Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Citrawarna 2017 | Celebrating Eco Tourism!

An eco effort in conjunction with Citrawarna 2017
And I am there to withness it

This time around, our Tourism and Culture Minister YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz stressed the importance of nature and ecotourism as core elements of the industry, highlighting how nature is significant not only in the form of lifestyle but also in arts, heritage and culture. 

Inspired by the World Tourism Day theme, “Sustainable Tourism — A Tool For Development”, this year’s Citrawarna showcased performances from various communities such as Chinese, Indian, Thai and Orang Asli where nature has embedded into their daily life. This can clearly be seen in some of the dance movements - whereby influenced from the movements made by animals, traditional attire made of natural resources and imitating life nature. The famous Pohon Budi or Tree of Life by the Orang Ulu of Sarawak is the heritage and art form that appreciates mother nature. 

The Tree of Life is an important character for the Orang Ulu as it symbolizes their legends and myths. In their folklore tale, it says that it is the birth of mankind stems from the union of a Heavenly tree and an Earthly tree. If you look hard enough, you can see two trees intertwined, reflecting this traditional belief. 

New activities greet us in conjunction of Citrawarna 2017, primarily the Bring Your Own Plant (BYOP) and Tiffin Party picnic which is much welcome by the public. Both activities are lead by Locco in collaboration with Daun, stands for Local Companion; a local community organization that round-up public to assist in organizing and participate. The Bring Your Own Plant and Tiffin Party programmes’ objective is to promote the importance of nature and ecotourism in line with our culture and lifestyle. 

Lending help to are the students from Communication and Media Studies, UITM Shah Alam lead by En. Hamzani Izzamudin in creating big impact by paving the way at grassroots level.

Bring Your Own Plant is aimed:
▪  To create awareness and educate public on environmental sustainability.
▪  To help drive growth of ecotourism at community level.
▪  To minimize carbon footprint by cultivating public transport usage.

Where else the Tiffin Party is introduced to encourage recycling, saving our environment. The usage of tiffin has long been instilled in our culture, as an avenue for friends and family to meet up and socialize while sharing and enjoying home-cooked meals. This culture is hoped to be revived, embedding itself into our lifestyle and indirectly promotes recycling.

There will be a few activities happening during Citrawarna KL, as outlined below:

04:00pm - BYOP Meet & Greet at Dataran Merdeka (Plant handover)
04:30pm - Urban Folk Games, #SayangMalaysia Photo & Message Wall, Busker Performance, Laman Seni, Tiffin Party & Food Truck Fiesta and MATIC.fm DJ Search
08:00pm - Citrawarna Performance
10:00am - End

The Citrawarna ends with big bang of fireworks blaring the Kuala Lumpur skyline, and as usual, the joget lambat session *smile*.

Eat Travel Doodle in conjunction with Citrawarna 2017 Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Malaysia and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Home Away From Home - Philea Mines Beach Resort

Home Away From Home
As defined in Merriam-Wedster : a place that is as pleasant and comfortable as one's own home.
This is exactly how Philea Mines Beach Resort made me feel.

When I first saw the place I will be staying, I was rather confuse as I often thought that there’s only one Philea Resort in Malaysia. Well oh well, little did I know, we now have two - Philea Mines Beach Resort, located in The Mines, Sungai Besi – Kuala Lumpur and Philea Resort & Spa in Melaka. As I was googling to check-out the place virtually, I read the below; how they describe themselves :

Nestled amidst the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur, is an unexpected haven offering a full experience of sophisticated style, comfort, privacy and tranquility. Well known as the “beach in the city” and living up to its name, Philea Mines Beach Resort caters to varieties of services such as health retreats, weekend getaways, garden weddings, beach barbeques and other team building corporate events.

Gosh! I couldn’t agree more. Perfect to the T.

Philea has always been associated with Melaka (to my understanding lah), but this quaint resort tucked away in one little corner of Kuala Lumpur is basically a ‘resort in a city’ concept, with beach-feel-like environment, lake-facing chalet (and rooms) and attach-mall-by-boat experience. This is simply perfect for city-dweller type of traveller yet wanting a tinge of resort feel. Well, I guess Philea Mines Beach Resort is the palace for you then.

The chalet is to die for. Overlooking the beach front, with deck chair, patio and wooden-like finishing certainly added the resort touch, and if you want to fancy-fy and pamper yourself, ask for one of those room whereby the bathroom has no wall/door to the bedroom, bathtub out in the open (suitable for honeymooners, sumpah!), and spacious room that you probably can put 3 ping-pong table (I might exaggerated here abit but am sure you got my point). I guess, all those cool-manja-gilerbest stuff that you kinda always wanted in a resort/hotel lah.

The one thing I like about the food is the promotional offer at their coffee house (evening only I think), approximately RM20 for main dish of Roasted Mint Chicken+drink or local noodle+drinks+dessert – goodness, giler value for money. Pergi tau, jangan tak pergi. Sumpah balik modal.

They also have warung style buffet during the weekend if you want to sample local cuisine, else you can always walk over to the mall next door to try a more hipster-ish meal.

So, gi ler try!

Eat. Travel. Write Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with UPENS (Unit Perancangan Negeri Selangor) and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Boyanese of Bawaen Island (Asal Orang Boyan)

It was learnt that the Javanese, along with other communities in Indonesia such as Banjarese, Minangs and Javanese migrated to Tanah Melayu (now known as Malaysia), seeking for a better livelihood and better future for their family. This was back in late 1880 till early 1900 when the Indonesia was being colonized by the Dutch. The Javanese especially traveled and settled in Selangor, where majority makes these few district their home till now, namely Tanjung Karang, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Selangor, Kelang, Banting and Sepang.

The establishment and name of the village started around 1920, by Indonesian immigrants from Java, Badang and Madura. Kampung Sungai Buah was originally located near KLIA Seremban, this was when the first settler from Madura stroll by a small river, they saw many ‘buah kepompong’ floating along the river side. The fruit is said to be round, green and sized as a marble, it is also toxic in nature and the hands will be itchy if held.

Boyanese traditional attire - far right.

Now, the population of Kampung Sungai Buah is approximately 1000 people with a majority of 90 percent being Javanese. Those that pioneered the land in Sepang or Dengkil area are namely from Aceh (Acehnese) hence there are a story about how the town was name; an old place called Nibong Dengkil. Another community in Kampung Sg. Bua hos the Boyan communities of Bawaen Island and the other, Javanese and Minang.

What I am fascinated was the Boyanese as I was never told of their origin nor did I ever check them up, until the recent event. My curiosity got the best of me. So I start to dig deeper and deeper, and this is what I’ve learnt.

The island of Baweans is located in the Java Sea, due to the migration of the local men to other parts of Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia in search for a source of income for their family members, the island constitutes approximately 70% of females thus it is also referred to as the Island of Women or Pulau Putri. The locals are known as Boyan or Boyanese.

One of the reason for Baweanese migration to Malaysia via Singapore is through pilgrimage hub activities, reason being during the steamship age, Singapore was one of the regional hub for the Hajj journey to Mecca. The formulation is that the Baweans will find work in Malaysia and for them to save up and fulfil their Hajj via Singapore. Obviously some stayed in both these countries permanently.
Nowadays, the Boyanese have assimilated and intermarried into the local Malay population and are regarded themselves as Malays.

Eat. Travel. Write Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with UPENS (Unit Perancangan Negeri Selangor) and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

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