An International World Class Concert Pianist in Sarawak

An International World Class Concert Pianist in Sarawak



Miri Orchestra Choir Society (MOC), a non-profit organisation and the Co-Organiser, Barakh Music from Sibu with the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Malaysia will be bringing in an International World Class Concert Pianist, Quang Hong Luu to Sarawak from 7-16th January 2017 for a Classical Piano Prelude 2017 in Kuching, Sibu and Miri. Miri is  the main event centre. The events will include workshops and master-class programs.

The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Sarawak, Datu Ik Pahon Ak Joyik, is very supportive and would like the Cultural and Music Division under the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak to be part of the event next year.

Mr Asriel Wong, a Cellist, the President of MOC, thanked the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak for its support and collaboration on the event and MOC is proud to contribute to boost tourism in Sarawak.

Supporting the President of MOC is the patron of MOC, Dr. Loh Yunn Hua who is proud with the MOC’s achievement to have a world class concert pianist to perform for the community and hopes this will encourage more young generations to take interest in classical music.

With the recent announcement by the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture on the triple allocation for Tourism Expenditure is most welcoming.

However, he seeks the support from the other Government Agencies together with Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and the corporate organisations to come in full force to support in terms of sponsorships. Together we can make it happen for our children and future generations in music.

Malaysia Airline System (MAS) Hanoi, Vietnam is also a supporter for this event.

Music is universal and brings people from all ages to come together as one.  This initial  event will make possible especially for young people, who are already musicians and potential ones to experience a live performance by an International World Class Concert Pianist right in their midst and in their homeground. For the senior folks, they get to enjoy and relax the music performed by the young people.

The reason for the maiden event to be   held in different Divisions in Sarawak, is that people of all ages including the youths and young people can enjoy and watch the recitals and experience for themselves a live performance by an International World Class Pianist.

The International World Class Concert Pianist, Quang Hong Luu will also conduct workshops and master-classes for teachers and students in the different Divisions on techniques and skills to acquire for performances, teaching methods, preparation for exam pieces effectively with results.

The Classical Piano Prelude 2017 includes Workshops and Master Classes.

Kuching 7-8 January

Sibu 9-11 January

Miri 13 – 16 January


For more information on event schedules, venue, price and registration contacts:


Sarawak International Music Academy Miri.

Mdm C. K. Lee  – 013 849 3789  (Workshops and Master classes)

Mr Asriel Wong-013 832 5593

Ms. Vivian Imang  – 017 869 1974

Ms. Jennifer Hii – 019 859 0773


Barakh Music

Mr Thomas Ling-013 810 1535


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Sarawak Tourism Board Signs Mou With See Mark Travel Services Taipei

Sarawak Tourism Board Signs Mou With See Mark Travel Services Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan, Friday: –  Sarawak’s promotion in Taiwan was given a shot in the arm today with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Taipei based See Mark Travel Services at the Taipei International Travel Fair held at the Taiwan World Trade Centre here this morning.

The MOU will enable See Mark Travel Services to run its charter flights from Taipei to Kuching on January 28th and subsequently, during its Summer 2017 season, starting from June 2017 to August 2017 with a total of 19 flights with one flight in every five days.

The Chairman of the Board, Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz signed the MOU while See Mark Travel Services was represented by Mr. Mark Chen, See Marks’ General Manager.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik and Mr. Chen Chiang Yang, See Marks’ Sales Manager.

After the signing ceremony, the exchange of MOU documents was witnessed by Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg and his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Later in the afternoon, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, who is leading a six-member delegation to Taiwan, held discussion with Taiwan’s Far Eastern Airways and Malindo Air on the possibilities of mounting direct schedule flights to Kuching.

“We are pleased that we are making inroad in the Taiwan markets with charter flights and we hope that we will be able to negotiate for more charters and schedule flights in the near future.” remarked Datuk Amar Abang Johari.

He added that it will be an initial start towards solving the challenge of connectivity in the State.

He expressed confidence that his Ministry will continue to work with local Taiwanese partners in Taipei and in other cities to further the State’s ambition to improve connectivity into the state.

Also present at the signing ceremony were the President of the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Center in Taipei, Datuk Adeline Leong and the Director of Tourism Malaysia Taipei office, Ahmad Faisal.

Meanwhile, the STB Booth at the ITF features four local Taiwanese travel agents and a consortium of six travel partners featuring Sarawak packages at this Taiwan’s premier travel fair.

They are the Lion Travel Services, China Dragon Travel Services, See Mark Travel Services, Tai Yuan Travel Services, the “Green Miracles” Consortium of six agents and Sarawak-based Regal Properties on Malaysia My Second Home programme.

Picture shows Datuk Wahab seated second from left, flanked by Mr. Mark Chen on his left signing the MOU witnessed by Datu Ik seated at left and Mr. Chen (right). Also seen standing from left, Datuk Lee, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, Datuk Adeline and Ahmad Faisal.


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Malacca’s Millionaires’ Row
Posted on June 7, 2013 – Featured, Property News.
By M. Veera Pandiyan
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Looking around: Tourists soaking in the sights in Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

JONKER Street, or Jalan Hang Jebat, is possibly the most famous road in Malacca, thanks to Jonker Walk which attracts hordes of tourists from all over the world.

But the road running parallel to it – Heeren Street – has a more interesting history and richer architectural charms.

Heeren Street, or Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, was once the place to live for those who made it to the top.

Originally called “Kampung Belanda” (Dutch Village), it ended up with the nickname of “Millionaires’ Row” because of its well-heeled residents.

The narrow street with houses adorned with ornately decorated façades was the choice neighbourhood for the prosperous Straits-born Chinese (Peranakan or Babas and Nyonyas) in the mid-19th and early 20th century.

These affluent folks competed with each other to build the most flamboyant of houses, many of which stand to this day.

Quite a number have been fully restored to their former glory and turned into highly popular boutique hotels, museums, galleries, restaurants and cafes.

Walking into these places is like going back in time to the era of Malacca’s occupation by the Dutch.

A classic example to visit is Number 8, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, a shophouse built in the 1700s.

It has been painstakingly renovated by Badan Warisan (Malaysia’s National Trust) with a grant from the US Embassy.

Entry is free but donations are welcome.

The grandest of them all: The Chee Mansion was built by the first chairman of the OCBC.

While Jonker Street (from the Dutch Jonghheer) was named after a place for “young noblemen” who had not quite made it to the upper level of nobility.

Heeren Street (originally Heeren straat), was for the “gentlemen” or “masters” in the upper crust of society.

The characteristic features of most buildings are high roofs, floors and corridors lined with intricate tiles, teak front doors carved with family names or mottos in gold calligraphy.

Most windows are also beautifully decorated with motifs while some homes even have decorated roofs with image of dragons, birds and flowers.

The houses on the street are rather narrow and small when viewed from the outside but are long and spacious inside.

This is because the houseowners then were taxed on the width of the buildings instead of the total area.

Most of them have open courtyards to provide ventilation and light. Some even have small wells to draw water or ponds to collect rainwater from the roof.

The street was home to famous Malacca Babas, including Tan Kim Seng, one of the pioneers in the development of Singapore, and Tan Chay Yan, who was Malaya’s first rubber planter in 1896.

Tan Kim Seng or Baba Kim Seng, who amassed a great fortune in Singapore, built a bridge across the Singapore River which is now named after him.

He also donated money for a bridge, named after him in Malacca, and for the famous Clocktower in front of Christ Church in the Dutch Square.

Tan Kim Seng’s stately ancestral home, built in 1822, is the present Hotel Puri.

When it was the home of Kim Seng, there was a menagerie behind with many animals, including a tiger.

The grandest house in “Millionaires’ Row” is the Chee Mansion, which stands majestically directly opposite Hotel Puri.

The breathtaking building is a Dutch era architectural gem, complete with a fairy-tale inspired watchtower.

It was built by tycoon and philanthropist Chee Swee Cheng, the first chairman of the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC).

As it was run almost entirely by the Baba’s in the old days, OCBC was jokingly referred to as Orang China Bukan China.

Chee Swee Cheng built the mansion at 117 Heeren Street as a dedication to his father, Chee Yam Chuan.

The Chee Mansion, also known as the Chee Yam Chuan Temple, is used as the family’s ancestral home.

But “Millionaires’ Row” bears the name of an outstanding fifth-generation Baba and one of the country’s illustrious early leaders.

Tun Tan Cheng Lock, who co-founded the MCA in 1949, was born at house number 111.

The dignified family home was where the country’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tan held many discussions before Merdeka.

His son, Tun Tan Siew Sin, was Malaya’s first Commerce and Indus try Minister before being the longest serving Finance Minister for 15 years.

He was also the third president of the MCA after his father and Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu.

It may not be as hectic as Jonker Street where the tourists to Malacca throng but Heeren Street oozes more history, old-world charm and provides amazing sights and stories.

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1Malaysia International Shoe Festival

1Malaysia International Shoe Festival

I adore shoes!

Be-ribboned tied in lovable bows, stilettos, stylish sandals, jazzy platforms, gentle pumps or even a voluptuous span of boots, or two… oh, you’ll be marred for choice during this year’s shoe festival.

Especially with a launch of a 3rd Malaysia International Shoe Festival during Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The eventuality is hold from 30 Mar compartment 1 April, 2012 starting during 10.30 am compartment 8.30 pm.

Launched by a Queen, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, on a 29th March,  benefaction were  Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, Tourism Ambassador and internationally-renowned shoe maker, Prof Dato Dr Jimmy Choo as good as Malaysian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association (MFMA) President, Tony Ting.

Some of a highlights during this year’s shoe festival include:

  • Prof Dato’ Dr Jimmy Choo’s, ‘Sogno Gallery’ embody a phenomenon of his oppulance shoe collection and couture, themed after a dragon year.
  • Malaysia boots engineer competition, where gifted designers emanate their many innovative and stylish shoe designs.
  • A Foot and Wellness Corner, generally for those wanting to get judicious tips on feet care, and beam on shoe shopping conduct on over here.
  • Shoe-on-wheels! A shoe automobile highway show, where radio deejays will expostulate around with a outrageous shoe perched atop a automobile (look out for it, folks) on a road. Participate in diversion quizzes and win sparkling prizes.
  • Check out a specifically designed Rainforest Shoe Wonderland, where designers have remade boots and incorporate it into bland life’s nuances.
  • Maybe we need and additional span of shoe for your wedding? Then conduct over to a Wedding Shoe Wonderland, where boots of each hue, distance and character are displayed for a ideal wedding.

Other attractions during a eventuality embody shoe conform show, shoe portrayal competition, clog-shoe creation gallery, general shoe dilemma and most more*.

See we there!

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Kebaya Tales : Stories from The Nyonya

October 12, 2011 during 12:00 pm

The Baba-Nyonya village refers to a organisation of people who are descendants of late 15th and 16th century Chinese immigrants who came to a islands of Nusantara during a Colonial era. These are people who have digested to a Malay Peninsula’s enlightenment and have adopted a Malay denunciation as a initial or second denunciation over a years. Their enlightenment is a abounding and colourful one, as seen by their oral language, their sauce and their cuisine.


The Kebaya is a favourite outfit for Nyonyas and is customarily ragged during central ceremonies

For those who are preoccupied and would like to know some-more about a Peranakans, do make a date with a National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur this entrance 15th Oct 2011 as a museum will be organising a speak on a Babas and Nyonyas. The guest orator this time is nothing other than Lee Su Kim, a owner member and a initial lady President of a Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association of Kuala Lumpur Selangor. She is also a author of 9 books, including dual bestsellers; Malaysian Flavours: Insights Into Things Malaysian and Manglish: Malaysian English during a Wackiest. Su Kim will be pity her practice of essay about a Baba and Nyonya communities of Malacca, Penang and Singapore. Some of a stories that she will be pity are stories that have been upheld down from her Nyonya mother, grandmother and bibiks (aunts).

The speak will be hold during Level 1, Gallery Saindera during a National Textile Museum and will start during 3.00 pm. There is an acknowledgment assign of RM 20 for students, museum volunteers as good as members of Persatuan Peranakan Baba Nyonya Kuala Lumpur Selangor (PPBNKLS). For non-members who are meddlesome in participating, there is an acknowledgment assign of RM 25. The assign includes a tea reception. Participants are compulsory to register by replying to this email residence – syahrul[email protected] or [email protected] Alternatively, one can also hit Syahrul or Nor Asmah during 03 2694 3457.

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