Surprise! Two birthdays and a bride-to-be

It was a week of pretense and white lies as friends wanted to surprise their loved ones. First, Yuki wanted to surprise Horng with a small gathering. She roped in some of us in the plans, I ended up having to make the call to persuade the birthday boy to the agreed venue.

Me: Horng, I need your help to move something, can ar? I’m sick and Kerol‘s not at home.
Horng: Errr okay. What time?
Me: 1pm can or not? ‘Cos now I’m not at home but I’ll be home at 1.
Horng: Later a bit can ar? ‘Cos I want to go for lunch with Yuki.
Me: Oh… very fast one.. come before your lunch la.
Horng: Cannot lah, I need to eat, I’m hungry. Wait a bit la.. I’ll come after lunch okay.
Me: *thinks oh f- f- f-!*

Bla bla bla, Yuki and I (individually) managed to get him to come at 1pm. Most memorable moment was ShaolinTiger hiding behind a palm tree, hehehe. Happy birthday Horny!

Horng's surprise birthday lunch
Merman Horng and Yuki

Then LL, Mike‘s bride-to-be’s ji mui wanted to take her out for a surprise hen’s night dinner. We opted for Silver Spoon Trattoria in Bandar Menjalara where the well-known Chef Ken rules the kitchen roost. Most lovely food, great ambiance, wonderful manager by the name of Kelvin. You should definitely check the place out for yourself!

I asked Mike to deliver her to the venue because they were going around Selangor and Pahang trying to get things done for their wedding (which will be E.P.I.C.!) next week. Haha sometimes I wonder why people never suspect anything when their other half behaves out of the norm. Means Mike is a good pretender la, HOOORRRRR!!!!!

LiLing's hen's night dinner
To be shackled soon! Photo by Kim

Poojitha’s husband Girish had invited a few of us to join in a surprise birthday party for her at Zeta Bar. It was massive fun, way too much fun for a Monday evening! Of course I suffered for it at Bootcamp this morning but it was worth it, heh!

Poojitha's birthday at Zeta Bar
A few of us and the birthday girl in white! Photo by Joyce

I think I can start my own business. Rent-A-Surprise, anyone?

Picnic of beer and pork sausages @ Sid’s BeerFest 2010, Bukit Tunku!

In case you missed it, here’s my fun outing report. In case you get jealous that you missed it, well that would teach ya for not following me on Twitter for sporadic information on awesome events such as this! :P

Sid’s Beerfest 2010 was at Bukit Tunku last Sunday. The weather was fine and so was the company as we sat in the grassy open area, armed with rugs and insect repellent. It was mostly Mr. and Mrs. Cheang‘s efforts though, they even provided LOTS of curly fries and onion rings bought from A&W!

Sid's Beerfest 2010 - It's a picnic!
BeerBeer, Mr. Cheang, Erna, my cousin SH, LiLing and Kerol

We got there at about 12pm, an hour after the festivities began. It was my first time having a picnic in KL, with all her hot and humid weather conditions. Wasn’t so bad as we sat under the shades of a humongous tree. Bought some coupons for RM10 Kilkenny and RM10 smoked pork sausages, yum!

Not long after, the Oompah band got ready for their first set, and last performance for Oktoberfest Malaysia 2010.

Sid's Beerfest 2010 - Band and chicks

They tried to make everyone join in the dances. Was quite fun, but now I can’t get the stupid chicken dance tune out of my head. Damn stupidd!!!!! GRRRRRRrrrrrrr….

Sid's Beerfest 2010 - Dancing crowd

Was a very enjoyable Sunday! We left at about 3pm as more people arrived. Good to be an early bird!

Sid's Beerfest 2010 - Geoff, Michael, LiLing, Kerol, Suanie
With Geoff Siddle, awesome owner of Sid’s Pubs!

We need to have these kind of events/ outings in KL more often!

Oktoberfest in Malaysia! Souled Out & Sid’s TTDI

Postcard from Berlin - Oktoberfest Thanks to Michael the Great, I had an absolutely rocking time at GAB‘s version of Oktoberfest at Souled Out, Sri Hartamas and Sid’s Pub in TTDI. I think there were a couple other venues, but who can party so much these days?

Not me, I’m old(er) now! :D

By the way, the photo on the right is a postcard from Berlin.

The party at Souled Out was the launch of the Oktoberfest event. They went all out: food and drink tents, guys and girls in costumes, random spray-on tattoo stalls, rows of tables arranged like the real Oktoberfest in Munich, friggin’ heavy beer steins, a (funnily enough, all English) band to entertain you with jingles and what-not..

Best of all, the heaps and heaps of beeeeeeeeeeeeeer!

Oktoberfest @ Souled Out - Eyeris, Suanie and Kilkenny

Met old and new friends! Saw the Nuffies also, herro!

Oktoberfest @ Souled Out - happy people

Got persuaded by cute chick in Bavarian outfit to have a spray-on tattoo for no reason!

Oktoberfest @ Souled Out - Suanie and cute German chick

The one at Sid’s Pub in TTDI a few days later was also fun, but only after we had our Kilkenny lah, waheyyy!

Oktoberfest @ Sid's TTDI - Fireangel, Eyeris, Suanie

So long time you never see Fireangel hor? Me too!

Oktoberfest @ Sid's TTDI - Niki Cheong, Suanie, Fireangel

Also had the best RM10 smoked pork sausage hotdog ever! Later learned it was supplied by Jarrod & Rawlins, awesome!

So yes, excessive drinking and partying. That’s why I’m back in Original Bootcamp Malaysia :)

BFM Sept ’10 tweetup @ Kitchen Creatures, Centrepoint

I am a huge fan of BFM 89.9, the business radio station. Even though it’s mainly about finance and economy and grown up stuff that I don’t really care about, they appropriate a large chunk of airtime for stuff that I find interesting, enlightening and educational. Just the other day, they interviewed Julian Hyde who is the GM of Reef Check Malaysia. I learned bits about coral bleaching and the state of Malaysian corals, which I would never have known if I didn’t catch the interview.

I also felt 10x smarter after that. So everyone wins!

BFM Tweet Up Sept 2010 - Kitchen Creatures
Justin of Priority Comms, DaddyLian, Malek Ali, Freda and Vernon, Harinder, Ben and Niki!

Enough rambling. As I was saying, I’m a huge @BFMradio fan. A couple of weeks ago, they announced via Twitter that they’d be having a tweet up where BFM radio personalities would be present. I did the necessary and scored myself an invite, yay!

It was held yesterday at Kitchen Creatures @ Centrepoint, Bandar Utama. There were familiar faces and I met @vernieman for the 1st time after following him on Twitter for so long.

David Chew and Freda Liu were present, as well as Malek Ali, the dude who got the whole BFM radio thing rolling. I was rather pumped up to meet him, as I thought he did a brilliant job since listening to his interview last year during BFM’s 1st birthday do. In fact the entire BFM crew was pleasant and most attentive to ideas, suggestions and feedback.

BFM Tweet Up Sept 2010 - David Chew
David Chew taking us through the presentation

Some highlights:

  • New BFM website to be launched soon! Most likely after the Raya celebrations.
  • Cleaner, sleeker look and feel with better navigational functions to the new site.
  • “What song are you playing now ar?” will not have to be asked again.
  • David Chew is very funny.
  • Watch the show live via UStream, and selected VOD will be available.
  • Apparently Freda was caught singing on very same said Ustream channel without her awareness.
  • Podcasts available on iTunes
  • Better mobile pack thingy, I wasn’t paying attention then but it will be further improved. Something about mobi and Iphone optimised.
  • Everyone @ BFM pays attention to @BFMradio, has Tweetdeck.
  • Streaming via website is now cross-platform, not confined to just Windows Media Player, YAY!
  • From Friday onwards, listeners can call in to the studio! Just like the good ol’ days! +603-7710 9000

That’s about all that I can remember for now. The most important bit I remember was that, BFM will celebrate their 2nd birthday this coming Friday. A very special day is planned, with famous radio personalities of yesteryears invited to take over the BFM mics! You’re looking at the likes of Patrick Teoh, Faridah Merican and Yasmin Yusoff presenting BFM shows, how awesome is that?? It’s going to be a riot, I tell you.

Friday, 03 September 2010, BFM radio, FM 89.9, 7am onwards. Miss it and kick yourself where it really hurts because it’s going to be awesome! Happy birthday, BFM! :)

ABSOLUT ROCK party @ Solaris Dutamas

One of the good things about taking a break from Original Bootcamp (hey, I’m still kind of injured you know! :P ) is being able to party on Friday nights until you’re absolutely plastered. Well, not that I do that all the time but it’s nice to have options, heh.

We RSVP-ed to Eric’s invitation to the launch of Absolut Rock at Blackbox, which coincidentally marked my 2nd time going to Solaris Dutamas. It is still a very confusing place for me, especially the entering/ exiting basement parking part.

Absolut Rock launch - cocktails Absolut Rock launch - Mike and Deep
Michael with loads of Absolut Vodka cocktails, and bromancing with Deep

There were models parading around the place dressed as different versions of David Bowie and Robert Pattinson. There was also a Spock-lookalike right down to the spacey shoulder pads. It was a bit surreal for me but I have to say that I had a fantastic time! Of course, the company was the numero uno reason other than the free-flowing cocktails and awesome DJ action by Twillight Action Girl.

Absolut Rock launch - Horng and Mike Absolut Rock launch - Suanie, Kerol, KY
Mike abusing Horng, and me giving some loving to Kerol

Absolut Rock launch - Nigel and Suanie Absolut Rock launch - Reta and Suanie
Me with Nigel and glam Reta

At some point during the party, Mike went on stage to win an air guitar competition. His prize was of course a bottle of Absolut Vodka, which he later opened with gusto to spike our drinks. Something about saving time from having to go to the bartender to ask for more vodka shots? Hmmm…

I loved this backdrop at the event which FA asked me to take a photo of. With her in the shot, of course.

Absolut Rock launch - FA poser
FA posing

All in all we had a blast of a party! Did I say that already? Can always repeat myself one, right? We had a blast of a party!! Thanks for having us :)

Absolut Rock launch - Group shot 01
Mike, ShaolinTiger, Terence, Kim, KY, FA, Haze & Ruby

Absolut Rock launch - Group shot 02
Terence, Elfie, Mike… argh you know everyone else!

Magenta @ Zeta Bar, Hilton KL

By now there are 2 things in life that I am almost certain of: 1) Always try to accept and make it for parties invited by Hilton KL (because they know how to throw a good one), and; 2) Never wear the inexpensive but absolutely gorgeous (in my eyes) pair of shoes bought from Eclipse because I can’t walk in them after too much alcohol and dancing. Terrible combination in heels, that is.

Magenta the band is Zeta Bar, Hilton KL’s in-house performers from now until end of July 2010. We were most impressed with Kolette Easy’s vocals as well as her flat tummy bursting with an almost 6-pack. I look at it and all I could see was 300 crunches a day. *Shivers*

Zeta Bar @ Hilton KL - Magenta Band
Magenta! A couple of photos were shamelessly nicked from Haze

Always fun hanging out with good company and dancing with fun people :) There was a whole thing about getting Ringo on stage pretending it was her birthday because the birthday boy looked cute, but I don’t remember the details for… uh, my mind was somewhere else.

Zeta Bar @ Hilton KL - Suanie with Jac, Horng, Haze, Shaz
With Jac, Horng, Haze, Shaz and Jean & Belle of Hilton KL

I should have eaten more things before I went. Uh… shoulda woulda coulda. Other than not pacing myself, I had an absolute blast. Thanks Jean for the invite!

Zeta Bar @ Hilton KL - Suanie with Ringo, Terence, Fireangel, Eric
With Ringo, Terence, Fireangel and Eric

Oh, apparently there was a bit of a ruckus as we were leaving. Terence saw this dude holding 3 balloons in his hand outside Zeta Bar, and thought he would want to get one for Ringo. I have no idea what he said or how he said it, but the guy screamed, “DO I LOOK LIKE A CLOWN TO YOU?!? C*B**!”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Well I thought that was damn funny, heh.

italk whoa! launch @ borneo rainforest cafe sunway

Was invited to the launch of Talk Whoa! at the Borneo Rainforest Cafe at Sunway. I don’t remember why, but I was so tired that I went home to sleep first. Hence I was a bit late to the event, heh. Luckily I managed to get there before Bunkface‘s performance!

Had a bit of a problem with registration, as the girls in charge could not locate my name. Hmmm… well it was dark and the name list was tiny! I saw Jac and told her that my name was not there. She went, huh got your name it’s the first one on the list! Whoaaaa hahah it was indeed! Just wanted to mention that :P

iTalk Whoa launch - door gift
Door gift. Photo nicked from Horng

The door gift by TM was a functional headphones + mic set. Unfortunately in the excitement of things, I forgot to take back my goodie bag. So there’s someone out there with an extra set of the headphones that should have been mine, grrr…

Saw a lot of familiar faces, some whom I’ve not seen in a while. E.g. Kenny who was in Dubai for work and only came back recently. Wingz and Tock too, I’d not seen the buggers in ages! These blogger events always seem like a get-together for old friends and acquaintances.

iTalk Whoa launch - Eric and Suanie
Eric and I

Some welcoming and opening speeches were made, formally introducing and launching the iTalk Whoa!. One of the more important Q&A part was when the question of when the software would be accessible via a non-IE browser. If I’m not mistaken, it’s either working already or they are looking into it very very soon.

After that the emcee had a few rounds of games. Haze participated and won something, though I’ve no idea what. Something about her being champion of picking up ice with a pair of chopsticks?

iTalk Whoa launch - Haze
Haze after winning a game. Photo nicked from Tock

Then Bunkface took the stage, yay!

If you’d remember, there was a campaign by TM a while back, featuring a really cute ad and an infectious song. It got people wondering who sang it, turns out it was Bunkface, a local 4-piece rock band from Malaysia. I really liked the ad and the song which you can see here:

The finale of the campaign saw a huge crowd gathered at Jalan Bukit Bintang singing along to ‘Through My Window’ with Bunkface, resulting in this ad highlighting the crowd:

Anyway I had a great time watching Bunkface performing live. They were rather entertaining!

iTalk Whoa launch - Bunkface
Bunkface! Photo nicked from Tock

Great end to the evening :)