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