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20 Must-Have Souvenirs from Malaysia

If you are anything like me,
you will look for the MOST interesting, out-of-the-ordinary souvenir from
places you’ve been.

It used to be very
conventional, like postcards, keychains, decorative plates and the like but
these stuff take up space and require some kind of maintenance as years go by.

The novelty of a souvenir has
changed, and it is no longer something that you show off as a statement of
“I’ve been there!” It has evolved into something else, where we want to share
with our loved ones back home a little piece of the adventure, so to speak.

So, here’s my take on some of
the things that you just HAVE to take back with you:

#1 – If
you travel to the state of Melaka,
then look out for the dainty Nyonya beaded
slippers
. They may not be the most practical footwear, but then again, they
ARE unique, and quite fancy!

Nyonya Beaded Slippers and Embroidered Kebaya Top

#2 – If
you got yourself that beaded slipper, then you just HAVE to bring back a
traditional kebaya top! The intricately-embroidered tops are a must-have in
any wardrobe.

#3
#4
– If you have a passion for cooking, and are always on
the hunt for that ‘umami’ flavor, bring back some shrimp paste, or belacan,
and if you’re brave enough, cencalok. Cencalok is a condiment made
of fermented small shrimps or krill, and is usually served together with sliced
chillies, finely sliced shallots and lime juice.

Bottom – A stall selling belacan and cencalok

#5
–  Look out also for the sticky coconut
‘cakes’, or dodol, available in a variety of flavours including pandan and durian.

#6
Moving further South to Johor, you can visit the herb farm along the way and
get yourself some stingless bee honey
or madu kelulut. Stingless bee honey is  twice as nutritious as ordinary honey,
according to the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

#7 – A
trip to Johor would be meaningless without bringing back the mandatory 434 Coffee. Malaysian Coffee a.k.a
Kopi-O is special in color, flavor and taste, thanks to its special roasting
technique and recipe that commonly includes margarine and sugar as ingredients.
It has been long enjoyed by the locals and also is popular among coffee lovers
in South East Asia. While the sweet, hot beverage may take some getting used to
for those who are used to taking it black, you will definitely fall in love
with it by the time you sip the last drop.

#8 – If
you travel to the north of the Peninsula, then Penang will be one of the places for the best souvenirs. The
Chowrasta Market will be a good place to start, where you can get nutmeg-based products. More than just a
spice, you can get massage oils, ointments and even candy made from nutmeg.

Nutmeg-based products

#9
Another product of Penang that is worth bringing home is Tambun biscuits, or Tau
Sar Pneah
. This delicacy is a mixture of sweet and savoury, and is flaky
and soft at the same time. Traditionally, it is made from wheat flour, sugar,
green bean paste, fried onions, lard and salt. However, there are many
available in the market which are lard-free to cater for the Muslim market.

#10
Pickled fruits are also a must-buy
when one visits Penang. It is a popular souvenir especially among Malaysians. Among
the most well-known is from Pak Ali’s,
best known for its distinct aroma and taste. They claim to use apple cider
vinegar and honey in the pickling process, which sets them apart from the rest.

#11
– Also known as the Food Paradise of Malaysia, especially Indian food, you can always
bring back a mix of your favourite spices
so that you can replicate the dish back home. Head to Little India in George Town, and you’ll be
spilt for choice!

Packed dry spices or ready-cooked pastes to bring home

#12
– If you are into White Coffee, then
by all means, buy a pack or two to bring home. For those who don’t know, the
coffee beans used to produce white coffee are not white. Instead, coffee beans
are roasted with palm oil margarine, ground, brewed and served with
sweetened condensed milk. The drink gets its color from the milk that is
used. 

There’s even Durian Coffee!

If
you are in Kuala Lumpur, or any other major city in Malaysia, the following
suggestions are for you.

#13
– Malaysia batik or songket are also great souvenirs to take home. These
hand-crafted textiles are versatile and can be made into clothing, soft
furnishings and even wall decorations. Malaysian batik differs from others in
the region in terms of design and motif, as well as technique.

Batik and songket

#14
– A fan of durian? You may not be
able to bring back the fruit, but there are a whole multitude of products made
from the King of Fruits available in most supermarkets, and packed safe for
your journey home. There’s durian chocolates, cakes and even coffee!

#15
– Believe it or not, instant noodles!
Seriously. The flavours available out there is UNBELIEVABLE! Even if you might
not buy them, it’ll still be nice to walk into a supermarket and browse the
aisle. You will be amazed at the array of choices you have! Locals enjoy curry
flavor, but there’s also a whole array of flavor combinations that might peak
your curiosity.

#16
BOH tea is one of Cameron
Highland’s product that is worth bringing home, too. BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd is
the largest black tea manufacturer in Malaysia, with both domestic and
international distribution owned by BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd.

#17
Asian drinks. I kid you not! There
are fizzy and non-fizzy versions, in all imaginable flavours and combinations.
From winter melon to passionfruit, pear and ginseng to watermelon and lychee,
feel free to indulge!

#18
– Another one of the things that will sound weird, but go try (and buy!) 100 Plus. 100 Plus is the first thirst-quenching, isotonic beverage to be
launched in Malaysia in 1983. It is caffeine-free, specially formulated to help
restore what the body has lost during physical exertion and rehydrate the body
to its optimal hydration balance. Its unique formula combines fluids,
carbohydrates and electrolytes for quick and efficient absorption of fluids
into the body.

#19 – Pewter goods are also a favourite among tourists. The best
place to get your pewter items are of course from Royal Selangor Pewter,
located in Kuala Lumpur. Royal Selangor International Sdn Bhd is a Malaysian pewter
manufacturer and retailer, the largest of its type in the world.

#20
Adopt and animal! While you cannot
bring the animal home with you, you have at least left a piece of yourself
here, and helped conserve a little bit of Malaysia for our future generations.
A lot of programs are available, and offered, online where you can adopt a
tiger, elephant, turtle, even an orangutan, and receive a certificate and
regular updates on your ‘child’.

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Heritage Trails in the Highland of Sarawak: From Long Semadoh to Ba Kelalan

Heritage Trails in the Highland of Sarawak: From Long Semadoh to Ba Kelalan

The Long Semadoh region is home to 7 villages, namely Puneng Trusan, Long Telingan, Long Semadoh Rayeh, Long Semadoh Nesab, Long Tanid, Long Beluyu and Long Kerabangan.

Most of the villagers of this region get their income from rice farming, buffalo herding, cow herding and the planting and harvesting of palm oil.

Ba Kelalan is home to the Lun Bawang, Kayan and other ethnicities, with three weekly flights by the 18-seater Twin Otter planes under MASWings, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

DAY 1: The Journey to Long Telingan

The journey to Long Semadoh began in Miri, with a 45 minute flight to Lawas followed by a 2 hour 4WD ride to Long Telingan (one of the longhouses in the Long Semadoh region). On arrival at Long Telingan, the local tour guide gave a short brief on the upcoming trek to the Long Telingan Homestay.

 

The trek was exciting, leading the group over rivers and onto suspended bridges, through farms and jungle areas.

The first stop along the trek was Batu Narit, a megalith that stood upright with spiral carvings. Though most of the meanings for these stones are lost to time, most agree that the stones commonly mark the achievements and lives of important people from the past, stories of legendary strong men such as Upai Semaring (a ‘giant’ that lived in the Ba Kelalan area) or mythical creatures.

For more information on some of the local legends or a more in depth account of experiences trekking in Ba Kelalan, visit the blog Footsteps on Fringe written by Carolyn Hong.

Along the way, the group stopped at the hiding place of the escaping missionaries during World War II. A temporary plaque was placed to mark the area where the missionaries stayed.

Tapak tempat tinggal C.Hudson isteri Winsome Southwell bersama Geraldine Anderson (isteri kepada Resident Limbang) Dari March-August 1942.

John Wilfinger menyertai mereka sejak mei 1942. August-September mereka bersembunyi di sungai matang. 21st sept. mereka kembali dalam perjalanan untuk menyertai diri. Atas arahan tentera Jepun.

1 October mereka memulakan perjalanan ke sundar selama 9 hari kemudian dibawa ke Brunei sebagai tahanan rumah sebelum dibawa ke Batu Lintang”

 

Translation:

“This is was the hiding place of C. Hudson his wife Winsome Southwell together with Geraldine Anderson (wife to the Resident of Limbang) From March – August 1942.

John Wilfinger joined them in May 1942.

August – September, they hid at Sungai Matang. On the 21st of September, they continued their journey resulting in surrender.

At the order of the Japanese soldiers, on 1st October they began their 9 day journey to Sundar.

They were later brought to Brunei and kept under house arrest before being brought to Batu Lintang.”

The trek ended as the group arrived at Long Telingan homestay for the night.

 

DAY 2: Onwards to Ba Kelalan

After leaving the Long Telingan Homestay, the group stopped along the Tagang River at Long Lidung.

The river is so full of fish, one can even try their hand at hand fishing.

Instructions from the Master

First attempt

Success!

 

The group then traveled by 4WD for two hours on the logging roads to Ba Kelalan. They stopped over Buduk Aru Missionary Bible School and visited the Pendita Meripa and Pendita Ganit memorial. Pendita Meripa and Pendita Ganit in fact the honorable names bestowed upon Reverend Alan Francis Belcher and his wife Reverend Madge Belcher by the locals, two well recognized and loved individuals who spent their days translating the bible to the local Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh languages.

 

Before retiring to the Buduk Nur homestay, they stopped at the house of their driver and guide Mr. Robert Agong, where they viewed the creation of the local traditional crafts to be sold. These include the local bead necklaces, belts and sashes, traditional clothes as well as house decorations of the Lun Bawang people.

DAY 3: Farewell

As the group prepared to return to Miri, they contemplated their experiences among the Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh people.

They remarked on the genuine and warm ‘highlander hospitality’, on the wonder of the stories of Upai Semaring and other mythical warriors as well as the strong bonds between the different Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh communities in Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan. They did not have the opportunity to attend the Irau Aco Lun Bawang Festival held in June, but were regaled with tales and shown pictures of the joy and fellowship the event brought the local communities.

The journeys over paddy fields, past mountains, across rivers and through rainforests were breathtaking and unlike anything anywhere else; a challenge and a memorable adventure.

 

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Heritage Trails in the Highland of Sarawak: From Long Semadoh to Ba Kelalan

Heritage Trails in the Highland of Sarawak: From Long Semadoh to Ba Kelalan

The Long Semadoh region is home to 7 villages, namely Puneng Trusan, Long Telingan, Long Semadoh Rayeh, Long Semadoh Nesab, Long Tanid, Long Beluyu and Long Kerabangan.

Most of the villagers of this region get their income from rice farming, buffalo herding, cow herding and the planting and harvesting of palm oil.

Ba Kelalan is home to the Lun Bawang, Kayan and other ethnicities, with three weekly flights by the 18-seater Twin Otter planes under MASWings, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

DAY 1: The Journey to Long Telingan

The journey to Long Semadoh began in Miri, with a 45 minute flight to Lawas followed by a 2 hour 4WD ride to Long Telingan (one of the longhouses in the Long Semadoh region). On arrival at Long Telingan, the local tour guide gave a short brief on the upcoming trek to the Long Telingan Homestay.

 

The trek was exciting, leading the group over rivers and onto suspended bridges, through farms and jungle areas.

The first stop along the trek was Batu Narit, a megalith that stood upright with spiral carvings. Though most of the meanings for these stones are lost to time, most agree that the stones commonly mark the achievements and lives of important people from the past, stories of legendary strong men such as Upai Semaring (a ‘giant’ that lived in the Ba Kelalan area) or mythical creatures.

For more information on some of the local legends or a more in depth account of experiences trekking in Ba Kelalan, visit the blog Footsteps on Fringe written by Carolyn Hong.

Along the way, the group stopped at the hiding place of the escaping missionaries during World War II. A temporary plaque was placed to mark the area where the missionaries stayed.

Tapak tempat tinggal C.Hudson isteri Winsome Southwell bersama Geraldine Anderson (isteri kepada Resident Limbang) Dari March-August 1942.

John Wilfinger menyertai mereka sejak mei 1942. August-September mereka bersembunyi di sungai matang. 21st sept. mereka kembali dalam perjalanan untuk menyertai diri. Atas arahan tentera Jepun.

1 October mereka memulakan perjalanan ke sundar selama 9 hari kemudian dibawa ke Brunei sebagai tahanan rumah sebelum dibawa ke Batu Lintang”

 

Translation:

“This is was the hiding place of C. Hudson his wife Winsome Southwell together with Geraldine Anderson (wife to the Resident of Limbang) From March – August 1942.

John Wilfinger joined them in May 1942.

August – September, they hid at Sungai Matang. On the 21st of September, they continued their journey resulting in surrender.

At the order of the Japanese soldiers, on 1st October they began their 9 day journey to Sundar.

They were later brought to Brunei and kept under house arrest before being brought to Batu Lintang.”

The trek ended as the group arrived at Long Telingan homestay for the night.

 

DAY 2: Onwards to Ba Kelalan

After leaving the Long Telingan Homestay, the group stopped along the Tagang River at Long Lidung.

The river is so full of fish, one can even try their hand at hand fishing.

Instructions from the Master

First attempt

Success!

 

The group then traveled by 4WD for two hours on the logging roads to Ba Kelalan. They stopped over Buduk Aru Missionary Bible School and visited the Pendita Meripa and Pendita Ganit memorial. Pendita Meripa and Pendita Ganit in fact the honorable names bestowed upon Reverend Alan Francis Belcher and his wife Reverend Madge Belcher by the locals, two well recognized and loved individuals who spent their days translating the bible to the local Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh languages.

 

Before retiring to the Buduk Nur homestay, they stopped at the house of their driver and guide Mr. Robert Agong, where they viewed the creation of the local traditional crafts to be sold. These include the local bead necklaces, belts and sashes, traditional clothes as well as house decorations of the Lun Bawang people.

DAY 3: Farewell

As the group prepared to return to Miri, they contemplated their experiences among the Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh people.

They remarked on the genuine and warm ‘highlander hospitality’, on the wonder of the stories of Upai Semaring and other mythical warriors as well as the strong bonds between the different Lun Bawang and Lun Dayeh communities in Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei and Kalimantan. They did not have the opportunity to attend the Irau Aco Lun Bawang Festival held in June, but were regaled with tales and shown pictures of the joy and fellowship the event brought the local communities.

The journeys over paddy fields, past mountains, across rivers and through rainforests were breathtaking and unlike anything anywhere else; a challenge and a memorable adventure.

 

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My outing to a Machapking Durian Farm during Machap, Johor.

Visited a Machapking Durian Farm (N1.90353 E103.24766) on a finish of Mar 2014. We reached a plantation around 10am and met adult with a plantation owners – Mr Cheng who is a humble, respectful and associating guy. According to Mr Cheng, his plantation has about 50 acres, one thousand of durian trees, palm oil trees and many more…
It’s located utterly a stretch from a categorical highway of a Machap town, and usually 4WD is means to expostulate through. We were roving on Mr Cheng’s 4WD into a farm…

He was explaining all a approach given a plantation outing started, and he introduced to us a conflicting forms of Durian trees one-by-one…

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After a while, he stopped a automobile and let us suffer a savoury durian’s flower…that was a good impulse during a trip!
The print next was a unequivocally initial theatre before a flower…

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Before blossom…

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The print above showed that all these will be freshness in a dusk around 5-7pm…

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And some of them were pleasing with flowers…

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After a flowers withered, a branches are going seeding…

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The whole area was so pleasing and this was my initial time in life surrounded by durian tress and flowers!

Normally a freshness event will be in a evening, and many of a flowers will swab after 6-7am. If we be means to declare during that moment, it’s usually like examination a flower rain! we can usually daydream a pleasing scene…too bad we can’t be there during a flowers rain…

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According to Mr Cheng, someday they will collect all these flowers and prepare for dinner, it’s usually like stir boiled a vegetables, and it’s delicious! Said Cheng. we would like to ambience it too if we have a chance…

We even tasted and drank a nectar, it was unequivocally sweet!

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Mr Cheng said, fundamentally he usually strong on a 4 (4) categorical class that are : Musangking ???, Machapking, Tek-kah ?? and Kim-Hong ??. Beside that, he also has D24, D78, nai-you-bao ??? (his possess creation) and many more…

There are also other fruits in his farm, like Philippines rambutan, mangosteen and many some-more that we didn’t conduct to get a name…

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And this…I didn’t get a name of a fruits…

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Mr Cheng showed us another hovel that furnish a ‘enzymes’ that use as a ‘fertilizer’ for all his fruits in a farm.

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The H2O supply for all a trees in a plantation is also designed by Mr Cheng himself, once he energy on a engine from a H2O source, a H2O will goes to all his trees in a plantation automatically! Fully programmed for a whole fifty (50) acres, amazing!

Mr Cheng revisit his plantation 3 times a day to guard and observe a grow of all a fruits, it is turn his hobby to take caring a trees and a fruits. He ‘generously’ common with us his past knowledge given a day one hereditary from his father.
We were carrying a changed doctrine on that day and really value a trip! we will be behind to a plantation again during a ‘golden season’ when all a trees full of fruits, before a collect season.

His durians will be offered during many area within Johor Bahru, his possess case is during conflicting a Daily Point Kopitiam, Tmn Molek. And all his durians will be accessible start from center of Jun compartment August.

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Overall expansion of traveller arrivals Malaysia

Malaysia accessible an altogether expansion of +1.2% traveller arrivals with 9,438,592 tourists for a initial 5 months of 2012 as compared to 9,323,827 for a same duration final year, according to a Tourism Minister, Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen. ASEAN shred still contributed a largest series of tourists to Malaysia with 73.4% of a sum arrivals. The certain expansion come from Indonesia (+19.3%), Philippines (+41.7%), Vietnam (+35.2%), Myanmar (+6.9%) and Laos (+19.9%). Other critical on-going middle and prolonged transport markets embody Saudi Arabia (+50.7%), China (+34.1%), Japan (30.6%), Russia (25.8%), Kazakhstan (25.2%), Denmark (14.4%) and India (+7.8%).

Total profits by tourists from Jan to May 2012 rose by +1.9%, generating RM21.8 billion to a country’s income as compared to RM21.4 billion in 2011. The tourists’ per capita output for that duration is estimated during RM 2,309 an boost of 0.7% as compared to RM 2,294 in 2011.

The apportion combined that in line with a Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan 2020 towards achieving 36 million traveller and 168billion in profits by 2020, it is critical for Malaysia to change a concentration on flourishing produce per traveller rather than to rest heavily on expansion in traveller arrivals. “To attract a aloft produce segment, we will need to raise connectivity to pivotal priority markets.” For a start, Tourism Malaysia works to boost moody frequencies to 6 priority countries namely China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan besides building an air-rights allocation horizon to promote fit expansion of these pivotal routes and others.

One of a many successful programs that have been identified by a Ministry to rise farming formed tourism is a Homestay Program. The tourism module accessible a poignant boost with 38.4% of occupancy rate compared to 24.9% for a same duration final year. A sum of 133,689 tourists visited a homestay from Jan to May 2012 of that 110,322 were domestic tourists and a rest 23,367 were foreigners. This is a 70.7% boost compared to a same duration final year where we usually perceived 78,333 tourists. Tourist profits from homestay module for a initial 5 months of 2012 also proliferated to RM 7,376,446.50 (+53.1%) compared to RM4, 817,158.30 in Jan to May 2011. Increased spending by these tourists has wild a farming economy. The homestay tourism module has speedy internal communities to be a partial of farming formed tourism while progressing their traditions and identities.

Recognized as one of a National Key Economic Areas, a tourism attention stays as one of a vital writer to Gross National Income, unfamiliar sell gain and employment. In 2011, tourism ranked seventh (7th) largest writer with a GNI sum of USD12.3billion and a third (3rd) largest unfamiliar sell earner after production and palm oil. The Malaysian tourism attention in 2010 supposing 1.8 million jobs (15.9%, share of practice in tourism to sum employment). Amongst a 12 Entry Point Projects are avocation giveaway shopping, oppulance tourism, installation KLCC–Bukit Bintang area as a colourful selling precinct, improving business tourism and augmenting a supply of 4 5 star hotel rooms, etc.

The commission on traveller selling accessible from Jan to May 2012 shows 32.3% (RM7.04 billion) of a sum traveller receipts. This is an boost compared to 30% final year. The covered walkway joining Bukit Bintang and KLCC finished early this year to promote selling has shown a certain impact.

To attract high produce tourists, we need peculiarity 4 5 star hotel rooms. Currently there are 59,804 4 5 star hotel bedrooms accessible in Malaysia. By 2020, 37,000 additional 4 5 star hotel bedrooms are required. The Ministry of Tourism targets to boost 3000 4 5 star hotel bedrooms in Malaysia as during finish 2012. Currently 71% of a aim is achieved with 2,123 bedrooms completed. The government’s liberalization policies and remunerative taxation incentives have resulted in domestic and unfamiliar investments on liberality resources opposite Malaysia.

Malaysia has premised itself as a universe category end for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). The Malaysia Convention Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) successfully cumulative 33 vital events via Jan to May 2012, attracting sum representatives of 50,770 and generating an estimated mercantile impact of RM499.9 mil. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Rankings 2011 ranked Kuala Lumpur series 21 in a universe and series 5 in Asia Pacific. Malaysia ranked series 29 in a universe and series 7 in Asia Pacific.

Domestic tourism is also another critical partial of Malaysia’s tourism industry. The series of domestic tourists in 2011 increasing 15.7% (45,731,000 as compared with 39,539,000 in 2010). In 2011, a spending by domestic tourists was RM27.0 billion, induction a 13.9% boost as opposite RM23.7 billion spent in 2010. This is a success of a “Cuti Cuti 1Malaysia” Campaign.

In sequence to grow a tourism industry, efforts have been strong towards enhancing existent tourism products and building new, artistic and innovative tourism products. This enclosed a “1Malaysia International Shoe Festival 2012?, “1Malaysia International Tourism Exchange 2012?, “1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism 2012? and a recently resolved “1Malaysia International Tourism Night Floral Parade 2012?.

The Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ branding is famous worldwide and a United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has ranked Malaysia a ninth many trafficked to end in a world.

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