Month: March 2007

A Weekend of Food, Alcohol, Music, and Good Vibes

I was going berserk making sure kitchen towels and garbage bags were in its right place.

My phone was going berserk coz I gave everyone some DaVinci Code map to get to my place.

I have never hosted a party of this magnitude before.

Good thing the 60+ guests were darlings! How do I know?

You know you’ve invited the right people when

  • They bring more alcohol than they can drink
  • They bring food and snacks people actually eat
  • They bring females along to balance the “head” count
  • They stay back for the cleanup
  • They keep their smoke to the designated smokers zone

Special thanks to MindValley.com for donating for the bulk of the alcohol, dinner and ice-cream, and those of you who brought pasta, pizza, chocolate, cartons of beer, bottles of alcohol, junk food, and most importantly, the good vibes!

And a super special thanks goes out to our singer-songwriter performers!

We had a total of 8 diverse acts in my living room, playing to an attentive audience. They played 2 to 3 songs each, but I’m only uploading one song from each performer.

We opened with the veteran Reza Salleh to ensure the audience will have a good first impression.

Sunsets With You – Reza Salleh

Then, Kenneth Yu came in to get the crowd rolling on the floor with his brand of rude, outlandish comedy rock.

You’re So Disgusting – Kenneth Yu

To put the pieces of the audience back together, ChitSoon whipped out his haunting melodies and unique vocal talents.

The Way You Are – ChitSoon

Then came next shocker for the night: I exposed the crowd to crazy, careless, dreamy and angry emo stuff. I fully abuse my licence to emote! This is my latest song.

Morning Divide – Khailee

After the first session, we had a 15 minute chit-chat, ciggy, and toilet break, to return with the co-host of the party, Yu-Ri! Here is his most popular heart-melting hit.

Red Dress – Yu-Ri

I was particularly impressed by Bobo, who turned smooth R&B vocals and jazzy chords into easy-listening love songs. Great songwriting here!

Malam Ini – Bobo

The last 2 acts were Paolo Defino and a trio from Dire Dilemmas. They were really good, too, but I can’t seem to upload proper footage of their songs. Maybe the tape was faulty. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Pictures of the lovely, attentive audience

Some of the people at the party

The Afterparty

There were 3 pockets of people, with a guitar in each group. They were singing along to popular hits, and mumbling gibberish lyrics they only vaguely remember.

Finished Food!

Not! There’s much more at the back.

Cleanup Champions!

I love Mervin & Fiza! My high-school buddies were the last to go home, and the most supportive of the cleanup rescue mission.

Click here for some more pictures.

I wish I had taken more photos though. Too busy being paranoid about keeping clean and giving directions. Please email me or upload pictures of the night you may have?

The next time I throw a party like this, it’ll be twice the size! Stay tuned! And thanks again to all of you who were part of this legend.

See my J-Hole this Thursday

Shall I unleash my hair?

This style is called “The Statue of Liberty”, taken 3 years ago, back when I was a cartoon character.

I’m thinking about re-living my dragonball days this Thursday.

You know why?

Some underground J-rockers are hitting laundry with their studs, piercings, eyeliner, chains, more eyeliner, wax, costumes, cover versions of the best-ever Japanese rock anthems, and some original J-tunes…

There will be COSPLAY and neo-tokyo punks, schoolgirls and anime-stylin’.

That’s why.

It’s so serious… The entire event is hoted in Japanese, by Mayumi!

This doesn’t happen often, and it’s happening this Thursday. Bring your friends, coz Laundrybar will turn into a J-hole overnight.

It’s more than your yamaha guitar.

It’s bigger than SushiKing and hipper than HelloKitty.

And it sure aint no oldman Kitaro, girly pop Kiroro, or girlyboy Rain (cuz he’s korean).

We’re talking about JAPANESE ROCK CULTURE brought to life. Get more info, click here.

My secret plans which kept me busy, revealed!

What a long month! Very productive, too. My time was well spent on the following items…

theCICAK.com new design

I worked with award winning 16 year old designer Ikram-Zidane to roll this out in time for our feature on National Public Radio in the USA.

Do you like the design? See it here.

NEXT STEPS: Get advertisers, and launch newsletter. Will charge companies to show their unique opportunities to theCICAK’s young Malaysian genius readers.

Produced a corporate video for one of MindValley’s partners

We had 6 days, no script, and no equipment. Lucky we roped in Adrian, made the best with what we had, and dedicated 15+ hours of editing.

The end result is not award winning, but it serves its purpose to introduce a system we built for a partner.

And I had fun playing director/ producer for a bit.

NEXT STEPS: Th next MindValley video will allow me more creative freedom, time, and resources: Eg. a video to showcase out job opportunities and what it’s like to be with MindValley =)

Launched a Malaysian part time job community

Fellow MindValley programmer pranced up to me one day, and asked me if I knew of any job community focusing on PART TIME jobs, freelancing gigs, and projects… The next weekend, we rolled one out.

Will it work? Read more here.

NEXT STEPS: A whole lot~!! I have only completed 5% of my marketing plan =P

Gave a presentation at the Asia Business Forum

When I was first invited to speak at Effective Press & Media Relations: Asia Business Forum alongside the Chief Bureau KL Reuters, the CEO of MediaPrima, and DDB PR, I had a strange feeling I wasn’t 100% qualified.

I was expected to speak about blogs and how to use them in PR strategy.

I threw my hat over the fence anyhow, using this as a chance to add another tool in my marketing toolbox.

The new media and internet marketing experience gained from MindValley and running theCICAK was my starting point, and I had to spend many more weekends researching, to connect the dots with PR.

I also had extra help of Christina Wong, a PR consultant from OmniTeam, who handles some big guns, like Nestle and Guiness.

The outcome?

I had great material, but didn’t clock in enough rehearsal for the delivery… the crowd still thought it was good =)

I’ve got the full transcript of my presentation, a video, and additional reading. If you are unfamiliar with blogs and PR, you may find these links useful.

Launched my new blog, Webwatch.com.my

I’ve been planning this for ages! Finally, it’s launched. Get the details here.

I’ll be blogging about the latest Malaysian internet startups, opportunities, ideas, and articles on internet entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs… hoping to attract the attention of like minds, and better understand and promote local internet startups.

My first two articles are… “The Malaysian Google”? Cut the crap, AsiaEP” and “Get Funding For Your Internet Startup in Malaysia : Part 1

NEXT STEPS: Blog blog blog~!! I have loads of drafts ready. Can’t wait!

Settled the Japanese Rock gig this coming thursday

Once upon a time I discovered a hidden, underground Japanese-influences subculture, deep in the darkest corners of KL…

Now ProjectBazooka bring 3 of their best bands, with their costumes and popular J-rock tunes to Laundrybar…

Expect a night of cosplay, Japanese fashion, covers of the most popular Japanese rock songs, and Mayumi, an actual Japanese emcee who will host the event in her native language!

This Thursday 15th March at LaundryBar. 

NEXT STEPS: Redo ProjectBazooka website, and launch a new gig alert service.