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Baisakhi di Balle Balle in Malaysia!!

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Singh is King of the World!

Vaisakhi Celebrations in full swing in Malaysia

Malaysia is all set to experience the rich and colourfulbackground of the Punjabi Culture. On April 23rd, The Malaysian Punjabi Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MPCCI) is organising a Malaysia Vaisakhi Open House in Kuala Lumpur where thousands of Malaysian Sikhs and their friends will gather to celebrate the auspicious festivities of Vaisakhi!

Aptly named MyVaisakhi Fest 2016, the day long festivities on April 23rd, will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia ,Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib at the Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) at Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur. The gathering is expected to be attended by over 4000 guests!

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Besides bringing to life the essence of Punjabi culture, the highlight of the day will be an attempt to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for making 2000 chapattis in 3 hours! Needless to mention, one will get to see the never dying spirit of the Punjabis all set to break this record!

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MPCCI President Dato Daljit Singh said that, “ We welcome one and all to be part of our celebrations. In fact all Indians visiting Malaysia during this time should be a part of MyVaisakhi 2016! You can get a taste of home here!” “We have Dhol dances, Cultural shows , go kart rides, sand art, turban tying booth, henna art booth…everything that’s Punjabi will come to life on this day!”, added Dato Daljit.

Dato Daljit Singh is also Indian Community Relations Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia.

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Tourists can also get an insight into the Punjabi culture by visiting the Punjabi History, heritage and Culture exhibition being held until April 30.  The Sikh community has existed since the 16th century and MyVaisakhi 2016 is an attempt to showcase the Punjabi and Sikh tradition and history so that the younger generation can learn about where they come from and embrace their culture.

About Tourism Malaysia: MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2015, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM69.1 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.

 

KL PASS™ gives tourists more reasons to stay longer in KL

The KL PASS™, an integrated tourist pass was recently launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia offering tourists seamless access to tourism attractions and supporting amenities on top of other privileges and benefits.

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With the KL PASS™, tourists are entitled to gain entry without further payment at participating tourist attractions. All they have to do is present their pass at the entrance for verification and once the card’s validity is confirmed, they will be granted entry. The KL PASS™ can also be used to gain discounts and other special privileges when shopping, dining and entertaining in Kuala Lumpur.

The KL PASS™ comes in six variants; 1-Day, 3-Day and 6-Day pass for adults and children. The 1-day adult pass is priced at RM165.00 while the 3-day and 6-day passes are priced at RM395.00 and RM675.00 respectively. The 1-day child pass is priced at RM125.00 while the 3-day and 6-day passes are going for RM325.00 and RM515.00 respectively.

Mr Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia said, “The KL PASS™ will help increase awareness of what Kuala Lumpur has to offer and contribute to the overall tourist experience encouraging them to even increase their length of stay in the city.”

Tourist attractions currently on board of KL PASS™ include The KL Tower, Aquaria KLCC, The KL Butterfly Park, Berjaya Times Square Indoor Theme Park, Batek Workshop at Kompleks Kraf, the Craft Museum, Discoveria@Avenue K, Escape Room @ Berjaya Times Square, Laser Battle @ Berjaya Times Square, MUD The Musical, The KL City Gallery, The KL Hop-On-Hop-Off, the KL Tram, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, the Telekom Museum, The Foundry Workshop @ Royal Selangor and Zouk KL.

The KL PASS™ is available for purchase online as well as a number of sales outlets in the city and at KLIA. Foreign tourists may purchase the pass in their home countries and choose to either have the pass sent to them or collect their passes in KL when they arrive. Among the places the pass is currently available is at the KL City Gallery, the KL Concierge Kiosk and at the KL Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket counter. In the near future, a number of tourist attractions will also offer the pass for sale.

Currently at Phase 1 of its development, the KL PASS™ will include more establishments and public transportation in Phase II. A very conservative figure of 20,000 cards are expected to sell within the first year of operations. The KL PASS™ website has organically attracted over 2,000 unique visitors in less than two weeks since it went live. What is more encouraging is that these hits have come from all over the world, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, China, India, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Middle East.

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MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2014, Malaysia registered 27.4 million tourist arrivals and RM72 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner.

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Malaysia celebrated its fourth VISIT MALAYSIA YEAR (VMY) in 2014 with the theme “Celebrating 1Malaysia Truly Asia”. The promotion of the country continues with the MALAYSIA YEAR OF FESTIVALS

(MyFEST) campaign in 2015 with the theme “Endless Celebrations” emphasising the various festivals celebrated by its multicultural society. Both campaigns are key drivers towards achieving the country’s target of 36 million tourist arrivals and RM168 billion in receipts by 2020, as outlined in the Tourism NKEA (National Key Economic Area).

Through the Tourism NKEA, collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, other Government agencies and the private sector have been enhanced to help secure Malaysia’s position as a leading tourist destination. The targets set under the Tourism NKEA will be achieved through the implementation of twelve Entry Point Projects (EPPs) clustered under five themes: Affordable Luxury; Nature Adventure; Family Fun; Events, Entertainment, Spa and Sports; and Business Tourism.

SHOPPING MANIA ROCKS MALAYSIA!

The country’s biggest shopping extravaganza –– the annual 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and 1Malaysia Unified Sale –– are back again, offering big bargains, huge discounts and fun-filled promotional activities put together by malls, retail stalls and other participating trades throughout Malaysia.

Running for over two months from today till 31 August, both salespulsate with excitement at a time when Ramadan bazaars also sprout up all over the country, lending a dynamic fusion of colours to the local shopping scene. Street bazaars and shopping malls are also hyping up with numerous offers for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations and the Merdeka Day public holiday.

The sales events were launched today by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Tan Sri Dr. Ong Hong Pengat the Marriot Putrajaya Hotel.

Adding to the excitement of both sales is the #beautifulMalaysia Online Contest, with weekly prizes to be won over 12 weeks from 15 June to 20 September. One grand prize and three consolations prizes are up for grabs every week. Grand prizes include a GoPro Hero 4, iPad Air 2, Canon EOS 100D and OPPO Find 5.

The contest, which is open to participants from all over the world, requires them to submit photos that best encapsulate the beauty of Malaysia in four categories, namely places, festivals, food and shopping. Photos can be uploaded on Instagram using the hashtag#beautifulMalaysia or directly on to the contest campaign website(www.tourism.gov.my/beautifulMalaysia).

Winning photos will be featured on postcards at the end of the campaign. These postcards together with other specially designed postcards bearing the theme Beautiful Malaysia will be placed at selected airports in the country. The postcards will also be used to further promote 2015 as Malaysia Year of Festivals, or MyFest 2015. Various festivals and events happening in the country will be highlighted on the postcards, which can easily be picked up by tourists visiting the country.

Besides the contest, two pocket events will also be held to coincide with the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival 2015, namely the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) 2015 (12 to 16 August) and Time Kulture, which is a timepiece exhibition (29 July to 9 August). Both events will be held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

KLFW 2015 promotes local fashion designers and local brands, and creates opportunities for international recognition and further develops the Malaysian retail market for branded fashionable wear.Time Kulture Exhibition by Swiss Watch Gallery showcases the best of Swiss Watch makers renowned for the finest watch brands and high-end jewellery and accessories.

To boost the country’s shopping sector, Tourism Malaysia has embarked on promoting Experiential Shopping packages with lifestyle elements, encompassing culinary delights, entertainment, and recreation for the whole family. Besides that, places of interest around the malls are also being highlighted in the packages.

Tourism Malaysia has also earmarked specific areas with attractive shopping attributes and categorised them as Extended Shopping Zones. These include JalanTuanku Abdul Rahman Heritage Shopping Zone, Bandar Utama, Bandar Sunway and Subang Jaya in Selangor, George Town in Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru in Johor, as well as Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak.The Extended Shopping Zones will be promoted along with the major shopping districts in Kuala Lumpur, such as Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Central Market.

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Tourism Malaysia is also producing the Shopping Malaysia Fun Maps that will make it easier for shoppers to find shopping attractions in different locations. These maps will come in handy for both locals and tourists to enjoy the best shopping experience in Malaysia.

Malaysia’s shopping sector is a major contributor to the country’s tourist receipts, amounting to RM21.6 billion or 30% of the total receipts of RM72 billion in 2014. The shopping sector continues to hold the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after accommodation, which was only higher by 0.3%.

Malaysiajao for IIFA Awards 5-7th June 2015

The 16th edition of the most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema globally, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards today announced the hosts for some of IIFA’s most awaited sub-events and performances that will take place at the IIFA Weekend this year. The Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend & Awards will take place at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5-7 June 2015.

L-R- Ayushmann Khuranna, Neha Dhupia, Manoharan Periasamy-Director India- Tourism Malaysia, Anil Kapoor, Tony Nagamaiah- General Manager- Maysia major events

The IIFA Weekend this year will also see a night exclusively dedicated to fashion which will be hosted by Friend of IIFA, Neha Dhupia. IIFA Rocks, the exclusive music extravaganza will see a host of fantastic musical performances by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Mika, Ankit Tiwari, Kanika Kapoor, Jawed Ali and the Nooran sisters. Superstars Jacqueline Fernandes, Aditi Rao Hydari, Lisa Hayden and Lauren Gotlieb will also take the IIFA Rocks stage for some incredible performances.

At the 16th Videocon d2h IIFA Weekend, the IIFA Gala Screening on 6th June in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will feature the highly awaited star-studded film Dil Dhadakne Do. The film is a bittersweet comedy drama about a family that takes a trip which changes them forever. With an ensemble cast of Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, the film is directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.

Speaking on the occasion, Anil Kapoor, Actor and Friend of IIFA said “Through time, IIFA has grown from a mega awards ceremony into an iconic global platform for Indian films and culture while showcasing to the world the best that Indian cinema has to offer. I am looking forward to the film media briefing of Dil Dhadakne Do which will be a part of the Weekend this year and I am delighted to see IIFA return to Malaysia, this time to the vivacious city of Kuala Lumpur.”

The event will be telecast on India’s leading Hindi entertainment channel Colors with foot prints in over 140 countries.

Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events said “As excitement heightens, we are proud to host the 16th IIFA Celebrations 2015 and welcome its entire contingent to Malaysia. Being host city, Kuala Lumpur anticipates the weekend’s buzz as it shall be among our biggest showcases for the year in conjunction with the Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFest) 2015. The city’s dazzling setting will imprint the Bollywood family and fans with spectacular experiences in a truly diverse environment.”

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Manoharan Periasamy, Director Tourism Malaysia said, “ The IFFA awards will definitely help keep Malaysia on top of mind to travellers planning a vacation this summer and with the o MYFest 2015 celebrations, this is an icing on the cake.”

Tickets for the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema abroad are available for sale. Log on to http://www.myticket.asia or call 03-8080 8700 or 017 2447139. Patrons wishing to purchase VIP Hospitality Tickets can send an email to viphospitality@iifa.com.

IIFA Awards 2015 will be held at Stadium Putra, the Official Hospitality Partner is JW Marriot/The Ritz Carlton, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Malaysia Airlines is the Official Airline Partner for the 16th edition of the IIFA celebrations. In Malaysia, IIFA Awards will be available LIVE on Astro First (Channel 480).
About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)
Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy. Also, the IIFA Awards is India’s biggest media event. With a viewership of almost 800 million, it is among the world’s most-watched annual entertainment events. From a one night celebration in 2000 at the Millennium Dome, London, the last sixteen years have seen the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) movement grow into a cine-packed weekend of film- festivals, workshops, exhibitions, film-showcases and global business forums, all of which climax into the highlight of the Weekend, the IIFA Awards. http://www.iifa.com

About Tourism Malaysia: MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2013, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM65.4 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner and the sixth highest contributor to its Gross National Income (GNI).

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Sepang International Circuit to host Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix™

The Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix™ is scheduled for 27-29 March 2015 at the Sepang Interantional Circuit (SIC). This will be the second stop in the F1 calendar after the Rolex Australian Grand Prix™. With plenty of movement of top drivers across teams and the return of Honda into the championship, the tone is set to be competitive for the title this year.

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With India riding high on the racing popularity wave, Tourism Malaysia and the Sepang International Circuit is holding the ‘Race your way to Sepang’ challenge among corporates to promote the Malaysian leg of the F1 craze. At the event, a special Formula 1 Package with travel partner Yatra.com will also be launched.

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“We have been promoting the Petronas Formula 1 event for a few years now and the response has been quite encouraging. For this year’s promotions we have planned 2 corporate events in Mumbai and Bangalore where the participants will compete in Go Karting racing Challenges. The fastest team stands a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Malaysia to watch the race live,” said Mr Manoharan Periasamy, Director, Tourism Malaysia. The winning team will be hosted by Starwood Hotels and the Air tickets will be sponsored by Malaysia Airlines.

This year Malaysia celebrates Malaysia Year of Festivals (MyFEST) 2015. Themed “Endless Celebrations”, the year-long calender is packed with festivities of every genre; for instance cultural festivals, shopping extravanganzas, international acclaimed events, eco-tourism events, arts, music showcases, food promotion and other themed events. Continuing the momentum and efforts to promote the destination, MyFEST 2015 is set to make Malaysia the top-of-the-mind tourist destination, encouraging tourists to stay longer in order to enjoy the festival offerings nationwide added Mr. Manoharan Periasamy.

“The Sepang Interantional Circuit (SIC) is not just about the Formula 1 race, but also the state of the-art facilities. Situated 85 kms from the Kuala Lumpur city centre, the track features 15 corners and 8 straights including two high-speed stretches. The high standard facilities is an ideal place for world-class international events and corporate to commercial programmes.

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Sepang International Circuit is very keen on promoting the venue for events like weddings, family days, conferences, annual dinners and team building programmes”, said Ms. Sharmila Nadarajah – Chief commercial Officer of SIC.

The race this year is dubbed as the F1 carnival – the first of its kind at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), the 2015 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix™ will have something for everyone. From go-karting at the Xtrack or just chilling at the Cool Zone complete with a water-course while waiting for the excitement to begin on track. And of course, what better way to end the exciting day than by enjoying a fantastic performance at the After Race Concert once the dust has settled on the track says Ms. Sharmila Nadarajah.

The Malaysian Grand Prix tickets are sold from as low as INR1,640 for Hillstand seats. The Grandstand seats are sold from INR5,720 for F stands and INR13,470 for K1 stands, where fans will have a perfect view fronting the first turn of the circuit. The main grandstand starts from INR6,940 to as high as INR36,100 for the best view.

For those who like to enjoy the race in a more stylish way complete with fine dining, come over to the Club Suite and experience the race from inside Sepang International Circuit (SIC) luxury suites. They can choose between a view fronting the pit or catch the entire action from the race on the Southern track. Price per person starts from INR93,800.

MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD OR TOURISM MALAYSIA is an agency under the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Malaysia. Tourism Malaysia focuses on the specific task of promoting Malaysia at all levels. Since its inception, Tourism Malaysia has grown by leaps and bounds and it has emerged as a major player in the international tourism scene. In 2013, Malaysia registered 25.7 million tourist arrivals and RM65.4 billion in receipts, making tourism its second largest foreign exchange earner and the sixth highest contributor to its Gross National Income (GNI).

Through the Tourism NKEA, collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, other Government agencies and the private sector have been enhanced to help secure Malaysia’s position as a leading tourist destination. The targets set under the Tourism NKEA will be achieved through the implementation of twelve Entry Point Projects (EPPs) clustered under five themes: Affordable Luxury; Nature Adventure; Family Fun; Events, Entertainment, Spa and Sports; and Business Tourism.

Authentic Chinese Food in Malaysia

My biggest worry in Malaysia was how I will manage with food for my 10-days long stay there, given the picky eater that I am! But my worries eased when I reached there under expert guidance of Malaysia Tourism’s guide Mr Jeevan who treated us to many authentic fares and best of cuisines available there. One restaurant which would have mention on my blog is Spring Garden in Putrajaya. Putrajaya houses the official residences/ offices of Prime Minister, Ministers and Bureaucracy of Malaysia. It’s beauty just cannot be described in words, no words are enough.  It looked to me like being in Switzerland. Here we were taken to this restaurant situated on the brink of a water body, its interiors were oriental and exteriors were like back waters of Kerala. Indeed perfect setting for savouring most authentic Chinese meal, we could ever think of. Cordial staff served us unique dishes made of Prawns, Chicken, Sushi, Momos, Hakka Noodles, smoke dressed vegetables, mushroom & chicken soup…what not!

I could not resist clicking few pictures for my readers, I present here choicest one:

 Don’t miss going to Spring Garden in Putrajaya, while in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MUD Theatre, Kuala Lumpur…Thundering Performance, Thunderous Applause!

We landed up at the venue on a rainy afternoon to watch MUD theatre at Kuala Lumpur located in the heart of the city, Panggung Bandaraya and what a surprise it turned out to be! Theatre lover that I am, and have watched theatre extensively, I must admit that I had never experienced anything close to MUD ever before.

The raw appeal of setting, the backdrop, real actors, simple costumes, basic props – to me it looked it like that I had come to watch a school play. So child like excitement was there. Incidentally I had done no research on this visit, out of sheer laziness but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I was bowled over by Victorian Settings, lighting, sound system, actors drawn from different nationalities…to put up a brilliant act which left audience spell bound.

The story revolved around how Kuala Lumpur rose from the ashes…read MUD owing to its native’s sheer perseverance, hard-work and strong will to make it.

Performers won our hearts with their simple song and dance act, emotional dialogues and I specially loved the “Thali” dance by actors. I must say it was very well choreographed. The dancer in me rejoiced with the dance…Yeh dil maange more! Reading the minds of audience like us, actors invited the audience to dance with them on the stage, and believe me audience happily obliged.

If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur, you must include this in your program but for this you should be theatre lover at heart.

You can get entire information about the venue, tickets, location etc. here at MUD, KL.

My story wouldn’t be complete without writing about the theatre which was designed by A.B. Hubback in 1901. This Mughal-inspired complex features a unique curved façade and a copper dome above the main porch. This was the first official administration office for the Kuala Lumpur Sanitary Board and witnessed important meetings that shaped Kuala Lumpur’s early town planning. It was declared open by Sir William Treacher in 1904 at a grand farewell ball in his honour.

Later, Panggung Bandaraya was central in the early development of the performing arts in Kuala Lumpur. Though there is little documentation on the performance history at this venue. Not forgetting the many performing arts practitioners who generously shared memories of their time in Panggung Bandaraya. There have been many changes in the landscape around Panggung Bandaraya yet this heritage building has proudly stood tall through the years. Here I felt I was at Horniman Circle back home, Mumbai.
Last but not the least, MUD was courtesy, Enfiniti Vision Media (formerly Enfiniti Productions Sdn Bhd) is the company responsible for bringing one of Malaysia’s most beloved tales to the theater stage. The hardworking cast and crew including Tiara Jacquelina, M. Nasir, Christine Hakim, Alex Komang, Adlin Aman Ramlie, Dato’ Rahim Razali, Sofia Jane and a stellar cast of regional stars are really making the city proud.

My trip to MUD may be attributed to special efforts of Malaysia Tourism.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur @11 AM and @11 PM, A Photo-essay

My joy knew no bounds when I could see Petronas Towers from my hotel room window – The Renaissance, I was overwhelmed by their presence. It was my childhood dream to visit Petronas Towers and it had come true on the morning of November 13 when I landed KL. They are so sprawling, so formidable, indeed a masterpiece of architecture colouring the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. I captured it in various moments right from 11 AM in the morning to 11 PM in the night.

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My camera was in the right form and surprisingly cooperated even around mid-night. Shorty that I am, I was skeptical that will I be able to do justice in shooting the splendid towers, but yes…see it to believe it.

11 AM shots:

Malaysian Skyline from 88th floor of Petronas Towers

  11 PM shots of Petronas Towers:

The Twin Towers, built to house the headquarters of Petronas, the national petroleum company of Malaysia, were designed by the Argentine-born American architect Cesar Pelli; they were completed in 1998. The plan for each tower is identical: an eight-lobed circular structure that contains 88 stories of occupiable space and a pyramid-shaped pinnacle surmounted by a slender steel spire. Both rise to a height of 1,483 feet (451.9 metres), which includes 242 feet (73.6 metres) for pinnacle and spire. Each building is supported by 16 large columns around its perimeter, which, along with the rest of the frame, are made of high-strength, steel-reinforced concrete rather than of structural steel; the exterior sheathing consists of stainless steel and glass. A skybridge two stories tall links the two towers between the 41st and 42nd stories.

Designers chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur. Planning on the Petronas Towers started on 1 January 1992 and included rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design. Seven years of construction followed, beginning on 1 March 1993 with the excavation, which involved moving 500 truckloads of earth every night to dig down 30 metres (98 ft) below the surface.

In 1996, after the spires had been attached to the buildings (and each had thus reached its full height), the Petronas Twin Towers were declared the world’s tallest buildings, eclipsing the former record holder, the 110-story Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago. The roof of the Sears Tower was actually more than 200 feet (60 metres) higher than those of the Twin Towers, but the spires on the towers’ pinnacles were regarded as integral parts of the overall architectural structure. The Twin Towers, in turn, lost their preeminent status in 2003 after a spire was put in place atop the Taipei 101 (Taipei Financial Center) building, in Taipei, Taiwan, and that structure reached a height of 1,667 feet (508 metres).

The 88-floor towers are constructed largely of reinforced concrete, with a steel and glass facade designed to resemble motifs found in Islamic art, a reflection of Malaysia’s Muslim religion. Another Islamic influence on the design is that the cross section of the towers is based on a Rub el Hizb, albeit with circular sectors added to meet office space requirements.

Indeed it turned out to be an awesome experience!

Special thanks to Malaysia Tourism for offering me this opportunity.

MALLS, MALLS & MORE MALLS IN MALAYSIA

There are more than 350 shopping malls in Malaysia at present; with well over 120 malls in greater Kuala Lumpur itself, many of them concentrated in the Bukit Bintang area, some of these malls attract over 3 million visitors a month – proof that apart from eating, Malaysians love to shop.

Malaysians are in for a retail overdrive with the opening of new malls in and around Malaysia beginning with quill city mall which opened in October 2014 and IOI City Mall in Putrajaya in November this year.
Quill City Mall is a 7-storey lifestyle mall encompassing a net of 770,000 Sq.Ft. of retail space located along Jalan Sultan Ismail, it has more than 320 trendy lifestyle stores, an exciting entertainment hub and an exclusive kid zone spread across its spacious area. The best feature of the mall comes in the form of its sky alfresco dining, the first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur. The dining area has an organically shaped roof consisting of multi-coloured glass and opaque that all for maximum daylight and fantastic views of the surrounding area.
IOI city mall is a brand new lifestyle and entertainment mall located in Putrajaya. It consists of four levels of retail space, encompassing 1.4 million Sq. Ft. of net lettable are. Once opened, IOI city mall will have over 350 specialty stores, restaurants and eateries. Its anchor tenants include Golden Screen Cinema, Parkson and Homepro. The best feature of the mall is the Olympic size skating ring and indoor entertainment park called “district 21”.


There are several malls set to open in the first quarter of 2015. i.e. Sunway Putra mall and Sunway Velocity in Kuala Lumpur. Sunway Putra mall is a part of an integrated development comprising Sunway Putra Tower (office), Sunway Putra hotel and serviced apartments. Located opposite the Putra World Trade Center, the mall comprises 580,00 Sq. Ft. of retail space providing shoppers, especially those living around Taman Duta and Kenny hills, with six levels of shopping and dining experience.

Sunway Velocity is located near Jalan Cochrane and not unlike its sister mall, the Sunway Putra mall, will also consist of offices and hotel components. The feature concept of the mall would be a thematic retail area of Asian avenue offering South Korean, Japanese and other Asian goods and services. Both Sunway Putra mall and Sunway Velocity Shopping mall will not have an anchor departmental store but instead, have eight to ten mini’anchor tenants including a supermarket, a cosmetics hall, a home improvement store, a food court and a Cineplex.

Expected too, in the next two years are three self-contained mixed developments of hotels, offices, residential and retail areas i.e. empire city in Damansara, Mytown and KL gateway in Banagar south area. Shoppers can expect every one of these development to offer the best mix in retails, dining and leisure to hit Kuala Lumpur’s ever growing shopping landscape.

So what’s year end festivities without a spot of shopping that too, in Asia’s latest shopping hub of Kuala Lumpur? I list here the malls which will satiate your yearn for shopping, dining, entertainment and total experience.
Malls. Malls & More Malls…
1. Avenue K
2. Berjaya Times Square
3. Central Market
4. Fahrenheit 88
5. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
6. Sogo KL
7. Sungei Wang Plaza
8. Suria KLCC
9. The Gardens Mall
10. Viva Mall
11. Utama Shopping Centre
12. Sunway Pyramid
13. 1st Avenue

What’s on offer?

Exclusive promotions & privileges for tourists: iKiosk interactive games, Holiday Shopping Spree, Santarina & ELF Walkabout, Christmas special performance, largest Christmas tree replica, talents dressed in traditional Malaysian attire will be parading 1Malaysia Year End Sale shopping bags at KLs’ popular shopping spots. Hands on activities like batik painting, henna drawing, caricature & mengkuang weaving, colouring & shopping bag designing contest, colourful kids stage performance & more.

Fahrenheit 88 has come up with toys & joys where you spend RM200 & above in max 2 accumulated receipts at any speciality store or RM 300 at brands outlet or UNIQLO, to pick up special gift vouchers.

Pavilion KL too has some exciting line ups where you spend for a chance to experience the best of lifestyle precincts of Pavilion KL like Beauty Hall, Couture Pavilion, Fashion Avenue, Tokyo Street etc.
You can celebrate Christmas with Mr Bean & Friends in Sungei Wang Plaza where you can meet and greet hilarious Mr Bean, his funny girl friend and grumpy landlord.

Suria KLCC has some exciting weekend offer where the first 25 shoppers who spend RM3500 and above on HSBC credit cards in max two receipts will receive a Christmas gift. Also colourful performances to hype up the Christmas season will be held at the centre court.

1MYES 2014 launched with much fan fare!

The 1MYES 2014 was officially launched on November 15 at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, by the Deputy Chairman of Tourism Malaysia Dato’ Mazlan Mazlan. Present at the launching ceremony were invited guests comprising tourism industry players, retailers, local media and we as Mega FAM participants. This evening turned out to be one of the best evenings…read on to know why.
During the launching ceremony, there was an arts & crafts showcase organized by Karyaneka with demonstrations on Songket-making, Batik-making using the Canting technique, and Tekat-making (traditional Malay embroidery), as well as traditional henna tattooing and lmalaysian caricatures. There were also performances by local artistes and designers’ showcased in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur fashion weekend 2014.

The KL fashion weekend was held at the National Visual Arts Gallery from 12 to 16 November. Highlights of the event included the Malaysian Batik Canting with the famous touch of renowned fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes. It was in collaboration with Karyaaneka, which marked its first cooperation with an international designer. Karyaneka aims to bring Malaysian products to the international stage and at the same time attract visitors to the KL Fashion Weekend 2014, and also bring them to the 1MYES.
The 1 MYEs is one of the three major sale campaigns in Malaysia, besides the 1malaysia grand prix sale in March and the 1Mlaysia Mega Sale carnival from June to September. These campaigns have helped boost tourist expenditure in the country and bring numerous benefits to local retailers.

This year-end shopping fiesta is also a prelude to the upcoming Malaysia year of festivals (MyFEST) 2015. As the curtain closes on visit Malaysia year 2014, the country is all geared up for a year of endless celebrations under a new campaign.
MyFEST is expected to help Malaysia to achieve its target of 29.4 million tourist and RM89 billion in tourist receipts for 2015 along with visit Malaysia year 2014. These tourism campaigns are the key drivers towards achieving the country’s target of 36 million arrivals with RM169 billion in tourist receipts by 2020, based on the Malaysia Tourism transformation plan.

Fast Facts:
• Tourist arrivals to Malaysia in 2013 were 25.7 million – an increase of 2.7% compared to 25 million tourists in 2012
• Tourist receipts for 2013 were RM65.4 billion 0 an increase of 8.1% compared to RM60.6 billion in 2012
• Shopping is the second biggest share of tourist expenditure after accommodation.
• The retail sector constituted 30.2% of the total tourist expenditure in 2013 against 30.7% in 2012
• In 2013, tourist expenditure on shopping was RM19.8 billion 0 an increase of 6.3% compared to RM18.6 billion in 2012.
• Kuala Lumpur was ranked as the 2nd best shopping destination in asia pacific by global shopper index in 2012 and the world’s 4th best shopping city (after New York, Tokyo and London) by global news network CNN for two consecutive years.

Photos by Bienu Verma Vaghela