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Meet local artisans and craftspersons and support Georgetown’s intangible cultural heritage

Incense maker in Gorge TownOne of my children’s favourite activities when we visit Asian cities is to watch artisans in their workshops. Most of the time we observe – after asking permission – and then we discuss the craft at hand with the craftsperson. We can easily spend one hour in a workshop. In George Town it is even possible to return home with an illustrated brochure to remind us of the craft process and the story of the craftsperson. These brochures have been designed and illustrated by some of GT’s students involved in the Anak-Anak Kota (children of the city) project undertaken by Arts-Ed in collaboration with Penang Heraitage Trust (PHT). These traditional trades – joss stick maker, signboard engraver, beaded shoes cobbler, goldsmith – are also located on the World Heritage Site Map of Georgetown (Areca book publisher).

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Who they are and what they do

japamala-kinnaree-overseeing-the-walkway-to-the-resortThis is a resort like no other in Pulau Tioman, Pahang. It is luxury without decadence; a rustic escape with all the amenities of a 5-star hotel; a soothing sanctuary in an undisturbed corner of an otherwise busy island. Japamala Resort is high-end comfort at minimal cost to the planet.
Maple Loo-Asaro and Federico Asaro are avid fans of nature and this husband and wife team has transferred this passion to their resort. The most outstanding feature of this place is how it has incorporated all the elements of nature into the design of each of their villas. Individually designed by Federico himself, each villa or sarang
(nest) is made to accommodate the area on which it is perched, and not the other way around. Read the rest of this entry »

Who they are and what they do

fp-signboardThe Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa is serious about being green. It does not stop at a passive plea to its guests to save water, switch off the lights and reuse their towels. Instead it has a systematic program in place to reduce its carbon footprint, work towards self-sustainability, give back to the local community and educate its guests. And just to ensure that the desired green attitudes and practices are in place; Chek Min En was hired as its environment and education officer to share her passion for the planet with both staff and guests.
The list of green achievements at this very comfortable resort can be found on their website, but they are not simply green washing. The owner of the resort, Anthony Wong, is a long-time Malaysian Nature Society member and his goal is to imbibe every facet of the establishment with his green philosophies. Read the rest of this entry »

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