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Beads International Conference 2011 Kuching BorneoThe bead culture of Sarawak, part of a greater Malaysian heritage, is rooted in centuries of tradition. An ancient maritime trading network linked Sarawak to the world. The beads most treasured today came from production centres on the Malay Peninsula, from India, China and even further afield. In the hands of Sarawak‘s craftswomen and collectors, these masterpieces of the glassmaker‘s art became intrinsically “Borneo Beads”.

The second edition of International Beads Conference (BIBCo) will be held in Kuching, on the 7-9 October 2011, with conferences, Beads exhibitions and sales and workshops. This international event  is organized by Crafthub Sdn.Bhd.

Crafthub is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote and sell Sarawak handicrafts in an economically viable way, with international standard quality control. Crafthub was set up in 2008 by a small group of people who understand the various crafts of Sarawak and who are passionate about bringing Sarawak craftwork to that wider world. It promotes handicrafts as a worthwhile occupation that provides a viable living for local craftspeople, and endeavours to encourage the younger generation into craft-oriented careers before many skills inherent in Sarawak’s craft heritage are lost.

Special pre– and post– conference tours to the Bario Highlands will be organized for BIBCo participants.

Detailed program on the Crafthub website or by downloading the Bib Co Brochure.

Related posts : the Tun Jugah Foundation, Pua Kumbu Museum in Kuching ; The Society Atelier, organises the World Eco Fiber and TextilesForum (WEFT), Kuching;
Mats of Sarawak by Heidi Munan; Iban sleeping Mat by Heidi Munan; GERAI OA The Indigenous people stall where you can buy Borneo Beads in KL

Lun Bawan ladies, Sidney Wee

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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.

Swift Water Rescue And First Responder, 19-20 December 2009, Hulu Langat, Malaysia
Workshop organized by Waterfall Survivors to bring the awareness level responder when joining their weekly Waterfall cleanings. RM 200 per/person (accommodation dormitory , rental of equipment (CPR & Air Viva), medical supply for training, rental of site), max 30 pax/workshop. Details on Facebook | Swift Water Rescue And First Responder.

Waterfall Survivors is a Malaysian group “under Waterfall Explorers Sdn Bhd single-handedly created by a waterfall lover with an aim to meet others who get the same kick and excitement at the thunderous sound of crashing water in the tranquil setting of the rainforest like she does”. They organise regular waterfall exploration and cleaning trips in Malaysia, which can be a day-tripper or an over-night excursion. Join them on their Facebook page follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wfallsurviv  or read them on their blog .

David owner of the  Gopeng Rainforest Resort  organizes a Trans Cameron trek this coming April 11th – 12th .
It is a unique opportunity to discover the Cameron forest with the orang asli. If you are interested please contact David Foon.
Hope to share this adventure with some of you guys.

Not available for this treck, nobody to take care of your children during this week-end, too lazy… take an other chance and spend a week-end at the Gopeng Rainforest Resort and go for a Rafflesia trail with the Semai of Ulu geroh.

Details about the treck follow

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Who are they and what they do

Pro-Eco Adventure (PEA) is a private company that offers nature adventure tours throughout the Malaysian Peninsula and offers activities that allow you to discover Malaysian culture and traditions.

Annie Le Mens and Stephen Sequerah who started PEA in February 2006 are two camping-in-the-jungle lovers. Both share the same interest – and passion – for trekking in remote wild areas of the Malaysian forest to meet Orang Asli, (the original inhabitants of the peninsular‘s rainforest) and to observe wildlife and fauna. They met during a camping weekend in one such remote Malaysian jungle a few years ago and became close friends. The idea of PEA grew slowly from their willingness to share this unbeaten path with others. They first tested their tours on their own friends and family before extending the experience to the Kuala Lumpur expat community. “Stephen has friends in almost any village in the peninsula, it’s unbelievable, and he knows his own country deeply. As a French expatriate I would understand the expectation of the occidental tourist. We are complementary and we are lucky to work from our passion and enjoy so much sharing it with others”, says Annie. Read the rest of this entry »

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