Shop for Souvenirs in Sea The World

Vacationing in Resorts World Genting? Wanna get buy some souvenirs? Team E.T.A would like to recommend one place for you to buy souvenirs in Genting Highlands; Sea The World. Souvenirs are sold at a affordable price over here and great for travelers or backpackers with budget. Items can be found as low as RM10 here in Sea The World.

Sea The World’ is located in First World Plaza, and will be there for a limited time only and is a perfect place for souvenir hunting without burning a huge hole in the pocket, so if you’re in Resorts World Genting and would like buy some souvenirs for your loved ones, ‘Sea The World’ is a must visit.

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Sea themed accessories and crafts

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Windchime made from seashells

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Handcrafts made from corals

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Glow in the dark souvenir t-shirts

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Accessories

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Tidbits are available too at ‘Sea The World’.

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Events Line Up For Chinese New Year 2016 in Resorts World Genting

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Wanna escape the scorching spring festival heat? Head over to somewhere cooler are more relaxing. Genting Highlands would be a great idea. Plenty of events. Here’s sharing what’s happening in Resort World Genting throughout Chinese New Year 2016.

* Hong Teck Lion Dance troupe performance:  Daily around the resort until Chap Goh Meh, 22 February.

*First World Plaza: Lao Fu Zi on stage,
12pm to 12.30pm, 5.30pm to 6pm, and 8pm to 8.30pm until 29 February.

*Meet and greet with the Monkey King from CNY eve until 22nd February 2016 in the resort.

*Chin Swee Caves Temple: Bai Tian Gong (Prayer to Welcome the Sky Gods) 13th Floor, Sky Terrace on 15th February, from 11.30pm onwards.

*Chin Swee Caves Temple: Ven. Zhang Yong  daily blessings from the 8th to 14th February. Sessions are scheduled from 10am to 12pm, and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

*Ang Pow Give Away Room Package Promotion. Priced at RM168 nett per package, guest will be entitled for one night stay at First World Hotel standard room that comes with buffet dinner for two persons at Coffee Terrace. The room package booking is available now until 21 February, while staying period is from 12 to 20 March 2016.

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Fun Things To Do in Taman Negara Pahang

Taman Negara is located in Jerantut, Pahang and is well known for it’s well preserved flora and fauna and is offering a full blown eco-escapade experience to outdoor activity lovers where you can opt to trek the jungle, explore a cave, cruise the river with a boat or even visit the indegenious settlement.

Getting to Taman Negara can be quite tricky for tourists as there is no direct express or intercity transport to Taman Negara. You can get to Taman Negara by driving or by bus from any cities or towns in Malaysia.

Most of the resorts, guest house, chalets and hostels in Kuala Tahan are located within the walking distance from the bus stop. But some resorts would require a short boat ride before you can reach the place. Do check you resort’s exact location prior to arrival.

The public bus services is the cheapest way to get to Taman Negara, but if you want a full blown experience, we would recommend you to ride a boat from Kuala Tembeling to Taman Negara. The boat ride will take about 3 hours before you can reach Taman Negara.

9 Things You Must Do in Taman Negara:

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1. Boatride to Taman Negara

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2. Jungle nightwalk and animal watching at Tahan Hide

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3. 4×4 off-roading trip

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4. Midnight fishing

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5. Batik painting at Kuala Tahan

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6. Canopy walk

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7. Rapids Shooting

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8. Riverside walking

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9. Visit the Bateq Tribe in the Indegenious Settlement at Kg. Dedari, Kuala Tahan, Pahang.

Han Travel provides one of the best transportation and accommodation arrangement to Taman Negara, so look them up for fuss free experience in Taman Negara at an affordable price.

You can also visit www.rainforestresort.net for more information.

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Accomodation in Taman Negara Pahang

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Han Rainforest Resort is the largest resort in Taman Negara.The place is located quite far from town area but it is highly convenient to stay here as there’s a cafe, convenience shop and even a spa in the vicinity of the resort.

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Han Rainforest Resort

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The reception. Apart from being a place for receiving guests, this is also is a place where you gather with your groups or book your tour.

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The standard room is pretty basic, with two single beds.

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The vanity table. Sockets can also be found for all your electronic needs.

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The shower

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Han Travel provides one of the best transportation and accommodation arrangement to Taman Negara, so look them up for fuss free experience in Taman Negara at an affordable price.

You can also visit www.rainforestresort.net for more information.

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Genting Back to Nature Eco Retreat 2015 with Underprivileged Children

Resort World Genting has organized their annual Back To Nature Eco Retreat and Team E.T.A was given the chance to join in. The event is part of Resort World Genting CSR program to foster awareness and appreciation on conserving nature among the public. The event stressed on taking care of the environment and the tropical rainforest that we have in our country.

The event started with the registration of the media and the participants at Awana Longhouse. Participants were briefed on the security measures that we should take throughout the program and was supervised by an experienced ranger.

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During the 30 minutes session,  participants, amounting to about 80 underprivilleged students from schools from all over Pahang and members of the media were briefed about the rainforest in the vicinity of Resort World Genting that has existed for over 130 million years old.

During the briefing, participants were strongly reminded not to break the plants or picking up the plants to maintain the greenery and the beauty of native plants in the forest.

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After the briefing, we were were taken to trek the jungle. It was really challenging as they were only small and narrow dirt paths.

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The trek that we went was the shortest route known, which was 1.8km.

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After the strenuous trekking through the woods as far as 1.8km, participants were treated to a delicious lunch at Pasar Ikan Bakar.

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After the short break and a noon meal, the next event is inauguration of the event  by YB Datin Paduka Chew.

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Tree planting ceremony during the launching by Datin Seri Paduka Chew. Looking on, the VP or Genting Public Relation Division, Ms. Katherine Chew.

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Part of the program itinerary was eco talk by Eco Knights, Environmental fashion show where participants teamed up together and produce environmental wear made from recycled materials and plants and last but not least Treasure Hunt

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Treasure Hunt session

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Enviromental wear fashion show

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The Genting Back to Nature Eco Retreat 2015 was a well organized event and it was indeed an adventurous and memorable and educational weekend for everyone.

Well done to Resort World Genting for giving back to the community through this Genting Back to Nature 2015 event and we look forward for more events like this one in the future.

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Things To Do In Genting Highlands in December 2015

Fancy celebrating a little bit of a white Christmas up in Genting Highlands? Here’s what Team E.T.A would recommend you to do:

1. Watch Alvin& The Chipmunks. They are having a mini Christmas Concert in Genting Highlands. For details refer to the info below:

Venue: Times Square Stage, First World Plaza

Showtimes:
12.00pm – 12.30pm 
5.30pm – 6.00pm 
7.00pm – 7.30pm
No show on Monday

Christmas live show will be ongoing from 1st December 2015 till 1st January 2016 in Resorts World Genting. It is a must-watch family Christmas concert for the festive month.

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Alvin and the gang performing

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There’s also a meet and greet session after the mini concert, so be sure to take a selfie or two or even get the professional photographer to take a family photo for you to keep.

2. Spoil yourselves at Coffee Terrace

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It’s Christmas here in Coffee Terrace, Genting Highlands. Christmassy deco can be seen from the entrance.

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The usual stalls like Flavours of Malaysia, Chinese, Western, Western Asian and Japanese Cuisine is available as usual in addition of special Christmas offerings consisting of colorful pastries, candies & sweets, such as miniature pasties, pineapple cookies, orea, chocolate chips, homemade tartlets, assorted cake, jellies & pudding, freshly baked pudding, assorted mousse, chocolate fountain for marshmallow [heart shape, twist, flower], jelly bean, mini smarty, kiwi jelly rainbow twist, kiwi jelly twist, kiwi jelly cube, gummy apple ring, gummy black currant ring, gummy cola, gummy peach ring, color meringue and not forgetting popcorn, cotton candies, crispy pan cake, assorted ice cream, ice kacang and cendol are available from the individual food station.

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Salad bar

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Popcorn stall is one of it the Christmas treats.

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Live action stall for crepes

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Ais Kacang booth

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Candy floss booth

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Chocolate fountain

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Candies and gummies

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Assorted ice creams

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Assorted cakes and pastries

Check out below for your dining reference:

ESCAPE TO WONDERLAND

Date : 1 December 2015 to 3 January 2016 

12.00 nn to 2.30 pm – Buffet Lunch
5.00 pm to 9.30 pm – Buffet Dinner 

Buffet Lunch
RM 55.00 nett [adult] ; RM 20.00 nett [child]
Buffet Dinner
RM 88.00 nett [adult] ; RM 35.00 [child] 

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR PROMOTION

24 & 31 December 2015 -Buffet Dinner
25 December 2015 & 1 January 2016  [Buffet Lunch & Dinner]

12.00 nn to 2.30 pm [Buffet Lunch]
5 .00 pm to 9.30 pm [Buffet Dinner]

 RM 98.00 nett [adult] ; RM 49.00 [child] 

 HI TEA

Date : 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 December 2015

3.30 pm to 4.30 pm

RM 30.00 nett [adult] ; RM 15.00 nett [child]

For bookings and enquiries, and also family holiday packages, click HERE

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Chin Swee Caves Temple

One of the place of interest you can visit while you are in Genting Highlands is Chin See Caves Temple.

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Located at 4,600 feet above sea level, the temple is about 5–10 minutes’ drive from the peak of the mountain, there is plenty to see in the vicinity of the temple, even if you are not a worshipper.

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Apart of a giant Buddha and Goddess of Mercy’s statues, you’ll discover that the temple also offers journey to enlightenment through the depiction of heaven and hell via realistic scene brought to life through statues.

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Journey to Enlightment

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The tortures of Hell

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The beauty of heaven

To drive up, refer to Waze or Google Map. Below is the address for your reference.

Chin Swee Caves
Genting Highland
69000 Genting Highland,
Pahang, Malaysia.

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Eco Retreat and Adventure at Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre

Looking for a place that is away from the bustling city for a little adventurous retreat? Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre is the perfect place for you. It is an agro tourism resort that was built in the orchards on land covering 17 acres and is a haven for those who would love to get close to nature.

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Entrance to Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre

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There is a river located deep inside the resort, and one does not necessarily have to be a guest of the resort to enjoy the river activities or a relaxing riverside picnic. The place is accessible to public and daily pass can be obtained at the reception house.

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Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre has more than 70 units of chalets built with both natural and modern elements. Apart from that, there are hostels for visitors who came in groups. For those who are more adventurous. campsites with tents are available for rent. Sleeping bags is however not included.

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During our most recent trip with Tourism Malaysia Selangor for their product update and media program, we stayed at the chalet located deep inside of the Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre.

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It was about 8 minutes walk away from the entrance of the resort.

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Aerial view of our chalet

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Our chalet, with balcony overlooking the river.

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The chalet is meant for couples and is equipped with a sofa and TV at the living room and a Queen size bed at the bedroom.

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Queen size bed. The bedroom is equipped with air conditioner.

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There is bathroom ensuite. Our chalet was RM200 per night, inclusive of breakfast for two. Quite a good deal in my opinion, considering the beautiful view. There is a cafe across the river but if you don’t intend to dine there, we would recommend you to stock up on some ready to eat meals as it us quite a distance to the nearest town.

Things to do at Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre

There are plenty of things to do in Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre, but here’s our pick on what you can do over there.

1. River Tubing

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There are instructors on duty to guide visitors upstream where the river flows from top to bottom.

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Helmets and lifejackets is absolutely necessary to avoid any unwanted injuries and incidents as the river flows really fast.

2. 4WD Off Road Trip

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4WD off road ride to the jungle can be very rough. Therefore, Team E.T.A would not recommend this activity to those with heart issues or spinal problems.

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Venturing deeper into the jungle, you will be able to get up close and personal with nature.

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We would recommend you to bring shockproof and waterproof camera for picture taking purposes. Action and wide angle cameras like GoPro works well too should you want to record your journey throughout the 4WD trip.

3. Team Building Activities

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Team building activities. Designed to challenge you not only physically but mentally as well.

4. BBQ Dinner

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BBQ facilities is provided, so you might wanna give it a go to.

5. Karaoke

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If you’re looking for some lighthearted fun, you might wanna try karaoke-ing in Kalumpang Resort and Training Centre too.

Kalumpang Resorts and Training Centre is not just a place for recreation, but it is also suitable for training, courses, seminars, meetings, family day and camping. 

FEE & ADMISSION

Day trip :
Adult (>12 years old) – RM10
Children (5-12 years old) / Senior Citizens (≥55 years old) – RM5
Children (<5 years old) – FREE
Halls :
Hall + PA System – RM650
Hall 1 day (morning – evening) – RM350
Additional LCD TV/Monitor – RM220
Campsite (Day trip admission fee applied) :
Tent (4 person) + Campsite – RM40/tent
Campsite only (4 person) – RM20/tent
Tent installation – RM10/tent
Additional person – RM10/tent
Others :
Karaoke + Technician – RM550/3 hour
Karaoke + Technician (Coffee House / Canopy) – RM400/3 hour
BBQ hut + 2 packs of charcoal – RM50

For booking inquiries, please refer to the information below:

KALUMPANG RESORT & TRAINING CENTRE
Lot 426 & 427 Jalan Sg Inki,Kg Pasir Putih, Kalumpang 44100 Kerling, Hulu Selangor, Selangor

Tel : 03-6049 1969
Fax : 03-6049 1087
Email : [email protected][email protected]

For bookings and inquiries, please refer to the information below.

KALUMPANG RESORT & TRAINING CENTRE

Head Office:
Lot 426 & 427 Jalan Sg Inki,Kg Pasir Putih, Kalumpang 44100 Kerling, Hulu Selangor, Selangor
Tel : 03-6049 1969
Fax : 03-6049 1087
Email : [email protected][email protected]

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Bridging Culture with Titian Budaya

Celebrating 50 years of Singapore-Malaysia ties, TITIAN BUDAYA will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 21 November 2015 to 17 January 2016. Presented by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore (MCCY) and supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia (MOTAC), this cultural season showcases the creative talents of Singapore and Malaysia across a wide spectrum of art forms.

TITIAN BUDAYA will reach out to a wide range of audiences in Malaysia to celebrate the shared cultural connections between Singapore and Malaysia. Held over a span of three months, TITIAN BUDAYA will feature an estimated 400 participants from creative communities in Singapore and Malaysia in diverse programmes across different venues in Kuala Lumpur. MCCY has commissioned CultureLink Singapore to conceptualise, develop and produce the event.

The events underline the spirit of partnership, collaboration and co-operation between the two countries, and will involve about 150 Malaysian participants alongside Singapore creatives. The events also explore cross-cultural expressions, and highlight shared cultural and entertainment traditions and icons familiar to both countries. Additionally, TITIAN BUDAYA introduces aspects of Singapore’s creative scene that have not been widely encountered in Malaysia.

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TITIAN BUDAYA festivities will kick-off with a supercharged weekend carnival titled Next Door at Publika on 21-22 November 2015 with a series of four events transforming the mall into a cultural playground. The theme ‘Next Door’ aptly conveys notions of everyday living with shared experiences in a common neighbourhood. The first event features the opening of Art Next Door, a contemporary art exhibition that will run till 13 December 2015. Specially selected and commissioned art works by artists from Singapore and Malaysia are featured alongside one another, providing glimpses into photography, video art, and installation works of Singapore’s post-1965 generation and their Malaysian counterparts. The exhibition is curated by Tang Fu Kuen.

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The public will also get the opportunity to dip their creative hands in Bazaar Next Door, a family friendly event within the Boulevard at Publika. Organised in partnership with Art for Grabs, Kuala Lumpur’s most popular arts, design and crafts market and the Singapore Makers Association, there will be over 70 stalls that will occupy and delight Malaysians young and old.

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The third programme at Publika is Music Live Next Door that will feature performances by some of Singapore’s top and emerging music groups: Kailin Yong’s PLUS Trio, Rustic Vibes and SA (仨). Popular Singaporean and Malaysian singer-songwriters Charlie Lim and Liyana Fizi will perform with their respective bands as well as share the stage in a duet. All music performances will be held at Publika’s outdoor stage The Square.

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The fourth and final programme at Publika is Cinema Next Door, that will include a live animation concert by the TO Ensemble; animation films based on stories by five Singapore writers; and a collection of Singapore’s best short films. On Sunday 22 November 2015, we wind down the weekend with an outdoor film screening of Jack Neo’s iconic I Not Stupid.

A significant highlight of TITIAN BUDAYA is TITIAN BUDAYA NIGHT, which will be held on 8 December 2015 at Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, Malaysia’s world-class concert venue. This one- night-only gala event is infused with the colours, flavours and rhythms of the region that gives full meaning to the spirit of building bridges across cultures, boundaries, and art forms. A star-studded cast of soloists that includes jazz maestro Jeremy Monteiro and Singapore Idol Taufik Batisah will join the Singapore Chinese Orchestra to perform the works of well-known Malaysian and Singaporean composers in a multicultural extravaganza. Tok Dalang Eyo Hock Seng will lead the Kelantanese wayang kulit troupe Kumpulan Sri Campuran to perform a specially commissioned work from Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe, based on the play The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree written by the doyen of Singapore theatre, the late Kuo Pao Kun. The concert also celebrates the music of the legendary late P. Ramlee in a medley of his beloved songs especially re-arranged by Eric Watson. The entire programme will be musically supported by a 90-piece Singapore Chinese Orchestra, one of Singapore’s two national professional orchestras.

Dance enthusiasts are also in for a treat too, as TITIAN BUDAYA, in collaboration with Damansara Performing Arts Centre and T.H.E. Dance Company, will present the Company in two performances on 19-20 December 2015. The Company will perform a double-bill comprising a work by its Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon, as well as premiere of a new piece commissioned by Indonesian choreographer Jecko Siompo.

From 14-17 January 2016, the inaugural SINGAPORE FILM FESTIVAL in Malaysia will close TITIAN BUDAYA. The Film Festival is produced in collaboration with the Singapore Film Society and National Museum of Singapore. It presents an anthology of post-independence Singaporean films starting with the revival of local cinema since the mid-90s, and showcases 10 breakthrough works by Singaporean filmmaking talents from first-generation directors such as Eric Khoo and Jack Neo, to a younger generation of filmmakers like Anthony Chen, Boo Junfeng, Liao Jie Kai, and Royston Tan. The festival will highlight award-winning films and box office successes that have put Singapore cinema on the world map. Screenings will take place at Golden Screen Cinemas at 1Utama Petaling Jaya and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

TITIAN BUDAYA will also feature talks and discussions to deepen the knowledge and understanding of creative engagements, as well as facilitate cross-border networking and learning between Singapore and Malaysia socio-cultural institutions. These will be organized in conjunction with MY Performing Arts Agency. There will also be an arts-enabling project UNSEEN by artist Alecia Neo who works with visually-impaired communities in Malaysia. This project will be supported by the Singapore International Foundation and aims to use art as a means to effect positive change amongst the participants, as well as the larger community.

For more information on Titian Budaya, please visit www.titianbudayasg.com

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Hotels.com Unveils Local Travel Trends & Insights Kuala Lumpur ranked No.1 by Inbound Travellers

As Malaysians gear up for the upcoming end-of-year holiday season, Hotels.com unveiled local travel trends and insights based on the Hotels.com Hotels Price Index (HPI®) report. The HPI is respected as the definitive report on hotel prices paid around the world and is used as a reference tool by the media, hoteliers, financial analysts, investors, tourism bodies and academics.

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As a leading online accommodation booking website, Hotels.com™ publishes the HPI® report twice a year. It is a regular report based on movements in hotel prices in major destinations across the world. The findings of the HPI are based on on bookings made on Hotels.com sites, and prices shown are those actually paid by customers on a per room/per night basis including taxes and fees, rather than advertised rates.

In a media luncheon with local media yesterday, Nelson Allen, Senior Marketing Director, Asia Pacific for the Hotels.com brand said, “As one of the leading destinations in Asia, Malaysia is and has always been a key market for Hotels.com, for both in and out bound travellers.”

For two consecutive years (2014 H1 & 2015 H1), the city of Kuala Lumpur ranked No.1 as the popular destination by inbound travellers from all over the world. From a mix of tourist activities, cultural and heritage diversity to gastronomic offerings, Malaysia has much to offer be it for local or foreign travellers. Other local destinations that are also popular among inbound holidaymakers are Penang, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Malacca.

Overall, travellers were paying an average of RM306 per night for hotels in Malaysia in the first half of 2015. Among all travellers, travellers from Switzerland were spending the most (RM 425) on average hotel price paid in Malaysia, followed by Norway (RM 402), United Kingdom (RM 391), and two Asia countries – Hong Kong (RM 381) and South Korea (RM 378).

Top destinations in Malaysia for  travellers from overseas (2015 H1)

Ranking Destination

1. Kuala Lumpur
2. Penang
3. Langkawi
4. Kota Kinabalu
5. Malacca
6. Johor Bahru
7. Kuching
8.Tanah Rata
9.Genting Highlands
10. Ipoh

Top spender for Malaysia hotels (2015 H1)

Ranking travellers from average hotel price paid per night (2015 H1)

1. Switzerland -RM 425
2. Norway- RM 402
3. United Kingdom-RM 391
4. Hong Kong- RM 381
5. South Korea-RM 378

The recent softening of the Ringgit clearly has an impact on local destinations. Subsequently, Malaysians are also noticeably getting back to their roots when it comes to planning vacations.

The softening of Ringgit doesn’t necessarily mean a higher cost of travel. The HPI findings shared at the luncheon was a report conducted between January to June 2015, also revealed that there was a steady drop in hotels prices paid by Malaysians in the UAE, France, Macau, as well as Malaysians’ all time favourite – Bangkok, Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This could be attributed to more Malaysians using online and mobile applications for their travel planning.

Top  destinations for travellers from Malaysia (2015 H1)

Ranking Destination

1. Bangkok
2. Singapore
3. Bali
4. Hong Kong
5. Phuket
6. Melbourne
7. Krabi
8. Seoul
9. Tokyo
10.Taipei

Overseas destinations with the highest percentage decreases of
hotel price paid by travellers from Malaysia (2015  H1)

Ranking destination percentage decreases.(2015 H1)

1. United Arab Emirates -36%
2. France -21%
3. Singapore -18%
4. Indonesia -12%
5. Macau- 12%
6. Thailand-7%
7. Hong Kong -4%

Hotels.com offers a wide range of hotel choices with the best price guaranteed, and has 17million qualified guest reviews. It also has over 85 websites in over 35 languages with a multi-lingual hotlines, for ease of booking an accommodation at any time. For holidaymakers planning an impromptu trip, Hotels.com will always have 20,000 last minute deals up for grab at the very last minute.

For gadget aficionados, Hotels.com app is also available on Apple and Android wearable devices, and gives the user full access to booking details, directions to hotels, plus reminds you about check-in and check-out information.

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