Thursday, 24 May 2007

BUM Bloggers' Gathering: Embrace, Engage, CamWhore...



Phew...

I am finally going to post about BUM's Bloggers' Gathering on the 19th of May at the Lake View Club in Subang Jaya...

I was meaning to do it the minute I got back, but due to unforseen and very devastating circumstances (see previous post), I had to postpone this one...




Anyway, when I first saw the 'advert' of the gathering, I didn't really think about going, because:

1) I had to travel all the way from Penang, where I am studying, to KL...Alone...
2) I had no place to stay...
3) I did not know a single person who was going...
4) I do not blog about socio-political stuff...




But I must admit I was deadly curious (*Ahem, am very busybody by nature)...The thought that I could finally put all the nicknames to actual faces all in the same place at the same time was killing me...


And so it happens that I found myself going...




I must also admit that I was very apprehensive. After all, I knew that the bloggers attending would be powerhouses in their own right. During one MSN-conversation with JT, I voiced my concerns, to which she replied: "You know, I'm sure there are people there who are as curious about meeting you as you are them"...

Honestly, I didn't believe her lar...But you know what? She was right, in a way (they were curious to see the big mouth belonged to whom!)...




Oh, by the way, I was on radio in Australia (Youth Radio) for about 5 minutes, talking about the Power of Blogging... It was on the same night of the Bloggers Gathering, so yes, I missed some speeches...Unfortunately, I could hardly hear what the deejay was saying, so I think I screwed up half the interview saying nonsensical things...But oh well...


Below are some of the people I met:-






MarinaM of RantingsbyMM




Of all the people I was to meet, I was most anxious about meeting MarinaM...I guess I should really be calling her Datin Paduka Marina, but she has very graciously allowed me to call her Aunty Marina...

Aunty Marina in person is very down-to-earth, simple, kind and considerate, and guess what? We're of the same height!



If you had come expecting to see a smart-alecky woman (hey, that's how she portrays herself in her column!), you'd be very disappointed...







So sweet is she that during dinner, she came over and asked me if I would like to join her for dinner at her table (guess she was worried I might feel left out)...I was touched, but declined, as she was sitting at the table where all the speakers were sitting...

Thanks for thinking about me, Aunty Marina!




Zorro a.k.a. Bernard Khoo of Zorro Unmasked


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And of all the bloggers I was very excited to meet, Zorro, I must say, takes the cake! I have always found his postings to be hilarious, and I must admit I thought he was in his 30's or 40's!

Imagine my surprise when I found out he is in fact, 67 years old! And so, it happens that I now call him Uncle Bernard...

If you were to stumble randomly upon his postings, you might think he is a miserable, ascerbic man *Don't believe all you read!*...But I knew from correspondence that he is nice...

He was even sweeter than I imagined...Uncle Bernard took the trouble to introduce me to other bloggers that night, and brought those who wanted to meet me, to well, me...




And man, I love his pipe!





Nuraina A Samad of 3540 Jalan Sudin







Ok, I admit it...I was one of those idiots who thought Nuraina A Samad (It's Aunty Nuraina now!) was A. Samad Said's daughter...

It didn't help that my friend, who was reading over my shoulder, shrieked: "Oh My God! A. Samad Said's daughter!"...

And so, I went around with that wrong piece of information...until I read 'Tuesdays With Bapak'...

Aunty Nuraina in person is every bit as sweet...I actually didn't know how she looked like, so it was Zorro to the rescue! And she gamely posed for a pic...





Rocky a.k.a Ahirudin Attan of Rocky's Bru







Sob...This is the only shot taken which was taken in the portrait-setting because the photographer thought I was too short...

I must say I was a little surprised...I actually thought Rocky (he said "No Uncle! You call me Rocky...") was a bit of a rebel *Hehe* and would be a little rough *Hehe again*...He turns out to be really sweet, and down-to-earth...I was of course thrilled to meet him, having been an avid reader of his column a while back...






Jeff Ooi of Screenshots





Jeff Ooi (now Uncle Jeff!) is every bit I imagined him to be...A little more quiet than Rocky, and perhaps more 'ganas' in cyberworld than in real life...Which turns out, I was right!

Or so I feel...

I didn't get to chat with him much, but I liked his speech...And he gamely posed for a photo...





Galadriel of Euphoria in Misery







It was Zorro who brought Anu up to me, saying she was looking for me...

And Anu (who blogs as Galadriel) said: "You came to my blog. The one with all the pictures"...
Thank God I remembered which one! See...Her pictures had impact on me, otherwise I won't remember...
Anyway, she invited me to join the bloggers for their Mee Rebus if I am ever down in KL on a Tuesday, and even offered to pick me up! Thanks Anu!







Some Other People I Met...



1) Sharon Bakar
2) Raja Petra Kamaruddin (of Malaysia.Today.Net fame)
3) Shar 101 of Old Blue Eyes
4) Rikey of Wattahack?





Mob 1900 of Mob's Crib
There was this one person I met who introduced himself as Chris...He was a nice guy and we chatted quite a bit throughout the night...He didn't want to give me his Blog address because he said "they're quite disturbing"...

Haha...He must have thought I was too young for them...I later found out from MarinaM that he blogs as Mob1900...
Too bad I didn't get a photo...My sanity must have taken a leave of absence...








Julian Hopkins, who was a lecturer with HELP...And guess what I found out? He was chief judge in one of the debates I went for, and yo, he gave me best speaker! Haha...We were having dinner at the same table...





Yeen Seen and Dr Busarin, who is from Thailand...Also had dinner at the same table...







Tian Chua who was a speaker at the forum...





From left: MarinaM, Tony Pua (another speaker), Me, and Kenny Sia...




Update: *I really was hoping to meet Malaysian-based Raden Galoh, Ruby Ahmad, Elviza, Jimi and Lady Patsy but they weren't there *Shrugs*, along with too-far-to-make-it JT, Kak Teh, U.Lee...*




Whatever it is, it was a long night...But I had a great time...
So, thank you, organisers of BUM 2007...



24 comments:

Satria Asia said...

Hi Daphne,
Good on yer for attending...

Just one correction though:
'2) Raja Petra Kamaruddin (of MalaysiaKini fame)"

I'm afraid Raja Petra has nothing to do with Malaysiakini. His site is Malaysia-today.net.

:-)

Cheers!

Jo-D said...

Trust you to write about the spirit and the poeple you met at the gathering isntead of the speakers and what they said! That's what I like about you though girl! It's the heart!
Oh btw, I thought Raja Petra was of Malaysia Kini too.

Daphne Ling said...

Ooops...

My bad, Satria Asia...I have made the necessary corrections, so Thanks!

Hi jo-d,

Thanks for dropping by...Oh well, I didn't take any notes during the gathering so I thought I'd steer clear of quoting the speakers...After all, I'm sure the other blogs have already done so...

Leong said...

I missed it....................................................................Damn..................................................................

Kak Teh said...

wow daphe! you met so many vip bloggers! musthave been fun. sorry i have been rather quiet. am recharging my batteries now.

mob1900 said...

"Are the both of you sisters?"(Cheesy chat-starter refering you and June Tan*)

Great to meet finally meet you in person, you're so easy-going and comfy to be with despite all the heartaches and sacrifices you made in helping the kids. Daphne Ling you have my utmost respect and remain one of few people in the world whom still amazes me in your daily engagements.

*June Tan of http://www.junex2.blogspot.com/

U.Lee said...

Hi Daphne, wow! You met the who is who of Bloggerworld, huh. I bet you had fun.
I guess its really nice to see the real person behind the callsigns.
Someday, one day I too look forward to meeting in person those we chat regularly.
You have a good weekend, Daphne. UL.

zorro said...

Daph, you sent me to the seventh heaven....just doing what I like to do....get people, but especially, bloggers to bond. We need this in our fledgeling stage. Ciao Daphe and as sure as Chee Keong is watching after you.

jimi said...

Belakangan ni, banyak benar melihat penulis blog sebagai ancaman. Mudahan, dengan gathering seperti itu, mengajar kita jujur dengan diri kita.

Jimi: Kampar, born and bred.Jangan panggil cikgu lagi. Panggil Jimi mencukupi.

Idham said...

:) wow...so impressive list of the who is who...! and you were ther ...wow!

thanks for sharing.

idham

ruby ahmad said...

Hi Daphne,

Whoa! Now my turn.

Watch..two fingers in mouth...

PHHHHEWWWWWITTTT!!!

I memang boleh whistle so loud, U.Lee tengah tidor pun terbangun..ha ha. Glad you had a smashing time camwhoring..ha ha.

ruby ahmad said...

Daphne dear,

What I meant was, dulu Pi Bani whistled from Ipoh, UL can hear her all the way in Canada. Now I whistled, UL in deep sleep in Canada pun terbangun...lagi hebat lah my whistle! Chewah! He he.

J.T. said...

Hi Daphne
Glad you enjoyed your evening. Look at all the nice people you met. I am still waiting for the day to meet many in person. Can send me a ticket ah?
JT

nstman said...

You are so young but your blog has stirred the conscience of many, me included. Keep it up.

Wattahack? said...

Reiki of Wattahack

my dear its

Rikey of Wattahack?

hehehehe
so got your dad to get you a new camera yet? any camera is fine just make sure lots of battery power and lots & lots of MB memory!

zewt said...

thanks daphne for putting some face to some nick... now i know how they look like :P

i should have been there but for the FA cup final and some other complications. some other time perhaps...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi everyone,
Sorry for the late reply...Have been out of town with no Net connection lar...

Daphne Ling said...

Kak Teh, U.Lee, Idham, Zewt,

Yes, it was indeed a who's-who of blogosphere, and this little bodoh-fly was there to mengacau and pester them for photos! They were all very nice about the whole thing though (Like didn't swat me)...Hehe...

I wish you guys could be there too =(

Mob1900,
Aiya, you mean it was a chat-starter only is it? I really thought you thought we look alike lar! Cheh! But it was great meeting you, and I sure hope we can catch up again another day...

Zorro,
Hi! Hmmm...I think you know already I was super-thrilled to meet you aka the sword-slashing man in the mask!

Ruby Ahmad,
Aiya...What is this? Everybody also can whistle?!?! Wait lar...Wait till my brace comes off, you teach me ok? ;) U.Lee, you really heard her in Canada?

NSTman,
Hi...It's a great honour to know you've been here twice. I believe you were there at the gathering no? I know there was a NST suppotrer there!

Rikey! Sorry lar...I change later ok?

Daphne Ling said...

Rikey,

Re the camera, my dad and bro have not decided what they want.

I told them about the Canon G-7, but they both dont like it's casing...

Now they are arguing between the DSC-H5 and DSC-H9...

I have a feeling it'l be a long time before I get my camera...Eveyrtime they see a new model, they get all excited (males!) and argue about whihc is best...Then they go back and talk about the Sony one...

So yeah, will leave it to them lar...To me, no difference...If you let me choose, I'll just go with the one that looks the nicest!

Will holler when (if is more like it!) I get the camera...

Thanks!

PS: I still love my manual one *Kisses camera*...hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Ooops...

Jimi, ala, Cikgu Jimi sounds nice what...But ok, will call you Jimi if you prefer =) Yes, memang bagus semua blogger dapat berkenalan...Taklah 'cold' sangat, semuanya melalui dunia maya aje...Macam ni, boleh lar semua menjadi kawan dalam realiti jugak...

JT,
Oi...I want to take boat to Germany also I tarrak duit...You want me to pay for you to fly from Germany to Malaysia to makan and camwhore ah? Maybe we can work out cost for sampan from Germany to Malaysia?

Let's see...Assuming that next year got gathering, you can start your journey on the sampan, right about...now

Should sampai in time for next year! I wait for you in...*Where you casting your anchor?*...

*Hehehehehe*

galadriel said...

Hey Daph!

Sorry for late reply but thanks for the pics. I saw it n i'm on a diet now.

Be careful of Mob1900. He is an utterly charming, intelligent young man with a hint of devilry abt him. Whatthahack is his equally "dangerous" sidekick who is more sinister cos he looks a little more innocent.

Heheh!

It was a pleasure to have met u Daph. Keep in touch. and the offer stays.

Btw, hey zewt, I wish u turned up, or did u and did I miss u? wud hav been nice to meet ya.

AHIRUDIN ATTAN said...

hi daph,
hope you are in the well. you suffered some lost. and some gain. am sorry to hear of your loss. congrats for being there at bum. i enjoyed the night too.
by the way, i have a picture of us too, remember? so the pic you've got aint the only one around!
and nuraina a. samad is samad ismail's girl. nor samad said.
see you again, soon!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Galadriel,
Yes, I will take you up on your offer if I am ever down in KL on a Tuesday...I was actually there last week, but was so busy, I completely didn't even bother to try and fit anything else in...But thanks!

Hi Ahirudin Attan,
Yes, it was very nice to meet you...By the way, heh, that picture is for your keepsake only lar...Not to ever ahem, blackmail me, ok? What to do? Not as gifted horizontally...

Daphne Ling said...

Oh dear...

That would be "gifted vertically"...

Although, the 'horizontal' part holds water too ;)