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.
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.
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 .
Are you one of those who have decided to jump on the digital bandwagon? Everything is about that word digital now. Unknown to many we already have a “digitised” identity on the day we came into this world. Starting with the registration of our name at the National Registration Department (NRD) where we got our birth certificate our details are keyed in and we are assigned an identity number. If not it may be just that number you have in your medical card in between birth and the time you were registered with the NRD recorded somewhere. In a way its any form of information that is related or in modern term ‘linked’ to you.
Thus it is the start of your journey but not so digital as you carry on with life like going to school with your name tag or class photo that you have taken in the school magazine. Social media has not really reached our shores then but we do have that excitement of making new friends and of course in the old days we have pen pal columns where we look for friends in newspapers, entertainment magazines and I also distinctly remember through radios. We exchanged letters, photos, even cassettes and if opportunity allows we will arrange to meet up if they happen to be nearby. Yes, if you were born in the late 60s like me that “digital life” was considered at infancy stage.
Now lets forward that to our present time, the changes have been a hundred folds, The tools, the equipment and medium with which we interact being the social animal we are. Which is why we have our own social media presence or platforms via facebook, instagram, twitter ecetra ecetra. These social media enablers enhances your digital profile by giving by giving a face to the name, description of your likes and dislikes. Even if one uses a different profile image it shows what type of person you are. It may show your pet cat, some famous stars or rock group that you like or something more sinister (like being a Manchester United or Chelsea fan). In a way it will still link you up with people who love cats or those who are fans of the same famous star and rock group or those who support great soccer teams like Liverpool.
These days one can just sit at a kopitiam, a shop which has been tagged by many (including yourself) using Google Map, facebook, Waze, Foursquare Swarm. You whip out your smartphone and take a photo of your favourite dish and upload it to your social media outlet for your online friends to see. A few years ago it can be a delayed post but now it can be live (No thanks to Facebook Live, Instagram Live or Twitter Live). You can actually share online what you are presently gobbling (only God knows why) and it stays there also for others to see later. Anthony Bourdain is smarter as he had other people to hold the camera for him while he enjoys the Laksa Sarawak (and gets paid to do the show).
But there are different levels of sharing depending on the person holding that powerful digital tool especially if its a smartphone with camera-video-gps-face recognition-4G speed capability (powered by the latest Android). Though I would like to say those in my generation will be satisfied just to take automobile accident photos just so we can remember that plate number (for 4D numbers to purposes). Seldom will we share it instantly online unless its a really bizarre incident involving a rabies infected dog and several cars – well maybe put in a zombie turtle that caused the accident.
On an extreme level by my standard will be an image of a beer drinking session with the buddies minus the pretty ladies whom we exclude out of the photos even if they are with us. If we do take the ladies photos we won’t be in it ourselves but we will send it to our buddies in Whatssap and see if they can do better than us. Unlike the younger generations who will whip out their hand phones for selfies, welfies anytime, anywhere including the standard of “washroom mirror image” photos.
On an extreme level they will share their personal videos online for all to see be it with friends and strangers especially if one is familiar with Biggo Live. I came across a Biggo Live broadcast where it shows no one but still the ‘likes’ were coming in. Still its an interesting observation as the world wide web (especially that browser or apps you are using) now will know you more (where you have been, what you are doing and what you like at what particular time) than your best friends whether you consciously know it or not. If you play the DOTA 2 game online for enough hours the game console will already inform what type of player you are. Similarly if you watch enough Youtube channels the browser or apps will know what genre of channels you prefer. That’s a point to ponder and there is no escaping as the digital infrastructure creeps into the secluded corners of Sarawak for that matter.
Let’s embrace this digital age for its here to stay to disrupt our lives. Do not worry about those beer drinking session photos put online but do make sure that its not posted with a time stamp showing its office hours and that you should be back behind your desk that time.