Free tickets to Pesta Blogger

Pesta Blogger 2008 is on tomorrow and it is shaping up to be quite an event with three ministers attending, blogger-singers entertaining, about 1,000 bloggers from across the nation atteding and the five foreign bloggers climaxing their Blog Trip through Bali, Jogja and jakarta.

The registration for the 1,000 places available has been oversubscribed and is now close and the only way you can get in, if you haven’t registered, is to go there early (before 8.30am), line up and hope that there are some no-shows among the registered participants.

Or you can email Unspun (ong[at] and get a free ticket for the show of the year for bloggers. Unspun has five tickets to give away for the readers of this blog but it’s a first come first serve basis. if you’re one of the first five, Unspun‘ll reply to your email and you can pick it up at the maverick office.

Have fun.

The ugly “girls” of the Bali Blogging Community

After all the hard traveling and visiting the tourist sites in bali the five foreign bloggers were treated to a night of camaraderie and madcap fun by the Bali Blogging community last night. But did they in their wildest dreams (or nightmares) every imagined that they would be confronted by The Joker in Balinese traditional costume?

Mr Brown has the incriminating video:

The bloggers have also arrived in Jogja and you can follow the progress of their trips on Twitter

Mark Tafoya

Mr Brown

Kompas’s answer to New Media

Kompas has been trying to meet the challenge from the New Media with Kompasiana from September 1. The blog contains writings from Kompas journalists as well as guest writers, one of the latest is Chappy Hakim the former Air Force chief.

They are going to Pesta Blogger as well. You might also want to check out Aris Heru Utomo’s views on the US Ambassador’s engagement with the blogging community here.

Screen Grab of Komsiana

Jeff Ooi and Mr Brown to attend Indonesia’s Pesta Blogger 2008

Its now official, although a few bloggers have got wind of this earlier on. Malaysia’s most prominent blogger and parliamentarian Jeff Ooi of Screenshots and satirist Mr Brown of Singapore will be among the five bloggers who will attend Pesta Blogger.

Prior to attending the Pesta Blogger itself they will go on a blogging trip to Bali, Jogkakarta and Jakarta where they will meet with local blogging communities, exchange views with them and do some sightseeing as well. They will then attend Pesta Blogger on November 22 where they will share their impressions with the 1,000 participants. So far over 800 people have resigstered to attend the event and over 500 have verified their attendance( those registering will be sent an email for them to verify to precent spam and other online shennigans).

The retinue of foreign bloggers will also be spiced up (yes, agree: bad pun)  with the inclusion of a culinary blogger, Mark Tafoya.

Pesta Blogger is being supported by three Indonesian ministries Continue reading “Jeff Ooi and Mr Brown to attend Indonesia’s Pesta Blogger 2008”

Almost 40% of places for Pesta Blogger 2008 taken up in one day

Registration for Pesta Blogger 2008, which will be held at the BPPT Building in Jakarta on 22 November, has taken off with a fast start.

Registration pened on Monday afternoon, on National Bloggers Day, and by 3.45pm Tuesday (yesterday) 385 of the 1,000 available places for Pesta Blogger have been taken up.

So if you are planning to go to Pesta Blogger you need to get off your butt now and register yourself. Once the number of registrants reach 1,000 registration will close.

The only way you can get in then is to show up at Pesta Blogger on 22 November, line up and hope that someone who’s registered gave up their places or failed to show an hour before the opening.

To register go here.

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Blogger Serbu Registrasi Daring
Hanya ada satu kata: dahsyat! Begitulah minat para blogger untuk menghadiri Pesta Blogger 2008. Betapa tidak. Setelah pendaftaran daring (online) dibuka Senin sore kemarin, para blogger langsung menyerbu halaman registrasi yang disediakan oleh

Server milik bahkan sempat macet sesaat gara-gara serbuan mereka yang ingin mendaftar sehingga halaman formulir registrasi sulit diakses pada jam-jam pertama pendaftaran.

Hingga Selasa sore sekitar pukul 15.45, jumlah blogger yang sudah mengisi formulir elektronik mencapai 385 orang.Angka tersebut tentu saja akan terus bertambah mengingat pendaftaran akan dibuka hingga 17 November 2008 hingga mencapai 1.000 orang.

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Enda, Budi and moi?

The Jakarta Post did a write up on “Bapak Blogger” Enda Nasution today.  The interview was conducted because yesterday was National Bloggers Day, proclaimed by Minister of Communication and InInformatics Muhammad Nuh at last year’s Pesta Blogger. Good to see the ole’Post giving serious coverage to blogging and bloggers, especially in the run up to Pesta Blogger 2008.

There was an interesting passage where the reporter quotes blogger Marisa Duma as saying that Enda, Budi

Putra and Unspun‘s alter ego as always “reputably charming…Even to guys.”

Wonder where that came from? Unspun‘s alter ego has been called many things, usually in expletives, but “reputably charming” is not one of them and if he has to be charming he’d rather it be to gals than guys.

Pesta Blogger ’08 registration opens

Ever since the official announcement last Wednesday that Pesta Blogger 2008 will be held at the BPPT building on November 22, the Organizing Committee has been beset with inquiries from bloggers and enthusiasts of how to register for the event.

Well, wonder no more. All you need to do is go to the Pesta Blogger site and hit the registration button. You then have to fill in a form which will also ask you what your preferred topics for the breakout session are. We are trying to determine what participants are most interested in and try to meet their needs.Registration will close on November 15 or if the 1,000 places have been filled, whichever first.

Pesta Blogger 2008 will also depart from this year in that it will also ask participants for a contribution comprising of a token sum of Rp50,000 rupiah that go toward the expenses of setting up the event. The committee debated at length on what amount ot ask for and settled on Rp50,000 because it would be significant enough amount to filter out just passers by yet be affordable to people who are really interested in the event.

The Committee is also limiting the number of participants this year to 1,000 as that comes close to the maximum capacity of the auditorium at BPPT. Last year the Committee had to restrict attendance to 500 places because of the space limitations imposed by Blitz Megaplex. Many late bloggers who wished to take part were unfortunately left out in the cold, or the heat, since this is Jakarta.

More details of the Pesta Blogger wll be announced over the coming weeks and it looks like the Committee may be able to come up with some interesting door and other prizes for bloggers, so if you’re planning to attend Pesta Blogger 2008, please register as early as possible or risk being unable to get in.

Pesta Blogger 2008 gets a logo, buttons

Slowly but surely Pesta Blogger 2008 is gathering momentum. The Pesta Blogger Committee earlier called for bloggers who are also designers or would be designers to submit their designs for the logo and buttons for Pesta Blogger 2008 and many responded.

Yesterday the chairman of Pesta Blogger 2008 announced the winning design and it is by Gage, a talented young designer who’s also a blogger. The theme for this year’s Pesta Blogger is “Blogging for Society” and Unspun thinks this is a timely topic as the power of blogs, that are proliferating in Indonesia and elsewhere, can potentially be harnessed to do so much good for society. The question is how.

For details on Pesta Blogger 2008 go here.