So, yeah. I was at the blogger gathering Bloggers United Malaysia Gathering 2007. I arrived at the place right on the dot but, then, Malaysian time, you know. Since almost everybody came after 1800, the whole event started late. The infamous snowball effect got on and later, a rather healthy guy riled up, sort of asking why he had to wait for dinner.

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By luck, I met former schoolmate Nik Nazmi. I was quite happy to see him because finally, someone that I personally know!

Apparently though, sitting right beside him was a mistake. At the event, he became a favorite punch bag of anti-KJ fraction in UMNO. You know, the pro-Mahathir, anti-Pak Lah kind of thing. I had to endure a relatively heated debate that I rather not go into at that particular point of time.

With them coming up with racial nationalistic tone assaulting PKR’s New Economic Agenda, I felt sympathy for the friend of mine whom stood his ground, despite me myself do not quite buy into the PKR’s NEA. I do not quite buy it for an entire different reason however.

Apart from me, there were two other persons listening quietly to the debate. I do think he managed to secure at least three votes from that table, if he decides to run for office.

Elizabeth Wong shared the same table with me. First time meeting her in person. The last time was through a video conferencing at Stanford. According to sources, she will need to wear burqa soon.

Finally met Nat, a fellow blogger at Metroblogging Kuala Lumpur, of whom has yet to write his first post. I think he was the first person to hold a conversation me at the event. Friendly.

Also met his girlfriend, Li Tsin, (Politikus). I was surprised to discover that she knew my name and recognized my face. And, she seemed to be estatic about meeting Kenny Sia.

And oh, Kenny Sia, the big man himself, was there, at least, in the latter part of the event. His flight to KL was delayed. I half expected him to crack joke all the time. But he did not.

Then there was Mob. Not quite whom I had imagine he would be. I thought he would be this one angry big man. Hey, with all of his posters, it was hard to think of otherwise.

And John Lee, apparently, became a star by his own right.

There was Rikey. Seemingly angry that nobody knew he was there.

One of the organizers, Howsy is another guy whom I thought would be one of those Krakatoan people whom would explode at any moment. Instead, just as Marina Mahathir said, he is as cute as his cartoon (OMG! They killed Kenny! You bastard). So, okay, maybe little Krakatoa.

There was Mahaguru, being a little bit too friendly. I knew the gathering theme was engage and embrace but I did not know I had to do it literally.

Desi turned out to be an veteran. He had his own books on sale at a book stand but I had only RM20 to spare. According to my weekly budget. I needed the rest of my money to fly off to Australia!

To think of it, I had thought the mean and median of attendees would be young. Quite the contrary, I most likely I sat on the 4th quartile of the normal curve!

Lucia Lai was quiet. Or maybe, I took no initiative to talk to too many people.

Lulu was there. No, no. Not that Lulu. Or that Lulu. It is Lulu instead!

Shook hand with Tony Pua, Jeff Ooi and another person that I cannot remember, among others.

While a few people introduced me to other people as a green libertarian, Tian Chua introduced himself to me as some strain of anarcho-syndicalist and he thought I am a leftie. I certainly am not so.

Met Sharon Bakar. She thought my face looks similar to one of her students at the Malay College. Could it be, she asked? I replied, “I’m far too young for that (possibility)”.

At the very end, Nat, Tikus, Desi, Mob, Lucia, Nik Nazmi and me enjoyed a round of teh tarik in Subang Jaya, talking about a matter that Desi sternly warned shall not be blogged. Before he told us that, I was thinking, hmm…

And oh yeah, managed to watch Drogba fooled van der Sar! Yeah baby yeah!

After the day ended, there were too many names to remember and I needed a break:

9 Responses to “[1229] Of BUM 2007”

  1. on 20 May 2007 at 18:43 bibliobibuli

    it was so nice to meet you too. you’re right about the comparative age of the bloggers who came last night.

    i mised kenny sia??? so sad

  2. on 20 May 2007 at 20:17 Nik Nazmi

    Haha, it was a good night.

    Anyway you mentioned that there’s something from Sayong to give me. What was it?

    Maybe we should meet up for dinner or something – after our Kongres of course πŸ˜‰

  3. on 20 May 2007 at 23:47 Hafiz Noor Shams

    yup. sure budu.

  4. on 21 May 2007 at 01:34 politikus

    it was kenny sia wei! the guy who entertained me immensely during long dull student days when i was working in a call centre in some faraway place called bristol. lol.

    plus, wanna scold him for his silly CM πŸ™‚

    but yeah all in all a pleasure to meet you! btw, i told nat, “look, that is hafiz! go say hi!”. he was pretty eager to meet you πŸ™‚

  5. on 21 May 2007 at 02:52 elizabethwong

    Is ‘burqa’ a codeword for *hot kebaya*? πŸ˜›

    Lovely to meet you at long last, though I didn’t get to pick the brains of a liberal (libertarian?) greenie. I hope for another opportunity round the corner.

  6. on 21 May 2007 at 22:59 Hafiz Noor Shams

    Dear tikus:

    With muscle like that, I do not feel you need to justify your eagerness. πŸ™‚

    Dear Eli:

    Hot kebaya? I need to join PKR! LOL!

  7. on 22 May 2007 at 10:59 lucia

    well i can talk better in writing then in person, thus no surprise people find me quiet. but once i know a person well i can talk a lot.

    you were sitting near me at the mamak stall and all along i didn’t know it was you. anyway glad to know now how the_earthnic looks like. thanks for coming!

  8. on 22 May 2007 at 14:54 MAHAGURU58

    Assalamualaikum Hafiz,

    Hahahaha…actually, I would be more inclined to give you a crushing bear hug if I had known you were coming!

    Anyway, there is always the next gathering! πŸ˜›

    We can dish it out then as we do online! πŸ˜€

    Nevertheless, it was good to meet you and the others!

    Promise not to be friendly next time we meet!:P

  9. […] Like other bloggers, I first met him at BUM 2007. […]

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