Exploring Beautiful Historic Places and Beaches

Exploring Beautiful Historic Places and Beaches

Malaysia is a land of great diversity and contrasts- culture, activities and landscape. Whenever in the country, have you walked around Malaysia's world-famous historical sites? Some of them are listed by UNESCO. In the same measure, have you explored Malaysia's amazing 130 million-year-old jungle? Doubtless, there are lots of places to visit while inside the country. Think of the following exciting places that all contribute to Malaysia's beauty.

Please note that, in response to the Covid 19 outbreak, Malaysia has introduced several movement restrictions affecting all foreigners, like many other nations. We desire that all travel restrictions will end soon and that- once again- everyone can live a normal life, just as before. We also hope that, rather than merely restrict travel, world governments will allocate adequate resources to bolster medical health and alleviate the current situation

Malaca City

Malacca City is the well-known capital of the Malacca State. The city oozes with both culture and history. Since 2008, Unesco has listed Malacca city as a World Heritage site. The city, located along the Malacca Strait, is popular and attracts many with its excellent food, local architecture and utilities like the famous Jonker Street Market. The area was controlled by the Dutch and the Portuguese. The city has various other attractions, including the 15th century Malacca Sultanate; many experts consider this period a Golden Malay cultural Age. Other top attractions include the Dutch Governor's official residence (The Stadthuys), a Formosa Fort and the St. Paul's Church.

Tanjung Aru beach (Kota Kinabalu Sabah)

Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, might not seem beautiful at first. However, behind the buildings and malls, you'll find some beautiful orange sand stretches- you can reach the islands and the iconic floating mosque within ten minutes. You can also stroll along the Likas Bay, walk the islands and coasts, or move to the beautiful Tanjung Aru Beach to enjoy a spectacular sunset treat. You can have a brilliant day snorkelling at the refreshing beaches or drive a few miles away from town and escape to the untouched jungle.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion, George Town (Penang Island)

Have you ever visited an open museum? Visit Georgetown; this famous colonial district has many nostalgic British colonial buildings and churches. Indeed, Georgetown is more of a colonial district that also hosts Fort Cornwallis. When visiting, you're free to stroll around the streets and tour traditional shophouses that boast of different individual designs and styles. Most of the building's walls are decorated with murals and street art. The town has a history with food courts and temples (including the Kek Lok Si) and a vibrant shopping area. George Town also has the longest coffee shop in the entire country; yes, George Town is one of Malaysia's best places to visit.

The landscape of island and beach (Perhentian islands)

Off the Terengganu, coast is a small archipelago located in the South China Sea area of the Perhentian islands and its beautiful beaches. These places are considered some of the most beautiful in Malaysia. The area has seven islands; five of the islands are generally uninhabited-two others are called the Kecil and Besar. Some fantastic events to enjoy here include snorkelling,, canoeing and scuba diving. Take this cautionary advice: Try not to visit during the months of March-October; you'll find most hotels and guesthouses closed.

Danum Valley Forest

Do you fancy eco-tourism? By all means, visit the Danum Valley; you can't afford to miss this. Here, you'll have a memorable opportunity to tour the untouched jungle and enjoy its incredible biodiversity; yes, inside this virgin conservation area- measuring 438sq km- you'll find hundreds (possibly thousands) of delightful fauna and flora species. You may even spot clouded leopards, pygmy elephants, and orangutans among the untamed wilds. Other fanciful activities to be enjoyed here include an unforgettable jungle trek with experienced guides and night safaris. You can also visit the famous ancient Kadazan-Dusun burial sites.

The Zahir Mosque (Masjid Zahir)

Most tourists who visit the Kedah state usually spend much time in Langkawi. Regardless- the unexplored Alor Setar City, located on the South East of this popular island, is another must-visit place. The features on this central square include the Big Clock Building, the Sultan Museum and the Royal Hall. Just a distance away, you'll find the amazing 250 million year old Gunung Keriang- a limestone hill. You can move to the nearby Kuala Kedah region and rumble through the 17th century Malay fort ruins; this is the oldest fort in the city.

Jewels that Decorate Kuala Lumpur

Jewels that Decorate Kuala Lumpur

Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia's capital city, has a unique name; the words literally refer to ";a muddy confluence."; Kuala Lumpur received its peculiar name due to its location in a place where the Gombak and Klang rivers intersect.Hence, Kuala Lumpur owes its name to its founding location. As time passed, the city gradually grew to become one of the most important Asian centres. Malaysians generally consider Kuala Lumpur as the heartbeat of the nation; yes, it all happens in Kuala Lumpur- whatever you want to be done. Thus, hordes of people from everywhere within Malaysia regularly come to this metropolis to do business or find jobs. Many tourists also love Kuala Lumpur owing to its beautiful sights and multiple attractions.

Do you love to sample various types of dishes? Kuala Lumpur is the place to be; you're likely to be spoilt for choices. And the story doesn't end there; you'll have a rare chance to visit many modern shopping complexes and malls that thrive within the city centre. No wonder many consider Kuala Lumpur as the perfect place for those seeking to make a short stopover in Malaysia. Many who try to make this brief stopovers actually come back within a short time- intent on enjoying more of this beautiful place.

Do you know something about the history of Kuala Lumpur? Even if you do, you're likely to want to know some more. The settlement that later became Kuala Lumpur was first erected sometime in 1857. The settlement came up as a result of the massive tin mining activity (that continues in the Ampang district area). Another contributing factor was that it was possible to supply many goods over the rivers that straddled the city. At some point, it seemed that the minerals around Kuala Lumpur was actually inexhaustible. Unfortunately, the city soon faced many administrative and leadership issues, and before long- the town quickly became a place full of chaos and disorder. In time, the situation improved, and Kapitan ( Yap Ah Loy) introduced many changes and gradually transformed the town into a modern city. Yap Ah Loy was a prominent politician who received the direct support of the Sultan. Some, however, considered Yap Ah Loy as a crime Lord of some kind. But the city soon drew international attention due to its prosperity. Take for, example, England; since the Kingdom of England was quite interested in producing tin, Kuala Lumpur started having a strong English influence.. Later (in 1896), the Malaysian Federation was founded, with Kuala Lumpur as the capital. The English influence significantly contributed to Malaysia's rapid development; it also had a role in the growth of Kuala Lumpur as a modern city. In time, KL became a major South-East Asian city with huge stakes for the region.

Kuala Lumpur Becomes Capital of the New Malaysia

The Japanese forces temporarily drove away the British troops at some point during World War II. But after the 44-month occupation, the English authorities came back to Kuala Lumpur; they hoped to seize their former supremacy in the city and Malaysia as a whole. Nevertheless, England never succeeded fully despite trying to control the land right up to 1957. Inevitably, on August 31 1957, Malaysia was officially declared independent of British rule; the momentous declaration took place at Kuala Lumpur's Merdeka Square (Merdeka means independence). Thus, at independence Kuala Lumpur became the capital city of the newly independent state.

Petronas Twin Towers

Today, Kuala Lumpur is a prosperous modern metropolis; the city has a large central business district, many tall skyscrapers (like the Petronas Twin Towers), internationally renowned hotels and luxurious shopping malls. The city is located within the Selangor federal state, around 40 km from the coast (note that Kuala Lumpur is not considered a political part of Selangor). The Klang harbour Port in Kuala Lumpur is also the largest in Malaysia. The port is situated near the river Klang. 1.8 million people live in the Kuala Lumpur city centre itself. The term Klang Valley is used to refer to the Greater Kuala Lumpur area- this is an urban centre with more than 8 million residents.

Overall, Kuala Lumpur's residents today earn more and more. The people enjoy a vastly improved standard of living and a sophisticated lifestyle; many have become wealthy. The city's growth is also marked by the proliferation of many construction and business projects that are likely to attract many more people within and outside Malaysia.

SupermodelMe returns with Star-studded Cast

SupermodelMe returns with Star-studded Cast

SupermodelMe is rebooted and will spotlight aspiring models from across Asia and Malaysia, ready to battle for the ultimate SupermodelMe title.

Refinery Media, an award-winning production company renowned for producing compelling content for international networks, is bringing back its popular reality competition series, SupermodelMe. The latest season promises a fresh approach, new challenges, a star-studded cast, and builds off the success of its first five seasons. The original multi-platform show has received several international nominations and has been broadcasted in 13 countries globally.

Produced by Refinery Media, with Presenting Sponsor Subaru Asia and supported by Singapore Airlines Kris Shop, Season 6 was filmed in Singapore in June, with 12 aspiring models from 8 markets across Asia, i.e. Singapore, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Themed around female empowerment, this season's titled 'SupermodelMe Revolution', aims to provide a fresh take on the modelling reality competition series: one that is modern, edgy and exemplifies what it means to be a model and a female role model today.

Refinery Media's modelling reality shows, including SupermodelMe Season 1 to 5 and Asia's Next Top Model Cycles 5 & 6, have helped to create a new generation of successful Models and Social Media Influencers. In the all-new season, the supermodel hopefuls will face challenges like never before, as they undergo intensive sports and fashion-related tasks, while testing their individual mental and physical resolve in the cutthroat world of fashion. They do this while living together under one roof and going head-to-head against each other. The Revolution series aims to push the models' boundaries of mind, body and soul through the series. Only one contestant will emerge as the ultimate SupermodelMe winner and will go home with a Subaru Ambassadorship, a cover on Harper's Bazaar and a modelling contract with Storm Model Management.

Besides new and emerging talents, SupermodelMe Revolution will also feature familiar and prominent faces in the fashion and modeling industry. Hosted by supermodel and actress Cindy Bishop, she is joined by an esteemed panel of resident judges' including American photographer Yu Tsai - most famously known for his involvement on America's Next Top Model Cycle 22 and Cycle 23, Hanli Hoefer - TV host and emcee, Ase Wang - Singaporean actress, model and entrepreneur, and Catriona Gray - Filipino-Australian model, singer and Miss Universe 2018. This season will also feature task masters Monika Sta. Maria - Filipino model and runner-up of Asia's Next Top Model (Cycle 3) and Dana Slosar - Thai model and winner of Asia's Next Top Model (Cycle 6), who will help to mentor contestants and offer them the best advice possible.

"It's been a long time coming, but we're very excited to bring back SupermodelMe for its Reboot season. It's a show that I am personally passionate about and this season, we go beyond the perfect picture, catwalk show or video, to challenge the girls to give their best. We had to deal with extra challenges due to Covid19, flying an international cast into Singapore and ensuring the entire crew and cast were safe, but all these were worth the effort for the opportunity to produce an entire original series once again. Fans can expect much more exciting and challenging moments," said Karen Seah, Founder and Executive Producer of Refinery Media. "We've definitely pushed the boundaries of a locally-made, internationally-recognized multi-platform television format into one that is transformative and impactful, both on the fashion industry and the lives of the contestants. This season is no different - and we hope to raise the spotlight of local and regional talents, as well as female empowerment in the world of fashion and modelling."

"AXN Asia is proud to be the Official Broadcast Partner of SupermodelMe Revolution," said Avani Bhanchawat, Vice President and Head of Revenue at KC Global Media (KCGM) Asia, the network that operates AXN across 17 territories in the region. "As the leading English-language general entertainment channel in Asia, we are committed to offering quality, relevant content that resonates with the market. SupermodelMe Revolution makes an excellent addition to AXN's robust lineup of local Original Productions, putting the spotlight back on promising and upcoming Asian talents. We look forward to making the show available to our strong and continuously growing fanbase across linear and digital platforms."

"This is a platform and opportunity for young women around Asia who are not afraid to try, to push their personal and professional boundaries and break convention to achieve excellence. For Subaru, this show embodies what we believe in, as we push the performance and technological limits of our cars and our network, to bring the best out, in all that we do, for our customers. Resilience, drive and a can-do attitude are what we believe in," said Glenn Tan, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Tan Chong International Limited. "Through this experience, I hope the contestants get an opportunity to knock down outdated ideas, inspire others to try new things, and shine in their own unique ways."

Originally produced and broadcasted online in 2009, SupermodelMe has transformed since its first foray into multi-platform programming, which featured weekly television episodes alongside online webisodes where viewers could also view behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes. SupermodelMe's cross-platform and unique digital integration efforts received prestigious nominations including "Best Cross-Platform Content" at the Asian Television Awards 2012, "Best Non-Fiction" at the International Digital Emmy Awards in 2013, and "Best Editing" at the Apollo Awards in 2014. Since then, SupermodelMe has been broadcasted in 13 countries globally, with a television reach of more than 30 million people.

The Asian premiere of SupermodelMe Revolution is set to air on 11 October 2021, Monday at 7:55pm (SGT) on AXN Asia and 13 October 2021, Wednesday at 10:00pm (SGT) on AXN Taiwan, across 10 weekly episodes. More details about the contestants and programming will be released at a later date, follow @supermodelme on Instagram.

2021 WAIC Global Day opens

2021 WAIC Global Day opens

2021 WAIC was formally inaugurated at Shanghai Expo Center on July 8. On the theme of "Intelligent Connectivity, Inspirational Cities", 2021 WAIC is intended to create the conference ecology with increased humanity, making globally top experts from enterprises, universities and research institutes to gather, discussing how AI helps with the creation of a community of shared future and globally sustainable development.

2021 WAIC Global Day is sponsored by WAIC Organizing Committee Office and organized by Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Industry Association. Mr. Junhao Zhong, Secretary-General of Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Association said: "Shanghai plays an important leading role in global AI development by virtue of its international vision and all-round comprehensive strength. As of 2020, there were 1,149 key AI enterprises in Shanghai, building a relatively complete industrial chain. In terms of industrial scale, AI industrial enterprises of designated size in Shanghai was worth RMB 224.6 billion approximately in 2020, implying an average growth rate of 30% from 2018-2020."

Moreover, 2021 WAIC Global Day series events include 2021 International AI Cities Forum - AI Empowered Digital Government Forum, 2021 WAIC - IJCAI Forum, AI Global Innovation Project Roadshow, AI international talent exchange and four overseas sessions.

2021 WAIC Global Innovation Project Roadshow will be held at Hall H2, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center from July 8-9. The roadshow received over 150 applications from 13 countries.

Sino-European Enterprises AI Governance Dialog Forum. To further understand enterprise AI and to provide constructive recommendations on AI enterprise governance.Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Chairman of China-Bridge Association, Ying Chen, Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary of Party Committee of Chinese Institute of Electronics and Secretary-General of China Committee of 100 of Digital Economy, attended the session and gave speeches through video.

Session in Malaysia

Session in Malaysia was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It focused on how to make deployment for everyone in order to create better future. The session in Malaysia was supported greatly by local government.

Session in North America was held at University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area, America under the guidance of WAIC Organizing Committee Office. It is supported by Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Association and sponsored jointly by Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association (BCAIA) and Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab. The session focused on latest AI development and researches.

On the theme of "Sino-Korea AI Industrial Cooperation in the Post-epidemic Era", 2021 WAIC Session in Korea was broadcast on the Cloud Platform of 2021 WAIC under the guidance of WAIC Organizing Committee Office. It is sponsored by Shanghai Smart City Development Institute, AI Yangjae Hub and AICA Korea, and is supported by Shanghai Investment Promotion Service Center, Seoul Investment Center and Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Association.