Lao Tzu once said, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and today marks our first step of this long journey.



We finally arrived at Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam, after 6-hour long ride from Kuala Nerang, Kedah. Our bodies were sore, but our hearts were filled with excitement. We were greeted by amiable Toyota representatives, ate our lunch, and attended a short briefing.


And we were introduced to this year's theme for Toyota Eco Youth: REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT (we'll tell you more about this in another post, but keep reading!)




We had to divide ourselves into 2 groups for site visit (believe it or not, we actually tossed coins to decide the group members).


The first group went to Toyota Assembly Services Sdn. Bhd. (ASSB) and learnt how Toyota makes their quality cars, while the other group went to Tzu Chi Association to learn more about recycling.


We would love to share what we saw at ASSB, but unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any photos inside the factory. Sorry~


We learnt in details about recycling here at Tzu Chi. Our full recommendation to you, our dear readers, to pay this place a visit!



We played several games for the ice-breaking session. It was definitely packed with a lot of fun activities and we started to make friends with other participants too!




Here comes the time for the real highlight of our 3-day 2-night workshop: the Toyota's 8-Step Problem Solving Methodology.


It was tiring for us trying to digest so much input within such limited time (according to one Toyota representatives, the workshop usually takes three days yet we had to learn everything within a day!) but we had so much fun! We were so thankful because the Toyota representatives patiently guided us to understand the problem solving methodology, one step at a time.


This was us, diligently trying to digest the input for each step of the problem solving methodology.


Fun activities in between the sessions. We brought home a few tokens for completing task or answering questions. Thank you UMW Toyota!


I'm sure you must be wondering what is actually Toyota's 8-Step Problem Solving, right? Here is an infographic we have prepared to summarise the problem solving methodology which Toyota generously shared with TEY 2017 participants:




Every beginning has its ending, and today marks the end of our 3-day 2-night workshop.



We listened attentively to previous year's champion from SMK Taman Kenari, Kulim, Kedah. It was a superb presentation, and definitely an insightful session especially the Q&A part from which we learnt so much about the struggle we will be facing in the coming few months.



Before the closing ceremony, we listened to an informative presentation by another Toyota representative regarding media and blog-keeping.


The closing ceremony was officiated by Dato' Seri Khairil Awang, Deputy Director General of Education in the presence of Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor and Ravindran Kurusamy, the President of UMW Toyota Motor.



Before the workshop officially ended, there was an interview session by the media. Our representative, Mohd Afdhal, was nervous when he was interviewed but he managed to put on his brave face.



With that, our 3-day 2-night workshop finally closed its curtain. We were so excited to return to Kuala Nerang and begin this TEY 2017 project.


We said our goodbye to Concorde Hotel but we promised to return for this challenge's grand finale in October. Adios!