When learning is fun

By Amirul Hafiz

KUALA LUMPUR 19 September 14: Green, serene and demands little of one’s pocket, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the most popular metropolitan recreational parks where family picnics, the health-conscious jogs, couples date, working people unwind and students take a break from lectures and assignments.

Located in the city centre the park offers recreational activities such as horse-back and horse-carriage rides, kayaking and other water-rides on the beautiful man-made lake. Children brought their own bicycles and skateboards while their parents relaxed to breathe-in the fresh air while enjoying the skyline view that includes the KLCC towers and Istana Budaya.

A group of 10 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Communication students who are also editorial members of the campus’ online newspaper IIUM Today recently went on a learning trip to the park for a news-gathering exercise and made the discovery. They were accompanied by their instructor Shawal Ras, IIUM Today advisor Dr Aini Maznina A Manaf and guest trainer Sujiah Salleh.

“It was quite a challenge hunting for news at a location where we weren’t even sure if anything was happening. But we managed to find things around the park to write about and while at it we had fun taking a horse-carriage ride. It’s cheap, only RM1 for the carriage ride and RM1.50 for the horseback ride,” said student reporter Syazana Zahidah Huzir.

The students spent half-a-day at the park before proceeding for Friday prayer at National Mosque and later visited the Royal Museum of Malaysia in Jalan Sultan.

Photo by Shawal Ras

Shawal Ras

A lecturer by day and a music blogger by night. Formerly: Managing editor at IIUMToday, and lifestyle writer for Esquire Malaysia and The Score Magazine.

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