Thursday, November 30, 2006

Before Kenny Sia's Birthday Party

It was on Sunday night, and before the huge awesomest party by the famous blogger Kenny Sia, I had my great chance of reuniting with some of my good friends from old college days. Chun Chow and Wendy both just got back from KL recently, and it was the right time to have a night out together, dinner, deserts, and last but not least, the much anticipated celebration of Kenny's birthday at Links Bar which I have blogged elaborately here(click).


We met up at Westwood for dinner. Chun Chow missed his lamb shank pretty much, while Wendy had Fish and Chips, and I had Chicken Chop which is the cheapest in the menu. I have blogged about Westwood before, and I shall not go much into details and photographs here. Introducing some of my coolest friends I have met in this lifetime...

CHUN CHOW from http://chunchow.blogspot.com

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WENDY LING

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and this needs no introduction... but I just want to mention my own name over and over again. I never get bored doing that anyway, since Robin is such a beautiful name.

ROBIN WONG

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Full from the dinner at Westwood, we hopped over to Scoops Gelato Bar, the newly opened ice-cream/desert cafe located just opposite one and only Hilton Kuching. Although the cafe was newly established, it has earned quite some reputation, and some people have given their recommendations. We were all eager to try out the freshly made daily ice-creams, and it was my promise to treat Wendy to the desert there even before she returned from KL. It was just after dinner, craving for something soft, sweet and refreshing made scoops look like the place to be. Hot Malaysian weather demands cold icy deserts.

The Front Bar

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I have my first encounter with gelato at Perth, which I have blogged here and here. There was even this PENIS SHAPED ice-cream, no kidding !!!! However, I shall not make comparisons with the gelato standards in Perth, since this was just the first gelato in Kuching (first, I think so) and the comparison itself is irrelevant to some degree. Trying out the place for the first time, I got to say, looking from the selection of flavours, there were not enough. Popular choices such as chocolate and vanilla were missing that night, and I had a feeling that the choices of flavours may vary from day to day. Chocolate was my favourite, and ferrero rocher was Chun Chow's favourite from Perth Gelato. I heard from other friends they served ferero rocher before, and it was not spotted the night we were there.

Not that I complain much about the more prominently oustanding flavours like fruit sorbets, but its just my personal preference of something wholy creamy, and full rather than juicy and tangy in taste.

Here were the choices we made.

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Mango, Raisin Rum and Passionfruit.


I think they tasted ok. Nothing extra-ordinary. But ok.


The pricing was somewhat a touch too expensive for Kuching standards (which is loosely defined by me anyway). I think somehow people here nowadays are more oepend to new concepts and more willing to fork out their cash for the changes.

I find the interior setup of the place being very homely-oriented, with the fuzzy sense of comfort at every corner. Soft-cushion sofa, widely spaced coffee table, warm, not so dim lighting, all made up to cater appropriately for most occasions. It could be a place for friends hanging out, or just as suitable for family to spend a night together away from home. There were plentiful of mini pillows to hug and cuddle while enjoying your ice-cream. I think I really like the place.

There was this particular body-length mirror with words printed on it. Words I find rather amusing, and silly at the same time. In case the jagged reflection of me affects the visibility..


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Here are the printed words...

No Bullshitting
No Smoking
No Backstabbing
No Gossiping
No Spitting
No Farting
No Nothing
No Life
No Sex
Only Robin, Just Robin

I was having a great time myself, enjoying my sweet ice-creams over long and craze-filled conversations with my dear friends. It was good to catch up on the lost times, sharing collected stories on respective sides, recalling some old memories, bursting out a great deal of laughters and just being ourelves, around our friends. I have lived the past few months of so being rather lonely since everyone is scattered everywhere, and no where near Kuching. I need to have people around me, or I will get all depressed and low. Now people are returning one by one, I felt that my pace in life is picking up faster and faster, and this is truly a great feeling. I need joy and warmth, and I find those around the people I hang out with. I need imspiration. Everyone does.

We talked cock, we camwhored, and we had ice-cream. We gossiped, and we had more ice-cream. It was effetive killing time while waiting for Kenny's Birthday.


Chun Chow and Wendy Enjoying their Scoops

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Me licking off the spoon.. slurrp

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Before we left the place, we found this large, wall-sized mirror, and we took one perpectual picture of ourselves.

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Man, I need to slim down, or else my pants wont fit anymore.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Happy Birthday Kenny Sia

It was on the odd Sunday night that the party many have been anticipating for took place at the newly opened bar in town, right on top of the Civic Center Tower where countless people who thought they could fly have proven themselves otherwise overseeing the night scenes of the small dearest city of Kuching. The event was the birthday of Malaysia's top blogger, Kenny Sia, who turned 24 on 27/11/2006, and it was all happening at the fresh awesome setting called The Links. It was still a surprise since no one would ever thought that Kenny would suddenly organize an open to public party (with reservations made via email in advance of course) and being generous to have anyone at all coming to the party and share his celebration. It was indeed a great honor to be present for such an auspicious event, and being there with my good friends Chun Chow and Wendy, both whom have just arrived in Kuching for school holidays not too long ago have created such an entertainment for a lazy Sunday night out partying.

ME, KENNY SIA, CHUN CHOW, and WENDY



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The Place: LINKS @ Civic Center

I have not been to this freshly opened place before, since the place itself is new anyway. I remembered I have been into the old restaurant which used to be running at the same spot, catering for weddings and other family gatherings dated many years back. When I first stepped in the place, there was this never-felt-before sensation, and I knew I loved the place on the spot. The interior decor of Links is simply superb, providing comfort with specifically designed furnitures customized to fit into every part and corners of the room, with superb lighting effect of purple shades illuminating the entire place, creating a very distinctive accent and atmosphere. There are plenty of ample spaces, and even the seats are widely positioned. Not to missed out that the bar is situated on top of a tower overseeing the views of Kuching (not that there is anything special in Kuching views) at virtually 360 degress from up there. Somehow, I felt that I was in a different place stepping into the bar. Somwhere NOT in Kuching for sure.

I think Chloe (click) the purple girl will appreciate the choice of color theme for the interior lighting for Links. She is, after all overly obsessed with the colour purple. Though purple is not my favourite, but I gotta say it really looks awesome at the entire place.

There was no people...

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And then people started to pop out from nowhere.

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Look, even the entrance has the surrounding walls lighted up with purple illuminations.

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The People: Bloggers and Friends


One of the thought that played on my mind on my way to the party was that the placed will be filled with Kuching bloggers. Somehow it was all expected that the people who have most connections with Kenny knew him from his blog, and most of those people are bloggers and blog readers (since Kenny is considered one of the famous bloggers). Sure enough, it turned out that almost everyone familiar that I bumped into that night were bloggers. What does this mean? It was a spontaneous Bloggers Meet session there and then !! While Kenny is busy showing his coconuts to other people, we bloggers come to each other and do what we do best, gossip have bloggers mini conference !!!

Here are the list of bloggers, friends and other people that came to Kenny's Party that I have known, or got the chance to get to know. Kuching is small afterall, almost everyone is connected to everyone, and somehow, I just love this feeling and I am glad to be here.

KENNETH from www.kenjj.com

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STEPHANIE my workmate

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JOSHUA FONG from www.xanga.com/jozhua (2nd from left)
U XIN From http://u-xin.blogspot.com (2nd from right)

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SAMANTHA from http://myunveilingshroud.blogspot.com

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IAN, my old schoolmate (2nd from left)
ZACH, the Radio DJ from CATS FM (far right)

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FELICITY from http://wackilycrazy.blogspot.com (left)
GEORGETTE from
http://tarlia.wordpress.com (right)

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BEN from http://benmoh.blogspot.com

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ELDON the superb shuffler performer of the night !!

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The People: Blog readers

I have a few of my own surprises when I toured around the bar from time to time hunting for hot babes searching for familiar faces. When I stopped, sat down and positioned my cam for long exposure shots of the bar at one dark corner, I turned around and there was this one guy staring right into my eyes.

"You are Robin, Robin Wong, right?" said the friendly looking stranger fellow.

"Yes, I am... " Me and my puzzled reply.

"I read your blog, nice to meet you!"

and I went "!!!!!!"

It was not the first time having random people coming up to me and said they read my blog, heck I have even got some stalkers, for real, back some time ago, but I guess I am still not used to have strangers popping up from nowhere saying that they know me, but I do not know them. This gets extremely odd and out of place when you have quite a few encounters in a few minutes !! I know there will be a lot of bloggers and blog readers present at the party, I just didn't know I could be recognized out of the crazy crowd in such dim lighting condition. It was a good feeling however, when people start commenting on how they enjoy and love reading my blog. Not that I have anything to brag, but getting positive feedback and input from time to time is always constuctive and motivational.

Of course, I took pictures with some of them who claimed they read my blog. Some wished their names not be mentioned and photos not published, and I shall respect their privacy.


WILSON

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This guy was a Thomian too, my senior in the good old school apparently.


SUZIE from Orlando, US

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This gorgeous lady flew all the way from Orlando, USA to Malaysia and she is now having her holidays back in her hometown, Kuching. She reads Kuching blogs, mostly on places and food entries, and she could easily recognise almost all the familiar bloggers there that night !! It was really fun getting to know her, and her enthusiasm in her conversations on how she loves Kuching so much, how we all bloggers relate to Kuching in our blogs and promote the many parts and faces of Kuching that some of the locals do not even care to know about the changes and new places. It was a good choice of her to pop in the party, because one of her intentions for her holiday is to meet the Kuching bloggers.

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I guess it was her night since she was surrounded by so many, and those there are the ones with the blogs she actually reads all the way from the USA !


The Event: Party Activities

The place was open at 9pm, me and my dearest friends, Wendy and Chun Chow arrived slightly after 9pm, and we met up with Kenneth who was already there. When we arrived, the place was still not filled with people, giving me ample freedom to walk around and snap random pictures of the place, and do crazy stuff that no other people would be interested in. We found a nice comfy "dark spot" not too far from the bar and not too far from where the food was, and we settled down. Went to grab our free drink, and I ordered "screwdriver".

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I know that drink is pretty common, since it was just Vodka + Orange Juice. However, I managed to stun some people when they asked me what drink I was holding in my glass by saying "screwdriver". And Feli, Kenjj and Ben had hard time believing it for some time. Kekekkekekekee....

Soon we helped ourselves with the food served, nothing overly-elaborate, just simple refreshments, which most of us attacked repeatedly until they are equivalent to a complete heavy meal. The music gets louder and louder by the hour, first drowning the conversations partially, and soon towards midnight when people started to crawl all over the places, I could not even hear my own shouts. We walked around, mingled and chat with the familiar souls, and interestingly formed different groups of people and getting everyone together. It was a mini-bloggers meet like I mentioned earlier on. Everyone seemed to know everyone, and yeah, the night went on with more chatting and much walking around.

Kenny has been busy all the time, greeting just-arrived guests and welcoming them to the party, running there and here checking if things are ok, and of course, the never ending photo shoot session with everyone. Man, I wonder how many flashes can ones' eyes take in before it affects the health of eyesight. Kenny, of course, was smiling all the way, radiating the sense of warmth and happiness like a bithday boy who eagerly waited for the birthday cake.

Things started to heat up when the some invited performaces started to take place. Take a look at the video below, Kuching Shufflers in action.




I got to say, Eldon, the guy in the pictures earlier had some serious moves.

And then Kenny started to get himself stripped...

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and decided to stop at just a few buttons. Sheeesssssshhh !!!

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While we were all busy making ourselves busy, we suddenly heard the birthday song being sang !! Gaarrrhhh, me and my group of friends have been slow and left out of the climax of the celebration. When we got the the place, everyone flooded the area and I could not have decent shots with my cam from such far distance and dark lighting.

Wonder what happened to Kenny and the specially made for him coconuts birthday cake?

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Note there were TWO coconuts... both kissing each other..


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Kenny got his face smashed into one of his coconuts. Everyone, Cheers !!! Wooo hoooo...

To Kenny, thanks so much for having me and my friends at your wonderful party. I enjoyed myself, and I can say the same goes to everyone. You smell so good with the icing of the cake all over you, maybe you should get some wild crazy girls to lick it off eh? Anyway, Happy 24th Birthday Kenny !! Continue to rock on the blogosphere.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Express Thyself

Right after the dinner at Richmond’s Place (click), the four of us, Ben, Sam, Felicity and me hopped over to Tao’s, one of the chick coffee places around town. Kenjj had to part from us joining his other friends who sought him out desperately. (eventually we ended up at Tao meeting Kenjj with his other friends there). I have blogged about Tao several times over, here and here. I guess people can just keep coming back to the same place again and again and never get bored. How is that possible you ask? Simple, because we are bloggers, and we do plenty of wackily crazy (phrase stolen from Feli) stuff. After all, bloggers are creative bunch of people, and we would never dry out of ideas of having fun, right? Right? I know that sentence sadly does not apply to me

The PLace: TAO

Here are some snapshots of Tao that I have never blogged before. The interior is indeed very interesting and inviting.

Front Bar

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The Smoking zone/Water Area

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The DRINKS


I wanted to have latte or flat white, but the thought of having to wake up early the next morning stopped me from doing so. We were so busy taking pictures of having our pictures taken by each other that I somehow ended up not drinking anything at all but good all clear plain water.

Ben had something banana, with chunks of banana inside the super sweet, thick and creamy liquid.

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And Feli had the iced Chocolate with cream. Looks tempting indeed… slurp…

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The BLOGGERS: Express thyself !!

Armed with three cameras, we took LOTS and LOTS of photos. Of ourselves of course, cam-whoring and posing like there was no tomorrow. Thank goodness it was Thursday and the place was not exactly crowded, with not that many eyes staring at us while we performed our “activities”. Yeap, besides the staff members of the coffee house, we pretty much owned the entire place for the night. Privacy is important you know !!


Express your PASSION

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By kissing and being kissed..


Express your HORROR

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By Screaming


Express your WIT

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By deep thoughts.. alright, Ben seemed more like we was crying…


Express your SHYNESS

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By shrinking away..


Express your, errmm, INTIMACY ??

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By Feli and Ben’s trademark Spoon Fights !!


Express your HAPPINESS

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By being poked in the ears..


Express your TRUE FEELINGS

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By staring deep into the wet, sexy lips.


We had uncontrollable laughters and smiles, but I think Feli was the one with the unlimited doze of continuous laughing !! We have even created more “explicit” scenes, in a set of continuous snapshots producing a story line, which I agreed not to include here for obvious reasons. All in all, it was indeed a session filled with cheerful faces and countless shutter snaps all along.

I know I am old. But somehow, I felt I was young again that night.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Sights of Lovely Kuching

When I have some free time over the weekends, I took along my faithful camera out of the house and walked all around this hometown of mine, Kuching. It isn’t that difficult to get around really, though the public transport may be as unreliable as the local weather can be. Under the bright scorching sun beaming over this land of cats, I have enjoyed myself tremendously photographing the familiar scenes of Kuching.

So people who have not been to Kuching, or worse, have not seen photographs or even heard of Kuching before (especially those of you blardy ignorant west-Malaysians who believe blindly that we Sarawakians still live on trees and have no roads and airports), I hope this entry shall open up your eyes a little. Not that the views are excitingly breathtaking, but I believe Kuching is a unique place like no other. It is, after all, my dear home, and I love it very much.

What is there in Kuching you may ask?

We have…

Plenty of Open Free Spaces..

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Long, High, Mountains and Hills..

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Rivers, lots of Rivers..

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A few of not so tall buildings sprouting out of no where…

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Many Old Shops..

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And of course, not to be missed…

Lots and Lots…

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And lots and lots..

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Of.. UGLY CAT STATUES !!

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I love cats. People who know me know that I love cats. But I have to say, those statues are quite… unpretty.

Actually there are MORE nicer places around Kuching lar, maybe I will blog next time after I have the chance to photograph them properly. Chun Chow (click), shall we find a day out for photography?

Somehow, having a camera now (my camera is dying.. I can feel it), I look at Kuching in a different way. I never paid attention until I took my time to stand still and frame each snapshots. It may not be the most beautiful city in the world (cannot even make it lah come on) but somehow I managed to perceive it in various new perspectives now. The arrangement of the buildings and roads are so random, mostly being scattered and the planning has never been near anything systematic in comparison to other places in the world. Somewhere along the randomness, there is a hidden beauty that lives through the changes of time. I doubt there will be any serious change in Kuching for the next 10-20 years, and I seriously hope whatever development soon to happen, shall not alter the original distinctive beauty in it.

For my friends (some long lost ones too) returning to Kuching, welcome back !! I look forward to meeting all you people soon. MEOW !!

Side note: I noticed that I posted quite a number of entries with Kuching sceneries lately. Hmmm.. I need to blog something else soon, or people will get bored of Kuching.