Monday, 23 May 2016

Mandara Spa - Miri Marriott Resort & Spa (20th Anniversary)

In such hectic and fast pace era, we are in need of relaxation and proper stress release method. Nothing beats a great detoxification and massage that could reduce tension muscle which had been stiffed and hard as rock. 

Probably, its the right time to pamper and go for a good drink, a great meal or perhaps even an awesome deal of spa. Mandara Spa had recently launched a good deal promotion where you can put behind your worries and contribute to those who are in need. Nothing feels better than doing good deed and pampering yourself at the very same time. Always awesome to kill two birds with one stone. Definitely worthwhile paying for charity that helps building a kid future, shaping a better generation and also creating a better place. 


Mandara Spa is a world wide known spa which started with a humble beginning from Bali. This year May marked their 20th anniversary. In conjunction with their 20th Anniversary, Mandara Spa are having a whole week of activities starting from 20th May till 26th May 2016. Probably, you are interested to join and know more about Balinese culture.


If you haven't know, here is a short introduction about their background.

"Our journey began on the spiritual island of Bali, where we discovered a true reverence for the healing arts. In Bali, this knowledge is passed down from generation to generation, from mother to daughter, from father to son, and as such is deeply entwined in the Balinese way of life. Combining this rich knowledge and spirit of generosity with European techniques, Mandara offers each guest the ultimate luxuriously healing experience.

Today, Mandara Spas can be found in diverse locations around the world. Every Mandara Spa experience is completely unique, because we honor the diversity of the culture we are immersed in as well as the Balinese traditions from our past. It is our promise that while no two Mandara Spas are identical, you will recognize us from our commitment to your ultimate satisfaction, our belief in the healing arts and the spirit of generosity from which we perform your service. Namaste."

A little sneak peek for you how they celebrate their 20th anniversary last Friday.






(*All pictures credited to Miss Judith who was there to attend their 20th Anniversary ceremony) 

If you have any inquiries and wish for more information, please feel free to drop by at Miri Marriott Resort & Spa. If you wish for a quick review, can can visit their website Mandara Spa (click the link) or facebook page here.

Perhaps you would love to talk to their therapists, you can always contact them at the contact number below :

Mandara Spa - Miri Marriott Resort & Spa
Lot 779, Jalan Temenggong Datuk Oyong Lawai,
98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia.
TEL : +60 85 421 121 ext. 7555
EMAIL : malaysia@mandaraspa.com
OPERATION HOURS : 1000 - 2100

Sunday, 22 May 2016

11th Borneo Jazz Festival : Musical Night

It's about a week since Borneo Jazz ended. Still stuck and hope it haven't even started yet. I do not wish to wait another 365 days for the next because....I want it NOW. Want it all over again because I have not had enough. Anyone have travel machine that can bring me back to past and let me had it all over again? Dreaming I am.


Every year, Jazz will always have school band to kick start the performance and definitely, there's no exceptional this year. SMK Chung Hua is still at it's best. Looking at our future, I think we are doing good at polishing them. Chances, opportunity and proper platform are provided for them to show off themselves.

Speaking of the future, USM Mini Big Band - a youth band, which is the very FIRST that was invited to Borneo Jazz Festival. A bunch of talented youngsters who came together with the same passion towards music. Feeling proud having them standing on this very international stage, showing other nationality our future! 
I came to realise that there's slight diversity in band selection this year. There's more Asian band and classical Jazz compared to previous years. Representatives from Malaysia, proudly present to you, our very own local band, Funkatorie. Who will ever expected that funky and jazz music do come along so well? Who will ever imagined with two such contrast element can come together and delivered such a fantastic outcome? You will never understand till you see them perform.   
Another lined-up band is also from our homeland. Before that, did I mentioned that we had lots of crossover Jazz band between countries this year round? First group presenting their fusion Jazz is this combination, A.P.I  from Malaysia & India. Two different countries with such diversify culture came together and produce Jazz music, produced an extraordinary outcome. It is indeed more to Indie pop Jazz due to their musical instrument. When you closed your eyes and feel the groove, you can sense India cultural tune but yet it is groovy. Fascinating combination isn't it? Can't seems to understand? You should be there to experience. I had no idea how to put my limited words into sentence to describe how I felt. You  just have to be there.



Taking a few hours drive, we are moving to our neighbourhood land, Singapore. Raw Earth from Singapore have more input of R&B and minor rock into their Jazz music. I know that doesn't really make sense but somehow there's partial element inserted in it. I can only interpret my feelings with limited words and knowledge to an understandable language.
Still wondering in Asia, presenting the returning band, Yuichiro Tokuda's Ralyzzdig from Japan. This is all about Japanese Jazz as per Yuichiro himself. Having enthusiast towards Jazz and loving his own culture, he combined both in one and create their very own signature Jazz. Thou it is not strong element which was much different from original Jazz yet it is still genuine. His band is rather a cute bunch and also a humorous group.
Enough of taste of Asia, we are now touring the globe to the other side of earth. We have O Sisters! from Spain to hit up the crowd. Their super classical performance, songs and tune reminds me of Sean Connery as James Bond. That classical english that he speaks, that beautiful women that he flirts and that electrifying stares that he have. I melt! Don't ask me why but he came to mind when O Sisters! starts singing. 



Manou Gallo Groove Orchestra from Ivory Coast and Belgium is another crossover band. Being truly unfamiliar, when I first heard, its a mixture of Brazil tune with touched of Jazz. Forgive me being not knowledgeable enough. There's much element of hip hop and rock in it. My hip and legs started to move unintentionally when I heard them.



This year band gave me surprises one after another. They send me out of space and further transport me to another galaxy far far away. What on earth am I listening to? Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion with Classic Meets Cuba from Germany & Cuba gets every audience put on their dancing shoes. Their every note, every rhythm and every tune is simply amazing. Crossover music between countries is like an amazing art painted. Monalisa is the most glamorous art paint, theirs will be the most astonishing music note ever played. 





Last but not least, my favourite band of the year, The Rad Trads from USA. Not only the boys are cute (everyone knows it) their music gets everyone excited. Their music seems to speak the language that everyone knows. Body move along to its beat. Thou it's far but yet we feel the interaction. An amazing but yet very strange emotion that grew within. 





The performers for both nights truly did a fantastic job BUT undeniably there's some great people who we should never neglect that work hard day and night to ensure everything works right, accurate and precise. We have our emcee on stage. A person who takes control of stage once the music stops and he starts talking. 


We have the Schelleppers. A bunch who work additional hours to ensure the instrument is properly handle and in good security. They are the one who we should receive our greatest applause.


Nevertheless, the Media & Communication Team who take great care of the media team and make sure we are well equipped with the latest information and updates.



Finally, the media, local or international who is always crazy and doing nonsense but also working hard at the same time....




We, the Sarawak Bloggers would like to thank Sarawak Tourism Board once again for their invitation to cover their annual Borneo Jazz Festival. Thanks to Datu Ik Pahon Anak Joyik, CEO Sarawak Tourism Board & Permanent Secretary of Ministry Tourism, Sarawak for fulfilling our humble wish. Not forgetting to all who had work either on or off screen who we may forget to mention. Had another year with great fun and joy. Hope to see you next year. 
Mark your calendar on 12th & 13th May 2017 and watch out for this space for more information update. You can also visit their official website : jazzborneo.com

You may also read my fellow bloggers write up :



*All pictures above credited to Sarawak Tourism Board & pEi@asharingofmine

Thursday, 12 May 2016

11th Borneo Jazz Festival - Introductory , Preview, Tree Planting & Welcoming Dinner

Media Walkabout - Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

Always exciting when comes to covering Jazz Festival. Borneo Jazz makes it return of 11th year to Miri with extra programme to attract more either local or international festive goers. As for us (the media), were also well taken care of. 


Media walkabout was started last year. Main reason of having this meeting is to introduce, spread knowledge and definitely using the power of writing to spread words to public and specially new comers how is it gona look like on the event ground. What will you be expecting, what precautions you should take when there's an emergency (thou the chances are one in a million), vendors that will be participating and the location. These are all high possibilities question that may pop up. That's how the walkabout comes about.


[Mr Andrew Peter Law, General Manager of ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri explaining the floor plan]

[Sound system plays a big part in most festival and they are ready to set up.]

[Platform where the performers that are going to show their talent.]

[Canopy that will be filled by vendors, trying to fulfill every needs and request of the festive goers.]

[Crews that work day and night just to make sure every system is scrutinize to minimal error]


Preview Show - Ming's Cafe

The preview show which was used to be in the mall doesn't seems to be that attractive enough. Therefore, Sarawak Tourism Board intend to collaborate with local bar and see how does the crowd turn out in the local cafe.


Unexpectedly, great response and they LOVE it!!! Totally a better platform to market and getting public to acknowledge about Jazz Festival. Oh...and thank you Ming's for having us. It was a truly great hospitality!



Tree Planting - Piasau Nature Reserves (Piasau Boat Club) 

Tree planting ceremony is already a MUST in every festival that STB organised. Being part of the CSR and also contributing a little effort to the mother nature which we had destroyed without knowing. It is never too much and late to go green.


Thou the rain may be slightly disadvantaging but the weather is just cool.



[a group photo before getting our hands covered with soil]


We, we, we the Sarawak Bloggers, are doing our part too. We left our footprint as a marked of our contribution to globe. Just a tiny bitsy effort but it probably mean much when every each of us contributing it, ain't you agree?


Welcoming Dinner - Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

Welcoming Dinner hosted by Miri Marriott Resort & Spa simply gives a diversification to the usual dinner buffet we used to have. Was truly a fascinating dinner as we get to enjoy our night by the beach  and watching the sun slowly eaten by the endless sea. Never gets bored watching sunset (least not me).


Local delicacies is a must as this is what the tradition served. How could you have something ordinary and common when you landed on a foreign land, can you? Sarawak laksa, umai and pansuh ayam (chicken), they had it all covered.




Truly an enjoyable night specially with the companion of background music from traditional musical instrument "sape". Slowly leading us through the night and softly bring us to ease.

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The event will be starting tomorrow. If you haven't get your tickets, you will still be able to buy it on the official venue itself which is Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri. A day passes at RM100 and two days passes at RM180. Be there to feel, experience and most of all? Indulge! See you there peeps!!!