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First Cruise Ship Of The Year Arrives In Kuching

First Cruise Ship Of The Year Arrives In Kuching

KUCHING, Friday: The Cruise Ship ‘Star Legend’ of Windstar Cruise docked at Sim Kheng Hong Port on January 8 at 8.45am, making it the first cruise ship to berth in Kuching this year.

194 passengers, mostly from Europe and the United States, were greeted with a traditional garlanding as they disembarked to visit Bako National Park, Sarawak Cultural Village and experience a tour around the Cat City.

This was the maiden voyage by Windstar Cruises and is the first of nine cruises scheduled to berth at Sarawak’s harbours.

Kuching is expected to receive three additional ships this year as compared to the six cruise ships from last year.

Last year 1,964 passengers arrived in Sarawak, with the Silver Shadow, Insignia, L’Austral and Silver Shadow docking in Kuching and the Silver Shadow docking twice in Bintulu.

In 2016, nine ships carrying 3,782 passengers with the Nautica, Astor, Hamburg, Silver Shadow, Seven Seas Voyager, Seabourn Sojourn and Insignia docking in Kuching and Silver Shadow docking twice in Bintulu.

Ten ships with 3,646 passengers arrived in 2015 with the Seabourne docking in Kuching once, Insignia twice and Nat Geo Orion thrice in Kuching while the Silver Wind, Statendam, Silver Shadow and Europa 2 docked in Bintulu.

Arriving cruise ships positively affect local industries such as attraction caretakers, food, and beverage and service providers, receiving an injection of a few hundred additional customers in one day.

“The gradual increase in cruise ships arriving to Sarawak is encouraging, as passengers from these cruise ships are a boon to the Sarawak economy in the port cities, creating a spinoff in the service industry from their patronage,” stated Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Angelina Bateman.

Cruise Ship Garlanding

Passengers disembarking and being garlanded by cultural troupe.

Cruise Ship memento

STB Director of Events and Corporate Relations, Angelina Bateman presenting memento to Captain Neil Broomhall, with General Manager of Kuching Port Authority Robert Lau on the left.

 

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A TROPICAL DECEMBER IN MALAYSIA

December is usually the favourite month of many, as families begin their school holidays, get ready to go on their year-end vacations, and celebrate the new year and the festivities. The festive mood is definitely “on” in Malaysia and you’ll find lots to do to mark the last month of the year.

For a start, December will see the final part of the 1Malaysia Year End Sale where shopping malls across the country make that last effort to attract shoppers with discounts and bargains galore. Bargain-hunters can flock to the malls and bring home cart-loads of merchandise. Don’t be put-off by the crowded malls – it’s just the last minute Christmas shoppers and overzealous parents getting ready for the new school year (Malaysian schools begin their annual term in January).

If you are heading south with your family, Legoland in Johor has special holiday activities in store. The “Snow” Village is set up to shower “snow” upon visitors for that wintry effect while the one-of-a-kind Christmas market will be selling various festive items not forgetting some unique festive themed Lego products. Special Christmas shows will also be performed as the resort counts down the days towards Christmas and lights up the tallest Christmas tree in Asia made entirely of DUPLO Blocks.

 

Meanwhile Resorts World Genting offers endless fun and joy up in the cool mountains of Pahang. Its School Holidays Package features the Monkey King Show: The Golden Hooped Rod that will enthrall audiences with exciting acrobatics, music, dance, magic tricks and amazing 3D effects.

And if you are a cartoon fan, Tour the World with Snoopy will feature everyone’s favourite beagle and the Peanuts gang parading around the hill-top resort in 52 custom-made international costumes of different countries and cultures. These colourful characters complete with Christmas tree floats will meet and greet visitors as they spread festive cheer at SkyAvenue and Genting Grand in their daily street parade.

While here, do pop in to SeniKome Péng Hēng, East Coast Arts Cultural Centre at the adjacent First World Plaza for a bit of a culture buzz. The 15,000 square foot gallery is dedicated to promoting the beauty of East Coast Malaysia’s local craft, fashion, games, food and music. Besides viewing the authentic artefacts and paintings, visitors can also watch performances such as the wayang kulit, and try their hand at folk games such as congkak, batu seremban and traditional hopscotch.

The multicultural Malaysia ensures that all races are equal and free to practise their traditions and rituals. The differences in language, culture, history and traditions, and the peaceful harmony among all races are, in fact, the very attractions that appeal to visitors and tourists from other countries. Certainly, December is the month to talk about how truly Asia Malaysia is.

Evidently, pre-Christmas countdown starts in shopping malls as early as in November. Nationwide, and especially in Kuala Lumpur, the spirit of Yuletide is in the air as hotels and shopping malls get decked out in reds and greens, Christmas trees, “snow,” and colourful baubles, and Santas, Santarinas and their elves make an appearance. While Christmas songs get extra airplay at this time of year, the carollers, too, warm up their vocal cords for some festive singing. Catch all this at your favourite shopping malls (highly recommended are Pavilion KL, Suria KLCC, Intermark Mall and Mid Valley Megamall) or nearby hotels.

 

For tourists who find themselves in tropical Malaysia during the Christmas festivities and wish to attend mass to mark the special day, there are plenty of churches of various denominations to head to. In the capital city stands the famous Cathedral of St John The Evangelist, with its white-washed walls, twin spires and stained glass windows, a favourite for many tourists, expatriates as well as the regular parishioners. It was erected in 1883 in the heart of Bukit Nanas, and has become one of the national monuments that remains of the British administration of Malaysia.

And as the final day of the year descends upon us, what better way to greet the new year than with a spectacular fireworks show? Well, in Kuala Lumpur, there are a couple of places that offer “front-row seats” to a great fireworks show. Go early to book a spot on the lawns of Merdeka Square or KLCC Park. Alternatively, take in a nice dinner and late night drinks at the city’s rooftop bars such as Troika Sky Dining and Sky Bar, before the light show starts!

 

Venue:  Various, nationwide

Date:  Whole December

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Must-Visit Melaka Night Clubs for a Perfect Night Out

Melaka is famous for its fun-filled and exciting nightlife, which is due to the famous pubs and clubs, having the best music and dance performances along with nocturnal activities. Also, the served delicious cuisines and drinks are not at all heavy on the pockets. Despite being a small town, Melaka has to offer a great nightlife to locals and tourists. You shall find Melaka night clubs with some intricate interior, ranging from dusty and vintage pubs to colorful clubs. Visiting one of these night clubs in Melaka is also one of the recommended things to do in Melaka for tourists.

Top of the Town Melaka Night Clubs

There are a number of Melaka clubbing spots, among which the most hottest ones, having awesome environment, refreshing food and drinks and great live music, have been listed down:

Mixx Club

Mixx Club
Photo Credit Mixx Cafe FB

Mixx Club is famous among the nocturnal crowds and is a renowned Melaka clubbing spot. Since its initiation in December 2011, it is entertaining people and has built a strong credibility in the hip. This club is easily located on Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall on the second floor, having the best DJ’s from across Asia and imported visuals. You shall be fascinated with its neon lights, giving a painting effect on walls, and its industrial warehouse interior. The drinks served here a bit expensive, but rest if you are out here to party all night, then it is the best place to be.

Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Cafe
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Found on the street of Jonker Walk, Hard Rock Café is one of the most visited night clubs. You shall enjoy outstanding live music here. Apart from the great live music experience, you shall be overwhelmed to see its scrumptious Tex-Mex menu. Visitors enjoy here sandwiches, smoked barbeque chicken and beef ribs, Percik burger, Legendary burger, seafood char kuey teow and pedas fish. Also, you can go for some delicious desserts and drinks. Hence, you shall have the best nightlife here, during your stay in Melaka. Read more about Hard Rock Cafe Melaka.

Address: 23 Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200, Melaka, Melaka, 75200, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-292 5188

Reggae on the River

Reggae on the River
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For an amazing night, don’t forget to visit Reggae on the river. As the name implies, it is located just next to the river. Enjoy reggae music, drinks and delicacies by the side of river with your friends, family or loved ones. This place is among best Melaka night clubs, offering drinks at very reasonable prices. The music played here includes classic to modern genre and will give you a feeling that you are in Jamaica. The slow flowing water of the river adds a great value to your experience here.

Address: Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Malacca Town, Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-218 7532

Alto Sky Lounge

Alto Sky Lounge
Photo Credit Alto Sky Lounge Foursquare

Alto Sky Lounge is present on the Hatten Hotel Melaka, providing breathtaking view of the entire town from the top. If you are with your family and cannot attend the roaring Melaka night clubs, worry no more, as this stunning lounge will definitely fulfill your desire to spend a great night. You shall enjoy here a wide variety of experts’ designed cocktails, tantalizing meals and the finest wines, which shall be accompanied by mesmerizing live music.

Address: Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-286 9696

Ringo’s Classic Cafe

Photo Credit Ringo’s Classic Cafe Foursquare

Having loads of the best drinks to offer, Ringo’s Classic Cafe is found on the Melaka Jonker Street. It is a dusty, yet highly jam packed Melaka nightclub. Though it is not that good interior wise, but still it is one of the highly preferred gathering spot of music lovers in town. You shall get to see a number of historical memorabilia and other stuff, which will include posters of old beer, clock hangings on the wall, old musical instruments and pre-Malaysia maps. It is a nice place to spend your night with exquisite drinks and food, along with some great music.

Address: 11, Jalan Hang Lekir, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 16-354 2223

So, you shall never get bored in the small town of Melaka, as apart from various other things to do in Melaka, you shall be having great fun at night as well. The nightlife of Melaka is though famous in the entire Malaysia.

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Best 5 must-visit Shopping Malls and Streets in Malacca

Malacca is a small state in the southern region of Malaysia which holds one of the most exquisite and culturally rich atmospheres. The state is rich in historical heritage and architectural building and ancient landmarks which are main tourist attractions in Melaka. Malaysia is a beautiful Asian country but Malacca is the state that adds even more beauty the country.

Every tourist want to take something back home as gifts and souvenirs for their loved ones, not to mention delicate regional crafted products for their homes. When, it comes to shopping in Malacca then there are many shopping malls streets you can visit where local vendors would be selling handmade traditional stuff. Shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur are famous in Malaysia, but Melaka Shopping Malls also offer variety of shopping options to the shoppers.

Melaka Best Shopping Malls Streets

There are a lot of things a tourist can do in Melaka. One of them is certainly shopping. Here is a list of best Melaka shopping mall and street.

Hatten Square Suites Shoppes

Hatten Square Suites Shoppes is a nice vintage styled but trendy Melaka shopping mall that has a lot of international brands in it which sell products at a cheaper rate than the international market. This mall is a four floored building that has just about everything and every souvenir that you would want to take back home for your family and friends.

So, if you’re looking for a shopping complex which is not very huge but provides all the basic facilities to the shoppers and feature shops outlets that offers local products, Hatten Square Suits Shoppes is the place to go. There is a also a popular heritage street in Melaka by the name Hattan Street. The street is also known as millionaire street as it has been home of richest.

Address: G-006, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-281 7688
Read more about Hatten Square Suits Shoppes

Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall

Dataran Pahlawan Melaka MegaMall

Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall is certainly the biggest shopping mall where you can get modern as well as antique products at affordable price and are reliable. The mega mall is structured in a modern fashion to accommodate the taste of foreign people and has a wide range of shops which includes, Perfume Avenue where those who have an addiction of sweet smelling potions can buy their heart content.

Dataran Pahlawan mega mall has a lot of tourist landmarks nearby as well, so while one is visiting a local attraction there is no harm in looking around or checking stuff out to take home for beloveds. There are many tourists who seek the true essence of a country in the antique products and for those the good news is that the entire basement level of the mega mall is dedicated to handmade and locally crafted souvenirs and other gift items.

This Melaka shopping mall attracts plenty of tourist as it is located in the city center. You can not miss Dataran Pahlawan mall once in Malacca.

Address: BW05, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-283 2828
Read more about Dataran Pahlawan Melaka MegaMall

Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall

Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall Malacca

Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall is another Melaka shopping mall which is best for shopping in Malacca; if you are planning on buying discounted products and hole the energy to bargain with the vendors as well. The shopping mall is one of a kind and one of the oldest that was opened in 1994, and accommodates more than 200 stores in it. These stores belong to both international brands and popular local brands.

For the ladies Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall is the place worth checking out since it has a wide range of shoe outlet stores and handbags that are made both locally and shipped in from the international market. This Malacca shopping mall is where you can buy cheaper wear than from the overseas outlets of the same international brand. Inside the mall are IT stores and beauty parlors located as well that offer you refreshing facials when you are tired from all the shopping.

Address: G8, Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 10.00 pm
Phone: +6006 2826151
Read more about Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall

Jonker Street

Jonker Street Melaka (Malacca)

Jonker Street, which is also very famous worldwide, is a walk worth it. It has centuries old galleries and museums not to mention a collection of local items which include the food products as well that you can buy or flavor your cuisine with it. Jonker Street includes practically all the things you want to buy for friends and family back home, from local crafts to international shipped ones and food items including famous Malaysian spices that can be taken back home and spice things up in your food next time.

If you like handmade ladies jewels then Jonker Street is the place where you will find unique and beautiful handmade jewels to take back home or give it as a gift to someone beloved.

Melaka Batik House

Melaka Batik House

Melaka Batik House, located near the international trade center is one of the few shopping malls in Melaka where you will find a great range and vibrant batik from all over Malaysia. The shopping area has many other attractions located nearby that are walking distance away and so makes it one of the places that you must check out while in Malacca.

Address: Pt 15251, Melaka International Trade Centre, 75450, Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-232 3900
Read more about Melaka Batik House

Melaka provides both street shopping mall experiences and it is a fun shopping in Melaka. Do let us know about your shopping experience in Malacca.

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Halia Inc Coffee Bar & European Restaurant in Melaka

Located in a hundred year old Customs Warehouse by the Melaka River, Halia Inc Coffee Bar is located with all of its tranquility. It gives a break from hot sunny day and crowded streets of Melaka. Its antique theme with tranquil atmosphere compliments the status of Melaka being a world heritage city declared by UNESCO in 2008. It is one of those restaurants that serve good breakfast in Melaka as well.

Halia Inc Coffee Bar Restaurant

Halia Inc is a restaurant and coffee bar, strategically located in central Melaka and adjacent to Quayside Hotel on Jalan Merdaka, Bandar Hill. It serves delectable local and western food in Melaka that attracts both locals and tourists for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The coffee bar has a wide range of coffee and other beverages. Halia is the Malay word for ‘ginger’ which fits the restaurants nature as ginger is one of the most commonly used ingredients in their food.

Ambience

Just alike the Quayside Hotel, Halia Inc has also acquired an industrial design setting. The owners have done a great job to maintain the historical façade of the building. The place is aesthetically designed with the symmetrical combination of orange bricks, wooden boards, recycled timber, polished cements with the random wallpaper strips have made up the flooring and walls. Sumptuous metal dividers are placed to separate the colossal space cleverly to allow light and a feel of openness.

The enormous space of the café is divided into the dining area, coffee lounge, window bar, communal table, and outdoor patio. Green plants potted in glass bottles and silver buckets give this space a nice look.

Cuisine

Be it their breakfast, desserts, main course for lunch and dinner, or the coffees, TWG teas, fresh juices and mocktails, everything that Halia Inc Coffee Bar serves is scrumptious and lip-smacking. Their French Toasts, soaked in milk and eggs with caramelized bananas, crushed peanuts, and the secret sauce, are must have for breakfast in Melaka. Smothered with rich and creamy tangy lemon curd, the Ricotta Hot Cakes have the taste to die for.

If you want to have something local for breakfast, then go for their Hearty Nasi Goreng Set. Served in a tiffin tin with three layers, it has Nyonya kuih-muih, fried rice with prawns and a runny egg, a dessert and local fruits. It is simple, tasty, and very Malay.

Their lunch is light and savory. Those who are seeking for a light lunch in Melaka, must try their crispy fish and chips and crispy chicken chops. Have their Laksa Nyonya or Nasi lemak Pandan for a local lunch meal. The restaurant has also taken care of your wish to finish off your meal with delectable desserts. Their cakes, pastries, and other sweets have secret recipes which make you crave more and come again. Their beverages like a lemon tea, Lychee Love, and Assam Boi are refreshing. As it is a coffee bar as well, so it is impossible to not have one cup of their Raw Coffee, Latte, or Flat White.

The restaurant has the seating for up to 150pax. The seating arrangements have options of city or river view, outdoor or indoor. You may have your private functions at the venue as well; they will cater all your preferences professionally.

So, next time you want to visit a serene place that serves appetizing food, try Halia Inc. Their food, service, and the ambience makes them one amongst the top must try cafe in Melaka.

If you have visited Halia Inc Coffee Bar, and would like to share your experience, please do so by adding comments below.

Address: Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 6-284 1011
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday (7AM to 11PM), Friday to Saturday (7AM to 12PM), Sunday (7AM to 10PM), Closed on Monday
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