Archives for December 2011
“What’s On Penang” decided to revisit Indonesia the other day but yet again limited our trip to only 24 hours. Not much time to see the place we knew but also we had been told that there wasn’t much to see either.
We booked our ticket on Air Asia for RM 232 return and went to Agoda.com to book my Hotel for US$31, all of which took a mere 50 minutes from start to finish. I had requested a courtesy bus from the hotel but as my flight was delayed by over 1.5hrs (a frequent occurance on this journey by all accounts) was not that surprised to not find it waiting for me on arrival.
On my previous trip I remember trying to haggle for a cheaper fare when I suddenly realised that I was arguing over a few Ringgit so decided not to make the same mistake all over again. Last year I had paid IRP50,000 for the same trip so knew the benchmark, however all I could find were taxi drivers who wanted to charge IRP70,000 so haggle mode came out but the best I could manage was a drop to IRP60,000 (MR22). It is not just the money but the principle I hate being overcharged wherever I am but it seems as if the cost of transport has risen by over 20% in Medan.
Written by Ozgur Tore – Thursday, 08 December 2011 23:20
Shangri-La’s Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, has recently appointed Elaine Yue as the 14th and the first female general manager for Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang.
Ms Yue joins Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang from Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, where she spent three years in a similar position.
Ms Yue is familiar with Penang, as she was the general manager of Traders Hotel, Penang in 2006.
Ms Yue joins Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang with a wealth of operational experience gained from working in flagship Shangri-La properties in a variety of cultural settings.
Traders Hotels today launched a new, bilingual English/Chinese crowd-sourced smart ideas platform in line with its brand DNA to assist today’s business travellers in their day-to-day dealings and travel experiences.
The platform, at www.beready.net, offers advice and practical tips on travel, technology, work and innovation for the manager on the go.
Easy to read summaries let the reader decide the content that is important to save for future reference and short and snappy articles condense indispensable advice in bite-size format to keep it simple and straightforward.
The combination of usable and user tested solutions does not require lengthy downloads or interpretation.
The platform will also be available as apps for the iPad and smart phones such as the iPhone and android for readers on the go in the near future.
GEORGE TOWN, Dec 9 (Bernama) — The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) will close off several roads in the city to facilitate a motorised vehicle-free day this Sunday.
According to a statement from the MPPP Public Relations Division, the roads affected are Lebuh Pantai, Lebuh Bishop, Lebuh Gereja and Gat Lebuh Gereja.
“The MPPP will launch a motorised vehicle-free day on Sunday and the roads involved will be closed from 7am to 5pm,” said the statement, here today.
Friday December 2, 2011
In a bid to improve the traffic flow, the Penang Municipal Council will change three roads from two-way to one-way starting tomorrow.
The three roads are Lorong Berjaya, Jalan Jones and Lorong Bangkok.
According to a council press statement, besides improving the traffic flow, the changes are made to reduce the risk of accidents happening at these roads.
Road users are advised to adhere to the new lane system which is to ensure the safety of everyone.
From The Star – Go here to read –
Thursday night, December 1st 2011 saw a tremendous start to this year’s Penang International Jazz Festival. In the most beautiful of settings at the Tropical Spice Gardens, Batu Ferrenghi, the Indie performance evening has set the bar high for all that follow.
As a showcase for young Malaysian musical talent, the evening surpassed the highest of expectations. Even a true Penang tropical downpour of biblical proportions (I’m talking Noah, ark, animals two-by-two…) couldn’t dampen the enthusiastic crowd’s enjoyment of the 3 original talents on display.
Liyana Fizi, Bihzhu and Az Samad were a perfect combination of unique musical entertainment. Accomplished, confident and extremely good company for the evening!
Festival Director – Paul Augustin gave the opening speech at the G Hotel two Fridays ago to launch the press conference, the second press launch in so many days as they had just driven up from the KL launch the previous day.
Paul generously gave me his time to outline how the event grew from a seed of an idea of a jazz festival on an island that was planted and conceptualized in 1996 and 8 years later was realised with the birth of the 1st Penang Island Jazz Festival in 2004.
It didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen without a lot of sleepless and fraught nights either but it has now blossomed into an event that shines bright on the International Jazz and music industry radar screen.
1st – 4th December, 2011
Jazz By The Beach – Main Stage Performances (3rd/4th December, 2011)
RM63 per person per night
JAZZ BY THE BEACH PROGRAMME – Day One
Saturday, 3rd December 2011
6.30pm – 7.10pm : Fred Cheah & The JazzHats
7.20pm – 8.00pm : Espen Eriksen Trio
8.10pm – 8.50pm : Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik Trio
9.00pm – 9.40pm : Jiyoung Lee Quartet
9.50pm – 10.30pm : Yuri Honing Wired Paradise
10.40pm – 11.30pm : SHAKATAK
(N.B. Programme is subject to change)