Hakka Kelapa Sawit Art Festival 2014

31 August 2014

Di Sini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta
At here, a Love blossom.

Happy National Day to Malaysia! This year national theme is very unique. Love can mean everything. It can mean  patriotism, love for art, love for culture and love for hometown. I strongly feel it at Hakka Kelapa Sawit Art Festival. The villagers use mural and art to show their love toward their village and the country.

26 Koi Fish. It also symbolised 26 miles. "Miles" as the similar pronunciation  to "Koi" in Chinese.

The History of Kelapa Sawit New Village

Kelapa Sawit also mean oil palm in Malay.  Kelapa Sawit or 26 mile is a small village located in the north of Kulai . The village has approximately ten thousand population. Their income is mostly  based on agriculture sector.

Before 1949, the village is named "Chang An Village". It mean longevity peacefulness in Chinese. In 1949, thee British colonial declared emergency act. All villagers around 24 miles to 27 miles were moved to 26 miles. Thus, Kelapa Sawit New Village is established.

Most of the villagers are Hakka Clan. Hakka clan is famous for their hardworking. For the past 65 years, The clan been working very hard to develop today result. 

The objectives of this festival are
  • To promote patriotism
  • To promote art or mural
  • To teach the young generation the hardship of the worn
  • To promote Hakka cuisine
Kelapa Sawit Festival Activity Area Map

Mr. Ang and I arrived the art festival around 10am. There were lots people busy snapping their camera and smartphone.

LerLer had captured lots among of photos. The photos can be viewed >HERE<.

This remind me of Pink Tecoma Flowers bloom season in Johor.

We did not manage to buy some Hakka cuisine due to the long queue. There was a rain around 12 noon too.

1 Malaysia spirit is at Kelapa Sawit. Vegetable charity sale for the local primary school. 

Although the event is over, visitors can still visit the village. The mural will be still on the wall. Not to forget, the delicious Hakka cuisine can be found too.

Kelapa Sawit Village
Jalan Kelapa Sawit, 
Kelapa Sawit,
81000 Kulai,

GPS: 1.6735743,103.5279283,18

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11th Johor Bahru Art Festival 2014 - Chop Demi Seni

24 August 2014

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Johor Bahru Arts Festival (JBAF) is pushing itself to greater heights for spectacular 11th year, highlighting Johor Bahru's unique identity as an up-and-coming city bursting to step into the world stage.
Various local and international art performance groups will be at JB Arts Festival.

The month-long festival will run from September 5 to October 4, and will feature an exciting
and eclectic array of international and local performances, exhibitions, workshops, competitive events and creative events which celebrate the best of arts and lifestyle in Johor

This year, the Festival Village will be located at Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, while the festival’s main stage will once again be staged on the grounds of the iconic Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim on Bukit Timbalan. Performances this year will also be spread out to the Johor Bahru Performing Arts Centre (JBPAC) at Danga City Mall, Little Red Cube at Puteri Harbour, and Eight Lido.

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The 11th JBAF is jointly organised by the Johor Society for the Performing Arts (JSPA) in partnership with the Office of the Member of Parliament for Johor Bahru, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), the Johor Bahru City Council (MBJB), and Johor Tourism,
along with the engagement of the Johor Bahru community at large.

Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) is delighted to contribute to the JB Arts Festival. which has brought inspiring, challenging and innovative  programmes to Johor over ten years. We believe that Johor need to maintain a strong cultural identity and platforms for creative expression with the transformation of the region underway. The arts bring life and soul to a city and this is something at the forefront of our mind as we shape Iskandar Malaysia into a world class liveable city. Datuk Syed  Mohamed Syed Ibrahim - president / CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB).

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Festival Director Suzie Yap said she hopes that the public can truly understand and embrace the meaning of the festival, with its tagline ‘Pause for the Arts’. She wants Johor Bahru to take ownership of the JBAF and make time in their lives for the betterment of their own city.

“With all the rapid growth that JB faces today, stakeholders and the community at large need to come in and make JB a cool place to be – a cool place to live, work, and play to bring about the life, soul and passion of a world class city,” she said, adding that Johor Bahru’s holistic growth is just as important as its infrastructural development.

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The 11th JBAF 2014 has been made possible through the generosity of our family of sponsors, which include the Johor State Government, Iskandar Investment Berhad, UEM Sunrise Berhad, Astro, Yayasan Sime Darby, UM Land, Danga City Mall, Little Red Cube and Regency Specialist Hospital. Newcomers to the JBAF family also include the newly opened DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru as Official Accommodation Partner along with MyTeksi as Official Carriage Partner.

As a show of support for the 11th JBAF, MyTeksi is giving its users RM7 discount for all taxi rides in and around Johor Bahru, starting Sep 5th to October 4th. Passengers need to key in the promo code “11jbaf
when making the booking with MyTeksi app. The promo code is available for 2 uses each mobile number during the promotion period.

For more information on the performances and events, please contact 019-716 9900/  019-7139900, or visit the JB Arts Festival website at www.jbartsfest.com and JB Arts Festival Facebook page.

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Naritaya Japanese Restaurant @ Danga City Mall, Johor Bahru

16 August 2014

Macherie Johor Bloggers and I are invited to try some Halal Japanese Food. Is Halal Japanese Food Hard to find in  Malaysia? Yes and No. Yes, because delicious bento (lunch box) series with Halal certificate  are not much in Malaysia. No, because there are many Japanese food franchise in Malaysia. Not to worry, most of the franchise have Halal Certificate.

Image Credit: My Toy Palace
Yaki Udon Set (+ green tea + miso soup) RM12.90

This time, I got the time to try some antithetical Japanese bento by a young and handsome Japanese chef. The restaurant is established by 4 founders. Two founders are Malaysians Muslim. They are Ms. Marsita Yunus and Mr. Tengku Su Iskandar. While, the Japanese founders are Mr. Shimada and Mr. Youhei Satou.

Mr. Youhei Satou is a young and experienced Japanese Chef. He is a adventurous guy too. 8 months ago, with the invitation of other founders, he just come alone to explore Malaysia. I am more surprised that Malaysia is the first country he travel. With such courage, braveness and passion, he serves us the dishes of the day.

 Karage Bento Set RM15.00
Karage is Japanese style fried chicken. It is lightly fried so not oily at oil. The fried chicken is still very tender and juicy after been fried.

 Fried Salmon Bento RM15.90
The side dish is Fried carrot. It is a traditional dish from Okinawa. It has very sweet taste as the carrot is quite sweet.

 This is m favorite dish fried salmon roll with tar tar sauce . The salmon roll is wrapped by a thin golden crispy skin. Please check out for this dish. The chef only uses the finest and freshest ingredient. I can really feel the perfectionist in Japanese while serving their food.

 Hamburger Bento Set RM15.90
Chicken meat mince and toufu are mixed and moult  into hamburger meat patty shape. That that is the reason for the dish name. The meat patty is very soft. It is very suitable for baby and elderly folk to eat.

Image Credit: My Toy Palace
PS: all the dishes are served nicely. The angle of the food is arranged at the perfect angle. I need to admit. I need to start learning to arrange the food nicely. 

 Dorayaki  RM8.90
Tottemo daisuki

Eh to,  Wakaraneidesu. The poster shows the different bento serves from Monday to Friday. PS: erLer strongly recommend the salmon roll on Thursday. Naritaya Japanese Restaurant has delivery service within Johor Bahru area too. Please make reservation one to two hours earlier to avoid disappointment.

Ler's Reviews:
Halal?: Halal
Service: 8/10
Delicious: 7/10
Parking: 8/10
(Ample of parking lots)
Photo of the Day: Princess Neverland.
She is so cute with the bun and holding Dorayaki

Naritaya Japanese Restaurant
Level 2-109A, Danga City Mall
80000 Johor Bahru,
Johor, Malaysia
Operating Day: Monday to Sunday
Operating Hour: 12:00pm - 09:00pm
GPS: 1.474376, 103.755387

Email:  youhei_pc_address@yahoo.co.jp

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10 Days 9 Nights Taiwan Tour Itinerary 2014

03 August 2014
10:00am   Depart to Kuala Lumpur
02:00pm   Reach Kuala Lumpur and rest

04 August 2014 
06:00am  Depart to KLIA2 with MyTeksi app
07:30am  Reach Klia2
08:15am  Breakfast at level2 food court
08:40am  Immigration check in
09:40am  Boarding flight
03:00pm  Arrive at Taiyuan Airport
04:40pm  Finally meet tour guide, Ken after 1 hour of queue at immigration check point
05:30pm  Reach YiLan for Longan Wooden Urn Kiln Chicken Restaurant,  龙眼木桥瓮窑鸡
06:30pm  Check in Wuji Hostel, 伍桔民宿
07:30pm  Walk around  Wuji street
10:00pm  Rest

05 August 2014
06:00am  Morning walk around small village
07:00am  Breakfast at the hostel
08:00am  LuoDong Forest Park, 罗东林业文化园
09:30am  Visit long Lake长埤湖风景区
10:00am  QingShui Hot Spring 清水地热
11:00am  Lunch at Nanfang-Ao南方澳
12:00pm  Suhua Coastal Highway, 苏花滨海公路
01:45pm  Ching Shui Cliff 清水断崖, 燕子口峡谷景观步道
03:00pm  Visit Tzu chi Hall慈济静思堂
05:00pm  Visi Qixingtan Scenic Area, 七星潭风景区
06:00pm  Check in Suto House, 花莲石头的家
08:00pm  Visit Hualien Night Market, 花莲夜市

06 August 2014
08:30am  Visit XueShan Shui, 雪山水
09:30am  Visit Lintian Mountain Forestry Center, 林田山业园区
11:00am   Lunch at Red Tile Roof Cultural Cuisine Restairant - Amis Style, 红瓦屋老地方文化美食餐厅- 阿美族风味餐
01:30pm  Visit Tropic of Cancer Monument, 玉里北回归线纪念碑
03:00pm  Visit Sansiantai, 台东三仙台风景区
05:00pm  Visit water flow uphill, 水往上流奇观
06:00pm  Check in Sheep hostel, 绿羊轩民宿
07:30pm  Dinner at Mi Tai Mu Under Bayan Tree, 榕树下米台目
08:30pm  Visit International Landmark Park,  国际地标公园

07 August 2014
08:00am  Visit TaiTung Forest Park, 台东森林公园
12:00pm  Visit Milennium Park 千禧曙光纪念公园
01:00pm  Lunch at Four Sisters' Beef Noodle, 四学士牛肉面
02:00pm  Visit Dragon and Tiger Pagoda, Kaoh Siung 高雄龙虎塔
04:00pm  Check in Legend  Hotel
07:30pm  Visit Liuhe Night Market, 六合夜市

08 August 2014
08:30am  Visit Kaoh Siung Hakka Cultural Museum, 高雄美浓民俗村
09:40am  Visit Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center, 佛光山佛陀纪念馆
02:30pm  Visit Taiwan Sugar Museum (Tainan), 台南乌树林糖厂休闲园区
03:30pm  Visit Louts United Nation Park, 白河莲合国花公园 
04:15pm  Check in 三叔公的家
04:30pm  Cycling around  BaiHe village
08:00pm  Dinner  at hostel

09 August 2014
07:00am  Visit Kaoh Siung Formosa Boulevard Station, 高雄捷运美岛站
08:30am  Visit Nantou Aowanda Sky Bridge, 南投猴探井风景区天空之桥
01:00pm  Lunch at random lunch box shop, 便当店
02:00pm  Visit Sun Moon Lake, 日月潭
02:45pm  Visit Wen Wu Temple, 文武庙
04:00pm  Visit Puli Brewery Factory, 埔里酒厂美食广场  
05:30pm  Check in Puli Dream B&B House, 南投埔里梦想之家民宿
07:30pm  Dinner at Wu Hua Ma Dumpling Restaurant, 五花马饺子馆
08:10pm  Walk around Puli Night Market, 埔里观光夜市

10 August 2014
08:45am  Visit  Taiwan Paper,广兴纸寮
10:00am  Enjoy some dessert at Feeling 18 Cafe, 埔里18度C巧克力工房 
11:00am  Visit Koi FIsh lake, 鲤鱼潭风景区
12:00pm  Lunch at  Puli Hakka Restaurant, 家味香客家廚房
02:00pm  Visit Carton King, 纸箱王创意园区
02:20pm  Visit Little Swiss Garden, 小瑞士花园
03:30pm  Check in Dingdai Glass Vacation Villa, 顶代格拉斯民宿
07:00pm  Dinner at Patite Western Restaurant, Patite 洋食馆
08:00pm  Visit Little Swiss Garden night view, 小瑞士花园夜景

11 August 2014
08:00am  Visit Cingjing Farm, 清境农场
12:00pm  Lunch at Cingjing Lumama Restaurant, 清境魯媽媽雲南擺夷料理
01:00pm  Visit the highest vehicle access point at Mount Hehuan, 合欢山武岭3275公尺 
02:30pm  Visit Cing Jing Tourist Area, 清境旅游中心
03:30pm  Hot Spring bath at Xiang Ting Hot Spring Villa, 香亭民宿
06:00pm  Check in Feng Jia Garden Hostel, 逢甲花园民宿
07:30pm  Walk around Feng Jia Night Market, 逢甲夜市

12 August 2014
10:00am  Jiufen, 九份老街
01:00pm  Gold Waterfall, 黄金瀑布
03:00pm  Kee Lung Buddhism Temple基隆大佛寺
04:30pm  Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park 国父纪念馆
06:00pm  Dinner at  "Flat Duck", 鸭肉扁
07:00pm  Check in East Dragon Hotel, 东龙饭店
08:00pm  Walk around XiMenDing,西门町

13 August 2014
06:00am   Walk around XiMenDing, 西门町
11.45am   Lunch at 阿宗面线
01:00pm  Depart to Airport
03:55pm  Depart to Kuala Lumpur

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Big Bowl Ice 大碗公冰城 @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru

20 June 2014

Second stop of the day. Dessert time. My childhood dancer friend introduced us this nice dessert shop. It was open by a Taiwan lady. The lady is very polite and generous to entertain us. We order 3 different favors for sharing

Mango Snow Ice
I love the fresh big chunk of mango. I like this dessert the most.

Mocha Snow Ice with fruits.
I don't find the mocha snow ice go well with the tropical fruits. I still prefer mocha snow ice with red bean sauce.

Chocolate Snow Ice with fruits
It is very chilling dessert. In my opinion, the guava do not go well with the chocolate ice cream. Banana and chocolate ice cream is the perfect combination.

Ler's Reviews:
Halal?: Halal
Service: 8/10
Delicious: 7/10
Parking: 8/10
(Ample of parking lots)

Big Bowl Ice  大碗公冰城
No.28, Jalan Abiad 1,
Taman Pelangi,
80400 Johor Bahru,
Johor, Malaysia
Operating Day: Monday to Sunday
Operating Hour: 11:00am - 11:00pm
GPS: 1.483589,103.7669298
Website: -

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