Webmaster gathering at KL Sentral

Last Saturday there was a gathering at the Starbucks Coffee outlet in KL Sentral, organised for bloggers and webmasters who are members of Webmaster Malaysia, a Malaysian webmasters forum. The event is organised by Exabytes who are also the owners for the forum. It was a very interesting event and I actually get to meet several people whom I have known for months and years online, but never really met in person. I met LiewCF in the flesh, chummed with Zeo and even get to meet the blogging behind Undebug, who turned out to be a fellow college-mate.

More photos of the event can be viewed here.

    22 comments

    1. Unfortunately, I’m a high school coffee addict. During the year I don’t want to have to pay 3 bucks for a cup of coffee at the nearby Starbucks so I decided to try to find a way to brew coffee in my locker. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but i’m cheap. So, does anyone know of a battery powered coffee maker on the market or a regular coffee maker that could plug into somesort of battery powered power outlet, one that would have to be recharged? Or can anyone think of any other solutions? Thanks

    2. This truly baffles me:
      Setting aside us all bitchin’ about Starbucks (let’s take that as read, shall we?), they have a card which you can get instore and ‘credit’ using cash – like a mobile ‘phone top-up card.
      So you put £10 on it, say. You can only use it in Starbucks. You buy a coffee (or what they call coffee) and you hand over the card and your card is processed and debited.
      You get no discounts or anything like that, you pay regular prices.
      So what’s the bleedin’ point? Why go through the rigmarole of tying up your £10 in a one-outlet shop card when you could – much more easily – just hand over your tenner and get the change?
      Starbucks advertise it as the ‘easier way to pay’ – how the hell is it easier than handing across some cash? Or even your debit card?
      We know why Starbucks might want you to have it, but can anyone explain why a sane person would want this card?

    3. there will soon be starbucks outlets in India, will this make Starbucks an oligopoly or will this be monopolistic competetion?
      i know that an oligopoly is where a few firms dominate an industry so are there few coffee shops that dominate the coffee industry in India..like the california based Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Barista cafes and with the arrival of Starbucks in India, will Starbucks also become an oligopoly? or will the arrival of Starbucks in india cause competition that will encourage other coffee shops ( the ones that do not have as much brand loyalty) to compete and thus make the coffee industry a monopolistic competition?

    4. This truly baffles me:
      Setting aside us all bitchin’ about Starbucks (let’s take that as read, shall we?), they have a card which you can get instore and ‘credit’ using cash – like a mobile ‘phone top-up card.
      So you put £10 on it, say. You can only use it in Starbucks. You buy a coffee (or what they call coffee) and you hand over the card and your card is processed and debited.
      You get no discounts or anything like that, you pay regular prices.
      So what’s the bleedin’ point? Why go through the rigmarole of tying up your £10 in a one-outlet shop card when you could – much more easily – just hand over your tenner and get the change?
      Starbucks advertise it as the ‘easier way to pay’ – how the hell is it easier than handing across some cash? Or even your debit card?
      We know why Starbucks might want you to have it, but can anyone explain why a sane person would want this card?

    5. Not really a fan of Starbucks or any other coffee outlet honestly but I’m thinking about hanging out there while waiting for a friend. Any tip on what should I have would be really nice

    6. of which the question is connected to what contributed to the growth of Starbucks?

      is it because of the ethical and social responsible efforts Starbucks did to bring up its brand name after being plastered with negative publicity about fair-trade coffee, bovine growth hormone milk, forcing locally run coffee shops near a Starbucks outlet to run out of business, etc

      OR

      because Starbucks provides the product and an environment that customers want?

    7. Unfortunately, I’m a high school coffee addict. During the year I don’t want to have to pay 3 bucks for a cup of coffee at the nearby Starbucks so I decided to try to find a way to brew coffee in my locker. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but i’m cheap. So, does anyone know of a battery powered coffee maker on the market or a regular coffee maker that could plug into somesort of battery powered power outlet, one that would have to be recharged? Or can anyone think of any other solutions? Thanks

    8. This truly baffles me:
      Setting aside us all bitchin’ about Starbucks (let’s take that as read, shall we?), they have a card which you can get instore and ‘credit’ using cash – like a mobile ‘phone top-up card.
      So you put £10 on it, say. You can only use it in Starbucks. You buy a coffee (or what they call coffee) and you hand over the card and your card is processed and debited.
      You get no discounts or anything like that, you pay regular prices.
      So what’s the bleedin’ point? Why go through the rigmarole of tying up your £10 in a one-outlet shop card when you could – much more easily – just hand over your tenner and get the change?
      Starbucks advertise it as the ‘easier way to pay’ – how the hell is it easier than handing across some cash? Or even your debit card?
      We know why Starbucks might want you to have it, but can anyone explain why a sane person would want this card?

    9. If the coffee in France really that much crappier than the coffee in Italy? Why is Starbucks turning a profit in France, while it hasn’t even attempted to open outlets in Italy?

    10. I just got a scholarship to a new private school and I hate it. All the girls there are so snobby and conceited. They wear all designer clothes, have smartphones (iPhones, Droids, BlackBerrys, etc), and are so snobby. It’s an all girls school and it’s non uniform. I’m the only girl that doesn’t wear designer, because we can’t afford it. I wear Target, Wal-Mart, and a little Aeropostale when it’s on sale. Don’t say just get designer clothes, I can’t afford them. My mom refuses to drive me to outlets, buy anything on eBay (she got scammed), or go to TJ Maxx or Marshalls to look for cheap designer clothes. Yes, I have asked. My school is pretty similar to Octavian Country Day, in The Clique. It has a cafe will fresh daily specials, but no starbucks kiosk, but it does sell Perrier, Glaceau Vitamin Water, Pellegrino, and coffee. At first, I thought Perrier was Sprite so I tried some. It was disgusting. It fizzed and had absolutely no taste. Usually the lunch specials are something like escargots, fettucini alfredo, filet mignon, antipasto, and foie gras. Unfortunately, I had no idea escargots were snails. It bugs me how all the girls ignore me. Yes, all. They laugh at my “ghetto” phone (I have a Tracfone) and the fact that I don’t have a laptop. All the girls bring laptops in for class and usually we do notes and work on the laptops, but I don’t have one and my school doesn’t provide them, so I use pen and paper. The teaches go so fast on the notes and I can never keep up. I always ask them to slow down. Sometimes they do, but it bugs the class because they are usually done with notes. The girls have expensive bags like Coach, Prada, or Louis Vuitton bags for backpacks and I have a L.L. Bean one that I have used since first grade. During gym, all the girls have Juicy Couture or Splendid outfits and I wear a t shirt and shorts from Wal-Mart. They always “spacebag” my bag during gym. They always take so slow in the showers because they have to wash their hair even when we are not swimming and they never get sweaty! They always have to do shampoo, lather, rinse, repeat, conditioner, lather, rinse, repeat, oil treatment, restorative hair serum, anti frizz, thickening serum, etc. and take forever! I always only have a couple minutes to shower because they take so long! It bugs me how all their products are super expensive and from Sephora or a high end store. Plus, they always take up all the outlets in the locker room with their hair straighteners, flat irons, curling irons, etc. so I never have an available outlet to blow dry my hair after swimming, so I end up going to class with wet hair. The electives at the school really bug me: fashion design, yoga, pilates, jewelry making, etc. There isn’t anything I’m interested in, but I have to pick an elective. I thought they’d be things like basketball, etc. So, I usually go with Pilates. It’s one of the most boring hours I have sat through. Plus, people are allowed to have iPods, phones, and laptops at school. During classes, usually girls are on Facebook, IM’ing, texting, playing games, etc. At lunch, usually girls are so into Facebook, texting, or IM’ing each other, I don’t even have an opportunity to talk to them. I’m not even allowed to have a Facebook account or an email, even though I’m fourteen! I really want to fit in and make some friends. Don’t say: get designer clothes, get a better cell phone, get a laptop, get a Facebook account, etc. My parents won’t let me. Thanks!
      I’m not allowed to straighten my hair because according to my mom, it damages it. I can’t wear makeup anyways. My mom can easily find out because she can check the computer’s history. This is one of my friend’s from my old school’s Yahoo account.
      At my school, you need expensive clothes and expensive electronics to fit in. It’s just how it is. I’ve tried to talk to people and make friends. They usually just diss my clothes and “ghetto” phone:(
      I’ve tried thrift stores and the Salvation Army. These girls can easily tell knockoffs from the real thing. I think it may be a topic in the fashion design elective. So what do I do?

    11. the weather is getting very nice and warm and i ‘m an outdoors type of person. Unfortunately here in sacramento there’s not many places to go and be outdoors (except starbucks!) where do (young) people go in this area? i’ve been to benicia where they have a street by the water with different shops and restaurants where people walk, also in concord there’s this shopping area-square where you see a lot of people but what about the sacramento area? the only place i can thing of is are the outlets in folsom but event those are pretty quiet and sad…
      so where would you advice me to go to shop, have coffee, walk around etc other than old sac?

    12. for example BP is in all three industrial sectros. Primary (it owns oil fields) Secondary (it owns refinery) Tertiary (it owns gradges, retails)

      I would like to several companies that are in all three indust. sectors except the oil giants like BP, Texaco, Shell, Shefron and others. these I already know, For instance I don’t know if IKEA owns wood farms as well as the manufactures its own furniture, it will in all three ind. sectors as it already owns retail outlets. What about Starbucks? do they own coffee farms, do they process the cofee, and so on. companies that are in all three ind. sectors please.

      your reply is appreciated
      still waiting answers, thanks

    13. I found this link at the BBC very disturbing –

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7050585.stm

      When fast food came to England from America in the 80’s it was good that outlets were clean and open all hours, but the problems with them quickly appeared. The streets around became littered as they used packaging to shift the cost of washing up on to the community. Many of the outlets seemed to rapidly become scruffy and the staff seemed ill trained. This makes me wonder about health. Salt and sugar are preservatives, are they being used to stop infection following bad food hygiene? What are their food processing factories really like. I note that MacDonalds is trying here, and if pushed I will eat there in an emergency but generally I avoid fast food like the plague. I also hate the fact you can’t order small (normal) portions and coffee, what’s with the Starbucks megacup thing. We just order one coffee and share, but still don’t like the upsizing and cookie laiden menus.

    14. Hi guys. Does anyone know of a good place to study (general for grad school) in the major NYC area? Manhattan preferably, Brooklyn in second..

      I need these points:
      1. coffee bar atmosphere or simple foods place (Starbucks, Panera Bread, etc.)
      2. free wifi
      3. power outlets
      4. big booths I can steal for myself and sit there for HOURS and study!

      Please dont say Starbucks unless it HAS a booth with cushioned seats! As great as they are, they have really small tables that barely hold my laptop much less books and other documents.

    15. How can one get proper Barista training for working with Starbucks as a Barista since this Brand have different coffees and different coffee making skills.???

    16. Or any of the fast serve coffee outlets. I spend about about $20 a week. Just realising this, I think I will start making my own.
      I want to thank a good friend for suggesting these last two questions for me to ask. 🙂

    17. In CANADA .. Brands likes element, burton .. etc

      These are the stores that the mall has which I’m going to today. If you know of other stores which will have them, please suggest!

      2nd Look Day Spa

      A&W

      Aaargon Dental Centre

      Access

      Acinda Jewellers

      Aldo Shoes

      Alive Health Centre

      Ancient Art Gallery

      Ann Louise Jewellers

      Arby’s

      Ardene

      Aritzia

      Athletes World Superstore

      Atkinson & Terry Insurance

      B.B. Watch Service

      Bell

      Below The Belt

      Ben & Jerry’s

      Ben Moss Jewellers

      Benix & Co.

      Bentley

      Blenz Coffee

      Blue Line Sports

      Bobby Dazzler

      Body Shop, The

      Booster Juice

      Bootlegger

      Bourbon Street Grill

      Boutique of Leathers

      Buffalo

      Build-A-Bear Workshop

      Capz Canada

      Care Point Medical Clinic

      Carlton Cards

      Cartunes Telus Mobility

      Change of Scandinavia

      Changing Seasons

      Claire’s

      cleo

      Coast Mountain Sports

      Coles

      Coquitlam Centre Eye Care – Dr. Hardip Thind

      Coquitlam Dental Clinic

      Crabtree & Evelyn

      Dallany Jewellery Designs

      Daniadown Quilts

      Dollars & Cents

      Dr. Boyco’s Image Optometry

      Dunn’s

      East Side Mario’s

      EB Games

      Eccotique Spa and Salon

      Eddie Bauer

      Escents

      Extreme

      Fairweather

      Fido

      Flight Centre

      Flowerchild Florist

      Foot Locker

      Framing & Art Centre

      Freedman Shoes

      Fruits & Passion

      Future Shop

      GAP

      GAPKIDS

      Garage

      Garden Fresh Express

      Gateway Newstands

      Generation Wireless

      GNC

      Golf Town

      Guess?

      H & M

      Heads Up Hair & Body Spa

      Heel & Sole Shoe Repair

      His & Hers Hair

      HMV

      House of Knives

      ICBC Driver Services Expressway

      Icing by Claire’s

      In-Look Optical

      International News

      J76

      Jacob

      Jacob Connexion

      Just for FEET

      K.R.C. Perfume Club Ltd.

      Ke Dong Kiosk

      Kebe

      Kerrisdale Cameras

      KFC

      Koya Japan

      L3 Fashions

      La Senza

      La Senza Girl

      La Vie en Rose

      La Vie En Rose Aqua

      Le Chateau

      Le Chateau MensWear

      Lenscrafters

      Lisa’s Purse Shop

      London Drugs

      Lottery Center (Lower)

      Lottery Center (Upper)

      LUSH

      Mantique Clothing Co.

      Mappins Jewellers

      Mariposa

      Marlin Travel

      Mastercuts

      McDonald’s Restaurant

      Mecca

      Metalsmiths

      Michael Hill Jeweller

      Montana’s Cookhouse

      Motherhood Maternity

      Mr. Big & Tall Menswear

      Mrs. Vanelli’s Pizza

      Naturalizer Shoes

      New Dynasty

      New York Fries

      Northern Reflections

      Nutrition House

      Off The Wall

      Office X-Press

      Old Navy

      Orange Julius/ DQ Treats

      Payless ShoeSource

      Pearle Vision

      Peoples Jewellers

      Personally Yours

      Please Mum

      Postal Outlet

      Premier Salons

      Premier Spa Boutique

      Pro Stitch

      Pro Systems

      Proactiv Kiosk

      ProfessioNAIL

      Purdy’s Chocolates

      Quilts Etc.

      Randy River

      Reitman’s

      Ricky’s All Day Grill

      Roasty Jack

      Rogers Wireless

      Ronsons

      Rose Cosmetics

      Royal Lepage Kiosk

      Royal Lepage Showcase

      Ruffage

      RW&Co.

      Sacos Sweaters

      Saje

      Sashimi Sushi

      Satchel Shop

      Scotiabank

      Sears

      Sears Hearing Aid Clinic

      Selene Handmade Jewellery

      Shefield & Sons Tabacconists

      Showcase

      Shuangye Furniture

      Silkway Travel

      Sirens

      Smart Set

      SoftMoc Shoes

      Sparky’z Kutz For Kidz

      Specs on the Spot

      Sport Chek

      Spring Shoes

      Starbucks

      Sterling Shoes

      Sticky Chews – Urban Child Wearables

      Stitch It

      Stitches

      Str8Up Custom Tees

      Sunglass Hut

      Suzy Shier

      Sweet Factory

      T & T Supermarket

      Tabi

      Taco Time

      Tan Jay & Alia

      Telus.Connect

      The Bay

      The Children’s Place

      The Little Tea House

      The Sony Store

      The Source By Circuit City

      Things Engraved

      Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange

      Timbo Dino

      Tip Top

      ToGo Sushi

      Too Smooth Kiosk

      Toy Jungle

      Trade Secret

      Tri-City Optometry. Dr. G.S. Leekha and Associates

      Tristan

      Urban Behavior

      Urban Vista

      Versailles Jewellers

      Vina Vietnamese Gourmet

      Vivah

      Watch IT!

      West 49

      Windsor Ties

      WirelessWave

      Yogen Fruz

      Zellers

      Zennkai Salon
      Thanks!
      I’m a girl

    18. Not really a fan of Starbucks or any other coffee outlet honestly but I’m thinking about hanging out there while waiting for a friend. Any tip on what should I have would be really nice

    19. I work during the day and don’t get back until then, but we need a job around this time b/c we dont have a babysitter. Not too mention that they are ridiculously expensive? Somewhere with benefits would be a plus. Thanks!

    20. We live in a free country, so how could the president really stop this? And why are the companies doing it? Is it because products can be manufactured cheaper in places like China? Even if that is the case, they’re leaving millions of US employees jobless, right? So more and more people in our country won’t be able to afford these products. Then aren’t they shooting themselves in the foot? But back to my original question: What could the government do to stop this?

    21. The best Chai tea I’ve ever was in Burlington, VT at a coffee place called Muddy Waters. Ever since them I’ve been looking for a Chai tea as good as that one.

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