UCSI Group Showroom, the overdue renovation.

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The project was initiated since 2011, however it only took off recently due to some logistics issues. So, Group Showroom, as the name suggest is a 13m x 14m square space which our founder & chairman had intended for it to be used as a showcase gallery of UCSI’s past history, milestones, achievement, groups of companies and their future plans. A brief history of UCSI:

“UCSI Group is a leading multi-disciplinary conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From our humble beginnings as an education services provider, UCSI Group has expanded over the years with a well-diversified business portfolio in education, consultancy, healthcare, hotel, property and technology. UCSI Group is also involved in developing the famed Blue Ocean Strategy in business in 10 different countries across the Asia Pacific and North America regions.”

Founded since 1986, the group had since expand and progress faster than the one can manage to keep up. Hence, this showcase gallery will be a good introduction to the public the diversity and tenacity of the group and its companies.

The site: Located 1st floor of the main lobby, this space used to be occupied as a combination of campus clinic + management board room. These two space had since been upgraded and expanded at other newly built block. It looks like this.
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When we undertake the design of the space, I wanted it to be flexible enough to cater of other function/events such as: Launching for new programs, collaboration effort with external parties, signing of MOU/MOA with ministry department and etc. Hence, first rule of the design concept would be: Flexible, Spacious and Elegant. Base on this key words, we designed for all display wall panels to be shift against the wall, to leave a huge empty space in the center where we can play with different seating, whether it’s lounge seating for seminar seating.

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To make the space interesting (rather than a square box), we created an ‘arrow’ shape that is reflected on both the floor and ceiling to gives a walk path to draw in guest and visitor. Due to existing height of the space (which are relatively low, about 9′), we intend to use mirror to visually increase the space height.
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As there are that much of wall space that we can display visual panels, I came out with the idea of ‘movable display panel where it is modular and can be¬†configured accordingly. What’s good about this panel is that it can be mobilized and used during education fair or other external activities outside the university.
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I shall update the renovation progress on the next post. Have a great week ahead! Monday’s not blue when you have rain. ūüėČ

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UCSI International School, Springhill #2

The project is to design, develop and built Malaysia’s first boarding school to deliver the full range of International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. Once completed, the UCSI International School will be one of the handful IB World Schools in the country. The mission of the School is to provide a challenging international education that will nurture students to become knowledgeable and responsible global citizens focusing on the three core values of International Education, Global Citizenship and Individual Integrity.

To ensure a conducive and efficient learning environment, the building is designed to provide a separation for PYP (Primary year programme) & MYP (middle year programme) students. The East Wing encompass the learning space for primary students such as classrooms, basic science laboratory, workshops, music and art room. On the other side of the building houses learning spaces for the secondary students, i.e.: Physics, Biology, Chemistry Laboratory, Classrooms, Homescience Laboratory, Music and Art Rooms.
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The 30′ x 35′ classrooms are designed to accommodate up to maximum 25 students at one time. Specifically laid with laminated timber flooring, it is the school’s aim to cultivate eastern culture into the students, which¬†prompt them to¬†remove their shoes when they enter into class. Fully equipped with e-learning technology (apple TV, smart board and interactive projector), the classroom is fit out with customized modular furniture to ensure it is flexible enough to be re-arranged to suit different teaching syllabus. The size of each piece and chair are meticulously specified to cater for different age group.
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The central administrative block houses the Admin and Academic Offices where students can meet up with fellow teachers and educators outside classroom hours. The communal¬†area is designed to be more ‘open’ to encourage students to interact with their teachers, as part of the IB’s theory¬†to bridge the gap of communication between teachers and students.
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5 Things I’m grateful for today.

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1. Rain
Can’t be more than happy to see rain these days. Though we still experience water rationing, but we’re coping. I think it’s a good thing, I learn how to appreciate water more than ever; & hubs and I discover many efficient ways when it comes to ‘Water Management’. LOL. We joke about how we should get our business done when we’re outdoor, or¬† how we are discover 2 people can wash dishes better when you don’t have a flowing water. It’s all good.

2. Confirmed a corporate project in KL.
Through contacts, we manage to partner with one of our business associate to undertake a corporate project located in KL. Although we have done corporate design projects before, this one comes with lots of challenges when it comes to coordination and management, simply because the site is situated in a high end district, which means there will be lots of limitation, paper work and coordination. But nevertheless, I think it’s going to be awesome!

3. Mama is cooking porridge tonight. (Yumm!)
My mom-in-law is back and it¬†feels¬†SO¬†GOOD to experience home cooked meal again! I just feel so blessed to have her back with us. One night, while packing leftover for next day lunch, I told hubs: “So good to have packed lunch for again”, and hubs say: “Aren’t you the happiest girl in the world?.” Yes, you bet I am!

4. My little boy knows how to point towards his face part when you say where’s your nose nose/ ear ear / hand hand.
I know I know it’s such a small little matter, and I’m just¬†overreacting. However I just feel so proud of him of his little achievement.¬†¬†I¬†realize that it’s best to teach him when we’re feeding him snacks, that way he will obey whatever we say in order to get a mouthful of banana/yogurt/bisects/raisin…. that boy is a piggy! I really thank God that he has such good appetite.

5. Halfway through my MA.
Today, I saw my fellow seniors posting on OUM FB Group how only 4 out of 14 students manage to pass though the Final Project and Viva Presentation. We all aim to graduate on time, however with commitment on work and family, it is indeed very very hard. Nevertheless, after this exam in April, I am halfway through, and I will do my best to complete it. My goal is to graduate, regardless the time I need as I had vividly tell myself to know what is my main priority.

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UCSI International School, Springhill #1

This project was completed in 2012, the same year I got pregnant and delivered my baby boy. This is one of the project that I was involved right from the drawing board till the final construction of the building. It was all sweat and tears but seeing the final results is truly a sense of achievement. Spanning across 20 acres of land, this purpose-built campus comprises an Olympic size swimming pool, running track, mini golf course. With a built-up area of 120, 000 square feet, this is the first international school built by UCSI Education Sdn. Bhd.

I wanted to design a learning space where it is fun, inspiring and yet with a hint of seriousness on the pocket of space within the building. Comprise of a central administrative block, the other 2 span of extension will equally divide the primary wing and secondary wing. The architecture is simple, with linear lines as the main theme that carries across the façade, this contemporary design architecture are able to take up to 2500 students at one time.
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Series of unfortunate events.

I had been slammed with works and assignments left right top bottom that I hardly have time to breathe. Now that assignment’s done, I need to focus on my task at hand. Projects after projects, big and small… they’re just never ending.

Malaysia’s tragic event had been on every country’s headline for the past few days and it really saddens me. The faith of the 239 passengers, the way our leaders manage the crisis, the ridicule act of the bomoh in KLIA and much much more reflects how incompetent our country leaders, who are supposed to turn the nation into a developed country in 6 years time! Prior to this, we had faced a long draught (since CNY) and very polluted hazy environment. This are all still bearable until MH370 went missing.

MH370, please come back.

MH370, please come back.

After days of savings water, finally water ration had started at my place. Being a shower freak, I hope I’ll able to survive water ration, maybe I can just pile up on my perfumes. ūüėČ We are prepare for it, just hope God will bless us soon and gives us rain and clear the haze.

But other than that, life’s good. Here’s why.

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Hubbs sends me this on FB. Late at night, while he’s fixing a couple of baby Ju’s toy cars and music toy, he starts sulking how all these little things that he did is not ‘awesome’. That jealousy is so cute!

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I’m loving every second spend with this little guy. Though he’s starting to show his character and knows how to throw tantrum to get the things the way he wanted… We are definitely learning to say ‘No’.

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Learning to be great again. While watching Grey’s Anatomy s9, one of the episodes where the surgeons are planning to buy over the hospital, Jullian Crest, the benefactor says: “What my gut tells me is, you didn’t like it. Surgeons like surgery. I know when I find something I don’t like doing, I don’t do it well.” This short and direct phrase made both hubs & I realize we should chase for our passion. When we love what we do, we will excel.

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I studied contract management this semester, an it was indeed an eye opener. I learn how great Ir. Harban Singh book is. I learn the many types of construction contracts used in Malaysia. I learn that engineers profession does not limit to C&S, M&E but can range from waste management, minerals, agriculture, power and etc. It’s really exciting. I hope I can score well in the exam.

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I love this man more and more each day. I’m grateful that God made a turn in his life and made us realize what’s truly important. Health, happiness, family¬†and living in the moment is our goals now. We will embrace each day as it comes.

What we can learn from MH370 is that, life’s too short, just like the blip in the correspondence radar before the plane vanishes. Each of these passenger has a story, and they will never have the chance to say their last words to their loved ones.