Thursday, 24 November 2016

PRESS RELEASE : Miri Country Music Festival 2017

PRESS RELEASE


MIRI : The Miri Country Music Fest (MCMF 2017) is back in town with two days and two nights of massive whole lot of family packed honky-tonk fun. Mark your calendar on the 25 and 26 February 2017 now, as the fourth edition of MCMF 2017 promise you an experience of Country and Western to remember.
With three international line-up, the stage will be set outdoor by the coast of Brighton Beach inside Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri - the official hotel for MCMF 2017. This year, local highlight is the Country Road Band from Miri, Sarawak will be entertaining the audience not only during the festival, but also the upcoming MCMF Roadshow which will be happening at Boulevard Shopping Complex, Miri on Saturday the 26 November 2016. The band is set to take the stage at level 3, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Country Road is a 5 piece band with members from Miri. Also from Miri, The Mountain Wind Band will be making a comeback for next year's edition. The Mountain Wind Band is also 5 piece band and a local favorite in Miri. The members are from various towns around Miri and proved to be a hit at the Festival.

Shane Smith & The Saints from Austin, Texas, USA will be the highlight of MCMF 2017 international line-up as well as the band from down under, James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims from Newcastle, Australia. Shane Smith has been performing (around the world?) and recently released an album titled "The Mountain".

Malaysian favorites for this edition are Adi Wow & Maha from Kota Kinabalu, Raggy Project from Penang and hit maker Russell Curtis from Kuala Lumpur.

(Mr Leong, Mr Anthony, Mr Adam Yii, Mdm Gracie, Mr Andrew Peter Law, MASwings representative)

Last but not least, a unique band who will blow your mind is a group of Europeans who are based in Brunei and formed The Casual Ceilidh Band. Their music is a blend of traditional Irish/Scottish social events in which the audience dance together in groups/couples to traditional Celtic music roots, giving form to its own mix of country and folk tunes.

This festival is endorsed by Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak, Sarawak Tourism Board and Miri City Council, and supported by Ministry of Tourism Culture and Malaysia Major Events. The official media partners are Rentak Sejuta and Selebriti Online while MASwings is the supporting airline and Brighton Travel and Tour the official tour partner.


The Miri Taxi Association has been engaged to assist with promoting the event by placing the official MCMF car sticker on their taxis and inserting the flyers into their seat pockets. The organiser would like to support local economic scene by involving local business and retail companies, which includes taxis, hotels, F&B outlets, retail outlets and so on.

Stay updated with us on Facebook and tickets are available online at www.miricountrymusic.com.  

Ticket is on promo till end of December with a buy three free one ticket combo.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Miri Marriott celebrates Global Customer Appreciation Week

Press Conference :

Miri Marriott is pleased to present its newly transformed guest room to the invited guests followed by a Sunset BBQ dinner to kick off the Marriott Global Customer Appreciation Week (GCAW). Themed "making greater connections", Marriott paid tribute to valued stakeholders who continually gave tehir support to the hotel despite evolving trends in the hospitality industry.


Miri Marriott has announced plans for a week-long festival of community engagement, known as GCAW from November 7 until November 11. The GCAW is simply a chance for us to personally thank our guests and customers and to give something back to communities we live and work in. Miri Marriott Resort & Spa would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt "Thank You" to all our customers during the week.

(fellow bloggers invited to the cocktail party & dinner in conjunction of GCAW week)

The GCAW activities taking place in our property included cocktail party followed by dinner, visit to loyal corporate clients with gifts, and movie day with Sarawak Cancer Society Children at Golden Screen Cinema.

This year's Global Customer Appreciation Week is a very special week for us, in addition to accomplishing all the things we set out to do as our way of saying "Thank you"to our customers, we are also able to partner with and assist a very worthy cause,"said Doris Chin, Director of Operations of  Miri Marriott Resort & Spa.






The GCAW of  Marriott properties celebrated worldwide is an excellent opportunity to highlight the outstanding guest services provided by the hotel and to reinforce relationships with business partners by showing appreciation, and to thank them for their loyalty to the brand.

For more information on the Miri Marriott Resort & Spa, visit Miri Marriott Resort & Spa Facebook page.


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I would also like to grab this opportunity to thank Miri Marriott Resort & Spa for extending the invitation to Sarawak Bloggers. We are indeed honoured and beyond fascinated by the invites. Having such great partnership with bunch of awesome people and management is always pleasure.


Truly amazed how Miri Marriott had pulled up such an amazing night with irresistible table of feast. I can understand why when I see a team of cooperative and hardworking people. Despite it's an appreciation, they are also giving us another platform to broaden our network and definitely socializing with guests. Thou it's not putting your hair down and rock the dance floor moment (not doing that freely yet), but hey, we still feel truly blessed for the opportunity and chances given.  


We are having a great night thanks to them. Also not forgetting my fellow bloggers who are always a great companion. The ladies in action who never failed their duty.

(photo credit to Elena)

Saturday, 3 September 2016

5 Days 4 Nights Itinerary in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) , Vietnam



Besties had been travelling together for years. Our promises to go for an adventure at least once a year. That's how we build our mental illness together. Not insane but the way we describe our friendship. When you have intimate friends that come together like a family, you know you are pretty much stuck for life. Well...... better start sharing my journey in Saigon.


I will be sharing itinerary of my 5 days and 4 nights at Saigon and less on the spending. You may ask me personally for the expenses as we got ourselves tour guide to bring us around as the communication worries.

Ho Chi Minh or better known as Saigon among the locals is a place with much gem and treasure to be explore. Be bewildered, emotional and maybe partial disturbing due to their progression overcome war. High and low throughout the journey indeed BUT lesson learned. Experienced lead and historical that touched hearts.  

Upon arrival, airport is beyond great. Many thought that Saigon is a city that even mosquitoes doesn't lay eggs which is ABSOLUTELY WRONG! They are way beyond develop than where I stay. Be amazed, be surprised and get jaw dropping. 



If you wish to stay in touch and connected with friends and family at home, you can always get their local mobile services at the airport and they will assist you step by step in getting your sim card install. Calls with 5GB data with one month expiry only cost 100,000 VND.


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CHU CHI TUNNELS
  • approximately 3 hours from Saigon/Ho Chi Minh city
  • local tour would be more convenient





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There's a saying of Vietnamese during war. Walk without leaving footsteps, speak without voice and cook without smoke. That's how tough life was for them in order to survive.


Tried to crawl through the tunnel and 30m feels like 30km. It ain't no joke. Someone who is taller than 1.75m will have a hard time crawl through and probably won't be able to get exit the end.




 Traditional way of doing rice wrapper.





We get to enjoy tapioca fruit and tea which is inclusive in their ticket entrance. Eat and drink all you want especially their tea. You won't be able to get one once you step out of that door.



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VUNG TAU
  • Outskirt area where you get to enjoy sea breeze and religious attractions
Christ of Vung Tau, Vietnam






Climbing up 811 steps, along the way up you will be fascinated by the breathtaking view. Ignoring burden on shoulder, cracking old knees, we make our way up just to witness grand sight of Statue of Christ the Redeemer. It doesn't end there as we take another 133 steps up and reached its outstretched arms witnessing the most astonishing view of Ho Chi Minh city. Amazing!



However, there's rules and regulations that you will need to follow in order to be eligible to enter. The guard/security who's guarding the entrance will never have a specific measurement for the dress code. It all depends on the weather of his mood.







Don't get satisfied by just viewing this panoramic view of mine. You deserve a better picture from your own eye. The satisfaction lie between you when you get to undergo the whole adventure yourself.






Duc Me Bai Dau 




Wang Hai Guan Yin Temple


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CITY TOUR

City Tour : (War Remnants Museum - Reunification Palace / Independence Palace - Ho Chi Minh City Hall - Notre Dame Cathedral - Saigon Central Post Office) - The Water Puppet Show

War Remnants Museum






Reunification Palace / Independence Palace



Ho Chi Minh City Hall


Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

Saigon Central Post Office


The Water Puppet Show



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Night Market ( left right of Ben Thanh Market)

Our accommodation located at District 1, therefore this is our where about when we have no where to go. We are taking vinasun taxi all the time. It is about 40,000 - 45,000 VND per trip for a 7 seater car which we find reasonable. 

Walk around Ben Thanh Market ain't really as great as expected. As per the locals, that's place for tourists. Locals doesn't purchase anything there because they are rather expensive BUT we unintentionally found out the night market that were operating after Ben Thanh closed. Oh, just a friendly reminder that Ben Thanh only open from 7am to 7pm. 

Well, back to the night market which is more lively and hawker there are more negotiable for price. Items are rather similar but of course not that much varieties as them. Polish your bargain skill and ready for really cheap dirt items. Seller there are able to speak multilingual language and even dialect. They truly get me jaw dropping. Therefore, conversing non-english isn't work when you have a secret to be told because you never know who may have an ear that caught your words.




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Saigon taught me more than I thought. I wish I had more time, more time to explore this rich country. A country that had so much to offer. Halong Bay, Hanoi & Phnom Penh which have their own attractions and beauty. I hope you find it interesting as I do when exploring through Saigon. Till then, adios!~