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Switch's Grand Launch

Switch has been a tenant at the Spring for a few years now. Yesterday they officially moved into their new location which was better and bigger. 

The new location is just next to MPH bookstore

Rose extended the invitation to me from Switch to attend the openning of the store. Just a brief about the store. Besides the big bump in real estate (and rental) the store's status has changed. Previously it had Apple Authorized Reseller (AAR) status which allowed them to carry a selected amount of Apple hardware & software. Now, they have been upgraded to Apple Premium Reseller (APR). Besides providing a full range of Apple products, there is also a training room, where they could provide classes for customers to help them familiarize themselves with their Apple product, and a service centre. A service center is VERY IMPORTANT. My friend's who are using Apple products normally bring their gadgets to Singapore to get it serviced. Hopefully the service here is good and does not cost a bomb. So far my iMac '08 is still alive and kicking. I hope I do not need to visit the service center :P.

Switch is 1 of 4 Apple Service Providers in Malaysia, which means it is the only one in East Malaysia. \o/

Now for the actual event. Kinda start at around 10am. While we (bloggers) slowly appeared. Trickling in by around 11.30am.

There were quite a number of people there when we arrived. Everyone's kinda excited about the new store. It was alright for me, as there were not much I have not seen. Except the OS X Lion, which I have not upgdaded to. 

Bloggers taking a look at one new Apple iMac's. Whats put so much smile on their faces? (see next picture)

Aha~ it was Photobooth. Always fun!

I kind of like how they used the space. I think its better utilized than the previous tenant. 

vBlogger Mike Cheng at work. 

Potential customer :) checking out Beats by Dr. Dre headphone

Closer look. MMMM white looks awesome. 

Potential customers testing the Apple iPad2. 

Everyones checking the products available. Switch had a lot of staff on standby that day. That's pretty cool.

Product shelf.

More products

This is where the magic happens :P where u get to own an Apple product. hehe.

This is a very important shelf. hehe! Apple Care packs!

Moshi Moshi~ hehe whats this?

Its a handset ! for your mobile phone. While its kinda cute, I think it kind of defeats the purpose of going WIRELESS.

Many other designs and colors to choose from. 

It was around noonish when the emcee started. With quizies and prizes for those who answered correctly. 

There were two games which the general public can attend. Namely the Fruit Ninja competition and the treasure hunt. While waiting for the event to start, we mingled and tested out the offerings.

Kally showing how to play Fruit Ninja while ppl look on...

BOMB!!!

Rose found a familiar face on one of the Macs. hehehe

Starting of the Fruit Ninja games~ All the contestant already pre-registered earlier in the day.

One of the contestants.

Everyone paying attention to projection screen.

Mike's recording everything...

Everyone's recording the event :)

Another contender.

The Fruit Ninja Champion!

Next was the Treasure Hunt. 

It lasted about 30 odd mins. Most of us were hanging out at Starbucks when it came to an end. :) 

Everyone paying attention to the instructions.

Overall I think it was quite a decent launch event. Everyone had fun and thats most important. 

So what did I get in my goodie bag?

Cases for iPad2 and iPhone4. ... Now all I need the devices to use them on~ woot! 

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 17-55mm f/2.8]

 

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Go Bald 3

This was the 3rd year this event was held. And every year it grew bigger and bigger =) The idea of Go Bald is for participants to help raise money by shaving their heads in solidarity for children with cancer to show them that we understand. That it is alright to lose their hair as they walk the path towards recovery.

In 2009 Go Bald campaign manage to raise about RM 200,000 with 113 shaved heads.

In 2010 Go Bald campaign raised about RM 440,000 with 405 shaved heads.

This year the campaign is expanding to the rest of Sarawak. Miri City raised, RM 117,000 with 112 shaved heads. So far at Kuching stop it was 455 ppl with 40+ ladies losing their precious locks. Also they are targeting to raise RM 1.5 million for a new SCCS centre. 

I was there to give support to Cyril and Fahriee. Unfortunately they didnt hit their target of RM 5,000 so there were no Justin Bieber dancing. xD I was at Sarawak Cultural Village earlier that morning. Almost didn't make it for the Go Bald event as I was fighting traffic and parking was a nightmare! As I arrived, I saw Cyril and Fahriee in line about to go onto the stage! Lucky me! 

This looks like Heihachi Mishima from Tekken video game xD

As Yien Yien said, he is one of those lucky ones who look good bald. 

Mr T look.

The MC wants the eye brows too! =D

Whew~ ?

Another friend, Jayden went bald.

Thumbs up bro

The botak crew I mean our local hitz.fm crew.

One thing interesting about this shot, the official photographer was somewhere else when the crew was taking the group photo, out of nowhere he came flying in bumping into me. Lucky I already got the shot. 

The botak (bald) processing area. 

Donations~ woot

Many bald people xD

Goodie bag collection area. 

This is a brave mom.

I wonder what was going thru her mind at that moment.

Supportive dad. I guess since his wife has gone bald, he supports her and the cause. 

Their kids must have been real proud.

Whos next?

SCCS always needs donation & help eventho Go Bald 3 for Kuching has ended you can still donate to SCCS. For more information go to their website. 

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 80-200, 50]

 

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BEYOND Rock & Roll World Tour (Promo)

Few days ago Jason called me and asked if I was free on 18th September. He said there was a press conference and asked if I was able to join. I could not hear much over the phone as it was really noisy, all I heard was press conference and Beyond

Jason finally did email me some details and confirmed that it was Beyond who were going to be in town. I was pretty excited about it. Me having the knack of being late, started off my journey early that day. I had it in my mind that the press conference was 2.30 pm as you can see it was stated 2.00 pm. =( I think my mind is auto sabotage so I will eternally be late. 

I arrived at Riverside Majestic around 2.10pm (in my mind I was still early). Called Jason, he said 'Why are you still not here? We are starting now" Gulp! I rushed to the elevators, waited for 5 mins before I reached the Deer & Lady Suite where the conference was held. 

I was introduced to the bands music around early 90's. To be able to stand in the same room with them, epic. 

Waiting for their arrivalSteve Wong and Paul WongThe BEYOND Rock & Roll World Tour features two of the band members Paul Wong (黃貫中) and Steve Wong (黃家強). As explained in the press conference, during the inception of the tour, Yip Sai Wing (葉世榮) was busy with his own thing and was not able to join in the 1st leg of the tour, but it would be unfair to the fans who have already seen the concert if Yip Sai Wing were to join in the other locations. So it was decided that the BEYOND Rock & Roll World Tour would only feature Paul and Steve

emcee

Rocker YB Dato James Dawos MamitRocker YB Dato James Dawos Mamit is the Deputy Minister of Tourism Malaysia. =) Why rocker? Cos the YB rocked with Slash in KL before. Slash ? Think Gun's N Roses. And he was a lead guitarist in his band during his younger days.

Anyways less text, more photos.

Reminiscing the old days

After a few words from the YB it was a Q&A Session.

Paul Wong

Steve Wong

Alan Foo of Star Planet

When asked about the change of date from October 2nd to January 15th, Mr Alan Foo said, it was due to a call from the State Government of Sarawak which happened to be planning a high-level state function slated to begin at the beginning of October. 

For those who have purchased the tickets they are still valid and are not required to returen or exchange for new tickets. All they need to do is bring it to the venue on January 15th 2011. 

There was a cake cutting ceremony to wish the success of the concert. There were many people there reporters, bloggers, photographers and local rock bands. Literary had to fight to get a shot. Some photographers didn't have the common courtesy to move a way once they have got their shot. Annoyed I was. =(

Then there were a lot of people!Rock On!

New date 15 january 2011!closer look at the cakeAfter the press conference at Riverside Majestic, I went to meet my friends for after noon tea then headed down to The Spring Mall to have sushi with Chin Chze for sushi at Sushi King and then the meet the fans session. 

There was a short intro and games to interact with the crowd. Chin Chze joined the second game as you can see on the video attached below.

Happy Chin Chze

me trying to look like a rocker

=) Organized by Star Planet and sponsored by Tiger, the "Rock & Roll Live in Kuching" will be held on January 15th 2011 at 8pm at Stadium Perpaduan Kuching. Tickets are priced at RM388, RM308, RM228 and RM128. For more details, call Star Planet 03-9223 3667, Top Star Global 082-410553 or visit www.starplanet.com.my Customers may SMS BKH10 to 0193652535 for list of ticket outlets.

Make sure you get your tickets before they sell out!

Its unfortunate for those outstation who already purchased the accommodations and transportation and to find out that the event has been postponed. As I am reading from the facebook page quite a number of people are annoyed about this postponement. Its unfortunate but the Gomen needs the venue, there is not much to be done about it.

Official info:

September 18, KUCHING – The highly acclaimed iconic rock band Beyond members Paul Wong and Steve Wong Ka Keung were present at a press conference held at the Riverside Majestic Hotel today. A special announcement was made to the press declaring the postponement of the concert from the original date of October 2nd to January 15th, 2011.

The organizer, Star Planet explained that this unexpected postponement was an act in response to the Sarawak State Government’s recent request (to the organizer) to release the venue booking for a state-level function slated during the same time which had confirmed the attendance of high government officials including the Chief Minister of Sarawak and Minister of Defense Malaysia.

Starplanet English

(吉隆坡9月18日讯) Beyond成员黄家强及黄贯中今日出席假古晋Riverside Majestic酒店的记者招待会及一连串的媒体专访。两人是首次抵达古晋,为原定于10月2日在古晋的演唱会造势。同日傍晚7时, 两人也现身The Spring 商场与歌迷近距离接触及签名,现场歌迷有近几百人。

主办单位星艺娱乐在记者会上宣布了演唱会延期的消息,这项临时的决定是由于砂州政府近日发函,要求主办方把演出场地空出,因为砂政决定将在下个月初的2至3日,在Perpaduan室内体育馆进行一场大型官方活动,而且砂州首席部长及国家国防部长也将被邀出席观礼. 

Starplanet Chinese

 

This took me whole day to complete including uploading it 3 times.

Remember guys, new date is 15 JAN 2011! 

 

 

ROCK YOU LATER!

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MBO what are you doing ?

I was looking forward to the movie "The Expendables" which opens on 13th August 2010(friday 13th). So in anticipation I went on 12th to try and purchase the tickets.

As usual I parked my car and then walked up to the cineplex area. When I turn to walk into the main doorway, it was closed and there was a sign on it.

HmmmIt seems they HAD to close for maintenance. I bet tomorrow there will be a flood of people trying to get tickets to the movie. Ugh. If you do not know what is the movie about, well probably you can have a look at the trailer below.

Yeap. That looks pretty interesting right? All those big Hollywood action stars. I wonder why this movie is not getting more coverage, even the vampire movie got more coverage. Is our society turning more metro then macho ? Oh well. That would be a topic for another day. I'm beat, its 2am and I'm still slightly buzzed. Remember to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment! 

 

Night!

 

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