An awesome meetup with Team Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

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JPPhotography @jpphotographyOctober 2019 · 3 min read
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I am currently based in Malaysia, from where I am working on exciting new features for TravelFeed. I spent the last week in Kuala Lumpur with my friend Marta and yesterday we got the chance to meet up with @littlenewthings and Team Malaysia. They are all super amazing and we had an absolute blast!

In the morning, @littlenewthings picked us up at Asia Jaya, a metro station in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. She took us to @gtpjfoodbank, a charity based in a local church that distributes free food to families in need. Angie, the director of @gtpjfoodbank, explained to me the difficulty of raising enough donations. They are raising money to buy products, but a large part is raised from approaching producers who donate exceed produce, and some, such as a local baker, now produce some excess products on purpose on order to donate them to @gtpjfoodbank. The volunteers are doing an amazing job and we helped with the November food distribution (well, I took a lot of photos mostly). This involved removing all the different products from their bulk packaging and distributing them to plastic bags, one for each family.

The volunteers formed a chain, passing the groceries while making sure that every bag receives the same items
The volunteers formed a chain, passing the groceries while making sure that every bag receives the same items

Repackaging eggs from bulk packaging into packs of ten
Repackaging eggs from bulk packaging into packs of ten

Depending on their ethnicity, families receive different products, since a Chinese family would prepare different meals than an Indian family.
Depending on their ethnicity, families receive different products, since a Chinese family would prepare different meals than an Indian family.

Malaysia is a truly multicultural country where you can find a Mosque, a Church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple in the same street in peaceful coexistence, so it came to no surprise that even though the food bank is located in a Christian church, it is open to everyone and not all of the volunteers are Christians.
Malaysia is a truly multicultural country where you can find a Mosque, a Church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple in the same street in peaceful coexistence, so it came to no surprise that even though the food bank is located in a Christian church, it is open to everyone and not all of the volunteers are Christians.

I had some interesting talks with @littlenewthings about Steem. This meetup and @littlenewthings hospitality made me realise the need to start working on the TravelFeed messaging solution and TravelMeet, our meetup feature where locals like @littlenewthings will be able to offer TravelFeeders to join local experiences such as volunteering for @gtpjfoodbank. Powered by hospitality, kindness and our amazing community, TravelMeet will beat tourist experiences such as those offered on AirBnB for sure ;)

These kids were left by their parents and the food bank community helps the grandparents to raise them
These kids were left by their parents and the food bank community helps the grandparents to raise them

They were helping out as well, here with labelling the egg cartons
They were helping out as well, here with labelling the egg cartons

They also loved posing for my camera
They also loved posing for my camera

Having completed the packing, we were invited to join the volunteers for lunch. I got a huge plate of Nasi Lemak and all kinds of sides, but thanks to @littlenewthings that was just the start of our food journey for the day: after lunch, @littlenewthings took us to a shopping center to meet the rest of Team Malaysia and let us try Durian puffs. Depending on who you ask, they will either call Durian "stink fruit" or "king of the fruits". Having been around Asia, I have tried the Durian a few times and got to like the taste, but for my friend Marta it was her first time. I think, @littlenewthings is preparing a fun reaction video.

@littlenewthings with the Durian puffs
@littlenewthings with the Durian puffs

The meetup was lots of fun and I got to answer all kinds of questions about TravelFeed. I was happy to see @davidke20 trying out TravelFeed and publishing an awesome post about our meetup!

Group selfie with Team Malaysia by @bitrocker2020
Group selfie with Team Malaysia by @bitrocker2020

When Marta mentioned how much we liked eating Roti Tissue the other day, Team Malaysia organised to bring us to a local restaurant and feed us not only two huuuge Roti Tissue, but also a lot of more Malaysian food.

A huuuge Roti Tissue
A huuuge Roti Tissue

I had some interesting talks with Jason from Bitcoin Malaysia, who recently attended Devcon and is working on a solar powered cryptocurrency. Jason drove us back to our hostel, where it didn't take us long to fall asleep, full of food and experiences.


The rewards of this post go to @gtpjfoodbank via beneficiary. Donating is already possible on TravelFeed via the beneficiary editor, but this made me think, should we introduce an option on TravelFeed for authors to easily donate (part of) their post rewards to charity and highlight these posts?


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Cool.. Was fun meeting you !! See you in Bangkok


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The meetup was awesome, see you at Steemfest!


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TravelMeet.io sounds BRILLIANT!

I am very happy you and Marta had a wonderful time.

Please let her know we are waiting for her Steemian account from travelfeed to be set up, and when TravelMeet is ready we'll one day invate her City for our local Polish experience haha.

Ps: @gtpjfoodbank director was very happy to have met you.

She said the kids really liked you (and the camera 😆)

This has given then a lot of good memories to grow up despite of their circumstances.


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Thanks again so much for the wonderful day! Marta will have her TravelFeed account soon and she says she can't wait for you to come visit her in Poland :) The kids were so cute, I will send you over the other photos later!


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OK! We will need to update the Food Bank newsletter soon. haha.

And well, this means I need to write more to earn more STEEM before heading to Poland haha.

Let me know Marta's username when she's in LOL. Then we all can stalk her posts too. 😆


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Marvelous meetup! Looking forward on the new feature of TravelMeeter 🤣


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TravelMeet will be awesome :)


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I’m jealous that you get to meet up with other Steemians! @alliedforces curate


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You are most welcome to visit Kuala Lumpur 😆


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Haha sure. Maybe if you could spare witness vote on @untersatz, I could fund my way there sometime :)
Here, let's check your witness votes: !witness-vote-check littlenewthings


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The meetup was so awesome! Are you coming to Steemfest?


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$trdo


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Wow wow, nice to meet you both Julius and Marta!


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Great to meet you as well! I hadn't realised that we had been in touch a while ago about the 1001 places to remember project!


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Ah, ya. We hadBeen some time since the project being on hold and not working. But I do like to see how the project could help with @travelfeed or @steemitworldmap. I’m starting to recover and refocus on content creation too.


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We are always interested in projects that can be integrated into the TravelFeed platform, let's keep in touch!


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Sure thing Julian! Keep in touch man.


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This caused a serious cause of FOMO!!!! What a great bunch of people doing great things!


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😂😂😂😂

When are you visiting Kuala Lumpur Teammalaysia?

There's still a full fledged of lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and supper marathon waiting for you.


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You should have booked an earlier flight :p But our TravelFeed meetups in Thailand will be awesome as well!


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@tipu curate


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What a wonderful meetup, always liked the Steem meetup and hopefully some of you are also going to SteemFest.

This post has been appreciated and featured in daily quality content rewards. Keep up the good work.


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Thanks a lot! Can't wait for Steemfest and some of the guys are indeed coming as well!


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