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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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I stay at Muntri Mews hotel for this coming night
After a 30 mn never ending trip in a lift (stopped between the 22th and the 21th floors of my hotel in KL), a 4h bus trip from KL to Penang (Nice Bus, 74 RM), + a 20mn taxi ride (30RM, mahal lah!) from the Nice bus stop to the 77 Muntri street in George Town, I reached Muntri Mews.
Friendly welcome by the Muntri Mews staff, with a glass of fresh water and a pot of hot chinese tea. Lovely and spacious room with a fusion retro-stylish decoration.
Then I learned 2 new words : Mew and Flashpacker.
What’s a flashpacker?
Here is the answer of the “chic hotel” Ryokan opposite Muntri Mews
If you travel with your iPod, digital camera and laptop, you have officially placed yourself in the category of what we call flashpackers. If you are traveling on a budget, but you are looking for something a bit more upmarket and luxurious and as affordable as a hostel, you’re also a flashpacker.”
Both Ryokan and Muntri Mews target the flaspackers, but in different budget categories.

What are mews?

 It was a place where you store the horse carriages.
“Muntri Mews” was formerly the stables and carriageworks of the street’s grandest terraces. Carriages were kept below while drivers and staff were housed above in 12 worker’s quarters.  Read the rest of this entry »

 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

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