Such a Cool Venue for OLPC Asia Base Camp!
Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
59Trip End Jul 01, 2014
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I am staying at the Hotel Sentral 1 km or so away from the venue. I booked in early October at a great rate on trust Agoda! The Hotel is as expected, and is working out fine for me. The best part, is that the non-smoking room has bare floors (no stuffy carpet smell), great central AC (& it is otherwise hot and humid in Malacca), and a separate shower with good pressure and hot water in the small bathroom. There's a pool on the 10th floor with a nice view of the city
On the first afternoon here TK took us on a walking tour of his boyhood neighborhood. I saw many people (even elderly) riding bicycles and noticed some for rent also.I rented a bike (the best smart move I did here) and can quickly get around this charming town, and get some exercise too. We had torrential rains on Saturday night and I did take a taxi from the hotel to our group dinner. OLPC Asia sponsored the delicious and fun dinner event held at Bistro 1628 on popular Jonker Street. I sat at the vegetarian table and we had vegetarian prawns and vegetarian chicke; really interesting tofu, soy and tempah products prepared very tasty. Tee shirts were handed out and there was a birthday cake and candle for TK. Happy Birthday TK & thank you (Anthony Wong) for taking such a large group to dinner.
The lovely historic and restored Wayfarer Guest House on the Malacca River is the conference venue. (The rooms there had quickly booked.) On the first conference day, Saturday, we really crowded the informal spaces. We welcomed group of about 30 exchange students from Africa who are studying at an Islamic University in KL that had been invited to attend and learn about volunteerism
Yesterday (Sunday), we were a smaller and more workable group. We got into the meat of the conference in many ways; breakout groups for Education, Technology and Community Organization independent of OLPC going forward were some the subjects for lively discussion.
For a late lunch, I headed over to the Discovery Cafe where I had rented my bike. There was a new baby and first time Mom I befriended (as I tend to do). My new friend Anan invited me to the baby's first month old party last evening...buffet Burmese/ Malay dinner and cake. In their custom
(maybe because of infant mortality rates) when the baby makes it to one month old it is considered to be a healthy child and celebrated. An invitation to a local life cycle event is a travel
treasure. Thank you for the fun evening and tasty treats, Anan!
On our 3rd Base Camp day, our earnest and slightly smaller group completed serious discussions formulating our OLPC Asia Pacific group needs, wishes and plans going forward. In the afternoon, many things were happening simultaneously
OLPC BaseCamp Asia Pacific was a great success. I loved meeting everyone and learning so much!
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