Rainforest World Music Festival 2013: Surviving The Heat

In my previous entry, I mentioned my experience during the first day of RWMF 2013. Instead of focusing more on my assignment, I enjoyed most of the day mingle and mix with the crowds. Experiencing as much fun as possible and bombing every chance I had. Well, that was on the first day. I suppose in this entry we’re going to talk about something else.

There is so much to the RWMF than music alone, although it is the music that brings us all together in the first place. This is the place where people from all around the world regardless of their ethnicity, culture and interests come together and foster a new friendship.

Now, everyone knows that the second day of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has always been a crowd puller throughout the decade. This year it is no exception. People are taking advantage of the weekend to have their getaway gala. Talk about the heat, the second day of RWMF this year was really a ‘heat’ with its swarm of crowd and the hot weather. Due to the vast numbers of guests coming in for the workshops and concert, we will need some pretty neat strategy to go through the day with plenty of energy left when the Cinderella’s clock ringing. Let me share 5 tips on how to survive the ‘heat’ on the second day.

1. Plan your timings

Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) opens everyday at 10:00AM to welcome the guests and visitors for the RWMF. Which means you will have ample time to check out the schedule for the workshops and night shows before they start at 2:ooPM. Most guests will come in after lunch to cut some waiting time. However, it’s always better if you come in ahead of the schedule. There will be 3 workshop classes held separately at Dewan Lagenda, Iban Longhouse and Theater in any given time. Each class is about 45 minutes before the next session starts. To avoid getting in to the wrong classes, make sure you check out the schedule and plan which classes you want to join in one after another. This will save you from aimlessly running around and deciding in the last minutes.

Crowds at the interactive Irish dance workshop

Crowds at the interactive Irish dance workshop

Crowds during the Art of War workshop

Crowds during the Art of War workshop

2. Wear casually and accordingly

Rainforest World Music Festival is all about music celebration in the summer heat at the rainforest. So, wear accordingly to suit the weather and the environment. If you are planning to join the interactive dance workshops, I would really recommend you guys to dress loose fit for dance classes. Please do not wear high heels or wedges or platform or whatever you called those multi-storey sandals or shoes nowadays. Cotton t-shirts are highly recommended as well as those dry-fit shirts. These types of clothing are suitable in hot weather and effectively absorb the sweat. For those prefer wearing short pants or cargo pants, these comes highly advisable too but please not the mini pants. It kinda jammed my dance moves and trigger my amnesia upon gazing (if you know what I mean) haha. However, if you’re not comfortable wearing short pants, please do help yourself to change or wear anything else that suits the class. Apart from this, I would like to recommend you guys to bring extra pairs of clothing in case you want to change before the night concert. After all, there’s a Beach Freedom Party held next door at Damai Central if you plan to skinny dip at the beach.

No better day goes without posing by the beach at sunset

No better day goes without posing by the beach at sunset

3. Drink lots and lots of water

Hot weather is not a joke when mentioning about Santubong. If you want to stay longer at the ground zero, make sure you have sufficient supply and intake of water. Sadly, outside foods and drinks are not allowed in Sarawak Cultural Village during the entire stretch of the event. So, here’s a simple trick. If you are bringing in extra clothing in a backpack, make sure you pack at least a bottle or two 500ml mineral water in your backpack. BE WARNED that the security will check and confiscate the water if it is plainly visible. To be safe, wrap the bottle with your clothing and stuffed them nicely inside your backpack so it wont squeak when it is squeezed. Again, make sure it is wrapped nicely and safely concealed.

Quench your thirst & drink sensibly

Quench your thirst & drink sensibly

4. Prepare extra cash for rainy day

In case your drinks got confiscated during the security check, the only choice you have is to buy the drinks from the available stalls inside the SCV and let me tell you, it wasn’t cheap (especially for me). A can of soda or a bottle of 500ml mineral water might cost you RM3.00 per bottle/can and to tell the truth, 1 can isn’t enough. So, be prepared. Besides the foods and drinks, you might also want to check out the souvenirs on display and on sale during this event. The souvenirs are fairly priced and I’m sure you won’t get these souvenirs at any other places. Most of the t-shirts on sale are limited edition and can only be found during RWMF.

5. Enjoy the show

If you can survive staying sober and sensible the whole day, you deserve to reward yourself by enjoying the highlight of the RWMF which is the night shows. Yell all you can, put your hands up in the air, scream it out just like you don’t care and sing along. Yet again, BE WARNED that the stage area is for party goers and please do not spoil the mood with unnecessary quarrel or dispute over who gets the better spot. Everybody deserve a chance to enjoy the show. Be friendly, be tolerate, be charming and what could go wrong, right?

So, here let me indulge you with some photos I took during the second night’s show.

Dizu Plaatjies

Dizu Plaatjies

Dancer from the Dizu Plaatjies & Ibuyambo Ensemble

Dancer from the Dizu Plaatjies & Ibuyambo Ensemble

Spellbinding guitar act from the performer

Spellbinding guitar act from the performer

Mesmerized faces

Mesmerized faces

And there goes my second day at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2013. That night after the show, my partner and I together with the rest of the Sarawak Bloggers team member join the after party poolside supper before we head back to our room at One Hotel Santubong. The after party was  awesome!

Cheers~

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