About Malcolm Chen

Briefly, yours truly Malcolm is 68 years “young” semi-retired. Since 2002 is involved in promoting, marketing and organizing diverse events/projects such as experiential education; ethnic music & culture; Equestrian; adventure races and sports tourism, community-involvement tourism, incentive & niche programs. These events are mainly in Malaysia in particular Borneo. Currently focusing on cycling toursim, international - AGELESS BICYCLISTS

BACK TO THE 60’S / A date with Friends – Sat, 9 Nov from 7.30pm

Join William David and friends as they return to the outdoor theatre to perform more hits from the 60s onwards for you! Sing along to the songs of Andy Williams, Paul Anka, The Platters, 3 Degrees, Elvis, Cliff Richard & more!!!!

Date; 9 NOVEMBER 2013, Saturday
Time: 7.30pm; 8.45pm; & 10pm
Venue: OUTDOOR THEATRE (Esplanade)

FREE EVENT

Rehabilitation Community Hospital

I borrowed Douglas Chan threats in the cycling post and upon consideration perhaps should share the experience with my senior friends, when and if having to warded in a rehabilitation community hospital. This experience also taught me to have better knowledge of rehabilitation community hospital rather than just naively listened to doctors’ ardent recommendation. I sincerely urge everyone please reconsider seriously in choosing rehab community hospital as we had very bad experience

As a result of a fall, my mum had internal bleeding in the head and was warded in SGH on September 29 and upon discharged was transferred to Bright Vision Hospital for rehab on Friday Oct 11 and was admitted at about 1030 hr. The standard of patient care was atrocious beyond words. In fact, the neighboring patients too had loads of grievances.

On Saturday Oct 12 at about 1500 hr she had high temperature and was gasping for breath…..momentarily she appeared on the journey GOING HOME. The On-Call Doctor attended and IMMEDIATELY recommended she be transferred back to SGH. As usual we went through the A & E procedure and was warded for infection in the chest now this is in additional to the neuro situation ……….. please pray for her and the wisdom of the doctors to administer care for her recovery. Thanks

Anyway, at an appropriate time I am considering to share the experience in Bright Vision Hospital in greater details in the social media. Meantime, perhaps you may also like to contribute your comments and suggestion.

14 – 17 Nov 2013 – UPDATE from previous post – ECO CYCLING ADVENTURE – Kuching

Date: 14th to 17th November 2013

Are you looking for a cycling adventure with a distinct difference?

Green on Bikes!!! Nothing is quite like touring on bike for an ecological, cultural, culinary and experiential experience!!!!

We synergize with the hotel and a team with the best of local knowledge and an insatiable passion for cycling to envision and provide adventurous experience in SARAWAK.  With moderate, achievable riding on charming small roads through village communities and lots of local interaction, you will have a chance to learn about the country and the people who live here. Food is a highlight.

Fortunately, cycling offers a low-impact form of physical activity that appeal to a wide range of the population. As long as you’re reasonably fit and familiar with your own limits, you’re a good candidate for a cycling adventure.

TENTATIVE PROGRAM*Program subject to change

November 14 2013 [Thursday] DAY 1 Upon immigration and custom clearance will transfer to check-in at Riverside Majestic hotel and prepare bicycle. Freshen up. Subjected to time and circumstances will then experience an evening ride (20km+-) and have dinner (own account).

November 15 2013 [Friday] DAY 2 – B/L/Commence cycling journey firstly to local kopitiam for breakfast. Continue to Fairy Cave (55km +-) Explore the cave and then have ethnic lunch. Rest and relax and continue to Lan-E-Tuyang home stay. (25km +-). Check in, explore the garden for durians. Wash up and then have dinner. Relax and enjoy the environment, culture and ethnic music. Overnight is at home stay.

November 16 2013 [Saturday] DAY 3 – B/D After breakfast at home stay, commence cycling through the village roads to Mt Singai – CMPC is a historical site. Although one needs to walk up the steps for more than 30 minutes, but upon getting to the centre with a chapel, longhouse, and amphitheatre et cetera, the feeling of fresh air and lush, green scenery that surrounds the place greets you with a calm and peaceful feeling. All you hear is the sound of the small jungle creatures that was left to live undisturbed. Perhaps may find durians too. Then continue cycling journey through scenic roads and stop for lunch (own account). After lunch continue cycling to Riverside Majestic hotel (30km +-) check in relax and freshen up and adjourn for seafood dinner.

November 17 2013 [Sunday] DAY – B After breakfast at the hotel, free and easy Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for flight back to Singapore

 Suggested Flight Malaysian Airline

SIN / KCH                 MH0642                    1250 / 1415
KCH/SIN                   MH0643                    1040 / 1205

Please note the luggage allowance is 30 Kgs The air ticket base on group is SGD250.00 and you can purchase through the travel agent Muhibbah Travel –Tel: 62942011, however, you may also check with other travel agents. But most important is to purchase the air ticket immediately if you have decided on participation. Please advice upon booking your flight

Anyway, I have already booked my air ticket online which was relatively cheaper.

 Bike Rental

You may rent bicycles in Kuching at RM70.00 per day. Through our experience we encourage participants to bring their own bike as one will enjoy much better knowing your own bike.

Cost is SGD 295.00 (10 participants & above) SGD 345.00 (6-9 participants) – EXCLUDES AIR TICKET, INSURANCE & personal expenses. Inclusive of 2 nights @ hotel and 1 night home stay; return airport/hotel transfer; marshals; support vehicle; meals as indicated; entrance fees; and activities.

Confirmation is upon payment of SGD295.00 and balance (if any) to be paid on day of departure. Group will be a minimum of six (6) and maximum twenty (20) participants only.The closing date is October 18 2013

Please indicate your interest in this post or email malchen@singnet.com.sg if you require further details.

Eco Cycling Adventure – Kuching (early Nov 213)

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle~Ernest Hemingway

Are you looking for a cycling holiday with a distinct difference?

Green on Bikes!!! Nothing is quite like touring on bike for an ecological, cultural, culinary and experiential experience!!!!

Indeed, Sarawak – From pristine underwater marine life and untouched coral reefs to rich heritage and from wilderness to modern city landscape, Sarawak is a potpourri of experiences appreciated by travelers from all over the world. Head into Sarawak’s interiors and your heartbeat will flutter at the fascinating and enchanting dances of the multi-ethnic tribes living harmoniously with each other.

We energize with a team with the best of local knowledge and an insatiable passion for cycling to envision and provide adventurous experience.  With moderate, achievable riding on charming small roads through village communities and lots of local interaction, you will have a chance to learn about the country and the people who live here. Food is a highlight.

Fortunately, cycling offers a low-impact form of physical activity that appeal to a wide range of the population. As long as you’re reasonably fit and familiar with your own limits, you’re a good candidate for a cycling adventure.

Therefore, we are planning a series of cycling adventures in 2014 and the inaugural program is in early November 2013.

Tentative Program:

Day 1: Upon arrival transfer to guesthouse, preparation for the ride.

Day 2: Ride to Fairy Cave, explore the cave and have ethic lunch. Thereafter, ride to Lan-E-Tuyang Home Stay – check in freshen up and go to the gardens to pick durians (subject to season). Enjoy the intercultural experience in music and dance and local food.

Day 3: After breakfast, ride to CMPC, climb to the chapel and after that continue riding back to the city. Check in Riverside Majestic Hotel. Free and easy and have sea food dinner.

Day 4: Breakfast in the hotel, free and easy for shopping et cetera. Check out and transfer to Kuching International Airport for flight to Singapore.

Please indicate your interest here (No obligation) as we shall update the rates and other information. Please advise if you are bringing your own bike (Rental bike in Kuching is RM80 per day)

1) Malcolm Chen
2) Charles Chua

CYCLING ACROSS BORDER AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

We write to share with you an event that brings cyclists across border to Johor enhancing friendship and an opportunity in community service – visit to orphanage

We are invited by Johor Bahru Tiong-Hua Chinese Association, Organizer of the 1Malaysia Carnival 2013 @ Giant Plentong. Guest of Honor is YAB DATO SRI MOHAMED KHALED NORDIN, Mentri Besar – Johor. Lunch is hosted by JBTalks

However, in addition we have initiated the visit to an orphanage as community service. We appreciate all participants to contribute min. of SGD10.00 for the orphanage. All the monies are to be handed to Ms Anna Seet to purchase gifts and/or outright cash donation upon our visit.

There are two options to join: (PLEASE REPLY AS TO WHICH OPTION by Sept 07 2013)
A) Take the coach with bicycle from Kranji (MRT) across the border and return – Min 15 participants (to pay SGD20.00 per person coach fare)- Part sponsorship by JBTalks
B) Cycle on your own/group across the border (meeting point @Shell Kiosk – JB) and return on own bicycle.(FREE)

Brief Program – Sunday SEPT 15 2013
0645hr – Meet at Kranji MRT to board coach or cycle across the border and greeted by Happy-Riders Connect (HRC) friends who will be riding together and lead. En-route to the orphanage shall have brief stop for breakfast. Thereafter proceed to the celebration to meet GOH and after lunch will cycle back to Johor town to disperse and board coach or cycle to Singapore.
Total distance: 40km (+/-)

We sincerely look forward to your participation and appeal to your support especially the visit to the orphanage.

Email:malchen@singnet.com.sg for more information.
Disclaimer: Cyclist participate at their own risk.

Please indicate here too if you are keen to participate.

SUNSET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 Tip of Borneo – Kudat, Sabah 28th June to 1st July 2013 (extension stay – optional) Closing Date is April 28 2013 – *Limited Places

CYCLISTS will ride while MUSIC LOVER (Non-Cyclists) will take the coach

DAY 1        Arrive in Kota Kinabalu, relax and cycle around Kota Kinabalu city

DAY 2        Commerce the journey to Kudat stopping along the way. Check in hotel or guesthouse. Freshen up and attend the sunset music festival. Be serenaded with classical favorites and contemporary tunes by the renowned Jesselton Philharmonic Orchestra and other artistes as the sun sets in the horizon.

DAY 3        Ride and/or visit Rungus Longhouse and vicinity. Take a coach to Kota Kinabalu, check in hotel, free and easy.

DAY 4        Free & Easy then transfer to airport for return flight to Singapore

Programs offered by license travel agent EXCLUDES AIRFARE

Raise your hands and/or email: malchen@singnet.com.sg

ETHNIC EXPERIENCE – GAWAI (harvest festival)

Date: June 13 to 16 2013

Venue: Singai, Bau

 The 4 days 3 nights trip to Sarawak includes rafting (subject to river conditions); visit caves; handicrafts; ethic cooking, music and dance; mingling with the locals and of course, working together to achieve a common goal. Part of the itinerary is to be part of the Gawai Festival, an occasion that celebrates the season of rice harvest or padi harvesting season. It is also an opportunity for new friendships, family reunions and paying respects to the elders. It’s a whole new cultural experience when you get to join in the preparation of the festival prior to the GAWAI celebration! Be part of the local community and enjoy the ethnic cuisine including the Tuak (Rice Wine), the traditional delicacies and lots of merry-making!

It is a trip you don’t get to enjoy that often, blending into another culture, learning and respecting the adventures that it brings. Cultural diversity not only enriches everyone lives in countless ways we imagine, it fosters an unspoken relationship with our experiential, environmental and learning experience.

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!!!

For more information and program,  please email: malchen@singnet.com.sg

EC Event

JB Heritage Race & Wheely Fun!

MEET CHALLENGES & TRAVEL WHILE HAVING LOADS OF FUN!!!! http://jbartsfest.com/

SEPTEMBER 16 2012 – JB Heritage Race!
Form a team of four and journey on foot through the streets of Johor Bahru. In the process, participants will get the chance to visit 20 of the city’s most well-known heritage sites, gaining a deeper appreciation of the rich history and heritage of the city.

  • Registration fees: RM100.00

Lucrative cash prizes to be won, including: 1st Place – RM 2,000; 2nd Place – RM 1,500; 3rd Place – RM 1,000

SEPTEMBER 17 2012 – JB Wheely Fun!
Co-organized with Ronda Riadah of the Johor Bahru (South) Police Headquarters, bring your wheels on 17th July and join 2,000 (or more) cyclists and cycling enthusiasts as they embark on a two-wheel tour of the streets of JB, passing well-known landmarks such as the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, the Church of Immaculate Conception, and the Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque.

(Free Registration, but free T-Shirt, lunch and lucky draw is subjected to first 50 registrations.)

TENTATIVE PROGRAM

Sunday September 16 2012 (D)

7.00am
Assemble at West Coast Car Park to load bicycles in the coach. Depart to Johor, place luggage and bicycles in hotel and then proceed to join the heritage race starting from Bukit Timbalan. Car Park is free for entire day including weekdays.
8.30am
9.00am
10.00am
2.00pm
2.00-3,00pm
3.00pm
Registration for the heritage race
Briefing
Flag Off
End of Race
Lunch
Prize Giving
Registration Fee: RM100
Inclusive of 4 festival T-shirts, food and drinks

Thereafter, return to hotel to check in , free and easy and dinner at the hotel. Overnight at Amansari Hotel. Walking distance to hotel.
Monday September 17 2012 (B)

After breakfast at the hotel cycle to starting point at Bukit Timbalan to join the JB’s Wheely Fun – bicycle tour of JB with Ronda Riadah

7.00am
8.00am
8.30am
11.30am
12.00pm
Registration
Briefing
Ride Flag Off
End of Ride
Lunch
After lunch cycle back to hotel. pack up
Please note all roads along the route will be closed to traffic.

Non-cyclists free and easy to enjoy the art festival (lunch is on own). Thereafter together cyclists check out and return load bicycles and luggage in coach and then proceed to Singapore.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  1. Return coach transfer Singapore and Johor Bahru
  2. One night hotel accommodation (base on twin-share)
  3. Dinner on September 16
  4. FREE REGISTRATION JB Wheely Ride; lunch; T-Shirt and Lucky draw.

Rate: SGD: 96.00 per person (twin-share) Excludes registration for heritage race.

*Program subject to change.

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTION AND/OR INDICATE YOUR INTEREST HERE.  THANK YOU.

EC – MALCOLM  CHEN                

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