On the 12th of August 2022, Han Chiang High School has invited a professional image consultant over to the school to host a talk for the female students of Han Chiang High School on how to present themselves, help them to improve their image as well as give them the advice to help them in their confidence and to be able to present themselves independently.
He Guo En, the professional image consultant that was invited to have a talk in the school stated that she was grateful to be invited to present a talk and share her experiences with our students and be able to help students to construct themselves as they are still young and have their youth. She brought up her past where she wasn’t able to invest in her image and couldn’t present herself well which led to her being unable to get jobs. Although she has straight As as a student, not many companies wanted to hire her due to her imagery. She slowly realised how important it is to invest in her image thus leading her on learning to invest in her self-image to be more self-sufficient and confident in presenting herself, bringing her to where she is now – a well-known image consultant with thousands of customers from all across the globe asking her for help in constructing their self-image and finding out who they truly are.
She thrives to help people and to be able to help younger people like high-schoolers in presenting themselves more professionally and neatly as well as having confident body language both externally and internally, also expressing to be able to have more talk sessions in many other schools. Her quote says,” The earlier you invest, the better rewards you reap when you grow older.” She believes that establishing an image at a young is better than establishing it when you’re older as you still have youth and it is easier for one to do so as well. If you think it will take too much time or it would be hard to take care of yourself on every part of your body, she advices you to focus on the face as most people judge your face: skin, eyes, lips, nose etc. Therefore, she hopes the female students of HCHS were able to learn something from the session, something new and a change of mindset.
Behind the Scenes
Though she is extremely successful now, it took a lot of hard work as well as blood, sweat and tears for her to arrive where she is now. As she started her career of being an image consultant at an older age, she was criticized and looked down upon as many think that she is too old and wouldn’t be able to start her career because being an image consultant usually starts at the age of around 30 where one still has their youth, but she didn’t. Despite the fact that she faced criticism from others and her past, she was able to extend her career to the fullest as well by working alongside her assistant, Jessica Lu Hooi Sin, recently hosting a women’s conference – Women Impact Makers Conference – joining hands with the Penang state government, collaborating and joining hands to make a bigger and more impactful scale, reaching state levels as an image consultant with many one-to-one customer sessions.
The talk she gave was full of inspiring, encouraging and passionate words that shook students’ minds and raised their confidence in so. She advices students to follow their hearts and minds, do not change themselves for other people. If they truly would want to change for themselves, only then will the magic take place and truly change. Not only did the talk show students paths of being confident and aspiring, but it also teaches them lessons on how to bring themselves out more and to be aware of their own surroundings, not easily allowing anyone to take advantage of them although they are teenagers.
The principal of Han Chiang High School was more than grateful to be able to invite such inspiring and model roles for her students and also be able to have someone to lend a helping hand in helping her educate and teach her students. She voiced that she takes all her students as if they were her children, hoping that they can aspire and become great adults that she can be proud of and look back on one day.
Firstly, we went to the paddy field. Paddy we had seen was yet fully mature. There is a small road for us to get along the paddy field and enjoy the picturesque view of it. Coconut trees are right beside the paddy field, whisking the deepest hues of green and yellow green. I believe that most of us always neglect the beauty of the paddy field and give no attention to it everytime we pass through it. Hence, this trip gives us a chance to truly have a look at it. The explanation was given by the farmer in Bahasa Melayu, and was then translated to English by Ms Anu. According to the farmer, there is a river called Sungai Kelit right along the paddy field, hence, it is convenient for the farmer to carry out an irrigation system to water the paddy. They will stop the irrigation system 20 days before they harvest it. It takes 100-110 days to cultivate rice. During the cultivation, the farmer uses pesticides to kill bugs, insects that breed in the paddy field, as well as the wild grass grown around to ensure that the paddy grows well, without receiving any damages by them. After the cultivation, they will harvest it and send their crops to factories in order to produce rice. Better quality paddies collected will be used as seeds for the next cultivation. There are a few conditions which are very crucial to ensure that the paddy grows well. Firstly, the paddy requires 30-32 degree celsius of sunlight. Secondly, it needs 2000 mm of rainfall. The farmer also stated that the best harvesting time for them is in January since it rains more frequently from June to December.
After the explanation, students walked leisurely along the paddy field, and took photos with their friends to record down this memorable experience. Overall, this is a great experience for us to take a step in to learn about paddy fields. We usually learn about the function of the paddy field in our textbook, however, this time, we were able to listen to a more specific explanation and data on how paddy grows by an experienced farmer, which I think that we had achieved one of the objectives of having this field trip.
Second attraction – Waterfall
We visited the waterfall and we had our brunch there as well. Some of them enjoyed the Nasi Lemak, but some of them think that it is too spicy for them. The waterfall had staircases that led to the top. Sadly we did not get to climb all the way up the stairs, as it was too dangerous and risky to do so. After we had our brunch, Thephila, Xin Ru from class J2E1 gave us a brief explanation on the formation of the waterfall, while Wong Yun Zheng from class SE11 talked about one of the erosion processes, attrition after that. Then, Ms Anu showed us where the plunge pool is at. Everything went smoothly, but an incident happened that broke the peace. One of the students accidentally dropped his water tumbler, and was eager to get his tumbler back. He thought that the water was shallow, so he jumped into the river. Out of his expectations, the water was deep, and he wet himself.
This gives us a lesson, we should never do something without permission during a field trip. Other than that, everything went well.
Third attraction – Bee farm
We also visited the bee farm. There we learned how the farm was set up for the bees as well as how bee houses were made and how bees make honeycomb: They will first sip the nectar as food, then produce honey in their stomach. At the same time, they will collect young leaves to build their house, forming “containers of their honey.” and build a roof for their house. It takes 1 month for these bees to form a full box of honey. The owner of these bees will collect honey from these houses and sell it to earn money.
Students heaved a sigh of relief when they heard that all those are stingless bees, and tried to approach them out of curiosity. The owner of the bee farm even let us sip the honey directly from the honeycomb. Some of our teachers did that, but some just refused. There, we get to know some facts about honey.
Fourth attraction – Prawn farm
In order to reach the prawn farm, we had to walk along a slope. The prawn farm had 60 ponds and totalled 60 hectares. Some of the ponds were dirty, others were dry but most had water inside. The prawns were around just 2 to 3 months old but they would be harvested every 5 months since they are fully mature by then. Prawns are nocturnal, hence, we can’t really see the prawns during daytime. However, these prawns will float on the surface of the water at night. Even so, detailed explanations and demonstrations on how they harvest these prawns were still given by the farmer. We got the opportunity to have a look at the various types of prawns and take photos of them. Everyone was so exhilarated to have a look at it. All in all, despite the disappointment on the condition of the prawn farm, we’ve learned a lot from the farmer and appreciate the opportunity to learn.
Fifth attraction – Coffee plantation and river
We had our lunch in the area around the coffee plantation. There was a river where we also carried out two experiments, i.e. the experiments for the velocity of the river and the depth of the river. After the experiment, we also had chicken rice there. Meanwhile there were also bicycles provided near the river, and some of them enjoyed riding the bicycles with their friends. Meanwhile the coffee plantation also provided us with an explanation on how the coffee beans were prepared and how the coffee was made. The coffee beans were dried for 6 months before they were fried for 30 minutes until they turned blackish brown. As for how coffee is prepared, they first fry sugar for 30 minutes. Then fry the coffee bean in 40 degree celsius for 30 minutes. Then they grind the coffee bean to coffee powder. The owner also prepared a mug of coffee and poured it out into cups and gave it to teachers. Teachers responded that the coffee was nice.
It has always been said that teamwork makes the dream work – a cliché saying that proves to be true. On 15th and 16th April of 2022, Han Chiang High School participated in the Regional Round of the World Scholar’s Cup, held in Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS); against many scholars, 15 of Han Chiang’s very own came back triumphed with 100 medals and 11 trophies.
Among them, 4 students stood out: a dream team in the senior division – consisting of Estelle Sia Yu Qi from SE11, Samuel Phun Wei Xen from S1, and Yap Q-Ann from SE12 – as well as an emerging champion in the junior division – Wong Yeok Hei from J1E1. Yeok Hei and Estelle both claimed the School Top Scholar accolades in the Junior and Senior divisions respectively, emerging as the First Overall Champion Scholars of their own divisions. In the Senior division, Samuel and Q-Ann were not far behind, attaining trophies as the first, and second Champion Scholar runner-ups. As a team, Estelle, Samuel, and Q-Ann also obtained First Place Champion Team, scoring exceptionally in every event.
Expressing astonishment, Wong Yeok Hei stated that she never expected to be able to win so many awards in her first year of participation. She emphasised her gratitude towards her teammates – who had helped her come through this journey – for being there for her and progressing together. Behind her striking achievements, at times she wanted to give up with the competition clashing with her exams. Though in a tight spot, she overcame these difficulties effortlessly.
As for Estelle, who has been involved in this program for a while now, she was elated when she saw groundbreaking results at the competition. Her devotion to the program lasted throughout the pandemic, and in 2022, to participate again felt like a dream. She admits that balancing the World Scholar’s Cup and the rest of her life can be difficult sometimes, as she needs to work towards her own academic goals. Regardless, she feels that the program is worth the effort. With her teammates, she believes that things will work out and hopefully they will come out victorious in the Global Round.
Likewise, Samuel Phun has persevered throughout the 2-year hiatus and was in disbelief at his awards. Describing the program to be unique and fun, Samuel dedicates time and effort towards this competition. Similarly, Q-Ann was startled and delighted to have won. Unlike her teammates, the pandemic took a toll on her mental health. Gaining back her motivation, she performed amazingly in the regional round. To balance out her studies and the program, she makes sure to sort out her priorities.
In September, the Global Round will be commenced in Bangkok, and this year, the students hope to see new, improved results on the global theatre!