Working On Malaysia Day

We had a rather hectic week last week even though technically it was Malaysia Day.

Now for those who don’t know what Malaysia Day is and why oh why is there another public holiday (many Caucasian friends lament at how Malaysians just love their public holidays!), Malaysia Day falls on 16 September.

It’s a day which we should have celebrated a long time ago because it is the date when Malaysia was formed by partnering with Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. Of course later Singapore left the formation to be an independent country. For the longest time, the Sabahans and Sarawakians were always nonplussed with the National Day celebrations. It was technically a Merdeka Day for us Malayans in Peninsular Malaysia but had nothing to do with them.

And so, this year, we finally acknowledge our formation partners, Sabah and Sarawak with a proper public holiday on 16 September.

The Malaysia Day banner designed by Jensen
The Malaysia Day banner designed by Jensen

Anyway, history aside, I roped in the gang at Redbox Studio to help me out with my pro bono community work, culminating in a very exciting walk-a-hunt on the morning of 16 September. As I was the one of two chairpersons of the Malaysia Day event organized by the Taman Sri Nibong Residents’ Association, it was my idea to perk up the event with a hunt held in the morning before the dinner and performances that night.

The Amazing Sri Nibong Hunt banner was designed by us too
The Amazing Sri Nibong Hunt banner was designed by us too

I never knew what a tough job it was organizing what I would consider a “small” community event. You can see all the action with these photos. All 11 teams walked away with prizes that night.

My thanks go to our partner, Jay of The WebMazers. He set all the hunt questions and challenges, including the physical events.

Team Redbox on duty that morning as marshals
Team Redbox on duty that morning as marshals

Beng Ling, Jensen and Tiffany, and with Nic of course, helped me as hunt marshals and photographer respectively. I even got the team to help me design our treasure hunt banners which were hung around our Taman Sri Nibong area.

Our team gets briefed on their tasks by Jay of The WebMazers
Our team gets briefed on their tasks by Jay of The WebMazers

And my heartiest thanks to my fab sponsors: Penang Adventist Bakery, Tropical Spice Garden, Penang Passion, Langkawi Online, Priority Fitness, MizzStudio and more. Everyone contributed prizes generously!

Time to tuck in after a whole morning of work!
Time to tuck in after a whole morning of work!

As the hunt was held in the morning, our jobs weren’t over even if the hunt had concluded!

After a very full Thai lunch, we were still hard at work. We each had taken photos of the hunt so we were busy downloading photos from our respective cameras and resizing them. That night, we would be turning these photos into a slideshow for those who missed out on the action of the hunt in the morning.

Jay, the mastermind of the hunt questions and challenges
Jay, the mastermind of the hunt questions and challenges

That night, I had to announce the winners of the hunt while our team helped put up the projector screen, arrange and coordinate the prize handouts and play the slideshow.

So we didn’t get a break on a public holiday – we were working the whole day. That’s why we had our own public holiday the day after!

Catch Part 2 (coming up real soon) where we had our share of fun, zumba-ed and won prizes during the lucky draw during Malaysia Day night! Oh and with videos too!

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