Engagement Jelly

I don’t think I’ve ever been as nervous as I was that day.

I had been fiddling with the ring in my pocket all day, and here I was, finally, in line at Waiola Shave Ice waiting to give my order.

Waiola Shave Ice Ordering Window

“What’ll you have?”

“Two large cones with ice cream. Li hing and Melona flavors,” I rattled off the order just like I had many times before. “Oh, and, uh, can you put this on top of one of the ice creams, underneath the shave ice?” My hand was shaking as I gave him the ring, sealed inside a tiny plastic ziploc baggie. “I’m going to propose to my girlfriend today.”


Rainforest World Music Festival: Exhausting and Energizing

I think I need a vacation from my weekend.

Sunset at One Hotel Santubong

Hotel Santubong Sunset

This past week, Annie and I spent 3 and a half days in Santubong (a hour’s drive north of Kuching) at the 2011 Rainforest World Music Festival as invited media representing the Sarawak Bloggers group. The good people at Sarawak Tourism Board gave us media passes to the event, allowing us access to the press conferences as well as the workshops and concerts at the Festival being held at the Sarawak Cultural Village. We didn’t manage to get a hotel room in Santubong, however, so that meant we had to make the 1 hr drive from Kuching and back, each day.

It was quite an exhausting experience. But it was one I’ll never forget.


Rainforest World Music Festival 2011 Press Conference

We’re in!

Media Passes to Rainforest World Music Festival 2011

rainforest world music festival media passes

Thanks to a generous arrangement between Sarawak Tourism Board and Sarawak Bloggers, Annie and I are attending the Rainforest World Music Festival here in Kuching as invited media! The Festival officially opens on the 8th and runs all weekend. But today we went to the One Hotel Santubong to attend the pre-Festival press conference and to pick up our passes.


We’re Going to the Rainforest World Music Festival

Rainforest World Music Festival, July 8-10, 2011

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Despite being the 4th largest city in Malaysia and the capital of Sarawak, Kuching is a relatively quiet town (especially compared to the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur).  Not much in the way of world-class events comes to Kuching.  But one event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) had its start in Kuching in 1997 and has been held here every year since.


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