Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The New Erudition April 2013

"Courage and willingness to just go for it. whether it is a conversation or a spontaneous trip or trying new things that are scary -  it is a really attractive quality"
-- Alanis Morissette

 Look what's back in town!! Weehoo!!
Been waiting for the new erudition for the fourth month of 2013??

We're representing to you...

With lots of hot current issues that will make you sweat while reading it. Haha!
Curious? Don't forget to read!! :D


Monday, April 15, 2013

The 2013 NRM Getaway

Hello fellow SCIENCESS friends! 

Well yeah, what’s new and exciting thing for us to share with you guys this time? Hmm… let us think, oh yes! 101/102 Biotech students' field trip to Taman Negeri Endau Rompin, Pahang. Under Natural Resources Management (NRM) course lead by the beloved Dr. Kamil, followed by few staffs, Biotech 3rd year lecturers and postgraduates students, the 3 days 2 night getaway promised to be the most unforgettable field trip ever.

On 12th April 2013,  around 107 students excitingly gathered in front of the KOS since 8 am in the morning, fully packed with travel bags and bag packs, ready to start their sunny Friday morning on a journey to Endau Rompin, Pahang. The journey took up about 3 hours by bus, three buses were used to carry students, staffs, postgraduates and lecturers. Oh, and don’t forget our food supplies!

Arrived there safely past noon, the first day of the trip spent by the students to clean and set up their own tent according to the group divided. The night was filled with the question and answer time with the precious forest rangers to expose the students more about the state park and also answer all the curiosity of the students about the oldest reserved forest in South East Asia.

The second day was said to be the most exciting day for their trip. The Environment concentration students were all excited to collect their samples for their Biodiversity sampling meanwhile the Marine and Food students were just planning to enjoy their hiking experience. Getting ready early, being packed with lunch box, the students all gathered to do some stretching and preparing themselves mentally and physically for the hiking that was claimed to be scary by some students. Why? Because of the leeches! The hiking path were like leeches road, left, right, up, down, everywhere! Yup, you heard it right, you were entering the leeches territory. Keep your sense in alert mode guys!

But still, some manage to enjoy it, and here are some picture collections during the thrill hiking day. Rejoice~!

After a tiring two hours of journey, the students were served with the fantastic, breath-taking view of the fountain.The boys take this chance to do some stunt while the girls take this chance for them to dip in their worn out feet into the cold water and some even just leisurely dipping into the clean water.

One hour spent for the student to relax, dipping into the cold, clean river and had their lunch before they finally climb up, getting ready to depart back and some who are still physically fit, getting ready to the beautiful natural crystal cave.

The night was spent with full of laughter and entertainment. Students were served with delicious chicken BBQ and also their task for the culture night. Laughter and joy filled the night until finally the student were spent tiredly in their tent past the midnight. They sang, play games, acted and even dance on the stage to relax and just enjoy the last night in the nature.

The last day was somehow the most unforgetful experienced for the students. After two days of sun and cool air, their third day somehow were thrill with heavy rain and wind, causing the rangers and the staff in charge gathering every student to a safer place. Because of the weather somehow the students were not able to do the promising ‘water safety’ activity due to the rain that cause the raise of the river water.

Spending last day packing and cleaning the site to go back, the students were all excited to go back to their room sweet dorm. They reach IIUM late the evening. The journey back also filled with thrilling challenge but still the students and staffs reached IIUM safely.

This field trip was said to be the first and largest trip for the KOS students. The thrill, experience and lesson learned from this field trip were very useful for the future. The students were exposed a lot to the amazing of the nature and the living things behind the unseen. Laughter, scream and sigh for the long three days trip were unforgettable and will be remembered even until ten years to come. Thank you to all those who participate, the lecturers and staffs who spent their day off to take care of the students and to the postgraduates who prepared the food for the three days long. Thank you for the lovely getaway! Syukran.

Well, isn’t it exciting to be a part of SCIENCESS students?

Wait for your NRM subject soon. Dr. Kamil promise to plan a more thrill field trip for the future batch!


There’s nothing boring about Biotech in IIUM, that is for sure!


Cr.: To all the pictures used

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Trip to Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre by Environmental Students

Well hello hello there!

On 8th April 2013, all the Biotech Environmental students went for an educational trip to Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre or popularly referred to as the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary.

It was set up for wild and abandoned elephant for rehabilitation before being released back to the wild area that is the natural habitat to this wild beast. It was surely a worthwhile visit indeed! :)

It is located within the bio diversified-rich and protected Krau Game reserve and was set up in 1989 under the Department of Wildlife & National Parks, Malaysia and manned by the Elephant Capture & Translocation Unit.

However, before visiting the elephant sanctuary area, the environmental students had a quick visit to Biodiversity Institution at Kuala Gandah, Pahang that was located nearby.


Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre was before a base for the Elephant Relocation Team which started in 1974. Over the past 25 years the team has successfully relocated around 400 elephants to national parks, bringing the wild elephant population in Malaysia from an alarming low of 500 to about 1200 on 2013.

At the elephant sanctuary, it offered visitors a hands-on introduction to those largest mammals on earth. Worker elephants are trained to help "guide and mother" others during the relocation process to National Park wildlife sanctuaries. Visitors are invited to help bath them in the shallow river or ride them. The juniors actually have sense of humor, so watch out for a dunking as you try to clamber up their backs!!


One of the students said that, "This trip is a rare and fantastic opportunity to get up close to endemic Malaysia elephants and once a life time experience" :')