Last weekend I went to Port Dickson with my sis and CZ for a selection camp organised by Kementerian Belia dan Sukan (KBS). Considered myself one of the lucky ones who managed to get to go cause apparently there were a lot that applied for it and from there they shortlist it to a thousand to take the psychology test (which all Sabahan and Sarawakians were excepted to take cause it was held in Putrajaya) and through that psychology test only 200 participants were selected to join this Selection Camp.
At first, we thought we didn't manage to get pick cause there was no news about anything for around 3 months, and then one fine morning, we received an email.
So as you've seen from the form above, it stated 8.30am but then we called the person in charge and she said to be there by 10am. So I guess it's sometimes better to reconfirm. Apparently it's a 30 minutes drive from where we were staying to Akademi Pembangunan Belia Malaysia and the taxi fare is RM30.
Upon arrival, we had a short briefing about the do's and don'ts and what will we be expecting in these 3 days, then we were asked to fill in some forms and take our number and booklet. It was then that I found out that, those who took the psychology and pass had a different email from us. Their email had the schedule of the camp in it whereas ours don't.
And mind you, we received it on the 24th of April and the camp is on the 8th of May so we had to book our flights immediately. We were then quite worried about getting to Port Dickson (cause we've never step foot there, ever) and our accommodation on the 7th night, cause we went a day early just to avoid being late and lost, and late.
So anyways, to read on how we killed our time in PD on 7th May, where we stayed and how we got there, click hereeeee.
Then we went and take our bed sheets and pillow and head to our hostel. Actually made my bed 3 days straight. So for meals we were served breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. The food is not that bad, most of it is spicy though, and unfortunately I can't really take spicy food. Love the keropok though! And we have to take off our shoes to enter the dining hall.
So if you checked out the program, the first day was quite chill, we were put into teams and then they told us we have to prepare a performance for our "Youth Got Talent" night. Second day was super packed though, it's like we barely even have time to eat and breathe.
Basically our activities include aerobics/zumba/exercise in the morning lead by our own fellow campers (all volunteered), debate, discussion and they'll ask us write anonymously on topics like education, transportation, youth, etc... ( depending on which topic you manage to get).
The biggest event of the night! "Youth got Talent" so based on the song that was given we had to come up to perform and also our planned performance. So basically each group have 2 performances and if you any other talent you'd want to showcase there's also an extra slot for it. It's also a night where we're suppose to wear traditional clothing.
On the last day, we had public speaking for around 2 minutes on any topic of your choice in English and the people who wanted to go for SSEAYP had to go for interview.
All in all I had a great time in camp cause
1) I met some seriously awesome people in there. Even though it was a less than 72 hour camp, but we bonded really well and quickly, they're pretty much second family, and we're still keeping in touch until now (Sorry I seldom reply in group though). There weren't any racism or anything, everyone listen's to whatever someone has to say.
2) Surprisingly everyone is really friendly and easy to talk to, no one and i mean NO ONE is uptight or was being hostile, very encouraging towards one another, love the vibe there. Positive environment. Like I remember during explorace when we take our own time finishing up our task one by one, while singing and having fun.
3) I laughed so much I swore I had abs by the end of 3 days. My teammates are freakin' hilarious. It's like non-stop laughter all the way.
I know in the end this is a selection camp and there are people who will be selected and others that will not be, but I'm sincerely hoping from the bottom of my heart that everyone can get it and let's say even if we don't hopefully in the near future we'll be able to have a small reunion.
ps: Be prepared though, I had like less than 10 hours sleep in those 3 days cause you have to get up at by 6am (for non-muslim) and I sleep around 2am-3am every night. Due to the fact that there are limited bathroom, you just have to find time to shower and it has to be quick and because I just dont like to wait, hence I chose to shower before bed, so I showered at 1am for those few days.And did I mention spicy food? Yea, I think I did. But overall, great experience.
Many thanks to YMM and KBS for giving me this wonderful opportunity.