Today (?? Nampak sgt dah lama type tapi tak post hehehe) is the last day of the Infocom (well, there's a workshop tomorrow, but that doesnt count). But I'm so busy chasing a deadline, so much so that I didnt get to attend any of the sessions.
But to sum up, infocom ni mmg hebat! Here, i got to meet those big names that we often see on papers. Among them, Peter Steenkiste, Nitin Vaidya, my SV went out for dinner with Bianchi, and sapa2 lg tah yg mungkin kenal nama tp rupa tak kenal. Tp tula, ni pon rasanya sbb buat kat US, tatau kalu buat kat tmpt lain diorg nak dtg ke tak. But as far as the presentations are concerned, those that I attended were hmmm... i dunno, maybe their papers are good, but because i couldnt read them beforehand and kena pulak diorg present dgn accent n slides yg mcm hampeh, terus tak paham. Byk yg tak paham pon, ramaiiii sgt from China, byk tracks pon yg sume from China.
Kena pulak organisers kedekut, dah Cisco sponsor pon bg CD je. Dunnola if hilton Orlando ni mahal sampai tak mampu nak bg usb stick, not only tht, bag pon tarak!
Tp makan halal, alhamdullillah, ada. Tp diorg masak halal ala2 tangkap muat je, rupa lawa tp tasteless, but on the second last day, it was kinda ok, sbb ada chicken with pineapple.
But otherwise, hilton is always a nice hotel to go too. Facilities ok, pekerja dia ok. And with me being pregnant, rasanya diorg pon perasan, siap suruh aku berehat bila nampak aku dok pulun kejar deadline ni (nope, didnt do the work in my room sbb nak makan free kat hilton).
Hotel pon agak cantik gakla. My roommate, Ba--i, on the first day, was so enthusiastic bila nampak org enjoy2 sambil makan kat pool that he went, "WOW!" Granted that this is his first time outside Europe dan sampai kat hotel cam mewah dan naik airplane (terkejut aku bila dia ckp dia ingatkan mkanan dlm plane kena beli, dia ingat sama cam dlm train kot). Tp mmg kanak2 betolla mamat ni, nampak tupai pon nak point out, nampak cicak kat pathway pon kena mention, nampak pokok tetumpang yg akar mcm kapas berjalar2, stop tgk, tapi paling pelik was when tgh jalan, we heard a siren, suddenly he stopped dead in his tracks, and i was like, "Apsal apsal apsal?", dia jawab, "I wanna see the cop."... Heh? Wah wah, cop tu, dah tak panggil police (polizei). Kat US la katakan... Tp takpela, bg dia can, dia pon kanak2 riang lg. Kalau tak, takdela, dgn tak segan silu dia mintak kat volunteer t-shirt infocom for free, and no, those are only for the volunteers. Tergelak aku tgk gelagat dia, tp kalu dia mula cerita teknikal, aku lak terus terdiam hahahaha, typical germans.
sapa pon tak teringat nak amik pictures of me and my poster, because it was on the first day, so posing dgn poster demo jela...
Dunno who the girl is, another presenter, i reckon. Tp dah she just happened to be there, bila sv suruh masuk, terus automatically struck a pose!
As for my poster, i think it went quite ok, but I chose a terrible spot. The traffic wasnt so great when u have your poster opposite the wall. Next time, choose one the in the middle of the room. And people actually remembered me, never mind that it was because of my tummy. But they actually remembered me sampai my sv actually told my that member2 dia came up to him, ckp tht they saw my poster, then mentioned about my being pregnant. Rasanya ada gak kot yg bg advice kat dia sbb ptg first day tu tetiba dia tanya2, siap dok congak2 my downtime karang bile nak beranak... terharu lak rasa...
And our demo, it was quite ok too. But that was more of a Ba--i's show as he is the first author. During break, there were quite a number of people, so I handled some of them. But when the sessions resumed, most left, so after a while, I also left Ba--i to attend some of the presentations.
The crossroad to the hotel plaza boulevard where the best western is located. Sume pon disney disney disney!
The view from my room
Senang ada microwave, mkn tapau je...
And oh, I'm staying at Best Western (which is way cheaper than Hilton). Strangely my room has a microwave oven and a fridge, in my sv's or ba--i's, tak lak. But location-wise, mmg okla, dekat dgn hilton, and not too far from main road. And paling penting, depan bus stop, too bad i found only on the last day tht i could take a bus to the outlets form there, kalu tau, takde la menapak kat 1 batu g the next bus stop, but at least, okla jugak dpt tau sbb on tht last day there mmg sakit gakla kalu nak menarik sampai 2 bag + container poster sampai sebatu...