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International Museum Day

International Museum Day (IMD) is back again!

 

It is celebrated globally on 18 May annually, and on this day all museums waive their entrance fees to the public. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) comes up with a theme every year, and this year the theme is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition”.

Museums around the world are invited to participate, and to promote the role of museums everywhere, creating fun and unique activities that the public can also participate in. The Department of Museums Malaysia also participates in this celebration, and every year, activities are carried out at selected museums to encourage public interaction and interest.

This year, as the 18th of May falls in the month of Ramadan, the main launching and celebration of International Museum Day in Malaysia will take place from 14 – 21 July 2019 at the Sabah Museum, organized by the Department of Museums Malaysia.

Speaking of museums, one would have probably visited, at the very least, the National Museum located along Jalan Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.

Did you know that within the same area, there are two other museums which you can visit, located within walking distance?

  1. The Malay World Ethnology Museum

This unique museum focuses on the  artistic traditions of the Malay community in Malaysia, featuring a captivating collection of traditional crafts, clothing, jewellery, weaponry and games.

  1. The Orang Asli Craft Museum

This ethnographic museum features the heritage and the culture of the Orang Asli of Malaysia. Besides learning about their way of life and beliefs, visitors can also view their carvings and weavings, which are imbued with deep intrinsic meaning.

Another museum which is easily missed when walking the touristic streets of Melaka, is the Architecture Museum.

  1. The Malaysia Architecture Museum, Melaka

This museum is the first architectural-themed museum in the country. It features Malaysia’s unique architectural heritage, from traditional Malay houses to fortifications, as well as palace, colonial, sacred and indigenous architectures.

For more information, please visit the Department of Museums Malaysia website: www.jmm.gov.my

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ROUGHING IT OUT AT KENABOI FOREST RESERVE


Kenaboi Forest Reserve is located in the district of Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan, which is about 85 km from Kuala Lumpur. Standing at 1,462 meters, Gunung Besar Hantu, which is the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan, is situated in this forest reserve along with its highest waterfall, known as Lata Kijang (Deer Waterfall). In 2008, the state government declared an area of 9,420 hectares of the Kenaboi Forest Reserve as a State Wildlife Park but was later renamed Kenaboi State Park.

This is the kind of destination that is certainly a little more challenging than your usual eco-destination, but if I may say so, one that is totally worth the effort.


Kenaboi State Park
Our journey from Kuala Lumpur took about two hours to reach Kampung Chennah in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, the change of scenery was very welcoming as we were surrounded by greenery. The journey would have been pleasant if we didn’t have to go through a narrow and long serpentine road, which was a bit challenging for those suffering from motion sickness.

We had to switch to a four-wheel-drive (4WD) at Kampung Chennah as we got ready to go off-road, which meant a rougher ride ahead. It turned out to be fun when we had to go through the Orang Asli (aborigines) villages, where friendly children welcomed us with their friendly smiles and enthusiastic waving. After that, the road kept getting narrower and narrower until we reached our base camp near a small stream.

The soothing sounds of the running stream and the sounds of birds chirping somewhere above, and the smell of clean moist air, as well as the cool temperature were a lethal combination as we could get addicted to it.

Every one of us couldn’t wait to take part in the various activities that the state park had to offer. First, we went tubing in the lazy river for 1.2 kilometers. The river was gentle enough for us to float lazily while day-dreaming about our life but in some parts of the river we had to manoeuvre through bubbling rapids and huge rocks, which made our tubing experience a little bit more exhilarating.

From the river, we moved up to the tree top for a flying fox activity, which was a short distance but nothing short of fun and thrilling. It was definitely an exhilarating and unique aerial journey.

Some of us opted for another adrenaline rush activity, which was abseiling down a small cliff. I was told that the cliff was quite slippery and it was quite challenging to manoeuvre through a huge fallen tree that was blocking their path. And at the end of the cliff, they could just let go and jump down to the cool stream below.

Lata Kijang (Deer Waterfall)
We continued our journey with a visit to the highest waterfall in Negeri Sembilan, Lata Kijang. It took us about 30 minutes to reach this 93-meter waterfall by a four-wheel-drive. It was such a bumpy ride that some of us felt like throwing up.

On the way to the waterfall, we stopped at an ideal spot to check out the hornbill nest on top of a really tall tree. Unfortunately, the hornbill was not at its nest but the surrounding view was really fantastic.

We continued our journey to the waterfall but this time around, the journey was really smooth because the road was tarred. Once we arrived there, the view of the statuesque waterfall really took our breath away. The sounds and sights of the cascading waterfall brought peace to our mind after such a hectic journey and activities. Apart from enjoying the view, there’s nothing much to do at the waterfall except taking a selfie. After that, we returned to the base camp for a
much needed rest.

Jeram Berungut
Our second day mission was to find the “Malaysian Lord of the Rings”, which was the hidden gem at the Kenaboi State Park. Jeram Berungut is flanked by 40-meter high rocky cliffs covered in green moss, thus creating a river canyon that is so breathtaking. It was such a surreal experience. The fantasy-like surroundings that we needed to pass to get to the cool and clear water of Jeram Berungut really made us feel like we were in the “Lord of the Rings” movie.

People always said that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations and we can assure you that in the case of Jeram Berungut, it’s all true. The journey tested not just our fitness but also our patience. No wonder it was called Berungut, which means grumbling because you’d find yourself grumbling throughout the tough journey.

The journey started with a 15-minute jungle trekking, which was easy peasy but then the nightmare began. Well, you have to give us the benefit of the doubt because this was our first river trekking. The effort to find our footing on the slippery rocky river floor for 45 minutes made us feel like no river canyon was worth the torture, but it was all forgotten once we saw the stunning view and the cool and crystal clear waters that looked inviting. Some of us couldn’t wait to jump right in but some just let their eyes slowly take in the quiet beauty around them.

We may return to Kuala Lumpur black and blue from the many tumbles we took while crossing the river, but for that kind of wonderful nature, we wouldn’t mind returning to this river canyon again and again.

Contact Person

Juliana Yahya
District Forestry Office
Negeri Sembilan Utara
71600, Kuala Klawang Jelebu
Negeri Sembilan
Tel: 06-6136500
Mobile: 012-7056551

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Malaysia Top 7 events in October

 

Nine Emperor Gods Festival

Where: Penang

When: Oct 1 – 9

For the ultimate cultural experience, check out the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. Taking place on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month at various temples across Penang, this Taoist festival honours the nine sons of Tou Mu, controller of the books of life and death. Devotees adhere to a strict vegetarian diet to cleanse their body and soul. One can find a variety of vegetarian stalls along the roads and lanes around Penang with delicious and creative vegetarian cuisines. A must for all foodies! Other highlights include self-mutilation rituals like Spear Skewing Ceremony, Hot Oil Ceremony and Fire Walking Ceremony. The celebration reaches its climax on the ninth day with a procession to send the deities back home, from Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Butterworth to the beach.

More information: http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/

Image: Devotee during the Spear Skewing Ceremony

Image: Devotee during the Spear Skewing Ceremony

 

30th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathlon 

Where: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

When: Oct 15 – 16

Thousands of people try to conquer Mount Kinabalu every year. It normally takes them two days. At this event, professional mountain runners from around the world will attempt to scale the iconic peak in just under four hours. Amazing! It’s a high level adventure and a perfect opportunity to discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinabalu Park.

More information: www.sabahtourism.com

Image: Contestant ascending the steep slopes of Mt Kinabalu

Image: Contestant ascending the steep slopes of Mt Kinabalu

 

CIMB Classic 2016

Image: CIMB Classic 2013 and 2014 winner Ryan Moore

Image: CIMB Classic 2013 and 2014 winner Ryan Moore

Where: TPC Kuala Lumpur (formerly Kuala Lumpur Golf Country Club)

When: Oct 20 – 23

Catch the world’s best players in action at the only official PGA TOUR FedExCup event in Southeast Asia. It features a limited 78-player field, with a prize purse of US$7 million (RM28.4 million) and no cut, making it one the richest professional golf tournaments in the region. USA’s Justin Thomas will be hoping to defend his crown against a field including two-time champion at TPC Kuala Lumpur, American Ryan Moore.

More information: Tickets can be purchased at www.CIMBClassic.com or call +603 7880 7999

International Aborigines Arts Festival 

Where: Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

When: Oct 21 – 23

This unique arts festival features cultural works of the Orang Asli of Malaysia as well as indigenous people from around the world including Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. There are various activities and stage performances, exhibitions and interactive demonstrations to be enjoyed. Organisers say the three-day event helps to showcase the uniqueness, heritage, traditions and customs of indigenous people across the world.

More information: [email protected]

Image: The festival includes traditional Orang Asli performances

Image: The festival includes traditional Orang Asli performances

 

Image: Be sure to feast on the banquet served at MIGF

Image: Be sure to feast on the banquet served at MIGF

  1. Ancient Shadows: World Shadow Puppet Exhibition

Where: National Museum, Kuala Lumpur

When: Oct 25 – Nov 30

The World Shadow Puppet Exhibition comes to KL with the best exponents of shadow puppetry from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, China, India and Taiwan set to enthral audiences. Shadow Puppet plays, also known as wayang kulitin Bahasa Malaysia, is an old tradition and has a rich history in Southeast Asia. Puppets are made primarily of leather and manipulated with sticks or buffalo horn handles; shadows are cast using an oil lamp or more commonly halogen lights. The exhibition lasts for over a month, so there’s plenty of time to take the family.

More information: www.jmm.gov.my

Image: KL will greet Shadow Puppet masters from all over Asia.

Image: KL will greet Shadow Puppet masters from all over Asia.

  1. Terengganu International Islamic Arts Festival 2016

Where: Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI) Convention Centre, Terengganu

When: Oct 29 – 31

You will find Khat writing workshops, musical performances, Muslim fashion and much more at the International IslamicArts Festival of Terengganu. It’s a beautiful way to discover more about the Islamic culture and arts and maybe learn a new skill while listening to beautiful music. Such rich heritage has something to offer for all visitors.

More information: www.motac.gov.my

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Why volunteering in Malaysia is a must?

Want to check out Malaysia in a fun, cheap and rewarding way. Why not volunteer? There are plenty of programmes and non-profit organisations offering once in a lifetime experiences where you’ll truly feel Malaysian. Here are some of the perks:

Integration into culture!
If you volunteer in Malaysia, there is no doubt you will gain a better understanding of the local culture than compared to if rush your way through the country. Little by little, you will be much more integrated into the environment and will have the chance to see, do and experience things that most people don’t. If you work as a teach, your experience with local children will open your eyes to another world and give you exposure to family life. It’s also possible to volunteer at animal sanctuaries where you will be impressed by the treasures of nature and the stunning fauna and flora of Malaysia.

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Help this guy and his friends live for a thousand more years

Meeting amazing people
When you travel you meet lots of travellers, when you work you meet lots of workers. But when you volunteer you get to know many different people, especially locals. For example, if you teach English you will get to know all your students and their families. They will probably open the doors of their houses for you and invite you to eat with them. You will get to know all the members of the community and try delicious meals and participate in local traditions and customs. Most NGO’s in Malaysia also work with international volunteers providing a great platform to meet people from all over the world. The fact that you are working together for a cause will make it easy to connect with each other. You will build memories and friendships for life!

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Take in the best of Malaysia with new friends

Discover remote and beautiful places
Another beautiful thing about volunteering in Malaysia is all the wonderful places you will discover. You may be stuck in the city teaching during the week, but Malaysia’s proximity to wonderful destinations both local and foreign makes it so easy to explore the region. If you are volunteering in a rural or remote area, you will feel like a local — particularly if you love being off the beaten track, exploring the dense bush land and pristine beaches. You will also meet locals or other long-term volunteers who can give you travel advice on secret spots of Malaysia. Throw away your travel guide for a moment and discover the unexpected secrets of Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.

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Explore the hidden gems of Malaysia

 

Malaysia on a budget
One of the perks of volunteering instead of travelling or being on a holiday is it’s relatively cheap. If you are volunteering in Malaysia, most likely you will receive free accommodation and food. You will also probably live far from tourist hotspots which will help in cutting down costs. This will also help you become accustom to identifying the cheapest forms of transport and where to find a bargain.

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Malaysia currency the ringgit • Image Source

 Challenge yourself
Being a tourist is easy and working in a big company is convenient. Volunteering is a whole different story, full of challenges and surprises. If you are a teacher in an Orang Asli community or if you are working with animals in the rainforest, your days will not be the same. You will improve yourself and become a better person, capable of overcoming the unforeseen. Instead of coming home with some postcards you will be enriched with adventures, lessons and experiences for life.

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No better place to explore your horizons than Malaysia

Your help matters
There are countless benefits of volunteering in Malaysia but the most important is your aid. Sure, you will live an extraordinary life, meet people and have lots of fun, but it’s the chance to improve someone’s life that you will treasure the most. Whether it’s teaching English in the jungle communities or working with turtles in Borneo, you will have a hands on impact in Malaysia and that counts more than anything!

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Malaysia is waiting for you to spread the love

 

Cover photo from yourvolunteers.com

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Museum: Melaka Aboriginal Museum

The element of magic and ritual (pagan) are famous in their culture
making this ‘Orang Asli’ called a primitive. They also believe in forest or nature spirit where all daily activities must be blessed by the spirits or if not they will be cursed for their whole life. 

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