Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari

The Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari 2017 will be held on May 5 to 7 at Bandar Baru Tanjung Manis in Mukah.

This Fishing Safari competition is open to all and is divided into two categories, namely the Deep Sea Category and the Seaside Category.

This will be the 13th Fishing Safari, as it has been held annually since 2005 to promote Tanjung Manis as an eco-tourism destination, especially for fishing sports.

For more information or registration forms, visit www.sarawaktimber.gov.my/pages.php?mod=event&sub=event_detail&id=52

Boats waiting for the launch of the Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari 2016. Photo credit: DUN N41 Kuala Rejang.
Boats waiting for the launch of the Tanjung Manis Fishing Safari 2016. Photo credit: DUN N41 Kuala Rejang.

Borneo Jazz Just Around the Corner

The Borneo Jazz Festival is back at ParkCity Everly in Miri on May 12 to 13 and will be celebrating its 12th anniversary this year.

The festival days are packed with activities, beginning with the outreach programme, where young musicians can learn tips and tricks for jazz keyboard, piano, guitar, percussions and brass instruments from the festival performers.

The evening performances will commence at the beach-side stage, with a dancing and sitting area and food stalls all around, concluding with an ‘after-party’ jam session at the ParkCity Everly Hotel’s Ruai Bar.

The outreach programme will include classes on the basics of jazz keyboard, piano, guitar, percussions and brass instruments, while the greening efforts this year will be a beach clean-up, a change from the tree plantings from the past few years.

For more information on the Borneo Jazz Festival, visit www.jazzborneo.com

Image shows finale of Borneo Jazz Festival 2016.
Image shows finale of Borneo Jazz Festival 2016.

Coco Cabana Launch in Miri

The Coco Cabana, a small art gallery and museum with cafes and gift shop, at Marina Bay, Miri, located right next to the iconic Seahorse Lighthouse, is now open to the public from 9:30am to 10:30pm.

It features a serene seaside ambiance for visitors, with intricately carved wooden detailing on the main hall and an unforgettable view of the Miri coastline from all sides.

The location was officially launched on April 20 with an Asia Food Festival that included food stalls, a cosplay segment, children’s activities, paragliding and many more.

Miri’s paragliders have already made the beach area their new weekly ‘headquarters’, and can be seen in the evenings sailing across the sky.

Image shows a view of Coco Cabana from the water. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows a view of Coco Cabana from the water. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows Miri’s local paraglider, taking a picture of the Marina Bay seaside. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows Miri’s local paraglider, taking a picture of the Marina Bay seaside. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows children’s activities held in the intricately carved wooden event hall. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.
Image shows children’s activities held in the intricately carved wooden event hall. Photo taken from Coco Cabana Facebook page.

Borneo International Yachting Challenge is Back

The Borneo International Yachting Challenge (BIYC) is setting sail after a two year absence this July 8 to 15 in Miri.

The challenge will begin with the Miri Harbour Race before proceeding to Labuan and Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, with over 30 yachts from various countries.

The BIYC was passed over last year due to the 18th Malaysia Games (Sukma), as Miri was hosting the sailing events.

Image shows the 5th Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2008. Photo credit: Mohd Izraai Abd Aziz, Flickr.
Image shows the 5th Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2008. Photo credit: Mohd Izraai Abd Aziz, Flickr.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa is the Traveller’s Choice

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa once again is listed as a TripAdvisor’s 2017 Travellers’ Choice Award.

Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa also received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2016, an award given to properties that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.

This year, less than one per cent of all accommodations listed in TripAdvisor have received the Traveller’s Choice Awards, based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers across the globe.

For more information, visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1483707-d454983-Reviews-Mulu_Marriott_Resort_Spa-Gunung_Mulu_National_Park_Sarawak.html

Image shows aerial view of Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.
Image shows aerial view of Mulu Marriott Resort & Spa.

Layar Cycling Carnival 2017

The Layar Cycling Carnival 2017 will be taking place on 30 April to 1 May at the RGC Layar, Simpang Layar in Betong, a four hour’s drive from Kuching.

The Criterium event begins on April 30, at 9.30am with a 2.9km circuit around the area, with 10 loops to complete the Junior (18 and below), Ladies Open, Veterans (41 & above) and the Betong Closed category. 15 loops of the circuit are required for the Men’s Open (19 to 40).

The 100km Road Race will be taking place on May 1 at 8.00am and is divided into three categories, namely the Junior (18 & Below), Men’s Open (19 – 40) and the Veteran (41 & above).

This event is organized by the Resident Office of Betong and managed by the Legionnaries Ventures Sdn. Bhd. For more information, visit https://layarcycle.wixsite.com/lcc17

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World Harvest Festival

The 11th World Harvest Festival, celebrating the harvest festival or “Gawai Dayak”, will be taking place on April 28 to 30 at the Sarawak Cultural Village, with a grand scale of cultural performances both traditional and new.

This year will be including cultural troupes from other regions countries including the Kumpulan Batambul Rungus Matunggong of Sabah and the Nitto Rong Organization of Bangladesh.

The main highlight of the World Harvest Festival remains the themed play, produced and performed by the Sarawak Cultural Village actors and actresses, with this year’s performance entitled “Tra Tra Land: Where Honey Sparkles”, which will take place on April 29.

The finale of the Miss Cultural Harvest Festival also takes place on April 29, while the other days are steeped in traditional food and crafts of the different ethnicities in Sarawak, providing Dayaks and non-Dayaks alike the opportunity to understand the traditions of the old Dayak communities.

For more information, visit the website at http://whf.com.my/

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Award-winning Rantau Kemiding’s Kampung-stay Concept

The 65-door award-winning longhouse and homesta, Rantau Kemiding, located in the Sibu division in central Sarawak will be expanding their guests’ itinerary to include a Kampung-Stay programme, making it the first of its kind in Sibu.

The difference between a homestay and a kampung stay is that the guests do their own cooking and conduct their own activities, but are free to join activities held within the longhouse as well.

The longhouse has already constructed a two-room chalet with air-conditioner and a few other facilities except a kitchen, which they plan on adding soon.

Last year alone, Rantau Kemiding received a total of 2,784 visitors, 109 of whom were foreign. The arrivals can be attributed to the attractive kampung lifestyle as well as the annual Rantau Kemiding Festival. Though most of the arrivals are day-trippers to the annual Rantau Kemiding Festival, the homestay owners hope to increase the number of overnight visitors through this kampung-stay.

The Rantau Kemiding Homestay is one of the five in Malaysia given the Asean Homestay Standard awards during the award presentation in Singapore this January, along with many other awards such as winning the ‘1 District, 1 Industry’ in Homestay Category in 2016, the Outstanding Hotel and Accommodation Provider (Homestay) Category in Sarawak Hornbill Tourism Awards in 2015 as well as the the Anugerah Desa Cemerlang for People’s innovation and Participation Category on both state and national level in 2006.

For more information on the Rantau Kemiding Homestay and Kampung-stay, visit http://rantaukemiding.blogspot.my/ or contact the ‘Tuai kampung’, Benjamin Angki at [email protected]

Image shows welcome sign and entrance to Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.
Image shows welcome sign and entrance to Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.
Image shows a jungle trek path near Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo Credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.
Image shows a jungle trek path near Rantau Kemiding longhouse. Photo Credit: Rantau Kemiding blogspot.

Sarawak Shows Potential in Sports Tourism

Sarawak has proven that it has the potential to be the location for large scale sports tournaments, both local and international.

The response from sports fans in Sarawak was incredible during the 18th Sukma Games on July 23 to 31 last year, which took place throughout the different cities in Sarawak, as well as the Malaysia Open at Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya, on April 4 to 9, to the point where it impressed legendary badminton players such as Datuk Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan.

The stadium during the Malaysia Open was filled to 85 per cent capacity, surprising Chong Wei, who expressed optimism for the future of badminton events in Sarawak. “The huge crowd augurs well for Sarawak badminton. I hope that more international badminton tournaments can be held in Sarawak,” he added.

“For the first time, I received lots of cheers and applause from spectators outside China,” Lin Dan stated in an interview, as he too was caught by surprise by the great reception the tournament received.

Image shows Datuk Lee Chong Wei with his fans after a match during the Malaysia Open at the Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya. Photo credit: Nadim Bokhari, Bernama.
Image shows Datuk Lee Chong Wei with his fans after a match during the Malaysia Open at the Perpaduan Stadium, Petra Jaya. Photo credit: Nadim Bokhari, Bernama.

Miri City’s First Cultural Museum

Renovations on the Miri Resident’s and District office building have begun to transform it into a museum.

The project is currently being headed by the Sarawak Museum Department’s curator, Dayang Norzanah Awang Haddy, who has explained that the first and second phases of the project, which are the renovations on the front and back part of the building respectively, are running smoothly.

This museum will be the second in the city, the first being the Miri Petroleum Museum located on top of Canada Hill, which focuses solely on the development of Miri surrounding the petroleum industry.

This will be the first Museum in the city that shows the historical culture, art and heritage of the different races in Miri.

Image shows the Miri Resident’s and District office. Photo credit: Miri City Council.
Image shows the Miri Resident’s and District office. Photo credit: Miri City Council.