A WOMAN'S DIARY

Enjoy your life today because yesterday had gone and tomorrow may never come, so live life to the fullest.

A WOMAN'S DIARY - Enjoy your life today because yesterday had gone and tomorrow may never come, so live life to the fullest.

Walk for Smiles

One of my wish bucket list was to sign up for a marathon. I was inspired to go for it after my colleague participated in last year marathon at Kuala Lumpur. It wasn’t due to wanting to win the marathon but it was for the sake of pushing me for good reasons.

Unfortunately, I can’t make it this year due to unforeseen situation but that will not stop me from participating in the marathon in the near future. I will.

For that, I think I must get ready. I must be physically and mentally fit.

I think God hear my premonition so one day, I succumb into this:

cleft palate

Without any hesitation, I signed up for it.

I am feeling proud of myself (although the day is still round the corner), knowing the fact that, not only I’m giving back to the community but I am also leading a healthy lifestyle.

Columba Asia Hospital, Miri in collaboration with Curtin Student Council is organizing a fund raising for babies and children with cleft palate. All of the fund will be channel to CLAPAM (Cleft Lip & Palate Association of Malaysia). The participation fee is only RM40 and the walkathon and jogathon (you can opt to walk or jog) distance is only 7KM.

Come, let’s make a difference for you might put a smile on the future of our nation. ;)

What’s Up, People!!

Hey, I’m back. :)

*insert cricket sound*

I know.
Yup, I know. :(
It has been 3 months (nearly) on a hiatus; like I’ve been away travelling to Europe or recuperating from a major plastic surgery ddaaaaa…

*hand on shoulder and roll eyes*

I know, right. I’ve been gone. Period.

Anyway,

I don’t wanna share in details because it seems pretty lame for a blogger giving excuses on their hiatus so that, strike off from the list. I ain’t gonna do that. No!

Just say, I have some technical matters in the blogging industry; not that I was dragged to court for it but yah it does take that 3 months duration to settle everything. OMG! Did I just say earlier that I’m not going to share anything about my hiatus?! Dayummmmm..

The thing is I’m back, alright. And I’m sure, everything will be good.

Give me a hola anytime soon people. Till then, have a pleasant day ahead everyone. ;)

Ethno Jazz With a Twist At Borneo Jazz

YK Samarinda is an ethnic jazz band from East Kalimantan who started out as a fusion jazz band and eventually made and combined ethnic songs of Kalimantan in jazz rhythm.

The YK Band is a quartet from Samarinda whose music is an unique blend of Indonesian Borneo tunes built into western jazz techniques and improvisation. Yusuf and King formed the band in 2003 when they established some projects of ethnic songs. In 2005, the keyboardist and studio arranger Yin joined the group and later on Thrash Metal drummer Avant joined, which resulted in the group growing bigger.

In 2013, Avant decided to go for a solo career, and M. Iqbal came to join the YK band. Since then the band has found more groove and has showed impressive performances at the Java Jazz festival in Jakarta and the Mahakam Jazz Fiesta in Samarinda.

Come and see them at the Borneo Jazz Festival 2014 on Saturday, 10 May in Miri, Sarawak and enjoy their South East Asian ethno jazz with a twist. ;)

Volunteering is Enriching

Outside of prize winning or free tickets to the festival, there is one reasonable option available to all music fans; volunteering. It’s not wrong to enjoy free music this way, but doing something you’d love, the money will seem less relevant.

For the next two weeks to come at the Borneo Jazz, Rose Au has embarked on the sixth year as a volunteer. She not only did this in Miri for the Borneo Jazz but Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching has also become her playground during Rainforest World Music Festival.

Really feel glad to be called back to help Borneo Jazz again this year and Rose will always make a return every year, for the love of this wonderful Jazz event that she has contributed in building from scratch in Miri.

Retired lawyer, but now teaching tour-guides, Rose Au Nyat Jun or Rose Au as she is usually known really enjoys doing things she loves. She found volunteering work as something that is very interesting to do in life.

“Volunteering is enriching, being given an opportunity to learn new skills, share and train first time volunteers. Not all paid jobs are necessarily fun jobs, volunteering is unique, rewarding to be part of Borneo Jazz – our State’s growing festivals”, says Rose.

Rose has been freelancing as a DJ with Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) for 20 years and used to present “Just Jazz” with RTM for many years. She’s been in the tourism-related industry for 13 years and it naturally follows that she loves to be involved in tourism. During Borneo Jazz, she will be assigned as the liaison officer to the performing bands normally of a foreign country. Very familiar with Sarawak’s tourism product is an added advantage to her task, as she can play well the part of an Ambassador for the state tourism.

“Music lovers should come over to Miri next month. Borneo Jazz offers a very charming ambience, beautiful garden setting, people are ever ready to help and there is good food. Not many places in the region have such mixes!, she added.

Borneo Jazz is organized by Sarawak Tourism Board. The volunteer program at the festival provides a learning platform for all the volunteers. Although ideal attributes will vary from role to role, all volunteers must be able to conduct themselves in line with the Festival’s core values, which is integrity and teamwork.

Running over the weekend 9-10 May at the Parkcity Everly Hotel in Miri, Borneo Jazz promises two days of fine jazz music with great food and a craft bazaar at a very beautiful beach resort ambience. The festival will be featuring bands from countries never featured before and also bands having repertoires that are unique. The performing bands will cover a wide range of jazz influences with participating jazz bands from Georgia, Germany, Cuba, Martinique, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Malaysia as well as Sarawak’s own jazz artist who has established well in the music circuit in China.

Pre-sale promotional tickets are still available at only RM50 for adult single entry and RM95 for a 2-day pass. This offer is valid until 8th May and can be purchase online at www.jazzborneo.com . Child ticket promotional offer is only RM25 and RM45 for a 2-day pass. After the promotional period, door sale tickets will be RM70 for a day adult pass and RM130 for a 2-day pass. Children tickets at the gate will be RM30 for a day and RM50 for 2 days.

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