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MELAKA ART AND PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL 2014 STARTS ON 21.11.2014

Updated: Monday November 17, 2014 MYT 12:51:56 PM
Melaka Art And Performance Festival returns with a broader dance-centred programme

This historical Portuguese-era fort, A’Famosa in Malacca, is just one of the heritage sites co-opted by the Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014 for its performances.
This historical Portuguese-era fort, A’Famosa in Malacca, is just one of the heritage sites co-opted by the Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014 for its performances.

The three-day Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014 (MAPFest), which starts Nov 21, is back with a bumper schedule that includes contemporary dance, performance art, puppet theatre, storytelling and spoken word sessions, short films, music and workshops.

The free admission festival takes place in many of Malacca’s heritage sites and historical streets including the church ruins on St Paul’s Hill, A’Famosa, the Proclaimation of Independence Memorial and the Stadthuys.

This historical Portuguese-era fort, A’Famosa in Malacca, is just one of the heritage sites co-opted by the Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014 for its performances.
This historical Portuguese-era fort, A’Famosa in Malacca, is just one of the heritage sites co-opted by the Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014 for its performances.

The three-day Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014 (MAPFest), which starts Nov 21, is back with a bumper schedule that includes contemporary dance, performance art, puppet theatre, storytelling and spoken word sessions, short films, music and workshops.

The free admission festival takes place in many of Malacca’s heritage sites and historical streets including the church ruins on St Paul’s Hill, A’Famosa, the Proclaimation of Independence Memorial and the Stadthuys.

Thailand-born Nakarin Jaikla has kept true to his traditional Thai Lanna background despite actively exploring Western dance styles. The Thai dancer is part of the Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014.
More than 65 homegrown and international artists (Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Ghana, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, The Netherlands, Morrocco, Canada, Poland and the United States) will take part in this sixth edition of MAPFest which has brought Malacca’s heritage areas to life with its day-long arts programmes.

Among the highlights this year are Australian-based writer/puppeteer Elnaz Sheshgelani’s works that blend shadow puppetry, Persian-influenced music, documentary and theatre, Thailand’s Nakarin Jaikla, who is a Lanna (northern Thai tradition) contemporary artist, and Indonesian performance artist Rudi Abdallah who critically analyses social issues and inequality in his homeland.

Australia-based writer/puppeteer Elnaz Sheshgelani’s works are set to give the festival a blend of shadow puppetry, Persian-influenced music, documentary and theatre.
Elsewhere, Australia folk singer Kavisha Mazzella, with her socially conscious songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences, is bound to delight music fans. Veteran homegrown folk roots singer-songwriter Antares is also a festival highlight as he takes to the stage with his signature socio-political and spiritual stirrings. The return of festival favourites like Agung Gunawan (from Indonesia) and Chong Keat Aun (Malaysia), both cross cultural performers, will only add to the festival’s illuminating live performances.

More info on MAPFest and festival schedules at www.melakafestival.com

Thailand-born Nakarin Jaikla has kept true to his traditional Thai Lanna background despite actively exploring Western dance styles. The Thai dancer is part of the Melaka Art And Performance Festival 2014.
More than 65 homegrown and international artists (Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Ghana, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, The Netherlands, Morrocco, Canada, Poland and the United States) will take part in this sixth edition of MAPFest which has brought Malacca’s heritage areas to life with its day-long arts programmes.

Among the highlights this year are Australian-based writer/puppeteer Elnaz Sheshgelani’s works that blend shadow puppetry, Persian-influenced music, documentary and theatre, Thailand’s Nakarin Jaikla, who is a Lanna (northern Thai tradition) contemporary artist, and Indonesian performance artist Rudi Abdallah who critically analyses social issues and inequality in his homeland.

Australia-based writer/puppeteer Elnaz Sheshgelani’s works are set to give the festival a blend of shadow puppetry, Persian-influenced music, documentary and theatre.
Elsewhere, Australia folk singer Kavisha Mazzella, with her socially conscious songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences, is bound to delight music fans. Veteran homegrown folk roots singer-songwriter Antares is also a festival highlight as he takes to the stage with his signature socio-political and spiritual stirrings. The return of festival favourites like Agung Gunawan (from Indonesia) and Chong Keat Aun (Malaysia), both cross cultural performers, will only add to the festival’s illuminating live performances.

More info on MAPFest and festival schedules at www.melakafestival.com

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Roti Canai Rosman Bin Malik @ Pokok Mangga

Roti Canai as breakfast was very common among Malaysian, pondok, where only have small signage (Rosman Bin Malik) inside the small stall, the pondok is just located beside SJKC Lih Jen, Pokok Mangga, is so easy to reached the pondok, but having problem during find the parking area. The Roti Canai Rosman Bin Malik is very popular among villagers nearby with their Roti Canai.
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Ordered one Roti Bawang Telur and Roti Canai Kosong, the Roti Bawang Telur having thick mix eggs and much more Onions, while less oily compare to the other.
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While I do prefer the Roti Kosong than Roti Bawang Telur even is just a plain Roti Canai, the Roti Kosong is much more crunchy and tasted good!
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The sauce are the dahl mixed with some sambal, delicious!
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Roti Canai @ Pokok Mangga (Rosman Bin Malik)
GPS Coordinate : N2.215045, E102.218673

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KLIA Transit to KLIA2

Massive jams everywhere in Kuala Lumpur City Centre even in Klang Valley, how you want to get to your flight by reached Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA 2) or known as Low Cost Carrier Terminal on schedule? There’s an option, take the KLIA Electric Rail Link (ERL) or known as KLIA Ekspress.
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The KLIA Ekspress is the fastest ways to reached KLIA or KLIA2 by 35 minutes from KL Sentral for only RM35 per trip. Is that expansive? You may an option to take KLIA Transit if you are in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Putrajaya, Cyberjaya or Salak Tinggi, that may cost lower than KLIA Ekspress, but you need longer time because KLIA Transit will stop for few destinations.
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From Putrajaya Sentral took the KLIA Transit, it just takes me 20 minutes to reached KLIA2, while from KLIA to KLIA it just takes two to three minutes, its the great options if you want to avoid the massive jams and more safer journey from Kuala Lumpur or from Klang Valley to KLIA and KLIA2.
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That’s Coffee @ Kota Laksamana

Recently there are few coffee shop are opened in Malacca town, we decided to pay a visit to for the first coffee shop that are recently open for business, That’s Coffee, located at Kota Laksamana.
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Overall, That’s Coffee themed are based on white, no too flourish and with simple renovation, we feel quite comfortable with their large seat, is favourable place for friends to meet up and chit-chat over here.
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The hot chocolate drinks by That’s Coffee.
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They also served some western foods and dessert, we ordered their pizza’s, we feel taste good and the pizza’s crust is thin and crunchy, we like it.
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That’s Coffee
Address : No.57, Jalan KL 3/8. Taman Kota Laksamana, Melaka
GPS Coordinate : N2.195799, E102.238137

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Pulau Ketam fresh seafood Steamboat at TUTA, Skudai, Johor Bahru.

Every year when come to the raining season, most of us like to choose steamboat for dinner during the cold evening. Everyone will be gather around the steamboat pot and keep warm…actually I like the special moment…

Recently, there is a newly open seafood steamboat restaurant located at the intersection of Jalan Temenggong 10 and Jalan Hulubalang 1 of Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, with the name of ‘Pulau Ketam Steamboat Restaurant‘. (N1.50904 E103.65284)

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The restaurant has a simple setting, clean and well ventilated environment. You can have choices of indoor or outdoor dining area…

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The staffs and the owner – Mr John were friendly and helpful. Our steamboat served on table pretty fast.
Their delicious chicken broth is prepared by few types of fresh ingredients and also one of the main attraction for the diners. Beside, they do serve Tom-yum broth and both were well presented in the common 2 in 1 steamboat pot (widely available in JB area)

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They serve in minimum 2 persons package (RM35 for single type broth, RM37 for 2 types broth) and you can have a choice to taste only the side dishes (more than 40 types) without ordering the main package.

We ordered the 3 persons package, follow by the other fresh seafood…

3 persons package (photo taken from 3 different angles)

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And don’t forget the fish noodles (must order!)

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Their fish noodles is made from a blend of rich fish paste, it’s a nice to savour with the steaming soup. The fresh springy fish noodles was different from other restaurant that I tasted before, it was a new experience for me!

We had few types of their popular seafood, crabs (with roes and without), big scallops,  white pomfrets, mussels and fresh oysters. Beside seafood, we also tried their New Zealand beef slices and deep fried dumplings.

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We were really satisfied and convinced with the fresh seafood and the yummy broth! Not to mentioned the shabu-shabu beef slices and fried dumplings. It was a enjoyment having the steamboat in the raining evening, do you? (Yes, it’s the local culture…)

According to the owner – Mr John, the fresh seafood and ingredients are ship ‘daily’ from Pulau Ketam to ensure the satisfaction for their customers taste bud.

It’s good news for the steamboat fans to have another choice in Johor Bahru area. Have you try it before?

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MALINDO FLIES FROM MELAKA TO PENANG AND PEKANBARU

Malindo Air launches weekly Penang-Melaka, Pekanbaru flights
NOVEMBER 5, 2014

MELAKA, Nov 5 — Malaysia’s hybrid airline, Malindo Air, has launched its five-weekly flights from the Melaka International Airport, Batu Berendam here to Penang and Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the flights, using the 72- ATR-72-600 aircraft, were on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday and Sundays.

The Penang-Melaka flight, which takes one hour and 20 minutes, leaves at 10.10am and returns at 3.15pm while the Melaka-Pekanbaru flight, which takes one hour and five minutes, leaves at 11.50am and returns at 12.50pm.

Speaking to reporters after receiving passengers on the inaugural Penang-Melaka light here today, Chandran said the initial flights were over 90 per cent full.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron was on hand to greet the 70 passengers upon arrival at 11.30am.

Chandran said the Penang-Melaka air fare was RM79 one way while the Melaka-Pekanbaru flight cost RM70 one way.

He said Malindo Air planned to increase the frequency of both flights to six times weekly within the first six months due to growing interest in Melaka as a health tourism destination and a world heritage site among Indonesians, particularly those from Pekanbaru.

Malindo Air also plans to introduce the Melaka-Kota Baharu on Nov 21, he added.

Malindo Air has 18 planes, comprising 11 ATR-72-600 and seven Boeing 737s. — Bernama

- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/travel/article/malindo-air-launches-weekly-penang-melaka-pekanbaru-flights#sthash.xkm3F5EH.dpuf

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The Grill Bar Steakhouse at Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru.

The Grill Bar Steak House (N1.48086 E103.77347) is located along Jalan Sri Pelangi of Taman Pelangi. Which is few shops from the 7-Eleven convenient store. The restaurant is well known with their steak, quality ingredients and premium western cuisines.

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I was fortunate being invited for food  sampling on one of the evening at Grill Bar. Once stepped into the restaurant, I been attracted by the American deco…beside that, there were also many photograph about biker. And yes, the owner and Chef – Mr Gary was a biker and had traveled numerous trips with his group.

Basically, the restaurant has divided into 4 dining sessions, you can choose your preference area…

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And the last corner was the dining area for us, which I didn’t snap the photo…

After the introducing to each other and chit-chating, the delicious cuisines served on our table…

The starter platter

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The platter consisted by Lobster Bisque Soup, Wild Truffle Mushroom Soup, Bacon Basil Tomato Chowder, Garlic Bread, Organic Pumpkin Chips, Mini Beef or Lamb Bagel.

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All the starter taste above average, I like the mini beef bagel very much! Yeah…I’m the meat eater. Among all the soup, I like the pure wild truffle mushroom soup, the soup was thick with generous of mushroom…but that depends on individual taste bud, you have to taste it yourself. :)

Onion Blossom (2nd appetizer)

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This Onion blossom was awesome! It’s the popular signature dish of the restaurant, you cannot miss this if you are visit Grill Bar. All the onion were fried equally, crunchy and juicy sweet inside, especially when you dip with the salad sauce, that make the perfect bite.

First main course of the night – Grilled Australia Black Angus Tenderloin.

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The tenderloin was served with mini mushroom side dish and with the medium doneness. Perfect grilled and the tender inside, portion was big enough for big eater. I will be back to another medium rare doneness, the imported Black Angus was excellent!

Grilled New Zealand lamb tenderloin

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The lamb tenderloin was served in medium doneness and not gamy at all, compare with other lamb. This will really suitable for those customer who’s afraid of the smell. This was one of the popular dish on the night, because it finish in less than 5 minutes…:)
I like the aromatic charcoal grilled with the tender and succulent meat, recommended.

Norwegian Silver Codfish

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The codfish had a nice aromatic outer skin and juicy inside. The total experience of having this dish was perfect! Chef Gary emphasized that they prepared the dish by using the tail of the fish to get the perfect taste with less oily.
The price of the codfish is base on RM12/oz.

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Country pesto chicken

I like this chicken very much!

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The roasted chicken roll was fragrant and crispy on the outer skin and remain the moist of the meat, and stuffed duck bacon and cheese were the best combination of the chicken.
I love it very much!

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After the delicious main course, few desserts were served on our table…

Hot chocolate lava
Spongy cake with dark chocolate company with a vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate Brownie with Caramelized Banana

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Belgium Waffle
Nice combination of the vanilla and dark chocolate.

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Creme Brulee
Nicely presented by Grilled Bar.

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Chef Gary was very kind to explained on the proper way to enjoy the Creme Brulee by not messed up the hard caramel and the rich custard base. Thanks Gary!

Apple Crumble

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I was impressed by this dessert. The caramelized apple slices was served hot, and it was a perfect match with the home-made biscuit.

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All the desserts were not overly sweet, which became the standard in our society today because of the health conscious of every customer. I gave two thumbs up for the above starter, main course and desserts which served by Grill Bar!

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The Grill Bar provided the good and friendly service with the quality food to ensure their customers satisfaction, said Chef Gary (owner). And he was humbly gave the credit to his ‘team’, especially the young chef and Ms Willow, because he claimed that the restaurant’s reputation will be base on the them, not on individual alone. I was convinced.

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Grilled Bar is listed in one of my favorite western food restaurant in Johor Bahru, have you visit the restaurant before?

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FORMER CATHAY CINEMA AND THE SHORE


Former Cathay cinema being renovated to Panggung Bangsawan.

The massive “The Shore” at Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai. The new Swiss Hotel will be opening there with Tang as well.

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VEDROMALL@JALANKEEANN GETS MOVING

The Vedromall@theMelaka River has started work.

Heavy machinery for doing soil stabilisation has moved in. Estimated to be around RM 200 million, this Vedromall is a 5 storey fashion mall with 2 underground car park. Slated to be completed in 2017, hopefully the project will add some active night life around Jalan Kee Ann.

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