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Written by Rano Iskandar on 08 December 2012.


Zira to burn the track today


Melissa Huang of Singapore and Zira (Siti Zirwatul) of Brunei will be representing the female Red Bull Rookies Racing team today in the Sepang 1,000 endurance race at the Sepang International Circuit

Last year was Ogy. The previous year were Liana and Mel. This year, Zira grabbed the headlines for representing Brunei for the Red Bull Rookies Racing Team. According to her friend, she came across the Red Bull Rookies application through my blog and now her dream came true in racing against the big guns and more importantly, representing a strong brand Red Bull.

Yesterday during the qualifying, Zira clocked 2 minutes 55 seconds which is her personal best and it was also an improvement of three seconds. However, the real deal will be on the race day which is happening as I'm typing this entry. At the moment, Melissa and Zira's car is in 22nd place among 32 cars.

Perhaps the main aim is to finish the race and not to worry about finishing on the podium. However, there's a new twist to this as Red Bull has created a new incentive for both male and female drivers of Red Bull Rookies. The winner between the two gender will win a grand prize of RM 10,000 so there's a lot of stake here within the Red Bull rookies.

I'm quite happy to see Melissa Huang representing the female and she's also the female anchor driver for the duo. Apparently two other drivers missed the cut due to unforeseen circumstances. Though it's a numerical advantage for the guys (4 drivers), there is still some pros and cons with having more team members driving the car and mind you, it's a 1,000km endurance race. So anything can happen.

For me, I just hope Melissa and Zira can finish the race and to win the battle of the sexes will be an added bonus. Good luck to two :D

The female drivers with Malcolm Lim, Managing Director of Kingston Beverage & Creamery Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Red Bull in Brunei

Melissa Huang getting ready for her drive on the track

Don't play-play ah.. Zira is also a traffic police officer

Cool sticker :)

Zira and other Red Bull crew monitoring Melissa's progress on the track


 I'm back!!! in Singapore


RA says I'm back in Singapore after a 3 month absence and I'm here for a 10 day break to cap off a fulfilling year for me. And yes, I needed the break as well. I realized that I tend to be a workaholic back at home because I would feel restless if I don't do anything at all. I would be at different places throughout the day, meeting clients or friends or covering events. I've been ignoring my books at home because by the time I have my free time (again my choice), it was time to snooze. So yea, it's great to be away from Brunei and just take my sweet time and don't focus too much on work.. And plus it's December….

Good thing my family is here in Singapore as well so it gives a good chance to spend time with them especially my little siblings. I know they are already in their own world and maybe just think that I'm their elder brother but we hardly connect or carry a conversation. Maybe it's me judging myself that I can't be a good communicator as a bigger brother. Well, I'm getting there and I won't force myself. My siblings really have grown up and I feel like I have to catch for loss time. Hence, being in Singapore will give me that opportunity once again to spend time with my family.

I'm currently at Terminal 1, Changi Airport waiting for my departure to KL for the coverage of the Sepang 1,000km endurance race. Why I'm there is because I will be doing a coverage on our Brunei racer Zira who will be racing under the flagship of Red Bull Rookies. She will be partnering with another racer from Singapore, Melissa. So yea, I'm pretty exhausted because of the early morning flight and I had to leave the hotel by 5am and I'm barely 24 hours in Singapore *lol*

Another thing that I have put myself into is accepting a 12 hour trip to KL before heading back to Singapore, just in time for my other coverage and the most anticipated event in Singapore's calendar - Zoukout 2012. I was there last year and it was also my first time too. This would mean that I will be heading straight to Sentosa right after my arrival from KL later tonight. I shall be posting later.. Time to catch my flight and have a nice weekend peeps!!

My siblings trying out their new bed for their room last night at Park Mall


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