STAR TREK: AMBP First Contact at Studio V

STAR TREK AMBP First Contact at Studio V

Hi y’all! Your friendly neighbourhood bloggers group AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) is organising it’s kinda-annual blogger gathering on May 1 2009 (Labour Day), to be held at Studio V (The Star’s multimedia showcase place) at 1 Utama.

And this time around, the theme is based around the upcoming STAR TREK movie.

The event is called AMBP First Contact at Studio V, and there’ll be loads of activities and stuff going on, for both bloggers and non-bloggers alike:

  • Treasure Trek (i.e. a treasure hunt using GPS equipment!)
  • Blogger video interviews (you can watch, or you can participate and BE interviewed!)
  • Star Trek Captain’s Chair auction (take photos with the Chair, or buy it – starting bid is RM1,701 – Trekkies would recognise the number…)
  • Photo Session with Star Trek characters
  • Lucky Draw
  • Trivia Challenge (with questions prepared by a serious Trekkie, so be prepared!)
  • Online Contest (win a cool Star Trek T-shirt that GLOWS when you’re near a WiFi hotspot!)

And to end the day, there’ll be an special EXCLUSIVE screening for bloggers of the new STAR TREK movie, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana (mmmm!), and Sylar, err, I mean, Zachary Quinto, and directed by JJ Abrams (of Lost and Alias fame).

Enterprise crew

Zoe Saldana as Lt Uhura

So if you’re a blogger, join the AMBP today and register for AMBP First Contact at Studio V now! You won’t want to miss it! 😉

See ya there!

Photo Credits: Industrial Light and Magic and Paramount Pictures

AMBP-RACKL Project Gift A Kid

Project Gift A Kid

It’s that time of season, where merrymaking and gift exchanging (not to mention the stresses of finding the right gift in the first place) is uppermost on people’s minds.

Yet, during this time of joy and festiveness, let us not forget about the less fortunate ones among us.

Recently, as I was at a cineplex in PJ, waiting to go in to the movie theatre, I caught sight of a booth near the cineplex entrance. It was a UNICEF stand. I wandered over to find out more details about what they were doing there, and long story short, I decided to become a regular donor to their cause.

Unite For Children. Unite Against AIDS.

Some people hearing this would think, “well, he must have been suckered into it”. I didn’t. I wanted to contribute to their cause. Despite the economic slowdown, I’m aware that I still have it better than a lot of poor, impoverished people around the world, especially innocent children. I still remember clearly the sight of bedraggled, dirty little kids wandering around the streets of Delhi in India, begging for a little change, something to eat, a little bit of attention, please.

It’s a hard, difficult thing to experience, and it’s made all the more uncomfortable – and unforgiving – when you’re in an air-conditioned car looking out into the harsh, polluted, sun-drenched landscape, to which these kids are exposed every hour of every day.

Which is why I did not hesitate to part with a portion of my take-home income towards helping these children in need, through a reputable organisation such as UNICEF. Hey, it’s also tax-deductible, so really, what reason do I have NOT to help? Like a good friend told me, “it’s better that your money goes towards charity than to the taxman”.

Anyway, if you’re keen on lending some support for another good cause, the AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) are calling out to bloggers to help with a project set up by the Rotaract Club of Kuala Lumpur (RACKL) called PROJECT GIFT A KID.

RACKL aims to sponsor 100 underprivileged kids’ aged between 6 – 15 years old back-to-school educational needs (books, stationery, uniforms etc) for the school term 2009. The kids who will benefit from this are:

  • Children of Rumah WAKE 1 (a home for HIV+ children and their affected siblings under the Pertubuhan Wanita dan Kesihatan Kuala Lumpur)
  • Underprivileged schoolchildren from SRJK(T) Cheras (many of the children come from the surrounding low-cost flats and squatter areas and most cannot afford school uniforms let alone school fees)

How can you help? Well, you can:

Sponsor A Child

  • You can choose to sponsor a kid from as little as RM10 to the full pack of RM150. A small step from you goes a long way in empowering these kids’ futures.
  • Let your family, friends and colleagues know about this project and encourage them to sponsor a kid. Alternatively, you could pool your resources together too!
  • This season of giving, why not sponsor a kid on behalf of your loved one (sure beats having to think of a material gift!). We’ll give you a gift card which comes nicely packed with an inspirational quote and ribbon that you can pass to them. That way you’re giving two people a gift at once!

– From the RACKL info page

To sponsor a child, you’ll need to fill out a Sponsorship Form and send it either to RACKL or AMBP (c/o Star Publications). You can get the Sponsorship Form and details on how to go about sponsoring a child from the AMBP Project Gift A Kid page.

Blog About It!

Hey, it’s what you do, so why not wield that mighty pen (or keyboard, as the case may be) and lend your voice towards promoting a noble endeavour. Get more information on PROJECT GIFT A KID at AMBP or from RACKL.

In case you need more incentives, United International Pictures (UIP) has agreed to sponsor a number of movie tickets; your one blog post will send one of these kids to the movies!

And if you really REALLY need more motivation, you can participate in the AMBP-UIP Caption Contest. Just caption a picture from the movies (either Wild Child, or Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging) and you could win yourself some goodies courtesy of UIP and EMI.

Example like so:

Angus
Ommm.. oh dear, suddenly I feel a hankering for curry, sarees, and dancing the ancient art of bharatanatyam! Yoga, thou art teh evil!

Yeah, I know, not exactly prize-winning material, but I’ll bet you can do better. 😉

To ensure that your blog post is counted, don’t forget to post your link as a comment at the AMBP Editor’s Post: Help us help a kid go back to school.

Ok, c’mon, after all that, and if you still can’t be arsed to do even the slightest bit to help out here, well, be sure to say hi for me to the Devil when you see him in hell, won’t you?

AMBP Charity Car Wash in aid of Hospis Malaysia

Splashing Charity Car Wash Day in aid of Hospis Malaysia

Hey all, here’s an opportunity for you guys to do some good and earn some karma points with the Big Guy upstairs (some of you know you need it, c’mon, admit it!) – volunteer as a car washer (is that the correct term?) and help raise some money for Hospis Malaysia.

The event, organised by AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP) in collaboration with Star-Motoring, will take place at Leo Auto Services (Kia Service Centre) located along Old Klang Road on Dec 13 & 14.

AMBP is currently looking for about 30-40 bloggers, in total, to lend a helping hand for this two-day event. You can volunteer for either one day or both; it’s up to you.

If you’re interested to become a volunteer, do register your interest – someone from AMBP will soon contact you with more details and what you’ll need to do.

From the AMBP site:

By volunteering, you’ll be helping out the good folks from Hospis Malaysia who do a great deal in alleviating the pain associated with life-limiting diseases/conditions such as cancer, AIDS, etc.

And what is it that you’re required to do? Well, to get straight to the point: you’ll be washing cars. If you don’t want to get wet, you can place yourself under the vacuuming crew, or the traffic management team.

We’ll be giving out goodie bags on the days concerned, so you won’t go back empty-handed. There will also be a lucky draw at the end of each day on both days; a Gandalf Wizard Hat and a Marvel Trivia Game being the prizes.

For more information on how you can participate – whether as volunteer carwasher, or to have your car washed – do visit the AMBP Splashing Charity Car Wash page for the details.

Free Photography Trips + Workshops For Bloggers!

If you have an interest in (digital) photography, you might find this to be right up your alley.

Sunway City Bhd and AMBP are getting together to send a group of lucky bloggers on TWO photography trips: the first, a day tour to Sunway Lagoon Resort which covers Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, and Sunway Pyramid; the second will be a 2D1N trip to Sunway Lost World of Tambun.

There are lots of activities lined up besides the ones where you go snapping away with your camera to your heart’s content.

Both outings also double up as a contest, where images taken of Sunway premises during the tours will be considered as entries for the Sunway Memories Photography Contest which offers total prizes worth over RM140,000!

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, it’s all FREE! 😀

So what are ya waiting for? Move your mouse on over to AMBP and sign up now!

AMBP: Smashin’ Gathering For Bloggers

Smashin Gathering for bloggers, by AMBP, Cinema Online and Microsoft

Smashin’ Gathering for Bloggers

AMBP gathers again, and this time we’re collaborating with our friends from Cinema Online and Microsoft, both of whom will send a representative each to participate in the talks lined up.

Refreshments will be provided, so don’t pack your own lunch. 😉

After the gathering, there will be a special screening of The Incredible Hulk, the one with Edward Norton as the green behemoth. To know how you can get invites to this special screening, read the June 1 AMBP Editor’s Note post, To gather again.

Smashin’ Gathering Details:

Date: June 14, 2008, Saturday
Time: 11.30am onwards; Movie screening: 2.00pm
Venue: Outpost Cafe, Cathay Cineleisure Damansara

AllMalaysiaN Bloggers Project: Mike becomes Frank

Hi dee ho, bloggerinos.

I realise that I have been criminally neglecting this blog for a long while now, with updates ranging from none to brief to those dreaded password-protected posts.

Fortunately, I don’t have a large readership (or even medium-sized, or even small… how many people need to be reading your blog before they constitute a readership?), so I guess not many have been shortchanged in that regard, eh?

But, truth be told, I’ve been preoccupied with a lot of matters, from work to some personal stuff to… more work. And this blog had to suffer for that.

Anyway, as some of you may know, I am somewhat involved (albeit indirectly nowadays) with the AllMalaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP), which is The Star‘s approach to engaging the growing Malaysian blogging community.

Continue reading AllMalaysiaN Bloggers Project: Mike becomes Frank

Forum: Does New Media Influence The Way We Communicate Today?

This should be of interest for those curious about the power of the “new media” in today’s communications field, especially given the prominence it has attained in the aftermath of the Mar 8 General Elections.

The Public Relations Consultants’ Association of Malaysia (PRCA Malaysia), in collaboration with The Star Online and Asian Centre for Media Studies (ACMS), is organising a forum on Does New Media Influence The Way We Communicate Today?, on April 9.

The talk, part of the PRCA Malaysia’s PR Leadership Series, aims to explore the fundamental changes in audiences as well as in the communication medium used to reach them, and the way new media helps shape their opinions.

The forum will open with Text 100 International chief executive officer Aedhmar Hynes, who will speak on Peer Media and the Communications Industry.

Also speaking are Raslan Sharif (Senior Editor, The Star Online) on the subject From Old Media to New: The Star’s Experience, and Michael A. Fredericks (Portal Coordinator, AllMalaysia.Info) on the subject of The All Malaysian Bloggers Project (AMBP).

Participants will have an opportunity to interact and discuss with prominent bloggers such as Su Ann [from Nuffnang], Paul Tan and Kimberly Low, who will be giving their views on how bloggers perceive public relations. This session will be moderated by Jeremy Woolf, Peer Media Lead of Text 100 Asia Pacific.

The talk is happening at The Star’s Cybertorium, located at Level 2, Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya.

Payment Options: Entrance fee is RM30 for PRCAM members and RM50 for non-PRCAM members, inclusive of coffee break. Corporate members of PRCAM may register 10 consultants and/or guests at members’ rate.

Read more here: New media and the changing face of communications