I had an interesting past couple of days.
Over the weekend, I was invited by IDC to speak at their Directions 08 Conference in Singapore.
IDC is a huge international marketing research group much like AC Nielsen, and their Directions 08 conference was one of their bigger events where delegates from Dell, HP, Microsoft, etc reportedly paid some SGD$680 each just to attend this one-day conference!
Goodness! The only time I would pay THAT much money to attend a conference is if Mariah Carey is the speaker and I get to Touch Her Body afterwards... I mean, LISTEN to her sing 'Touch My Body' afterwards.
Anyway, my purpose on the the conference was as part of a 4-person panel, talking about what us Generation-Y bloggers think about the Internet trends. Joining me on the panel were social media blogger Daryl from Singapore, tech blogger Victor from Hong Kong and sex blogger Meenakshi from India.
Our panel session lasted for 35 minutes, and I think I spoke for a grand total of only like just 10 minutes.
The coolest thing about speaking at a large-scale conference like this is that these people fly you in and let you stay at some super expensive swanky 5-star hotel that I would never be able afford on my own.
The even cooler thing is that sometimes these hotel rooms are all booked out. When that happens they automatically upgrade you to a suite.
Yes, a friggin' SUITE!
Complete with separate living room and bedroom!
Damn nice marbled bathroom with a jacuzzi!
They even gave us not one, but TWO RUBBER DUCKIES in the bathtub!
Of course I was excited! Not everyday I get to play with rubber duckies.
Oh, and also get to stay at a suite in the Grand Copthrone Hotel in Singapore, just for talking 10 minutes about blogging. :P
I know, I hate myself sometimes.
On Saturday night, I met up with Stickgal at CHIJMES.
As you can see, Stickgal looks nothing like the stick figures that she draws, but she is definitely just as animated.
The funniest thing happened before my return trip at the Changi airport.
The flight to Kuching was delayed and we were given meal vouchers to redeem at the airport food court.
So I while was there at the food counter, waiting for the uncle to prepare my bowl of noodles, this middle-aged Indonesian lady who obviously speaks very limited English came up to him and asked.
Lady: "Ah Gua?"
Uncle: "Har? What Ah Gua?"
Lady: *pointing towards the uncle* "You! You! Ah Gua?"
Uncle: "Har? No! No! I not Ah Gua leh!"
Lady: "No! No! Ah Gua! Ah Gua!"
Kenny: "Eh Uncle, I think she's asking if you sell water or not. Water is called Aqua."
Uncle: "HAR? How come water call Ah Gua?"