Closing announcement…

To all my dearest readers and followers, thank you so so much for your many supports over the years. Due to my health problems I no longer have time to focus on my blogs thus I had made up my mind to come to the closure… the end of Borneo Travel Advisor!

I may start writing about things from a dying person from this part of the world. About the remaining times I still have… I want to name it: Win Son’s Pursue of Happiness

Bye bye Borneo Travel Advisor…

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24 March 2014, Borneo Travel Advisor’s 2 years Anniversary!

2 years anniversary

It feels SO good knowing my blog is now 2 years old! I have just received a notification as shown above from WordPress. It feels like all the hardships and hard times to continue writing are all worth it! 

I couldn’t post anything since 30 January this year for some sad reasons, (counting…) meaning, I have not posting anything for the pass 53 days; yet I noticed my blog is still visiting by my dear readers, I am indeed grateful for all of you my dearest readers of yours continuous supports from Malaysia, Netherlands, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, United States of American etc. I promise you all that will not give up, I will press forward, I will continue  my writing!

Image shown the continuous supports from my readers

Actually, I didn’t stop writing although I couldn’t post my writings. What I did, I wrote down my thoughts and waited for the time I could be connected to internet again. And, among those sad days of my, I did my best to be self motivated through reading and watching videos to be inspired. But, set aside of all those inspirational good books and videos, Forest inspired me the most, ‘it’ touched till the depth of my soul!

This Forest, a gecko that has inspired me to the depth of my soul…

So, Forest’s story didn’t have the big starting like Disney and Dreamwork movies but rather it was just a ‘normal’ encounter. But to me, it was BIG! How did Forest’s present became one of most inspiration experience in my life? It has to start from 53 days ago. I was broke and I am still broke. I was literally forced to leave my work place to stop any harm from the sabotage. I was homeless. And I got money food that could only sustained for a few days. I couldn’t operate my business… I found a room in a slum area, sharing with a roommate after crunching at a few friends houses before that, I suffer bedbugs bite every time I lay in the bed (I have phobia to the bedtime wish “sleep tight,  don’t let the bedbugs bite” hence).

I feel that fate has been mean and unfair to me. It was at very down moment that Forest appeared in my life. It is just a small little gecko that I never paid attention to even to preserve it’s life. It ‘dwell in the toilet bowl’ (I suppose cause it is a DRY toilet bowl since the flush is malfunction). I ‘flush’ the toilet after using it with the water in the pail, Forest was washed down to the hole TWICE by me unintentionally.

The second day after the second washed down, I realized Forest was still alive. It was actually STICKING to the toilet bowl more than hanging onto it. This time, it was not just a gecko to me, but a brave gecko that I named him Forest (it is dump yet strong like Forest Gump). It hit me so hard that, even a gecko like Forest would do it’s very best to stay alive, I am an intelligent homosapien, I should have intelligence and strong wills to withstand obstacles in life!

Thank God the almighty to let me see Forest. Forest was rescued and it lives happily ever after in the same room now, and I am inspired; fire up and believing in life again!

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Emotional intelligence for business success

This is an awesome blog that make me really wanna reblog and share with the rest of my readers ^_^

Rightways

Emotional-Intelligence

 

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to relate and empathize with emotions in others.  While traditional attitudes in business have preferred to closet most emotions except a prescribed few business-related qualities like drive, ambition, and single-mindedness, 21st century attitudes assert that emotional intelligence in business isn’t just important, it may be essential for success.

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Collaboration is one of the major tenets of business in the 21st century.  Saying it’s important, however, doesn’t help businesses achieve it in practice.  One reason collaboration is so important is because business is becoming increasingly global.  Offices spread across nations are learning to work together as a result of new partnerships and relationships with new companies.  The gel that helps support collaboration in this century isn’t single-mindedness or even an aggressive business drive.  Instead, it’s things like emotional intelligence that increasingly allow people to work together—and work…

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Borneo Travel Advisor: Food and Visit Malaysia Year 2014

“Food, food, food!”

I want more food not just because I am angry, bored, stressed, depressed and anxious. I love to try food thus I do look like one with my size, can’t help it. Chinese elderly people always said this to me, “吃穷你!” meaning eat till you dead poor, still I never stopped eating when I have the chance to. I am allergy to rice (I still get the same shocking and unbelieving reaction every time I told people why I don’t order rice, rice flour noodles米粉‘, flatten rice flour noodles ‘馃条‘ or any food that made of rice.  I tried to find more information about rice allergy from Google and I found these, I am glad I am not alone: Original text click here

“A Rice allergy is considered rare, however I have heard from a few of you who are dealing with this one. As fate would have it rice was added to Jacob’s allergen list in the fall of 2012. Rice is a grain like any other, so it is fair game to become an allergy trigger as well. As an allergy, it is commonly seen in Asian countries, and seems to be less prevalent here in the United States. Most of the reported cases and studies I have been finding are from the 1990s, so it could be that this allergy is becoming more common than previously suspected.”

Hence, if you asked me what are my favorite food, I would focus more to non rice food (I actually do love eating rice and did eat rice and I ended up admitted to the hospital a few time when I got really sick). My photo collection are all posted on my Facebook so here we go, Win Son’s food collection from Facebook.

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Poached noodles 干捞面 at Kedai Kopi 38 Putatan

Cookings of New Taste Restaurant at Lawas

Ramadhan Bazaar’s Malay Cuisine

Ramadhan Bazaar’s BBQ chicken tights, nyum nyum!

Lido’s Ngau Chap – Beef Noodles

DAVIDZ Asia City Complex’s BURGER!!!!

Lunch at Papyrus Marine Resort Mantanani Island

Sri Melaka’s Nyonya Cuisine

Little Italy KK’s Marinara Carbonara

Restaurant Rahmat Sabindo’s Mee Mamak

Rota Canai of Kg. Santing, Papar

Fish soup noodles at Papar town

Xing Rong Cafe Lawas’ poach noodles (really good!)

E-Mart, Miri

Oh, this is CRIKEY! BBQ pig’s every ate-able… bizarre food at E-Mart Miri!

Indian food KK, Api Api Center

Auntie Ang’s Corner Putatan

Another Auntie Ang Putatan’s cooking

Auntie Ang’s fruitie cocktail

Lekor-lekor fried fish finger 1st Beach Tg. Aru, KK

My favorite steamed groundnut

Lawas’ night time noodles

Lawas’ Laksa… sedapppp…

I guess, enough sharing good street food haha. While I was inserting those pictures above, I remembered KK Food Fest that was organized by my friend Elson, I visited his website immediately and found the event is now handled by a new event company.

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I also found some information of the food fest this year but the information is not complete on their official website, thus I decided to write them an email addressed to Doris as per below:

Hi Doris,

 
Greetings from Borneo Travel Advisor and hope this email finds you well.
 
I am Win Son Nick Kho, a blogger. I am planning to write about your KKFF 2014 but I guess there are thingy I would like to figure out:
 
1. I am seeking your approval to write about your event and use features needed from your website (you may ignore the below questions if you are not approving the write up)
 
2. The duration of the food fest this year, please advise if the event last only 3 days from 18 – 20 April, 2014 (as per webpage: http://www.kkfoodfest.com/)  yet STB webpage ( http://www.sabahtourism.com/events/kk-food-fest-2014-0) stated different dates i.e. 5 – 6 April, 2014
 
3. Please advise the changes to your key components page (http://www.kkfoodfest.com/index.php/kkff/key-components)
 
 
5. More to come ^_^
 
Thank you for your kind attention, and hope hearing from you very soon.
 
Best Regards,
Win Son Nick Kho
Borneo Travel Advisor
January 21, 2014

I hope Doris writes be back asap that I would be able to update you all, my dearest readers more information about KK Food Fest 2014; and thank you for reading again, cheers!

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Borneo Travel Advisor’s Mantanani Island 美人鱼岛 trip

I have just returned from a ‘celestial kingdom’ yesterday i.e. the Mantanani Island 美人鱼岛 in Mandarin. In order for me to deliver accurate information about this, still for the time being in it’s paradisaical stage for the islands in Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia; I refer to trusted sources online then I would write down my first hand experience about this beautiful island. I made this trip also because of my determination of wanting to be part of making this destination to be included in Visit Malaysia Year website one day like other famous islands in Malaysia that are listed in the website.

From WikipediaThe Mantanani Islands form a small group of three islands off the north-west coast of the state of SabahMalaysia, opposite the town of Kota Belud, in northern Borneo. The largest island is Mantanani Besar; the other two are Mantanani Kecil and Lungisan. It is a popular site for recreational diving as there are three nearby dive wrecks dating from the Second World War, as well as being known for its dugongs.

I went to Mantanani Besar Island with my tourism friends in a group of 8, they are Dawi, Francis, Herman, Dabalun, Donny and a couple I newly met. It is amazing after years, these friends from Sabah tourism industry, some of us were colleagues, some of them were brought into tourism line out of the blue, but we are now all running our own companies with the same passion i.e. hoping to make our living from the carrier we are interested in, some are into sales and marketing like me myself and Francis, the rest are more to operation, guiding and field works; yet to be able to accomplish good job, our very own first hand experience is crucial and product knowledge is needed to be updated from time to time. So yesterday, we made our way there together eventually!

It was an awesome trip led by Francis. We were literally REUNITED at Jesselton Point before we embarked Star City Ferry transfer. This service is fairly new in schedule. I personally really grateful for the operator to include Mantanani Island into their business schedule for I would not go there without this ferry service. I have had an unforgettable scary experience that cause me post-traumatize-Mantanani-Island-phobia for the past 4 years. My second trip to the island via a small 10-sitter boat was caught in a horrible storm and scary wave. A 30 minutes boat ride from the island to Kuala Abai shore turned out to be 3 hours plus scary journey.

Let’s forget about it since I am literally healed from this awesome trip, thanks to Dawi’s encouragement and titanically stable cruise – the Star City Express! We boarded the cruise at 8:30 am, and the cruise embarked to it’s destination at around 9 am after all guests were settled. It took 2 hours from Jesselton Point to Mantanani island. We arrived at 11 am. Those 2 hours was passing easily really, for I forgot to bring my sea sick pill (so won’t feel terrible due to my vertigo) so I slept it through to and fro the entire journey, using my ‘sleeping kungfu‘ that I have practiced over the years travelings. We traveled across South China Sea, wave is of course as expected but as I slept through the journey, I felt like arriving at the destination via time travel machine, I know this is crazy but I did feel that way haha… as we approached the island, friends woke me up, I was excited seeing the floating jetty, I couldn’t wait to hop on it asap.

We had our little briefing by trip leader before we enjoyed the trip on our own. So from here, you are to ‘travel’ with me with my pictures and videos footage hey… enjoy my dear readers, winks!

Refreshment, coffee and donuts… not bad if you know it was mad by those humble local

One of the guests starts strolling around the island while most of them going for snorkeling…

View from the wood to the see… it was quiet and breezy…

Coffee, tea and drinking water is free but you can have more then that if you bring extra money for fresh coconut, RM5 each only and it was gooood ^_^

What you paid to the operator, basically do not need to spend more for all necessary needs are provided…

Mantanani Island, a place you can really chill…

 

Footage of the facilities on the island…

Tents, hammocks… relaxation…

Beach ball court…

Shower with cool shower heads…

Toilet sign for?

for the toilets of course ^_^

This huge marquee tents are catering food, food and more food ^_^

and these massive marquee tents are used to cater tourists in big groups…

more hammocks and some swings… do you have a melody in your head now?

Huts… or gazebo? Up to you ^_^

Snorkeling gears, fins, googlies…

Life jackets…

little collection from the shore… beautiful sea shell…

Lunch is ready??!!!

and fruits, fruits, fruits…

My first round ^_^

and we were offered free coconuts from the boss ^_^

and… time to depart… we did feel sad and lost a bit but… I would be back ^_^

Dawi didn’t wanna leave haha…

and he wanted one more picture before leaving…

Group… tradition hey…

Last picture we took before boarding the departure cruise…

Thank you for reading and following my blog dear readers!

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Borneo Travel Advisor: Sabah state meeting for Visit Malaysia Year 2014

A meeting had been called this morning by Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Sabah State at their own meeting room from 9am this morning, I am sure meeting is still proceeding this very moment. I am aware of this matter as I was notified from Facebook post posted 4 hours. The meeting agenda is to discuss the organization of main events in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014 kicked start on January 1, 2014.

Matters to discuss:

  1. Organizing ‘Acara Citrawarna‘ on May 24 – 25, 2014
  2. Organizing ‘Acara Citrarasa’ in March, 2014
  3. Organizing ‘Acara Art Festival’
  4. Organizing ‘Acara Museum Festival’

I am hoping to hear good news and finding the opportunity to work with the organizers.

Meeting agenday JoannaBefore I am able to update the final decisions made, I am herewith to share more information pertaining Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

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Borneo Travel Advisor’s Visit Malaysia Year 2014 part 2

Events and Festivals in Sabah, Sarawak & Labuan Federal Territory

My continuous study over the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 website today had inspired me to collect the festival and events in Sabah, Sarawak and also Labuan Federal Territory, that are going to be showcase the entire year into one single page. My purpose is to enable my readers to focus those activities here in this region.

Chinese New Year: 31 Jan 2014 – 01 Feb 2014 Nationwide. Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and merrymaking. Family reunion feasts and open houses are a common feature and children receive ‘ang pows’ or little red money packets from the elders. Don’t miss the exciting lion and dragon dance performances at shopping malls and homes!

Regatta Lepa

Regatta Lepa25 – 27 April 2014 – Semporna, Sabah. Regatta Lepa is an astounding festival that pays homage to the Lepa, the traditional single-mast sailing boat of the Bajaus of Semporna. Witness the crowning of the most beautiful lepa as well as the Lepa Beauty Pageant, and enjoy the cultural performances and fireworks. I love you Ng Boon Seng I love you Ng Boon Seng

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Labuan Water Festival25 – 27 April 2014 Labuan International Sea Sport Complex. The largest event in the federal territory of Labuan marks its 18th  year with a host of fun-filled exciting activities like the Labuan International Deep Sea Fishing Tournament, the Cross Channel Swimming Challenge, the Round Island Kayak, Kayak Sprint and other water sports. Its popularity continues to soar with local and foreign enthusiasts “invading” its shores, making it the water-sports destination in the country.

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Kaul Festival 27 – 30 April, 2014 – Kaul Festival Square, Mukah. Kaul is the traditional festival that is celebrated by the Melanau community. It is a spiritual celebration to appease the spirit of the sea after the end of each fishing session. This festival showcases all the traditional practices of the Melanau which include the traditional games of “Tibau”, displays of “Serahang” and authentic Melanau food and cuisine. The most spectacular element shown during this festival is the ritual ceremony done in the sea by the shaman to appease the sea spirit. Apart from witnessing the ritual ceremony, tourists also join locals in processing sago flour in the traditional Melanau way.

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Tidal Bore Carnival in May, 2014 – Tebingan Sungai Batang Lupar, Sri Aman “Benak”, a local Sarawakian term for the natural occurance of tidal bore is celebrated in a festival-like atmosphere here in Batang Lupar and is one of only 50 such natural phenomenon in the world. Placed 4th on the list of the world’s “Top 10 Tidal Bores”, the Batang Lupar tidal bore in Sri Aman occurs monthly with each massive high-tide known as “King Tide”. The main activities at this carnival are:

  1. Boat race
  2. Surfing the Batang Lupar tidal bore with five international surfers
  3. Bazaar and tidal bore cultural fest
  4. Exhibits and audio-visual screenings
  5. Tidal bore motorsports carnival

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Sabah Fest 2 – 4 May, 2014 – Kota Kinabalu. This prelude to the state-wide Harvest Festival celebration is a superbly entertaining cultural extravaganza that incorporates dance, music, fashion, food and more. Sabah Fest presents a wonderful blend of cultural and natural heritage that is richly embedded in folklore.

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Borneo Jazz Festival9 – 11 May 2014 – Miri, Sarawak. The Borneo Jazz Festival was mooted in 2006 with the vision of being the leading tourism-driven music festival in the region as well as to increase visitor arrivals to Miri and the northern region in Sarawak. As such, it is aimed to give visitors a fun-filled and entertaining experience while at the same time showcasing Miri’s cosmopolitan characteristics. Jazz lovers around the world would definitely have a great time enjoying renowned jazz performances by international jazz artistes.

Courtesy to vmy2014.comMalaysia Craft Promotion @ Miri 18 – 26 May, 2014 – Miri Craft Heritage Centre, Miri, Sarawak. In conjunction with the Miri Celebration, Malaysia Craft Promotion showcases commercial and educational activities through craft exhibitions, craft sales and demonstrations and is participated by various ethnic groups in Malaysia, namely Malays, Chinese and Indians.

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Malaysia Craft Promotion in conjunction with the Kaamatan Celebration. 22 May – 2 June, 2014 – Lintasan Deasoka, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Malaysia Craft Promotion is held in conjunction with the Kaamatan Celebration. Promotion will be held at Lintasan Deasoka, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Exhibitions, sales and demonstrations are put up by various ethnic groups in Sabah.

World Harvest Festival 2 – 4 May, 2014 – Kampung Budaya Sarawak. Marking the zenith to the Gawai Dayak celebration, this festival provides a captivating insight into the cultures, traditions and aspirations of Sarawak’s Dayak community and is celebrated with neighbouring compatriots from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Programme activities:

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  1. Theme play
  2. Miss World Harvest Festival
  3. Ironman World Harvest Festival
  4. Concert with international artistes
  5. Dayak Food Festival
  6. Dance workshops
  7. Sarawakian community songs
  8. Sarawakian community stories/folklores

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Borneo International Marathon 4 May, 2014 – Kota Kinabalu. The Borneo International Marathon will be held along the scenic coastal roads of Kota Kinabalu with three main events – 10km, 21.1km (half marathon) and 42.2km (full marathon)

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World Paintball Players League (WPPL) – Sabah LEG #2, 23 – 24 May, 2014 – KKPBC Indoor Field Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. A paintball league welcoming participants from all over the world competing for world recognition. The league utilises the WERD format.

I love you Ng Boon Seng

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Tadau Kaamatan: 30 – 31 May 2014 – Penampang, Sabah (State Celebration). This month-long Harvest Festival celebration will culminate at the Hongkod Koisaan KDCA Hall in Penampang. About 5000 (locals & tourists) spectators are expected. Join in the merriment as local folks sing, dance and display traditional games. This is also the main stage event for the final round of the Unduk Ngadau (Harvest Beauty Queen).

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Sabah International Folklore Festival in June, 2014 – Kota Kinabalu. Dance troupes from around the world gather for the eighth edition of the Sabah International Folklore Festival. It’s a celebration of the world’s cultural diversity and a platform to promote peace through music and dance. Watch and be entertained by international and local folk dances that highlight the incredible diversity of our world’s culture in this east meets west musical extravaganza.

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7 June 2014 – Tambunan, Sabah (National Open House). Come celebrate the Tadau Kaamatan in Sabah! An occasion that brings people together from all walks of life to celebrate the various festivals in fostering unity and harmony of the 1Malaysia spirit. Guests will be enthralled by cultural performances and traditional delicacies. While holidaying in Sabah, you may also find yourself interested in a bag of other activities lined up such as the Sabah Dragon Boat Race at Teluk Likas, The KK Jazz Festival on at Sutera Harbour Resort, The Sunset Music Festival at Simpang Mengayau, The Rainforest World Music Festival at Kampung Budaya Sarawak and The Borneo Boat race at Borneo Highland and Mulu National Park.

Sunset Music Festival, Kudat

Sunset Music Festival10 – 21 Jun 2014 – Tg Simpang Mengayau, Kudat (Tip of Borneo). Embark on a musical journey at Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, Kudat (Tip Of Borneo). Be serenaded with classical favourites and contemporary tunes as the sun sets on the horizon. You won’t want to miss this unique experience at one of Sabah’s most breath-taking locations.

I love you Ng Boon Seng

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KK Jazz Festival 13 – 14 June, 2014 – Sutera Harbour Resort. A much anticipated jazz musical extravaganza that features a line-up of international and local artistes performing together on the same stage. The KK Jazz Festival is a fundraising event to benefit various charities in the state.

I love you Ng Boon Seng

Sabah Dragon Boat Race: 15 Jun 2013 – 16 Jun 2013 Likas Bay, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Organised in conjunction with the Duan Wu festival, Sabah Dragon Boat Race has evolved throughout the years to become one of the main sporting events in Sabah! This exciting race has attracted many local and international teams as far as Hong Kong, China and Japan. Also, look out for the most popular Dragon Boat delicacy – rice dumplings filled with water chestnuts and minced meat!

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Rainforest World Music Festival 20 – 22 June, 2014 – Kampung Budaya Sarawak. A unique festival that brings together reknowned world and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the island of Borneo. The event in its 16th year will showcase Sarawak’s efforts in conservation and preservation of the rainforest through world music. Aside from drawing foreign tourists to Sarawak, it highlights the cultures, nature and adventures that are unique to Sarawak. In 2012, 22,290 visitors visited the event with 20% coming from Australia, USA, UK, Singapore, India, Netherlands, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Norway, ASEAN, France and Japan.

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Hari Gawai Open House 21 Jun 2014 – Kuching, Sarawak. A programme that brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate Tadau Kaamatan dan Gawai Dayak as well as to foster unity and harmony of the 1Malaysia spirit. The programme includes cultural performances with traditional delicacies served to guests.

I love you Ng Boon Seng

Photo courtesy to: VMY2014.com

Borneo Bird Race28 – 30 June 2014 – Borneo Highland and Mulu National Park, Sarawak. This event is dedicated to all birds’ enthusiasts and all animal lovers who love nature and tropical rainforests. Borneo and Sarawak is a popular site to spot rare bird species. The event offers opportunity for all to enjoy the tropical rainforest. For those who are not taking part in the Race, they are always welcomed to enjoy the walking trail at the Borneo Highland and Mulu National Park. This event is done in close collaboration with Brunei Darussalam and Sabah. So, do expect more exciting activities that are offered at all three different venues.

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Borneo Cultural Festival12 – 14 July 2014 – Sibu Gateway This is an annual event that visitors to Sibu should not miss. It is a showcase of a rich and diverse ethnic culture in this region with interesting cultural activities that include dances, folklores, traditional games and music. Participants from other countries such as China, Taiwan, Australia and Indonesia are also represented here.

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Malaysia Craft Promotion @ Kuching Waterfront on 30 August – 8 September, 2014 – Waterfront, Kuching, Sarawak. Highlights include commercial and educational activities like exhibitions, sales, demonstrations and interactive craft making and participated by various ethnic groups in Malaysia, namely Malay, Chinese and Indians.

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Borneo Arts Festival 

12 – 14 September, 2014 – Sabah
19 – 21 September, 2014 – Sarawak
26 – 28 September, 2014 – WP Labuan

The most anticipated Borneo Arts Festival will be here again to set the arts scene ablaze over a month on Borneo Island. These are lots to expect like visual arts, ethnic music, cultural and contemporary performances, recitals and many more.

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Sarawak Regatta: 12 – 14 September 2014 – Tebingan Kuching. The Sarawak Regatta is a popular traditional longboats race in Kuching. The longboats are decorated with colorful designs and can accommodate from a few and up to 30 paddlers on the boat. The significant of regattas in Sarawak goes back to the Brooke era. It started with the intention to stop racial wars among local tribes where headhunting was largely practiced. The Brooke has instructed all tribes to instead challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength. The call to challenge each other through the boat race rather than headhunting was successful in bringing peace to the area. Today, longboat races or regattas are some of the major tourism events in Sarawak. The Sarawak Regatta, held at the Kuching Waterfront, has become one of the most sought after events in the tourism calendar. Due to the significant history of the regatta, this event is normally held in conjunction with the Malaysia Day celebration.

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World Paintball Players League (WPPL) – Labuan #LEG3 on 13 – 14 September, 2014 – State Co-curricular Centre, Labuan. A paintball league welcoming participants from all over the world competing for world recognition. The league uses the WERD format.

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Sibu International Dance Festival on 20 – 27 September, 2014 – Sibu Gateway. Organised to showcase the different types of dances which include traditional and modern such as modern dance, jazz, belly dancing, ballet, contemporary, folk dance, line and ballroom dancing. It offers a platform for interaction with dancers from all continents.

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Malaysia International Gourmet Festival (MIFG) on 1 – 31 October, 2014. Held throughout the month of October at hotels and restaurants nationwide, this event promotes the fine-dining experience of some of Malaysia’s finest cuisines and culinary establishments.

I love you Ng Boon Seng

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Borneo International Yachting Challenge on 30 September – 9 October, 2014 – Miri Marina. The Borneo International Yachting Challenge the first truly international yachting event in the waters of Borneo. It is jointly organised by the two Malaysian Borneo states of Sarawak and Sabah, and the Federal Territory of Labuan. The event raises the profile of Sarawak and Sabah in yachting sports where participants from all over the world on 30 – 40 yachts of all types gather. The event passage is unique in that it showcases different cultures and attractions. Participants come from Australia, Europe and The Philippines.

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Borneo International Kite Festival on 12 – 23 October, 2014 – Bintulu Old Airport. This event is dedicated to enthusiasts of anything that flies in the sky, literally! There will be kites, balloons, lanterns and all other flying objects making their way to Bintulu’s skies throughout the three days event. Participants and followers from all over the world compete with the most beautiful and longest (time) flying object.

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Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon-Adventure Series19 October 2014 – Kundasang. The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon-Adventure Series is a challenging 23km route event, taking competitors up the summit trail to Layang-Layang (2,072m) before descending down to Mesilou and onwards to the finish line in Kundasang Town. The route of the race offers breath-taking views of Kinabalu Park’s tropical and sub-tropical montane forest with vistas of the summit peaks and river valleys.

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World War Memorial Day 

8 November, 2014 – Sarawak
9 November, 2014 – WP Labuan

On this day, visitors from Commonwealth nations gather to honour the fallen heroes of the Second World War. The event, held in full military splendour, will be attended by representatives from embassies and high commissions in Malaysia as well as military officials from Commonwealth countries.

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Street Food Festival & Restaurant Food Festival from 1 – 31 December, 2014. Held throughout the month of December at various hawker fare localities around the country, this festival celebrates the hundreds of varieties of street food from various ethnic communities found in Malaysia.

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Visit Malaysia Year Grand Closing on 31 December, 2014 – Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur. A magnificent grand finale to herald the success of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 will be held at the Dataran Merdeka in what is sure to be an emotionally-charged celebration of national pride.

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