11th Rainforest World Music Festival – The Second Day Actions
To my understanding (based on my own observation and my first RWMF experience) the RWMF concept is that it consists of cultural and musical workshop during the day and concert like performances during the night. RWMF is a music festival (the name itself says it all) and I believe it is more than just a music festival; it’s a pure ethnic music with some beats and jazzy fusion that are played by local traditional and international musicians. And with this basis, SCV is chosen as the official venue as the living museum itself fit the purpose.
# the mohawk man
But what disappointed me the most are those who don’t appreciate the M-U-S-I-C. To them, it’s time to party and its PARTY HARD (like tomorrow is ARMAGEDDON). They drink till they ‘drop’, they smoke ‘grass’ (luckily they didn’t turn into a cow), the wannabe model ladies dress up in their best bikini wear (maybe to show off who has the most ‘delicious’ or flat boobs, some even proudly display their ‘map to heaven’-cellulites on their thigh, under their arm and also not forgetting exposing their ‘spare tyres’-buntalan daging) and many more which I personally find in-appropriate with the occasion.
Not that I’m being conservative here, to the ladies – I don’t give a damn on what and how you wanna dress up during this event but getting yourself drunk, barely stand and walk straight, trying your luck by ‘hitting’ on someone is something I can’t accept as it shows to the male that we female are ‘cheap’. I tend to feel ashamed of my own people as compared to the foreigners whom mostly dressed up in the most humble way of dressing.
# randomly snap ;p
My exploration of half day has spoilt my mood from exploring further so I decided to headed back to Santubong Resort to refreshes myself before I start my night shift duty. Soon after I reached my room, I saw Mariano carrying few plastic bags that content raw chicken heads. It’s the food for the guard dogs. It’s kind of relaxing seeing the dogs eating their food and I won’t miss a thing to capture their moments.
# nyum nyumm nyummyy..im hungry so back off
Although the night shift starts at 6pm, the night shift team performs their duty around 4:30pm. With high spirit and enthusiasms, we begin with our ‘appetizer’ by scanning the crowd with a metal detector device. We surely give you hard time here especially to the guys because they have to take out E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in their pocket and here we confiscated blades, scissors, swiss knifes and the most shocking one is firecracker-the bomb version.
# take your position pare’
# the crowd at the main entrance during non peak period
# the team in their position
# raise your arm ma’am and let me do the work# what’s inside your pocket, lady?
As for the ladies, some dislikes it when we searched inside their bags (including the ‘aqua’ aka woman wannabe). Well, I don’t give a damn on their faces and as a matter of fact, I would even check thoroughly their bags (rasakan lu). Some even sarcastically says “What are you looking for? I don’t bri
ng any explosives”, “This is my 7th time coming to rainforest and never I go through this kind of security check before!.”, “There’s nothing in my bag, only my make-up kits bah.”, “What if my money went missing?”, “Are you done checking?”, “Are you looking for bomb? Do I look like a terrorist to you?” and the list goes on.
# aaww..i see pairs of g-string inside ;p
Though there is notice informing the public (hanged at the main entrance) that no outside food and drink are allowed, you still sees them ‘smuggle’ home-made food, take away food, tit-bits, liquor, beer and some even tried to be smart by re-filling their drinking container/bottles with liquor. And due to that, these ‘un-wanted’ items will be confiscate (for being stubborn and out-smart the security team) or else if they want it back, they can leave it at the ‘left luggage’ counter with a charges of RM5 (hello that is the charges for taking care of your stuff ok).
# confiscated item from food to drinks
And if you plan to attend next year RWMF and been through this security check experience, make sure you come clean. Next time, just bring your wallet and your ku-ku (for guys) or your pet-pet (for ladies) only. If you complaint the food and drinks are pricey then it shows you never been to a RWMF before and if you complaint that it wasn’t mentioned on STB’s website (on the food and drink issue) then lodge the complaint directly to STB instead of us (the security team).
The main thing here is we (the security team) are there for the sake of ensuring everybody is having fun in a peaceful manner. 🙂
The security check does not only happen at the main entrance but also at the main stage. This is to ensure no bad incident happens among the crazy and wild crowd. There is this incident where a lady tried to pull down her pant (due to ‘too wasted’) in the middle of crowd while dancing in the mud where she had to be ‘catch’ by one of the security team to prevent her from doing more ‘damage’ to herself. The sad thing is I personally know her and the worst thing is, the lady is a mother of 5. 🙁
# let’s party in the mud, peeps
There is also another incident happens at the main stage where a petite size man who is drunk and tried to perform his ‘superman’ act by climbing the barricades in front of the stage then ‘throw’ himself to the air and falls onto the crowd. Looking at such incident it gave no second doubt for the security team to take the necessary action so he was place at a designated ‘jail’ for any in-appropriate acts like this. The best thing is he is not a camera shy and even poses for me. ;p
# wonder who’s son is this? ;p
As the night getting ‘younger’, I noticed more and more crowd coming under the cat and dog weather. Like usual with typical Malaysian attitudes, public likes to buy ticket last minutes and some end up frustrated as the tickets were sold out.
# hand-written notice – come on STB, next time get it well printed
I was told more than 9000 tickets were sold that night but the truth is, the physical count would be more than 10,000 people which has not included the media representatives, the police force, the performers, the food vendors, the sponsors and lastly the security team.
# the long queue going out
With all the sweats all over my body while on duty under the hot sun, with all the sarcastic feedbacks thrown at me during the security check process, at times I felt numb on both of my legs for standing too long, you barely have time to ‘release’ yourself at the washroom, everything are un-forgettable experiences and it’s a sweet one to remember too.
How about your 11th RWMF experience??