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WELSH MUSIC At RAINFOREST FESTIVAL

WELSH MUSIC At RAINFOREST FESTIVAL

KUCHING, Thursday – Audience at the Rainforest World Music Festival will be able to sample Welsh music which will be staged on the weekend on July 14 to 16.

Welsh musician and legend, Huw Williams, as well as ‘Cool Cymru’ ambassadors Calan will be performing alongside popular international musicians at the festival.

Huw Williams, a veteran in the Welsh music scene, is a champion Eisteddfod clog-dancer, songwriter, guitarist, story-teller, Welsh bagpiper, half of Welsh legendary duo with Tony Williams and former front man of Welsh indie pop stars, The Pooh Sticks.

Some of his well-known songs include ‘The Summer Before the War’, ‘Rosemary’s Sister’ and ‘I can Jump Puddles’, while his newer songs include ‘Giggly’, recorded and performed by Calan.

Huw had ‘retired’ from the folk-club scene for a long time, but his contributions to the heritage of Welsh music continued as a member of the group Crasdant and his position as tutor and teacher of clog-dancing at trac workshops.

Huw was the co-founder of the Welsh Music Foundation established in 2000 with the intention of promoting Welsh music to the younger generation of musicians, and nurtured the careers of bands such as the 60ft Dolls, Catatonia as well as another band performing at the Festival, Calan.

Calan has been performing since 2008, the five band members perform their vibrant renditions of traditional Welsh music and are the new ambassadors of Cool Cymru.

Originally a tongue-in-cheek response by the ‘Cool Britannia’ musical movement to the aspiring cultural musicians in Wales, ‘Cool Cymru’ symbolised a time of desperation where Welsh culture was slipping away or ridiculed. Now, the term has been redeemed, or even reborn, into a powerful movement of cultural restoration and international recognition.

Calan has performed throughout major festivals in the UK and the rest of Europe, such as the Cambridge Festival, at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Mosely Folk Festival, Derby Folk Festival, Bromyard Folk Festival as well as the Whitby Folk Festival and the concert tour of Italy, Austria and Belgium.

They have since become the only band from Wales to win the international folk group trophy at Lorent in Brittany, France.

They have released five albums with Sain Records including their debut album, Bling (2008), Jonah (2012), Giggly (2013), Dinas (2015) and Solomon (2017).

Welsh music is energetic and spritely, and with both Huw Williams of the ‘old school’ and Calan with their modernised traditional songs, their performances at the Festival are assuredly going to be foot tapping at the very least.

The Festival will be held at the Sarawak Cultural Village which also features  wellness programmes, informative talks, interactive ‘mini sessions’ in the afternoon as well as night concerts throughout the three-day festival.

Some 20 international bands will be performing, while many local bands such as At Adau will be taking centre stage with their cultural performances of Sarawak.

Rainforest World Music Festival is organised by Sarawak Tourism, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is jointly supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak and partnering with Malaysia Airlines as the presenting sponsor with Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad (ZIMB) and Zurich Takaful Malaysia Berhad (ZTMB) (Zurich Malaysia) as Corporate Social Responsibility Partner.

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Tourism Malaysia: Top 7 in August

1. Penang Hungry Ghost Festival
When: August 3-31
Where: Penang
What: According to Taoism, the gates of hell open every seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Ghosts and spirits walk the streets for a month and visit their descendants. This is a month of bad luck where parents tell their children to stay at home. During the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang, many puppet and opera shows take place to entertain the spirits. It’s open to the public but the first row at each performance must remain empty for the ghosts. On the last day of the month, believers mark the return of the souls to Hades with big bonfires at midnight.
More Information:
http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/index.php/Festivals/hungry-ghost-in-penang / Photo source

 

Padawan Raft Safari2. Padawan Raft Safari
When: August 14
Where: Padawan, Kuching, Sarawak
What: Go kayaking or rafting into wild Borneo with friends and family… the experience will be unforgettable. Stand up in a bamboo raft and admire the stunning surroundings while paddling along the river. There are different categories for this popular and fun competition in Sarawak. Even if you don’t win a prize, the views and laughs will be an amazing reward.
More Information:
www.mpp.sarawak.gov.my / Photo source

 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week3. Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week
When: August 17-21
Where: Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur
What: It’s not all Paris and Milan! Kuala Lumpur has its own Fashion Week, too! For five days, Pavilion will turn into a catwalk for the creative Malaysian fashion industry. A great opportunity for fashion lovers and trend setters to discover Malaysian designers and their ‘Ready to Wear’ collection. An event full of inspiration and style!
More Information:
www.klfashionweek.com / Photo source

 

Rhythm of Gamelan4. Rhythm of Gamelan
When: August 19-21
Where: Kompleks Sukan Negeri, Kuala Terengganu
What: Musicians from Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe meet to explore and learn about this musical art form. Gamelan is a traditional instrumental ensemble of Java, Indonesia, typically including many bronze percussion instruments. Professionals lead the two-day workshop while members of the public enjoy the harmonious sounds. A great opportunity to discover this royal music, now accessible to everyone. 
More Information: www.motac.gov.my / Photo source

 

Mask Festival Malaysia5. Malaysia International Mask Festival
When: August 19-21
Where: Esplanade, KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur
What: Come enjoy an explosion of colour as elaborate masks from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and China are showcased to the public. Masks are an expressive art form in many Asian cultures and commonly used in rituals and celebrations. The three days festival in the heart of the city features activities and performances full of folklore and mysticism.
More Information:
https://www.facebook.com/mymaskfest/ / Photo source

 

Jet Ski Championship6. Selangor Open Jetski Championship
When: August 27-29
Where: Tasik Biru, Rawang, Selangor
What: Water sport lovers will be in heaven. Participants from Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia will gather at Blue Lake, Tasik Biru to compete and show off their skills. There are local and international categories, complementary activities and lots of fun.
More Information:
http://www.aseantourism.travel/event/detail/selangor-open-championship-jetski-competition / Photo source

 

Raintown Half Marathon7. Raintown Half Marathon 2016
When: August 28
Where: Taiping, Perak
What: Over 4,000 athletes from all over the world will meet in the ‘wettest’ town in peninsular Malaysia. Taiping, also known as ‘Raintown’, is the scene for this popular half marathon. Participants can opt for the 7km, 10km or half distance event. Hopefully the rain will stay away just this once!
More Information:
www.mptaiping.gov.my / Photo source

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IMPRESSION CITY BY END 2017

Yong Tai Berhad : bullish on Impression City
     
02/24/2016 | 03:12 am
KUALA LUMPUR: YONG Tai Bhd expects its RM5.4 billion project in Malacca to generate net profit margin of 20 per cent, which would help to sustain the company’s earnings in the long term.

The garment maker-turned-property developer, which has been loss- making for several years, expects to return to the black this year with contribution coming from the real estate sector.

The company, which has pockets of developments in the Klang Valley and Johor, is planning to develop Impression City on a 47.03ha site in Malacca.

The project would be developed in 11 phases and over 10 years, said its executive director Boo Kuang Loon.

Construction for Phase 1 would start in the third quarter of this year and feature retail and commercial units, said Boo at a luncheon hosted by MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Bhd, here, yesterday.

It is expected to have a gross development value of RM1.1 billion,

The catalyst for the commercial-led Impression City is the Impression Melaka performing arts theatre, to be built on the 47.03ha site.

Construction of Impression Melaka, the jewel of the company, will start next month at a cost of RM300 million and includes land acquisition. The opening is slated for end-2017.

Boo said although Impression Melaka required a huge capital investment, the returns would be long term and attractive.

It would take two years to construct and the projected returns would start from 2018 onwards, he added.

With 15 million tourists visiting Malacca annually, Yong Tai hopes to attract at least 1.1 million visitors to Impression Melaka, with 40 per cent coming from China.

The company is also targeting visitors from Southeast Asia (30 per cent), Asia (20 per cent) and the rest from the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

“With two shows a day and tickets priced at RM120 per person, we are poised to achieve a revenue of RM140 million a year, including the sale of souvenirs and merchandise. For this business, we are targeting a profit margin of 50 per cent. This would net us a profit of around RM60 million a year.

“There are many more upsides, such as increasing the ticket prices and having up to four shows a day. This is the potential of Yong Tai in the future,” said Boo.

“For the next two years we are at the investing stage and would generate profits. But the profits would not be much to give dividends,” he said.

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16 Cafes, Bakeries And Coffee Outlets To Enjoy In KL

Ok coffee lovers, patisserie pilgrims, organic juice junkies and the ‘Seen on Sunday’ socialites among us. Here’s your definitive list of the best café bars, bakery-cum deli cafes and coffee outlets in the city. These will win you over for their vibrant coffee culture, quality beverages, tantalising breakfasts and brunches and sinfully sweet desserts.

1. Artisan Roast Coffee:
Like a seasoned pro, Artisan Roast Coffee has been serving top notch coffees since 2010. With passionate elite baristas at the helm, these guys really know how to deliver your perfect morning coffee. The food is good too with hearty sandwiches, french toasts and even a wholesome quinoa salad.
Where: 4, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Artisan Roast

2. Levain Boulangerie Patisserie:
For a bit of French flair and decadent French flavour, head to Levain Boulangerie Patisserie off Jalan Imbi. All your taste buds will be satisfied — both sweet and savoury — from freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes, pralines, cookies and macarons. Yum!
Where: Levain Boulangerie Patisserie, No. 7, Jalan Delima, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

3. PULP by Papa Palheta:
If you want a proven formula, check in with the guys at PULP by Papa Palheta — the same people behind Nylon Cafe in Singapore. They really know their coffee, serving mainly strong single roasts. Each cup comes with a description to train you on the scent you should pick up. Who say’s you can’t get addicted to coffee?
Where: 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur

4. Lepidor French Boulangerie Cafe Bakery:
This French owned bakery-cafe is nestled audaciously between rows of laundromats, camera shops and mamaks, but if you look past its exterior, it doesn’t fail to impress with its delicious croissants and cinnamon-cloaked cakes. If you’re really naught, ask for extra serving of French butter.
Where: No 38-G Block C, Zenith Corporate Park, 1, Jalan SS 7/26, 47301 Petaling Jaya.

5. Café Berlin:
Another addition from Europe, Café Berlin will impress you on all fronts with their modern coffee variations and large array of European patisseries including Germany’s schwarzbrot, vollkornbrot and brötchen, France’s famed baguettes and croissants and Italian ciabatta and panini.
Where: 1 Mont Kiara Mall, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

6. Merchant’s Lane:
Smack in the heart of Petaling Street, Merchant’s Lane is a food-lovers haven combining the charm of Chinatown with a modern Malaysian twist. The cuisine is simple: Asian Fusion, Breakfast, Brunch, Burgers and Soul Food. That’s all you want on a Sunday morning, isn’t it?
Where: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.

Merchant Lane

7. Yeast Bistronomy:
Rise each morning with this quaint, French-themed bistronomy aptly named Yeast (pun intended). This local Bangsar favourite is a bakery, restaurant and wine bar and of course, with their own yeast they create an assortment of French breads to match their famed almond croissant and rare smoked duck cheese puff.
Where: 24, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

8. Swich Café:
Switch it up with Swich Cafe, home to some of the best cakes in the city using seasonal Asian fruits like in their bizarre, yet tempting Musang King durian mud pie and guilt- pleasured Valrhona chocolate cake.
Where: Bukit Damansara Mezzanine Floor, HP Towers, 12 Jalan Gelenggang, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

9. Grind 22:
Avoid the daily grind with what is fast becoming one of KL’s most popular venues. Their house blends of Kenyan, Ethiopian and Sumatran coffee beans work a treat, focusing on coffee-lovers favourites, flat white, Americano and cappuccino, finished with latte art.
Where: 22, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.

10. The Grumpy Cyclist:
Are all cyclists that grumpy? Well, if you step foot in this TTDI haunt, you’ll never feel disappointed. Providing a relaxed space for people to hang out, regardless of whether they’re cyclists or not, this venue borrows its concept from the array of cycle cafés in Europe and Australia. Warning — cyclists and hipsters aplenty! Coffee is awesome too!
Where: 36, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

Grumpy Cyclist

11. Acme Bar Coffee:
These guys are the AM specialists having mastered the art of breakfast and brunch. Divulge in their salted egg yolk chicken strips and possibly the best poached eggs in town. It is on the pricey side, but if breakfast means that much too, you won’t leave unsatisfied.
Where: The Troika, Persiaran KLCC, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

12. RGB The Bean Hive:
This cafe may sound like a 70’s disco band (think KC Sunshine Band), but it’s definitely coffee and not singing that they do best. Standing for Roast, Grind, Brew (or Rather Good Beans), RGB does exactly that; their renowned micro-roasting process (5kg per roast instead of the usual 60kg), offers some of the best joe in town — with their sim- ple black brew going for just RM5.
Where: 35, Jalan Damai, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

RGB Bean Hive

13. LOKL Coffee Co:
Keen to skip on the European and American inspired cafes and coffee houses popping up? LOKL Coffee Co keeps it local and masters everything you love about Malaysian breakfast, but with a modern twist: string hoppers toastie, Hainanese meatloaf and a good old-fashioned Malaysian kopi.
Where: 30, Jalan Tun H S Lee, 50100 Kuala Lumpur.

14. Rubberduck:
Where’s Wally or Where’s Rubber Duck? This place can be difficult to find, nestled in the maze that is Plaza Damas, but it’s certainly worth it for their freshly baked cakes and pastries, headlined by their famed Felchlin chocolate mousse, lemon tart and perfectly formed macarons. Their coffee is good and strong, too.
Where: Lot K-0-6, Dorchester Apartment Plaza Damas, 60, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

15. Juan Valdez Café:
Since the arrival of Narcos onto Netflix in Malaysia, my mates haven’t stopped with their Pablo Escobar impressions. Now, their less than convincing accents would not be out of place at Juan Valdez Cafe on Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ampang — a product of the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia. Featuring specialty coffee from Colombian producers, this place is a must.
Where: 348, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur AND 156, Jalan Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.

Juan Valdez Cafe

16. Haikara Style Café and Bakery:
Sticking with the international theme, we finish our list with this Japanese operated cafe which serves great coffee and Japanese style food and drinks in Subang Jaya. “One coffee to go, thanks. Sayonara!”
Where: Jalan SS 16/1, e-tiara service apartment g-03, 47500 Subang Jaya.

 

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RFC-Rainforest Challenge

RFC-Rainforest Challenge

Date : 27 Nov 2015 – 07 Dec 2015

 

The RFC is an off-road 4×4 eventuality that is among a world’s tip 10 toughest engine races. It takes place annually from finish Nov to early Dec. Every year, it attracts a bravest of a land daredevils from Europe to Asian to face a contingency in a jungle for 10 days braving a mud, rain, high uphill, downhill undulating turf and a rage of Mother Nature from a monsoon. An unusual eventuality for unusual adventurers set in an unusual season, a monsoon. Event also open for Media Touring Adventurers.

Venue

Seremban , Port Dickson, Gemas, Kuala Pilah Jelebu (Negeri Sembilan)

Organiser

RFC (Rainforest Challenge) International

No 6-2, 2nd Floor, Jalan 1/76 C

Desa Pandan

55100 Kuala lumpur

Malaysia

Phone

03-9200 8908 , 012-211 7080

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