Kembara Media Travelogue Day 2

by - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Salam 1Malaysia... *Massive photos ahead*

I have been selected together with three other bloggers (on behalf of Sarawak Bloggers) for the program organised by the Department of Information Malaysia, Sarawak to the Mukah from 10th July to 13th July 2012. To follow my previous entries about my journey... :

Sneek Peek [ HERE ]

Day One [ HERE ]

*.:。✿*゚゚・✿.。.:* NTGRAVITY ZONE TRAVELOGUE DAY TWO STARTED *.:。✿*゚゚・✿.。.:*

11th July 2012

Wake up around 6am and get ready for breakfast. I was the first one arrived... *Trust me i am SO not a morning person! but i dont want to miss the chance 'snipes' some fresh untouched food photos... hahaha..!*

breakfast buffet style (inclusive in the room)....
salad bar * if you noticed the empty crowd - it's just 6:30am! still early*
bread counter 
i really fall in love with the tuna spread! SERIOUSLY! I only consumed toast breads and tuna spread during breakfast at this hotel ever since that day...
Around 8:30am we all gathered at the lobby to be transported to RECODA (The Regional Corridors Development Authority) for a briefing regarding Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy or known as SCORE by YB Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) and the Chief Investment Officer of RECODA, Mr Kamil Daniel Yap.

Here we are....
Morning walks for everybody *because the bus stopped at wrong place hahaha!* 
YB Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot entering the meeting room. By the way, if you could see the lady in white - that's my old college mate and also my assistant head (house-like hostel) at Chermai Jaya (which i was the head of the house) *really make my day!* 
Briefing start...
All eyes and ears are alerted...
Conny Banji from the Borneo Post and Azizul Kipli from Filem Negara (guy in black tshirt)
Right after the briefing and Q&A sessions from fellow media, we are all set off to Mukah Power Generation (Coal Mine Power Plant) half an hour from Mukah town. We are given a quick briefed all about Mukah Power Generation (Coal Mine Power Plant) by Mr Norul Bin Mat - the Engineer (in Performance & Condition Monitoring)

the entrance....
touch down....
briefing about coal mine power plant.... 
Concentrate everyone... *except me... obviously!*
Safety briefing before proceed to tour around..
handing over momento.
handing over safety gadget - helmet, mask and ear plug.
everybody get the chance to feel like an engineer for a day... hehehe
After briefing around 11:30am we all brought to visit around the power plant.

Read about how Mukah's coal ash will be utilized reported by fellow media who was also here.

by Caroline Jackson from BERNAMA [ HERE ]
by Desmond Davidson from News Strait Times [ HERE ]

My fellow bloggers - Hilda (Left) owner of Being Hildalalida and Effadylia owner of  

On-going interview from Araffie Igat from TV3
Live from Mukah : Mountain of  unprocessed coals...
more on-site interviews from the media
Mr Norul bin Mat giving his best to distributes information
That's the raw coal on his hand...
After that, here come the lunch! *Thank you to Mukah Power Generation management*

i just love the way their cook this chicken... yummy to the max!
Next visit - Press Metal Sarawak Berhad.


Technical and Development manager Dr Siew Eng Fui
Press Metal Sarawak (PMS) is the first primary aluminium smelting plant in Malaysia located in Mukah with annual aluminium smelthing capacity of 120,000 tons (as in August 2009). Their produce priaryaluminium ingots and billets for the domestic and international markets.

Read about Press Metal denies polluting Baligian river by Conny Banji who also with us in this Kembara Media programme. [ HERE ]

We then tour around.. *you might noticed the quality of my photos during Press Metal visit - we'd been recommended to leave the camera ( i dont want to take the risk especially both Digital cammy &  DSLR so i leave it at visitor locker - and capturing using my little 2MP Samsung Galaxy Y) Water bottles or cans are prohibited too because we will be in the their smelting pot plants.*
Emission Control Room - monitored using Continuous Emissions Monitoring System which linked online at 24hours to Department of Environment!
Any malfunction will detected right immediately

Smelting pot plant
As you can see there are aluminium smelting in progress - the raw material, alumina dissolved in electrolytic bath is reduced  to molten aluminium using electricity and carbon electrodes. This method of extracting aluminium metal from alumina also known as 'Hall-Heroult' was invented in 1886 by Charles Martin Hall from America and Paul Heroult of France and this same principle used today with addition to new technology which also used in Canada, New Zealand, Australia including here in Mukah, Sarawak. *Be proud!*

marker for the production
Tea break session
Journey continue to another side of Mukah division - Dalat an hour journey from Press Metal Berhad.

so very peaceful view....
Pit-stop for fuel.... 
My..., Hello there...~
When we arrived it's raining and we super were late! *An hour journey plus the time that we stole while at Press Metal Berhad - Q&A sessions*

Yet (and unexpectedly), we all were greeted by traditional perfomance from the community.. *Awwww~* before we all ushered to go upstairs for briefing by Administrative Officer of Dalat's District Office, Mr. Zarni Bin Haji Rapaiee.
Finally touch down....
Smiling sweetly for media delegates...
Getting good view...
Amir Hafiz (from Utusan Malaysia) didnt let go the chance to dance along...
last briefing for today....
I never been to Dalat before and i would say that it's impressive development already happening here. From the briefing and slides - there are huge change from the river bank to the town building.

According to the 2010 National Census, Dalat has a population of 19,062 with majority of the people in Dalat District is of the Melanau ethnicity making up 77.31% of the population. There are also Malay (2.46%), Chinese(6.75%), Iban(8.67%), and Bidayuh (0.27%).

Dalat is known as an agricultural district, mainly sago and pineapple other than rice farming and other fruits on a small - scale, also known as the largest producer of 'lemantak' flour and sago.

Faizul Dahlan from RTM capturing via video
Briefing in progress... That is Nasrul Hadi Kiprawi videographer for Filem Negara(guy standing)
Kembara Media 2012 was here....
After short Q&A session, we 're having quick tea break and go back to hotel.

Honestly i feel kind of sad because we have missed the opportunities to walk around the town of Dalat (eventhough it's raining heavily once we reach Dalat district office.)

Back to hotel to freshen up a little bit for dinner hosted by  Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB, Mukah).

*.:。✿*゚゚・✿.。.:* NTGRAVITY ZONE TRAVELOGUE DAY TWO ENDED *.:。✿*゚゚・✿.。.:*

More Photos [ HERE

NTGravity : One of the thing i valued in this trip, i get to see how the journalist, photographer, videographer do their job..!  *Kudos to my fellow media...*


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