Matakana——Life of Capsicum Boy

After I reached Matakana, Warkworth, I started my capsicum life.
This was a great job during winter, because we working in the warm green house.

Capsicum Planting

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And have wonderful chocolate during smoko time!

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My job description was transferring the sapling to planting area.
And the main work load is carry thing.

    1. Carry the sapling from table to basket to planting area.
    2. Carry the soil from store into Green house
    3. Carry away the table back to store.
    4. The only non-carry work is spiking the water pipe.

Although is carry things, it’s not really hard because all the sapling is light weight.
The only hard thing for me is the position, I have to bend my back whole day due to the small sapling.

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Sadly, this work only last for 1 week instead of 2 weeks because of our efficiency.
1 week salary mean no budget for buggy jump but at lease  help me passed my hardest time.
And met a new NZWHer in this effective team.

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And my lovely boss!

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Aside working, Matakana is just a boring town. Not much excited except surfing.
Warkworth is just another bigger town, good for restock.
The only thing special for NZWH is the free wifi library.

Since I live in a boring town, and not much interaction with BBH mate.
I have a really simple life over here.
Just working, cooking, enjoying nature and sleeping.
and Tree Planting.

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The original plan for north island already gone, now just follow my heart for the coming journey.

Shell Scholarship mini Recruitment Day

After many tried since SPM…
Thanks God finally I got my first scholarship interview, and it is Shell Scholarship!


Unlike others scholarship, shell scholarship have multiple selection stage:

  1. On-line application
  2. On-line test (logic test for computer science)
  3. Interview (phone interview for my case)
  4. Mini Shell Recruitment Day.

What make shell interview so special is the Shell Recruitment Day (SRD).

Attending a Shell Recruitment Day is the final step of the assessment process

You will attend an afternoon of non-assessed, interactive activities where you’ll be given further insight into Shell’s global businesses. It is designed to give you a realistic preview of the activities, in which Shell is involved, and the range and nature of issues facing our business.

The day includes a written exercise, group discussion, a presentation-based case study that includes a presentation and final interview.

We will be observing your capacity for analysis, decision making and creating workable solutions. Other qualities we’re looking for are drive and enthusiasm, resilience and confidence. Equally important is your ability to develop positive relationships and communicate well at all levels.

Credit : Shell Website

After a long wait since Febuary, finally I reached the final stage for this interview! Mini Recruitment Day at Shell Sarawak Berhad.
I can’t believe I could make that far for this scholarship.

The night before SRD, i received a phone call on 8pm and asked me to attend SRD on next day 730am.
Without any preparation, I accepted and pray hard for it.
I think this is one of the “strategy” for the SRD to asset the real and original me.

For our SRD, they only asset 4 people including me. 2 guys from UTM, origin Kuching and 1 girl from Curtin Miri.
It start from 730am to 12pm with the progress:

  1. Group Discussion
  2. Case Study preparation
  3. Case Study presentation
  4. Case Study Written Test
  5. Competency based Interview

For Group discussion, we have to study some materials(e-mail) and each of us was given an extra information. Then, we have to discuss a best plan which fulfil the case requirement.
As the same time, there were 4 assessor observing each of us during whole discussion.

Our case case was about a plan to take care the safety and health of intern during their off shore internship. We have to plan the training, cost, equipment, transportation for every intern.
The whole discussion is like MUET test. Just try to voice out the point but don’t too dominant or passive.

For Case Study preparation, it was another set of material(e-mail also). The case study was about increasing income of an oil field. I was given 3 options and I have to analysis every option. Then, I have to present it to our manager (assessor). After presentation, there was a Q&A section for my proposal, and the questions were technical and tough one.

Just analysis every information and link them together. Jump out of box will impress them. (Eg: not necessary choose 1 out of 3 option but working every option together)

Next, I proceed to the written test, which related to the case study.
It required to produce some questions to get more information I need I for my analysis.
It just like critical to asking the right question.

Lastly was the competency based interview. It’s almost same as phone interview. Just some achievement, challenge, relationship management question.

After Interview, it’s the end for the mini SRD.
Thanks God and Shell for giving me this opportunity to learn more.
I love with this awesome experience with shell and hope can experience more in the future.

Final result will be announce in the end of August.
I already performed my best, just leave the rest to God.
Pray hard, rest hard and start work hard!

Programming… still long way to learn…

Finally, the Big Data programming contest is over!
After a 2 week intensive practice,  our team still achieve 0/12…
It’s real, 0/12!

Is it that hard?
From our experience, Yes!

I believe you played 2048 game before.
An example question is write an AI(Artificial Intelligence) which able to solve 2048 in 1,000,000 move.
Mean the program can auto solve 2048, in any random case.
Here is an example.

In fact we have only 1 year experience in programming~
And we just learn how to deal with school exam…
For sure we can’t handle this kind of question~
Even maybe we can, it will be 1 week but not in 2 hours.

However with the little hope, I still stay until the final round.
Because for me

One failure one experience to success

There is no point for me to giving up such opportunity to gain the experience.

Thanks to my friend introduce such amazing competition to me!
Thanks to my team mate spent 2 weeks together kill our brain cells!
Thanks God for giving me this experience, I’ll learn harder and work harder!

Next time, I’ll make the 0/12 to 6/12, is possible 12/12!

A Kiwi’s Life