STEEMFEST – The actual road to steemfest

Steemfest is just around the corner and for me, unlike previous years where loads of budgeting and planning was needed to get to Steemfest as it was really far away from the city of Kuala Lumpur, this year …. I’m really relaxed as going to Bangkok is only a 2hour 20 minutes flight.

At least this year I do not need to fly and have stop overs and rush for interconnecting flights …. WHAT A RELIEF !!!! For those coming from far and away ….. I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND what you will be going thru. But I’m sure it would be an amazing journey for most people.

Flying in from Asia, one of the most popular websites which is used to get the best flights would be this site. www.skyscanner.com

Previous years … it cost me about 10 times more just flight alone compared to this year where is only about RM400 (about USD95) average in flights. This would be a great opportunity for Steemians in the region to come over to Steemfest and experience it for the first time ever in Asia !

And not only the flights however the accommodation can range from budget to really high end, I normally use Booking.com as my prefered choice of selecting a hotel or quickly browse thru AirBnB.

So to sum it up … my road to steemfest this year is a much shorter one, however, the challenges of settling affairs at home ( real-life stuff ) needs to be settled before I can go off on a trip which takes about 5 days.

Why should You attend?

To meet all the active crazy Steemians of course

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I’m really looking forward in seeing and meeting Steemians from all walks of life.

To collect ALL these SWAGS

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There is nothing better then collecting all the swags been given out during Steemfest. Watch out for the T-Shirts … thats something to keep for life ! I wear it at every event that I go for the whole year, its an easy conversation starter.

To get involved in growing this blockchain

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I must say that after heading over to Steemfest 2 and Steemfest 3, you do tend to get involved more in projects as you can see how passionate these people are about the Steem Blockchain. You will want to have a great time for sure and you WILL want to get more involved in projects and be a part of growing it.

I’m excited to meet EVERYONE ! I’m sure @arcange has something up his sleeves again this year to get everyone to engage with one another thru the Steemfest app. I wonder wonder wonder what its going to be this year.

SO see you all at Steemfest and if you are still undecided to go … I’m going to say “This is an event you will NOT regret going to !“. I shall see you at STEEMFEST 4 !

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By the way … this post is in response to this week daily task by @anomadsoul . Do join in a write you post before tomorrow’s SUNDAY (6th Oct ) dateline.

https://steemit.com/steemfest/@anomadsoul/the-road-to-steem-fest-the-actual-road

The Thai life and what to expect

It won’t be long now that a lot of us would be making that trip to Bangkok to attend STEEMFEST 4 , the most anticipated STEEM Meetup event of the year.

As mentioned in @anomadsoul ‘s post-task this week, what would I be expecting when going to visit our neighboring country to visit and to meet amazing new friends. What would I be planning to do apart from attending SteemFest?

https://steemit.com/busy/@anomadsoul/the-road-to-steem-fest-or-the-thai-life-and-what-to-expect

Even though Malaysia and Thailand is just sitting next to each other, there is a big difference in culture and also language. So , heading over to Bangkok is really fun … been there a few times for holiday so there are just a few key places which I would really like to go again this time around.

Chatuchak Market !

Now this place is just a sea of stuff to get, and buy and most of the time you end up buying stuff you don’t really need. Each time anyone heads over to Bangkok, you can never get enough of Chatuchak Market. There is just so much stuff you can get here.

Did you know that a large number of small boutique hotels in Malaysia buys their stuff from these markets? From customized soaps, candles and other decorative stuff is bought from here. So this is one place which I will surely visit.

Get an authentic Thai Massage

If you’ve not had a really good Thai massage, you don’t know what you would be missing. The experience of Thai massage makes you feel just amazing as the technique they use is so different from those normal massages. Towards the end of it, you get stretched, pulled, and all you can hear is your body releasing all its stiffness making you feel refreshed.

Get a taste of some local food

Being a typical Malaysian, we love food and Thailand shares almost the same thing. And good food you get at the restaurant with nice ambiance and waiters waiting to serve you … however GREAT Food is what you will get on the streets.

This would surely be something which I would be hunting from the day I reach Thailand and if you like to find these local delicacies, Thailand is surely the best place to find it.

Apart from those, I don’t think I would have much time to roam around freely in Thailand however I would surely be looking forward in meeting all of you would be heading over to SteemFest !

Lets meetup and have an amazing time like every other year !

Happy Independence Day Malaysians !

To all Malaysians out there ! Happy 62nd Independence Day wherever you are. We celebrate decades of peace and harmony in out multicultural nation.

I remember asking my grandfather once on how was it like during the Independence day on 31st Aug 1957 , his eyes just lit up with brightness and told me something which I would never forget … “we build our nation starting today”

We take time to reflect what our forefathers has suffered to gain our independence for the country and sometimes, I do believe that many have forgotten that.

SELEMAT HARI MERDEKA !

May we always remember the importance of gaining independence and celebrate it as one nation !

Have a great day ahead !

Maximize your curation rewards and earn more steem

With STEEM just completing its HardFork , we are now sitting at version 0.22 of the STEEM blockchain. With this update there was a significant change in the rewards and in this post I would like to address how you can maximize your curation rewards.

Curation Rewards ?

Curation rewards are rewards you receive when you vote on a post. To simplify this explanation, when you vote on a post and your vote commands a $0.50 vote value. The author will get 50% of the upvoted value and ideally, you would receive about $0.25 back in curation rewards.

This is subject to change as there are other factors which would increase or decrease your curation rewards. For example, if you vote before 5 minutes just as the post is created, you may not get the curation rewards as thats how it’s designed. If you vote after the 5 mins point and there are others who voted after you have placed your votes, you may receive higher curation rewards.

The earlier you vote, the better chance of getting a higher curation reward.

Here is a link to understand curation rewards better

https://www.steem.center/index.php?title=Curation#Curation_Rewards

Maximizing Curation

This is my recommendation on maximizing your curation rewards. An effective method which makes sure you do not waste your potential rewards by keeping it idle.

Using STEEMAuto

Login to SteemAuto.com using your steem account and once you are in click on CURATION TRAILS. You will then see a list of curation trails which you can follow

IMPORTANT ! NOTE

There are a few settings which you MUST do else it would run your voting power dry extremely fast. In the curation settings you have to enable it and make sure you put in the % weight. Default is at 50% , my recommendations are about 50% or lower and scale voting weight. You leave the rest as its default.

What happens here is that whenever the account votes, it would then trigger your account to vote as well. If you have selected scale voting weight it would vote based on the %.

For example if @curie votes at 100% , your account would vote at 50% … and if @curie votes at 50% your account will then vote at 25%

The other setting you must do is head over to DASHBOARD under settings. Edit the Limit on Mana and set it to around 85% which is my recommendation.

This setting is crucial as you do not want to overuse your vote and leave you nothing to manually vote when you have the time.

Once you have set this up, you will then see your account automatically voting up Steemians thru curation of others.

I do recommend that you follow @curie ‘s trail as its a guild which curates and votes on deserving authors with high quality posts.

VOTE SELLING

Vote Selling may still by a hype at this point of time, however as time goes by, I would guess that there would be less people using this vote-selling as like bid bots , to reach ROI for someone who wants to buy a vote may costs them a lot more. However selling your votes is surely another way you can maximize on your curation as you as the seller gets both curation rewards and also payment for your votes.

I shall not go too much into the details as I’ve done a more comprehensive post on this previously. Here is the link

https://steemit.com/teammalaysia/@bitrocker2020/vote-selling-or-how-i-helped-my-friend-earned-steem

I do hope that this would help you maximize your curation rewards as from yesterday, i’ve seen my curation rewards almost double up just by using these methods.

The best part is that its fully automated once you get it setup and you do not leave your STEEM Power idle which is a real waste.

Have a brilliant day ahead !

Why do I keep wanting to go back to SteemFest ?

Going to SteemFest seems to be like an annual trip which must be made year on year for me. Ever since experiencing the fun at SteemFest 2 at Lisbon, it keeps me wanting to go back … not only to listen to the amazing speakers .. but the connection with so many other steemians out there !

At Steemfest 2 , there were only 4 people from Malaysia that went to Lisbon ….. for some of us, it was our first time travelling in flights for about 19 hours including stopovers

Now for a Malaysian to head to Europe is indeed one of the most expensive places for us, as 1 EURO is about 4.67 Ringgit Malaysia. So it does takes months to save up for a 7 days trip to Lisbon as the average salary in Malaysia is only about RM3,500 per month.

But having reached to SteemFest 2 after the long journey there made the trip all worth it as, unlike a business conference which you typically attend … this was more like a gathering of friends from all over the world who has never met each other but knows each other.

It was indeed memorable and when SteemFest 3 was announced, me and a few fellow Malaysians started planning to go , this time it was Krakow, Poland !

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Every trip I go , the experience is different. The people we meet are different as well …. there are of course a few familiar faces which is always great to meetup once more. However when you see a lot more new faces, you then realized that the community keeps on striving and growing larger and larger. Even with a heavy bearish market on crypto you still see the community of the Steem

Why Keep Going To SteemFest ?

It’s pretty obvious …. having done 19 – 20 hours of travel over the past 2 years just to head to STEEMFEST and this year its going to happen in just our neighboring country Thailand … it would be crazy not to go!

I’m sure that a lot of other guys from TeamMalaysia are already planning to head over there.

Like any other year, I do not have many expectations from SteemFest as I do know @roelandp will make it a memorable SteemFest experience for anyone who attends.

This year has been an amazing journey as even though I didn’t manage to organize as many Steem events as I would have loved to have done, however, I had the opportunity to speak at blockchain events to share about the Steem Blockchain.

More and more events …

This was only possible as there is such a strong blockchain community in Malaysia … and yes we have an amazing bunch of Steemians here as well which I’m forever grateful as even though the price of Steem is on its all time low, they are still extremely actively creating content.

I do hope that everyone gets to go to SteemFest at least once as it would truly be an experience to have. And hopefully this year by the time we head over to Steemfest … Smart Media Tokens would have actually be implemented.

We would then see a lot of amazing new projects coming out as we already see it done within Steem Engine.

Looking forward in seeing everyone once again !

This post is in relation to @anomadsoul + @blocktrades writing task to help fund a lil bit of your steemfest thanks to HF21. Do create a post to ease of your costs on heading to SteemFest Bangkok !

https://steemit.com/awesomepeople/@anomadsoul/there-s-a-lot-of-steemians-who-need-your-vote-to-fund-their-trip-to-steem-fest-check-out-their-posts-2-3

@bitrocker2020 Community witness Update

Finally found the time to sit down and upgrade my witness node to 0.21 which means its ready for HardFork 21 !

Looking forward for it to happen within the next 4 days and by the looks of things most witnesses has already upgraded their nodes. Here is the list of top 25 steem witnesses.

Change is Happening in HardFork 21

Yes there would be numerous changes on the next HardFork which has been discussed by many people and the one which would impact us as the residence of this blockchain would be the reward mechanism.

Some will get more, some will get less however the important thing is that the focus would now be on curation where the rewards are way much greater then before.

We would all be using our stakes to curate content and like any other HardFork , you may expect some people who would try to abuse the system, there would also be a lot of downvoting as the new HF do encourage to actually curate content by upvoting and also downvoting content which you deem undesirable.

For more insights of these changes checkout @steemitblog ‘s latest post here

https://steemit.com/hf21/@steemitblog/hardfork-21-survival-guide

Witness Vote Update

If you have not updated your Witness Vote for over 1 year, I do suggest that you go thru https://steemit.com/~witnesses and start taking a look at your Witness votes.

Some of you may still have votes on witnesses which are no longer operating their node. Or some of you may not be fully utilizing your witness votes. you can vote up to 30 witnesses and this does not effect your Voting Power / Mana in any way. It’s just telling the blockchain as to who you are empowering to be a witness

For example, @utopian-io still have about 7,684 votes on their witness and they have stop their nodes many months ago. Are you one of them ? To check which witness is still running and have updated to HF 21 head over to this link

https://steemian.info/witnesses

What’s happening in TeamMalaysia

We are still a happy bunch of content creators which gets involved in almost all areas of the Steem blockchain. I have not run a large event this year however I think we would need to do one soon.

Instead as part of my Witness pledge to grow the community in Malaysia, I’ve collaborated with other parties to speak at events or just be there to support them and to promote Steem wherever I go.

Because of that, I’ve been invited to be in the first edition of Collectors Playing Cards .. which I’m very happy to be part of.

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Moving forward, I think we do have a larger crowd heading over to STEEMFEST since Bangkok is just a 2 hours flight away. Making it the most affordable Steemfest to date ! For me that is.

Will also start organizing a few more events before the end of the year and looking at options on how we can go to the masses with min budgets.

Looking forward in meeting all the amazing people at Steemfest and this time, don’t need any winter clothes.

Cheers and have a great weekend !

Would the real Satoshi please stand up

Its been really big news as the claimed “real” Satoshi Nakamoto makes an appearance and wants to reveal himself after a decade of staying anonymous.

The REVEAL is suppose to happen in 3 parts and Part 1 got released just yesterday. Part 2 and Part 3 would be coming up within this week.

The reasoning behind this reveal is still yet to be announced which would be in Part 3 of his website.

https://satoshinrh.com/

Until now there is still no proof that this is the real Satoshi as he currently holds about 980k of Bitcoins where there has been no transaction on it.

So the big question still remains .. is he the real Satoshi ? If he is .. all he has to do is just to move any amount of BTC from that wallet to anywhere … really does not matter nor does it matter how much. It would be proof of ownership I would guess.

Market Impact?

We are just days away from the full reveal, however, would you think that it would impact the market stability? Would it pump bitcoin or will it crash and burn ? or would it just be another social experiement which someone is doing and does not have any significant market change.

Afterall … for a billionaire , he did use only $1 to buy his domain. So lets wait and see what happens once all 3 parts has been revealed.

Who knows … perhaps he is going to distribute his 980k of BTC to everyone ! but hey …. anything could happen…

Wishing ALL Muslims a SELAMAT Hari Raya Haji

To all my Muslim friends out there, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you Selamat Hari Raya Haji.

I do wish you all travel safely as we all spend time to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones.

Kepada semua sahabat Muslim saya di luar sana, saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mengharapkan semua anda Selamat Hari Raya Haji.

Saya ingin anda semua perjalanan dengan selamat kerana kita semua menghabiskan masa untuk merayakan cuti dengan orang yang kita cintai.

Hope you are having a great weekend as well … cheers !

So its my lil Boy’s birthday

Today I celebrated with my lil boy his 10th Year Old birthday…. its amazing on how fast they grow up. I guess all parents feels happy yet a bit sad watching their kids grow up.

I’m blessed as I’m able to watch them grow from the tiny lil baby they were and gone thru with them the ups and downs in their live so far. I guess its because I choose to sway away from the 9 to 5 jobs to be with them.

I do remember someone once asked me that when we are about the draw our last breath, what would be our last thoughts? So I decided that no matter what, I would spend as much time as I could to watch my kids grow up and be with them as they turn into young adults.

I do know that I would cherish every single moment and memories of the time spent with them. Yes its never easy as they can be angels one minute and monsters the next … however its part of growing up I guess.

I’m thankful to god for having a really supportive lovely wife and 2 amazing kids… We’ve been thru a lot over many years together.

Happy 10th Birthday Lil Chris … aka .. @bitrockerjr

Remembering my dad after 10 years

Its already been 10 years since my dad passed on. It was one of the saddest day of my life. Every 27th July is my late father’s birthday and I would say an extra prayer for him.

My father was born during the time just after the Japanese occupation in Malaysia, however, he never did speak much of his childhood to us. I sometimes wished I had spent more time with him to ask him about his childhood.

He was an english teacher for over 35 years and even after his retirement he still continued teaching as he was passionate about educating people.

There are days where I do wish I could just pickup the phone and call him like how I would usually do, as since I left home … we would just have a few minutes of conversation on the phone pretty often. One thing I cherished was that he had never missed my calls as I know he would just drop everything he was doing to pick up my phone call. I do miss him even after 10 years of his passing … however I do know that he would always watch over us.

Happy 73rd Birthday Dad …

love … your son.