It wasn’t specifically a CommunicAsia thing. We attended the trade fair as guests of LG and Yahoo! so we only checked out those two booths.
(At least, I checked out only two booths because I had to rush off to drums class after the event.)
Now, I DECIDED TO BE SMART TODAY (technically yesterday).
I just knew that they were going to make us wear silly lanyards again, so I ditched my original idea of wearing a dress and went for casual grunge because I figured that grunge will go with anything, even silly lanyards.
I was right!!
We were all given a purple Yahoo! VIP lanyard.
It goes with my yellow belt!
Sheylara and nadnut
Here’s my whole outfit. (I’m hugging the gorgeous LG Secret.)
I want to have one of these babies at home! Yes! I mean the giant phone! It’s not just a plastic display. It’s more like a very funky robot TV which actually moves. The phone slides up and down the screen plays a demo/trailer of the phone features!
Well, the phone itself is pretty nice. Like, I really like the name.
The PR manager of LG is a pretty Korean lady named Ja-Young. She gave us a five-minute demonstration of the LG Secret.
Five seconds into her speech, bloggers started taking out their cameras and snapping away at her.
I think it kinda stunned her for a bit. (I don’t think she’s used to bloggers, yet.) I saw the tiniest flicker of doubt and hesitation creep into her face as she was talking.
She must have been thinking, “Why are they taking pictures of me when we’ve got all these pretty LG models for them to take pictures of?”
Speaking of models, I overhead this conversation at the LG booth between two men in business suits.
“Shall we check out the models over there?”
“Sure. *pause* Wait, which models are you talking about? The phones or the girls?”
“Er…! Hahaha. I meant the phones!”
Didn’t know corporate people can be so funny.
Anyway, back to Ja-Young the PR manager.
She’s really sweet, and cool! She recovered quickly from the shock of being photographed in the middle of her speech and gamely went on. Then she even paused her demonstration for like 20 seconds to pose for us as we snapped away.
Her admirable performance makes up for the dodgy “refreshments” we were served at the LG booth while waiting for the tour and peformance to start.
We were given biscuits and sweets. The early arrivals also got a very sour lemonade to drink, which nadnut couldn’t drink because it was too sour.
The later arrivals got just water.
Maybe all their budget went into hiring those models and a team of spirited young Korean hip hop dancers.
The dance performance was quite entertaining. And I REALLY love their costumes! They are LG Secret themed costumes but they look so funky.
I’ve got some video clips of the dance but I don’t think I’ll YouTube them cos I’m really busy today and I don’t think many of you will be interested to watch it, anyway. (Request if you want.)
Yay! I’m done talking about LG!
Now I talk about Yahoo!
I used to be a big Yahoo! fan until they screwed me over with some password problem, years ago.
I had been using Yahoo! web and domain hosting services for more than a year when, one day, I had a problem with my password and went through a lot of hell sending endless customer service tickets and even calling the USA in the middle of the night.
After that, I cancelled my account and started using Google for searches.
But, anyway, all that is in the past and I’m not one to bear grudges. I still do use some of Yahoo!’s services, like Yahoo! Groups. And it was actually a blessing in disguise because I have saved so much money over the years using a much cheaper hosting package!
So, anyway, the best thing about the Yahoo! booth is Ice Cream Chef!
YES THEY BROUGHT ICE CREAM CHEF TO COMMUNICASIA OMG!
This is the ice cream counter. I’m sorry it’s such a lousy photo but it was REALLY very crowded there and I didn’t want to get stuck in the ice cream corner with my giant goodie bags.
We were all lugging all this stuff around the whole day and bumping into people nonstop.
LG gave us this giant LG Secret paper bag. Inside are two very small mobile phone catalogues and one even smaller accessory catalogue.
Yahoo! gave us a black canvas sack bursting with goodies.
There’s a very nice laptop sling bag, a funky Yahoo! folder containing a press release, a notepad, a funny pen and a Yahoo! yodeler.
The Yahoo! yodeler isn’t in this picture because the Goonfather took it with him to the office to annoy his colleague.
It’s a buzzer thing, kinda like those that people use in TV game shows to slap on when they want to answer a question.
When you slap the Yahoo!, it goes “Yahoooooooooooooooooooo!”. It’s very cute! So, of course, the Goonfather being the Goonfather, confiscated it right away. Duh.
We were all clumsily carrying all this stuff until one Yahoo! representative took pity on us and allowed us to dump all our barang barang at a corner, with one of the staff looking after them for us while we ran off to check out the new Yahoo! product.
It’s not actually a physical product, being more software than hardware.
We were introduced to this voice-activated search engine called the Yahoo! oneSearch, which can currently only be installed on the BlackBerry.
Basically, instead of typing in keywords, you speak them. You can say single keywords or ask questions like “Where can I get the best laksa in Singapore?”
It seems to be quite accurate and the Yahoo! people claim that the program has been made to recognise Singaporean accents.
I tried to search myself, of course. I know Sheylara is not a dictionary word and not even a recognised word anywhere but I just wanted to see what the BlackBerry thought, so I said, “Sheylara,” enunciating very clearly.
It thought I was looking for a car so it started searching “car”.
I tried again, this time just saying it normally, and it gave me this result:
I don’t know!!! How does Sheylara sound like “kiss in the”???! Hahahaha.
Anyway, if you have a BlackBerry, you can check it out here. It’s a free service, so it’s quite worth giving it a try!
The oneSearch is part of Yahoo! Mobile, which allows you to install interesting widgets in almost any mobile phone to gain easy access to your favourite websites, such as Flickr, Messenger, MTV and, basically, any website that has customised a widget for Yahoo! Mobile.
Yes, that’s also a free service.
Okay, a couple more camwhore pics before I end this exhaustingly long post.
Sheylara and ice ANGEL
Bevy of female bloggers
Thanks to Princessa and Gavin for getting us invites to this event!