Monday, 17 September 2012

Shadow Plays Game Event in industry

Shadow Plays Game Event in industry

In Malaysia, shadow plays are also known as wayang kulit In Malaysia. Wayang means shadow or imagination, while kulit means skin and refers to the leather that puppets are made from. Back to 250 years ago, wayang kulit (shadow play) is one of the traditional storytelling in Malaysia. It is also popular in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, particularly in Kelantan, Malaysia.  Basically we know that there used to be 4 main variety of the form in this country which is The Wayang Gedek, performed by the Thai communities of perlis and kedah, Wayang Kulit melayu, the Wayang Kulit Siam of Kelantan and the last one is the Wayang Kulit Jawa performed by the Javanese communities in Selangor and Johor.

The wayang kulit siam orchestra consists of a pair of double-headed drums (gendang), a pair of single-headed goblet-shaped drums known as gedumbak, a pair or vertically standing drums (gedug) hit with beaters, a pair of hand small cymbals, (kesi) and a pair of inverted gongs (canang), also beaten with sticks, and, finally, a pair of hanging knobbed gongs (tetawak).- Wayang kulit siam performances are done in two varieties:  those done purely for entertainment and those intended for ritual purposes such as the salutation of teachers(sembah guru).- Ritual performances, known as wayang kulit berjamu, are extremely rare. They incorporate a host of ritual activities as well as trance.

Last but not least, Local extensions of and accresions to the epic have resulted in the creation of a large number of the branch stories which is the called it as cerita ranting. This shadow plays has become a huge event in industry around the world and make this traditional game go through with people daily life. These have traditionally been more popular than the pokok story.

Posted by Nur Quistina Binti Mohd Nasir

Sepang International Circuit

    Sepang International Circuit is located in the heart of the country's Multimedia Super Corridor, the Sepang Circuit is accessible via air, rail and road. Lomousines, shuttle services and car rentals are available at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which is only 10-minutes drive from the circuit. The circuit is also connected via major highways and expressways. From Kuala Lumpur (KL), take the North-South Highway towards the KLIA Interchange. It would take roughly 45 minutes to the circuit from KL. Besides, you can take any major highway heading to KLIA. Once you pay the toll, take the first left exit from the highway. A mosque will be on your left. At the round-a-bout, go straight and take the first left exit after the first traffic light (about 8 km). Follow the signs to take you to your destination.

    The main circuit is normally raced in a clockwise direction, is 5.543 kilometres long, and it is noted for its' sweeping corners and wide straights. The layout is quite unusual with a very long back straight separated from the pit straight by just one very tight hairpin. Other configurations of the Sepang Circuit can also be used. The north circuit is also raced in a clockwise direction. It is basically the first half of the main circuit. The course turns back towards the pit straight after turn 6 and is 2.71 kilometres long in total. The south circuit is the other half of the racecourse. The back straight of the main circuit becomes the pit straight when the south circuit is in use, and joins onto turn 8 of the main circuit to form a hairpin turn. It is run clockwise and is 2.61 kilometres length.

    A few major events held in Sepang Circuit:
  • Formula One
  • Malaysian Grand Prix
  • MotoGP
Following the announcement by BMW Motorsports today that they are to axe the Formula BMW Series, Motorsport Asia who have been the Formula BMW Pacific Series Organiser and Promoter since its' inception, announced the continuation of the Series in an independent form.
PETRONAS Syntium Team which scored a sensational 1-2 at last year's 10th edition of the Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race (MMER).
The fastest man, Farriz Fauzy with his Honda Civic Type-R that blazed the track in a blistering time of 2 : 28 : 249 defeated Nissan GT-R R35.



Kek Lok Si temple in Ayer Hitam,Penang

This temple is a MUST for you to visit if you are planning to have a vacation here in Penang,the North part in Malaysia.The temple is so unique that it will gave us such a wonderful experience just by looking at it architectural design and the surrounding environment.

Let me explain a little bit about this place.As you might know,Malaysia is full of colours with a variety of religion,culture and tradition and one of the major ethnic in Malaysia is the Chinese.So,this place is one of the remarkable place of Chinese that had successfully attract people,not only the Chinese but also the others ethnic in Malaysia and also the foreigner.

Kek Lok Si Temple is also well-known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss,it was believed had been discovered  more than 100 years ago by a devout Buddhist from Fujian province named Beow Lean.The temple was once given the name of "Huock San" (Crane hill) due to the hills resemblance of crane spreading its wings. It consist of series of monasteries, prayer halls, temples and beautiful landscaped gardens

For your information,Kek Lok Si Temple even received an imperial sanction Manchu Emperor Kwang Xi, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras and some others relics that still exist today. A hand written scripts and calligraphy by His Majesty Emperor Kuang Xi and Empress Cixi of the Ching Dynasty has also been presented to the temple. As of today, these priceless heritage relics still exist in the temple archives.So,that are some of the history information about this   temple.Lets move on to the best part of the temple.

This temple have 3 section,which are the temple ground,the middle section and the hill top where the popular Kuan Yin Statue is!First of all,this is some advice for you if you wanted to visit this place,make sure your attire is appropriate and comfortable as Malaysia weather is kind of ‘Super Hot’.So the combination of simple shirt,cargo jeans and sport shoes will do.

At the temple ground,you will find a lot of souvenir’s shop and this is some advice from the local people,the higher you go, you’ll find that the price of the souvenir is more cheaper than the one at the entrance and if you have a good bargaining skills you can buy it at a more lower price.You can see many local product that you can buy as a souvenir,like t-shirt,hats,fan and sure that is a lot of key-chain and stuff like that that we usually buy as a souvenir.It also at a reasonable price.

Besides that,as you climb the stairs you might see a pond that is full with a turtle or in Malay we call it “Labi-labi”.The pool is actually “The Liberation Pond”.Chinese tradition believes that a turtle is a symbol of longevity, strength and endurance. It is an act of spiritual liberation when a turtle is captured and set free in this pond.

I was very excited during that time when I started climb up the stairs because I cant wait to look for the beautiful scenery and I was wondering what they have at the top of the hills.It was worth it to climb up those stairs as at the middle section you will see the main attraction of the Kek Lok Si Temple, of course the impressive and striking Pagoda of Rama VI which was completed in the year 1930. The Pagoda contains a Chinese octagonal base with middle tiers of the Thai architecture and is tapped with a Burmese Temple crown and towering over one hundred feet and seven storeys high, The Pagoda is currently the largest of its kind in Malaysia.

In here you can gain many information about the Chinese culture and the unique architechtural designs of surrounding buildings.You can find a lot of tree that they had hungs up with their wish that they had written in a pieces of paper and if you want to enter the temple,please follow the insrtuction by take off your shoes as they are taking care of the cleanliness of their holy place.(this is a picture of my friends back then in last year,but is not them that i want you to look at,please focus on the mural,pretty cool right!)

In one of the temple, you can see  the supreme statue of The four heavenly kings sited in the Hall of the Devas (Tian Huang Dian), each of the Mighty Kings controls one of the four points of the compasses. The Heavenly Kings consist of Kwang Mu (Guardian of the West), Tou Wen (Guardian of the North), Ch'i Kuo (Guardian of the East) and lastly Tseg Chang (Guardian of the South).This is the picture 2 of the kings..quite scary because the statue is stepping on a man,but im sure it resemble something for the Chinese community.

At the hill top,The Kuan Yin statue was completed and opened to the public end of 2002. If you want to get a close-up look of the Kuan Yin statue, look for the signs of the "Incline Lift" that can brings you there. It is an elevated box sized lift mounted on rails. The cost for using the "Inline Lift" will be RM2 each way.(This is the picture of the view from the incline lift,Amazing right?!)
When I went there last year (2011),there were many buddhas’ statues that are still in the process of renovation.So I think,when all the renovation are done it will be more interesting.

It was such an unforgetable memory for me to spend my time in such an amazing place.”If you have a time during the Chinese New Year in the month of January to February,come experience the glittering view of Kek Lok Si at night as it will turned even more amazing as all the lantern and lamp will be light up.So all the surrounding area will be shining with the light,”my ‘laoshi’ (teacher in Mandarin) said to me last time when we went there.Until now I don’t have the opportunity to go there yet during the Chinese New Year but I hope some day I will. I think I had gave all my information and experience about this place,so I hope you will drop by to this mesmerizing place and experience the same unforgetable memory as I am! Thank you :)

                                                      BY nurul farhani.2011246934 

Sunday, 16 September 2012


        In the 1960’s and 1970’, Pantai Rantau Abang was made famous for being one of the six hatching sites in the world for giant leatherback turtles. Visitors from all over the world gathered here from May to September every year to just to experience the unique and amazing moment. The turtle travels all the way to as far as Pacific Ocean and swims across to Pantai Rantau Abang to lay their eggs on the long stretch of the beach.
     The number of turtles had dwindled due to a number of factors such as the illegal use of drag nets in the prohibited zones and indiscriminate disposal of plastic bags (plastic bags looks like jellyfish which is a part of turtle’s food). There are foreign fishermen who catch turtles for its meat and shells used to make souvenir items. These are a few contributing factors that led to the dwindling number of turtle landings in most part of the world. From the late 1980’s up until 2000, the Fisheries Department records the lessen number of landings. Now conservation efforts are undertaken by the state government in doing research on the turtles’ conservation and setting up turtle hatchery sites.
    Situated 22 km north of Dungun town and 80 km south of Kuala Terengganu, Rantau Abang was the most talked about tourist spot in Terengganu which associates the branding of Terengganu as a tourist destination. Local villagers believed that the giant leatherback turtles are attracted to Rantau Abang every year because of the presence of a large rock formation resembling a giant turtle. However, the local believe that the turtles are attracted by two giant turtle stones (Batu Penyu) one lies between the bushes on a little hill in the village off the coast and another submerged underwater. The mysterious stone on the hill is accessible by a 30 minutes short walk passing through the village. There is sign board along the way or you may get a villager to bring you there. Whereas the other one is covered by sand and water and is not visible any more. For more information on turtles, there is a Turtle Information Centre managed by the Department of Fisheries at Rantau Abang.
How To Get Here
By Car:
To reach Rantau Abang from Kuala Lumpur, take the New East Coast Highway heading towards Kuantan, Pahang. Then head north towards Kuala Terengganu. As you drive along the road, you will see a large gateway portal that says you've entered the state of Terengganu. Drive until you reach Dungun town. Around 18km north of Dungun, you'll reach Rantau Abang.

By Bus:
Bus service are available in most major towns and cities in Peninsular Malaysia. Pick the nearest destination of Dungun. The bus ride will be between 4 1/2 hours to 6 hours, depending on weather and traffic conditions. Taxis are available at Dungun Taxi Terminal.
By Air:
There are daily direct flights by Malaysian Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu. Taxi and car rental services are available at the airport and the ride to Rantau Abang takes around 1 ½ hours driving.
Where To Stay
  1. D'Teratai Beach Resort
  2. Merantau Inn
  3. Turtle De' Village Inn
  4. Dahimah's Guest House
  5. Mini Eco Resort & Recreation Camp
Where To Eat
  1. C.B. Wee Seafood Restaurant
  2. Karimas Sulong Restaurant
  3. Mek Har Restaurant
  4. Nabila Khan Restaurant
  5. Sri Dungun Restaurant
                                                                                                                 Muhammad Faiz bin Nawawi