11th Rainforest World Music Festival – The Search, Briefing & Departure

Everything started when I was offered to be a volunteer in the 11th Rainforest World Music Festival by Mr. Leo – owner of MGK9 a company that provides security guard dog services. Not only security guard dog services are provided but they are also doing dog breeding at NightWatch K9 House.

With their kind of professionalism services available, it gave no second thought of the Sarawak Tourism Board – STB (the main organizer of Rainforest World Music Festival) gave their confident and trust to appoint MGK9 to provide the entire security measurement for the world renowned music festival.

MGK9 has been engaged by STB ever since the 9th Rainforest World Music Festival and also since the 1st Miri International Jazz Festival (as for year 2008 its the 3rd Miri International Jazz Festival).

Knowing the fact that I’ll be working hand in hand with an established security company, deep inside me tells that I have to be committed although I may be just a volunteer and cannot take things for granted just because the owner himself is a dear friend to me.

It became more stressful for me when I was asked to find more volunteers for this event.

That explains why I came up with an idea for the search of the 11th RWMF’s volunteers which at the beginning I was a little skeptical about it. Surprisingly, I have tremendous good responses (via blog, text messages & email) and unfortunately, I have to reject some of those who had signed up as I have hit my targeted number of volunteers based on first come first serve basis.

Perhaps those who can’t signed up, can try your luck again next year because it may be repeated based on the overwhelm responses. 🙂

The volunteer team (recruited by me) consists of a group of university students, working adults (from different field such as retail, forestry, education, heavy machinery, timber, police force and shipping) and also bloggers. Most of us are from Miri, the rest are from Sabah and due to logistic issues, I updated the Sabahan volunteers via email on the pre-departure briefing session that we had before we go off for the RWMF.

# we had satay session during briefing session

To my findings, MGK9 volunteer team comprises of 4 groups – Miri, Kuching, Singapore & Philipines.

On the 8th of July, exactly 8:45pm the Miri team departed MGK9 command station via air-condition chartered bus under the rain. The bus does not only load with the volunteers and MGK9’s staff but also with 8 big hairy canines.

# auuwww..im camera shy, go away you homo sapiens

Surprisingly, the canines are very well behaved and been enjoying their ‘sleeping beauty all the way to Kuching. The canines are even left alone inside the bus while we were enjoying our coffee and ‘releasing’ ourselves at each stop point.

# i need to release myself too.. ;p

Although the journey takes approximately 15 hours from Miri to Kuching (it was raining cat and dog weather or else the journey would be less than 13 hours), it was a fun trip and a memorable one for me who rarely travel via bus.

Well I would love to spill everything here but then again, my cute little fingers requires enough rest due to the non stop hitting the keyboard buttons therefore I need to stop here, for now.

Till then, more stories to come so just stay tuned…


  1. Man-D

    18 July, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Well, and we are among the luckiest to have been selected eh! BTW, we got an early offer from Leo for next year event…lol!But we r not going to follow u guys from Miri…13-15 jam…mati eh…bagus lagi kami jalan2 di Kuching city while waiting for you guys… ;p

  2. melbie

    18 July, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    wahhhhhh hebat sungguh! 🙂 🙂

    This is why I like reading your posts 🙂 Siok bah… you’ve got a flare with words, woman! 😛 jeles aku..

  3. Mystery LadyBird

    19 July, 2008 at 2:00 am

    im consider lucky too – for knowing all of you sabahan ladies. you guys really proved your commitment which impressed Leo and me as well. no wonder you guys been offered ‘early bird’ offer in advance by the big boss himself. 🙂

    ahakz 13-15hours is indeed a long time, terasa macam menjelajah eropah bah. tapi bila sudah sampai destinasi kan, sedar2 ko masih di malaysia jugak huahuahua..

    yeahh next year you guys should come a day earlier to explore the cat city. better still, i think i should join too then we can have pre-rwmf celebration at any of the night spots before we start to ‘raba2’ the crowd again next year wakakakaka..;p

  4. Mystery LadyBird

    19 July, 2008 at 2:05 am

    *bend on her knee*
    i felt so honored with such compliments. the truth is, whatever i wrote comes naturally from within and seeing such remarks from you on my posts had encouraged and motivate me to write better. thank you and keep on reading the upcoming posts.
    *stand up and wink at mel* 😉

  5. melbie

    21 July, 2008 at 12:46 am

    huih…sampai belutut-lutut.. macam komen bercinta pula.. oh tidakkkk… aku nda relaaa! hahahha

    aik, we impressed you and Leo kah?? Walaueh… kembang-kempis ni hidung tau… ekekeke … kami pun nda mau juga ko malu bah Ladybird 🙂 but as you already saw, we work hard, but we play hard too hahahha really looking forward to your trip here and curi you for a while 😉

  6. Mystery LadyBird

    21 July, 2008 at 12:53 am

    ahahahha aku buat iklan sekajap bah. really, you guys did an amazing job and display such committed performance. aku nda sangka and thanks for giving me ‘muka’ on this. 🙂

    yes that’s the way it should be, work hard play hard. aku pun sudah nda sabar2 g kk ni jumpa korang ni. gonna have lots of fun there knowing the fact sabah is THE ENTERTAINMENT place. 🙂

  7. smallee

    22 July, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Ladybird.. nice one.. i m catching up with you.:):)

  8. Mystery LadyBird

    22 July, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    hi smallee,
    thanks for catching up and the compliments. stay tuned for more ok. 🙂

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