Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rainforest World Music Festival 2009 - Night

For those who missed out on the RWMF 2009 here are the video clips from the night!

The opening performance was by Asika from the West side of Malaysia:-



Personally, I think it's not the kind of music we were expecting for an opening. I mean, we would want a more up-beat music to start, no? At least on their third song it was more upbeat and I saw people imitating a Malay slow dance.

Anyway, next is our local group Lan-E Tuyang with their sapes:-



Ah...it's a peaceful tune...but I was more tempo!

The fun part from this session though was when one of the members performed the Dayak warrior's dance:



This got the crowd doing the Dayak warrior screams!

Fahriee and I thought the third performance will be a slow tempo too...so we thought it would be better to head back to our camp and drink.

We were initially right with the group playing a slow tune as well...until they suddenly increased the tempo! From their first performance alone Oudaden from Morocco certainly got the crowd going...and we rushed back to the party area to dance!



Oh they're good...a bit repetitive on some parts though.

Up next was the Finnish band Jouhiorkestari:



I guess it's not the most appealing music to dance to. By this time it was my third can of beer.

Moving on, we got ourselves a Kiwi treatment from the New Zealand group Moana and the Tribe:-



Apologies for the extreme bass in the video. They are entertaining :)

On to the 6th performance...from the US of A, Jeff and Vida with their country-music! YEEEEEHHAAAA!!



Seriously, I don't fancy country music. Somehow the crowd could dance to it so my group also follow....

The last performance was by Dazkarieh from Portugal was clearly the best of them all. First, it was rock music (yea!) and second the group has one HOT looking singer (Woo hoo!)



Sadly, I was standing right in front of an amplifier and my camera doesn't handle loud noise well...so the audio was crap :(

But still, I love this band!



(By the way, anyone know what was that musical instrument the guy on the left is using?)

Just a shame their CD is like RM80....very the expensive la...

So ends the RMWF 2009. I really think last year's overall music group had a much better music for the crowd to dance to than this year's.

*More pictures to upload actually, so there'll be a full version of this entry...should be up next week*

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Rainforest World Music Festival 2009 - Day

*Aiya, this is long entry leh...*

Ah yes, the RWMF. I loved the previous one as it was my first time last year. The mud, the crazy crowd, the pretty women...and most importantly the music! As such, I hope for the same excitement as I had the last time.




So on Saturday 11 July, I followed Cyril's ride together with his love Emillia and we arrived at Sarawak Cultural Village around 11 plus. It was kinda early so we had 1st class (ok, 2nd class according to Emillia) parking spot (within 90 seconds of walking to the entrance!).

We were greeted with masked volunteers at the site, all thanks to that H1N1 Swine flu. After I showed my ticket, I was introduced to screening process commonly seen at the airport. A volunteer scanned me...which felt funny 'cause the scanner he had looks exactly like a metal detector but instead scans for virus not metal.

And no, I didn't even bother to wear a mask for this event. Seriously, swine flu is nothing compared to SARS. And I took a flight when it was during the SARS madness.



This was Cyril's first visit to SCV after 10 years...so hence I needed to do a 'tourist guide' work. After bring the couple on a Sarawak Cultural Village tour, we stopped at the SCV restaurant to meet up with Fahriee; together we waited for this event to happen:



It was a bloggers gathering hosted by Cyril himself. Nine of us showed up, and had a good laugh together. And I won a laughable prize!

This was the abstract from inside the prize box:

"Unfortunately, we ran out of cash while preparing the prizes"

In short, it was awesome to meet new friends and teachers :)




(click here for the list of names)
(yes, I am lazy to list out the names now)


Alright, now for our very first workshop at the Iban longhouse!



The workshop is called Hit Makers. Awesome!



The guys from Sekaa Jaya Jenggala are cool!


Cicak! Cicak! Cicak!

And is that Dr. Einstein on the violin??



And finally, a mash up of all the other instruments! Apologies for not recording some of the instruments earlier.



OK, so the mash-up didn't turn out to be the nicest rhythm...

Oh, I saw a familiar guy at the workshop:


That's Kenny Sia, working hard!

Anyway, after the 1st workshop session we walked out of the Iban longhouse to get some fake tattoos. Because we took such a long time deciding on tattoo designs (and some fat bitch jumped queue over Fahriee), we missed both the 2nd and 3rd workshop sessions!



And the tattoos ain't cheap; I wanted two "bunga terung" designs but that'll cost me RM50!!!



But it was for the occasion of the day...and I do kinda like my, er, small tattoo. (RM10 for that by the way...) I met up with my two other friends Christian and Amelia too while I got airbrushed tattooed.

Oh, and had we stayed on for the workshops I possibly wouldn't have pose with a couple of cute Koreans :)



Not long after, hunger stuck and we decided to visit the food canteen area. On the way though we saw an outdoor performance...



...visited the Celcom X-Pax booth...



...and a compulsory visit to the Heineken booth upon arrival at the food canteen. Heh.



As expected, the food was at tourist rates. Our kebabs were RM10 per person. Thankfully the beer wasn't that expensive at RM8 (I was expecting RM12 to be honest).

By this time it was like around 5.30pm already, so Fahriee and I went to set up our 'camp' at the main staging area while the rest did their own walkabouts first.

Managed to meet and pose with the beautiful and lovely Aliceson and Angela of Miss Sarawak Leisure on the way there :)



So here's the surroundings of our camp:



And finally some random photos before the big event:









Stay tune for the 2nd part soon! And as you can tell I got lazy to continue writing liao so good night :)

[Thanks to Carol, Fahriee, Cyril and Emillia for the photos :) ]

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Screw the swine flu, I'm going to RWMF!

In a couple of hours I'm heading to the famous Rainforest World Music Festival :)



The preview of RWMF last Wednesday was good, so I have expecting to have as much fun as I had last time around.

For those who ain't coming because of H1N1, I feel sorry you must miss such a happening event for a flu that's hardly as dangerous as SARS.

For those who are going later though, I hope to drink with ya!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

04Jul09' The Next Synergy

Last Saturday was at the best of a word...awesome! 



OK, so personally I didn't fancy the music our local DJ Kitz created (what's with the military-like anthem?) but DJ Fine China was superb especially his remixes of Daft Punk's music. And nice of DJ leiley to get some guys to play violin, hand drums and such while he DJs and paid tribute to Micheal Jackson. 

Here's some random shots during the event:

(Warning: You may want to adjust your volume low first!)





Best bit of the night: To be picking up three ladies at their homes (including a hot Breeze model April) and meeting up and dancing with many familiar faces at the event, it was one of the rare events that I feel like socialite Paris Hilton. 


Naomi & April

Lydia & I

Shame I only had three mixes of liquor and a bottle of Tiger. 

Special thanks to Adeline Ho and Jason Chew of Events Horizon for their offer to sit at their table :) 

For more photos and info please visit:

Thursday, July 02, 2009

It's gonna be a hell of a party this Saturday!

This Saturday night Kuching is so gonna be happening leh!



According to the text:

"04JUL09' The Next Synergy will be coming to you in Kuching featuring 3 top DJs from Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah - DJ Kitz, DJ Leiley and DJ Fine China. They will be performing against four instruments - percussion, violin, saxaphone and guitar! Come experience the 1st ever electronics vs classical music in Kuching whilst partying with the models from the Breeze Model Search (woo hoo!). An event not to be missed!"

Party starts at The Spring's alfresco area from 9pm to 2am or until you are wasted. Tickets is at RM45 right now while it's gonna be RM50 at the door. Expensive la I know...but if too cheap all the Mat Rempit.com.my will come right?

So see you there :)

For more info visit the Facebook for this event.