11th Rainforest World Music Festival – The First Day Action Begins

# rwmf official logo – courtesy from rwmf official website

What I’m about to share here is my experiences; good and bad throughout the RWMF’s event and hopefully it will benefit my readers directly or in-directly (depending on how you take it) on what’s happening behind the scenes of RWMF from security services point of view (which are partially told only – for security reason).

# on the way to perform our duty

The 11th Rainforest World Music Festival kicks off officially on the 11th July 2008 and it is also a historical moment for me as it was my FIRST time involved in a world prestigious event but also to be part of the team who ensure everybody would have fun throughout the 3 happening day’s event smoothly and peacefully.

# can’t help myself for not taking picture with cool background

Now you tell me…how many of us had such opportunity like this in your life? I did!! 🙂

I was assigned on duty with the day shift team (the team is working on 2 shifts – day and night) and was excited about it as it was my first day at work. After breakfast, the day shift team waited at the hotel’s lobby and when everybody was there, we hop into our bus shuttle and headed to SCV.

# a big reminder/notice to public hanged at the main entrance

We had to collect our wrist band from the ticketing counter as without the wrist band will guarantee us no entry to the RWMF’s site. The wrist band is a water proof item and you have to have it on the whole day as without it, you can’t re-enter SCV. The wrist band had its own security feature as well which cannot be easily tampered.

# my first day wrist band

I hate to be honest here but I find it was kind of surprise to find some last minute preparations and setup by the food vendors or by the main organizer itself – STB. The appointed contractor whom supposed to setup a canopy for our counter is not even done yet. Food vendors and exhibitors staff goes in and out the main entrance without any wrist band on except for the public. The public keep on coming to our counter and asked for the RWMF’s souvenir book which they can redeem upon producing their ticket. Some even come to us and asked for the event program list!

# the team is ready for action at the main entrance

The worst thing is when we guided the public to the respective person or counter (we refer them to others as we weren’t been told about the souvenir book and program list or else we would end up as one stop enquiries counter) for the souvenir book or the program list, the public are told that it was not ready for collection. Come on STB, what’s happening here? You’ve been organizing this event for the 11th time and simple thing like this still not manageable?? There is even no signboard or notice to inform the public on where or when to get their program list or the souvenir book.

# the boss is always around to check on us

Thus it has caused frustration on the public and they burst their anger and frustration to us (the security team) and I on the other hand felt like I had 8 layers of mask applied on my face (not to mention tans of saliva landed on my face from hot tempered public standing in front of me and ‘barking’ at me non-stop) and at the same time had to smile at them just to make them feel like an idiot for not able to control their temper just because of a souvenir book or a program list.

# no outside drink is allowed, ma’am!

# no matter how ‘cloth-less’ you are, you still have to go through the security check

I begin to wonder whether I’m being paid for all of these un-expected craps but the other side of me says it was just part of the job and I ‘survived’ the ‘ordeal’ for 3 days anyway. 😉

However the hiccup solved towards the evening but still, it has left bad experience to the public.

Throughout the RWMF’s event, lunch and dinner are provided at the site and we need to produce our meal vouchers to the caterer. I noticed that the team ends up having meal together with the performers, media representatives, the police force and STB’s team under one roof. I was lucky to be able to sit next to the 11th RWMF’s chairman himself – Mr. Benedict Jimbau. I took the opportunity to have a casual conversation and find him as a witty person and bubbly person. He even joked with me that he has to put on his make-up first before taking picture with me when I seek for his permission to do so.

# 11th RWMF’s chairman – Mr. Benedict Jimbau

This year, Celcom XPax is one the main sponsor and their booth was located right in front of the main entrance. The public were been entertained by series of program prepared by Celcom and the only thing that attract me the most is the contemporary cultural performances.

# the Iban dance performance aka ‘ngajat gigit lesung’ ;p

# the bidayuh dance performance

# the melanau performance

# another melanau dance performance

# the orang ulu warrior dance performance

But what irritates me is that the public tend to block the entrance passage way going further in to SCV as Celcom booth was located exactly in front of the main entrance. We end up ‘chasing away’ some of the crowd that tend to stand and watch the performances behind the barricades and in return we were given ‘sweet, sour and black’ faces. 🙁

You get what I mean here, right?

Having being assigned at the main entrance, you’ll get to see many familiar (especially celebrities) and unfamiliar faces among the crowd. Just because I was putting on a uniform, I have to really control myself from getting too excited and taking pictures with those that I know especially when my boss is around monitoring us working. 🙁

# spotted Jehan Miskin & Tony Eusoff taking pictures with some fans

*Sigh* In this case, professionalism play its role and imagine how ‘suffer’ I was for being a ‘professional’ here? ;p

I greeted Kenny Sia (who happen to be my sister’s friend and it was expected to see him during RWMF) after he went through the security check and told him that I would find him among the crowd for photo taking and he’s fine with it. After a while, I found out it’s going to be impossible for me to find him among the big crowd so I opt for another alternative by calling IngHui to ‘catch’ Kenny for me. I managed to ‘sneak’ among the thick crowd and found Kenny under a bright balloon located not far from the VIP stage dancing happily with IngHui and Irene.

# first shot

# another shot

As night approaching, you’ll get to see more and more crowd entering the RWMF’s site. The situation even become worst when it started to rain hence had caused a long queue at the main entrance. Looking at this situation, I end up assisting the night shift at the main entrance until 10pm although I’m supposed to be on off duty at 6pm. I was soaked wet (my bra was wet and same goes with my g-string) under the cat and dog weather.

# the crowd at the main stage before it become packed like sardines

# another view in front of the vip stage before it get packed

Surprisingly, the rain doesn’t stop the crowd keep on coming.

# the crowd came with umbrellas and rain coats fashion ;p

# long queue at the main entrance

I decided to call it off for the day upon finding everything were under control so the day shift team waited at the designated waiting point for bus shuttle services to bring us back to Santubong Resort. It was so damn refreshing after taking a hot shower once I reached my room. And as I was about to hit the sack, I received a notice that the team is required to attend an emergency post mortem session around 2am at the hotel ballroom where we normally had our supper (supper is provided for us and how good is that!) throughout the 3 days event.

# managed to ‘shoot’ behind the boss himself ;p

# security post mortem briefing session in progress

With a heavy eye, Katherine and me walked slowly towards the ballroom for
the post mortem briefing session but soon feeling so awake upon seeing food served for supper hehehe…

Soon after the briefing session ends, we headed back to our room and at this point, I noticed someone is like eyeing on me (from the corner of my eye) and each time I stared at that person, the person would either look elsewhere or just stared back at me as if I’m the one who do the staring first.

Who is this mysterious person? Check it out in my next post huhuhu… ;p

22 Comments

  1. Kate (MeowMeow)

    23 July, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Aiyo, cannot wait for your next post la. Want to know who is this mysterious person he he he.

  2. Darren

    23 July, 2008 at 4:34 am

    haha i’m still in the progress of my next post, yes the experience was good and bad.

  3. Mystery LadyBird

    23 July, 2008 at 5:43 am

    meow2,
    haiya no need to wait lah. you know the mysterious person already but keep it to yourself at the time being ok. ;p

  4. Mystery LadyBird

    23 July, 2008 at 5:44 am

    darren,
    hurry up with your post dude, cant wait to see yours. oh yes, there is always bad and good experiences in anything. 🙂

  5. Meow2

    23 July, 2008 at 5:45 am

    he he he I know la, but want to make it more suspense ma

  6. Mystery LadyBird

    23 July, 2008 at 6:18 am

    meow2,
    lol..thank you for the understanding in this matter. 😉

  7. Anonymous

    23 July, 2008 at 10:23 am

    My dear, you’re right to say that those girls are fans of tony eusoff and jehan miskin. In fact, they’re their biggest fans, ie. girlfriends.
    Hope that clears your assumption 🙂

  8. Man-D

    23 July, 2008 at 11:33 am

    hehehe…the mysterious person eh? hahaha…can’t wait…u got so many admirerer leh…u really took a lot of pics huh! Should have bring my cpmpact digital cam so that can take pics while on duty…will do that next year! DSLR is a must (that one use only after working hours lah…hehehe)

  9. Mystery LadyBird

    24 July, 2008 at 12:11 am

    dear anonymous,
    well thanks for clearing the assumption. anyway, i bumped into jehan and tony couples of time thru out the 3 days rwmf event and noticed different ‘biggest fan’ with them too. i don’t give a damn anyway. 🙂

  10. Mystery LadyBird

    24 July, 2008 at 12:14 am

    man-d,
    sekarang baru ko tau..aku ni kalu boleh digicam mau kasi gantung di leher 24jam bah. that is why digicam comes in handy during this type of occasion, its lighter and easy to carry around.

    next year, i plan to bring my dslr along for better shot esp. in front of the main stage. aku geram tengok gambar2 yang aku ambil dari digicam ni, semuanya ‘buruk’ bah nda clear lagi tu isskk…

  11. melbie

    24 July, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Haha I linked this post to my 2nd day (RWMF) entry! Ini barulah dikatakan detailed boss! 🙂 Sangat seronot membaca dan tingu gambar2 ko ni… dan ya, sila memburn dalam CD supaya nanti siurang buli bawa balik KK ya … ada ni mau print juga 🙂 and I think I know who’s the admirer huh??? LOL

    Yalah.. begayalah Man-D sama Ladybird ada DSLR sudah… I have to get my own, still saving up lor.. compact digicam pun oraitlah for the time being 😛 Cukup CLEAR juga untuk tempat2 tertentu huhuhu

    Man-D, ya sila bawa compact digicam juga, buli juga kita geng take videos 😛

  12. melbie

    24 July, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Haha I linked this post to my 2nd day (RWMF) entry! Ini barulah dikatakan detailed boss! 🙂 Sangat seronot membaca dan tingu gambar2 ko ni… dan ya, sila memburn dalam CD supaya nanti siurang buli bawa balik KK ya … ada ni mau print juga 🙂 and I think I know who’s the admirer huh??? LOL

    Yalah.. begayalah Man-D sama Ladybird ada DSLR sudah… I have to get my own, still saving up lor.. compact digicam pun oraitlah for the time being 😛 Cukup CLEAR juga untuk tempat2 tertentu huhuhu

    Man-D, ya sila bawa compact digicam juga, buli juga kita geng take videos 😛

  13. Mystery LadyBird

    24 July, 2008 at 3:50 am

    mel,
    oh you linked this post? coolll..will check it out later. ehhh this dslr that i intend to bring next year is a new one by the way. bukan pasal bergaya tapi mau ambik better quality of photos bah. 🙂

    tapi kan ko punya digicam tu pun good enough. sampai lynne yang tengah siok bersantai di pantai pun masuk dalam digicam ko tu ahahahaha..

    errrkkk about the secret admirerr..hahaha ko diam2 sana sshhhh.. ;p

  14. melbie

    24 July, 2008 at 6:15 am

    hahahha … remark begaya yang sia maksudkan adalah yang affectionately punya bah.. bukan begaya yang minta puji hahaha.. taulah ba for better quality pictures.. why so serious? LOL (inilah gara² tingu Dark Knight last nite)

    I thought you said you already got a DSLR? Oh, this is what you meant by the ‘baby’ from Macau? Darn, woman.. I envy you! LOL But for what it worth kan, I could’ve got myself a DSLR a long time ago if only I didn’t get tamak with the mobile phones 😛 Ni lah ni, teramat suka gadgets … dan aiii awal² ko sebut pasal c Lyn bersantai haha rusaklah plan aku ni.. 😛

  15. Mystery LadyBird

    24 July, 2008 at 6:51 am

    mel,
    if you go through my past entries, i did mentioned abt dslr cam (infact 2 dslr and it was a gift frm kk) but i returned it back. kalu jumpa nanti baru aku crita.

    the ‘baby’ from macau is a new one and also a gift. 🙂 pls dont envy me again hehehe..;p

    aiyakkk rusak suda plan ko? aduuhhh sori tidak sengaja bah tapi kan so far only you and me yang tau pasal ni so you still can go ahead with your plan what. 🙂

  16. Man-D

    24 July, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Ladybird, ya…sama2 kita semua mengambil gambar banyak2 next year and ber’cam-whoring’ ya…since Melbie pun nda kisah juga muka dia kena pamer dlm blog…huahuahua…

    tingu Mel, ladybird lagi bagus…sdh ada dslr, kena bagi lagi new dslr as a GIFT…hahaha…bukan aku seorang je! And yeahhh…Dont envy us ya! lol…

    Mel, is that the mysterious person yg duduk sebelah ko time kita on our way p Cat City?

  17. Mystery LadyBird

    25 July, 2008 at 12:00 am

    man-d,
    isskkk pantang aku kena ajak ‘cam-whoring’ jangan saja ko yang tidak tahan tengok karenah aku nanti hehehe..lebih2 lagi bergambar dengan urang yang tidak mau pamer muka dia di blog huahuahua.. ;p

    nda ada apa2 yang perlu di-envy-kan bah..tu rezeki masing2 bah tu. 🙂

    ahahaha lagi2 pasal mysterious person ni..missing person nda ada kah hehehe.. ;p

  18. melbie

    25 July, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Cakap envy nda semestinya envy betul².. just a figure of speech… ya memang rezeki masing-masing bah 🙂 lagipun, macam Man-D tu.. kana putung dari berian juga .. akakakk nda bah 😛

    Oh camwhoring aku suka bah… cuma nda berapa suka kana pamer di blog.. dan cara sia camwhoring lain.. nda suka sia menatap camera itu, kan man-d kan?? hahha

    Man-D… itu laitu, yang duduk sebelah sia nda pandai diam sampailah dia tertidur hahahhah if only dia tau yang sia sibuk SMS c Ladybird tu time dia bercakap nda sia layan.. kekkkeke kesian c kawan!

  19. Mystery LadyBird

    25 July, 2008 at 7:33 am

    mel,
    yup its just a figure of speech. ahahahaha rupa2nya dia duduk sebelah ko aritu ahahahaha..sampai arini aku nda layan sama dia.

  20. Mystery LadyBird

    25 July, 2008 at 7:33 am

    mel,
    yup its just a figure of speech. ahahahaha rupa2nya dia duduk sebelah ko aritu ahahahaha..sampai arini aku nda layan sama dia.

  21. melbie

    25 July, 2008 at 8:31 am

    ha? masih belum berputus asa si kawan… nah dasar buaya darat tu kan … you’re a challenge to him now … bwahahhaha

  22. Mystery LadyBird

    25 July, 2008 at 8:35 am

    mel,
    ahahaha looks like it lah. i just dont have the time yet to reply all of the sent emails. biarlah dia dengan dunia dia sendiri. see whether he can take it or not. 🙂

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