PRESS CONFERENCES AND MONKEYS
No. I didn’t have a press conference with, or about, monkeys. The title was my eyecatcher for those of you who love both press conferences and monkeys. But before you skip this post because you don’t see any monkeys (I didn’t hide any in the above picture either), you may be pleasantly surprised by the end of this post.
Above is a stitched picture pan of the lovely people from the press in Malaysia. The group included representatives of The Star, The Sun, NST, Berita Harian, Superkidz, K-Zone, Gempak, New Man, TV2, HOT, and RTM News. Interesting note: the majority of them were female journalists. I don’t know if it’s because that’s the way things are in Malaysia or if they thought that they were going to meet somebody that actually resembled Johnny Bravo. Either way, it was fun chatting with them all.
We officially announced the start of Cartoon Network Asia’s Malaysia specific Snaptoons initiative. We kicked it off with a talk from Silas Hickey of Cartoon Network Asia, then Kamil Othman, Vice President of MDEC (Multimedia Development Corporation), and myself. Beforehand, we got our talking points and press briefing, which made me a tad nervous because I tend to talk off the top of my head with a lot of nervous energy. But then again, it’s not like we were trying to hide a scandal or anything. Everyone ended up being very cordial and the whole event made the morning that much more fun.
Afterwards, I spent my final day at Inspidea Animation Studios drawing pictures and hanging out with the crew. Again, it’s just like any other animation studio in the States. On their free time, they play video games…
And hang out in front of the studio playing guitar and smoking cigarettes.
I spent my final night with the staff at a fantabulous dinner where I got to know them all a little better. Who’s dating who, what they do in their spare time, what their favorite movies are, why they’re ranked number one in countries that spend the most hours on Facebook and have the most number of friends. Bonding stuff like that. It was a fun way to end my time in Malaysia.
So now is the part where you say, “Can we get to the monkey portion of the post already?” Wait for it…
Before I hopped on my plane to LAX, CJ See brought us out to the Batu Caves where you can climb 272 steps and see… you guessed it…
Monkeys! They’re just all around you frolicking the way monkeys do.
From Mongkok to Malaysian Monkeys, thus ends my time in Asia. Ni Hao America!