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I hope you have been enjoying Escapy thus far. Being an avid traveller,
I have been lucky to have the privilege to experience and see
many things; additional brownies for my knowledge pot. Travelling
offers so much value to life both mentally and physically.
Recently I went camping with some friends at a jungle by the city.
It is nice to spend time away from civilization and hang out with
friends with Mother Nature. This trip made me physically fitter
and I learnt how to cook brownies using bamboo.
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An Adventure To...
Ketam Island is a fishing village built on stilts (planted
more than 10 metres deep) over a mangrove island
situated some 16.6km away from Port Klang, a
coastal town in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. This
village was founded back in the 1880s by the Teochew
and Hokkien Chinese.
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Island On Stilts
Houses, shops, factories, stores, restaurants, etc. are
mainly built on wooden and concrete stilts connected
by wooden and concrete walkways. There are other
smaller islands that are linked to the main island by
bridges, except for one called Sungai Lima or Five River
(Five being the name of the river).
The journey to Ketam Island begins in Port Klang.
There are two or three main operators that offer ferry
services to Ketam Island at the Ketam Island Jetty
(South Port). The best and most comfortable one as of
now (June 2017) is the Alibaba Cruises that operates a
larger and more comfortable ferry.
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The journey to Ketam Island takes about half an hour
to forty five minutes depending on the tide. The journey
itself is an interesting one as the ferry sails past
mangrove island where birds, monitor lizards, etc.
roam about. It is like going on a little river safari.
Pic: Alibaba’s ferry - Cool and clean.
As the ferry nears Ketam Island it will make two stops.
The first stop is at Sungai Lima or Five River. This is
where residents of the Five River village disembark.
The next stop is at the main Ketam Island jetty. This
stop is where most visitors to the island disembarks.
On Ketam Island
Ketam Island being a fishing village
offers visitors a view into the fishing
industry with fish products being
produced on the island. The first
thing one will notice as one nears
the island are the numerous fishing
boats docked along wooden jetties.
There are more to see of course.
Exploring Ketam Island can either be
done either on foot, on bicycles, or
for the more relaxed traveller; battery
operated electric bikes. There
are no cars on the island which
means lesser air pollution. Bicycles
and electric bikes can be rented at
various places such as the Sea Lion
Hotel. Exploring the Island is easy.
Once can get a map too from and
be on one’s way.
Ice is very important to the fishing industry. Ice is used
to keep fish caught fresh and frozen. There is an ice
factory here on the island that produces ice solely for
the fishing industry. Ice made here are not suitable
for human consumption as they have been laced with
additives to slowdown melting.
As one walk along the wooden walkways of Ketam Island
one will notice quite a few fish processing “plants”
with rows and rows of fish, shrimp, squid, etc. placed
out to dry in the sun after being laced with salt. These
dried produce will later be packed and sent to shops
at the island’s town centre as well as to markets and
shops at mainland.
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Pic: Very long fishing nets used by trawlers.
Boat Building Yard
With fishing boats being the main vehicles used by
fishermen here, boat building and repairing skills are
needed here and has since flourished with a few master
builders here. One can visit the boat building yard
where wooden boats from small boats to big trawlers
Pic: A fishing boat at one of the jetties.
Temples are a plenty on Ketam Island. Everywhere
one walks to one is bound to see temples. According
to the locals; since they live on a mangrove island
and the main industry is fishing, they pray often for
protection and safety.
Floating Fish Farms
Another interesting thing to do at Ketam Island is
to visit the floating fish farms. These farms are only
reachable by boat for a fee. Here visitors can see how
fish is reared. There are fish farms that allow anglers
to stay on them and partake in some fishing fun.
The town centre is the busiest place on the island.
It is where the locals conduct businesses, come for
their meals, etc. It is also a place where visitors go to
for meals and to purchase fish products. Like most
towns the town centre has banks with ATM facilities,
clinics, a police station, a fire station (volunteer), etc.
The fire station - Ketam Island.
Ketam Island certainly is a foodies paradise. The seafood
here does not cost an arm or a leg and they are
fresh. There are a few restaurants and food outlets
around the island. Should one not want to indulge in
seafood, worry not. There are restaurants that serve
fried noodles and economy rice as well.
A few types of food not to miss other than the usual
fare of seafood are shaved ice dessert which is so
refreshing especially during a hot day, fried egg with
oysters, and the famous Ketam Island “nasi lemak” a
packed meal of fragrant rice served with egg, anchovies,
small prawns, and special chilli flakes.
Pic: Fried egg with oysters being cooked.
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Haven For Photogs
Photographers will enjoy increasing their shutter
count here. There are plenty of things to shoot here
at Ketam Island. The muddy ground below the walkway
is home to a few species of crabs, sea snails, mud
skippers, etc. When the tide comes in fishes follow
and they too make for good photos.
Pic: A boat speeding past trying to get away from the rain.
There are lots of birds that fly about the place. Most
of them are crows. But pay attention and be observant
and one will see other birds as well such as sparrows,
kingfishers, eagles, water fowls, etc. All these
make for good photos and one will not need expensive
lenses to shoot them which makes this place
great for amateur photogs.
A crab with the face of Chairman Mao on its shell.
Pic: Some kids fishing at a boat ramp.
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Being surrounded by water, fishing
certainly is an activity that can be
done here on the island. Local boys
can be seen fishing at certain places
of the island such as at the main
jetty when the tide comes in and at
a boat ramp near the fire station.
Pic: A local boy and his catch.
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A Pinch Of History
Ketam is the Malay word for crab and Ketam Island
got its name from the abundance of crabs on the island.
According to one of the locals, many years ago
Hainanese fishermen came to the area to catch crabs
travelling all the way from Port Swettenham (now
called Port Klang) and they did so daily.
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To improve efficiency of their operations they built
huts and started living there. As time went by more
families moved to the island and slowly the population
there grew. In the 1940s the Teowchew and
Hokkien Chinese from Taiwan and China came to the
island too; escaping the war back home as the Japanese
Pic: An old building at the town square.
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At its peak Ketam Island boasted a population of about
20,000 people but has since declined as more of its
youth moved out of the island in search of better job
and business opportunities. Today Ketam Island has
a population of about 8,000 people.
Pic: A mural depicting the folks of Ketam Island.
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Where To Stay
There are a few places to stay at. The most prominent
hotel that is right at the jetty is the Sea Lion Hotel
Pulau Ketam. It is the biggest hotel on the island.
Other places are Sea Lion Homestay, Home Motel,
Pulau Ketam Inn, etc.
More information About Sea Lion Hotel in this issue.
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A shot from the jetty during blue hour.
Village scene as the tide goes down.
Getting to Ketam Island is easy. All one needs to
do is to make one’s way to the KL Sentral station
and from there take a KTM train all the way
to Port Klang (final stop). Alight here and walk
about 3 to 5 minutes to the Ketam Island Ferry
Terminal (on the left by the sea).
Should you decide to go by car do click on the
Google Maps tab below:
For information on ferry services to Ketam Island,
do click the links below.
Click For Google Maps
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The call of the wild has lured many travellers,
photography enthusiasts, and of course nature
lovers. The Kuala Selangor Nature Park (adopted
by Malaysia Nature Society of MNS) is a place rich
with wildlife and wild flora. It is one of the “must
visit” places in Kuala Selangor.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park is made
up of secondary forests and mangrove
or wetlands; covering some 2.4 square
kilometres. Within its boundaries are 4
trails that one should go on to experience
the park better. These trails are:
Main Trail (550 metres)
Pangolin or Tenggiling Trail (988 metres)
- was inaccessible at time of visit.
Bund Trail (1675 metres)
Mangrove Walkway (1500 metres)
There are also extended wooden pathways;
one that leads to the mud flats
by the Straits of Malacca (was inaccessible
at time of visit).
Walking The Trails
The starting point of the main trail is just off the area
where the chalets are (more on them later). The main
trail starts with a bricked pathway that goes into the
secondary forest. Names of trees are placed along
the way sharing with visitors some information of
the trees. Here one will be able to see monkeys (macaques
and silver leaf monkeys), birds, insects, etc.
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At the end of the main trail one comes to a bridge
that crosses a small river. Here one can observe the
river and its surroundings for fish, reptiles (we saw
a monitor lizard swimming here), birds such as kingfishers,
etc. Cross the bridge and one comes to Bund
The Bund Trail goes around a manmade
lake that was made for birds
to roost and feed. This area is a safe
nesting area for some 155 bird species;
98 of which are resident birds
such as the great egret, magpies,
grey heron, collared kingfisher, and
brahminy kite; while 57 species of
them are migratory birds like Mongolian
plover, and blue-tailed beeeater.
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The lake is also home to fishes especially mudskippers
with some growing as long as a person’s forearm.
These amphibious fish can be seen darting about on
the water’s surface as well as about the muddy banks
of the lake.
Pic: A mudskipper keeping an eye on me.
To provide visitors of a better view
of the area; two watch towers have
been erected in the area. From these
towers one can try to spot birds, observe
the area, and take a few photographs
of the views as well as the
wildlife like birds.
Along the trails one will come across a few gazebos
(some of which are closed off for repairs). They are
good places to stop for a break. While taking a break
at these gazebos do continue to observe the surroundings
View of the area from the tower.
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Along the Bund Trail one will come to a mangrove
area and there lies a concrete walkway (Mangrove
Walkway) that goes through the mangrove area. This
is a trail that we highly recommend as the mangrove
is rich with wildlife. It is also home to 13 species of
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Crabs are a plenty here adding colours to the muddy
mangrove forest creating a spectacle of colours. 15
species of crabs call this place home. Amongst them
include king crabs (horseshoe crabs), tree climbing
crabs, and the colourful fiddler crabs that can be seen
during low tides.
The mangrove forest is also home to prawns, mud
lobsters, clams, and fishes such as the banded archer
fish, puffer fish, etc. Birds too can be seen along the
trail especially when one has a sharp eye and pays
attention to the sounds that they make. A binoculars
will certainly come in handy.
*Here there is a walkway to the mud flats but it is inaccessible
at time of visit.
Pic: A mangrove clam.
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Exiting the Mangrove Walkway, one returns to the
Bund Trail with about two thirds of the trail left to
walk. At the lake there are wooden jetties that one
can walk onto (with caution) for a closer look at the
wildlife. Mudskippers can be seen chasing each other
about. We saw two fighting. The Bund Trail ends back
at the bridge.
Pic: A wooden jetty at the lake.
There are plenty of other animals
that call this place home. They include
leopard cats, otters, various
snakes, lizards, dolphins, various
species of butterflies, beetles like
the rhinoceros beetle, spiders, various
Photographers will have a lovely time here filling digital
space with shots of birds, crabs, insects, etc. There
are just so many subjects to shoot especially when
one takes one’s time and observe carefully. A good
zoom lens will provide for plenty of lovely shots, and
macro enthusiasts will certainly have a field day too.
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Things To Note
a. Do take extra precaution when climbing up and
down the watch towers. These rickety wooden
watch towers may not be able to take too much
of a load.
b. Do bring along ample supply of drinking water
especially if you decide to walk the Bund Trails
and Mangrove Walkway.
c. Do not wonder away from trails or go into the
undergrowth as the area is also home to animals
that can pose a serious danger to you such as
e. Do not remove anything or leave rubbish on
the trails. Like the saying goes; “take nothing but
pictures (or memories) and leave nothing but
Pic: A lizard sitting on a palm fruit by the lake.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a place that one
must not miss when one visits Kuala Selangor. Allocate
at least 3.5 hours for the park should you decide
to visit. The walk can be a tiring one especially on a
hot day. A battery fan will provide some respite from
the heat. Staying hydrated is important and a bottle
of drinking water is a must. If possible, go lightweight.
Pic: Dragonflies courting.
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Children (below 17)
Students (below 17)
Senior Citizens (above 60)
* MNS: Malaysia Nature Society
Pic: Lots of signages explaining the wildlife.
Pic: A dragonfly posing for the camera.
Basic accommodation is available for rent. There are
the basic “A” framed huts, wooden “kampung house”
(village house) type chalets, hostels, and dormitories.
Do call to check for availability and get as much information
as you need before deciding on staying there.
Pic: A kampung house type chalet.
A Frame Hut (2 pax per hut):
RM30.00 per night / RM25.00 for MNS members
Chalets (3 pax per chalet):
RM60.00 per night / RM50.00 for MNS members
** Comes with attached bathroom
Hostels (14 rooms; 7 pax each):
RM175 per room per night /RM140 for MNS members
Dormitories (6 units; 6 pax each):
RM220 per night / RM200 for MNS members
** Comes with attached bathroom
Note: Also available is a hall for seminars that can accommodate
up to 100 pax maximum.
Address & Other Information
Kuala Selangor Nature Park
Jalan Klinik, Kuala Selangor, 45000 Kuala Selangor,
Open Daily: 9am to 5pm
Click For Google Maps
Things To Do At The
Paddy Fields Of
Paddy Fields? You must be wondering
what on earth would one do at the paddy
fields. As it turns out the paddy fields
of Sekinchan is a place where visitors to
Kuala Selangor flock to during the weekends
and on holidays. Here are 6 things to
do when hanging out at the paddy fields
here in Sekinchan.
01 - Take Photos
Paddy fields do make for beautiful photos
be they landscape shots, romantic wedding
photos, creative shots, dramatic shots, and
plenty other shots that photographers can
think of. Paddy fields are vast fields and they
Pic: A tripod always comes in handy when travelling.
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When the paddy plants are green they showcase
vast rolling fields of green. When the
paddy is ready for harvesting the entire field
turns brown and with the sun at a certain
angle, they look like fields of gold. Even after
harvesting and what’s left are dried mud
and leftover paddy storks; nice photos can
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02 - Visit A Paddy
Where there is paddy there will be paddy processing
factories. Not all allow visitors to enter
but the Paddy Processing Factory by PLS
Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd does. Here one gets
to learn about paddy and how it is prepared
for planting as well as how it is processed.
There is also a paddy museum that one can
visit for a small fee.
Pic: Paddy on the way to the factory.
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PLS Marketing (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Lot No. 9990, Jalan Tali Air 5, Ban 2, Selangor,
45400 Sekinchan, Malaysia, 45400 Sekinchan,
Contact: +60 3-3243 6558
Open Daily: 9AM–6PM
Click For Google Maps
03 - Visit Ah Ma House
Ah Ma House is like a mini museum that showcases
a collection of antiques but it is really a shop selling
cakes and titbits, most of them coming in packages
resembling those from a time long passed. Coming
here certainly feels like one has stepped into a time
portal and stepped into the past.
Ah Ma House is famous for its traditional
cakes, biscuits, and tarts; baked using Ah
Ma’s recipe with roots to her village. Oh yes,
Ah Ma is grandmother in one of the local
Chinese Dialects, and Ah Ma House simply
means grandmother’s house.
Pic: The kitchen where tasty cakes are made.
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Ah Mah House
Pekan Sekinchan, 45400 Sekinchan, Selangor,
Contact: +60 14-230 5753
Click For Google Maps
Pic: Ah Mah House, a replica of shops back in the day.
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04 - Hangout At A Bus Cafe
So what can one do when one is feeling hot
after hanging out under the sun at the paddy
fields? Simply look for a bus that sits on top
of a cargo container, climb into it, order refreshments,
sit back, and just chill. This cafe
is simply called N.16 Cafe.
This air-conditioned cafe offers respite especially on a
hot day. Being a cafe built inside a bus, sitting is limited.
Sitting is also not free. One cannot simply order
a drink and enjoy the air-conditioning. There is a minimum
spending requirement at the tables. RM30.00
for the smaller tables that seats 2 comfortably and
RM50.00 for the large table that seats 4 comfortably.
The other option is to sit outdoors. Wherever one
chooses to sit the view is beautiful.
The food and drinks served here are limited. They serve
main meals and desserts, and I personally find them
to be delicious especially the grilled chicken chop set
where the skin is crispy the eat juicy. The drinks are
refreshing especially after being under the hot sun.
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Kampung Parit Empat, 45400 Sekinchan,
Opens from Thursdays to Mondays. Closes on
Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Hours: 11am to 8pm
Click For Google Maps
Pic: Tasty chicken chop with a beautiful view.
Pic: A view so nice even chocolate Legoman can’t resist.
05 - Do Some Fun Fishing
For those that enjoy fishing paddy fields are
home to fish. The irrigation canals that run
alongside the paddy fields here are home to
a few species of fish such as lampam or tinfoil
barb, puyu or climbing perch, etc.
Pic: Good fun fishing at canals such as this.
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Pic: An angler pole fishing at one of the canals.
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During my trip there I saw two anglers fishing.
One of them was casting a spoon perhaps
hoping to catch brown snakeheads of
which are usually found in paddy fields; while
another angler was pole fishing using a stick
and line catching tinfoil barbs and tilapias.
Pic: The angler and his catch, a tinfoil barb.
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06 - Nan Tian Temple
The Nan Tian Temple or the temple of the 9
Emperor Gods sits amongst the paddy fields.
It is a large Chinese temple and is considered
to be the main temple in Sekinchan. One can
visit this temple as the final stop around the
paddy fields of Sekinchan to worship (Buddhist)
or for some photographs.
Click For Google Maps
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Enjoy The Paddy Fields
There you go, 6 things to do at the paddy
fields of Sekinchan should you decide to visit.
These activities and places to visit can easily
take up 4 to 5 hours of your day here. It
may take up more of your time should you
want to catch more fish. Catch and release is
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Sungai Pisang Forest
It is nice to stay in luxury hotels and resorts during
the holidays, but once in a while it is good to leave
the urban live and go spend time with Mother Nature.
One of the places to do so when in Selangor is
the Sungai Pisang forest in a place called. Gombak.
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Sungai Pisang forest is a thick tropical forest (jungle
actually) that is located somewhere between the foot
of Genting Highlands and Gombak in Selangor. Within
it are mountain streams, waterfalls, and rivers (one of
them being Sungai Pisang or Pisang River) that flows
all the way to Gombak River. Gombak River snakes all
the way into the heart of Kuala Lumpur City.
There are a few campsites at Sungai Pisang. Some of
them are relatively easy to get to while some are much
further in. One will have to jungle trek to get to them,
crossing the river and stream several times. One will
have to do some climbing to get to the ones deeper in
and this is what we did.
We parked our cars just outside the security gate of
the SYABAS waterworks /or water gate. We had to
pay a few dollars to park our vehicles for a few days.
From there we crossed the main river and did some
climbing and made our way till we reached two tunnels
of which waters from Pisang River flows. Above
these tunnels is the Karak Highway, Malaysia’s most
haunted highway (believed to be).
Pic: Group photo at the carpark taken by Raymond.
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We walked through the tunnels (a pretty cool experience)
and continued trekking the jungle stream.
We carried on our backs supplies that will last three
days, tents, and tools; a heavy load, thus we have to
be very careful as we had to walk on slippery rocks,
muddy banks, etc.
Pic: Trekking on a dried riverbed.
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Pic: A refreshing waterfall where we took a break.
About halfway to our campsite is a waterfall, a
refreshing place to take a short break. Waterfalls
are said to add emit negative ions of which
is good for the body. Perhaps it is the negative
ions that is so refreshing. After a short break
here we had to do some climbing; perhaps the
hardest climb of this trip.
Pic: Teamwork is essential in the wild. Jeremy supporting
Norman as he secured the rope of our tarpaulin.
To cut a long story short; we arrived at our
campsite after about an hour and a half of trekking.
The camp site is on a higher ground by a
mountain stream. We setup camp, rebuilt the
kitchen, and relaxed in the stream. The cool
water felt so nice after all the hard work done.
Pic: Setting up camp.
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Pic: When we run out of rope, vines will
have to do. They actually work really
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Pic: Norman checking the tents to ensure that they are ok.
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Pic: Arnold digging a drain around our
tents in preparation for the rain that
came at night.
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Playing With Fishes
The Pisang River is home to lots of fish; mostly palm
size fish. There are tengas (river carp), catfish, barb,
etc. There are also shrimps that would swim up to our
feet. Shooting video of these fishes swimming about
in the stream was one of the things I did.
Pic: Lots of fishes in the river.
Some in our camping party decided to catch jungle
frogs. They went about searching the place at nights
using a torchlights. After about an hour they returned
with a few frogs including one the size of a grown person’s
palm. The frogs were then released back into
Pic: A good size frog caught and released.
Cooking In the Jungle
Cooking in the jungle requires some creativity. Our
chefs cooked rice in bamboo and barbequed meat on
the rebuilt kitchen stove that is made of wood with its
bark removed. The fragrance of the wood made the
meat taste better. We even got to eat tasty brownies
cooked in bamboo with ginger leaves.
Pic: Preparing the fire for our kitchen.
Pic: Arnold cleaning wood for our kitchen stove.
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Pic: Our meals being prepared.
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Pic: Deshon, one of our chefs preparing lamb leg.
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With nothing much to do and with work not in my
mind, I spend lots of time sitting in the stream observing
nature. It is so nice to lean back onto some
rocks and let the flowing water do its massaging magic
while the mind slowly goes blank. Relaxing indeed.
No sound of cars. No one around other friends. And
the air so cool and fresh.
Pic: The “spa“ in the river. Natural massage available here.
Pic: Taking a leap into the deeper section
of a natural jungle pool.
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After spending three days here it
was time to go leave. We dismantled
our tents and packed up our stuffs.
Before leaving we set about cleaning
the place, leaving it better than
the way it was. We also kept the unused
fire wood neatly stacked for
the next camping group. After a
short photograph session we headed
back out into civilization.
Things To Bring
I certainly had a lovely time here and recommend
anyone wanting to try camping in a jungle
here in Selangor to visit Sungai Pisang forest.
Here are some basic things that I recommend
bringing. Together with clothes and personal
items, do bring these...
I certainly had a lovely time here and recommend
anyone wanting to try camping in a jungle
here in Selangor to visit Sungai Pisang forest.
Here are some basic things that I recommend
bringing. Together with clothes and personal
items, do bring these...
Good rubber shoes
Insect repellent (no mosquitoes but there are
Good quality garbage bags
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Knife / machete
Concentrated saltwater (to remove leeches)
Enough food to last your stay
Ropes and string
First aid kit
Things To Note
There are a few things to note when camping
out at Pisang River:
Be careful when walking on slippery rocks.
Don’t rush. Take your time when jungle trekking.
Team work is important.
Don’t take anything away from jungle.
Always cleanup before leaving.
Pic: Scaring off wild animals with fireworks.
Pic: Rice cooked in bamboo.
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Pic: Group photo before leaving the camp site.
Back: Arnold Bond, Alan, Phil, Ben, Deshon.
Front: Raymond, Joel, Norman, Jeremy, Kelvin.
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Arts and crafts are where the
creative minds stand out. Arts
& crafts is also an attraction
that pulls travellers. I for one
am attracted to arts and crafts.
Recently I embarked on an adventure
called Kembara Kraf Selangor
- Crafts From The Hearts
that was organized by Selangor
State Economic Planning Unit
(Tourism Sector) and Gaya Travel.
FS Design Furniture
You’ve heard of recycle. What about
up-cycle? Up-cycle is the use of unwated
materials, turning them into
useful items. Our first stop was the
factory of FS Design Furniture in Hulu
Langat, Selangor. FS Design Furniture
up-cycles unwanted industrial materials,
woods, etc. turning them into
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FS Design Furniture is the brain child
of Fazli Shah Simpon and his wife
(and business partner); Ilmi Shukri
bt Khodori. They both have a “green”
mission and that is to reduce waste;
one method to help with conservation
efforts. As entrepreneurs they turned
their mission into a budding business
starting FS Design Furniture back in
They use quality wood from various countries like
Canada for example; the Douglas fir. They also use
local hard wood like meranti, and discarded wood
from certain industries such as discarded wood cartons,
old doors and windows, iron frames, etc.; going
through a process that includes cleaning the wood,
shaving and stamping them; before using them to
build good quality modern designed furniture.
Pic: Light trails created during a grinding process.
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Pic: A table made of quality wood.
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Address: No. 23A-1, Jalan Seri Mas 1,
Taman Seri Emas, 43100 Hulu Langat,
Click For Google Maps
Pic: Table with a solid wooden top.
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Arts & Crafts At Boustead Cruise Centre
What is a cruise centre doing here in an article focused
on arts and crafts, you may ask. The Boustead
Cruise Centre in Port Klang has a few mini galleries
exhibiting arts and crafts from within Malaysia. Here
are some of the galleries.
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Orang Asli Gallery
The Orang Asli Gallery showcases various
wood carvings that they are famous
for. Orang Asli, the aborigines
of Malaysia have for decades made
wood sculptures using wood found in
the jungles they live in and every type
of sculpture tells a story. These stories
teach lessons to their younger ones
and have been passed down through
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Being animists they believe in spirits
good and bad. These wood sculptures
reflect these spirits giving a physical
body to these invisible entities. They
are also very famous for their wooden
masks of which are used during ritualistic
Bank Negara Museum & Art Gallery
Bank Negara is the Malaysian central bank established
back in 1959. Having served the country for
so many years it certainly has its own collection. At
their gallery they showcased old coins, items used as
money in the earlier days, as well as art pieces.
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Pic: Old weights to measure the value of money.
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Malaysia Art & Craft Gallery
The Malaysia Art & Craft Gallery
showcases art drawn by local
(Malaysia) artists; 6 well know
artists. Four of them are from
the east coast being Terengganu
and Pahang, while two of
them are from Selangor.
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These works of art are inspired by a
variety of things from nature such as
flowers, fishes, etc. to village life, as
well as mythical creatures. These are
pieces are for sale and they are priced
from as low as RM200.00 (about
USD48.00) to RM8,000.00 (about
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The Department Of Museums Malaysia
showcases some of the history of
Malaysia from its people, culture, etc.
to its changing landscape. It shares a
brief history of Malaysia on printed
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Of course Boustead too has a
gallery here. This is where they
share a brief story of Boustead
group, the industries that they
are in as well as some statistics
of the Boustead Cruise Centre
such as the ships that has docked
here and the numbers of passengers
that have it has served.
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The Sense Of It
Why have galleries in a cruise
terminal? Well, it makes sense.
Cruise ships dock here for hours
per visit allowing its passengers
to disembark and visit the nearby
towns and cities. These galleries
are attractions that provide
some information about the culture
and heritage of Malaysia.
Pic: A duty free shop at the terminal.
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Other than these galleries there are shops
that sells clothing, souvenirs, etc. for visitors
to shop at. Boustead is doing its best to attract
more retailers to its cruise centre offering
more products to visitors.
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Boustead Cruise Cente Sdn. Bhd.
4th Floor, Boustead Cruise Centre,
Persiaran Pelabuhan Barat,
Bandar Armada Putra, Pulau Indah,
P.O. Box 278, 42009 Port
Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Click For Google Maps
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Stop 3: Artjamila
This here is a very special story.
Jamila is a 15 year old teenager who
creates beautiful works of art. One
can say that nature moved her towards
art. Jamila is autistic (diagnosed
at age 4) and has difficulty
in verbal communication and social
interactions. She knows everything
that is going on but she just cannot
communicate. One can only imagine
how frustrating that gets.
To communicate, Jamila started
drawing. She drew to communicate
her feelings of sadness,
anger, happiness, etc.
Since then she has honed
her talent drawing countless
amounts of art. She has also
gotten training from her mom
who used to be an architect,
and a local famous artist.
Jamila’s drawings have garnered
positive attention and
she has art collectors following
her work, purchasing her
creations. She has also taken
on community art projects
working with other famous
To know more, visit her website
Amaze Creative is the brainchild of
Mr Chang Wan Sang and Ms Yee.
Amaze Creative helps the deaf and
mute make a living by teaching them
how to paint thus creating artists.
Here they paint canvas shoes, purses,
and bags of which are then sold.
Proceeds from the sale are then
shared between the company and
These works of art are painted
using waterproof paint or colours
making them ideal for daily
use. These beautiful work of art
can be viewed and purchased
They also have outlets at KLIA 2
(L2-42, Level 2), Midvalley Megamall
(North Court), & Sunway
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Queen LS Crafts
Have you hear of an art form called
‘Kimekomi?’ ‘Kimekomi’ is a Japanese
art form where cloth is used
to create art by interlocking them
to each other on a piece of board
without the use of glue. In English it
is called ‘easy tuck.’
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Queen LS Crafts creates beautiful
art pieces using this method.
The idea came about when
Ms Latifah Hamzah and her
husband visited Japan. They
found this art genre interesting
and decided to bring the
idea back home with them to
Malaysia. They did adding to
this art form some Malaysian
Queem LS Crafts not only creates
such beautiful art pieces. They
also teach those interested the
art of ‘Kimekomi’ with students
from Malaysia as well as overseas.
Should you be interested to learn,
do contact them.
Pic: Ms Latifah Hamzah showing how
it is done.
Stop 6: Artsis Studio
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“A family that paints together, sticks together,” is
what Dato’ Haji Mohd Yusoff Jaafar, a talentef artist
and former Chief of Police for Sarawak, said. His
family holds the record here in Malaysia for having
the most artists in a family.
Dato’ Haji Mohd Yusoff Jaafar has 7 children; five
ladies and two gentlemen all of whom are artists.
The five sisters came together and started Artsis
Studio in USJ 9 Subang Jaya, Selangor. They started
this studio to provide something positive for their
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Pic: The sisters with some of their works.
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Artsis Studio provides art lessons
for those interested in art.
During our visit, children were
learning how to paint bubbles
using acrylic paint and oil pastels.
Artsis Studio also does art
workshops during the holidays.
Click For Google Maps
Stop 7: Heritage Inspired
Heritage Inspired makes handmade
purses and bags. This craft is something
that Ms Hanisah Izzati, a teacher,
learnt and has the passion for. She is
self taught and now makes beautiful
handbags and purses using cloth of
traditional designs, hence the name
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Cloth such as ‘songket;’ a type of
cloth with gold, silver, and other
colour threads embroidered, is
an example of one of these cloths.
Traditionally used to make elegant
dresses, the use of ‘songket’
makes for elegant looking bags
and purses too. Other cloths
used include batik (floral design
prints), as well as modern cloths.
Pic: Work in progress. Ms Hanisah working on a beg.
Fortunately for Ms Hanisah, the
internet brought about globalization
and materials that were
once difficult to get here in Malaysia
can now be purchased online.
With these tools a world of
new possibilities has opened up
for her to share her creations;
inspired by culture and heritage,
to the world.
Pic: Ms Hanisah explaining how its
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Crafts From The Hearts
Kembara Kraf Selangor 2017 - “Crafts From The
Hearts” was a successful event and one thing that I
personally learnt from visiting these talented artists
is that participating and feeding one’s passion brings
joy adding meaning to one’s life, hence why they create
art from their hearts.
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5 ICONIC MOSQUES
Eid Al Adha (Hajj celebration day), is a festival
that is celebrated across the world in Islamic
communities and occurs towards the culmination
of the Hajj pilgrimage every year. It’s the
second most important festival in the Islamic
calendar which marks the end of Hajj.
Immerse in awe-inspiring Islamic architecture
of beautiful domes, majestic mosque structures
and learn more about Islam in Malaysia’s
most developed state. Here are the top 5 most
iconic mosques in Selangor.
1. SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH MOSQUE
Also known as the ‘Blue Mosque’, it is the largest in
Malaysia and also in Southeast Asia. It is situated beside
the Raja Lumu Lake in Shah Alam. For details:
Tel: +603 55199988 / +60379667977
GPS: 3.078940, 101.519824
2. SULTAN SULEIMAN ROYAL MOSQUE
The mosque’s architecture is of Western Art Deco and
Neoclassical styles. Attractions are the Tangga Diraja
(royal stairs) from Istana Alam Shah and a royal mausoleum,
mesmerizing stood in Klang. For details:
GPS 3.03477, 101.45052
3. ALAEDDIN MOSQUE (CITY MOSQUE)
Built in Kampung Bandar, Kuala Langat in 1924 by
Almarhum Sultan Suleiman Shah, this mosque was
inspired and inaugurated by HRH in 1926. Once the
Selangor State Mosque, HRH often read the Friday
sermon here. For details:
Tel: +603 5519 0050
GPS 2.85791, 101.44299
4. KLIA MOSQUE
The Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque or better known as
KLIA Mosque is situated close to the Kuala Lumpur International
Airport. For details:
Tel: +60383190200 or +60383190300
GPS 2.78782, 101.67645
5. SULTAN IBRAHIM MOSQUE
It is the district mosque of Kuala Selangor. Located at
the city centre, the mosque was completed in 1985 and
opened by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah.
It was named after the 18th century ruler of Selangor,
Sultan Ibrahim Shah, who reigned from 1778 to 1826.
Tel +60332891439 / 6331
Website: www.mdks.gov.my I GPS 3.32833, 101.25798
People take vacations for various reasons
but most do so to relax and let one’s hair down;
forgetting about work and other work related
responsibilities, and to rejuvenate one’s soul.
It is when one’s mind is relaxed and when one
finds that inner peace that one’s mind is free
to imagine and think at a higher less cluttered
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A Relaxing Holiday
Recently my family and I visited the Cyberview Resort
& Spa in Cyberjaya, the Silicon Valley of Malaysia. Despite
being in the hub of technological start-ups an
businesses, the resort sits in a quiet place surrounded
by nature. It felt like we were holidaying far from
Pic: The Bistro Cascata Italian Restaurant.
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Fragrance Of Flowers
Walking into the lobby one is mesmerized by the fragrance
of flowers (jasmines); a soothing aroma that
relaxes. It brought about a feeling of calmness as I
sat for awhile at one of the sofas with my eyes closed
enjoying the sound of the water fountain while I waited
for my wife and kid. Soothing and relaxing indeed.
Pic: The lobby.
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After checking in we drove to our
room; a Superior Chalet. The room
has a contemporary modern plus retro
look and is well designed. It comes
with a walk-around wardrobe that is
uniquely placed slightly off middle of
the room acting as a divider between
the beds and the vanity area.
Pic: The wardrobe and vanity area.
The bathroom comes with an
egg shaped bath tub made of
ceramic with a faucet that looks
more like part of a water feature
instead of just a tap, bamboo ladder
designed tower rack, glassed
shower area with rain shower,
and a wall with holes that allows
light from the sun to come in. Of
course these holes are blocked
by something that does not allow
any voyeur a peek inside.
Pic: A lovely bathtub.
Pic: I went retro too with my trusted
old Iphone 3GS that has since
taken on life as an Ipod. This room
comes with an Ipod / Iphone dock
(old adapter head).
Our room came with a king size
bed and a single bed. If you like
softer beds, you’ve found heaven.
The beds are soft and comfortable.
They feel plush; like
sleeping on a huge teddy bear.
The pillows I believe are filled
with goose downs giving one the
ability to adjust it to one’s liking.
If you do not know how that is
done; try getting the feathers to
one side of the pillow and giving
the flat area of the pillow a few
folds. Now you have a harder pillow
with a higher setting.
That night, with the air-conditioning simulating the
temperatures in the highlands during the rain, I slept
very well on the comfortable and plush huge “teddy
bear,” with my head resting snugly on the comfortable
pillow. I woke up well rested.
Pic: The entertainment wall of the room.
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We had our meals at the Verandah
Restaurant a Pan-Asian restaurant
& Xing Zhu, a restaurant that serves
Chinese cuisine. There are other
outlets like the Bistro Cascata that
serves Italian cuisine, and Karma Bar
& Lounge but we did not dine there.
Perhaps on a future trip.
The Verandah Restaurant serves a
mixture of local, Asian, and Western
cuisines. There are lots of food
here that I like but these are the few
that I love most. I loved the streaky
beef bacon and had them for breakfast
every day during our stay. It was
cooked really well remaining juicy
and not too salty. It goes really well
with scrambled eggs.
The cold dish; fresh prawns and mussels
served on ice, is yummy. Fresh
crunchy prawns and mussels eaten
without seasoning gives one the natural
flavours of their meat. This can
only be served with fresh seafood
and Verandah has it. Lovely.
Japanese cuisine is another thing that I like. Unfortunately
I have been told by my doctor to stay off white
(rice included) due to health reasons. But I could not
resist sushi rolls. Instead of devouring lots of them, I
decided to devour “not so lots” of them.
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Pic: Lots of delicious desserts.
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They have lots of other foods too including
the very delicious beef stew
with tender beef cuts, ayam masak
merah (spicy chilli chicken) that is really
tasty, ikan bakar (grilled fish) with
tasty chilli paste, Indian food such
as roti canai, noodles with soup, etc.
There are also lots of delightful desserts
like chocolate cakes with macaroons,
yummy cream puff, etc.
I ended every meal here fruit ‘rojak’
a fruit dish in a sauce made of prawn
paste mixed with chilli and sugar. Not
everyone will agree to the taste of ‘rojak’
sauce as it is pungent. But those
who do will be floating on cloud nine
here at the Verandah Restaurant.
Pic: I love rojak.
Dim Sum And More Dim Sum
Another type of food that I love
is dim sum. We had dim sum
buffet at the Xing Zhu Restaurant.
I have eaten ‘halal’ dim
sum at many places but these
here certainly beats them all.
Xing Zhu serves the best ‘halal’
dim sum (to me). The meat
is juicy and tasty with its flavours
well wrapped up within.
Pic: The Xing Zhu Chinese
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While all of them are delicious
my favourite is the ‘siew mai’
or ‘shumai’ is juicy and tasty.
The texture of the chopped
meat is tender and nice. Mushrooms
that are part of the mix
helps give it some additional
flavours creating a lovely ball
with flavours that explodes in
the mouth. Oh, so delightful.
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Another very delicious dim
sum dish is the steamed chicken
wings. The wings are marinated
and steamed in some
tasty sauce until they are they
are soft and moist. They taste
so very good that I ordered lots
Pic: Delicious ‘shumai.‘
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Fun In The Sun
Cyberview Resort & Spa has a very lovely swimming
pool that flows down two levels into a wading pool.
This is one of the hot spots for those who like swimming
and splashing in water. I do too but I needed
to stay away from the sun as my skin was still raw
from a bad sunburn sustained during a fishing trip
two days earlier.
Pic: The lovely swimming pool.
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Other activities that one can participate in include
fishing at the resorts fishing pond, cycling about with
the ‘O-bikes’ that can be rented via a mobile app, or
just simply taking a stroll with a camera around the
Pic: Fishing at the resort’s pond. Lots of tilapias here.
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Fun Away From The Sun
If like me, you need to be away from the sun; there
are games that one can play such as board games,
traditional games one a very nice antique looking
congkak (pronounced chong kak) board, and for the
more macho; working out one’s muscles at the gym.
Pic: Beautifully carved congkak board.
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With relaxation being high on the offering, the Sembunyi
Spa is a must visit. We did that and had an amazing
relaxing time. The area is cosy and inviting, giving
in a true spa environment. The fragrance of essential
oils fill the air as one enters the room for one’s treatment.
Pic: Flower bath.
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Pic: A lovely pool at the Sembunyi Spa.
Remember earlier I wrote about decluttering the
mind; my mind when into a “Zen” state and felt like
I was floating on air. Relaxing in the Jacuzzi for a few
hours and wading amongst the bubbles in the warm
water was so refreshing. I returned to my room and
my thoughts were clearer being somewhat stress
Pic: The lovely jacuzzi pool at the Sembunyi Spa.
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All good things must come to an end and I felt that my
stay here was too short but I have other trips planned.
I will certainly be back again for another holiday and
bring along some of my foodie friends to savour the
delicious food here, especially the delightful dim sum.
Pic: The gymnasium.
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Cyberview Resort & Spa was built for the purpose of
hosting the APEC Summit back in 1998. The resort has
a few luxurious and lovely suites that were designed
to house heads of states that stayed there during the
I visited some of these suites and I recommend them
to those who want to be pampered like royalties. They
come with quality wooden furnishing, plush 4 poster
beds, a Jacuzzi in the bathroom with 360 degree view
of the garden outside, and more.
Pic: Plaques honoring heads of states at the gardens.
Click For Google Maps
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Ketam Island is
an island built
on top of a mangrove
The biggest hotel in Pulau
Ketam, the Sea Lion Hotel
Pulau Ketam is the first hotel
to greet visitors to Ketam
Island or Crab Island.
It is built right at the main
jetty making it a prime
property at Ketam Island.
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The Sea Lion Hotel Pulau Ketam offers simple rooms in
5 categories with a total of 42 rooms. All rooms come
with basic amenities such as air-conditioning, proper
toilets and bathroom, television, comfortable beds,
etc. are provided ensuring guests a comfortable stay.
General Amenities & Facilities
These days WiFi is one thing that many travellers look
for. WiFi is available at the hotel. There is a recreation
area at the back of the hotel that provides for karaoke,
BBQ, etc. It is also a lovely place to just sit back and
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Guests can rent fishing equipment and do some fishing.
One can fish at the hotel’s recreation area when
the tide is high. The jetty is too is a good place to fish.
Another place that the locals fish at is at a ram beside
the island’s volunteer fire department..
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Rental Of Electric
Should one want to check out the island; a less
tiring way to do so is to rent an electric bicycle.
Electric bicycles are available for rent at the hotel’s
lobby. Do practise first at the square near the
jetty to get a feel of what riding an electric bicycle
feels like. An electric bicycle will allow one to visit
many parts of the island with ease.
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The hotel provides boat tours (mainly for groups)
such as Sea River Cruise that brings visitors around
the island and to the nearby fish farms. These services
cater mainly to groups. More information is
available at the hotel.
^ A fish farm near the island.
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For convenience sake the hotel has its own produce
shop offering seafood or fish products such as dried
anchovies, dried shrimps, dried oysters, Ketam Island’s
famous chilli flakes, titbits, ice cream, etc.
Address: S3, Jalan Merdeka, 42940
Contact (8am to Midnight):
+603-3110 4121 | +603-3110 5121
+603 3119 4072
Mobile: +6012-2648052 (Mr. Cha)
+6013-6723614 (Ms. Lim)
Click For Google Maps
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Sea Lion Homestay Pulau Ketam
Should you prefer not to stay in a hotel but to go stay
at a homestay, Sea Lion has a homestay too at Ketam
Island. Sea Lion Homestay is further in, some 15 to 20
minutes walk away from the Sea Lion Hotel. Should
you not feel like walking so far, transportation is provided.
Rooms & Amenities
The Sea Lion Homestay Pulau Ketam has air-conditioned
rooms in four categories for couples to family
rooms, of various configurations. It is a good place for
group of friends to stay at as they have outdoor amenities
such barbeque pits, outdoor hangout area, etc.
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Barbeque pits ready for a barbeque party.
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Pathway to pretty cool hangout areas.
There is a long pathway with two landings or perhaps
gazebos that ends at a small river where river flows
through during the high tides. These gazebos are good
places to sit back and relax as well as to fish at.
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+6012-2648052 (Mr. Cha)
+6013-6723614 (Ms. Lim)
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One will have to
savour the daily
When in Kuala Selangor, seafood normally
comes to mind since Kuala Selangor is famous
for its fishing industry and fresh hauls from the
sea. Just go to the seafood area of Kuala Selangor
during dinner and one will see how packed these
restaurants get especially during the weekends.
That is dinner. For other meals there are cafes
to visit and one of the latest is Café Lumière.
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Nice Place To Relax At
Café Lumière is one cosy place to have a meal and
hangout at. It’s relaxing ambience makes this place a
good place to relax especially if one gets to sit on the
sofa section of the cafe. Part of its contemporary decor
are big light bulbs that hangs down from the ceiling
providing some warm lighting to the place; perhaps
from these bulbs comes the name “Lumière” of
which is Light in French.
Gerald and wife, Vivian; started Café Lumière in April
or May 2017 and have been hands on preparing and
serving tasty food with the objective of serving up
healthier meals to their dinners. Both Gerald and Vivian
has been in the hospitality industry for many years
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The concept of Café Lumière is one where they only
serve what is on the menu (main course) that day and
nothing else. During our visit we enjoyed lasagne,
cream of pumpkin soup, and spaghetti Bolognese prepared
by Gerald using only fresh herbs without any
As for desserts Café Lumière serves delicious cakes
that are not too sweet but yet sweet enough. The cakes
come from the coastal town of Klang in Selangor instead
of nearby bakeries as Gerald and Vivian wanted
them in a certain way being tasty yet not too sweet.
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Eat And Relax
When in Kuala Selangor and in search
for a place to sit back and relax after
visiting the sites, look no further. Head
to Café Lumière for a tasty meal and
relax, allowing time to go by as you
chill out with family /and friends.
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Address: No. 50, Jalan Stesen, 45000
Kuala Selangor, Selangor.
Click For Google Maps
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LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort
Launches the World’s First
LEGO® Virtual Reality Roller
Themed “The Great LEGO® Race”, the Refreshed
Ride Will Immerse Families in a New
Exhilarating Experience Together
Ready, Set, LEGO®! Prepare to embark on the wildest
LEGO ride as LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort will be the
world’s first LEGOLAND park to launch the LEGO virtual
reality roller coaster in November 2017, followed by
LEGOLAND Florida Resort and LEGOLAND Deutschland
Resort in 2018.
Combining cutting-edge virtual reality technology
with roller coaster thrills, the new attraction was
developed under the supervision of Merlin Magic
Making – the company’s global creative division that
designs and develops attractions for Merlin sites
around the world. The Great LEGO Race will transform
three existing “Project X” roller coasters into
an exciting, highoctane experience that puts kids
and parents alike in the driver’s seat and asks, “Are
you brave enough to face, race and beat the best of
the best in all of LEGO world?”
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“The Great LEGO Race was inspired by the way kids
play with LEGO toys at home,” said Candy Holland,
senior creative director for Merlin Magic Making,
which designs and develops attractions for Merlin
sites around the world. “It’s a unique LEGO adventure
that lets kids enter an epic imaginary world
made entirely from LEGO bricks, featuring a host of
different themes and fun LEGO characters, all mixed
Featuring a colorful lineup of racers drawn from the
ranksof the popular LEGO Minifigure mystery assortments,
The Great LEGO Race builds a universe
of imagination that will unleash the inner child of
everyone. It pits riders in a rollicking race against
wild, brick-built contraptions driven by Trendsetter,
Pharaoh, Surfer Girl, Wizard and Pirate Captain, including
a rocket-powered surfboard and a stylish
scooter fueled by espresso. Wearing VR headsets,
guests will experience the action from every direction
– up, down, forward, backward and all points in
between – in a spectacular environment completely
made of LEGO bricks.
General Manager of LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort,
Kurt Stocks added, “We’re honoured to be the first
LEGOLAND park to launch this experience in the
world. Fuelling this launch is our commitment to
consistently deliver refreshing experiences and attractions
so that every visit here is a new experience
for our guests. This November’s launch will further
testify to that commitment as guests visiting LEGO-
LAND Malaysia Resort will be among the first in the
world to embark on The Great LEGO Race and lose
themselves in a virtual world with captivating storyline
suitable for adults and children alike”.
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The adventure begins the moment guests approach
the ride’s bold new entry portal enveloped in the
sounds of roaring engines fill the air. Nearby, the
coaster’s queue will resemble a pre-race space
where pit crews for each of the five LEGO racers
prepare for the competition, including interactive
and hands-on elements to entertain riders in the
During the ride, Bluetooth technology will sync the
virtual visuals with the roller coaster’s twists, turns,
drops and climbs, creating an all-new experience
filled with thrills, spills, surprises and humor – done
in LEGOLAND’s brilliance.
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The Great LEGO Race can be ride with or without
the VR headset, and is suitable for children ages 6
and up. For further information on promotions and
activities, visit LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort’s official
website www.legoland.com.my and stay connected
with the resort via social handles (Facebook & Twitter)
to find out more.
British Airways prepares
Malaysian students for their
new journey in the UK
Get on board with British Airways’ exclusive
69kg baggage allowance student offer
Britain has long been a favourite study destination
for Malaysians, with approximately 18,000 Malaysians1
currently studying at UK universities. To
help Malaysian students quickly familiarise with their
study environment, British Airways has handpicked
a number of popular student hangouts in various
university towns in the UK.
British Airways has a long history of supporting Asian
students who wish to study in the UK. In August, British
Airways partnered with the British Council to host
a pre-departure briefing session in Malaysia, preparing
students for studying in the UK for the first time.
During the session, students learnt about English
culture, what to prepare before the trip and tips for
travelling in Europe.
British Airways is also announcing special student
fares for Malaysian students, with a generous double
baggage allowance of up to 46kg for a checkedin
baggage and a one-piece hand baggage of up to
23kg per person per trip. Furthermore, students can
also enjoy the flexibility to change travel dates at no
charge, and make an onward connection to one additional
city within the UK or Europe* at no extra cost.
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British Airways’ special student offer is valid for one
year. Students from Malaysia are urged to take advantage
of this exclusive offer by booking with British
Airways’ preferred travel agents.
Vivian Tan-Loh, British Airways’ country manager
for Malaysia, says: “Britain has long been a favourite
destination for Malaysian students because of its
rich heritage. British Airways is pleased to be working
with British Council to help UK-bound students
to quickly familiarise with their study environment.
“British Airways has always supported students with
special offers that allow them to save more. This
year, we have also put together a list of places that
students can explore during their down time. These
popular university community hangouts are sure to
offer Malaysian students abundant opportunities to
get inspired, meet new friends and discover new interests!”
1. London, England
If you are studying arts, culture, or film in London,
the BFI Reuben Library (pic.) located inside the British
Film Institute Southbank is definitely heaven sent.
Just fill up a simple form and you will have access to
the best collection of resources in the film and television
world. The Library has individual workspaces
where you can read and revise. When you get tired
of studying, there is also a theatre where you can
relax and watch some great movies – all in the name
of research! The library is closed on public holidays,
Sundays and Mondays.
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If film is not your cup of tea, head out to The Southbank
Centre located next to the BFI Reuben Library.
The Centre offers a panoramic view of London’s popular
attractions, like the London Eye, Thames River
and even the House of Parliament, making it a grand
place to study or enjoy some leisure reading. If the
view is too “distracting,” head over to the Royal Festival
Hall within the Centre where there is a study
space complete with tables and chairs – and free Wi-
Fi – to help you focus.
2. Belfast, Ireland
Sometimes a change in scenery can do wonders for
your power of concentration. If you are a student in
Belfast, head out to the Belfast City Hall Grounds for
some outdoor studying, especially in the summer
months. You may set up your “study station” on the
grass, or sit on the available picnic benches.
If you prefer to study where movie stars studied, go
to the quaint Linen Hall Library located opposite the
City Hall. Brad Pitt once stationed himself in the Library
for three days researching for his movie, The
Devils Own. You can also go on a historical tour of
the Library as it is one of Belfast’s most popular attractions.
Pic: Belfast City Hall (credit: Belfastcity.gov.uk)
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3. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland since at least the
15th century, is a historical and cultural city that offers
the quintessential learning-living experience.
Students looking for a less conventional place to
study can try the Balcony Café inside the National Museum
of Scotland. It is a marvelous spot to view one
of Scotland’s most spectacular spaces – the Grand
Gallery (pic.: Copyright National Museums Scotland),
with its soaring pillars and light-filled atrium. Definitely
an inspirational and peaceful venue to tackle
your hectic semester!
Pic: Artisan Roast Cafe.
For nights where you are cramming for exams and
need some great coffee to keep you awake, try the
Artisan Roast on Broughton Street. Some say they
serve the best coffee – and brownies – in Edinburgh!
This perfect combination of comfort food would certainly
sweeten up a stressful exam period. An interesting
highlight is a sign displayed in the Café, which
reads “J.K. Rowling never wrote here” with a handwritten
response “And I never will” right below the
sign on the wall, written by J.K. Rowling herself!
4. Glasgow, Scotland
If you are a student in Glasgow, look no further than
the Mitchell Library, one of Europe’s largest and most
renowned public libraries. So quiet that you can literally
hear pins drop, the Mitchell Library allows you to
shut out the world and be totally immersed in your
books. A definite gem for all serious students.
Pic: The Mitchell Library (credit: meetingsbooker.com)
For those who want to nourish stomach and mind
at the same time, head out to Wilson Street Pantry,
located right in the heart of the City. The eggs benedict
and coffee here come highly recommended and
once you have your fill, you can work on your assignments
in the café’s relaxed and comfortable setting.
5. Manchester, England
One of the most student-friendly cities in the UK,
Manchester boasts of many nooks and crannies for
students to study and feed themselves. Ziferblat,
with its book-shelved walls, will undoubtedly give you
Hogwarts vibes. For eight pence per minute, you can
eat and drink all you can at Ziferblat while researching
using their free Wi-Fi. Alternatively, you can find
yourself a quiet corner at the Nordic-inspired Takk
café in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
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For those who prefer libraries, the Manchester Central
Library offers soft seating throughout the building
where you can curl up with a book or use your
laptop. The Reading Room is ideal for a cosy read,
but there are also plenty of cubicles for some desk
work. Other libraries available in Manchester are the
Chetham’s Library and John Ryland Library.
Pic: The Manchester Central Library.
British Airways currently operates a daily service between
Kuala Lumpur and London. All flights from
Kuala Lumpur arrive at the airline’s state-of-the-art
home at London Heathrow Terminal 5. Exclusive to
customers of British Airways and its sister airline
Iberia, Terminal 5 offers stress-free onward connections
to over 20 cities in the UK and 40 European
countries. For more information and booking, please
Terms and conditions:
Special Student fares are available from BA-appointed
travel partners only.
Additional UK and European cities applicable to selected
Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions
Other terms and conditions apply.
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WITH HERO6, GOPRO
SETS NEW BAR FOR IMAGE
Pic: Cohen Summers, Senior Manager Global Education &
Training at GoPro; introducing the HERO6 during the launch
at Sunway Pyramid mall.
Should you be in the market for an adventure
camera to shoot stunning videos
of adventures, and only the best will ever
do for you; look no further. GoPro has a
new Hero in town and it comes with the
In an adrenaline and fun-filled road show
at the Sunway Pyramid mall, FunSportz
Sdn Bhd – the exclusive importer and distributor
of GoPro equipment from the USA
unveiled HERO6 Black, the most powerful
and convenient GoPro, yet.
Powered by GoPro’s custom-designed GP1
processor, HERO6 achieves an entirely new
level of performance including stunning
4K60 and 1080p240 video and the most
advanced video stabilization ever achieved
in a GoPro. Additionally, GoPro introduced
new mounts and accessories plus a new
Follow mode for its Karma drone. GoPro
also launched Fusion, its bar-setting waterproof,
mountable 5.2K spherical camera.
Fusion will be made available in Malaysia
at a later date to be announced by
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GoPro’s founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, introduced
the HERO6 Black and Fusion cameras to
an international audience at the California Academy
of Sciences in San Francisco, California. Watch a
replay of the live event in the video or click the Youtube
tab below to watch on Youtube.
“HERO6’s next-level image quality, video stabilization
and three times faster QuikStories performance
makes it a powerful storytelling extension of your
smartphone,” said Woodman. “It’s never been easier
to live it, then share it…using a GoPro.”
The All New HERO6 Black
With stunning 4K60 and 1080p240 video packed into
a rugged, waterproof, go-anywhere design, HERO6
Black and the GoPro App automatically transform your
adventures into cinematic QuikStory videos you can
share with the world. HERO6 also has dramatically
improved dynamic range and low-light performance
to really make things pop, and an added digital zoom
just to get crazy.
Powered by GoPro’s Custom-Designed
4K60 and 1080p240 Video
QuikStories Enabled, GoPro App Compatible
GoPro’s Most Advanced Stabilization of
any HERO camera
All-New Touch Zoom
3x Faster Offload Speeds via 5GHz Wi-Fi
Waterproof to 33 Feet (10m)
Compatible with Karma and Existing Go-
Improved Dynamic Range and Low-Light
RAW and HDR Photo Modes
Voice Control in 10 Languages
GPS, Accelerometer and Gyroscope
WiFi + Bluetooth
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Developed from the ground up to maximize
a GoPro’s capabilities, GP1 enables
twice the video frame rates, improved
image quality, dynamic range, low-light
performance and dramatically improved
video stabilization over previous HERO
camera generations. Importantly, GP1
automates all of these benefits, allowing
users to capture vibrant videos and stunning
photos without messing around
with complex image settings. GP1 also
advances GoPro’s capabilities in computer
vision and machine learning, enabling
HERO6 to analyze visual scenes and sensor
data for improved automated QuikStories.
HERO6 Black is now available in Malaysia
through authorized dealers.
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QuikStories is an app feature that makes it easy to
share short videos of your adventures. HERO6 is
optimized for QuikStories with 3X faster WiFi. This
means your footage will rapidly transfer from your
GoPro to your phone where the GoPro App will automatically
create QuikStory videos for you.
KARMA – Tags Along
Karma is ready for HERO6 Black and features two new
auto-shot paths: Follow and Watch. Using GPS, Karma
can now automatically follow the Karma Controller
while you’re on the go, keeping you framed in the shot.
The Watch auto-shot path will keep Karma hovering in
place while it rotates, keeping the Karma Controller
in frame wherever it goes. Other new Karma updates
include an expanded Cable-Cam auto-shot path and
“Look Up” camera tilt capability.
Now HERO6 Black compatible
Follow - Follows the Karma Controller, framing
you in the shot
Watch – Automatically keeps the Karma Controller
in frame while hovering in place
Cable Cam – Set up to 10 waypoints for more complex
Look Up Tilt – Allows camera to tilt upwards to
look above the horizon
Current Karma owners may unlock new features
via firmware update, available today.
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Other New Products
The Handler – An updated floating
handgrip with a quick-release
Shorty – The ultimate pocketable
extension pole and tripod,
perfect for any activity.
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Bite Mount + Floaty– A versatile
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ideal for POV.
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GEONAUTE Dynamo 100
Designed for athletes seeking a spare rechargeable
torch to keep within reach.
The Geonaute torchlight is water resistant up to IPX4
meaning that it can take splashes but not submersion
in water. It is a great spare torchlight to carry on fishing
trips especially those that last for days just in case your
main torchlight runs out of juice. No more batteries
needed with this Dynamo 100 torchlight.
Ortlieb AIRFLEX 11
The first trip will prove it: this backpack makes your
life lighter! Compact design and 11 liter packing volume
make the AirFlex 11 a full featured yet sleek and
waterproof pack with convenient roll closure. The Flex-
Wire system with comfortable padding offers real carrying
comfort. The adjustable compression cord serves
for fixing a bike helmet or light jacket. Two outer pockets
(not waterproof) offer space for small items which
should be quickly accessible. Two reflectors ensure
good visibility in the dark. The AirFlex 11 also features a
fixing loop for a rear light.
+ removable valuables pocket
+ snap hook for keys
+ space for optional hydration system
Note: May not be available in certain markets
With the in-ear stability of Swimbuds Sport headphones
and the ease of use found in HydroHarmony
headphones, HydroActive headphones bring together
the best of both worlds. Competitive swimmers looking
for easy to use, stable, and secure headphones need
HydroActive Waterproof Headphones. HydroActive
comes with four different kinds of ear-buds, each particularly
suited for a different activity.
Note: May not be available in certain markets
Lowepro DryZone 200
DryZone is the world’s first totally waterproof, softsided
camera backpack. Even fully loaded, it floats, so
your gear is always protected. The inner drypod with
patented, waterproof TIZIP zipper provides 100% watertight
Water-tight, patented TIZIP® EasySeal zipper
Waterproof rubber-covered nylon drypod with sealed
Separated, padded camera compartment with adjustable
Ergonomic backpack harness with CollarCut straps,
waistbelt and sternum strap for custom fit adjustments
Tuck-away tripod holder
Self-draining outer mesh pockets
Inner mesh pockets
Soft rubber handle molded for carrying comfort
SlipLock attachment loops for expanded carrying
Note: May not be available in certain markets
The KL International Arts Festival 2017 (KLIAF 2071)
closes this week with some exciting performances
by both local and international artistes including the
much-awaited Percussion Paradise by the Hands Percussion
who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary;
the Helpmann® Award nominee Wolfe Bowart’s Letter’s
End, which will make its Malaysian premiere at
the end of the month; and The Breath of Dragons, an
interactive children’s theater production.
28 Sept - WORKSHOP WITH WOLFE BOWART
Free Admission to watch Wolfe Bowart in a workshop
with Drama and Theater students who will be able
to gain some insights and learn additional skills from
this physical comedian, actor and playwright who has
also co-written several motion picture and television
screenplays, in addition to guest-starring in multiple
US TV programmes including ABC, CNBC and the Disney
5:30 p.m. | Auditorium DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut
29 Sep -ASEAN POETRY AND SYAIR PERFORMANCE
For the third year, poets from the Nusantara and ASE-
AN countries will come together to showcase their
works and ultimately demonstrate the very essence
of harmonious ASEAN literature. Meanwhile, the synergy
of “Syair” writers / composers and singers relive
the heritage of Malay traditional poems.
8:30 p.m. | Rumah PENA, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, Kua
29 & 30 Sep - ASEAN POETRY AND SYAIR FORUM
Poets from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines,
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam engage
in a forum to discuss the Struggle of the Nation
through poetry, culminating with a “Puisi Akrab ASE-
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Balai Seminar Dewan Baha
sa & Pustaka, Jalan Dewan
Bahasa, Kuala Lumpur
30 Sep - PERCUSSION PARADISE
Renowned in the drumming and percussion circle,
Hands Percussion Malaysia shares its 20th anniversary
celebration of different and creative art forms
with the community through a collaboration with
Sisu Percussion from Norway, Tan Su Yin and Moto
Guo from Malaysia.
3:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. | Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur
Convention Centre, Kuala
Lumpur City Centre, 50088
30 Sep -ASEAN POETRY AND SYAIR PERFORMANCE
A culmination of a two-day presentation of ASEAN
prose with well-known poets from the region including
Shafa’atussara Silahudin @ Syafa and Rusmawani
Ishak from Malaysia; Idawati, M.A., Nelly Alie, and
Juspebgo Setiawan from Indonesia; Afi Hanafi from
Singapore; with guest artists Mardiana Alwi and Zaidi
8:30 p.m. | Auditorium Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka,
Jln Dewan Bahasa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur.
30 Sep -KONSERT PANGGUNG 50 ANNIVERSARI
The “Konsert Gemilang 50 Tahun Panggung Anniversarii”
concert is geared to excite bringing the sweet
nostalgia of Panggung Anniversari’s glory days into
the hearts of music fans of all ages. Combining “evergreen”
favourites by stars of the 70s with new artists
of the current generation, audiences get experience
Malaysia’s unique musical journey through time.
8:30 p.m. | Panggung Anniversari, Jalan Cenderawa
sih, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur
30 Sep & 1 Oct - THE BREATH OF DRAGONS
Theatre de la Cour and The Jumping JellyBeans bring
you a trilogy of dragon stories articulated in an interactive,
theatrical style, using masks, wayang kulit and
life-sized puppets. Children and the young at heart will
get to interact with The Dragon from Terni, The Child
and the Dragon and The Nuraghi’s Dragon performed
in different theatrical styles that will no doubt delight
children and adults alike.
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. | Twenty20Two, 20 Jalan SS
4D/14, Taman People’s Park,
47301 Petaling Jaya
30 Sep & 1 Oct - LETTER’S END
Acclaimed theatre clown Wolfe Bowart, who made
his Malaysian debut at KLIAF16 with the enchanting
LaLaLuna, returns with the Helpmann Award-nominated
Letter’s End. Weaving together his signature
mix of physical comedy, illusion, shadow puppetry
and interactive film, Bowart leads audiences of all
ages on a dream-like journey down a most magical
11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. | Auditorium DBKL, Jalan Raja
Laut, Kuala Lumpur
ABOUT THE KL INTERNATIONAL
Launched in 2015, the KL International Arts Festival
(KLIAF) is building a reputation as a major annual international
celebration of the Arts. Held in the third
quarter of the year, KLIAF presents multidisciplinary
artistes in more than a dozen venues throughout Kuala
Lumpur. Performances are also complemented by
educational workshops and activities.
The KLIAF is produced by DiverseCity, a non-profit organization
that receives its funding from the government,
box office sales as well as sponsorships and donations
from corporations, individuals and charitable
foundations. DiverseCity gives equal opportunity to
renowned artistes as well as budding talents of tomorrow,
both local and international, balancing tradition
and contemporary showcases.
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