Symposium of Malaysian Chemical Engineers (SOMCHE) 2009 was held on 12-14th august 2009 in Kota Kinabalu in conjunction with International Conference of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering (ICCBPE). As usual, it was an annual event where researchers from all over the country met and exchanged ideas while updating on each others’ progress in life. This year three of our students (Siti Munirah, Susiwi and Mardawani) were presenting their works. I was there to evaluate their presentations so that feedback can be given as part of training required for researchers and academicians. As usual, I met many familiar faces along with many new ones. Some interesting research ideas were gathered.
After the conference, we went to Kundasang looking for serenity and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, the Malaysian land. We put up for the night at Kiram Village. It was a quiet wooden chalet own by Jamalul Kiram, a Starian few years my senior. Although we haven’t met, arrangements were smoothly made via emails.
The surrounding of Kiram Village was comforting and serene, yet cheerfully embellished with flowers of various colours.It also has a small fish pond with fresh water overflowing slowly. The settings look natural except for the use of some plastics piping. Perhaps Jamalul should consider having them all concealed
If you are looking for a quiet retreat, Kiram Village might be the right place. It has basic amenities and friendly staff who will do their best to make your stay pleasant.
My observation speculates that Kiram Village was built upon a concept of “living in wilderness’, or perhaps “back to nature”.
I really admire people making full use of their resources. For example, you can see some onions and kailans planted near the chalet. New batch of cabbages were also recently planted.
Tomorrow, we will be adventuring into something more interesting. Highlights will be posted soon.
– writing from Kiram Village