NB Diaries: ICCT @ Malaysia international Study Tour Program

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Kuala Lumpur, or popularly known as “KL”, is Malaysia’s capital city and one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. This is where we had our study tour program last February 1-4, 2013, together with the Chairman of ICCT Colleges Foundation, Inc, Dr. William S. Co, Chief Communications Officer, Mr. Val Constantine Co, VP for Academic Affairs- Mrs. Analiza R. Kho, and Ms. Fennie Depalubos, ISHTM Department faculty member. Nine lucky students of International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and I visited places of interest in the city. First in the line was the Petronas Twin Tower, standing at the height of 451.9 m was a world renowned icon of modern Malaysia. There, we had difficulty taking pictures of the whole tower because you really need to lie down to successfully have a nicer view of the tower. This is where John Lloyd and Bea Alonzo shot their movie, “Miss You Like Crazy”. The design of each Tower’s floor plate is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. Architecturally, these forms describe important Islamic principles of “unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality”. Next was the 7th tallest telecommunication tower in the world known as the “KL tower” which stands 421 m. We also visit other places like Islana Negara, Putra Jaya, Batu Cave, Merdeka’s Square, Kuala Lumpu City Gallery and many more.

Of course, the tour would not be completed without the highlight of the agenda. This was the most awaited part of the event, exploring one of the famous hotel in KL, the Park Royal Hotel. In there, we saw what have been bringing the hotel its success; we met the people behind the Housekeeping Department, the waiters & waitresses of their Food & Beverage Department, the chefs and cook of the Kitchen and the warm welcome of their Front Office Personnels. They showed us how the hotel and every department worked. It is really a great experience for us, since this is our field of expertise.

We also visited the University Technology Of Mara in which they also had their own 3 star hotel for their students. Just like in Park Royal Hotel, we were able to take a tour around different departments inside.

The weather in KL is quite hotter than here. The sun rises late at 8am and sets 8 in the evening. The food? It’s so amazing how spicy foods dominate the Malaysian cuisine. When we had our lunch in MATIC, Malaysia Tourism Center, even the breading of their fried chicken seem to have a lot of spices. The dressing of their salad “bit my tongue”, good thing their drinks are not chili flavored, cold ones are available but there are more of hot teas to drink.

For me, the best spot that we visited was the Batu Cave. Imagine, you have to climb 272 steps leading to the temple. But the most special part of it was the fun that we had being with the Chairman of ICCT and his son. They finished the 272 steps with a smile and enjoyment in their faces. I can still remember what chairman said, “oh kayang- kaya akyatin, parang ICCT lang”. ICCT never left the Chairman’s head even when he’s out of the country. (Michiko Espino, 3rd year BSHRM Student)