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KUCHING: For the first time ever, Spirit of the Hornbills will bring their vibrant, unique cultural dance to this year Rainforest World Music Festival.

It is a dance academy that teaches Dayak traditional dance, through their unique passion and enthusiasm in dancing, headed by Chief Siti Habibah and Apriyadi as Vice Chief.

The main purpose Spirit of The Hornbill is to conserve Central Kalimantan art and culture to the next future generation.

Siti Habibah and Apriyadi started to teach Dayak traditional dance at an elementary school in Palangka Raya.  This has grown into an intensive training academy where they now teach the younger generation this cultural art form, as their main activities is dance class and music class.

Spirit Of The Hornbill is founded on 19th January 2013 at Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia and supported by David Metcalf, a professional photographer from New Zealand, their dream is to conserve Central Kalimantan art and culture for future generations.

The Rainforest in the city (RITC) takes place from July 2 – 11 at Kuching Amphitheatre from 8.00pm till 11.00pm daily, hosted by Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Sarawak, in collaboration with Sarawak Tourism Board. It is Free and open for public.

The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place from July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.


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Polynesian Rhythm at RWMF

RWMF 2019 is proud to present two very similar cultures but very different acts from the most South-eastern point of Oceania, the Chilean island of Rapa Nui and the South-western Pacific nation of Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand).

There is always a ripple of excitement going through the crowds when Polynesian bands from Oceania perform at any music festival around the world. Whether it is the exotic, beautifully sensual nature of the dancing, their folk music often integrated with poetry and dance or the mystery of the Polynesian people and cultures, their performances are surely meant to enthral and entice.

The independent artistic company, Ballet Folcloric de Chile, Bafoci was established in 1987 by its creator Professor Pedro Gajardo Escobar who was inspired to showcase the origins of different cultures that make up the Chilean people.

At RWMF 2019, the band will highlight the dance and music of the Rapa Nui of Easter Island. The mix of Polynesian origins with ancestral legends is dedicated to the gods, nature or warriors. The Rapa Nui has great musical abilities and the dances are vibrant and heart-stopping with undulating hips and expressive hand movements. Their spectacular costumes made from feathers, shells, tree bark and native elements of nature all contribute to the mystique and the harmony of the dancers and their artistry.

Similarly, WAI from New Zealand are inspired by their ancestors and the mythological Kupe, a legendary figure that features prominently in the oral history of the Maori. They create a minimalist but powerful acoustic performance. Singer/songwriter Mina and producer/musician Maaka Phat, the founders of the group intend to communicate and connect through their symbols and spiritual depths that are universal to humankind and create intense, personal and intimate relationships with their audience.

Their performance at RWMF will feature amazing vocal harmonies and an impressive stage presence filled with energy and soulful expression effortlessly linking the past and future of Maori heritage.





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The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

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Gustino Basuan,
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Food Haven Ipoh: Simply The Best

By Vishnu Krishnan

The homely town of Ipoh is on the verge of major development and expansion, but the fragments of its rustic charm still remain, namely within the old school buildings and authentic local cuisines which many argue are simply the best.

The dish most synonymous with Ipoh is their nga choy kai or beansprout chicken. This mouthwatering dish consists of chicken meat and innards, blanched crunchy beansprouts drenched in soy sauce and sesame oil. The blend of textures is divine. Follow the throngs of locals for the best serving at Onn Kee Restaurant.

Onn Kee Tauge Ayam Kue Tiaun is bliss.


It is sinful to skip assam laksa in Ipoh. The best version of it is served with yong tau foo (fried or boiled processed fishcakes and vegetables) stewing in a steamy bowl of the famous sweet and spicy sardine broth. Head to Dai Shu Geok Assam Laksa restaurant for this scrumptious delight.


Dai Shu Geok Assam Laksa is the flavor of the heaven!


Ipoh Hor Fun is a signature kuey teow (flat noodle) soup with shredded chicken and prawns that burst with flavours. The Tricycle Chicken Prawn kuey teow at Thean Chun Coffee Shop is one of the best places to sample this little piece of heaven.


Tricycle Chicken Prawn Kuey Teow is the way to the heart


Wat tan hor, also known as hor fun, is an amazing dish of flat noodles smothered in a thick egg gravy littered with chicken pieces and prawns. The slimy texture is surprisingly smooth and delectable. The best serving can be found at the Tuck Kee Restaurant which is known for slipping-in an egg at the very last minute to further enhance the smoothness of the gravy!


Tuck Kee Wat Tan Hor redefines your concept of texture!

Ipoh is not just limited to full meals and entrées. Their desserts and snacks are pretty good as well. Muah chee is a glutinous rice ball coated in a lovely sweet chopped peanut powder. To experience the best, try the stall right outside the Nam Heong Coffee Shop.

Ipoh white coffee is a blessing to coffee lovers across Malaysia. This beverage is traditionally made from butter roasted coffee beans that is known for an intense, unrivalled aroma.

This particular blend was created by the Wong brothers who set up the famous Sin Yoon Long Coffee Shop in 1937. The white coffee is best served with their famous Hainanese toast bread with kaya, a sweet coconut and egg spread.










Sin Yoon Long Coffee Shop’s white coffee and toast with eggs may not look like much, but trust us, this is the real deal!


And a trip to Ipoh is not complete without a visit to Buntong for Ipoh’s famed kacang putih (Indian snacks). This area is famous for the manufacturing and retail of kacang putih and makes millions each year selling these savoury treats to England, New Zealand and Australia.


Now this is what you call snacks!


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Tracing history

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is a country’s largest mosqueand a second largest in South-East Asia after Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta,Indonesia. — ROUWEN LIN/The StarThe Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is a country’s largest mosque
and a second largest in South-East Asia after Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta,
Indonesia. — ROUWEN LIN/The Star

THE day started splendid and early; maybe a small too early for a United Federation of Travel Agents’ Association (UFTAA) association delegates.

The four-day association was organized by Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta). More than half of those who finished adult fasten a Tourism Selangor-hosted familiarisation debate were comparison adults from abroad, who gamely participated in rough tractor rides, padi harvesting and boating activities.

It was past midnight by a time they returned to their hotel.

The morning kicked off with a discerning print session, with a Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah portion as backdrop as a visitors headed for a Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery (Galeri Diraja Sultan Abdul Aziz) in Klang, Selangor.

The state mosque of Selangor, a largest in a country, stands by a Raja Lumu Lake in Shah Alam. It boasts 4 minarets and a blue and china architecture is a largest eremite architecture in a world.

As a train drew to a stop outward a Royal Gallery, a classical colonial building loomed over us. The Sultan Suleiman Building is one building that has many tales to tell.

Built in 1909 by British designer A.B. Hubback, it served as a Brits’ land and administration bureau during a colonial era. During World War II, a Japanese utilized it as their fight headquarters, and after that several internal authorities assigned a building until a replacement and mutation into a Royal Gallery.

Bruce Chittock from New Zealand was blown divided by what a gallery had to offer.

“I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur and a surrounding areas many times in new years, (but) because has no one told me about this gallery before? It is positively brilliant,” he asked.

Chittock pronounced that a charting of a stately family lineage, a birthright and enlightenment was “tremendously interesting” and combined that he quite favourite a arrange escutcheon on display.

First consecrated in 2002, a gallery was strictly launched in Oct 2007 by a benefaction Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

The gallery is dedicated to his late father, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who ruled from 1960 for 4 decades.

Most of a exhibits during a gallery revolve around a late Sultan’s childhood, his early years as a climax prince, and his career in troops and open offices. Numerous equipment from his personal collection of artefacts and gifts have been put in a caring of a gallery, including replicas of Selangor’s climax jewels.

“Having a gallery in such a chronological building is poignant and meaningful. What is startling to me is that a Sultan is still portion though he is giving adult his family’s valuables so that tourists and locals comparison can see and learn. we consider that is unequivocally great,” pronounced Sonam Dorji from Bhutan, who applauded a preference to set adult this gallery.

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High on adrenaline

Wet thrills : The jet vessel atTaupo’s Huka Falls in New Zealandskips and lurches opposite theWaikato stream with a array ofsharp 360° spins, before dartingclose to a Falls themselves.Wet thrills : The jet vessel at
Taupo’s Huka Falls in New Zealand
skips and lurches opposite the
Waikato stream with a array of
sharp 360° spins, before darting
close to a Falls themselves.

New Zealand is ideal for thrill-seeking backpackers who can select between flying, falling, jumping, spinning and floating … all in a name of fun.

It was commencement to feel as if New Zealand’s inhabitant button wasn’t a china fern, yet a disclaimer form. The visit signing divided of guilt for life and prong began shortly after we disembarked from a moody to Auckland.

Someone suggested that a best approach to get absolved of any long-haul cobwebs competence be to take a lift to a tip of a city’s 328m Sky Tower (, afterwards base-jump off it (on a wire). we did, and dual weeks of starting a day with “Read this and pointer here� had begun.

I’m not an adrenaline addict by inlet and I’ve never got a flog out of danger, so it was wise that we should start a fortnight dedicated to exploring new backpacking use by doing something terrifying, simply since we was too tired to feel afraid.

In a end, we landed during a feet of a Sky Tower, silly with survival, went true behind adult in a lift and jumped off it again. It turns out this adrenaline things is addictive. So many so, in fact, that whole towns and cities are given over to a business of thrill-seeking.

I have listened copiousness of stories about doing something forward in hunt of a rush, and New Zealand caters to such whims in all sorts of ways, from skydiving to bungee jumping to that bizarre use of mimicking a hulk gerbil in a cosmetic ball, called “zorbing�.

I spent some days travelling with a Stray Travel debate (, a hop-on, hop-off mini-coach service, that meanders adult and down a nation collecting and losing backpackers along a way.

It’s comparatively cheap, so ideal for those on a budget, and a perfect accumulation of a travellers was staggering: from European to American to Asian, from tyro to professional, from 21 to 40, an pleasant variety indeed. The usually thing we all had in common, in fact, was a common enterprise to squirm out of a comfort zones.

Three hours south of Auckland, nearby a centre of a North Island, are a towns of Taupo and Rotorua. They’re about 80km detached and both dirty with companies charity adventures.

It’s value interlude by Taupo’s Huka Falls for a jet vessel (, that skips and lurches opposite a Waikato stream with a array of pointy 360° spins, before darting tighten to a Falls themselves. It’s like being a mill skimmed opposite water, and it’s soggy, refreshing fun.

Next doorway we found a Huka Prawn Park(, “the world’s usually geothermal prawn farmâ€?, that also has a thesis park element, helmed by a man-sized prawn called Shawn The Prawn … one for kitsch enthusiasts.

But a newest knowledge to strike Rotorua is a forward-thinking multiple of eco-tourism and out-of-date thrills. Rotorua Canopy Tours ( are billed as a local timberland canopy zipline tour, that is a boring approach of observant that we fly by a trees like a tui, yet with panicked screaming holding a place of pleasing birdsong.

The full circuit lasts for around 3 hours, and kicks off with a brief travel by a Mamaku plateau forest, during that time a guides explain what they’re all about, that is mostly charge of local bird species, that are eternally underneath hazard from non-native mammals such as rats, stoats and possums.

If it sounds dry or dull, it isn’t: this is a strikingly flattering square of woodland, a plantlife and avian inhabitants are spectacular, and a guides are so clearly full of passion for a plan that it’s tough not to get swept adult in their enthusiasm.

After a brief walk-and-talk, it’s time to burst off something, as, it seems, is mostly a approach in this country. In this instance a “flying fox� knowledge involves zipwiring between a array of wooden platforms during augmenting heights, and opposite augmenting widths, yet this is a comparatively peaceful experience, during slightest until a final jump.

“We’ve got a warn for you,� a beam (and Canopy Tours founder) James Fitzgerald grinned, before hoisting me into a unknown. About median opposite that final ride, a building of a timberland unexpected drops away, and it feels as if you’re hundreds of feet in a air, swinging from a cable, mountainous by a tops of a trees.

I had a humorous titillate to strap my arms, which, we suppose, could be a disreputable charge tactic: avian empathy. Everyone in a organisation felt invigorated by a semi-flying and favourite lovable small possums that small bit less.

By this point, we was assured that we could conquer my fears on a near-professional level. I’m not frightened of heights (hence all a jumping) yet for a prolonged time we was shocked of planes, and it took a fear-of-flying march and a lot of integrity to get me anywhere nearby one.

Though I’m roughly cured, we still get a occasional peep of nerves, so naturally we motionless a skydive (Able Tasman Skydive, competence be a thing to hit it on a conduct once and for all.

As we flew to 5,000m above a Abel Tasman inhabitant park, we was not so certain about this self-prescribed healing experience, but, as they say, there’s usually one approach down. So, we got strapped to my burst partner Chris and we tumbled out of a doorway and fell by a atmosphere for 70 of a longest seconds of my life.

“You can relax now – a parachute’s non-stop so that’s good,â€? he said, with standard Kiwi understatement. It wasn’t only a biggest hum of a fortnight – it was a many stirring knowledge of my life.

I was high on it for a rest of a trip. Even now, when something feels insurmountable, we remember how it felt to lay nearby a exit of a little craft and see a North and South Islands thousands of feet below. – Guardian News Media

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