, Hii Chang Kee.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Miss Photogenic Photography Contest & Miss Sarawak 2010 Contest

Miss Sarawak 2010 Lau Sing Yee from Sibu

First runner up Ella Yee Siaw Boon from Kuching

Second runner up Loh Ing Ting from Sibu

She won rm3,000 cash and prizes worth more than rm3,000