2015 has been named Year of Festivals in Malaysia. I’ve asked fellow Malaysian writers to share about their experiences participating in the various festivals. This installment we have Arththi Sathananthar of Sedunia Travel to share with us about her experience during Ramadhan (Muslim fasting month).
Those who successfully complete the one month vigorous fast of Ramadhan rejoice and celebrate at Hari Raya (Eid), and those who didn’t fast just like to join in the fun altogether. However, Ramadhan, the Muslim fasting month, is a celebration in itself. Those who fast get to celebrate every night for their hard day’s work of abstaining not just from food, but cigarettes and what have you. This whole month of physical and spiritual cleansing is most rewarding when we get to celebrate with a scrumptious meal each night. Read more
2015 has been named Year of Festivals in Malaysia. I’ve asked fellow Malaysian writers to share about their experiences participating in the various festivals. This installment we have Melissa Leong, a freelance writer and editor, who is from Sabah to share with us about Ka’amatan, which is celebrated on the 30th and 31st of May every year.
Come the month of May, the Kadazandusun, Murut and native ethnic communities of Sabah gear up for an annual celebration that rivals the carnivales of Rio Di Janeiro and Germany’s Oktoberfest – the Tadau Ka’amatan or Harvest Festival. After toiling the paddy fields, they finally reap the fruits of their labour and take time to pay tribute to the powers that be for another year of bountiful harvest. Read more
There is nothing compare to the warm and relaxing sensation of sitting by the beach and watching the sun slowly sets on the horizon. And there’s no sunset quite like the one in Borneo.
2014 was the year I explored my own backyard, Sarawak, and I was surprised to find treasure trove of cultural gems and adventures. One of these adventure brought me to Talang-talang Island, one of a few places in Sarawak where you can see turtles lay eggs. Read more
2015 has been named Year of Festivals in Malaysia. I’ve asked fellow Malaysian writers to share about their experiences participating in the various festivals. This installment we have Arththi Sathananthar of Sedunia Travel‘s blog to share with us her experience during the Chinese New Year festival (which falls on 19 February this year).
Open houses, open hearts
Lion dance (photo credit: Cyril Teo)
As a melting pot of cultures, religions and ethnicities, Malaysia is home to a plethora of festivals. Read more
Colombia is fast becoming one of South America’s best travel destinations. Picturesque landscapes, Caribbean beaches, snow-capped mountains, ancient ruins, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, this country is a true gem for travelers looking for something more than a typical South America travel experience. Read more
Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) is starting to creep up on the radar of tourists and travelers in the region. Some of the biggest attractions are the festivals here; from the ultra successful Rainforest World Music Festival, to the less known Borneo Jazz festival. But what Sarawak has, that many places don’t, is the treasure trove of cultural festivals. With over 40 ethnic groups, each with their own distinct language, culture, and tradition, this land is a gold mine for culture vultures. Read more
Awarded as one of the Top 25 music festivals in the world for 5 consecutive years (2010-2014) by Songlines, UK, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is one of the biggest musical events in Malaysia; and the biggest tourism draw to Sarawak. Read more
From the lofty height of watching sunrise at a mountain top, we descended back to Semban village for breakfast. After breakfast, Mr. Sagen arranged for us to meet two of the “ring ladies”.
Who are the ‘ring ladies’? Read more
In recent months, I’ve been bitten by a different type of traveling bug: I’m beginning to enjoy traveling in my own backyard. I’ve only starting to realize how much Sarawak, the Malaysian state on the Borneo island, has a lot to offer: lush tropical rainforest, unique wildlife, and arresting indigenous cultures, etc. The three things that Sarawak can offer visitors are: Adventure, Nature, and Culture. And my visit to Semban has all three! Read more