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Back from MyLDS 2012

I'm back from MyLDS 2012. It has been a hectic yet awesome week spent with unique and inspiring AIESECers around the globe. The conference really opened up my mind to different perspectives. Each and every AIESECer has their own story to tell. It was a life-changing experience for me. Thank you to the Chair, Facilitators, Organizing Committee Members and everyone present there. Thank you for making it happen. :)

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5th Day of MyLDS 2012

It's suit up day! Everyone was dressed formal in suits for our first ever Youth to Business Forum in Malaysia. We were very lucky indeed to have this during MyLDS 2012. We had invited a few guest speakers from Nippon Paint, Accenture Malaysia and ING. After Galdys from Nippon Paint gave her keynote speech,  we were broken up into 3 different sessions. All three workshops ran concurrently. I registered for the Nippon Paint workshop on Innovation. We each received a free cute little Blobby too! We were given a case challenge study on a corporate social project. I was the team leader for the team. Quite surprised that they picked me. Using my skills and what I learned throughout the conference, I was glad that I led well. We won a consolation prize. Just realized I didn't take a team photo with my awesome team.

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Next, we had our forum with the four guest speakers from AIESEC alumni, ING, Accenture and Nippon Paint. They shared with us on leadership, innovation, passion, branding and etc. And they concluded our first Youth to Business forum.

We then headed back to the hostel to prepare for our most anticipated night - Gala Dinner with the theme Rock N Roll. Everyone was dressed up for the dinner. It was a buffet style dinner in some nearby restaurant. I can't really remember the name of the place.

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Ended the night with my parents driving me back home. So sad. :(

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4th Day of MyLDS 2012

 
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Growing that mustache

By this day, everyone was dead tired due to lack of sleep the day before. We were supposed to get up early to wait for a chartered bus for photo shooting near the mosque. It's Kodak Moments time! It means camwhore. With our newly bought LC shirt, we took off.

It's Kodak Moment time! It means camwhore. With our newly bought LC shirt, we took off.

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Our LC shirt is AWESOME! :D

We took more photos while waiting for our turn!

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TMers!
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Let's climb higher!

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Then, we headed back to the plenary hall for punishments! Next up, we had our Big Rock Challenge Part 3. Nothing really challenging for that part. Basically to recap and reflect on what we had done for the past 2 days. More to serv as a feedback session.

After lunch, we had TED talk by our first Malaysian to enter AIESEC International. She is currently working in Groupon Malaysia with other youths. She shared with us her awesome experiences., truly an inspiration to many.

After dinner, we had a talent show! I laughed my ass off in this talent show. People were so funny yet they have amazing talents. There was a guy who did eyebrow dancing, some people danced and some sang. The twins did a mirror show. Everyone's performances were awesome!

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3rd Day of MyLDS 2012

It's Valentines Day today! Love is in the air yo. To all those couples out there, I wish you all the best in your relationship. Be nice to your partners today! <3 More Square dances again in the morning. They called us to do our LC roll call. Many of the LCs had their Valentines version of roll call. Super cute. UUM even wore pink for girls and blue for boys!

Then we had our skills training workshop. This time it was a back to back workshop. I registered for Project Management and Effective Marketing classes. Project Management was conducted by Alaa. Learned something new like using the Work Break Down Structure (WBS) to plan for projects. Hopefully, I could practice this for my future projects. Next class was on effective marketing by Yuh Jye. I learned that when you do marketing, you have to list down the marketing mix such as the product you are selling, the price, promotion offered and place you selling the product.

Later, we had another TED talk by Roslan, a social entrepreneur. He shared with us his stories about social businesses. Later we played a game called "Exchange something more valuable". We had to exchange an ordinary pen for something more valuable. I don't really know what happened, with a blink of an eye, my leader got a credit card. WOW.

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Showing off our Dominoes Card we exchanged! :)
Next up, we had our Big Rock Challenge Part 2. We had to come out with a Social Business Idea using our topic given on the previous day that is Child Exploitation. Thanks to my awesome members who threw in lots of ideas, we managed to come out with an idea pretty fast. I won't go into details what our ideas were. Basically, we wanted to have a farm planting vegetables and also a shelter home for the underprivileged children.

At night, we had our Global Village Valentines edition, displaying around 10 countries around the world. Every LC was in charged of a country booth. LC TU was doing Morocco. We also had free Morroco dessert. Some orange juice thingy.

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Our team managing Morroco! :)
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Our Board!

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All in all, it went well. A big thanks to Elleen! She did a great job in organizing! And also to the belly dancers, you girls were awesome! :) The night ended with more square dances again.

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2nd Day of MyLDS 2012

Woke up to the alarm of my phone and got ready for breakfast outside the plenary. We started off with some LC square dances. They were awesome. Next, we started our first lesson on skills training. I picked Effective Analysis for my morning class. What I learned in that session was how to make effective decisions. To  solve a problem, you first have to consider different factors and alternatives. I learned that everyone in the team has a different perspective of seeing things and there is no right or wrong answer. Once we were done, we went back to the plenary hall for our 2nd TED talk by Chris Tan on team formation. This guy is unique and daring to be different. He is an author of the book "The Journey Of The Green Sugar Merchant". What I learned is to give and take. Only by allowing yourself to win, you allow yourself to win more. Before a speaker goes on stage to speak, give a standing ovation. Encourage them to speak better!

Let me share a quote from Chris Tan.

"Life is never a still photo but an award-winning drama series that never end as long as you are breathing."

This quote says that you should change yourself first before the world changes you! If you don't make a choice, you are actually allowing the situation to choose for you. And also always use the word "I" instead of "We". Give yourself the authority and power!

Another thing that inspired me is the concept "GAP" that he shared with us. Sometimes in life, we should take a GAP before we continue. Gap here means take time of in making the right decision. Do not rush things.

After lunch, we had our 2nd session on skills training. I went for the Personal Effectiveness class. Nothing really new here. Most of its contents are like a wake-up call for me. I should not procrastinate!

Next, our Big Rock Part 1! 10 topics were flashed on the screen and each team leader has to bid for their own topic. Our leader Suezy bid for Child Exploitation. in 70 minutes, we have to do our research and come out with information to showcase our topic.

Initially, our team was quite kelam kabut. Everyone was doing the same thing and some don't even have things to do. However, after 10 minutes, we settled down and divided ourselves into different groups in charged of different things. I thank God that we managed to pull through this. Give ourself a Big Clap!

After dinner, it was Valentines Eve Night. We had something called "Speed Dating". Every 8 minutes we have to talk to someone the opposite sex. I felt kinda awkward at first but after awhile it wasn't too bad talking to a stranger. I made many new friends that night. Tiring night but I'm looking forward to Day 3!

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1st Day of MyLDS 2012

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by energetic and hyperactive AIESECers doing their roll calls and singing Happy Birthdays. At about 9 am, some MCs came out of the plenary hall and invited us into the hall with welcoming arms and greetings. As soon as we enter the hall, it was pitch black and we were greeted by loud music and cheers by the Facis and MCs. Everyone was cheering to the beat of the music. The opening plenary really surprised me but it was awesome! Then, the Chair, Brandon introduced himself and the facis to us. We then played ice breakers by finding people with the same shoe color and same birth month! After that, we were separated into our groups that stayed throughout the conference.

My group name is DREAMERS!

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They were one AWESOME team :)

Our first TED talk is on the topic Leadership. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  1. Do leaders need to be born into certain families?
  2. Do leaders need to be charismatic?
  3. Do leaders need to speak well?
  4. Do leaders need to be of higher IQ?
  5. Do leaders come from the best schools?
  6. Do leaders have the most certifications?
Up for you to decided whether those questions are a Yes or No. "Just do it!" This phrase alone caught my attention. Having the leadership potential is nothing if you don't take action to improve yourself.

After lunch, we were introduced to team building games. Though tiring but we had fun! Unfortunately, it rained near the end and we had to stop. Our team didn't manage to complete all the 10 stations. The last station was in the plenary hall. We were supposed to make a tower using only toothpicks and chezels without any form of verbal communication. Challenging eh!

Fast forward to after dinner. Choi San in the house! Kar Teck disguised himself as Prosperity God and gave out Angpaos which are made out of Seed Bucks and Badges. I think this is where we got so many Seed Bucks. :)

It was a tiring day and I hope Day 2 would be more awesome! :)

 

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Pre-MyLDS 2012

I would be off from college for one week to go for this conference. I am super duper excited to go for MyLDS 2012 with the theme S.E.E.D- Self Empowerment and Exponential Development. This would be my very first national conference in AIESEC. I am hoping to experience something beyond my imagination as well as to meet people from all parts of Malaysia and the world.
The theme alone attracted me. Self Empowerment. What does it mean to me? To me, it means to give myself the power, to free myself from all obstacles and watch my life change for the better. I hope to give myself the life I dream for.
It took me long to decide whether I should go for this conference and forgo my one week of classes in college. It was a tough decision for me. Nevertheless, I registered for this. I believe this 1 week of conference is way beneficial than attending my 1 week of classes in college.
Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.
Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
 -Pamela Vaull Starr
I know I won't regret going at all! I am there to EXPERIENCE, to LEARN, to DEVELOP, to CHANGE and to HAVE FUN! I know it is going to be LEGEND.....wait for it.....DARY!

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LLDS 9th-11th September

Being part of the OC team for LLDS was indeed a blessing for me. Never in my life I had this opportunity to learn and grow together. Joining AIESEC was a life changing experience for me. Being in Talent Management Department, I had the opportunity to organize different events and also tracking of members. All in all it helps me to shape the person I am today. 3 days 2 nights at Port Dickson with the AIESECers was an epic-ly awesome moment for me. Weeeeee!~ I had a great time working with David Nge, Vanessa, Jamin and Zhen Hao before, during and after LLDS.

The OCs. David not here! :(

Before LLDS, I was put in charged of marketing and also the 'Caption It' competition. If i were to rate my performance on the scale of 1-10 I would give myself a 5. Simply because I have so much room for improvement. The competition was launched 2 weeks before LLDS and the outcome wasn't that great. Maybe because I was not hyping it enough. I was away for a week in Taiwan and was unable to track the competition. If I were to turn back the clock, what I will do is:

  • To monitor the competition 24/7.
  • Encourage AIESECers to post their captions.
  • Maybe I can come up with a few captions myself to start the ball rolling.
  • And also keep their suspends for the mystery gift.
During LLDS,  I kinda regret for not skipping class and going late for LLDS. I missed out a lot of sessions on the first day. Hopefully this will not happen again. Not a good example to set as an OC.  After a session by Joshua about team formation, it was closing plenary time. And guess what? I was punished of using Styrofoam to eat my dinner last night. We were suppose to use our own Tupperwares. Then it was social agenda time where all the OCs were introduced. David then briefed about the sugar cubes and our secret friend.

Sugar cubes :)
Someone's secret friend is sho sweet! xD

Oh wait before i forget! Allow me to introduce you the facilitators. *DRUMROLLS* JENG JENG JENG

Tina, the Chair.

 

Joshua, the Punisher

 

Geraldine, the Bunny

 

Amanda, the FairyGod mother

I like the agenda on the second day. We started off with square dances, gossips and punishments.

Gossip :/

According to the gossip, ZhenHao was blushing while he was talking to us both. o___O

AIESECers Square dancing!

After that, our first session was by Tina. We played the Derdians in which we are broken up into two groups, The Derdians and The Engineers. I was a Derdian. :) The story goes like this. We live in a country called Derdia. The village we live in was separated from the next city where the market place is. It will take us 2 days to reach the market. In order to make our lives easier, we have to build a bridge across. So the Derdians made a deal ����� ����������������������with a foreign film to build a bridge.

Our culture:

  • The Derdians communicate by touching each other. Not being in contact with someone is considered rude.
  • Our traditional greeting is a kiss on the shoulder
  • Derdians don't use the word "NO". They will always say "YES" although they mean no.
  • Our tools are gender specific, scissors are for males to use only, pen and ruler are for females and glue is neutral.
  • A Derdian man will never get in contact with another man unless he is introduced by a woman
So the game started and the engineers came and build a bridge for the Derdians.

 

 

Engineers working hard yo!

 

The Derdians and engineers were trying to communicate

 

The Strong Bridge built by the engineers :D

 

Completion of Bridge!

It was an interesting and unique game that teaches intercultural differences that we should respect.What I learned from this game:
  • We always have the tendency to interpret things right away without being aware of the differences in the culture behavior.
  • Working with people of different cultures will not be an obstacle for us
  • In order for the engineers to work together with the Derdians, they have to overcome the culture differences
  • In the context of AIESEC, we will have to meet and work with people of different culture and background. This simulation taught us how we could overcome these differences and work together :)
Next, we had a "Win as much as you can" activity by Tina. We were divided into 4 teams and each team had two cards "X" and "Y". The objective of the game is to win as much as you can. A leader was chosen in each team. In 1 minute, members in the team will discuss whether to choose X or Y. Another 1 minute, the leader will then meet up with all the leaders in the other teams to discuss whether to pick X or Y. Each leader will then again discuss with the team members to finalize their decisions.
Scores:
Our results. My team was G3.

������I noticed that if you always pick X you are always safe whereas if you pick Y you are always at risk unless all the teams pick Y together. At the start, Charlie, my team leader trusted everyone and asked everyone to put Y together. But it turned out that every team betrayed her and put X. So we lost 3 points there. Same goes to the 2nd round. Charlie was boiling after that! And at the 3rd round, we decided to to cheat them and put X instead. In the month of June, we sort of collaborated with Ben Jie's team and put Y. At last 3 teams collaborated except for 1 team. It was hard to convince their team to pick Y because no matter what they will stick with X all the way.

To me, this game clearly wants to highlight the word TRUST. We have to trust one another in our daily lives when making decisions. I also learned trust can be easily broken and eroded. Trust is so important in everyone's life, if you don't trust your team member, how can you work together? I learned the importance of trust in relationships, in teams, within a team and with other teams. At the start, in mind was We have to win! Nah just let the other teams lose. But as the game progresses on, I felt that we should win together as one, that all teams should collaborate. :D

 

 

������ Next up we have LC Simulation by Geraldine. I love this simulation. It was the Best activity throughout the whole LLDS for me. This activity teaches us how the whole LC works in various departments. I got to learn different departments better. We were given 20 days. (1 day = 3 minutes) to achieve a sustainable LC.

Everyone in the team were given roles of different departments namely, LCP, VP Communications, VP Talent Management, VP Finance, VP Project Management, VP OGX, VP Youth Development. At the start, we have 500 AIESEC dollars and 3 members. For most of the departments, we have to have promotion in order to proceed. Communication Department will always have to go first to trade for promotion. Then, the Talent Management Department will get the promotion to trade for members. In the first round, we only managed to get 2 members, 200 AIESEC dollars and 1 intern.

Later, the game was run a 2nd round with only 10 days, this time we have to set a goal for our LC. Our goal is 500 AIESEC dollars, 3 members and 2 interns. My team was glad that we achieved 700 AIESEC dollars, 3 members and 1 intern. Just short of 1 more intern to achieve our goal! We were all exhausted after this simulation. ����� It's time for team building games! :D I didn't take any pictures here as i was too busy filling up water balloons. We filled 100 balloons in 2 hours! *Hard work yo! While the OCs were filling up water balloons, the delegates played a game that requires good communication skills. A picture was drawn, a member will then take a look at the picture and pass the message on the another member and it goes on until it reaches the draw-er. Next, all of us headed to the beach for a War game. 2 opposing teams will try to destroy each other's "castle". Basically, we were divided into attackers to throw balloons, builders to build the castle and defenders to defend our fought. Everyone enjoyed it to the max!

After dinner, we had sculling! :) our AIESEC tradition! It's basically a drinking competition. Ingredients such as gassy drinks, milk tea powder and peanut butter were mixed up in a jar for the sculling competition. *Sounds gross right? :P

Preparing for Sculling!

Two teams of 4 members will compete against each other to see which side finishes first.

Here's a video of sculling!

After sculling, we had another session by Geraldine on family conflicts. It teaches us how to see the values in people. We were given a situation and we had to find what values the characters have. 2 teams were then given the opportunity to role play and the other delegates will try to guess what values each character has.

 

����������������������������������������SCREAMMMSSS.... Something happened upstairs. Joshua called all of us up and we saw Geraldine was murdered! It's Night Stalk time! It's like a detective game, we have to find out who murdered her through the actors and actresses acting. Most of the actors/ actresses were just trying to confuse us. At last, it was the Bibit (The Maid) who killed Geraldine.

On the third and final day, in the morning we did square dances again. Then, it was punishment time. A lot of the delegates were punished for not wearing their name tags. They did the clock punishment. I don't really know how to explain it here. After that, Kavi shared her amazing AIESEC experience with us. Lastly, it was sharing session. Many shared their feelings and what they had learned throughout LLDS. People like me was writing last minute sugar cubes! At around 3pm, we packed and headed back to campus. It was indeed a wonderful experience for me being a delegate and as an OC at the same time.

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The Name Game we play. GIVE ME TEMPO READY GO!

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We draw on legs!

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My Lips Like Sugar Square Dance

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Roll Call for F4M3

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgYAHwBgk8o]Roll Call for Random Nerds

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLizSd9Qbeg]Roll Call for Harmonica

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcQA4mIitYQ]Facis Roll Call

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G5lmBH7kOc]Coin Punishment

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdnbnI_sOVM] Clock Punishment

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbDNRd0vgs]The Derdians! HAHA

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLc5ktn5dTw]The Derdians & The Engineers

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWg7yhhrRws]Energizer by rabbit!

ROLE PLAY [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdNxFpesPig]

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