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Heidi Munan mat weaver in longhouseMat-making is a skill known to every Borneo society. The rainforest abounds in suitable raw materials: reeds, leaves, barks or rinds. These ever-renewable fibres were fashioned into mats for everyday use; until the early 20th century few longhouse dwellers had furniture other than maybe a storage chest inside their family rooms. Sitting, eating, sleeping was done on the floor, on mats. Read the rest of this entry »

TODAY Greenselipar will be reaching 10 000 hits (9995 hits at this moment).
Even if Sunday is the quietest day of the week for Greenselipar – quite a good news because it could mean that our visitors go outdoor during Sunday or have family gathering – for sure we will reach the first 10 000 hits step today.

Some people would say “great!”, others will smile :), others will think it’s nothing.
I believe it’s a good first step, but NOW we have to stay focus on the next 10 000 hits and for this

WE NEED YOU : you can help promote Greenselipar by recommending the website to your friends and by promoting Greenselipar through the numerous e-tools like digg, google, facebook…(you surely better know than me), you can help us improve Greenselipar by to giving us your feedback (how do you like Greenselipar, what would you improve, what information you would like to find???) and support (it helps a lot).


  • local contributors and travellers keen to share about their Responsible Tourism  experiences in Malaysia and willing to write for Greenselipar.
  • A network of people in different parts of Malaysia to give input to Greenselipar updates, new projects, news, events, etc
  • People willing to help us in internet marketing and web development as we are not web developpers (and its only me behind the computer)


  •  to upgrade Greenselipar into a website and develop some interactive tools like maps, rating, educational tools..
  • to cover our expenses and boost our marketing and communication.

You want to be part of it,  please drop us an email at greenselipar@gmail.combaby turtle

GT-Armenian stWhen asked 15 years ago about conservation efforts of historic Georgetown ,  Salma Khoo, director of Areca Books – a heritage and historical books publisher based in Penang – would answer, “What really matters to Penangites is food; they simply take their heritage for granted”.

In July 2008, international recognition was given to Penang when George Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; completely transforming local perception. Melaka (Malacca) and George Town (GT) are jointly inscribed on the list as “The Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca [where] the influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and intangible. The two towns constitute a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Both towns bear testimony to a living multi-cultural heritage and tradition of Asia, where the many religions and cultures met and coexisted”.

This recognition is an essential milestone for the handful of Penangites who have strived for years for the preservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of GT. Read the rest of this entry »

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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THE LIGHT SHOW 2009, Light Sculpture Exhibition
Thu 16 Apr to Sun 3 May, 11am to 7pm at The Annexe Gallery

The Light Show 2009 presents an assortment of lights and light installations made from recycled/found objects to humour, cajole and inspire. 

events-lightshow-annexeInspired and motivated by their respective interests and disciplines, the participants of TLS09 are bound by the commitment to be “greener” and kinder to our environment. And who says green can’t be beautiful?

From PET bottles to milk cartons, plastic shopping bags to drinking straws, phased out incandescent light bulbs to old-skool cola bottles, these everyday materials have been rescued, re-used and re-imagined as light sculptures inspired by marine life-forms, whimsical one-off items, useful objects and many more.

read more on The Annexe website 

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