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  • 50 Hours Underwater - A Dive for Hope
    The Asian Premier screening of "50 Hours Underwater - A Dive for Hope" promises attendees a captivating and enlightening experience at the 2024 Malaysia International Dive Expo.This documentary offers a rare glimpse into the mysterious underwater world, featuring untold stories, vibrant visuals, and thought-provoking themes of resilience, triumph, and societal issues.50 Hours Underwater - A Dive for HopeBy celebrating the incredible diversity and complexity of the underwater world, along with its characters and issues, the documentary aims to spark conversations and deepen understanding and appreciation for the deep blue.50 Hours Underwater Film Documentary at MIDE 2024.Following the screening, attendees can engage with the documentary's creators, providing a platform for discussion and sharing insights.The lineup of individuals involved in the creation of the documentary is impressive, featuring names such as Shaff Naeem, Michelle Wettstein, Victor Socin Daoonq, and many others who have contributed their expertise and passion to bring this project to life.With its promise to transport viewers on an epic underwater adventure, "50 Hours Underwater?A Dive for Hope" is a must-see for anyone interested in the beauty and mysteries of the ocean.The premiere of the underwater film.Screening TimeDate: 8 June, 2024Time: 1.40 PM - 2.40 PMVenue: Hall 2, MIDE Main Stage, MITEC KLConclusionTo catch this unique and special premiere of 50 Hours Underwater?A Dive for Hope, be at the MIDE main stage on 8 June 2024.The Malaysia International Dive Expo 2024 will be held from 7-9 June at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur and is the largest scuba diving exhibition in the country.
    Wednesday 8th of May 2024 09:57:00 AM
  • Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair 2024
    The Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair 2024, which promotes the State's authentic countryside experiences, will be promoted outside the State for the first time.Sabah Tourism Board Chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said the event is scheduled for October at the IOI City Mall in Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative capital.Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair 2024Joniston said it was time for local community-based operators to venture out of their comfort zone and into bigger markets. This event offers tour operators and rural tourism product operators the chance to get together and discuss how to better package rural destinations for new markets. He said this during the handing over of the screen panel and the 2024 Kiulu Tourism Association Appreciation programme, which was attended by 26 community-based tourism operators and 40 private entrepreneurs.Joniston said a Mentor and Mentee programme will also be introduced in Kiulu, providing a platform for successful tourism operators to share their success stories with newcomers.The Sabah Tourism Board is also currently identifying mentors and mentees for the programme, and the sessions will be done in phases.Joniston, the Assistant Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister, announced that three Sabah rural operators have been shortlisted for this year's Asean Tourism Standard Accreditation.The three operators had met the 10 criteria set for the prestigious award, and they are;Murug-Turug Eco TourismLingga Eco TourismBambangan Lama Eco Tourism The main criteria emphasise management, business direction, standard operating procedures, and how tourism activities impact the local economy.Most importantly, all these must be documented and winning the award would strengthen Sabah's growing international reputation for rural tourism.The previous fair was held at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.ConclusionThe previous Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair was held at the Suria Sabah Shopping Mall in Kota Kinabalu from 17-19 November 2023.This time, the opportunity to have the fair at Putrajaya is considered a leap forward, opening up this segment of rural tourism to the peninsular market.
    Wednesday 8th of May 2024 08:45:00 AM
  • Scuba Diving at Makassar
    Scuba diving at Makassar, particularly around Samalona Island, offers an incredible underwater experience with its diverse marine life and fascinating wreck sites.Due to limited publicity, only a little is known about diving here, and as for me, I only went snorkelling as time was off my side.Scuba Diving at MakassarMy trip to Samalona Island was with a group. We explored this beautiful island for photography. After snorkelling there, I told myself that one day, I would scuba dive there.A local dive boat around Samalona Island.Here's a bit more detail about scuba diving opportunities around Samalona Island:Samalona Island Coral Reefs: The coral reefs surrounding Samalona Island are home to a wide variety of tropical fish, both large and small. The beautiful coral landscape makes it an ideal spot for beginner divers. Wreck Diving: For experienced wreck divers, Samalona Island and its neighbouring islands and atolls offer a treasure trove of wreck sites to explore. Here are some of the wrecks you can find in the area:Samalona (Maru wreck)Kodengareng Keke (Gunboat wreck)Tin-Tingan Atoll (Cargo vessel wreck)Takabakan Atoll (Japanese Submarine wreck)Samalona Island (Michell-Lanchester bomber wreck)Tanakeke (Cargo vessel and the Nikko Maru wreck)Labutung Atoll (Cargo vessel wreck)Lai Lai Island (Hakko Maru wreck)The wreck sites above provide a unique opportunity to explore sunken ships and witness marine life thriving in and around them.Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, diving at Makassar promises unforgettable underwater adventures. Just ensure you dive with a reputable operator for safety and guidance.Dive Centres in MakassarBelow is a list of active scuba diving centres in Makassar, which were checked in early May 2024. You can look them up on Google and contact them for more information about prices.Nemo Diving MakassarSangkarang Dive MakassarMakassar Scuba WorldBubblemakers Pro Dive Shop & PADI Dive CenterGGI ScubaCahaya 32 Dive ShopDolphin Diving ClubFDC UNHAS (Fisheries Diving Club)AC DIVE CENTERDeco Dive TripFAMS' SCUBA DIVEIf you will also spend extra days exploring this part of Sulawesi, here is an article I did on where to go in Makassar.A couple of scuba divers were seen around the jetty of Samalona Island.ConclusionFor more information, you can also visit the Malaysia International Dive Expo, or MIDE, which occurs yearly in Kuala Lumpur.Anyone planning to go scuba diving in Makassar should make prior arrangements with a certified and licensed dive operator.There are direct flights into Makassar from Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta with budget airlines such as AirAsia, Wings and even Batik.
    Friday 3rd of May 2024 05:27:00 AM
  • Things to do in Labuan
    As one of the lesser-visited destinations in Malaysia, I have come up with a simple list of things to do in Labuan for anyone planning to come here.Labuan offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, namely if this place is on your Malaysia bucket list. While this FT is known for its oil and gas, it is also one of the duty-free places in Malaysia.Things to do in LabuanClick on the larger map to see this tourist map of Labuan.For anyone planning to visit this federal territory of Malaysia, here is a list of things to do in Labuan:Duty-Free Shopping: Take advantage of Labuan's duty-free status and explore the modern shopping centres, which offer a wide range of goods, including spirits, tobacco, textiles, and appliances. Take advantage of the annual shopping carnival with attractive discounts. Explore World War II Sites: Visit significant historical sites such as the Labuan War Cemetery, Allied Landing Point, and Japanese Surrender Park to learn about Labuan's role during World War II. Wreck Diving: Dive into the clear blue waters surrounding Labuan and explore its renowned wreck diving sites, including the Australian Wreck, American Wreck, Cement Wreck, and Blue Water Wreck. Enjoy Outdoor Activities: Engage in outdoor activities like sport fishing, which Labuan is famous for. The surrounding islands offer rich coral and fishing grounds, making them an ideal destination for deep-sea and coastal fishing. Attend Cultural Shows: Experience the local culture by attending cultural shows that excite Labuan's atmosphere. These shows offer insights into the island's traditions and heritage. Visit Natural Attractions: Relax on Labuan's beautiful beaches, such as Batu Manikar, Pancur Hitam, and Layang-layangan beach. Enjoy picnics, swimming, and sunbathing while appreciating the pristine beauty of the South China Sea. Explore Kampung Air (Water Village): Stroll through the attractive water village, where houses, shops, and mosques are built on wooden stilts along the water's edge. Experience the unique lifestyle of the villagers and snap some memorable photos. Golfing: Play golf at Labuan's golf courses, including the Labuan International Golf Club and Labuan Golf Club, which offer stunning views of the South China Sea and lush greenery. Visit Cultural and Architectural Landmarks: Explore cultural landmarks like the Jamek An-Nur Mosque, the largest mosque in Labuan, and Labuan Square, where various events and celebrations are held. Bird Watching: Visit the Bird Park, which houses various bird species. Enjoy observing and learning about the different birds in their natural habitat.Labuan is a vibrant, unexplored city.ConclusionWhether you are interested in ecotourism, history, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply relaxing on the beach, Labuan has something to offer for every type of traveller.I hope this list of things to do in Labuan has given you a better insight into what you can do if you plan to visit this place in Malaysia, Borneo.
    Friday 3rd of May 2024 04:58:00 AM
  • Markets To Visit in Hong Kong
    Exploring markets can be an exciting and enriching experience, and I have compiled a list of markets in Hong Kong to visit based on the type of things you want to see.The markets are located in various places around the island and mainland. Some of them require travelling by the MRT or bus to get there.Each market offers a unique experience and an opportunity to explore different aspects of Hong Kong's culture and commerce, and it is suited to people from all walks of life.Markets To Visit in Hong KongThe famous Goldfish Market in Hong Kong.Here's a brief summary of the markets in Hong Kong to visitLadies Market in Mong Kok: Known for its wide variety of items catering to women, from clothing to accessories. This is one of the most famous markets in Hong Kong.Sneaker Street or Sports Shoe Market in Mong Kok: A paradise for shoe enthusiasts with a vast selection of sports shoes and sneakers. Be careful of fakes.Temple Street Night Market: This bustling night market offers various goods, from souvenirs to fortune-telling services and many food stalls. It is highly popular and one of the top three markets in Hong Kong.Gold Fish Market (Tung Choi Street): This unique market specialises in goldfish, other aquatic pets, and related supplies. It's great for window shopping or buying stuff for your aquarium.Cat Street Antique Market: Offering historical memorabilia, antiques, and unique items with a rich cultural heritage.Ap Liu Street Electronics Market: This flea market for electronics and gadgets lets visitors find new and second-hand items at varying prices.Flower Market: This colourful and fragrant market offers various flowers and is especially popular during the Lunar New Year.Tai Yuen Street Toy Market: This is a haven for traditional toys, offering a nostalgic experience for kids and adults. Stalls sells a variety of old-fashioned toys and games, from classic figurines to retro board games.Stanley Market: This is a more upscale market with covered stalls. It offers a range of goods, including artwork, clothing, and souvenirs.Costume Market: This market, located in the central area, specialises in costumes and accessories. It is particularly popular during Halloween but is open year-round.Jade Market: Located in Yau Ma Tei, this market specialises in jade jewellery and ornaments. Visitors can find various jade items, from pendants to figurines, at affordable and high-end prices.Bird Market: Situated in Yuen Po Street Bird Garden in Mong Kok, this market is a haven for bird enthusiasts. Visitors can browse various birdcages and accessories and purchase birds and supplies.Dried Seafood Market: To taste Hong Kong's culinary culture, visit the Dried Seafood Market in Sheung Wan. Here, you'll find a wide array of dried seafood products, herbs, and traditional Chinese ingredients.Each market has charm and appeal, catering to different interests and preferences. Exploring these markets can provide insight into Hong Kong's vibrant culture and diverse shopping scene.Mong Kok's market will impress any first-timer in Hong Kong.Sports Show Street Market Hong Kong.Temple Street Market in Hong Kong.There are many different types of markets in Hong Kong.Tips for Visiting Hong Kong MarketsIf you're planning to visit these markets, here are some tips to make the most of your experience:Timing: Some markets, like the Ladies Market, are open until midnight, while others, like the Flower Market, have specific peak seasons, such as the build-up to the Lunar New Year. Plan your visit accordingly to avoid crowds and to catch the best deals.Transportation: Most markets are easily accessible by public transportation, such as the MTR or buses. To streamline your journey, check the nearest stations or bus routes to your chosen market.Bargaining: Haggling is common in many Hong Kong markets, so don't hesitate to negotiate prices, especially in places like Stanley Market or the Costume Market. However, remember to be polite and respectful during the process.Exploration: Take your time to explore each market thoroughly. You never know what hidden treasures you might find, whether it's unique souvenirs, vintage toys, or antique collectables.Safety: Be mindful of your belongings and surroundings in any crowded area. Keep your valuables secure and be aware of pickpockets, especially in crowded markets like Mong Kok.By following these tips, you can have a rewarding and enjoyable shopping experience in the vibrant markets of Hong Kong.You find all kinds of everything at some of the markets in Hong Kong.The Hong Kong Ladies Market. Conclusion This comprehensive list covers various interests and provides valuable insights into Hong Kong's vibrant culture and shopping scene.Whether visitors are looking for trendy fashion items, unique collectables, or traditional souvenirs, the markets to visit in Hong Kong offer something for everyone.
    Wednesday 24th of April 2024 03:00:00 AM
  • 12 Agro-Tourism Products in Sabah
    The introduction of twelve agro-tourism products in Sabah underscores the state's emergence as a thriving rural tourism destination.These carefully curated products, selected for their sustainable practices, are dispersed throughout North Borneo, offering visitors diverse experiences that celebrate Sabah's rich agricultural heritage. Led by a state rural tourism joint steering committee comprising representatives from various ministries, including Tourism, Culture, Agriculture, Fisheries, and Rural Development, the initiative aims to elevate Sabah's rural tourism sector by fostering collaboration and implementing effective strategies.Here are the 12 Agro Tourism Places in Sabah:This is Tenom Coffee, growing at a farm in Tenom.Kota Belud:Mount Kinabalu Coffee & Sunduan Pisompuruan Everything PineappleKudat:Tampakan Fish FarmGombizau Honey Bee FarmKota Marudu:Saujana HillLahad Datu:Irunji Agro TourismVisiting a lime farm in Sabah.Beaufort:Selagon Agro FarmTenom:Sabah Agriculture ParkPadas FarmstayYong FarmstayYit Foh Tenom CoffeeFatt Choi CoffeeRanau:Desa Cattle Dairy FarmDesa Dairy Farm at Ranau, Sabah.In addition to promoting these agro-tourism destinations, the committee also discussed addressing infrastructure needs, such as roads and unlicensed homestays, particularly in rural areas.Emphasis was placed on promoting regulated lodging options to ensure the safety and authenticity of tourist experiences while benefiting local hosts and communities.ConclusionFor travellers venturing to North Borneo, these 12 agro-tourism products offer a unique opportunity to explore Sabah's agricultural landscapes, indulge in local delicacies, and engage with the vibrant rural communities that call this region home.
    Monday 22nd of April 2024 03:00:00 AM
  • Sabah-Sulawesi Ferry Service
    Opening a sea transport route from Tanjung Silopo in West Sulawesi, Indonesia, to Lahad Datu is poised to benefit both countries for the discussed Sabah-Sulawesi ferry service. This development is particularly significant considering the presence of families in Indonesia with members working in Sabah. At the same time, Sabahans might be intrigued by the prospect of holidaying in Sulawesi.Sabah-Sulawesi Ferry ServiceWith plans for twice-monthly trips and an evaluation scheduled after six months to determine the trial period's extension, the route promises to facilitate more excellent connectivity between the two regions. The journey between Sulawesi's Tanjung Silopo and Lahad Datu will take three days, and passengers should be prepared.District Officer Firuz Idzualdeen Mohd Dzul affirmed that the government has greenlit KM Cattleya Express cruise's application to operate on this route.Depending on the response and impact observed on both sides, the authorities would contemplate extending the cruise service further.The promotion for Lahad Datu to Tanjung Silopo Ferry.Currently, the frequency of voyages is set at twice a month by schedules coordinated by Malaysian and Indonesian authorities. This arrangement accommodates tourists interested in visiting Sabah or Malaysians keen on exploring Indonesia via the ferry service.Precautionary measures have been implemented by the district office to address potential increases in COVID-19 cases. These measures encompass comprehensive monitoring of each cruise arrival by the Ministry of Health (KKM) to ensure the safety and well-being of passengers.The Lahad Datu Ferry Terminal.KM Cattleya Express ferry from Lahad Datu to Sulawesi.Andi Ibrahim Masdar, the Bupati (District Head) of Polewali Mandar at Sulawesi Tengah, expressed satisfaction with the voyage, which culminated in six years of collaborative efforts.He emphasized the cruise's significance in facilitating family reunions between Indonesia and Sabah, thereby fostering stronger people-to-people relationships between the two nations.Buy Lahad Datu to Sulawesi Ferry TicketsTo buy the ferry tickets, you should contact Dakota Marine Agencies via their Facebook page, as there are WhatsApp and phone numbers.There is no official ferry ticket booking website, and the Facebook page is legitimate, as I checked it from my desktop.ConclusionOverall, the inauguration of this sea transport route holds promise for enhancing tourism, strengthening bilateral ties, and fostering greater socio-economic cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia with this Sabah-Sulawesi ferry service.
    Thursday 18th of April 2024 03:00:00 AM
  • What to do in Garut
    This article discusses what to do in Garut, located in the western part of Jawa Island in Indonesia. Garut is often called the "Swiss van Java" due to its higher elevation and cooler climate, offering an enchanting retreat 90 minutes away from Bandung.What to do in GarutIn 2016, I had the pleasure of visiting this unique place and here's a detailed guide to exploring Garut:Where to Go:Dodol Factory Visit: Experience the making of Dodol Garut, a renowned sweet confection, at Picnic, a pioneer in Dodol production in Garut.Outdoor Activities: Embark on trekking and hiking at scenic spots like Papandayan Mountain, Haruman Mountain, and Guntur Mountain.Candi Cangkuang: Explore the historical Hindu temple, offering insights into the region's rich cultural heritage.Kawah Darajat (Darajat Crater): This fascinating volcanic crater, similar to others in the region, showcases nature's wonders.Batik Garut is being done by locals.What to Buy:Batik Garut: Discover the artistry of West Java Batik at Rasya Batik Garutan, where you can also enjoy a guided tour of the batik-making process.Garut Leather Goods: Shop for quality leather jackets, bags, and accessories made from locally sourced Domba Garut leather, known for its affordability and durability.Bamboo Craft: Explore the intricate bamboo crafts produced by local artisans, offering unique souvenirs to take home.The hot spring resort in Garut.Where to Stay:Kampung Sumber Alam Hot Spring Resort: Indulge in a wellness retreat at this Sundanese village-style resort, featuring timber villas and rejuvenating hot spring pools amidst lush landscaping.Nasi Liwet is a Garut local cuisine that must be tried.What to Eat:Nasi Liwet: Treat your taste buds to this popular local dish, featuring rice cooked in coconut milk and an array of flavorful side dishes. The chilli can be overwhelming.Javanese or Sundanese Cuisine: Explore the diverse culinary offerings in Garut's main town area, where you can savour authentic Javanese and Sundanese delicacies.ConclusionGarut beckons travellers with its cool climate, natural beauty, cultural heritage, and delectable cuisine, offering a memorable escape from Bandung's bustling city life.Whether you're seeking unique outdoor adventures, cultural exploration, or a relaxing getaway, Garut has something unique to offer every visitor. I hope this list of things to do in Garut comes in handy for anyone heading here.
    Wednesday 17th of April 2024 03:00:00 AM
  • Visit Selangor Year 2025 Focuses on Ecotourism Promotions
    The Selangor government has ambitious plans to boost tourism in the state. In line with Visit Selangor Year 2025, the target is to attract seven billion local and international tourists by the year 2025.This initiative focuses on promoting ecotourism and leveraging Selangor's natural beauty and diverse landscapes.Visit Selangor Year 2025 Focuses on Ecotourism PromotionsDatuk Ng Suee Lim, the chairman of the State Local Government and Tourism Committee, highlighted that this target is based on the significant contribution of the tourism industry to Selangor's gross domestic product (GDP), which stood at 26.5% in 2022.He also mentioned the state's recent success in tourism, with 6.54 million tourists visiting Selangor in 2023, surpassing the target of five million.To achieve the ambitious goal for 2025, the government is intensifying efforts to promote ecotourism, particularly in the northern and southern parts of the state. These areas offer attractive tourist packages and showcase Selangor's natural wonders and cultural heritage.The promotion campaigns "Nak Bercuti? Pusing Selangor Dulu!" for domestic tourists and "Splendid Selangor, Take Me Anywhere!" for international tourists aim to attract visitors by highlighting the state's accessibility and diverse attractions.Ulu Yam in Selangor.Selangor's strategic location, with major airports such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 and 2 and Subang Airport, makes it an ideal starting point for travellers exploring Malaysia. The government aims to encourage tourists to explore Selangor first before venturing into other states.In addition to promotional campaigns, the government plans to organize a Selangor Fair to showcase the state's unique features and offer attractive holiday packages to the public. This initiative aims to emulate the success of events like the Matta Fair, focusing specifically on promoting tourism within Selangor.Overall, the Selangor government's efforts to boost tourism through ecotourism promotion and strategic marketing campaigns demonstrate its commitment to showcasing the state's natural and cultural attractions to domestic and international visitors.
    Tuesday 16th of April 2024 03:00:00 AM
  • 7 Ways to Save Your Travel Memories: A Comprehensive Guide
    Embarking on a journey is more than just exploring new destinations; it's about creating lasting memories that enrich our lives long after the adventure ends. However, these cherished moments can gradually fade from memory as time passes.That's where the importance of preserving travel memories comes into play. Whether it's reminiscing about a breathtaking sunset, reliving a spontaneous adventure, or simply savouring the flavours of foreign cuisine, finding ways to capture and preserve these experiences ensures they remain vibrant and alive.This comprehensive guide delves into seven effective methods to safeguard your travel memories for years to come. From traditional approaches like keeping a travel journal and creating photo albums to modern techniques such as recording videos and curating digital memory banks, each method offers unique advantages in immortalizing your adventures.Whether you're a seasoned globetrotter or a novice explorer, these strategies will help you preserve your travel memories and enhance your overall travel experience by encouraging mindfulness and reflection. So, let's embark on this preservation journey and relive the magic of our travels together.Keep a Travel JournalKeeping a travel journal is a timeless way to document your adventures and preserve precious memories. Whether you opt for a classic leather-bound notebook or a digital journaling app, recording your experiences offers numerous benefits. It allows you to capture your travels' sights, sounds, and sensations and provides a space for introspection and reflection.By jotting down your thoughts, observations, and emotions each day, you create a detailed narrative of your journey that can be revisited and cherished for years. Additionally, a travel journal serves as a valuable resource for recalling specific details, such as the name of a quaint café you stumbled upon or a friendly local you met along the way.Whether you're a seasoned traveller or embarking on your first adventure, keeping a travel journal is essential for preserving the essence of your experiences and ensuring they remain vivid in your memory.Create a Photo AlbumCreating a photo album is a beautiful way to encapsulate the essence of your travels and relive cherished moments. Organizing your photos into a physical or digital album allows you to curate a visual narrative of your journey, from breathtaking landscapes to candid snapshots of local life.With technological advancements, digital photo albums offer the convenience of easily sharing your memories with friends and family, while traditional photo albums exude a nostalgic charm.Selecting the perfect photos and arranging them thoughtfully in your album enables you to showcase the highlights of your trip and evoke the emotions tied to each moment captured.Whether you choose to create a themed album for a specific trip or compile a collection of your favourite memories from various adventures, a well-crafted photo album serves as a tangible keepsake that preserves the magic of your travels for years to come.Make a ScrapbookCrafting a scrapbook is a creative and personalized way to preserve travel memories. You create a visual tapestry that tells the story of your adventures by incorporating mementoes such as tickets, postcards, and maps alongside your photos.From designing unique layouts to adding handwritten captions, each page of your scrapbook reflects the essence of your journey, capturing the sights, sounds, and sentiments that made it unforgettable.Scrapbooking allows you to unleash your creativity and tailor your album to suit your individual style and preferences. The possibilities are endless, whether you prefer a minimalist design or a more elaborate approach with embellishments and decorations.As you flip through the pages of your scrapbook, you'll find yourself transported back to the moments you cherish most, reliving the excitement of your travels with each page turn.Collect SouvenirsCollecting souvenirs is a delightful way to commemorate your travels and bring a piece of your adventures back home with you. Whether it's a handcrafted trinket from a local artisan or a unique keepsake from a landmark you visited, souvenirs are tangible reminders of the places you've explored and the memories you've made. By carefully selecting souvenirs that hold personal significance, you can create a curated collection that tells the story of your journeys.When collecting souvenirs, consider selecting authentic items for the destination and reflecting its culture and traditions. Look for locally made crafts, artisanal products, or regional specialities that capture the essence of the place you're visiting.Additionally, choose practical or meaningful souvenirs rather than simply decorative, ensuring that they will continue to evoke fond memories long after your trip has ended. Whether displayed on a shelf, worn as jewellery, or used daily, souvenirs are tangible reminders of the adventures you've embarked upon and the experiences that have shaped you.Record VideosRecording videos is an immersive way to capture the essence of your travels and preserve memorable moments in vivid detail. Whether you're exploring bustling city streets or tranquil natural landscapes, videos offer a dynamic glimpse into your adventures, capturing not only the sights but also the sounds and atmosphere of each location. With smartphones equipped with high-quality cameras, capturing and sharing videos has always been challenging.To enhance your video recording experience, consider using a free online video editor to fine-tune your footage and create polished, professional-looking videos. These user-friendly tools allow you to trim, edit, and add effects to your videos, transforming raw footage into captivating visual stories.Whether you're a novice filmmaker or a seasoned videographer, harnessing the power of a free online video editor enables you to unleash your creativity and craft compelling narratives that bring your travel experiences to life.Create a Digital Memory BankCreating a digital memory bank is an efficient method of safeguarding your travel memories. Cloud storage solutions, like Google Drive or Dropbox, allow you to securely store photos, videos, and documents online.This ensures that your precious memories are protected from loss or damage due to unforeseen circumstances like device malfunctions or accidents. With the added benefit of accessibility from any internet-connected device, your digital memory bank allows you to relive your adventures easily, anytime and anywhere.ConclusionI love taking travel photos and videos on all of my trips. I edit them to share on my social media platforms. Here is an example of my Sarawak smartphone photography in Borneo.In conclusion, preserving your travel memories is an invaluable investment that enriches your life long after the journey ends. Whether through keeping a travel journal, creating photo albums, or utilizing modern digital tools, there are countless ways to capture and cherish the magic of your adventures.By incorporating these methods into your travel routine, you can ensure that each experience is etched into your memory and shared with future generations. So, embark on your next adventure knowing that your cherished memories are safely preserved, ready to be revisited and cherished for years.
    Sunday 14th of April 2024 02:54:00 PM
  • Melaka Floating Market
    I was shocked to hear about the Melaka Floating Market project that was supposed to be launched in February 2024, and it is now past that time and April when writing this.As this year is Visit Melaka Year 2024, many projects and programs have been planned for two years after the pandemic, and the floating market in Melaka was one of them.Update 6 May 2024: The proposed launch for the Melaka Floating Market has been postponed until June as more vendors need to take up the boat slots. This time around, only 30 boats will be allocated for the project.Melaka Floating MarketBefore you get all excited, the main image you see above was taken back in 2013, when I visited the Hat Yai floating market in Southern Thailand for the second time.I used this photo as my main image to give people an idea of what it looks like. If you want to see more, check out my first visit to the floating market in Hat Yai in 2010.The floating market in Hat Yai, Southern Thailand.While there have been some positive and negative sentiments from all sectors, the Melaka government sees this as a win for tourism. However, many news reports have been against the idea.This project was scheduled to commence operations in February 2024 to provide a unique experience for locals and tourists visiting the floating market.The plan was laid out so that 50 vendors would operate in boats while 200 onshore kiosks would provide various traditional Melaka products and foods.A scene at the floating market in Hat Yai.The market will feature modern roofed boats, creating an appealing visual along 120 feet at Phase Two of Sungai Melaka.According to news reports, the Melaka City Council developed the floating market concept and idea inspired by Thailand and Kalimantan floating markets.However, the Melaka Floating Market uses a different method, and people can purchase from both water and land, making it a dual-purpose market.But in actual fact, the Khlong Hae Floating Market in Hat Yai was already doing the boat and land market more than 10 years back, therefore this is nothing new.The land market at Khlong Hae in Hat Yai.The council has also mentioned a tie-up with the Melaka River Cruise, where visitors can stop by and buy directly from the boats. The council has also ensured that businesses operating the boats and stalls prioritise Melaka-focused products such as Portuguese food, Chetti, Baba and Nyonya, and dry goods from Melaka.According to the State Tourism, Heritage, Arts, and Culture Committee chairman, Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman, he stated that PPSPM plans to offer 30 boats for the floating market, 60 business kiosks at the river banks, and a floating restaurant as a new tourist attraction in the state.Photos at a Floating MarketBelow are random photos taken at the Khlong Hae Floating Market in Hat Yai, Thailand, in 2013. If you notice, the market traders are mostly Thai-Muslim traders, and the food is all Halal.This is one of the largest crowd pullers from Malaysia when they visit Hat Yai, as the experience is quite unique and different.But if the floating market in Melaka takes off, will there be any proper guidelines to make it unique and different?Or will it just be another pasar (market) with no enforcement and a tidak apa (don't care) attitude? We shall see how this works out when they open, as Malaysia is quite known for failing to follow through.The photos below provide readers with a visual of how a floating market should look and feel, where vendors take pride in how to look and the quality and uniqueness of food sold.Muslim vendors selling different types of snacks and food at a floating market.A food seller hands over the items and collects money in the same basket.A vendor selling grilled fish in banana leaves.A seller frying an omelette on her boat to be served.A vendor poses with her coconut speciality dish.Where is the Melaka Floating Market?The Melaka Floating Market is located at Dataran Pengakalan Rama, near the other end of the Melaka River Cruise Jetty Taman Rempah.Another landmark is the Hang Jebat Bridge (Jambatan Hang Jebat). To get there, search for Dataran Pengkalan Rama in Google Maps or Waze. For tourists, you can take a slow walk here from Jonker Street; otherwise, you can use a ride-hailing service like Grab to get there. It is close to the core tourist area of Melaka.From Jonker Walk, driving to the floating market will take about 10 minutes.Melaka Floating Market InformationLaunch Date: Supposed February 2024, now TBCLocation: Riverside, Jalan Pengkalan, Kampung Pengkalan Rama Pantai, 75300 MelakaDay/Time: Most likely on weekends, Saturdays and Sundays. Time to be confirmed.ConclusionThere was also the Pantai Suri floating market in Kelantan, which was launched in 2021, and for some reason, it never materialised as it should. On checking in April 2024, the market has been labelled temporarily closed.From what I know, there have been some delays in this project that the general public needs to be aware of, but there has yet to be any news coverage on this matter.Many would like the Melaka Floating Market project to take off, as it will bring something new to the tourism and trade sides.Many people will have opinions, especially netizens, but there is no simple way to please everyone. Locals see it as outside their culture, and tourists see it as something exciting to do in Melaka.
    Wednesday 10th of April 2024 06:05:00 AM
  • Sabah Tourist Arrivals 2023
    Here are the latest Sabah tourist arrivals 2023, which show a positive increase from all sectors, including a massive rise in domestic arrivals.Sabah Tourist Arrivals 2023Sabah exceeded its 2023 tourism target of 2.2 million visitors with 2.6 million visits and RM5.5 billion in tourism revenue.Between January and December 2023, Sabah recorded 1,754,797 domestic visitors, while international arrivals were 858,475.Statistics from the Sabah Tourism Board show that in the first two months of this year, Sabah had 300,990 domestic and 231,237 foreign tourists.Sabah recorded more foreign arrivals (141,887) from Northeast Asia, including China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.This was followed by 64,958 Southeast Asian visitors, including Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.China has the most tourists coming to Sabah (91,936), followed by South Korea (42,653) and Brunei (36,066).ConclusionWith the ongoing marketing and promotions for Sabah, the number is set to increase even more in 2024, and the Sabah Tourism Board expects an additional 300,000+ visitors to reach 3 million in total.
    Thursday 28th of March 2024 12:11:00 PM
  • RWMF 2024 Performers List
    The RWMF 2024 Performers List is now out, and Kitaro, the Grammy and Golden Globe award winner, will headline this year's festival.Over the years, the Rainforest World Music Festival has brought in many world-class names, and finally, we get the legendary Kitaro to perform here in Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.RWMF 2024 Performers ListApart from Kitaro headlining RWMF2024, the list also shared who else will be performing for this year's show, and the list is in no order below.Zainal Abidin (Malaysia)Belle Sisoski (Sarawak)Alright Mela Meets Santoo (Pakistan/France)Bourbon Lassi (Australia/Malaysia)Imarhan (Algeria/France)Krakatau Ethno (Indonesia)Nini (Taiwan/USA)Rizal Hadi and Folk (Indonesia)Rhythm Rebels Featuring Selonding Bali Aga (Indonesia)Tribal Tide (Singapore)The Borneo Collective (East Malaysia)Adrian G (West Malaysia)Alena Murang (East Malaysia)Nisa Addina (East Malaysia)Salammusik (West Malaysia)The Colour of Sound's Malaysia (West Malaysia)Tuni Sundatang (East Malaysia)Zarul @OurBodySound (West Malaysia)The Borneo Collective (Sarawak)The Borneo Collective is the first-ever musical project, called the 'Soul of Sarawak,' to be performed at RWMF2024, featuring Sarawak's masters of traditional instruments backed by an ensemble of world-class musicians from all over Malaysia.The ensemble comprises Malaysia's Living National Heritage Matthew Ngau, Jerry Kamit of Tuku Kame, Joe Gendang, and Ezra Tekola of At Adau. This is one unique ethnic musical combination that you should not miss.ConclusionFor those who have yet to buy tickets to RWMF 2024, please visit the official RWMF.net website and purchase your tickets.The Rainforest World Music Festival 2024 will take place from 28 to 30 June at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is one of the most unique music festivals in the world.
    Friday 22nd of March 2024 09:51:00 AM
  • International Wellness Tourism Expo 2024
    The International Wellness Tourism Expo 2024 will be held from 8-10 May at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. iWT, as it is called in short, brings together all for "wellness tourism", such as facilities, activities, healthy foods, and regions related to travel for a healthy mind and body.International Wellness Tourism Expo 2024The iWT event aims to bring together all for "wellness tourism", such as facilities, activities, healthy foods, and regions related to travel for a healthy mind and body.The simple mission of promoting the development of the world's wellness tourism industry through this exhibition and a vision of creating a future where people can achieve physical and mental health through "Wellness Travel."The scene from last year's International Wellness Tourism Expo 2023.The three-day trade show is an event experience for the wellness tourism industry, filled with networking and learning. The organisers hope visitors will gain valuable insights into trends shaping the future of wellness tourism and find wellness solutions and innovations.Some examples of wellness tourism.What is Wellness Tourism?iWT attracts visitors from all over the world.Talks and discussions are held for the wellness industry players at iWT.Onsens is one of the popular wellness tourism products that Japan heavily promotes.Visitors at one of the many booths at iWT.International Wellness Tourism Expo 2024Date: M8-10 May, 2024Venue: Tokyo Big Sight, JapanEmail: wellness_tourism-en.jp@rxglobal.comTel: +81-3-6739-4124Website: International Wellness Tourism ExpoConclusionThis International Wellness Tourism Expo 2024 is also the only wellness tourism trade show buzzing with thousands of visitors learning, connecting, and networking to create a future where people can achieve physical and mental health through "Wellness Travel" and develop the world's wellness tourism industry.
    Tuesday 27th of February 2024 12:42:00 PM
  • Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea Opening 6 June 2024
    Oriental Land Co., Ltd. announced new details of attractions, facilities, merchandise, and food and beverage items in Fantasy Springs, the eighth themed port at Tokyo DisneySea® Park, which is set to open on June 6, 2024.Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySeaThemed to magical springs that lead to a world of Disney fantasy, Fantasy Springs consists of three areas inspired by Walt Disney Animation Studios films: Frozen Kingdom, Rapunzel's Forest and Peter Pan's Never Land, as well as the latest Disney-themed hotel, Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel.Fantasy Springs is nestled between the Lost River Delta and Arabian Coast at Tokyo DisneySea. At the Fantasy Springs entryway, guests will be welcomed by an archway adorned with magical springs representing Disney Animation characters such as Peter Pan, Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel.The themed port also features motifs of various other beloved characters, inviting guests into this world of Disney fantasy.Artist impression of the Frozen Kingdom at Fantasy Springs.An abundance of offerings that evoke the world of the films, including attractions, restaurants, a merchandise shop, and the Tokyo DisneySea Fantasy Springs Hotel, will allow guests to enjoy a wide variety of experiences.Guests can feel as if they have stepped into a beloved Disney Animation film, delight in seeing some of their favourite Disney friends, and be enveloped by well-known music, making their time at Tokyo DisneySea all the more immersive and enjoyable.An artist's impression of the Magical Springs area.ConclusionWith the grand opening of Fantasy Springs just around the corner, guests worldwide can look forward to a new adventure at Tokyo DisneySea.For more information, please visit the official Fantasy Springs webpage on DisneySea Tokyo. And if you plan to visit, make sure you book your flight and hotel accommodations early.
    Tuesday 27th of February 2024 09:41:00 AM
  • KLPF 2024
    The Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2024, or KLPF 2024, will be held from 9-11 August at KL Gateway Mall in Bangsar South for three days.This is also the 28th year Malaysia's largest photography festival has taken place and catered to tens of thousands of photographers and visitors.KLPF 2024This year, the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival or KLPF will have a theme called 'Reinventing Photography', and the organisers will invite local and international professionals and amateurs to display and showcase their work at the festival.KL Gateway Mall is an open concourse area where KLPF 2024 is located. It is one of the ways to showcase their unique vision, establish valuable contacts, network with industry peers, and explore potential business opportunities via the exhibition.There are actually many photographers in Malaysia; a majority of the photographers are independent and work on their own. In addition, there are also many photography clubs in Malaysia.At KLPF, you will see the most active photography clubs come out and shine with their members' work. This makes the festival exciting by wondering what the clubs and others showcase.It has been my second year exhibiting my photography, and each year, I will put in a different theme for my photographs. So, if you are visiting KLPF 2024, it will be a surprise for my theme.KLPF at KL Gateway Mall in Bangsaw South.What Goes on at KLPF? Like any other event, there is the official launching on the first day, with invited VIP guests officiating the festival. Performances follow on stage during the launch; a photo op is the last.Surrounding the event is a photography festival bazaar with several booths showcasing photography-related products.For example, Taiwan Tourism and Thailand Tourism are always there to promote their country's scenic destinations for photography. Selangor Tourism is also one of the main sponsors and supporters of the event, with a huge booth showcasing the state.Other vendors include camera brands, smartphone brands, camera gear shops, software processing hardware, NGOs, etc.The main concourse area of KL Gateway Mall where KLPF 2024 will take place.Ground Floor Main Concourse Open AreaThroughout the three days, the main stage area on the ground floor will showcase talks on photography. Hopefully, this year, there will be more budget to put in a large screen backdrop for the talks. If not, it will be the same large TV on a stand, which doesn't do justice to the talks.On the exhibition's top floor, there will also be a special food and drink bazaar where various booths sell local and Western food, drinks and desserts.On the same upper level of the mall, where the main photography exhibition is held, you can find amateurs and professionals showcasing their work in allocated booths. This is where you will find my booth.Because the event is spread over three days, most visitors take their time and allocate one day to come and check out the photos on display, the activities, and the photography talks.The talks are usually related to travel photography, technical photography, portraiture, landscape photography, and even camera reviews.I have been giving talks at KLPF for several years, mostly on smartphone photography (when it was still relatively unknown), travel photography, and bird photography.Some of my photography friends visited my photo exhibition at KLPF last year.Visitors checking out my bird photography exhibition at KLPF.KL Gateway Mall is the main venue for KLPF 2024.Some of the vendor booths at KLPF.Visitors during the KLPF event at the upper level of the KL Gateway Mall.Kim Boon giving a photography talk at KLPF.A section of the photographer's exhibition at KLPF.KLPF 2024 InformationDate: 9-11 AugustDay: Fri, Sat & SunVenue: KL Gateway MallTime: 10.00 AM to 5.00 PMOfficial Website: KLPFHow to go to KLPF 2024?Because of the new venue, transportation here is much easier as you can take the LRT Kelana Line, exit at the LRT University Station KJ19, and walk across to KL Gateway Mall.You can also read about my previous article on the Kuala Lumpur Photography Exhibition 2022 and the previous KLPF 2023, which found a new home at KL Gateway Mall near Bangsar.I only recently participated in 2022, many years after doing photography as a hobby, and my first exhibition was on the UNESCO Caves of Sarawak, where I photographed the insides of the caves using only a smartphone.My first solo photography exhibition at KLPF 2022.ConclusionFor those interested in photography, the KLPF 2024 is one of the photo events you should attend, as it is catered to all walks of life. You may be a beginner, intermediate or professional, but there will be something there for you.Photography is very subjective, as what one sees may differ from another, making it even more interesting to the human eye.
    Monday 26th of February 2024 09:29:00 AM
  • Rainforest World Music Festival 2024
    The Rainforest World Music Festival 2024 will be held at the end of June at the same venue at the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong.The dates are set for 28-30 June; therefore, it is confirmed, and if you plan to attend this unique music festival, you can start making your travel arrangements.Rainforest World Music Festival 2024Every year, the RWMF takes place in Sarawak, and always at the home venue of the cultural village, as this provides a unique experience for festival goers.No information is available for the 2024 lineup of musicians as of writing this, and it should be out by February or March. Once I get the information, I will include it here in this article.Update 22 March 2024 - Good news as legendary musician Kitaro will be headlining this year's RWMF 2024. Please see this article on RWMF 2024 Performers List.The RWMF stare area last year.The Rainforest World Music Festival 2024 is also the 27th edition, and hopefully, the artistic director selected will be on an international-level mindset.The last RWMF2023 saw an irregular lineup of musicians, and regular festival goers found it distracting from the usual lineup.However, the general visitors, most did not even bother them as they just wanted to attend the festival, hang out, dance, and party.On a personal note, the festival felt very commercialised, and the focus on world music was not as strong as how previous artistic directors curated the event.The Drum Circle happens in front of the main stage every evening.The pure essence of the world music genre is very important to keep this festival unique; otherwise, it will end up like another commercial music festival, and Sarawak may lose its uniqueness for the RWMF.For example, fine acoustics should be performed indoors where the music is appreciated, instead of having it on the big stage.The scent of the crowd just before the RWMF starts.Again, it is all in the hands of the music director and how he or she will determine what is best for the audience. If you leave it to someone without experience, it will end up with commercial names on stage.In terms of sustainability and environmental consciousness, this was a priority and forefront of the festival as the event organiser, the Sarawak Tourism Board, made Responsible Tourism their goal, utilising RWMF as a key platform for Sarawak to push ecotourism.Rainforest World Music Festival 2024Date: 28, 29, 30 JuneVenue: Sarawak Cultural Village, SantubongWebsite: RWMFThe huge crowds at the RWMF.The Sarawak Tourism Minister and Sarawak Tourism Board CEO at the RWMF event.ConclusionThe full information for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2024 should be out by March next year, and I know it is a little late as normally, but the lineup should be announced in January or February.I hope that the organisers can select the artistic director quickly so that they can start to work immediately in selecting the performing acts. Otherwise, it is going to be like previous years and very last minute.
    Monday 29th of January 2024 02:30:00 PM
  • Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024
    On 10 January 2024, the Japan Meteorological Department released the Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024.This will help make travel plans much more accessible for those wanting to experience seeing these beautiful Sakura cherry blossoms in their natural habitat.Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024The beautiful cherry blossom flowering buds were seen in Tokyo.Below is the update issued by the Japan Meteorological Department on 10 January;18 March - Kochi, Shikoku Island. Full bloom is eight days later.19 March - Kumamoto. Full bloom is 25 March.21 March - Fukuoka and Nagoya. Full bloom in Fukuoka on 30 March and Nagoya on 31 March.23 March - Tokyo. Full bloom a week later.23 March Kyoto. Full bloom six days later.25 March - Osaka. Full bloom is expected on 1 April.26 March - Hiroshima. Full bloom is on 3 April.31 March - Kanazawa. Full bloom is on 6 April.2 April - Matsumoto. Full bloom is on 11 April.2 April - Fuji Five Lakes. Full bloom is on 10 April.8 April - Sendai. Full bloom on 15 April.2 May - Sapporo, Hokkaido. Full bloom is four days later, on 6 March.The next update will be provided on 25 January by the Japan Meteorological Department (JMC) and will likely feature other smaller destinations.Every year, Japan's Sakura Cherry Blossom season starts from around March to April. Therefore, visitors should check which part of Japan they want to visit as the timing is different.One of the early full-bloom cherry trees in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.When you see a fresh bloom of cherry blossom buds, this means that they will fully bloom in a week. In colder regions, they bloom between 3-4 days.There are also several types of cherry blossoms, and the popular ones that visitors want to see are the Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry Trees), which the forecasts above are based on.This news was obtained from the Japan Meteorological Department, and for more information, you can also bookmark their page.Those who want on-the-go information, please check out the App called Sakura Navi - Forecast in 2024. Get it from the App Store or Google Play.A close-up of the cherry blossom flowers during full bloom.ConclusionFor those who cannot wait, the best thing to do is start making arrangements and head over to Kochi in Shikoku Island as the cherry blossoms bloom there on 18 March. I recommend you arrive on 25 March for the full bloom.Generally, the optimum time to visit popular cities like Osaka and Tokyo would be at the end of March or early February. This Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast 2024 article is a resource for anyone planning to visit Japan specifically for this.
    Saturday 13th of January 2024 01:43:00 AM
  • Facial Recognition System for Tourist Arrivals At Bali Airport in 2024
    The good news for travellers heading to Bali is that the Facial Recognition System for tourist arrivals at Bali Airport is to be launched.This will definitely speed up the tourist arrivals at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), simply known as the Bali Airport.Facial Recognition System For Tourist Arrivals At Bali Airport in 2024In early January, new auto-gates featuring facial recognition have been installed and will be ready to be used anytime soon. It is unsure when immigration will enforce this.This Facial Recognition System was implemented to monitor and secure immigration and will work in automation with the increasingly digitized immigration and visa process the Indonesian government is moving towards.With the new auto gates in place, the immigration inspection process will be much faster, more accurate, effective, and efficient without compromising monitoring and security.You will see signs and posters like these at the Bali airport when you exit the plane.This system is already in place at Jakarta?s Soekarno-Hatta Airport and is proving to be a massive success for both traveller and immigration teams. Currently, 30 auto-gate units have been installed at Ngurah Rai Airport, with work starting in October 2023.The auto-gates are set to be used by the first passengers this month once final systems checks have been completed.Another 50 auto gate units will be added in the first quarter of 2024, bringing the total to 80 units at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.Out of the total, 50 facial recognition auto-gates will be placed at the international arrivals terminal and 30 devices in the international departures area.With hundreds of thousands of tourists landing in Bali monthly, staffed immigration counters are still essential, and a wholly automated arrival process is still a long way away.Signages are easy to see as they are everywhere. Just follow them to the immigration.Indonesia Online Immigration ServiceIn 2024, tourists planning to visit Bali are encouraged to use Indonesia?s online immigration services as it will make the entry process much more manageable. Visitors can now apply for various Indonesian visas online and process their visa extensions online.For years, renewing or extending an Indonesian social visa requires at least three visits to an immigration office if done by themselves, without a visa agent. In January 2024, the Director General of Immigration, Silmy Karim, confirmed that a new set of social visas can now be renewed and extended online.This new online service was launched to simplify and speed up the stay permit extension process, which previously required foreigners to present at the immigration office.As a surprise to the long-stay visitors, there is no longer a need to stamp the stay permit on the passport because it is sent directly to the applicant?s email.Types of Visas for Visitors to BaliThe Director General of Immigration confirmed that online extensions can now be processed online for the following visas:Holiday, Family, and Transit Single-Entry Visitor Visa (index C1)Medical Treatment Single-Entry Visitor Visa (index C3)Foreign Government Official Trips Single-Entry Visitor Visa (index C4)Short Courses and Training Single-Entry Visitor Visa (index C9)International Exhibition Single-Entry Visitor Visa (index C11)Also, the Island of Gods has imposed a Bali Tourist Entry Fee in 2024, which foreign visitors must pay.I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.ConclusionPlease note that travellers entering Bali on visas that have been applied for and granted online before arrival in the county will be eligible to use the new auto-gates.This included the e-visa on arrival and the newly launched D1 and D2 visas, which allow tourists and business travellers multiple entry to Indonesia for up to 60 days at a time over five years.
    Thursday 11th of January 2024 11:16:00 AM
  • Ngah Ibrahim's Fort
    A visit to Ngah Ibrahim's Fort in Matang, Perak, will take you back over a hundred years of Taiping's historical past.This colonial home holds a piece of exciting historical news about Taiping and Perak and is worth a visit for anyone wanting to learn more.Ngah Ibrahim's FortThis fort was once a simple home that was built back in 1858, according to historical records. Over the last century, this Taiping heritage building was used as a court, college and even a school before it was turned into a Malaysian heritage building.The home is seen from outside the lawn area.The compound looks like a typical old British colonial home with a huge garden and the house standing in the middle. Originally built as the home of Mr Ngah Ibrahim, and due to a political murder of J.W.W Birch, Ngah Ibrahim absconded to the Seychelles.Ngah Ibrahim passed away in Singapore, and his body was initially buried there before his remains were brought back to his home and reburied here.For more information, I recommend you visit this place to see, learn and understand what went down here. If I write everything here, there is no point in visiting this place, right?Photos of Ngah Ibrahim's FortGeneral information is on a Tourism Malaysia plaque.Things inside Ngah Ibrahim's room.The interior o f theNgah Ibrahim'shouse.A replica of the court hearing that happened inside the home of Ngah Ibrahim.This home is officially a national heritage building of Malaysia.Ngah Ibrahim's tomb.A sign outside the house shows visiting hours.Ngah Ibrahim's FortAddress: Kampung Hujung Matang, 34750 Matang, PerakOpen: 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM, 7 Days a weekClosed: 12.15 PM to 2.45 PM on FridaysWebsite: Ngah Ibrahim Museum (Under the Museum Department)ConclusionPlease take a look at some of my other articles on tourism in Perak. For those in the Taiping area, you can easily visit Ngah Ibrahim's Fort, which is only about six kilometres from Taiping town. Please make sure of the visiting hours before you go.
    Thursday 28th of December 2023 06:17:00 AM
  • North Borneo Rainforest Festival
    The North Borneo Rainforest Festival 2023 returns once again, and this time around, it will be held from 16-17 December at the Likas Jogging Complex & Jungle Skate Park in Kota Kinabalu.North Borneo Rainforest FestivalFor the fourth time running, this music festival is organised by Pertubuhan Kolektif Seni and supported by Tourism Malaysia.This year's North Borneo Rainforest Festival's (NBRF) message or theme is about raising awareness for waste management in Sabah.One of the highlights of this grassroots festival is the use of repurposing ghost nets into art installations. In Sabah, these nets continue to float in the ocean current, entangling marine wildlife and damaging reefs.This community-powered event is divided into three elements;NBRF concert, which is the main stage highlightA line-up of exhibitors (made up of NGOs, arts activists, and government bodies)Tamu NBRF (a market featuring local artisans and entrepreneurs in Sabah)Performers for this year's festival.Performers at North Borneo Rainforest FestivalThis year's performers for the NBRF concert include;Pertubuhan Pentas Eukarya SabahRapot SanggongTompuvanSekolah IndonesiaSuara Buluh PerinduDabra SiaTuni SundatangDiandra John IsobahtosDJ Alveen ShowtimeNorth Borneo Rainforest FestivalDate: Dec 16 and 17Venue: Likas Jogging Complex & Jungle Skate Park, Kota KinabaluThe event poster.ConclusionIf you are in Sabah during the dates mentioned, check out the North Borneo Rainforest Festival 2024 at Likas.Sabah is also home to the Sabah Jazz Festival, Sunset Music Festival, Borneo Music Festival and the KK Music and Dance Festival.
    Sunday 3rd of December 2023 05:51:00 AM
  • Silverlakes Village Outlet
    The all-new Silverlakes Village Outlet at Batu Gajah is one of the latest attractions in Perak for those who plan to shop and travel here.This integrated shopping and lifestyle place opened in September, but the official launch has yet to be done.Silverlakes Village OutletThis is also Perak's first premium outlet mall, which was supposed to be completed before the COVID-19 pandemic and was eventually completed in mid-2023. As of November 2023, the Silverlakes Village Outlet or SVO has a total of 100 retailers who have taken up almost 60% of the retail lots here, which is about 160 stores.The main entrance to the West Village. Photo from Facebook.The overall project sees an estimated 300,000 sq ft of retail lots and F&B outlets, with a vision to make it an international standard outlet mall for Malaysia.With this new Perak premium outlet opening, visitors can spend longer days instead of just heading to Ipoh for food and sightseeing.Now, Ipoh is supported by Gopend and Batu Gajah with this premium outlet opening here and plans to include a Hop-On Hop-Off bus route for the Gopeng-Batu Gajah tourism cluster toute.One of the outdoor theme park rides. Photo from Facebook.What Else Is At Silverlakes Village OutletLike any other multi-integrated theme park and mall concept, Silverlakes promises a mixture of everything that will suit all walks of life. Let's see what is offered.Silverlake Premium Outlet Shops - This is the main pulling factor for shopping, and if they can pull off something like JPO or GPO, then I will surely be impressed. I always wonder if it is hard to attract interesting and good brands; hence, we shall see how this works out.Dinosaur Encounter - This dinosaur exhibition is called Dinosaur Encounter and uses augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and animatronics. It's nothing new, but maybe those around Perak and the north will find it amusing.Karnival Karosel - This looks like the outdoor theme park section, where rides and attractions are located by the main lake. Emporio Food Festival - A massive food court called Emoprio Food Festival is also one of the attractions, and it looks like it is sub-let to another company. I hope they get quality vendors like the food court in KLCC or Pavilion.Weekend Bazaar - On weekends, the management has organised a general bazaar to attract crows. Sometimes, you may find a collectors' bazaar there.Boat Rides - Because the location is next to the massive lake here, there are boat ride services throughout the day, even at night, where they call it an LED Night Cruise.Longest Floating Bridge in Malaysia - Apparently, they created one for the Book of Records, which is 180 metres long.Birdwatching at Silverlakes - Several trees are home to the grey herons that roost here during the migratory period from September to March. So, if you are walking around the lake, look at some of the large trees, and you may see these Grey Herons.Photos of Silverlakes Village OutletBelow are random photos from the SVO in Batu Gajah, Perak.What the shoplots look like.Collectors Market Bazaar held at the venue.The premium outset shopping street area.Inside the Emporio Food Festival, which is a massive food court.How to go to Silverlakes Village Outlet?From Kuala Lumpur or Penang, it takes about two hours to drive here; from Johor, it can take around five hours. But good news is that a KTM station is located just outside the SVO.From Ipoh City, it is about a 20 to 30-minute drive on a normal day, and if it is the weekend, it could take a little longer than usual.Silverlakes Village OutletAddress: Google MapsCall: 053651202Tickets: Hours: 10.00 AM to 11.00 PM, weekends till midnightAn artist's impression of the project.A drone photo of the village outlet in Batu Gajah.An aerial view of the village outlet here in Batu Gajah, Perak.ConclusionThe Silverlakes Village Outlet is Perak's latest tourism attraction and opened just in time for the Visit Perak Year 2024. You can also see my other article on the many other factory outlets in Malaysia.I hope the management does not stinge on funding because it can end up like the failed MAPS Theme Park in Perak, which was a disaster. Malaysia is well-known to be half-heartedly opening and operating attractions, and because of the inexperience in world-class management, things tend to go wrong.I hope that the Silverlakes Village Outlet does not go down that road, and wish the management all the best in a successful operation.
    Tuesday 28th of November 2023 04:15:00 AM
  • Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair
    Most of us have heard about the MATTA Fair, but have you heard about the Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair? This is one of the very unique tourism fairs to take place here in Kota Kinabalu.This community-based tourism fair was held on November 17-19, 2023, at the Suria Sabah Shopping Mall in Kota Kinabalu City.Sabah Community Based Tourism FairThe unique travel fair is also running for the fifth year. It is organised by the Federation of Rural Tourism Association Sabah (FeRTAS) and Sabah Tourism Board, which was launched by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.The event during the launching day in Kota Kinabalu.For this year, a special B2B session was organised where 12 tour operators under FeRTAS engaged in a Business-to-Business session with key industry players from the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta), Sabah Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Satta), and Sabah Tourist Association (STA).Who are the Rural Tourism Operators in Sabah?Nabalu Tourism AssociationKadamaianKota MaruduLahad DatuKiuluKeningauTambunanTenomPenampangKuala PenyuRanauKota BeludAn elder demonstrates some craftwork at the fair.In total, this year's Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair offered 40 booths, including participation from various tourism associations and ministries.Even the Federal Territory of Labuan and neighbouring Brunei participated for the first time, hoping to create community-based tourism across borders.Nabawan Tourism Association at the fair.Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair 2023 ActivitiesThe three-day event will host various activities, which include talks by multiple organisations and government departments. There were also cultural dance performances, traditional games, musical instrument displays, and cooking demonstrations.Talks were conducted by;FeRTASSabah Homestay AssociationSabah Handicraft CenterMalaysian Handicraft Development CorporationMinistry of AgricultureFisheries and Food IndustrySabah ParksThe Community Based Tourism Fair poster.If you are interested in this unique experience, you can also get more information about community based tourism in Sabah, which I did in 2023 when I visited most of the rural communities around Sabah.For first-time visitors to this part of Malaysia, you can also visit the Sabah Tourism website for further information about tourism around Sabah.ConclusionIf you missed this year's Sabah Community Based Tourism Fair, you can look forward to the next one in 2024, which is scheduled to be bigger and have more participants. It will also be held, most likely in Kota Kinabalu.
    Monday 20th of November 2023 11:30:00 AM
  • Regatta Lepa Festival 2023
    This year's Regatta Lepa Festival 2023 is from 17-19 November, and it is not the regular time for the festival as it is usually held in mid to late April.The Regatta Lepa has also been celebrated yearly since 1994 to commemorate the local Bajau tradition of building these splendid hand-crafted wooden boats known as the Lepa.Regatta Lepa Festival 2023This year, it is probably due to several reasons that the Regatta Lepa is being held in November, and it has something to do with the reopening since COVID-19 or politics.More than 100 'lepa', traditional Bajau community boats, will participate in the decorated boat competition with the Regatta Lepa Festival 2023 in Semporna this year.A typical scene at Semporna during the festival.Regatta Lepa and Sea Sports Committee chairman Abd Manan Indanan said that thus far, there are 10 entries for traditional carved lepa, while 100 entries consist of lepa kumpit (passenger boats) from villages around the district and the number of entries is expected to rise before the closing date on Nov 15, 2023.Prizes are also very attractive this year for both categories. Traditionally carved lepa category - Winner RM7,000Lepa kumpit category - Winner RM3,000A Lepa contestant doing the Bajau Mengiluk dance on the boat.A couple of Lepa boats entered the Semporna Bay area during the contest. A contestant dances as the Lepa boat enters the competition area.Sections of Lepa boat being pulled to the contesting area during the festival.Bajau kids on a Lepa boat doing the 'Mengiluk' dance.Activities at Regatta Lepa Festival 2023As always, several other activities are happening with the Lepa Festival here, which is always the same every year. I have also attended two of these festivals over the last ten years.Lepa Boat ParadeBoat Race (Kelleh-Kelleh Race)Duck Catching ContestSea Tug-of-WarLepa Beauty Pageant ContestIgal-Igal Dance (Traditional Bajau Dance)Lepa Car Contest (Stadium Semporna)Craft & Food Stalls (Around Semporna)Fireworks Display (Stadium Semporna)This year, delegations from Indonesia and the Philippines will also attend the regatta as a cross-culture activity to witness the Regatta Lepa Festival.One of the traditional Lepa boats.This year will also introduce additional events for kids under 12 and 15 years, which the Regatta Lepa organising chairman Adam Shah Mohamad said the involvement of young participants is to expose them to the Bajau cultural heritage.There are three special events;Ratu Cilik Budjang ManisRatu Cilik Lallah DoroganTitik Tagunggu (15 years and below)Regatta Lepa Festival 2023Date: 17-19 NovemberVenue: Seafest Hotel area of Semporna, SabahWebsite: Sabah TourismOne of the photos taken by me during the festival.You can also see photographs of the Regatta Lepa in Semporna I took during my previous visit to the festival here on the east coast of Sabah Borneo.ConclusionAs Semporna will come alive this mid-November, the Regatta Lepa Festival 2023 will undoubtedly be well-received among the locals and tourists there.I visited this event in 2012 and again in Regatta Lepa 2017 as a photographer and journalist to document one of Malaysia's most unique festivals and events.
    Sunday 12th of November 2023 08:18:00 AM
  • Tell Tourists To Dress Properly, Cops Tell Travel Agents in Kota Kinabalu
    Travel agents in Sabah have been reminded to brief tourists about being properly dressed after photographs were circulated online showing two scantily dressed women in Kota Kinabalu.Sabah police chief Jauteh Dikun said authorities were aware of the tourists? behaviour, the Borneo Post reported.Tell Tourists To Dress Properly, Cops Tell Travel Agents in Kota Kinabalu?Therefore, I advise travel agents and operators to properly brief the tourists on the etiquette practised in our country, including dress codes.This should include cultural compliance and information on the appropriate way of dressing when visiting our country,? he said.He said any foreign tourist found to behave indecently was at risk of a three-month jail term or a fine or both if found guilty of obscene behaviour.Jauteh said the travel agents or operators who brought the tourist would also be detained if such an incident happened. ?This responsibility also rests with the tour operators, and the police will investigate to ensure they comply with the advice given.?Kota Kinabalu police chief Zaidi Abdullah had previously said investigations were being made into two cases of women photographed in revealing clothing.The viral photos of the tourist walking around in a bikini along Gaya Street in KK.One photo taken at night showed a woman with bare breasts and buttocks, while another photo showed a woman strolling down Jalan Gaya in a bikini and carrying her luggage.Datuk Christina Liew, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment for Sabah, said,?You can tell by observation that the city center is still for business dwellers with a mix of tourist accents.??I would like to remind all travelers to be mindful of the dressing culture in any destination. Be mindful of your surroundings,? she added.?Through the Sabah Tourism Board, we often remind travelers of the dress code and customary practices. Nevertheless, travelers should also be mindful of the customs and traditions of the destination they are visiting.??It has also come to our attention that several distasteful photos have been taken by the Sabah Tourism Board building. It is disheartening to know that there is such malicious intention.?We are investigating the authenticity of the account and image. Nevertheless, we seek public consideration to report the image and account if you happen to come across it to minimize any other occurrence.?ConclusionChristina Liew also contacted Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jauteh Dikun to further probe the distasteful tourist photos.This is also not the first time it has happened, and previously, two other cases were reported by the mainstream media. They also went viral on social media, namely Twitter or X as it is called now.
    Friday 10th of November 2023 12:30:00 PM


Malaysia Asia Stats

Daily Unique PVs Total PVs Unique In Total In Unique Out Total Out
Average 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0 7.9 8.2
Today 0 0 0 0 11 13
Yesterday 0 0 0 0 11 11
May 21 0 0 0 0 8 8
May 20 0 0 0 0 10 10
May 19 0 0 0 0 5 5
May 18 0 0 0 0 17 17
May 17 2 3 0 0 1 1
May 16 0 0 0 0 3 3
May 15 0 0 0 0 3 4
May 14 0 0 0 0 10 10
Highest 5 5 0 0 87 93
Weekly Unique PVs Total PVs Unique In Total In Unique Out Total Out
Average 0.9 1.0 0.0 0.0 57.2 59.5
This Week 0 0 0 0 40 42
Last Week 2 3 0 0 46 47
Week 19 1 1 0 0 55 57
Week 18 1 1 0 0 79 79
Week 17 1 1 0 0 68 69
Week 16 1 1 0 0 54 54
Week 15 1 1 0 0 69 74
Week 14 1 1 0 0 76 86
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Week 12 1 1 0 0 42 44
Highest 10 10 0 0 339 353
Monthly Unique PVs Total PVs Unique In Total In Unique Out Total Out
Average 5.8 6.3 0.0 0.0 399.3 411.6
This Month 4 5 0 0 189 194
Last Month 4 4 0 0 298 314
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Unique PVs Total PVs Unique In Total In Unique Out Total Out
Overall 913 951 0 0 11,725 12,075

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