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30 Jun 2015

Thailand Muslim App Launched

Thailand TAT Muslim Application

Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT has launched a Muslim Application for iOS and Android recently. This Muslim App is both an online and offline guidebook that will help Muslim visitors find mosques, halal restaurants and hotels, shopping centres with prayer rooms, and other facilities of cultural importance to Muslim travellers to Thailand. 

A critical component of the newly-launched strategy to position as a Muslim friendly destination, the App is initially in English and Thai but will be expanded to include Arabic and Bahasa Indonesia later. It also has a very important search and navigation feature to help quickly locate specific places and estimate the time it will take to get there from a users’ current location. 

The Thai Muslim App was developed with the support of the Halal Science Centre of Chulalongkorn University, the Foundation of the Islamic Centre of Thailand, Halal Standards Institute of Thailand and the Tourism Council of Thailand. Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Acting Governor, TAT, said, “We are especially happy to launch this App in the holy month of Ramadan. 

We hope it will be useful to the many Muslim visitors from Indonesia and Malaysia who may chose to visit Thailand during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr (Hari Raya) holidays at the end of the month.” The Muslim-friendly destination strategy is primarily aimed at the 240 million-strong Islamic populations of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, which are expected to grow strongly after the ASEAN integration process advances from 2016 onwards. Mrs Juthaporn said, “The Muslim population worldwide is about 1.6 billion, representing 23 percent of the total global population and, still, has plenty of room to grow. 

Tourism Thailand Muslim Application
The TAT Muslim Application which was recently launched
Thailand has great potential to serve this market. Today, we are seeing a whole new generation of young Thai-Muslims emerging nationwide, and it is very important for them to seek promising opportunities in the tourism sector.” She noted that Thailand is already the top destination for Middle East travellers in Asia. Amongst the non-Muslim countries, Thailand is ranked second in the world by the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2015. Mrs Juthaporn said, “We believe this is because we have the required range of products and services for Muslim travellers. 

We are already seeing many of our shopping complexes providing facilities for Muslim prayers. Halal food is also becoming commonplace. We are also seeing increasing investor interest in developing halal-tourism hotels. All this is good for us because it will create jobs for our emerging younger generation and promote national inclusiveness and integration.” 

TAT has also produced a number of guidebooks and brochures to help Muslim visitors; such as, “Halal Check-in Thailand (which contains a list of halal-certified restaurants) and Islamic Attractions in Southernmost Provinces (Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani). The TAT Muslim App can be downloaded here: http://www.tourismthailand.org/muslimfriendly

22 Jun 2015

Best or Good Place to Buka Puasa

Best or Good Place to Buka Puasa in Malaysia

Come the fasting month in Malaysia, most of my friends would ask me - Where is the best place or a good place to Buka Puasa? To be honest, every year it is the same thing when it comes to the fasting month of Ramadan in Malaysia. Hotels compete against each other in offering the best selections for buka puasa while price will always be one of the main concerns and a number of people will put on some weight. So, is there a best or good place to buka puasa? No, there is none. Each place has it's own speciality therefore read on.

Lately, in April 2015, Malaysia imposed the 6% Goods Sales Tax or GST and this created a domino effect where food prices were increased across the country. This however was a huge topic and eventually people got used to it. But for the hotel industry, it is a dog-eat-dog world here and many are trying their best to outdo one another and offer affordable buka puasa buffets for the locals.

Malaysia buka Puasa Photo
Vascos offers some mouth watering dishes during the fasting month in Malaysia
Who goes for Buka Puasa Buffets? 

Nowadays in Malaysia, going to a hotel for a buka puasa buffet has become a very normal event during the entire fasting month. Socialites, politicians and VIP's are known to host these sessions while the general consumer would be visiting with family and friends, and many times too during Ramadan. 

If you ask me, my personal opinion about buka puasa or breaking fast started as a corporate trend in the country where companies and corporations would take advantage of this time and host a buka puasa session at selected hotels around the cities. They would then invite suppliers and clients to attend this chance to do some additional networking and business.

Things have changed over the years where it has become normal for just about anyone to participate in breaking of fast here in Malaysia. For the tourist visiting Malaysia in June and July, be sure to go for the Buka Puasa Experience at any of the hotels or even at the Ramadan Bazaars. This would be a very interesting experience for you.

Malaysia Buka Puasa Food
Local Malay food variety found at most hotels - Image DiscoverJB
While most hotels would look forward to these corporate clients, there is a huge growing pool of general consumers that would personally go on their own for the buka puasa buffets. Again, I know some friends or acquaintances that attend hotel buka puasa buffets, simply because they like it and can afford it. 

Prices? Well, in most popular hotels around the cities, the price range per person is anywhere from RM80++ to 120++ and some even above RM150. Yes, quite a steep price if you ask me, but society seems to have no qualms about it. I remember back in the day, prices were around RM35-RM50 and many thought it was expensive. Much has changed in the last decade.

Good place for Ramadan Buffet
Some of the selections from Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Buka Puasa Choices

So, what is it that you will get at the hotel buka puasa buffets? Well, if you have attended some of these, you would most likely know that the hotels sometimes go all out to impress the guests. I have to be utterly honest here as I have attended some invitations to see what food choices are being offered and in most cases, they are just on a normal level for me. 

Some hotels shout highly about their traditional Malay kampung menu offering mouth watering local delicacies prepared by their chefs, but as I have tasted them, they are just averagely edible. Not kidding, especially if you know your Malay dishes. Why I'm saying this is that many people have not tried the authentic Malay kampung food from the real places hence do not know how to pass judgement, especially when doing reviews.

Buka Puasa Malaysia
You can find all sorts of traditional Malay dishes at Ramadan Bazaars
Buka Puasa Foodies

To be a good foodie in Malaysia, you need to have a vast knowledge, taste and experience for the local Malay Kampung foods found all over the country. Not going to some cafe or restaurant claiming that they are the original thing and passing judgement based entirely on that. Again, a subjective matter. 

Let me give you an example - Let's use Beef, Lamb or Chicken Satay, served in the hotels, it's always average though they claim the chefs have learned and mastered it, but when you compare it to the real satay served on the streets, it is miles apart.

This is a catch 22 situation and my point is that most hotels can never get their satay right. In many cases, they bulk cook the satay and leave it for guest to take, and most of the time, the satay is hard, cold or under average.  

Malaysia traditional buka puasa food dishes
Terengganu traditional buka puasa food dishes
Anyhow, in my honest opinion when I write this, the best or good place to buka puasa is always where you like to have it. Home, your favourite hotel or restaurant, it's very subjective.

When you read reviews of buka puasa, you will always see writers or bloggers selling the event extra highly even though they are just bloggers or writers and not professional food critics. However, for writing purposes, I have some examples of places to buka puasa below and just based on years of experience.

PJ Hilton Ramadan Buka Puasa
The PJ Hilton is a popular place to buka puasa
Best or Good Places for Buka Puasa 

Holiday Villa Subang is one of the top recommendations during Ramadhan where their variety is claimed to be one of the best in Klang Valley. I have tried it and I would agree on their selections. 

Shangri-la Hotel KL is one of the old timers in the buka puasa scene and most patrons would know that the feast comes at a price and also quality. 

Concorde Hotel KL is one of the places where their food quality has been on par with many other places. 

Petaling Jaya Hilton or PJ Hilton is one of the oldest players in the buka puasa buffet scene as for many years, they have held high respect from locals on their choices of food. Place tends to get fully booked and it is recommended to book well ahead here. 

For the above, they are just based on my experiences at these places over the years and if you think there are other hotels that make this list, please feel free to let me know by commenting in the form below.

Malaysian Ramadhan Bazaar
A typical scene at a Ramadan Bazaar in Malaysia
Buka Puasa in Reality

Ramadan in Malaysia
Blue Rice? 
While the urban community favours hotels to break fast, the more common layman does their buka puasa at home or at general restaurants, cafes, warungs and coffee shops. Ramadan Bazaars in KL are also a very popular place where locals flock here to get their fix of local Malay food dishes to take home for breaking of fast.

At times, you can find some of the best Malay foods at these food bazaars which are located at strategic places around the Klang Valley and also across every state in Malaysia.

Some of these Ramadhan Bazaars have well known and famous Malay dishes where long lines are seen at these stalls. Sometimes, people wait for 30 minutes just to buy that one dish here. My recommendation would be to pay a visit to these food bazaars and try the local experience as it is a fun and unique experience, especially if you are a traveler or visitor to Malaysia.

On a side note, doesn't mean that you have been to one, you know it all. Different bazaars have different experiences and different styles of food overall. It's like eating one type of pizza and passing judgement on all types. 

This is one of the festivals and events that make Malaysia Truly Asia where you can find all walks of life congregating in one area just for the sake of food. Again, Malaysia is a multi-racial country offering all kinds of foods from the many different races here. Ramadan is just one of them.

Common Ramadan Bazaar in Malaysia - Image by JohorKaki

You may also have contradicting views about my article, but let me just point out that this is a general overview based purely on my own experiences. I may not be a professional foodie or food critic, but I have had my fair share of sampling local and traditional food from all over Malaysia as my job takes me to these places.

The next upcoming one should be about the rare and unique Bario Food Festival or Pesta Nukenen Bario, held in the highlands of Bario in Sarawak. Here, the ethnic Kelabit people celebrate their harvest festival with a unique showcase of their age old traditional foods which are all harvested and sourced from the highlands. 

Overall, you may think that certain places hold strong values to their food and I won't agree or disagree as food is and has always been a very subjective matter to all humans. End of the day, we all like to read and hear about the best or good places to Buka Puasa in Malaysia. 

16 Jun 2015

BeautifulMalaysia Photo Contest

BeautifulMalaysia Photo Contest

A travel photo contest has been launched by Tourism Malaysia called the BeautifulMalaysia Photo Contest and will run for 12 weeks beginning from 15th June till 20th September 2015. The travel contest will also see the hashtag #BeautifulMalaysia being used throughout the duration creating social buzz on the many social media platforms out there which in return will promote the many beautiful Malaysian destinations. 

This contest was created simply because at any time of the day, there is always something happening around Malaysia, especially with so many festivals and events, this contest will highlight and discover the beauty of Malaysia through the eyes of those who have experienced, but also for them to share their own version of a beautiful Malaysia via this travel photo contest.

Beautiful Malaysia
Capturing your best beautiful Malaysia photos
#BeautifulMalaysia Photo Contest Information 

• Duration: 12 weeks from 15th June 2015 to 20th September 2015 

• Participation: Open to entrants worldwide, aged 13 years and above

Beautiful Malaysia Contest
Capturing the essence of Malaysia 
Contest Mechanics

• Participants will need to submit a photo that best encapsulates the beauty of Malaysia in any of the following categories: places, festivals, food or shopping.

• To submit a photo, participants can opt to post the photo on Instagram by including the hashtag #BeautifulMalaysia, or upload directly on the campaign website. 

• Photos will then be compiled, moderated and displayed in the contest gallery.

For more information, please visit the official beautifulMalaysia website

#BeautifulMalaysia Contest Prizes

For the Beautiful Malaysia Photo Contest, there will be one grand prize and three consolations prizes up for grabs each week. The photos will be judged based on creativity and relevance to the campaign, and the best photo of the week will be picked by Tourism Malaysia. Grand prizes include;

• GoPro Hero 4
• iPad Air 2
• Canon EOS 100D Cameras
• OPPO Find 5 Smart Phones

#Beautiful Malaysia Contest
The beautiful Siamil Beach in Sabah, Malaysia
Special Campaign Postcards

To further promote the #BeautifulMalaysia campaign, Tourism Malaysia will also be releasing specially designed #BeautifulMalaysia postcards that will be placed at selected airports around Malaysia. The winners of the contest will also have their winning photos displayed on the postcards at the end of the BeautifulMalaysia Photo Contest campaign.

15 Jun 2015

Events and Festivals in Malaysia for July 2015

Events and Festivals in Malaysia July 2015

Apart from the Hari Raya Aidilfitri in July, there are many other events and festivals in Malaysia for July 2015 which will take place all over the country. One of the highlights is that the cities of George Town and Melaka will hold celebrations to mark their 7th year anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

For something different, there is the unique Bon Odori Festival 2015 for anyone who is into Japanese culture and traditions and this event is celebrated in the state of Penang. For something quirky, Putrajaya will host a werewolf-themed urban obstacle night race called BloodRunner. 

If you happen to be visiting Sarawak at the end of July, check out the Bario Food Festival 2015 or Pesta Nukenen Bario for some exotic food and amazing cultures in this highland community. Below are the festivals and events taking place in Malaysia for the month of July 2015.

UNESCO World Heritage Site 7th Anniversary Celebrations Malaysia
UNESCO World Heritage Site 7th Anniversary Celebrations

Celebrate the 7th anniversary of the inscription of the historic cities of George Town and Melaka as a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with memorable events for everyone. The twin-city celebrations will bring visitors on the ground to historic sites to enjoy cultural performances, heritage appreciation and have an overall good time.

Date: 4 to 7 July
Venue: Streets of Inner George Town
Organiser: Georgetown World Heritage Incorporated
Contact: +604 261 6606
Website: www.heritagecelebrations.info

Date: 7 July
Venue: Dataran MBMB, Melaka
Organiser: Melaka City Council
Contact: +606 333 3333 / 1-800-88-8411
Website: www.mbmb.gov.my

Han Chin Pet Soo Museum Ipoh Perak
Inside the Han Chin Pet Soo Museum
Han Chin Pet Soo Museum Ipoh (New)

Ipoh has a brand new privately-run museum which traces the history of Malaya’s grand foray into tin mining in the old days. Han Chin Pet Soo, the Hakka tin miner’s club, was established in 1893 as a recreation club for tin miners to relax after a hard day’s work at the mines. Opium smoking and gambling were among the benefits of membership.

Today, this historic building has been restored to its former glory with many original exhibits dating back to more than 100 years ago. Spend an afternoon here to learn about Malaya’s glorious tin mining past, and life during those times, as you view the many fascinating artifacts from a bygone era.

Han Chin Pet Soo Museum Ipoh
Address : No. 3, Jalan Bijeh Timah (Treacher Street), 30100 Ipoh, Perak
Tel : +605 249 5936 / 241 4541
Website : www.ipohworld.org/reservation

Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015
Bon Odori action in Penang
Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015 

The Bon Odori Festival is a traditional summer festival in which the people of Japan honour their ancestors who have passed on, and celebrate their on-going presence in the lives they enjoy today. 

Also known as Obon, the main event is traditional music and dancing in the streets. Many festival-goers dress in Japanese Kimono, Yukata or Happi coats. Happening in the heart of George Town, this year’s event features Japanese food and refreshments, Taiko and martial arts performances, craft exhibits as well as demonstrations. This event sees all walks of life attending, many dressed up too. 

Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015
Date : 25 July 2015
Venue : Esplanade, Penang
Organiser: Bon Odori Organising Committee
Contact : +604 650 5136 / 261 9012
Website : www.visitpenang.gov.my

Penang MITM Travel Fair 2015
MITM Penang Travel Fair 2015
Penang MITM Travel Fair 2015

The Penang MITM Travel Fair is back with great travel bargains for all. Attractive domestic travel packages are available to suit your needs and interests for adventure, romantic getaway, affordable family holidays, or even luxury retreats. 

There are also many outbound travel packages available from the many participating travel agents during the Penang MITM Travel Fair too. For two days, you will see people busy exploring the many booths here looking for bargain and travel deals. 

Penang MITM Travel Fair 2015
Date : 4 to 5 July
Venue : Penang International Exhibition Centre
Organiser : Malaysian Chinese Tourism Association
Contact : +604 262 2333
Email : mcta.penang@gmail.com

Iftar@KL for Ramadhan 2015
Iftar@KL 2015
Iftar@KL for Ramadhan 2015

The month of Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims all over the world. Muslims refrain from eating and drinking, but come evening, they prepare to break their fast with special meals, prayers and spiritual gatherings. 

Celebrated in honour of the Muslim fasting month, Iftar@KL features a variety of religious programmes such as Terawih Perdana at Dataran Merdeka (Terawih prayers); Nasyid; Tilawah & Khatam Al-Quran (Quran Recital) events; food bazaars; special religious forums; talks by international Imams and many more. This peaceful mass gathering in the city is a great way to reflect on unity, spirituality and the beauty of a diverse population.

Date : 18 June to 17 July
Venue : Merdeka Square
Organiser : Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Contact : +603 8891 7521
Website : www.motac.gov.my

BloodRunner 2015 Putrajaya
Are you ready for BloodRunner? 
BloodRunner 2015

BloodRunner is Asia's first, werewolf-themed urban obstacle night race ready to take Putrajaya by storm. Set over a 10km urban obstacle course specially created to challenge the everyday runner, BloodRunner brings an added element of thrill and excitement to anyone participating in this unique sporting event.

Expect obstacles that will cater to runners of all levels – be it a seasoned athlete, a first-time runner or a weekend gym warrior. As for other activities, there are food trucks parked at the race festival site, and a post-race party featuring up-and-coming local bands.

BloodRunner 2015
Date : 31 July 2015
Venue : Putrajaya
Organiser : Switch Strategies Sdn Bhd
Contact : +603 2029 3194
Website : www.bloodrunner.com

Pesta Nukenen Bario 2015
Kelabit people at Nukenen
Bario Food Festival 2015 (Pesta Nukenen Bario) 

For the serious foodies and culture lovers, the 10th Anniversary Bario Food and Cultural Festival a.k.a Pesta Nukenan & Kebudayaan Kelabit Bario will be held from 30 July until 1 August this year. The 3-day festival celebrates the unique food, farming, forest and cultural heritage of the Bario Highlands – one of the last surviving traditionally farmed and forested highland watersheds in Sarawak and East Malaysia. 

At the Pesta Nukenen Bario, you will find delicious and traditional organic food cooked by the various longhouse communities of the Kelabit Highlands. There will be traditional games and dances performed here and for those wanting a little bit of adventure, there are plenty of trekking trails around Bario.

Note to get here requires some skill as the only way here is via the 19-seater Twin Otter Turboprop Planes operated by MASwings from Miri. There are 5-6 scheduled flights daily during the week of the festival while accommodations are homestays here. 

Bario Food Festival 2015
Date : 30 July to 1 August 2015
Venue : Bario Highlands, Sarawak
Organiser : Rurum Kelabit Sarawak, Kaum Ibu, and the Belia Bario
Contact : +6019 8060 710
Website : www.facebook.com/pages/bariofoodfestival 

Tuanku Jaafar Gallery
Galeri DiRaja Tuanku Jaafar 
Tuanku Ja'afar Royal Gallery Seramban

The Tuanku Ja’afar Royal Gallery or Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja'afar in Seremban is a special museum that celebrates the life and times of one of Malaysia’s prominent and well-loved royals, His Royal Highness (HRH) Tuanku Ja’afar ibni Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Visitors will have an intimate look at His Royal Highness’ personal and public life, from childhood to his years as a ruler, through well-curated exhibits. 

His ruling vision was to provide benefits to society through community work and the preservation of culture and arts. The gallery, situated near the serene Lake Gardens of Seremban, is less than 1 km from the city of Seremban and is suitable for anyone who loves history and culture. 

Tuanku Ja’afar Royal Gallery
Address: Galeri Diraja Tuanku Ja'afar, Jalan Taman Bunga, 70100 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. 
Tel: +606 761 9102
Website: http://www.gdtjns.com/

Alive 3D Art Gallery Port Dickson
Awesome photos to be taken here
Alive 3D Art Gallery Port Dickson

A new attraction in PD is the Alive 3D Art Gallery in Port Dickson’s Dataran Segar which features 50 drawings and paintings that will trick the eye. These 3D optical illusions, including several glow-in-the-dark paintings, are a perfect backdrop for “selfies” and “wefies.” Strike a pose to blend perfectly into the paintings and create a special visual effect that will boggle the mind and trick the eye. Excellent fun for everyone!

Alive 3D Art Gallery
Address: No. 38-40, Jalan Ds 2/1 Bandar Dataran Segar, 71010 Lukut,Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan
Tel: +606 651 5400
Fax: +606 651 0141
Facebook: www.facebook.com/alive3dartgallery

Rumah Terbalik di Port Dickson
Fun for the whole family
Upside Down House Art Gallery in PD

For anyone heading to Negeri Sembilan, do visit the unique Upside Down House Gallery in PD or Port Dickson here. This fun gallery exhibits a few amusing upside down scenes in show rooms, where guests can come and take memorable pictures. Everything inside, from furniture to household appliances, hover above your head, as the ceiling is actually the floor. 

Come for a taste of this architectural wonder that will perplex your mind. This architectural marvel is definitely a must see as it is relatively new in this state and recently opened in May 2015. This would be great fun for families, couples and travelers to Malaysia.

Upside Down Gallery and House PD
Address: No. 13 A & 15 Jalan Coral Walk, Batu 9, Jalan Pantai Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (Near Ostrich Farm and Politeknik Port Dickson)
Tel: +60 16 336 8751
Email: upsidedowngallery@gmail.com


*All information above is correct at time of this publication and for more information, visitors are advised to contact the event organiser for the latest updates.

For visitors coming to Malaysia in July, you are advised to check on the festivals as it the first half of the month is the Hari Raya Holidays and things could get a little slower than usual. Also, this is the peak period where many are doing festive travels so flights, buses and trains can be full. You are advised to book well ahead for transportation.

You can also get more information by visiting MaTiC or any of the Tourism Information Centres around Malaysia. Hope you have a great time here in Malaysia especially for the many Events and Festivals in Malaysia for July 2015. 

14 Jun 2015

Robbie Williams Live Concert in Malaysia 2015

Robbie Williams Live Concert Malaysia 2015

British singer-songwriter megastar Robbie Williams will hit the stage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this 27th September 2015 for his brand new ‘Let Me Entertain You Tour 2015’ at the iconic Stadium Merdeka here in KL. The show will bring audiences through a journey of his extensive catalogue of hits including all the classic favourites.

Since embarking on his solo career after a successful run with boy band Take That, Robbie Williams has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and has won a total of 17 BRIT Awards, more than any other artist in history. Six of Robbie’s albums appeared in the all-time top 100 biggest selling albums in the UK.

Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You Tour Malaysia
Robbie for his - Let Me Entertain You Tour Branding
Fast Fact: Robbie Williams holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest and largest number of concert tickets ever sold in one day, 1.6 million when the European leg of his 2006 World Tour went on sale.

Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You Tour 2015 Live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is organised by Galaxy Group and Midas Promotions, supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of the Malaysia Exhibition & Convention Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Tourism and Culture Ministry.

Back in 1990, Take That - Which one is Robbie?
Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You Tour 2015 Tickets
Tickets and seating area
Robbie Williams Live in Malaysia 2015 Tickets
Available at all Galaxy ticketing counters at;
- Mid Valley Mega Mall
- Sg.Wang Plaza 

• Block A & B – RM 768 (Numbered Seat)
• Block C & D – RM 688 (Numbered Seat)
• Block E & F – RM 428 (Numbered Seat)
• Purple Zone – RM 328 (Free Seating)
• Orange Zone – RM 268 (Free Seating)
• Green Zone – RM 188 (Free Seating)

Online Tickets:
Buytickets www.buytickets.com.my 
Ticket purchase hotline 03-2282 2020

Robbie Williams on Tour
Robbie at one of his recent concerts
Robbie Williams Live Concert in Malaysia 2015
• Date: Sunday, 27th September 2015
• Time: 8.30pm 
• Venue: Stadium Merdeka
• Robbie Williams official website: http://robbiewilliams.com 

Robbie was a member of world famous boy band Take That from 1990 to 1995 and then again from 2009 to 2012. He has also been honoured with seventeen BRIT Awards (more than any other artist), eight ECHO Awards and two Grammy Awards nominations. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame after being voted the "Greatest Artist of the 1990s". Robbie Williams is married to actress Ayda Field and he has a net worth of £130 million (2014).

Fans can now catch the megastar here with his much awaited Let Me Entertain You Tour 2015 here in Malaysia. Those coming into Malaysia for the concert can take note about the hotels around Stadium Merdeka which is very near Petaling Street or Chinatown in KL. See you at the Robbie Williams Live Concert in Malaysia 2015.

13 Jun 2015

Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015

Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 Launching

The Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 or MIDE 2015 takes place from 12-14 June at the Putra World Trade Centre or PWTC in Kuala Lumpur and this year is also the 10th anniversary for the dive expo here. The three day event was officiated by the Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri on the 12th June with other VIP's, officials, supporters and media representatives. 

At the MIDE 2015 launching, the minister spoke about scuba diving in Malaysia and how it has attracted many divers from around the world, especially to places like Sipadan Island which is noted as one of the top diving spots in the world. 

The dive expo is also the largest in Malaysia where over 100 booths were taken up by various dive companies, suppliers and operators from locally and also international. Many were seen promoting new diving products and a large number of diving photography equipment was also being sold. 

Malaysia Dive Expo
Visitors on the 1st day of MIDE 2015
Diving equipment came in all shapes and sizes and due to the high demand in this, many new fancy equipment in various colours were available. Prices of the dive equipment ranged from budget to luxury to suit the various markets. 

Apart from dive related products, there were also a number of non-profit organisations here like Reef Check Malaysia who conducts reef and marine surveys around Malaysia. They are also involved in the Green Fins Project where dive operators practise a 15-point code of conduct list for environmentally friendly diving standards. 

Malaysia International Dive Exhibition
Minister with VIP's, sponsors and officials during the MIDE 2015 Launching
Tourism bodies were also seen having booths here where they are promoting diving in their respective countries. Sabah Tourism, Tourism Malaysia and Philippines Depart of Tourism had extra large booths to promote their products. Other products sold here were popular dry bag brand HyperGear and RipCurl who were offering a special discount only for MIDE. 

For anyone who is a diver or interested in diving, the Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 is the best place to start where you can get all the information you need to pursue this fascinating hobby. 

Below is a MIDE 2015 video taken on the 1st day to give you an overall view of what to expect here. 

MIDE 2015 Video

Many dive operators and resorts were seen at MIDE 2015 promoting unique destinations like Raja Ampat, Maldives, Manado and various other places. Among them, the only Dive Oil Rig Resort in the world called Seaventures was also there. Seaventures is located off the island of Mabul in Sabah which is just nearby to Sipadan and is one of the most popular dive destinations in Malaysia. 

Packages were seen being promoted by offering fantastic deals that can only be found during the event. As we walked around the expo, we noticed many local divers buying diving packages to islands around Malaysia and some even to overseas and we were tempted to buy a package too. 

Reef Check Malaysia
Reef Check Malaysia 
MIDE2015 Promotions
Some of the booths selling diving equipment
Nudi Fridge Magnets
Nudi Fridge Magnets on sale
Asia Dive Conference 2015
Customers checking out an underwater camera set up
The event also highlights ADCON 2015 or Asia Dive Conference 2015 which is in its 2nd instalment here. This is a recreational dive conference initiated  to cater for new divers and also professionals discussing diving information, technical advice, specialist lectures and most important, diver education. A number of local and international speakers are invited to cover a spectrum of topics for both novice divers and professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge and acquire new skills.

HyperGear MIDE
Popular brand HyperGear with their dry bag products at MIDE
Venue: PWTC (Putra World Trade Centre) KL
Time: 10am - 7pm
Admission: RM3 

This diving event and expo takes place yearly during the month of June or July and is Malaysia's premier diving expo with over 10,000 people visiting the event. In total after 10 years, there have been over 100,000 visitors to the expo which also provides great bargains and prices for all diving equipment and also dive packages. 

For anyone interested in scuba diving, I would highly recommend you pay a visit to the Malaysia International Dive Expo 2015 here at PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. 
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