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Malaysia Top 7 events in October

 

Nine Emperor Gods Festival

Where: Penang

When: Oct 1 – 9

For the ultimate cultural experience, check out the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Taking place on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month at various temples across Penang, this Taoist festival honours the nine sons of Tou Mu, controller of the books of life and death. Devotees adhere to a strict vegetarian diet to cleanse their body and soul. One can find a variety of vegetarian stalls along the roads and lanes around Penang with delicious and creative vegetarian cuisines. A must for all foodies! Other highlights include self-mutilation rituals like Spear Skewing Ceremony, Hot Oil Ceremony and Fire Walking Ceremony. The celebration reaches its climax on the ninth day with a procession to send the deities back home, from Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Butterworth to the beach.

More information: http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/

Image: Devotee during the Spear Skewing Ceremony

Image: Devotee during the Spear Skewing Ceremony

 

30th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathlon 

Where: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

When: Oct 15 – 16

Thousands of people try to conquer Mount Kinabalu every year. It normally takes them two days. At this event, professional mountain runners from around the world will attempt to scale the iconic peak in just under four hours. Amazing! It’s a high level adventure and a perfect opportunity to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinabalu Park.

More information: www.sabahtourism.com

Image: Contestant ascending the steep slopes of Mt Kinabalu

Image: Contestant ascending the steep slopes of Mt Kinabalu

 

CIMB Classic 2016

Image: CIMB Classic 2013 and 2014 winner Ryan Moore

Image: CIMB Classic 2013 and 2014 winner Ryan Moore

Where: TPC Kuala Lumpur (formerly Kuala Lumpur Golf Country Club)

When: Oct 20 – 23

Catch the world’s best players in action at the only official PGA TOUR FedExCup event in Southeast Asia. It features a limited 78-player field, with a prize purse of US$7 million (RM28.4 million) and no cut, making it one the richest professional golf tournaments in the region. USA’s Justin Thomas will be hoping to defend his crown against a field including two-time champion at TPC Kuala Lumpur, American Ryan Moore.

More information: Tickets can be purchased at www.CIMBClassic.com or call +603 7880 7999

International Aborigines Arts Festival 

Where: Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

When: Oct 21 – 23

This unique arts festival features cultural works of the Orang Asli of Malaysia as well as indigenous people from around the world including Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. There are various activities and stage performances, exhibitions and interactive demonstrations to be enjoyed. Organisers say the three-day event helps to showcase the uniqueness, heritage, traditions and customs of indigenous people across the world.

More information: [email protected]

Image: The festival includes traditional Orang Asli performances

Image: The festival includes traditional Orang Asli performances

 

Image: Be sure to feast on the banquet served at MIGF

Image: Be sure to feast on the banquet served at MIGF

  1. Ancient Shadows: World Shadow Puppet Exhibition

Where: National Museum, Kuala Lumpur

When: Oct 25 – Nov 30

The World Shadow Puppet Exhibition comes to KL with the best exponents of shadow puppetry from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, China, India and Taiwan set to enthral audiences. Shadow Puppet plays, also known as wayang kulitin Bahasa Malaysia, is an old tradition and has a rich history in Southeast Asia. Puppets are made primarily of leather and manipulated with sticks or buffalo horn handles; shadows are cast using an oil lamp or more commonly halogen lights. The exhibition lasts for over a month, so there’s plenty of time to take the family.

More information: www.jmm.gov.my

Image: KL will greet Shadow Puppet masters from all over Asia.

Image: KL will greet Shadow Puppet masters from all over Asia.

  1. Terengganu International Islamic Arts Festival 2016

Where: Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI) Convention Centre, Terengganu

When: Oct 29 – 31

You will find Khat writing workshops, musical performances, Muslim fashion and much more at the International IslamicArts Festival of Terengganu. It’s a beautiful way to discover more about the Islamic culture and arts and maybe learn a new skill while listening to beautiful music. Such rich heritage has something to offer for all visitors.

More information: www.motac.gov.my

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13 Things You May Or May Not Know About Malaysia’s Independence

Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman in 1957

August 31 is Hari Merdeka or Malaysia’s Independence Day. Here’s a brief look at Merdeka Day celebrations over the last 59 years and other events that have shaped the nation.

1. Malaysia gained her independence from Great Britain in 1957. Over 20,000 people gathered in Merdeka Square to mark the occasion, including the Duke of Gloucester, the King and Queen of Thailand and the Prime Minister of India. The first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, chanted some of the most iconic words in Malaysian history, “Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka”.

2. From 1957 onwards, Merdeka celebrations have been held every year in all its grandeur. Dignitaries wear traditional uniforms and costumes, fighter jets fly overhead in a blaze of smoke and military personnel and Kadazan tribal people march through the streets.

3. Inaugural celebrations featured dancing formations that depicted the emblem of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional — or the National Front Coalition Party. Barisan Nasional has ruled Malaysia since 1957, making it one of the longest ruling, democratically installed governments in the world.

4. Up until September 16, 1963, Malaysia was still known as the Federation of Malaya. Two years after Singapore left the federation in 1961, the Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak merged with Peninsula Malaya to form the new Malaysia.

5. Merdeka Day celebrations in 1963 were nothing short of extravagant with traditional dancers from East Malaysia appearing for the first time in full ceremonial regalia, armed with spears and other tribal items.

6. Malaysia Day, not to be confused with Merdeka Day, is held every September 16 to mark the formation of Malaysia.

7. In 1967, Merdeka celebrations saw perhaps the biggest crowd in Malaysian history. An estimated 50,000 people attended the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence. Thousands of law enforcement and military personnel marched through Merdeka Square.

Merdeka 3Military procession passes dignitaries at inaugural Merdeka celebration in 1957

8. Merdeka Football Festival has run concurrently with Merdeka celebrations from 1957. The festival is the oldest football event in Asia and has seen teams from all over the world compete for the prestigious trophy. Hong Kong were the inaugural winners in 1957.

9. Malacca City hosted the first Merdeka celebration outside of Stadium Merdeka and Dataran Merdeka in 1985. The decision was the brainchild of Malaysia’s “Father of Development” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. The Malacca Club was turned into a Merdeka memorial called the Merdeka Declaration Memorial to archive all past and future Merdeka celebrations.

10. In the same year, one of Malaysia’s most iconic acts, the Alleycats, released their chart-topping album Suara Kekasih. Founded in 1978, the Alleycats went on to have a profound impact on Malaysian people and the Malaysian music industry.

AlleycatsMusic icons the Alleycats

11. Following 1963, there was a push for Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to form a confederation called Maphilindo. However, there were too many controversies and disputes over territory with then Indonesian president Sukarno putting an end to discussions.

12. Shortly after, Indonesia provided Malaysia with the greatest threat to her independence. They declared war on the Kalimantan-East Malaysia border, laying claims to territories north of Kalimantan. Indonesia only came to officially acknowledge the formation of Malaysia three years later in 1966.

13. Malaysia and her states have been ruled by many invaders over the years from Srivijayan Buddhists and Majapahit Hindus to Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers as well as the Japanese in World War II. Many of these cultures are still present in current day Merdeka celebrations.

 

Merdeka 150th anniversary Merdeka celebrations in 2007

So, if you are keen to observe a bit of Malaysian history, be sure to join in the fun this August 31. There will be festivities across the nation with performances, parades and fireworks in most cities. Head to Tourism Malaysia Official Site for more information.

 

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A budget guide to travelling Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

Okay, if you’re coming to Malaysia to spend two weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, you’re probably not going to do it on the cheap. But there’s also plenty of people who pass through Malaysia on their way north from Singapore en route to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

For these people, every dime is important and in a city like KL where extravagance is flashed in your face on every corner, finding things suited to your budget can be difficult. This also applies to travelling across Malaysia, with knowledge of how and when to travel, important to your attempts at saving money.

So let’s start with your arrival.

If, like most people, you arrive in Malaysia by air at either KLIA or KLIA2 terminals and have booked accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, you will have a few options of varying cost and duration to reach your destination. Often backpackers fly blind during this process and can waste money without even knowing it. The KLIA Express train is the fastest way to and from the KLIA airports from KL Sentral, but it is not the cheapest.

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The cheapest route to Kuala Lumpur is by bus with a one-way ticket for adults from KLIA or KLIA2 terminals to KL Sentral priced at 10 Ringgit. Peak hour traffic in Kuala Lumpur can cause lengthy delays, so if you are on a tight schedule and want to get to the city as soon as possible, KLIA Express train is the best option. It takes 28 minutes and is RM55. If you want to save five Ringgit make sure you pay with your credit card at the kiosk and not at the counter. It will be RM50.

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In terms of accommodation, there are two main places to stay for backpackers; Changkat in Bukit Bintang and Chinatown not far from Pasar Seni LRT station. There’s a host of backpacker accommodation in both areas with single rooms as cheap as RM40-50 and dorms beds priced at around 20 Ringgit. Of course, the quality of your hostel will vary with price. Changkat is closer to KL’s nightlife, KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers, but Chinatown is more conveniently located near the city’s main transportation hub — KL Sentral. Many coaches to Malacca, Johor Bahru, Penang and Ipoh now leave from TBS bus station, which is approximately 20 minutes from KL Sentral.

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Jalan Alor off Changkat is foodie-central with Chinese seafood restaurants and hawker stalls selling an array of local delicacies and international cuisines until the wee hours of the morning. Petaling Street in Chinatown is also famous for food with its night market chock-full of shops and stalls selling goods and street food. Be aware, both of these areas are aimed at tourists and as such prices can be inflated.

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Most of KL’s main attractions are aimed at families, couples and those who are dazzled by the bright lights, so if you prefer a bit of adventure but want to stay within in the perimeters of the city I suggest you check out Petaling Jaya and in particular areas such as Subang where an urban youth culture has evolved. If you are able to make friends with locals, that’s even better and ask them to take you out of KL City. The food in areas such as Klang, Petaling Jaya, Ampang and Cheras is just as good (and cheaper) and is where most of the locals eat. Also keep an eye out for local night markets known as Pasar Malam. They offer amazing delicacies and fresh produce and are more authentic than the ones in the city. If you want a quiet night at the cinema, Wednesday is the cheapest evening with tickets as cheap as 10 to 12 Ringgit.

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Just a stones throw away from KL are a places such as Chilling Falls and Broga Hill. These are quite popular amongst locals and provide a nice respite from the concrete jungle of the city. They are free and relatively easy to get to by car. Check out the best places for hiking, camping and waterfalls in and around Kuala Lumpur here.

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The bus and train are the cheapest options for making your way around Peninsular Malaysia. For Ipoh, catch the rain as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. You will only save five Ringgit if you catch the bus. The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. If you want relax on Malaysia’s famed beaches like Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, the bus and ferry is the way to go.

shutterstock_115589299For those interested in checking out Borneo’s wildlife, make sure you book your flights to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in advance as flights to East Malaysia can be expensive.

Strangely, food prices also vary between Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia with Indian food slightly more pricier in Borneo. Popular music festivals such the Rainforest World Music Festival in Sarawak and the Penang Jazz Festival on the mainland are relatively cheap compared to other international events, but again book in advance to save yourself some cash.

A great, inexpensive way to see Malaysia is to volunteer. Malaysia offers volunteering opportunities for every taste and interest: from wildlife projects in the untamed jungle of Borneo to teaching English to children in urban and rural environments. Most places provide free accommodation and sometimes food and you’ll have access to remote communities you probably never knew existed. Read more here.

When exiting Malaysia, consider the bus trip north to Hat Yai in Thailand. It is less than 60 Ringgit and you can split the journey up by stopping over in Penang for the night. Cheap flights from KL to popular tourist destinations in Asia such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines can be found via Air Asia, but any additional items such as luggage over 20 kilograms can increase the price.

In summary, Malaysia is a wonderful place to explore and the more adventurous you are, the better your experience will be. Doing it on the cheap is possible but having a friend to show you around or give you advice definitely helps with your budget.

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Why you should move to Malaysia in 2016

By Lloyd Green

Good news! If you’re thinking of relocating to Malaysia — maybe to volunteer, work at an NGO, study, join a big company, intern or simply enjoy your gap year — now is the best time. According to the 2016 global Cost of Living Index report collated by Numbeo, Malaysia is the 29th cheapest country to live.

Despite boasting one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant economies, Malaysia is an incredibly affordable place to live, retaining a Consumer Price Index of just 37.47. Remarkably, this is lower than neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 So, if you’ve just graduated, have the time to do something life changing, or are looking for that extra zest in life, why NOT come to Malaysia? We’ll tell where you get cheap food, eat out for less and rent a house for next to nothing?

What’s Cheap In Malaysia?

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s cheapest city on the Cost of Living Index table with a CPI of 40.61. A one bedroom apartment here averages MYR1,325.00, while out of the city it drops to MYR833.33. JB also has the third least expensive McDonald’s combo meal in the world at MYR10, which is equal to $US2.50. In fact, Malaysia is one of the cheapest places in the world for eating out with Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur all polling in the Top 50 on the Restaurant Price Index list.

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On average you can get a meal at an inexpensive restaurant for MYR8 or $US2. Coffee is also cheap averaging $US1 in most places. Do expect to pay more at fancy shopping malls and outlets like Starbucks.

Is KL Really That Expensive?

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The cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is slightly higher compared to other Malaysia cities, but with a CPI of 44.48, it’s still 54 per cent cheaper than Singapore and has roughly the same CPI as neighbouring Asian capitals like Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.

You will likely need at least $US400 to $US500 per month to cover all of your expenses in KL, with a room to rent as low as MYR800 ($US200) per month. This price can vary drastically depending on your location, with a one bedroom apartment in the city averaging MYR2400 per month, while out of the city the median drops to MYR1200.

Kota Kinabalu is the cheapest city in Malaysia for accommodation according to Numbeo, with its Rent Index at 7.63 (37th in the world), compared to JB at 12.24 and KL at 18.55.

The cost of transport in Kuala Lumpur is very competitive with a one-way ticket using the LRT or KTM less than $US1. If you commute every day, count on $25 per month for transportation.

Get Me Out Of The City

Transport between urban cities in Malaysia is also affordable, ranging between $5 and $15 for a bus ride, depending on the destination. A bus or train ride can take you to the green mountains of Cameron Highlands or the heritage listed cities of Georgetown, Malacca and Ipoh.

For Ipoh, catch the train as Ipoh Railway Station is located in the centre of town, whereas the coach terminal is some 15 minutes away. The tickets are MYR25 to MYR30 and you’ll only save five ringgit if you catch the bus.

The bus from KL to Penang is the best option as it takes you directly to the island and within five minutes of George Town. Tickets at MYR37 to MYR42.

Flying to Sabah and Sarawak can be expensive, but Air Asia offers deals all year round. Right now you can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan for $US16 with the airline.

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Staying Long Term

Most people can enter Malaysia on a Short Term Social Visit Pass, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Normally, this visa is valid for three months, but the visa conditions vary depending on your nationality.

If you plan to volunteer in Malaysia for longer than three-months, you might wish to apply for a Professional Visit Pass (PVP). This must be requested by the NGO you intend to work for while you are still in your home country

If granted, this visa is valid for up to 12 months and can be renewed for another 12 months, but only after a three-month break in between.

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Internet and mobile packages are also relatively inexpensive in Malaysia, with a minute of prepaid mobile averaging RM0.26 and 10 Mbps Internet with unlimited data priced at RM160.

So, whatever it is you decide to do in Malaysia, your time here be an exciting time in your life, and a great chance to stretch your own limits and discover your potential!

Check out the Top 30 Cheapest Countries to Live in 2016.

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Newly Toast Box Cafe during Dedap area of Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru.

The newly open Toast Box Cafe (N1 32.368 E103 48.263on 1st Aug 2013 is located during a dilemma of Jalan Dedap 13 Dedap 8, Tmn Johor Jaya. We were invited by media for a Grand Opening Ceremony of a Cafe.

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The community of Johor Jaya is greeted by a attract of Traditional Nanyang Coffee (Kopi in local terms), and Kaya Toast in a complicated country environment with a opening of a code new Toast Box store during Johor Jaya. Being a second store to open in Johor Bahru other than a one during KSL City Mall, it is now a largest Toast Box in South East Asia.
 

This new store is a poignant miracle in Toast Box’s skeleton to bringing a particular Traditional Nanyang enlightenment to opposite tools of Asia, providing a colourful community a robust and singular dining knowledge with a spirit of nostalgia.
 

Established in Dec 2005, a initial Toast Box opening was located in Food Republic Wisma Atria and has grown usually with a singular concept. To date, Toast Box has 57 outlets in Singapore and 34 outlets in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines and Thailand.

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Breeze into Toast Box during Johor Jaya and be bewitched by a fun of aged style, infrequent dining knowledge in a uncomplicated nonetheless endearing ambience. Sharing a attract of Traditional Nanyang Kopi and Toast enlightenment with customers, Toast Box strives to broach a best kopi and toast, creation each revisit a tasty wander down memory lane.

We like a atmosphere and a country emblem really much. Felt like a English setting…especially all in white color…

The Grand Opening debate by Mr Vincent Lim (???), Senior Vice President of Toast Box (Global), Mr James Quek (???), Chief Executive Officer of Bakery Division (Global), BreadTalk Pte Ltd and followed by a Guest Of Honor – YB Liow Cai Tung (???), State Assembly Woman for Johor Jaya.

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The proof of Nanyang Coffee brewing came after a speech. I’m so bewail that my hardisk crashed few days ago that all my photos left with it and we can't uncover we a approach they decoction their signature coffee…apologies.

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Each of us have a possibility to ambience a coffee after it…taste nice!

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Beside a coffee, a cafeteria do offer others like Peanuts Butter Thick Toast, Laksa Mee Tai Mak, Homemade Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing, Curry Chicken with rice or Baguette. Their Thick Toast all are cut with a density of accurate 2cm, pronounced by Mr Vincent Lim – Senior Vice President of Toast Box.

Toast Box is charity a special promotion of 10% off with a smallest of RM5 spent from now until 31st Aug 2013. This graduation is usually current during Toast Box Johor Jaya.

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The primogenitor association of Toast Box is Breadtalk from Singapore, here is some write adult about Breadtalk…

Founded as an FB user in Singapore in 2000 and listed on a SGX in 2003, BreadTalk Group Limited has fast stretched to turn a particular domicile code owners that has determined a symbol on a universe theatre with a bakery, grill and food atrium footprints. Its code portfolio comprises BreadTalk, Toast Box, Food Republic, Din Tai Fung, The Icing Room, RamenPlay, Thye Moh Chan and Carl’s Jr China. With tellurian staff strength of 7,000 employees, a Group has a network of 700 FB outlets in 15 countries such as Singapore, China, Hong Kong and a Middle East. It also operates Michelin Star awardee, Din Tai Fung, with tighten to 20 restaurants in Singapore and Thailand, as good as over 50 award-winning Food Republic food atriums in Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.

Do try out a new judgment of cafeteria during Taman Johor Jaya, we might like a dishes and a deco that is singular during a Dedap area…

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