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COVER STORY

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TABLE OFCONTENTS

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06 INSIDER

Keep Up with Batik Air’s Latest

08 HAPPENINGS

Regional Events

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12

IN TREND

Latest Products & Services

INDULGE Feast

Father’s Day Feast

INDULGE Favourite Finds

Fashion & Lifestyle

22 VOYAGE 1

Drawing Global Similarities to Handicrafts of Malaysia

26 VOYAGE 2

India’s Untamed Wilderness

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INDULGE SPA

Yoga Studios, Kuala Lumpur

INDULGE Adventure

Puffing Billy Railway, Melbourne, Australia

46 ROUTES

Where We Fly To

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JUNE 2024 BATIK AIR


CEO , s

Note

THE BATIKMAG TEAM

MANAGING EDITOR

Datin Kalpana Devasagayam

WRITER

Noorsureena Izham

CONTRIBUTORS

Ketki Gadre

Daniel Fernandez

Manjulika Pramod

Warm greetings,

Welcome aboard Batik Air (OD),

When I first visited China many years ago, I was struck by the profound

coalescence of traditions and advanced technology that defines this fascinating

country. Walking along its bustling streets, I marvelled at the towering skyscrapers

placed against ancient temples. This unique experience has stayed with me till

today, and it has indeed fuelled my passion for travel.

In this edition of BatikMag, the team and I would like to invite you on a journey

to destinations that capture the spirit of adventure. Our cover story takes you

to the city of Guilin, China, renowned for its iconic limestone karst peaks that

stand as a testament to nature’s artistic prowess. This new route offers two weekly

direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to this stunning destination bringing it to a total

of 26 weekly flights to various cities in China that includes Chengdu, Guangzhou,

Haikou, Kunming, Zhangjiajie, and Zhengzhou.

Speaking of the company’s latest milestones, do flip to the Insider segment where

we are pleased to introduce two exciting products to it; one which is the Super

Saver fare which is particularly tailored for savvy travellers and the other being the

premium terminal transfer for Business Class passengers.

As we turn the pages, our next adventure takes us to India’s wildlife sanctuaries,

where majestic creatures roam freely in their natural habitats. These sanctuaries

offer not only exotic fauna but also profound nature experiences. Discover these

unique destinations for unforgettable wildlife encounters.

In this issue, we also celebrate the intricate craftsmanship of Malaysia and

the region, with each piece of handicraft telling a unique story of heritage and

skill. At the heart of our airline is a commitment to connecting people with the

world’s diverse cultures and treasures. Whether you seek natural marvels, wildlife

encounters, or artisanal creations, we invite you to explore and discover alongside

us.

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accuracy. Opinions herein are those of the writers and not

necessarily endorsed by Batik Air.

On this occasion of Father’s Day, I extend warm wishes to all fathers. Fatherhood

is a heartfelt journey marked by love, sacrifice, and joy. As the author Kent Nerburn

beautifully said, “It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers.”

May this day be a celebration of cherished moments with loved ones, reflecting the

enduring bonds that enrich our lives.

As we continue to navigate the skies and foster connections across continents, we

remain committed to providing you with exceptional travel journeys. Thank you for

choosing to fly with us and being part of our global family.

Enjoy your read and have a wonderful journey ahead!

DATUK CHANDRAN RAMA MUTHY

Chief Executive Officer

ON THE COVER

Guilin, China

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Tourism Offices, Starbucks Coffee

outlets as well as selected hotels and

industry partners.

We are also available online at

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INSIDER

Premium KLIA Terminal Transfer

for Business Class

B

atik Air is introducing an exclusive

terminal transfer service for its

Business Class passengers, enhancing

their travel experience with premium comfort.

This new service will facilitate seamless

travel between the Main Terminal Building

and the Satellite Building at KLIA Terminal 1,

in collaboration with KIA Malaysia and their

Fly Lighter, Spend Less

Embark on a journey of freedom and

flexibility with Batik Air’s Economy

‘Super Saver’ fare, designed for savvy

travellers who cherish the ease of travelling

light.

dealer partner, Dinamikjaya Motors Sdn.

Bhd.

Business Class passengers will be treated

to an elevated level of luxury, chauffeured in

style using the all-electric KIA EV9 as well as

the all-new KIA Carnival.

This service not only offers a sustainable

and comfortable travel option but also

Commencing on June 1st, 2024, the revised

‘Economy Fares Family’ offers greater

choice, enabling passengers to tailor their

travel experience to their needs and budgets,

all while enjoying the comfort and convenience

of flying with Batik Air.

Henceforth, travellers booking the

Economy ‘Super Saver’ fare for both

Domestic and International flights (excluding

Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Uzbekistan,

and Saudi Arabia) will have the ‘Zero Checkin

Baggage’ option, while still entitled to a

7kg (kilogram) cabin baggage allowance.

For International routes, a generous 20kg

baggage allowance is provided to passen-

contributes to a greener future by reducing

carbon emissions.

Exclusively available to Batik Air’s

Business Class passengers, the enhanced

service complements the existing bus

transfer service provided by Malaysia

Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB), which

was introduced following the temporary

suspension of the aerotrain service.

These luxurious KIA vehicles will be at the

ready to transport passengers between the

pick-up point at Gate G1 in the Main Terminal

Building and the Satellite Building starting

this month.

Passengers can look forward to a bespoke

experience with this premium terminal

transfer service, which ensures individualised

transportation free from the hassle of sharing

rides.

This initiative underscores Batik Air’s

commitment to sustainability, which not only

enhances the passenger experience but also

represents a step towards more eco-friendly

airport operations, paving the way for further

sustainable innovations in the future.

gers purchasing the Economy ‘Value’ fare,

and even greater flexibility with a 30kg baggage

allowance is offered for the Economy

‘Flexi’ fare. Meanwhile, for Domestic and

ASEAN routes, a 10kg allowance is provided

for the Economy ‘Value’ fare, and it is extended

to 20kg for the Economy ‘Flexi’ fare.

A 7kg cabin baggage allowance is provided

to all passengers.

Furthermore, an additional benefit has

been introduced by the airline, which applies

to all International and Domestic routes

regarding ‘Flight or Date Changes’ for all

‘Economy Fares Family’.

‘Flexi’ fare passengers will enjoy FREE

UNLIMITED changes with fare difference,

while the ‘Value’ fare allows a FREE ONE-

TIME date change with a fare difference; additional

changes will incur a change fee and

fare difference. For the ‘Super Saver’ fare,

changes are permitted with change fee and

fare difference.

The rollout of the new Economy

Fares Family, the airline not only

offers affordability and convenience

but also empowers travellers to make

environmentally responsible choices,

ensuring a seamless travel experience for all.

As part of OD’s eco-conscious initiatives,

this encourages our passengers to travel

light to support the reduction of carbon

emissions and thereby contribute to a more

sustainable future.

Batik Air’s new Economy Fares Family

aligns with the airline’s mission to enhance

the overall travel experience for its

passengers.

BATIK AIR JUNE 2024


INSIDER 7

Borneo’s Beauty in Uzbekistan

B

atik Air recently hosted an event

aimed at propelling Sabah onto the

global tourism stage. The roadshow, in

collaboration with the Sabah Tourism Board,

took place in Samarkand and Tashkent,

Uzbekistan.

This roadshow held a specific allure for

Uzbek travellers, in search of new Muslimfriendly

destinations, inviting them to uncover

Sabah’s unparalleled beauty and cultural

richness.

Situated on the enchanting island of

Borneo, Sabah boasts an array of natural

wonders, a tapestry of cultures, and a

plethora of adventures, making it a paradise

for travellers seeking authentic experiences.

The event gathered around 250

participants, including tour operators and

tourism players from both cities, aiming

to tap into the Central Asian market. This

initiative was inspired by Batik Air’s launch of

direct flights to and from Tashkent via Kuala

Lumpur last December.

A Timeless Eid Celebration

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n a delightful display of festive spirit, Batik

Air recently hosted their much-anticipated

Hari Raya celebration called ‘A Timeless

Eid’. Held at a luxurious 5-star hotel, this

event drew partners, stakeholders, and a

number of notable aviation industry leaders.

As the doors swung open to greet the

guests, the air was alive with anticipation. The

venue, adorned with intricate Batik motifs

and resplendent decorations, whispered

tales of heritage and unity. But it was the

spirit of the attendees that truly brought the

celebration to life.

Among the distinguished guests was none

other than the esteemed Director-General of

Tourism Malaysia, Mr. Manoharan Periasamy,

The event was a harmonious blend of insightful

presentations, engaging discussions,

and hands-on cultural experiences. Attendees

were treated to captivating insights into

Sabah’s tourism potential, including its pristine

rainforests, stunning islands, and vibrant

indigenous heritage.

The fruitful discussions and interactions

during the roadshow paved the way for exciting

collaborations and partnerships between

Borneo and Uzbekistan.

It was a celebration of diversity and collaboration,

with participants embracing the spirit

of mutual growth and exploration.

gracing the occasion with his presence.

Guests were treated to a sumptuous

buffet spread that featured delectable dishes

from both local and international cuisines.

From aromatic rendang to tantalising satay

skewers, the buffet spread promised an

indulgent culinary journey, reflective of the

richness of the Eid celebrations.

It was not just the gastronomic delights

that captivated the attendees. Guests were

treated to the soulful melodies of a live

band, their music filling the air with rhythm

and joy. From timeless Hari Raya classics to

contemporary hits, the band’s performance

added an extra layer of magic to an already

enchanting evening.

Laughter and conversation filled the

air, creating relationships and bonds that

transcended professional boundaries. The

blend of good food, great company, and lively

entertainment ensured that everyone was left

with full hearts and carrying memories of a

truly unforgettable Hari Raya celebration.

For Batik Air, ‘A Timeless Eid’ was more

than just a celebration; it was a testament

to the power of community and the spirit of

togetherness that binds us all.

JUNE 2024 BATIK AIR


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HAPPENINGS REGIONAL EVENTS

HAPPENINGS

Sarawak, Malaysia

Gawai Dayak Day

Celebrated on June 1, Gawai Dayak Day marks the end of the rice

harvest for the Dayak people. It features traditional music, dances,

feasts, and rituals to honour ancestors and seek blessings. This year

the Bidayuh community is set to host events, including the Gawai

Dayak Carnival, Cultural Parade, Gala Dinner, and the launch of a new

eBook and coffee table book to showcase the celebration.

1 Jun 2024

Source: https://sarawak.gov.my/web/home/article_view/198/374/?id=198

Hokkaido, Japan

Yosakoi Soran Festival 2024

The Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo, Japan, is a lively celebration

of Japanese culture with vibrant street dance performances. During

the festival, attendees can join the dance festivities for a fee of 4,000

JPY, receiving orientation and training to participate in the parade with

happi coats and naruko clappers, embodying the festival’s inclusive

spirit.

5 – 9 Jun 2024

Source: https://travel.rakuten.com/contents/usa/en-us/guide/yosakoi-soran-festival-guide/

Singapore

FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifying Round

Singapore will host the Korea Republic in the second round of their

FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup Saudi Arabia 2027

campaign. This match marks the final home game of the Lions’ World

Cup qualifying campaign in the second round. The Korean team

is expected to field their strongest lineup, featuring stars like Son

Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan from the English Premier League.

6 Jun 2024

Source: https://www.fas.org.sg/tickets-for-singapores-world-cup-qualifier-against-korearepublic-on-sale-from-2-may/

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Waterbomb Festival

The legendary Waterbomb Festival, a musical carnival from South

Korea, hits Dubai Festival City on 7 and 8 June. Prepare to get

soaked by powerful water cannons while grooving to K-pop, Hip Hop,

and EDM stars like CL, Big Naughty, and PH-1. Tickets range from

AED150 for single-day entry to AED350 for premier access.

7 – 8 Jun 2024

Source: https://www.waterbombdubai.com

Nothern Territory, Australia

Barunga Festival

Barunga Festival is a revered Aboriginal cultural event, welcoming

over 4000 attendees to celebrate Indigenous music, art, and sports

in a small Northern Territory community. Held annually in June, the

festival highlights traditional dance, music, and sports like spear

throwing, fostering understanding and respect for Indigenous culture

and promoting reconciliation in Australia.

7 – 10 Jun 2024

Source: https://barungafestival.com.au/about/

BATIK AIR JUNE 2024


HAPPENINGS REGIONAL EVENTS 9

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Westlife The Hits Tour

Since their debut in 1998, Westlife has transcended the 2000s boy

band era, becoming a global musical phenomenon. Their hits like

“Seasons In The Sun” and “Uptown Girl” have captivated audiences,

with over 55 million records sold, 36 No. 1 albums, and billions of

streams. See them live at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting.

9 Jun 2024

Source: https://www.rwgenting.com/en/entertainment/westlife-the-hits-tour-2024.html

Vietnam

Tet Doan Ngo 2024

Tet Doan Ngo (Doan Ngo Festival) is a significant holiday in Vietnam,

observed on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month and known by

various names like Parasites Killing Tet or Mid-year Festival. This

unique festival offers activities that can make your summer tour in

Northern Vietnam unforgettable.

10 Jun 2024

Source: https://www.vietnamparadisetravel.com/

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The Central Harbourfront of Hong Kong hosts the CCB (Asia) Hong

Kong International Dragon Boat Races amidst the stunning Victoria

Harbour skyline. Teams from around the world compete seriously after

months of practice, creating an electrifying waterfront atmosphere.

Experience it atop the Hong Kong Observation Wheel for a unique

view.

15 – 16 Jun 2024

Source: https://hkcdba.org/en/hkidbr/

Bali, Indonesia

Bali Art Festival

Experience the vibrant Bali Arts Festival (PKB) celebrating Balinese art

and culture. This annual event showcases traditional performances

and fosters creativity to preserve Balinese heritage. Join the festivities

from June 15 to July 13 at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Art Centre,

exploring this year’s theme – Uplifting Human Dignity and Excellence.

15 Jun – 13 Jul 2024

Source: https://lovebali.baliprov.go.id/

Sarawak, Malaysia

Borneo Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF)

RWMF in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, began in 1998 with a few

hundred attendees and has grown into a globally recognized event

attracting tens of thousands. This year’s theme of “Evolution”

highlights responsible tourism, cultural celebration, and environmental

stewardship, making RWMF a unique platform for cultural exchange

and sustainability advocacy. Headlining this year’s event is musical

legend, Kitaro.

28 – 30 Jun 2024

Source: https://rwmf.net

JUNE 2024 BATIK AIR


10 IN TREND

Be in the

lookout for...

BEAUTY

The Powder Shampoo

The Powder Shampoo is a pioneering,

planet-first brand committed to

revolutionising personal care with plasticfree,

plant-powered products. Their vegan,

cruelty-free powder-to-foam formulas

simplify sustainable shower swaps. For

every product sold, they plant a tree to

offset global carbon emissions, embodying

a holistic commitment to eco-conscious

practices.

Source: https://www.thepowdershampoo.com

AUTOMOTIVE

BMW iX1 eDrive20 M Sport

BMW Malaysia introduces the new BMW iX1 eDrive20 M Sport priced at RM264,000 on-theroad

(without insurance). With a five-year extended warranty and six-year service package,

or without, at RM249,800. This model is RM26,000 cheaper than the xDrive30 M Sport,

offering a single electric motor delivering 204 PS and 250 Nm torque.

Source: https://www.bmw.com.my/en/topics/discover/news/2024-

news/the-new-bmw-ix1-edrive20-m-sport.html

HOBBIES

Olympics Go! Paris 2024

Game developer nWay proudly announces

Olympics Go! Paris 2024, a citybuilding

and sports simulation game

merging the Olympic Games Paris 2024

events. Published under license from the

International Olympic Committee, the

game will be avalable on Android, iOS, and

PC. Players unlock 12 sports through city

development, featuring mini-games like

swimming, 100-meter dash, fencing, and

the debut of breaking as an Olympic event,

offering a fresh gaming experience.

Source: https://www.animocabrands.com/olympics-go-paris-

2024-new-official-video-game-for-olympic-games-paris-2024-tolaunch-in-june

FASHION

Jentle Salon

Jentle Salon is the third project imagined

by Gentle Monster and Jennie of Black

Pink. The Jentle Salon eyewear collection

features eight distinctive frame silhouettes

with innovative detachable charm

embellishments. These charms, inspired

by Jennie’s favorite objects like capybaras

and clouds, allow wearers to customise

their eyewear.

Source: https://www.gentlemonster.com/int/shop/list/

collaborations/jentle-salon

GADGETS

Samsung’s Music Frame

Introducing Samsung’s Music Frame: a

screen-free version of The Frame TV that

functions as a decorative piece and music

player which is now available in Malaysia

at RM1,999. You can stream music via

Bluetooth or WiFi using the Smart Things

app, and sync with other Music Frames

for multi-room audio. Customise the frame

and inserts to display artwork or photos

up to 8 x 8 inches, similar to The Frame’s

design versatility.

Source: https://soyacincau.com/2024/04/29/samsung-musicframe-malaysia-price-feature-preorder/

BATIK AIR JUNE 2024


Kuala Lumpur

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INDULGE FEAST FATHER , S DAY SPECIAL

Pamper Dad with Delicious Treats

Genji Japanese Restaurant

This time it is your turn to spend on dad. Treat the superman in

your life to a delightful Japanese buffet at Hilton Petaling Jaya’s

Genji Restaurant. Enjoy lunch or dinner at RM 208 nett per adult

and RM 105 nett per child. Experience live sushi, tempura, and

teppanyaki, and even learn to prepare sushi rolls with the chef.

Indulge in a culinary adventure filled with love and flavor. For

reservations, takeaway or more information, call +60 3 7955 9122

or email PETHI_FB@hilton.com or visit www.EatDrinkHilton.com

Source: https://exp44gkww4j.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/PETHI_

Genji_Parents-Day_eflyer.pdf

Cinnamon Asian Kitchen

Celebrate Father’s Day in style at Cinnamon Asian Kitchen in Park

Royal Penang with an unforgettable feast. Let dad feast on a lavish

buffet with Penang’s Park Royal to a buy-one-get-one-free offer

for lunch and dinner. Enjoy international flavors, family time, and

live jazz music. Plus, one lucky guest will win a 2-day/1-night stay

in the hotel’s Premier Seaview Room. For reservations or inquiries,

call +60 4 886 2288 or email restaurant.prpen@parkroyalhotels.

com.

Source: https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pr-penang/offers/fathersday-celebration.html

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Time to create lasting memories with dad at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. You are sure to delight Dad’s taste buds. Opt for the four course

set menu for two at RM500, which includes the Beverly Hill Chopped Salad, Lobster Bisque, Prime Aged New York Sirloin, and Cheese

cake. Alternatively, you can go for the four course set menu for two to four people priced at RM1000. This menu includes, Jumbo Shrimp

Cocktail, Lobster Bisque, Prime Aged Porterhouse for two, cheese cake and Terazzas wine. For every set purchase, you may receive a

complimentary gift while stock lasts. For reservations, please contact +603 6105 9117 or email wolfgangs.steakhouse@rwgenting.com.

Source: https://www.rwgenting.com/en/things-to-do/dining/wolfgang.html

BATIK AIR JUNE 2024



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COVER STORY GUILIN, CHINA

Guilin stands apart from other major Chinese cities with its

peaceful ambiance and striking landscape of jagged limestone

karst peaks. The city’s unique southern subtropical monsoon

climate has sculpted its remarkable scenery. Renowned for its

cultural wealth, Guilin’s deep historical and artistic heritage is

intricately tied to its extraordinary natural surroundings making

it one of China’s gold-ticket draws..

BATIK AIR JUNE 2024


COVER STORY GUILIN, CHINA 15

L

ocated in the northeastern part of the

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

in southern China, Guilin boasts a rich

history dating back over 2,000 years. The

area around Guilin has been inhabited since

ancient times, with evidence of human

activity and settlement dating back to the Qin

dynasty (221-206 BC).

One of the pivotal events in Guilin’s history

occurred during the Qin dynasty when the

Lingqu Canal was constructed in 214 BC.

This canal connected the Xiang River and

the Li River, facilitating transportation and

trade in the region. The development of this

canal played a crucial role in the growth

and prosperity of Guilin as a strategic and

economic center.

During the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD),

Guilin gained further prominence as a

regional administrative center and a hub

of cultural and artistic activities. It became

known as a center of Daoist practice and

Buddhist influence. The stunning karst

landscape surrounding Guilin also began to

attract poets, scholars, and landscape artists

who were captivated by its natural beauty.

In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-

1912) dynasties, Guilin served as the

provincial capital of Guangxi. This period

marked a golden age for the city, with an

influx of migrants and tourists contributing

to a vibrant cultural scene. The landscape

culture flourished during this time, with

artists producing renowned landscape

paintings and poets composing famous

verses celebrating Guilin’s natural splendor.

In the early 20th century, Guilin underwent

modernisation and urban development,

becoming a modern city in 1940. Despite

these changes, Guilin has preserved

its cultural heritage and natural beauty,

making it a popular tourist destination both

domestically and internationally.

Today, Guilin is celebrated for its

picturesque karst scenery, characterised by

limestone peaks, caves, rivers, and lakes. It

remains an important cultural and historical

center in China, attracting visitors who come

to explore its rich heritage, experience its

unique landscape, and appreciate its deeprooted

artistic traditions.

Best of both worlds

Guilin is celebrated for

its picturesque karst

scenery, characterised by

limestone peaks, caves,

rivers, and lakes.”

Fly with Batik Air to Guilin,

China 2 times a week

Source: https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/108/

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COVER STORY GUILIN, CHINA

Eat your way

around Guilin

Guilin, known for its unique culinary

heritage, offers a variety of delicious local

dishes that reflect the region’s flavors and

ingredients. One of the most iconic dishes

is Guilin Rice Noodles (Mǐfěn), featuring thin

rice noodles in a flavorful broth made from

beef bones or pork. Toppings like sliced

meat, pickled vegetables, peanuts, and chili

sauce add depth to this beloved breakfast or

snack enjoyed by locals.

Fresh river shrimps from the Li River

take center stage in Stir-Fried Li River

Shrimps (Lí Jiāng Chǎo Xiārén), where they

are stir-fried with garlic, chili peppers, and

seasonings to create a savory and aromatic

dish that highlights the region’s abundant

seafood. Another local favorite, Guilinstyle

Steamed Stuffed Tofu (Niàng Dòufu),

features tofu stuffed with a flavorful mixture

of ground meat or shrimp, mushrooms, and

seasonings, steamed until tender to absorb

the savory flavors.

For those craving a taste of Guilin’s

freshwater bounty, Sautéed Beer Fish (Píjiǔ

Yú) is a must-try. Fresh river fish like carp

or grass carp are cooked in a savory sauce

made from beer, chili peppers, garlic, and

spices, resulting in tender and flavorful fish

with a hint of bitterness from the beer.

Guilin’s culinary delights extend to

unique dishes like Guilin Stuffed Snails

(lěngshuǐ tiánluó), where river snails are

stuffed with a seasoned mixture of ground

pork, garlic, and spices. Served cold, these

snails offer a distinctive texture and flavor

that complements rice perfectly. Another

standout dish is Sliced Stuffed Eggplant

(qiézi jiā xiàn), featuring eggplants stuffed

with a seasoned mixture of ground meat,

garlic, and spices, then pan-fried to golden

perfection. This dish showcases Guilin’s use

of local ingredients and is a testament to the

region’s culinary creativity.

These dishes represent just a sampling

of Guilin’s beloved local cuisine, each

highlighting the region’s culinary traditions

and the bounty of ingredients available. To

fully experience Guilin’s culinary delights,

exploring different eateries and trying each

dish at recommended spots is a pro tip to

savoring the best of this picturesque part of

China.

Guilin Rice Noodles

Steamed Stuffed Tofu

Stir-Fried Li River Shrimps

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Put your cameras

to good use

Li River

Guilin is celebrated for its natural landscapes. It is a destination that

showcases the beauty of China’s karst topography, serene rivers,

and verdant scenery. Here are some of the must-visit attractions

that capture the essence of Guilin’s stunning environment.

Reed Flute Cave

Li River

Stretching about 80 kilometers (50 miles),

it flows from downtown Guilin to Yangshuo,

showcasing stunning karst landscapes.

Designated as a place of scenic and historic

importance by China’s State Council in 1982,

the Li River is encircled by tens of thousands

of ancient karst mountains. Formed over

millions of years through water erosion and

weathering, these karst hills are some of

China’s most captivating natural wonders.

Continuing your journey along the Li River,

you will encounter the ancient town of Daxu

situated on the east bank. Established nearly

2,000 years ago, Daxu thrived as a significant

market town during the Ming Dynasty era.

Remarkably, many of the town’s original

ancient structures and architecture have been

Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave in Guilin City is a stunning

underground wonderland filled with radiant

stalagmites and massive natural formations

illuminated by rainbow lights. The cave’s

interior features an underground river

reflecting the cave’s formations, enhancing

their vivid beauty. Each formation has unique

names, some resembling mythological

creatures or modern structures like the Statue

of Liberty. Surrounding the cave, abundant

reeds thrive, used historically to make flutes,

giving the cave its name.

Inside, 77 inscriptions of poems and

travelogues from ancient times reflect the

preserved, offering visitors a glimpse into its

historical significance and rich heritage.

Explore via boat cruise, bamboo raft,

hike or cycle along the Li River, where

you will be treated to panoramic views

of towering limestone karst peaks, lush

forests, and traditional fishing villages. This

leisurely journey offers unparalleled photo

opportunities and a serene escape into

Guilin’s natural splendor. The ideal time to

visit the Li River is in early fall, specifically

from September to October. While cruises

are still feasible later in the fall, they may

be affected by lower water levels that could

shorten the duration of the boat trips.

Source: https://studycli.org/guilin/the-li-river/#Li_River_

Bamboo_Raft_Trip_Xingping_Village_to_Nine_Horse_

Fresco_Hill

cave’s popularity, with the oldest dating back

to the Tang Dynasty (792 AD). Rediscovered

in the 1940s by refugees fleeing Japanese

troops, the cave opened to the public in

1962, becoming a renowned tourist attraction

visited by world leaders like Deng Xiaoping,

US Presidents Nixon and Carter, and former

UN Secretary-General De Quillar. Reed Flute

Cave remains an extraordinary destination

showcasing nature’s artistry.

Source: https://www.chinadiscovery.com/guangxi/guilin/

reed-flute-cave.html

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The Painted Hill of Nine Horses

The Painted Hill of Nine Horses, also

known as Mural Hill, is a notable stone cliff

along the Li River, visible from passing boats.

The cliff features exposed rocks resembling

nine horses in different poses. Legend has

it that these horses were originally heavenly

steeds watched by the mischievous Monkey

King from the classic Chinese novel “Journey

to the West.” When the horses escaped, they

were spotted drinking water beside the Li

River by a painter who intended to capture

the scene. Startled, the horses ran into the

cliff and became etched there permanently.

Spotting all nine horses was believed to

signify success in China’s ancient imperial

exams.

Source: https://www.topchinatravel.com/china-attractions/

mural-hill.htm

Elephant Trunk Hill

At Guilin’s southern end, Elephant Trunk

Hill stands out as a unique natural sight

resembling an elephant dipping its trunk into

the Li River. Explore Water Moon Cave and

ascend to Puxian Pagoda for breathtaking

views of the park and Li River. Two

entrances provide different perspectives:

one at Xiangshan Park for the climb up

Elephant Trunk Hill and Water Moon Cave,

and another across the river mouth offering

scenic viewpoints of the elephant’s ‘trunk’.

Cormorant fishing on the Li River,

practiced for over a millennium, is now a

tourist attraction, though concerns exist

about bird welfare and ethicality.

Source: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/guangxi/guilin/

attractions/elephant-trunk-hill/a/poi-sig/473908/355950

Guilin Two Rivers and Four

Lakes Scenic Area

The Two Rivers and Four Lakes Cruise

in Guilin City is a breathtaking experience,

showcasing the stunning beauty of the Li

River, Taohua River, and the four lakes:

Ronghu Lake, Mulong Lake, Shanhu Lake,

and Guihu Lake. These waterways create

a unique and scene in downtown Guilin,

offering visitors unparalleled views of the

city’s natural splendor. This cruise highlights

the tranquil charm and natural diversity

of Guilin, making it a must-do activity for

anyone visiting the area.

Source: https://visitguilin.org/things-to-do/scenic-flights-andcruises/two-rivers-and-four-lakes-cruise/

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Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas

Gracefully enhancing the landscape of

Shan Lake, the Sun and Moon Twin Pagodas

stand as a striking feature when strolling

around Guilin’s central lakes. At night,

they are beautifully illuminated, adding to

the charm of the surroundings. The Moon

Pagoda, with its octagonal design and

seven stories, is connected to the 41-meterhigh

Sun Pagoda by an underwater tunnel.

Notably, the Sun Pagoda is one of the few

pagodas equipped with a lift, offering visitors

unique access and stunning views from its

heights.

Source: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/guangxi/guilin/

attractions

Yangshuo

Venture beyond Guilin to the picturesque

town of Yangshuo. It is a prominent

destination in China which has transformed

from a tranquil town into a bustling domestic

tourist hub. Head on over to West Street, a

lively pedestrian area known for its shops,

restaurants, and nightlife. This proximity

of lively streets and serene natural beauty

encapsulates Yangshuo’s allure, attracting

visitors seeking both excitement and the

tranquility of its breathtaking surroundings.

Other attractions in Guilin include, Xinping

Old Town, Impression Sanjie Liu, Moon Hill,

Ten-mile Gallery, Cuiping Five Fingers Hill,

Xianggong Hill and the infamous Li River.

Source: https://www.chinadiscovery.com/guangxi/guilin/

yangshuo.html

Seven Star Park

Registered as one of the best city parks

in China, Seven Star Park in Guilin is a

sprawling natural and cultural attraction

spanning 120 hectares of mountains, water,

stone forest, cultural relics and more. It

features seven peaks that resemble the Big

Dipper constellation. The park’s highlight is

the Seven Star Cave, showcasing impressive

stalactites and stalagmites. Cultural relics

within the park include the Flower Bridge

from the Song Dynasty and the Seven Star

Tea Plantation.

Source: https://www.visitourchina.com/guilin/attraction/

seven-star-park.html

Here are a few important travel tips for visiting Guilin:

· Visit off-peak times: Popular attractions like the Li River and Reed Flute Cave can get

crowded. Consider visiting early in the morning or during off-peak seasons to avoid

crowds.

· Book activities in advance: Popular attractions and guided tours can get busy, especially

during peak tourist seasons. It is advisable to book these activities in advance to secure

your spot.

· Consider staying at a four-star hotel: Four-star hotels in Guilin offer comfortable

accommodations with decent amenities. They provide a good balance between comfort

and affordability, although they may not have the luxury of higher-end hotels. Reading

reviews can help gauge the quality and service level before booking.

· Pack according to the season: Guilin has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers

and mild winters. Pack lightweight clothing for summer visits and bring layers for cooler

months.

· Learn basic Mandarin phrases: While many people in Guilin’s tourist areas speak

English, learning a few basic Mandarin phrases can be helpful for communication.

· Respect local customs: Guilin has a rich cultural heritage. Be respectful of local customs

and traditions, especially when visiting temples or historic sites.

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INDULGE FAVOURITE FINDS

Finds

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL

Hot Wheels Proton Saga

Special Edition

Hunting for the perfect Father’s Day gift? The Hot Wheels Proton Saga Special Edition die-cast

model is ideal, especially for dads who love collecting toys. Celebrating Mattel Inc’s 40th anniversary

in Malaysia and Proton’s 40th with the Saga, this model, based on the iconic first-generation

Proton Saga, makes a truly nostalgic gift. Complete with special packaging designed by a talented

young artist, a nine-year-old girl from Penang named Saw Jane Harn. It is a one-of-a-kind

addition to any collection.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2023/08/937300/

first-generation-saga-immortalised-hot-wheel-model

Garmin Heart Rate Monitors

Here is a practical Father’s Day gift you can

consider. Garmin’s HRM-Pro Plus heart

rate monitor. Though pricier than others,

it offers extensive features for multisport

enthusiasts. Compatible with various

devices, it is comfortable for long workouts.

It functions as an activity tracker, capturing

data such as calories burned, intensity

minutes, and all-day heart rate. It operates

independently, allowing use even when

not connected to a device, such as during

swimming.

Source: https://www.garmin.com.my/products/intosports/

hrm-pro-plus/

Tale Socks

Delight Dad with sophisticated TaleEdition socks,

showcasing exquisite craftsmanship and unique

designs inspired by art, nature, and culture.

These premium socks offer superior comfort and

durability, crafted from soft, breathable materials

with reinforced construction. Elevate any outfit with

vibrant colors and intricate details, perfect for formal

or casual wear. Join the trendsetters with Talesocks

KL and step into extraordinary style this Father’s Day.

Source: https://talesocks.com/collections/taleedition-collection/products/multi-colour-kl-city-patterned-cotton-crew-socks-kl-cityscape

Red Wing 97099 Basic Shoe Care Product Kit

Treat Dad to the Basic Leather Care Kit, a comprehensive set of full-size Red Wing

leather care products. This kit includes Boot Cream, Mink Oil, All Leather Natural

Conditioner, Boot Care Cloths, and Brush. Showcasing quality and simplicity, it’s

perfect for maintaining leather goods and protecting investments. Ideal for Father’s

Day, embrace the joy of leather care with this thoughtful gift.

Source: https://theleedenstore.com.my/product/red-wing-97099-basic-shoe-care-product-kit/

Arccos Caddie Smart Sensors

The Arccos system is praised for its performance

tracking which uses 14 sensors attached to club

heads and a corresponding app. The system

collects data during rounds, including greens

in regulation and shot distances, to enhance

course management through AI-driven insights.

It is an ideal tool for busy dads seeking to

optimise their golf game.

Source: https://eu.arccosgolf.com/products/arccos-caddie-smart-sensors

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BUSINESS TREND 21

CHIC AND GREEN

FASHION’S ECO EVOLUTION

Living a more sustainable life begins with reducing consumption, which is the most impactful action you can take.

Prioritise second-hand products when making purchases, and ensure that all discarded items are recycled to close the

cycle. These guiding principles: reduce, reuse, recycle, are essential for minimising environmental impact.

A

s awareness of climate change

grows, consumers are increasingly

prioritising sustainability in their

daily lives. To adopt more environmentally

friendly practices, it is crucial to reassess our

behaviors and buying habits.

But what steps are fashion brands taking

to address these concerns? They are

certainly implementing various strategies to

become more sustainable and reduce their

environmental impact. Some key initiatives

include:

Sustainable Sourcing

Many of them, albeit not all, are prioritising

sustainable sourcing of materials. This

involves using organic cotton, hemp, linen,

and other natural fibers that require less water

and pesticides compared to conventional

cotton. Additionally, brands are exploring

innovative materials like Tencel (made from

wood pulp) and recycled fibers to reduce

reliance on virgin resources. Known for its

outdoor apparel, Patagonia uses organic

cotton and recycled materials extensively in

its clothing lines. They prioritise transparency

in their supply chain and advocate for fair

labor practices.

Source: https://www.patagonia.com/hidden-cost-ofclothes/

Ethical Manufacturing Practices

Brands are focusing on ethical

manufacturing by ensuring fair wages,

safe working conditions, and compliance

with labor laws in their supply chains. This

includes reducing carbon emissions from

factories and adopting renewable energy

sources to power production facilities.

Everlane focuses on transparency and

ethical production. They work with factories

that provide fair wages and safe working

conditions for workers, and they disclose

the true cost of each product to consumers.

Source: https://www.everlane.com/sustainability

Circular Fashion

Circular fashion aims to minimise waste

by designing products that can be recycled,

upcycled, or biodegraded at the end of their

life cycle. Some brands are offering takeback

programs where customers can return

old garments for recycling or repurposing,

and in return are given discount vouchers

to shop in their stores again. Eileen Fisher

offers a Renew program where customers

can return used garments to be cleaned,

repaired, and resold as “gently worn” items.

They also incorporate recycled materials into

new collections.

Source: https://www.eileenfisherrenew.com

Reducing Water and Energy

Consumption

Fashion companies are implementing

technologies and processes to reduce water

consumption in textile production, which is

often water-intensive. They are also investing

in energy-efficient manufacturing techniques

to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.

Levi’s Strauss has implemented watersaving

techniques in denim production, such

as using less water in the finishing process

and recycling water in their factories. They

also invest in renewable energy sources for

manufacturing.

Source: https://www.levistrauss.com/sustainability-report/

climate/water-stewardship/

Transparency and Traceability

Increasingly, brands are becoming more

transparent about their supply chains,

providing consumers with information

about where their products are sourced

and manufactured. This transparency helps

build trust and accountability. Pact is a

brand that focuses on using organic cotton

and sustainable materials in their apparel.

They prioritise transparency by providing

detailed information about their supply

chain and manufacturing processes. Pact’s

commitment to sustainability extends beyond

materials to include fair labor practices and

ethical production standards.

Source: https://wearpact.com/sustainability

Slow Fashion Movement

The slow fashion movement encourages

consumers to buy fewer high-quality items

that are timeless and durable, reducing the

demand for fast fashion and its associated

environmental impacts. For example,

Reformation promotes slow fashion by

producing limited quantities of clothing,

focusing on quality over quantity, and using

eco-friendly materials. They encourage

customers to invest in timeless pieces.

Source: https://www.thereformation.com/sustainability.

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VOYAGE HANDICRAFTS, MALAYSIA

Drawing Global Similarities to

By Manjulika Pramod

Wau Bulan

Traditional handicrafts and craftsmanship are often associated with timelessness.

They have been used for centuries as a form of communication and storytelling.

As mankind made headway for survival, both art and science came in the

forefront of the evolutionary progress. The undying impulse to create some craft

was born as an outcome of self-expression. When geographical boundaries

came into existence, handicrafts played a significant role in the development of

local communities. They fostered a strong sense of tradition and heritage and

lent identities to people and places. Many a times, these handicrafts safeguarded

a belief system and a daily life practice of that region. The finished products often

reflect various lifestyles, rituals and terrains, and one remarkable way to explore

different cultures can be through the handicrafts.

Photo Credit: Tourism Malaysia & Kraftangan Malaysia

Why handicrafts are important

for every culture?

As the name suggests, any object of

interest aka craft created in a traditional

way (without the use of machines

and technology) by using hands is a

handicraft. The beauty of these products

is that the artists breathe life into them by

investing their thoughts, values, emotions,

expressions and a lot of hard work. It

becomes imperative on our part to hold

on to them as a reminder of our roots. As

travelers, adding one ‘handicraft-learning

experience’ in every itinerary and buying

one souvenir made by local craftsmen

can play a great role in preserving the

rich tapestry of our cultural identities.

From colourful textiles to vibrant kites,

seamless pottery to fine metalwork, ageold

baskets to ceremonial weapons, let

us revel in the past. In this article, we will

touch upon some of the oldest handicrafts

of Malaysia as well as the world and how

they reflect cultural heritage, harmony,

and prohibition.

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Batik

Batik

Colourful and playful designs of the

Batik prints (fusion) often spread magic

on the runway around the globe. With its

origins deeply rooted in Southeast Asia,

Batik is one of the most amazing and

ancient crafts based on the wax-resist

dyeing technique. A part of the cloth is

covered with a coat of wax and thereafter

the cloth is dyed to obtain patterns. The

fabric and the art, both are called batik.

Evidences suggest that this ‘wax dyeing’

has traversed diverse cultures and

continents but the Indonesian island of

Java has carried on the longest tradition

of handcrafted batik. In Indonesia, Batik is

used for variety of ceremonial occasions

with patterns having symbolic meanings.

Batik has had its unique journey in

Malaysia as well. The floral patterns are

the most dominant traditional motifs of

Malaysian Batik. But when it comes to

techniques, patterns, fabric, Malaysian

batik is different from those of Indonesian

Javanese. It is wonderful how both

Malaysia and Indonesia use Batik as part

of national attire.

The spread of Batik for centuries

has also helped to weave a cultural

relationship between countries in South

East Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore,

Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei,

Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, and Laos).

It is believed that some early variations

of wax-resist dyeing were discovered

in Asia, Europe, and Africa even before

written records happened.

Extensive trade routes and cultural

exchanges helped to spread the charm

of Batik to Far East, Middle East, Central

Asia, and even West Africa. It was said,

the Dutch and English who took Batik to

West Africa in the seventeenth century. In

African countries, batik prints range from

abstract geometry to figurative images.

In India, the state of Gujarat is known as

a significant hub for Batik. In Sri Lanka,

Batik was introduced by the Dutch at the

turn of the 19th century. Japan has its

unique version of batik called rozome.

Keris or Kris

The deadly knife of South East Asia,

keris or kris are too long to be called

daggers but too short for swords. Their

curved bladed makes stand out. Handed

down as heirlooms and used in special

ceremonies, keris are asymmetrical

weapons with unique cultural significance

in Malay culture. In the days when there

were no guns or artillery, keris or kris,

daggers and swords were used as

weapons of war. Today, they are more

than a dagger but a national heritage.

Apart from their usage for self-defense,

the various shapes and designs of keris

convey different meanings. Some keris

are also believed to be used for spiritual

and magical purposes too.

Keris is often associated with Indonesia

and Malaysia but its usage was spread

in Thailand, Brunei, Singapore and the

Philippines. The mention of keris has

been found in the Dong-Son culture of

Vietnam as early as 300 B.C. They were

also used in the Cham areas of Cambodia

and some are displayed in the gallery of

the National Museum in Colombo.

Basketry

Keris

Basketry

Basket weaving is one of the oldest

known crafts for almost every culture.

Despite being made from limited

resources of nature, baskets serve

innumerable purposes. When it comes to

storage and transfer, humans first learned

to use various grasses, vines, bark, roots

to weave baskets for storage.

Basket weaving is yet another popular

handicraft of Malaysia. Bamboo, rattan,

and other local natural materials are

easily available and suitable for basketry.

Sarawak/Borneo is the place to see some

of the most traditional farm baskets.

Around the world, every basket has a

story to tell. The shape, size, materials

and dyes used in the making of the basket

reveal the stories of its origination from

the forests, meadows and rivers.

While the Maori people of New Zealand

make interesting baskets made of flax,

there are swill baskets popular in London.

While baskets were woven to hold the

heaviest yams in Africa, you will find

bamboo in Vietnam used for a variety of

everyday activities. In Morocco, you will

find colourful bread baskets. Each tribe

in Nagaland, India has a distinct style of

basketry. The Angami tribes possess the

most refined basket making skills. The art

of weaving the beautiful Bolga baskets in

Bolgatanga, Ghana is inspiring. Bamboo,

rattan and straw weaving, with unique

artistic flair is done in the Hakka villages

in Taiwan.

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Kites

The Malaysian kite, Wau, is not just an

ornate piece of handicraft but a symbol

of national pride. Several Malaysian

master kite-makers have dedicated their

whole live in keeping the ancient craft of

Wau alive. Some of the most interesting

Malaysian kites, Wau Bulan - Moon kites,

Wau Kucing - Cat kites, Wau Jala Budi –

Women kites, and Wau Merak - Peacock

kite. are made from bamboo and paper,

and their frames are decked up with

delicate carvings. Decked up with floral

motifs, Wau bulan is the most attractive

and it also enjoys its popularity by being

featured on the reverse side of the

Malaysian fifty-cent coin in 1989.

Similarly, in several other cultures, kite

making is reminiscent of old customs.

Traditional Asian kites are intricate and

colorful. The shape, the curves, trailing

edges, patterns and decorations differ

from one another. Edo-style kites are a

distinctive style of kite first developed

in Edo, which is present-day Tokyo. The

Japanese rokkakus are unique. Vietnam

has had a kite culture for over 1000 years.

The two most popular Thai kites, Chula

kite, a specialty of the Central regions

of Thailand also called the ‘king of kites’

and pakpao is regarded as the ‘queen of

kites’. Weifdong in Shandong province is

often called the kite capital of the world.

Certain evidences suggest that China

has the oldest history in kite making. In

2006, the art of kite making in China was

officially inscribed on the national list of

intangible cultural heritage. There is a

very interesting kite custom in Indonesia

where the Balinese fly the kites over

their farms praying for abundant crops.

In India, on the day of Makar Sakranti

festival in January, one cannot miss the

sight of soaring kites. The belief goes that

the higher the kite soars, the closer it gets

to the divine, capturing the essence of the

festival’s spiritual significance. Even in

Japan, the kites are flown to signify the

coming of spring and to commemorate

special festivals around the New Year.

With several international kite festivals

abound, Weifang International Kite

festival, Smithsonian Kite Festival in

Washington DC, Sydney Kite Festival,

International Kite festival in Gujarat, India

and Bali Kite festival are the occasions to

see the most creative and traditional kites

from around the world.

CONTRIBUTOR

Manjulika Pramod

www.manjulikapramod.com

A telecom engineer, shortstory

writer, big time foodie

and a compulsive traveler.

Manjulika has contributed

to a variety of reputed

magazines and newspapers.

Her anticipated ‘PENDOWN’

blog is a breath of fresh air and

reflects the best of her travel,

food, art & experiences.

Pottery

The craft of pottery is

as old as humankind.

Today, it stands as

a testament to the

creative spirit but initially

it was largely created

for functional

purposes. The

remains from the

excavation sites

have given enough

evidences that

pottery was used

for storing food,

carrying water, and

cooking. Later pottery

played a role in art and

cultural movements.

The traditional Malay pottery from

Perak, to the terra-cotta pots of

Nonthaburi, Thailand, to earthenware

dishes from Pomaire, Chile to black

pottery of Meghalaya, India, one can find

handmade earthenware in every corner

of the world. While this slow, sustainable,

and seasonal craft is an important

resource for the livelihood of various

communities, it is also a very humbling

handicraft. When noticed closely, the

patterns, pictures, and characters often

convey deeper meanings.

While there has been a rich tradition of

ceramics in Spain, as pottery is popular

in Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona, there

are over fifty famous pottery towns and

districts across Japan. When it comes to

pottery, every region in India has its own

style of pottery as well. While the famous

blue pottery of Jaipur has its origins

derived from the Turko-Persian style, there

is Khurja pottery’s history associated with

Egyptian and Syrian potters. The first

examples of the ceramics discovered

in Uzbekistan date back to antiquity.

Rishton ceramics from the Fergana Valley

are unique in their shape, ornaments, and

colors. The pottery and ceramics from

there express the authentic

artistic power of Central

Asia. The earliest forms

of Japanese pottery can

be traced to the Jomon

Period. And not to forget,

the fineness of Labu

Sayong in Malaysia has

existed since times

i m m e m o r i a l .

Some research

shows that

fragments of

ancient pottery

found in southern

China dates back

20,000 years. In

England, Stoke-on-

Trent, affectionately

known as The

Potteries, is known

as the world capital

of ceramics.

Wood Carving

The world of wood carving is also

known for its riveting narratives of cultural

heritage. Tracing its roots back to pre

historic times, wood carving emerged as

a simple and functional craft but soon

it adapted to cultural shifts and artistic

innovations. The regions which had

abundance of timber continued to give

birth to visually captivating masterpieces.

Some of the best wood works can be seen

in art museums and sculpture gardens

around the world. Seen in traditional

houses, mosques, boats, weapons,

tombs, musical instruments, and utensils,

wood carving is a part of classical

Malaysian arts, but it is also a popular

art form found in many cultures around

the world with each region basking in the

glory of its unique style and techniques.

Some of the oldest wood works

maybe seen in Egypt (eg. Mummy cases

of human beings). Even the Vikings in

Scandinavia in Europe have one of the

richest legacies of making intricate wood

carvings on ships. In Tibet, the signs

of art of wood carving can be traced

to as far as 7th century. From Dalai

Lama’s throne to incense boxes, to table

paintings and Chemar bowls, everything

has traces of wood. While many regions

in Indian subcontinent are internationally

famous for wood carving, one must not

miss Japanese wood carving, known as

‘Hikimono.’ The origins of the Vietnamese

wood carving art are considered older than

the existence of the Vietnamese language.

That is why they are found everywhere in

Vietnamese historical carvings. In Russia,

some of the most beautiful woodcarvings

can be seen in the Orthodox churches.

Also, the wood-carvers of Persia, Syria,

Egypt and Spain have been renowned for

their skills, intricate details and bringing

delicate beauty in wood. Mas village in

Ubud in Bali is known for its amazing

wood carving where one can also sign up

for a wood carving class as well.

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VOYAGE INDIA’S WILDERNESS

Discover India’s natural beauty through wildlife safaris across scenic landscapes.

By Ketki Gadre

India’s rich biodiversity and vast landscapes offer

unparalleled opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts

to embark on unforgettable adventures. From

the majestic elephants to the elusive tigers, from

mystic rivers to enchanted woods, every corner of

the country harbors unique treasures waiting to be

seen, heard and experienced.

India’s wildlife sanctuaries offer not just glimpses

of exotic fauna but also profound experiences that

connect us with nature’s wonders. Read all about

the extraordinary wildlife destinations, each offering

a distinct experience.

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Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park,

Kerala

Periyar National Park paints an amazing

landscape with Periyar river backwaters

meandering through thick green forests and

picturesque mountains in the backdrop.

Established as a tiger and elephant reserve,

this 900 square kilometre (sq km) area in

Thekkady town of Kerala is home to many

animals.

The national park is centered around an

artificial lake formed after the building of the

Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar and

Mullayar Rivers. Unlike the open four-by-four

vehicle safaris offered across Indian forests,

tourists have to hop on a two-hour boat

safari. A boat excursion elevates the chance

to witness the lively antics of Red panda,

Malabar Giant squirrel and smooth-coated

otter amongst others.

Elephants and deers often grace the lake’s

vicinity, along the grassy shores, herds of

Indian Bison (gaur), deers and wild boars

may catch your eye. Lucky ones can catch

a sight of tigers when they come on shore

to drink water. Bird diversity includes Giant

Hornbill, Kingfisher, Darter, Cormorant and

Egrets that perch on protruding stumps of

tree trunks on the lake.

Getting there: Batik Air Malaysia flies nonstop

to Kochi from Kuala Lumpur. The Periyar

National Park is four hours drive away.

Where to stay: Set in landscaped gardens

on the edge of the mountainous Periyar

Tiger Reserve, Spice Village – CGH Earth is

a tranquil eco-resort that offers luxury and

sustainability.

Fly with Batik Air to Kochi,

India 4 times a week

Bandipur National

Park, Karnataka

Journeying deep into Karnataka, Bandipur

reveals itself as a sanctuary boasting a

significant tiger population and one of the

most expansive habitats for wild elephants

across South Asia. Formerly a private hunting

retreat for Maharajas, it is nestled at the

foothills of the Nilgiris, forging a longstanding

connection with tigers. Beyond its famed

inhabitants, the park is a haven for numerous

endangered species such as sloth bears,

Gaurs, Indian rock pythons, Jackals, Indian

crocodiles, and Four-horned antelopes.

Bandipur National Park

In addition to these, Bandipur is home

to a variety of creatures including Sambar,

Chevrotain, spotted deers, sloth bears, and

the elusive flying lizard. Its allure extends to

encompass over 200 species of birds and a

rich tapestry of flora.

Getting there: Batik Air Malaysia flies

nonstop from Kuala Lumpur to Bangalore.

Bandipur National Park is four hours drive

away.

Where to stay: Surrounded by lush forest,

The Serai Bandipur offers unparalleled views

of Western Ghats and hence a great choice

for stay.

Fly with Batik Air to Bangalore,

India 3 times a week

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VOYAGE INDIA’S WILDERNESS

Mount Sloth Batur Bear

Boat Safari

Satpura National Park,

Madhya Pradesh

Satpura National Park

Satpura draws its name from the encircling

seven-peaked mountain range. Meandering

through the forests, the Denwa River, a

tributary of the Narmada, bestows upon this

park a distinctive feature, allowing for both

land and boat safaris. The park’s terrain

showcases a diverse landscape of deep

gorges, mountains, reservoirs, backwaters,

and mixed deciduous forests, offering a

multitude of habitats to accommodate

various animal species.

Enveloped by ancient, arid deciduous

forests, a safari experience in Satpura

National Park unveils the region’s abundant

biodiversity, including Sal, Teak, Mahua,

medicinal plants, and grasslands. While

encounters with various deer species are

commonplace, the park’s prized inhabitants

are the sloth bears, often seen carrying their

cubs on their backs as well as engaging

in skirmishes with larger felines. Tigers,

leopards, and wild dogs also assert their

presence in this wilderness.

Anamalai Tiger Reserve

Getting there: Batik Air Malaysia flies

nonstop from Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai.

Satpura National Park is one hour and 30

minutes domestic flight away.

Where to stay: A quaint getaway beside

the river Denwa, overlooking the hills of

Pachmarhi, enjoy the raw beauty of nature at

Bori Safari Lodge.

Fly with Batik Air to Mumbai,

India 7 times a week

CONTRIBUTOR

Ketki Gadre

India based travel

writer, Ketki weaves

stories from her

v e n t u r e s a b o u t

n a t u r e , c u l t u r e

a n d h e r i t a g e .

Sustainable travel

writing is her love.

She is on Instagram

@ecokats

Anamalai Tiger

Reserve, Tamil Nadu

Anamalai Tiger Reserve, nestled in the

picturesque Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu,

stands as a sanctuary for the majestic big

cats and a treasure trove of biodiversity.

Spread across lush greenery and undulating

terrain, this reserve encompasses diverse

ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests

to grasslands.

Established in 2007, the reserve is a vital

part of the Anamalai Hills, a UNESCO World

Heritage Site, and serves as a crucial habitat

for the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Its

rich biodiversity boasts a remarkable array of

flora and fauna, including endemic and rare

species such as the Lion-tailed macaque,

Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri Tahr, and Malabar Giant

squirrel.

The reserve also presents opportunities for

birdwatching, with over 300 avian species

recorded, including the vibrant Malabar pied

hornbill and the endemic Nilgiri flycatcher.

Getting there: Batik Air Indonesia

(codeshare) flies nonstop from Kuala Lumpur

to Trichy. Anamalai is approximately six

hours drive away.

Where to stay: Stay in a century old

bungalow overlooking verdant tea plantations

in Valparai such as Sirukundra Bungalow.

Fly with Batik Air to Trichy,

India 7 times a week

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GOLF BUDDY TRIP

TIME FOR A BUDDY TRIP

Looking for the perfect golf getaway with friends? Here are some

fantastic golf destinations for a memorable trip with your golf bestie.

Kota Permai Golf and Country Club

Located within the charming township of Kota Kemuning, Kota

Permai Golf & Country Club is a renowned golfing paradise designed

by architect Ross Watson. The 18-hole championship course hosts

prestigious events like the Bandar Malaysia Open. Recognised by

Asian Golf Awards and World Golf Awards, it features Zoysia fairways

and Bermuda grass greens set amidst lush surroundings. With topnotch

amenities, it is an ideal Malaysian getaway near Kuala Lumpur.

Source: www.kotapermai.com.my

Sentosa Golf Club

A cornerstone of Singapore and Asian golf, Sentosa Golf Club

marks its 50th anniversary in 2024. Home to world-class courses,

The Serapong and The Tanjong, it offers challenging play against

Singapore’s stunning cityscape. Host to prestigious events like

the Barclays, SMBC Singapore Opens, and LIV Golf Singapore, it

attracts top talent. Committed to sustainability, the club achieved

carbon neutrality in 2023 and boasts numerous accolades, including

‘Singapore’s Best Golf Course’.

Source: www.sentosagolf.com

Padang Golf Sukajadi

Tee off at Padang Golf Sukajadi in Batam, Indonesia, renowned for

its 18-hole championship course designed by Thomson, Wolveridge

& Perrett. The course, featuring Salam Seashore Paspalum grass,

offers a challenging Par 72 layout with multiple tee options. Stay at the

nearby Radisson Golf & Convention Center for convenience and enjoy

inclusive packages with green fees, accommodation, ferry transfers,

and more.

Source: www.padanggolfsukajadi.com.

Joondalup Resort

Nestled amidst natural bushland, Joondalup Resort is a golfer’s

haven offering stunning courses and impeccable service. Designed

by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Lake, Quarry, and Dune courses wind

through picturesque landscapes, providing a captivating challenge.

The resort boasts luxurious accommodation, function spaces, a Pro

Shop, Endota spa, and warm hospitality, ensuring an extraordinary

golfing getaway in Western Australia.

Source: https://www.joondalupresort.com.au

The Els Club Desaru Coast

The Els Club Desaru Coast is a stunning coastal golf resort in Johor,

Malaysia and has completed significant upgrades to its Valley Course,

enhancing greens and fairways for a captivating playing experience.

Designed by Vijay Singh, the par 72 course offers breathtaking views

and challenging play. Recognized as Malaysia’s Best Golf Course, it

invites golf enthusiasts worldwide to enjoy promotional rates and ‘Stay

and Play’ packages amidst its enchanting landscape. Experience the

magic firsthand at The Els Club Desaru Coast.

Source: https://www.elsclubmalaysia.com/press_releases/

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DRIVE REVIEW FERRARI ROMA SPIDER 31

Ferrari Roma Spider

by Daniel Fernandez

I

f you ever go to Penang for a holiday and

decide to rent a car while you are visiting,

you will realise the thrill of narrow streets,

and the wonderful curvaceous seaside road

along Batu Feringgi which takes you on the

back road of the quiet Balik Pulau stretch.

So, when ItalAuto, the new Malaysian

Ferrari brand guardian invited us to Penang

to experience their all new drop top V8

supercar, we were more than ready.

This is the drop top version of the Ferrari

Roma coupe which arrived three years

ago that ranges around RM968,000 before

import duties.

What makes this Roma Spider so

desirable? Well, to start, the design of the

Roma is sensuous and curvaceous with silky

smooth lines. Prior to the Roma’s arrival,

Ferrari designers in the last two decades

or so have preferred sharp edged, ‘busy’

looking designs.

The Roma Spider comes with a clean

sheet design and this is why its popularity is

rising around the globe.

The purpose design drop-top works in just

13.5 seconds and can be used while driving

as fast as 60km/h. There is a new, patented

wind deflector integrated into the backrest of

the rear bench seat which can be deployed by

a button on the central tunnel, guaranteeing

exceptional in-car occupant comfort without

taking up any space in the car.

Get into the driver’s seat and you will

be greeted by the F1 styled multi-function

steering wheel. Use the soft touch ignition

button on the bottom of the steering wheel

(yes, it is located ON the steering wheel) and

the V8 engine rumbles with intention. The

Ferrari drive selector switch; the all important

Manettino switch in bright RED colour has

five DRIVE positions that allows the driver

various handling and traction possibilities.

This Ferrari is just 1,556kg (kilogram) and

with its 760Nm of torque, you are able to

get an acceleration time from standstill to

100km/h in a very short 3.4 seconds.

The handling is firm without being too

jarring and the steering response is precise

and allows for good point and go driving

action. Top down this Roma Spider is

attention grabbing and even with the top up,

it is a great looking car. Turning heads and

causing a stir wherever we drove it, this is a

Ferrari made for daily driving and not just for

the weekend.

More Ferrari owners should live with their

car as often as possible and not have it as a

weekend only showpiece.

Ferrari Roma Spider Specifications:

Engine: V8 Petrol 90° - twin turbo

Capacity: 3855 cc

Power: 620 cv at 5750-7500 rpm

Torque: 760 Nm at 3000-5750 rpm

Dry weight: 1556 kg

Max. speed: 320 km/h

0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds

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HEALTH & WELLNESS YOGA STUDIOS

To honor International Day of Yoga, rejuvenate with

these recommended yoga spots in Kuala Lumpur.

Hot Yo Studio

Hot Yo is a modern yoga studio, targeting a

new generation of yogis. Located centrally in

Kuala Lumpur, this studio caters to families

by offering kid and teen yoga classes,

introducing young ones to the practice. The

beginner-friendly environment blends yoga

with cardio and low-impact strength training,

ensuring everyone experiences a satisfying

workout. Ideal for families seeking holistic

wellness and fitness in a convenient setting.

Source: https://hotyostudio.my

The Flow Studio

The Flow Studio in Kuala Lumpur is a

premier yoga and pilates destination in

Malaysia. Offering diverse yoga styles for

all levels, their instructors excel in cueing

and alignment techniques to enhance your

practice. Their Reformer Pilates is a unique,

intense full-body workout aimed at activating

fat-burning muscles. Prepare to sweat, burn

calories, and transform your body at this

dynamic studio.

Source: https://theflowstudio.co

Jal Yoga

Named after the Hindi word for water, Jal

symbolises adaptability and resilience. At

Jal Studio, located in Chow Kit, Pavilion

Bukit Jalil and Petaling Jaya, they welcome

individuals of all fitness levels, and body

types to explore yoga, barre, pilates and

more, for improved health and wellness. Join

a diverse global community of over 5,000

practitioners across Singapore, Malaysia,

Indonesia, and Dubai.

Source: https://www.jalyoga.com.my

One Earth Yoga

One Earth Yoga is a Yoga Alliance USA

RYS-200 registered school offering classes,

retreats, and trainings. Originating in Thailand

as Eka Bhumi Yoga in 2016, founder Evelyn

Loh, with over 18 years of experience in yoga

and wellness, opened a boutique studio in

Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, upon returning to

Malaysia in 2019. Evelyn and her dedicated

team embody a deep passion for yoga.

Source: https://www.1earthyoga.com

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CELEBRITY ALTIMET

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Y

ang Berhormat (Y.B.) Syed Ahmad, or

better known as Altimet is a name that

requires little introduction.

Hailed as Malaysian hip-hop royalty,

Altimet has enjoyed a career spanning over

two decades, cementing his status as an

award-winning rapper and songwriter. His

journey in the music industry began in the

early 2000s, leading him to share stages with

global talents at prestigious events like the

Rainforest World Music Festival, Good Vibes

Festival, and South by Southwest (SXSW)

Festival.

Throughout his illustrious career, Altimet

has amassed numerous accolades,

including two Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL)

awards for ‘Kalau Aku Kaya’ and ‘Amboi,’

and an Anugerah Industri Muzik award

for ‘Janji.’ His talents also earned him the

Best Original Score and Best Performance

by an Ensemble at the Boh Cameronian

Arts Awards for ‘Ola Bola Muzikal.’ Despite

stepping back from the music scene in 2018,

he delivered a memorable farewell concert,

‘The Last Altimet Show,’ drawing 5,000 fans

and affirming his legacy.

However, this was not the end for Altimet.

He continued to influence the music industry,

collaborating on hits like ‘Eh’ with Zizi Kirana

and ‘Lelaki Di Telefon’ with Afieq Shazwan,

both of which topped charts and garnered

millions of YouTube views. His involvement

extended to mentorship roles on ‘Mentor

Milenia’ and ‘Muzikal Lawak Superstar,’ and

as a jury member for Anugerah Juara Lagu

34. This year, fans can look forward to seeing

him in the film ‘Bisikan.’

Altimet’s entrepreneurial spirit is equally

impressive. He owns two Joe’s Barbershop

outlets and eight Pizza On Fire stations, and

developed the Recite app, a Quran recital

application with over 70,000 downloads. In

addition, he founded SVLTAN Management

with his manager Yasmeen Zainal, offering

artist management, branding consultancy,

and entertainment marketing services.

In 2023, Altimet made a surprising pivot

to politics, running as Pakatan Harapan’s

(PH) candidate for the Lembah Jaya seat in

Selangor. Announced by Malaysian Prime

Minister and PH Chairman Datuk Seri Anwar

Ibrahim, his candidacy was driven by a

desire to serve his community and effect

positive change. His grassroots campaign

focused on local issues, resonating strongly

with voters.

Winning the election marked not just a

personal victory but also a fresh approach to

politics. Since taking office, Altimet has been

actively involved in community welfare and

The transition from

entertainment to politics

underscores the power of

reinvention and demonstrates

that with passion and

commitment, one can

successfully navigate

multiple paths.”

Quick Shots with Altimet

1. Can you share with us how becoming a father

has evolved you personally and professionally?

It adds another role, another dimension,

another side to your self. You are acutely

aware that your actions have more

consequences than ever. You become a

‘bigger’ individual while surrendering a

part of yourself to a family. Professionally

it made me more productive and efficient.

Because I felt like I had to earn more and

spend more time with my family.

2. Reflecting on your own childhood, what are

some values your father instilled in you that you

wish to pass on to your children?

My father always talked about having

this ‘immigrant mentality’ approach to

work. Immigrants knew how to delay

gratification and focus on their goals. They

play the long game for real. So his thing

was as long as you had that mentality

you’ll be ok.

3. Being in the limelight, how do you balance the

demands of your career with the responsibilities

of fatherhood?

I keep them separated. And I code

switch. I am not a father at work, I am a

creative. I am not an entertainer at home,

I am a husband and a father.

4. Being a role model for many, can you share

with us who is / had been your personal role

model?

Prophet Muhammad PBUH, Marcus

Aurelius, Miyamoto Musashi.

5. Lastly, as we celebrate Father’s Day, what

message would you like to share with other

father’s who juggle their careers and family life?

All parents are on the work-life balance

spectrum. Depending on your own

unique situation, and factoring time into

consideration, you decide where on the

spectrum is best for you at any given

moment. You are a sovereign in this

respect, you answer to yourself before

anyone else.

infrastructure projects, leveraging his ability

to connect with people, a skill honed through

years in the music industry. His transition

from entertainment to politics underscores

the power of reinvention and demonstrates

that with passion and commitment, one can

successfully navigate multiple paths.

Altimet’s journey from hip-hop star to

community leader is a testament to his

versatility and dedication. Whether through

music, entrepreneurship, or public service,

he continues to inspire, proving that a

multifaceted career can bring diverse and

impactful contributions to society.

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WONDER READS

Wonder

READS

LITERARY FICTION

Bear | by Julia Phillips

Sam and Elena, struggling to survive on a Washington island, dream

of escape. Sam’s encounter with a mysterious bear intensifies their

desire to leave, but Elena is captivated by the creature, challenging

their shared dream. Bear explores sisterly bonds, animal mysteries,

and the yearning for a different life in a richly imagined narrative.

Source: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/563712/bear-by-julia-phillips/

MUSIC

Hip-Hop Is History | by Questlove and Ben Greenman

Grammy-winning musician from Philadelphia, Questlove recounts

the rise of hip-hop, a movement he embraced as a youth. In “Hip-

Hop Is History,” he delves into its cultural impact, from underground

gems to chart-topping hits, with an insider’s perspective. Questlove’s

narrative blends personal insights with a comprehensive exploration

of hip-hop’s evolution, revealing his unique role in its legacy..

Source: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250350299/hiphopishistory

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

I See Colour | by Valerie Bolling and Kailei Pew,

illustrated by Laylie Frazier

I See Colour is a picture book celebrating the achievements and

contributions of people of color, showcasing leaders like Madonna

Thunder Hawk, Basemah Atweh, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It

honors diverse skin tones and introduces historical change-makers,

making it an ideal conversation starter for readers of all ages.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Spice: The 16th-Century

Contest that Shaped

the Modern World

| by Roger Crowley

In the 16th century, the quest for

spices drove European maritime

exploration and conquest across

Asia and the Pacific. Roger Crowley

recounts this epic contest for the

spice trade, detailing how it shaped

the modern world. From 1511 to

1571, European powers vied for

control, establishing vast maritime

empires and transforming global

trade. This narrative history vividly

captures the adventures and impacts

of these colonial encounters.

Source: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/

book/9780300267471/spice/

Source: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/i-see-color-valerie-bollingkaileipew?variant=41103387852834

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

Tate’s Wild Rescue | by Jenny Turnbull,

illustrated Izzy Burton

Tate is passionate about helping wild animals but faces humorous

rejections when she tries to offer them a better life. From Orca

unimpressed by a kiddie pool to Tiger preferring hunting over cookies,

Tate’s quest for a perfect match takes an unexpected turn closer to

home. This charming story blends heartfelt rescue efforts with delightful

humor for all animal lovers.

Source: https://www.weareteachers.com/new-books-june-2024/#picture

LITERARY FICTION

Tehrangeles | by Porochista Khakpour

Ali and Homa Milani, Iranian-American multimillionaires, lead

a seemingly perfect life in Los Angeles with their four spirited

daughters. As they teeter on the brink of reality TV fame, their

hidden secrets threaten to unravel. From aspiring models to health

fanatics, each family member, even their aloof cat Pari, harbors

secrets. Tehrangeles explores high-functioning family dysfunction

with dramatic wit and heartfelt authenticity.

Source: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/598264/tehrangeles-byporochista-khakpour/

COMING-OF-AGE

Swift River

| by Essie Chambers

In the summer of 1987 in Swift

River, Diamond Newberry learns to

drive amid challenges. Her father’s

disappearance leads her and her

mother to face financial and social

hardships. Discoveries from a

mysterious letter unravel family

history, revealing generations of

African American women’s lives and

shaping Diamond’s understanding

of herself and her future.

Source: https://www.simonandschuster.

com/books/Swift-River/Essie-Chambers/9781668027912

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INDULGE MOVIES 35

This month’s finest flicks

SCI-FI FANTASY

Wonderland

Wonderland unfolds around a virtual world of the same name. This

realm allows people to reunite with individuals they may never

encounter again by simulating them using artificial intelligence. A

woman in her 20s seeks to meet her lover, who is in a vegetative

state, while a man in his 40s wishes to reunite with his deceased

wife through this innovative technology.

Director: Kim Tae-yong

Cast: Park Bo-gum, Bae Suzy, Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik,

and Gong Yoo

Release date: 5 Jun 2024 (South Korea)

Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt31254554/

ANIMATION

Inside Out 2

In the world of teenager Riley›s mind headquarters, a sudden

demolition is underway, introducing unexpected new Emotions:

Anxiety and potentially others. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and

Disgust, who have been successfully managing operations,

face uncertainty with the arrival of Anxiety and the potential for

more surprises.

Director: Kelsey Mann

Cast: Amy Poehler, Tony Hale, Maya Hawke, Ayo Edebiri,

and Phyllis Smith

Release date: 14 Jun 2024 (Worldwide)

Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22022452/

DRAMA

Padu

The Malaysian Women’s Basketball team has demonstrated

remarkable consistency, securing an impressive 13 gold medals

out of 20 SEA Games tournaments since 1977. This story

highlights their exceptional reliability and dominance in regional

basketball competitions over several decades.

Director: Faisal Ishak

Cast: Umie Aida, Jojo Goh, Melissa Campbell, and Susan

Lankester

Release date: 6 Jun 2024 (Malaysia)

Source: https://watch.plex.tv/en-GB/movie/padu-the-movie

BIOGRAPHY

Chandu Champion

A relentless man who confronted successive challenges with

unwavering determination. His indomitable spirit and refusal to

give up culminated in India’s first individual gold medal in the

Olympics.

Director: Kabir Khan

Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Rajpal Naurang Yadav, and Vijay Raaz

Release date: 14 Jun 2024 (India)

Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt27470893/

DRAMA

Janet Planet

In the summer of 1991 in rural Western

Massachusetts, 11-year-old Lacy

remains at home, engrossed in her vivid

imagination and her mother Janet’s

captivating presence. Over time, three

visitors are drawn into their lives, all

intrigued by Janet’s mesmerising aura.

Meanwhile, Lacy’s rich inner world

starts to blend with reality, blurring the

lines between fantasy and the outside

world.

Director: Annie Baker

Cast: Julianne Nicholson, and Zoe

Ziegler

Release date: 21 Jun 2024

(Worldwide)

Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt28366692/

CRIME / DRAMA

The Bikeriders

The Bikeriders chronicles a

transformative period in American culture

through the story of Kathy and Benny.

Kathy, a determined woman, becomes

intrigued by Benny, a new member of

the Vandals motorcycle club led by

Johnny. As the club shifts into a violent

underworld, Benny faces a difficult

choice between loyalty to the club and

his growing relationship with Kathy.

Director: Jeff Nichols

Cast: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, and

Tom Hardy

Release date: 21 Jun 2024

(Worldwide)

Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/

tt21454134/?ref_=ttpl_ov

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STAYS DAHA RESORTS, SEMINYAK

Luxury Meets Legacy:

Experience Daha Resorts Seminyak

Nestled in the Heart of Seminyak

Discover the epitome of luxury living

at Daha Resorts, Seminyak’s prestigious

enclave where the essence of Bali’s vibrant

culture is combined with your home away

from home. This sanctuary offers an escape

not only to a dream location, but to a lifestyle

of indulgent pampering and relaxation.

The Daha Collection

Daha Resorts boasts a meticulously

curated collection of private villas, each

designed to provide an intimate experience.

From the chic Je Ne Sais Quoi Villas to the

opulent Grand Daha Luxury Villas, the resort

caters to various preferences and group

sizes, ranging from cosy one-bedroom

retreats ideal for romantic getaways to

grand four-bedroom sanctuaries that can

accommodate up to 16 guests—perfect for

families and group celebrations.

Signature Experiences

Elevate your stay with Daha Resorts’

signature experiences. Start your mornings

with a stylish floating breakfast in your

private pool, or unwind in the evening with

a three course candlelit dinner set against

the backdrop of Seminyak’s serene twilight.

For special occasions, personalise your

celebration with a bespoke birthday event

or indulge in a rejuvenating spa day that

promises complete relaxation.

Cultural Immersion

At Daha Resorts, every detail reflects

the beauty and spirit of Bali. The resort’s

architecture showcases a stunning blend

of traditional Balinese elements and

contemporary aesthetics, ensuring every

moment of your stay is imbued with local

culture and modern luxury.

Connect and Celebrate

Whether it is a family barbecue or a cinema

movie night in your very own villa, Daha

Resorts offers the perfect setting for creating

lasting memories. The resort’s prime location

in Seminyak places you at the center of all

the action, with easy access to the area’s

trendy shops, world-class dining, and vibrant

nightlife.

Plan Your Luxurious Escape

For more information on accommodations

and to tailor your perfect holiday, visit Daha

Resorts’ official website at www.daharesorts.

com or follow them on Instagram at

@daharesorts.

Fly with Batik Air to Bali,

Indonesia 39 times a week

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TRAVEL TIPS

Plan your trip around a local festival or event to

immerse yourself in the culture and festivities.

Experience music, dance, cuisine, and

customs firsthand, creating lasting memories

and connections with the community.

Make your trip a meaningful one by dedicating

time to volunteer with local organisations or

wildlife conservation projects. Contribute

meaningfully to communities, learn about

local issues, and make a positive impact while

exploring new destinations.

Learn to prepare local dishes by taking a cooking

class with a local chef. Get to know about

authentic recipes, local ingredients, and cooking

techniques while gaining insight into the culinary

traditions of the region.

Ride unique modes of transportation such as

tuk-tuks, rickshaws, or camel caravans for

authentic experiences. These modes offer

authentic and memorable travel experiences.

Penguins propose with pebbles

In some species of penguins, males express

their affection by presenting a carefully

selected pebble to their chosen mate. If the

female accepts the pebble, they become

mates.

Honey never spoils

Archaeologists have discovered pots of

honey in ancient Egyptian tombs that are

over 3000 years old and still perfectly

edible. Honey’s natural properties make it

resistant to bacteria and spoilage.

Source: https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/fun-facts

Clouds are actually heavy

A cloud weighs approximately one million

metric tons. This is based on the cloud’s

volume of about one cubic kilometer and

a density of approximately 1.003 kilograms

per cubic meter, which is slightly lower than

the density of the surrounding air by about

0.4 percent.

Animals perceive time

differently from humans

Smaller creatures like lizards experience

time at a slower pace compared to larger

animals such as cats and dogs. This

variation is due to differences in how quickly

their brains process incoming information,

influencing their perception of time.

BATIK AIR JUNE 2024


PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY

A relic of more leisurely days

INDULGE ADVENTURE BILLY RAILWAY 39

T

he Puffing Billy Railway, established

on December 18, 1900, is an iconic

steam train in Australia, renowned for

its historical significance and scenic routes

through the Dandenong Ranges. Originally

built to transport goods and passengers in

Victoria’s mountain district, it faced challenges

and was ultimately closed in 1954. However,

passionate farewell trips in 1955 led to the

formation of the Puffing Billy Preservation

Society, successfully reopening the railway to

tourists in 1962.

Today, Puffing Billy remains a beloved

heritage steam railway, carrying over 11

million passengers since its revival. The

railway’s journey spans 25 kilometers through

lush forests and fern gullies, from Belgrave

(just one hour from Melbourne) to Gembrook,

the line’s original terminus. Visitors can easily

access Belgrave by car, coach, or electric

train from Melbourne.

The Puffing Billy experience is a step back

in time, offering open-sided carriages where

passengers can dangle their legs, breathe

in fresh forest air, and admire the towering

Mountain Ash trees. The train route includes

iconic timber trestle bridges and picturesque

farmlands surrounding Gembrook Station.

At Lakeside Visitor Centre which is

located in the Dandenong Ranges rainforests,

guests can enjoy modern amenities like a café

featuring regional produce, a gift shop with

local treasures, and a steam artifact gallery.

The Visitor Centre welcomes all with free entry.

For special occasions, Puffing Billy offers

exclusive carriage hire, ensuring privacy and

comfort for gatherings. Even furry friends can

join in on the fun during monthly Lakeside to

Gembrook Dog Express journeys.

The railway hosts various special events

throughout the year, including the popular Day

Out with Thomas, Train of Lights, Puffing Billy

Running Festival, and unique Murder Mystery

dinners.

Whether seeking adventure, nostalgic,

or cultural experiences, Puffing Billy Railway

has something for everyone. To plan a visit or

learn more about this historic gem, visit www.

puffingbilly.com.au. Experience for yourself

the charm and heritage of Australia’s beloved

Puffing Billy Railway.

Fly with Batik Air to Melbourne,

Australia 7 times a week

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SAFETY ONBOARD

What you need to know about the security, comfort and safety in the aircraft.

MOBILE PHONES

All mobile phones, radios and

remote controlled toys (unless

authorised for use with Batik Air

WiFi and Batik Air Mobile services)

should be turned off as these items

might interfere

with the navigational

and communication

equipment on the

aircraft.

TECH GADGETS

Laptops and Electronic device may be used

in flight mode once the Fasten Seat Belt

sign goes off. Passengers are required to turn

off their electronic devices when the Fasten

Seat Belt sign goes on in preparation for

landing.

E-CIGARETTE DEVICES

For safe transport, the

batteries from e-cigarettes

or “vapers” must be

detached from the device

and stored in handcarry

separately. Other spare

batteries and re-charging of

the device during flight are

strictly prohibited.

NO SMOKING

All Batik Air flights

are non-smoking

flights. This includes

traditional and

electronic cigarettes.

Tampering with,

disabling or

destroying the smoke

detectors located in the

lavatories is prohibited by law.

LIFE VEST

The life vest is an

important safety

equipment in the aircraft

for emergency conditions

on water. Passengers are

not allowed to remove the

life vest from the aircraft

and legal actions would

be taken against

passengers who do so.

DANGEROUS

ITEMS

Flammable

goods,

explosives and

corrosive items like

firecrackers, wet cell

batteries and other items

containing materials like gas

cylinders and paint are not

allowed onboard.

BAGGAGE

Any sharp items or objects should be placed in the check-in luggage

and is not recommended to be carried in the cabin luggage. All

valuables are highly recommended to be carried in the hand carry.

SAFETY

PRIORITY

Seat Belts should always be fastened during

take-off and landing. It is recommended to

keep your seat belts on throughout the flight.

All cabin luggage must be stored in the

overhead compartment or under the seat in

front of you.

Pay attention to the safety demonstration

and instructions given by the cabin crew.

Please read the safety instruction card that

can be found in your seat pocket for further

understanding. From the card, you will be

able to determine the locations of the

emergency exits and the life vest.

CARRY ON

Each passenger is allowed to carry one piece of hand carry not

exceeding 36cm x 56 cm x 23cm in size, up to 7kg (1 piece) in

weight for Economy Class and 10kg (up to 2 pieces) for

Business Class.

NOTE:

There are no extra charges for oversized baggage.

*Based on destination

BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Turboprops: 15kg (Value), 30kg (Flexi/Shuttle)

Jet: 20kg* (Value), 30kg* (Economy Flexi), 30kg

(Business Flexi), 40kg (Business Promo)

*35kg for Dhaka

NOTE:

1) Super Saver does not offer baggage allowance

2) Outbound & inbound baggage allowance may differ

based on the fare classes of passenger’s booking.


MALAYSIA

MALAYSIA

FLEET 43

BOEING 737-800 (14 units)

Max. passengers 162 (dual-class layout) Max. take-off weight 73,708kg Max. range 5,765km

Typical cruising speed Mach 0.79 Wing span 35.8m Overall length 39.5m

BOEING 737-8 (17 units)

Max. passengers 162 (12 Business Class , 150 Economy) , 180 (single-class layout) Max. take-off weight 82,200kg

Max. range 6,510km Typical cruising speed Mach 0.79 Wing span 35.9m Overall length 39.5m

AIRBUS A330-300 (4 units)

Max. passengers 377 (12 Business Class , 365 Economy) Max. take-off weight 235,000kg

Max. range 11,750km Typical cruising speed Mach 0.82 Wing span 60.3m Overall length 63.6m

JUNE 2024 BATIK AIR


Travel Warrant

For Government Officials

Government officials can enjoy special airfare deals on

Batik Air scheduled flights with great flexibility, which

creates amazing value on government expenses.

Government officials can book their flights through

any Travel Agency that services WPUA. Start flying on

Batik Air to experience our premium product bundled

with excellent service.

Experience the benefits when travelling with Batik Air’s WPUA services:

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

FREE

40kg Baggage

Allowance for

Business and

Economy Class

20kg

Allowance for

Sports

Equipment

Meal and

Baverage

Date and

Flight Change

Permitted

*4 hours before

Pre-Departure.

Fare difference

applies..

Dedicated

Check-in

Counter

*Available

exclusively at KLIA1

Lounge for

business class

passengers

*Subject to availability

Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd, Meritus @ Oasis Corporate Park,

B2-1-01, Block B, No 2, Jalan PJU 1A/2, Ara Damansara 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Email: govwpua@batikair.com.my

* Subject to terms & conditions


Batik Air

Corporate Programme

The Complete Business Travel Solution

Fly out of

KLIA

Batik Air has a suitable product that meets

every company’s business corporate and

individual needs. In today’s dynamic and

competitive business environment, you need

an airline product that is shaped and

customised to meet the specific needs of

your business. We believe our products meet

company needs to effectively reduce costs

and enjoy additional benefits. The business

world has no borders, and neither does ours.

Look no further as your company’s most

valued executives will have even more

reasons to choose Batik Air whose hallmark

is its innovation in premium products and

services.

Why Batik Air Corporate?

Extra

Legroom

Baggage

Allowance

Power Outlet

Batik Miles

Inflight

Entertainment

(selected aircraft)

Batik Air Managed Corporate Programme is

designed to offer savings on your company travel

budget through your appointed Travel

Management Companies.It also offers extended

flexibility which maximises the value of your travel

without compromising your travellerer's needs.

Based on your company's requirements,our

dedicated Corporate Sales Team can recommend

a proposal to suit your budget and needs.

Batik Air Self-Managed Corporate Programme

addresses the unique needs of busy corporate

travellers. It utilises an online booking tool

designed for companies that prefer to self manage

their business travel needs, offering and affordable

travel solutions throughout the Batik Air network.

It allows you to manage business travels, enjoy

upfront savings and offer other value added

benefits.

For more information about Malindo Air Corporate Programme, kindly contact the Corporate Division at:

Phone: +6011 2121 6975 Email: corporate@batikair.com.my Website: www.batikair.com


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ROUTES

UZBEKISTAN

Tashkent

Jeddah

Madinah

SAUDI

ARABIA

Dubai

UAE

Karachi

PAKISTAN

Lahore

INDIA

NEPAL

New Delhi

Kathmandu

Mumbai

Bengaluru

Kochi

Chennai

Trichy

MALDIVES

Male ,

ROUTES

AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

Canberra

Melbourne

Perth

Sydney

BANGLADESH

Dhaka

CHINA

Chengdu

Guangzhou

Guilin

Haikou

Kunming

Zhangjiajie

Zhengzhou

HONG KONG

Hong Kong

INDIA

Bengaluru

Chennai

Kochi

Mumbai

New Delhi

Trichy

INDONESIA

Bali

Banda Aceh

Batam

Jakarta

Lombok

Makassar

Medan

Padang

Pekanbaru

Surabaya

Yogyakarta

JAPAN

Nagoya

Okinawa

Osaka

Tokyo

MALAYSIA

Johor Bahru

Langkawi

Penang

Kota Bharu

Kuching

Kota Kinabalu

Sibu

Tawau

MALDIVES

Male

NEPAL

Kathmandu

NEW ZEALAND

Auckland

PAKISTAN

Karachi

Lahore

SAUDI ARABIA

Jeddah

Madinah

SINGAPORE

Singapore

SOUTH KOREA

Seoul

THAILAND

Bangkok

Phuket

TAIWAN

Kaohsiung

Taipei

UAE

Dubai

UZBEKISTAN

Tashkent

VIETNAM

Da Nang

Hanoi

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ROUTES 47

BANGLADESH

Dhaka

THAILAND

Pekan Baru

Chengdu

Phuket

Langkawi

Penang

Banda

Aceh Medan

Padang

Bangkok

Zhengzhou

CHINA

Kunming

Hanoi

Kota Bharu

Kuala Lumpur

Guangzhou

HONG KONG

VIETNAM

MALAYSIA

Johor Bahru

Batam

Singapore

SINGAPORE

Yogyakarta

Guilin

Hong Kong

Da Nang

Jakarta

INDONESIA

Zhangjiajie

Haikou

Sibu

Kuching

Surabaya

Bali

SOUTH

KOREA

Taipei

TAIWAN

Kota Kinabalu

Tawau

Lombok

Seoul

Okinawa

Kaohsiung

Makassar

Osaka

JAPAN

Nagoya

Tokyo

routes

AUSTRALIA

Brisbane

Perth

Sydney

Batik Air Malaysia

Batik Air Indonesia (codeshare)

Super AirJet (codeshare)

Melbourne

Canberra

Auckland

NEW ZEALAND

JUNE 2024 BATIK AIR


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BATIK AIR DIRECTORY

OUR SERVICE AT YOUR CONVENIENCE

It is our mission at Batik Air to provide passengers with top quality customer service – a service that provides our passengers with

up-to-date information related to Batik Air, including the latest promotions from the airline. We have a dedicated and well-trained

team of customer care agents who are able to consistently provide excellent services, delivered within a stipulated time.

MALAYSIA

CUSTOMER CARE CENTRE

Whatsapp: +62 811-1938-0888 (chat only)

Operating Hours: 9am - 6pm (GMT+8)

Monday to Sunday

Email: od_customercare@batikair.com.my

AUSTRALIA

+61 2 8248 0035

General Enquiries Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

Operating Hours: Mon to Fri : 0900 - 2000 hrs (AEST)

Saturday/Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed

NEW ZEALAND

0800 002 922

Email: malindoair@airlinerepservices.co.nz

General Enquiries Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

Operating Hours: Mon to Fri : 0900 - 1700 hrs (NZ Time)

Saturday/Sunday & Public Holiday : Closed

INDIA

CUSTOMER CARE CENTRE

(+91) 11 41714850

Whatsapp: +62 811-1938-0888 (chat only)

Email: info_india@batikair.com.my

Operating Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 2pm

Sunday: Closed

BATIK AIR LOST & FOUND SERVICES

Whatsapp: +62 811-1938-0888 (chat only)

Lost & Found Call Centre : Daily 9am - 6pm (GMT+8)

Email: baggage@batikair.com.my

Lost & Found Operations : 4am - 12am (GMT+8)

DEDICATED CORPORATE HELPDESK

Email us at: corporate@batikair.com.my

Operating Hours: 9am - 6pm (GMT+8)

Monday to Friday

GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CONTACT

Bahagian Perhubungan Kerajaan

Malindo Airways Sdn. Bhd.

Meritus@ Oasis Coporate Park,

B2-1-01 Jalan PJU 1A/2,

Ara Damansara 47301 Petaling Jaya,

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Whatsapp: +62 811-1938-0888 (chat only)

Fax: +603-5036 7059

Email: govwpua@batikair.com.my

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

JOHOR BAHRU (JHB)

Lot S8, Ground Floor,

Senai International Airport,

81250, Johor Bahru, Johor

Phone : +607 599 3418

BUSINESS HOURS : 6:30am to 10:00pm daily

KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KUL)

Level 5, Departure Hall, Counter E,

64000, KLIA.

BUSINESS HOURS : 24 hours

KOTA BHARU (KBR)

Lot L1L25A, Public Concourse,

Sultan Ismail Petra Airport,

16100 Kota Bharu,Kelantan,Malaysia

Office:+603 2035 6699 ext.1439

Fax:+609 7715081

BUSINESS HOURS : 6:00am to 9:00pm daily

LANGKAWI (LGK)

Lapangan Terbang Antrabangsa Langkawi,

07100 Padang Mat Sirat,

Malaysia.

Phone : +604 955 5688

BUSINESS HOURS : 8:00am to 8:00pm daily

PENANG (PEN)

L3LS7, Level 3, Mezzaine Floor,

Penang International Airport

11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang

Phone : +604 6458858, +604-6415144

BUSINESS HOURS : 3:30am to 9:30pm daily

SUBANG SKYPARK (SZB)

Unit G4, Ground Floor, Departure Hall Subang Airport

Phone : +603-78400492

BUSINESS HOURS : 5:00am to 9:00pm daily

EAST MALAYSIA

KOTA KINABALU (BKI)

Kota Kinabalu International Airport,

Level 2, Terminal 1, Jalan Lapangan Terbang (Lama),

88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Phone : +603 2035 6699 (Ext:1344)

BUSINESS HOURS : 7:30am to 7:30pm daily.

KUCHING (KCH)

L2L, 15A, Level 2, Kuching International Airport,

Jalan Lapangan Terbang, 93722 Kuching, Sarawak.

Phone : +6082575820

BUSINESS HOURS : 8:00am to 8:00pm daily.

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA

BRISBANE AIRPORT OFFICE (BNE)

Brisbane International Airport

Level 3, Suite 3L-18, International terminal,

Brisbane Airport, Queensland 4008

Phone: +612 8248 0035 (Mon-Fri business hours)

Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Only open during flight hours

MELBOURNE AIRPORT OFFICE (MEL)

Melbourne International Airport - Tullamarine,

Level 2, Victoria 3045

Phone: +612 8248 0035

Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

BUSINESS HOURS : 05:00am to 12:00pm daily

PERTH AIRPORT OFFICE (PER)

Perth International Airport

Ground Level 1.60, 245 Horrie Miller Drive

Terminal 1, Western Australia 6105

Phone: +612 8248 0035 (Mon-Fri business hours)

Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Only open duringflight hours

SYDNEY AIRPORT OFFICE (SYD)

Suite 3-1035, Level 3, T1, Sydney International Airport,

Mascot NSW 2020

Phone: +612 8248 0035

Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

BUSINESS HOURS : 04:00am to 12:00pm daily.

BANGLADESH

DHAKA SALES OFFICE (DAC)

2nd Floor, Nagar Shefali,

House No9, Road No17, Block E, Banani,

Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh

Phone : +880 1777775582-83 & 5585

Email: biplob@daruntrip.com

BUSINESS HOURS : 10:00am to 4:00pm (Sun- Thurs)

CHINA

GUANGZHOU (CAN) - HAIKOU (HAK) - GUILIN (KWL)

CHENGDU (TFU) - ZHENGZHOU (CGO) - SHANGHAI

PUDONG (PVG)

RoomW215, Pullman Guangzhou,

Baiyun International Airport, No 1

Airport Jiudian Road, Huadu District,

Guangdong Province, P.R.C

Phone number : 86-020-36062297

Email: customercare.china@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS : 9:00am to 6:00pm (Mon-Fri)

HONG KONG

HONG KONG SALES OFFICE (HKG)

Unit 2503 25/F, Island Place Tower, 510 King's Road,

North Point, Hong Kong.

Phone : +852 3180 6683

General Enquiries:

Email: ODHelpdesk@pam.com.hk

BUSINESS HOURS : Monday to Friday (9:00am -5:45pm),

Saturday and Sunday (Closed)

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INDIA

BENGALURU (BLR)

Batik Air

903, Kailash Building,

26, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110001

Phone: (+91) 11 41714850

Email: del.sales@batikair.com.my

Operation hours: Mon-Fri: 9.30am to 5.30pm,

Sat : 9.30am to 1.30pm

CHENNAI SALES OFFICE (MAA)

Batik Air,

Room No 9, Mezzanine Floor (West Wing),

New International Terminal Complex T-4,

Tirusulam, Chennai International Airport,

Chennai 600027

Airport Service: (+91) 44 2256 6112

Ticketing/ Sales: (+91) 44 2256 6113

Email: maa.sales@malimdoair.com

BUSINESS HOURS: Mon- Fri (9:30am to 5:30pm)

Sat (9:30am to 2:00pm)

KOCHI (COK)

Batik Air

Phone: (+91) 11 41714850

Email: del.sales@batikair.com.my

KOLKATA (CCU)

Batik Air

Phone: (+91) 11 4171 4850

Email: del.sales@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS: Mon – Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm

MUMBAI SALES OFFICE (BOM)

Batik Air

Phone: (+91) 11 4171 4850

Email: del.sales@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS: Mon – Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm

NEW DELHI SALES OFFICE (DEL)

Batik Air

903, 9th Floor, Kailash Building

26 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110001

Phone: (+91) 11 4171 4850

E-mail: del.sales@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS: Mon – Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm,

Sat 9:30am to 1:30pm

TRICHY SALES OFFICE (TRZ)

Batik Air

New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB),

Trichy International Airport, Trichy - 620007

Phone : (+91) 0431-234 0209 / 234 1772 / 7558 152632

Email: trz.sales@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon – Fri 9.30am to 5.30pm,

Sat 9.30am to 12:30pm

JAPAN

JAPAN SALES OFFICE

Email : od-otoiawase@aviationprosinc.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon-Fri 9:30am to 5:00pm

MALDIVES

MALDIVES SALES OFFICE (MLE)

Conceirge Group Maldives, 5th floor,

M.Perry Winkle, Haveeree Hingun

Male; 20334

Phone : (+960) 737 7787

Email: reservations@conciergegroupmv.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Sun-Thu 9:00am to 5:00pm,

Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm

NEPAL

KATHMANDU SALES OFFICE (KTM)

Ground Floor,

GR Complex, House No. 531

Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone : (+977) 1400 5204 / 5205 / 5206

Email: salesktm@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS : Sun - Fri 10:00am to 5:00pm

NEW ZEALAND

AUCKLAND TICKETING OFFICE (AKL)

Airline Rep Services

Tower 1, Level 1, 205 Queen Street

Auckland CBD -1010

Phone: 0800 002 922

Email: batikair@airlinerepservices.com

PAKISTAN

KARACHI SALES OFFICE (KHI)

Batik Air

Ground Floor, NHOWA Tower,

M.D.M. Wafai Road, Karachi-74200

Phone : (021)-3568 4012/3/4/6/7/8

Email: info@kwgpk.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm

LAHORE SALES OFFICE (LHE)

Batik Air

National Towers (Opposite Aiwan-E-Iqbal),

Egerton Road Lahore - 54000

Phone : (042) 3630-9671/2/3/4/5

Email: info@kwgpk.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 9:00am to 5:00pm

SAUDI ARABIA

JEDDAH (JED)

No 8, Al Nakheel Center, Madinah Road, Jeddah,

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Phone number: (+966) 5518 17764

Email: s.khan@alfaristours.com

BUSINESS HOURS : 9:00am to 11:00pm daily

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE CHANGI AIRPORT TICKETING COUNTER (SIN)

Check in Row1, Departure Hall L2,

Changi Airport Terminal 3

Email: sggroup@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 8:00am to 9:00pm

SOUTH KOREA

SOUTH KOREA SALES OFFICE (ICN)

Reservation & Ticketing Office

18th Floor, Eulji Hankuk Bldg., 50, Eulji-ro,

Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea 04534

Phone number : +82 775 7772

Email: odres@meebang.co.kr

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 9:00am to 6:00pm (GMT+9)

THAILAND

BANGKOK AIRPORT OFFICE (DMK)

Thai Lion Air CARE, 3rd Floor (between entrance 7 &8),

Terminal 1, Dong Mueang International Airport

SL Call Centre: +662 529 9999

Email: customer_care@malindoair.com

BUSINESS HOURS: 4.00am - 2.00am (+1) daily

PHUKET AIRPORT OFFICE (HKT)

222, 3rd Floor, Phuket International Airport.

Phone: +6676-351588

Email: customer_care@malindoair.com

BUSINESS HOURS: 8.30am - 8.30pm (+1) daily

TAIWAN

TAIPEI SALES OFFICE (TPE)

11F-5, No.142, Sec. 3, Minquan E. Rd., Songshan Dist.,

Taipei ,Taiwan

Phone : +886-2-8770-5008

Email: customer_service_taiwan@batikair.com.my

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon – Fri 9:00am to 6:00pm

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)

DUBAI SALES OFFICE (DXB)

Dnata Airline Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road,

Business Bay Area, Dubai.

Phone: (+971) 04 703 6782 / (+971) 50 632 6377

Email: mahra.alfalasi@dnata.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Sun – Thu 9:00am to 6:30pm

UZBEKISTAN

TASHKENT SALES OFFICE (TAS)

8A Zulfiyakhonim Street, Shaykhantakhur District,

100128, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Phone: +998770400770; +998770500770;

+998770330770

Email: exclusivetravel2022@gmail.com

BUSINESS HOURS: Mon - Sat 9:00am to 7:00pm

VIETNAM

DA NANG (DAD)

0-1-9, Batik Air Office, AHT Terminal,

Da Nang International Airport, Da Nang City

Phone: +84 28 3915 2022 / +84 24 3633 1773

Email: tkt1.sgn@tayhogroup.com /

tkt1.han@tayhogroup.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 8:00am to 4:00pm,

Sat - Sun 9:00am - 1:00pm

HANOI SALES OFFICE (HAN)

90 Le Duan Street,

Cua Nam Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi city.

Phone : +84 4 3633 1773

Email: tkt1.sgn@tayhogroup.com /

tkt1.han@tayhogroup.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:30pm,

Sat - Sun 8:30am - 12:00pm

HO CHI MINH CITY SALES OFFICE (SGN)

53, Huynh Khuong Ninh Street, DaKao Ward,

District 01, Ho Chi Minh City

Phone : +84 28 3915 2022/ 2023

Email: tkt1.sgn@tayhogroup.com

BUSINESS HOURS : Mon - Fri 8:30am to 5:30pm,

Sat 8:30am - 12:00pm

JUNE 2024 BATIK AIR


Chicken Briyani

+ Bottled water

MYR25

Lamb Briyani

+ Bottled water

MYR

25

Nasi Kandar

Fish Curry

+ Bottled water

MYR

25

Chicken Rice

+ Bottled water

MYR

25

Thai Green

Curry Chicken

+ Bottled water

MYR

25

Fish Sambal

with Steamed Rice

+ Bottled water

MYR

25

Teriyaki Chicken with

Sauteed Vegetables

+ Bottled water

MYR

20

Vegetarian Nasi Lemak

with Mock Chicken

+ Bottled water

MYR

20

Vegetarian Briyani

+ Bottled water

MYR

20

*Enjoy a discount when you pre-purchase your inflight meal online.


Fried Rice with

Chicken Satay

+ Bottled water

MYR

20

Vegetarian Chicken Curry

with Jeera Rice

+ Bottled water

MYR

20

Nasi Lemak

with Ayam Rendang

+ Bottled water

MYR

25

Vanilla /

Chocolate Muffin

+ Bottled water + Coffee / Tea

MYR

12

MYR

15

Mushroom /

Chicken Sandwich

MYR15

Chicken /

Veggie Pizza

MYR

15

Hot Cup Noodles

Curry / Veggie / Chicken

MYR

7


Tiger Biscuit /Mini Chipsmore/

Oat Krunch/ Cream-O

MYR

5

MYR

9

Tong Garden

Salted Almonds/ Salted Cashew Nuts/

Cashew Nuts mixed Almonds

MYR

15

Tropicana Twister Orange

Tropicana Twister Apple

MYR

10

MYR

20

Starbucks Doubleshot Esp Latte

Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee

Soft Drinks

MYR

10

Bottle Water 350ml

MYR

3

Milo/ Wonda Coffee/ Nescafe

Lemon Green Tea/ Chamonile Tea

English Breakfast Tea/ BOH Green Tea

MYR

10

PILLOW

EARPHONE

COMFY KIT

EY BLANKET

MYR

MYR

MYR

MYR

5

10

25

20

Kingsman German Lager Beer

Miniature Liquors

*available on selected flights only

MYR

59

MYR

20

*Subject to change


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