Monthly Archives: September 2015

Explore Selangor: Bagasta Bougainvillea Homestay

There are a lot of homestays in Malaysia but here is one in particular that we would like to highlight. If you are into art and culture and would like to experience it first hand during your short retreat, here is one place that Team E.T.A thinks worth checking out.

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Bagasta Bougainvillea Homestay,Kg Sungai Kertas. The homestay ks located strategically between the forests of Ulu Yam and the well famed Batu Caves limestone temple. They are not only offering rooms and meals, but cultural experience of a lifetime. We went to check this place out a couple of weeks ago with our friends from Tourism Malaysia Selangor and have to say that we are impressed.

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Upon arrival at the homestay, we were welcomed with Sambutan Ulos upon our arrivals. Sambutan Ulos is a welcoming cultural ceremony by Mandailing group to people with higher status in a community. In case you are wondering, the Mandailing is a traditional cultural group in Southeast Asia. They are found mainly in the northern section of the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. They came under the influence of Kaum Padri who ruled the Minangkabau of Tanah Datar. As a result, the Mandailing were influenced by Muslim culture and converted to Islam.There are also a group of Mandailing in Malaysia, especially in the states of Selangor and Perak. They converted to Islam and intermarried with Minangkabau and the Malay people.

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Apart from the welcoming ceremony, there were also an upbeat drum performance throughout the whole process.

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Part of the activities that you can expect to be doing during your stay in the homestay is hands on experience in making sambal tempe. Sambal tempe is a traditional Javanese dish found in almost every Malay food stalls in Malaysia.

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During our visit, we were also introduced to Nasi Upah, a popular Mandailing menu similar to nasi ambeng.

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The eggs in nasi upah symbolises unity among the community. Fish brings the meaning of plunge into the hearts of the society while the prawn means pride and arrogance.

The Mendailing is rich with traditions and culture and this is one of the place where you can stay and practically be Mendailing throughout the duration of your stay.

Check out out experience summarized in video, by AlienGoTravel. Package price for the homestay per person: RM120++, worth a stay if you want to experience something richly different.

Address:

Bagasta Bougainvillae Homestay
No 78, Jln KSK 4,
Kg Sungai Kertas,
68100 Batu Caves.

Contact:

Tn Hj Ruslan bin Ahmad 016-3920439/ 03-61885515
[email protected]

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Explore Selangor: Gua Damai Extreme Park

Looking for a challenging thing to do with your family during the weekend or school holidays?

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Try rock climbing in Gua Damai in Batu Caves.

Check out the video by AlienGoTravel where Team E.T.A went to check this place out a couple of weeks ago with our friends from Tourism Malaysia Selangor and we think that it’s a pretty cool place to spend time with your family.

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Gua Damai extreme Park boasts of over 70 over climbing routes which is a place that still less known among the local although it is internationally known among extreme sports enthusiasts. The spacious climbing area has spotlight for night climbing, ample parking area, toilet and children playground.

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Gua Damai Extreme Park is also the first and only place  in Malaysia where base jumpers can jump at the height of 316 feet from the peak of Gua Damai.

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To accomodate base jumping, a special platform is built for the professional base jumpers.

Getting there can be quite tricky if you are not local. Below is a guide on how you can get there:

Getting there:

KTMB commuter: stops at Batu Caves station and take a taxi to Kg Melayu Wira Damai.

Rapidkl: stops at Pinggiran Batu Caves and walks briskly for 20 minutes to the destination.

Car: accessible via Jln Kuching or MRR2 from Kepong or from Hulu Kelang. Duke Highway heading for Gombak would take you to Sri Gombak. Once on the flyover of Sri Gombak, drive straight on Lebuh Utama Sri Gombak until you reach Taman Gombak Permai. Turn left into Jalan Gombak Permai 2 and via Jalan Gombak Permai 3 where there will be an open field that welcomes you into the view of gua Damai.

Package offered for basic rock climbing:

Basic Rock Climbing

Price: RM160 (1 day course)

Module:

-Knowing the equipment
-Tying the knots
-Rules of belaying
-Safety of fundamentals
-Communication
-Basic climbing (top rope)

*Package caters to groups of more than 12 persons with packed lunch, full usage of climbing equipment and experienced guides

Fun climbing

Price: RM70 

Duration: 1/2 a day trip
(morning or afternoon session)
Time: 9.30am- 1pm/ 2pm-5pm
*Accept walk in

Fun abseiling

Price: RM60
Duration: 1/2 a day trip
(morning or afternoon session)
Time: 9.30am- 1pm/ 2pm-5pm
*min 6 persons 

Fun climbing & abseiling

Price: RM100
Duration: 1 day trip
(morning or afternoon session)
Time: 9.30am- 1pm/ 2pm-5pm

Caters to groups of more than 12 persons , includes packed meals, full usage of climbing equipment and experienced guides.

Gua Damai Exploration package:

Price: RM130 
Duration: 1 day trip

-Spot traditional herbs while trekking
-Educational caving
-Glide 250m zip line
-Abseiling
-Spelunking 

*Cater to a groups of 12 persons, includes packed meals, full usage of climbing equipment, experienced guides.

Address:
Sri Subramaniam Temple,
Jalan Zamrud,
Kampung Melayu Wira Damai,
68100 Selangor. 

Contact:
Wira Adventure Consultant
No 3-2, Jalan PGN 1A/1,
Pinggiran Batu Caves,
68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
[email protected]
Mustapha: 012-4812005

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World Tourism Day 2015

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Being one with the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Malaysia will be celebrating the World Tourism Day which announced on 27 September each year to show the importance of tourism in global economy.

This years celebration is themed 1Billion Tourists, 1Billion Opportunities aimed to foster awareness of the importance of tourism and its contribution to social, cultural, political and economic value.

The global World Tourism Day 2015 celebration will take place in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

Adding colours to the World Tourism Day 2015 celebration, Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia through Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) is organising #Kolektif1 which is a photography exhibition consists of a total of 78 beautiful pictures taken by 28 professional local photographers starting from 26 September until 30 October 2015.

Other exciting activities during the celebration include the Fuji Global Photo Walk; Photography Talk; Hop on Hop off (HOHO) World Tourism Day 2015 Bus Launch and also the Media City Tour.

A lot is happening for this year World Tourism day 2015 celebration as the Ministry is also collaborating with Taylors University for an institutional level World Tourism Day celebration on 29 September 2015 through the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS). More than 3,000 participants including students, lecturers, representatives from various tourism agencies as well as industry players such as Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM) are expected to join the celebration.

Among the activities are the Cultural Stalls, Orang Asal Demonstration, Cultural Performances, 1Billion Tourists, 1Billion Opportunities Tourism Talk and many more. It is hoped that this collaboration will help to increase awareness, knowledge and opportunities especially among students about tourism diversification to national development and a key-driver to socio-economic progress.

It has also been an honour and another accolade to Malaysia especially in conjunction with World Tourism Day 2015 celebration as the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, YB Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz was elected as the Vice President of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly in Madellin, Colombia on 16 September 2015.

To support the local tourism industry as well as heighten up the celebration, public are encourage to upload photos of their visits to local tourist destinations with hashtag, #MYWorldTourismDay. Globally, UNWTO also invites everyone to join them showcasing the power of travel and tourism sector in global conversation using hashtags #1billiontourists and #WTD2015 in social media.

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Feast like royalty on Dim Sum at The Emperor, Grand Dorsett Subang

In conjunction with Dorsett Grand Subang’s 6th anniversary, The Emperor will extend its celebrated All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum for lunch on weekdays, every Tuesday to Saturday starting 1 September to 30 November 2015.

Tuck into an all-you-can-eat experience from a customized menu specially curated by our Dim Sum masterchef. Savour delightful morsels of delicately handcrafted signature Dim Sum from The Emperor’s Dim Sum, Wok and Dessert selections.

Feast like royalty on Dim Sum classics such as Steamed “Siew Mai” Emperor Style and fluffy Steamed BBQ Chicken buns. Both variations are delectable with power packed tasty goodness that leaves you wanting more.

Elevate your palate with delectable dishes such as Sautéed Cuttlefish coated with Oriental Butter Sauce, or Wok-Fried Shelled Prawns with Lemongrass and Curry Leaf – bite in to crisp and succulent prawns fused with tinge of spiciness and tang.

End on a sweet note with refreshing Chinese desserts such as Chilled Honeydew Melon with Sago, Mango Pudding and Royal Herb Jelly to cool your palate after a hearty meal.

Here’s a sneak peak on some of the Dim Sum that’s definitely worth your calories. I would highly recommend these:

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Double Boil Pitaya Yellow Flower with Dried Scallop Soup

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Steamed Dim Sum Variation: Steamed “Siew Mai” Emperor Style, Steamed “Extra Ordinary” Sauce Chives Dumpling, Steamed Prawn Dumpling with Coriander Steamed Squid Ink Bun with Salted Egg Custard.

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Deep-fried Dim Sum Variation: Deep-fried Yam Dumpling, Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with salad, Deep-fried Vegetarian Spring Roll.

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Sauteed Mixed Vegetables “Teo Chew” Style with Macadamia Nuts.

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Braised “Eu-Fu” Noodles with Crab Meat and Chives

The Emperor remains an award-winning restaurant, specialising in Cantonese cuisine headed by our Executive Chef Loh Jiunn Voon and his team of culinary masters such as Dim Sum masterchef, Chef Ang; who oversees the Dim Sum daily operations at The Emperor.

All-You-Can-Eat Dim Sum Lunch is priced at RM78.00 nett per person (minimum of TWO persons) and is available from Tuesday to Saturday. Family Dim Sum Brunch at The Emperor is available every Sunday and public holidays and is one of the top choices in the city.

Operation hours are from 12.00noon to 2.30pm for lunch, 6.00pm to 10.00pm for dinner and 10.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.00pm to 10.00pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.

For enquires or reservation please call 03-5031 6060 ext. 1954. Visit Dorsett Grand Subang’s website for more information at www.dorsetthotels.com/malaysia/subang and don’t forget to “Like” them at https://www.facebook.com/DorsettGrandSubang

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Spend Your Holiday Breaks at Resorts World Genting

With school holidays just around the corner and in conjunction with Matta Fair, it’s the best time to buy your holidays now and what better way to spend your holiday breaks at Resorts World Genting?

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From 1st to 14th September, book online for First World Hotel room promotion at just RM55 nett for a Standard Room one night stay. Or opt to stay in the new XYZ Deluxe room for just RM80.

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There is also the XYZ Triple room with breakfast for just RM165 nett for three persons.

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If Steamboat is your favorite, stay and dine at Resort Seafood for just RM159 nett for two persons.

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The deals continue at Resorts World Kijal. Package price for one night stay and buffet breakfast for two persons is just RM249 nett and if you are a golf enthusiast, opt for the RM266 nett that comes with one night stay in Deluxe room, buffet breakfast and one round of golf on the beautiful 18 holes golf course just next to the sea.

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It’s also a good time to visit Langkawi with great deals at Resorts World Langkawi.  For a deluxe garden view room, the package is only RM200 for one night stay and if you are lucky, you will get a free room upgrade to Deluxe Seaview too!  If it is seaview you prefer, opt for the two nights stay that comes with breakfast.  The superior seaview room is just RM565 nett or opt for the premier seaview room for just RM644 nett.

Meanwhile for concerts and shows, discounts are aplenty when you book online.  Enjoy a 20% discount for Superstars of Magic or a 15% discount for Tsai Chin Live in Genting 2015 concert.  Other upcoming concerts includes Power Woman Encore, Tiger Huang, Alex To My Virtual Planet Tour Part II live in Genting, a Magical Date with Shunza – A Christmas Concert and 2016 New Year Countdown with 3 Divas are all up for grabs at 25% discount from normal price.

For more information, please call 03 – 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com for more information.

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