HobbyCon 2007 – Day 2 KKCC December 20, 2007

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 11:30 am
I didn’t take many photos of them on Day 1, but on Day 2, the Kota Kinabalu Cosplay Club member attracted a lot of attention. I wonder why there’s not much attention on Day 1. The club members consist of ClickStartPlay member. I think I remember the first time IRTea was discovered by Julian at Gaya Street; where everything about cosplay started in ClickStartPlay.

Some would think it’s a waste of time, but I know the KKCC members gave a lot of commitment to their hobby / personal interest. It’s not something that easily available; some of them made their own costume themselves. There you go, another useful pastime activities rather than doing nothing, go loose and end up in drug treatment centers

Here you go, some of the KKCC members for that day. Enjoy!

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HobbyCon 2007 – Day 2 December 19, 2007

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 2:05 am
Note : Dad bought a unit of apartment in Kota Kinabalu, that comes with the mortgage life insurance, which means, it will pay your home mortgage if you were to die, unexpectedly. I kid you not, this is for real. I’m talking about the Cyber City Apartment.

After struggling from the camera setting on Day 1, I came back next day with hopes that everything will come up pretty good this time. Anyway, some people from CSP already knew who am I, and greeted me. My apology, I didn’t manage to get to know each of them on both day. I will, next year.

Let’s move on to the event and the booths.

The Magic Tournament

Giving some explanation about the game itself, with DJ Selina being the MC for that day.

Dungeon & Dragon

KC, serious guy I tell you….

Warhammer 40K

Team DayDreamer & Gempak

Team DayDreamers (CSP members as well)

Ah Kwan from Gempak team.

Smile for the camera.
Not from TDD or Gempak.

Admiring the artwork.

That’s all for now.

p/s : I didn’t come back to know who’s the winner for The Magic Tournament.

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HobbyCon 2007 – Day 1 Pump It Up Tournament

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 1:43 am
Note : I saw the Amazing Race Asia Season 2 teams went to Rotorua, New Zealand. I recognized all the places they’ve been to. Too bad I was lying on my back at that time, and the TV set was low. I need a tv mount for sure!

We continue to the pictures from the main event for Day 1 of HobbyCon 2007 – Pump It Up Tournament!

More pictures coming up (when I get my own broadband connection at home, soon!) but for now I’ll let you guys know what it was like to be there.

It took me a while to adjust with the environment. Crowded place, low key lighting, etc. I don’t want to use the flash, because I was afraid that could distract the PIU contestants. But if I didn’t use, this is the result.

Blur image of fast moving action. Note the subject to the right look pretty intact with the focus.

Tired of taking pictures of peoples back, I moved to the front. But this time, with the ‘fence’ in between me and the contestant, I guess the focus would be distracted by the ‘fence’ existence. So I put my camera to the floor, and started ‘chimping’ (Taking pictures without looking from the viewfinder or the LCD screen).

And so the judges for that day are

That’s Mir on the far… err.. left or right?

Actually, there’s another judges for the semi final, but didn’t manage to get their picture.

And so the day ended with the price giving ceremony. These are the winners.


1. Daniel Lee
2. Rahmat @ Snake
3. Zulfaris @ Jhun
4. Kevin @ Ren
5. Cubex
6. Sabrina @ Meow
7. Mark
8. Junaidi

Newbie Speeder
1. Lee
2. Nurul
3. Mark
4. Ruby
5. Ah Fei @ Yoel
6. Mizan

Female Speeder

1. Nadya @ Miki
2. Angguli
3. Sabrina @ Meow
4. Melissa

These are the random images of the winners. More pictures coming up soon, since still under maintenance.

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HobbyCon 2007 – Hangmen13 Collection December 13, 2007

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 4:37 pm

An awesome collections from Hangmen13. Some of his stuff are for sale. Head on to his blog for more details. 🙂

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HobbyCon 2007 Day 1 – Booth

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 6:14 am

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HobbyCon 2007, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah – Day 2 December 9, 2007

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 3:07 pm


It’s the second day of HobbyCon 2007, and it is the final day for this exciting event. The Magic Tournament is the main event for today, together with other side event as well. Crowd participants are very convincing, judging from the number of peoples coming to the booths, and their interaction with what offered at HobbyCon 2007.





Since today will be my last day in Kota Kinabalu, I took the chance to take more pictures than yesterday, although I’m aware of my camera capacity and ability to take pictures. That could best explain why I pressed the shutter more than five times for one shot. That was my last hope to get a perfect picture for one shot. Unlike yesterday, some pictures are not convincing enough to deliver the message that HobbyCon 2007 is fun and exciting!


The KKCC became popular today. Crowds never stop asking the club members to take pictures with them. That for me is a satisfaction, because you know people like it when you got their attention. Besides, you will never see such scene everyday.


Unfortunately, I have to leave early today due to some other commitment. I hope the ClickStartPlay would consider continuing hosting such event. It was a good exposure for youngsters to develop their hobby into something positive and acceptable to everyone. One old man asked me what HobbyCon is about. I gave him my best answer (actually, that’s the only thing I can think of), “It’s a place where they share their hobby, make friends and contributing something to make this scene fun and interesting”. He nodded, while his eyes glued to the KKCC booth.



In conclusion, HobbyCon 2007 was a total success. In addition, I got to know some ClickStartPlay members as well. Simply said, it was fun and interesting. *Did I repeat the same phrase again?*

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HobbyCon 2007, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah December 8, 2007

Filed under: HobbyCon 2007 — saifulrizan @ 1:34 pm
HobbyCon 2007, organized by ClickStartPlay, the first hobby online forum in Sabah made me come to Kota Kinabalu. Volunteering myself to take pictures with my ProSumer camera; in the sea of dSLRs, is a chance to learn taking pictures of an event. The last time I participated in event photography is the Labuan International Sea Challenge 2007. To make it interesting, part of ClickStartPlay team consists of KK bloggers, whom are my blog friends.

Cubex, from

During the first day, I felt a bit exhausted, because I’ve waited for almost 3 hours at Labuan Ferry Terminal, spent 2 hours in the ferry, and drove all the way to Kota Kinabalu for 2 hours. Reached KK around 1 am, so it won’t be in my list of best things I’ve achieved; it’s my first time driving from Menumbok to Kota Kinabalu at night.


Although I didn’t rest enough and well prepared for the HobbyCon2007, the event itself is really interesting. Forget the tiredness for a while, enjoy the event for it will only be held for two days; else have to wait for next year.


I met all the blog friends, and this is my first time seeing them live. I think they didn’t know I am Saifulrizan, because I seldom put my picture in my blog. I’ve met Flanegan and Julian a couple of times before, so it’s not hard for them to recognize me. Flanegan shared some tips on taking pictures, and Julian as always so interesting and fun to talk with. After all, I’m glad to know and meet them; Julian, Flanegan, Maslight, Cubex, Acom, Hangmen and some I forgot their blog site.

Anyway, did I tell you my camera cannot cope with the lighting and the fast moving action in Pump It Up tournament and the KKCC dance? Julian confessed the same thing, but Flanegan saved the day by convincing us it’s the effect. *wink*


Somehow, I can’t believe I did this.


I asked Flanegan, and he said it can be done better with the camera alone without using software to create the effect, by setting up another flash on the other side to make the subject (in my case, the girl in red) look more outstanding than the crowd.

This event is the first of its kind in Sabah. I hope there will be more to come in the future for such scene to solid their foundation in Sabah, so I can come and volunteer myself to take pictures of the girls event.

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