Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas In Malaysia
Christmas in Malaysia is celebrated as anywhere else in the world. The celebration of the birth of Jesus is the time for hope and rejoicing, of love, giving and forgiving. Christmas in Malaysia is the time for family and friends gathering.
However Christmas in Malaysia does not completely comply with that of Christmas as celebrated in Europe. The temperature of Malaysia ranges from 22 to 33 degree centigrade. Malaysian Christmas is more of a universal celebration with a more secular aspect to it rather than of any religious significance. The image of Santa Claus is very appealing to the kids here is in anywhere in the world. The retailers and shopkeepers seize the opportunity to put up non-religious motifs like snow, stockings, Santa as well as his reindeer. There are also candy canes and the all familiar Christmas tree. One can come across white, green red and also gold which are considered as traditional colors of the season. The capital city of Kuala Lumpur as well as the greater Klang Valley becomes active during Yuletide with colorful lights and decorations at homes and business establishments, giving a festive kind of ambiance. All the shopping malls and hotels decorated themselves in sync with the Christmas mood.
Christmas in Malaysia is a public holiday and is still a religious holiday. The Christian community here making up to 7 % of the population, observes the Advent which is a four week period observed before Christmas. The time during this time for the Christians is for prayers, Bible reading and fasting of some.
Some churches, especially the catholic ones use wreaths to mark the weeks during the season of Advent. As the day approaches, people start decorating their homes, usually with artificial objects. People deliver greeting cards and gifts are placed under trees. Festive songs are played everywhere. Some choir groups and church communities make rounds, visiting orphanages, hospital wards and old folk's homes.
Christmas in Malaysia also refer to the church gatherings comprising of people of different beliefs to observe the festive spirit. The celebration and the festivity continue till the morning hour.
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Shopping is a major activity that the tourists love to embark upon when on a vacation to Kuala Lumpur. The presence of a large number of shopping malls and a large number of flea markets makes shopping in Kuala Lumpur a pleasure and fun filled activity.
Kuala Lumpur is the seat of all the commercial activity of Malaysia. Because of this reason, it is also one of the major shopping centers not only of the country,
but also of the world. In fact, the city is considered as the most important shopping destination in the whole of Southeast Asia. Tourists from all across the world come to this city to purchase a large number of articles and products ranging from apparels, lifestyle products, food items right down to kitchenware, souvenirs, gift items and decorative articles.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is filled with fun and is indeed an exciting activity. Whether you are a bargain shopper or a person who prefers branded products, there is a wide range of options available to the shoppers over here. In fact, shopping in this marvelous city is a fine example of variety, value and convenience. The products sold in the numerous shops of this city are of good quality and the pricing is reasonable. However, one can also find a number of expensive and high cost items in the numerous shopping zones of the city. One can find a large number of speciality stores, markets and departmental stores which offers different types of products that will suit every taste and pocket.
People mainly go for the batik products, duty-free items, electronic goods, pewter, sportswear and handicraft items. Tourists and locals throng the open-air markets and the flea markets to buy a large number of food items, clothes and apparels, fashion accessories and different types of cakes. Bargaining with sellers makes shopping in Kuala Lumpur much more thrilling and exciting.
Most of the shops in the city are located in the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area, Jalan Bukit Bintang area, Jalan Petaling area or the Jalan Bandar area. These areas are home to a number of shops and markets like the Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Pasar Market, Craft Complex, Mid Valley Mega Mall and others. The shops are known for their opulence and grandeur and makes shopping an affair to remember. If you are planning to come to Kuala Lumpur, then you can also check out the Shopping Carnival, held every year during the months of October and November.
In this carnival one can get to buy a large number of products at low rates.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is a passion amongst the tourists and the locals. Visiting the numerous dazzling shops is a great way to entertain oneself when on vacation to this city.
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Malaysia has attracted tourists from centuries. Sightseeing is one of the most important attractions. But sightseeing seems incomplete without the option of dining. So to make your trip a memorable moment several Restaurants and Bars in Malaysia have cropped up. Restaurants and Bars in Malaysia serves tourists and locals with extensive menu list.
The influence of different cultures on Malaysia can be best seen in its cuisines. In addition to traditional Malay food the Restaurants and Bars in Malaysia serve the guests with varied Indian, Chinese, French and Italian dishes. So if you are a food enthusiast, then surely plan a trip to Malaysia. The Restaurants and Bars of Malaysia are not going to disappoint you anyways.
Food connoisseurs can select their favorite dish from our wide range of exciting food and beverage. All the cities of Malaysia like Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kuching, Langkawi, Malacca has many eating joints. Some of the popular Restaurants in Malaysia are the Cipolla Ristorante Pizzeria Kuala Lumpur, Shook in Kuala Lumpur, Tamarind Hill in Ampang, the Tiffins Restaurant in Penang and others.
Sit and make yourself comfortable in the restaurants and bars of Malaysia. Relish the mouth watering delicacies served in the restaurants of Malaysia. The moment you step into the restaurants smell the fresh aroma of the freshly cooked dishes. While the restaurants serve with many seafood, there are many eateries that serve many vegetarian dishes. Pamper your taste buds as you taste some of the best Malaysian specialties. Complement your dinner with a drink. While there are many restaurants that serve both dishes and drinks both locals and tourists frequently visit the bars. The Sunset Bar is one of the most renowned bars. Absolute Chemistry in Kuala Lumpur is another most favored bar. In addition to these bars there are some others bars in the cities of Malaysia. These include the Amadeus, the Alexo Bristo and Bar, the Anotnio's Wine N Unwine and others. All the bars are well stocked with many types of drinks and liquors.
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The New Year in Malaysia is celebrated in hotels, restaurants, discotheques, nightclubs as well as in the homes of people. The celebrations have a cosmopolitan touch to them. The people with religious bent go to the churches, temples and the many shrines to pray for the New Year.
New Year in Malaysia is celebrated by every community with equal zeal.
The main place for the Malaysian New Year is of course Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Square and for the young and the old, the Penang's Gurney Drive. There is a good number of foreigners present who also join the New Year party. Wishes of "Happy New Year" fill the air as the clock strikes midnight. Many sing the "Auld Lang Syne" sentimentally in reminiscence of the year gone by.
Motorists throng the streets, shouting, and many shout and press their horns to celebrate New Year. Crowds throng the many pubs and bars present around so much that they find it difficult to accommodate all. The partying continues till dawn in major cities and towns.
There is brisk sale of goods during this time and many eateries have full house for the supper as the night progresses. People splurge during this time with open mind.
For many, New Year in Malaysia is comparatively a day of resolutions to make, meant to be kept throughout the year. Many families prepare delicious dishes on this day to mark the occasion.
The day is meant for family gathering. Relatives and friends meet on this day and exchange greetings and gifts. The day is also used by many for going on holidays. All the places of interests remain crowded during this time of the year. Hotels and suites are booked in advance during this time.
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Malaysian food represent not only one particular kind of food but a unique culinary spectrum originating from Malaysia's multi-ethnic population that has grouped together sampling tastes, ingredients and cooking methods from each other.
Malaysians relish and celebrate their diverse food choices. It is not uncommon to drive for hours to taste the nice food.
Each state in Malaysia has something different to offer in terms of culinary delights. Kuala Lumpur has the most diverse offering of foods from all over the world. Indulge in gourmet fusion cuisine created by talented chefs in designer restaurants, or sample an endless amount of goodies found practically bursting out of malls, store fronts and side-street hawker stalls.
Melaka is a home to delicious Baba Nyonya food, much of it served in quaint cafes in historical shophouses. Penang is hawker stall heaven while Ipoh receives many day trippers who come only to savour local favourites.
Kelantan is the cradle of Malay culture and serves exotic Malay food rich in flavour and colour.
This multi-cultural array of food has now come to be known all over the world as Malaysian Food.

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Malaysia's mind-boggling array of international class shopping complexes provides the ultimate shopping experience where incredible bargains are offered with a typical Malaysian smile.
Malaysia is truly a shopper's paradise & shopping is almost the national sport of Malaysia.
Malaysia is famous for its shopping where quality, variety and pricing is hard to beat.
Mega Sales carnival is held three times a year,
in March, August, and December and discounts galore are offered during this periods.
There is wide variety of shopping haunts in Malaysia like Modern air-conditioned one-stop all in inclusive Multi-storey Shopping Malls to sidewalk stalls, bazaars, and night markets ("pasar malam").
There is a large amount of malls in Malaysia, where one can hang out for browsing the shops, eating at the large variety of food outlets in the malls and enjoying all the activities there, such as bowling, archery or cinemas. Bintang Walk - The area has several ultra-modern shopping and commercial complexes. Shoppers have a choice of browsing through hundreds of shops at Lot 10, Sungei Wang Plaza, BB Plaza, Starhill and Kuala Lumpur Plaza. Jalan Ampang / Jalan Tun Razak - The area served by prestigious shopping complexes that boast international names as well as quality local products. Suria Shopping complex tops the list as the city's newest and classiest shopping complex. Ampang Park, Ampang Plaza and City Square house a wide range of shops including beauty salons, art galleries, exclusive boutiques, costume accessories and apparel from top to local designers.
There are many other places that you can visit such as Plaza Angsana - Johor Bahru, Kuantan Parade and Alor Star Parade. Langkawi - A dutyfree haven and there is plenty to buy on the island. In the main town center of Kuah, there are dozens of shops offering household items, clothing, leather goods, cosmetics, electronic products, cameras and liquor. An interesting mix of duty free shops can also be found at city centers and airports in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru & Penang.
An interesting experience for overseas visitors is the night markets or 'pasar malam' which begin their trading activities in the late afternoon The things that are uniquely Malaysia are handicrafts of local origin. They range from hand woven mengkuang fans, tribal carrier bags, stylish pottery, shadow puppets, pewter( A Shiny luster alloy ) – used in tableware, gift items etc. , intricate silverware, brassware. Originally an Indonesian craft, batik has made itself at home in Malaysia. You will find it in Penang, but Kelantan is its true home. Malaysian Batik is the best in the world ,
the bold designs and dazzling colors of Malaysian Batik set it apart from others within the region. One can also shop for items that come from fashion centers of the world. They are items like designer collections, elegant footwear, exclusive watches, optical items, and quality fabrics. Electrical appliances, electronic equipment, computers, and cameras are available too.
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Shopping In Malaysia

Malaysia is a shopping heaven in Southeast Asia. Malaysians love to shopping, the best way to explains are the vast number of luxury malls, stores and street-side stalls in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. If you are a shopaholic, the best time to visit is around August – September, which is the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. Range from the antique and the exotic to modern electronic and audio-visual equipment, the constantly changing product are available in Malaysia includes an extensive collection of designer labels from the fashion capitals of all around the world. The exemption of duty on certain items has resulted in more competitive pricing and makes shopping in Malaysia become more attractive. Malaysian duty-free zones includes islands of Labuan and Langkawi. There are also some duty-free shops in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, international airports and city centres. Duty-free items like cameras, watches, pens, cosmetics, perfumes, mobile phones, computers, cigarettes and liquor are among the cheapest in the world. Cash is accepted at night markets while major credit cards are accepted in most of the shops in malls and shopping complexes. Sophisticated shopping malls means everything is designed for shopper convenience which contain banks, foreign currency exchange counters, restaurants, supermarkets and hundreds of shops offering a tremendous variety of products. For light, casual shopping, there are roadside stalls, bazaars and night markets. The major attraction was the colourful night light, bustling night market or 'pasar malam' - found in most neighbourhoods on certain days of the week.Despite the low prices, bargaining at nights markets is acceptable.

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Shopping In Penang

Penang is a fabulous shopping center. From high-design stuffs in posh and up-market shopping malls to chic street fashion, Penang offers everything. Gurney Plaza, BJ Complex and Island Plaza stock all major and international labels. Those who are too much into brand culture, can have a good time in Penang. These hip and swanky shopping courts add some glitz to the city.

Penang is equally good for shoppers who can go to any corner of any city for the sake of shopping. The road-side shops offer a wide range of goods. You name it and you will get it here. The 'pasar malam' or the night markets can be fascinating experience for you. A must visit in Penang, these markets can be worth paying a visit even if you are not the shopper type. Check out the stalls all along the Batu Ferringhi main road which bustles with its more than 1000 souvenir stalls.

Shopping centers and departmental stores rises all over the Penang landscape updating themselves according to the overwhelming requirements of the shoppers. You will get the typical range of stuffs from designer labels to fresh fruits under one roof in any of these malls.
Komtar Shopping Centre in Penang is the most famous and the oldest shopping mall at the heart of George Town. For more than a decade from the early 1980s, Komtar, nestled at the foot of the Komtar Tower, has been an important part of the overall integrated redevelopment of George Town.

Features of Komtar Shopping Centre in Penang:-
- Komtar Shopping Centre in Penang is a huge four-storied and air conditioned mall where you have everything under one roof. - Apart from the little shops, there are also two department stores, Superkomtar and Yoahan. - At the top of the shopping mall, there is a towering 64-floor round building with mostly offices. - You can buy tickets for the elevator at the tourist information in the middle of the shopping centre. - The panoramic view including the Penang Bridge and Butterworth on the mainland, is simply amazing. - Komtar Shopping Centre also features several cinemas screening the latest movies and offering tourists other alternative sources of entertainment. - Have your lunch or dinner at the McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut or at one of the many Malaysian restaurants.

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