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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 the last souvenir you received? Chances are, it’s hidden deep in your closet or collecting dust somewhere. So the next time you’re souvenir hunting, forget the fridge magnets, keychains, t-shirts and little trinkets that your friends won’t know what to do with. Here are some unconventional souvenir ideas to bring back from Malaysia that your friends will love.


1. Textiles – Batik Songket
Batik and songket are traditional Malaysian textiles, each with its own unique designs. Malaysian batik is renowned for its vibrant colours and bold prints. The songket on the other hand, is a brocade of woven silk or cotton interwoven with either silver or golden threads. The intricate designs on the textile make great decorations around the home as tablecloths, pillow cases or even as a statement 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 great gift to introduce friends to the king of fruits. Love it or hate it, it’s sure to bring a great reaction out of them!

P/S: Get to know more about durian with our beginner’s guide to the king of fruits

Approximately MYR 20-25 for a box of chocolate

Where to buy:
Supermarkets, Airport Duty Free


3. Instant White Coffee
The coffee culture in Malaysia began in the olden kopitiam (coffee shop) days. It was a common sight to have the young and old enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee while reading the newspaper or chatting with one another. While kopitiams have evolved, Malaysian coffee has remained a favourite among the locals. Thanks to a special roasting technique involving margarine, Malaysian white coffee has a unique flavour and aroma that is loved by many. Creamy and rich in taste, the instant packs offer a convenience for the perfect cup of coffee at any time. Some of the more popular brands are OLDTOWN, Ah Huat and Aik Cheong.

Approximately MYR 12-15 for a pack of 15

Where to buy:
Supermarkets, OLDTOWN coffee shops


4. Curry Paste, Spices Sauces
Share a taste of Malaysia with those at home. From curry pastes to satay sauces, there are many different types of ready-to-cook sauces for you to bring home. Look out for Brahim’s or Baba’s for the most 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 instant noodles of all time, the MyKuali Penang White Curry instant noodles is as authentic as it gets for instant noodles. What sets this instant noodles apart is the chilli paste and non-dairy creamer that gives the soup a rich and creamy texture. When it was first launched, these noodles were so elusive that people were going into a frenzy trying to get their hands on them. Some would even buy them in bulk from the factory in Penang, to share them with friends back home. Thankfully, they are now easily available at most supermarkets.

Approximately MYR 6.90 for a pack of 4

Where to buy:


6. Gamat Products
A species of sea cucumber, gamat is rich in protein and has medicinal healing values. Processed gamat is available in a pure liquid type, also known as “air gamat” (gamat water) that can be consumed, and a mixed type, known as “minyak gamat” (gamat oil) that is used for external application. It is useful in healing cuts, burns, injuries and even toothaches.

Where to buy:
Gamat products can be found in pharmacies and supermarkets, but the best products can be found in Langkawi, home of the gamat industry in Malaysia.


7. Nutmeg Oil
Nutmeg oil is traditionally used to relieve muscular pains, sprains, cramps, headaches and stomachaches. It is made from the extract of the nutmeg seed. Just apply the oil on affected areas, and you’ll find relief. A popular brand of nutmeg oil is Cheong Kim Chuan which has a shop in Penang where you can find other nutmeg products too.

Where to buy:
Penang is the largest nutmeg producer in Malaysia, but nutmeg oil/balm can also be found in pharmacies nationwide.


8. Boh Tea
You might have seen the spectacle of teh tarik —Malaysia’s local tea—at mamaks, but the British also brought their love for English-styled tea when they colonised Malaysia. Founded in 1929 by J. A. Russell, BOH Plantations is the largest tea producer in Malaysia with tea gardens along the slopes of Cameron Highlands. Besides black tea, they also produce unique flavoured teas such as passion fruit, lime and ginger, mango, earl grey with tangerine and lemon mandarin.

Approximately MYR 5 for 25 teabags

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


9. Half-Boiled Egg Cooker
Half-boiled eggs remain a breakfast favourite across generations in Malaysia. This useful, nifty gadget makes it easy to make the perfect half-boiled eggs – soft egg whites, with runny yolks. Just put your eggs in, pour hot water up to the indicator line, and wait for the water to slowly drip into the bottom container. No fiddling with timers and stoves early in the morning!

Price: Approximately MYR 10

Where to buy: Supermarkets


10. Adopt a Turtle
Want to give a gift that makes a difference? Adopt a turtle in your friend’s name and help save the turtles in Terengganu. By adopting a turtle, you will be helping WWF in their efforts to protect this national icon to ensure that they are around for generations to come. You’ll receive a cute turtle plush toy, an info card and a certificate that you can give to your friend.

Donations start from MYR 38 monthly

Where to buy:
WWF Malaysia – Adopt A Turtle (

All geared up for shopping? Get more bargains at the 1Malaysia Year End Sale from 15th November 2014 to 4th January 2015.

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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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Cuisine in Melaka


Wednesday October 5, 2011

66-year-old Baba Nyonya actor Chee Hood Siong dies

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.