Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Rainforest World Music Festival 2013: The Excitement Begins


As you can see, I have done packing! I packed my equipments and clothing. I must say I am excited but at the same time feeling nervous. This will be my first time attending Rainforest World Music Festival and it will also be my first time blogging for the event. Basically everything will be my first time, ha-ha. First time blogging on behalf of Sarawak Bloggers, first time blogging with an official media pass, first time blogging for a world event and first time meeting other members from Sarawak Bloggers Society. So, there are many things running through my head right now. As taught by my belief, I should not worry about anything because God is already ahead of me in everything and in every area of my life! All I need is to sum up my courage to overcome the shyness and fear of mingling with people who come to celebrate world music in the midst of rainforest! I do want to enjoy the moment like everyone else too. 

Last weekend I had to drive all the way from Betong to Kuching (4 hours of driving) just to meet up other bloggers who were also part of the Sarawak Bloggers team. We did finally meet each other and frankly speaking I found them to be friendly and cheerful people. There were supposed to be seven of us, but only five came to the little gathering at Starbucks. They were Tia Brangking, Garner, Lyndi and Kheirul (hope to get your name right!). We talked about matters related to RWMF, preparation, task delegation and so on. So, I am expecting us to have a jolly great time at RWMF and hopefully to go home with many memorable moments. I personally would like to bring back invaluable knowledge and experience from RWMF, which I hope will benefit me in the future. 

Let me share a little bit information about the RWMF. It has been voted by Songlines, a renowned world music magazine for 4 consecutive years as the top 25 International Festivals. Besides, it has also recently been awarded the BrandLaureate Country Branding Award 2012-2013 for its effort in bringing the country to the international stage. The event is organised by Sarawak Tourism Board and is a 3-day celebration. Sarawak Cultural Village (Kampung Budaya) has always been the home of the festival. Music workshops are usually attended by music lovers during daytime and concerts are nightly. This year the event is held from the 28th-30th of June 2013. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance. Adults are charged RM120 while children RM60 for daily passes. If you wish to get the 3-day pass, then the price will be cheaper. RM330 for adults and RM160 for children age between three and 12. 

Here are some tips for an enjoyable experience at the RWMF 2013:

·      Be there early. There are usually long queues at the gate for tickets or access to the venue due to ticket verification and other security measures.
·      Please do not bring non-permitted items (knives, sharp items, outside food) as they will be confiscated.
·      No food & drink and animals are allowed to be brought inside the venue.
·      Food, beverage, CDs, souvenirs and crafts will be on sale at the event. Most items are sold on Cash Terms except where indicated.
·      There is only one ATM machine available opposite the festival entrance, so please prepare accordingly.
·      Limited car-parking facilities are available 2km from the festival venue, where you will be connected via shuttle bus. To avoid any inconvenience, you are encouraged to catch the shuttle buses from the city centre, which will operate at regular intervals during the event. The shuttle bus will drop right at the festival entrance.
·      You can bring your own lawn chairs or mats.
·      Bring along a desire to be at one with nature and a yearning to celebrate and unite with kindred spirits from around the globe.

Just in case you are afraid of getting lost at SCV, here is the treasure map that will guide you to your treasure chest in the rainforest! Good luck and let's party!! 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

AJARR Showcase 2013

Since AJARR 6 is around the corner, CATSfm is showcasing its finalists all over Sarawak at roadshows. On the 15th of June 2013 five finalists came to perform at Sri Aman's Waterfront. Those who entertained while I was there were Rannee Pat, Aldrich Hevance, Taju Remaong, Pelima Mathew, Louis Benet, Winnie Albert and The Family Man. Although it was an extremely hot day, but my friends and I were not so much bothered because the artists were pretty entertaining. Of course the main reason we went to the event was to show supports towards our local acts. My friends and I not sure we could make it to AJARR 6 this year, so this would be the best opportunity to watch the finalists sing their hearts out. Among the finalists for AJARR 6 are Taju Remaong, Rannee Pat, Gabriel Fairuz Louis, Stevenson, Hailey, Hevance, Donny Lang, Urai, Lyssa, Louis Benet, Leena Renez and Pelima Mathew. I liked the fact that a few artists actually could interact with their audience quite well. That might not be such a big deal but we, the local music fans, certainly noticed! Not that we wanted to shade negative impression but we actually loved it. Interaction with the audience is important in any performance. That small gesture could simply buy you another vote, right? Undeniably being able to sing live still largely influence the decision making in the end. Apart from that, I got a free copy of The Family Man's CD at the event, how cool! 

For those who are interested to attend AJARR 6, tickets can be purchased at roadshows' booth as well as the official t-shirt. The final AJARR will be held on the 6th of July 2013 at Dewan Suarah Sibu at 7.30pm. However, I am unsure about tickets being sold at the entrance during the final. For more information regarding voting through SMS, fans and CATSfm listeners may search the details either at the radio station's or each finalist's Facebook page. So, why not cast votes for your favourite artist while you still can. Your votes determine their winning! Who am I voting for? That will be my little secret. Ha-ha. Lastly, I would like to thank Taju Remaong personally for the drink that quenched my thirst on a hot sunny day. You guys were amazing! For those who cannot make it to the event, you can tune in to CATSfm live cast on your radio or through their website. There is another way too, which is to download CATSfm application either on your Android or Apple device. Good luck to all finalists! 

 With Aldrich from Hevance

 Pelima Mathew

 Rannee Pat

 Winnie Albert

 CATSfm Radio DJs
 Taju Remaong

 The Family Man