Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival 2008!!

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.

Another workshop

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

Getting there..

A little bit more..

It went wild!

Beltaine from Poland. Awesome group, I especially love the guitarist. :up:

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.

Another band..


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. :arrow:

ps: I have more photos on Facebook 😛 Go check it out there! :up:

pss: Thanks Anansa, for some of the photos :grin:

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38 Responses to “Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival 2008!!”

  1. melbie wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Hahhaa the stench of that mud! Euwww! Luckily I didn’t have to step on that to see the performance on the stage… ahh.. the best part of working with all area access! :up: Muahahahha :XO:


  2. NoktahHitam wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    so much fun! I love the mud especially. Bole mud fight. Thank God I didnt plan a trip there. Mati la the party if I was there. Sure jadi wild like hell..

    BTW, Iqhbals blog is kukubal.blogspot.com.

    Ramai gile ko kenal bong. Blog filled with sinful words, tp deepdown friendly like hell. Funny how the world works.


  3. suituapui wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Last time, just the heat and body odour! Now themud! Eee…don’t expect me to go next year unless they add nude mud wrestling to the programme!!! Wink! Wink! ROTFLMAO!!!


  4. suituapui wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Just say lah…you don’t want to post ur shirtless photo because ur body now like STP’s…so fat!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!


  5. melbie wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Ya… bong is a far cry in person than in his blog… tak pun laser depan orang! hahaha but bong tinggilah eddie, penat leher mendongak talking to him 😛 atau aku yang kurang tinggi? hahhaha


  6. lola wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    wut!!!! u went on sunday!!! suddenly, i got free tixs on sun but din went cos need to go to work the next day. 😥

    n mar got the chance to meet with pat. i wonder where was i that time. hahahaha…


  7. bengbeng wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    even reading the post is fun! 🙂 wish i was there


  8. clement wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    the mud is gross,, but i wanna go nex year


  9. melbie wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    should’ve gone, lola.. I was quite free on Sunday hehehhe … could’ve gone home early apa… cis!


  10. bongkersz wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    it’s fun though.. reminds me of the time when i was young.. playing football at muddy, slippery field! 😀 we loved it so much when it rained, running wildly chasing the ball and diving on the field.. damn i miss that!


  11. drumsticks wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    good that its a yearly event.. can go next yr.. or the yr after.. 🙂 :up:


  12. angeles wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    were u covered in mud too? nak tengok gambar.. ^^


  13. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    hopefully there’s no mud there next year coz i’m planning to go there next year…how come all heineken ? got no budweisser aaa ??

    wassuuuuuupp !!! 😮


  14. d_sticks wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 1:05 am

    bong…we go next year with media pass….don’t need to stand in mud!!



  15. callister wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 2:59 am

    mcm best giler je.. 😉


  16. callister wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 3:00 am

    nak ikut…


  17. |1f34|-|1r3 wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 3:46 am

    aiseh…xsurprise la ini macam…hehe..i’m including you too callister..(if it happens la)


  18. callister wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 4:30 am

    hehe..thx u.. 🙂


  19. callister wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 5:39 am

    memg la eddie,kalo ko ada sana memg akan jd wild sungguh..
    weh apesal sejak akhir2 ni xda pun ko bile lepak kat heritage row?
    borink la dgn ketiadaan ko,xmeriah..


  20. LadyBird wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:04 am

    ehemm3…siapa bilang aku too shy to put my pic in your blog?!! im more than happy man..siap bergambar dengan uniform lagi tu huhuhu… 😆

    btw, care to email me our pics taken together?? aku mau jugak ‘flash2’ gambar kita urang dalam blog aku hehehe.. 😛


  21. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:35 am

    eh, i mana ada your photos, kan my camera no batt 😀 send me the photos yeah, mail it over! 😉


  22. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:36 am

    sini mana ada budweisser dude…

    wah, since many want to go next year.. make sure it happens yeah! then we can have a bit entourage.. 😛


  23. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:37 am

    i thought you love the mud very much.. 😆

    er, how on earth are we going to get a media pass? we are not journalist of famous bloggers.. 😀


  24. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:38 am

    so.. see you there next year clement!! :up:


  25. LadyBird wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:40 am

    auucchhh lupak ku deng ahakz.. 😆 you’ve got my email rite so send me something, a blank email pun jadi asalkan i got your email add. i misplaced your name card that you gave me when we met, belum gik abis un-pack aku tok hehehe… 😛


  26. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:45 am

    come next year 😛 it was fun bengbeng.. haha!


  27. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

    ehem suituapui, from what i heard they had it on the first night but i wasn’t there.. some kind of mud wrestling between girls.. 😯 😯

    you should go, then join in the mud wrestling hehehe! i can stand and take video.. 😛


  28. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

    eddie: haha! wild heh? a must have guest then, to cheer up the parteeeeyyy haha! ok i updated my blogroll with kukubal’s blog. thanks dude. takder lah kenal banyak, itu pun kalau diorang sudi berkenalan.. 😀 uih.. bila pulak aku punya blog full of sinful words.. 😈

    melbie: er.. meeting friends, not enemies.. laser what? 😛

    callister: dah tobat kot mamat ni.. 😀


  29. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:52 am

    takder la 😛 kita tak main mud..


  30. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:52 am

    come come mary.. 😀 😀 wait for you to join us..


  31. goolooloo wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 11:41 am

    You have met so many ppl which i didn’t1!! Sigh. . But i do wish to have more time hanging out w u guys also. but u so lawa where got time entertain me. kaka


  32. d_sticks wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    all you have to do is become famous like that sia fella la……. and all the girls will be surrounding you….

    i’ll be your so called editor…and we both get passes..what say you.



  33. bongkersz wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    aiya don’t say like that leh.. i feel so bad.. 😥 what lawa lah.. hehe


  34. callister wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    eddie taubat?
    belum lg kot.. 😛


  35. callister wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    sounds great.. :up:


  36. melbie wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Ms. Ladybird loves to take photos of herself bah, bongkersz… and post them up on her blog too! If you browse through her blog, you’ll see her signature smile everywhere 😛


  37. nono wrote on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    okay.. you turned pink! hahahahahahah


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