Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Epic Assignments

I've been posting quite a few photos taken at Port Dickson and Wisma Genting lately.
And, my friends thought that I was having vacation.
It's a misconception!
Indeed, the purpose of heading down to Port Dickson and Wisma Genting (yesh, not the one at Genting Highland, Pahang but the head office building at KL) was to obtain some information for our assignments.
To my surprise, I actually received reply from the Marketing Manager, Mr Andrew Leong of Genting Berhad on the next day upon sending my interview request.
Due to our clashing of time table (yeah, it's a group assignment while we all have different time table), we managed to arrange a time and meet with him at the nick of time.
It was such a relief though it was very last minute.
The interview session was extended from the prior schedule of 1 hour to 2 hours+!
We were glad to collect some interesting insight during the interview that public wouldn't know of.
It was just too bad that I can't join the blogger gathering night by Nuffnang (yes, I'm a Nuffnanger too!) at Genting due to prior commitment when Mr Andrew Leong invited me.

Well, in order to work on our research, we were required to delve into the operations management of either 5-star hotel, beach resort or shopping mall.
To get that done, we really have to interview the person-in-charge or, we can't proceed.
While I was scratching my head of requesting which operations manager from which hotel that we shall look for or worst come to worst, getting my friends who are working in this industry for help... * poof *
You wouldn't believe that once again, I got replies from the resorts that I have sent my request to earlier.
We chose the award-winning Avillion Port Dickson after considering a few factors.
I've never thought of the first person that I met at APD was the security guard who was working at Reliance College.
He still can recognise me after a few months' time!
Seriously, we were fortunate to interview the Assistant General Manager, Mr Gared the Senior Operations Director who has been with APD for more than 15 years!

No, I did not ask for help from my boss this time though he was at Avillion few days before I went there.
Besides getting substantial operations information from Mr Gared, we got to know that APD, the flagship of Avillion Hotel Group was Dato' Gan Eng Kwong and Datin Irene Tan's dream.
Yeah, AHG is one of the subsidiaries of Reliance Pacific Berhad that is spearheaded by them.
"Their dream come true", Mr Gared told.
Guess what, I actually met Datin Irene and talked to her before when I was working at Reliance College.
Didn't know she was such a calibre figure but the mother of my boss at that time.
What's even more appealing to know that APD was named after the tale of Lord Jennings Avery.
In point of fact, the architecture and the naming of each room, each pier is evolving on the story of Lord Avery.

the story of Lord Avery

Another place that one must not miss upon visiting APD was the Avi Spa.



It is a sanctuary of recluse offering spa and massage treatment.
Kind of amazing to know that it is the brainchild of Ms Gricia Gan, the daughter of the spouse.
Well, we don't really get to visit the entire resort due to the rain :(
No photos this time as it was prohibited.
Anyway, it was easier for me to relate the info due to my prior working experience at Reliance.

Victorious sunset
Thanks Mr Gared for the treat!

As a matter of fact, it is one of the costly coursework that I have done so far.
We spent a day and overnight at Avillion Admiral Cove as the driver of the trip, Jayden brought his friends along too.
 Avillion Admiral Cove, another entity under Avillion Hotel Group

finally found this restaurant upon getting lost thanks to the gps =.=''

 Fun Fair after our late dinner.. Featuring "uncle" Alan and the "kids"

 massage by the pool                               I can't live without breakfast D:

at Marina & Leisure Club

 view from the room's balcony..

pet farm!
missing those days of taking care the rabbits in the pet farm during my primary school days...

 spot the baby bunnies?
 keep biting my slippers >.<''     when the turtles meet the rabbit:"don't invade my territory!"

 my 1st try on panorama using my new android xD

 gosh.... it was so surreal and picturesque that I can't help taking it

it's a trash bin cover!

 relaxing corner
Thanks to this research, I was able to reap extraordinary experiences with the guidance of our tutor though some of my course mates regarded it negatively.
Personally, I think it was really fun (provided that you manage to interview the key person and get the relevant info, otherwise be prepared to fail this course work) and eye-opening.
In fact, I have never thought that PD has transformed to such a paradise!
I'll visit this place again by any chance in the future!


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