The Killers MyTeksi Service

The Killers live in Malaysia 2013

 

The Killers MyTeksi Service

The Killers are coming to Malaysia! They are gracing the stage in Sepang with their new album Battle Born. Along with the concert, MyTeksi is at it again providing a safe and secure ride home. In two months, MyTeksi has secured rides for Good Vibes, We Love Asia and plans to partner with Arthur’s Day. Despite being fresh in the business, MyTeksi is making their mark at Malaysia’s biggest events. Their services facilitates the ultimate concert festival experience, removing the hassle of designated drivers and parking. But more than that in partnering with events, MyTeksi is making itself part of Malaysia’s young new cultural fabric.

For The Killers, MyTeksi is offering RM20 cash-back for all taxi rides booked via the MyTeksi app to the event (anywhere from Klang Valley, Cyberjaya, and Putrajaya only). MyTeksi strives to offer users the ability to enjoy a hassle free concert with seamless transportation to and from the event.

However, what might be seamless to your everyday concert goer is hard work and planning for MyTeksi. Prepared to serve not just the passengers but also their drivers, MyTeksi pulls out all the stops. In addition to setting up to serve their passengers, MyTeksi also values their drivers by making sure they have dinner and a place of their own. Events for MyTeksi are not about business, they’re about people.

“Malaysia’s big events are what MyTeksi was made for,” says MyTeksi’s Regional Marketing Head, Cheryl Goh. With rave reviews, MyTeksi is excited to participate with The Killers. This isn’t MyTeksi’s first rodeo and they’re ready to take the astronomical turn out now that they’re seasoned with experience. Cheryl adds, “For us, this is more than a business, it’s a social enterprise. We come to these events to show that we’re providing safe public transportation AND show our taxi drivers that we appreciate them. We’re not just here to bus people around, but to make them aware of our service and innovation.”

Also they’re giving out free ice cream! Yes, free. Anyone with the MyTeksi app is free to collect on some sweet Artisan Potong Pops. At every event so far, MyTeksi has been helping passenger’s satisfy their sweet tooth and get home with fuller stomachs. Music events are a place to enjoy the night life. MyTeksi is putting taxis where and when you need them. Though simple it is innovation at work. As a young start up, it’s doing two important things: answering a problem most Malaysians have had with getting a taxi and tapping into Malaysian youth to start a change.

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Lego Star Wars Days opens 16-18 August at Legoland Malaysia

Lego Star Wars Days Legoland Malaysia

Lego Star Wars Days opens 16-18 August at Legoland Malaysia


To commemorate the newly launched LEGO®
Star Wars Miniland Death Star Model Display, Legoland Malaysia is organising a special celebration called the LEGO Star Wars Days this weekend.  The themed weekend will see various fun filled activities lined up at the Park for fans and families.

This includes free entry for children that come dressed up in their favourite Star Wars characters to the Park from 16th – 18th August.

“We have seen fans of all ages flocking to Legoland Malaysia to see the largest Lego Star Wars Miniland Death Star Model Display. There is more excitement to come this weekend as the Park becomes alive with the activities. This is the perfect opportunity for fans young and old to join forces on a special LEGO Star Wars adventure,” said Siegfried Boerst, General Manager Legoland Malaysia.

Park guests will also be able to enjoy a host of other activities including themed building activities of the R2-D2 Star Wars LEGO model, Star Wars Lightsaber performances, mystery LEGO mural building and movie screenings at the 4D Cinema. Special collectible badges are also up for grabs at the Park during this time and there are four to be collected starting from 16th – 18th August 2013 at Legoland Malaysia.

Good Vibes Festival Partners with My Teksi Malaysia

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Good Vibes Festival Partners with My Teksi Malaysia 

Future Sound Asia with its first ever Good Vibes Festival 2013 is making an impression on the Kuala Lumpur music scene. In partnership with the Future Sound Asia is the innovative, new, Malaysian start up My Teksi. The official transportation for Good Vibes My Teksi will be providing a discounted taxi service to venue, Sepang F1 Circuit. The company is making a splash in Malaysia’s youth culture. With acts like the Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse, and Japandroids the festival looks to amaze with formidable indie bands and by partnering with the innovative new start-up.

For taxis booked more than two days in advance using the app the users will get a flat rebate of RM25 no matter where they’re coming from. After the 15th of August the rebate will be for RM20. My Teksi is offering the young and hip seamless transportation to and from the festival.

“Events like Good Vibes is exactly what My Teksi was made for.” says My Teksi head of marketing, Cheryl Goh. Good Vibes is  essentially a good time with good friends and good music. But before and after is the hassle. First there’s parking, distance, and who will be the designated driver. Driving home at 2 AM even while drowsy and dropping off friends is enough to kill your Good Vibes buzz. However, My Teksi offers a solution to safely get to the event and arrive home all at discount with the rebate.

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My Teksi is making its presence and its relevance known. Music festivals are a place to let loose and enjoy the day. “My Teksi is putting taxis where and when you need them. Though simple it is innovation at work,” says Suthen Thomas, an head of ITS  for My Teksi.  As a young start up its doing two important things: answering a problem most Malaysians have had with getting a cab and tapping into Malaysian youth to start a change.

But better than that they’re giving out free ice cream. Yes, free. Anyone with the My Teksi app is free to collect on some sweet relief. So any way you put it My Teksi is serving Malaysians either with easier travel or fuller stomachs. To learn and understand more about how My Teksi got started and the principles behind the social enterprise visit the MyTeksi Website. Otherwise, have a great event at Good Vibes 2013.

AirAsia X Contest – Paint the Plane Design

AirAsia X Contest 2013

AirAsia X Contest – Paint the Plane Design

Good news for aviation fans around Malaysia. AirAsia X is running a contest to Paint the Plane Design where contestants stand a chance to win an exclusive round trip to Toulouse, France and to visit the Airbus Factory there. Over the years, many enthusiast have been sketching murals or liveries of plane designs on their note pads or sketch books and now the time has come for you to prove your skills in this AirAsia X Contest. The contest starts on 12 August 2013 to 12 September 2013 and the announcement of the winner will be on 20 September 2013.

Participants who are keen to join and win this amazing contest must be at least 18 years of age and will be required to submit the
following details:

  1. Be a fan of AirAsia Facebook (www.facebook.com/AirAsia) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AirAsia)
  2. Download the A330 aircraft templates at http://blog.airasia.com
  3. Choose one of the seven (7) livery names (Xklusive, Xiao Long Bao, Xeoul Mate, Xiao Lin Spirit, Xcintillating PhoeniX, Harmoniuos DiverXity and Xakura Blossom) and submit your design to facebook@airasia.com
  4. Participants will have to design all five (5) parts of the plane (front, top, bottom, left and right view)
  5. Submissions can be done via digital or hand drawn (Hand drawn submissions will have to be scanned and submitted)

Grand Prize: Round trip from Kuala Lumpur to the Airbus Factory in Toulouse, France.
Runner Up: One pair round trip tickets from Kuala Lumpur to any of the AirAsia X destinations.

For more details on the contest, kindly visit the AirAsia X Blog.

What are you waiting for? This is your chance to show off your talent in designing a pain livery for an aircraft. I wonder if the winning design will be incorporated on to one of the AirAsia X Planes as this would be pretty amazing for the winner to have his or her design showcased on one of the planes. Good luck to all contestants and may the best design win in the AirAsia X Contest – Paint the Plane Design.

Hard Rock Cafe in Melaka

Hard Rock Cafe in Melaka

Hard Rock Cafe in Melaka is located at the entrance of Jonker Walk within the Unesco World Heritage site. This is also the third Hard Rock Cafe in Malaysia, joining the popular locations in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and soon Hard Rock Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. A shock to many people on why they choose Melaka, it has brought new life to the once quiet Jonker Street here. HRC Melaka is also cleverly located just by the Melaka River and next to the bridge that leads to the famous Red Square and Christ Church in Melaka.

Hard Rock is also the first high-end restaurant to embrace the charm of the city. Featuring diverse dining, nightlife and cultural offerings, the 9,000-square-foot iconic restaurant is poised to become the city’s newest landmark destination. The cafe includes seating for 200 people, an upscale vibrant bar, a spacious outdoor dining area, a live entertainment space that will feature Malacca’s unique local music scene, and a Rock Shop. Select, hand-picked pieces of memorabilia from Hard Rock’s iconic collection adorn the walls of Hard Rock Cafe Melaka.

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Hard Rock Cafe by the Melaka River at Jonker Street

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Inside the Hard Rock Cafe, Melaka

Hard Rock Melaka Address:
No.28 Lorong Hang Jebat,
75200, Melaka, Malaysia

Restaurant Opening Hours: 

  • Sunday-Thursday
  • 11:30AM – 1:00 AM
  • Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday
  • 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM (Kitchen Closes at 10:30 PM)

ROCK SHOP Melaka

  • Sunday-Thursday
  • 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Fri, Sat & Eve of Public Holiday
  • 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Hard Rock Cafe Melaka Telephone: 606-292 5188
  • Hard Rock Melaka official website.

For those heading to Melaka and spending the night there, you now have and additional option for dining, drinking or just hanging out at one of the new entertainment places in Melaka. Strategically located at world-famous Jonker Street, it is hard to miss when you are going here. Another iconic place near by is the famous Melaka Chicken Rice Ball Restaurant called Chung Wah Restaurant where is just next to the Hard Rock Cafe in Melaka.

Buka Puasa Buffet at JW Marriott KL

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Buka Puasa Buffet at JW Marriott KL

The JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur is proud to bring back its long-standing tradition of serving 108 of nenek’s traditional recipes and more for its buka puasa buffet this holy month of Ramadhan. Geared towards preserving the convivial heritage of a Malay kampong celebration, the buffet will revisit the nostalgia of breaking fast in a vibrant village. The 108 recipes are handed down from the grandmothers of the chefs at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, while recipes for some 30-odd modern interpretations are by the chefs themselves.

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JW Marriott Buka Puasa Buffet 2013

The feast will feature a colourful collection of gerai –rustic wooded stalls serving specialities such as Satay Kampong and Ikan Panggang, as well as heartier dishes at the Gerai Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kandar and Nasi Ayam. The whole succulent lamb on a spit grilled over charcoal fires is bound to excite young ones and adults alike, and still others will be satiated at the tandoori meats and seafood, barbecue and noodle stalls.

The extensive spread will also feature some harder to find dishes such as Rendang Kerang, Daging Salai Masak Lemak dengan Bachang, Sambal Udang dengan Petai and Tongkeng  Ayam Goreng Cili -these made from authentic recipes learnt at nenek’s hearth. Sweet endings come in the form of the Gerai Bubur-serving a selection of sweet fruit and legume porridges, and the ever popular shaved ice and rose syrup creation, Ais Kacang, both providing perfect options to ending the meal.

In keeping with the spirit of “silatul rahim” or building sincere ties at Ramadhan and giving thanks for what we have, the JW Marriott Ramadhan buffet is priced at a reasonable MYR75++ at the Poolside and MYR65++ at the 4th floor Starhill Conference Centre; children ages 6 to 12 dining at either venue may enjoy the buffet at half price.

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RAMADHAN WITH NENEK MENU 2013

Ulam-Ulaman

  • Ulam Raja, Ulam Pegaga, Daun Selon, Timun, Jering, Jantung Pisang, Kacang Botol, Petai

Sambal-Sambal Melayu

  • Sambal Belacan
  • Sambal Tempoyak
  • Sambal Mangga
  • Sambal Nenas
  • Sambal Cencaluk
  • Budu

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Pembuka Selera Melayu

  • Gado-Gado dengan Kuah Kacang
  • Kerabu Pucuk Paku
  • Kerabu Mangga dengan Ikan Bilis
  • Acar Buah
  • Telur Masin/Ikan Masin (Sepat, Gelama dan Pari)

Keropok

  • Keropok Ikan
  • Keropok Udang
  • Keropok Belinja
  • Keropok Sayur
  • Papadom

Pembuka Selera Antarabangsa

  • Assorted Garden Greens, Lettuces with Dressings
  • Condiments -Carrot, Onion, Cucumber, Tomato
  • German Potato Salad
  • Coleslaw

Gerai Rojak Buah
Mangga Muda, Betik Muda, Jambu Air, Jambu Batu, Sengkuang, Timun bersama Kuah Rojak, Kacang Tumbuk dan Biji-Bijan

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Beef Satat or Sate at the JW Marriott

Gerai Sate

  • Sate Ayam
  • Sate Daging
  • Kuah Kacang
  • (Timun, Bawang dan Nasi Impit)
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Ikan Bakar at JW Marriott Buka Puasa Buffet

Gerai Ikan Bakar

  • Ikan Pari
  • Ikan Cencaru
  • Ikan Kembong
  • (Sambal Belacan, Sambal Kicap dan Air Asam)

Gerai Nasi Ayam

  • Ayam Panggang
  • Ayam Kukus
  • Nasi Ayam
  • Sup Ayam
  • (Cili, Kicap, Halia dan Timun)

Gerai Mi

  • Laksa
  • Mi Kari
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ABC or Ais Kachang condiments

Gerai Ais Kacang

  • Ais Kacang
  • Cendol

Gerai Sup

  • Sup Tom Yam
  • Sup Ekor Berempah
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Various Malay dishes for Buka Puasa

Selera Utama

  • Rendang Daging
  • Daging Salai Masak Lemak dengan Pucuk Ubi
  • Pucuk Manis dengan Labu Masak Lemak Putih
  • Ikan Tenggiri Masak Asam Pedas
  • Ayam Masak Merah
  • Kari Kambing dengan Kentang
  • Ayam Masak Halia dan Daun Bawang ala Cina
  • Daging Lada Hitam ala Cina
  • Sayur Campur ala Cina
  • Nasi Tomato
  • Nasi Putih

“Istimewa Di Bulan Ramadan”

  • Bubur Lambuk

Gerai Pencuci Mulut (Dessert Counter)

  • Assorted Malay Kuih
  • Assorted Malay Biscuits (Bahulu, Kuih Karas and Wajik)
  • Agar-agar and Pudding
  • (Santan Pandan, Gula Melaka with Cincau, Crème Caramel Butterscotch with Ros Merah)
  • Assorted Butter Cakes (Vanilla, Chocolate and Banana)
  • Sago Gula Melaka
  • Bread and Butter Pudding
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • French Pastries
  • Buah Kurma

Gerai Buah-Buahan
Tembikai, Nenas, Tembikai Susu, Rambutan, Pisang Emas, Mata Kucing

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The rack of lamb after the buka puasa session at JW Marriott KL

Encouraging families, friends and colleagues to gather together for the mouthwatering buka puasa meals that have long become a part of the Malaysian custom, Ramadhan buffet will be served from 7.00pm – 10.30pm daily. This buffet will run from Wednesday, 10th July till the eve of Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. For reservations, please call +603-2719 8666 or email bukapuasa@ytlhotels.com.my.

Malaysia Dive Expo 2013

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The Malaysia Dive Expo 2013 took place at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur from the 5-7 July, 2013 and saw many new exhibitors taking part. Many new products were showcased from the various vendors while some tourism boards local and international participated. Philippines Tourism was there highlighting the many dive sites around the island for the first time too. Dive operators from around Southeast Asia namely Indonesia and Australia were seen promoting their dive sites too.

However, the highlight of the Malaysia Dive Expo was the scuba diving equipment, local dive trips and also dive courses where many businesses were seen giving special MIDE promotions for each of the subjects. The Explorer Lifestyle team paid a visit to the event on Firday and Saturday to check out the scene there.  Below are various pictures of Malaysia Dive Expo 2013 or MIDE 2013 in no order.

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Scubaholica Anonymous Booth at MIDE 2013
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Sabah Tourism Booth at MIDE

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Helix Sidemount Booth

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Hollis Rebreathers seen at one of the booths

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Hypergear Bags on sale

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Kids Scuba booth

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Liquivision Xeo Color Dive Computers

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Crowd at MIDE 2013

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Malaysia Dive Expo 2013

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Turtle Bay Divers from Perhentian Island

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Philippines Tourism Booth at MIDE 2013

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MIDE Dive Equipment Sale

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OxyCheq BCD’s on sale at MIDE 2013

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Skoobaholik T-Shirts on sale at MIDE

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Fancy Dry Bags on sale

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Underwater Cameras on display

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Mide Promotion

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MIDE Suunto Dive Com Promotion

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Australian Dive Operator promoting Ningaloo Reef

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OxyCheq Colorful BCDs on sale at Scubaholics Anonymous booth

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Reef Check Malaysia at MIDE 2013

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Technical Diving Equipment

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Underwater Cameras on sale at MIDE

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Wetsuits on sale during MIDE 2013

For those who missed this event, you will be pleased to know that some of the operators may even continue the MIDE 2013 promotions for the entire month. As for the rest, you will have to wait for the next MIDE which will take place in July next year at the Malaysia Dive Expo 2014.

Metallica Live in Malaysia 2013

Metallica Live in KL, Malaysia

Metallica Live in Malaysia 2013

For the first time in rock and metal history, Metallica will play in KL, Malaysia on 21st August 2013 at Stadium Merdeka in the city. This is the biggest dream come true for all Metallica fans as the hard-speed-metal band has never performed here before. If you have been waiting all these years, your dream has come true when the gods of metal make their first show in Malaysia this August 2013.
A statement from the official website of Metallica has confirmed this. In the news board, it was said “We’ve said it before… with more than 30 years of traveling around the world behind us, there are very few places that we have yet to explore. So it’s rather thrilling for us to be back with yet another first, a stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 21 at Stadium Merdeka.”
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Metallica Live in Malaysia 2013 – Image from MalaysiaAsia

Metallica Tickets go on sale at 11:30 am local time on Saturday, July 6 at Fahrenheit 88 Shopping Mall in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Look for the Galaxy Ticket Booth located on the Ground Floor near the Information Counter in the Concourse area of the Mall. For more information check out Galaxy.com.my. Online ticket sales will begin on Monday, July 8 at 10:00 am local time at Ticketcharge.com.my and Galaxy.com.my. (As of 4th July, nothing is up on the sites)
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The tour dates from the official Metallica.com website

Metallica Live in Malaysia information
Date: 21st Aug (Wednesday)
Venue: Stadium Merdeka, KL
Time: 8pm (TBC)
Ticket Price:

  • Rock Zone – RM680, RM550, RM450
  • Free Seating: RM380, RM350, RM195

Apparently the Shanghai concert is sold out and you can imagine other countries. One chance to view these metal legends live and hopefully no one gets in the way for this show. Metallica were once supposed to perform here in Malaysia back in 2011 but it never did happen so lets cross fingers so that we can all see Metallica Live in KL, Malaysia 2013.

Dr. Ng Yen Yen appointed Chairman of Tourism Malaysia

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Ng Yen Yen New Chairman of Tourism Malaysia

YBhg. Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen has been appointed Chairman of Tourism Malaysia effective 17 June 2013. “Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng is no stranger to the tourism industry having served as Minister of Tourism from 2009 until 2013, and before that as Deputy Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism from 1999 to 2003. I have full confidence in her to lead the industry,” says Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz.

During her tenure as Minister of Tourism, tourist arrivals to Malaysia continued to rise from 23.65 million in 2009 to 25.03 million in 2012. Today, Malaysia is the 10th most-visited destination in the world according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Her tourism initiatives such as the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival, 1Malaysia International Shoe Festival and 1Malaysia Green 1Malaysia Clean campaign are now permanent features in the annual tourism calendar.

With her vast experience in the tourism industry, she is now in a closer position to steer the Tourism Board towards the realisation of the Malaysia Tourism Transformation Plan’s goals, as well as the immediate target of 26.8 million tourist arrivals for 2013 and 28 million arrivals for the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014.

Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng succeeds YBhg. Datuk Dr. Victor Wee as the 7th Tourism Malaysia Chairman (or 12th since the establishment of Tourist Development Corporation). Datuk Dr. Victor Wee, in his tenure as the Chairman from 2009 to 2013, had been active in the international tourism arena, holding key positions such as in UNWTO, while stewarding the Board effectively and efficiently.

Star Cruise offers Muslim Cruise Packages on Superstar Libra

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Star Cruise offers Muslim Cruise Packages on Superstar Libra via travel agency Malaysian Harmony since early this year in 2013. And to initiate this new campaign, the travel company together with Santai Magazine and Malaysian celebrity Datuk Aznil Nawawi or Pak Nil as he is popularly known, organized a media familiarization trip from Penang to Thailand where a total of about 70 media turned up. This 3D/2N cruise which departs from the Port of Penang, arrives at Phuket and then sails towards the beautiful coastal town of Krabi before sailing back to Penang.

Explorer Lifestyle had the pleasure of joining the media group in early June and the experience was wonderful as we had never been on a cruise before. Boarding the ship for the first time, everyone was welcomed with a nice cold towel and welcome drink from the sweet staff on board. After checking into our cabins, the entire entourage was invited to a special welcome cocktail and mini press conference by the organizers and also Pak Nil. A magnificent spread of appetizers and desserts was served during this session which ended with socializing and mingling among each other. After that, we had a few hours to explore the Superstar Libra before the welcome party on board the ship at about 8 pm. This is something which is not to be missed by everyone if you are going on this cruise.

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Welcoming the guest on board the Super Star Libra

The Superstar Libra welcome party starts with the main host introducing the entire ship and so on. Right after that, a performance is conducted by the ship’s guest hosts followed by previews of the various shows that are available throughout the cruise which are spectacular and not to be missed. All in all, we were pretty impressed with the entire welcoming party. Soon after that, our personal explorations took place where each group went their own ways. Mind you, there are a total of 10 floors on this ship and you can imagine how large this cruise ship is.

On board, there are two pools and two Jacuzzi’s on the top deck, a restaurant and bar to compliment the area, there is a duty free shop on the fourth level while there is also a saloon, spa and a Chinese restaurant. On the 10th floor, there is the first Halal Restaurant on board a cruise ship which is called Spices Restaurant and also a Karaoke and a 24-hour cafe there. A disco is on the ninth floor while a casino is on the fifth floor of the ship. In three days, I have to admit, I did not manage to finish trying out all the entertainment offered here.

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Spices, the only halal restaurant on board a cruise ship here

During one of the nights, we were all treated to a special halal dinner together with Pak Nil at the Spices Restaurant. According to the Star Cruise representatives, a huge sum was invested into turning this place into a 100% fully halal restaurant. Certificates are also obtained by the cruise operator while brand new cutlery was bought for the place. The food, overall was good. It had a well balanced taste with fresh ingredients used. The chef was also a Malaysian Muslim who has been with Star Cruise for many years.

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Aznil Nawawi or Pak Nil trying some halal food at Spices Restaurant

The rooms come in various sizes where the most common ones are the standard rooms. Executive and deluxe suites are also available for those wanting a larger space on the ship. All rooms come with air condition, attached bathroom and a LCD television. In terms of comfortableness, I would say, this is a cruise ship and  for me, it was very decent though it looks small. But overall, I has good sleeping nights here.

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Phuket seen from the ship

Upon arrival in Phuket port, the group was ushered into a waiting bus where we were taken on a tour around the island. Mind you this was arranged by the host for the media. First stop – A cashew nut factory where we were introduced to the production of this unique nut. Now I know why they cost so much and if you would like to know, you should take try this cruise to explore the beautiful southern islands of Thailand. Next was the elephant park where guest are allowed to go for elephant rides and also see an elephant show here. Our final stop was the ever famous Patong Beach where you are given some time to explore the area for food and shopping. Our return to the boat was scheduled at 9 pm therefore all guest are reminded again and again so that no one misses the bus back to the port. (If you do miss the bus, you other option is to grab a taxi and head there yourself)

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Arriving at Krabi

From Phuket, the next stop was the coastal town of Krabi where we were given about six hours to explore the place. The ship will port out in sea while small ferries will transfer guest towards the main Aonang jetty. In most normal cruise packages, tours are optional or you can simply explore on your own at both Phuket and Krabi. The modes of transport are taxis or Tuk Tuk’s that take you into town and back to the jetty, for a price of course. For us, we simply walked around the famous Aonang Walking Street by the beach where shopping and food is easily available. Oh, I did pick up some amazing souvenirs there. For your added information, there is a pretty good factory outlet store located just out of Aonang in Krabi. It is called Outlet Village Krabi and most of the items there are quite cheap with many international brands. You need to take a taxi there though.

After Krabi, it is an overnight cruise back to Penang but before bed, there is a farewell formal dinner followed by a farewell showcase by the staff of the Superstar Libra. To wrap this up, we did a full tour of the ship which included a guided visit to the bridge of the ship and many other parts of the vessel. The only other place I wanted to go but did not have a chance was the ship’s engine room. Below are various pictures taken during my Star Cruise Superstar Libra trip to Thailand.

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Pak Nil officiating the press conference with Star Cruise, Malaysian Harmony and Santai Travel reps

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The special welcome appetizers for the media group

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Pak Nil as the ambassador for his upcoming trip with his fans in November 2013

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Spices Restaurant, a 100% Halal Restaurant on board the ship

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Cashew nut factory in Phuket
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Elephant Park in Phuket

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SuperStar Libra seen from the ferry

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Welcome Party on the Super Star Libra

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Pre-show at the Welcome Party

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Captain and crew on the bridge of the Superstar Libra

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Krabi’s famous Crab, a popular tourist photo stop

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Outlet Village Krabi – A must-visit for those who love to shop

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Exploring Aonang Walking Street in Krabi

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Shopping at Aonang, Krabi

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Superstar Libra at night, docked at Phuket

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Deluxe Room with Romantic Couple Package setting

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Standard room on the Superstar Libra with Romantic Package Decoration

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Super Star Libra Casino

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The special menu for the Malaysian Harmony Muslim Media FAM Trip

My recommendation – If you have never been on a cruise before, I suggest you try this one that heads to Thailand. Moreover, if you are Muslim, there is a full Muslim Cruise Package and you can get more information from the Malaysian Harmony Tour Company as they specialize in this. Also, Pak Nil will be having a special Muslim Cruise Package this November which is arranged by Malaysian Harmony therefore if you would like to be on this cruise together with him, please check the website for full details. Another tip from me is to check out the coming Matta Fair September in KL for cruise deals as sometimes, you can get really good prices for cruise packages. Alternatively, you can check out the Malaysian Harmony Booth at the Matta Fair 2013.

To end this, I would like to thank M-Mode’s Santai Magazine, Star Cruise and Malaysian Harmony for making this trip possible as this was an eye-opener for me in terms of going for a cruise. Seriously, I had a fantastic time on this cruise while I also made many new friends from the various media who went along. Also thank you to Pak Nil for entertaining us throughout the cruise. (Especially his witty game of Poison Ball or Bola Beracun in Malay). For those wanting additional information about the many other cruises around the region, you can get that from the Star Cruise website.