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28 Aug 2015

Melaka New Tourist Attractions

New Tourism Attractions in Malacca

Melaka or Malacca has always been one of the top tourism destinations in Malaysia and here is a list of Melaka new tourist attractions which have opened in the last 12 months in the historical state. With the growing tourism industry here, many businesses have taken to catering to tourist as a huge number of visitors are coming from Singapore and Indonesia. 

This list of new tourist attractions in Malacca is also mostly based on quick visits to them, which are all located around the main city area here. If you plan your trip well, you can most probably visit them all within one full day too. Here they are;

Magic Art 3D Museum Melaka

Melaka Magic Art 3D Museum
The Melaka Magic Art Museum - Photo from Magic Art Museum Facebook
Located in the Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, the 3D Magic Art Museum in Melaka opened in April 2015 and is currently the latest attraction in Melaka. The location is out of the main historical city of Malacca and is in the Bukit Katil area which is on the way to the main Air Keroh tourism spots.

This provides visitors with some pretty interesting or even quirky 3D art which seems to be the flavor of 2014 and 2015. Great for anyone visiting Melaka and wanting some fun as this is suitable for just about anyone including families with kids. 

Magic 3D Art Museum in Malacca
A family poses at the Magic Art Museum in Melaka - Photo from their Facebook Page
Magic Art Museum Address:
G19 Bayou Square, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil, 75450 Melaka.
Adult: RM25.00
Child or Senior Citizen: RM20.00
Operation Hours:
Mon-Thur: 10am – 7pm
Fri – Sun, Eve Public & School Holiday: 9am -9pm
E-mail: dickson.magicart@gmail.com
Tel: +606 2311604
Website: http://www.bayoulagoon.com.my/news/magic-art-3d-museum/

The Shore Oceanarium Melaka

The Shore Oceanarium Melaka
Shore Oceanarium in Melaka - Photo from the Facebook Page
This is one of the latest attractions in Melaka which recently opened and located in a shopping mall called The Shore Shopping Gallery. Opened in December 2014, this mall-style attraction caters to all walks of life, especially families with young children. It is very centred towards marine education and overall a recommended place for just about anyone so when you are in Melaka, do look up this place at the Shore Shopping Gallery. 

Malacca Shore Oceanarium
One of the attractions at the Oceanarium in Melaka - Photo from their Facebook Page
The Shore Oceanarium Address:
2F-01, The Shore Shopping Gallery,193, Pinggiran @ Sungai Melaka, Jalan Persisiran Bunga Raya, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
Tel: +606 2829966 
Fax:+606 2831003
Email: oceanariummelaka@gmail.com 
Website: http://www.oceanariummelaka.com/
Open daily: 10.30am - 9.00pm (Last admission is 8.00pm) 

Upside Down House Melaka

Rumah Terbalik Melaka
Upside Down House Gallery in Melaka -Image from Siputhijau.com
Another unique attraction to hit the city is the Upside Down House Melaka which opened in November 2014. This shop lot concept offers those seeking some fun and laughter by taking photos in an upside down position. While the gimmick is catchy and easy to be shared on social media, many have visited this place to date.

The place is decorated with a standard home concept where you will find a living room, kids bedroom, master bedroom, toilet and a kitchen. So if you're in Melaka city and want to have some fun, this would be suitable for couples, groups or families. 

Melaka Rumah Terbalik
Some of the quirky photos inside the Upside Down House in Malacca
Upside Down House Melaka Address:
G12 & G14, Jalan PM 7, Plaza Mahkota, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka.
Tickets: Adults RM15, Child RM10
Non-Malaysian: Adults RM20, Child RM16 
*Children Below 90cm, Free.
Tel: +6011 10722260
Website: https://www.facebook.com/upsidedownhousemelaka

Photographfie Art Gallery Melaka

Melaka Photographfie Art Gallery
The Photographfie 3D Art Gallery in Melaka - Photo from kiruaorigami.blogspot
Another 3D art gallery in Melaka where this one is on a much smaller scale and privately operated with a twisted spelling for the name. Photographfie, a combination of 'Photography and Selfie' we assume.

The paintings are pretty standard here while there are quite a lot in this gallery. This is also located in the main city area just next to the Mahkota Parade too. For any selfie lover or those who love 3D art galleries, you can check this place out. 
Malacca Photographfie Art Gallery
An interesting effect inside the Photographfie Gallery in Melaka
Photographfie 3D Art Gallery Melaka Address:
Address: No. 10 & 10-1, Jalan Plaza Merdeka,75000 Plaza Merdeka, Melaka
Email: thephotographfie@gmail.com
Mon-Thurs: 10am - 8pm
Fri-Sun: 10am - 10pm
Tel: +606 281 2941
Tickets: RM25 Adults, RM12 Children/Senior Citizens
Landmark: Next to Mahkota Parade Mall

Photographfie 3D Gallery in Melaka
Inside Photographfie Gallery in Melaka
- Photo by kiruaorigami.blogspot
There are many other new tourist attractions in Melaka to be opened by end 2015 and all through 2016 but most of them are still being built and awaiting official confirmation. Some of them include theme parks of international standards and special attraction shows. 

Until they all open, there is still so much one can do in Melaka as the historical city offers quite a lot of things to explore here, from heritage to food to sightseeing and suitable for all walks of life. Again, food in Melaka is one of the must-try things for anyone visiting here. 

The only thing is that when you are here in the day, you should be ready for walking under the sun. Among the most popular attractions here, Jonker Street in Melaka is a must visit for anyone coming here. 

Anyone visiting here should take note of Melaka's New Tourist Attractions as they are in the vicinity of the main city area. If you have any comments or feedback, please do leave them in the comment form below and have a great time in Melaka! 

26 Aug 2015

Gaya Street Sunday Market in Photos

Gaya Street Sunday Market Photo

One of the unique tourism spots in Kota Kinabalu is in fact the Gaya Street Sunday Market which is a highly recommended place to visit for anyone visiting Kota Kinabalu. You may be wondering why, but if you are a market lover and want to see the natural local scene, this is the place to visit. 

Only open on Sundays from as early as 6.00am, the Gaya Street Sunday Market offers visitors a fascinating insight into the local Sabahan culture with many locals seen busily purchasing all sorts of items here. The location - along the main Gaya Street in KK town where over 100 stalls line up selling all sorts of everything. To list them down here would be a giveaway therefore, it is best for the visitor to explore this place in person and I am only sharing with you the Gaya Street Sunday Market in Photos.

Gaya Street Sunday Market in Photos

Gaya Street Sunday Market Kota Kinabalu
What the market look like along Jalan Gaya
Pasar Gaya Street KK
A view of the Sunday Market at Gaya Street
Cute Puppy in Kota Kinabalu
Cute puppies which make everyone stop and look
Ayam Serama Sabah
Sabah Serama Chicken, occasionally sold here
Animals at Gaya Sunday Markets
An assortment of local and domestic pets for sale
Sabah Tamu Jalan Gaya
Baby chicks sold by the different ages
Pets at Gaya Street Sunday Market
A wide variety of domestic pets sold
Kota Kinabalu Choppnig Board
Handmade wooden chopping boards 
Massage at Gaya Street
A permanent fixture here is the blind massage service
Toys at Gaya Street Sunday Market
Some interesting toy dice being sold here
I Luv KK T-shirts
T-shirts on KK sold here
Jalan Gaya Tamu
Traditional handmade bamboo containers and other crafts
Kota kinabalu Artist
A local artist sells his work here 
Cili Padi Sabah
Sabah chilli padi sauce, locally made too
Sabah Bak Chang
Local Bak Chang, a Chinese dessert
Sabah Souvenir Photo
Sabah souvenirs on sale, great prices too
Tamu Jalan Gaya Sabah
Assortment of bags on sale here 
Stall at Gaya Street Sunday Market
A medicine trader sells some odd items
Sunday Market Gaya Street
View of the Gaya Sunday Market at the main fountain
For anyone visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, this is one of the highly recommended places to visit if you are here on the weekend. Make sure you come around 7-8am when the market gets into full swing. There are quite a number of local coffee shops and restaurants where you can also have your breakfast, some of them very authentic. There are halal and non-halal food places here too. 

For those on a budget, you can also refer to my other articles on Free Things to do in Kota Kinabalu as the list focuses on a walking tour around KK. And if you are venturing out of KK, you can see this article on the Best Places to Visit in Sabah as it details the newer tourist attractions around the state. 

After the market visit, you can then proceed to explore the other areas around here, namely the craft market, fruit market and if you are up for it, the wet market and also fresh fish market which are all situated along the waterfront area. 

If you have any comments of questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment form below and I hope that you enjoy my Gaya Street Sunday Market in Photos. 

25 Aug 2015

Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015

Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015

The Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015 seminar is now running for the third consecutive year since starting in 2013 and this time around, Tourism Malaysia Diving Ambassador Clement Lee was in Miri to share his experiences about diving around Sarawak among other invited guests and speakers. 

The Sarawak Adventure Dive is also organised by Tourism Malaysia Sarawak where the objective is to help make Sarawak the next diving haven. The state-level launching of the “Sarawak Adventure Dive” 2015 was officiated by Tourism Malaysia’s Director of Domestic Promotion Division Iskandar Mirza Mohd Yusof at the Imperial Hotel in Miri, Sarawak on the 20th August, 2015.

Sarawak Tourism Dive Expo
Tourism Malaysia Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board, Tourism Malaysia staff with Clement and Amin
At this years event, a total of 30 divers comprising dive operators, travel agents, hoteliers and media from all over the country, as well as Miri-based tourism industry players were invited to experience the diving activities in Miri.

Before the seminar, media representatives, dive speakers, invited guests and Clement Lee had participated in a specially organised diving activity at various dive sites in Miri. Beginner or Open Water Divers were introduced to the beautiful Siwa Reef and Anemone Garden while advanced divers were treated to some spectacular diving at the Santak and Batu Belais dive sites.

Iskandar Mirza Tourism Malaysia
Mr.Iskandar Mirza, the Director of Domestic Promotions Diversion, Tourism Malaysia 
Also present in this seminar organised by Tourism Malaysia Sarawak is PADI Course Director Clement Lee, President Malaysia Scuba Diving Association Amin Mustapha and Sarawak Forestry Corporation Marine Biologist James Bali.

During the opening ceremony of Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015, Iskandar Mirza urged that this program is in line with Tourism Malaysia's goal to increase awareness on niche tourism products, especially diving which was promoted extensively in the past few years.

En.Sallahuddin, En.Iskandar together with invited guests and speakers
The Sarawak Adventure Dive is also in line with the recently launched new domestic travel campaign called ‘Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Dekat Je’ to encourage more Malaysians to travel nearby places in the country for their weekend getaway especially with the local public holidays falling on Fridays and Mondays.

Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015 Miri
Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015 Banner

Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015 Photos

Below are various photos taken during the event, media briefing and welcome dinner for the media, speakers, tour agents and invited guests. The main event was held at Miri's outstanding hotel and shopping mall, the Imperial Hotel Miri.

Director of Tourism Malaysia Sarawak, En.Salahuddin
Director of Tourism Malaysia Sarawak, En.Salahuddin with his opening speech
Clement Lee Borneo Divers
Clement Lee, Malaysia's Diving Ambassador 
Amin from Sea Monkey
Amin Mustapha from Sea Monkey giving his presentation
James Bali from Sarawak Forestry
James Bali from Sarawak Forestry speaks about their role in Marine Conservation
Sarawak Adventure Dive Event
L-R: Amin, Clement and En.Salahuddin during the seminar
Scuba diving statistics in Malaysia 2015
Malaysia scuba diving statistics 
Sarawak Adventure Dive Photos
Souvenir presentation after the seminar
Clement Lee Diver
Clement Lee and En.Salahuddin
Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015 Speakers
L-R: Johnny (PADI SEA), Amin (President Malaysia Scuba Diving Association), James Bali (Sarawak Forestry), Clement Lee (Ambassador) & Zaifri Husin (Director JKKN)
Co Co Dive Miri
Coco Dive members doing the scuba diving sign up for the media and speakers
Invited Guests, Speakers and Tourism Malaysia Sarawak 
Tourism Malaysia, Sarawak Tourism Board and members of the media
Coco Dive Team Miri
The Coco Dive Team
Sarawak Adventure Dive Miri 2015
Sarawak Adventure Dive
The Sarawak Adventure Dive 2014/15 package was first unveiled during the Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Travel Fair at Mid Valley shopping centre on 8th August 2014. Tourism Malaysia collaborated with four local tour agencies to produce the dive packages. They consist of the Borneo Exploration Tours & Travel Services and CPH Travel Agencies in Kuching, and Minda Nusantara Tour & Travel Agencies and Planet Borneo Tours & Travel Services in Miri.

This is the third year that Diving in Miri is being promoted and many may not know that Miri is one of the new diving destinations here simply due to the untouched beautiful marine and coral life here. There are wrecks, reefs and beautiful underwater landscape which is suitable for open water and advanced divers. There are over 20 dive sites and two main dive operators here where Coco Dive being the pioneer operator who also participated in the Sarawak Adventure Dive 2015 here in Miri. 

19 Aug 2015

Top 50 Travel Bloggers, Malaysia Asia is No.11

Top 50 Travel Bloggers in the World

A pleasant surprise indeed, I never did think that a Malaysian, all the way in Southeast Asia would even make the list for Top 50 Travel Bloggers by Travelocafe. Surprisingly Malaysia Asia came in at No.11 in the list which is calculated based purely on visitor traffic, engagement on social media and follower numbers. This too, was backed up by Google Analytics statistics, so no cheaters out there. 

Again, there are many lists of top travel bloggers issued while most of them are American or European created therefore, each has their own individual calculations on how the travel bloggers are ranked. While this is very subjective, there has been debates on the listings, most of the time, different groups or camps with different ideologies. 

top travel bloggers 2016
The list of Top 50 Travel Bloggers
Over the years, I have seen some claiming that so and so should not be in the list because of this and that or this person cannot write for nuts and he or she is in the top 10 bla..bla..bla... Yes, it never ends, and even travel bloggers have their own politics, groups and so on. 

As for me, I clearly try my best to stay away from these politics and just do what I enjoy doing most, which is traveling, exploring, photographing and sharing them on my multiple platforms. I tend to do more focus in Malaysia and Southeast Asia as we all know that this is the current hot spot for travels in the world and many may think differently, but when you look at the travel statistics for 2014/2015, or even attended travel and trade show or conventions like I do, you would see that Asia and Southeast Asia is currently the strongest. 

Diving in Sipadan
Me diving at Sipadan Island, Sabah
How the 'top 50 travel bloggers' list was calculated
Travelocafe took the relative position of each blog for 3 different metrics according to the following formula:
► 50% of the total score was represented by the blog traffic for the last 3 months (each blogger provided a screenshot of their Google Analytics)
► 30% of the total score was represented by the Klout score (calculated as the average between the 90 Day High and the 90 Day Low)
► 20% of the total score was represented by the total number of social media followers 

Again, the above clearly shows the metrics based on Google analytics, Klout and Social Media Followers. I think that this is very fair in terms of getting the list out rather than just purely based on popularity in circles. 

Finally, a big thank you to the team at Travelocafe for making this travel blogger list possible and again, I am truly touched that me, a Malaysian in this corner of the world actually made this list. On a lighter side of things, I do hope that in the next upcoming list, possibly in 2016, I can make it into the top ten of the Top 50 Travel Bloggers List. 

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