Saw my friend posted this video up in facebook and the first thing came over my mind was "I must share and blog about this" regardless there're only like 10 persons reading it or what! Because it's the latest Corporate video of UPM! And I'm from UPM!
I think many of you have not much idea about UPM (actually me myself too before I came into this uni) because it's not as popular as UM and the other unis, but we just surpass the ranking of UM in the latest Top 50 uni in Malaysia! How awesome is that right!
And everyone's like admiring private unis and also oversea unis (so do I) hence UPM is not prestigious to most of us after all! But anyway, watch this video and it might change your mind!
All I can say, after watching this video, I was like super nostalgic!
Cos I haven't been back for almost three months and threre's about 20% of the scenes taken in my Faculty and I saw my lecturer inside!
I don't know, I never proud of being a UPM-ian as I have said before I wish I could do my degree in overseas like others, but I also don't know why I have chosen to be in local uni instead. I think it's because I have always been thinking of saving in education but earning big money in the future! Hahaha how ambitious I am right! LOL.
But seriously I never thought that I have been here for like three years already (after all the ranting and complaints) and it's gonna be my final year this coming semester. How fast is that? I don't know how much knowledge I have equipped myself with to face the working world and all, but I had my great time here!
I have learned how optimistic I am in life even the education system here is very much exam oriented. I learn how to cope with studies and entertainment, and I seriously proud of myself because I could balance both of them after all! Even I'm not a top student, but everyone's the same once we step into the working life, right?
So for those who are coming to UPM in September intake, welcome to this big family!
Was pretty occupied with the peeps from Penang last week and I happened to do many things that impossibly I would do in Kuching like taking a "sampan" across Sarawak River to buy the signature "Sarawak Kek Lapis", went to see crocodiles at crocodile farm, see orang utans and of course loiter around waterfront and shoot photos like a tourist.
But I have been doing that for like freaking lotsa times cos there're just too many friends coming to Kuching. Ahh or I should be proud of my social circle instead?
Anyway went to the "Rainforest World Music Festival Gala Dinner" the other day at Waterfront, Kuching. I reached too early because I forgot the existence of Malaysian time where we have to wait for VIPs to reach. Like when the tentative said 9 pm starts, usually it will drag until like 9.40 pm. And some more we have to stand up and clap for the late comers, only because they're VIPs!
So I went out to a random British style kinda building (spot it yourself if you're at waterfront) where there's some pretty awesome handicraft to see and the first floor of this building actually serves a great place to capture the Sarawak Legislative Assembly Building (DUN).
In fact I pretty hate this building because it's a white elephant, but after all it's built and so just take photos of it lah..
Then I went to the venue of Rainforest World Music Festival.
Full of international media, artists, representatives from different companies waiting for the VIPs to reach. *typical Malaysian time* I reckon everyone would be super hungry because the VIPs reached at around 8.45 pm (45 minutes behind the schedule) and some more have to queue for the food! zomg!
And we were given two Heineken vouchers. empty stomach drink Heineken confirm die one! Luckily I had finger food before the event!
After the speech and all, I wasn't patient enough to wait for the long queue and I think the food must be just mehh only, so I went to Hilton Hotel with my Penang peeps to have macarons.
Seriously I have forgotten the price of the macarons! So forgetful! Maybe because I'm not the one who pay lol.
And I was still hungry so headed to the famous burger stall opposite Swinburne to have burger.
Ahhhh this is something exclusive and awesome! You better finish reading it...=P
I was being invited as one of the three media bloggers by Sarawak Tourism Board and also SarawakBloggers.com to attend the 14th Rainforest World Music Festival from 8th to 10th July!
I have never been to any of the Rainforest World Music Festival even it has been held annually in Sarawak Cultural Village for freaking 14 years! #phailkuchingnite And my friends from West Malaysia have been so excited about it and there're always "Caucasian Overload" on the streets in Kuching during that period (which is super awesome because I get to "makan" ice cream and "cuci mata' at the same time wtf)
On 8th July, I drove from Kuching at 12 pm with Michelle, Mary and Ai Ping to One Hotel Santubong and reached around 1 something! Then I went to get my media pass at the hotel.There were some problems in between- they couldn't find my passes so I waited like half an hour for them to print out my media pass.
Taddaaa.. My media pass!
The first thing we did when we arrived was to check out the location map and time table! There're ongoing three workshops in three different locations, and we can choose which ever workshops that we're interested in. Btw the two ladies above are Michelle and Ai Ping from Penang!
The first workshop we went was "Bow Wow!" at Theatre- which was music performances through amazing bowed instruments! We were late for the workshop so we just get to see like 50% of the performance. But guess what, the new Theatre was awesome!
Pitcher plant ceiling lights in the middle! So artsy!
We walked around Cultural Village after that since Michelle and Ai Ping had never been to Cultural Village before.
Say "HI" to Michelle, Ai Ping and Mary at Rumah Melanau wtf.
With the members of Kenge Kenge from Kenya!
And I met the most tattoo drawings on one person's body in my life! I seriously can't imagine the pain he had to tahan lor! I think I'm never gonna torture myself by tattooing myself even I think it's quite cool if you take off your shirt and there's a big dragon on your chest or something. Hahaha!
Leweton's Water Music at the lakeside! An old woman sitting near us said "what's so interesting about hitting the water!" I kinda agree with her hahahaha.
Mountain Music at Dewan Lagenda! I love this max! Saw the two guys playing violin? They're from Finland! They're like super awesome! I love their music lor.. ok stop listening to Lady Gaga's songs #justsaying
Since I didn't get a proper video of them performing in Rainforest World Music Festival so I was like replaying this video that I found in youtube for like freaking thousands times in my room. =D
And back to Theatre to enjoy the Eastern Modal Music which is super peaceful and relaxing! Totally different style from the previous one. The lady's voice was freaking amazing that I really got goosebumps when listening to her! And the man standing is from Bulgaria, super humble and down to earth!
Oh yeah one thing I wanna highlight here! From my previous experience in Bon Odori 2010, I thought the food sold in Rainforest World Music Festival's gonna be super expensive. Being a "kiam" person, I decided to buy some snacks at hypermarket before going, but sad to say that outside food was not allowed as there're stalls selling food there! Even Coffee Bean opened a booth there! And the food wasn't expensive at all! I bought my Chicken Rice from "My Chicken Shop" (what a name) at only RM 4! Cheap or not! So guys, you don't have to worry of burning a hole on your pocket by just buying food! You can get amazing food at reasonable price in Rainforest World Music Festival too!
Say "hi" to Colan! I was watching the concert and suddenly I saw him fighting with a girl, then i asked him to come and we started to chat. =D He's from Tasmania. Here's our conversation:
Me: Hey you love to fight?
Colan: *Nod his head"
Me: I love to fight as well. Do you wanna fight with me?
Colan: What's your name?
Me: Teo. T-E-O. I'm from Kuching. You know Kuching?
Colan: Yes, Kuching means "Cat" in BM.
Me: Very smart of you. Do you know I'm famous? *start lying*
Colan: Why're you famous?
Me: Cos I plant banana and make pineapple tarts. *wtf*
Colan: Ohh.. Lets fight.
Then he belasah me kao kao with the "Heineken balloon thingy" and I totally surrendered. And his parents came in rescue to prevent "adult abuse" by a child wtf.
Then I asked him to fight with my friend, Mary instead. He also belasah her kao kao!
Then I stopped him before Mary get bruises, bones get fragmented and severe injury fml, I told him I'm gonna be the referee, and I said to him "you're a man, you must be gentle to a lady! So if you wanna hit, hit her softly." HAHAHAHAHA.
Anyway I went off earlier because I was totally worn out after whole day under the sun. Super sad and disappointed because I missed Frigg's performance! I wish I could see them live again. T___T If only I'm being sponsored to attend the event and Frigg is coming next year. Fingers cross.
Hope to see you guys next year!