After weeks of work, sweat and blood, the first Bloggers Conference in Singapore is done. It didn't help that I was sick on Thursday and Friday, and desperately trying to get well in time for the full day affair on Saturday.
I started the morning at 7.30am, joining Preetam, and Wendy for the morning session at Woodlands Regional Library. Our superduper photographer Terz, and his temporary assistant and general monkeyboy Alvin, was also there (Al was a cousin of James' from Malaysia, and a blog groupie whom we all love). We had a lot of fun teaching parents and educators about blogging, and I believe we even converted at least one new blogger.
Then it was off the DXO for the afternoon sessions. We got caught out by the crazy NDP road closures, and had to park at Raffles City, then hike all the way via the City Link Mall to the Esplanade. Xiaxue gave me a beating for walking so fast, because she was in heels.
Tym bought us lunch, the sweet person, and I gulped down the wrap as I rushed into the place with a queue already forming outside. The other editors and volunteers had their work cut out for them, and everyone was hustling.
The afternoon whizzed past like a blur. I think I was holding up by sheer adrenaline alone. But it was such a blast. Aside from the sessions, we had:
-a great IRC backchannel running (next year, bring your laptops to join in this fun part, ok?)
-a remote-control helicopter fly-past, and remote-control tank wars upstairs
-three hours of free flow of house pour for the post-event party (the bloggers drank so much during the post-event party that DXO ran out of whiskey)
-much mingling of old friends and making of new friends
-Kenny Sia up to no good with Sarong Party Girl
-and to top it off, we had a great fireworks display courtesy of the NDP rehearsal, which we viewed from the open area of DXO, as the night skies lit up to complete a great day.
Blogger geroithe took a damn funny and candid pic of Miyagi and me acting cute between shots for the press cameras.
Thanks to all who were so kind as to take pictures with me, I am sorry I did not have time to chat with all of you, because I really wanted to. To the volunteers, you guys rule. We will have an outing with the editors soon, and I will buy all of you the first round of drinks. Thanks to the sponsors MSN, Lexmark and SHINE. Thanks also to all who came, without you, the Con would not have happened.
The highlight of my day that started at 7.30am at Woodlands and ended at 1am at Que Pasa, had to be seeing my family show up. I was sitting onstage during the tech session, and saw a minor commotion behind the place caused by the arrival of my wife, my helper, Faith and Isaac.
(Thanks to Stephanie for escorting my poor bewildered wife to the baby room and for the photos you took, one of which I am using here.)
They headed for the baby room upstairs, and my two little ones caused more commotion when they went to the glass panel to look down at us on the first floor. I could see Isaac's lips saying "Papa" and I smiled.
You can be part of the most exciting bloggers' event in Singapore but it isn't complete if you are not sharing the moment with your family.
My Flickr set of the event and you can also see all the public photos in Flickr tagged as bloggerssg (I also tagged mine bloggerssg05).
Here is a roundup of the blogs that have covered the event so far (I will add the latest ones on top, and move the older ones to the extended body):
Preetam: Blog event at NLB and Singapore Bloggers Conference
MercerMachine: The Big 'Yawn'
Idle Days: Post Bloggers.SG 2005
fayeth: bloggers.sg 2005
hyperger: Non-Complaint #31- Bloggers.SG - a Total KnockOut!!
Sassyjan: Bloggers.sg 2005
LMD: Weekend in brief
Shion: Blog Con ? What ??
Anthony: Perpetuating a Stereotype
Luvphoia: Bloggers.SG 2005 @ DXO
Tym: My very first blogger con
non sequitur: Top Ten Things You Don't Really Wanna Hear At The Bloggers.sg Party
Sheena: Bloggers.SG Photos Galore!
Agagooga: The Rebonded speaks
Adri: Okay, I Changed My Mind
michigan-experience: Bloggers.SG 2005
Hejin: BlogCon - I'm just another one of those minions blogging about it
Text: Bloggers' Conference & The Buzzing Node
Barffie: Post-Blog Con Post
Cheah Chuwen: SG Bloggers 2005
King Meng: I was there: Bloggers.SG 2005
Postmaster-General: A pod of Dolphins
Finicky Feline: Blog Con
Nick Pan: nickpan @ bloggers.sg 2005
@Wannabe Lawyer: Bloggers.sg
Yew Jin: Bloggers.SG 2005
Purplestone: sg bloggers conference 2005
sadomasochisticme: blog-con at DXO + trance at ONYX
NNA: Bloggercon 2005
bleah8: bloggers' convention and the boring after 'party'
Jeff Yen: Bloggers.sg BlogCon: ST Reporters Got Tired And Yawned
SPG: Blog Conference
Vincent Liu: SG Bloggers Convention 2005
Daryl Sng: Bloggers.SG - roundup
Mr Miyagi: Nabeh Sunday Times, you wait!
Cowboy Caleb: The Sunday Times on Bloggers.SG 2005
Shaun Chng: Bloggers.SG photo update
CoW g0eS Mo0 m0o: Bloggers.SG 2005
heartwish: Bloggers.SG Con
utterly-indiscreet: Celebrity Bloggers Conference