You are entering smoke free zone…….campaign.
Now the Melaka Health Department making a new campaign of smoke free area at certain part of the Melaka city. Among the area is Banda Hilir. In Malaysia smoking is ban at certain place like the Government office, Hospitals and School. But for these campaign, it target a larger area rather tahn the building itself. The campaign is aimed to educate people not to smoke in public places. This is different from the actual gazetted area. Smoking in the gazetted can be fine. In Malaysia, if caught smoking in gazetted area you can be fine RM10,000 or 2 years in jail. Europeans regions are among serious continent in making legislation about smoking ban. They had European Public Health Alliance to gather information about smoking ban also few organization such as the European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) and the European Respiratory Society on the progress of European countries in implementing anti-smoking legislation.
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Team from the Archipelago..
Archipelago Drum festival already finished in 14th of February. I manage to see the last show. Here we are already accustomed to the Malay Archipelago drums from Indonesia-Brunei-Singapore as the instrument, dance, costume similar to what we have in Malaysia. The Philippines traditional dance also kinda similar to Sabah State of Malaysia tribal dance Kadazan. The Festival had to finished up early because of the heavy rain. I manage to capture Uzbekistan Traditional dance in a short Video. Interesting dance with a man in the middle playing a traditional percussion instrument.
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More picture of the opening here.
Now Middleburg Bastion already officially open. The official opening was done one 4th April 2010 by Minister of Culture and Communication Datuk Seri Rais Yatim. At the ceremony the Minister also launching ‘Alam dan Budaya ‘ Books and Banda Hilir. The Minister through Heritage Department (Jabatan Warisan) also have acquire the HSBC building, opposite the Bastion Middleburg with RM2 million cost.
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Tourism Minister Dato’Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen Fabulous Food 1Malaysia Festival at PWTC last year.
Got you favorite Nasi Lemak, Laksa or Bak kut teh? Tourism Ministry wanting your vote and they will make it official top 50 best place for the three. Malaysia have variety of Asian cuisine as 2 world major races here that are Chinese and Indian. Not to mention other local ethnic and minority like the Eurasians. Among all the food the ministry chooses 3 major Malaysian favorite dishes. Nasi Lemak, Laksa and Meat Bone Tea@ Bak Kut Teh.
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Malaysian Water Festival was held recently at Pantai Chenang Langkawi from 9 to 11 April. The water festival is aimed to to bring Malaysia coastal and river with more water activities. Water activities are like boat race, kayak, dragon boat, fishing or just to popularize some beautiful beaches.
Intrudu atmosphere at Portuguese Settlement, more pic at razak latif flickr.
For Melaka, we have a special watering festival, but not exactly mean for river or the sea, it is on land itself. The Intrudu. It’s the Melaka Portuguese community water festival or they call it Pesta Intrudu. A bit similar to the water festival at Southern of Thailand were the call it Songkran Festival. This year Intrudu was held at 14th February.
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Mahkota Parade Charity Fashion Fun Walk which will be held on 1st May 2010. Woww….ladies! This is the time for us having the new trendy fashion, at the same time do a charity for helping the needy. Take the opportunity ok!!
Actually, Mahkota Parade is undergoing a major refurbishment which started from July 2009 and will end by April 2010. To mark the completion of the refurbishment, the Centre is re-launching with a fashion charity fun walk for Yayasan Toh Puan Zurina. This one of its kind event combines fashion and charity, where participants can make a statement with their fashion sense to raise awareness and bring hope to needy kidney patients.
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Remembering the old days…Melaka River..
Melaka since 1999 till 2009, a total of 47.25 million tourists visited Melaka with an average increase almost 20% per annum and the average length of stay about 1.89 nights. During the eleven years, of which 76.6% came to Melaka are domestic tourists and the balance 23.4% is composed of foreign tourists.
In 2009 alone, we have received a total of 8.9 million tourist arrivals compared to 7.2 million tourists in 2008 an increase of 23.6% during the length of stay 1.89 nights. In terms of foreign markets, Singapore continues to be the market leader with shares of 17.2%, followed by China (12.5%), Indonesia (8.5%), Vietnam (2.6%) and Hong Kong (2.3%).
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