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Some Key takeaways For Me from Steemfest 4

So Steemfest 4 which was held in Bangkok from the 6th – 10th Nov is just over and here are just a few key takeaways from updates from the conference.

SMART MEDIA TOKEN – SMT

So this was one of the biggest update which everyone has been anticipating. During the conference we got to see the 1st version of Token Creation wizard which makes it really simple to create your own token without coding anything.

The interface and the parameters seems easy enough to use and I would guess by next year we may see a lot of SMT tokens being created. The SMT is now on testnet so that developers would be able to test it out.

It would be interesting to see how SMT is used to start empowering various online publications and also forums as almost anyone is able to implement SMT on their site. Keeping our fingers crossed for the next SMT Hardfork !

HIVEMIND – Steem Communities

One of the anticipated updates from Steem Inc was Hivemind. This feature enables communities where you can now consolidate articles within individual communities.

This means that if you want to build a community that loves Food and only members who are registered Food lovers would be able to post, you can now do that. The individual community would be curated by the mods and what would be interesting is that the owner of that community would be able to receive beneficiaries to support the community better.

We all got a sneak peak from @roadscape as to how the community function works. Currently its on http://beta.steemit.com where you can actively use and test it out. I believe that it would go to the live site very soon.

STEEMIT – Medium Style Editor

When talking to @roadscape , apparently the beta version of Steemit.com has implemented a new blog editor.

The update includes an editor where you do not need to use complicated codes just to bold your words, or use codes to set it as a title, its a widely improved editor making it easier for almost anyone who does not know markdown html to use.

COINGECKO – Use STEEM as part of their Marketing Strategy.

Coingecko shared with us their journey on the Steem Blockchain , where they are now no. 52 on Steem witness. They have mentioned how effective it was to reach out to people all over the world just by using the Steem blockchain.

They have also published an article called the Steem Report 2018. Here is the link to the report.

https://assets.coingecko.com/steem-reports/Steem-Report-2018-by-CoinGecko.pdf

SPLINTERLANDS – Crowdfunding Campaign Success

@aggroed had talked about their crowdfunding campaign and had raised over $230,000 of funding from selling packs. This was indeed one of the most successful crowdfunding dapp to date on the blockchain. Congrats to him and his amazing team.

There would be a lot of updates from @steemmonsters in the following month and looking forward to it.

Summary

To sum it all up, Steemfest 4 had a lot of great and amazing speakers and you have to see the videos to actually catch up with all the updates. There were a few new apps which would be launching soon and also updates from existing projects like Steemplus, Steempeaks, 1Ramp, and also WhereIn.

With all these updates, I believe that next year 2020 … Steemfest 5 would be packed with more content then ever before.

Do catch the entire conference talks at Steemfest YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwuUSatqAsi5XXy_GngMjjQ/videos

Till my next post, have a brilliant day ahead !

Steemfest 4 Badge coming soon on Steemitboard

So far I have 2 previous Steemfest attendee Badges !! Looking forward in collecting my 3 badge this year. Its a personal achievement which I’ve never thought that I would have able to obtain. Why ??????

Well … Steemfest 2 was in Lisbon and for someone who has NOT travel to that part of the world before, I took it as an experience which I would always remember. And indeed, until today I still remember the highlights of that event.

For Steemfest 3 !! Well … its something which I just had to do all over again … just buy the tickets and travel without hesitation. Again the experience was different however the trip was just as exciting !

How Steemfest 4 !!! Well .. its closer to home and its like a no brainer that we should just go … all those who are staying closeby should just take the opportunity to experince Steemfest ! You will not regret it.

As I take a look at http://steemitboard.com and look at all my stats , I’m pretty much amazed that I’ve done SOOooooo many posts over the past 2 years on the Steem Blockchain.

I also then realized that there is a MEETUPS badge award ! Now this is something which I would surely talk to @arcange about and start making it for those meetups in Malaysia

So have you taken a look at your Steemitboard lately ? If not, just go browse thru it and you will then realized on how addicted you are to the Steem Blockchain … SteemitBoard has been an amazing tool to recognize and award badges to Steemians even though it may not have direct impact to how much the post earns, it sure does brightens up someone’s day by hitting a small achievement without even knowing it.

So do checkout your stats and for those going to Steemfest 4 ! Lookout for the new badge which should be coming by next week !!

http://steemitboard.com

Super cheap dental care in Malaysia

Now, one of good things about Malaysia is that you are still able to get really cheap dental care however the only challenge is that everyone wants it therefore the wait time is a bit longer.

One Govt Dental Clinics nearby my place is Klinik Kelana Jaya which I visited just recently. After a quick registration of RM1 ( $0.25 ) you then need to wait for your turn to see the dentist .

Now … Mondays – Thursdays are for Adults and Fridays are special for kids to go and do their checkups.

The nurses and registration was pretty fast as we were there very early like 7:30 in the morning. Even at that time, there were a few people already waiting to visit the dentists.

SO ! The wait !

It took about 1hour 30 minutes to get to our turn. Even though there were about 3 dentists in 3 different rooms it still took awhile to get to us. And we were number 10 in line.

Finally we managed to get in and the dentists was really nice and friendly. They were stressed out with sooo many patients but they still manage to keep a smile and talk calmly.

Looks like their day was going to be a long one and we were done within 20 mins with the dentist.

Ok .. thats my total cost for going to this dentist. a total of RM2 !! Thats about $0.50 … however the only set back was the time it took which was a total of about 2 hours which is mostly just waiting and waiting.

So if you are planning to go and get your dentals done however have a really tight budget , I do suggest checking out the govt dental clinics… their equipment may be slightly more dated however they can get the job done just as well.

Cheers and have a brilliant weekend !

Another day .. attended Emanate, Music on the blockchain event

Got invited to an interesting event today where Emanate representation @djlethalskillz presented. Its a very interesting project as its like Spotify however its powered by the EOS blockchain.

In DJ Lethal Skillz explaination, there is a smart contract which rewards the author of the music every six seconds of play time. So as you stream the music, the author / singer / songwriter gets paid every 6 seconds. Unlike Spotify .. where the artist gets paid at the end of the song.

From the dashboard, you are able to see how much this song has actually got paid to the artist

You can see that DJ Lethal Skillz already got paid a total of $4.81 for the song Ocean Ride. This would just continue to accumulate and the value of that is being paid in EMX token which is like the Stable coins of Emanate.

You are also able to stake Emanate by buying EMT tokens thru the EOS markets like NewDex . What you get a lil bonus from a growth pool.

So this is one of the more interesting projects on the blockchain which I’ve seen and it has great potential. When asked how is Copywrite protected for musicians, it seems that every genre has its own curators and when new artists signs up, they are manually checked and verified before being able to upload their music.

DJ Lethalskillz is one of the curators for HipHop and he would be one of the many curators out there.

Do check out this site, as I do think its pretty cool … give back artists what they deserved and not be cheated and scammed by production houses.

https://emanate.live/

Want to eat healthy ? Goto Vietnam !

It seems like everywhere I go in Vietnam, the food is just amazing and really really healthy. All dishes comes with a lot of greens.

This was fish noodles soup. The soup was just really tasty and you won’t see any oil in it. Unlike some of the place you eat in Malaysia.

And what’s great… It only cost like 35k VND.. Which is about $1.5 for a whole meal. That includes a bowl of yummy noodle fish soup and a side dish of vegetables and Vietnamese tea.

Great food is almost everywhere including the shopping malls.

This famous dish called Bun Cha.. Its sticky noodles with BBQ Pork and sauce.. Also with loads of vegetables cost me about $3.5 and that was for dinner.

Apparently you can get fresh vegetables at the markets everyday and there is street smack in the middle of the city just selling it. So that’s why every other dish you get in Vietnam is just filled with greens.

For me, after a few days in Vietnam, you’ll get so used to it that once you go back to Malaysia, you feel like something in your meal is missing. As the vegetables you get don’t seem as fresh as what you get there.

So if you want to eat healthy and cant seem to do it consistently enough.. Move to Vietnam 😂😂😂

Cheers and have a great day !

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

Happy Birthday to Mum

Its been a while since I last celebrated my mum’s birthday together with her. So this year, I decided that I must make the efforts to gravel back home and spend a little bit more time with her and celebrate her 73rd Birthday.

My mum was a school teacher in her earlier days where she had taught up to 3 generations of students in the small town of Labuan ( a tiny island just off the coast of Borneo ). Sometimes when I bring her for walks around the town, we get people still calling her Cikgu.

My mum has always been my inspiration to try and help others to succeed and one of the most patient person I know. I guess that’s one of the traits you pick up being a teacher of a primary school for about 30 years.

We only have one mother and we would always love them as they have sacrificed so much for us. I’m thankful that I am still able to see her even though her health is deteriorating …. she always has an amazing smile for me when I get home which is what I really look forward to.

Happy 73rd Birthday Mum … I will always love you !

Air, Sea, Land and leg power

One of the things I do enjoy a lot is travelling be it internationally or just dometic travels. The trip and route may seem the same however the experience is always different for me.

Started my day by train … however before boarding the train I remembered I left my phone in the car !!! omg … lucky my dear sweet wife @ireenchew who drove me to the train station early in the morning was not too far off and drop me my handphone after i kindly asked someone for help to borrow me their handphone for a quick call.

Off to Labuan … a small little duty free island off the coast of Borneo where life is simple and where cars are cheap ! From there … off to Borneo mainland thru the sea.

Took a speedboat as its the best way to travel fast and cheap. These boats are also known as the flying coffins … as its small and don’t expect much comfort .. it just gets you from point A to point B within 25 mins and costs about RM8.50 ( USD 2 )

From there … I got a lift to @danieldoughty ‘s place … which is was my final destination and after a chat .. off we went to see some night markets happening in the city of Kota Kinabalu .

Yeap … we walk .. and it was really crowded.

If I’m not mistaken there was a celebration of the Mid Autumn festival and this weekend was the height of the celebrations. I’ve got some videos which I would share later.

Now … as I’m writing this post … I’m dead tired as I’ve been travelling since 5am till about 10pm … time for some zzzz …

Cheers everyone and have a brilliant weekend !

Decentraland coming to Town

Over a few months ago, I got to know about Decentraland thru talking with community members about this really cool project which is like owning virtual land but its on the blockchain.

After doing much reading on this project, I found it really interesting as you can literally build your own virtual estate and make some gains on it. Its like real estate.

Decentraland is not the only project where you can buy and virtual land and its recorded on the blockchain. However this is one of the more porpular ones out there.

https://decentraland.org/

So these guys are in Kuala Lumpur and you can meet up with them if you are around town. It would be great to meet up with them to understand more, as I do have some questions on this project which I’m really interested to understand it better.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/decentraland-x-bitcoinmalaysia-meetup-worq-subang-tickets-70875116381

You can use the promo code below if you are coming as the event. The space is limited and hope to see you all there.

Promo code : JASONCOLB

Hope to see you all there ! Cheers and have a brilliant day !!

Taking a short holiday away from the haze

The haze in Kuala Lumpur is really bad .. so lucky thing I was heading out to Vietnam for a few days and at least get to breathe some fresh air while getting some things done there.

So whats happening to cryptos this fine Monday ??? Looks like Bitcoin did another dip … and is now sitting at about $10,350, however based on my quick look at the charts .. we may see another dip before moving towards 10,550 – 10,880

Even the market sentiments seems to be siding the shorts where there is a 82 million dollars in the difference in superiority as of the time of this writing. This may however flip in my estimates within 48 hours .. but I’ve been wrong many times before.

STEEM however ….. it seems to be holding on strong with low resistance of 0.00001540 BTC . Its seems like a good indication to buy around that price as its been tested before at that level and held strong.

These are all just my opinions and not financial advice. If you are trading .. do it at your own risk.

Anyways .. back to my short trip and Vietnam keeps me hunting for food !!! So far managed to find a few new ones like this Crab Noodles Soup !

Or this really yummy mixed salad ..

Have a great week ahead guys !! And keep on steeming !