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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Is it last day of Ramadan...

The period of fasting ends when the new moon is sighted on the evening of the last day of Ramadan.The actual sighting is conducted by state

appointed religious officials at various points (usually at hilltops) throughout the country.If the crescent is sighted,the following day is then declared the first day of Aidilfitri,which is also the beginning of the 10th month of Muslim calendar SAWWA:L.(Syawal) 

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People are rushing ..just in case to-morrow is Hari Raya.

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The katupat casing on sale..

In Malaysia, the sighting of Syawal new moon to determine the date for Aidilfitri celebration will be held at 30 places nationwide on Sept 8 that is to-night.The Conference of Rulers has given its consent that the date for Aidilfitri  be fixed based on sighting  of the new moon and calculations.'The Keeper of the Ruler's Seal" will announce the Aidilfitri date over radio and television the same night.

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Rush hour..traffic congested is common here, as you can see people are rushing to Gambier street,the most popular spot for Hari Raya needs.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Night of Tujuh Likor...

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The last 10 nights of Ramadan is said to be the most auspicious nights for the month. It is mentioned in the holy Quran that angels would come down to earth on one of those night, praying together with those who pray late in the nights.

Another practice associated with the last days of Ramadan is that of putting up lights around the house. From the twenty-seventh day of the month up to the Hari Raya (Eid) festival, if you walk through any Malay village you will find the houses lighted up with oil lamps, or coloured electric lamp. The occasion is known as "Malam Tujuh Likur" but it is not of Islamic origin even though the lights are said to welcome the angels who visit earth during this period.

Nevertheless, these displays of lights are very attractive especially in the villages. It also set the mood for the Hari Raya festival which is just a few days away.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hari Raya Preparation..

All Malaysian Muslim are getting into a final one third stage of the holy month of Ramadan.In less then 10 days,they will celebrate Eidul Fitri or Hari Raya Puasa.

What would Hari Raya be without new clothes, new shoes, new bags and basically lots of new things?

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Shoppers throng malls, bazaars and boutiques in search for the trendiest baju kurungs and kebayas (traditional Malay attire for women), latest tudung )(scarf) trends, fashionable shoes, sleekest baju melayu (traditional Malay attire for men) and so forth. There are some who opt for a family colour theme for Hari Raya each year, and will hunt for materials of the same colour. While some can make their own Hari Raya attire or send it to the tailors, others prefer to get it ready-made as it is easier and sometimes cheaper.

 

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Spoilt for choices........

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It’s not just about the shoes,kopiah or clothes; even Hari Raya delicacies are on sale along with the apparel.

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Delicacies etc,etc.......

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Children wear etc.etc.........

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Though it’s the fasting month, many shoppers don’t seem to feel the fatigue or tiredness when hunting for the best deals. While some opt to go shopping at night, after the breaking of fast, many would rather go during the day as there are more shops open and they can get the best bargains.

My advise....spend wisely.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sarawak Regatta 2010 in Kuching.

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Opening event.......

The history of Sarawak Regatta.........Basically, The Sarawak Regatta in the Brooke Days is known as a game of peace and passion to unite the warring tribes of Borneo. In those days, Rajah Charles Brooke used to send his yatch "Maimunah" to bring in the various 'Tuan Residents' to join the social event......

 

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The family get shades from underneath the trees....

 

Sarawak Regatta started on the 30th July to 1st August 2010 at Kuching Waterfront. I just spent half day watching the events (last day Sunday) ignoring the heat from the very hot sun. No doubt along the waterfront you can get shades from underneath the trees but at times really had to go infront to get a clearer view.

 

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Sarawak River.....

The Sarawak Regatta, to be held from July 30 with local and foreign participants, would directly promote racial harmony, greater understanding of cultural diversity and promote the tourism industry.

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Will this team LANDAS grab the title "King of the River"...........

This has made the races more exciting. Participating teams have done their preparations earlier than usual and are well prepared. This can be seen in their determination to grab the coveted ‘King of the River’ title in the various categories.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Sarawak Rainforest Interhash 2010.

The Sarawak Rainforest Interhash 2010 is being held here in Kuching,Sarawak,Malaysia.The city centre is curretly crawling with hashers from around the World.  There’s a lot to be said for holding Interhash in Malaysia.  It’s the spiritual home of hashing, for one thing.  It’s cheap, for another . . . as are almost all other potential hash venues in Asia, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, etc.  

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The hashers..enjoy to shop for printed T-Shirt .

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The Hashers...

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Even local go to shop for T-Shirt here but most item are in US Dollar (US$).

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This Interhash 2010 is nothing to do with the coming festival in Sarawak that is'Rainforest World Music Festival 2010'

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Draft BEER are ready to serve the Guest..Well, I don't drink this ...sorry.

To be honest..I don't know about this hash...and I have a chance talking to one of the hash member and I ask him What is Interhash? It is where Hashers from different groups get together to run and drink beer together.

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They were having the red dress charity run,to benefit a few locals foundations.There were plenty of hairy men in red dresses and red hair in town.

Most of the hashers wore fancy dresses. Some men wore women outfits while few others sported American Red Indian headgears and Afro hair wigs. Several were even seen sporting fake horn and tails of the imaginary Red Devil.

To the locals, the culture of these international hashers may be strange and eccentric but the Red Dress Charity Run, in particular, has a unique history.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Balik Kampung Rush in Sibu.

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Selamat Hari Gawai Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai to all Malaysians who will be celebrating the Gawai on 01 june 2010.

 

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The mad rush............

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Congested at Sibu express boat jetty...........

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The Gawai Dayak rush has begin in Sibu Express Boat Jetty  last Sunday,as members of the Dayak community return home to celebrate the festival in their respective longhouses.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Long Weekend....

I’m sure many people are looking forward for a long weekend which will start to-day (Friday) especially for those in Sarawak . Many are taking the opportunity to travel around be it locally or go somewhere outside Malaysia.

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Vesak Day Year 2010 falls on Friday, 28 May 2010.

Vesak day is celebrated by Buddhist around the world, and in different manners all over the world. Though some countries occasionally use different date for this festival, most would fall on this same day.

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Gawai Day or Gawai Dayak is a festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1 June every year. It is both a religious and social occasion. The word Gawai means a ritual or festival whereas Dayak is a collective name for the native ethnic groups of Sarawak: the Iban, also known as Sea Dayak and the Bidayuh people, also known as Land Dayak. Thus, Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival". Dayak would visit their friends and relatives on this day.

Happy Gawai Day & Wesak Day to all Malaysian or popular known as 1Malaysia.........

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bergendang or Bermukun and Joget.

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Among the Malays, Melanaus and Kedayans of Sarawak, the "Bergendang" ceremony is kept very much alive. The photos above(taken this evening) shows a "Bergendang" performance that is held at the Kuching Waterfront. Guess what? Anybody is welcomed to participate in the dancing, young and old. Visitors to Sarawak can pick up the dance steps very quickly. But the real fun begins when the ladies playing the drum ( named " Mak Gendang" = Lady Drummer) and singing the "Pantun" ( a four-line verse poetic message) gets response from the men. The men reply back in pantun-style the message or question embedded in the "Mak Gendang" pantun. Thus this answering and replying of pantuns continue for hours on end. Today the " Bergendang" is very much part of a wedding celebration activity and held mainly during the night in many villages through out Sarawak.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My World Tuesday-Cat Museum.

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Click HERE to join the tour to other part of the world.

This week let us go to Cat Museum in Kuching Sarawak.

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It's Christmas holiday this weekend,the festive season of giving & forgiving.Kuching is my hometown and Kuching is CAT in Malay.The World’s first Cat Museum, devoted to all things feline, is in Petra Jaya in the Kuching City North Hall. Cat lovers will find all range of exhibits, photos, feline art and cat souvenirs.

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Many cats sculptures can be seen at various corner of the city.During festive season even the cat is celebrating.This cat here wearing Santa Claus costume,a red hat and a red vest.

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I see a cat woman & the cat celebrating x'mas in the museum.

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There are cat clock,umbrellas,mugs,brooches,plates,cups,key-ring,teapot and t-shirt on sale here.

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Welcome to Cat Museum in Kuching,Sarawak,Malaysia.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Deepavali

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Photo of Sikh Temple in Kuching.

Although Deepavali today is not a public holiday in Sarawak, the celebration is not affected as the Indian-Hindu community here open their homes to friends, acquaintances and well-wishers in the spirit of sharing that befits the Festival Of Lights.

Even as Deepavali approached, the fragrance of murukkus being cooked pervaded an Indian household amid a ruckus from family members trying to get things organised for the big day.

On Deepavali Day itself, Indian homes are spruced up with kolams (a beautiful floor decor made up of coloured rice, flour or desiccated coconut), beautiful lambs and lights and other elegant decorations.

Families welcome guests throughout the day with an array of Indian delicacies amid at atmosphere of cordiality.

Oh well… HAPPY DWALLI to all.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

City Daily Photo-Moon Cake Festival.

Last night,I have a chance visited 'The S'wak Inter-Cultured Mooncake Festival' at Carpenter Street (One of the oldest street in Kuching).This is an annual event and this year theme is 'Inter Cultural',where most ethnics and race will come together and enjoy the festival as 1MALAYSIA.

Photo shot with my Olympus E-620 Zuiko len 25mm f2.8(courtesy of Mr.Abbar of KFK) P&S with auto art filter & edited using Picasa v3.5

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The Carpenter Street.

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1Malaysia.You can see the Malay women sale the mooncake at the festival.

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The Orang Ulu play Sape, entertaining the visitors at the festival.

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Street Tai Chi by the Chinese Community.

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HALAL food at the festival by Chef XinJiang from China.

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It's was fun,very much lively and crowded.