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HA NOI DUO CREATING MAGIC AT RWMF

KUCHING: Ha Noi Duo are two celebrated Vietnamese musicians who were raised with different paths in their music journey. Their music is beautifully organic in essence, yet with unabashedly modern flourishes and they create inspiring work, that casts a lasting spell.

Nguyên Lê is an acclaimed jazz star who needs no introduction. Based in Paris, he collaborates with fellow countrymen. His work with pop singer Tùng Dương that won Best Song, Man of the Year and Best Show of the Year in 2013. His guitar prowess is legendary – elements of rock, jazz and African improvisations.

He has tirelessly built an identity that encompasses both the musical heritage of the East and West. In 1996, he released his first Vietnamese album  ‘Tales from Vietnam’ set the foundation for an amalgation of jazz and indigneous music. Since 2011, he has engaged in numerous collaborations with the music community in Vietnam where he has gained recognition and a legion of fans.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ngô Hồng Quang’s background is traditional Vietnamese music. Though is he more than two decades younger than Lê and his Vietnam is far from the war which haunted the previous generation, he has a natural affinity with Lê’s style of music. Moreover, he is a virtuoso in many Vietnamese instruments such as the Đàn Nh, a two-string fiddle he has played since the age of 11 and the Đàn Bu (monocorde), a unique Vietnamese one-string instrument played with bent harmonics. He also plays instruments from ethnic minorities such as the Đàn Tre, a fiddle with vocal resonator like an acoustic vocoder, Đàn Môi (Jews Harp) with which he delivers incredible sounds and also Đàn Tính, a fretless lute with the sounds of Central Asia.

Together, they create magic on the world stage and portray the diversity of Vietnamese music. The two entwine on the melodic heads, while Quang’s seductive vocals, powerful and lyrical, mirror Lê’s own dynamic range. Their performance is colourful, piognant and their music, like their country, is constantly evolving. It aims to raise questions, to excite the senses and capture the listener’s soul. Their resulting works are highly diverse and syncretistic, combining native and western influences.

RWMF2019 HA NOI DUO

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.

For further information on tickets, festival activities and logistics, please log on to https://rwmf.net/

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STUNNING PUTRAJAYA BRIDGES TO SEE BY NIGHT

Dubbed the futuristic administrative capital of the country, Putrajaya is famous for its strategic town planning, striking architecture, the largest roundabout in the world (at 3.5 km in diameter), as well as scenic man-made lake. It is often regarded as a place for official functions and events.

Lately, though, Putrajaya, located 40 km away from Kuala Lumpur, is gaining popularity among those looking to escape the capital city. Its parks, wetlands, lakes, architecture and peaceful ambience is a magnet for those who love nature, photography enthusiasts, joggers, cyclists and those who indulge in water sport activities.

It is not uncommon to see tourists taking their selfies, or for graduation and wedding pictures to be taken against the beautiful backdrop of Putrajaya.

In addition, more and more events and activities are planned in this administrative capital such as the Royal Floria Putrajaya, which is a flower and garden show much-anticipated by all.

But we’ll let you in on a secret…Putrajaya is even more beautiful by night! The city is, of course, lit up by streetlights and lights from buildings. What’s more enchanting is the lights on several of the iconic bridges of the city.

Yes, the city itself consists of eight signature bridges, i.e. Putra, Seri Perdana, Seri Saujana, Seri Gemilang, Seri Wawasan, Seri Bakti, Seri Bestari and Seri Setia. These bridges are built to link various parts of the city separated by the sprawling network of lakes.

Most of the bridges are lit up in colourful LED lights and high-powered spotlights in the evenings and well into the night. They have become popular sites for wedding photo shoots, and sometimes, are the star of the photographs themselves. When foreign dignitaries are in town, or when it is a national holiday, the night-time ambience of Putrajaya is even more magical with creative and stunning play of lights.

Start your tour of Putrajaya after hours just before sunset. As the sun goes down on the horizon, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view: the brilliant rays from the sun cast shadows across the city and the reflections off the lake make the sight of these bridges even more romantic.

Let’s take a look at our top recommendations for Putrajaya bridges by night!

Putra Bridge

One of the main bridges in Putrajaya, the Putra Bridge is 435m long, connecting Precints 1 and 2. The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard, or the main street in the capital. Its design is inspired by the Islamic architecture of the famous Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran. Its attractions include the four minaret- like piers complete with observation decks that overlook Lake Putrajaya.

Inspired by the design of the Khaju Bridge in Iran, Putra Bridge is the longest of the bridges in Putrajaya at 435 metres. It also makes up the focal point of Putrajaya together with the Putra Mosque in its dusky pink glory and the Putra Square, the hive of activity in Putrajaya.

The bridge connects Precinct 1 (Government Precinct) and Precinct 2 (Mixed Development) on the Core Island.  The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Persiaran Perdana (Boulevard). We like to take a sunset drive over the bridge to appreciate the arresting scene of the placid lake with the iconic dome of the Putra Mosque and its surrounds completing the picture.

A special feature of the bridge is its four octagonal towers and its wall of Islamic motifs. The towers are equipped with observation decks which overlook Lake Putrajaya.

Seri Wawasan Bridge 

This is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, connecting Precint 2 to the residential area of Precint 8. The design of this cable-stayed bridge resembles a futuristic ship. Spanning 2.4km, this bridge can accommodate motorised traffic, bicycles and pedestrians. Highly visible even from afar, it has become one of the beautiful icons of Putrajaya.

The Seri Wawasan Bridge, meaning Bridge of Vision, is one of the most beautiful bridges, we feel, in Malaysia. It is the main link between Precincts 2 and 8, featuring a dual three-lane carriageway with a pedestrian walkway and cycling track at the sides.

The bridge spans a length of 240 metres across the Putrajaya Lake. Driving over it, this magnificent cable-styled bridge gives off a sense of strength and purpose. Its elegant lines draw inspiration from the beauty of a sailboat. At night, the whole look of the bridge is transformed with interesting and colorful light play. This much-photographed bridge has become an icon of Putrajaya, it can be easily spotted from various vantage points in the city, even from surrounding areas such as Cyberjaya.

Seri Gemilang Bridge

This ceremonial bridge connects the Heritage Square with the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. Spanning nearly 233m in lenght, the bridge is one of the most popular spots for photography in Putrajaya. The most dominant feature of the bridge is its four distinctive towers which are visible from a distance. Specially designed street lamps light up the bridge at night.

Seri Gemilang Bridge is a rather romantic bridge set in a quieter enclave of Putrajaya. It is a stunning double of Pont Alexandre III that spans the Seine River in Paris, France. As you cross this bridge, you can’t help but notice the intricate mouldings and detailed decorative works inspired by traditional Malay plants and floral motifs. Four main towers with four smaller entrance towers complete this 240-metre long bridge.

The view from this bridge is stunning and we recommend going at sunset to witness the changing colours of the sky reflected on the surface of the lake. You’ll enjoy a stroll on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge, or you can venture down the steps to get to the edge of the lake. From here, take a leisurely walk to explore the peaceful surroundings. 

Seri Saujana Bridge

This is another premier bridge in Putrajaya, connecting Precint 4 to Precint 7. This cable-stayed arch bridge has been designed to reflect a transparent, elegant and futuristic structure. With an overall single span of 3km, it is an awesome sight to behold, both day and night.

The Seri Saujana Bridge is one of the signature bridges of Putrajaya. It is the first bridge in the world to successfully combine two different engineering techniques, arch and cable stay. There is no other bridge structure like it in the world! Some have even compared it to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Located at the southwest corner of the city, this 300-metre bridge connects Precinct 4 (Commercial Precinct) to Precinct 7. It serves as a grand entrance into Putrajaya for those entering the city from the south on the upgraded B15 road and Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Lumpur International Airport highway.

The night view of Seri Saujana Bridge is even more impressive with mood lighting to enhance the beautiful lines and architecture of the bridge. Like other bridges, it provides a pedestrian walkway and cycle track for public usage.

While the above are our top picks for Putrajaya bridges to visit at night, the administrative capital has four other notable bridges worth visiting as well to enjoy their beautiful architecture and admire the stunning engineering effort.

Seri Perdana Bridge

Located at the South-West of Precinct 1, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to Precincts 8, 9, and 10 across the Putrajaya Lake. Along the bridge are eight pavilions with arches and domed roofs, and these act as viewing decks for pedestrians to pause to take in the magnificent views of the lake.

Compared to the other bridges, the Seri Perdana is simple in design, yet remains elegant with its interesting tile-work in patterned hues of yellow. This continuous beam bridge is 372 metres long and was one of the first bridges to be completed in Putrajaya.

Seri Bakti Bridge

This simple beam bridge is located in the northeast of the city that connects Precinct 1 to the residential area of Precinct 16, which also houses the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The 270-metre long Seri Bakti Bridge offers a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area. Driving along this bridge towards the Government Precinct imparts a sense of purpose and ceremony because the road ahead leads to the Prime Minister’s office and department.

This bridge has dual two-lane carriageways that provide access for vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists. The tile work in Islamic motifs and the stylised streetlamps along the length of the bridge give it a unique identity.

Seri Bestari Bridge

The Seri Bestari Bridge lies at the northeast side of Putrajaya, connecting the Core Island to Taman Warisan Pertanian in Precinct 16. It is part of the direct route from the Deputy Prime Minister’s official residence to the Core Island.

This concrete arch system bridge spans 152.6 metres and has dual two-lane carriageways as well as a cycle track cum pedestrian walkway. The footpath bears a tropical theme with its palm trees and plants. Specially-designed lamp posts light up after dark with mood lighting to complete this stunning piece of architecture. 

Seri Setia Bridge

Located in the southeast part of the city, the Seri Setia Bridge spans 210 metres across the lake, bridging the commercial district of Precinct 4 to Precinct 19, a high-density residential area with full amenities and facilities.

The designers implemented simple design features to enhance the beauty and functionality of the bridge. For example, the tropical landscaping around the bridge not only serves as an aesthetic element but also protects motorists from the glare of headlights of oncoming traffic.

Another thoughtful design element is the dual three-lane road system constructed on the bridge in anticipation of the heavier traffic in the area. Other enhancements include the tapering of the “legs” supporting the bridge, creating the illusion of an arched hallway beneath the bridge, besides the reference to Islamic identity.

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Travel to Melaka

MELAKA RIVERSIDE BOAT STAY?

Why can’t Melaka offer Melaka Riverside boat stay for tourists?

It can be another interesting tourist product other than normal stays in hotel rooms, guest houses or homestays.

Riverside boats with such facility can be berthed along a suitable place along the river.
London, Paris and Amsterdam have people living on river barges, so Melaka River can have them as well.

Food for thought?

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Tourism Malaysia

Tourism Malaysia: Top 7 in August

1. Penang Hungry Ghost Festival
When: August 3-31
Where: Penang
What: According to Taoism, the gates of hell open every seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. Ghosts and spirits walk the streets for a month and visit their descendants. This is a month of bad luck where parents tell their children to stay at home. During the Hungry Ghost Festival in Penang, many puppet and opera shows take place to entertain the spirits. It’s open to the public but the first row at each performance must remain empty for the ghosts. On the last day of the month, believers mark the return of the souls to Hades with big bonfires at midnight.
More Information:
http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/index.php/Festivals/hungry-ghost-in-penang / Photo source

 

Padawan Raft Safari2. Padawan Raft Safari
When: August 14
Where: Padawan, Kuching, Sarawak
What: Go kayaking or rafting into wild Borneo with friends and family… the experience will be unforgettable. Stand up in a bamboo raft and admire the stunning surroundings while paddling along the river. There are different categories for this popular and fun competition in Sarawak. Even if you don’t win a prize, the views and laughs will be an amazing reward.
More Information:
www.mpp.sarawak.gov.my / Photo source

 

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week3. Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week
When: August 17-21
Where: Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur
What: It’s not all Paris and Milan! Kuala Lumpur has its own Fashion Week, too! For five days, Pavilion will turn into a catwalk for the creative Malaysian fashion industry. A great opportunity for fashion lovers and trend setters to discover Malaysian designers and their ‘Ready to Wear’ collection. An event full of inspiration and style!
More Information:
www.klfashionweek.com / Photo source

 

Rhythm of Gamelan4. Rhythm of Gamelan
When: August 19-21
Where: Kompleks Sukan Negeri, Kuala Terengganu
What: Musicians from Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe meet to explore and learn about this musical art form. Gamelan is a traditional instrumental ensemble of Java, Indonesia, typically including many bronze percussion instruments. Professionals lead the two-day workshop while members of the public enjoy the harmonious sounds. A great opportunity to discover this royal music, now accessible to everyone. 
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Mask Festival Malaysia5. Malaysia International Mask Festival
When: August 19-21
Where: Esplanade, KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur
What: Come enjoy an explosion of colour as elaborate masks from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and China are showcased to the public. Masks are an expressive art form in many Asian cultures and commonly used in rituals and celebrations. The three days festival in the heart of the city features activities and performances full of folklore and mysticism.
More Information:
https://www.facebook.com/mymaskfest/ / Photo source

 

Jet Ski Championship6. Selangor Open Jetski Championship
When: August 27-29
Where: Tasik Biru, Rawang, Selangor
What: Water sport lovers will be in heaven. Participants from Southeast Asia, Japan and Australia will gather at Blue Lake, Tasik Biru to compete and show off their skills. There are local and international categories, complementary activities and lots of fun.
More Information:
http://www.aseantourism.travel/event/detail/selangor-open-championship-jetski-competition / Photo source

 

Raintown Half Marathon7. Raintown Half Marathon 2016
When: August 28
Where: Taiping, Perak
What: Over 4,000 athletes from all over the world will meet in the ‘wettest’ town in peninsular Malaysia. Taiping, also known as ‘Raintown’, is the scene for this popular half marathon. Participants can opt for the 7km, 10km or half distance event. Hopefully the rain will stay away just this once!
More Information:
www.mptaiping.gov.my / Photo source

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Beware a pickpockets

At many traveller spots in Paris like theLourve, tourists are during risk of beingpickpocketed.At many traveller spots in Paris like the
Lourve, tourists are during risk of being
pickpocketed.

The City of Love now has a indeterminate repute of ‘loving hands’ that slice off tourists.              

TOURISTS in Paris are reminded to be on ensure opposite increasingly contemptuous and assertive pickpockets after staff during a Louvre walked out in Apr to criticism opposite aroused operative conditions.

Saying they’re fed adult with traffic with gangs of thugs and being squabble at, insulted, threatened and even struck, 200 workers during one of a many famous museums in a universe – a Louvre receives about 10 million visits a year – staged a walkout, unsatisfactory a prolonged line of tourists.

The museum reopened a subsequent day with increasing military presence, though tourists visiting swarming places should sojourn vigilant. In a centre of Paris, thieves mostly work in groups of adult to 30, and customarily embody children from eastern Europe.

It’s a latest eventuality to taint a city’s repute in a eyes of a world. In March, a organisation of Chinese tourists were targeted by a squad of pickpockets, an conflict that done headlines around a world.

Meanwhile, a US Embassy in France offers visitors a horde of tips and suggestions on how to equivocate being a plant of a rapacious pickpockets – tips that can also be practical to transport around a world.

Here are a few highlights:

Keep usually what is essential in your wallet. For example, one credit card, one square of ID, and no some-more than ?50 (RM260). Make copies of your passport, and other ID cards.

Women are suggested to lift bags with a zipper enclosure, and to lift it firmly underneath their arm, somewhat in front of them. Swing your trek around so that it’s somewhat in front of you. Men can strengthen themselves by fixation a rubber rope around their wallet and putting it in their front pocket, something that will make it formidable for thieves to remove a wallet smoothly.

Be additional observant around vital traveller sites like a Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, a Champs-Élysées. Metros are also vital aim areas. If we are pickpocketed, start yelling for military immediately. The embassy advises opposite chasing down a perpetrators, as a wallet has many expected already been handed off to someone else within a group.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral is another sitewhere tourists are suggested to be on a warning for pickpockets and other pettycriminals.The Notre-Dame Cathedral is another site
where tourists are suggested to be on a warning for pickpockets and other petty
criminals.

If there are no confidence guards or military around, we should go to a internal military hire (commissariat) and record a complaint.

Know what you’re adult against:

The many renouned tactic on a metro is a crush-and-grab; You will be swarmed by several people, and in a chaos, as you’re being pushed, we will be pickpocketed.

Another tip: try to equivocate sitting or station right by a doors. Because another pretence they use is to squeeze a purse or smartphone, usually as a sight doors open and lurch away. Wherever we finish adult in a train, try to minimise entrance to your pockets and purses.

The age-old daze process involves a stratagem of seeking for directions, or attempts to sell we trinkets. During a distraction, someone will try to collect your pockets.

Another rather upsetting technique: Someone will chuck or brief something on we like H2O or ice cream. You will be approached by people who adopt to assistance you, and in a chaos, we will be pickpocketed.

ATM scams: If a appurtenance cooking your card, go into a bank immediately as it’s expected a machine’s been tampered with. Use usually ATMs from vital banks. Refrain from articulate to anyone during a transaction, as it’s expected partial of an try to fraud you.

As always, cover a keypad as we enter your pin code. – AFP RelaxNews

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