It was a tough yet a fun competition. I did not really expect it to be as difficult as it was. The participants for the competition saw people coming from different countries such as Vietnam, United States, Cambodia, Switzerland, Pakistan, China, Japan, South Africa, Slovenia, Djakarta and many other South Asian countries. The most in number were the Vietnamese. My opponents were pretty strong, but I think we gave our best. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a medal in arts as I thought arts was really tough. Questions like “How would ‘Frida Kahlo’ paint a painting if she was inspired by ‘Nawja Karam’s’ Khalini Shoufak?” put in front of me got me really thinking! It was amazing to see how other participants performed at the competition.
As a welcome break we went out sightseeing. It was exhausting but an enjoyable one too! It felt good to click pictures in front of the Petronas tower . Many people sat in the bus but I was really excited to click pictures.
Oh! And how can I forget? The ball dance! It was awesome! Most of the people were dressed in black including me. Many people were out there dancing. The boys were jumping with their hands in the air. While I focused on my dancing. A circle in the corner showcased a dance battle. I went in there too and shuffle danced. People were impressed and some of them joined me. We all got tired and went back to the luxurious hotel after a fantastic day!
The next day was the cultural evening. Everyone was dressed beautifully. I got to know about many cultures and also got a lot of things to eat, which was my favorite part. I got stickers, notepads, chocolates, etc. I also got my name written in Mandarin and Japanese. Then we had a lovely group photo in our cultural dresses and we returned to the hotel after a long wonderful day.
The next day was the result day. First we had a talent show where Lokevidu performed. He was beatboxing, which was wonderful. There were so many scholars performing that I lost count. Finally, the moment that I was waiting for had come. The closing ceremony! Some children were on the stage waving their flags. After that the medal distribution took place. Urvashi ma’am was there too to boost our confidence. I got two medals, One for Arts and one for the Scholars bowl. It was a proud moment when one team qualified from our school.
The next day, we were leaving. I had to sadly wave at Kuala Lumpur and say my goodbyes to everyone I met there. It was a fantastic and a memorable trip! Thanks to Principal Ma’am for this opportunity to represent our school at an International level. To help us prepare for the competition help of parent trainers, Urvashi ma’am and Sudeep Kohli ma’am and my mother is invaluable. I would like to represent my school in many more competitions like this.