Kuala Lumpur Freeze in Unison 2008

So I made it. To be part of the history made in Kuala Lumpur.

When I got to know the event on Facebook, I was very excited as I have come across these improvisation “pranks” before and thought they are wayyyy cool. So much so that I blogged quite a bit about my upcoming participation in the one in KL.

A few days prior to my departure to KL, I posted some comments on the wall on the Facebook page. The organiser of the event, a cool guy named Zain, then private messaged me:

“I am putting together a team of camera man. And from there all the videos will be compiled and we will make an ‘official’ for youtube. Let me know if you’re and your friend are interested to be part of it. We are all meeting at 1pm not far from the Gathering Point which I will reveal tonight.”

At first, I wanted to be a part of the actual freeze, so I asked my travel buddy (henceforth nicked as Your Highness for reasons only known to him and I, hehe) to take the videos instead.

He agreed, but on the actual day things didn’t went as planned. Your Highness had to tend to his own stuff so I went to the event on my own. In retrospect, that was a great decision – I got the bird eye view of the entire freeze (more on that later), and he got to catch up with an old friend.

So I made my way to Lot 10, which was the gathering point where all the “agents” were supposed to gather. I was there slightly early, so I witnessed how hundreds and hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered in groups throughout Lot 10. We looked at each other and smiled, knowing that we were the “freezers”.

The excitement was palpable, and I couldn’t stop grinning.

Kuala Lumpur Freeze in Unison 2008

The throngs of people spread out on various levels at Lot 10

I met up with some of the organiser team, who later told me where I am supposed to be stationed at. All agents were given a little orange slip of paper, with instruction to freeze at 3.35 p.m. for exactly 4 minutes. Later on I also found out that there were different locations specified, as the turn out was too huge for the one spot at the freezing point to accommodate everyone.

Imagine that!

The freezing point was at Pavilion, which is a new, large shopping mall about five minutes walking distance away from Lot 10. As the 100s of agents made their way to Pavilion, other passerbys looked on in amazement. I guess Lot 10 has never been this crowded before.

Kuala Lumpur Freeze in Unison 2008

100s of agents make their way from the meeting point (Lot 10) to the freeze point (Pavilion)

Kuala Lumpur Freeze in Unison 2008

Hordes of agents making their way to Pavilion

So I was stationed at Level 2 of Pavilion, where I got a bird eye view of the central where most agents were concentrated at. I was there about half an hour before the actual freeze time, so by the time it was 10 minutes before 3.35 p.m., I got restless. I was about to move away from my spot for a little stroll when I realised some people are already frozen!

I was puzzled of course, as I thought everyone were told that they are to freeze at 3.35 p.m. Not wanting to wasting any more precious freeze minutes, I started video-ing the freeze.

(Later on I was told that the instruction states that the agents are to freeze at 3.35 p.m., right after a fashion show ends when the crowd disperses. Little did we know that the show ended early, hence the confusion)

Looking back it was kinda funny how the agents start to freeze at different time, effectively prolonging the four minutes freeze time. Some even unfroze after four minutes, saw others are still frozen, and decided to freeze again in a different pose. LOL. The Malaysian spirit (of being careless with time and acting totally laid back) was in true display.

Kuala Lumpur Freeze in Unison 2008

Kuala Lumpur Freeze in Unison 2008

And of course, the reactions of passerbys were hilarious! Some were scared by what they saw, they avoided the freeze area only to encounter more freezers. Some were tickled by what they saw and decided to tease the poor agents. Some were amused and start taking endless photos.

The local TV stations were there to record the act. Some local celebrities even joined in the fun!

At the end of the freeze time, the organisers start to cheer and clap, signaling to everyone the end of the prank. As 100s of agents joined in the applause, everyone was in good spirit, laughing and slapping each other’s back!

It was truly a moment to remember. Here are more related links:
Videos I took – Clip 1 and Clip 2. More videos listed here.
Photos I took on Flickr. More related photos here.
The event sites – official Facebook page and RandomAlphabets.com

For me, it was truly a moment to remember. Never had I witness so many people from different walks of life, regardless of nationality, age, sex etc, come together to execute an act like this. Believe it or not, this was a symbol of how human can indeed come together for a common cause despite our differences.

That sums of my experience at KL Freeze in Unison 2008. Now, it’s time for me to share what I have learned with the Singapore REAL Freeze event.

Until we freeze again :D

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