Thursday, January 29, 2015

Places to see orangutans in Borneo


In case you are wondering where Borneo is and what it is, it’s an island located in South East Asia, south of Malaysia and North of Australia.

Borneo is renown for its stunning rainforests, which are home to a large number of animal and plant species.

The island is divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south.

Today, however, we are only “visiting” the Malaysian part, as it features numerous places where to see wild orangutans!

If you are an animal lover, this kind of vacation is perfect for you.

Trekking in the jungle, discovering local villages and having a one-on-one meeting with a red, fluffy orangutan.

Sounds like a dream vacation to me, to be honest!

Anyway, to go back to the animals, The Golden Scope selected five places that are considered to be the best to view orangutans.

Next thing you should do now is picking the one you like the most and head down there to have a one-of-a-kind experience.

Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

The Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is 12 miles from Kuching, the capital city of the state of Sarawak.

The main purpose of this center is to reintroduce orangutans back into the wild.

Kubah National Park

The Kubah National Park is also located not too far from Kuching.

The park presents a center, called the Matang Wildlife Centre, which is nestled away in the forest, and is home numerous orangutans.

Continue reading (Incl. Pics) at: Places to see orangutans in Borneo
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Miri Country Music Fest on Feb 7


MIRI: Tickets are still available for the Miri Country Music Fest (MCMF) 2015 to be held on Saturday, Feb 7.

Event organiser, Planet Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd director Gracie Geikie said yesterday: “Tickets are being sold at RM80 per adult and RM40 per child.”

This year, more tickets were reserved by Bruneians.

“The ticket price for adults is inclusive of one beverage while for children is inclusive of a soft drink or ice-cream,” she added.

Country music fans who wish to attend the only country music festival in South East Asia should get their tickets early before they are sold out. The bands promised to wow the audience with their lively and energetic performances.

The second edition of MCMF 2015 this year will feature a total of seven bands of international artistes. Miri’s Scarlet band will represent the resort city as host in the international event with Hi Breed band from Kuching.

The international band line up are Kareem Salama (USA), Country Sisters (Czech Republic), Mel and Joe (Singapore), OS Pombos Band (Kuala Lumpur) and Rani and Westom Country Band (Indonesia).

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Kota Kinabalu to celebrate City Day with several events


Kota Kinabalu: Several exciting events will be held in conjunction with the city's 15th anniversary this Feb 2.

The events will kick off with thanksgiving prayers on Jan 29 at the City Hall headquarters here followed by the city flag-raising ceremony on Feb 2 at Padang Merdeka, a statement from City Hall said on Wednesday.

The highlights are KK City Day Karate Championship on March 14 to 15 at the City Community Hall, the "Jom Berbasikal" event on March 15 at the Merdeka field, the 10th International Sabah Open Dart Tournament on March 27 to 29 at the Community Hall, KK City Run on Oct 11 at Padang Merdeka, KK Inter-cities Chess Championship 2015 and the KK Tourism Treasure Hunt.

The flag raising ceremony, which will be held from 8am on Feb 2 at Padang Merdeka, will include a march past by several contingents.

Eighteen contingents from various bodies are expected to be present at the ceremony.

They include all the City Hall's departments and invitees like Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Sabah Cultural Board, Kg Cenderamata II Likas and the City Hall cycling team.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival is back


KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF) is back for the seventh year and will be held from May 31 to June 11.

It continues to be co-organised by SEDIA and SPArKS (Society of Performing Arts Kota Kinabalu Sabah), in collaboration with Elysee Fund (through the Goethe-Institute Malaysia and Alliance Francaise) and the Embassy of the USA.

“The criteria (of materials to be submitted for competition in KKIFF2015) are simple; as long as they portray the originality and creativity of story-telling,” said KKIFF 2015 director Jude Day.

“KKIFF 2015 promises to be the best film festival yet. We have positioned ourselves as a significant film festival in the ASEAN region to build up, nurture and present young talented film directors.”

KKIFF is currently calling for applications for the Sabah Film Academy which will take place from May 31 to June 7.

The 10 selected participants from Malaysia will work in two teams with four mentors from Germany, France, the USA and the ASEAN region. In the month before they come to Kota Kinabalu, the two teams will work on pre-production of their 10-minute documentaries with their mentors and each other.

Once in KK, everyone will finalise pre-production arrangements and attend workshops with the mentors. Then they will go out and shoot their documentaries, edit them and screen them at Awards Night on Sunday, June 7. Applications close on April 30.

The film festival is also calling for applications for the Sabah Pitching Training & Awards programme on June 5 and 6. Anyone within the ASEAN region can apply with a new documentary film project. These can be feature-length (60 minutes plus) or shorts (up to 15 minutes).

The 10 selected projects can be represented at KKIFF by two people each who will receive training in making pitches before pitching to a panel who will award a total of RM20,000 in grants to help get three of the projects started.

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Shorter Sabah International Folklore Festival to reduce costs


KOTA KINABALU: The 10th Sabah International Folklore Festival (SIFF) 2015 will be held for five days this year, instead of the nine days as in the previous years in support of the state government’s call for more prudent spending.

Efforts to reduce expenses also included seeking partnerships and sponsorships from corporate and government agencies, cancelling the premier show and limiting the number of participating countries.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said the organizing committee would find ways to save on expenses without compromising the quality of the performances.

For the first time ever, SIFF 2015 will be held at Sabah Cultural Centre in Penampang which has recently been renovated in order to cater for prestigious performances such as orchestra or theatre. The event will run from August 11 to 15.

Masidi, who is also the organizing chairman, said the government had spent RM5.9 million to upgrade the audio system, lighting and seating of Sabah Cultural Centre.

Prior to SIFF 2015, Masidi said the Sabah Cultural Centre would be the venue for Era Sayang Sabah concert and performances by the Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra and Korea Philharmonic Orchestra.

Speaking to the media after chairing the SIFF 2015 meeting yesterday, Masidi said the committee had identified 189 groups from various countries to invite to the festival.

To date, 27 countries have shown their interest to participate in SIFF 2015, including Slovakia, Australia, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, China, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Johor, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Venezuela and others.

“There is no shortage of participants; the real issue is how we can afford to accommodate everyone.”

While the participants are required to purchase their own flight tickets, Masidi said the organizing committee was responsible for providing accommodation and food to the participants during their stay here.

“In support of the government’s call to reduce expenditure this year, we are only accepting 15 countries at the international level.”

The theme of SIFF 2015 is ‘Marriage’, a concept to couple marriage ceremony in cultural dances.

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