It was great fun and joy that we had our team building at Domaine de Letoile yesterday, the domaine which is ‘the most beautiful and natural parc to explore in Mauritius’. I still recall some sweet memories of my first teambuilding, back in 2011.
The Different activities proposed by the Domaine are:
- 2 seated Buggy
- Horse Riding (with South African horses)
- A Walking tour
- by Quad (A Natural circuit through unique landscapes of Mauritius)
- Mini Quad (for children above 6 years old)
We had a meeting point at Kendra Shopping Mall, St Pierre and the we all set out for Sebastopol, Flacq. We had a quick glimpse of the new 5 Start High Security Melrose prison, which was on our way. Arriving at Domaine de Letoile around 10.00am, it started raining!
We had a nice welcome at the Reception…and had some nice hot coffee whilst waiting for our ‘guide’.
Then came Mr. Andy, our guide who kicked off the first activity of the day which is ‘Treasure Hunt’. This is in fact Hiking but mixed with some questions that we need to answer whilst on the track. It adds to the fun!
We were distributed into 3 teams and the winning team would be the one who had properly answered the bonus question ‘How many mirrador are present in the Domaine?’ (Mirradors are used by hunters to observe their prey deer / wild pig before shooting them. The hunt period opened between June – Aug for a period of 6 days maximum). Also the most beautiful painting of the viewpoint would be declared as the winner.
So the Adventure started! 2 teams went before us and we were ready to win the ‘Treasure’..
Carefully reading the details in order to be able to answer the question..
One of the Mirrador, which were were carefully noticing and counting.
The circuit was of 2 hours and we enjoyed lots of ‘goyave de chines’ on the way and the beautiful views as were were climbing up were simply a delight to the eyes. However there were mosquitos and the sun scorching our skin.
Here, we’ve reached the viewpoint and each ‘artist’ in the team had to draw something they see in this view:
Time for Food, we all were very hungry. The Mauritian Buffet, proposed by the ‘Restaurant Anahita’ was simply delicious.
Then came time for the most-awaited adventure : Quad.
We met a new ‘guide’ who started giving instructions about how to drive a Quad and also the safety instructions.
Then, time for a Test Drive for the 2 persons in one quad
After the Test Drive, I became a bit confident driving quad and I admit the control are really not flexible and you get your thumb tired pressing the accelerator.
Nevertheless, its an awesome experience on the quad, after one gets used to it..
Awesome view at the top of the mountain…
Then the final trekking down was awesome and we could see deers in the nature…An incredible experience..
After a long period of absence in the blogosphere, find a backlog of so many posts that my blog could be updated with. But to get started with the latest news, let me share the experience of my interview on MBC Bhojpuri Channel. MBC stands for Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation, which is the national Radio/TV station in Mauritius (www.mbcradio.tv).
It was on Saturday 7 Dec. 2013 that was the National Drama Festival’s Award Ceremony for all the 10 participating languages. Awards were offered to the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director.
Then got the opportunity after having watched the very interesting drama ‘Vibration’ by the officers of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Drama Unit), which focused on les ‘jeu de lumieres’, to meet the Best Director for the Bhojpuri category, Ritesh M. It was during the socialisation process that we got a proposal to appear for the weekly programme ‘Bol Bandhu’! It was a great honour and priviledge for getting such an opportunity! I was a bit hesitating to speak and to put instead my cousin to speak as I believe my Bhojpuri is not fluent enough. 🙂
On Thursday 12 Dec. 2013, we were present at the studio of MBC for recording. We were warmly welcomed by Ritesh and we got the opportunity to also meet Mamie Cloun and Sam Ammigan who were around to do recording of ‘Ti Galet’ in Studio A.
After a briefing session, we were in the make-up room. Felt a bit nostalgic as I still remember my first make-up by Mrs. Marie Therese-Rakha in around 1998-1999 for the studio recording of the full-length Hindi Play ‘Seet-Basant’.
Time to enter Studio C:
After the Sound Mixer technician fixed our mic phones, then, Lights, Camera, Action!
It was a great fun session. I admit that it is different feeling when you are in studio with the ‘silence complet’, the big cameras rolling before you, and the lights etc. But the presenter was very cool and his fun jokes part made us feel more relax and confident.
After the recording we had a small visit at the different studios and also got the opportunity to socialise with other key persons working in Bhojpuri programmes: Mr. Arvind B. and Mrs. Narvada K. , head of the Bhojpuri Channel. We had a great chat time over a cup of tea.
After which, bid farewell to Ritesh and another friend continued to make us visit some other very interesting parts at the MBC, for eg. ‘La Regie Finale’ and one other room where all the signals from different channels (BBC, CCTV, France 24 etc) are captured and are re-routed. I was pretty impressed by the technical work of these people who almost spend their life before big screens (with multipel small views in them) and lots of buttons in their ‘keyboard’.
So friends, I will keep it short for today, BUT, do watch out for the Part 2 on Bol Bandhu which will be broadcasted on Wednesday 25 Dec. 2013 at 21:00 – MBC Bhojpuri Channel.
It is for 5 consecutive years that I have been covering the event aiming to recognise outstanding professionals in the field of ICT in Mauritius. To view the archives:
As usual, the Flagship programme of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (Mauritius section) was held at The Sofitel Imperial Hotel, Flic en Flac. This year the event was sponsored by Microsoft, the country Manager Mr. Paul Bunting was invited to attend the event last year. The chief guest was The President of the Republic of Mauritius, His Excellency Mr. Rajeshwar Puryag. For the first time, the CEO of British Computer Society, the Professional body for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), David Clarke was present in Mauritius.
Well around 19:00 the Cocktail started during which I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Teebye Moradhun, the IT Personality Award winner 2011.Well, we both were invited to the Award ceremony in order to congratulate our successors. Concerning the judging criteria, I realised that there is 40 points that judges use to determine the finalists and ultimately the winners. The panel of judges consider the portfolio of project undertaken by a candidate. The participant has to write a success statement. The CEO of BCS highlighted that it is very tough competition as BCS puts emphasis on entries of excellent quality.
To do a recap, the winners of BCS IT Personality Awards are:
2007: Hon. Etienne Sinatambou, former Minister for IT
2008: Mr. Ganesh Ramalingum, Director of DCL.
2009: Mr. Raheemeea Sheik Mohammad Ally (BAI)
2010: Mr. Avinash Ramtohul, Manager East Africa, Oracle
2011: Dr. Teebaye Moradhun
2012: Mr. Vivek Mathur, VP Technology – Bhumishq Technologies
The 2012 Medallists are:
Mr. Ramraj Bisessur, Micros Systems & Support Executive – MICROS-FIDELIO
Mr. Ricaud Auckbur, Director e-education & TVET, Ministry of Education & Human Resources
The winners of BCS Young IT Specialist Awards are:
2011: Ashesh Ramjeeawon, Technology Director – eTraks Technologies
2012: Yashnath Issur, Head of Data Centre & Information Security, Emtel
The 2012 Medallists are:
Mr. Ashwin Gungah, Team Leader – TNT Express
Mr. Assadullah Durbarry, Managing Director – ATech Group
The Speech of Mr. Bunting laid emphasis on the partnership of Microsoft with BCS, which has the motto ‘Enabling the information society’. He talked about the re-imagined products of Microsoft notably Windows 8 which recently hit the Mauritian market and worldwide, Windows Phone 8, Visual Studio 2012, Office 2013 (to be launched soon) and Microsoft Surface. He talked about Cloud Computing enabling businesses to operate more efficiently. Bill Gates had the vision of a Desktop PC at the reach of every persons, now we are living in a new revolutionary era of mobile computing and under the leadership of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s new vision is:
Personally, it was a bit nostalgic for me as I felt like reviving those moments in 2011. Most specially, the interview by MBC: http://asheshr.com/2011/10/22/my-bcs-young-it-specialist-2011-award-speech/. The organisation of the Gala Dinner (Indian style Buffet) was excellent and congratulation to the section members. Looking forward for the Professional Talk by David Clake on Tuesday 6 Nov. on: Will the IT profession be up to the challenge of the 5th wave of computing?