It was one fine Sunday afternoon that Suzie, who recently returned to her hometown Kuching from Orlando for holidays, decided to have a casual meet up with the Kuching bloggers at her place. Yeap, as unusual as this may sound, the bloggers meet this time was not at any cool awesome cafes or restaurants, but rather at a newly established private residential apartments. I myself have not been to this particular residential spot, hence my first trip there proved to be rather interesting. The view from Sue’s balcony is nothing short of breathtaking, green pastures and blue, blue waters of the pool. Somehow for a moment there I thought I was in somewhere else, a resort far away from Kuching. It was very peaceful there, and the isolation is much sought after by many people who live their lives in such fast paced world nowadays.
We (quite a number of us) flooded Sue’s living area, and we chatted from late afternoon till the sun sets. We got to know each other better, and of course, we get to have stories delivered directly from Sue and her precious experiences in the US. We talked about blogs in general too, and why Sue loved food blogs so much. We talked about all kinds of food, and we discovered how well Sue can cook Italian !!! We talked about how small the cakes are in Kuching and how ridiculously expensive the food can be here in comparison of living standards and lifestyle. We talked about career and of course, relationships. We talked about how slow Malaysian Television series (and almost everything else) are in comparison to the rest of the world, and we talked about how much Kuching has changed with the availability of new cafes and restaurants. We talked about a lot of things. I guess we bloggers can talk on FOREVER !!
Above all, we also talked about how much we love our sweet home Kuching, our favourire Kuching Kolok mee and Laksa (oh dear, Sue had laksa every single day till she lost her voice).
Alright, here comes my signature trademark of introducing everyone with individual portraits with the name and blog links.
IRENE LAW of http://www.irenelaw.com
ANN aka LUXFERI of http://www.translucent.ws
(Jee at the back)
NAOMI of http://www.naomitham.blogspot.com
CHUN CHOW of http://chunchow.blogspot.com
FRANK of http://frankiecy.blogspot.com
ALLEN of http://a2blog.blogspot.com
KENNETH of http://www.kenjj.com
It was my first time meeting Irene, Ann, Kim, Alan, and Frank. I am a constant reader of Irene and Ann’s blogs, and I was really looking forward for this meet. I have read so much about what they wrote in blogs, and it was like we all know part of each other even before we really meet in person. It was really really great finally having the chance to meet everyone in flesh. And everyone was rather surprised (like usual) to find out that I am much much taller than they expected me to be.
Gggaaarhhhh.. do I really look that short in pictures?? Whenever someone pointed their cam at my direction, I would stare at the lens with a smile, and there went everyone saying in unison “Camwhore !!!!” I would not stop myself from smiling wider and eventually broke into bursts of laughters. Yeah, it was that fun and funny the entire afternoon with bloggers I have wanted to meet for so long, with some predictable familiar characteristics, as well as tonnes of surprises.
In between conversations, we had sweet stuff to munch and munch. We have got candies and chocolates all the way from the United States, thanks to Suzie and there was Chocolate and raisin round cakes. Yummy.. I think I ate more than I wanted.
and I think everyone noticed Ah well, who doesn’t like sweet stuff anyway. And Suzie was rather surprised to see everyone (since all present are bloggers) taking up cameras and start snapping pictures before eating the food. That is what we bloggers do anyway, we snap pictures first, collect the materials, and think later on how to process and compose an entry out of what we already have. Hence the weird habit of carrying cameras everywhere we go, and taking pictures of almost anything, including the food that we eat. A blog may not necessarily contain pictures to make it a good blog, but a picture can describe many things that words can’t describe, thus the importance of photo-taking for bloggers.
Here is a group photo of everyone.
Sue requested her face to be blurred. And so it was blurred.
To Sue, it was such a pleasure meeting and chatting with you. You have such charisma and enthusiasm that many people nowadays lack, and those characteristics make you such a special person, and a precious blog reader to all of us. It is also refreshing to see another Kuching fellow traveling far out but still having their roots firm back here, and making efforts to keep connections alive, while making new connections. I am deeply honored to have you as a reader, and I believe you have inspired the bloggers at the meet to blog on, and improve further on their blogs. I shall be looking forward for your Italian cooking the next time you come back to Kuching.
To all the other bloggers who attended the meet, heck, we should all meet up again some time soon !!!!