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“Witness to history : How the French lost the Mousquet in the 1914 Battle of Penang “
by  Dr. John R Robertson”, Saturday 3 April 2010, at 4.00pm at  E&O Hotel, Georges Town, Penang. Organized by the Penang Heritage Trust

The story of the four  French warships that had the task of patrolling the northern Malacca Straits and the defence of Penang harbour at the beginning of WW1, has never been told or written about before, except as a passing reference about the daring exploits of Emden.  Read the rest of this entry »

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 If you wish to have more information about tigers in Malaysia and how you can help protect them check out this local NGO : http://www.malayantiger.net/

If you have the opportunity to spend some time in Malaysia during the Chinese New Year one month celebration, dont’ miss the famous Lion Dance. Malaysian’s kung fu schools are very famous for their  Lion Dance.

This very colorful lion, animated by 2 young kung fu students, is not in danger and can be spotted during chinese new year (CNY) month, almost in every town. Don’t panic if all shops are close for a few days – maybe one week- and if some cities look empty. The chinese-malaysian community celebrates CNY within the family, but celebrations in chinese-temples will last one month. Every shopping center gets it’s own lion dance, so check out the programs and catch the lion and his golden oranges.

Malacca and Georgetown are some of the best places to feel  the CNY atmosphere.

The Centre for Orang Asli Concerns  (COAC) is proud to present “Cerita Ori”, a series of activities that centre around the original folklore of Peninsula Malaysia’s indigenous peoples. This not-to-be-missed series of events combine inspired dance choreography, ink drawings, poetry reading, Temuan music and live storytelling sessions.
Amongst the event highlights is the launch of a new book “Orang Asli Animal Tales”. You can also browse other Orang Asli related books in our reading corner, participate in a craft-making workshop, or shop for Orang Asli arts & crafts in the mini-bazaar.

At the Annexe Gallery , Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
From Tue 12 to Sun 17 Jan 2010

(Sun to Thu: 11am to 8pm, Fri & Sat: 11am to 9.30pm)
Exhibition Launch on Wed 13 January, 8.30pm, featuring dance performances by orang asli.

More information on their  facebook page

No need to fly to enjoy Malaysia and Singapore. Just have a seat at Pompidou (Beaubourg) Art Center in Paris and forget about the cold winter, the economic crisis, the H1N1…
From Dec 1 until March 1.  
Program detail via : Centre Pompidou website

The festival booklet at  singapour-malaisie cinema program

Farish Noor’s “WHAT YOUR TEACHER DIDN’T TELL YOU: The Annexe Lectures Vol.1”
 Book Launch, on Sat 5 Dec, 8pm, at the Annexe Gallery, Presented by Matahari Books

From the Annexe Gallery website : “Farish A. Noor might just be Malaysia’s hippest intellectual. His gifts are on full display in these expanded versions of public lectures that he delivered at The Annexe Gallery, Central Market Kuala Lumpur in 2008 and 2009.
Find out how “racial difference” became such a big deal in Malaysia, and contrast this against the way our distant ancestors lived. Discover the hidden stories of the keris, Hang Tuah and PAS. There’s also quite a bit of sex. Erudite, impassioned and sometimes just plain naughty, “WHAT YOUR TEACHER DIDN’T TELL YOU” is a stimulating plunge into aspects of our past that have been kept from us.

The 288-page book also contains dozens of sepia-toned photographs, many from Farish’s own collection of antiques. There’s even a bonus chapter! And it’s printed on thick (128 gsm) fully recycled paper. Retail price: RM40 (RM5 off at the launch).”

Please send me your reviews when you have read it. Thanks 🙂

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