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Seoul Korea Saxophone Ensemble At Waterfront

Seoul Korea Saxophone Ensemble At Waterfront

KUCHING, Tuesday – The Seoul Korea Saxophone Ensemble will be performing at the Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre tomorrow evening at 7.30 pm.

The 16-member Korean Jazz group comprises of amateur musicians in their 50s to 70s, playing the Saxophone as voluntary work in their efforts to reach out to communities and people as a beacon of positivity.

With over 50 members despite having only been founded in February this year, and has been rushing to different locations on demand to give concerts, spreading love and positivity through their music.

One of their purpose is to meet those who are struggling with pain or feel alienated, giving hopes in their dreams through the power of music.

Since February, they’ve held 12 concerts throughout Korea and China, and now they’ll be gracing the Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre stage.

In the spirit of Christmas and other year-end holidays, which are a time for families and communities to share geniality and love, their performance hopes to leave a spring in the step of the audience.

After all, there is never a bad time for holiday cheer.

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Pictures show the Seoul Korean Saxophone Ensemble performing throughout Korea.

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My Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

I sit here on the plane leaving Malaysia after eight months. An experience quite unlike any I have ever encountered. Malaysia is a country where the more you invest, the more you get out of it. You could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia is embodied by KL’s global reputation — its bright lights, shopping malls, bustling nightlife and iconic Petronas Twin Towers showcasing an opulence craved by many tourists — as well as pristine island getaways such as Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

But if you have ever had the chance to peer beyond its veneer, you will find a land of great beauty and a population eager to share it with you. This is where the real Malaysia lies and a world in which I’ve had the privilege to step into. You’ll enter one world and exit another taking with you snippets of many cultures that will not only shape your memories but also your relationships.

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The view from one of the more secluded areas at Genting Highlands

Much of my adventure here is owed to the great local friends I have made. They have afforded me an authentic experience not often chronicled in your local tour guides: Guest at an Indian wedding in Klang; life as a local at Orang Asli kampungs in the jungle near Gua Musang and Raub; a road trip to Pangkor; KL’s burgeoning comedy scene; a guided tour of the famed Kacang Putih industry in Ipoh; hiking around the intriguing Genting Highlands; celebrating Deepavali with Indian families in Klang; KL’s underground punk rock scene; teaching English in remote and rural communities; celebrating Christmas in the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca; adventures to Peninsular Malaysia’s most stunning waterfalls and hikes including Chilling Falls and Gunang Tahan; picking rambutans and bananas at plantations in the jungle; witnessing Iban tribal ceremonies in Sarawak; staying on a boat house in the Royal Belum National Park as well as tasting local delicacies such as the best fish noodle soup in Petaling Jaya and homemade Indian curries in Brickfields and Klang.

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You can hire a boat house and enjoy the tranquil Royal Belum National Park
(Pic http://belum.com.my/tour/2d-1n-houseboat-lake-temenggor/)

That’s not to say Malaysia’s main attractions are unworthy of your presence — the tourist trail in Malaysia is reliable and growing stronger all the time. In the economic hub of Kuala Lumpur, flavours and colour of India, China and Malay locals float inconspicuously, adding great contrast and history to this modern megacity with landmarks such as Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang and KLCC ensuring thousands continue to flock there.

Venture north to George Town in Penang and Ipoh for a romantic cocktail of art, architecture and colonial influences with night markets, Chinese hawker stalls in Batu Ferringhi, the original Old Town White Coffee in Ipoh and the emergence of urban street art in both places giving reason for tourism to thrive.

The chance to live and look after Orangutans as well as the quest of climbing Malaysia’s highest peak — Mount Kinabalu — will always ensure people go to Sabah and the magic of the Rainforest World Music Festival is a beacon for Sarawak tourism each year. And of course if island hopping and diving is your thing, then you’ll fall in love with places such as Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Layang Layang and Lankayan.

Malaysia has no doubt won a special place in my heart and I urge other travellers, tourists and expatriates to immerse yourself in the culture and let Malaysia sweep you off your feet. You will never regret it.

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Christmas in Malaysia

I am roving in Malaysia during Christmas, what can we expect?

When someone mentions ‘Christmas’, snow, flashy hunger trees, presents and of course, Santa Claus comes to mind. It’s tighten to unfit to have a white Christmas in Malaysia though this doesn’t meant that a celebrations are reduction festive, for Christmas is distinguished a Malaysian way!

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Many demeanour brazen to a Christmas decorations put adult by a selling malls. The set adult is positively flattering with enormous Christmas trees; some are even as high as 6 storeys and are heavily embellished with baubles, candy canes and angels. The malls change their thesis any year and try to surpass any other, usually to a benefit. One year, we had one mall ‘scattered’ with life-sized teddy bears in line with their ‘Beary Christmas’ thesis while another had genuine feign ‘snow’ falling, heading to an aged male exclaiming, ‘Wow, there’s snow, there’s snow!’. We were indeed there a initial time Pavilion KL started this snowwy tradition. Hundreds came to a block in front of a mall, to see a sleet entrance down (it was indeed a soap-like substance, though nobody disposed and everybody had a good time).

As Christmas approaches, don’t be astounded to find a Christmas suggestion in even a non-Christians. Malaysians from all walks of life spend a Christmas holidays visiting their friends with their families. At Christmas countdowns in comparison locations, we can see people enjoying a gratifying hearten and wishing any other happy holidays and Merry Christmas.

You can see people wearing a signature red top of St Nicholas and grooving to a kick of Christmas songs. There is even caroling in some malls and a assembly are from opposite walks of life and sacrament too. At a workplace, colleagues classify a tip Santa eventuality to sell gifts, where each member of a group shares a suggestion of giving, regardless of status, age or race. Christmas is not exclusively for Christians here in Malaysia though it’s distinguished by all in their possess singular approach though disrespecting their possess religion.

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Most Malaysians, celebrating or not, group to a selling malls – a standard Malaysian past time. There, they suffer a activities and events orderly by a malls and even do some shopping, holding advantage of a Christmas and Year End Sale. On a night of Christmas eve, when a time strikes twelve, several locations perform firework displays to acquire Christmas with a bang. Malaysians group to these locations progressing during a day to get good spots to perspective a pretentious displays of fireworks. As usual, we can find Malays, Indians, Chinese and even unfamiliar visitors enjoying a uncover together. In Malaysia, we don’t need to be a Christian to suffer Christmas and have a holiday suggestion in you.

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In Malaysia, Christmas is usually distinguished on Christmas Eve. The tangible initial day of Christmas is mostly business as common for many Malaysians. The sensuous decorations can't be taken down shortly adequate after Christmas, as afterwards all a mall will repeat a same ‘contest’ for a impending New Years Eve (which is immediately followed by Chinese New Year preparations). The is no second day of Christmas, as this is usually tradition in a few countries in a world. Many restaurants have special Christmas Eve menus. This is your possibility to eat out during a imagination restaurant, as due to foe prices are mostly really low. Usually western oriented restaurants also have a special Christmas menu for a 25th of December.

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Many expats in KL take a few days of holiday during Christmas, to transport to a good end within Malaysia. Though it is utterly fun to spend Christmas during one of a islands of Malaysia, for instance during Langkawi or Penang, a many renouned place in Malaysia to revisit around Christmas is Cameron Highlands. The highlands have a cold(er) climate, and a environment is ideal to replicate that cold Christmas Eve. Many hotels and resorts are entirely requisitioned during Christmas, so make certain we book beforehand. This goes generally for a some-more disdainful and regretful places. Three really renouned places to stay overnight during Christmas are The Smokehouse Hotel ***, The Lakehouse **** and Cameron Highlands Resort *****.

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A light in a dark

On a good night, thousands of fireflies come out to play (or rather, mate) during theFirefly Park in Kuala Selangor.On a good night, thousands of fireflies come out to play (or rather, mate) during the
Firefly Park in Kuala Selangor.

WE had only clambered into a small vessel from a jetty of a Firefly Park in Kuala Selangor (also famous as Kelip-Kelip Kampung Kuantan), and a boatman was holding us out on a stream to observe a fireflies.

There we were, sitting in a dim and being lulled by a tranquil sounds of lapping H2O all around, when hundreds of intense dots of light seemed out of a darkness. It seemed as yet a whole firefly cluster during a park had come out to play.

They were perched on or hovering around a mangrove trees along possibly side of a murky stream bank. In this area, a Pteroptyx tener class is king. It is among those that rehearse synchronised flashing.

The boatman easily manoeuvred his boat, weaving in and out among a tree branches that hung over a water, to give us a improved perspective of these dancing lights. The fireflies drifted lazily over tree branches and leaves, intense a comfortable yellow opposite a night sky.

Yes, a knowledge on a Selangor stream that night was surreal. It felt like Christmas came early this year.

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CHAPEL AT PORTUGUESE SETTLEMENT

Sunday December 16, 2012

Portuguese Settlement folk finally get a chapel
By ALLISON LAI
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Christmas cheer: Residents of the Portuguese Settlement can finally hold their Christmas Eve mass in their very own chapel at the village in Ujong Pasir, Malacca.

MALACCA: After five years of waiting, about 1,400 residents of the Portuguese Settlement in Ujong Pasir here can finally look forward to holding their Christmas Eve mass in their very own chapel at the village.

Village Regedor (headman) Peter Thomas Gomes was thankful that the chapel was finally ready for use by the community members here.

“The construction work was completed late last year and the priest spent some time designing the altar while we were busy furnishing the chapel.

“All work was done by February and we have been holding weekly mass services there since,” he said after attending the Wanita Barisan Nasional Christmas celebration at the village yesterday.

Also present were Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Wanita MCA chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and several other state women leaders.

The community had previously sought funds to build a church at the village.

The chapel has a seating capacity of 450.
The request was approved by the Government and included in the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

During the national-level Christmas celebrations at the village two years ago, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim personally delivered a RM480,000 cheque to the village to convert a hall into a chapel.

The chapel which has a seating capacity of 450 is named Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception.

“The chapel project was completed with prudent spending monitored by the village committee,” said Gomes.

He said more than 1,000 villagers and their families were expected to gather at and around the chapel on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, Mohd Ali said the completion of the chapel marked a significant achievement for the village which was set up some 80 years ago.

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“This is another good example of the Government giving priority to what the people need,” he said.

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