SteemFest || My Memory Joggers

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It was a bit of push and pull for me heading towards Steemfest4. I had my moments of doubt. Was it crazy to put things on hold so I could fund my trip to Bangkok? Was I doing right by my daughter by missing her birthday and first week of exams? And at the the same time I was guilty of feeling super stoked I was going.

I bought the ticket.. at plankton price, I chose to stay in a hostel which I'd never, ever done and I traveled with a group I barely knew.

I have now come out on the other side and I know if I had to do it all over again, I'd do it with more certainty and not spent energy on the fickleness that rocked the boat every now and then.

Now for the things I want to keep on the blockchain for my personal memory joggers.

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Roelandp: Master organizer. From registration to the last dinner on the cruise, everything was beautifully planned. Sure, I didn't get enough sleep, but who needs sleep when you want to squeeze in as much as you possibly can... and that includes "free and easy". And can I just say, he seems like a gem of a guy. Easy going, down-to-earth and a real charmer.


@khimgoh, @littlenewthings & @elizacheng for being my travel and lodging buddies. They made it easy for me who's always had someone (either family or HR) make all the plans. It was fun, adventurous and I even learnt a couple of new tricks.

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Sourced from @roelandp's post

All the Steemians I met and talked to. I am not a natural social butterfly, currently more of a WIP Ambivert , but I didn't feel awkward and uncomfortable which I feared might get the better of me. I hung around, most times stealthily and just soaked in the Steem vibes.

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Day 1 || 06Nov19

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We took the bus from the airport to the official hotel except we were staying about a 15 minute walk away. That 15 minute walk felt like forever because it was our first time and we had to lug our bags up and down the pedestrian bridges in the hot, hot sun.

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We found the hostel we had booked thanks to Waybeyondpadthai's recommendation. I confess, I had dreaded the stay, not knowing what to expect. Surely at these prices, the place would be a hell hole. What a pleasant surprise for the place definitely deserves its own post which will be coming up soon enough.

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A shower and a meal later, we headed over to register. We were greeted by Team Firepower who I later found out had been the welcoming committee since the first SF. How cool is that?

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After a quick dinner at the street stalls, we headed back for the welcoming drinks and met up with more Steemians. It was quite surreal to be hanging out with SteemitInc and Top Witnesses.
What?!! They are regular people?!! haha

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Day 2 || 07Nov19

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We took the MRT to Siam Society, venue of Day 1. On the way, we had to stop to get some of these for breakfast. They were like desserts, similar to what we have back home (not for breakfast) and when we ate them later on in the day, it was pretty yummy.

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After the conference we went to a temple by train. Imagine over 100 people making their way during peak hours. We just looked out for the Pink SteemFest fans which like the North Star, guided us.

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Right after that we headed for bowling and dinner. @khimgoh @littlenewthings and I teamed up with @arcange that made us Arc's Angels. We didn't win but we sure did have loads of fun.

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Day 3 || 08Nov19

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This time we decided to catch some extra sleep and Grab'd (using the Steemfest code which halved the price) to the The Postal Building for the second day of the conference. Afterwhich we made our way to Dinner, Drinks and Dance. Again, we walked over following the Giant Pink Fan as guide.

This is when someone accidentally stepped on my flip-flops and it gave way. Ensued, scrambling. First I tried walking with the broken slipper. Then I dumped the broken slipper. Then I spotted a 7/11 and ran in to get a pair followed by @elizacheng and @littlenewthings. We ran out, and the entourage was missing.

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We did find them with trusty ol google maps. And even had time to take some pictures as we searched for the Steemfest Fan.

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We had the resto to ourselves. With good food and a great view of the boats and ferries on the river, there was nothing else to do but to make merry.

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Day 4 || 09Nov19

First thing in the morning we made our way to a DAO event by @buzz.lightyear and met someone who had signed up with Steemit a long time ago but never quite started. Impressed with our stories of Steem, he decided to hang out with us at the Yolo house where Roelandp was making pancakes.

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How often do you get the Top Witness serving you pancakes? Next to never I would say.. haha. It was a healthy version with wholemeal flour and it was yumzz.

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Then a bunch of us headed over to MBK Shopping Center for lunch. I had my Mango Sticky Rice which I thorougly enjoyed. Only on the last day did we find out that the very popoular AfterYou Dessert Cafe was in this mall. Darn it!!. Perhaps next time.

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Then for a Foot and Body massage that cost 550THB. It's been some time since I had been this flexible... with a little help from the massueuse of course haha.

Right after a quick shower, we headed out to the Riverside again to hang out with Detlev and #beersaturday.

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Day 5 || 10Nov19

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Whoops!! It was coming to the end. The last day of the fest. We had the morning and afternoon to ourselves. We considered the Chatuchak Weekend Market but changed our mind as we didn't have much time. So we opted for a boat ride (9BHT) to Platinum Mall instead.

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We then headed for River City to hop on our cruise for our last dinner together. We dressed up for the night and off we went.

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After the cruise, we had a little hunt for the place for the after drinks. Like little kids, we ran through the hotel looking for Roelandp's Presidential Suite haha. Oh what a night!

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Day 6 || 11Nov19

And that's a wrap. Goodbyes and farewells from last night into the morning. We had a couple of days to hang out in Bangkok before we head for home.

We went to China Town which was a walking distance from our hostel. We then joined travelfeed.io's presentation at Wanderlust. Afterwhich we decided to brave the crowds at the Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Festival.

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There was plenty of food and a whole lotta people. We tried looking for the river but we failed to locate it. With some of us feeling tired, riddled with aches and pains, we decided to call it a day.

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Day 7 || 12Nov19

This is it. Time to pack. With the flight at night, and just a few hours to do some shopping for the family, we headed for Platinum Mall. Again?! That's only because we had to return the Food Court card for refunds which we had forgotten to do the last time we were there.

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On the way to the Pier, we walked through the market that's just outside the Prince Palace Hotel. The Pier is right beside it. So we did a little shopping there first. Then it was time for our last boat ride.

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And that ladies and gentleman was the last picture I took of the Chao Phraya River. I made sure I took a picture of the river everytime I passed by. Something about water eh?

I have to say, this has left a sweet feeling and desire to be at the next SteemFest. I now understand why every one who has been, try and make the next. Guess, I gotta start saving from here on. Perhaps, I will see you at the next one...

Cheers,
Sh33la
15Nov19

ps: To make sure I remember the peeps:-
From TeamMalaysia:
bitrocker2020, awesomianist, superoo7, vaelriey, joannewong, elizacheng, khimgoh, littlenewthings, buzz.lightyear

DTube Stars:
waybeyondpadthai, joythewanderer, cryptospa, livinguktaiwan, travelgirl, buttcoins, kevinli

Witnesses:
roelandp, blocktrades, gandalf(gtg), arcange, crimsonclad(followbtcnews), aggroed, lukestokes, jarvie(steempeak), stoodkev, firepower, surpassinggoogle(steemgigs)

SteemitInc
roadscapes, justinw

I hope I am not leaving anyone out. And if I do, please catch me and shame me!!
oleg326756, gameroo, daabi2006, faitherz33, derangedvisions, anomadsoul, vesytz, fitinfun, sjennon, wanderin, misslasvegas, nainaztengra, jpphotography, for91days, detlev, cjsdns, jack8831(mr.salmon), valentinepudding, lizanomadsoul, osavi, nateaguila, goblinknackers, crystalandbones, celestal, dylanhobalart, louis88, slobberchops, kobold-djawa, osavi, wandereronwheels, varunpinto, andywong3, dmitrydao

I didn't didn't say "Hi" to everyone. But I guess, I have a whole year to work on stepping out of my shell a little more :D

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It's really great that you came for Sf4 !! Its really unlike any other conference you would attend (you now know what I meant) 😁😁😁. Sorry that you missed ur daughters bday... Get her to start creating content too.. So she can earn her way to a trip next year togather with you 😁😁

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Yes, I know what you mean ;p hahaha
I am so glad it happened too
Kinda getting ready for next year...you think it is too soon? hahaha

Yes, that is a good idea
Need to get her back to it right after SPM

Thank you @bitrocker2020
You make a great taiko :D

wow, so many great photos in there pal. I am seriously jealous that you got to meet @slobberchops :P

hahaha
Thank you so much ...
Come for the next one :D

Epic post, @karrpediem! What great memories you have to keep with you long into the future. I’m glad you found a replace the for your flip flops! Little adventures in the big adventure help add to the storytelling. And @roelandp served you pancakes? How cool is that?

The uncertainty you had before going is normal. Any big experience is like that — especially if you include travel and people you don’t know. But Steemfest ricks it because you do get to know people, and you realize we are all part of one big village. Glad you had a wonderful time! I’m going to aim to go again next year.

You said it so well
I am so glad I went
And I am already aiming for next year
If all goes as planned, I will you see you there :D

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Its so fun ready someone else's story during these 7 days , its like I was with you all the time 😂

That's all I have been doing since I got back
Catching up on as many post as possible
And it is fun to read the different thoughts and experiences

Hey, thanks for reading... it felt like I was with you righ through too hahahaha

Let's make it happen again next year :D

sorry to hear you missed out on your daughter's bday. it was really nice meeting you. great teamwork on getting that luggage up that flight of stairs by the way! haha ill see you on the next one then? :)

Will make up for it for sure :)
It was nice meeting you too and SF5.. here we come :D

Thank you so much for helping @elizacheng and myself to change our food card back to baht, and so sorry for the trouble.
Glad that your overall experience was wonderful.

Next time we will know to change back immediately for cash if we don't want to eat anymore before we even dine in. 😅

So sorry to know that you missed your daughter's birthday too. I wish her all the best in her SPM and by next year, maybe she will be able to attend SF5 with you, and also celebrate her birthday together!

It wasn't too much trouble at all ...
We got another boat ride out of it :)
And some shopping thrown in too

The plan is to have a nice celebration after SPM
That way she it will be a double celebration
Actually a triple, because my nephew would have got his UPSR results and he is a bit of a smarty pants and we are pretty sure he will get his 6A's
So, there will be plenty to celebrate and be thankful for :D

Yes, in my head and my heart, I am so wishing that all of us can go as a family
Seeing other families there at SF4 made me want it too
Well, putting it out there :D

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That's a hell of a post, everything encapsulated into one. Great memories and some stunning photography.

Thank you @slobberchops :D

Thanks for share your memories

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Most welcome :D

I was a pleasure to meet you @kaerpediem and here a little !BEER from me.

I enjoy your memories and working on my post about the SteemFest.

Cheers @detlev
Thank you for the Beet :D



Hey @kaerpediem, here is a little bit of BEER from @detlev for you. Enjoy it!

My wife and I went to SteemFests 1 & 2 but, unfortunately, missed 3 & 4. We discovered SteemFest is so much more than a conference. It's an event where you forge lifelong friendships. Now when we travel we have friends scattered all over the globe and spending time with those people are often the highlights of our trips.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Now I understand why those who have attended cannot stop talking about it ;p

Perhaps, the next one we will meet :)

It really is life-changing! I hope my wife and I can make it to SF5. I've passed on a few SF5 location ideas to Roeland. ; )

oooooh
Wonder what's in the hat of suggestions :)

Wow mama! I am so glad you got to experience such an event with so many Steemians. I bet it was amazing being able to actually physically hug those you’ve been conversing online with for so long. I’m so glad all of you mamas were able to get together and hang while helping each other through the whole experience. Really great photos and I am grateful to you for sharing them so we can all get a taste of what Steemfest is like.

I hope that when/if it ever takes place in the US I will be ready to attend! 😎

It was really good
I hope someday it will be possible for both of us to attend one
It would be great to give you a real hug too :D
Til then.... a cyber hug I guess <33

I sure hope so too! It really would be great to give you a real hug!! 😘🤗

My dear @kaerpediem,

I'm so glad to read you turned your fear, doubt and guilt into passion, discovery and fun.
I really enjoyed your presence and smile at SteemFest and teaming with you at the bowling was an honor for me.

Can't wait to see you at SteemFest 5 (and win this f...g bowling cup 😂)

Hugs all the way from Malaysia @arcange :D

Yes, must practice my strikes and spares strikes
We will win it the next time 💪😁

And it was pleasure to be in your team <33