Long conferences can be a snoozefest. (Original image: http://wonderingfair.wordpress.com)
At some point in your career you'll definitely be asked to go for them. You'll find yourself seated in a big, cold hall surrounded by people who look like they're done with life, while listening to speakers give you either useful information or bore you.
After doing some eavesdropping, we've compiled a list of oh-so-familiar questions Malaysians wonder about at these events.
When you arrive at the hall and meet your fellow participants: “Kau parking dekat mana?”
When you sit next to a participant you’ve never met before:
“Muka macam pernah nampak
. Where do you work?” (Even though it's very likely that you've never met them before.)
When the first speaker is about to finish their speech:
“When is lunch break?” (Followed by “Lapar
When the speaker is five minutes into his speech:
“Lamanya dia cakap
When the speaker cracks a joke:
“… Was that a joke?”
Whenever any speaker take the stage:
“Siapa dia ni
When there’s a pause between switching speakers on stage:
“How’s your aunt’s son-in-law’s daughter doing?”
When the fourth speaker is speaking:
“Is there a plug point somewhere? My phone’s battery is running out. Actually, do you have a power bank?”
When Q & A is about to start:
“Is there a lucky draw? Hadiah
When the Q&A actually starts:
Have fun at your next conference, folks!