Rantau Kemiding Homestay Program, Kanowit

Rh Benjamin Angki, Rantau Kemiding was built in 1936 and located 4km from Kanowit town. Accessible by road and river transport. There are 64 doors or families stay in this longhouse which 53 make up the longhouse proper. Population in this longhouse is 409 people which 216 are females. This longhouse is the 2nd Homestay Program operator approved by Ministry of Tourism Malaysia. There are 14 trained homestay operators from this longhouse. The...

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WIND CAVE IS NOW PARTIALLY OPENED FOR VISITORS

Kuching, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – SARAWAK FORESTRY is pleased to announce the partial opening of Wind Cave Nature Reserve with effect from May 14, 2012. The reserve had been closed for maintenance works since last year. The walkway of Passage 1, 2 and 3 are now opened and basic amenities such as toilets, shelters and platform are provided for visitors visiting Wind Cave Nature Reserve. The entrance fee to Wind Cave Nature Reserve is RM1 fo...

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KIDING ADDS JOY TO SEMENGGOH WILDLIFE CENTRE

KIDING ADDS JOY TO SEMENGGOH WILDLIFE CENTRE -   a newborn baby orangutan named after late keeper Kuching, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – SARAWAK FORESTRY is pleased to announce the birth of a baby orangutan in Semenggoh Wildlife Centre recently.  The 31-year old orangutan, Lela, gave birth to her fourth baby in the wild of the Centre and was spotted carrying a baby orangutan high up on the canopy around the feeding area. Haji Ali Yusop, Managing D...

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Indonesian Rising Star to perform at Borneo Jazz 2012

KUCHING, May 1, 2012 –  Virtuoso pianist Nita Aartsen has been described as the rising star of Classical and Jazz in Indonesia. She has held the post of State Pianist for 15 years and while in that capacity, she had the privilege of playing for world dignitaries including the president of the United States.  Nita, in her own indomitable style has taken from the more formal Classical genre and has turned it into feet-tapping, hip-swaying Latino mu...

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DAS GOLDENE STADTTOR (GOLDEN CITY GATE) AWARDS FOR SARAWAK

Kuching, March 24, 2012 – The Das Goldene Stadttor (Golden City Gate) Awards (Gold Prize) which was won by Sarawak in the Print Campaign Category, at ITB Berlin travel show, was this morning presented to the Chief Minister YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud. The award was handed over to Pehin Sri by the Minister of Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg in a ceremony at his office. The Das Goldene Stadtto...

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Let’s hear about this exciting group – THE STRING SISTERS

Live at Rainforest World Music Festival 2012THE STRING SISTERS is a band that I’ve been lusting over for a long time. Six of the world’s leading female Celtic violinists backed by an all male rhythm section.With their own frantically busy solo careers, they cannot get together very often. To actually find that they can make it for the Rainforest weekend was like winning the lottery.And just see where these beautiful ladies come from –- Catriona M...

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ANOTHER RECOGNITION FOR RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL (RWMF)

Kuching, 29 March 2012 – Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has been voted for the 3rd consecutive year in 2012, as one of the top 25 Best International Festivals by renowned world music magazine, Songlines. According to the editorial team of Songlines, “Selection of the festival is based on the broad representation of the quality and scope of music festivals around the world: from city-based events to ones in remote locations such...

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What is…BUAH ENGKALAK??

'Buah' means fruit in Bahasa Malaysia. So buah engkalak simply means ‘engkalak’ fruit. All of our three trees are fruiting again and this week we harvested a big basketful.  Engkalak or Litsea garciae belong to the same family as avocado. I didn’t like this fruit before; it truly is an acquired taste much like avocado too.  But now, I love it! Rich and creamy and especially tasty with a pinch of salt or soya sauce, I think it’s a lot nicer tha...

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NOTICE OF CLOSURE PAINTED CAVE TRAIL , NIAH NATIONAL PARK

Please be informed that the Painted Cave Trail is temporarily closed with immediate effect until further notice.This is due to the maintenance works of the plank walk system. The main gate at Gan Kira is also inaccessible to public. Any inconvenience is highly regretted. About Niah National Park Niah is one of Sarawak’s smaller national parks, but it is certainly one of the most important, and has some of the most unusual visitor attract...

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NEW COOL COLLECTIVE – The Netherlands Band to Perform at Borneo Jazz 2012

KUCHING, March 6, 2012 – For three consecutive years since 2009, bands from Holland had enlivened the Borneo Jazz Festival in Miri with their Dutch flavours. Coming May 11-12, another Dutch band, the New Cool Collective, will make their debut appearance on Borneo Jazz stage. As a pioneer of Dutch jazz, the band was long regarded as the ugly duckling of the scene. Jazz purists found their ‘soul jazz latin flavours nineties vibe’ too hard and fast...

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Putting an international jazz line-up together

Borneo Jazz is actually just round the corner. It’s a definite East-West flavor there this year. And a fairly balanced mix (I think!) of men and women musicians.F.V.E. ProjectMost emotional setting at the festival is going to be F.V.E. Project who is based in Kuala Lumpur, but guitarist Dean Sim is a Miri-boy so it is a home-coming of sorts. They are young and cool and adoringly enthusiastic like only the young can be. This is said with a consi...

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Authentic Iban Longhouses in Central Region of Sarawak

In Sarawak, a visit to an authentic longhouse is considered a must.In the Central Region of Sarawak, an Iban longhouse is one of  the main attractions for tourists. Several other ethnic groups traditionally live in longhouses, so expect a variety of ways in which you are welcomed. Traditionally the Iban do not shake hands to welcome visitors. Today, though, this is highly acceptable.Tuai Rumah Longhouse headmen are respectfully add...

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