Its been many years since I went to any kampung for to visit during gawai season (harvest festival). But this year I went up to Kampung Bengoh. It was a smooth 30 mins ride from Kuching to the kampung of a colleague.
If you do not already know we have the Kuching Food Festival every year around August. And for the most part I do try to avoid it as best as I can. Why ? The parking is always horrible, and its nearly impossible to find seats, no matter how many tables and chairs were provided by the organisers.
This year tho I decided to have a go at it because there was a competition held by Pepsi & Sarawak Photo Arts Society (SPAS).
1. Group PhotoI will not go into details about this years Kuching Food Fest 2010. I'm sure there are tones of material for you to read else were and I just do not want to be a bore.
So instead I'll show you what I shot ;)
2. Mr Chin helping out at a friend's store3. Bubble tea anyone?4. Trade fair5. A friend at the trade fair6. Dont know why I like this pic a lot.. maybe I like satay!7. Love the look of the can...8. erm... erm...
9. Russian sausages10. Sausages and chopsticks11. Yes, this is how you eat a sausage. ;) *thumbs up*12. I think they saw superman flying by...13. We were sharing a long table14. George being funny15. Failed shot16. Finally got it! WOOT!
17. George is acting cute18. Cuter? 19. Walking strobist?20. Favorite of the night21. Feeling trippy22. Catch? or Catch 22?23. Catch!24. Cleaner shot25. ok, its actually throwing haha! 26. After throwing, catching we do magic! See how the Pepsi disappears???27. Surveyor shot by Alex28. Surveyor shot by Alex.29. Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi30. Saya mau Pepsi!!So we kinda ended the night by around 11plus. I guess everything thought we were going crazy because we were making a lot of noise and was flashing everyone and everywhere.
Enjoyable night, why so much Pepsi in the photos, well you see there was a competition... I'll talk about that later... maybe next week.
Note: Photos was taken with Nikon d300, 10.5mm, 17-55mm, 50mm with SB600, SB800, SB900 and some Canon speedlights (540ex, and 580ex ?).
I know its been a month since the event has ended. My life has been a bit hectic since. Well at least its getting done right ? xD On day two I actually shot less photos. It felt like it, but when compiled into albums the amount was almost the same.
The day started off for me around 10am. When the village started to come alive with preparation activities. Cleaning up, re-stocking, testing systems and many more. I lazed around a bit, checked photos and by 11 am ventured out to see what was the condition of the concert field.
These were my findings
Day 1Day 2
As you can see the green was gone. And well, there was no need to ask, after day 3 the place was a total mudpie. Mud was everywhere, that was why the staff / volunteers had to wash the walkways and the surrounding area.
Day 1Day 2Lets move away from all the mud-ness :D
On the first day I did walk around the village to see what was available but I did not take much of the photos. So on day two I took a short walk and I would like to share a few images.
How about Henna tattoo ?LKWAround the village where are stops where there are people showing the traditional crafts. Such as embroidery, painting, pottery and many more. I stop by a one or two and then got hungry.
Yellow noodles?Sample to followProducing the end productI always assumed that the embroidery was done on top of the head. As we can see here it was based on a sample which was put in front of the embroider. But that is a feat on its own because there is so much detail, and she can just duplicate the pattern just by looking at it? Amazing. You can give it a try if you do not believe what an effort it is. ;)
Pretty tooCuteSome creative use of the material, but I bet it will be very expensive, I didn't ask the price. If you actually do give it to kids, all the hard work will be gone as it will be destroyed in a few years. If your buying it, display it somewhere and do not use it as an actual toy. That's my opinion xD
There were quite a number of food stalls at the village. You can always get food and drinks. No worries. Except if it was like 9am.
Food stallsMerchandise from the bandsMain sponsor WorkshopWorkshopWorkshopWorkshopWorkshop one of my fav shotsIt was hard to shoot photos and video at the same time as people were rushing towards me. I'm trying to avoid them and they were trying to avoid me. As you can see from the video below.
After that my SB-900 overheated from all the random bursts that I did. =) So I had to stop shooting for a few mins. And it was already finishing so the next session was up.
WorkshopA while after they started, they got everyone on their feet. Again. The previous session everyone was moving about in the hall as well. LOL!
Workshop - Grooving to the beatsWorkshop - Lets moveWorkshop - Exercise? Bloggers spottedSecurity spottedEveryone waiting to have a good timeThere was time to even update facebookIron man arrivedGrooving to the musicAlbert said Come shoot me!Concertreporter spottedBatman spotted ordering pizzaDay 2 is done!
Video compilation of day two
So after a tiring second day it finally came to a close I enjoyed every bit of it. Could not wait for day two.
I know Its nearly a week after the event. Come on give me a break I need to work. And rest, I went 3 days!
I arrived kind of late on Friday as there were some issues at work which I had to settle eventho I was already on leave. Isn't that how it always is? We are on leave but we are still thinking about our work? So this was my third time to Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF). Previously I have been there on 2007 and 2008. Skipped 2009.
At the main entranceSince I was going for 3 days I had to bring many things with me, I had heaps of chargers and even bring along an extension cord. Which was a good choice because the village stay room only had ONE power outlet!
The journey up was uninteresting except that there was more traffic on the road than normal. I parked my car at Santubong Resort, and then took a RM 5 coach to Sarawak Cultural Village, but I was on the big bus so it did'nt go all the way. It stopped at the round about, so I had to make the rest of the journey on foot.
Finally reach the main entrance, whipped out my camera and took the shot about a 4:44:46pm (timestamp on my Nikon D300).
Security Check PointThe set up this year seems to be like every year, but this year the security seem more like locals than people from overseas.
Checking for illegal stuffFor those who have not been to RWMF before your not suppose to bring in food or drinks from outside. All of that is available at the venue. By the night time there was a mountain of food and drinks on the floor. LOL. I took a picture of that, probably post it later on 2nd day posting.
SecurityUpon entering the Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) I found that there were a lot of signs all around. That was good. There were florescent font text everywhere.
Emergency ExitNot only that there was a hugh presence from Heineken
Heineken bannerFresh and green before the madnessI'm pretty sure the tree was felled recentlyI have another shot of this after two nights of madnessThese pretty ladies were everywhere in case you could not stand the heat. I thought it was a pretty good idea to have people all around promoting a cool brew on a hot day. But... on the first day it was a bit rainy. Chilly, so we were all joking about the "heat".
Maps & programs everywhere.I like that they have all the maps and programs everywhere and signs. But one problem I have with the map in the center is that. Where am I in relation to the map? There should be a red dot saying "HERE YOU ARE" it took me like few minutes trying to figure out what was the closest building was and trying to find it on the map.
'Food court' check out the dark cloudsIt has started to pourWet wetProjectors were placed all over the venue for those who didnt want to squeeze in.I was busy doing something and missed the first performance by Pingasan'k (Malaysia) and Debu (Indonesia).
Bakih, Interesting looking sape/ guitar?BakihBakihBakihThen it was Layatharanga (India)
LayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaLayatharangaOne thing I notice about all the bands which were playing live, they were really jamming to it live, as you can see from the picture above they were communicating thru the eyes. I am not joking they were timing everything live. Awesomes.
Reelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bReelroad'bAfter the great performance from Russia came I Beddi from Italy. No photos? No videos? What happened ? Well I got thirsty and hungry and tired so I went to grab some food and walked around to see if there was anything to shoot around the venue. There was not much to shoot. Everyone was at the concert.
Almost everybodySeems I have lost track of time, because when I went back it was the last band playing. ~_~'
WatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiWatussiSo the concert ended at midnight and everyone departed. I headed back to my room transfered some files to the computer, edited a short clip uploaded to youtube.com and crashed like a log.
Here is the compilation video which took me 8 hours to upload, few hours to render. Enjoy Day One
Oh and I was taking photos and videos in mud and holding an umbrella! LOL!!!
I actually wanted to post some photos which I have taken with my Nikon D300, but when I reach here I realize that I have brought everything except the USB cable. So in the end all I can do is post a video instead. While there is a Celcom 3g connection here. Its upload speed is quite slow, thats why I trimed the clip down to 30 seconds.