Tourism Malaysia

Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Perak 2011

October 28, 2011 during 12:27 pm

A traveller once pronounced that what unequivocally creates a debate truly noted was not where we went, though a people we accommodate and transport with. We learnt a law of this matter during a Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Perak outing recently. We learnt that a grand house filled with a excellent finishings is zero though a vale incomprehensible cunning though a male who means it to his people as a museum; that a elementary common lunch turns into a joyous feast when love and regard are a categorical ingredients; and a elementary media outing to Perak brings with it a trove of appreciated memories usually since of a garland of finish strangers.

The media outing to Perak took place between 14th and 17th Oct 2011

And so we would like to share some of those memories with you, a readers, in hopes that we will find them as special as how they are to us.

We will start with a people who indeed done this outing probable – Gaya Travel Magazine. As a organisers of a Kembara Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia to Perak 2011, they were some-more than small hosts, their loyalty and bid were equally matched with their regard and sincerity. Their appetite was infectious, and their untroubled personalities set a easy-going, easygoing atmosphere via a trip. Although young, this group achieved professionally, doing each plea that came along with a acquire grin and a happy remark. If we seem like we’re singing praises of them, it’s not since we wish to be invited for arriving trips, though since they’re usually such a fun garland to be with. Especially Ed.

The organisers of a trip, a Gaya Travel Magazine team. Really good job, guys and girls! The male in a shawl is Mr. Ed, not a horse

To be unequivocally honest, a many noted partial of a outing that everybody will NOT acknowledge outright, was a fact that we desired being treated like royalty, interjection to Malaysia’s group in blue. This time around, we were accompanied by 5 hastily military officers from a Royal Malaysian Police. They done certain we were protected and, many importantly, that we got to a destinations on time. They might demeanour stern, though they are indeed really friendly, receptive and honest individuals. Thanks a lot, abang polis, since of we guys, we now know how VIPs feel when they travel. Trust us, that in itself, is a smashing feeling.

From left to right – Jasasmurni, Shafik Izuan, Hassan, Malik, Abdul Latif. Their work ethics and professionalism are over compare.

At Kampung Beng, we will learn because a annual event home famous as balik kampung is something many Malaysians reason dear to their hearts. Here they wait, comfortable frank smiling faces, watchful to hail finish strangers and acquire them into their homes. Willing to share all they have, no matter how small or elementary it might be, seeking zero in lapse solely that we leave with lustful memories of them and their village. Sememangnya syurga terletak di telepak kaki ibubapa – truly, bliss lies during a feet of a parents.

These ladies might be simple, though their attract lies in their elegance, frankness and kindness.

The ladies of Kampung Beng tough during work scheming lunch for their guests

And what of Perak? The state is a pleasing place, surpassed usually by a many poetic people who call it their home. The Tourism Malaysia, Perak Office welcomed us with open arms, and by them we realize that a best that Perak has to offer are a people, so many charming and engaging personalities, and that they are what creates a state such a special place. Thank you, Puan Norshamshida, we and your staff done Perak so welcoming for all of us.

A really poetic lady with a good clarity of humour. Can we mark a praying mantis on her head?

Dinah, one of a many proffer rangers during a Taiping Zoo conducting a night safari tour, for us nonetheless

Mr Annuar Isa, a male behind a First Galleria in Taiping, is a male who loves to share what he knows about history

Mr Lingam, explaining a story of tin mining in Perak and a far-reaching reaching consequences

Zamri, a internal craftsman specialising in creation labu sayong, ceramic H2O containers, happily responding all a questions

An aged male offered soya bean drinks and bean curd. His case in Ipoh, famous as Kacang Soya Funny Mountain, indeed has a expostulate thru service!

Mr Chin pity with us a many stories about a honeyed pomelo. That’s Ed in a red shirt by a way

The best kind of debate we can ever take is one where we all start as strangers and finish as friends. With that we would like to finish this small wander down memory line by pity some of a fun times we had removing to know a associate travellers, no longer strangers, though consanguine spirits and frank friends. It was good spending time with all of you, we wish we enjoyed it too!

Our associate travellers seated in a front of a bus

Our associate travellers seated in a center of a bus

Last though not least, a associate travellers seated during a behind of a bus

To a readers, we wish that your journeys will be filled with as many good memories as ours.

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Kathina during Wat Bukit Perak

October 13, 2011 during 1:00 pm

What is a Wat? And what is Kathina? These are dual terms that competence be unknown with some, generally Westerners. Wat is a tenure used mostly in a South East Asian segment for a Buddhist church or monastery. Buddhism heavily shabby a region, including a many kingdoms located in what is now Malaysia. Even today, there is a substantial commission of Buddhists and countless Buddhist wats in Malaysia. Some, like Penang’s Wat Chayamangkalaram – with a recumbent Buddha – are famous, while others, like Wat Bukit Perak in Kampung Gajah Puteh, Kedah, offer as village centres and places of rite for internal Buddhist communities.

The pagoda and a statue of Kuan Yin on a drift of a wat

Many Buddhist observations, celebrations and festivals are conducted during these wats. Out of these, a Kathina is deliberate one of a many important. Kathina is a rite where robes and other requisites are presented by lay devotees to monks. Kathina outlines a finish of a Vassa period, a 3 month stormy season, during that monks sojourn inside monasteries and church grounds. This year, Wat Bukit Perak will be holding a Kathina on Sunday, 30th Oct 2011 during a church drift in Kampung Gajah Puteh, Kedah.

There will be a elementary module on 29th Oct 2011, a eve of Kathina, with a enlightenment of a church and candle lighting around a pagoda during 7 pm, followed by chanting by a monks during 8 pm. On Sunday, a Kathina starts during 10:30 am with Puja use and a mystic charity of rice in donation bowls.

This is followed by a Sanghadana during 11:30 am, when a monks accept a offerings of donation and have lunch. Lunch for devotees will follow during 12:30 pm. The circumambulating of a pagoda with Kathina robes will start during 1:30pm and a rite will finish with a display of Kathina robes and chanting by devotees and monks.

Those who are meddlesome in attending are acquire to a Kathina. Any donations for Wat Bukit Perak’s Kathina are acquire as well. For some-more information, greatfully revisit a temple’s Facebook page

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Cuisine in Melaka


Monday January 10, 2011
Malacca axes SFI relocation proposal

By MARTIN CARVALHO [email protected]

MALACCA: The state government has shelved a proposal to relocate the 131-year-old St Francis Institution, currently sitting within the Unesco World Heritage site, to Pulau Melaka.

This follows a deluge of requests on Facebook to allow the school to stay put at its current site.
Former Franciscans had campaigned against the idea of relocation on a Facebook page, We Dont Want St Francis Institution To Be Relocated, which garnered 1,000 responses in five days.

Status quo: The 131-year-old St Francis Institution will remain at its present location.
“I was surprised at the swift and overwhelming response from the school’s former students and the public,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who has agreed to overturn the earlier decision.

“I thank them for voicing their thoughts,” he told The Star, when contacted while on transit in Dubai on his way to attend the 39th World Boy Scouts Conference in Brazil.
“I understand that over 90% of them disagree with plans to relocate the school. So, the school can stay put,” he said.

On Wednesday, Mohd Ali said the state government would consider offering land to SFI and another school, SK Banda Hilir, on Pulau Melaka, touted as Malaysia’s first Twin Island City Centre.

The waterfront development project involves the reclamation of two islands, approximately 0.5km off the coast of Malacca new town centre.

The reclamation of the first island and construction of a 30m bridge linking it to the mainland has been completed.

The chief minister’s statement caused a furore among former SFI students, who launched their Facebook campaign to get feedback on the issue.

The issue of relocating the school, which has over 1,200 students, was first mooted in the early 1990s, following plans to convert the area and nearby St Paul’s Hill to a tourist hub. It was deferred following protests by former students.

Mohd Ali said the suggestion was meant to preserve the school building as an education museum, which will now be set up on Pulau Melaka instead.

Responding to the change of heart by the state government, SFI director Rev Bro Ambrose Loke said he was happy with the decision.

“I am glad the state has accepted the views of the former students and the public,” he said.
SFI Old Boys’ Association president Ong Eng Khiam said he was also happy.

“There is no need to turn SFI into a museum as it is already a living museum, with a rich legacy and is a tourist landmark,” he said.

Webmaster: I hope this decision covers SK Bandar Hilir (better known as BHES) as well. BHES is about 103 years old and we want a living school, not a museum devoid of the pupils. History is not about buildings and artifacts but buildings with people. The schools are where different generations of pupils have passed through their gates and nurtured by dedicated teachers.

We do not want these schools to be re-located in Melaka. In KL, famous schools such as Bukit Bintang Girls’ School and St. Mary’s were re-located because they sit on invaluable land in KL. These schools were there before development and they were part of the landscape of the city.

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