Monday, 29 September 2014

EASTWOOD VALLEY OFFERS FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

MIRI – Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, the venue of Asia Music Festival will offer free shuttle bus service to the event venue on both festival days Friday 3rd October and Saturday 4th October.

Shuttle bus service operated by the Eastwood Valley will be made available free to shuttle festival attendees to Asia Music Festival or just to reach their golf club and hotel property located at Jalan Miri by-Pass. According to Rebecca Wong, Eastwood Valley’s Director of Marketing, shuttle bus will leave Eastwood Valley every hour from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. This bus will drop off and pick up at the Boulevard Shopping Complex (entrance next to KFC), Imperial Shopping Mall (lobby entrance of the hotel) and Bintang Mega Mall (mall main entrance, near Coffee Bean).


The first schedule that runs from Eastwood Valley at 5:00pm will first reach Boulevard Shopping Complex approximately around 5:15pm, then Imperial Shopping Mall around 5:30pm and Bintang Mega Mall around 5:45pm. The shuttle bus will then return to Eastwood Valley and will continue its service for 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm before returning to Eastwood Valley at around 10:00pm.

The major purpose of this service is to provide easy access to festival goers to attend the 2 day festival and at the same time to ease traffic congestion at the venue. 

The festival organizer, Sarawak Tourism Board who is promoting “greening the festival” program is also encouraging festival goers to use this free shuttle service to reach the venue while reducing the carbon foot print. “Festival goers are encouraged to help and put into practice the greening effort as their small but worthy contribution to save the environment” says Dato’ Rashid Khan, CEO, Sarawak Tourism Board.

At the inaugural event last year, the event drew more than 3,000 people over the 2 days of the festival. The 2nd edition of Asia Music Festival this weekend will feature artists from Asian countries namely from India, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

The festival will also add a DJ gig into this year’s program by featuring  Malaysian famous DJ Roundhead who will be playing an array of famous dance music at the post-festival late show on both nights which will last until 2:00am. Festival gates open at 5:00pm both Friday and Saturday.

Other than music, the festival will also incorporate a range of Asian food namely from Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, India, Malaysia and more. The Festival will continue to feature a tattoo exhibition which has attracted more tattoo experts this year from Indonesia and Philippines. 

Entry tickets to Asia Music Festival is currently on pre-sale offer at only RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18). Visit the website www.asiamusicfestival.net to purchase online. Tickets also available at Visitors Information Centre in Miri (+6 085-434180), Kuching (+6 082-423600) and Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale tickets are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.



Friday, 26 September 2014

FIRST DJ GIG AT ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH DJ ROUNDHEAD

KUCHING – The Asia Music Festival will be featuring DJ gig for the first time this year by adding the Malaysian famous DJ Roundhead into the program. DJ Roundhead will be playing at the post-festival late show on both Friday and Saturday night, 3rd and 4th October. He will also be playing a huge array of famous dance music during a break between each bands both nights.

Performing as a DJ for with at least 20 years experience, DJ Roundhead was once crowned as the ‘Malaysia DJ Champion’ 3 years in a row when he entered the Malaysian DJ Championship competition from 1995-1997.

When he was in high school, he would work part-time jobs during the weekend just to blow it all away on CD's and records. That made him the "go-to-guy" when it came to house parties from high school all the way to college. Roundhead would bring his own player and set up his own mini console and rock the crowd at the party. Only after college he join a company during the 90's called Clubworld Entertainment that supplied DJ's to entertainment outlets around Malaysia, where then only he started his professional career.

Among his best moment is representing Malaysia in the Rotterdam Love Parade in the Netherlands for a crowd of 10,000 strong on a 34 wheel trailer while proudly flying the Malaysian flag in front of his console. He played as a DJ residency in Melbourne, Australia for a year before returning to Malaysia and is currently attached to TraxxFM in Kuala Lumpur.


The major challenge for any real DJ is being able to perform under pressure. The most interesting bit is studying the crowd earlier before any performance without undermining their expectations of entertainment. According to Roundhead, a real DJ can tell if a record or a song is going to be a hit or a dance floor filler. Knowledge is the key for everything.

Asia Music Festival now in its second year will bring again the very best eclectic mix of live music together for one mind-blowing weekend in Miri, Sarawak. The inaugural festival last year saw incredible performances from headliners from Asian region as far as India, Thailand and Korea. With the main goal to develop the brand of Asia Music Festival to be an iconic music festival of mixed genre in the Asian Region, the festival has recorded around 3000 music fans attending the first edition of the festival last year.

Asia Music Festival will also incorporate a range of Asian food as well as tattoo exhibition so there will be something for everyone. The festival will start at 5:00pm daily with a tattoo exhibition as well as food and village mart. Stage performance will begin at 7:30pm until midnight, followed by the DJ set with DJ Roundhead until 2:00am.

Eight international bands has been confirmed for this year’s festival. Get your tickets now at a pre-sale price, only RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18) at www.asiamusicfestival.net . Tickets also on sale at Visitors Information Centre in Kuching (+6 082-423600), Miri (+6 085-434180) and Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale tickets are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

PANCAKE 80 REPRESENTING THE PHILIPPINES AT ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

KUCHING  Pancake 80 from the Philippines will be performing at the upcoming Asia Music Festival 2014 to be held at Miri, Sarawak on the 3 & 4 October. This is a band comprising five musically talented individuals who share the same interest and love for music of different genres. From reggae, rock, pop alternative and especially new wave music of the 80’s to which they add their own flavor when covering songs.


The band made achievements throughout the course of their career. They have also joined local and international Battle of the Bands and have been recognized for their talents as they have won several awards Most notable was as the grand prize winner of the YAMAHA ASIAN BEAT Band competition with the song “FLAME” This earned them the right to represent the Philippines in the ASIAN BEAT COMPETITION in Hongkong, competing with 10 other bands from different countries on February 2009 in which they were placed third overall. They were also third runner-up at the REDAMP’s search for ASEAN’s next best band with the song “TIME” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2010 and more recently, winner of the first HARD ROCK CALLING Battle of the Band competition 2011 by HARD ROCK CAFÉ Makati, making them the Philippine representative to the International HARD ROCK CALLING Battle of the Band competition.

Watch Pancake 80 performing on stage at Asia Music Festival. Other confirmed line-up this year includes SoulMate (India), Salammusik (Malaysia), Masia One (Singapore), Pisco (Taiwan), Retrospect (Thailand), Ras Muhamad (Indonesia) and Mad August (Malaysia).


Get your presale tickets now at only RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18) at www.asiamusicfestival.net . Tickets also available from all STB’s Visitors Information Centre located at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching (+6 082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (+6 085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale tickets are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

SINGAPORE'S MASIA ONE TO THRILL HIP HOP FANS AT ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014



KUCHING – Asia Music Festival is back for the 2nd year running and this edition will present to you Female Rapper from Singapore, Masia One. She is all set to thrill the audience at the coming event to be held at Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, Miri from the 3rd to 4th October 2014.

In 2003, Masia One, began her own record label known as M1 Group (later renamed The MERDEKA Group) and subsequently released her debut album, Mississauga.The album was well received and the music video for the lead single "Split Second Time" was nominated in the category of best rap video by the Much Music awards. Masia's second studio album, "PULAU" was released in 2009. The album attained the number one slot on the Canadian College Radio Charts as well as charting on both CBC Radio 3 and South East Asian Radio.


Masia has developed into a well rounded multi-genre artist. Her sound reflects inspiration drawn from touring through North America, Jamaica and Asia and sharing the stage with acts such as The Roots, Floetry, Mos Def, DJ Neil Armstrong, Lady Saw & Ron Sexsmith.

Courted by Grammy Award-winning Aftermath producer Che Vicious (Produced for Lauren Hill, Kanye West and 50 Cent to name a few), Masia began working on what would later become the album "Bootleg Culture". "Bootleg Culture" was released in September 2012 and is currently nominated for "Urban Recording of the Year" by the Western Canadian Music Alliance.

In February 2013 Masia One won three South East Asian VIMA Music Awards. Best Hip Hop Song (Warriors Tongue), Best Collaboration (Errrybody feat. Pharrell, The Game & Isis Salam) & Thank You For Existing Highest Honor Award. She was nominated in eight categories, including nominations for Best Overall Female Act and Best Pop Song - "Make Up". 


In May 2013 Masia One got the opportunity to perform for the first time in Europe. She did shows in Germany and Sweden as well as working with Swedish producer team Musicano. 

Watch Masia One performing on stage at Asia Music Festival. Other confirmed line-up this year includes SoulMate (India), Salammusik (Malaysia), Pancake80 (Philippines), Pisco (Taiwan), Retrospect (Thailand), Ras Muhamad (Indonesia) and Mad August (Malaysia).

Get your presale tickets now at only RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18) at www.asiamusicfestival.net . Tickets also available from all STB’s Visitors Information Centre located at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching (+6 082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (+6 085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale tickets are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

BE MESMERIZED WITH REGGAE AT ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014

KUCHING – Reggae music is not new among listeners and music lovers. The 2nd edition of Asia Music Festival this coming October 3-4 in Miri, Sarawak will bring you Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia, Ras Muhamad. He will entertain you with reggae music that will leave you mesmerized

Ras Muhamad believes that through the power of music especially Reggae, people can share and learn each other’s cultures through the messages it conveys. To find similarities and common ground, setting aside petty differences and finally celebrating life and all its dynamics through music.  Such as the core and heart of Reggae, it’s a universal expression and a message of love.


Ras Muhamad musical influences other than Reggae, Ska, Dancehall and Rocksteady ranges widely from Hip-Hop, Indonesian traditional and pop music, Jazz, Metal and World Music.  Besides Bob Marley, his Reggae “heroes” are Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Sizzla, Garnett Silk Gregory Isaacs and a very long-list of others.  Lyrically, he draws many inspirations also from Hip-Hop icons such as Rakim, KRS-One, Nas and Wu-Tang.  If one listens closely to any of Ras Muhamad’s tune his rhyme structure has subtle undertones and akin to a Hip-Hop lyricist. 

Not just active in the Reggae Culture, Ras Muhamad challenges himself to collaborate with other genres in the Indonesian music industry.  To express himself as an artist and give the “Reggae breath” to other forms of music is challenging to an ever-growing and evolving artist.

As an example, Ras Muhamad collaborated and recorded music with Indonesian Pop Icons such as Glenn Fredly, Tompi and Element.  Indra Lesmana, a jazz legend in Indonesia also had experience in working with the Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia.  Renowned, Indonesian Punk Band Superglad also collaborated with him in 2013 for their album. 

Lyrically inclined, musically dynamic and Jamaican-influenced yet still Asiatic. Oneness Records boldly releases Indonesia’s first Reggae international album on July 25th 2014, Ras Muhamad’s “Salam”.


Among the many awards he received are; 2013 Nominated Best Reggae Composition for “Negeri Pelangi” by “Anugerah Music Indonesia, 2013 Best Reggae Song “Prosa Tinju Lima Jari”, 2012 Best Reggae for Indonesia Cutting-Edge Music Awards.

Watch Ras Muhamad performing on stage at Asia Music Festival to be held in Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club, Miri, Sarawak. Other confirmed line-up this year includes SoulMate (India), Salammusik (Malaysia), Pancake80 (Philippines), Pisco (Taiwan), Retrospect (Thailand), Masia One (Singapore) and Mad August (Malaysia).

Presale tickets is currently on sale only at RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18) at www.asiamusicfestival.net . Tickets also available from all STB’s Visitors Information Centre located at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching (+6 082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (+6 085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale ticket are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

FRESH MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS BY SALAM MUSIK


KUCHING  When you fuse cultural and modern beats, you’ll get Salam Musik. One of the bands that gives music in Malaysia a breath of fresh air which not only addictive rhythms, but also with lyrics that yearn to be heard.


Formed in 2010, this award-winning band from Malaysia will be presenting all music styles at the 2nd edition of Asia Music Festival this coming October 3-4, at the Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club in Miri, Sarawak.

The band will play Rock, Reggae, Pop, Hio-Hop, Modern and cultural beats and making it into one fresh style. Salam Musik always know how to make the people move and enjoy themselves. In 2012, their first album called Salam Musik had won the ‘Best Album Category’ in the 19th Malaysian Music Industry Award in Kuala Lumpur.

Their music is inspired by the tranquillity of nature so-to-speak; how history and reality revolves around the writing process. It speaks of basic human needs such as peace, environment, love and unity. Salam Musik managed to capture time and thoughts in life and delivered them well through their music.

Salam Musik believe that there are so many things going on that needs to be heard and they use music as a platform to express themselves by write the lyric based on their experiences.


The radio stations picked up their sound and everyone in the country as well as in Indonesia and Singapore was introduced to Salam Musik. The tunes of Salam Musik are not foreign to the ears of music listeners.

They have now launched their latest album titled O in January 2013. They were planning to run a tour to European countries as part of their music promotion with the local sponsor, Biskut Cap Ping Pong.

Other confirmed line-up for Asia Music Festival this year includes SoulMate (India), Ras Muhamad (Indonesia), Pancake80 (Philippines), Pisco (Taiwan), Retrospect (Thailand), Masia One (Singapore) and Mad August (Malaysia).

Presale tickets is currently on sale only at RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18) at www.asiamusicfestival.net . Tickets also available from all STB’s Visitors Information Centre located at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching (+6 082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (+6 085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale ticket are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

MAD AUGUST PROMISE AN AMAZING SHOW AT AMF 2014

KUCHING – The second edition of Asia Music Festival this coming October 3-4 will be enlivened by the presence of the Malaysian band, MAD AUGUST.  The band consisting of 4 members who have their own musical skills and are ready to amaze the audience with their live performance for the first time in Miri, Sarawak.

The concept behind the name “MAD” is actually an abbreviation of a philosophical slogan – “Make A Difference”. It pledges that everyone can make a difference in life, even with a least of strength and the words “August” which in numeric 8 refers to success, opportunity and strength.


MAD AUGUST plays Modern Rock and Emo Rock music. They create an icon via music as a medium to manifest their ideology. This icon is a leader, an image and a symbol of encouragement about living life to its fullness with courage.

Asia Music Festival promises an extraordinary weekend of fun, music and more, against the stunning backdrop of the venue, Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club. A mixture of live music will be featured throughout the two days event and will include a mix-genre of music from regional, national and local talent.

Other than MAD August, the confirmed line-up of performers includes SoulMate (India), Ras Muhamad (Indonesia), Pancake80 (Philippines), Pisco (Taiwan), Retrospect (Thailand), Masia One (Singapore) and Salammusik (Malaysia).

Presale tickets are still on sale only at RM25 for adults and RM10 for children/student (aged 3-18) and available online at www.asiamusicfestival.net . Tickets also available from all STB’s Visitors Information Centre located at Sarawak Tourism Complex, Kuching (+6 082-423600), Jalan Melayu, Miri (+6 085-434180) and Jalan Tukang Besi, Sibu (+6 084-340980). Door-sale ticket are priced at RM30 for adults and RM15 for children/students.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Makan-Makan Bersama, Macau & Hong Kong

MACAU / MACAO

YI SHUN / YEE SHUN DAIRY (MILK) COMPANY
381 Avenida de Almeida Rebeilo 
Tel : +853 2837 3104
Spending : MOP25 - MOP40
Speciality : Double Boil Milk




















TAI LEI LOI KEI
No.18 , Largo Gov. Tamagini Barbosa, Vila de Taipa
Opening Hours : 0800 - 1800 (Mon - Sun)
Tel : +853 2882 7150
Spending : MOP51 - MOP100
Speciality : Pork Burger, Curry Fish Ball









MOK YI KEI
9A, Rua de Cunha, Vila de Taipa
Opening Hours : 0900 - 2230 (Mon - Sun)
Tel : +853 6669 5194
Spending : Below MOP 50
Speciality : Durian Ice-Cream, Serradura (Portugese-Macanese Pudding)






LORD STOW'S BAKERY
3/F, Shop 2119a, The Grand Canal Shoppes, Venetian Macao
Opening Hours : 1000 - 2300 (Sat - Wed)
1000 - 0000 (Thurs - Fri)
Tel : +853 2886 6889
Spending : MOP51 - MOP100
Speciality : Portugese Egg Tart




LOJA SOPA DE FITA CHEONG KEI
68, Rua da Felicidade, Macau
Opening Hours : 1200 - 0030 
Tel : +853 2857 4310
Spending : MOP50 - MOP110
Speciality : Shrimp Noodle, Wantan Noodle








KAM MA LON CAFE
50 R. dos Mercadores, Avenida de Almeida Riberio
Opening Hours : 0700 - 1830 ( Mon - Sun)
Spending : MOP21 - MOP100
Speciality : Local breakfast









WONG CHI KEI
17 Largo do Senado, Avenida de Almeida Riberio
Opening Hours : 0830 - 2230 (Mon - Sun)
Tel : +853 2857 4310
Spending : Below MOP50
Speciality : Porridge, Noodles
















CAFE e NATA
G/F, 17A Rua Alm Costa Cabral R/C, Avenida Almeida Ribeiro
Opening Hours : 0630 - 2000 (Mon - Tues)
0630 - 2000 (Thurs - Sun)
Spending : MOP51 - MOP100
Speciality : Portugese Egg Tart
(*Tips : came earlier to avoid the long queue, just opposite the shoplot of Chan Kuong Kei , behind ICBC bank)
"Margaret's is arguably the most famous egg tart bakery on the Macau Penninsula, and are the main rival to those on Coloanne. Located in a small alley not too far from the Grand Lisboa, if you have difficulty finding the shop just ask a local for Margaret's. The egg tarts are wonderful. "





CHAN KUONG KEI
19 Rua do Dr. Pedro Jose Lobo, Centro, Macau
Tel : +853 2831 4116
Spending : MOP30 - MOP 80
Speciality : Roasted Duck, Goose

" The attractive red and yellow colors on the shop front and on the t-shirts of their efficient workers does make this restaurant stand out from the others. But no need for the extravagant colors, their long lines of customers waiting on their shop door stole all the attention. Their barbecue meats and noodles is what makes the long lines by the door. Roast gooses and barbecue pork are the two most popular choice but it is also good to try their double or triple rice plate. "











TOMATO HOUSE
4 Cal. da Rocha, Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro
Opening Hours : 1130 - 2200 (Sun - Mon)
1130 - 2200 (Wed - Sat)
Closed on Tuesday
Tel : +853 2836 2171
Spending : MOP51 - MOP200
Speciality : Portugese Dish

    (*picture taken from google)








HONG KONG

SEA VIEW CONGEE SHOP
Ladies Street, Mongkok (located opposite Starbucks)
Opening Hours : 24 hours
Spending : HKD 40 - HKD100
Speciality : Local Hong Kong cuisine 
(*Tips : must order their rice with a mixture of your favorite meat pick and sauce. Tomato sauce has a great sweet and sour flavor which is our favorite pick)

    (*pictures taken from google)













TIM HO WAN
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Sham Sui Po
Speciality : Dim Sum (Specially Char Siew Pao) - Michelin Rated
(*Tips : they have a few branches, depends on which is nearer to your location)













"YUAN JI" ROAST KITCHEN
MONGKOK, 3-5 FA YUEN STREET, GRANDEUR TOWER
12-13 GROUND FLOOR
Opening Hours : 1100 - 0000
Spending : Less than HKD50
Speciality : Roasted Meat
    











TSUI WAH RESTAURANT
G/F, 77-81 St. Jordan
Tel : +853 2384 8388
Opening Hours : 24 hours
Speciality : Roasted bun , Local HK Cuisine








KAM WAH CAFE
G/F, 47 Bute Street, Prince Edward
Tel : +853 2392 6830
Opening Hours : Mon - Sun 0630 - 1200
Speciality : Pineapple Bun, Egg Tart






AUSTRALIA DAIRY COMPANY
47, Parkes Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Jordan Station)
Spending : HKD 25 - HKD60
Speciality : Double Boil Milk , Local Breakfast









LEE KEUNG KEE NORTH POINT EGG WAFFLES (LKK)
492 King's Road, North Point 
Tel : +853 2590 9726
Spending : HKD 15 - 50
Speciality : Eggettes



TEMPLE STREET NIGHT MARKET
Opening Hours : Night time only
Speciality : Curry Crab






CHAO INN
(Non - Restricted Area) Level 6, Sky Plaza Terminal 2, Hong Kong International Airport
Tel : +853 8300 8141
Spending : HKD 51 - 100
Speciality : Chiu Chow Dim Sum 



















Won't be commenting too much about how great is the food. Personal comment will be ignore in this post as everyone in the group had different comment on everything we had. This is somehow among the good, best and some are awesome to me. It is all for you to explore.

Just a little note that, some address may be hard to find as the sign may got a little confusing as you explore. Have a great time exploring these awesome and glorious food!!