The obligatory Merdeka Day celebration post

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Well, today is Merdeka Day (Independence Day) for Malaysia. It falls on a Sunday, so that means tomorrow is a public holiday. This also means that the clubs are packed with cubicle slaves for the Merdeka countdown. I went and joined in the excessive ethanol indulgence…

merdeka countdown

…and sang along to the National Anthem during the countdown. Except this particular establishment was playing the other national anthem, otherwise known as Negara Kuku. ;)

merdeka grace

I had a little too much to drink (understatement of the year) and I couldn’t remember the details of what happened last night. I had apparently met Grace, which I honestly didn’t remember until I went through the photos in the digicam this morning. Sorry Grace! :)

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I also met Katherine, which I also don’t recall. In fact, so much of last night had “Missing Scene” that I can only remember a friend of mine driving my car home (since I was apparently unfit to drive), stumbling into the house to offer gifts to the porcelain throne (puking in the toilet) and then passing out in bed.

She told me the next day that I had apparently been pole dancing, kissed three different girls (not the ones in the photos – strangers who came on to me), one for apparently 10 minutes (WTF? Who is that girl? I can’t remember!) and couldn’t even walk straight. She gave me more detail than I cared to recall (anterograde amnesia can be a blessing sometimes ;)) but I had a good laugh about it.

However, I certainly wasn’t laughing just now. I had the chance of a lifetime with a girl I really liked with an amazing body and the face of an angel and…I couldn’t get it up. I’m so bummed right now and feeling less than masculine. Everything was good to go and I just had to have ED. Jesus H. Christ. I shouldn’t have drank so much last night.

Excessive Drinking has the same acronym as Erectile Dysfunction for a reason.

HDS:

2002: Nada.
2003: A very long post which requires Level Six clearance and a random post about a fansign I got.
2004: Obligatory Merdeka post.
2005: Nothing.
2006: Obligatory Merdeka post. I wanted to do one of me naked with the Malaysian flag covering me but my then-girlfriend told me not to tempt fate with the amount of existing subversive content on my blog. :)
I also did a review on Sri Shan which is still around and still one of the best places for Indian food in Kuching.

Kuching Waterfront Merdeka Day 2004 National Closing Ceremony

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There was apparently some sort of big brouhaha going on at Kuching
Waterfront last night, due to our inability to achieve some semblance
of mobilization with the car due to the traffic massive congestion.
It’s Penutupan Bulan Kemerdekaan Peringkat Kebangsaan or Closing Ceremony for Merdeka (Independence) Day at the National Level.

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Since we’re effectively rendered immobile, we decided to brave the
throngs of people and see what’s going on in there. Kuching Waterfront
has been designated as the National venue for the end of Independence
Day celebrations.

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There was a huge police presence and an even larger crowd, probably due to the bigwigs, er, I mean, dignitaries that were there. ;)

It started off with a colorful boat parade:

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Download: Kuching Waterfront Boat Parade [sixthseal.com]

There were a lot of colorful neon boats floating down the river – 14 in all, each representing the 14 states of Malaysia.

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Here is one that looks like a Tie Fighter.

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There was also arcs of light to illuminate the skies, as it were. Here’s another video of it:

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Download: Kuching Waterfront Boats [sixthseal.com]

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There was a loud police boat escorting a yatch ferrying the
dignitaries after that. They docked beside the river and drove the fans
(?) crazy with all that flag waving and loud cheering.

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I know the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was there, that’s the highest
royalty figure in Malaysia. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi was there as
well, and that’s the top guy in Malaysia.

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The other entourage comprises of varies Chief Ministers and Heads of States. Political figures.

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The performers waiting to go to the…

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…floating platform in the middle of the river.

There were people waiting dockside to go to the floating performance
stage (probably for security reasons) and there was some dancing and
singing after that. We promptly left. ;)