Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Golf Pros And Amateurs Come Together For Charity

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15, 2014: It’s the start to an exciting week where we see high skills, top talent and robust sportsmanship with the much anticipated Maybank Malaysian Open (MMO) 2014 now upon us.

To kick-off the week’s activities, the Maybank Foundation today organised a “Star Experience for Charity” event where golf enthusiasts were invited to take part in a charity golf game with four star players of the MMO.

With a minimum contribution of RM5,000 each, participants received the opportunity to get up close and personal with internationally renowned golf professionals in the likes of Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Matteo Manassero and Thongchai Jaidee.

Funds raised from this event will be channelled to the United Nations International Children’s fund (UNICEF). This year’s event saw a sum of RM50,000 donated by 10 generous individuals for this unique opportunity. This was then matched ringgit-for-ringgit by the Maybank Foundation, making the total an impressive RM100,000.

Maybank Chairman, Tan Sri Dato’ Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor said that the ‘Star Experience for Charity’ came about when Maybank wanted to include a philanthropic element to the Maybank Malaysian Open, in line with its mission to humanise financial services.

“We felt it would be a great idea if avid golf fans could be given the opportunity to have a bit of fun hitting balls with renowned golfing professionals – all in the name of charity,” explained Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin.

“We are very humbled by the support we received this year and we hope the funds will go a long way in helping the less fortunate enjoy better education and healthcare facilities.” The funds raised will be used to support educational initiatives run by UNICEF for underprivileged children in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The special golf game was set in a designated area which resembled a dart board. Points were awarded depending on where the balls landed. Manassero’s team, comprising Datuk Kumar Prabakaran, Datuk Siew Ka Wei and Bernard Loh, won the charity event and each member took home a Ricoh digital camera.

Apart from the experience of teeing off with a top professional, there was an opportunity for the first player in the ‘Star Experience for Charity’ to win two return business class tickets to London if they shot a hole-in-one. Unfortunately, none of the participants achieved it.

This is the second time the “Star Experience for Charity” event was held in conjunction with the MMO. Last year’s event raised RM40,000 which was channelled to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

AirAsia presents 3 new international routes from Johor Bahru hub

AirAsia announced the launch of three new international routes from its hub in Johor Bahru, connecting the southern region of Peninsular Malaysia to Yogyakarta (4x weekly) and Lombok (3x weekly) in Indonesia; and Ho Chi Minh City (4x weekly) in Vietnam.
The three new international routes provide the community of Johor Bahru with more destination choices for travel and enhanced convenience plus savings, as the latest direct connectivity no longer requires them to connect via Kuala Lumpur to these cities.

To kick-start the new international routes from Johor Bahru to Yogyakarta, Lombok and Ho Chi Minh City, AirAsia is offering base fares from as low as RM0*, with the booking period from 15 – 20 April 2014 for the travel period from 11 July 2014 – 30 April 2015.

Booking is available online at and AirAsia mobile apps, available on iPhone, Android devices, the Blackberry Z10 and the Windows Phone platform. Search AirAsia on the respective app stores to download and start booking.

AirAsia Berhad Head of Commercial, Spencer Lee said, “Johor Bahru is one of our important hubs, and we recognise its great potential in terms of route development and high demand for more international connectivity. The three new routes from Johor Bahru to Yogyakarta, Lombok and Ho Chi Minh City signify our commitment in establishing enhanced connectivity for the people in the southern state of Peninsular Malaysia. With the great support of Senai International Airport, we look forward to initiate more routes in the future and provide greater access to our wide network for the benefit of the people of Johor Bahru & the community of Southern Peninsular Malaysia.”

Besides Yogyakarta and Lombok, AirAsia has established great connectivity between Johor Bahru and Indonesia with 15x weekly flights, to Jakarta (4x weekly), Bandung (4x weekly) and Surabaya (7x weekly). The airline also presents the best overall connectivity between Malaysia and Indonesia.

AirAsia also connects Johor Bahru to various domestic destinations in Peninsular and East Malaysia with 91x weekly flights, such as to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kuching, Miri, Sibu, and Kota Kinabalu. In total, the airline has 106x weekly flights out of its Johor Bahru hub.

The airline is also introducing additional flights in conjunction with the upcoming Aidilfitri celebrations from Kuala Lumpur to Padang, Palembang and Solo. Promotional fares are also offered for the additional flights, with all-in-fares from as low as RM79 from Kuala Lumpur to Padang and Palembang; and RM129 from Kuala Lumpur to Solo.

Booking is open at, from now until 20 April 2014 , for the travel period from 24 July – 30 September 2014. Booking is also available via AirAsia mobile apps on iPhone, Android devices, the Blackberry Z10 and the Windows Phone platform.
Promotional fares for the additional flights are inclusive of fuel surcharge and airport tax (excluding other optional fees) and for one way travel only. Stay tuned to AirAsia’s Twitter and Facebook for updates on latest promotions, activities and AirAsia news.


AirAsia to move to KLIA2 by May 9

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Group has reversed its earlier decision and will now move to the new low cost air terminal by May 9, the final day when all operations at the existing LCCT will cease.

This change of heart comes after the Government made it clear the airline has to move to KLIA2 and that the airport has been built to suit the airline’s specifications. The Government had said it would not make exceptions for any party to stay on at the old terminal after KLIA2 opens on May 2.

AirAsia is to be the anchor tenant at the new airport, accounting for more than 80% of KLIA2’s traffic. In a statement here yesterday, the airline said it had made all necessary preparations to move into KLIA2 in line with the operational readiness and transfer (Orat) specifications, such as airside and operations trials. 

“With the support of Malaysia Airport Holding Bhd (MAHB), we will be able to comply with the Orat requirements to facilitate our move,’’ AirAsia Bhd executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said. “Although there are still a few outstanding commercial issues, this should not hold back our operations at KLIA2 as planned. As such, AirAsia will move into KLIA2 by May 9.”

Kamarudin said the airline was looking forward to operating from the new airport for its next stage of growth and development. “However, should the negotiations not be completed or concluded expeditiously, we hope that the Government can provide necessary mediation to enable MAHB to get its dues as the airport operator and enable the AirAsia Group to efficiently operate based on our proven low-cost carrier business model,” he said. 

Earlier this month, the airline had said security and safety issues needed to be addressed first before it moved. To appease sceptics of the terminal’s operability issues, the Government invited the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to examine safety issues at KLIA2.

Four other airlines are making final arrangements to move to KLIA2. They are Malindo Air, Cebu Air, Tiger Airways Singapore and Indonesia’s Mandala Airlines.
-thestar online.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alice Nine Tour In Malaysia 2014 @ Megastar Arena ( 29 June 2014 )

"Rock is not only a genre of music, it is actually a kind of attitude and philosophy.”

Malaysian rock fans are lucky to have the chance to enjoy the rock spirit withtop visual-kei Japanese band Alice Nine as this is their first-ever tour outside of Japan. Malaysia is proud to be included as one of the destinations for the Supernova Symphonia Tour in Asia after Singapore.
“Alice Nine Asia Tour Live in Malaysia 2014 [Supernova Symphonia]” will be proudly kicked off on 29th June 2014, Sunday, 8.00pm at Mega Star Arena Kuchai Lama by the organizer Mega Ultimate. In conjunction with celebrating their 10th year anniversary, the band will be touring Asia with their latest concert Supernova Symphonia from May to July and will performing their newly released single, “Shining” to create great memories for the fans.
Alice Nine is made up of Shou, who is the vocalist of the band that translatedboth Japanese sensibility and Japanese thoughts into lyrics. While, Saga is on bass guitar plays British Rock, Torais on guitar play American Hard Rock and Naois on drums. Another guitarist, Hiroto also play an important role as well in the band. The band has been topping charts in Japan with their music such as Vandalize, Jewels, Stargazer and Gemini, and is easily recognized as one of the top visual-kei bands in Japan. Mixing music with style, Alice Nine’s concerts also promise fans a visually impactful experience with elaborate wardrobe and make-up.
They released their first mini album back in November 2004 with the first batch of 5000 albums sold out within a short period where fans were willing to pay a high price to bid for the album. The combination of different elements in their music led them to achieve an outstanding performance in their career.
“Alice Nine “Alice Nine Asia Tour Live in Malaysia 2014 [Supernova Symphonia]” is proudly organized by Mega Ultimate. Other participating sponsors are Co-Organizer:Red Spade Entertainment, Supporting Partner: Toy Box Projects, Recording Label: Universal Music Malaysia, Official Venue: Mega Star Arena, Special Thanks: Mega Music World and Mega Visual.
Tickets will be launched on 8th April 2014 and are priced at VVIP – (contact 010-3236028), VIP - RM338, Zone A - RM200, Zone B - RM100. All prices exclude RM3 processing fees.Good news for the VIP ticket, first 200 customer will getaAlice Nine autograph posterand photography session.
For more information about the concert ticket, please contact:
TicketCharge hotline: 03-922288111 or log on
Mega Ultimate hotline: 010-3236028 or log on to Mega Ultimate (facebook)

Four Former Champs Sign Up For MAYBANK MALAYSIAN OPEN 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11, 2014: The Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 just got a whole lot bigger and exciting with several former champions joining a stellar cast. Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat will be joined by former winners, Arjun Atwal (2003, 2008), Alastair Forsyth (2002) and Peter Hedblom (2007) who have confirmed their participation in this year’s tournament.

They will be going up against former world number Lee Westwood of England, South Africa’s 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, three-time Asian Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and Italian Matteo Manassero who had already confirmed their participation for this year’s US$2.75 million event at the Kuala Lumpur and Country Club (KLGCC) from April 17-20.

Westwood (1997), Oosthuizen (2012), Thongchai (2004, 2005) and Manassero (2011) are also former Malaysian Open champions.

Kiradech’s win at last year’s Maybank Malaysian Open helped make him Asian’s number one player. Since winning the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown, Kiradech has yet to reproduce his best golf after losing his coach, Natpasit Chokthanasart, nicknamed Pro Jew, who passed away last December.
He, however, is determined to bounce back and is looking at another great performance at KLGCC, to help push him back up the rankings.

With his track record at KLGCC, he will be aiming to recreate the form that led him to the crown last year. A strong performance in Malaysia will be a major boost to his confidence and possibly see a revival of the Thai star.

Over the years, the Maybank Malaysian Open has evolved into one of the leading events in this part of the world due the solid teamwork and relationship between Maybank and all the other stake holders involved in the event. This has been one of the primary reasons the event continues to attract the world’s leading players.

Tickets for Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 can be purchased now from, priced at RM10 per day for Thursday and Friday, RM20 per day for Saturday and Sunday or RM40 for a Season Ticket (all four days) or also at the entrance of the event. For senior citizens (55 and above), it is only RM5 for a daily ticket or RM20 for a season pass while children under 16 can watch the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 for free.

Monday, April 14, 2014

8th Kota Kinabalu Jazz Festival 2014 @ Sutera Harbour ( 13 & 14 June 2014 )

Staged in the picturesque Nature Resort City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, the annual jazz extravaganza festival brings together a musical melting pot of talents from local based, national and around the world. The festival is a fund raising event, of which the money from ticket sales is used to fund deserving community projects run by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu. The annual festival is jointly organized by the Rotary Club of Kota Kinabalu (RCKK) and the Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah (SPArKS). 

Get your tickets from:
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ArtMalaysia Art Tourism Fair 2014 @ Viva Home Shopping Mall ( 14~17 August 2014 )

Marriott to debut Courtyard in Malaysia

Malaysian company Apple 99 Development, a subsidiary of Apple Vacations Group, has collaborated with Marriott International to develop the country's first Courtyard by Marriott in Malacca.

The 24-storey hotel, scheduled for completion in 2017, will comprise 284 rooms, a pillarless multi-function ballroom and an executive floor. Apple 99 Development director, Desmond Lee, said Marriott International will manage the hotel for 20 years.

Lee, who is also managing director of Apple Vacations Group, said he is keen for the Group to own and manage hotels in Singapore, Indonesia and Japan in the future. Currently, the Group owns and manages three boutique hotels of less than 60 rooms each in the commercial and business Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur.

Its fourth property, Le Apple Boutique Hotel at the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, is scheduled to open in July with 200 rooms, according to Lee.
-TTG Asia.

May 2 launch confirmed

NO MORE DELAYS: Flight operations at Malaysia’s first hybrid airport set to begin with five airlines

MALAYSIA Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has confirmed that the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) will begin its commercial flight operations on May 2, as scheduled, with five airlines.
Its senior general manager for operation services Datuk Azmi Murad said MAHB will  stick to its plan of opening the country’s first hybrid airport with full flight operations, which should include AirAsia Bhd and other airlines previously operating from the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT).
“We are working on the plan together with the other airlines to ensure everything runs as scheduled,” he told Business Times on Thursday. “Within a week after the May 2 opening, the airlines that are operating from the LCCT now will start their operations at klia2, including AirAsia,” he added.
Azmi said the airport will first open with carriers that have fewer flight frequencies,  such as Malindo Air, Lion Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Airways and Tiger Mandala.
AirAsia, in recent reports, had been quoted as saying that it would not move to klia2 on May 9 due to security and flight operation concerns. In response, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the low-cost carrier must move to klia2 as scheduled, and that the government, through MAHB, was prepared to listen to the airline’s concerns regarding the transfer.
RHB Research opines that AirAsia has the bargaining power in this situation, given its huge fleet. However, Hong Leong Investment Bank Research does not expect AirAsia to stay long at the LCCT.
“Should AirAsia group insist on staying in the LCCT for a long period, other low-cost carriers (LCCs) may take advantage of the situation and add capacity aggressively, such as new routes and additional frequencies. “Those LCCs may also attempt to hog the preferred time slots at klia2,” it said in a research note recently.
AirAsia X chief executive Azran Osman-Rani, when asked on the issue, said on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurs’ Conference TEC2020, here, yesterday: “I think it’s best to speak to (AirAsia chief executive officer) Aireen Omar because we’re doing this as a group. So I prefer if Aireen addresses all the issues on klia2. “I’m not going to answer any questions on klia2. Aireen is going to speak for the group on the matter,” he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, AirAsia executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said the group would, at one point, be shifting its commercial flight operations to the new terminal but could not confirm the exact date. “What I can confirm is that we will move (to klia2) when everything is okay. Let’s not deliberate on that,” he said on the sidelines of a dialogue between the prime minister and about 50 corporate leaders and captains of industries on sustainability and diversity.
-nst online.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jersey Boys multi-award winning Best Broadway Musical @ Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur ( 15~27 April 2014 )

Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur will welcome one of the most successful multi-award winning musicals in the history of Broadway productions, JERSEY BOYS, when this musical phenomenon rocks its way into Istana Budaya Auditorium from 15 till 27 April. Seen by over 18 million people worldwide, Malaysians as well as musical enthusiasts in the region must experience the electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - BEGGIN', CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU, DECEMBER 1963 (OH WHAT A NIGHT), WALK LIKE A MAN, BYE BYE BABY (BABY GOODBYE), SHERRY, BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY and many more.

Organised by Milestone Production Sdn Bhd, JERSEY BOYS depicts the true-life story and the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in American pop music history – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Apart from featuring the band’s 60’s American pop worldwide hits, JERSEY BOYS also tells the story of the inspiring journey of The Four Seasons from the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they were thirty!
JERSEY BOYS, winner of 54 major awards including the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and winner of the Best Musical Tony Award® on Broadway, in London and Australia is not a tribute band but a full-scale Broadway musical that takes audiences behind the music” to tell the story of the group through each of the four members’ perspectives.
The storyline weaves a tale about friendships, hardships, fights and the success resulting from a New Jersey “handshake”. The show opened on Broadway in 2005 and 3000 performances later is STILL running to full houses. JERSEY BOYS is the 15th longest-running show in Broadway history; having surpassed the record previously held by Hello, Dolly!
The Four Seasons are played by Grant Almirall (Chicago, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Frankie Valli; Daniel Buys (Boys in the Photograph, Mamma Mia!) as Tommy DeVito; Kenneth Meyer (Boys in the Photograph, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Bob Gaudio and television star Emmanuel Castis (Scandal!,
Isidingo, season 4 winner of Strictly Come Dancing) as Nick Massi with Jaco van Rensburg (Showboat, Chicago, Grease) playing Frankie Valli at certain performances. The three leading female characters, fondly dubbed, the “Jersey Girls” are played by Carmen Pretorius (Footloose!, Mamma Mia, Cabaret), Taryn-Lee Hudson (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kidz Rock, Let the Good Times Roll) and Kirsten Murphy-Rossiter (Some Like it Vrot, Grease, M-Net’s Crimes Uncovered).
According to Grace Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Production Sdn Bhd, “In our constant endeavor to introduce world-renowned and the best theatrical productions to Malaysia, we are proud to be bringing this multi-award Broadway musical to our shores. In addition to bringing in world class quality entertainment to Malaysians, we hope it will also help boost tourism for our nation.” We believe Malaysians have a growing appetite for live theatre productions and it is our hope that with more of such world class quality presentations, Malaysia will be recognized as a hub for the performing arts in this region thus further boosting our nation’s tourism appeal.”
“JERSEY BOYS is a powerful piece of theatre with extraordinary music! Malaysians and Musical Enthusiasts need not travel all the way to Broadway or West End to watch this show anymore as it will be exactly the same experience. So don’t miss this international phenomenon that's a Broadway triumph. . ,” adds Grace.
JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music by Bob Gaudio, and lyrics by Bob Crewe. It is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo with music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music by Ron Melrose. The production design team is Klara Zieglerova, Scenic Designer; Jess Goldstein, Costume Designer; Howell Binkley, Lighting Designer; Steve Orich, Orchestrator and Michael Clark, Projection Designer.
In its effort to bring this internationally acclaimed Broadway sensation to Malaysia, Milestone Production is proud to be working with Connoisseur Lifestyle Sdn Bhd, Malaysian Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), Tourism Malaysia and Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Board under Malaysian Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Istana Budaya, “The unwavering support from our sponsors towards staging JERSEY BOYS in Malaysia will go a long way in giving Malaysians as well as musical enthusiasts in the region the opportunity to catch one of the most spectacular Broadway productions here in South East Asia,” adds Grace.
Tickets are now available through all TicketCharge channels. Prices of tickets range from RM200 – RM680 per ticket. For more information on ticket sales, please log on to . SHOW INFORMATION www.milestone-entertainment.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kolam air panas jadi tumpuan

Sekumpulan pengunjung berbual sebelum membayar tiket masuk di Kolam Air Panas Annah Rais,
Mambong, kiri-kira 100 kilometer dari Kuching, Sarawak.

Banyak cerita mengatakan bahawa air panas di kolam semula jadi mujarab menyembuhkan pelbagai jenis penyakit kulit. Berikutan itu, kolam air panas di mana-mana sahaja akan menjadi tumpuan orang ramai untuk 'mencuba' nasib bagi memulihkan penderitaan yang dialami. Itu belum lagi pengunjung yang datang sekadar untuk mandi-manda dan bersantai.

Begitulah yang berlaku di kolam air panas Annah Rais yang berada di kaki bukit Puncak Borneo, Mambong, kira-kira 100 kilometer dari Kuching, Sarawak. Kolam itu mempunyai ceritanya yang tersendiri.

Ketua Kampung Sindah Negri, K.K.Dominic Yon A/k Jaok, 75, memberitahu kolam air panas itu terletak di rumah panjang dan terdapat satu cerita yang popular dikaitkan dengannya.

Menurutnya, satu ketika dahulu, seorang lelaki berbangsa Cina yang lumpuh dari leher telah dibawa keluarganya untuk mandi di kolam berkenaan.
“Mereka telah membawanya untuk berendam di kolam air panas ini bagi merawat penyakitnya. “Difahamkan setelah dua hingga tiga kali lelaki Cina itu datang berendam di kolam tersebut, keajaiban berlaku apabila lelaki itu dapat berjalan semula," katanya kepada S2.

Tambahnya, kolam itu sentiasa menjadi tumpuan masyarakat dalam mahupun luar negara bagi menikmati kesegaran air panas semula jadi yang dipercayai memiliki pelbagai khasiat.

“Lebih-lebih lagi pada hujung minggu dan cuti umum, pasti banyak keluarga dan anak muda datang ke sini sambil membawa bekalan makanan untuk berkelah.
“Tempat ini memang sesuai untuk dijadikan kawasan riadah keluarga kerana selain mempunyai kolam air panas, lokasi ini juga memiliki sungai yang jernih. Jadi, pengunjung dapat merasai kesegaran mandi air panas dan air sejuk sekali gus," ujarnya.

Jelasnya, kolam air panas yang diusahakan oleh penduduk kampung itu dikenakan bayaran masuk RM3 bagi kanak-kanak tujuh hingga 17 tahun, manakala dewasa RM5 seorang. Kutipan yuran masuk itu digunakan bagi membaiki dan memelihara kawasan sekitar kolam air panas berkenaan.
Tinjauan S2 mendapati tujuan pengunjung lebih kepada beriadah seperti mana Nor Adira Krisnasamy, 28, yang datang bersama keluarganya.

Katanya, beliau selalu datang ke situ untuk beriadah bersama keluarga.
“Persekitaran yang redup kerana dikelilingi pokok amat sesuai dijadikan lokasi berehat bersama keluarga. Malah dengan kemudahan seperti tandas, tempat menukar pakaian dan kedai menjual makanan serta minuman, sudah tentu kolam air panas ini menjadi tumpuan hujung minggu. “Selain itu, kita juga boleh membuat barbeku di sini untuk menjamu selera," ujarnya.

Sementara itu, Nur Izzati Mahat, 22, yang merupakan pelajar Universiti Malaysia Sarawak berkata, kolam air panas itu menjadi tempat bagi kebanyakan pelajar dan golongan muda beriadah di hujung minggu.
“Biasanya, kami akan datang ke sini semasa cuti panjang bersama kawan-kawan untuk meraikan hari jadi kenalan," jelasnya.
-utusan online.

Lost World Of Tambun - Sunway Anniversary Promotion ( April 2014 )

The 2nd EUROASIA Youth Music Festival & Competition ( 1~8 June 2014 )

The EUROASIA Youth Music Festival was established with the objective of bringing together talented musicians, music-lovers, and music organizations from all over the world. To strengthen relationships and establish ties, and to assure long-lasting interests for music.

We aim to foster the talents of participants by providing them with the opportunity to gain experience through performing alongside world class musicians, to be inspired by the efforts of their peers and to immerse in the joy of making music in an intimate and inspiring setting. The festival will provide a wide opportunity for performers at all stages of their music development.

For our introductory inaugural festival in 2013, we were honored to have very established and prominent musicians on the Faculty for our introductory Festival. From France, cellist Madam Valerie Aimard and violinist Madam Saskia Lethiec; from Italy pianist Maestro Roberto Galleto, Conductor and Flautist, Maestro Dante Milozzi as well as violist Maestro Bui Anh Son from Vietnam and harpist Mei-Huei Shih from Taiwan.

The 2014 Festival will boast an all French faculty, four renowned performers and educators, cellist Mr. Florent Audibert, pianist Mr. Frederic Lagarde and violinists Mr. Amaury Coeytaux and Madam Maud Lovett.

In conjunction with the inaugural Festival, we launched “The 1st EUROASIA Youth Music Competition” with the objective to expose young musicians to an international standard of music competition and to recognize talents at the various stages of their musical development. The competition will be followed by its 2nd Edition, the “EUROASIA Young Soloist Competition” in 2014. We are deeply honored to have two very prominent musicians Maestro Mustafa Fuzer Nawi, Music Director and Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra Malaysia and one of Malaysia’s most established pianist – Mr. Loo Bang Hean as Head Jurors for the competition.

Our panel of jury will include members of the Festival Faculty as well as renowned local and international musicians. These professionals, comprising of performers and professors whom are all specialists in their respected fields, are equipped the knowledge and experience in acknowledging and educating new talents of the classical music world.

We hope the festival would be an annual event that offers competitive music classes, within a prestigious environment, as an experience to assist the education and development of both professional and amateur performers in Malaysia.

In addition to the Master classes and the Competition, other programs of the festival include Strings, Piano and Orchestra Workshops, Lecture-Recitals and several concerts.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 2nd EUROASIA Youth Music Festival!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sing, Dance And Decorate Your Hearts Out At LEGOLAND® MALAYSIA At The First Ever LEGO® Friends Weekend!

JOHOR, 3 April 2014 –LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort will be hosting special weekends at the Park targeted to fans of LEGO® Friends starting tomorrow. Guests to the Theme Park will be able to participate in various fun learning activities ranging from cupcake decorating, treasure hunts, singing sessions, dance classes and for the highlight a fashion show featuring children guests on the last weekend of the month. LEGO Friends is a product range designed primarily for girls and was launched in 2012.

“It’s going to be a year of excitement and surprises at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort. Throughout the year, families will be able to enjoy an array of activities that will enhance their trip to the Park. We firmly believe in creating unique experinces for our guests and there’s always something new happening at LEGOLAND Malaysia. If you are our Annual Pass holder, this is a great time to come spend your weekends at the Park with the whole family,” said Mark Germyn, General Manager of LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort.

To encourage more girls to participate in building activities, LEGO Academy will be hosting a special girl power session. The ‘Olivia & Mia’s Girls Just Wanna Build Bash: Build your Favourite LEGO®Pets’ is a fantastic way to learn something new while maximising fun time.

City Stage will be dedicated for ‘Andrea Rising Star Sing-a-along’ karaoke session and if dancing is more of your child’s thing then get them to join in the fun at ‘Andrea’s Dance Academy’. On weekends, children can also learn to decorate their own cupcake in ‘Stephanie’s Cupcake Creation’. This activity will start in the second weekend of 11th April 2014.

Another family activity not to be missed is the ‘LEGO Friends Character Hunt. The activity happens every Saturday starting 4th of April at Miniland. On 26th April 2014, children guests at the Park will be able to participate in a fancy fashion show. A contest will be held in conjunction with the show and there will be giveaways of free stays at LEGOLAND Hotel, tickets to the Parks and toys from LEGO Friends product line.

For full details on activities and promotions, please visit the website: or call: 07-597 8888 / toll-free: 800 120 5502
-Legoland Malaysia Resort.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CITRARASA SABAH : Get ready for a weekend of Food Extravaganza

KOTA KINABALU, March 2014 – Sabah is adding to its Celebrations in line with Visit Malaysia Year 2014, to showcase its wide varieties of seafood and exotic local delicacies. This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) will collaborate with Kota Kinabalu Food Festival (KKFF’14) and Sabah Cultural Board to organize the biggest food festival in Sabah, formally known as CITRARASA SABAH. Visitors can expect THREE days of unforgettable dining experience, cultural performances, cooking competitions and more during the Grand Opening to be held at KK Time Square from 18th – 20th April 2014 . Citrarasa Sabah will continue to run for ONE month with various participating hotels in Sabah hosting lunches and dinners serving signature Sabahan dishes.

Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism Culture and Environment Sabah, who will be officiating the event said, “This is the second mega event for Sabah in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014.” Through this event, it will be a great opportunity for tourist to sample local Sabahan delicacies as well as experience local culture.

Citrarasa Sabah Food Festival 2014 will be celebrated in a Fanfare atmosphere while hosting a three-day bazaar, where participating outlets would showcase their signature food menus for visitors to explore, taste and indulge. In addition, visitors will have the option of purchasing discount vouchers that can be used at participating restaurants throughout the month of Citrarasa Sabah. While visitors and tourists indulge in gastronomic foods such as gourmet food, street food, vegetarian delights, local fruits including durian, halal food and exotic delicacies; they can also expect to be mesmerized by Sabahan cultural performances. It would be the dream event for every foodie’s fulfillment.

“The purpose of this event is to promote Sabah’s rich culinary traditions founded on its strong historic cultural heritage which includes agriculture”, said Donald Gomez, Director of MOTAC Sabah. In line with this objective, MOTAC has appointed Chef Johan Sinam as the celebrity chef for this culinary extravaganza. Citrarasa Sabah will not only be filled with food, but also with exciting activities and entertainment. There would be lucky draws, special chef cooking demonstrations, exotic food tasting, starlight cinema and not forgetting, interactive dance and a live band awaiting the visitors. Citrarasa Sabah will also be organizing coloring competitions for the children.

Sabah is well known for its mother nature, from gorgeous golden beaches and blue seas, to lush rainforests and wildlife as well as South East Asia’s highest mountain, Mt Kinabalu. However, Citrarasa Sabah will provide an opportunity for tourist to experience another dimension of Sabah’s beauty, that is its food. So, loosen those belts and satisfy your appetites, as CITRARASA SABAH is here to serve, BIGGER and BETTER!
For More information and up-to-date news, or inquiries regarding CITRARASA SABAH Food Festival, please visit or and follow the official KKFoodFest page on Facebook.
-Tourism Malaysia Sabah.

AirAsia to begin flights to Visakhapatnam

AirAsia will commence thrice-weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to the port city of Visakhapatnam this October.

Speaking to the media during a meeting with Air Travellers Association in Bengaluru, AirAsia India’s general manager, Suresh Nair, said that Visakhapatnam has excellent potential because of its status as an industrial hub and busy port, proximity to significant Buddhist sites, and imminent investment in tourism development.

K Vijay Mohan, director of Holiday World Visakhapatnam, said: “Increased connectivity with South-east Asia will add inbound and outbound tourist flows, and such flights could help the destination to grow by 30 to 40 per cent annually. The beach resorts and golf courses in Visakhapatnam, in addition to Buddhist heritage sites, are a definite draw.”

Nair added that depending on the success of the route, the LCC may run flights between Bangkok and other Indian destinations too.

SilkAir currently operates four-times-weekly Singapore-Visakhapatnam flights and Air India connects the city to Dubai. Carriers such as Air Arabia and SriLankan Airlines are awaiting the Indian government’s permission to launch flights to Sharjah and Colombo respectively.
-TTG Asia.

More Than A Golf Tournament

Kuala Lumpur, April 7, 2014:  The Maybank Malaysian Open has always been more than a golf tournament.

With a long history of exciting finishes, great atmosphere and fantastic crowd support, the Maybank Malaysian Open has rightly earned its place as one of the leading national opens in this region. But, it is not all about golf, as Maybank and event promoter GlobalOne have worked tirelessly to ensure there is something for everyone.

The Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) from April 17-20 and offers total prize money of US$2.75 million. There will be 156 professional golfers from around the world including 22 Malaysians, who will give it their all to be crowned champion.

Among the stars who are set to light up the course are former world number one Lee Westwood, Major winner Louis Oosthuizen and former Malaysian Open champions Matteo Manassero and Thongchai Jaidee. Top local professional Nicholas Fung and leading amateur Gavin Kyle Green will lead the Malaysian charge this year.

While the professionals battle it out as part of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and the European Tour’s Race To Dubai, spectators will be able to enjoy various engaging activities and promotions by the event sponsors and tournament partners at the Maybank Malaysian Open.

Exciting events lined up for the week are a host of regular offerings at the Exhibition Village and a fully air-conditioned Public Hospitality and an expanded grandstand with a premier viewing deck.

One of the events which takes place on April 15 is the Star Experience for Charity (SEFC), which gives fans and corporate figures a chance of getting up close and personal with some stars of this year’s Maybank Malaysian Open 2014, while doing their part for charity.

The event is one of Maybank Foundation’s efforts in support of the United nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in line with Maybank’s mission to humanise financial services through its various activities.

Meanwhile, in a recent poll by Times magazine, Petaling Jaya and George Town made it into top 10 list of “selfie cities”, proving how much Malaysians love taking pictures of themselves.

With that in mind, there will be a selfie competition and one can take a selfie at either the East Course driving range or next to the grandstand, where the best selfie photo with the correct winning score of the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 Champion will win two return business class tickets to Dubai and two hospitality passes to watch the DP World Championship in Dubai. If you feel like winning some prizes and want to test your golfing skills, there are onsite challenges you could try as well.

The Maybank Foundation putting challenge, which offers daily prizes and takes place at the Exhibition Village, where the tournament’s sponsors will have their booths.

Another challenge is the Ricoh simulator where attractive prizes await those who hit a hole in one. If there is more than one person who can do it, there will be a tie breaker on April 20. There are also prizes for nearest to the pin, which will be decided on the last day. There will also be an exhibition by trickshot master entertainer Peter Johncke who will take golf entertainment to another level.

A distinct tournament attraction is to watch the players at the East Course driving range and see how far they can hit. Alternatively, you could just kickback and enjoy the Carlsberg beer garden where you can have some ice cold beer or try your luck with some dart games. If luxury cars are your thing, a stunning display of the latest Jaguar seductive models which will be on display at the east course.

Tickets for Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 can be purchased now from, priced at RM10 per day for Thursday and Friday, RM20 per day for Saturday and Sunday or RM40 for a Season Ticket (all four days) or also at the entrance of the event. For senior citizens (55 and above), it is only RM5 for a daily ticket or RM20 for a season pass while children under 16 can watch the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014 for free.

For information on the Maybank Malaysian Open 2014, visit

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tourism Ministry Plans Tourism In Asean Promotion Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 (Bernama) - The Tourism and Culture Ministry plans to promote the "Tourism in Asean" programme next year in line with Malaysia's appointment as the chairman of Asean in 2015.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri Abdul Aziz said one of the initiatives being discussed in the "Tourism in Asean" programme was visa free travel for tourists from Asean countries.

"There are Asean countries that still insist on visas for travel. The executive council of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is finding ways to facilitate tourist travel in Asean," he told reporters after the opening of the Asean Socio-Cultural Community session, here Wednesday.

Mohamad Nazri said the plan to promote "Tourism in Asean" would benefit the tourism sector in all Asean countries without pitting them against each other.

"We in Asean can activate travel within the region. Malaysians can visit Singapore and Indonesia and their people can come here.

"This will increase the tourist arrivals and make Asean countries as major tourist destinations," he added.

The Asean Socio-Cultural Community session held in conjunction with the National Colloquium on Malaysia's Chairmanship of Asean in 2015 was opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.