Time flies so fast that we honestly feel like we are unable to catch up! For all we know, it is already the second half of 2015, and time seems to be picking up speed.
The past few months have been nothing but ordinary for the Gaya Travel Magazine team. Besides collaborating with the Terengganu State Government as the Media Coordinator for the Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015 held in June 2015 (page 84), we also organised the Jom Jelajah Koperasi (Let’s Explore the Cooperatives) familiarisation trip to Johor to uncover the products and services offered by selected Johor cooperatives that are related to travel and tourism (page 74); as well as running two Eat.Travel.Write programmes: one explored Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya in conjunction with the Magic of the Night event in Putrajaya (page 78), while the other covered Kuala Selangor, Sekinchan & Sabak Bernam (to be featured in the next issue). Of course, besides those trips, there are also various places, packages and attractions that we experienced and mention in this issue such as the Discover Perak 2015 programme (page 64), Wildlife Reserves Singapore (page 94) and Islamic Cruise (page 104), among others. These aforementioned tourism products allow travellers to escape from the ordinary, thus making their lives more interesting as well as enriching.
Speaking of escaping from the ordinary, one place that travellers can head to when being in Kuala Lumpur is the National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG), which is currently holding its latest exhibition called Haremeyn: Makkah al Mukarramah and al Madinah al Munawarrah in Photographs from the Ottoman Period from 12 June 2015 until 30 September 2015. This exhibition transports travellers back to the days when the Ottomans ruled over Islam’s two holiest sites in the world, Makkah and Madinah. The pictures displayed are selected from the collection belonging to Sultan Abdulhamid II, the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire who reigned from 1876 to 1909, as well as Fahreddin Pasha (1868 – 1948), the Commander of the Ottoman Army and Governor of Madinah. These black-and-white nostalgic images, which are bound to resonate among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, beautifully capture the bucolic sceneries of both cities during the late 19th and 20th centuries, before rapid modernisation took over and changed their halcyon landscapes. Besides the exhibition, travellers are also invited to check out the remarkable artworks that are part of NVAG’s permanent collection, including other concurrent exhibitions, which are being held within NVAG’s premises, all promising travellers the quick escape from the ordinary…
Till we meet again in the next issue, safe travels!
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Cover Illustration ‘Boleh!’ by Chan Koh Hooi (2003) / National Visual Arts Gallery Collection.
Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab (Director General, Tourism Malaysia)
Discover Perak 2015: Perak in Multiple Perspectives
Discovering the Southern Gem
Eat.Travel.Write – Magic of the Night 2015 Putrajaya
Putting Terengganu on the International Travellers’ Map: Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2015
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Labuan flexed its muscles during Malaysia Water Festival – Labuan National Sea Challenge
Cruising towards Spirituality
Angling for Kelah at Keniam River
Gaya Travel Magazine’s Selected 10 Picks
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