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Escape Into A World Of Travel And Adventure

Beats & History

Selangor & Malacca

Kuda Kepang

Dancing With Spirits

Sky Mirror

A Place Of Wonder

Bull Power

A Traditional Vehicle

The Village Games

Spending Time At A Village

Butterflies & More

Malacca Buttefly & Reptile



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From The Chief’s Table

Dear friends,

Welcome to another issue of Escapy, your travel pocket magazine or “Pockezine”;

your magazine that is designed to be read on mobile devices.

Hitting the road (sea, or skies too) is a fantastic way to open up one’s mind as

one sees and experience different countries and cultures within these countries.

Doing so allows one to appreciate one’s life as well as others better. We

get to see how people from other countries live, the traditions they hold on to,

their beliefs, etc.

Traveling with an open mind without prejudice allows the people we visit in

different countries to welcome us with open arms. Take for example visiting a

village in Malacca (one of the articles featured in this issue) allows one to feel

the warmth and hospitality of the people that call the village home. With that

one get to experience the village better and make new friends in the process.

Travel and travel somemore. Don’t stop traveling. After all, the world is our


Happy reading and I hope you enjoy this issue. I wish you safe travels.


Phil Foo

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Beats Of Selangor

Part 2

Page: 8

Kuala Selangor

& Bird Photography

For Beginners


Malacca Butterfly

and Reptile


Page: 110

Dancing With


Kuda Kepang

Page: 150

Sembunyi Spa

@ Cyberview

Resort And Spa

Page: 198

Coleman Instant


Page: 220

Merrell Men’s All

Out Blaze Sieve

In Case You Didn’t

Know Melaka

March 2017

Page: 36

A Collection Of

Cool Cars


Carting Around On

Bull Power

Page: 124

The Kabin

Escape Completely

Page: 168


DuraRest Airbeds

Page: 204




Page: 222

Abu Garcia


A Magical Place

In The Middle Of


Page: 46

Experience Village


Page: 94

Travel New

Zealand; Stay In

the Deep South

Page: 134

The Verandah


Page: 180

The Asia Urban

Youth Assembly

(AUYA) 2017

Page: 214

Oakley® Flak

2.0 XL Polarized


Page: 224

Abu Garcia


Page: 225

Page: 228

Page: 230

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Travel Digest


Beats Of


A Journey

Through Cultures

Via Music And



Music & dances

provides an

insight into



Part II


^ Kompang Kadaro showing us some beats.

Every culture have things that defines them such as

arts, architecture, music, etc. giving them a voice or an

identity that makes them unique in some ways and in

some ways show closeness or resemblance to other

cultures; perhaps of where roots begin or meet. It is by

understanding cultures that we can get a better understanding

and appreciation of each other.

^ A kuda kepang dance demonstration.

Recently on a program called The Beats Of Selangor

2 (Rentak Selangor 2) organized by Gaya Travel,

Selangor State Economic Development Planning Department

(UPEN), & Tourism Selangor, we had the

opportunity to explore the diversity of cultures of some

of the various ethnic groups that call Selangor home

through music and dances.


^ Bonang, one of the instruments in the gamelan ensemble.

First we went to Kuala Selangor to a place called

The Kabin where we stayed and enjoyed traditional

cultural performances with roots heading all

the way back to Indonesia. They are gamelan and

wayang kulit performances by Seni Budaya Warisan

Gamelan & Wayang Kulit from Pasir Panjang

in Sekinchan, Selangor. Another performance is

the kompang performance by kompang percussion

group called Kompang Kadaro from Pasir Panjang



^ A gamelan ensemble

Gamelan hails from Java and Bali in Indonesia brought

over by migrants long ago when they migrated to Malaysia.

This traditional form of music is made up mostly

of percussive instruments such as gong, khendang

or gendang, bonang, xylophones, flutes, etc.


^ Gamelan musicians in action.

The gamelan is said to be created by Sang Hyang

Guru back in 167 (c. AD 230). He ruled as king of

all Java from a palace on the Maendra mountain in

Medang Kamulan (now Mount Lawu). He invented

the gamelan ensemble to summon the gods and to

send messages to the gods.

^ Musicians playing the xylaphones.


^ Musician playing the khendang.

These days the gamelan ensemble is played to accompany

dances as well as certain performances

such as Wayang Kulit or shadow play; giving it the

percussive background music as the performer tells

a story using flat puppets.

Wayang Kulit

^ Some of the wayang kulit characters.

Wayang kulit is a form of shadow puppetry where a

puppet master (called Tuk or Tok Dalang, in Malaysia)

performs various scenes using flat puppets creating

stories from behind a white cloth using a light

source to create shadows on the screen. These traditional

performance is found deep in Javanese and

Balinese cultures in Indonesia.

^ Wayang kulit characters.


^ More flat puppets for wayang kulit.

Wayang kulit was first called wayang where these

puppets would perform on stage very much like

a puppet show. It was adopted by the Hindus to

spread their religion, mostly telling stories from the

Mahabharata or the Ramayana.


Later when Islam begin spreading in Indonesia, the

puppets depicting gods in human form was prohibited.

However, an allowance was made to allow the

play of puppets to be done in shadow and thus the

term “wayang kulit” started being used.

Wayang kulit was brought over to Malaysia mainly

by Javanese migrants that migrated over from Java

many years ago. These days wayang kulit is performed

during special occasions and events.

Kompang Java Or Kompang Tiga

^ A kompang Java or kompang tiga group called Kompang


Another form of music brought over by the Javanese

community into Malaysia is the Kompang Java or Kompang

Tiga of which translates to “Three Kompangs.”

Kompangs are single-sided handheld framed drums

that were brought over to Java in Indonesia, and to

Malaysia by Arab merchants and Indian Muslim traders.


^ Kompangs.

Kompangs are made using a round circular wooden

frame made of hard wood from jackfruit trees. The

head of the kompang is made of female goat hide,

buffalo hide, or cow hide; secured to the wooden

frame with metal tacks.

^ Kompang with built-in cymbals.


^ Kompang Kadaro in action.

Kompang groups are usually made of three musicians

each playing a rhythmic part of different tones

amongst the three forming a rhythmic beat. Kompang

Java or Kompang Tiga uses three sets of the

said three musicians to form three different rhythmic

parts, creating a more complex rhythm.

Off To Sungai Besar

^ Paddy fields offer a nice landscape.

For the next performance we headed to the paddy

fields of Sungai Besar, at a place called Homestay

Kampung Hj Dorani. This traditional kampung

style (village style) homestay is surrounded

by paddy fields that makes for a beautiful relaxing

landscape. Here we got to experience a spine

chilling cultural performance called Kuda Kepang.


Kuda Kepang

^ A kuda kepang dance demonstration.

The Javanese people from Java in Indonesia has

for a long time migrated over to Malaysia bringing

along with them their cultures and one of them is

the Kuda Kepang performance; a ritualistic dance

involving spirits of deities possessing its performers

who dance around with flat bamboo weaved wooden

horses, to traditional beats. This performance is

usually performed on special occasions.

^ The Malaysian version of a Beetle’s Album cover.

Guess which one...

Kuda Kepang is a performance that draws the attention

of viewers into a mysterious realm where

performers do things that are humanly impossible

with the help of spirits such as eating fire burning

coal, glass, etc., and not having issues with being

hit on the head with a coconut (that exploded

upon impact) that was thrown to a height of some

two to three stories high.


^ Some of my friends with the mask of animals and deities

used during the kuda kepang performance.

The Kuda Kepang performance begins with a shaman

doing some form of ritual together with the dancers,

burning incense and “bathing” in the smoke as

the shaman recites some verses. The performance

then continues with a dance where the dancers and

their wooden horses gallop about in a circle. A man

with a whip controls the dance by cracking the whip

to change the moves.

^ A kuda kepang performer that uses a whip to control

the performance.

As the dance progresses these dancers go into a

trance with spirits of deities and animals taking

control of them. They then start to mimic the animals

and deities that have possessed them. The

performance continues until the shaman removes

all spirits and send them back to their realm before

closing the door between our world and theirs.

The performance can go on for hours.


^ Kuda kepang demonstration.

This demonstration was done during the day and

all appeared normal. But at night, the real performance

in the middle of paddy fields is something

paranormal and downright bone chilling.

Checkout full article in this issue...

Lion Dance

^ A lion head used during lion dance performances.

The final performance that we got to experience

on this program is a lion dance performance that

comes from China, brought over by the Chinese

that migrated to Malaysia a long time ago. We visited

the world famous lion dance master, Master

Siow who has 47 troupes around the world including

Indonesia, Africa, etc.


^ The eye of a black lion.

Lion dance in Malaysia uses the performing styles

from the South of China, also called the Southern

lion. The performance tells various stories from funny

stories to stories dating back to the many dynasties

in China.

^ Master Siow demonstrates drumming.


^ A lion going airborne defying gravty.

Lion dance performances uses various lions of various

colours that perform stunts, funny antics, etc.

to the accompaniment of drums and cymbals. They

dance according to the rhythm played by the musicians.

They dance on the ground, run on poles,

take flight from pole to pole, and sometimes “eat”

cabbage or oranges; bringing good luck to all.

^ Kuda kepang riders riding into the sunset.

All in all the Beats of Selangor 2 program was an

entraining and educational program that highlights

some of the cultures that have for many years

settled down in Selangor, Malaysia. It is good that

these cultures and traditions are kept alive for all,

especially the future generations of Malaysians. Kudos

to Gaya Travel, Selangor State Economic Development

Planning Department (UPEN), & Tourism

Selangor for organizing this event.

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Travel Digest




In Case You

Didn’t Know

Melaka March



Malacca city is a


Heritage site.


^ Historical Christ Church at the Red Square.

In Case You Didn’t Know Melaka (#ICYDKMelaka)

March 2017 is a program organized by Gaya Travel,

Tourism Melaka, and the Malacca state government to

highlight the various attractions in the historical city of

Malacca; a UNESCO world heritage city.

Village Life

^ A tour of Kampung Balik Bukit (Balik Bukit Village).

The attractions in Malacca are plenty and in this

program we spent some time in a village called

Kampung Balik Bukit, the birth place of the bullock

cart in Malacca. Here we visited the bullock

cart workshop, watched “village games,” indulged

in local delicacies such as “asam pedas” dishes

(spicy tamarind and chilli dishes), etc.

More in this issue...


Hang Tuah Centre

^ A mock traditional Malay wedding.

We visited the Hang Tuah Centre where we experienced

local traditional customs such as a local Malay

wedding (mock wedding), participated in traditional

games, visited a traditional Malacca house,

and the Hang Tuah well.

Note: Hang Tuah is a legendary warrior whom together

with four friends protected the Malacca royal

family back in the day.

Melaka River Cruise

^ A night scene of the Casa Del Mar Resort in Malacca.

One “must do” activity is to go on the Melaka River

Cruise. This time round we cruised the river at

night seeing a different atmosphere of the sites

of which consisted of various historical sites, villages,

riverside buildings, etc.



^ The Venice of the east; Malacca.

A cruise during the day will allow for better photography

and it is recommended as ample light is available.

For a more unique scene I recommend going

for the sunset cruise where warmer lights make for

lovely sunset photos.

To read more about the Malacca River Cruise click

here to go to a previous issue.

To Article

Malacca Butterfly & Reptile


^ A beautiful butterfly at rest.

The Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is a

good place to visit. There are butterflies, reptiles,

insects, and birds that call the sanctuary home.

The Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary is managed

by experts that look into the conservation,

especially of butterflies.

Checkout article in this issue...


A Walk In The Historical


^ The A Famosa, Portuguese fort at night.

Malacca, being a UNESCO heritage city; it is a

must for visitors to visit the historical sites such as

St. Pauls hill, St. Paul’s Church, A Famosa fort, the

Stadthuys or Red Square, the various museums

such as the maritime museum (replica of the Flor

do Mar Portuguese carrack ship), etc.

^ An old train head / engine on display at the foot of St.

Paul’s Hill


^ Hatten Hotel Melaka; our home during our trip. Lovely


Malacca has lots of history to share and attractions

to offer. More attraction are available in an earlier

issue of Escapy from an earlier “In Case You Didn’t

Know Melaka (#ICYDKMelaka)” program that was

done back in 2016. Click below to go to issue.

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Travel Guide




A Magical

Place In The

Middle Of



Take A Photo of

nothingness all



^ The island is there. See if you can spot it.

The sea hides all sorts of things from sunken treasures,

wrecked whips, to old sunken civilizations.

One other thing that the sea hides out of sight are

islands. Some islands are always visible while some

appear only during low tides. This place called Sky

Mirror is one of such islands.


^ This boat took us to Sky Mirror.

To get to Sky Mirror we had to first get to a jetty

in Sasaran. This jetty is by a river called Sungai

Buluh River, a fantastic place to see and photograph

birds. From here we took a speed boat on a

journey that took us some 40 minutes to a place

unseen while on the boat.


^ Group photo at Sky Mirror.

In the middle of nowhere whilst still floating on the

sea our boat stopped and we were told that we have

arrived. in about a minute the boatman parked the

boat and we jumped out on a piece of land made

up of very fine sand. To other folks arriving we must

look like people walking on water.

Habitat Of Sea Creatures

^ There is the big one, and there is a little one - sea snails.

This piece of land in the middle of the sea is a habitat

to a few sea creatures especially sea snails.

Not just any sea snails but jumping sea snails.

These little sea snails look like colourful pearls

reflecting sunlight. They have the ability to jump

in order to escape predators.


^ A big blue swimmer crab resting in the sand.

Other sea creatures include crabs. I saw a big blue

swimmer sand crab and lots of sand bubbler crabs

that call this place home. Other denizens of the sea

found here include various types of hermit crabs,

squid, and cuttlefish (saw lots of cuttlefish eggs).

^ A cluster of squid eggs.

^ A cluster of cuttlefish eggs.


^ Lots of sand bubbler crabs.

^ A hermit crab hiding in its shell.



^ Magical photography.

Sky Mirror got its name because it allows for some

really special photography effects; as if one is flying

in the sky, and that I think is how this place

got the name Sky Mirror. This is due to the reflections

on the water as well as the nothingness in

the background except for the sky. Sky mirror is

the Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) of Malaysia.

More Information

^ Some friends taking off. Photo by: Sky Mirror Tour & Travel.

Sky Mirror Tour & Travel Sdb Bhd

15, Jalan Yu 1, 45800 Pekan Sasaran,

Kuala Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +6019 266 6665 (YM Lim)

Email: skymirrortour@gmail.com

Website: https://www.facebook.com/skymirrortour/

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Travel Guide

Philemon Foo



Kuala Selangor

& Bird


For Beginners


One don’t need

high-end equipment

to shoot

birds here.

Photographers will have a field day in Kuala Selangor

no matter what type of photography you

enjoy. One type of photography to do here without

spending a bomb on high powered lenses is

bird photography. Kuala Selangor is a good place

to shoot birds for both professional bird photographers

as well as those who are starting out.


^ A seabird hanging out on the transom of a boat.

While professional bird photographers will have a

field day here, beginners will find this place a good

place to start. One just needs to make one’s way

to the Sungai Buluh River in Sasaran, Kuala Selangor.


Shooting From Land

^ The jetty by the Sungai Buloh River.

Here at the jetty in Sungai Buloh River one can start

photographing birds from the shell laden banks of

the river. There are wooden jetties where one can

shoot from but be extra careful should you decide

to shoot there as these jetties are rickety wooden

jetties, and can get slippery.

^ A heron standing on an upside down bucket.

Lots of birds fly about the river passing along its

banks. Birds such as herons, egrets, eagles, kingfishers,

and various other seabirds fly about here.

They even perch on tree stumps, trees, and walk

along the banks. There is a community of herons

that live on a few trees slightly further in.


Shooting From A Boat

^ A seabird following our boat.

My preferred choice is to shoot from a boat. There

are boat trips that take visitors to a place called Sky

Mirror (very interesting place) and as one journeys

there, one gets lots of bird photo shooting opportunities

from herons that walk about the banks to sea

birds that sometimes follow the boats.

^ A great blue heron looking for fish at the river mouth.

Of course shooting on a boat can get tricky especially

with the waves hit against the boat causing

the boat to rock. Steady hands and good “sea legs”

will come in handy. Using huge L lenses here will

be difficult and lighter more manageable telephoto

lenses is recommended.



^ Checkout this punk of a bird.

Well, a good telephoto zoom lens is recommended.

Of course the higher the zoom and faster the lens

the better. Here one can start with a 70-250mm lens

(low budget lens) but choose to shoot with good

lighting; perhaps nearing noon onwards. Yes, harsh

lighting can be an issue but one can play with one’s

camera settings to get the best possible shot; also

manage one’s shooting angle.

My Tools

I took all my bird shots using my trusty workhorse;

Canon 700D accompanied with a Tamron 70-

300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens which did a decent

job on this trip of mine. I shot on land as well as on

a rocking boat.


Things To Note

^ Splashes of seawater & cameras do not go together


Should one decide to shoot from a boat one must

be extra careful since water can and will splash into

the boat getting your equipment and you wet. Seawater

and electronics do not go well together. Keep

your camera in a waterproof bag when the boat is

on the go (cruising speed).

^ Ever saw a similar shot in a National Geographic

magazine? Shot taken at the Sungai Buloh River


Another thing to note is that when water gets into

the boat, the deck becomes slippery and I have

seen many a person slip and fall during many fishing

trips. These photographing trips are no different.

One thing I always tell people is to leave their

Crocs sandals at home and wear rubber shoes on

boat trips. Crocs get really slippery, especially the

fake ones.

More Information


Jetty Kebun Kerang Sungai Buluh, Sungai Buluh

Jeram, 45600 Jeram, Selangor, Malaysia.

Google Maps Coordinates: 3.255925, 101.302882

Google Maps

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Philemon Foo





A Collection

Of Cool Cars


Malaysia does

indeed make

cool cars.

Buforis are

made in...


^ Checkout the air intake of this car. This is made in


For car lovers, the National Automobile Museum

at the Sepang International Circuit is worth a visit.

The National Automobile Museum may not be a

large automobile museum but it showcases some

worthy collections. It also traces back the history of

the Malaysian automobile efforts being Proton and


An Interesting Collection

I love cars but I have not heard of the Brush Mobile.

Have you? The Brush Mobile is not a vehicle created

for cleaning streets or sweeping floors. It is an actual

car made by the Brush Electrical Engineering Company

in Loughborough, Leicestershire in England.

This is one of the interesting cars here.

^ The front of the Brush Mobile.


^ A karosene headlight of the Brush Mobile.

^ The front grill of the Brush Mobile.


^ The cabin of the Brush Mobile.

^ The horn of the Brush Mobile.


^ Checkout the wheels on the Brush Mobile.


^ A beautiful Alvis Firefly Tourer.

Another interesting collection is an Alvis Firefly

Tourer that was made in Coventry, England (don’t

tell me you’ve not heard of this too, come on) by

the Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. back

in 1932 to 1935 with sales numbers said to be 871


Note: The explanation board at the museum says 1934

but our research shows 1932 (H&H United Kingdom).


^ Side profile of the Alvis Firefly Tourer.

The Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd was later

bought by Rover, that got bought over by British Leyland,

and after sailing through quite a few troubled

seas and name changes; is now owned by SAIC Motor

Corporation Limited of China.

^ The Alvis Firefly Tourer as seen from the front.


Jaguar D-Type

^ The beautiful Jaguar D-Type

Of course a car that makes a car collection worth

checking out is the Jaguar D-Type, a revolutionary

car during its time (1954) that was built to race. It had

aerodynamic superiority over many of its rivals beating

the Ferrari’s maximum speed of 160.1 mph on the

Mulsanne Straight during the 1954 24 hours Le Mans

race, with a maximum speed of 172.8mph. Still, Ferrari

won that year as the D-Type had fuel starvation



^ The D-Type and its sexy curves.

The Jaguar D-Type returned in 1955 with a longer

nose and modification to its engines, this time running

with larger valves. To cut a long story short,

the Jaguar D-Types won that year and continued to

win in the 1956 and 1957 Le Mans races. The D-

Type won other races too.

^ The front of the D-Type.


Other Cars

^ A lovely looking MG TD.

Other cars at the National Automobile Museum in

Sepang are an Austin Healey, an old Ford Speedster

that was built on the Ford Model T chassis (pronounced

cha see and not cha sees), a MG TD, a

MG TC, various Buforis (proudly Malaysian made),

a few Proton and Perodua cars, Jaguh bikes, etc.

^ The very cool Ford Speedster.

^ Side shot of the Ford Speedster.


^ Simple basic cockpit.

^ A beautiful Bufori - built in Malaysia.


^ Another beautiful Bufori


Worth A Visit

^ A lovely Bufori TD2000.

Should you visit the Sepang International Circuit or

should you land at the Sepang International Airport,

do pay the National Automobile Museum in Sepang

a visit especially if you love cars. Admission is free.

All the more reason to visit.

^ The cockpit of the Bufori TD2000.

^ Front shot of the Bufori TD2000


National Automobile Museum, Litar Antarabangsa

Sepang, Jalan Pekeliling, 64000 Sepang, Selangor,

64000, Malaysia.

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/t8VTsxNJ3uL2

Phone: +60 3-8787 4759

Hours: 9am to 6pm

Open daily

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Travel Guide


Experience Village Life

With homestays mushrooming, travellers will be able

to experience what it is like living in a village. Of course

these homestays are managed by independent owners,

many of whom have no training in hospitality; so they do

their best to treat you well and thus they treat you like


I recently had an opportunity to spend time at a village

in Malacca together with a group of friends who

are from the media too during a program called In Case

You Didn’t Know Melaka (#ICYDKMelaka). This village

is called Kampung Balik Bukit or Balik Bukit Village. Our

visit coincided with a program that was going on here

done between a university and the village folks; some

form of village games or sports. So, What’s there to do?


Bullock Cart Rides

One thing to do here is to go on a bullock cart ride

around the village taking in the sights and sounds.

Kampung Balik Bukit is after all the birth place of the

bullock cart in Malacca. A bullock cart ride certainly

is one unique experience and I am lucky to ride in

an authentic one.

Do read the article on bullock cart rides in this issue

for more information.


Visit The Bullock Cart

Bullock carts used to be built here in good numbers during

its heyday but orders have since dropped. These

days the workshops does mainly repair and maintenance

work on bullock carts. We visited this workshop

and got a better understanding of how they are built, the

parts that are used (main parts), and also got to meet

some of the bulls.

Horse Riding

^ Riding horses is lots of fun and can be done here.

Apart from riding in a bullock cart, there are horses

here too. I love horses and having owned one before

I was drawn to them like magnet to metal. Horse riding

and horse cart riding are available here by Batrisya

Stable & Riding Centre. They offer horse riding

lessons too.



Batrisya Stable & Riding Centre

Encik (Mr) Samsudin

Contact: 019-7563341 / 012-7653341

Buffalo Rides

^ One of the buffalos at the village waiting to be rode.

During the “kampung games” or village games I was

offered to ride a buffalo. I declined as I had my photography

equipment with me and we had an event

to cover right after this visit at the village and didn’t

want to look like Buffalo Bill or the Sundance Kid.

Also, not a good time to be staying in a hospital

should the buffalo decide to go crazy.


^ A buffalo rider in action.

Anyway, I got to see the local village folks climb

onto buffalos and ride around in the mud. Yes, the

rides were in the mud. There was also this one guy

who tried getting onto one of the buffalos but it kept

running away. When the buffalo ran he fell into the

mud. Still, he managed to get on after about 5 minutes

of trying and countless time falling. It was funny

to watch.

Village Games

^ Kds playing in mud... normal in the village.

When we arrived the games had already started.

Muddied participant were all over the place. There

was a mud race (sprint) in a pool of mud going on.

Folks were running in mud to see who would reach

the finish line first.


^ Ready for the ”palm leave race.”

Then came the “palm leave race,” a race where

adults tow children who are sitting on palm leaves

to the finish line; running on mud. One adult pulling

one child on a bunch of coconut leaves sprinting

across a muddy pool the size of maybe half a football

field. From the looks of the faces of the participants

they were having lots of fun.

^ Champion duck catcher from a local university.

Another funny game that got me clicking away on

my camera was the duck catching race. Three ducks

were released at one end of the muddy pool. Participants

gathered at the opposite end and at the blow

of the whistle, these participants ran after the ducks.

The team with the most ducks caught won. The university

team did very well here catching most of the



^ Fun in the mud... Tug of war.

Other games included a tug of war where the village

folks proved too hard to beat. There was also

a football match in the muddy pool, a funny match

to watch as the football does not roll far in muddy


^ Football action.

Participants were really having lots of fun in the

mud and at the end of the games, the village team

emerged victorious over the university team. The

prizes were given out by the Chief Minister of Malacca,

Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron.


Savouring Local Delicacies

^ Asam pedas fish, a very delicious dish.

No village experience in complete without savouring

some of the local delights. Here we got to indulge

our taste buds, filling our tummies with tasty

curry dishes, fried chicken, etc. But personally I enjoyed

the dessert most. We were served with chilli

fried popiah (spring rolls) that were delicious.

^ Village games announcers and referees.

One way you to could experience village life is to

stay at one of the villages that offers homestays in

Malacca. Most homestays will offer activities such

as traditional games, a visit to certain attractions

or places within the village such as fruit orchards,

farms, etc. In this case one gets to ride horses and

bullock carts.

*In Case You Didn’t Know Melaka (#ICYDKMelaka)

was organized by Gaya Travel & Tourism Melaka.

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Philemon Foo

Malacca Butterfly and

Reptile Sanctuary

For those who love butterflies and reptiles, the Malacca

Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary is a place not to be

missed. The Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary

first opened its doors to the public on the 1st of February

1991 covering some 11 acres of jungle land.


^ This here is one mean looking grasshopper.

When they first started, they only showcased butterflies.

They have since become a sanctuary for reptiles such

as snakes and crocodiles, birds, and insects like the rhinoceros

beetles, various species of grasshoppers and

stick insects.

Reptile Walk

^ Always smiling, always happy... I hope.

At the reptile walk one will see snakes, frogs, iguanas,

etc. One reptile that is uniquely cute is the smiling

frog. Yes, this frog has a face that is always smiling.

These frogs are tree frogs. They look fat and

can grow to about 5 inches in length.


^ A big crocodile relaxing.

But amongst all the reptiles, one that has always

gotten my attention are the crocodiles (and alligators

too). These close relatives of the dinosaurs are

fearsome predators and I like watching them. The

Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary allows visitors

to observe them from a safe area.


^ The southern crowned pigeon.

I like birds and I love photographing them. There

are lots of birds here from a white peacock to various

types of parrots or macaws to pigeons. One of

the birds that caught my attention was this “crazy

haired” pigeon known as the southern crowned pigoen

(Goura Scheepmakeri). It has this trojan like

crown on its head.


^ Me learning what a pirate captain feels like... haha.

During my visit I had the opportunity to befriend a

blue and yellow macaw, and got to feel what it is

like being a pirate with a bird sitting on one’s shoulder.

This friendly and very trained macaw leaned its

head on mine and posed for the camera. I was telepathically

sending it one very important message;

“don’t poop now big birdie.”

Insects And Beetles

^ Huge mural of whales on the wall.

The insects section here is not big but the insects

are big and healthy. There are large stick insects,

a few cool gangster looking grasshoppers, and of

course butterflies and moths. Amongst them the

coolest looking ones are the big rhinoceros beetles;

well, to me at least. The look menacing and tough.


Home Of Butterflies

^ A butterfly posing for the camera.

This title may very well be true in the not so far

away future. One thing I learnt during my visit here

is that butterflies are a stickler to certain flowers.

This means that a certain species of butterfly will

only feed from one type of flower. They will not feed

on other types of flowers.

^ A great eggfly butterfly sitting on a leaf.

Having such feeding habits poses one problem.

When we remove certain plants and flowers, the butterflies

lose their food source at that particular area.

When that happens they have to fly further in search

of their one and only type of flower before they die.


^ A paper kite butterfly.

As more and more forests are being cleared to make

way for development, certain species of butterflies

will go extinct (some already have) without a food

source to support them. One species in particular

is the Paper Kite Butterfly (Ideo leuconoe) of which

are now really low in numbers out in the wild.

^ A paper kite butterfly feeding on artificial nectar.

Before one starts shooting down the idea of artificially

feeding these beautiful butterflies perhaps one

should know that some of these butterflies will not

make it out in the wild due to a lack of food sources

and their only chance of survival is here at the Malacca

Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary.


^ The Rajah Brooke; Malaysia’s national butterfly.

The Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary is

home to 20 different species of butterflies, including

the Black and White Helen (Papilio nephelus), Malayan

Birdwing (Troides), and the Rajah Brooke’s

Birdwing of which is the Malaysian National Butterfly.

Most Memorable

^ One of my butterflies.

To me the most memorable part of the trip was to

bring home or adopt two butterfly pupas. I took my

two little ones home and secured them to one of

my plants. After about 4 days they hatched and out

came 2 butterflies known as the great eggfly (Hypolimnas

bolina); a male and a female. Now I can say

that I have helped put more butterflies in my garden

and surrounding gardens.

Additional Information


Malacca Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary

(Taman Rama-rama & Reptilia Melaka)

Education Department

Lebuh Ayer Keroh,

75450 Melaka, Malaysia.

GPS location is at N2.299988,E102.312412

Contact: +606 232 0033

Email: antenna@butterflyreptile.com

Open Daily

Operating hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm

Entrance fees: Adult RM22.00* per person

Child (3 - 12 years old) RM16.00*

per person

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Travel Guide

Philemon Foo

Carting Around On Bull


I wished this article is about a tour of a place in a Lamborghini,

the exotic sports car with a bull emblem but

unfortunately it is not. It is in fact better in many ways

except for speed. We are talking real bull power (not

horse power).


^ Heavily decorated trishaws on the streets of Malacca.

While touring a place is usually done on motorized

vehicles likes cars, busses, trams, bikes, and bicycles

(still in the group); this time I had the opportunity

to go on a bull powered cart also known as a

bullock cart.

Going Obsolete

^ A bullock cart being prepared for the ride.

One of the dying attractions in Malacca is the bullock

cart ride. They are being overtaken by other

rides such as the trishaws with their fancy lighting

and decor. However, there are still bullock cart rides

available and we rode on one at a village called

Kampung Balik Bukit (Balik Bukit Village), known as

the birth place of the bullock cart in Malacca.


Bullock Cart Builder

^ A part of the bullock cart.

It is in this village that bullock carts were once built

back in its heyday. Encik (or Mr) Samsudin the owner

of the bullock cart factory has since saw a stop

in people wanting to build bullock carts. Now his

factory does mainly repair works on current bullock


Slow & Steady

^ A traditional bullock cart.

When it comes to bullock cart rides; speed does

not come to mind. A slow and steady pace makes

this ride enjoyable. We were taken for a scenic ride

around the village taking in the village scene on a

tranquil evening. When we rode passed houses with

children playing outside, they (children) ran after the

cart and one even jumped on and followed us on our



Choose Wisely

^ The bullock cart that I chose.

There are two types of bullock carts that offers

rides. One is the more beautiful looking traditional

cart of which is smaller in size but has a “Minangkabau”

styled roof that looks lovely, and has traditional

wooden wheels with a steel band holding it in


^ A more open bullock cart.

The other type is a simple wooden cart that looks

slightly bigger but without a roof, and uses a modern

rubber tyre (lorry tyre). It may not look as nice as the

earlier one but give it some thought. Now, amongst

the two carts, which would you choose to ride on?


^ Walking along the trail at Granite Island.

I chose to go on the nicer looking traditional one,

the one with the nice roof and traditional wheels.

With close to zero absorption (no absorbers) my

bones were loosen after the very bumpy ride on the

village’s granite road. The ride was better on tarred

road. Perhaps the one with the rubber tyres would

have been a more comfortable choice. So, Which

did you choose?

^ A bullock cart with rubber wheels.

Additional Information

Should you want to ride in a bullock cart in Malacca,

give Encik Samsudin a call at:

Batrisya Stable & Riding Centre

Contact: 019-7563341 / 012-7653341

Note: En. Samsudin also offers horse riding and

horse riding lessons.

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Sue Farley

Stay In the Deep South

^ Lake Moeraki Lodge - penguins.

In keeping with the gigantic peaks of the Southern Alps,

the dense green softness of the South Westland rainforest,

the flashing white surf breaking on a rocky coastal

shore and the edgy blueness of the southern lakes on a

sunny day, the lodges and resorts of the deep south of

New Zealand cover all the options.


^ Lake Moeraki Lodge.

Within a week I visited four very different places- from

an eco-friendly wilderness lodge just north of Haast, to a

hotel perched high above the Shotover River, a central

city hotel in Christchurch, and a golf resort near Queenstown

that has hosted many big names.

Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge

^ Lake Moeraki Lodge - more penguins.

It had started raining further north at Franz Josef

and carried on relentlessly as we drove down

through the thick wet rainforest this World Heritage

Area is acclaimed for. Arriving at the lodge, with its

huge open fire roaring in the main lounge and the

gentle flicker of low wattage lights in the rooms,

gave me a chance to relax and catch up with the



Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge is spread along the

northern bank of the Moeraki River just a short way

from where it leaves the lake of the same name.

Surrounded by 1,000 year old kahikatea and rimu

trees, and straddling geologically significant layers

of prehistoric sedimentary rocks, the local environment

is world-class. A short 45 minute walk out to

the coast at Monro Beach highlights this to perfection.

With 28 guest rooms numbers are usually such

that a stay at the lodge is an intimate experience.

Guests eat together in the Riverside Restaurant

and the cuisine is all fresh, mainly local produce

from the West Coast and Otago. The wine list reflects

Frank’s love of wine with a 90% New Zealand

showing. A special touch is the small hydro scheme

on the river out front that provides all the power

used at the lodge.

^ Lake Moeraki Lodge - accommodation.

Moving south the next morning, the drive through

Haast and over the Haast Pass to Wanaka is one of

the best - a primeval area of high peaks divided by

deep valleys filled with plunging waterfalls and dark

green beech forest.




Nugget Point Hotel

Just out of Queenstown, the setting at Nugget Point

is commanding, at the very least. The hotel sits high

above the Shotover River, tourist jet boats just a

mere wake of weaving white water far below, as the

eye is carried high above to the soaring crags of the

surrounding ranges. It is also close to a huge range

of extreme and mountain sports with the bungy

bridges, jet boat rivers, ski fields and parapenting

bluffs nearby.

Describing themselves as ‘mid-range’ on the luxury

hotel scale, Nugget Point’s guests come from

around the world. With a spectacular setting and

stunning views, it will get you close to all the action

in the Queenstown area and within a day trip of Milford

Sound – one of New Zealand’s great natural


Millbrook Resort

^ Millbrook Golf Spa & Resort, Queenstown.

Built in an imposing style of part resort, part ownyour-own

condo retreat, Millbrook is an excellent

place to base your self while in the Queenstown

area. It’s far enough from town that you’re away

from the tourists and parking hassles, but close

enough that you can jump in the car and drive there

for dinner.


^ Millbrook villa accommodation.

Villas can be rented singly, or joined together for

a more substantial party, and the on-site restaurant

and café, the golf course, swimming pool, spa

and gym provide all the entertainment for an active

break away.

^ Millbrook Golf course.

Millbrook has a 27 hole championship golf course,

and hosted the NZ Open this year. It also has an

excellent gym, a very pampering day spa, long lap

pool and a stunning view out to the surrounding

mountains and ski areas.



^ Millbrook Golf course with the villas.


The George

^ The George, Christchurch.

A central city hotel may seem an odd place to add

to a round-up of unique southern accommodations,

but as I travelled around I invariably found that people

I met in the various places had stayed there.

The George provides the ideal place to stopover in

Christchurch before or after a long flight, or before

heading off to the mountains or the lakes or a trip on

the TranzAlpine train.


^ The George, lobby.

Two of the reasons for The George’s popularity sit

right under the roof - the Pescatore Restaurant and

the 50 On the Park Café. Both regularly win awards

for their cuisine and presentation.

^ The George, accomodation.

Some rooms have a view over the Avon River,

which ambles gently by out the window. Suites are

nice enough to live in forever.Soft shades of vanilla,

beige and lime create a light airy atmosphere and

the golden lilies on the glass tables top it off nicely.


^ The George, lounge area.

Staff at The George go to great lengths to make

their hotel something far removed from the bigger

city hotels designed to take coaches full of package

travellers. If you’ve got to stay in the city, this place

is pretty good.



© Sue Farley 2017

Photos belong to property owners.

Explore New Zealand in

Style and Comfort


Wilderness New Zealand






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What An Experience

Philemon Foo

Dancing With Spirits

Kuda Kepang

It was a dark and quiet night. We were seated in a

large circle on cemented ground somewhere in the paddy

fields of Sungai Besar in Selangor, Malaysia. In front

of us lay flat wooden horses awaiting their dance partners

to pick them up and get the show going.


^ The beats from these khendangs can be quite hypnotic.

It wasn’t long before the sounds of “dings” and “dongs”

started filling the warm air of this tropical Malaysian

night; sounds created by the musicians or rather percussionists

hitting on their musical instruments, marking

the start of the performance that we have been patiently

waiting for.

^ Bathing in the smoke of incense.

Shortly after, out came the leader of the troupe, a

shaman who started doing some rituals to open the

doors between our world and that of the spirits. Suddenly

the warm air turned cool with temperatures

slowly dropping and the dancers picked up the flat

wooden horses starting off the show.


^ Horses and dancers dancing to the beats

Holding their flat wooden horses against their bodies

they danced in circles following the lead of a

princess that rides on a white flat wooden horse.

Along with these dancers are three friends from our

group who volunteered to take part in the dance not

knowing what was to come.

^ A dancer with the mask of a princess.

As the dance progressed a few dancers wearing

scary looking mask depicting various animals, a

princess, a clown, and two persons in a tiger suit

took to the floor and started following the circling

dancers to the beat of the percussionists. In my

head I was combining the rhythm of the gongs and

khendangs (traditional musical percussion instruments)

to Guns And Roses’ Sweet Child Of Mine

and having quite a laugh doing so.


^ When the masks used during the dance looks like this

you know things are about to get weird.

Suddenly a few of the dancers gave out loud

screams, dropped their flat wooden horses and

masks on the ground. The air went from cool to

cold in matter of milliseconds and it was now that

the performance took a nightmarish turn. Dancers

started acting out the roles of their mask and horses

having taken on the personalities of their dancing


It is all just a performance right? A show put on for

us, the media folks who so wanted to learn about

the Javanese culture and traditional dances brought

over by Javanese folks decades ago; right? I will let

you think so for now as I go on.

Things got really weird as some of the possessed

dancers started doing things that humans usually

do not do. One of the boy dancers started biting

the husk off an unopened coconut the way a monkey

does. Another dancer started slithering on the

ground like a snake. Those who took on the personalities

of the horses continued galloping in circles;

strangely all of them in perfect rhythm.


Not long later things took to a slightly violent turn.

Someone then reassured us that as long as we

do not go into the circle we will be okay. The shaman

had created an unseen fence in front of us

surrounding the dancers and the spirits ensuring

that the spirits will not be able to cross over it. Feeling

reassured we continue watching the show while

some of us went around shooting photos.

If you are thinking that nothing worse could possibly

happen, well, wrong. Suddenly the shaman

who was trying to contain the spirits by removing

them from some of the possessed who have gone

a little too weird, gave out a scream too. Just what

we needed. The one who is supposedly in control

is now himself possessed and in a trance.

Now, dancers in their animalistic personalities started

breaking out of the circle and they started “running”

up trees. Two of them actually; one a tiger and

the other; a bird (the shaman). There goes the assurance

of the unseen safety fence. I quickly shot

as many photos as I could from below taking precaution

just in case they started throwing coconuts

at us.

^ The shaman on top of a coconut tree.

Without any unforeseen incidents the shaman came

down from the tree and still had the ability to contain

the spirits although in a trance like state. He

managed to remove a few spirits before being possessed

by another spirit, this time an elephant.

Makes “perfect” sense. Here’s why. He tried removing

the spirit of a tiger from one of the dancers and

failed. A stronger animal that would have a chance

against the tiger would be an elephant.


Even in his elephant state he failed to remove the spirit of

the tiger despite trying a few times. At this stage most of

the possessed dancers have had the animal spirit in them

removed by the shaman and returned to their seats. But

as the show continued a few more dancers who were not

performing tonight got possessed too and started going

all weird.

It has been well over two and a half hours now since

the show started. This also means that our three media

friends who volunteered to take part in the dance must

be tired. Either that or they were too afraid to stop. They

too could be possessed. Lucky for them someone went

up to them (yes, after two and a half hours) to ask if they

would like to stop. The first two happily said yes and returned

to their places outside the magical circle.

If you think this cannot get anymore weird, again you are

wrong. Our other friend who was dancing looked different

in a scary way. As the person went up to him to ask him

if he wanted to stop, he replied nothing. He was quieter

than a mouse. He just went on dancing in the same circle

he has been doing for the past two and a half hours. The

person then tried to take the flat wooden horse from him

but he scarily looked at the person and pulled the horse

back and continued on his way. The person gave up and

returned to what he was earlier doing. Still think that this

is just a show? I, myself don’t think so anymore.

^ The shaman being possessed.

Anyway, the shaman went round in his elephant

state eating plants and digging holes as if searching

for something. He then walked to a bridge, dug

out some rocks and found a hole. He marked it

with chalk and when back into the circle. There he

started screaming some more before picking up hot

burning coals and eating them. He then went back

to the tiger possessed man to try to remove the tiger

spirit. Yet again he failed.


This time the tiger possessed man picked up a coconut

and started to bite the husk off while walking

in a circle. He then threw it up in the air some

two to three storeys high and continued his walk. I

watched the coconut being affected by gravity, fall

back down and hit him (tiger possessed man) right

on the head and burst into pieces. No, not his head

but the coconut. He then picked up a piece of the

coconut and started eating it.

Oh yes, what I forgot to include in this article is the

use of a whip to control the dance and the dancers.

The whip was used to change the dance movement

of the dancers during the dance and to contained

the possessed as the shaman did his thing to remove

the spirits.

The person who tried to stop our media friend from

dancing earlier returned with this same whip and hit

him lightly (I hope) on the arm twice and suddenly

the expression on his (media friend) face changed.

He dropped the flat wooden horse and with a blank

face slowly walked out of the circle and sat under

the coconut tree. Phew! Safe at last.

^ Like an elephant the shaman gets ready to capture the

head of the dancer possessed by the spirit of a tiger.

Back to the Shaman and the tiger possessed man...

things have gone on way too long and the fight between

the Shaman and the spirit of the tiger that

has possessed the dancer got more intense. For the

many years that he has been messing with these

spirits perhaps they have gotten bored of him and

decided not to leave. But at long last the shaman

succeeded and the dancer collapsed to the floor motionless,

tired from the ordeal.


^ The shaman doing some form pf prayer or...

But who would remove the spirit from the shaman?

How will this end? Questions and more questions.

Just when we thought that the only issue now is

with the shaman, he (shaman) gave out another

scream pointing in the direction of the coconut tree.

Unfinished business perhaps. He then gestured in

a hostile manner for someone (or something) to

come to him as if asking for a fight. Puzzled, the

crowd looked towards the coconut tree and slowly

without any expression on his face, our earlier possessed

media friend walked towards the shaman.

^ The shaman sending spirirts back to their world.

The shaman gave out another scream and then

grabbed the head of our media friend with one hand

while pointing to the sky with the other. He gave out

one more scream and our media friend collapsed to

the ground. At last the spirit has left him leaving him

exhausted and without energy.


^ The shaman lying on the ground hugging the drum.

The shaman then walked towards a drum and stood

on it. He yet again gave one very loud scream pointing

to the sky before collapsing to the ground hugging

the drum like a bolster. Another person and

his daughter then went to him, picked him up, and

helped him stand before walking him back to a chair

where he sat and recuperated.

Information On Kuda Kepang

^ The shaman and his assistant fighting a possessed dancer.

Kuda Kepang is a Javanese traditional ritual type

dance that used to be performed during the paddy

harvesting season. Spirits of various deities are

called in to possess the dancers or performers.

This dance is performed during certain events and

functions these days. Dancers and performers are

known to not only eat hot burning coal but broken

glass too. There have also been instances where

performers climb onto the roof top of houses and ran

on them.

^ Sending one more spirit back to its world.

The kuda kepang dance will only end when all the

spirits that were summoned to possess the dancers

have returned to their realm and door between their

world and ours closed. Sometimes these performance

go on for many hours when more and more

spirit possessions happen to either other dancers

from the troupe or visiting troupes. Nevertheless, it

is a performance worth watching.

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Philemon Foo

The Kabin




A secluded artsy

and nicely styled



^Welcome to The Kabin.

Ever wanted to stay in a hotel or a resort that

is completely out of the norm? Brick and mortar

buildings, as well as wood; have been the norm for

hotels and resorts for many years. Not long ago

we started seeing hotels and resorts being made

of other things such as cargo containers used normally

for shipping. The Kabin in Kuala Selangor is

one such place.

Out Of The Norm

^ Looks pretty cool.

Although using containers as rooms for people to

sleep in is nothing new, it is not often that hotels, resorts,

or even inns use them. The first one stayed in

was at a place in Perak where I used to go fishing at.

But when it comes to making container hotels look

good and stylish; The Kabin has certainly succeeded.


Good Sense

^ A mural at our Kabin that enhances the looks of the place.

Building hotels and resorts is not a cheap endeavour,

but using refurbished shipping containers certainly

brings the cost down. There is more. It make

sense too. Think about the environment. What happens

to old shipping containers? They get discarded,

left to rot somewhere not seen by many. What

a waste.

^ The containers do have windows. Round windows like

those on ships.

Refurbishing and repurposing them is one way that

is both good for business and for the environment.

The Kabin has done just so creating a lovely, artsy,

looking abode for travellers who want to experience

a different type of accommodation.


Looks Good

The Kabin does look good. While shipping containers

may not look all that big on the outside, I was

surprised to see that our container or “Kabin” actually

fitted four persons quite comfortably. Yes, the

walking spaces may be a little small but overall it

is comfortable. We had four single beds, shelves,

drawers, etc. Oh yes, there is also a built-in toilet.

^ Our container sleeps four.


A Swimming Mixture Pool

Antique furnitures.

The Kabin does have a swimming pool. Wait, two

pools of which are lovely places to relax especially

when the sun is hot. There is a wading pool for kids

and a large pool for adults. It may not be an Olympic

size pool but is certainly is big enough to do a

few good laps.


Worried about what to eat? worry not. The Kabin does

have its own cafe where one can have sandwiches,

ice cream, cold drinks, coffee and tea, etc. They can

also do barbeque with advanced notice. There are

places to eat nearby should one not feel like dining at

the resort.

Other Facilities

For those who like to sing The Kabin does have a karaoke

room that will allow singers & “singers” to exercise

their vocal “muscles.” There are also meeting and

function rooms, bicycles for rent, games room, and

stand up paddling boards and kayaks.


Book A Stay?

Should you be fishing off Kuala Selangor or visiting the

attractions around the area such as Malawati Hill (historical

fort), fire fly watching, eagle watching, photography,

a visit to Sky Mirror, etc. The Kabin certainly is a

place to consider staying at. Oh, for anglers, there is a

beach that is walking distance from The Kabin.

One thing to note though is that the container rooms

(being made of metal) get really hot in the afternoon.

They take a long time to cool down even with the airconditioning

running full blast.



The Kabin, Lot 2984 Jalan Jati, Pantai Remis, 45800

Jeram, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia.

Contact: +60176783825 / +603-3264 0578

Email: info@thekabin.com.my

Website: http://thekabin.com.my/

GPS COORDINATE : 3.195990, 101.307795

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An adventure of

the taste buds.


^ The Verandah Restaurant

Human beings are creatures of habit. We tend

to eat at the few places that we like eating at and

before you know it, you’re there almost every day.

I have a few eating places that I go to on a rotation

basis but then again it is habitual for me to do so.

Sometimes it is good to break out of that loop and

go dine somewhere else. We decided to go to the

Cyberview Resort And Spa.

A Preview Of What’s

To Come

At the Cyberview Resort And Spa we attended a dinner,

not just any dinner but a preview dinner of what would

be served during the month of Ramadan for iftar. As we

made our way towards the restaurant I could smell satay

and meat being barbequed. That kicked started my

digestive system and it wasn’t long before a gear shift

took place seeing me speeding towards the buffet.


A Dizzying Array

^ Lots of stalls here with more inside the restaurant.

Seeing the array of food being offered, I immediately

noticed one issue. There are lots of food but I only have

one stomach with limited capacity. You see, Chef Imran

and his team prepared 222 food items for the dinner (of

which will also be offered during the month of Ramadan).

That is a lot of food to savour.

Food Adventure

I started my food journey with sushi before making my

way to the various curries, and then took a break right

after satay. The food was delicious. I wanted to go for a

second round of gulai kawah but decided to hold back

(it took a lot of will power) as there are more to savour.

^ Just look at all these delicious curry dishes...


^ Yummy grilled lamb.

After the short break I headed for the barbeque and filled

up on charcoal grilled lamb and prawns. Whilst eating

my delightful pieces of lamb a friend brought some icecream

over and pointed out that this is a “must try.” My

brains short circuited. Before finishing my main course,

I attacked the ice-cream counter. Who wouldn’t when

the ice-cream is rendang chicken flavoured.


Rendang Chicken Ice-Cream

^ Rendang chicken ice-cream on the right. See the bits of

chilli and chicken?

Yes, you read this right. At first I too thought that I heard

it wrong. I asked again what the flavour was and again

I was told “rendang chicken ice-cream.” This ice-cream

is a little spicy with tiny bits of chicken meat marinated

with rendang, in it. The first scoop was the “getting used

to” while the second scoop was where I enjoyed it.

More Main Courses

^ Indian cuisine.

I was already somewhat full by now but I just had to go

on one more round of food adventuring. I wanted to go

for more satay but then I saw fried kuay teow (a broader

flat type of rice noodles). I weighed my options since I

need room for dessert; and fried kuay teow won the bid.


^ The simple but very delicious fried kuay teow.

The fried kuay teow tasted really good. It was cooked

just nice. Not too salty but really tasty. A bit spicy but not

too much. what I love about fried kuay teow is the cockles.

Without them no fried kuay teow is worth eating. I

enjoyed every strand of it despite feeling full.

Using My Spare Tank

^ The very lovely tiramisu cake.

With so many delightful desserts tempting my sweet

tooth I had no choice but to go on. I enjoyed lovely durian

rolls (durian is my favourite fruit) which was really

good. I enjoyed various palm dates (I love dates) . I had

a few slices of cakes and tarts too. I love the strawberry

tarts, crème Brulee, but the one I liked best is the blueberry

cheese cake... or is it the tiramisu cake... both.

^ Very yummy blueberry cheese cake.


^ If you enjoy strawberries, you will love these tarts.

^ Five varieties of palm dates. Oooh... lovely.


^ My kiddo went gaga over these cupcakes.

^ Lollies for the kids.


So Much More

^ Ahhh.... chocolate fountain.

There are so much more food that I have not tried. Well,

every stomach has a limit. I had to stop or risk humiliation

being wheeled out in a wheelbarrow. It is impossible

to lose weight with such delicious meals on offer. I

am certain that I have gained a few kilos after this meal

but it was all worth it. When time comes I’ll hit the gym.


All these sumptuous delights will be available again

during the month of Ramadan. So, do book yourself

a table now.

Prices (adult): RM138.00 (weekdays)

RM100.00 (weekends)

For enquiry call +603 8312 7091 or 7092


The Lodge, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 7

63000 Cyberjaya

Selangor, Malaysia

GPS Coordinate

Latitude: N 2 55.440

Longitude: E 101 40.020

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^ Ingredients used to balance the Ying and Yang.

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of city

living? Feel like you need to be pampered? Sembunyi

Spa at the Cyberview Resort & Spa in Cyberjaya

offers de-stressing massages, relaxing baths, and

rejuvenating treatments that takes you to a place

that is stress free; a different realm perhaps where

the stress and pressure of running the “rat race” or

managing businesses are all forgotten for a while.

^ A lap pool at the Sembunyi Spa.

Sembunyi Spa is a spa inspired by Indo-Malay and Sino

culture rich in heritage traditions of the region. Sembunyi

Spa is set within lush greenery and calming waters;

a hidden gem within Cyberjaya. The place is beautiful

with a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere.


^ A Jacuzzi at the Sembunyi Spa.

One can enjoy a lovely Jacuzzi; a lovely place to relax

at, a cold plunge pool, steam and sauna rooms to melt

the stress away, and a lap pool to swim in. There are

luxurious massage rooms for individual guests as well

as couples.

^ Why not come here for a massage?


Sembunyi Spa is certainly a piece of heaven on earth.

The Lodge, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 7

63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: (603) 8312 7000

Email: hotline@cyberviewresort.com

GPS Coordinate

Latitude: N 2 55.440

Longitude: E 101 40.020

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The Asia Urban Youth

Assembly (AUYA) 2017

Youths are the future of every country and their views

help shape the countries that they live in. That said, it

is good for the youths of the world to come together an

share their ideas and plans that can help make for a

better world. That brings us to the Asia Urban Youth Assembly

(AUYA) 2017 that was held recently in Malacca.


^ Mariko Sato, UN-Habitat Chief(Bangkok).

The Asia Urban Youth Assembly (AUYA) 2017 is an international

conference that brought together youth delegates

from 34 countries to discuss on significant issues

that are affecting the world; urban agenda of the United

Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that

were agreed upon at the Habitat III Cities Conference in

Quito, Ecuador (October 2016).

This is the first time Malacca hosted AUYA in collaboration

the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Melaka Historic

City Council, UN Habitat, and UN Youth And World Assembly

Of Youth (WAY). The theme of this conference

here in Malacca is “Youth Roles Towards New Urban

Agenda – Taking Action For Innovative, Socially Minded,

Green Cities.”

Topics discussed by the participants include managing

of the problems that cities commonly faced, ethics about

doing what is right for and by all urban citizens, ethical

approach to leadership, ethical approach to planning

and economic development, sustainability and citizen

engagement, effective response to global issues such

as climate change, tackling social and economic issues

in cities, etc.

The participants involved in this assembly are from Bangladesh,

Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic,

Ethiopia, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia,

Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Macedonia, Maldives,

Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda,

Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago,

Turkey, UAE, Uganda, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe

and Malaysia.


^ YAB Datuk Seri Ir. Idris Haron, the Chief Minister of Melaka.

Holding this assembly here is good as Malacca is a good

example of the successful implementation of such initiatives.

One very good example is the successful rehabilitation

of the Melaka River that has turned a once filthy and

dead river into a beautiful river of life that now draws in

tourists and is now a very successful tourism product.

According to the Chief Minister of Malacca YAB Datuk Seri

Ir. Idris Haron, the aim for Malacca is to become resilient

and to manage its natural resources well, becoming a self

sustainable state, and to promote low carbon growth of

which in return will help the state to remain competitive

and enhances the liveability of all its residents.

Its plans includes a green city of which will also benefits

tourism. This plan covers water management, renewable

energy and energy efficiency, green transportation,

zero waste, urban forestry and agriculture, as well as

cultural heritage.

As of current, Malacca city has deployed two electric

buses that covers the World Heritage Zone. Forty more

electric buses are in the pipeline pending approval for

a request made and hopefully it will become a reality


An initiative to transform nine state government buildings

into energy efficient buildings is underway with

the completion of the first phase of the Putra Specialist

Hospital Melaka Building that brought about monthly

savings of RM100,000 to RM150,000. The second

phase is underway and is expected to see completion at

the end of 2017. It is hoped that the completion of both

these phases will bring down electricity cost by some

RM3.5million per year.

Note: This project started in 2013 with the support and

cooperation of the Danish government.

Other Projects

Smart Grid Pilot Project that will help control the daily

maximum demand of electricity with smarter load management

that is hoped to optimize the generation of

electricity during the peak periods.

The Recycling of Solid Waste of which encourages waste

separation, a program that has been ongoing since 1st

September2015 with the aim of increasing recycling rate

by 20 percent come 2020. The use of polystyrene and

plastic bags are also banned in Malacca.

Energy saving Smart LED Street Lights are currently

being retrofitted onto 120,000 units of street lights enabling

a significant reduction of energy using an internet

connected smart control system.

Melaka World Solar Valley, a new township in the pipelines

that focuses on the development of solar technology.

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Coleman WeatherTec System

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Our tent is the most important piece of equipment of

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Oakley® Flak 2.0 XL

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• UniFly midsole connects you to the trail, protects you

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• 3 mm lug depth

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funtionality when wearing it

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wearer full protection from the hot and cold weather

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