Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Competition

The 8th edition of Sibu’s Christmas Tree Decoration Contest is in full swing, turning the Sibu Town Square into a Christmas wonderland.

Some of the trees are made from ribbons, some are made with recycled road maps, while others are made to look like Santa-shaped trees.

Throughout the Sibu Town Square, smaller decorations are set up like angel figurines, candy canes and smaller trees.

The winner of the competition will be announced during the New Year Ceremony on December 31.

Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square
Sibu Christmas Tree Decoration Contest at Sibu Town Square.

Christmas Parades March On

The annual Christmas Parades in Kuching and Miri marched on with more participants than ever, despite heavy rain in Miri.

The Kuching Christmas Parade took place on December 2, and had 14,000 participants including costumed street performers, marching at 7pm with 16 heavily decorated Christmas floats in accompaniment.

The 10th edition of the Miri Christmas Parade’s took place on December 10 and drew approximately 45,000 participants despite the heavy rain throughout the night.

Source: theborneopost.com
Source: theborneopost.com

400 Museum Artefacts to Be Returned To Sarawak

An excess of 400 Bornean ethnographic artefacts will be returned to Sarawak early next year from the museum in the Delft, Netherlands which will bolster Sarawak’s artefacts collection.

The symbolic hand-over took place recently between the Deputy Mayor of Delft, Ferrie Forster and the Director of Heritage Delft, Janelle Moerman to Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah and Director of Sarawak Museum Department Ipoi Datan held at Prinsehof Museum.

Sarawak’s vision in becoming the ‘Global Centre of Bornean Heritage by 2030’ will be greatly aided by this return of heritage artefacts.

Once the artefacts have reached the shores of Sarawak, the Sarawak Museum will be holding an exhibition in the Textile Museum in Kuching to showcase the articles to the public, as the Sarawak State Museum Building is still under restoration and renovations.

Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.
Sarawak State Museum which will house the 400 artefacts after renovations.

Express Air Now Connects UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Miri and Jogjakarta

Travel agents who are particularly interested in packaging UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be in for a good business potential with the launching of the inaugural Pontianak-Miri direct flight which was   launched on December 12.

The combination of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites of Gunung Mulu in Miri Sarawak and the Borobudur in Jogjakarta, Indonesia will only be a few hours away for tourists to visit, thanks to Express Air Indonesia which provides connection with a stop in Pontianak, Indonesia.

The twice weekly Pontianak-Miri-Pontianak route will be on every Tuesdays and Saturdays with a flight duration of one and a half hours.

XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.
XpressAir inaugural Pontianak-Miri flight receiving water salute at Miri Airport.

Borneo Youth Sape Festival

The first Borneo Youth Sape Festival is taking place on December 2 from eight in the morning till midnight at Zoo Bee’s 1Malaysia Cultural Village in Sibu.

This Festival celebrates the iconic instrument of Sarawak and the island of Borneo, the Sape or the ‘Boat lute’, with musicians sharing their traditional and contemporary music centred around the instrument.

The Sape Festival features some of Sarawak’s largest names in Sape music including jerry kamit, Alena Murang, At Adau and many more.

Tickets are priced at RM48 for adults and RM15 for children.

For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BYSF17/

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Taste of Borneo Carnival 2017

The ten-day Taste of Borneo Carnival takes place in Miri from November 24 to December 3 at the Boulevard Open Carpark.

This Carnival brings together multi-cultural food and drink throughout the island of Borneo.

In addition to food, there will be cultural dance performances and competitions such as the Environmental Clothing Contest, a Mr. Borneo Carnival 2017 and a traditional Chinese Cheongsam Costume contest, as well as a Mandarin singing concert and many other cultural performances.

For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TOBC.Official/

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Roxy Hotel

The Roxy Hotel is officially open, located 10 minutes from the Kuching International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Kuching.

The Roxy is a spacious hotel streaming in natural light as the vast expanse of windows gives an airy feel to guests, particularly the Chinese and Western restaurant’s dining area, offering incredibly views of the Kuching Skyline.

There are a total of 58 rooms, with each floor accessible only with electronic key-card for guest safety.

For more information, visit https://roxyhotelkuching.com.my/

Image retrieved from RoxyHotelKuching.com.my
Image retrieved from RoxyHotelKuching.com.my

Darul Hana Pedestrian Bridge Launch

The inauguration of the Darul Hana Pedestrian Bridge at Kuching Waterfront took place on November 11 with great fanfare and celebration.

Officiating the launch was the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“I hope this iconic bridge will become a new attraction for tourists to visit Sarawak especially Kuching,” Abang Johari said, mentioning that the bridge’s unique design is unlike any other in Southeast Asia.

The pedestrian bridge, also known as the ‘Golden S Bridge’, symbolizes the unity of Sarawak as it connects both sides of the Sarawak River, meeting in front of the State Legislative Assembly Building.

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The Royal Visit

Britain’s Prince of Wales Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles, visited Kuching on November 6 as a part of their tour of Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The visit was to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

They were received at the airport by Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and his wife Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabbar.

 During their visit, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla visited the Sarawak Cultural Village, before Prince Charles continued to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and Sarawak Bio Diversity Centre while Duchess Camilla joined the Purple Lily group, a non-governmental organisation, at the Old Court House.

The royal couple departed Kuching the following day for Penang.

Image shows Prince Charles firing a dart from a blowpipe, on his left Camilla and Abdul Karim.
Image shows Prince Charles firing a dart from a blowpipe, on his left Camilla and Abdul Karim.