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By LATASHAH VALLIMANALAN
brats@thestar.com.my

When I first found out that I had been selected for BRATs, I didn’t think that I would have the time of my life.

From riding in the back of a truck to dipping my feet in the pristine Sungai Dalam and meeting baby elephants, I would say that being in BRATs is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I met lots of awesome people, bugs and a snake.

To my teammates from #TeamKenneth: Jade, Nathan, Ross, Diane, Dania, Lydia, Lizzy, Rachelle, Audrey, Hakimi and our senior brat Clarissa – you guys are the best! Crazy, fun and amazingly talented. Not forgetting our team leader, the one and only Kenneth Chaw.

I still remember that we christened a papaya ‘Popeye’ during the ride to Kampung Sungai Dalam, bugs and leaves were stuck in my hair and I lost an earring, not forgetting that I was pelted with ice water during a game of ‘Aiyo Ping Pong Piang’!

Not only that, some of my team members named a bug Sam (No offense, Sam) Oh yeah, I almost forgot about Ian’s cold stare when he saw me sitting on the ‘throne’ and he almost ripped my notebook apart (only Ian, Clarissa and I know about this).

Staying at the luxurious Casabrina Villa was incredible! So was the container hotel, though a Tarantula was sighted. Dipping my feet every morning in the Casabrina infinity pool with everyone else was a remarkable experience and we had a lot in common: we all loved Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Sherlock and many other things!

I felt really welcomed and a part of the BRATs. It was a fun experience and I wished it lasted longer. My favourite part of the camp was the barbecue, where we cooked our food over an open fire and sang songs. It was such a nice feeling and everyone was in a good mood.

I learnt a lot from this camp. It opened my eyes on journalism and I felt like I heard my calling, that is, to further my studies in journalism.

I learnt that being a journalist comes a lot of responsibilities and is not easy. Ian, May Lee, Kenneth and Sam taught us lot. From writing skills to photojournalism and interviewing skills, I never thought that four days could change a person.

I still can’t believe that in four days, all 34 of us became one big family: most of us are struggling with post-camp depression. I am usually the odd and quiet person in school and never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that there would have been a place for me one day.

Well, I guess it really is true that once a BRAT, always a BRAT!!!

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