Meeting Them For The First Time

“Its becoming a hangout place for bloggers here.” Belinda said of the Hideout. She’s only been running it for 2 months.
I’m not surprised. I wouldn’t have found out this gem if it weren’t for brown, Miyagi and Caleb blogging about it.
hideout mic
Saturday. 25th June. 9:15pm. A small crowd began to form after the Oddfellows moved their equipment onto the de facto stage area. I wondered how they’re able to perform when the drunk Ah Bengs downstairs were competing with them singing Lee Shen Jie. The place started to get noisy and Bel kept disappearing and reappearing as she and I tried to hold a decent uninterrupted conversation. Fat chance.
It didn’t take long for Belinda to excuse herself again, only this time she came back with a male companion.
“Kenny, meet my friend Ben.”
In front of me stood a man that looked more like a boy if it wasn’t for his funny-looking little goatee. I instantly recognised him as the poster boy on mr brown’s photo album. “Finally! Nice to see you Miyagi!” I shook his hand as he apologised for coming in late.
Its exactly like an irc gathering. I addressed him by his online pseudonym instead of by his real name. I felt like I was 15 years old again.

Mr Miyagi aka Benjamin Lee aka the guy who Today-ed me.

I sometimes forget Mr Miyagi is 35 because not only does he not behave like one, he talks and jokes like he’s still 21. We bonded over beer, chicken wings and Belinda’s Ah Gua cocktail as we talked about his job, how he dealt with his pseudo-fame and our common topic of interest – blogging. We talked about the commercial-side of blogging which, whether I like it or not, is probably gonna come knocking on my door. I’ll write about it some other day.
m o b

Her boyfriend is an Oddfellow

Through Miyagi I met a few other bloggers who were present. Evelyn was here with a few friends and she introduced herself to me as Juicypout. It wasn’t until I got back to Kuching that I realised she’s actually Mail Order Bride. (No, she’s not from Vietnam. Her online nick is MailOrderBride.)
m o b

“Shit! How can his one be bigger than mine?”

postmaster-general looks like a bad-ass army general I wouldn’t wanna mess with. He was there with his female companion. He offered us some fine cigars, which I respectfully declined. Learn to say no to smoking, kids. 🙂
A young, demure-looking girl nudged Mr Miyagi and whispered into his ear.
“Hey, where’s Kenny Sia? Did you see him?”
Miyagi’s eyes grew big, act all surprise and replied, “No leh. He’s supposed to be here by now but I don’t know where he is!”
I heard my name and I turned around.
I looked at her and she looked at me and I smiled at her and then suddenly she just burst out like that laughing non-stop.
Her: “You are Kenny Sia!”
Me: “You are Finicky Feline!”
We: “!!!”
She covered her mouth in an effort to unsuccesfully silence her paiseh laughs. I just stood there wondering what I did wrong.
I’ve been a silent reader of FF for quite sometime now. She’s one hilarious man-basher and its very easy to get hooked onto her. I’m glad the admiration is mutual. There’s always a tinge of exhiliration when you meet an anonymous online person for the first time, and I felt that with FF.

She is actually very fair and pretty but I had to cover her face with soft brown fur to protect her anonymity. Sorry har. Let me know if you prefer a different type of fur.

Too bad I actually thought she’s Indian because she used to call herself Babushka. That is, until I saw a photo of her back sometime back (bad pun, sorry).
“Where’s Ting?” I asked FF.
“She’s in the toilet.”
“Oh ok.”

“She was here. She actually saw you just now so she ran to the toilet.”

“Huh!?” Walau. I’m not that ugly kua.
FF led me to the unisex toilet where Scarlett Ting was hiding. The door was unlocked, held closed only by her feeble strength pushing the door.
“Ting?” I asked.
“… Yea?” she opened the door. There she was. Scarlett Ting, the twirly mouth babe.

To those of you not familiar with Scarlett Ting, she twirled her mouth in Photoshop to maintain partial anonymity.

“What were you doing in there?”
“I SHY!” *nervous giggles*
“Crazy lah. What’s there to be shy about?”
Scarlett Ting is the first person from Singapore I knew over the internet that I can honestly say has become a closer friend of mine. It started when she e-mailed me after reading about the frustrations I had to go through caring for my father when his condition was critical. She empathises and I appreciate that. The on-and-off email communication soon turn into the MSN conversations that we have regularly now.

This photo freakingly similar to the album cover of an S.H.E CD.

Our friendship is reflected in the more personal description that I wrote of her in my Singaporean blogger personality quiz. Its great to finally be able to meet up.
(At this point in time, I starting to feel as if I’m writing Friendster testimonials on So I’ll cut the crap and get to the point.)

Mr Miyagi, Mr Brown and Mr… Coconuts.

Mr Brown arrived! We spent the evening talking blog, talking gadgets and debating whether or PPS is better.

R U OK, me, MakanGuru , Dank, and the infamous blog-for-date couple Sandralicious and TripleTripod TriplePeriod.

The Cowboy Barflies! Airhole dropped by a bit later. They were at Wala Wala a while ago so its nice for them to come all the way from Holland Village to drop by and say hi.
Just as I was running around trying to make small talk with everyone. Mr Brown nudged me and said that Wendy has arrived. I looked to my left, looked to my right, but saw no trace of her.
Then I looked down and realised “Oh! There she is!”


Two familiar faces, Shuyin and ‘Wo Shi Mei Nu’ Wanyi tagged along. It was a pleasant surprise as I didn’t expect them to come to the Hideout at all.

Shuyin, Wendy, one goddamn lucky guy, Wanyi and Ting.

Any man would love to be in my position right then.

The name’s Bone. James Bone.

I was molested.
But I was satisfied.
I returned to the Hideout with Wendy, Shuyin and Wanyi after a detour to the nearby kopitiam grabbing something to eat. By then, most casual patrons there have vacated the place and the only people left are people who know each other.
Perhaps the only regret I have of that night was that the whole thing felt like a birthday party. You know how when you invite people from work, from Uni, from secondary school, your relatives, and so on to your party. You know all these people but they don’t know one another. So you’re running around making small talks and trying not to make anyone feel left out, dividing your time equally between each group of friends that you have.

Kenny: “And its all your fault.”
Wendy: “What my fault. Your head ah!”

That’s how I felt that night. I didn’t have a chance to hold a decent conversation with anyone. But you get that, I guess.

mr brown pretended he didn’t know, but he was sitting on Mr Miyagi’s right hand.

Wendy, Shuyin and Wanyi left for Partyworld KTV. I thought of joining them but I have singing voice that could close down a karaoke joint and put them out of business. So I decided to stay back and hang out with the rest till Belinda chased us out with a broom.
We were having supper at Shah Alam Restaurant when we saw a fight broke out between two groups of people. One side, armed with broken bottles and pool cues chased the other down the alley. It was like a scene out of Young and Dangerous, only starring Singaporean Ah Bengs.

Look! The girl in front is wearing Nothing!

Download fight video here.
I waited 20 minutes for Janice to turn up to no avail. By then Wendy had already sent me multiple death threats for making her wait at the KTV. So I excused myself and made my way down to Partyworld KTV in Orchard. Ting and Janice joined us a little later.

Guess which one is Janice’s leg?

I can’t sing for the life of me. Everytime I sing, clouds turn gray, birds fall off the skies, and babies start crying for no reason.

Shuyin fell asleep singing.

But damn, those girls can sing! God knows why they invited me to ruin their otherwise nice KTV session.
I stayed till 6am that night. When I got back to Hotel 81 (alone, mind you) the receptionist said she was about to report me to the police for failing to turn up. Regardless, I was thoroughly entertained. I had tons of fun. So you ask, how the hell did I still manage to have fun when I couldn’t sing for shit?
That’s why. 😉

There are reasons why I updated later than I intended.
Been feeling disillusioned lately. In addition to reading some not-very-nice comments about me on certain websites following my appearance in the newspapers, I’m also rather disappointed at myself in my way of handling friendship.
Ah well. Nothing a good cup of coffee cannot fix.

37 Replies to “Meeting Them For The First Time”

  1. Nice video of the fight…
    Thank you for keeping it down at 1 MB… otherwise, heh, I wouldn’t have wanted to be disappointed seeing 13 MB video file depicting milo on the table.

  2. superstarsssss huh? I need some shadesss.
    About your short talk, you’re famous, Kenny. People hate you, love you, worship you, make fun of you. Comes with the territory. Don’t lose sleep over it.

  3. Nice company you have there. FF looked like Chewbacca, lah…and where is that near kissing pic??

  4. u look very macho in d pic “But i was satisfied”; i like…
    do u know u juz turned FF in2 a bear wif d soft,brown fur??

  5. wah, you ppl have so much fun lah…
    anyways, with regard to the ‘certain not-so-nice comments’ about your site, i think those people are just jealous. what to do, with fame comes certain attached packages which include insults and complains. just think about it this way, they’re riding on your wave of fame. =)
    oh yea, can’t help but notice, you DO have an obsession to Titanic don’t ya?? especially Kate Winslet.

  6. I dont tink i commented here more than once before, or maybe never.. but your posts usually damn funny. I dont post because usually there are so many comments until i dunno what else to say already.. yeah thats how popular you are.
    anyways so proud to be malaysian coz you remind me of the good ol malaysian lepak humor we have back there. and yes, the photo with the chicks, very lepak pose too.

  7. Tee Hee~ Sorry for making you wait lah…
    (I wish MY balls would grow bigger for having Kenny Sia waiting for me.)
    btw, i look hideous in the last pic!! 🙁

  8. nah. don’t bother about haters and shit. i guess if you wanna blog, you just gotta take all the crap people wanna fling at you. it’s their sad lives. they wanna spend it criticising, well, so be it. been getting the same thing. but decided not to bother la. cant stop it, might as well just ignore it. LOL. cheer up dude. oh btw, posted your pic up. you look.. still look hamstery la. buahahaha.

  9. hohoho…how about that?!?!…u’ve even included a soundtrack to the fight scene…really like ‘young and dangerous’…

  10. So, your singing didn’t make the girls vomit and the place shut down yet?
    Wonder if Steven Lim knows that you’re in Singapore, will he come rushing just to plug your eyebrown…

  11. I tried playing the Video, but I can’t hear a shit. Damn… Something is wrong with the PC at work. Teeheeee… I’ll have to go home and view it.

  12. hey kenny, don’t pay any attention to the unpleasant comments you’ve read. in the end, you’re writing for yourself and the people who like reading your blog. think ‘water off a duck’s back’.

  13. Eiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. The kaki hairrrr.
    Don’t worry so much about the comments on other blogs, btw. As long as you’re true to your own style, ignore what others say. After all, this is the PPS blog of the year.
    Take care, and have fun back in Kuching.

  14. Hey! Thanx for dropping by! My O My! There are soooo many pictures here! You must love taking pics as much as I do!! .. and yr photoshop skill is superb! Do some magic on me~ Hahaha Oh yar, Perth is great!! Id be done end of this year, and Im going to miss this place too … oww well, do come back for hols.. Mambo red 2 is on the 4th aug! Great fun! haha

  15. Those guys fighting were trying to prove themselves as ‘Soldiers’ (after listening Destiny’s Child’s provocative call for one).
    And was it really necessary to twirl Scarlett Ting’s nose! She looks like she tried eating her lollipop with her nose.
    Also, you look really hot in the pic where you were taking your pants off. 😉

  16. “one handsome bloke with many pretty gals nite”, that should be the title of this post! hahaha! glad you enjoyed yourself up to 6am! fulamak! 😉

  17. kenny,
    is that background music in the video came from the restaurant or did you put it in?

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