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Sarawak’s Great Success At WOMEX

Sarawak’s Great Success At WOMEX

Kuching, Tuesday – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and their representatives attended this year’s World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Poland with great success on October 25 to 29 to promote Sarawak’s trademark event, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF).

Attending this 23rd edition of WOMEX were STB Director of Events Angelina Bateman, Event Manager Sarren Michael and the RWMF Artistic Director Jun Lin Yeoh, promoting the RWMF among the international crowd.

“Sarawak’s unique culture and music truly shone during WOMEX, supporting the fact that there is no better destination for an event celebrating the uniqueness of world music from many different lands than Sarawak and the Rainforest World Music Festival,” said Angelina.

Also attending the Expo local musician and artist Alena Murang and musician Eldrick Udos or ‘Bob’ from the band At Adau, both of whom have performed at the RWMF and are impassioned supporters of maintaining and passing on the Bornean cultural heritage.

They participated in WOMEX with the objective of promoting Sarawak’s cultural music as well as their own brand, while networking with the attending key players in the World Music industry.

“This is a big step that has been given to us from At Adau and mainly Sarawak to build the bridge across the world to help achieve our objective of enlightening the world about the beauty and uniqueness of Sarawakian music, arts and culture,” Bob expressed after participating in the Expo.

Bob also expressed excitement over his opportunity to discuss strategies and future prospects with some big names in world music such as Derek Andrews, Artistic Director of Mundial Montreal and Indigenous Music, Canada,  Kaushik Dutta, CEO/Artistic Director of Song of Soul Festival in Kolkata, India and Mr Alejandro Orellana, Programmer and Coordinator of WOMAD The World’s Festival, Chile.

During this Expo, Angelina Bateman alongside Alena and Bob were interviewed by Drago Vovk of Radio Sraka, one of the most popular radio station broadcasting from Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

The 21st edition of the Rainforest World Music Festival will take place next year on July 13 to 15, at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Womex 2017

From the right, Angelina Bateman, Bob, Alena Murang and Drago of Radio Sraka during the interview at the booth.

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ITB ASIA, Another Successful Outing For Sarawak Partners

ITB ASIA, Another Successful Outing For Sarawak Partners

Singapore, Thursday – Sarawak tourism team presently in Singapore for a destination promotion scored another business success today, the second day of the ITB Asia outing held at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition centre here.

Business appointments set earlier by the fair organiser has made Sarawak travel partners on their feet for the past two days with back-to-back meetings with  their international partners who showed interest in emerging destinations like Sarawak.

Yvonne Saman of the Marian Boutique Lodging House, a first timer for the business outing was excited and expressed satisfaction with the buyers’ quality she met during the business meetings.

‘We received positive feedback from buyers from India, China, Sri Lanka and Indonesia about the destination and our latest property in Kuching has been a hit for these buyers, she said.

Ahsweein Narayanan of Amogha Tours Travel Sdn Bhd, Kuching, also a new kid on the block, is pushing religious packages featuring Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist temples tours in Kuching besides promoting medical and corporate tours for Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Hannah Choo, Director of Sales of CPH Travel has kind words for the fair which she has attended over the years and adding that that they will return to participate next year.

Sarawak Tourism Board’s booth was a hive of business activity today and hoping that the final day tomorrow will see good return for the 11 industry partners attending the fair.

The Sarawak travel industry were represented by seven travel agents and two hotels, a venue provider – Borneo Convention Centre Kuching and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

From January to August this year, the Singapore arrivals has increased by 1.53% with arrivals totalling 25,922 visitors.

ITB Asia Singapore

Picture shows the happy faces of the Sarawak team led by Benedict Jimbau, Director of Marketing (eighth from left).

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Selangor’s country delights

Tour beam Rashid Hisham putting a finishing touches on a scarecrow in a padi margin in TanjongKarang, Selangor.Tour beam Rashid Hisham putting a finishing touches on a scarecrow in a padi margin in Tanjong
Karang, Selangor.

A homestay programme offers encampment living, tolerable agro-tourism and a whole lot of merriment.

STANDING in knee-high weed underneath a blazing afternoon sun, Rashid Hisham takes a step behind to consult his handiwork on a figure.

“This doesn’t demeanour utterly right. She needs something to make her demeanour some-more ayu (demure),� he says, defeat out a white headscarf from a bag of garments and throwing it over a scarecrow’s coconut head.

“Ah, we need a lady to tie this on her. I’m not really good during it,� a 53-year-old confesses with a grin.

If there is one thing to learn from this man, it is that scarecrows are meant to keep a birds away, though they should not shock people.

We are in a padi margin in an halcyon encampment tucked divided in Tanjong Karang, Selangor, where a United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association        delegates have collected to try their hands during harvesting rice with normal hand-held harvesting tools.

Rashid, a debate beam with Agrotourism Sungai Sireh, says he feels positively during home in a rice fields. Padi planting and harvesting is his specialty, and he mostly brings visitors to a area.

As it is padi-harvesting season, a representatives are shown a process of hand-threshing after their padi margin expedition, that concerned violence sheaves of rice stalks opposite a tough aspect to apart a grains from a stalks.

On this post-congress familiarisation outing hosted by Tourism Selangor, they are given a pile-up march on a community’s enlightenment and farming lifestyle – a hide rise into what visitors to a Agrotourism Homestay Sungai Sireh can design to knowledge during their stay.

Despite it being their initial time, a few of a representatives infer rather skilful during ketupat-weaving as well.

The United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association delegateswere taught how to wobble ketupat during a Agrotourism Homestay Sungai Sireh.— ROUWEN LIN/The StarThe United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association delegates
were taught how to wobble ketupat during a Agrotourism Homestay Sungai Sireh.
— ROUWEN LIN/The Star

The common rice plant, common as it is here, is a newness to many of them and they are utterly gay to reap a fruits of their labour. Placing a few stalks of rice delicately into her bag, Nevin Ozkan from Northern Cyprus says she intends to move them home to her grandchildren.

“I would like to uncover them these rice stalks as it is zero they have seen before. Back in Cyprus, we don’t have padi fields like we do here,� she says.

Ahmed Nor Osman from Somalia describes a rice harvesting knowledge as “very nice, really interesting.�

Wiping a persperate from his brow, he says, “But we didn’t design it to be so prohibited here; it is customarily like in Somalia.�

All for one

Launched in Apr 1995, a homestay programme is a community-based agrotourism project. The categorical operation site is located in Sungai Sireh, though there are several other beside villages involved.

Sixty homes have taken on a purpose of horde family to visitors, and a series is flourishing by a day. Full house is offering (there are opposite packages available) and visitors can join in a daily activities of a encampment for a generation of their stay.

Global Environment Centre (GEC) comparison biodiversity officer, Nagarajan Rengasamy, explains that GEC is collaborating with a homestay folks to assistance rise eco-tourism and agro-tourism products and programmes.

“We also advise on how to make use of resources in a tolerable way,� he says.

Depending on a time of year, visitors can attend in opposite encampment activities, including fishing, kayaking or fruit picking.

“We infrequently move a visitors to a padi fields to locate eels with their unclothed hands. These eels den in a soothing mud, make a hole in it, and afterwards live in it. Some tourists are a bit distressed about regulating their hands, so we give them a fishing rod,� relates Nagarajan.

And throwing a eel is customarily half a fun; a cooking and eating after that creates adult a other half!

“The villagers will uncover them how to make soup with eel. They trust it is a healthful tonic, really profitable for one’s health,� he says.

Most evenings finish with merry-making, finish with dance and strain accompanied by normal low-pitched instruments.

Past and present

According to Nagarajan, some 8.000 visitors participated in a homestay programme final year. Of these, around 2,000 are foreigners, mostly from South Korea, Japan and European countries.

“The irrigation complement in a padi fields are from a days of a Japanese function in a 1940s,� he shares. “So a Japanese in sold have a special seductiveness in entrance to revisit a villages as we are still regulating a same record that they introduced here.�

For visitors who have a means to lapse frequently, a homestay programme offers a tiny inducement out in a fields: an event to guard your crops.

A tiny site in a padi fields has been set aside only for visitors to work on.

“They plant a padi and afterwards can lapse as mostly as they like to check on a swell of a plants,� says Nagarajan.

“Four to 5 months later, it is prepared to be harvested. Some people indeed come behind to collect a rice they planted!�

One of a largest remaining constant areas of peatland in a Peninsula is permitted from these villages. Most of a peat engulf forests in a nation have been logged or degraded, and this peat engulf forest, covering an area of 70,000ha, has been identified as a charge site.

Nagarajan describes a North Selangor peat engulf timberland as “really large – it is a distance of Singapore!�

And lest we consider that encampment vital in a encampment is slight and maybe dull, Nagarajan discloses that surprises are aplenty: customarily final September, around 500 Asian Openbill Storks descended on a padi fields, where they sojourn until today.

These roving birds, customarily found in Sri Lanka, India and Thailand, are not ordinarily seen here.

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ZHENG HE RETURNS TO MELAKA

Wednesday January 30, 2013

Zheng He ‘returns’ to Malacca
By R.S.N.MURALI
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Epic voyage: A replica of the vessel helmed by Zheng He in Jonker Walk, Malacca.
MALACCA: Legend has it that Admiral Zheng He and his armada left his home port of Nanjing in China for their epic voyage to India in the Year of the Snake in the 1400s. Along the way they stopped at Malacca.

To mark the auspicious year of his voyage, the Chinese community will display a huge replica of the ship used by the admiral in the city’s world-famous Jonker Street, touted as the pulse of the community here.

Measuring 30m in length and 23m-high, it weighs close to two tonnes and resembles the original Chinese junk used by Zheng He in his sea travels.

Two cranes hoisted the replica to its above-ground berth on Friday night.

State MCA chief Datuk Gan Tian Loo said the replica, assembled by local craftsmen, would be displayed on two pillars that support the artificial junk, the names of the countries the admiral had sailed to.

Zheng He had reputedly sailed to 30 nations across Asia and Africa.

Gan said the craftsmen had incorporated intricate designs from the original vessel into the replica.

“It will be the icon of this historic city during the celebrations,” he said, adding thousands of visitors are expected to view the boat during the festive season.

“The city is ready to welcome the Year of the Snake in style, with carnivals and shows to mark the auspicious event,” he said, adding that Zheng He’s boat will complement the 1Malaysia dragons that adorn Jonker Street to mark the outgoing Year of the Dragon.

One of the dragons, dubbed the Prosperity Dragon, measures 121m-long, and is the longest outdoor dragon effigy in Malaysia.

The Harmony Dragon comes a close second at 91m.

Meanwhile, Temple Street , also known as Harmony Street in the old section of Malacca city, was lit with hundreds of red lanterns and coloured lights on Saturday.

Several arches and billboards with festive greetings and messages already festoon Jonker Street.

Hundreds jammed the streets in the historical hub as Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam led a team of community leaders that included MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Jonker Walk committee adviser Datuk Wira Gan Boon Leong to light the lanterns to usher in the new year.

Earlier, several lion dance troupes, musicians, dancers, performers and entertainers, showcased their talents in various performances to entertain the public and foreign tourists.

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MELAKA FORT WALLS BEING EXCAVATED

23rd. November 2012

Due to the discovery of the old Melaka forteress wall besides the Melaka River carpark, excavation works are currently being done. Red laterite blocks that form her foundations can be seen. This find is very encouraging to the historical past of Melaka where there was a wall surrounding the administrative centre of Malacca.

The British demolished the surrounding walls of Malacca by explosive gunpowder under Farquhar so as to destroy the defensive fortified walls forever. When Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, was recuperating in Malacca from the swampy conditions in Singapore then, he strongly objected to this demolition. He wrote a formal letter of protest against this to Lord Minto, Viceroy at British India in 1800s.

Due to Raffles intervention, the total demolition of Malacca fort was stopped. Unfortunately, only A Famosa was saved which we can see today.

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