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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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10 Unconventional Souvenirs to Bring Back From Malaysia

Remember a final commemoration we received? Chances are, it’s dark low in your closet or collecting dirt somewhere. So a subsequent time you’re commemoration hunting, forget a fridge magnets, keychains, t-shirts and small trinkets that your friends won’t know what to do with. Here are some radical commemoration ideas to move behind from Malaysia that your friends will love.


1. Textiles – Batik Songket
Batik and songket are normal Malaysian textiles, any with a possess singular designs. Malaysian batik is eminent for a colourful colours and confidant prints. The songket on a other hand, is a brocade of woven silk or string interwoven with possibly china or golden threads. The perplexing designs on a weave make good decorations around a home as tablecloths, sham cases or even as a matter art piece.

Where to buy:
Central Market or Kraftangan Malaysia


2. Durian Chocolate
Whether you’re a fan of durian or not, durian chocolate is a good present to deliver friends to a aristocrat of fruits. Love it or hatred it, it’s certain to move a good greeting out of them!

P/S: Get to know some-more about durian with a beginner’s beam to a aristocrat of fruits

Approximately MYR 20-25 for a box of chocolate

Where to buy:
Supermarkets, Airport Duty Free


3. Instant White Coffee
The coffee enlightenment in Malaysia began in a ancient kopitiam (coffee shop) days. It was a common steer to have a immature and aged enjoying a crater of creatively brewed coffee while reading a journal or chatting with one another. While kopitiams have evolved, Malaysian coffee has remained a favourite among a locals. Thanks to a special roasting technique involving margarine, Malaysian white coffee has a singular essence and aroma that is desired by many. Creamy and abounding in taste, a present packs offer a preference for a ideal crater of coffee during any time. Some of a some-more renouned brands are OLDTOWN, Ah Huat and Aik Cheong.

Approximately MYR 12-15 for a enclosure of 15

Where to buy:
Supermarkets, OLDTOWN coffee shops


4. Curry Paste, Spices Sauces
Share a ambience of Malaysia with those during home. From curry pastes to satay sauces, there are many opposite forms of ready-to-cook salsas for we to move home. Look out for Brahim’s or Baba’s for a many authentic flavours.

Approximately MYR 4-7 for a pack

Where to buy:


5. MyKuali Penang White Curry Instant Noodles
Ranked seventh in The Ramen Rater’s list of spiciest present noodles of all time, a MyKuali Penang White Curry present noodles is as authentic as it gets for present noodles. What sets this present noodles detached is a chilli pulp and non-dairy creamer that gives a soup a abounding and tawny texture. When it was initial launched, these noodles were so fugitive that people were going into a frenzy perplexing to get their hands on them. Some would even buy them in bulk from a bureau in Penang, to share them with friends behind home. Thankfully, they are now simply accessible during many supermarkets.

Approximately MYR 6.90 for a enclosure of 4

Where to buy:


6. Gamat Products
A class of sea cucumber, gamat is abounding in protein and has medicinal recovering values. Processed gamat is accessible in a pristine glass type, also famous as “air gamat” (gamat water) that can be consumed, and a churned type, famous as “minyak gamat” (gamat oil) that is used for outmost application. It is useful in recovering cuts, burns, injuries and even toothaches.

Where to buy:
Gamat products can be found in pharmacies and supermarkets, though a best products can be found in Langkawi, home of a gamat attention in Malaysia.


7. Nutmeg Oil
Nutmeg oil is traditionally used to soothe robust pains, sprains, cramps, headaches and stomachaches. It is done from a remove of a nutmeg seed. Just request a oil on influenced areas, and you’ll find relief. A renouned code of nutmeg oil is Cheong Kim Chuan that has a emporium in Penang where we can find other nutmeg products too.

Where to buy:
Penang is a largest nutmeg writer in Malaysia, though nutmeg oil/balm can also be found in pharmacies nationwide.


8. Boh Tea
You competence have seen a spectacle of teh tarik —Malaysia’s internal tea—at mamaks, though a British also brought their adore for English-styled tea when they colonised Malaysia. Founded in 1929 by J. A. Russell, BOH Plantations is a largest tea writer in Malaysia with tea gardens along a slopes of Cameron Highlands. Besides black tea, they also furnish singular flavoured teas such as passion fruit, orange and ginger, mango, nobleman grey with tangerine and lemon mandarin.

Approximately MYR 5 for 25 teabags

Where to buy:
Supermarkets or Boh Tea camp in Cameron Highlands


9. Half-Boiled Egg Cooker
Half-boiled eggs sojourn a breakfast favourite opposite generations in Malaysia. This useful, nifty tool creates it easy to make a ideal half-boiled eggs – soothing egg whites, with runny yolks. Just put your eggs in, flow prohibited H2O adult to a indicator line, and wait for a H2O to solemnly season into a bottom container. No fiddling with timers and stoves early in a morning!

Price: Approximately MYR 10

Where to buy: Supermarkets


10. Adopt a Turtle
Want to give a present that creates a difference? Adopt a turtle in your friend’s name and assistance save a turtles in Terengganu. By adopting a turtle, we will be assisting WWF in their efforts to strengthen this inhabitant idol to safeguard that they are around for generations to come. You’ll accept a lovable turtle plush toy, an info label and a certificate that we can give to your friend.

Donations start from MYR 38 monthly

Where to buy:
WWF Malaysia – Adopt A Turtle (

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Cuisine in Melaka


Email    Print 20 September 2012 | last updated at 10:34PM

Taking arts to Malacca streets

THE largest and only site specific art and performance festival on a Unesco heritage site returns to Malacca for the fourth time from tomorrow to Sunday.

The Mapfest 2012 team

The Melaka Art And Performance Festival or Mapfest 2012, held daily at 10am, has performances by more than 50 local and international artistes from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, France, Ghana, South Korea, Ireland, Brazil, Italy, the Netherlands, Morocco, Canada, Poland and the United States.
They will perform on the streets along St Paul’s Hill and the asphalt will become their canvas.

Mapfest 2012 draws from Malacca’s famous heritage sites to create a space for contemporary culture and artistic practice. It will have components such as Cerita Pendek (Short Stories) 1 and 2, visual arts, discussions and workshops.
Cerita Pendek brings together dance, music and performances from all participating artistes in short works over two nights at St Paul’s Church.

On Sunday night, they will all perform Eulogy For The Living, a spectacular finale directed by Tony Yap and accompanied by live music, and projections by Khaled Sabsabi.
Producer Andrew Ching says: “The festival provides an avenue for up-coming performers to showcase their talents and collaborate with international artistes.”

Festival supporter the Malaysia Convention And Exhibition Bureau chief executive officer Zulkefli Sharif says that as a heritage site, Malacca has always been a popular tourist attraction and the festival enhances its offerings.

The event is set to attract more than 4,000 international attendees who can join a dance workshop by Australia’s leading dancer Appiah Annan of Asanti Dance Theatre who will introduce traditional and contemporary approaches to dance from his motherland, Ghana.

Mapfest 2012 is produced by Arts And Performance Festival Melaka and is supported by the Tourism Ministry, E-Plus Entertainment, Mercatus Plus, Badan Warisan Malaysia and the governments of the Netherlands, Australia and France among others.

Admission is free.

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Wednesday October 5, 2011

66-year-old Baba Nyonya actor Chee Hood Siong dies
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has lost one of her most beloved television icons. Chee Hood Siong, of the popular 1990s comedy Baba Nyonya, passed away on Sunday of a heart attack.

He was 66, and left behind wife Gladys Ong Keng Wah and two children.

Chee was best known for his role in TV1’s Baba Nyonya, in which he dressed in drag to play Ah Chim, a Peranakan woman together with his long-time partner Kenny Chan, who played “her” best friend Bibik Kim Neo.

The series is recognised by the Malaysian Book Of Records as the longest-running TV series in the country ever, lasting from the late 80s till 2000, with 509 episodes in total.

Chan, who now owns a restaurant called King’s Caf in Malacca, said that Chee would be sorely missed.

The pair of close friends had worked together in show business for more than 30 years.

“He was a very versatile actor. He could take on whatever role you gave him,” Chan said.

“We’ve gone through thick and thin and travelled all over the world together.”

The pair was most recently seen in the local box-office hit Nasi Lemak 2.0, directed by Namewee, in which he and Chee played a Baba and Nyonya couple who taught Namewee’s Chef Huang character how to make a good nasi lemak sambal paste.

Fred Chong, producer of Nasi Lemak 2.0, said it took him and Namewee two months to convince Chee and Chan to come out of retirement and appear in their movie.

“Uncle Chee had already retired, and did not want to do the show without Kenny. We finally convinced them to do it after they learnt about the message of social unity that we wanted to convey,” said Chong.

“When they finally came on the set, they were amazing! They had so much chemistry that only about 50% of their scenes and dialogue were scripted. The rest was done impromptu!”

According to Chan, Chee was initially reluctant to take the role because he did not want to act as a woman anymore.

“I had to convince him to take the role by becoming my husband instead!” he said.

“I was glad that we took part in that movie, but I am also sad that it was to be his last movie.”

Webmaster: Baba Chee and Baba Chan have promoted Peranakan culture and cuisine in Melaka and all over the world over the years. Sad that Baba Chee has passed on but his legacy lives in all of us, Malaccans. May he find Nirvana and our condolences to the family of Baba Chee.

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