Post-AFEST gathering and party right here in Malaysia! Because 5 days in Phuket wasn’t enough. 🙂 Amazing time catching up with the people again whom I thought would’ve already gone back to their countries but gave us a nice surprise by swinging by KL!
Also thanks Shannon Toh and King Qn for opening their Salty Customs office to host the party!
Two years ago, I wanted to go to Awesomeness Fest but it was a short notice. Last year, I passed the interview but had to cancel my ticket because I was to speak at the Wealth Summit on the same dates as AFEST. This time I got my ass there!
It was a wonderful 4 day event – actually 5, counting the pre-AFEST workshop by Lisa Nichols. I had just returned from Phuket this morning and spent the rest of the day sleeping to make up for the lack of sleep in the past week.
In case you don’t know, Awesomeness Fest is a non-profit event held annually by MindValley since 2010. Quite simply, it’s a gathering of entrepreneurs of all kinds from all walks of life from various nations to network, have fun (a very BIG perk), learn from the best speakers and trainers in the world assembled on stage, and go through both a powerful and spiritual experience (hey it’s not all about just business and money)!
I’m still in ‘reflection’ mode and will pen my deeper thoughts on my business blog later. But the photos are ready to go so I’m going to share them here. 🙂
Since I had to come to Indonesia to meet my IM associates in Jakarta and Bandung, I figured I might as well spend the weekend and experience Indonesian MILSIM for the second time. In the first 24 hour game last year, I fell sick later at night so I missed half the fun so I was determined to see myself through the rest of this 24 hour airsoft game.
My first stop was in Jakarta to meet Dee Ferdinand and his Calibreworks team and I spent my first 4 days here. Also got to check out the airsoft stores at STC Senayan Mall.
While there are more variety of military gears and clothing here compared to Malaysia, the prices are very expensive! It’s still better to buy your stuffs online – or go on a shopping trip in Hong Kong.
BTW this picture you’re seeing now? Those aren’t airsoft guns; they are Air Guns (yep there’s a difference). Shoots their own custom pellets, designed for small game hunting and if uses against human targets it can prove to be lethal too.
Not only are these air guns being sold openly, apparently you don’t need to have a permit to use them! As long as you have a ton of cash to spend – and A LOT OF IT.
On Saturday, I met up with one of the airsofters from Palembang, Dovi Spectrum, at the Jakarta airport and we both took a cab to the game site at Yonif 320 Badak Putih in Banten, which is 2 1/2 hours away from the city.
We arrived at about 10 in the morning and registered ourselves. On first impression, I think this MILSIM experience is going to be better than the last already!
While waiting for the rest of the players from all around Java to show up, the badasses of Yonif 320 treated us to real steel shooting. 🙂
Eventually, all the teams showed up and there were 130-140 players total participating in the weekend game.
I am beginning to catch onto Indonesia’s MILSIM tradition and format of the game; they started off with an opening ceremony – the regular army of the camp (Yonif means “battalion infantry”) would officially give permission to the Airsoft organization – Federasi Airsoft Indonesia or F.A.I. – to use their premise for war games (another synonymous term for ‘airsoft skirmish’).
After the ceremony, everyone had a quick lunch and the first day game begins. This would go on until evening when everyone rests, have dinner, and enjoy ourselves at a mini carnival.
Night game resumes at 10:00 PM until 5:00 AM. And I must say, the best part of the MILSIM was the night game!
Flares and explosives were shot every now and then throughout the night to illuminate the fog of war and as a bonus, add to the ambience LOL This time, I stayed throughout and I give myself a pat on the back for this 🙂
The next morning, everyone packed up, exchanged our badges and honors, take more team photos and then parted ways for our own destination. Oh yeah, I even got to shoot their Pindad SS-1 assault rifle – the standard issue weapon of Indonesia’s regular army:
Overall it’s been a great 24 hours of fun at the camp – and a great way to start the middle month of the year. 🙂 Besides the airsoft games, we got to shoot real steel, even get to have a mini carnival and the night game experience so far is unbeatable by my previous experience.
You are looking at my biggest badge exchange so far… and this is just teams from all around Java section of Indonesia!
Some more pictures from the event:
Thanks Federasi Airsoft Indonesia for inviting me to this event and even gave me a souvenir just for coming from Malaysia; the Badasses of Yonif (Batalyon Infanterie) 320 for letting us use their base camp and even their guns to shoot real steel!
At the speed and progress you guys are making now, I won’t be surprised you can host the biggest Airsoft event in 2016 on Asian or worldwide level. Take that to the Guinness World of Records!
Oh and now I got a new goal: to get badges from US or European airsoft teams next!