Faiz. 22. Used to be an introvert, but now slowly becoming ambivert.

Me, as an Emcee?!

Who thought that I can't be an emcee? Well, myself!

So yesterday afternoon (28th November) I was chilling, waiting for the bus nak keluar from UM. ‘Til I received a call from Dr Asmadi, the Head Department of East Asian Studies.

He called, asked me to come to his office. When I came, Dr Asmadi said,
“Saya nak awak jadi emcee untuk JACTIM Foundation Support 2016 Award Giving Ceremony esok, Dr Rohayati yang recommend awak.”

I was really hesitant to be the emcee as I really, REALLY had no experience as an emcee. Buat report presentation pun suara dah terketaq, let alone be the emcee of a formal ceremony! So, I accepted the challenge. Then I got the text for the ceremony, Dr Rohayati prepare dah siap siap. Oh boi let me tell you, mata gua terbeliak masa tengok the guests.

Among the VIP guests were:
  1. Yang Berhormat Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching, Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan Tinggi Malaysia.
  2. Yang Berbahagia Prof. Datuk Dr. Rohana Yusuf, Timbalan Naib Canselor Hal Ehwal Pelajar Universiti Malaya.
  3. Hajime Tokuda, Chairman of JACTIM International Culture Exchange, JACTIM Foundation.
  4. Hiroyuki Orikasa, Counsellor of The Embassy of Japan in Malaysia.
  5. Koichi Horikawa, Director of the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur.

and more.

Bila tengok name list of the VIP guests, I was like,
“Yo Faiz, you can’t f this up! Seriously, don’t you even dare!”

Then on that day supposed to ada rehearsal but I couldn’t make it due to personal reasons. So, when nak rehearse nya? Tomorrow lah (29th November), on the day of the event itself. Memang so last minute I tell you. So, the night before event, memang practice baca text betul betul. I even asked some tips from my senpai yang since dulu memang helpful, Farhan Layali. Thanks Paang!

Also dah lah pagi tu ada English Oral Test. So memang juggle lah, kejap read text, kejap read English notes for the test. I slept late of course. Pagi tu pergi test, after that terus pergi rehearsal kejap then came the moment I was afraid the most, the ceremony.

I was shaking, nervous, and kept thinking,
“Faiz, is this the right thing for you to do? Kau memang saje cari maut kan?”

Habis ceremony, I received positive feedbacks which made me very happy.

Yang Berhormat Datuk complimented me, saying that I was ‘an eloquent MC’. Yang Berbahagia Prof. Datuk also said that, I was ‘fluent with the English’. Then, lastly, the Chairman of JACTIM Foundation said, while giving his business card to me,

「グッド エム・シー です。」(Guddo emushii desu!)

Thank you very much! Memang rasa motivated sangat. To some people, benda camni maybe nampak macam cikai je but hey, I tak pernah jadi emcee okay, bagi ah chance nak rasa bangga of my own achievement haha. I deserved to be proud of myself, I rarely feel this, as I, always feel hesitant of my own ability. I always think that I’m bad at almost everything. But this time, I challenged myself and I got through, successfully… I think(?) Definitely slowly getting out of my comfort zone.

I couldn’t be happier. Thank you. Alhamdulillah.