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6 REASONS TO LOVE MY BEST BOX

Check out Kuala Lumpur’s latest party spot, My Best Box, over at Berjaya Times Square shopping mall. It’s a family-friendly (no booze) entertainment outlet slash indoor theme park where you can enjoy over-the-top fun with friends and family. Imagine Running Man-type of variety games in which you can outdo one another, enjoy some comic fun, and lose your dignity at the same time! Good, clean, fun, right?

This urban theme park, if you can call it that, spreads out over 12,000 square feet filled with more than 40 games that you and your friends can enjoy for an entire afternoon. What’s “best” about My Best Box? Well, check out our top picks here:

Reason 1: Dry Pool

Ever dreamed of jumping into a ball pit at those indoor kids’ playground but just too shy because you feel old? Well, at My Best Box, no one is too old for anything, and you can fulfil that fantasy at this indoor theme park. There’s a giant pool pit filled with thousands of light-reflecting crystal plastic balls, so you can jump right in and entertain those fancies of being The Little Mermaid or whatever. So, of course, it’s one of the most Instagrammable spots at My Best Box, too, with props such as unicorn and rainbow-coloured floaties to rock your selfies. You and your friends are going to love posing for selfies in here!

Reason 2: Human Claw Machine 

My Best Box brings this classic video arcade game to real-life at its theme park…and you and your friends are going to have a good laugh over this. Strap up your friend who will be the human “claw” while you navigate him around a ball pit to the toy of your choice. Looks like great fun, but not as easy as you think. Especially when your human “claw” friend has to maneuver in some pretty insane acrobatic-like moves with legs and hands dangling everywhere!

Reason 3: Rain Biking

Think you can out-cycle your friends? In this game, one team pits against another to pedal as fast as they can. The slowest cycling team gets soaked in a big splash of waterfall. Don’t worry about getting wet, though, as there are some cool looking raincoats you can put on to keep you dry. Still, it is a nerve-wracking ordeal when you don’t know whether you are going to end up wet or dry at the end of this competition!

Reason 4: Balloon War

This game is really over-the-top…After strapping up in some XL-sized boxing gloves, protective gear and some serious looking footwear and jumping into a professional-looking boxing ring, you’d expect to throw in some serious punches to beat your opponent, right? Well, it turns out that this game is milder than it looks, actually. It’s all about using the foot pump strapped to your shoes to blow up the balloon on your helmet. The first person to burst their balloon gets a total knock-out. Go ahead and nominate the most muscled-up person in your group for this game. It gets hilarious quickly when the unsuspecting and well-toned “victim” thinks that they have to rely on their physique, only to learn that it’s a kiddy-version of boxing!

 

Reason 5: The Rage Room

Feeling angry lately and need to de-stress? The Rage Room at the My Best Box indoor theme park is the perfect anger-management therapy. But first, you get to look cool in a head-to-toe protective gear, then turn up the music of your choice, choose your weapon of destruction, and go ape as you unleash your anger by banging on glass, throwing things around and such. Ahhhh….all better, right?

Reason 6: Crazy Kartz

Want to feed your need for speed? My Best Box’s Crazy Kartz is a mini circuit where you can whizz around in some super-cool go-kart cars. Maneuver around the tight turns, overtake your friends at corners, and pull on the brakes for a little drift action. Go crazy with your stunts in a safe and well-cushioned environment.

Besides being a fun, colourful and entertaining theme park for casual day outs with friends, My Best Box is also ideal as a private event space with three different rooms to cater for various group sizes. Amp up your team-building, corporate training and other private functions here and tailor-make activities to suit your needs.

For details, contact:
My Best Box
Tel: +603 2775 5117
Email: [email protected]
Website: mybestbox.com.my

 

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Kuching to kick off Visit Sarawak Campaign as it rings in New Year

Sarawak will usher in the New Year with a countdown celebration and the launching of its Visit Sarawak campaign.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said thousands of people were expected to attend the event at the Kuching Waterfront on Dec 31.

“There will be a lot of activities starting from 5pm until midnight, including cultural performances and a concert by national and local artistes.

“Simultaneously, we will launch the Visit Sarawak campaign, which is very important in our effort to bring in more tourists, starting from next year,” he told a press conference here on Thursday (Dec 20).

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pointing to the “Sarawak: More to Discover” tagline for the Visit Sarawak campaign which starts next year. – Photo credit: ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

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Ride through paradise as a star is Borneo

Ride through paradise as a star is Borneo

JUNGLE, palm-backed beaches, wildlife, tribal villages: welcome to Malaysia’s version of a paradise island. The isle in question is Borneo, a huge land mass whose territory is shared with Indonesia. While its most famous tourist area, Sabah, is busy with backpackers, the neighbouring state of Sarawak offers similar wonders in a far more pristine setting — which is why Saddle Skedaddle has just launched a cycling tour there.

‘While savvy travellers have heard of Borneo’s more touristy resorts, the north-west is only just opening up to tourism,’ says the company’s chief Asia guide Andrew Straw.

Pink dolphin. Photo Credit: Metro News

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STB Receives Another Excellence Award in Dublin

STB Receives Another Excellence Award in Dublin

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chief executive officer Sharzede Salleh Askor received the Asia-Pacific Excellence Award for the Film Video category in Dublin yesterday.

The exemplary promotional video of the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2018 won the award, trumping videos by Marina Bay Sands and many other applicants.

STB was also shortlisted among the three finalists under the category in Travel and Tourism, in addition to receiving this award.

The Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards were created to honour the most outstanding achievements of communications professionals in their field. In addition to this, the awards also provide an excellent networking forum for all attendees and take a comprehensive look at communications achievements across the Asian Pacific region.

 

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WALK ON WATER AT MARINA ISLAND RESORT, PANGKOR

To be honest, when I said walk on water, I meant it figuratively because Marina Island Resort is an artificial island that was built right on the sea. Am I right, or am I right? It is indeed a reclaimed land that was established on the coast of Teluk Muroh in Perak (northern part of the Peninsular Malaysia).

Let’s not dwell on how or even when it was built. Let me bring you straight to why it should be next in your list of holiday destination.

Oh, before I begin, this resort is definitely more fun to stay at if you come with your family or a group of friends. This is because almost every corner of this 316.9- acre of man-made island is filled with activities that its guests can participate in.

And these activities will be more fun and enjoyable if they are shared, you know like that famous quote by the late Chris McCandless – “Happiness is only real when shared.”

Frenzy Hippo Park

This water theme park is not one to miss when you stay at the resort. If I must say, it is the resort’s main attraction, really! This Frenzy Hippo Waterpark is larger than 24 badminton courts with 41 challenges. After going through all the slippery challenges, you will either end up looking like a “ninja warrior” or something that the cat dragged in. You won’t have much dignity left after you complete all the activities, that much I can tell you. However, it is undeniably an enjoyable and fun activity but at the same time a survival game for the fittest. Frenzy Hippo Waterpark is suitable for all ages.

Or you can just put on your sunglasses and let yourself drift on a float of all sizes and patterns at the lagoon. I saw many cute floats in various shapes such as pizza, unicorn and peacock at the waterpark. There are also kayaks, canoes, duck paddle boats and Yoyo boats for guests to try out on the calm seawater. New water activities will be added from time to time to make the waterpark more enjoyable. Currently, the price for this activity is RM20 per pax.

Fishing Pond

People say fishing is a lonely and solitary hobby but looking at the fishing activities at the fishing pond, it was as lively as a fish market. I saw a family of four bonding with each other through fishing and there wasn’t a single handphone in sight, isn’t that marvelous? They were teasing each other while the father was trying his best to attach a live bait to the hooks.

It is open 24 hours daily and if you are lucky, you will end up with a grouper fish weighing up to 20kg. For three hours of fishing, it will cost you around RM100.

ST Theme Park

Well, if fishing is not your thing, fret not because there is a family-oriented outdoor entertainment park near the fishing pond where there are plenty of motorised and non-motorised rides to play with.

ST Theme Park operates from 6 pm till midnight daily except on Monday. Decide on your vehicle of choice – the ATV, the Harley Bike, the decorated mini car, the Big Wheel, or rickshaw – or, if you are crazy like me, ride them all.

Those with children as young as one year old need not worry, either, because there are lots of kiddy cars for them to ride on. ST Theme Park may just be the “place” that will help strengthen the family bond.

Sunset Cruise

Spending three hours on a luxury boat cruising around the island of Pangkor was one of the main highlights of my stay at the Marina Island Resort. Accompanied by an experienced captain/sailor, who was also the owner of the catamaran, Rod, who hails from Australia, the cruise became much more fun and informative. He has so many sailor’s tales to tell, some of them were horrific but most of them were funny.

Unfortunately for me, the weather was not very cooperative that day so I didn’t get to see the sunset but I did get the chance to ride on Rod’s mini jet ski when the catamaran took a break in the middle of the ocean. It was exhilarating and felt much safer than the normal jet ski.

Don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks. The three-hour sunset cruise will cost you a total of RM180.

Giant Grouper Feeding

If you feel that feeding a fish is sort of therapeutic, you can visit the grouper fish pond at the marina. You just have to pay RM10 per pack of small fish to feed the giant grouper. There are about 10 of them and each weighs around 100 kg. After watching them eat, I am not sure this activity can be called therapeutic, it felt more like an adventure to me. You have to experience it yourself in order to know what I mean. The feeding times are at 9 am and 5 pm.

Group / Educational Activities

If you come in a huge group like for a team building, school trip and such, these are the kind of activities that are catered to your needs.

  1. Batik Painting – This activity will help you learn some basic points on batik. You will also be given a pre-set batik drawing to paint. Need I remind you that it is very addictive.

  2. Raft Building – You will get to learn how to build a raft from scratch for survival purposes.

  3. Camping and Bonfire – This activity is definitely ideal for school children to learn some basic outdoor skills in order to build their confidence and to learn how to be independent. They have to build their own tent, cook their own meals and start their own fire.

Accommodations

Well, as for accommodations, Marina Island Resort, Pangkor is home to 400 suites and hotel rooms spread within two wings comprising Superior Suite at D-Sea and Deluxe Suite at D’Ocean, as well as a series of luxury homes called Tiara Bay. Some of its bungalows are also listed under Airbnb.

Rockbund Fishing Chalet

From the name itself, I assume all of you can already guess what this cabin-like chalet was built for. You are right, it is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Bear in mind, that this chalet is built with fishing enthusiasts in mind, so all 21 chalets offer only basic amenities. Each has its own deck where he or she can fish all day and night if he or she wishes to.

If fishing is not your thing, its quaint little fishing deck can be turned into a location for a romantic candle light dinner with a sunset view to die for or even a beautiful venue for a wedding. With the lovely pine trees and beautiful sunset, nature has indeed been generous to this place.

 

Food and Beverages

 

Terumbu Reef Restaurant

It offers a wide spread of buffet breakfast and all-day dining services. This restaurant specialises in Malay, Chinese and international dishes. Terumbu Reef Restaurant can fit up to 100 guests indoors and 150 guests outdoors.

D Pine Café @ Rockbund

Located at Rockbund Fishing Chalet in Marina Island, D’Pine Cafe offers breakfast, lunch, local and western cuisine for dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating. This restaurant is also famous for its fresh seafood BBQ.

How to get there

Car
Access Marina Island Pangkor Resort Hotel easily by navigating your way using these co-ordinates:
Latitude: 4.210492 Longitude: 100.603715

Or Waze it!

Marina Island Pangkor Resort Hotel
KM1, Jalan Utama Marina Island,
Teluk Muroh, 32200, Lumut, Perak.

Bus

Take a bus to Lumut then take a 15-minute taxi ride to Marina Island.
Take a Transnasional bus which leads you to Marina Island directly.
Photos are courtesy of Muizzuddin Maksah from Backpakerz.

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