It was a much anticipated event of the week, and the highlight that most of us Kuching Bloggers looked forward to. We were expecting a turn-up of roughly 20-30 people for this particular meet, and the number of people who made it was in the range of prediction: 26 people (bloggers + a few non-bloggers). Personally, I was kind of hoping the number of people to reach over 30, or maybe 40, and that would have made the event seemingly somewhat more significant and outstanding. Nevertheless, 20-30 was what we planned for, and should we have more people coming in we would have problems having enough seats for everyone. As important as the number can be for a gathering of any sorts, comfort must be ensured and prioritized for everyone.
The Place: OREGANO, TRAVILLION
The meet was at Oregano, Travillion, the place any Kuching folks should know or at least heard of it before. We had reservations made on the outside of the café, having the outdoor feel for the bloggers meet, creating a much soothing and inviting atmosphere, especially at night.
and thank God it did not RAIN There was also another drawback for the choice of venue, since it was outdoor, it was really dark, and photography (aka camwhoring) must be made with flash. Nonetheless, there were not that many places in Kuching that can house more than 20-30 people all at once, outweighing the disadvantages, Oregano appears to be the most appropriate.
Kuching Bloggers In Blur Motion
How was the meet? There was an interesting mixture of fresh new faces as well as old familiar ones who have repeatedly appeared in previous bloggers meets. When I arrived at the venue
ok ok, I was late, kekekekeke I was a little disappointed when I noticed the arrangement of the table, which was lined up in a singular line, combined into a long, long table. Undoubtedly, people who sat at one end have little if no contact at all with those sitting at the other end. Communication was rather difficult, not to mention moving around could be quite annoying since many have comfortably settled in their seats. This was totally unexpected in a way, and I have to admit I did not talk to everyone present at the meet. Nevertheless, I tried my best to reach out and get to know the people there, particularly the new faces that I have not met before. I do hope that no one felt singled out or feeling awkward in any sense. This was a social meet, hence you will have to socialize!!
Here are the photos, photos and more photos. Names are listed from left to right. The photos are not arranged in particular order, and for the blog links, please refer to the end of this entry.
I am lazy to link everyone again and again
Front: Alex, Francis, Jee. Back: Ivan, Mike, Robin
Front: Victor, Swee, Angel, Anna. Back: Adrea, The Cute Little Girl
Front: Kenneth, Irene, Luxferi, Andrea. Back: Jimmy, Grace, Georgette, Mike.
Front: Ivan, Mike, AiLeen, Aaron. Back: Frankie, Francis
Fariah, Robin, Ivan, Mike
Front: Angel and Anna. Back: Andrea and The Cute Little Girl
As for me, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I always love to meet new people, and even better, getting to know those that I have known even better. I have met people from all walks of like through this and previous bloggers meet: teachers, radio DJ, kayaker, newspaper reporter, graphics designer, IT experts, engineers, and many, many more. Having a peep into each and everyone’s lives, and how they feel and think about their lives, is certainly priceless. We not only learn from our own journey, but also by watching and observing the journeys of others. There is much to share from my own part, and there is even much more to be gained from the others who are willing to share their experience and knowledge. Of course, the network that has been established, and the uncountable numbers of laughter and smiles just added to the joy and meaning of meeting many other bloggers in Kuching.
HIGHLIGHT of the Meet
The Cute Little Girl
Don't play play, at such tender age she blogs better than most of us. She rated the looks of male bloggers ruthlessly. All guys present sought her rating. I got rated 5/10. GGgeeerrraaamm nya...
Hey, what was he doing here??? I thought he belonged to the KL blogosphere?? Kidding dude, after all, he is a Kuching bloke, which I just found out.
Poor ducky, got seriously molested this time, by, well, the hands of almost everyone!!
And Ah Ben
Who made a HUGE entrance, at 11.30pm, when everyone has LEFT. Well, almost everyone. What a true Kuching guy he is.
In many ways, I believe this meet was a success, though it could have been better, especially the participation part from all bloggers who were present. After all, we are all Kuching folks, and somehow, somewhere we are all connected to each other in this interesting growing community. There is always room for improvement. For the organizers, you guys have done a great job, and totally deserve the credits. Organizing a huge public event is never an easy thing, and this has been quite a success. For those bloggers who came to the meet, and those who could not make it but supported us anyway, I sincerely give you all my gratitude. You know what? You guys RAWK !!
List of Bloggers Present (in no particular order, organizers in bold)
The Cute Little Girl
Side Note: Please correct me if there is any mistakes in the names and blog links. I have yet to receive the full list, as soon as I have them, I shall update the missing links.