Back from Steemfest ¦ A chapter has ended, a new journey begins

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Steemfest 4, attendees just can't stop talking about it.

Even when the SF4 official telegram starts to cool down with less chatter now, @anomadsoul kept the fire burning (especially for us who are already home facing reality and getting over SF hangover and homesick) and challenged all attendees for one last (but still more to come separately) post.

Before and after testimony (?)

I guess especially for me, as this is my first Steemfest ever it would become much more significant compared to the rest.

I would like to share with on the technical or overall conference angle much later on my other (community centred) account, but right now I'd just like to share with you my personal experience and the vibe throughout.

Pre-sets

Steem has been in the winter bear for a long time and honestly I wasn't a 100% sure whether I could make it or not even.

But I am glad I really took that step of faith and temporarily stepped out of the mundane (full of challenges) life and see what SF has to offer since so many of our previous attendees from #teammalaysia could not stop talking about it.

With a tiny army.

6 extra representing Malaysia region + Coingecko.... And apparently we adopted more along the way

To be honest I didn't go there with the hype of enjoying myself, especially when there were so much political chatter on the platform just because of the hard fork 21 and 22.

I truly wanted to know why the decision was made in that way, and were the top 20 witnesses truly that horrendously evil

Just so you know, I didn't think of that, but boy there was just so much poison spewing out on and off the blockchain that was sometime really unnecessary.

Even when I was watching the youtube interviews hosted by @andrarchy before SF trying to grasp their holistic view, I couldn't, not because it was too technical, I couldn't see their holistic intention on the #newsteem

As a tiny minnow who just wanted to build the best for a striving community

The journey

Bangkok was very different after I have not been back for more than a decade and like @kaerpediem mentioned, on Google maps though it was only 15 minutes walk, but it feels forever when we have at least 7kg on our backs.

I must say the experience wasn't the best, but understanding the environment was priceless.

And never be penny wise pound foolish when you are unfamiliar in a foreign land 😅

Yet even we were almost burnt out, we made our way to the check in point

The people: first impression

@dmitrydao, @andywong31, @arcange, @elizacheng and myself, still feeling fresh and excited

When people mentioned about dolphins, okras, whales and witnesses, somehow there will be an undeniably invisible barrier in the mind.

I personally am glad that I didn't follow the witnesses too crazily, so I had a total mindset or everyone is human, and it is true. Whatever position you are in, you are human.

@waybeyondpadthai, @jpphotography, @wanderein, @for91days

We had the same excitement when we meet for the first time

@cryptospa, @kaerpediem

@wanderein, @detlev, @arcange, @vesytz, @travelgirl, @livinguktaiwan, @kaerpediem and @cryptospa

Understanding each other likes and dislikes in food.

@anomadsoul

Breaking down shyness and awkwardness between the big shots and small fishes...

@roelandp, @firepower, @khimgoh, @elizacheng

And just be anticipating for the days ahead.


The one thing I learned from this experience of not putting label on anyone in Steemfest, was this eliminated awkwardness and even could spur up a conversation that only one developer could understand another developer's predicament; yet at the same time because I also stood as a community builder and for the food bank, I could able to see even a bigger picture how steem blockchain could support more than just a social media proof of brain platform.

(and not even realise I was talking to the hive main engineer until the next day's presentation 🤣)


The backbone of steem engine and their predicaments

To be honest, after the last Steemfest and so much bad reviews about @steemit Inc I had much reserved thought about each and everyone of them, but I am grateful that the Steemit Inc I heard about didn't exist. All I could see was a group of very practical team (lean and mean as @elipowell mentioned) who were brave enough to tell us what is really happening.

@elipowell and @celestal

I think the walls of defence started to break down when you start to see the attendees started clapping to support their decision.

And the honesty of the top witnesses sitting down and giving an open panel for attendees to sit in talking about the importance of witness consensus and witness votes brings in a breath of fresh air and clearer understanding to minnows like me.

@crimsonclad

Especially when our sassy brainy beautiful witness took her time to explain to us how the steem blockchain works and how the witnesses hold the fort all the way, even during winter seasons that they are bleeding in losses.

(yes! I will make time to sit down and learn what RPC node can help me to achieve what I may need the moment the storm back at home subsides and the dust starts to settle)

@superoo7 and @awesomianist

Plus further witnessing projects are persevering even when market is bear


And this got me realising

These hardworking folks are trying very hard to keep this idealogy going

Most of them who bothered to even turn out and connect with everyone else are truly those who are worth the time to get to know them.

And they do need that encouraging word, and a big hug just to keep pushing for the better.

@detlev, @khimgoh, @kaerpediem

This truly got everyone closer....

@roadscape and @aggroed photo bombing

more like a family

"I really hope there's still a Steemfest next year...

I think the statement above is good enough testimony this this Steemfest was the most unique it can ever be...

We can all be silly together...

Cry together

Regardless you're Steemit Inc, witnesses, whales, minnows...

We can all be sane with a bit of a 🤪 together once a while.

Hopefully

I will see you again next year

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I'm really happy this year we have gotten to see so many more real users and a greater maturity in SteemFest.

From viewing at home, it was the best Steemfest yet.

Oh yes @whatsup.
This year was very down to earth. Nothing fancy pancy but it feels we had a stronger bond and understanding each other.

Let's keep working forward together to greater maturity and stability with the blockchain

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You are paid now... no more aggression, thanks.

agression of?
I that's about the #lassecash hashtag? I can totally not use it in the future. 🙂

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Thank you @bearbear613

I am totally lost in this bitcoinmyk thing still 😅

Thank you so much for your kind words, I don't know if I quite live up to them, but I love them anyhow!

More seriously... Thank you to you and the ladies for asking such intelligent, curious, and not always easy questions about our blockchain. I love the spark for learning and the fire it lights in people that drives them to help create a better ecosystem. I also appreciate how gracious you were given my answers being slightly slurred and that I was easily two bottles of Sang Som deep. ☺️

LOL, you're welcome 😅

Maybe the sangsom actually helped you to be able to explain it so layman style that non technical person could understand too.

So cheers to sangsom of the night! 😆

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Thank you @arcange for reminding me!

this is a lifetime memory that i will cherish forever! love how you malaysians are very supportive of steem! see you on the next one next year! :)

Hopefully next year it will still be close by that Philippines will be able to join big time too.

Steem on!

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yeah hopefully! but even if its still far, i think ill find a way to get there.. hehe but yeah having it near really helps.. steem on! :)

Depending on location and price... I do hope it is somewhere still affordable.
Unless I got some sponsorship to get there next time if it is way outside the SEA.

Wonderful compilation of amazing SteemFest memories, thanks for sharing those moments with us

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Thank you so much for your appreciation! That means a lot!

Hope we will all be stronger and STEEM on!

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Such a pleasure to meet you!!!! And thank you again for the cards!!!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to roll up my sleeves for creative card making!
Hope to see you soon in KL!

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Cool VIDEO!!! Hello from BKK!

FOMO! 😜

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Love those gifs! so much fun 😃 I wasn't able to take enough photos, I don't even have groupies so it's nice to see this. Thank you for this post 😊

haha yes! I couldn't stop laughing especially those that cannot be unseen (like Khim said) 🤣

good to see u made it... still fighting head pain after the trip))

Oh no! Too much #sangsomsunday (or not enough)?

Hope you will recover well soon!

It was such a pleasure to meet you!

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not enough for sure))
it's so way better)
Pleasure to meet you likewise!

Not enough.... 😅😅😅😅

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Like we say in Finland: it goes away with whatever it came with.

So nice

Yes it was!

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Thanks for such a detailed share.

Makes me feel like I was there.

I’ll have a tiny baby for next steemfest if it happens around the same time next year. I may have to wait for the next next one... either way, eventually I WILL be there.


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Oh congratulations @metzli!

Let's hope next year it will be as baby friendly as this year too.

We had so many voluntary baby sitters this year taking turns entertaining the little ones haha.

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Heyhooo dear @littlenewthings what a great post and so many wonderful Steemians.

It was a pleasure to have met you and celebrating the #BeerSaturday and even therefore a little !BEER for you.

Hope to see you soon somewhere

Haha. Thank you so much @detlev let's continue to keep the #beersaturday alive!

It was a really nice to have met you too!

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happy

having mixed feelings at the moment actually.

Yes, well said
We are all human, with ideas, dreams and visions

SF5.... yes in my 2020 to do list :D

I hope it will be in my list too!
Now we both are hooked into the craziness of saying how good SF was... 🤣
And hopefully, by that time, who knows? Your girl may be a d.tuber again and your boys may be spliterland masters.

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Haha, that photo with @aggroed photobombing!
Didn't take much selfies (only one actually), but I'm glad others did the job and am finding myself in others' selfies.

hahaha... actually I didn't even notice that until I was uploading these pictures. Could have just jump in and hijack into a group Wefie too; because that's what Khim did right after that photo.

(Actually I wanted to get a Wefie with him too but didn't realise he was behind me haha)

I missed out We-fie with so many Steemians that night