Astro B.yond Bloggers Night

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O hai! I iz here terrorizing your female toilet! 

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The Astro B.yond Bloggers Night was held at Modesto’s, Desa Sri Hartamas last Wednesday. It was a blast – Nuffnangers packed the place to the rafters despite it being a working weekday. 

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I went to the venue early in the afternoon. Besides helping Caydence stick up stuff in the toilets, I was slated to be the MC for the on-ground game so I had to be there for the dry run. 

astro byond caydece toilet

You know how much sheer effort goes into organizing an event like this? 

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I used a calculator to work the figures out and it damn near exploded on me. Suffice to say it takes A Whole Goddamn Lot (TM) of effort to make it happen. 

astro byond desa park city

There was a HD New Year Resolution video shoot at Desa Park City a couple of weeks ago to debut at the Astro B.yond Bloggers Night. 

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I was one of the bloggers in that video. 

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It took the better part of the afternoon under the hot sun to wrap up the shoot. Desa Park City is a nice location but apparently the management does not believe in foliage which provides shade. πŸ˜‰ 

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The blogger’s NY resolution video was sent off to a studio for post-production and shown in full HD glory during the night. 

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I brought a change of clothes to Modesto’s so I can wear a t-shirt inside the venue. We stuck up all the clues and rehearsed for the re-enactment with Fresh. 

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My car reeks of ethanol so I chucked my shirt into Caydence’s car (coz her car smells nice) before we changed at about 6 pm. 

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Insider account: 

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The Murder in the Details game is a Facebook application that we organized an on-ground activation for (damn big words right? England powderful) and it involves sourcing around for an acceptable murder weapon. I wanted it to be realistic – as in a real knife – but apparently there were apprehensions about having that on stage so I borrowed one from Modesto’s.

It’s a butter knife so it’s not going to kill anyone. Hey, I’m the one being stabbed so no worries on that. :p 

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The Astro B.yond Bloggers Night started with a speech from Mr. Henry Tan, the COO of Astro, segueing nicely into the HD video shoot of the bloggers. 

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I nearly jizzed in my pants when the Astro B.yond HD TVC came on. It’s a very nicely done commercial, and we’re the first to see it! I particularly liked the scene where the football player catches the ball while falling into a swimming pool with another one passing by him. 

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Dinner was served, along with free flow of drinks. I was running around the entire night so mine consists of a few bites of pasta I nicked from Li Yen and Eileen.

astro byond saxophone 

My saxophone tastes funny. 

astro byond asian percussion

The Asian Percussion group came in to do their thing right before the Murder in the Details game. I remember them from the Astro B.yond media launch and was impressed by their performance.

Catch them in action here! This is not HD quality I’m afraid, don’t have such equipment in my arsenal. 

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I was up on stage after that to attend to the Murder in the Details game.

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There are four (4) clues which you need to get right by using a magnifying glass to analyze the A4 laminated pieces of paper scattered throughout the area in order to qualify for an (educated?) guess.

The fifth and final clue is the deal-breaker – it’ll be obvious who the murderer is if you spot that so I took the liberty of pasting it UNDER the tables. πŸ˜‰ 

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The response from the crowd was fantastic! Kudos to all the people who dragged the Nuffies on stage and identified them as the “murderer” – there were a lot of red herrings (no pun intended) coz every Nuffie was wearing red and we all had Band Aids. Heh! 

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Jestina was one of the people who were identified as the murderer. How can? She’s like the nicest person I know okay? :p

The murderer is Fresh of Nuffnang. She’s a very nice (ran out of adjectives and F7 in Word is not helping much) person as well, except when she stabbed me. T_T

The re-enacment of the story involved me, Fresh and Robb – basically the story goes like this: 

astro byond dead

Fresh (my wife) walked in on me during an intimate moment with another man (Robb). She got agitated and in a fit of jealousy, stabbed me with a knife. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. >.<

Appalled that her temporary insanity caused the fatality of her husband (so this is what they mean when they say “Till death do us part“) she fled the scene and cut her hand on a piece of glass. Robb, after taking all of 3 seconds to mourn my death, also fled the scene using the same route. 

astro byond fresh

Now it’s down to the winning team to answer questions related to Astro B.yond to snag the grand prize of an Astro B.yond set, a 32″ LG HDTV plus a one year subscription to Astro B.yond until December 2010.

The winner walked home with exactly that – but fret not, Astro has 2 more prizes to give away! You all stand a chance to win the prizes stated above if you write an event coverage blog post. The two best post-event coverage posts will win the Astro B.yond set + 32″ LG HDTV + subscription so let’s see what you have to offer.

murder in the details fb game

While you’re at it, join the Astro Facebook fan page for the Murder in the Details application. There are 10 Astro B.yond sets up for grabs!

If you want to get hooked up with Astro B.yond just surf over to their site or call their hotline at 1300-82-3838 to subscribe.

Hit the Nuffnang blog post if you need further details on how to win the 2 post-event coverage posts. Good luck! 

goodie bags

I left the event at about 1:30 am with Caydence and had a hard time getting my brain to function properly the next day, but I can say with all honesty and enthusiasm – it was a damn good event. I enjoyed myself to the max.

Oi! Don’t look at me liddat k? I’m not being hard sell, it just feels good to pull off an event like this and watch everyone enjoy themselves. 

astro byond me caydence end

It was a lot of fun and I had a great time being the MC. The free flow of the amber fluid helped loads too!

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118 thoughts on “Astro B.yond Bloggers Night”

  1. debbie: Which one? That’s my friend la. :p
    Very fun event though! πŸ™‚
    chefmel: It’s not the angles. T_T
    I really DID put on a lot of weight. I hope my diarrhea and flu did away with some of it. Haha! πŸ™‚

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  2. Aza: Haha! Well, this is a different kind of thesis. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks Aza! Appreciate the kind comments! πŸ™‚
    cumidanciki: Oh, I didn’t really feel it though. Well, at least a butter knife won’t tear your shirt, that’s my favorite shirt. Haha!
    I don’t think Fresh really stabbed me hard even though I told her to. πŸ™‚

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  3. eiling: Thanks Eiling! Did you come that night? Was hoping to see you there! πŸ™‚
    ah nel: Yeah, those magic words eh? Free flow. πŸ˜‰

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  4. “Robb, after taking all of 3 seconds to mourn my death, also fled the scene using the same route.”
    Was it anything like Brokeback Mountain? Wuahahahaha!!!! Oops! Sorry, Robb! Just pulling Huai Bin’s leg…and don’t ask which leg! LMAO!!!

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  5. ShaolinTiger: Eric eh?
    Didn’t manage to take photos of the winners since I was still up there. πŸ™‚
    suituapui: Haha! Nowhere close. πŸ˜‰
    The third rock from the sun. πŸ˜‰
    KY: Heh. I don’t have that on my camera.

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  6. Hey! Thanks for all the info on “how to get to Modesto’s” that day. Haha. And nice to meet you too! πŸ˜€
    P.S: Can I take one picture from this post and use it on my blog post? Bcs I don’t have the photo of the “murderer”… >_

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  7. Reiko: No worries! I had a hard time finding it the first time too. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, it’s great to meet you.
    Sure thing, take all the photos you want for your post event blog post. The murderer is Fresh. Cheers! πŸ™‚

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  8. hrrmph! luckily you remembered to mention that i’m ‘nice’ too, or else… *ominous music*
    but yeah it was really fun, and you were awesome too πŸ™‚

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  9. Cheers: Yeah, that’s where all the fat goes after I eat – my face, cheeks especially. T_T
    Also, I do have a stomach, just not very visible wearing that. Haha!
    WinnieKepala: Thanks Winnie! It was great to see you too, been a while since we worked in the same office in 2003 eh? πŸ™‚
    thenomadGourmand: Heh! Only the on-ground games part, not the entire thing. πŸ™‚
    fresh: Haha! Love the omnious music bit. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks Fresh! Ya it was fun doing the event. You were awesome too! Great acting. =D
    Eriku: Yeah, he won the round robin Q&A session. πŸ™‚

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  10. Bean Moreno: Yup, feeling better now after seeing the doctor yesterday. Cheers! πŸ™‚
    ahlost: Haha! I planned to but I brought the wrong shirt. It was kinda red too anyway…or at least it had streaks of purple (close enough). πŸ˜‰

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  11. when u were murdered i bet ur eyes didnt closed fully rite?
    too many rainbow can be seen from that spot u sleeping on floor…LOL

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  12. ah nel: Haha! I tried too but it’s hard to stay prone and expressionless for long periods of time without proper drama training. πŸ˜‰

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  13. hitomi: Haha! I think a lot of people have it – lying in a compromising position on the floor. :p
    AkuEmat: I wasn’t sleeping – I was playing dead. πŸ˜‰
    Eriku: No worries! πŸ™‚
    tinihani: Thanks for the support! πŸ™‚
    Haha! Yeah, actually there was only one or two rehearsals and I didn’t really fall down then coz I know I can when I want to (have a stupid but useful tolerance to doing stuff like that). πŸ˜‰
    ciki: Coming up, coming up! πŸ™‚

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  14. Jan: Hello Jan! I called to check – it’s from a freelance singer called Luke. Will be getting more details tomorrow, update you then k? πŸ™‚

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  15. emo.d: It’s a custom made song! I have no idea what the name of the song is too, and we’ve tried, and only got the artist who sang it. πŸ™‚

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