Love Me or Hate Me

This is my backpost on the recent Miri Blogger & Online Community Gathering with Advertlets.com held at Halo Café, Miri on the 29th December 2007. Please be informed that some of the pictures uploaded here are taken randomly from fellow bloggers (I hope you guys don’t mind) as my beloved digicam had ‘betrayed’ me on that day. 🙁

Mr. James aka Uchu Keling

This first ever big event was initiated by Mr. James the owner of Modus Vivendi of Uchu Keling blog and I personally admired, envy and appreciate his efforts for making this event happened. I have to say it is not easy to persuade or even to fly a big name like Advertlets.com all the way from ‘oversea’ to the oil town of Miri; knowing the fact that West Malaysian still sees Sarawakian as a backdated community.

I don’t have this goodies 🙁

But Mr. James did it and congratulation on it!! A personal note to you-James, I’m looking forward to work hand in hand with you should there be any such similar or related event to be organize in the near future. 😉

OK, enough of my compliments and here come my review on the whole event. Yes, yes, yes I know…talk is cheap, talk is easy and it’s not easy when you really get to do it or get things done (simply because I’ve experienced it). But look…I believe there are always rooms for improvement in any organized events or functions and because of this, you get to organize things better and you’ll look like a professional event planner in the future. 🙂

Halo Cafe Main Stage

Mr. YKuek – Halo Cafe Owner

I reached Halo Café around 5:45pm, lucky it wasn’t raining on that day. The idea of going early was not because I wanted to be the first 30 attendees to win a free dining voucher but it was more on mingling around with those who had arrived earlier than me. Halo Café was closed and only opens the main entrance. I was taken back for a second when I saw this as it gives the impression of not welcoming me.

I met James, YKuek (owner of Halo Café), Darren and Josh chatting and sitting at the registration table minding their own business like I’m an invisible woman until I introduced myself and my guest (who is also my colleague). My nametag was given together with a lucky draw number for being one of the first 30 attendees. I was expecting a dining voucher to be given away as per stated in James’s blog but I got a lucky draw instead. Oh well, I told myself just to follow the flow and see what they have to offer me later.

My nametag

As time pass by, I realized the response was quite slow though the registered interested attendees shows it will be a crowd of more than 80 attendees. In reality, it was less than that. I guess there were only about 60 of us (exclude non bloggers). It somehow flash back my memories on Mirians typical attitude based on my last organized blogger meet. It’s either un-expected turn out on the day of the event itself or less turn out on the day itself though confirmation of participation has been confirmed. Sucks big time!!

It is also quite difficult to differentiate the Miri Blogger & Online Community members (though name tags are given out) as the public also came in and dine in Halo Café. You can only tell from the food that they are served on their table. The organizer should have put a sign at the main entrance that there is a private party going on or display some signs to direct them to a location where they can enjoy their meal happily.

I do also notice another typical Mirians attitude when it comes to socializing. They tend to mingle around with familiar faces. I get to see groups of people sitting at one corner, I get to see some ‘loners’ sitting alone at one corner, I also get to see ‘AhLian’ and ‘AhBeng’ group sitting at one corner and the best thing is everybody are minding their own business that you can see few tables are empty in the middle of the café like those tables are reserved for VVIP. The least the organizer can do is upon seeing the crowds are getting more and more is to make a simple announcement to get the attendees to freely mingle around or initiate an ice breaking session while waiting for the food to be served.

I have no comment on the food served – what do you expect from the free titbits; to me, all of it taste the same regardless its cooked or prepared at a café, coffeeshop or even at a 5 star restaurant. But what I want to mentioned here is the in-consistency of the free flow of green tea by Halo Café. To be honest, drinking a sweet green tea at Halo Café was my first time and it was a nightmare for me. I thought green tea suppose to be tasteless!! Or the least you can do is to serve me sugar separately. OK, despite all of that I still can tolerate with the taste so when the second round of green
tea came, it was tasteless and it was damn bitter. Came the third round, it taste sweet again and goes on and on… bottom line the free flow of green tea is in-consistency in terms of flavour. Wonder there’s any quality control or maybe they just re-use the same tea bag over and over again. Teruk betul!!!

Talking about free flow drink, the waiter or the waitress would only re-fill your drink upon request. And that pisses me off!! Come on…is this the best that Halo Café can offer to the public??!! Perhaps the customer services are varying for paid customer and non paid customer. But still…being in the food industry, customer service is really important apart from serving good food and providing good and cozy environment. If you want to stay longer in this line, you better do something on your customer service and as for now, Halo Café is not my kind of hang out place.

The event started soon after everybody had filled their tummy with food with quiz session. Overall, it was quite pretty interesting program itinerary had installed for us just that I personally felt it was a little bit bored. I personally felt there should be more inter personal approaches and delivering it in a creative way. However, I’m going to keep this to myself as I am saving it for my next ‘ttuttt tuuttt’ jeng jeng jeng…

Mystery LadyBird is always full of surprise if not it will be mystery for the rest of your life… 🙂

I’m not going to review who won the games and so forth as I believe most of you had read their own experience in their own blog so below are their entries (I might have left out some so forgive me for that);

Modus Vivendi of Uchu Keling

The Eleventh Hour

Christine’s, Me, Myself and I

Daily Dosage of Uniqueness

LingDi

World of My Own

WuiChi

GeminiGeek

So, there you have it from me. The intention is not to pin point at anyone nor do telling others that I’m the best but to seek for your co-operation in taking matter constructively for a better event or function to attend in the near future.

Not forgetting a big thank you to those who have supported this gathering as without you all, the gathering would be meaningless and there would be no room for improvement as well.

Thank you Mirian bloggers…

Thank you Miri Online Community members…

And most of all, my hug and kisses goes to Adverlets.com…

To love me or to hate me after reading this it’s your damn fucking business to say so. Do leave your foot prints under my comment column if you have anything good or bad to say. 😉

Thank you.

Yours truly,
LadyBird

21 Comments

  1. Desmond

    7 January, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Why love you or hate you? The adverlets.com loved your blog so much that everytime I tried to visit I get redirected…thank God that issue is solved.

  2. pilgrimsmaster

    8 January, 2008 at 12:24 am

    I didn’t know that there was a Multiply bloggers presence there that nite ;D.

  3. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Desmond – sindir nampak huhh! iya la aftr tis i remove d Advertlets ad jst 2 please my loyal reader…mwahh!! 🙂

    PilgriMaster – yes they wer ter n left early as they hv other functions 2attend. remember d grp sittin nxt 2 our table n ask what was my real name?? 😉

  4. LingDi

    8 January, 2008 at 2:59 am

    Hey.. Well, it was a happy night for all of us. Glad to meet you too. Hopefully we will have more of these in the near future. ^_^

  5. Nightwing

    8 January, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Ya, thank goodness that i can come in already…:)

    Nice review…may be management fault for not being clear on the serving the drinks.

    As for the green tea…maybe it is the honey green tea flavour.

    Any way…its a learning process…not easy to organise this kind of things…thanks again for sharing…:)

  6. Desmond

    8 January, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Woits Ladybird… tak main sindir sindir ler…i jawab soalan u aja… u ask to love u or hate u … can’t answer that coz if ist to love u, kena karate dari Lucy kelak… kalau to hate .. sik dapat juak coz i don hate u….cume tinggal komen aje so everytime I tried to attend your bog that adverlet thingy keeps coming out… it has a hold on your blog for the past few days 🙂 …wah susah juga nak explain myself…hehehe

  7. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 3:34 am

    LingDi – glad 2 hear tat u r njoyin d gathering, hope 2 c u n yr gang participation in d nxt gathering (shud ter any in d future)

    NightWing – ahahaha finally i remove d Adverlets thingy jst 2let u in.. 😉

    Honey or no honey it dsnt matter bt y is it taste tasteless n bitter drg d 2nd, 3rd, 4th round?? D consistency of it shud remain ok. 🙂

    Yes, everybody r learning n im learning frm it 2 tho my post here makes me d ‘bad person’ hehehe… ;p

  8. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Desmond – lol, i gt yr point ter bro, no worries…i jst don wan anybody 2hate me coz im so adorable huahuahua… ;p

    ya on d Adverlets thingy, i myself oso hv prob gettin into my own blog bt now i can by simply removing it..hopefully d prob hs solved coz i cnt stand lookin 8 my blog w/out any ‘bling bling’.. ;p

  9. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Desmond – lol, i gt yr point ter bro, no worries…i jst don wan anybody 2hate me coz im so adorable huahuahua… ;p

    ya on d Adverlets thingy, i myself oso hv prob gettin into my own blog bt now i can by simply removing it..hopefully d prob hs solved coz i cnt stand lookin 8 my blog w/out any ‘bling bling’.. ;p

  10. MeL

    8 January, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Finally got in here again after being redirected again and again for the past 2 days!! Hehe …

    Next time I go to Miri, I’ll know which cafe to avoid 😉 And I like the way you expressed yourself in this entry! LOL..

  11. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 6:01 am

    Mel – oh my!! nampak gaya nya Adverlets ni buat hal lah selama ni kan ehekk..

    bah kalau kau dtg cni, cari saja aku nanti aku bawak kau g ‘aramaiti’ d Miri ni..byk lagi tempat yg best2 bah.. 🙂

  12. pilgrimsmaster

    8 January, 2008 at 6:57 am

    For info on advertlet’s SNAFU, why people can’t access their blogs etc, read here:

    http://forum3.cari.com.my/viewthread.php?tid=324649

  13. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 7:24 am

    PilgriMaster – tq 4 d add, its very informative.. 😉

  14. Desmond

    8 January, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Wll, setting 60 pax people together can be considered a good turnout rather tahn none at all. As event managers we always expect 70% turnout of the original figures invited and then 50% of those who confirmed will turn up…dat’s the formula sometimes. It gets dicey if VVIPs are involved. We prepare 10 seats up front and sometime 5 turn up..its easy coz u can take away the other 5 VVIPs Chairs… but if all 10 arrive and they bring their spouses…its a nightmare. We did one gathering recently in Kuching whereby the organiser had his family members sit at the chairs allocated for the VVIPs. Its a Protocol Officer’s heart attack.

    I distinctly remember the TYT Birthday Exhibitions – the Yayasan guys told us at the high level Secretariat meeting that the Human Capital Exhibits will be the best of all…. so being an organiser has its risks and we have to salute James for his part. I think its only Adverlet (or that Adaaz) that made headlines for the wrong reasons.

  15. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Desmond – yes I get yr point as I’ve been ter n done tat 2 huhuhu..like i said I appreciate wat UK hs done n indeed he hs done an xcellent job. Aku tumpang gumbira tau hehehe..

    Abt d Yayasan Sarawak thingy, will b 8 YS premises on d 19th Jan. R u sm wer near ter? 😉

  16. Mystery LadyBird

    8 January, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Desmond – yes I get yr point as I’ve been ter n done tat 2 huhuhu..like i said I appreciate wat UK hs done n indeed he hs done an xcellent job. Aku tumpang gumbira tau hehehe..

    Abt d Yayasan Sarawak thingy, will b 8 YS premises on d 19th Jan. R u sm wer near ter? 😉

  17. Desmond

    8 January, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Hehe..leeme check the events… if u read my Nothing Personal in my ‘personal friend’ Blog…u will be under the Classification of Common Friend so I have to check Lucy’s schedule too. Unless Lucy sez I can’t then I think she and Cynthia Lisu will meet you 🙂

  18. ZACH

    8 January, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    I hope you are not generalising by saying, “the fact that West Malaysian still sees Sarawakian as a backdated community”.

    There might be those katak di bawah tempurung type of West Malaysian who are egoistic that they are the better citizens of Malaysia.

    BTW Congratulations for the success of your gathering.

    regards

  19. Mystery LadyBird

    9 January, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Desmond – oooo sama ndu gawak seduai dek piakkk, cukup manah nyak kaban. oh great! wud luv 2meet Lucy in person, its been a long2 time nw. btw, i’m tryin 2 re-call who is tis Ms. Cynthia Lisu. Her surname sounds familiar 2me, wonder whthr she is d Cynthia tat i knw bck in year 95 hhhmm…

    Zach – Whn u said thse WM-katak bwh tempurung type, u r rite!! Tq 4 seeing it tat way. 😉 Don thank me on d gathering, u shud congrats James on tis..he deserve it.

  20. MeL

    9 January, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Hehe ladybird… thanks for the offer! Hopefully I’ll be in luck again sometime this year and the company will send me again to Miri.

  21. Mystery LadyBird

    9 January, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Mel – bah koling2 lah nanti k.. 🙂

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