Saturday, 17 March 2012

All in ONE take...!

In line with the rest of expedition 12A we have attempted something new, something big........ something difficult. 

To film a full length music video in just one shot using everyone on expedition. But not only this, but to do the whole thing from choreography, direction, rehearsal and shoot in just 1 hour. To create a video that would usually need a massive budget, production team, weeks of planning, filming and post production. 

At 8am on Friday16th March 2012 we started rehearsal, placing every person, teaching choreography, running the camera track and perfecting cues for 140 people. Everyone was to be running around a field that a camera is moving around in and never be in a shot unwanted. 

At 8:59 we filmed the video in one Shot...... this is what we ended with. 

If you like The Video, post the video to your Facebook, blog or whatever...  (The Video)

Lets make the world Dance....... 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

What on earth is 'The Loop'?!

You have probably often heard us talking about 'The Loop' during the expedition but what exactly is it and why do we have it?!

Experience a journey with 'The Loop'.....

A4 Sun Bears........ you gotta' Love em'

For the first time ever Raleigh has been granted behind the scenes access to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. Raleigh have been working here for years but have never been able to photograph or video at the secretive centre. 

I filmed for 2 days on an all access pass seeing the bears inside their original cages, inside the amazing new 'Bear House' and even entering one of the bear compounds. Alpha 4 is doing amazing work at the centre and is incredibly privileged to work along side these beautiful bears. 

A wonderful experience with a wonderful creature. 

Video by Ed Gregory

Monday, 12 March 2012

Hard Work, Sweat and Pain!... But Still Magic!

By Eve Robertson

As one of Expedition 12A's newest recruits (a 7 week Venturer)spending my first phase in Imusan Village has proven to be the best and most challenging thing I have ever done!

Our mission? To continue the wonderful efforts of our phase 1 counterparts in the construction of the gravity water feed for the village. 
Sounds easy? Think again! after a wonderful nights sleep on the community centre floor we rise at 5am to eat our varied breakfast of porridge, porridge with raises or porridge with sugar. Then it's over the river sporting some terribly fashionable fluorescent orange life jackets to get to the bottom of the pipe route. On the first day of phase 2 there lay a total of 57 100m pipes coiled up and ready to be taken to their correct destinations along the route, stating at the spring in the jungle of a surrounding mountain. 

Needless to say, when I heard that our job was to devise and carry out a method of laying these pipes at the top of the mountain, I thought we'd never be going home! However, the aptly named Magic Alphas were not dismayed and on our first day broke a Raleigh Record - 2x2inch pipes carried simultaneously for 4km using a snake formation and lots of bungee cord. We started as we meant to go on, yesterday walking 18km in one day - further than the trekkers!

Admittedly, I have found some parts of this phase so difficult both physically (the pipes are heavy!!!) and mentally, and at some points have wanted to give up. However, there have been two things that have kept me going and able to carry on through aching feet and smelly t-shirts:

  1. Our wonderful team whom have been stretched beyond belief but have still pulled each other through illness and injury to get the job done. 
  2. And most importantly - the people of a kampung Imusan who have opened their homes to us almost every night for Karaoke (yes, they have it here and we can now all sing in Malay!!) dancing and cooking! They are truely wonderful people who we are honoured to call our friends.

It has been an difficult few weeks missing my friends and family like mad and being thrown in at the deep end but with less than 20 pipes left to lay, I a, beginning to glimpse at the true sense of achievement we will feel when our job here is done and the last pipe is laid.
Here's to the magic Alpha 3 and to a successful phase 2.
Written by Eve Robertson (below working with the children of Kampung Imusan)
Photography by Ed Gregory

Sunday, 11 March 2012

THREE... The magic Alpha

Pipes, pipes and more pipes
By Yim Kit Yen 
Phase 2 kicked off with a great welcoming ceremony which involved traditional music, dances and food all prepared by the villagers of Kampung Imusan. feeling prepared and grateful by their generosity I came to a simple conclusion: I am going to enjoy ALPHA 3.

Alpha 3, one of the community projects in phase 2 of Raleigh Expedition Borneo 12A, is a gravity feed water project in a small village near Telupid called Kampung Imusan (Imusan Village) Although situated right beside Sangai Kinabatangan (Kinabatangan River) the longest river in Sabah, villagers have to depend on an alternate water source for their daily usage, rainwater, due to the pesticides and mud from palm oil plantations and logging activities upstream polluting the water. Hence, supported by PACOS and sponsored by The Coke Foundation, Raleigh International will provide a sustainable water source to the village by building a gravity feed water system. 
Setting up a shot at the Dam site.

To do so, a gaybian (dam) will be built at a clean water source more than 4 km away from the village. From there pipes will be connected to storage tanks and continued to the village through pipes cutting through the palm plantation. The job may sound simple , but I can tell you that all it is is pure hard work to get all the pipes laid out.   

Everyday, our team will set off in single file with 100m of pipe on each side of our shoulders trudging through 4km of mud road. Fortunately, the distance between the village and the pipes ending point get shorter day by day as we lay out more pipes along the road. This gives us the motivation needed to continue laying more pipes. 

Other than pipework, we have other projects to work on as well. A professional film crew from The Coke Foundation came to do some filming with us to make a video about the project. We certainly did have tons of fun filming with them. Then there is the Raleigh Art Project. Our team along with the villagers worked together to create two massive pieces of art (Watch out for more information about this). 

Frienly working with the Coke Foundation film crew

The team working with the villagers on the art project

With English lessons, traditional dance sessions and football games we have created an amazing bond between the Venturers and the Villages of Kampung Imusan.    
3 really is the magic Alpha! 
Written by Yim Kit Yen (Photo Below)
photography by Ed Gregory