seribu semangkuk is a kind of fruit or seaweed (I am not sure). In Hokkien we call it ‘pong thai hai’. When you soak the brownish thing in water, it will swell up. Kembang semangkuk is edible and use in drinks and even ais kacang. Kembang semangkuk is also like a peacock. You know the saying, proud as a peacock.
So, yesterday midnight, the bunch of us wanted to interview the CM for our video. He was mobbed by his fans, photographers and reporters after he got down from stage. I chickened out already when I saw the big mob of people.
Then, my coursemates, Jimmy, Lim and Lucia bumped into Jeff Ooi. And we told him we are citizen journalists on a mission to capture what the rakyats think of the state government and we want to interview the CM as well. Jeff told us, “Go on, charge at him, don’t let him escape.” That gave us the noobies trying to be citizen journalists the extra dash of courage.
So, all four of us approached the CM. Suddenly, I don’t know what to address him amidst the crowds. Mr Lim? CM? LGE? Yang Amat Berhormat? Sir? Good Lord, what!?!? So, I called him Yang Amat Berhormat. I told him we are citizen journalists and we wish to take few seconds (doh!) to ask some questions for our video.
He was being ushered to his car so you can imagine how frantic we are in getting him to pause and talk to us, the nobodies. We don’t have canggih video camera, no press tags and no connection with anyone we know there.
But OMG, he actually stopped walking and talked to me. I told him we are making videos for the online media and I am a blogger. He asked for my URL and I told him I am The 5xmom at chanlilian.net but I also have a Christian blog which he quoted before. Then, he said, Haaaa…I know your blogs!
*faints* He even remembered I was at the Acheh Street mosque to stalk him and I got a son. He remembered he took photo with Matthew. *pengsan* I told him, “I am your #1 fan!”
But of course, I quickly brushed ‘fanboi, squeals, omg I am so thrilled kembang seribu’ aside and asked him if he is going to start a blog really soon so that we can get all the news direct from him. I reminded him I am still holding the URL of his name (he knew already that I bought the domain on March 9th 2008) and I will transfer it to his webmaster the minute they are free to claim it. It was just safekeeping and I will only charge them USD10 for the domain fee I paid. I had the foresight that the domain will be taken by people intending to make profits so I grabbed it. (the domain is not dot com but dot org)
It is not often a blogger who craps as much as I do actually can claim that my blog is read by the Chief Minister. He told me personally he reads my blog
occasionally usually and asked me to keep up the good work. His staff already told me he reads but there is nothing like a direct affirmation.
Oh yea…..*flaps peacock tail*