The month of July seems to be the busiest month for me.
Today, I just found out only 8 more days to go before the month of August bring more new adventures and surprises to my life. I can’t wait. J
July gave me lotsa memories to cherish; being part of the organizer committee member of the 2010 Borneo Research Council Conference, first time presenting a conference paper, not to mention meeting and making new circle of friends. Everything had changed my perception toward challenges and I think it had made me a better person.
This is a back post of the recent Borneo Research Council Conference and I think it’s not too late for me to jot down about it. In the future, I can always use this post as my moral booster whenever I’m feeling down. 😉
I started early during my 1st day of conference (6:30am). I wanted to ensure everything goes accordingly to the plan before the opening ceremony start. I called the florists to remind them on the punctuality of delivering my booked fresh flower arrangements. Need to make sure the flower arrangements are placed nicely at designated area to provide a relaxing ambience.
The conference was officially launched by our guest of honor – Datuk Pattinggi Dr. George Chan.
The conference keynote speaker was Dr. Clifford Santer and I felt so proud and honored to meet him in person.
The 3 days conference had gave me the opportunity to meet and make new friends among the scholar (the ‘otai’) group. Not to mention, I learnt lotsa thing. At first, I felt so ‘small’ yet quickly make myself comfortable with them coz they’re very sweet and humble people.
I met Bob Reece and he was the recipient of the Borneo Research Council Excellence Award for his contribution to Borneo. I get to know he’s ‘attached’ to Murdoch University.
During the 1st day of conference, I get the opportunity to see how other presenters presented their paper. I was excited and nervous at the same time as I had totally no experience at all. I can’t even sleep well that night.
I get to present my paper on the 2nd day of the conference. I was already nervous and was so scared that I wouldn’t be able to talk even a word. To my surprise and delight (at the same time), during my 5 minutes of presentation, more and more participant entering the room hence forcing some of the participant bringing their own chair to fill up the room. The room was packed and I think there were about 30-40 of them including the entire ‘otai’ group. I have to stop for awhile to allow all of them taking their place and my knees were shaking that I have to force myself to walk with small steps as I talked. My hands were shivering with cold sweats that I have to gripped it, sometime put my hand behind my back pant pockets. I felt my voice sound very shaky at the same time; I started to have this warm sensation behind my ears and cheeks. ;p
There were so many things going on in my head and I’m lucky that I manage to go through the 30 minutes of presentation. The question and answer session went well and I felt proud of myself for being able to respond to queries thrown by the ‘otai’ group. Dr. Clifford Sather, the editor of Borneo Research Bulletin cum Keynote Speaker gave positive feedback on my paper presentation. Well, the paper will not be a success one if it wasn’t due to Terry contribution as co-author. 🙂
I was introduced to Dr. Michael Heppel (he’s ‘attached’ to Monash University) after he attended my paper presentation. I will never forget someone like him as he was the 1st one whom asked questions. ;p Terry told me that he was impressed with me. He said not only the paper presentation was well presented but I look calm throughout the presentation (if only he knew how I nervous I felt at that time). I get to know him even better after the presentation over and still keeping in touch with him until today. For now, his latest project is on Borneo war weapons and I was delighted to share with him on my family heirloom sword used during the headhunting era by my great parent (I am the 4th generation that get to keep the family heirloom).
I get to know Dr. Peter M. Kedit when he served as the Director of Sarawak Muzeum (Dec 91-Apr 96). I have not met him before until the conference. I was honored to have him sitting and listening attentively during my paper presentation. After the presentation ends, he complimented me and that mean a lot.
I heard about him, I read his blog and for the 1st time, I get to meet this person in person. He is non other than Vernon Kedit Jolly. During the conference welcoming reception, I thought I saw someone that look so familiar in the entertainment industry. Back in the head, is this him or is this his brother? But why is he here? My curiosity was answered when he joined my table during ciggie session. Apparently, Vernon has left the entertainment world 1.5 years ago and now back to Kuching to learn more about his root. His area of interest is on the Iban textile designs. He is very sweet, friendly and humble person. We spoke Iban language in almost all of our conversation. I met him again among the crowd during the recent Rainforest World Music Festival. 😉
That evening, the conference participants were feasted with local dishes at the Pavillion, ParkCity Everly Hotel. The conference delegates liked the food very much and also enjoyed the night long with Sarawak diversity of cultural performances.
That night, once reached home, instead of hitting the sack; I end up packing my stuff instead as I have to leave the house early morning to catch the 1st flight to Kuching. I was looking forward to the 2010 Rainforest World Music Festival. J