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Rainforest World Music Festival


2007 is the 10th year the Rainforest World Music Festival has been organized by the Sarawak Tourism Board (STB).

And for the past 9 times. I have never been there. Every time I told myself I would go, but every time something came up or it just didn't happen. Everyone of my friends were either reluctant or just plain lazy. Or just decided right at the very last hour to go or not to go.

This year Nick confirmed the trip therefore I also confirmed my trip. We had a room there. So we didn't have to commute back down to town when the event finished at 1.30AM.

Anyways were suppose to go up at around 11 or so. But many things came up, and we finally made our way to Damai at around 12.30PM (I think, I was not wearing a watch). Checked into the room yak yak a bit and headed off into the Sarawak Cultural Village where the Rainforest World Music Festival was held.

This was taken from the main entrance.

Above shows the main stage area. The concert area is quite big, when we arrived at around 3+ there were people putting sitting mats on the floor. Marking their territory. :)

The red circle represents our location for the night. Awesome! In the thick of everything. The sound system were awesome, the lights system where awesome and video system were awesome! LoL! how many times have I said awesome? Bwahahaha!

Secondary Stage

So here is the secondary stage where after each performance the crowds attention was turned to the Secondary Stage so the main stage could be cleared and set up for the next performance. Awesome!

Workshop
This was one of the many workshops around SCV. The drums were always good and moves people a lot. Even tho the crowd was very diverse. Some instruments were very foreign, but beats apparently know no boundary. No matter where you hail from, when the beat comes you move with the beat, always.

While I applaud the organizers for a good event, I must say the available cuisine is Hmm... interesting... there was...

Coffee Bean & The Wine Shop

Why not more local stuff? local food and beverages would be interesting. I mean since there is already huge support from Heineken, meaning that alcohol was being sold, why not our local rice wine such as Tuak and Langkau? Nick's friends from KL were asking about this drinks. Tuak is quite special and its quite hard to find, unless you know people. Or you just show up and a kampung longhouse and ask for it. Langkau is kick-ass strong something which I fear, but many from a far still want to have a sip at it XD

Worlds Fav.

Malaysian Magic
This group of performers where on percussions only. And manage to get the crowd going. This was shot at a Rumah Panjang (Long House). All over SCV there were mini workshops being performed simultaneously. If I'm not mistaken they were from East Coast in West Malaysia. Awesome!

After about 5pm we left the event back to our room and prepared for dinner at Buntal. There are heaps of seafood restaurants over there. After dinner it was already 8pm plus. Judy was waiting for her ticket (she asked me to buy one extra for her and I was holding it, she was at the entrance waiting for over one hour and half, SORRY!). Her photos are HERE.

Well after getting in, went to our location as indicated in the 2nd picture above and had a blast. The music was awesome. No matter what LIVE bands are always the best. Better than any electronica or anything like that.

The last band Huun Huur Tu & Malerija was awesome. Both were from Russia, Huun Huur Tu near the Mongolian border with their traditional instruments and Malerija from I have no idea where in Russia with their electronic guitars and bass and electronic sounds.. both together you get a fusion of great music and great time. Extremely impressive. You get traditional sounds then suddenly the electronica and metal sounds come in, and yet able to compliment each other. Awesome!!!

I was there for 1 day of 3. I cannot imagine those who went for 3 days of workshop and party all 3 nights. My gosh, you guys are really legends. Seriously an intense cultural experience.

Well thats the end of my "writeup" on RWMF 2007. I hope to be there again next year~ I hope to see YOU there next year~!

I didn't bring my camera at night, cos it was bulky and I wanted to party XD awesome!

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PS. I didnt complete the post just now, too tired went to sleep. 8 hours later completed it. :-P

Links:
My Photo Album is http://cybreed.multiply.com/photos/album/102
Ju's Photo Album is http://zoey77.multiply.com/photos/album/80
Yong Fei Photo Album is http://mic5220.multiply.com/photos/album/30 - Day 3
Yong Fei Photo Album is http://mic5220.multiply.com/photos/album/29 - Day 1
Yong Fei Video http://mic5220.multiply.com/video/item/1
G_Dine Blog is http://xquisitelyme.multiply.com/journal/item/58
G_Dine Photo Album is http://xquisitelyme.multiply.com/photos/album/27
Nicks Photo Album is http://nicksiang.multiply.com/photos/album/20

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) - http://www.sarawaktourism.com/
Sarawak Cultural Village - http://www.scv.com.my/
Rainforest World Music Festival 2007 - http://www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com/

Malerija - http://www.malerija.ru/
Huun Huur Tu - http://www.huunhuurtu.com/

New about the event...
http://cybreed.multiply.com/links/item/72 - extracted from The Star Online.

finally

I was trying to login all day yesterday from my house to blogger.com but some how connection was so slow that every time I tried, it timed out.

In any case, I wanted to blog about me finally signing up for gym. Previously my excuse is that I can't find time. Was actually thinking of knocking off earlier and getting to the gym but the nature of my job is not fixed. At any time of the day I might be required to do some reports. So my time for gym now is right after work till around 8pm.

I just hope I can keep it up!

Anyways I just came back from a brisk walk in Kuching old town. 15 mins walk to the Sarawak Tourism office. Stood in queue for about 10 mins to get tickets for the Rainforest world Music Festival 2007. Yes, finally after 10 years, I'm going to my 1st rain forest. Hahaha I know sad, locals dont go for it. Well what can I say, its designed for tourists! Milk the tourist $$$. hehehe. I'll be going with Nick and his friends. I hope I can go and take some photos and not be drunk or something.

Awesome! Can't wait! Whoops... back to work

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laksa

one of the most expensive laksa in town. for RM 5.50 you can have this

Well its not too bad. You really get your money's worth. The amout of ingredients inside was massive by local standards.

for RM 5.50 you get massive amount of shrimps, chicken and egg.

Ack! this is my 2nd food blog! Which I said I would not do! well, sometimes its just worth it. This particular stall, for RM 3.50 you also get alot of LAKSA which is more than the local standard. Also its yummy!!!

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kong pia

Okay... These are few more photos taken during my trip down to Sarikei last weekend. This is where they make yummy kong pia's. I know I said I would not do food 'reviews' like other bloggers always do, but hey. I'm not, really! I don't take photo's of the food. I am letting those who are not in the know how this is made! LOL!!!

In the above picture, you can see the 'production line'. Right at the end where the lady in yellow is, is where it starts. They mix the dough and make them into balls. Then its moved to be squashed and sesame seeds then the 'oven'.

Once its cooked, the flat pieces of dough expands and the fellow scraps it out with a stick with metal bits into a metal net.

It only took 10 mins to cook. Why? See the image above, I circled it, its actually a 3" blower. Where air is blown into the charcoal below. Oh yeah, this fellow uses charcoal instead of gas. Anyways this process is quite similar to how the indians make naan(not sure how its spelt). The dough is stuck to the walls of the pot and cooked like dat.

This was the first time I had kong pia fresh. It was delicious. Usually what we get here in kuching, is cold and brick hard. But its very chewy therefore quite nice to eat with coffee. The fresh ones, honestly I believe would taste even better with coffee. But I didn't had time to try it, Had to drive back to Kuching.

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cheng beng

Its that time of the year again. Its a time when most chinese go back to their home town to pay their respects to their deceased relatives. As for me its a yearly ritual to a town called Sarikei. This was where my Grandad & Grandma spent their years there. Then they all moved to Kuching, where I grew up. I still have cousins, aunt & uncles living there. But its getting less as more and more are moving to Kuching.

This year it seems the offerings are less. Few years back there was hand phones and dvd players made of paper which was to be burnt as offerings.

As you can see from the photo above. These are shoes for the ladies. Then there are for the gents as well.

The ones on the right are shirts. Again some designs are for the ladies and some are for the gents.

This is how the not so traditional graveyard in Sarikei looks like.... There are more than one as it depends on which association(clan) your with.

As you can see, both christian and non christain tenants can live quite peacefully here. :)

Hmm... burning the offerings. MmMmMmMmmm... flames... I like....

The fellow standing there is my uncle who went up with us from Kuching. Speaking of which it took us 4 hours 15 mins to reach Sarikei from Kuching. Last time it used to take us about 6 hours plus to get to Sarikei. Wow. The roads sure have improved!

This is Uncle Lam. You can see him just behind the pits in the pics above. :) When I took the pic, he say not leng zhai (handsome) enough so I took another one... Cute? Leng Zhai or not ?

Well, another blog down the tubes~! till next time.

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PS. Had to redo this blog as there were some errors with moving the inserted images which magically makes the text dissapear as soon as the scroll is used. >.< So its back to old school HTML for now.