Backpacker's Guide to LangkawiI am please to announce the official launch of my ebook,

The Backpacker's Guide to Langkawi.

For the last couple of years, marketing and promotions by the tourism industry here have been targeting mid-budget to upscale luxury travellers while hardly any effort has been made to provide useful information to backpackers and other low-budget travellers.

As a result, most backpackers going through SE Asia these days believe this island too expensive and are skipping Langkawi for Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

The Backpacker's Guide to Langkawi will hopefully bring this group of vital tourists back to these shores. This lavishly-illustrated 60-page ebook is stuffed with money-saving tips for flights, dining, do-it-yourself tours, shopping and much more. Also included are detailed directories of budget hotels, safety tips, maps and an activities list sorted according to personality and travel style. At only $7.95 USD, this book will pay for itself many times over.

Full details and ordering info can be found here

 

BERBUKA PUASA CELEBRATION

By Kamila Delart
       

Ramadan. Time of contemplation, spiritual renewal and worship... Celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar in which Quran was revealed by angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad, Muslims all over the world retreat to reflect upon the holy words of Allah sent for the guidance of humanity. 

The Ramadan is also a time of purification and practice of self-discipline. Turning away from worldly pleasures, Muslims follow from dawn to sunset sawm - a religious fast aiming at cleansing the body, mind and soul.    

Read more: BERBUKA PUASA CELEBRATION 2012 Langkawi

Datai Vip Treatment Langfkawi

Advertizing:

VIP FOR AN ENTIRE EVENING? 

‘The Bespoke Culinary Treat’ at The Datai
will make your dream come true!

By Kamila Delart

Regardless where on the island  you  are  staying, an E-Class Mercedes Limousine will pick you up at your doorsteps! Lean back, savor with your loved one or friends chilled Champagne and enjoy the view of the pristine rainforest along the winding road to the iconic Datai. Let the attentive hosts spoil you while you indulge in a four course culinary feast.  

Read more: Datai VIP Treat Langfkawi

 

See  http://hdehaan.zumba.com/   for more details.  

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to book your place.

 

Wakaba LangkawiGRAND OPENING AT WAKABA

By Kamila Delart

Located on the second floor of the new Cenang Shopping Mall, the Japanese Restaurant Wakaba invited on Sunday, August 5th more than 100 guests to celebrate Grand Opening.

The Japanese owner, Mr. Masaki Nonomiya, is passionate about serving authentic traditional dishes of his home land. Created by a Japanese Chef, and utilizing the freshest ingredients available, the buffet with a variety of sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delicacies was excellent!  

Read more: GRAND OPENING AT WAKABA Langkawi

Dr. Bodeker, Part 2 –

The Global Spa Culture -

THE SPAS OF THE FUTURE

“The spa industry is currently the fastest growing segment of the hospitality and leisure industry with revenues exceeding those from amusement parks, box office receipts, vacation ownership gross sales and ski resort ticket sales.” 

This is the second in a series of blogs based on conversations between Dr. Gerry Bodeker and Paul Penders

Read more: Global Spa Culture - The Spas of the Future - Langkawi

Revitacura News

RAMADHAN DINNERS

Every Saturday nite during the Fasting Month

6:00 PM - July 21st, July 28th, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th

Cost: 30 RM. By reservation only. Limited to 20 people. 

Open to both Muslim and non-Muslim participants. 

Please call 04 967 1870 or reserve by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REVITACURA NEWS - Read this PDF

Hello, you may like to put this following message in your Gazette.

I am a Canadian tourist visiting Langkawi for the third time. I have always felt safe & find the Malaysian people very friendly & helpful.

Sunday evening (1st July) around 8:30 pm walking on the street by the park North of  Langkawi Faires  shopping mall, a motorcycle with one man on it came from the playground parking area on to the street in front of me and snatched a small bag I was wearing round my neck as he passed me. Fortunately, it contained only my cell phone.

In future I shall not walk alone after dark. I hope this will be a warning to other tourists. 
From Jane

Thank you Jane for letting us know. We are sorry this happened to you, it creates such a frustration when sometthing so unjust happens! Luckily these things are not common here, as you know - but obviously possible. I myself - being here since more than 10 years - always wear a belly bag and feel safe with that and never had a problem. It's probably the safest way to go. Mark.

Seri Cenang Resort LangkawiBLESSING CEREMONY
at SERI CENANG RESORT & SPA LANGKAWI

By Kamila Delart

Not even open yet, SERI CENANG RESORT & SPA LANGKAWI has been featured in countless international magazines, and there are already bookings all the way to spring 2013!

Designed by the renowned Malaysian Architect, Dato’ Zainal Abidin, the timeless art village celebrates the Malay heritage, featuring six villas inspired by the most iconic Malay houses found in various parts of the country. Equally unique is the hospitality concept of the boutique resort. With 1:1 guest : staff ratio, and butlers catering to each and every need, the discerning travelers will enjoy a truly personalized service. 

Read more: BLESSING CEREMONY

Tubotel LangkawiHOTSPOT FOR BACKPACKERS

By Kamila Delart

Barely open, TUBOTEL in Langkawi became the hottest insider tip among budget travelers!  A grand weekend getaway for the young and hip from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hongkong, and a cool place to spend holidays when backpacking from Europe and Australia, the unique hotel concept created a major stir.

Inspired by the Austrian ‘Park Hotel', designed by the architect Andy Strauss, TUBOTEL features futuristic barrel-like rooms made of giant drainage pipes,  painted in various pastel colors.  Going with the minimalist trend, the rooms with a diameter of 2.5 x 2.5 meter forego the bells and whistles, sticking to basics: king-size bed with ample storage underneath, comfy bedding, fan and a reading lamp. Full-size glass front provides an amazing view of the Andaman Sea, and a Sunset to die for! 

Read more: The Tubotel in Langkawi

A Langkawian falls in love with a green hotel - sorry, no - it is not one of ours - it is in Sri Lanka. Why we write about? Some of the hotels and resorts in Langkawi could use it as an example . . .
   
Have I Finally Found the Truly Perfect Hotel?

By Paul Penders

On the last day of my visit to Sri Lanka, I was met with a most wonderful surprise: a hotel of real quality that ‘walks its talk’ – the Jetwing Beach Hotel in Negombo.

My work has me traveling quite often. In over 40 years of travel, I may have stayed in perhaps a thousand hotels all over the world. Each hotel has its own specialty, character or uniqueness, and the experience can very good but it also can quite bad! I have learned that even if it is part of a big chain -- like for example, Hilton Hotels – that does not always guarantee a pleasant stay. Same goes for a huge price tag as well. I have also stayed in numerous small family hotels and most of them gave me a wonderful experience for an affordable price. However, out of them all, this one is the closest to a perfect hotel.

Read more: Jetwing Beach Hotel in Negombo

Langkawi Yoga

May Newsletter
 
Chakra Awakening And Balancing With Sun Salutation
Posted by Dorothy Ang

Read Here

WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LANGKAWI

Langkawi's Garbage Problem and the new INCINERATOR

We do not normally report again and again about a long standing problem.
But today there are new developments to report:

1. Meeting of LADA with the waste companies
2. PHONE NUMBER to call if a bin overflows
3. NEW INCINERATOR on Langkawi being operational ca. in August 2012.

Read more: WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LANGKAWI (Langkawi's Garbage Problem) - INCINERATOR

fatCupid LangkawiCONNY & KEITH’S KICK - ASS COOKOUT

by Kamila Delart

THIS FRIDAY , 18th May, 5 - 9 pm

Poolside, fat-CUPID @ La Pari-Pari
Pantai Tengah, behind Sunba 

A fan of Conny Andersson?  The famous Chef who appeared in the past on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and co-wrote the ‘Morgan Freeman & Friends’ cook book, is teaming up with Keith Ng, the Chef of fatCupid, spoiling you one last time prior to leaving Langkawi! On the menu? Lip-smacking gourmet burgers and salads that will knock your socks off!
The event is limited to 100 guests.

Admission with pre-paid tickets only. For further info and reservation, please contact fatCupid at: +60175524223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10% of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Charity Club Langkawi, helping underprivileged families on the island.

Gary Goldschneider2. May 2012 / Paul Penders

GARY GOLDSCHNEIDER PERFORMS
15 / 30 AUGUST IN PENANG / LANGKAWI

We made some important headway in getting the
great American pianist and world's best personology astrologer, Gary Goldschneider, to Malaysia.

Gary lives now in Amsterdam. He studied psychology and later became a concert pianist playing all over the world - 
involving the characters of composers in his performances - but he has never been in Asia!

Now we make it happen in Penang and will also try to get him to Langkawi . . . We will keep you updated.

See Gary's website here

Langkawi Yoga

April Newsletter
 
Distinguishing Marks On the Soles Of the Buddha
Posted by Dorothy Ang

Pranayama For Motion Sickness
posted by Dorothy Ang

Read here

18 April 2012

RE-OPENING OF THE LEGENDARY GULAI HOUSE AT THE DATAI

by Kamila Delart

Appointed in summer 2011 as the new management of The Datai, the Archipelago Hotels and Resorts set out on a mission to take the award-winning resort to yet another level.

Renowned for celebrating the fine art of hospitality, and for creating experiences out of the ordinary, the new management initiated in the short period of time a variety of exciting projects! While the construction of fourteen new beach villas is underway, and the Datai Golf Club, re-designed by renowned international golfer Ernie Els, is due to welcome guests in mid 2013, The Gulai House, Datai's legendary restaurant, has just re-opened its doors.

Read more: RE-OPENING OF THE LEGENDARY GULAI HOUSE AT THE DATAI, Langkawi

    

Hello Ladies,

Please note that the date of our Mother’s Day Celebration
social dinner at the Westin Langkawi,
has been changed to Monday 21st May at 8.p.m.

Ticket are only RM90 (limited number) and available by phoning
04-966 7778; 966 2208 & 017 5600952

or you can drop into SK Intertrade in Kuah town.

Hope to see you there.

Chris
on behalf of Kelab Amal Wanita Langkawi

16. April 2012: Mark

LaJeram in MalaysiaThe Story and Project of
LaJeram in Malaysia

"I am Salina and this is the story of my dream of LaJeram - the sacred waterfall.......

Paul Penders from Langkawi plans to build a

new Wellness Center for Malaysia,

which will be called Salina's Dream Wellness Center..

It will be a non-profit org. in the mountainous jungle of Sayong, Malaysia, with about 3 acres of land surrounding a sacred water fall.

The mission statement of this center will be based on natural healing energy,
meditation, relaxation and charity.

For more information write to Paul Penders < This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >

Langkawi Fashion Show Langkawi FairBACK BY POPULAR DEMAND !!!

SPRING FASHION SPECTACULAR

by Truly Boutique Cafe

Location:     M1 -M3 Ground Floor,
                     Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall
Date:           Saturday May 5, 2012
Time:           4pm to 7pm

Come and join us for a fabulous few hours at our Champagne High Tea. -  Be entertained with a show of the most up to the minute fashion in Langkawi while you enjoy a sumptuous high tea of gourmet sandwiches and other yummy delights.

A selection of beverages will be available including a range of teas and coffee or for those who enjoy something a little stronger champagne wine and beer will also be available.The first glass is included in the ticket price !  -  There will be live music and a fabulous assortment of lucky ticket prizes that will be drawn at the end of the event.

Tickets cost RM 35 and seats are strictly limited. For booking & esquires:

Belinda : 0124896616 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     (Kuah)

Nasah: 0125628034 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    (Cenang)

Richelle Soliano: 0122151895 (Cenang)

 

28 Jetski riders from 12 teams from Malaysia, France,
UK, Japan, Philippines will vie in the

Langkawi International Formula Jet Ski Super Series 2012

at Taman Lagenda Langkawi, which will be held from

12 to 14 April, 2012.

3 April 2012

fatCupid Restaurant LangkawifatCUPID @ La Pari-Pari

NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
IN LANGKAWI

by Kamila Delart

A group of friends and selected guests were invited to celebrate the launch of La Pari - Pari, a new boutique hotel and the resident Restaurant fatCUPID.  Hidden behind the Sun Block in Pantai Tengah and surrounded by nature, the place has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The 12 rooms are built around a patio with beautiful old trees and a small swimming pool. Rates start at RM 275 with 20% discount until the end of April.

The restaurant is run by three cousins who share passion for food. Selecting the name fatCUPID, the owners are determined to prove the theory that ‘once struck by cupid’s arrow, you will fall instantly in love’ - trusting that once their guest taste the casual Australian cuisine, they will keep coming back for more. With fun atmosphere, delicious culinary creations of Keith Ng, the restaurant’s Chef, and Jeremy Liew’s friendly service, their vision could become quickly a reality. Although part of the La Pari-Pari hotel, the restaurant is open to public. Curious? Give it a try and if love-struck, post a like on their facebook: facebook.com/fatcupidlangkawi  

http://www.meblognature.blogspot.com/31.3.2012 / Mark

The sad story of the factual closing
of the best beach of Langkawi:

Tanjung Rhu
by the Tanjung Rhu Resort


Letter to the Langkawi Gazette

I want to tell you about my adventures with Tanjung Rhu.
One day i came there 5.30 and i was not allowed to go on the beach.
After 5 your not permitted to go on the beach??
What about the nice sunset??

Other time I went with my daughter and children about two o'clock.
We went on the beach and I was shocked to see the fence.
We sad down and then this guard came and said we have to move.
We were sitting about 5 meter next to the fence and this guy said we can not because we need space when there is a emergency at the resort beach.
So they take the beach and turned it into a prison.

Read more: The sad story of the factual closing of the best beach of Langkawi: Tanjung Rhu

Langkawi Yoga

March Newsletter
 
Embody The Present & Mindful Communication
by Breeze Yoga Studio

The Three Teachings - Third : Mindfulness
by Tenzin Palmo

Read here

Langkawi Yoga

February Newsletter
 
Read about the LASSie Campaign and other interesting articles here

Langkawi Cable Car steps back

Despite their detailled announcement of price changes to massive higher prices (from RM 30 to RM 50 ) - the Cable Car obviously backs off and per an undated announcement which we got today after enquiering, the old prices are valid again until 'further notice'.

These prices are:  Children (2-12 years old)  RM 20 (MyKad Holder   RM 10.00 )
                              Adults                               RM 30  (My Kad Holder  RM 15.00 )

As we do not know when or if they will change the prices again, and if we will be notified or not, please use their info line at 04 – 959 4225/1225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for future price enquieries.

The DOMINO Restaurant in Kuah, in a new look

Can you remember the old 'Domino" with the filthy green carpet on the floor?
Dee, the new owner, has transformed it step by step into a nice, fresh and friendly place. This and Western Food specialities, like his famous 'Shepherd's Pie' and many others, together with the fact, that he charges only moderate prices, are the reason that his restaurant is doing very well these days.... This is not a paid advertisement, but a thank you to Dee from me, one of his frequent customers. Mark

Datai Langkawi LobbyMonday, 13 February 2012 
 
Archipelago Hotels and Resorts announce that

The Datai Langkawi has been honoured in TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Awards.

The iconic Malaysian resort was named as the overall winner in four categories including Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Malaysia as well as Top 25 Hotels in Malaysia, Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels in Malaysia, and Top 20 Hotels for Service in Malaysia.

The Traveler’s Choice Award is the highest honour a hotel can receive from the TripAdvisor community.

Franz A. Zeller, Managing Director for Archipelago Hotels and Resorts, commented on the recent honours, “we are absolutely delighted to be recognised by our guests with such coveted honours.  This is a wonderful acknowledgement of our hotels and resorts' continued commitment to excellence by creating truly memorable experiences for our guests, Zeller added.

Source see here

Budaba LangkawiBUDABA

Opened since 15th Dec 2011, this is a venue that you would really feel cool and comfortable. At Green Village Resort, Pantai Tengah Langkawi, Budaba is fully air-conditioned with sofa seatings, bar stools and wooden bar tables with an asian ambience - including a cool Valley Billiard Table and 2 Dart Boards for the sporty types.

A projector screen and a 52" LCD TV are showing Live Sports via Astro and also the latest MTV music and YouTube Music HD Videos. Its all here - including even a swimming pool with a Poolside Tavern. Light meals are available. So, come check us out.

Thilak Narayan Acharya - BUDABA World Music Bar - [Lounge/Sports Bar/Poolside Tavern]

Please check us out at facebook

Babylon MattLonge LangkawiThe Babylon Music Festival

On the 31st of march 2012, Babylon champion sound will hold a musical gathering in Babylon grove on the sweet island of Langkawi.

The will be performances from fellow musicians from neighboring countries Indonesia and Thailand, from Australia and also home baked musicians (Malaysian).

There will be performances by other artists such as fire dancers and eaters, painters, conscious healing tents, local Malaysian food tents and such.This gathering is made from the passion for art and culture and for spreading the awareness of taking care of Mother Nature. We are hoping to kick this off as an event to promote tourism and awareness for a recycling system to the island as we are worried about the rubbish on the island.

The PDF-Flier of the event is here

Find it on Facebook here

La Chocolatine LangkawiINDULGENCE

WITH PARISIAN FLAIR

By Kamila Delart

Whatever comes to your mind when picturing the perfect holidays - some sweet indulgence has to be part of it!

‘La douceur de vivre’  -  ‘The sweet life’ as the French call it,  becomes reality the moment you step in the atmospheric
LA CHOCOLATINE. The French Pâtisserie, Salon de Thé, and Bistrot may have opened only a year ago, but a random passersby will show you the way. That is - if he doesn’t decide on the spot to walk you over - looking for an excuse to allow himself a little  treat… 

Read more: La Chocolatine Langkawi

Car on the Beach of Langkawi (P. Cenang)Tourism industry concerned by lack of action on beachfront abuse, safety and upkeep of island

THE authorities may like to think of it as "Langkawi Permata Kedah" (Langkawi the pearl of Kedah), but the goings-on at some of the major attractions on the island are putting off visitors.

Even the people involved in the tourism sector have voiced concern that the island's allure as a premier destination was going downhill as reflected in the many negative comments posted on tripadvisor.com.

Read more: Langkawi’s reputation on the line - General - New Straits Times

Dead Monkey in LangkawiFrom: meblognature.blogspot

Wildlife Murders In Langkawi

Of all the diurnal primates found on Langkawi, they are the shiest and gentle among all. They usually mind their own business and take off when you get close to them. Their shyness and gentleness are the unique traits that draw other primates to admire them and perhaps getting as near as possible to shoot them - with cameras.

This particular gentle diurnal primate is one our island's wildlife attraction, the Dusky Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus), which mostly can be found at the edge of the rainforest, in plantations or even nearby housing estates.

Read full story here

The Beauty of LangkawiTHE BEAUTY OF LANGKAWI

By Kamila Delart
    

It was love at first sight. Pristine island surrounded by the turquoise Andaman Sea, ancient rainforest with trees rooted in the depth of thousands of years, and their branches daringly reaching towards the sky. Bright orange of wild heliconias, and deep red of the ginger flowers. The tantalizing smell of a jackfruit in the air… 

As per definition, ‘Love at first sight’ is the phenomenon of an instant attraction, inexplicable romantic feelings bordering on madness… A description implying that this state of sensory intoxication is far too intense as that it could last.

Read more: The Beauty of Langkawi

German couple robbed on LangkawiNewStraitsTimes, February 3rd 2012

German couple’s holiday marred
by robbery

An elderly German couple were attacked by machete-wielding robbers on Saturday night, all for a handbag containing RM280.

Hubert Heiler, 70, and his wife, Mariah Hease, 66, were slashed on their arms and all five of Hease's fingers on her left hand were almost severed while Heiler also suffered similar injuries on three of his fingers.

Read more: Robbery on Langkawi

PIMEX 2012 PhuketPIMEX 2012 - the Phuket International Maritime Exhibition -

will be held on 29th March to 1st April 2012.

PIMEX is targetting 'High Net Worth Individuals' - in other words people who have tons of money and know no better way than throwing it into the water... :-)

More and positiver comments you can read here:
phuketboatshow.com.

Langkawi Yoga Newsletter January 2012

Three Natures Of Karma
&
The Three Teachings - First: Retreat

Posted by Dorothy Ang

Newsletter see here


In response to the numerous ticket requests for its fundraising Ball on 3 March, The Charity Club Langkawi is now taking advance reservations.

Requests, preferably by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - should include name, contact number, number of tickets required and the price per person. All reservation requests will be confirmed by email and tickets will be issued early in February upon full payment.

Read more: The Charity Club Langkawi Press Release

Langkawi January 20, 2012 :

Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)

has been selected to receive the “37th International Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry (New Millennium Award)” by Trade Leader’s Club, Madrid; as a recognition for Tourism Promotion and Development in its area for the year 2011.

The Chief Executive Officer of LADA, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli received the awards during the Gala Dinner at Melia Castilla Hotel, Madrid on 19 January 2012. This recognition is to acknowledge and recognize the continuous promotion activities and tourism development in Langkawi by LADA in the year 2011.

Read more: LADA - Langkawi

   
99DEgree East Golf Club LangkawiFirst Tourism Industry Golf Gathering

On Sunday, the 12th Feb at 3pm there will be the first Tourism Industry Golf gathering which is arranged by 99 East.

The event is basically a relaxed fun 9 holes.

Our aim is to hold this monthly to improve and build relations within the industry as the golf course is often an ideal place to do this.

James Slade
Director of Golf
99 East Golf Club Bhd

If you are a player in the Langkawi Tourism Industry and would like to take part, please call Mob: +6012 4426295 ? Tel: +604 955 1153 for more information or email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Website: 99east.com

Cable Car LangkawiPanorama Langkawi - The Cable Car
New Rates & New Products 2012

by Zam


On 17th Jan 2012,  the New Product Launch was officiated by Mr Ebi Azly Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer Panorama Langkawi. Their main objective was to update the media, tour operators and association on the new rates and new products for 2012.  We were briefed on the maintenance schedule for the whole year (as listed on the Notice Board) and the new rates for the cable car effective 1st February 2012. 
Other respective agenda was :
- The Express Lane (whereby the waiting time is
       reduced to  1/5th of the normal queing time) 
- The Chartered Gondola ( 1 - 6 person per gondola) 
- The newly joint venture with the 'Duck Tour', which is
       named the 'SkyCab Duck Tour Combo' 
- The Sky Trail (Eco Trail is located between Cable Car's Middle station and the
       end of the SkyBridge)
- The SkyPos (A collabration with POS Malaysia)

This are the new rates for 2012

Cable Car Ride                            Adults    :                      RM    50.00   
                                                    Child  2-11 years          RM    30.00
Express Lane                               Additional                     RM    50.00 per person
Chartered Gondola                                                           RM  300.00 per gondola
SkyCab Duck Tour Combo           Adults                           RM    80.00    
                                                     Child  2-11 years          RM    60.00

Beach-cleaning-in-LangkawiThe following Blog Article, written by Paul Penders after a Beach Cleaning action with Captain Eva, reflects upon some Basics which are very important for our Island .

 

Small Habits That Create A Better World
 
Compare a happy R&D of a small natural cosmetics company with a happy gathering of local youngsters. The R&D play in our labs and local children play on our land and all of them enjoy astonishing sea views.  One party is protected from the hot sun under a roof; the other uses the shadow of a palm tree.  Yet all feel happy but under a different circumstance.  What is this story about?

Read more: Langkawi: Small Habits That Create A Better World

Eva Zimmermann - Damai Indah - LangkawiEva: My letter to the Langkawi Gazette
 

Dear Malaysians and ex-pats of Langkawi

and to the rest of this world . . .

Some of you surely know me, I am Eva, skipper of the Damai Indah, Blue Water Star Sailing.
I am writing to you, to inform you about my new project here in Langkawi.

A  few months ago I established a company called REVITACURA.
My website will be up and running again within a few days.

Now I am pretty sure that you are aware of the problem of overweight and obesity here on the island. (This is an almost worldwide epidemic, a dramatically increasing serious medical situation that is very scary, if you ask me).

The aim of REVITACURA is to help young overweight and obese people on Langkawi to overcome their condition.

Read more: Eva's New Project: REVITACURA

By Sara Lemos

Mangoes LangkawiMangoes 2nd Anniversary Party !

Mangoes restaurant, located in Kuala Teriang, celebrated its two year anniversary this week. It can proudly state, that it has been well accepted and is today well established as a stable place for the homesick westerners and many tourists. Congratulations !! 

The owners, Michele and Lutz, put on a delicious buffet for the forty-odd guests in attendance. Mangoes menu style is western splashed with German flavours; but for the celebrations the Aussie influence of owner Michele stepped in. Assortments of tasty BBQ treats were dished out along with complimentary drinks. Live music and singing were also included, to entertain the jovial crowd. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.

Mangoes restaurant opens Wednesday to Sunday: the kitchen opens from 6pm – 10pm.

mangoeslangkawi.webs.com


B I R D I N G   &   F O T O   F E S T I V A L

by Kamila Delart
      

A passionate Naturalist, and the founder of NATURAL HISTORY TOURS, Irshad Mobarak spent the last 20 years preserving the pristine nature of Langkawi, and sharing with the world the beauty of our breathtaking island. As one of his latest initiatives, Natural History Tours organized the Langkawi Birding and Foto Festival.

In its second year, the inspiring event took place from 25th to 27th November, and attracted wildlife enthusiasts from the entire Malaysia, Singapore and even Australia.

Read more: Birding-& Fotofestival Langkawi

21. Nov 2011/ Mark

No, no, no  -   the Langkawi Gazette is NOT FOR SALE
  

I am asked again and again if the LG was for sale. No it is not.

At some time in the past, many months ago, I thought about the future of the LG – how to expand it to the next level – and as I had nobody to help me, looked around, who could take it over.

Facts are: I found nobody who was willing to really invest the amount of time (or finance) to keep it up and expand it -  BUT I found two good helpers (Kamila Delart and Teviot Fairservis).

Read more: No, No, No - The Langkawi Gazette is not for sale

Mahrukh and Tony - Happy Housesitters in Langkawifrom Tony McDonald - Housesitter in Langkwi

Keeping your home and pets safe when you go away

Leaving your home, pets and garden when you go away on holiday or business can be a worry and employing the services of a house sitting agency or taking your pets to kennels could add a substantial amount to the cost of going away. 

Read more: Housesitting

The lights are still on at Paul Penders in Langkawi

Some time ago the Langkawi Gazette brought the 'News", that Paul Penders and his company moved to Penang. We would like to rectify this:

It is true that Paul Penders is now ALSO on Penang, but part of the company remains in Langkawi. Paul Penders still owns the beautiful premises on the sea just outside of Kuah and there are big plans with the land and buildings. We will inform you as soon as we have more information.

One thing is for sure: Paul Penders remains a player on Langkawi. :-)

See his website

See his blog

A Review of the

Langkawi One Earth Jazz/World Music Festival

By Patrick Low, Editor,
Langkawi Link Vacation Guide

With 6 pictures

Being a die-hard music fan on an island with no live music except retro cover bands at hotel lounges, I was overjoyed back in October to find out that a jazz and world music festival was coming to the Frangipani resort in November, the first music festival probably since the late Ibrahim Hussain’s Langkawi International Festival of Arts back in 2000.

Read more: A Review of the Langkawi One Earth Jazz/World Music Festival

Cut TM NET Cable in KisapRepeated Tm NET Cable theft on Langkawi -

now in Kisap for the 2nd time within a week -

disrupting Internet and Phone Service
 
It has happened on other parts of the island before. There – after a few times – TM NET has simply not replaced the cables anymore. TM NET wrote to the customers “Sorry – we can not provide any service any more in your area”.

So our editor who lives in one of these areas (close to the ‘Datai Junction'), has no TM NET cable internet connection anymore, only Wifi, which is clearly slower.

Read more: TM NET CABLE THEFT ON LANGKAWI

Pondok Keladi Christmas Bazaar 2011 LangkawiPondok Keladi Langkawi - Christmas Bazaar

We're once again gearing up for our

4th Christmas Bazaar at Pondok Keladi on
Dec 17th from 10am to 6pm.

To date we already have 20 vendors confirmed their participations selling all sorts of goodies from home-made cakes, plants to second hand furniture.

There will also be a
whole-day Children Art Workshop coordinated by Mr Mohd Hairul Azizi and his team.

We're also expecting a few live performances from local musicians,

For details please call Dee at 0125369216 or Sheila Allum at 0175251215. 

self-help-center-lanmgkawi.comGood News from the

Langkawi Self Help Center

Our two new processes, ROOT HEALING
(see: self-help-center-langkawi.com/Promotion/Root-Healing-Promo/index.htm ) and TIER (Traumatic Incident Erasing) are very very successful.

We are working with people around the globe every day (we work over SKYPE) including training people to use the new techniques.

Over 90% of all the problems people come up with (mostly emotional problems, but also psychosomatic problems), are brought down from a strength of 10 to ZERO within about 90 minutes. This includes life long problems of a severe nature.

Read more: Some good News from the Langkawi Self Help Center

Bernama, 30.10.2011

The Tourism Ministry is concerned over the declining number of tourist arrivals to Kedah since 2008, Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said.

She said statistics showed that the number of tourist arrivals in the state dropped from 4.5 million in 2007 to 3.8 million in 2008 and 2009 and 2.7 million in 2010. The number of foreign tourist arrivals decreased from 1.8 million in 2007 to 1.6 million in 2008, increased slightly to 1.9 million in 2009 but dropped to 1.1 million in 2010, she said.

"Malaysia had 23 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2009, which increased to 24.6 million last year. However, they chose to visit other states such as Sabah instead of Kedah."

 "There is more to Kedah than just Langkawi Island. The state government can promote other tourism products like the padi museum . . .

Read: bernama.com.my/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=623273

Four Seasons Langkawi LogoWalk For Life 2011

Saturday, 15 October at 9am
Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall

Come and join us as we enjoy a leisurely 3.7km morning walk.

Now in our 6th year, the 'Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Walk For Life' raises much-needed funds for CARIF – the Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation. Walk For Life is non-competitive, lots of fun and open to all. Here’s our program …

  9am  Welcome, registration, stretching session
10am  Walk starts, follows a scenic route
11am  Walk finishes, makan time, lucky draw, charity auction.

Entry is easy. Simply buy a Walk For Life t-shirt for RM30 and you can join the walk. T-shirts can be purchased in advance from The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi or on the day at Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall.

For further information, please call
Martin on 017 466 8750 or Sebastian on 012 266 8250.

Casa del Mar LangkawiCLOSING NOTE

Casa del Mar will close doors to public from the 04th September to the 3rd October included, as part of an upgrading plan.

The property will feature larger ground floor rooms, new interior design and  courtyards to offer more privacy to our clientele.

Timber floor and additional storage space will be added to all the rooms as well as new furniture and bedding.  

Read more: Casa del Mar Langkawi

The Charity Club LangkawiThe Charity Club Langkawi, Kedah
Bringing charity straight to the home

Press Release 26. August 2011


HARI RAYA 2011

The Charity Club Langkawi has recently delivered hampers, monetary gifts for children, cookies and cordial to 23 families in Langkawi to help them enjoy this special celebration.hari Raya Langkawi

The hampers were donated by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club and four members of their Management Team accompanied Belinda, Lyn and Sheila from The Charity Club on the delivery day, travelling virtually all round the island. The party were met by excited children and adults delighted with the goodies.

Abdul Rahman Mahani, Senior Manager – Sales & Marketing at Royal Langkawi Yacht Club said “This is a significant moment and as part of the society and establishment in Langkawi, Royal Langkawi Yacht Club feel it is the duty of individuals and corporate companies to get together and contribute to those less fortunate, so that these families can celebrate the festivities in a good spirit of Aidilfitri.

Read more: The Charity Club Langkawi - Hari Raya 2011

Charity Club Langkawi, Kedah gets GrantPRESS RELEASE

Monday 25 July 2011


We were delighted to be the beneficiary of a small administrative grant from a large charity, Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar.

Sheila Allum and Hanifah bt A Aziz joined 15 other recipients at the award ceremony held at The Royal Kedah Golf Club where the grant cheques were presented in front of an audience of over 300.

After a welcoming speech outlining  YSB's achievements, the grant was presented to Sheila by YTM Dato' Seri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinez binti Kebawah DYMM Tuanku Sultan Haji Abdul Halim Mu'Adzam Shah  who was accompanied by her sister YTM Dato' Seri DiRaja Tunku Soraya binti Kebawah DYMM Tuanku Sultan Haji Abdul Halim Mu'Adzam Shah.

Read more: The Charity Club Langkawi, Kedah

Snoezelen room in LangkawiWhat is "SNOEZELEN" ?

The concept of SNOEZELEN® was defined in the late 1970’s by two Dutch therapists, Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul while they were working at the De Hartenberg Institute in Holland, a centre for people with intellectual disabilities. At the Institute’s annual summer fair, Hulsegge and Verheul set up an experimental sensory tent filled with simple effects such as a fan blowing shards of paper, ink mixed with water and projected onto a screen, musical instruments, tactile objects, scent bottles, soaps, and flavourful foods. It was a tremendous success, especially with low-functioning clients who demonstrated positive verbal and non-verbal feedback. The therapists called this multi-sensory experience “snoezelen,” a contraction of the Dutch verbs “snuffelen” (to seek out or explore) and “doezelen” (to relax).

Read more: New Snoezelen

31 Jul 2011 by Kamila Delart

MAWSPA EVENT

On Thursday, the 28th July, Charlie’s Place in Royal Langkawi Yacht Club hosted an event organized by the Malaysian Association of Wellness & Spa (MAWSPA). More than thirty Spa owners and Spa Managers took advantage of the opportunity to meet in person the President, Faridah Ahmad Fadzil, Vice President, Dr. Baskaran Kosthi and other members of the MAWSpa Committee.

Read more: MAWSPA Event Langkawi