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.
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.