Saturday, 14 June 2008

AMBP Blogger Gathering

Decided to check out the bloggers' gathering today at the Outpost Cafe in Cineleisure. Missed the first one, which was at Midvalley last year cos I didn't know about it until after the fact. Also didn't bother with the movie screenings that were organised because there was nothing I wanted to watch.

Took the bus there as I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint (and cos Mum took the car for servicing, so I couldn't drive there). Long story short, I wasn't that late, okay. Good thing I also didn't find out the hard way that Cineleisure also now charging RM3 flat rate on weekends and public holidays. HAHA - about time, actually.

As is the norm with Malaysian events, this one also didn't start on time.

But of course it was nice running into Julian again after so long (whom I've not seen since I went back to HELP 2 years ago). But I know that he's there for research purposes. And yes, he finally figured out who this blogger is : P (I'm of the "don't ask, don't tell" school of.... whatever.)

All in all, I don't know why I even bother going.

I've nothing against the organisers' efforts that went into this, but I'm just not the type of person that would talk to the other bloggers that I don't already know in real life.
  1. I don't really read a lot of the "femes" local bloggers - it's the truth. I just don't. It happens.
  2. I'm not the one doing a thesis on the Malaysian blogging scene.
The talks were okay okay only lah - a couple of prominent local bloggers (Kimberlycun and Peter Tan of Digital Awakenings) spoke about their blogging experiences, etc etc. When the founder of Project Petaling Street was speaking, I can't help but remember that I signed up AGES ago and I've not logged in for the longest time. I'm not really big on PPS because I think it's really troublesome logging in JUST for the sake of pinging them to tell them that I've published a blog post. (Unlike Technorati, where you've "pinged" as soon as you're published).

After him, there was Vin Sen from Cinema Online who talked about movie marketing via Facebook (which I'm already aware of - don't believe me, type in a movie title and the profile page will come up). Then a couple of guys from Microsoft also spoke, but I wasn't around by then and I missed the part about the point of the Silverlight software.

The food was so-so lah - for stuff like coleslaw, nuggets, meatballs, pasta, etc, I don't know what took them so long to prepare and set up the buffet outside. I only took a little bit of everything, and I'm not sure whether the food was replenished (as it was gone pretty fast).

There's also a Hulk screening after the gathering which I chose to pass for reasons previously mentioned. That, and I also needed to take the 2.30 p.m. free bus back cos I rather go home and watch Leno.

[Gift bag contents: more fridge magnets, coasters, paper, and also a pair of Shrek ears, which was the only thing I liked, haha]