Misquoted in The Star (for Nuffnang party)

This is a bit old news by now since it happened three days ago.

But that’s the beauty of being a blogger. You can publish any old rubbish that the cat dragged in and no one can complain, because you’re not obliged to publish only fresh news like a newspaper is!

And reading blogs is free, so readers don’t really have a case for complaint, in the first place.

And you don’t have editors maniacally waving their editing scissors at you, threatening to cut away all your self-indulgent digressions.

But I digress.

The Nuffnang Pajama Party was covered by a reporter from The Star, which I’m told is Malaysia’s biggest English-language newspaper.

[The Star's report on Nuffnang Pajama Party]
Link to report.

The reporter (who shall remain nameless here, but whose name is prominently bylined in the article, anyway) interviewed me at the party and included my quote into her news report. That was really sweet of her, but I wish she’d been more conscientious about compiling her quotes.

Because I totally do not talk like this:

[Sheylara's quote in The Star]

Humour me now, please. Read that quote aloud to yourself.

Does anyone even talk like that?! I don’t think I speak long, convoluted sentences and I don’t recall ever using the phrase “as well as” in speech.

I never said I was there to “share the joy of meeting fellow bloggers”.

What I said was, “I’m honoured to be invited to this party! Nuffnang has been through a lot this past year and they’ve come so far. So, I’m really happy to be here to share the joy of celebrating its first anniversary!”

And then she asked me how I felt about the party so far, and I said, “Actually, I’m very pleasantly surprised because I never expected there would be so many games and activities and prizes. It’s great!”

I saw her furiously writing in her notebook while I was talking, so I tried to talk slower. (I was a journalist before so I know the woes of not being able to tape record an interview.)

When she was done furiously writing, I saw that she had only written keywords and not whole sentences.

Then she asked me a few more questions and I guess she didn’t like my answers because she stopped writing furiously.

And, in the end, she just took my bunch of keywords and created a bimbotic, totally unnatural, statement, out of them.

How can lah!

Okay, it’s not really that big a deal, which is why I’m talking about it only three days later. Celebrities and other famous people get misquoted all the time and to worse effect. Haha.

I guess I should just be glad that my reputation hasn’t been harmed.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I should thank the reporter for choosing to use my quote despite there being 300 other people for her to interview. I just wanted to highlight the fact that I don’t talk like she made me out to.

That’s all!

For the record, I actually prefer e-mail or MSN interviews because the reporter can cut and paste and is less likely to make up rubbish sentences for me.

What do you think?

Camwhoring in pajamas

There are now a zillion posts on the net about the Nuffnang Pajama Party, so there’s not much point in writing yet another one. But I did promise more posts about it, so I’m in kind of a dilemma now. Heh.

So my solution, of course, is to post camwhore pictures. I think that’s the number one blogger strategy, although no one will admit it.

Blogger Trick #1: “When in doubt, camwhore.”

Ok, pictures! LOADS OF PICTURES!!

Sheylara in Pajamas 1

Sheylara in Pajamas 2

Sheylara in Pajamas 3

Sheylara in Pajamas 4

Sheylara in Pajamas 5

Sheylara in Pajamas 6

Sheylara in Pajamas 7

You know, I don’t want to make this just about me, so here are more camwhoring pictures… with other people! *lol*

Sheylara and Estee
Me and Estee.

Ming and Sheylara
Me and Ming.

Sheylara and Nadnut
Me and Nadnut.

Jayden and Sheylara
Me and Jayden.

While I’m at it, I might as well show you more pictures of more other people!

The following photos were taken by the official Nuffnang Pajama Party photographer, which is why his watermark is on all the photos.

Dawn Yang and Xiaxue
Dawn Yang and Xiaxue.

Dawn Yang and Cosplay Nuffies
Dawn Yang and Cosplay Nuffies.

Japanese Schoolgirl and Nurse
Japanese Schoolgirl and Nurse.

Malaysian Dreamgirls
Malaysian Dreamgirls.

Japanese Schoolgirl, Policewoman, French Maid and Nurse
Japanese Schoolgirl, Policewoman, French Maid and Nurse.

Dawn Yang kissing a lucky startled blogger
Dawn Yang kissing a lucky startled blogger.

A whole bunch of people
A whole bunch of people.

ALRIGHT!

I’m sure you’re all terribly tired of hearing about the pajama party already. So I will talk about something else tomorrow. Haha. What do you want to read first? A food post or a review of the new LG KS20?

Sheylara sings happy birthday to Nuffnang

Video time! You can let it load up while you read the story about it!

About three months ago, I was approached by Nuffnang to make a short birthday video. It would be shown at the Nuffnang Pajama Party together with videos made by other selected Nuffnangers.

As you can see, we were given a lot of time to make the video. But I kept procrastinating because I couldn’t think of what to say in it.

It’s like, what, “Happy Birthday Nuffnang, you’ve been a great… blog ad server in the past year! May you stay young and sexy and attract many more rich advertisers!!”?

It’s very hard wishing a non-living entity a happy birthday and not feel a little bit silly. So I took forever to think about it and finally gave up on it, busy with other things as I was.

Then, one week before the party, I decided to just fall back on what I do best — write a stupid song and sing it. (I’m not claiming that I do that very well. It’s just something I can do better than, say, dance or climb a mountain or fight a crocodile).

Despite the video submission deadline already being over and gone long ago, I just went ahead and wrote the song and made the video. I completed it two days before the party! *lol*

Writing the song was the easy part. I spent 20 minutes on it because I didn’t have time to come up with an award-winning gig. The tough part was recording and editing it. I couldn’t get the sound up to standard because my headset mic was a little faulty and I had to depend on my digital camera to pick up the sound and Adobe Premiere to enhance it.

The final edit isn’t ideal — I sound muffled — but I was tired and there was no more time, so I MSN’ed Ming.

“Miiiiiiiing!!” I said, “I’m sorry please don’t kill me!”

“Hahahahaha why?” he responded.

“I just finished making the video!”

To his credit, he didn’t even flinch.

(I know one can’t really flinch on MSN, but you know you can sometimes tell how a person is reacting by what he says and how long he takes to start responding and how long he takes to type his response. It’s not 100% accurate, but you can always estimate a guess.)

He said, “Oh, you did it ah? Can, can, I get my guy.”

Then we went through the boring details of video format and e-sending and subtitling. And it was done! My video was submitted and accepted.

I have to thank Ming for being patient with me and entertaining my super-last-minute entry. I’m sure the Nuffies were already very busy scrambling to tie up all the last-minute details of the trip amd the party. They probably didn’t need more last-minute work slotting my video into the programme!

So, thank you Ming and the Nuffies!

And, once again, happy birthday, Nuffnang! Er… may you stay young and sexy and attract many many rich advertisers!

Heheh.

A sneak peek at the Nuffnang Pajama Party

Here’s a quick peek at the happenings of the Nuffnang Pajama Party on March 15, held at Borneo Baruk Club in KL.

I don’t think there’s any blogger as hardworking as me today, waking up at 7 am on a holiday to blog!

Ok, here are some of the highlights of the party, in no particular order.

  1. Pajamas galore! Sexy, cute, innovative, elegant, stylish, weird, crazy, boring, ugly, questionable! All kinds of pajamas to be seen! Here’s mine:

  2. Party games and prizes! The Nuffnang staff came up with really crazy and fun games that had people scrambling around the club all night, creating all sorts of chaos and madness.

  3. Special appearances by celebrity bloggers Xiaxue and Kenny Sia!
  4. Dawn Yang kisses a lucky blogger! (Don’t you want to find out who? Heheh.)

  5. A sexy quad of a nurse, a French maid, a Japanese schoolgirl and a policewoman hosting us all night!

  6. A showcase of birthday videos made by prominent Nuffnang bloggers!
  7. The Chipster man (who won a Wii for quirkiest post)!

  8. Nuffnang founders Ming and Timothy got sabo’ed!

  9. Malaysian Dreamgirls!

  10. Free flow of Chipsters and Twisties (and drinks)! There was this nice lady that went around the club all nght offering us packets of Chipsters and Twisties nonstop! Cool, huh?

There’s more, but 10’s the magic number so I’m gonna stop here.

That took longer than I expected. I’m not used to working on a laptop and editing photos on lousy Microsoft Office Picture Manager. (But I suppose I have to be thankful that I even have that to use.)

Actually, I wasn’t even planning to blog today (since my time in KL is short and I want to get in as much shopping and eating as I can).

But I went to bed at 1:30 am and woke up at 5:30 am and then couldn’t sleep anymore! Even though the hotel bed and pillows are so so so soft and fluffy and comfy that you would want to die in your sleep in them if you were forced to die in your sleep!

I tried to go back to sleep but it just wasn’t working, so, after lying awake for 1.5 hours, I finally got up at 7 am. I decided to write this preliminary party report since I had nothing better to do while waiting for the Goonfather to wake up.

I had to disturb his sleep earlier because he didn’t log off the laptop properly last night, so when I powered it up, the laptop wouldn’t recognise my fingerprint and insisted that the computer was going to stay locked until I swiped the correct finger.

So I unplugged all the cables and took the laptop to the bed and tried to steal the sleeping Goonfather’s index finger to swipe. Hahahahaha. It was damn hilarious lah!

But it kept failing because I think maybe the angle was wrong. Then the Goonfather woke up and the WTF look on his face was just priceless.

He was, like, why the f*** is my laptop here???

I said, “The laptop is locked and I need your fingerprint lah!”

Then he mumbled something incoherent and proceeded to groggily click a few buttons. Then, suddenly, the screen went back to the main menu where I could now swipe my finger legitimately to log in.

So I didn’t need his stupid finger after all. Wah lau waste my time and effort to plug and unplug cables and lug the laptop to and fro! Not that the laptop is very heavy and the hotel room is very big, but I just want to complain, can?

I feel like a noob. Ok, fine, I’m a noob! This is only the second time I’ve used a laptop at length, the first time being yesterday when I wrote yesterday’s blog. I miss my PC at home! But I must admit that having a laptop is pretty handy.

Ok, more Nuffnang party reports when I get home!

But you’ll probably be flooded with party posts by the 200-300 other bloggers that attended the party, by then.

Happy Sunday!