It was a MUD FEST at Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival!!
This is how the ground look like after the rain..
Yes.. because it was raining the first night, the stage area end up like a mud pool. I heard rumours this one fella jinx the festival, next time please do not invite him.. – note to organizer. Those who went for the festival, you guys know who I am referring to 😛 Some more reduced the allocation for this year edition.
However, the Tourism Ministry has dramatically reduced the funding for Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival, to RM70,000 from RM500,000 last year.
What was more disappointing, was that the World Music Festival organised in Penang received RM1.7 million last year and RM1.65 million this year.
Hey!! That’s not fair!! Give more fund so we can have better ground to stand. There was like 4 inches of mud pool, it stinks to heaven, you probably think you are partying in a pig sty. The organizer put some sand and wooden saw crumbs but it was not helping. The ground smell like horses.
Mud spa anyone? It’s free and aromatic.
Ok bitching aside.. I had so much fun at Sarawak Cultural Village, where the event was held. What fun? I get to meet a hell lot of people as watched many awesome artists from all over the world performing. I finally had the chance to meet Melbie, Man-D and Ladybird. I also met Mar, Lola and Goolooloo, Charyelle and her bodyguard there.
I saw Kenny Sia with Pink Pau aka Su Ann, at one point they were just standing in front of me.. but no I didn’t take photo with them. I was shy. Nyahahahaha! Some of the ‘famous’ people I saw at the festival – DJ Dominic from Channel V, Jehan Miskin, Manomaniam from Kopitiam, Alex Yoong, Marion… Yeah, I know them but they don’t know me. Haha! Then I met with some Facebook friends – Durvan, Anansa and make a hell lot of new friends – Rowena, Jackson, Vellu, Chitra, Fiza, Raha and many names I cannot remember. Blame it on the excessive elixir of life I had 😛
Oh, Noktah Hitam, I saw Iqhbal there. First thing he mentioned to me when he saw me was ‘&!*@*… tits…#(#&&!@’ (I wasn’t paying attention until he mentioned the magic word..) The rest of our conversation I shall censor it for the good of innocent minds reading this blog. 😀
Wait, before I unleash the photos.. Cibol farker, I met you for like what?? 10 seconds? At the entrance, took photos, then poofs! Gone! I saw him again at the workshop but he’s ‘busy’ 😛 He did sms me few times to report his ‘meeting’ with famous people LOL! I tried to call him when Pat, Navsta and Mar wanted to take group photos but Cibol was already in the bus hahaha! No wonder Melbie and Man-D complaining about not seeing you. Man-D never get the chance to see you.. I heard. Siaplah you kena sapu from them 😛
Bring on the photos!
What?! Must show own face first lah 😀 Reached there around 3-4pm, Saturday.
Went there with 3 Dara Pingitan. Read Gila-gila anyone?
A group of dancers performing at Celcom’s booth.
Walked around the place. Beautiful lake, lush forest and breathtaking Mount Santubong
The green sanctuary.. the elixir of life 😛
Oh a very nicely decorated long house!!
They made it into a bar!!
The Food Bazaar. They have everything under the sun. CoffeeBean, Heineken Beer, Thai food, Arabic food, Fried Mee, Fried Rice, Fried Kuey Teow, BBQ chicken, hot dogs, vegetarian food, satay, Kolo Mee – yes anything. Get your food fix here.
When your stomach or bladder is full, do your business here
One of the many workhops – visitors got personal music and instrument lessons from the performers directly.
The VIPs tent. I say, forget the formalities.. it’s a festival!!
The stage and the ground, before it turned into a mud wrestling ring.
Getting ready for the show
Everyone still warming up to the music
A little bit more..
It went wild!
Beltaine from Poland. Awesome group, I especially love the guitarist.
Adel Salameh from Palestine. Too subtle for the wild crowd.
Tuku Kame from Sarawak!!
Crowd’s favourite – One man show Hiroshi Motofuji. He plays the Japanese traditional Taiko drums.
Another very talented band, The Ross Daly Quartet but they also put the wild crowd to sleep.
Yes, I googled this 😛 Anak Adi Rurum – Sarawak’s very own.
Saw Lola and Mar. I also took photos with Melbie, Ladybird and Man-D but they are shy to show their faces… let’s hope they put up some photos at their blogs 🙂
Mary aka Goolooloo also there
A friend with his tuak, grinning because he’s captured on camera with a smoking bunny..
Bunch of new friends I met at RWMF 2008
Helping Heineken with the publicity. Ignore that Stella Artois can above me.. 😛
Meeting with Pat and Navsta from Traxx FM, Mar
Then the photos taken on the finale night 😛 Sunday, July 13th 2008
New Rope String band from United Kingdom- funny three dudes.. was laughing like crazy watching them perform. Very talented.
Orchestra Anak Jati Bisaya, Sarawak. I was yawning through the their show
Then I get some boost up.
My arm started to move on its own!!
Then it started to rain again!!!
I shed off my shirt… oh, sorry no photos for that hahahahaha! 😛 I shall not pollute this blog with that photo of mine hehehe..
The finale – Kasai Masai showing his butt gyrating move for the last time
Pinikpikan from the Philippines
Thanks to the organiser. Ben Jimbau the chairman raising his hands.
Last shot of the festival!
That’s it. I guess there will be more photos from the rest of the bloggers that went for the event, so let them show you what they got. Sorry Suituapui, no photos of sexy chicks and gorgeous hunks. Sexy chicks photos only for my eyes only.. and gorgeous hunks photos are not allowed on this blog.
ps: I have more photos on Facebook 😛 Go check it out there!
pss: Thanks Anansa, for some of the photos