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A Day With Selangor Javanese Community in Conjunction of Nasi Ambeng Festival 2015

Team E.T.A is constantly on a lookout for family friendly events and travel destinations. One that we that we think worth mentioning is the annual Nasi Ambeng Festival organized by JKKN in Banghuris Homestay, located somewhere in Sepang, Selangor Malaysia.

Here’s sharing with you the one day worth of memorable experience last week in Banghuris Homestay in conjunction of the Nasi Ambeng Festival.

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We were invited by Tourism Malaysia Selangor and followed the media from Shah Alam and arrived as early as 10pm in Banghuris Homestay.

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Our host’s house in the morning.

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Upon arrival, the media entourage were served breakfast.

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Breakfast was the common traditional dishes served in a Javanese household; Nasi Lemak, Lemet, Tumtuman(coned shaped kuih), Lempeng Tepung with Tauchu Ikan Bilis as dipping. The food was delicious.

After breakfast we were taken to our next stop, which a makeshift camp to witness how Nasi Ambeng is made.

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Villagers can be seen working together to prepare Nasi Ambeng.

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The men are involved in preparing Nasi Ambeng for the festival too.

The air was filled with festival excitements and there were plenty of ongoing activities for both tourists and locals alike to participate in.

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Spotted flower arrangement contest going on.

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Batik colouring contest.

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And what’s a festival without some music? Here’s the local Javanese band, Chempuling, performing both modern and traditional music to keep everyone entertained.

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There is also a bazaar selling things during the festival.

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The members of the media also participated in a friendly match of traditional games.This traditional game is called ‘Sepak Bulu Ayam‘ where you have to kick a ball made from chicken feathers.

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The ladies on the other hand, played Galah Panjang, a traditional tag game.

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Group photo after the games

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Lunch was at one of the host’s house and it was rice with authentic traditional dishes

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After lunch we visited the bamboo farm located nearby the Banghuris Homestay Community Hall where we took the opportunity to shoot all sort of pictures.

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A candid photo at the Bamboo farm.

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After that it was time for a short picnic break by the fish pond where we enjoyed plenty of things.

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We were served young coconuts, freshly plucked from the trees.

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The host served us fritters for tea, something simple but irresistibly delicious.

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After picnic, we were taken to assigned host’s house for a rest.

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Our room. With two single beds, bathroom attached and fully air conditioned. It can easily accommodate a family of four with the extra mattress prepared.

Finally, after a very long day at Banghuris Homestay, it was time for the highlight of the event; The Nasi Ambeng Festival 2015. It was organized by JKKN in conjunction of MyFest2015 and Visit Selangor 2015.

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The festival kicks off with some Javanese dance performances.

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Tarian Kuda Kepang or in Javanese, it is called the Tarian Kuda Lumping. It is a traditional Javanese warrior dance
depicting a group of horsemen.

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Generally, the dance portrays troops riding the woven horses.

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After the dance and the officiating ceremony, it was time to to enjoy the Nasi Ambeng that has been prepared by the villagers. Here is the dancers, presenting a tray of Nasi Ambeng to us all.

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Nasi Ambeng is a rice dish consisting plain white rice prepared with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, some salted fish, fried coconut flesh, and so on. It is a popular Javanese cuisine, especially in every Javanese-Malay communities in Malaysian states of Selangor and Johor and also in Java, Indonesia. Nasi Ambeng is usually served during the festivities or weddings and served in a tray and enjoyed together in a tray by four to five people. Nasi Ambeng is meant to be shared with four more people and you are supposed to use your fingers to eat, and we did just that. It was indeed an unforgettable experience and we think such culture should be preserved and be taught to the younger generations in Malaysia.

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The crowd that night who were there to enjoy Nasi Ambeng. One thing we noted that while this festival is pretty huge, with a lot of cultural stuff and attracts a lot of tourists from overseas, it still haven’t reach the interest of the locals much. A rather worrying pattern and here is hoping that food and cultures like this will be kept alive so that the younger generations could enjoy these too. Nasi Ambeng Festival is an annual affair and if you missed this one, do try to bring your family and little ones to enjoy it next year.

In case you are wondering about Banghuris Homestay, here is some info for it. It won an award from Tourism Malaysia in 2014 and is an abbreviation of three kampungs names; Kampung Bukit Bangkong, Kampung Hulu Chuchoh and Kampung HuluTeris. Basically it is three villages forming a homestay with 80 participating houses providing homestay service. It is about 35km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 97km from Kuala Lumpur. The nearest tourism attraction to Banghuris Homestay is Sepang Gold Coast, which is about 15km away.

Right now Banghuris Homestay is offering RM250 (per pax) for a 3days 2 night package that is inclusive of meals and planned activities. Great for kids during school holidays and for those who wants to experience a kampung life.

Should you are interested in staying there:

Address
Banghuris Homestay
Jalan Tailong
Kg. Hulu Chuchoh
43950 SG.Pelek
Sepang Selangor

Phone: 03-31421019

Email: [email protected]

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Happening in Kuala Lumpur: Fashionably AK 2015

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Forget the mundane catwalks normally seen at shopping malls, Fashionably AK highlights fashion this year with a feel good carnival celebrating the art of looking good and feeling great featuring the best of AK’s fashion tennats including Muji, MIDI, Femme Fatale, The Mod House, ID by Rufffey, Leather Avenue, FOS, Cosas United, Crocs, B.O.B. by Afdlin Shauki and Modani.

Avenue K will be presenting their second year of Fashionably AK this May where fashion meets fun in a carnival of style and chic attitude.  Get your fortune read by a palm reader, take a cute photo at the photo booth and play Kiss & Tell or Pinball. Look out for the clowns, acrobats and street performers too!

Shoppers will be treated to a daily redemption between 11 am – 9 pm, where a spend of RM50 and above will allow them a chance at the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ to win instant prizes ranging from Jimmy Choo miniature fragrance sets,  beauty treatment vouchers and AK cash vouchers to powerbanks, monopods plus fashion and dining vouchers galore. 

In keeping with AK’s generous tradition, shoppers who spend RM300 and above between 12 – 23rd May will also qualify for the Weekend Lucky Draws happening at the ground floor at 5 pm on the 16th, 17th and 23rd of May with the Grand Lucky Draw taking place on Sunday, the 24th of May.

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Happening in Kuala Lumpur: Parents Day at Quill City Mall

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Every moment spent with the family are precious ones, and this May, Quill City Mall is celebrating Parents’ Day with a special campaign aptly titled “Mom + Dad = Me”; a celebration for kids to enjoy their most important moments with their beloved Mom and Dad at Quill City Mall.

From 1 May – 21 June, several activities will be held for shoppers to win great prizes. The Lucky Dip allows shoppers who spend RM200 in a maximum of two receipts to redeem a voucher in any of the retail outlets (except AEON) in Quill City Mall.

Or participate in the Facebook contest – just submit a family picture following the theme “Mom + Dad = Me”, with a short expression of love for your parents. The entry with the most creative message will stand a chance to win A Day Out at Quill City Mall, with an exciting itinerary of shopping and pampering sessions for the whole family, plus a free movie at GSC!

Kids should not miss the opportunity to join Occubite in decorating the perfect muffin for your parents, and, to make sure everyone is healthy and happy, bring Mom and Dad for a free health consultation organised by Mediviron. It’s all happening at Quill City Mall.

For more information on the above events, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/quillcity or enquire at their concierge desk at 03-2603 1111.

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Be Stylish with XES Hi Tea

This post is a little backdated, but well, better late than never, no? Team E.T.A was recently invited to Be Stylish with XES Hi-Tea.

It was actually a very laid back and casual event with romantic garden-like backdrop where invited guests were invited to witness the winner announcement for the Be Stylish with XES Contest that was held back in February 2015 during XES Chinese New Year Luncheon in XES Premium Outlet in Quill City Mall. There was also plenty of activities prepared for the guests to participate in.

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The winner for the contest is announced by the lovely Ms. Sabrina Quigley Chin.

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And the winner for the said contest was Ms. Jane Chua, by the way. The prize presentation was presented to the winner by XES Ambassador, Miss XES Elegant 2014/2015, Miss Mico Pun. The lucky winner walks away with RM888 cash prize and RM1,388 worth of products. XES also provides 10 sets of RM188.00 of cash voucher and  cute stuffed toys as a reward to 10 lucky fans chosen by winner’s choice.

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Activities prepared during the Hi-Tea includes portrait caricature by a bunch of talented artist that goes by the name of ‘Aku Napie’. You may check out the caricature artist’s blog here: http://robolism.blogspot.com or follow the instagram account here: http://instagram.com/akunapie.

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Fun tatoo stickers

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Live performance by a local Busking group, Heart to Human.

Here’s sharing the video of the event that day. 😉

Event Video: Be Stylish with XES Hi Tea at The Place, One City Mall.

Anyway, XES Premium will be launching a new collection soon. But we will only be revealing the collection to you somewhere in May. So do keep a lookout for it.

Picture credit to blogger friend Ms. Nisa Kay. :) Check out the lovely lady’s blog here: http://nisakay.com

For more information on XES products and collections, LIKE their Facebook page here: http://facebook.com/xesshoes

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Nasi Ambeng Festival

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Familiar with the Javanese Delicacy Nasi Ambeng? Never heard of it? Well, Nasi ambeng or nasi ambang is a fragrant rice dish consisting of white rice served with chicken curry or chicken cooked in soy sauce, vegetables, fried noodles, some salted fish, fried coconut flesh, and so on. It is cooked during important celebrations and served in a tray to be shared by four to five people.

There will be a Nasi Ambeng Festival coming up this weekend and Team E.T.A is planning to experience it first hand.

Care to join us? Come and experience the unique, communal dining style and delicious food of the Javanese-Malay people at the Nasi Ambeng Festival

Info to the Nasi Ambeng Festival 2015 is as below:

Venue
Homestay Banghuris, Sg. Pelek, Sepang Selangor

Organiser
National Department for Culture and Arts

Phone
+603-5510 2664

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