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  • Monday, December 1, 2008

    Asia Conference Singapore

    Whats On My Mind:

    Sorry for the much delayed update,
    I was rather caught up with other stuff
    for these pass few days since I got home.

    Anyway, I will be splitting my
    Singapore trip blog entry into 2 parts(might have more). :)

    My trip to Singapore was great, except for not having enough of sleep...

    The reason for this trip was to attend a conference organized by City Harvest Church Singapore - 'Asia Conference' at Singapore Expo Stadium.

    Touching Asia, transforming the world!

    This isn't my 1st time going to Singapore, once I went was during my primary school time and the other was 3 years ago for 'Emerge Conference' also organized by City Harvest.

    Singapore is known for its 'kia su' culture, the everything must be 1st, and so call cannot lose out attitude has created various impression to Malaysians like myself..

    I always have a mind set where 'kia su' means pushing each other into the MRT without giving much consideration to the people around or cut cues at McDonalds.

    If that is the case, I think Malaysia should be the country that gets the title of 'kia su' instead, except the cut cue part,

    Just look at the condition at the KTM stations during peak hours and you will know what I mean..

    But seeing is believing, although the 'kia su-ness' that I witnessed wasn't cutting cue and pushing people, I tell you, its still amazing to see the determination of these Singaporean people.

    Its not a straight line, its a continues 'S' shape,
    so you imagine how long it is....

    They line up for very long just to be able to get seats in the main auditorium!

    And my very long means 2 - 4 hours! Some even longer then that! Seriously worst then some famous band concert...

    Lucky, a local friend of mine had book seats inside the hall, hence we went through the back way like a VIP. :)

    Passing through lots of restrictions and under the rain was troublesome, it does not matter, still better then lining up...

    Did not manage to get into the main hall, and we were not satisfied, heck I traveled thousands of kilometers just to get myself behind a big screen projector?

    So, we promised ourselves that we will be as 'kia su' as possible the next day.

    There is a saying, "if you cant beat 'kia su-ness', then become 'kia su'!"

    Since then, we always manage to get seats in the auditorium! Yay!

    Cultural adaptation sure is important..

    20 thousand++ people from around the
    world attending this conference..

    I've meet many nice people in Singapore, they were kind, helpful and very generous.

    But there are bound to be arses around no matter where we go...

    One day a friend and I went into the auditorium early, we had to book 6 place for our friends whom are coming late.

    City Harvest Singapore Choir team

    Bare in mind, thousands of people are constantly coming in, only 2 of us, a guy and a small size girl, our surrounding are already filled,

    While having the need to book 6 other seats and at the same time telling people who attempts to sit there "sorry, its taken"...

    Not an easy task...

    We loaded any stuff we can find in our bag and place them on other empty chairs, lucky we still manage to take up 2 seats in front of us and 4 behind.

    Like a shepherd fending off the wolves, all attempts were smooth, BUT....

    There is this bunch of aunties and uncles(maybe around 45++) who came, I was sitting there and couldn't care less of their presence.

    Special performance by - JJ Lin, Singaporean singer..
    Jack Neo - the director of the famous 'I not stupid' movie was there also!

    I began to notice they stopped on the stairs where our booked seats were, I knew they are going to sit there even though our stuff are placed on the chairs.

    True enough they did! I kindly told them, "I'm sorry these seats are taken.."

    And I over heard their conversation in Mandarin "here also got no people sit also."

    Wahhhhh I tell you, I was so furious! Hesitate to raise my voice, I kindly told them again "I'm sorry these seats are taken, my friends are coming in soon."

    The uncle who is standing beside them said, "I don't see your friends anywhere, and my friends are all here already."

    @#$%~~!!! So unreasonable! Don't they understand what is the meaning of the seats are TAKEN??!!

    Coke bottle tower!

    Just when I was about to tell them again, my phone rang, my friends called, saying that they were already in the hall and was looking for us.

    My blood was boiling, I spoke in Bahasa so those monkeys behind wont understand what I was saying,

    Told my friends to get their ass here quick, because senseless people are taking up their space already, upon saying that, I turned back and stared at them!

    Obviously I spoke very loud, the surrounding people were looking at me, I think those aunties felt really embarrassed and the fact they realize I'm not Singaporean, they stood up and left!

    The best part is, on the empty chair I placed the bottle of water that was given to me upon entering the hall, the dumb auntie even took my water bottle away when she left!!!! @,@

    People like these.. Really no comment la..

    Nevertheless, we still had a great time!

    I will post more about my other exploration experience besides the conference in my next post.

    Will be back soon! Take care! :D

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