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23 October, 2014

MyFest 2015

Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015

MyFest 2015 has been announced by the tourism ministry during the launching of Visit Malaysia Year 2014 as this festive year will continue after the VMY2014. Malaysia Year of Festivals or MyFest 2015 will showcase the countries unique multi-cultural festivals that are celebrated by the many ethnic races found all around Malaysia.

Not only general festivals are showcased but anything that is in the form of a festival will be part of the Year of Festivals 2015 around Malaysia. There will be a roadshow going on for awareness locally and also internationally where MyFest 2015 will hopefully encourage the visitors to stay longer in Malaysia. As this is also a national mission, MyFest 2015 has a theme called "Endless Celebrations".

The MyFest 2015 Roadshow will start on the 21st October and end on the 16th December 2014. This roadshow will travel from state to state around Malaysia for awareness. 

Malaysia has a population of 29.7 million people which are spread throughout Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia of Sabah and Sarawak Borneo. There are a total of 13 states and 3 federal territories where each state houses multiple cultures and festivals. Malaysia is also one of the few countries in the world that has many different public holidays for each of the ethnic races making it a desirable place to visit.

MyFest 2015 Rationale

Officially on the 21st of October 2014, the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia announced that the year 2015 will be known as the Malaysia Year Of Festivals (MyFest) 2015. The MyFest 2015 campaign will continue to boost the tourism sector and ensure that the Malaysian tourism industry remains robust after the Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign. As Malaysia is blessed with various cultures, the new campaign seeks to showcase and celebrate Malaysia’s bountiful, diverse cultures and various festivities.

The MyFest 2015 campaign also seeks to maintain Malaysia as the top-of-the-mind tourist destination with a target of receiving 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion tourist receipts. The campaign will complement the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan (MTTP:2020:36:168) where the country has set a target of 36 million tourist arrivals with RM168 billion tourist receipts in the year 2020.

MyFest2015 Logo
MyFest 2015 Logo
MyFest 2015 Logo Rationale

The design for Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 logo depicts a traditional musical instrument known as the Rebana Ubi. The drum is a musical instrument which can be associated with Malaysia’s multicultural society, in line with the spirit of 1Malaysia. Therefore, the logo design reflects an important part of the country’s heritage, traditions and culture.

Malaysia Year of Festivals
Various festivals and celebrations can be found throughout Malaysia
Among the notable festivals held throughout Malaysia are;
  1. New Years Day (1st January 2015)
  2. Thaipusam (3rd February 2015)
  3. Chinese New Year (19 & 20 February 2015)
  4. Wesak Day (3rd May 2015)
  5. Kaamatan (30 & 31 May 2015)
  6. Gawai (1 & 2 June 2015)
  7. Hari Raya (17 & 18 July 2015)
  8. Merdeka Day (31st August 2015)
  9. Malaysia Day (16th September 2015)
  10. Deepavali (10th November 2015)
  11. Christmas (25th December 2015)
MYFest 2015
Some of the multi-cultural Malaysians 
MyFest 2015 Malaysia
Indian performers during a Deepavali festival in Malaysia
The official Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 logo was also recently announced by the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and this official logo will be used on all printed materials for 2015. MyFest 2015’s logo was also officially launched in the state of Kelantan on 18th September 2014 by YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.

Anyone planning to visit Malaysia in 2015 should take note of when and where the main festivals are held as it would be a bonus for your trip if you could witness some of the amazing festivals that Malaysia has to offer. Each main festival is held at a national level and is usually at main cities around Malaysia too. Hope to see you during the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 which promises a myriad of excitement, colour and taste throughout Malaysia for MyFest 2015. 

22 October, 2014

Travel blogging tips for Google Panda 3.0 update

Travel blog tips for Google Panda 3.0 update

Travel blogging tips for Google Panda 3.0 update must be the top question for most travel bloggers, writers and businesses who want to get the best from the latest update from Google. While many are still unclear on what the full Panda 3.0 update is all about here are some basic information that you can use for help improve your travel blog or website. Actually, it works for all platforms, even if you do not do travel, it applies to anyone who has a blog or website. 

It's all a matter of understanding the Google Panda 3.0 update and how it can benefit your blog or website. Gone are the days of spammy linking and so on. and one of the most popular forms of getting link-backs are commenting on other peoples blog. If you should know, most southeast Asians love to post comments like "great post" or "nice post" which makes no sense at all. 

So, when did this Google update happen? The Google Penguin 3.0 update was officially released on Monday, October 20th, but it began to roll out on Friday, October 17th 2014. 

How can travel bloggers benefit from the Google Panda 3.0 update?

In a general view, the Google Penguin 3.0 update is all bout pushing businesses, individuals, and organizations to boost their SEO in a healthy, non-spammy way. 

Google Panda 3.0 Malaysia

Here are 9 tips for boosting your PageRank for your blog or website on Google:

1. Link back to your website through your blog and importantly, your social media platforms.
2. Create a list of keywords for your brand, and use these words as much as you can throughout your website, blog, and social media platforms.
3. Backlink to relevant blog posts within your blog and backlink to pertinent website pages.
4. Guest Blog - Though this is subjective, it still works, providing you do it correctly.
5. Share your discounts and offers on social media; people love discounts, and they are more inclined to share these online.
6. Make sure your company is listed in the major online directories: Yahoo!, Google+, Yelp, etc.
7. Remain active on Google+, though for Southeast Asians, this is still new.
8. Update your website with new content as much as possible. Old story, content is always king. 
9. Share your blog or site on social bookmarking sites: Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc.

Again Google has stood firm with their warnings over and over in the last few years and this time around, the big G has mentioned that anyone who violates the Webmaster Linking Guidelines will be severely penalized. This means, if you are caught violating the guidelines, you can or may be sand-boxed, removed or demoted in search results. You should check out the linking guidelines if you want to improve your blog or website. 

Panda 3.0 Malaysia

Here are the major linking guidelines for the Google Panda 3.0 Update:

1. No buying or selling of links that pass PageRank.
2. No excessive link trades. ("Link to me and I'll link to you")
3. No marketing campaigns that incorporate excessive spam anchor-linking (words with URL hyperlinks).
4. No usage of automated services which create spammy backlinks to your blog or website. 
5. No segments of text with excessive anchor text use (i.e. Christmas is around the corner. Have you bought your Christmas presents yet? Avoid the rush, buy online from the Christmas Store to save time and money and get a Christmas Discount.)
6. No low-ranking directory or bookmark links to your blog or site.
7. No embedding of low-quality links in widgets on your blog or website.
8. No embedding of low-quality links in your website/blog header or footer.
9. No embedding of low-quality links in your comments on websites, blogs, or social media.

Hope the information above will assist anyone with a travel blog or any blog and website to understand how the update will assist or even demote your blog or site. Generally, travel bloggers are also at risk due to the many travel companies approaching them to buy links or put in widgets on their blogs. With the Travel blogging tips for Google Panda 3.0 update, you can easily overcome all of these and if you have any comments, please feel free to comment below, minus your link-back. 

21 October, 2014

Year End Events in Malaysia 2014

Malaysia Major Events 2014

Year End Events in Malaysia 2014 is a compilation of shows, concerts, and events that are scheduled to take place in the months of October, November and December around Malaysia. These events are also endorsed by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia. 

As we get closed to the year end here in Malaysia, quite a number of international events, concerts and shows have been planned and among them, huge superstars like Mariah Carey and Mamma Mia are scheduled to perform here in the capital of Malaysia. Below is a list of events, plays, concerts and shows lined up for the year end. 

Mariah Carey Live in Malaysia 2014

Mariah Carey Concert in Malaysia 2014

Date: 22nd October 2014
Venue: Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Mariah Carey, an international icon with millions of fans worldwide will make her appearance in Malaysia once again since her debut in 2004. Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date. She has released countless chart topping songs and albums over the years and continues to do so to date.

The Concert will feature songs from her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” as well as her famous classics and chart topping melodies. As quoted in a recent interview with Billboard that the album took its title from a “personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life.” 

For more information on Mariah Carey Malaysia Tickets.

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales 2014 Malaysia

Date: 24th October 2014 to 26th October 2014
Venue: Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The show features Disney cartoon characters in performances that derive their music and plot from elements from various Disney films. This event will feature performances by characters from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Beauty & The Beast.

Featuring dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, audiences will be captivated by the humour, fun and adventure of these spellbinding stories. Dream with the princesses, cheer for the heroes as they conquer evil villains and these classic tales are brought to life in a theatrical experience that’s pure magic.

For more information and Disney Live Tickets Malaysia

Viper Challenge 2014

Viper Challenge 2014 Malaysia

Date: 01 Nov 2014 to 02 Nov 2014
Venue: Sepang International Circuit (SIC), Sepang

Viper Challenge 2014 is one of the Asia’s biggest obstacle event. It will be THE marquee obstacle-based community challenge in the region, the first of its kind in South-East Asia. 

Participants will have to go through over 21 unique large-scale man-made obstacles, across an 20.65 km course, crawling through mud, scaling heights, battling fatigue and overcoming fears.

Viper Challenge is based on a wave format, which means only 500 participants will be released into the Viper arena every 30mins. Participants can expect to complete all obstacles between 3-4 hours.

This year Viper Challenge will be on the 1st and 2nd of November 2014 at Sepang International Circuit. For more information, please visit the official Viper Challenge Malaysia Website.

2014 Retrofest Asia

2014 Retrofest Asia

Date: 01 Nov 2014
Venue: Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon, Selangor

Retrofest Asia 2014, a 90s Music Festival is seeking to bring back fans to the era of 90s. Gathering almost all the top acts from the era, this festival will be one of the MUST attend festivals in Malaysia.

The festival will feature such artists like  Rick Astley, Bananarama, Belinda Carlisle, Firehouse, Tevin Campbell and many more.

For more information on Retrofest Asia 2014 Tickets.

Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival 2014 ( MURFEST)

Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival 2014 ( MURFEST)

Date: 7th November 2014 to 9th November 2014
Venue: Pullman Putrajaya / Marina Putrajaya

Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival 2014 (MURFEST) aims to be Malaysia’s largest yoga, dance and music festival, featuring top yoga instructors, artists, musical acts and dancers from around the globe. This event will feature an array of Yoga workshops running simultaneously teaching various Yoga techniques and types, diverse dance and music lessons, wellness and healing vendor village and a wide selection food bazaar.

URBANITE concert will be held 2 nights in a row at Marina Putrajaya to being more hype to the MURFEST. This mini concert is a collective of “World Music” of different genres. This will give the audience a cross-cultural feel of the music world.  The bands selected will be those of world music, fusion and classical styles.

For more information on Malaysia Urban Retreat Festival Tickets.

7th Royal Kedah World Muaythai Challenge

7th Royal Kedah World Muaythai Challenge

Date: 14th November 2014 to 15th November 2014
Venue: Mahsuri Hall, Langkawi, Kedah

Z1 International once again brings the prestige sport event; 7th Royal Kedah World MuayThai Challenge to MuayThai lovers.  Entering its 7th consecutive year after the first event in 2008, this event is set to draw more regional fans to Malaysia.

The event has been receiving positive reactions from both local and regional fans, gaining average of 6,000 audience and 24,000 live streaming viewers annually.  With a successful track record, this event is one of the MOST awaited events in sports’ calendar.

Asanee Suwan, a former Thai boxer turned actor is ready to set the fire burning at Mahsuri Hall with his first appearance in Malaysia. His movie “Beautiful Boxer” has lifted him as one of the most popular actors in Thailand, which help to increase the number of his fans. A total of 17 boxers from different countries as Brazil, South Africa, Scotland, Iran and many more will be participating.

For more information, Visit the official Royal Kedah MuayThai Challenge Website.

Sesame Street Live in Malaysia – Elmo Makes Music

Sesame Street Live in Malaysia – Elmo Makes Music

Date: 28th November 2014 to 3rd January 2015
Venue: Genting International Showroom, Resorts World Genting

Sesame Street is the biggest and most popular children’s television programme since its debut in U.S in 1969. Sesame Street has the largest worldwide audience of any children’s television programme, to date. With millions of fans and viewers around the world, Sesame Street show has been translated in more than 20 languages to reach out to many more people globally. 

This multi-million dollar Broadway musical show is a winner of 159 Emmy Awards and is the world’s leading children’s education brand. The 90-minute shows are written and produced in conjunction with Sesame Workshop and based on the Emmy Award-Winning television program.

For more information, log on to Sesame Street Live in Genting Malaysia

The Maze Challenge Asia 2014

The Maze Challenge Asia 2014

Date: 29th November 2014 to 30th November 2014
Venue: Sepang International Circuit (SIC)

The Maze Challenge Asia (MCA) 2014 seeks to test participants’ ability to conquer 7700m² of a temporary built giant maze in the fastest time possible. The challenge will be complemented with physical obstacles in its course, testing a great body and mind workout of participants. MCA 2014 sets to enhance social inclusion and to promote unity within the participants. 

The concept of MCA is different from any other sports as well-planned coordination and critical thinking are needed to complete the maze. MCA 2014 is set to pull in international crowds with its unique concept and it will be truly great experience for the participants.

For more information, visit The Maze Challenge Asia 2014 Facebook Page

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

Date: 4th December 2014 to 7th December 2014
Venue: Bayview Beach Resort, Batu Feringghi Penang

Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014 (PIJF) is an annual event since 2004. This will be PIJF’s 11th consecutive year. The past 10 editions of this music festival has attractted a wide cross-section audience from all walks of life from all over Malaysia and Asia Pacific region. 

Performers for this year’s “Jazz By The Beach” stage (Saturday, 6th and Sunday, 7th December) include Crystal Bowersox, Carmen Souza, Monoswezi, Laila Baili Trio, CNIRBS, Jo Yeong Duk Trio, JazzHats & Ray featuring Man Kidal and others.

For more information, please visit the official Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014 Website

Urbanscapes 2014

Urbanscapes 2014 Genting

Date: 6th December 2014
Venue: Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting

Urbanscapes 2014 is hosting their fifth home-grown festival here again in Malaysia with greater emphasis on comedy, music, food and artistic illustrations for the art enthusiast, locally and internationally. Mini-festivals and satellite shows which will be held in Genting will assist with creating the vibe and promotion leading to the main Urbanscapes festival on 6th December.

Urbanscapes main festival will showcase several music headliners from different genres globally. Confirmed artist performing at the main festival are, American alternative rock band; Lemonheads and American Indie-Rock band; Local Natives.

For more information, visit the official Urbanscapes website.

Kids Golf World Championships 2014 (KGWC)

Kids Golf World Championships 2014 (KGWC)

Date: 8th December 2014 to 12th December 2014
Venue: Palm Resort Golf & Country Club Pulai Springs Golf Resort (Johor)

Kids Golf World Championships 2014 (KGWC), for the third time being held in Asia after US and Europe, is a special opportunity for boys and girls between ages 5 years to 18 years old to play in a world competition.

The mission of Kids Golf is to help kids have fun learning the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories to provide kids and their families the opportunity to participate in the game of golf through instruction and competition.

For more information, visit the official Kids Golf World Championship 2014 Website

Mamma Mia The Musical Malaysia 

Mamma Mia The Musical Malaysia 2014

Date: 18th December 2014 to 21st December 2014
Venue: Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The globally acclaimed and Tony-Award winning MAMMA MIA! will be delighting and enthralling audiences once again as the International Tour of MAMMA MIA! makes its way from London to Malaysia this December 2014 for a strictly limited season.

From West End to global phenomenon, MAMMA MIA! has been seen by more than 54 million people in 39 productions, 14 different languages and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway. Celebrating 15 years in London's West End, MAMMA MIA! is Judy Craymer's ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.

For more information, please visit the official Mamam Mia Website. You can also book your Mamma Mia Tickets online at Tickets People or call TicketsPeople at 03-22872727

International Motorcycle Festival (Malaysia) 2014

International Motorcycle Festival (Malaysia) 2014

Date: 19th December 2014 to 21st December 2014
Venue: Open Car Park, Stadium Bukit Jalil

International Motorcycle Festival 2014 (IMF) is initiated to be an important major festival tag lined “All About Two Wheels” for bikers in Malaysia and all around the region. First of its kind, the International Motorcycle Festival (Malaysia 2014) will continuously be an annual biker’s event held in Malaysia. This year the show is hosted at the open car park space in Stadium Bukit Jalil which aims to accommodate bike lovers around Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia and Singapore. 


Stefanie Sun Kepler World Tour in Malaysia 2014

Stefanie Sun Kepler World Tour in Malaysia 2014

Date: 20th December 2014
Venue: Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil

Stefanie Sun Yan Zi is a Singaporean singer-songwriter with 11 albums under her belt. Dubbed as the most successful singer from Singapore, Sun has written her own history in entertainment industry. Since her debut in 2000, Sun has sold more than 10 million copies throughout Asia, marking her status as one of the most accomplished artists in Asia.

Being a perfectionist herself, she once stated that ‘clever singers do not rush into productions because quality does matter when releasing an album’ putting negative criticisms to rest. Her first two-days Taiwan concerts were sold out in 46 minutes after tickets went on sale three months before the concerts.

For more information, visit the official Star Planet website.

Malaysia Major Events 2015

You can also visit the official Malaysia Major Events Website for a full list of events that are happening throughout the year. Malaysia Major Events is a division of Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. Tasked under the Prime Minister’s Economic Transformation Programme, our mission is to place Malaysia on the world map as the event venue of choice. To be top of mind, right at the onset as the centre stage for sports, arts, lifestyle and entertainment events in Asia. This article is also created to promote the multiple Year End Events in Malaysia 2014.

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