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May 1st, 2018:

BAZAAR RAMADAN

Ramadan is a fasting month for Muslims all over the world. During this month, Muslims perform their obligatory abstinence from food and drink from dawn to dusk. But Ramadan is not just about fasting. It is also a time for spiritual reflection and devoting themselves to worship and pray to Allah.

For Malaysians, be it Muslims and non-Muslims, there’s another reason why Ramadan is one of the eagerly awaited months of the Islamic calendar. Perhaps the most special and distinguishing aspect of Ramadan in Malaysia is the Ramadan bazaars that can be found at almost every corner all over the country, offering a huge array of mouth-watering delicacies for you to break your fast with. A visit to these bazaars are a feast for the senses, especially olfactory, as you would be assaulted with all kinds of wonderful smells wafting in the air as you walk from one end to the other.

There is no better time for locals and tourists to titillate their taste buds than by touring the various buka puasa (breaking of fast) spots and trying out the various delicacies each site offers during the month-long Bazaar Ramadan held throughout the country. This year, the Bazaar Ramadan will be held during the fasting month from 17 May to 14 June.

As in previous years, there will be a variety of delicacies and freshly baked treats to tempt the eye from basketfuls of assorted kuih (sweet and savoury snacks) to rows of side dishes to complement a family dinner.

Usually, stalls open as early as 4.00 pm, when sellers start bringing in their wares. There are stalls selling fruits, drinks, foods and it will be a hive of activity with sellers arranging their foods, some grilling fish, with the smoke blowing gently in your eyes.

Try the specialty porridge, bubur lambuk (mix porridge), kueh jala emas (a form of sweet cake) found mainly in Kelantan, pulut panggang (grilled sticky rice with prawns in coconut mixture), ikan terubuk bakar (grilled fish), oh, and so much more!

The thirst-quenching ABC (air batu campur or syrupy ice shavings, with nuts, corn etc.), cincau (jellied drink), tasty soya bean drink, cooling sugar cane, are some of the selections of drinks sold at the bazaar.

Sometimes, especially on a hungry stomach, it is difficult to make choices of what to eat and drink for buka puasa. One would want to buy everything. It is such a great temptation with so much wonderful food!


The prices are affordable, and everyone can visit the bazaar. Just get ready for the thronging crowd, long queues, occasional shouting frenzy from the sellers vying for your attention and a truly local atmosphere. It is worth visiting a different bazaar every day as each bazaar offers a different experience and menu. It is advisable to plan what you want to buy beforehand and bring just enough cash as it is easy to get carried away at a Ramadan bazaar – resulting in you buying more than what you can stomach, which defeats the purpose of the holy month.

Food aside, the bazaar also enhances racial harmony, religious tolerance and boosts Malaysia’s image as a peaceful Islamic country.

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BACK TO BASICS AT AGRO FARMS IN MALAYSIA

Agrotourism is a tourism concept that is rapidly gaining popularity in Malaysia as it offers tourists an assortment of activities relating to the agriculture sector. Malaysia is a country rich in agricultural resources; after all, the agriculture sector has been the backbone of Malaysia’s economy for so many years.

The main agency responsible for developing agro-tourism in Malaysia is the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, while the Ministry of Tourism and Culture assists in terms of promotion.

Among the agro-tourism activities that are well received are visits to orchards and animal farms, research centres and homestays.

Let’s check out some of the top agrotourism spots in Malaysia as below:

Top 10 Reasons to Visit UK Farm Agro Resort for a Worthwhile Summer

Summer is not just about beaches and water parks! Why not try something fresh and new? When we say fresh, there’s nothing fresher than visiting a farm! Why not pay a visit to U.K. Farm Agro Resort? It is where you can have a fruitful, educational, and fun summer experience, enjoy all these at one place!

U.K. stands for Un Keng, which is the name of the owner of the farm. UK Farm Agro Resort can give you a genuine farm experience in Kluang, Johor and is considered as Malaysia’s largest goat and sheep farm, where kids, kids at heart, and adult of all ages will enjoy!

Experience their “Farm Tours” which can be a visit to mushroom and vegetable farms, feedstock processing factory, sheep pens, goat milk processing center, herb sanctuary, ostrich park, Jakun village, and fruit farm.

So, there’s really a need for you to spend a part of your summer at UK Farm Agro Resort! And we have all the reasons why!

  1. Bonding with adorable sheep and goats has never been this fun!

UK Farm Agro Resort is considered as Malaysia’s largest goat sheep farm because it has 100 acres consists of 4,000 sheep till date with species includes Jamnapari, Domba Garut, Damara, Barbados, Santa Ines, Malin, and Dorper. When you are there, don’t miss to see them graze out from their pens, play with them, feed them, and cuddle them like your favorite stuff toy!

What is it like feeding the cute baby goats in their separate outdoor pen? Plus, each bottle costs RM2 only! You can also try their Sheep Challenge where you can try to catch the sheep in 3 minutes and win yourself a secret prize! How cool is that?

  1. 2. Pick your choice of fruits at their bountiful organic fruits farm!

How about picking some super fresh fruits on their fruit farm? It is a very healthy treat for you and your family, plus you got to enjoy harvesting it yourself while enjoying the nature scenery!

  1. Watch how animals live and play at their mini zoo!

Probably, the highlight of the farm is goats and sheep, but you can also found other animals on their mini zoo. Here you can see peacocks, turkeys, rabbits, monkeys, wild boar, and other animals where kids and adults will really appreciate!

  1. Find out how exciting the process of goat milk extraction is!

Of course, the visit to the farm is not complete without learning something from it! Here in UK Farm Agro Resort, you just don’t simply enjoy because you learn as well. They usually explain the process of feed preparation which is surprisingly formulated with necessary nutrients in relation with the sheep needs, they also add ingredients such as soybeans, corn and other grain to make it healthier. While the process of milking is much more complicated and needs a lot of necessary standards to ensure the freshness of the milk!

  1. Be amazed on how mushrooms are made at their Mushroom farm.

See how mushrooms grow out of soiled bottles. Though this may look weird at first, you may get surprised as it is very expensive because they grow mushrooms called Ling Zhi, a kind of mushroom which is used for medicinal purposes.

  1. Meet and greet with the ostriches at Ostrich farm!

You can experience feeding this big birds for RM3 for each feed, but as a piece of advice, be careful!

  1. Experience the nightlife at the farm!

Who says that life at the farm is boring? Spend a night at the farm and we’ll prove you wrong because they have an open stage, campsite, and karaoke! No rooms for boredom!

  1. They have the best-tasting BBQ!

Of course, after a day hours of tour, you’ll be hungry. In addition to prepared buffet for guests, they also offer BBQ for RM40 per person!

  1. Savour their dairy product fresh from the farm!

How about some goat ice cream for dessert? It may taste just ordinary at first, but you can eventually taste the unique taste of milk from goat! You can choose from sizes like Large/475ml for RM9.90 and Small/125ml for RM3.50. You can also choose flavors of Vanilla, chocolate strawberry.

  1. Uniquely-crafted souvenirs are waiting for you to be taken home!

You can actually bring home unique goodies and souvenirs like passion fruit products, which can be a gift to you loved ones. There are other choices too like goat’s milk ice cream, milk and coffee powder, milk lotion, passion fruit sauce and farm products!

So, you still have a plenty of time for summer! Make UK Farm Agro Resort your destination before the summer ends!

This article is credited to: https://www.johornow.com/english/reasons-visit-u-k-agro-resort-farm-summer

Getting There

Address: Plot 8, Project Pertanian Moden Kluang, KM13 Jalan Batu Pahat, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

Who To Contact:
UK Farm Agro Resort
Tel: +607-759 7555; +607-759 5018; +607-759 5991
Website: www.ukfarm.com.my

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

Have you ever wondered where dairy foods come from or how they are made? For those born and bred in the city, a trip to a dairy farm will enlighten you on the production process of the dairy products.

Located at the foothill of Mount Kinabalu, Desa Cattle Dairy Farm offers one of the most amazing scenery one could envision. Often chosen as a wedding photography destination, with the majestic Mount Kinabalu overlooking beautiful green pastures, the scenery is breathtaking, not forgetting the cool breeze that Kundasang has to offer.

The real attraction here is the cattle farm, producing about 900,000 litres of milk per year. The farm is 199 hectares and most of the milking cows are Friesians, the highest milk producers of all cattle breeds.

What you see at the Desa Cattle Dairy Farm is truly a labor of love. The working hours at the farm start as early as 6.00 am. So, make sure you come as early as 8.00 am to see the various operations of the dairy process.

It is an ideal destination for the whole family, where there are activities such as feeding the calves with bottled milk, feeding goats with grass, and learning how milk is processed. If you have ever wondered how milk is made, Desa Cattle Farm is the place for you.

Before leaving, don’t forget to get some souvenirs especially the popular dairy products like Desa Cattle milk in a box as well as their ice cream and cheese. A visit here is both educational and fun!

Opening Hours
Open daily, 8am – 5pm.

Getting There
Situated some 100km from Kota Kinabalu, it will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3-hour drive. You can also opt to get a taxi or a bus or even rent a car.

Admission Fee

Malaysian
Adult: RM5.00
Children: RM4.00
* Wedding Photography Location Charge: RM106
* Video / Filming Location Charge: RM2,120

Contact Information:
Dr.Marcel Gisain,
P.O.Box 71, 89308 Kundasang,
Ranau, Sabah.
Tel: +60 88-889 562
Fax: +60 88-889 530
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/desadairyfarm

Perak Agrotourism Resort (PATRO)

When the hustle and bustle of city life gets too much, why don’t you pack your bags and head over to Perak Agrotourism Resort (PATRO), which is located at Sungai Galah in Tanjung Tualang.

There, you can have a very relaxing weekend getaway while admiring the zen-like beauty of the 247ha site that includes scenic lakes and vast stretches of agricultural farms and plantation. However, be warned, this resort offers too many temptations to be ignored such as eco-adventure activities and agrotourism activities.

If you have been living in a big city your whole life, this is the best opportunity for you to get a taste of the rural or kampung life. At PATRO, you can try your hand at collecting duck eggs and making salted duck eggs, picking fresh chilies right from the trees or visiting the sting-less bee farm and sipping the fresh honey straight from the beehive using a straw. This resort plans to plant more vegetables and fruits so that guests will be able to enjoy the whole-back-to-nature experience by harvesting the crops to eat or to cook during their stay at the resort.

PATRO also has a deer farm and petting zoo, which provides children an infinite amount of joy besides being an educational experience. Here, they can get up close with cute critters such as rabbits, quails, birds and peahens. Those who enjoy adrenaline-inducing activities can try out PATRO’s outdoor sport activities such as driving the all-terrain vehicles (ATV) through a 3km ATV track, which will take them around scenic lakes and tree groves. Be warned that the trail can get a little bumpy and maneuvering along sandy tracks can be tricky, but then again, that’s the fun of driving ATVs. There are also activities such as biking, kayaking, paintball, archery, as well as fishing to keep you busy from dawn to dusk.

Refuel at the on-site Lakeview Café where you can personally ask the chef to prepare and cook the fish or freshwater prawns that you’ve caught earlier. The specials on the menu are the durians and durian-based dishes (masak tempoyak) that must be given a try.

PATRO is owned and managed by the Perak State Agriculture Development Corporation (SADC), and currently it has more than 10 beautifully-designed chalets, including one built like the Kutai house, which is a typical traditional house that can be found in Perak.

Who to Contact:
Perak State Agriculture Development Corporation
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 05-253 7924 / 05-253 7928 / 019-500 0127
Fax: 05-253 4814
Website: http://patro.com.my

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THE HAVEN: LUXURY AND NATURE COMBINED

Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Ipoh, the capital city of the state of Perak, The Haven (thehavenresorts.com) is not an ordinary place where you sit, sleep and relax. This 5-star award-winning accommodation is more than a mere hotel, going above and beyond to deliver a luxurious experience to those looking for quiet rest in the arms of nature.

Located within a prehistoric valley dating back some 200 million years old and against a backdrop of stunning limestone outcrops, The Haven is, quite simply, a serene resort that exudes a chill and relaxed vibe. Stepping into its grounds, one can heave a big sigh of relief as though a huge burden has been lifted off one’s shoulders.

Perhaps it is the primary forest that surrounds the area, a green lung that supplies an abundance of oxygen, so you can breathe easy. Perhaps it is the calm natural lake at the heart of the resort which beckons you to release all worries. Or perhaps it is the air of tranquillity that seems to envelop the entire space.

For nature lovers, the place exceeds all expectations. The resort blends itself well with nature. In fact, not a single tree was cut or a hill blasted during its development. The gigantic 14-storey high 280-million-year-old limestone rainforest outcrop amidst the pristine lake was preserved and is now a major landmark of the resort.

Meanwhile, the landscaping in the area creates a garden ambience that even attracts birds, butterflies and other insects. Trees, shrubs, creepers and flowering plants have been cleverly used to define areas, provide shade, improve air quality, conceal security fences, create a smooth flow of passage, and provide a habitat for natural wildlife; several species of tropical plants were incorporated into the garden as natural mosquito and insect repellent, too.

Set against this lush flora and fauna is a 600-metre jogging track that loops around the lake, a restaurant, badminton, squash and tennis courts, a gym, a clubhouse, a 60-metre sea-horse shaped swimming pool, full conference facilities, a spa, and more.

Its garden setting is a choice wedding venue, especially for those who prefer an outdoor party with a difference.

The Haven takes pride in its 100 renewable energy practices from composting to rain-harvesting, from usage of LED lights with sensors to architecture that enhances the natural flow of wind, air and light – and aims for a cleaner and greener earth.

Just a 15-minute drive from Ipoh, the capital of Perak, The Haven offers 150 units of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom suites. Each comes with a spacious living hall, dining area and balcony.

With all facilities and amenities in place to cater to any traveller, this Malaysia Tourism Award-winning resort is the ideal place to unwind or chill with family members – or all by yourself!

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