Chasing Birds Across the Paninsular Malaysia


The birds have started singing. This is us calling all birders from all over the world to gear up and put on your favourite pair of khakis, a birding vest, a floppy hat and a pair of binoculars, as well as take out your passport; then jump on a plane and head straight to the Peninsular Malaysia where various birding events are being held to “welcome” the migratory birds.

Malaysia is blessed with an abundance of biodiversity, ranking 12th globally in terms of mega-biodiversity. Our incredible natural assets — virgin jungle, beautiful islands, cool highlands, and more — come together to provide the perfect habitat and ecosystem for the animal kingdom, not least our feathered friends.

A total of 795 species of birds have been recorded in Malaysia with over 60 species considered as endemic birds, and nearly 60% is in the state of Pahang and Langkawi Island. The variety of climates and habitats has resulted in this region becoming extremely diverse in terms of birds species. The diverse bird population combined with the wonderful scenery and friendly people make any visit to Malaysia an unforgettable experience for the veteran or first timer birder.

Malaysia also lies in the path of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that provides strategic and important resting sites for migratory birds flying between wintering sites in Southeast Asia and Australia and the breeding sites in China, Japan, Korean, Mongolia and Siberia.

For those who are not aware, there are nearly 12,000 sites in 218 countries identified as Important Bird Areas or IBA. For an area to qualify as an IBA, it must meet a set of standardized criteria based on the presence of species that are of worldwide conservation concern.

The Malaysian Nature Society has identified 55 Important Bird Areas in Malaysia, of which 18 are in Peninsular Malaysia. It was reported that the local birdwatching sites in Malaysia have recorded increasing numbers of bird watchers, pointing to the fact that more visitors acknowledge and are becoming receptive to the importance of nature and wildlife.

Peninsular Malaysia alone is home to a total of 644 species of birds, where 445 of them are residents while 232 are migrants. Four species are endemic to the Thai- Malayan Peninsular, three of which are entirely confined to Peninsular Malaysia. The Peninsular is also an important migratory stop for birds from Siberia, Manchuria and China.

Migratory birds fly across Malaysia – and over thousands of kilometres annually – to escape the cold winter or to reach breeding grounds. So, birders, prepare yourself for a day in the wild to get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.

Here is the list of birding events that birders can look forward to in the coming months:


Raptor Watch is held annually on the first weekend of March. For the year 2018 the event will be held on 10 and 11 March (Saturday-Sunday). However, the spring raptor migration actually begins in mid-February and lasts till mid-April. Actually, birders can still go anytime within this period to see the birds but the peak period to watch the most number of birds is the first weekend of March.

Apart from watching the raptors, which is the main stars of the event, participants can also take part in various other activities such as guided walks, arts craft and games.

This event will give birders and the general public the opportunity to witness one of nature’s most exquisite offerings. Raptors migrate southward to escape the bitter cold of the northern winters and make the same venturous journey back during spring to their breeding grounds in temperate Asia.

During the spring migration, thousands of raptors can be seen flying across the Straits of Malacca. Having to use massive amount of energy flying across the Straits of Malacca, the raptors will be flying low at the event site making it possible to have a good view of these magnificent birds.

Tanjung Tuan has been listed as an important raptor site by BirdLife International, National Geographic Society and Hawkmountain. This place is an important stop over site for migratory raptors after crossing the Straits of Malacca. It provides food for the raptors as well as a resting spot. For raptors arriving late in the evening, it provides shelter for the night before they take off for flight the next day. Without Tanjung Tuan, many raptors may never make it back, due to exhaustion and lack of food.

Date : 10 – 11 March 2018
Venue : Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Organiser : Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Tel : 03-2287 9422

Fax : 03-2287 8773 Email : [email protected] Website : / FB Page :


Taman Negara is home to over 479 species of birds. As Malaysia’s premier National Park, Taman Negara has the highest concentration of birds in the country and the number is unmatched by any other wildlife area in the region.

Get yourself prepared to spot and count the various bird species at Malaysia’s premier National Park, Taman Negara, by participating in the Taman Negara Bird Count, which is organised by BirdGroup Taman Negara (BGTN). Participants will be able to observe rarely seen birds and learn about their habitat.

Now in its fifth year, the number of species recorded during the Bird Count event has risen from 76 species in 2014 to 171 in 2017. For the three-day event in 2018, the organiser aims to record an even higher number of bird species with larger area of coverage.

Participants will be divided into groups and each group will be led by a licensed Nature Guide.

Join them and be part of this exciting and educational conservation programme.


Date : 16 – 18 March 2018
Venue : Kg Kuala Tahan/ Taman Negara, Jerantut, Pahang
Organiser : BirdGroup Taman Negara
Tel : Roslan Kassim (014-6051663), Aki Jalil (019-9965263), or
Sabri (014-8393900)

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Fraser’s Hill is often been referred to as a first-class bird watching destination in this region, since this highland paradise is home to more than 250 species of wild birds. Come November and December each year, the virtually untouched mountainous forests of Fraser’s Hill will receive many species of newcomers, that is the migratory species that fly across from places as far as northern Siberia of Russia and islands north of Japan and neighbouring land mass, to seek new feeding grounds as well as to escape the freezing winter up north.

The sightings of Siberian thrush from Siberia are often reported and they are truly a rare treat to ardent bird watchers. Normally these migratory species stay around in Fraser’s Hill for couple of months before migrating southwards to Australia and New Zealand. They will fly back home to the north in March and April when the sun is getting sunnier. Be part of this international event!

The objectives of the Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race are to preserve nature and simultaneously to promote Fraser’s Hill as a bird sanctuary. Even though there are other bird watching destinations in the country, Fraser’s Hill is still a preferred destination because large species of mountain birds thrive comfortably in the most conductive habitats here, and at certain times of the year, migratory birds make their presence felt, although briefly.

The competition will be divided into three distinctive categories -the advanced category for the serious and experienced bird watchers who habitually return to Fraser’s Hill at the slightest opportunity to do trial field runs, the novice category for those who have just taken up bird watching out of curiosity or treat bird watching as an academic hobby, and the local category for the local residents who know the whereabouts of the birds in Fraser’s Hill and see the birds every day.

Date : 30 March – 1 April 2018
Venue : Fraser’s Hill, Raub, Pahang
Organiser : Frasers Hill Development Corporation
Tel : 09-5681623/ 24
Fax : 09-5681626

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When you find out that nine out of ten species of hornbills in Malaysia can be found in Terengganu, what is there to stop you from organising a birding event that can spur the interest of birders from all over the world to visit this beautiful state.

The Malaysian Nature Society, Kuala Terengganu branch and Ping Anchorage MICE have once again taken the initiative to hold “Kenyir Bird Nature Quest” for the sixth time. The two-day event happening in March will include lectures, workshops, and activities such as bird watching, elephants tracking and jungle trekking.

Terengganu actually has a total of 290 species of birds and among them is the world’s fastest bird, the peregrine falcon. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the idyllic and beautiful Tasik or Lake Kenyir is a perfect paradise for nature lovers…and apparently our feathered friends think so, too!

Date : 24 – 25 March 2018
Venue : Tasik Kenyir, Bukit Lawit (Kenyir Hornbill Valley), Terengganu
Organiser : Malaysia Nature Society (Kuala Terengganu Branch) Ping Anchorage

Tel : 09-6262020
Fax : 09-6262022

Email : [email protected] Website :


This annual event celebrates the diversity of bird species between the Selangor-Pahang border. Participants of the event will traverse a route from Kuala Kubu Bharu in Selangor to Taman Millenium, a former mining pool where birds are known to visit and rest at the lake or surrounding jungle. From here, birdwatchers will proceed to Hulu Tamu for a chance to spot birds hanging out at this hotsprings area.

Further along, birdwatchers will visit Sungai Kedondong, a waterfall area, where tiger shrikes and whiskered treeswifts can be seen, before finally ascending to Resorts World Genting where cooler temperatures attract high altitude mountain birds.

The Wings of KKB event is not only for bird enthusiasts, but also welcomes photographers who are interested in wildlife photography for the abundance of opportunities and subject matters available.

Date: 20 – 22 April 2018
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bharu, Selangor
Organiser: Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor
Tel: 03-6064 1331 Email: [email protected]
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The Malaysia Super Sale will begin on 1 February until 15 March, offering shoppers 43 days of discounts and bargains at shopping malls and retail outlets nationwide.

The sale season coincides with significant celebrations including Valentine’s Day on 14 February as well as Chinese New Year on 16 and 17 February, thus providing ample opportunities for shoppers to make advanced preparations for the special day.

Shoppers can expect not only discounts of up to 70% on goods and services but also marvel at the gorgeous decorations put up at each shopping mall.

Among the shopping malls in the Klang Valley contributing towards the excitement of the sale, season is Pavilion KL, Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Putra Mall and Sungei Wang.

At Pavilion KL, the Chinese New Year decorations begin at the iconic landmark just outside the entrance of the mall at the Pavilion Crystal Fountain where shoppers can toss a coin to make a wish. Then step into the colorful gardens of the Main Entrance where flower blooms cascade from above “blessing” those who visit. Pavilion KL’s “Dream Garden of Prosperity” theme goes all out to bless its visitors with good wishes and prosperity. It’s all part of the Visit Pavilion KL 2018 campaign to encourage more people to stopover at the award-winning mall.

Meanwhile, Sunway Pyramid goes with “The Merriment of Spring” theme, rewarding shoppers with a chance to grab All-Season Prosperity Angpows and Reunion Dining Sets. A photo booth featuring a traditional tea house set-up is where shoppers can snap as many photos as they want. There is also a variety of stalls selling the usual Chinese New Year offerings such as beard candy, traditional candies, calligraphy, fresh flowers, and traditional costumes. Shoppers can also enjoy lion dance performances every Saturday at the Concourse.

Not to be outdone, Sunway Putra Mall will ring in the celebrations with its “Wind of Blessings” theme. Visit the Flower Market by Green Pasture selling bountiful blooms, or look out for festive essentials at the Spring Bazaar. Apart from that, there are also great deals and irresistible offers at RM8 at selected outlets. Lion dance performances and art and craft activities are also scheduled while the public are encouraged to toss their wishes at the Tree of Blessings for a special someone and the mall will grant selected wishes. To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be a “Mandarin Orange Eating Competition” for the public to participate and win amazing prizes.

Sungei Wang, one of the oldest shopping malls in KL, is also ready to usher in the year of Earth Dog with the theme “Sungei Wang Garden of Wealth” to spread wealth and prosperity to all its visitors. One of the main highlights at the mall is the Golden Money Tree Ang Pao Pick where shoppers have a chance to win the grand prize of RM888 cash if they are lucky enough to choose the right red envelope! Also not to be missed at the mall is the attempt by the QiLing Dragon Lion Dance Association to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for the title of Longest LED Dragon Dance. The dragon, at a whopping length of 668 feet, will be paraded around the entire Bukit Bintang area at 7pm on 3 February.


Other shopping malls are also going all out to make this sale season a spectacular one. Don’t forget to check out Fahreneit88 with their “Bundles of Luck” celebration; Intermark Mall with their “Streams of Harmony” theme; Suria KLCC with their daily prosperity giveaways; and more!

While shopping in Malaysia is considered one of the popular tourist activities due to the favorable exchange rate, quality of products and diversity of choice, the experience goes up a few notches during the three annual sale seasons in the country.

The other two sale seasons not to be missed are the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival from 15 May to 31 July and the Malaysia Year End Sale from 1 November to 31 December this year.

To know more exciting events and promotion on Malaysia Super Sale at our local major malls, readers can log into Miss SHOPhia website (, follow her IG @miss_shoppia and do like her Facebook at

Venue: Nationwide

Organiser: Shopping Secretariat Malaysia, Tourism Malaysia

Contact: +603 8891 8000

Fax: +603 8891 8449
Email: [email protected]

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One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Have you ever heard of the saying that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? What better way to find such treasures than scouring flea markets that can be found at designated areas, as well as in shopping malls all around Malaysia.

For the romantics, a flea market is a place filled with nostalgia that reminds them of a certain period in their life. For bargain hunters, a flea market can be their paradise, where they have the opportunity to discover something truly amazing, be it vintage clothing, antiques, or collectors’ items.

What makes the flea markets in Malaysia unique is because of this country’s cultural diversity. So, you can just imagine how eclectic the range of items that can be found at these markets. Flea markets in Malaysia are like an open secret though, some are established but most are the kind of places that you stumble upon when strolling in the back alley or streets on lovely weekends.

Let us take you down memory lane at some of the popular flea markets not just in Kuala Lumpur but also in Johor and Melaka.


Flea Markets in Kuala Lumpur

Pasar Antik Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as Pasar Karat, this flea market which is said to be the oldest market in Malaysia has been given a total make-over by the local authorities recently, and now is known as the Antique Market or Pasar Antik.

So head down to the back lane of Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur, where some 80 vendors which occupy 261 lots, peddle a variety of goods which range from discarded household items, accessories, watches and gadgets, used books, stamps and old photographs, including some vintage and collectible items.

Where: Lorong Petaling, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

When: Every day from 6.00 am to 9.30 am

Contact: +603-2022 3366


 Amcorp Mall Flea Market

This indoor flea market means business. To the uninitiated, the Amcorp Mall flea market has been operating for 19 years and remains the largest with over 200 vendors. With all kinds of vintage, rarities, oddities and collectibles, it offers an advanced-level flea market experience to true lovers of the hunt.

Even if you are not a serious hunter or collector, once you visit this flea market, you will be hooked. The place is also an outlet for visitors to enjoy the vibe, share their interest, learn new things or perhaps immerse in nostalgia.

While the famous Amcorp Mall Flea Market is only a weekend happening, the mall itself is the place where you can find antiques and vintage shops, collectibles and hobbyists outlets that are open for business daily.

Where: Amcorp Mall, 18, Jalan Persiaran Barat, Petaling Jaya

When: Friday, Saturday Sunday, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Contact: +603-7932 0022



Fuyoh! Collectors Market at Publika

 The much-awaited collectors’ event held quarterly is for both the seasoned collector as well as the newbie. With over 80 selected vendors, it’s literally a vintage shop, a city-wide garage sale happening over two days under one roof.

Shop to your heart’s content at this indoor collector’s market at PUBLIKA, which is one of the trendiest malls in town. The market offers antiques, vintage items, collectible toys, vinyl records, music memorabilia and many more.

Where: Fuyoh! Collectors Market at Publika, PUBLIKA, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

When: Four times a year

Facebook: www.facebook/collectorsmarket


Flea Markets in Melaka

Looking for items at the flea markets in Melaka can be the ultimate treasure hunt, after all, the state is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s check out the quintessential flea markets in Melaka.


Trash Treasure Discovery Malacca

A first for the country, Trash Treasure Discovery Malacca is a recently-set up flea market along a riverside warehouse by the Melaka River. It’s a fun place to be if you want to browse for antiques, vintage and collectible items from the recent past. From restored vintage cinema chairs and enamel tiffin-wares to old advertising signs, bicycle, luggage metal trunks, handmade jewellery and even unique plants, this flea market sells almost everything under the sun.

Where: No. 3, Jalan Bunga Raya, Melaka City, Melaka

When: Saturday Sunday. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Contact: +6012-298 2834



Pasar Karat Jalan Hang Lekir

Located near the famous Jonker Street, this antique market is open from 7.00 am until 3.00 pm every Sunday. Visitors can easily find about 15 to 20 vendors peddling their treasured junks now looked upon as “old is new again”. Prices here are relatively cheaper as they are the real pickers who dig through dirty old barns to find the old glory that inspire us.

Where: Jalan Hang Lekir, off Jonker Street, Melaka City, Melaka

When: Every Sunday. 7.00 am until 3.00 pm.

Contact: +606-232 6411


Sayyid Antique Café

The combination of a quirky and retro ambience and good food makes this café worth visiting. This hangout is operated by a retired husband and wife team – who simply love everything oldy but goody – at the popular Lorong Hang Jebat, which is not far away from the famed Jonker Walk.

It is a lovely spot to eat, view and to strike conversations about the many old beauties that adorn the place.

Where: 74, Lorong Hang Jebat, Melaka

When: 8.30 am until 5.30 am.

Contact: +6012-681 3505



Flea Markets in Johor

Johor, the most southern part of the Peninsular Malaysia has some of the quirkiest and unique flea markets.


Pasar Karat Santai

Every weekend, a fruit orchard in Ledang, Johor, will be turned into a flea market yard. The 0.6 hectare flea market by the roadside is easily visible to passers-by travelling on the Ayer Keroh-Melaka-Jasin highway from Muar to Melaka.

There are about 15 vendors selling their valuable bric-a-brac in their simple built-up shack at the orchard. The Santai flea market is most noted for its old earthenware water storage pots, vintage bicycles and tricycles, vintage signs and other collectibles.

Where: Batu 6, Jalan Kesang, Kampung Kesang, Ledang, Johor

When: Saturday and Sunday. 9.00 am until 7.00 pm

Contact: +6010-785 6289



Pasar Karat Batu Pahat

The bustling Batu Pahat flea market is regarded by some collectors and vintage lovers in the country as a haven of sorts.

Indeed, it’s laden with vintage treasures, cool collectibles, pre-loved quality clothing, gently-used goods, and an assortment of items sourced from neighbouring Singapore. At a glance, one can easily spot a variety of goods that are still in good working condition ranging from children’s mini bikes and baby strollers to electrical and electronic items that are irresistibly cheap. Kitchenware, crockery, tea sets and glassware are aplenty too.

Where: Jalan Pasar, Batu Pahat, Johor

When: Friday to Sunday. From 7.00 pm until 1.00 pm

Contact: +607-434 1045


Galeri Koleksi Abah

Galeri Koleksi Abah is a private house that is full of vintage goodies. But one has to make an appointment to view and buy from this gallery. What started as a space to display family treasures is now a store house of flea market items of various kinds.

The owner, Shariffudin Mahmood finds it all the more fun to share the memories of the recent past with everyone. In fact, there is something for everyone at Galeri Koleksi Abah, and even if there is nothing that interests you, the vintage collection that fills the gallery are still worth a closer look.

Where: 5, Jalan Mutiara 4, Taman Mutiara, Sri Gading, Batu Pahat, Johor.

When: Visitation by appointment only

Contact: +6012-723 1870



KD Antique

For the love of his home state, the owner of KD Antique, Kamaruddin Abdullah who specialises on all-things Johor has some of the best collections of items related to the commemorative events of the Johor royal family stocked at his shop.

His other speciality includes collection of various kopitiam cups, many of which date back to the 1960s, and are emblazoned with the kopitiam’s name.

Where: No. 7, Kedai Masjud Pekan Nenas, 81500 Pekan Nenas, Pontian, Johor.

Contact: +6019-754 4007




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Ibis Melaka has opened for business. Soft launch still but will officially opened for business before Hari Raya.
This is the latest International hotel chain to open in Melaka.

Ibis Melaka is located at 249, Jalan Bendahara, 75100 Melaka. Mobile: ++60126626368
email: [email protected]

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