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Sarawak Sees Breezing Start at ITB Berlin

Sarawak Sees Breezing Start at ITB Berlin

Berlin, Germany; Wed: TheInternationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) Berlin opened its doors at Messe Berlin yesterday to more than 10,000 exhibitors from 185 countries.

Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) participated in this world’s largest travel show with an 18-member strong delegation headed by the Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah together with three Kuching-based travel partners.

The first day of the fair’s opening saw the packed programme for the Minister and his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin with trade business partners taking turns for the schedule meeting sessions and media interviews by Berlin based FVW Medien travel trade magazine, Reise Aktuell, Vienna based international travel magazine and the Radio xy UG station.

During these meetings, a variety of topics were covered including talks on airline connectivity, promoting current events and creating new events in Sarawak, as well as, promising an encoring interest from ITB Berlin in the future.

STB’s first day business engagements showed promising outcome with leading Amsterdam based De Jong Tours and Switzerland Asien Direkt GmbH showed  renewed interest in Sarawak.

Tomorrow’s line-up of programme for Datuk Karim includes the signing of Memorandum of Understanding on joint marketing programme in Germany between STB and Tischler Reisen GmbH and also the launching of the marketing campaign for the State’s new tourism destination, Sibu and Central Sarawak.

ITB Berlin is expecting more than 160,000 visitors attending the five-day fair   which is reputed to be the world’s biggest and leading travel trade show.

Picture shows FVW Median’s editor, Christine Engelhardt (left) interviewing Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah. Seen from right, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture Youth and Sports, Hii Chang Kee, STB Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor and Datuk Lee Kim Shin.


Updated: 6 March 2019

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ABG JO In Taiwan To Source For Charter Flight Opportunities

ABG JO In Taiwan To Source For Charter Flight Opportunities

TAIPEI, Wednesday   Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg  arrived at Taoyuan International Airport here this afternoon with the hope to open up Sarawak skies to enable more Charter flight from Taiwan into the State.

While here, he will be witnessing the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sarawak Tourism Board and the See Mark Travel Services (SMTS) on Friday morning to  enable SMTS to launch its charter services between Taipei and Kuching early next year.

In the afternoon, Datuk Amar Abang Johari, who is accompanied by his Assistant, Datuk Lee Kim Shin, will host a working luncheon with a local Taiwanese airline companies to discuss on charter proposals.

He will also have an opportunity to host dinner for more than 20 Taiwanese partner agents on Friday evening before leaving back to Kuching the next day.


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New series of Western Cuisine at Lazio Italian Restaurant and Bar, Danga Bay

There are new series of Western Cuisine available at Lazio Italian Restaurant (N1.47423 E103.72441) since months ago and we decided to try out on one of the evening. Lazio Restaurant is located at Danga Bay of Johor Bahru, you can relax and enjoy the meal along with the beautiful scenery of Straits of Johor. You can read through my previous blog post about the restaurant here.

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The decoration of the restaurant still remain the same as we visited a year ago…

The new Exeutive Chef – Mr Stanley Yim from the restaurant had launched the new series of delightful dishes which provide a different dining experience to their customers. At first he humbly presented 3 different type of pasta for us before the main dish…

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The pasta above was served with mushroom and pesto sauce in spinach basil linguine pasta. It was tasty and special.

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The dish was served with half lobster, herbs tomato sauce in Fettuchini pasta. It was rich tomato flavor and went well with the cheese and lobster.

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The dark colour pasta above was delicious! The squid ink fettuccine pasta was served with scallops on fetta cheese cream sauce. I like the taste very much!

Before we can finish the pastas on the table, the Main Attraction of the day – The Aussie Wagyu Tomahawk Chop Rip-eye Steak served on our table!
The weight was 2.11kg.

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“A tomahawk (also referred to as a hawk) is a type of axe from North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. You can read more here.”

The Tomahawk Steak is a Bone-In Rib Steak with the entire rib bone intact. This long bone is frenched (trimmed of meat and fat), leaving a beautiful presentation piece. The Tomahawk, being a Rib Steak, has the largest amount of intermuscular fat, making it the most flavorful steak. The Tomahawk is cut based on the thickness of the bone and is typically two inches thick. One Tomahawk can easily feed two people. The Tomahawk is cut from the rib section. The primary muscle of the Tomahawk is the longissimus dorsi, which is also the primary muscle in the Porterhouse. Source from here.

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The Tomahawk was served together with mushroom sauce, steak sauce and garlic sauce.

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The rip-eye steak that we had was about 2-3 inches thick and serve up to 4 persons.

The Tomahawk steak had everyone full attention once it nicely presented on the table. Mr Stanley and his assistant gently cut the prime steak and served to each of us….

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The big 2.11kg weight of Rib Eye Steak was cut into 7-8 pieces and it was about 200-250g each…

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The steak was grilled to perfect with a little of char on the outside…the medium rare doneness is a Must for a prime steak.

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The flesh was succulent together with the precious fat and meat juice. The steak was so nice untill we felt it really melt in our mouth!

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I like my steak with the original taste which is without any sauce, but I did tried out the 3 types of sauces provided. Among all, I like the garlic sauce very much (strongly recommended by Mr Stanley).

This was a total different dining experience enjoying the steak in Johor Bahru. And It was also my great pleasure to enjoyed this wonderful dinner together with Mr Tony from Johorkaki.

Thanks to Mr Stanley and his team who presented such a Fabulous dish from Lazio Restaurant.

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For steak lover in JB, you must try out (at least once) this extraordinary steak from Lazio Italian Restaurant with your family and friends, I bet you will not regret! And I believe they are the Only restaurant serve the Aussie Wagyu Tomahawk Chop Ripeye Steak for the moment.

*  The Aussie Wagyu Tomahawk Chop Ripeye Steak above was 2.11kg with the cost of RM850++. Every Tomahawk steak serve with the minimum weight of 2kg. Please make your reservation for the particular dish in one week advance with the 50% deposit.

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Malaysian Girls The Musical

December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Beauty pageants… one of the most coveted competitions among many a girl all over the world. For these girls, a chance to compete in a beauty pageant can mean a lot of things for them:- a shot at fame, a chance to be noticed by the world and it can even be a personal achievement. While it may seem all glamorous and glitzy on the outside, only the participants themselves will know how stiff the competition actually is on the inside. Despite all that, beauty pageants are still a favourite to watch by people of all ages.

The beautiful Malaysian girls striking a pose after their opening number

Serenity Billion performing her number during the sneak preview

Malaysian Girls the Musical is a not-to-be-missed production presented by Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) and Celcom, scheduled to hit the stage from 10th till 30th December 2011 in Kuala Lumpur and 10th till 14th January 2012 in Penang. It tells the story of Serenity Billion, the creator of The Malaysian Girls Pageant and her mission to keep the pageant as how she feels it should be – to seek and define a uniquely ideal Malaysian beauty. An unfortunate event happened just weeks before this year’s pageant; her beloved friend, Samsara Jaya had passed away suddenly. Mourning for her loss, Serenity and the girls are left to ponder on their fate. Out of the blue comes Dato’ Ray Sanjay, Samsara’s flashy brother, and his assistant Jasmine Hibiscus and her two side-kicks, all with one intention – to give the quite Malaysian pageant a more ‘International’ flavour!

Here comes Dato’ Ray Sanjay and his assistant, Jasmine Hibiscus

Sydney Belle, acted by Zoe Taylor, is Miss Australia 1999 and Dato’ Ray Sanjay’s latest idea of turning this Malaysian pageant into an international one

Lin Lin showing off her vocal talents by performing a Chinese number during the sneak preview

So who will be THE ultimate Malaysian Girl? What will she look like? What defines her? Will she be an all-out ‘buatan’ Malaysia? Come and check out the musical for the answers. Shows are scheduled to perform at 8.30 pm daily from 10th till 30th December 2011 EXCEPT for shows on 11th and 18th December, which starts at 3.00 pm AND 25th till 26th December, which starts at 5.00 pm. Tickets are priced as below:

Ticket prices for weekdays (Tuesdays till Thursdays)
Adults – RM 40 / RM 60/ RM 80 and RM 100
Concession – RM 32 / RM 48 / RM 64 / RM 80*

Ticket prices for weekends (Fridays till Sundays)
Adults – RM 50 / RM 70 / RM 90/ RM 110
Concession – RM 40/ RM 56/ RM 72/ RM 88*

* TAS cardholders, UNHCR cardholders, students, disabled and senior citizens

The cast performing a Hindi number as the last song during the sneak preview

The cast of Malaysian Girls the Musical

Please call klpac @ Sentul Park at 03 4047 9000 or The Actors Studio @ Lot 10 at 03 2142 2009 / 2143 2009 for more information. Tickets can be purchased online at or by walking in to klpac or The Actors Studio.

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Kuching-Melaka direct flight early next year
by Simon Ingka Crown, Posted on November 26, 2011, Saturday

KUCHING: A direct flight connecting Kuching and Melaka may commence as early as next month or early next year.

Melaka Chief Minister Dato Sri Mohd Ali Rustam when announcing this yesterday said he was keen to see the flight become a reality, possibly three times a week.

“I am looking forward to see the Sarawak and Melaka state governments collaborate on the direct flight to Melaka in the best interest of both states,” he told a press conference.

Mohd Ali is in the state with the Melaka Foundation (YM) delegation and its board of directors to witness a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Sarawak Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA/Pelita Holdings Sdn Bhd) and YM yesterday.

LCDA was represented by Senior Minister and Land Development Minister Tan Sri James Masing and two Assistant Ministers, Datuk Gramong Juna and Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz.

Also present was Senior Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh who is also mnister of local government and community development, and second finance minister.

Mohd Ali said the route could boost tourism in both states.

“Melaka so far receives a total of 10.4 million tourists in 2010 with 20 per cent of them from overseas: Taiwan, Japan,China, Hong Kong, German, Switzerland and New Zealand.”

He said as of September this year, a total of 8.4 million tourists had visited the historical city, and the number is expected to reach 11 million by yearend. He said the proposed Kuching-Melaka flight could be shortened to one hour, compared to the one-and-a-half hour Kuching-Kuala Lumpur route.

“The flight is shorter than that to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Hence this could be an alternative route.”

At the moment, Melaka is chartering Firefly and Melaka Air flights to Pekan Baru and Medan City on the island of Sumatera in Indonesia. The flight connection had lured many tourists from the neighbouring country to the city.

“Sumatera is a big island and at least 10 per cent of the population are from high income families who choose Melaka as a holiday destination every year,” he said.

Mohd Ali said the Melaka state government was planning to construct a larger theme park to lure tourists.

“We are launching a wildlife park this afternoon (yesterday) and Hang Tuah Village theme park which portrays the era of the Melaka Sultanate.”

The state government would build the largest silat arena next to Hang Tuah theme park. Mohd Ali said the Melaka government would continue to cooperate with the Sarawak government to promote their tourism to the world, especially eco-tourism.

“Sarawak has a lot to offer the world – fantastic natural scenery and many others including the famous Rainforest World Music Festival. Mohd Ali said this was the first time the two governments were working together. I hope this will not be the last but open the way to many more joint ventures between the two states.”