As wrong as this sound, I just had the best Merdeka Day celebration in Melbourne.
It all started when a friend of mine Ash, who is doing very well as a club DJ in Melbourne, e-mailed me and asked if I would like to emcee the Merdeka Day party he’s organizing over there.
At first, I was confused why he would want to fly me all the way to Australia just to do literally 5 minutes of talking and 10 seconds of counting down. But since he’s gonna pick up the bill and I hadn’t got plans for the long weekend, I thought why not.
I grew up on the other side of the country in Perth, Western Australia, but Melbourne always hold a special place in my heart. During my days as a student activist, many times I travelled alone to Melbourne to attend union meetings and such.
It was then that I learnt how to study maps, source cheap hotels and travel on an arse-tight student budget. I familiarized myself with Melbourne inside out. Those travel-planning skills I developed come in handy later in life when I finally earned enough to fly around and see the world on my own.
Coincidentally, quite a number of people I know were in Melbourne over the same weekend.
Ming, Tim and Audrey were all down to meet up with their team from Nuffnang Australia, and I also caught up with Pierre over hot chocolate at the newly-launched Lindt Cafe.
Heck, I even managed to re-live my student days by sneaking into Melbourne University and attending a Finance lecture for fun.
I was so nostalgic that I took a photo of the lecturer. But I don’t think he was too impressed.
Of course, the real reason I flew to Melbourne was because of the Merdeka party organized by Malaysians for Malaysians over there.
I was bloody hell nervous because:
1) I have never emceed an event before IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
2) Would the crowd even respond to me?
3) WTF. I don’t even have the looks appropriate enough to advertise for a club event.
Seriously! The way they promoted my appearance, it’s as if my name was Paris Hilton.
I cringed when I saw my face on the poster alongside LapSap – two trendsetting DJs from Zouk KL and Kim Ong – a forever poised and talented speaker in her own right.
Talking rubbish on my blog is easy. On the mic I am absolutely hopeless. What should I say to hype up the crowd? There’s nothing else I could think of apart from the usual “Are you ready? I can’t hear you! I SAID. ARE. YOU. READY!?”
And that is just so lame and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Crowd started pouring in as soon as the doors opened. By 11pm, the two whole floors of CQ Bar were already filled to the brim by 1,500 crazy revelling Malaysians.
The crowd who attended that night was impressive. The evening in Melbourne beats any clubbing night in KL a hundred times over. Everyone was well-dressed, everyone was within the same age group and the gender proportion was so well-balanced.
No case of batangs more than lubangs over here.
Another thing I was pleasantly surprised was the amount of kennysia.com readers who attended the event. Had absolutely no idea I have THAT many readers in Melbourne!
Thank you to everybody that night who took the effort to take photos with me, stop and talk to me or buy me drinks. I was very, very humbled.
The highlight of the night was no doubt, the countdown to 31st August.
Kim: All the sexy ladies in the house make some noise!
Kenny: All the Malaysians in the house say “Yeah!”
It was electric.
The adrenaline rush I got when all 1,500 people cheered at the same time was just incredible. Together, we counted down to zero, chanted “Merdeka” three times a la Tunku Abdul Rahman 1957, then sang Negaraku so loud that my voice turned hoarse.
That 5 minutes on stage was quite simply, one of the best moments I had in blogging. There is no other way to describe it.
DJs LapSap and Kim felt exactly the same way. Those Malaysians in Melbourne were some of the most insane ones they had ever performed in front of. Many of those who attended thought it was even better than any Merdeka events held in Malaysia. Haha!
One thing for sure.
Not many people got home sober that night.
The Ramadhan buffet at Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching is pretty good.
Yayyy….1st 1st 1st…Happy Belated Merdeka to everyone…cheers…
Hmmm, i Agree with you, You are Hopeless on Mic. lolzzzz
So how much did you drink? lol… someone was puking outta the car after the party =P
COOL!! I wanna be like you some day. I mean the good part of you Xp
lol, i can see some people i know there.
when will i ever go to melbourne???
Hi kennysia, you have lots of readers here in Sydney too! =D
Kenny , u look gorgeous in the 3rd photo~~
OMG.. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this event!
Glad you enjoy yourself well.
What does home sober means? o,O?
Just for your information, Tunku chanted “Merdeka” for SEVEN times in 1957 😉
Looks like a nice event anyway =)
The evening in Melbourne beats any clubbing night in KL a hundred times over.
True Or Not,Kenny.
Peoples wife always better than yours.
Never see Big Snake PangSai……….
woh…i never been to melbourne before and i have absolutely no idea that there are so many Malaysian in melbourne….awesome man….too bad i can’t go there…maybe i should try my luck next year…
Not many people got home sober that night. – Kenny.
You are damn right in that last photo.
It’s funny how we all celebrated Merdeka so enthusiastically when we were in Melbourne and then when I’m back in M’sia.. I couldn’t care less 😛
I’ve the video of the first countdown. Let me know if you want it. I’ll find a way to send it to you.
haha nice.. very happening over there.. never thought there are so many malaysians there! =)
sober means… not fully drunk, still aware of things.. =)
They had a good picture of you at the poster! Haha.. Your hairstyle looks like Raymond Lam’s (Lin Feng)! Haha..
oh oh oh! i see myeslf in the picture! haha! n thats my drunkard friend 😛
More pictures lah !
thats just priceless.. hahahaha!
looks like you had a good time there. no need paradise for you liaw la. merdeka eve was boring here. good on ya. long trip tho
Hello Kenny. I am studying in melbourne right now. i am not a party-goer but i am excited when you announced here that you are coming to melbourne. i like to read your blog. a very nice platform to keep me updated with social news and happenings!
That’s Mr. Asjeet Lamba!
dammit lol those are my friends in that pictureeeee with the guy in bright blue haha
OMGosh!! i noe that guy!
u so rich liao then want ask ur readers to buy u a drink gok ?! .. xD
the last picture is epic!!! LOL
Tunku said “Merdeka” 7 times =]
If you ever get married and have a child…
You should name him ‘Malay’…
His full name would be
🙂 Happy Merdeka
wow, i wish i could be like you man. looks fun and enjoyable ^^
oh. people from monash uni clayton campus! haha!
nia seng T_T left me to emo there and go kau lui!! me and kim got picture proof!! hahah wtf
wow.. seeing so many Malaysians gathered together at Melbourn.. It was soo soo cold.. I mean warm..
yea its kinda warm in Melb atm.
That night is really crazy.. What a great night. But i thought that there will be the second Merdeka on 2am. I waited for it but I end up everyone went home and tired..
hey Kenny..You should have told me that you were coming over…I m really interested about your accent XDDD
No Offense okay?
Kenny, come down to Melbourne again for next year’s merdeka =P
OMG I had that lecturer at uni!!!!!!!!!!
HAHA. the last pic is epic. 😀
Wow.. looks like you had fun in Melbourne.. I want to start budget travelling too liao 🙂
and yes..the Ramadhan Buffet at BCCK is great 🙂
It’s time to trim your hair liao Kenny 🙂
yea.. i so agreed.. its just hideous!! lol
i meant the last pic.. not kenny’s hair. haha
HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH NICK AND WILSON HHHHAHAHAHAHHAHA
Lala and ah beng club!
omg..tat’s nicholas in the last pic. i wonder did he know.. =.=”
i miss melb. why don’t you post some more pics of melb =)
That night was awesome,
till i got to go out with some friends who are mostly drunk and some got into a fight.
Great to have you around Melbourne to celebrate lol
Wow wilzc overnight celebrity for being a drunkard!
Nice way to celebrate Merdeka…btw, you guys have got to check out this loser’s blog…freeaking hilarious!!!
yup, i can understand how you feel. i never felt merdeka day or any other malaysian festival is that special when i’m at home, but celebrating these big festival in UK really give the oommpphh/joyous mood as we feel the power of missing home and malaysian here are quite united to be honest.
I love how you leaned on the wall and act seh in the third picture. SO HANDSOME. Indeed.
haa… You’d be surprise of how popular U are. 😉
Gosh i bloody miss melbourne~!
Lol, it seems you had such a great time in melbourne. Did you try some of the wonderful food in melbourne as well?
Come to Perth! 😀
i think the more appropriate phrase for that is ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’
why is it that malaysians are so patriotic and enthusiastic celebrating merdeka when they are overseas but somehow when they are back home, they are less enthusiastic and some might even say racially prejudiced?
I say it’s not the merdeka they are happy about. it’s just an excuse to get together and party.
a very nice and warm party.. =)
Yeah yeah yeah,
If you think you’re so smart, move your ass from Malaysia. Go to Australia or where ever and start demanding this and that. Chinese school, equality or what ever damn thing. You will suffer esp in perth with anti-cina sentiment. Fuck you never appreciate peace in Malaysia. Kennysia babi celebrate MERDEKA with his BABI folks in Melbourne. All BABI FACE drinking like fat rhino and scream like shit. And then having sex like a hoar..
Oh yeaaaa BABI! hahahaha
Kenny, Sure or not,is that good in australia?????
Never see big snake Pang-Sai……..
is Fucking Kenny crazy?
gosh,make me miz melb so much after reading u’ve spend merdeka there.
it was my home for 2 years..!
I absolutely agree. It’s not about the ‘Merdeka Spirit’ ever. Quite simply, it’s a lot of booze and squeezing into a room full of sweaty bods. Bad taste.
Anyway, Kenny – looking good there!
God, you’re really delirious dude. But you’re funny as well…:)
Malay Sia?! Hahahaha…how apt.
-.- i duno why you guys still bother giving comments, not like his gonna read it.
his more like a celebrity than a actual blogger already
LOTS OF PEOPLE SAID YOUR BLOG SUCKS NOWADAYS.. THEY PREFER HOW YOU DID IT FEW YEARS BACK..
This is so hilarious!
you can always read my archives.
how u know its lala and ah beng
as if u been to melb
come on, ppl dress darn well here.
unlike msia ==
nice celebration in Melbourne…
Malaysian can be so united in other country..keep it up, Malaysian..
I agree with sean too… No matter how i heart Malaysia, Merdeka day to malaysia now means nothing.. Is just an excuse to party…
will refrain to celebrate merdeka day until the next government take over…
i don’t know about all of you, i found out that the “OI WTF!” is the funniest thing that i ever seen… hahahhahahahha!!!!
Yeah our favourite Business Finance lecturer LOL…
This reminds me of my uni days….somehow there’s none of that anymore…
that guy was obviously tripping his ass off on ecstacy…must’ve been one helluva party then….
i got that post card invitation to the party in my aparment’s mailbox. i was like ‘wow, kenny sia is coming to melb’ … then the next thing i did was chuck that post card into recycle bin.. working ppl cant go to that kind of non weekend party
The last pic in your merdeka post is a real attraction.I go to your blog just to check out that last pic laugh out LOUD everytime i see it because i know that guy and it’s just sooooo FUNNY to see him on your blog.HAHAHAHA!
Good to see u that night tho. Cheers!
I remember the clubbing days in melbourne, its simply the best. I’m glad u had great fun that night kenny!
looking at your pictures make me miss melbourne. i wish i could fly back now.
The strategy plan by Najib is using “good cop” & “bad cop” routine but on the larger scale on the state of Selangor itself. You see how the Federal government is sending conflicting signals to the population at large what it intent to do with this 1Malaysia.
On one hand, you have the 1Malaysia call, asking for charging of the protestor by the PM, then you have the other hand defending the protestor by the Ministry of Interior. Then you have Police concluding the investigation and handing their report for AG to take action, but the AG then handed back to the Police to ask for more investigation. Its all pretty obvious who are the devil hands causing the cow head incident, we all know it is UMNO people doing it. Given if this is the Pakatan doing, I bet you in no time, the Police & AG will start charging & acting very fast to wallop the Pakatan people.
Najib has call for the recapture of Selangor, one strategy is to antagonise and flare more organise racial incidents to irritate the people in Selangor. The COW HEAD incident is one such strategy. While the citizen of Selangor between Hindu & Muslim is antagonise, like Pakistan vs India senario, then BN can comes to grip again showing their formula works, that they need BN and BN can solve this issue because the MIC & UMNO can control their people, thus retain back their old power base and continue with their corruption and swindling of the rakyat money.
People of Selangor should be wise and calm, reflect properly the strategy use by BN to regain back Selangor. We can all live in peace and sent these racist bigots back to the stone age!
Nahhh he was completely sober all night, that pic was snapped at the wrong moment making them both look high hahaha.
Doesn’t make it any less funny though, all of us who know him are laughing here. =D
The photographer’s so pro right??? I agree with you! 😛
melbourne…the place to be besides my tanah air.. good to see malaysians flooding swanston street 😛
Melbourne is a great city. I went there once. Hope to go there again may be next year. From Dog Trainer
Tunku shouted Merdeka 7 times instead of 3 times
I am really touch reading this…
Look around what happened in homeland?
it sound that we are more corporate outside…
bro, didn’t Tunku Abdul Rahman screamed merdeka 7 times? i think most malaysians are misled due to lots of short clips showing him saying it 3 times only..
maybe u should check this out? hehe
wei, si mi lah. i didn’t know you were in melbourne. my merdeka was so boring. had i known there were some happenings that night i’d have gone too. mehh….
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