So its Malaysia Day again. This time the 55th year Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya (Singapore left and Brunei opted out) formed this great country. Yes we do always pride ourselves in claiming that we gained Independence from the British without blood or violence like other nations. But then again if one looks at the events that took place along the timeline it was not as easy as that. But let history take care of itself. This 50 years of my life itself is confusing enough already. The better informed Sarawakian leaders fought for 16th September to celebrate Malaysia’s birthday.
Some of our Semenanjung countrymen will not understand why. I spend the best part of my learning age there and most were clueless about Sarawak. My argument every time I am asked about it is that each and everyday of those 16 days after 31st August 1963 could have changed history. The Six Days War in the Middle East is a good example on that. The people of Sarawak could have said ‘No’ during the Cobbold Commission. I am not sure about the situation in Sabah but if our neighbouring Philippines had decided to become adventurous there could have been no Malaysian Sabah. If violence had escalated during those 16 days and resulted in loss of lives, some of us would not be here today. That’s why the 16 days matter, the compilation of Sarawakians and Sabahan’s aspiration; our Sarawakian forefathers’ hope for a better future fell into place on 16th September 1963. Selamat Hari Malaysia.
The Miss Malaysia Grand Final 2018 event “Beauty With A Purpose” was held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching last night 8th September 2018. The winner, as most would have known already, as news about it is splashed out through online media. Yes that is the power of the internet medium, as its speed matches that of the Mighty Thor’s power and Superman strength, combined resulting in lightning speed information. I saw the journalists and the events’ publicity team covering the show at the Gala Dinner and they were equipped with laptops, cameras of various types ready to splash out that moment the winner is announced. Many moons ago they just need to carry a simple camera, just pen, paper with a tape recorder. Since the event is at night the public will only get to read about it two days later.
Announcement of the Miss World Malaysia 2018 and it went to the contestant whose plate is Number 1.Today’s blog post is to congratulate Miss Larissa Ping for being crowned Miss Malaysia 2018. I only got to know about her by name only as everyone at the office kept saying she was the favourite to win. I am not so much an avid follower of these beauty pageant events. That is also because I tend to be confused with the many other pageants that are being organised and shown on television. Since this was held in Kuching, Sarawak and our Ministry happened to be involved, I reckoned its time to catch up and be educated. Which of course I was taught many things about the event but I will save that for a later blog post. Its time to join the many other Sarawakians thus happy moment. For me her name has an element of digital term so I may just want her to be DDJ’s blog icon.
Then comes the crown for Miss World Malaysia. I was not sure what I heard but the crown itself costs RM4.4 million, equivalent to USD$1 million. More or less I think depending who is Malaysia’s Finance Minister. The most expensive thing I ever wore on my head was a hat that costs me RM50 for some Havana themed party organised by the office. It reflects the heavy burden of being Miss World for she will travel the globe after this. If only I can take care of that crown for her.
So here’s desmondjerukan.com wishing Miss Larissa Ping a blessed journey into the world of fame and service. For she will also be appointed as ambassador for Sarawak Tourism in 2019. Maybe working at the Ministry is beginning to be exciting now with someone as talented as her representing Sarawak’s beauty. Amen to that!
The Borneo Fashion Week 2018 event kicked off with a Gala Dinner at Pullman Hotel Kuching. I have to admit this would be my first experience attending a fashion show. The nearest I get to one would be those organised at shopping malls. At that time you would not be ready with your camera equipment and the set up is different than the dedicated event like this one. Its a pretty good exercise as I had to really crunch and adapt with the required settings for my camera. The way the lights technicians play around with the lighting equipment and display screens during the show effects, makes it necessary to go off auto mode. This is because the camera tends to get confused by the different intensity of lights surrounding the stage. And of course I am not using any Artificial Intelligent (AI) fitted equipment so it will have to be manual and brain matter all the way.
Anyway its lesson learnt well. No tips I can share as I am a beginner with this kind of event. Just sharing the moments that I find worth sharing in this humble blog with my random thoughts. The other collection of photos will be put in my Facebook Page, all 300 plus of them (although I took 500 plus photos). That’s the time I discover my finger operating the release button can only take so much pain. That is why photographers get mad when some people use their photos without credit. The pain is yours (not forgetting the trouble of getting there or just being there) but the reward others take the recognition. As for myself I just like sharing things and anyone can use my materials in my blog provided they do not use it for mischief or anything against the law.
As I mentioned earlier one has to be very fast in adjusting to the lighting conditions during the event. The background screen, the surrounding lights and even your competing cameramen in the room who wants to get the best angle of shot.
One thing that everyone enjoyed during the dinner was the appearance by the famous comedian Joanne Kam. Again this is my first experience with her. The jokes were mostly related to ladies and things you would not want your young daughter to say. I mean she can get away with it but it was all for fun and entertainment. If I say what she said last night I swear that my wife will never speak to me ever again.
Anyway the show was all good for me. It brings me away from the regular official event of lengthy speeches and things to do with national aspirations. Sometimes people may see the organisation part is pretty important. No doubt it is. But I also see the outcome will always be how much effort has been put into it and not necessary the dollars and cents. This is so because I happened to meet the backstage team who put this all together. The models also play an important as all eyes will be on you when you walk down the catwalk. Any mistake you make or if you take a tumble or your expression betrays the confidence it will affect the whole show. Strut with style and you will have the audience rooting for you even if you make a mistake.
Anyway there is nothing much I can share with you on how to improve your photography skills when attending a fashion show. You can bring your Nikon or Canon camera or various types of lenses and flash guns. But some people need not worry about what equipment they need to bring along to a fashion show but just sit down to enjoy the food, music and company. These are the kind of people you have to salute and usually makes you green with envy.
As the worldwide web continues to review the way it interacts or interlinks between users and protocols (if any} so shall this blog attempt to adapt to this changes. As I have mentioned how my previous blogger blog was destroyed, partly its my fault for not reading the fine prints when transferring between accounts and service providers. One would expect a smooth transfer but that is usually in theory. Nevertheless its a regrettable loss as some great posts goes missing without photos. Since then, I have gotten over the ‘accident’ which reminds me to take precautionary measures in this digital journey.
Hopefully the integration of the various social media platforms especially is something I welcome as it allows for less chance of me from losing my past posts or keep tabs on the feedback I get from multiple sources be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or You Tube. So here is a start to another fantastic blogging journey for this digital nomad as I continue to explore the various possibilities that seem endless in the vast internet frontiers.
It has come to my mind now that blogging used to be a thing of the past. You just do not know what to blog about as there are a million and one data flowing in the internet through different social media platforms like facebook, insta or twitter that challenges all those who used to share their world in blogs. The high speed internet has turned most of the tech savvy communities into cyber consumers making them spend more them surfing for worthwhile information online.
This is the essence of our digital economy status in Sarawak at the moment. We are on average, at infancy stage when it comes to making the most of the high speed internet in Sarawak now. Many have jumped into the bandwagon wondering how to make money online only to get lost in the wilderness of cyberspace while trying to set up online stores or shops. Along the journey these seekers become more blurry as the contents created by others make them drown in the border less internet universe. One either gets engrossed and withdraw into surrender mode as each click or visits to different websites create more confusion. Sure we will read reviews done by others, or guides by good Samaritans. The complexity of the different variables coming into play, the interactivity of the multiple links make some of us wish the internet world would be more simpler. I have come across many blogs and articles on how easy it is to make money online without dishing out your hard earned money to the sites in question which claimed at first that the advice you will gain monetary rewards from their site which the authors claim to be completely free.
Unfortunately this is far from the truth for some. After that you will receive emails requesting you to invest in this new found secret that have made them successful. That’s what the internet world is lacking right now and that is honest feedback on how to make money or lose money online thus allowing everyone to share the benefit.
I remembered it was an adventure I embarked on when I decided to start blogging many many moons ago. Those earlier moments when the web was less high tech or interactive, it was so much fun to read blogs then. You know who was who as the blogger’s link becomes one of your favourite located on your sidebar. Now fast forward, blogs have been transformed into weapons of mass deception (i would not want to say channel of lies). Being a blogger or if someone calls you one now, relates more to being identified as a cyber trooper posting politically motivated propaganda these days. Let’s move away from that now as I plan reviews on the various online income done through surveys or other methods offered online so that it can be an important source of reference especially for those who wish to do the same. So stay tuned.
This morning I had a glimpse of a song that was famous when I was just born and it was sung by the original singer, Mr. Richmond Allan Morshidi. He presented a fun version while entertaining us during lunch time. It was a moment I would not want to miss.
Launching of the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022
The State Government recently intoduced its 5 years Digital Economy strategy for 2018 – 2020 during Civil Service Day 2017. The event was officiated by the The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg on the 13th of December 2017. This is the start of the Digital journey for the State of Sarawak as the strategies will provide the much needed direction for the Sarawak Multimedia Authority that was also launched at the same time.
The youtube video below summarises the event that took place during the Civil Service Day 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.
The official keynote address by the Chief Minister of Sarawak during the launching of Sarawak Civil Service Day 2017.
The document below detailing the Strategic Action initiatives below can be downloaded by clicking on the image.
The initiative in the form of organising the International ICT Infrastructure and Digital Economy Conference Sarawak 2017 that started it all.
Sarawak’s digital economy journey started in April 2017.
Turning twenty three (23) in the State Civil Service was another ordinary day. In fact I never realised the anniversary until I signed some documents and I asked my colleague the date I should put in the date column. When she mentioned its the eleventh of July then I remembered it was 23 years ago this once young officer reported for duty at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, at eighth floor Wisma Bapa Malaysia.
Looking back at how long since I embraced the Civil Service I realised how things have changed. In fact I can see with great admiration and sadness at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, where I first reported for duty, from my new office as it was there the sweet and bitter memories, the ups and down lies. Recruitment that time was not so complicated like it is now where one needs excellent grades to be considered qualified for selection. Yes its the age of talents now for those who wish to join the service. For many who have applied in the recent years and those who succeeded to reach the examination, assessment and finally interview stage will know how tough it is. The ones who made it through the various phases are considered the cream on top. I would not know if I would have survived if I had to go through the process myself.
Each time a young officer comes under me I would sound like an old uncle saying things like “Boy, in our days we had to use bus to the waterfront and cross the river by official boat, then use van sapu to get to office”. Its true back then, we had no hand phones in our hands before they were called smartphones. Only my banker friends would have one and those working with Sarawak Securities that I could recall would have more than one probably for dealing with different clients. Personal Computers were additional luxuries and well basically only the typists will have them. Officers get to share one computer at the resource room ~ a unit provided by MAMPU back then.
Being a young officer that time the office left it to me how to figure out it worked and there was a lot of trial and error. Yes the standard of measurement to be competent with computers that time was as long as you are young you know how it works. So from there on, most of the knowledge was self taught and self learning because I hate to see technology lay to waste. By coincidence most of my friends that time were the young Sarawak Computer Services (SCS back then but now known as SAINS) fellas who were a few floors below and they come up to service the MAMPU computer every time I infected it with virus. My senior officer colleagues wished no part in touching it and I understand why as the computer interface was pretty confusing. Icons were not easily memorable and opened up different things when clicked. So we usually end up having “Boy, in our days we did it this way and that way….” conversations with me but I learned a lot also from them as these officers could memorise service circulars like a super computer. No need to refer to any internet or links as their brains worked like Google’s browser and have almost perfect accuracy in quoting reference numbers for the different circulars.
Yes I have to admit those were memorable days and fast forward 23 years the changes has been overwhelming. In a way we could say the introduction of information technology (IT) or rather Information Communication Technology (ICT) has been quite disruptive. But its necessary also as the load of information run in the millions especially if we talk about Big Data now. With the Digital Economy journey in full gear and the strive towards Fourth Industrial Revolution you start thinking, maybe I can get my younger officers deal with all these changes. After all they are young and these Internet of Things stuffs should be kacang (come natural) for them. But then one has to come to terms with the new challenges of serving in the 21st Century. The New Synthesis preached by Jocelyne Bourgon explains it well on how to ‘anticipate what might be, to prevent what can be and to adapt to what will be‘. Well I have to agree on the adapting part and we have to adapt together. Its a world of hashtags now, that’s for sure as this is the way the millennial generation express themselves these days.
Talk about hashtags, come now, lets not get too serious in this posting and lets celebrate another anniversary in the form of the Rainforest World Music Festival 2017 as it dishes out its twentieth (20th) anniversary this year. Post your images while you are there and do that hashtag thing with #RWMF2017. See you when I see you and very surely in social media.
Basically I was wondering also why the event would be called Sada Kamek but it was described as the sound of nature by the Rainforest Fringe website. It could have been called a pre Rainforest World Music Festival concert to give it more oomph. But Sada Kamek was picked by the organisers and I guess its there to stay, hopefully.
The atmosphere at the Kuching Amphitheatre was befitting of a Sarawak Talents concert as the performers were all from Sarawak and they played and sang along to traditional instruments; though not all but for some of the songs they did. Although some singers sang modern songs, the massive crowd that gathered there was very responsive to the different tunes. Sometimes fast and sometimes slow then fast again. It was like a good teaser to a really exciting dance movie. In fact the party vibes were in the air and people actually danced. My mind was already thinking about work as tonight was a Sunday and I have a whole load of assignments waiting for me in the office. But the star attractions in the likes of Dayang Nurfaizah, Noh Salleh, Nading Rhapsody, At Adau, Pete Kallang , Alena Murang and Mathew Ngau were too much of a magnet to miss. Either that or it was my boss’s instruction to attend. Whatever it is I am thankful to have seen these bands and individuals perform. The idea of experimental music both by Nading Rhapsody and At Adau was something newto me and its pleasant to the ears.
And So We Danced
Towards the end of the night the weather was kind, the music became the only source of energy that flowed into one’s tensed muscles giving way to a rhythmic move that can only end in dancing. It provides an exciting preview of what would be coming to the Sarawak Cultural Village within the next few days. Some Oohaaa moments awaiting and with most bands that are coming into Kuching will be equally exciting. The beer will be good too for me I hope. After all there are shuttle buses to bring one to and fro the venue not forgetting Grab Car and Uber are in town.
What would be my survival guide advice to those who are coming down for the World Forest Music Festival? I read a lot of advices being posted by the Rainforest World Music Festival veterans recently. DDJ can only stress on the idea of being fit to be able to dance all night long for the 3 days of the event. Hit the road, run the mile and hit the gymnasium before you all come here for the fun and dance. Download those fitness apps and also the Grab Car and Uber apps. I am sure they will be useful in one way or another.
The Rainforest Fringe has just been launched promising an interesting array of 10 days events meant to warm up the early bird fans both locals and abroad who are streaming into Kuching for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2017 . The different sideline activities which will be held before the the main event on 14th to 16th July 2017 are also attractive in its own way displaying the rich cultural and arts resources that are mostly Sarawak based. So it was at the Sarawak Tourism Complex (the Old Court House) the program took off. Simple but meaningful, the ceremony was officiated by the Sarawak’s Honourable Minister for Tourism, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and those present included his two Assistant Ministers YB Datuk Lee Kim Shim and YB Snowdan Lawan. Those who were present and those who will be participating in the various upcoming events are encouraged to share their activities in social media using the hashtags#rainforestfringe#rwmf2017 .