February 25 fast approaches, as the Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF) returns for another epic installment.
Featuring international names like Shane Smith & The Saints and The Strange Pilgrim, as well as local country bands such as the Mountain Wind and Country Road, it’s a fiesta for the country music enthusiasts.
The MCMF has become part and parcel with Miri’s local communities, with entire families coming down and making a day of it for two days, enjoying the food, games and music.
This year’s MCMF will be taking place on February 25 and 26, at the ParkCity Everly Hotel, the same location of the 12th Borneo Jazz Festival on May 12 and 13.
This year rings in the new Visit Sibu Year initiative which was launched in March 2016.
Sibu has many hidden attractions, the most popular of which is the food trail that begins at the large fresh market in the centre of town and weaves through backroads to the next delicacy, with the Sibu Street Art marking the way.
The Sibu Street Art peppered throughout the town, display the significant moments in Sibu’s history as well as significant foods and art within the town, depicting its cultural heritage.
The Borneo Cultural Festival in July as well as the sixth Sibu International Dance Festival in August, display the cultural and ethnic diversity that can be found in Sibu, while also encouraging the preservation of those cultures.
Sibu is less than an hour from some of the oldest longhouse communities in Sarawak, with various competitive races throughout the year including remote control boat racing, as well as the Sibu Bike Week which has brought big bikers from around the world to careen the streets of Sibu.
A unique mix of people, lifestyles and attractions, Sibu is definitely a must-visit in 2017.
The fifth edition of Colour Rush is expected to have some 8000 participants in Kuching on February 18 and in Miri on February 19, beating its yearly 5000 participants average.
The Colour Rush is held annually by the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) to commemorate International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15 and to raise funds for the medical treatment of Sarawakian children diagnosed with cancer.
The registration has been open since December 4, 2016, and has shown incredible promise of hitting the 8000 participant mark in the Colour Rush by the time registration ends on January 25.
To encourage registration, the SCCS held a special promotion where the first 50 participants to register before December 31 receive special t-shirts and a voucher.
The CH Premier Restaurant at Jalan Tun Jugah, Kuching, has set records as the first restaurant in Malaysia to have robotic serving staff.
With four new robotic waitresses on their payroll, the taller robots named Goddess 1 to 3, and a smaller robot named Lolita, all four of whom use magnetic strips on the ground to navigate the floor.
The Restaurant serves fine dining meals, steamboat meals and Chinese-style family platters, so in lieu of the theme, the robots speak in Mandarin and are able to speak a specific set of phrases including ‘thank you’, ‘excuse me’ and ‘please take the food from the tray’.
This bodes as the dawning of a new age in cuisine for Kuching, as it shows a blend of traditional cuisine and modern times, and this upgrade should encourage local attractions and facilities to add more marketable aspects to their business to keep them relevant.
The REDEEMS annual Praise Music Festival will be held on December 4 to 6 at the REDEEMS Centre in Singai, Bau Kuching, showcasing the rich culture, tradition and heritage of the Bidayuh people.
This event hopes to promote cultural tourism in the Bau region, while also enhancing the goodwill between the different races and kampungs or villages in the area, allowing them to celebrate life and culture together in harmony.
The event will be held with the REDEEMS core goals in mind, which is to move the local community of the Bau region towards an orderly and progressive society by creating development-centric activities that promote their cultures externally and preserve them internally.
The Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS) is a community based organization (CBO) for the 12 Kampungs (villages) in Singai area, and was officially registered with the Registrar of Society (Malaysia) on the 7th July 1997 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and non-profit body (NPB).
The fourth Kuching ‘Monster Dash’ Charity Run, back by popular demand and organized by the OurYouth.my team, will be held on 14 January next year, starting at iCOM Square to Jalan Pending.
This charity run began as a 5km charity run to raise funds for charitable associations.
This year’s charities are the Sarawak Children’s Cancer Society (SCCS) and the Hope Place, which is a non-governmental organization that aims to help the needy and underprivileged in Kuching, including the disabled, elderly and poverty stricken citizens.
The run also aims to introduce a healthier lifestyle among Kuching people as well as establish real-life social networking between people, especially among the youth, while also experiencing the Kuching streets at night, which has proven to be a spectacular view of lights and nightlife.
Through the run, the organizers hope to create a new way of encouraging social awareness and a sense of community responsibility and love to battle the different challenges Kuchingites face together, be it an underprivileged socioeconomic background or a debilitating physical impairment.
Diethelm Travel have created an eight day volunteer programme at the Batang Ai National Park, to enable participants to take part in the conservation works of the endangered flora and fauna.
Registration is open from now until October 31, 2017.
The programme will range from checking camera traps to maintenance of trails and infrastructure, as well as assisting local communities that live adjacent to the park who are vital first responders and informers in the conservation efforts of Batang Ai.
The unique twist of this volunteer programme is the planned trek to the areas where the wild Orang Utans and other protected wildlife live, being in their natural habitat.
At the end of the eight day programme, the volunteers will visit the Semenggoh Nature Reserve to gain awareness on the ongoing wildlife rehabilitation efforts of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.
The annual reef and beach cleaning activities conducted by the Biodiversity, Environment and Conservation (BEACON) Project has now entered into its third year at the Similajau National Park.
It aims to turn the Park, located just outside of Bintulu, into the “Green Lung of Bintulu”.
The Project’s secondary component in Conservation, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA), where groups or programmes such as the Friends of Nature programme brings people into the national park to participate in the cleaning.
The Project is organized by the MLNG Group of Companies, a subsidiary company of Petronas and the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.
To date some 120 students from 21 secondary schools and 21 chaperon-teachers had participated in the Friends of Nature programme.
Entering the third year, the BEACON Project has proven to be effective in improving the marine wildlife and reefs in the area.
The Assistant Minister for Environment and Assistant Minister for Workforce Development and Training Sarawak, Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, attended this year’s BEACON reef cleaning in September.