May 2018

Sharing Our Pepper & Gambier Heritage 4

I was at Muzium Tokoh Johor, within the historic Datuk Jaafar Building at Bukit Senyum to attend an event organised by Yayasan Warisan Johor (YWJ) or Johor Heritage Foundation. Dubbed, ‘Bicarawara Tokoh – Lada Hitam dan Gambir’, this was a talk by guest speakers on Johor’s pepper and gambier heritage. One of the speakers was cultural activist, Tan Chai Puan. In the courtyard, I met history teacher Florence and her

Double Sale, Double celebrations at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets and Johor Premium Outlets

Both Genting Highlands Premium Outlets and Johor Premium Outlets are set to bring premium outlet shopping to new heights with the return of its highly anticipated Festive Sale. The not-to-be-missed three-day sale will be held from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily from June 1st to June 3rd at Genting Highlands Premium Outlets, and from 10.00am to 12.00 midnight from June 8th to June 10th at Johor Premium Outlets. During the sale

MB World Group Celebrates Workplace Diversity 4

60 staff together with their spouses and children came together for this year’s ‘Buka Puasa’ event at Amansari Residence Bandar Seri Alam, Johor Bahru as MB World Group celebrates togetherness at their annual ‘Buka Puasa’ event. On a regular basis, the Group celebrate staff’s birthdays, hold festive feasts as well as organise departmental lunches and outings and this time to further spark gaiety in the air, they also took this

Happiness with Storytelling 2

Columbia Asia Hospital – Iskandar Puteri has made an effort to support “Jom Baca Bersama Untuk 10 Minit” program initiated by Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Johor (PPAJ) by conducting a storytelling session with kids aged between 1-year old to 11-yearold at Pediatric Ward. The children along with parents and hospital staff had a wonderful bonding time together where the children enjoyed the session and even requested for more storytelling. “Storytelling humanises

Watoto Children’s Choir in Johor Bahru 2

The Watoto Children’s Choir, whose members are orphans and vulnerable children, was in Johor Bahru recently to present ‘Signs & Wonders’, an energetic musical show that celebrates and demonstrates the miraculous transformation in their lives, from a dark past to a purposeful life. This travelling choir is part of the Watoto Child Care Ministries that started in 1994 with one simple house in the city of Kampala, Uganda. Here, eight

Gadgets Galore and New Ferries at Berjaya Waterfront 7

Berjaya Waterfront announced a total overhaul with its all new Techworld section, boasting 25 gadget tenants across two floors, making it the new one-stop tech centre in Johor with the comforts of duty free shopping prices. “It’s a proud moment for all of us who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the Techworld is up to standard against other international duty free shopping centres across the region. In total, we

Health & Sports Fair 2018 at KOMTAR JBCC 2

In a bid to promote health and fitness, KOMTAR JBCC organised a Health & Sports Fair for two weeks for its shoppers. This is the third year since it was organised back in 2016. There were two types of competition held for adults, which were the Downmall Challenge and Bunny Hop, whereas the Push Bike Challenge was held for the children. The Downmall Challenge required participants to go through some

Weekend in Singapore – Festival Survival

For Johorians looking forward to some fun, opting for a weekend in Singapore never seems to be a bad idea. However, with the current exchange rate for Singapore Dollars and Malaysian Ringgit in addition to how expensive certain festivals can be, it can be mind racking to stick to a financial plan especially with all the additional spending leading up to the event from outfit shopping to food hoarding. If

Water For Life – Forest Reserve Initiative 3

The Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve (AHFR) in the district of Muar covers 3,797 hectares and is home to the only remaining peat swamp forest in Johor. The forest reserve faces challenges created by unsustainable water management practices by agriculture activities in the surrounding plantations and estates where some areas have been drained to lower the water table, which directly impacts the water table of the peat swamp forest itself making

Colouring Moms at SugarBun 3

Kindergarteners from Nuri Education Centre were invited to “colour their mothers” at Borneo Asian Food by SugarBun, Seri Alam outlet during a promotional event in conjunction with Mother’s Day 2018. Widely celebrated on the second Sunday in the month of May, Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, and children all around the world dedicate one special day to show their biggest, and at times, extravagant