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BEST LONG WEEKENDS IN MALAYSIA 2019

 

With 2019 just around the corner, travel enthusiasts have started making their plans for their next holiday in Malaysia.  We have made a list of all the long weekends in 2019 so that you can make your dream vacation a reality. Did you know that you can enjoy about 14 long weekends in Malaysia with just 11 days of leave? Too awesome to be true? Get ready with your calendars!

Here’s a list of all the official national public holidays in 2019:

New Year’s Day: 1 January (Tuesday)

Thaipusam: 21 January (Monday)

Federal Territory Day: 1 February (Friday)

Chinese New Year: 5 – 6 February (Tuesday Wednesday)

Labour Day: 1 May (Wednesday)

Wesak Day: 19 – 20 May (Sunday Monday)

Nuzul Quran: 22 May (Wednesday)

Hari Raya Puasa: 5 – 6 June (Wednesday Thursday)

Hari Raya Haji: 11 – 12 August (Sunday Monday)

National Day Awal Muharram: 31 August – 2 September (Saturday, Sunday Monday)

Malaysia Day: 16 September (Monday)

Deepavali: 27 October (Sunday)

Christmas: 25 December (Wednesday)

These are long weekends:

Thaipusam: 19 – 21 January (Saturday, Sunday Monday)

Federal Territory Day: 1 – 3 February (Friday, Saturday Sunday)

Wesak Day: 18 – 20 May (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)

Malaysia Day: 14 – 16 September (Saturday, Sunday Monday)

The total of 4 long weekends throughout this year seems stressful, but we have got a way to increase the number, and it only takes 11 days of vacation leave to grant you another 8 long weekends!

When to take leave:

1 Day Leave on 31 January (Monday) – 29 – 1 February (Saturday – Tuesday) = 4 days

1 Day Leave on 4 February (Monday) – 3 – 6 February (Sunday – Wednesday) = 4 days

2 Days Leave on 2 3 May (Thursday Friday) – 1 – 5 May (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

2 Days Leave on 23 24 May (Thursday Friday) – 22 – 26 May (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

1 Day Leave on 7 June (Friday) – 5 – 9 June (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

1 Day Leave on 9 August (Friday) – 9 – 12 August (Friday – Monday) = 4 days

1 Day Leave on 30 August (Friday) – 30 August – 2 September (Friday – Monday) = 4 days

2 Days Leave on 26 27 December (Thursday Friday) – 25 – 29 December (Wednesday – Sunday) = 5 days

Here are the 12 long weekends that you will get after taking that 11-days leaves:

29 Jan – 1 Feb

19 – 21 Jan

1 – 3 Feb

3 – 6 Feb

1 – 5 May

18 – 20 May

22 – 26 May

5 – 9 Jun

9 – 12 Aug

30 Aug – 2 Sep

14 – 16 Sep

25 – 29 Dec

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Christmas Treat For Sibu Methodist Children’s Home

Christmas Treat For Sibu Methodist Children’s Home

Sibu, Thursday – 30 children from the Sibu Methodist Children’s Home were treated to lunch by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) at the Tanahmas Hotel recently. The children were aged four to 17 years old.

Activities for the afternoon included games and gifts presentation to the children.

“We are delighted to host this Christmas gathering and do our part in sharing the joy of Christmas with the children as part of the board’s ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme,” said Angelina Bateman, Director of Events and Corporate Relations.

Similar programmes are also conducted in Miri and Kuching,” she added.

That afternoon, Hii Chang Kee, Sibu Resident was invited to present certificates of appreciation to bands and individuals who participated at the busking programme carried out fortnightly at the grounds of the Sibu heritage Centre. This event was initiated in 2016 by Sarawak Tourism Board, supported by Sibu Heritage Centre with the objective of providing a venue for the locals to showcase their talent and to create activities at the weekends.

Since January until December, Sibu Martial Art, The Japs, Sarikei Buskers, Human Energy, Borneo Spectrum, D’vine, Astronaut, Camy, Elizabeth Bungan, Tribalcoustic, Trial Tone and Vessel Joey took part in the busking events.

To close the event for the year, Tribalcoustic and Borneo Spectrum provided the public with a splendid performance with Christmas songs among others.

Through this busking programme, local talented bands and individuals could promote themselves. The programme will still be continued in 2018 and it is open to all interested parties who can contact Visitors Information Center Sibu or email [email protected] for more details.

Children of Methodist Children’s Home Sibu during the gathering.

Certificate presentation by Hii Chang Kee (third from right) to Angelina Bateman, Director of Events and Corporate Relations.

 

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PIBAKIS Christmas Getaway Treat By STB And Tourism Industry Partners

PIBAKIS Christmas Getaway Treat By STB And Tourism Industry Partners

Miri, Sunday – Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) together with tourism industry partners Mega Hotel, Miri Crocodile Farm and Brighton Travel Tours, hosted a Christmas getaway treat on Saturday with 25 children accompanied by their parents and the staff of Persatuan Ibu Bapa Kanak-Kanak Istimewa (PIBAKIS) centre in Lutong.

STB’s spokesperson said the event was part of the board’s ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

It is held to share the festive joy of Christmas together with the special children in collaboration with the tourism industry partners.

Earlier, the children were brought for a leisure and educational trip to Miri Crocodile Farm cum Mini Zoo in Kuala Baram.

The farm is the first and the largest Crocodile Farm in the northern region of Sarawak and is also known as one of the tourism attractions.

After the tour, the group was hosted a lunch at Mega Hotel. Also present were representatives from Mega Hotel, Miri Crocodile Farm, Brighton Travel Tours and the chairman of PIBAKIS, Yeo Kian Leong.

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The cheerful faces of the children after their visit to Miri Crocodile Farm

Miri FamTripWelcoming remarks and briefing by the Managing Director of Miri Crocodile Farm, Kapitan Chai Kuen Ming

 

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Seoul Korea Saxophone Ensemble At Waterfront

Seoul Korea Saxophone Ensemble At Waterfront

KUCHING, Tuesday – The Seoul Korea Saxophone Ensemble will be performing at the Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre tomorrow evening at 7.30 pm.

The 16-member Korean Jazz group comprises of amateur musicians in their 50s to 70s, playing the Saxophone as voluntary work in their efforts to reach out to communities and people as a beacon of positivity.

With over 50 members despite having only been founded in February this year, and has been rushing to different locations on demand to give concerts, spreading love and positivity through their music.

One of their purpose is to meet those who are struggling with pain or feel alienated, giving hopes in their dreams through the power of music.

Since February, they’ve held 12 concerts throughout Korea and China, and now they’ll be gracing the Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre stage.

In the spirit of Christmas and other year-end holidays, which are a time for families and communities to share geniality and love, their performance hopes to leave a spring in the step of the audience.

After all, there is never a bad time for holiday cheer.

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Pictures show the Seoul Korean Saxophone Ensemble performing throughout Korea.

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My Malaysia

By Lloyd Green

I sit here on the plane leaving Malaysia after eight months. An experience quite unlike any I have ever encountered. Malaysia is a country where the more you invest, the more you get out of it. You could be forgiven for thinking Malaysia is embodied by KL’s global reputation — its bright lights, shopping malls, bustling nightlife and iconic Petronas Twin Towers showcasing an opulence craved by many tourists — as well as pristine island getaways such as Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

But if you have ever had the chance to peer beyond its veneer, you will find a land of great beauty and a population eager to share it with you. This is where the real Malaysia lies and a world in which I’ve had the privilege to step into. You’ll enter one world and exit another taking with you snippets of many cultures that will not only shape your memories but also your relationships.

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The view from one of the more secluded areas at Genting Highlands

Much of my adventure here is owed to the great local friends I have made. They have afforded me an authentic experience not often chronicled in your local tour guides: Guest at an Indian wedding in Klang; life as a local at Orang Asli kampungs in the jungle near Gua Musang and Raub; a road trip to Pangkor; KL’s burgeoning comedy scene; a guided tour of the famed Kacang Putih industry in Ipoh; hiking around the intriguing Genting Highlands; celebrating Deepavali with Indian families in Klang; KL’s underground punk rock scene; teaching English in remote and rural communities; celebrating Christmas in the Portuguese Settlement in Malacca; adventures to Peninsular Malaysia’s most stunning waterfalls and hikes including Chilling Falls and Gunang Tahan; picking rambutans and bananas at plantations in the jungle; witnessing Iban tribal ceremonies in Sarawak; staying on a boat house in the Royal Belum National Park as well as tasting local delicacies such as the best fish noodle soup in Petaling Jaya and homemade Indian curries in Brickfields and Klang.

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You can hire a boat house and enjoy the tranquil Royal Belum National Park
(Pic http://belum.com.my/tour/2d-1n-houseboat-lake-temenggor/)

That’s not to say Malaysia’s main attractions are unworthy of your presence — the tourist trail in Malaysia is reliable and growing stronger all the time. In the economic hub of Kuala Lumpur, flavours and colour of India, China and Malay locals float inconspicuously, adding great contrast and history to this modern megacity with landmarks such as Batu Caves, Bukit Bintang and KLCC ensuring thousands continue to flock there.

Venture north to George Town in Penang and Ipoh for a romantic cocktail of art, architecture and colonial influences with night markets, Chinese hawker stalls in Batu Ferringhi, the original Old Town White Coffee in Ipoh and the emergence of urban street art in both places giving reason for tourism to thrive.

The chance to live and look after Orangutans as well as the quest of climbing Malaysia’s highest peak — Mount Kinabalu — will always ensure people go to Sabah and the magic of the Rainforest World Music Festival is a beacon for Sarawak tourism each year. And of course if island hopping and diving is your thing, then you’ll fall in love with places such as Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Layang Layang and Lankayan.

Malaysia has no doubt won a special place in my heart and I urge other travellers, tourists and expatriates to immerse yourself in the culture and let Malaysia sweep you off your feet. You will never regret it.

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