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Craft & Colour with Joyful Home

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ipoh echo issue 142, FACES Youth SocietyFACES Youth Society, together with Zakka Loft, organised a handicraft learning session for the 18 children of Joyful Children’s Orphanage Society, Ipoh (Joyful Home) recently. Children aged 4 to 17 were taught to create a doll kitten using a sock and some cotton. Two handicraft instructors from Zakka Loft were at the children’s home to teach and demonstrate. The children, with support and guidance from the volunteers of FACES, enjoyed themselves in this simple yet fun handicraft session.

After two hours of hard work, it was a delightful scene as each and every child was seen to have their own customised doll kitten in their hands. Goodie bags containing cookies, toys and stationery, courtesy of Zakka Loft, were then distributed to each child after the handicraft session.

Joyful Children’s Orphanage Society, Ipoh (Joyful Home) has recently moved to No. 3, Jalan Ghazali Jawi, 31400 Ipoh. For more information, contact Mdm Irene at 016-5463089.

PIBG SMJK Yuk Choy’s Adoption Project

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SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh Parents and Teachers Association (PIBG) have adopted the football team of the school by sponsoring the team’s training t-shirts, jerseys and footballs. Mr Chan Kok Heng, a former student and ex-international Malaysian footballer, helped to train SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh football club members. He hopes SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh will re-emerge as the power house for footballers in Perak and Malaysia in the future.

ipoh echo issue 142, SMJK Yuk Choy - IpohDuring the function, jerseys and T-shirts sponsored by Mr William Chan, the Vice Chairman of PIBG, were handed over to the school principal, Mr Chan Hen Huan. Mr Chan Hen Huan urged students to be involved in healthy activities in line with the Ministry of Education’s 1 Student 1 Sport aspiration. He believes a healthy mind will make an all-rounded student.

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Seminar on Biodiversity and Tourism

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perak tourism news volume 9, ipoh echo issue 142, biodiveristy and tourismAn inter-national forum on biodiversity and tourism was held at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites on Wednesday, April 26. The one-day seminar organised by Tourism Perak brought together experts on biodiversity conservation and eco-tourism to discuss related issues. Executive Councillor for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman officiated during the opening ceremony.

Six papers were tabled and deliberated by participants numbering over a hundred. The wrapping-up session was most lively with both panelists and audience trading questions on the topics in discussion. Professor Amran Hamzah of Universiti Teknologi and President of Malaysian Ecotourism Association moderated.

The participants were taken on a day trip to the Royal Belum State Park the following day.

Adios Popovic!

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ipoh echo issue 142, perak football, seladangs, lazar popovicCompeting against the legacy set by Keita Mandjou and Carlos Caceres must have been a delicate prospect. But every Perak fan rejoiced when Lazar Popovic’s signing was officially announced by the Perak Football Association in January of this year. With Kubala, glimpses of the Krescka-Repasi combination so dominant during the 90s were expected from the Seladangs this year.

Perhaps the expectation was too much for Popovic. Yet nobody predicted that early on, with the Serbian proving his goal-scoring credentials during pre-season friendly matches. While Kubala took time to adjust, Popovic showcased his languid style effectively, suggesting that he was going to be a hit in the Malaysian Super League.

Perak’s luck with strikers was never dismal. When Frank Seator departed the team in 2004, the fear was that we would not be able to get a capable replacement. In came Keita Mandjou and the rest is history. Similarly, when Keita left, Chilean Carlos Caceres took on the mettle and continued with the legacy.

However, it hasn’t been the case with Popovic. Despite his towering presence upfront, the “Serbian Berbatov” failed to impose himself and often had to struggle to overcome the opposition’s defence. Michal Kubala was already proving to be a hit with his near-perfect set-pieces but the same could not be said of Popovic.

“We all know that Popovic is a good striker. He just needs time to prove himself,” Kubala enthused when asked about Popo’s hard luck. Perhaps time was just a variable in his situation. Or maybe, Popovic himself was a variable for Perak? Either way, a solitary goal in 15 Super League matches made him a liability for the Seladangs.

The April transfer came and the Serbian was shown the door. After weeks of rumours about the possible re-engaging of Keita Mandjou, who currently plays in the Indian League, Popovic’s contract was ended and another unknown forward was snapped up in the form of Albert Bodjongo.

Bodjongo’s arrival was kept under wraps, with not much information on him being leaked. However, it is believed that the 23 year-old former Doula Athletic Club striker has an eye for goals, something that Perak side is lacking thus far.

So it’s a beginning of a new dawn for the Seladangs. The FA Cup is no longer part of the agenda while Norizan Bakar’s men are too inconsistent in the league. The stage has been set for Albert Bodjongo to shine impeccably and inspire a revival in fortunes. Even though the Super League title is beyond reach, a creditable finish would create some good vibes ahead of the Malaysia Cup campaign in August.

Keesh

Ipoh Hockey League

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Heavy downpour in the first half of the game failed to deter the spirited play of both MBI and Perak Sikh Union (PSU) in the Division 1 final of the 2012 Ipoh League Hockey Tournament, held at Stadium Azlan Shah, recently. The tournament, organised by Ipoh City Hockey Association, is one of two local leagues in the country; the other is held in Kuala Lumpur. Sikh Union played a solid game to put in two goals into MBI’s net; one from a penalty corner by Jasdev Singh and the other, a field goal by Riduan Nasir.

ipoh echo issue 142, 2012 Ipoh League Hockey TournamentManager, Hardav Singh, was proud of his boys’ achievement, having lost to MBI last year on a golden goal. His team had trained hard for the tournament and played exceptionally well. The winning team received RM500, medals and the challenge trophy while runner-up MBI took home RM300 and medals.

On the adjacent pitch, Ipoh Lads faced Tsuyoi Club from Teluk Intan in the Division 2 final. Ipoh Lads won scoring three goals; one from a penalty corner by Mohd Anuar and two from field goals by Hussin and Saiful Adzuan, respectively. Tsuyoi Club only managed a solitary goal through Muhd Azam, who converted a penalty corner. Ipoh Lads took home RM300 while Tsuyoi Club received RM200.

Prizes were given away by Perak Hockey President, Dato’ Hj Abdul Rahim Mat Ariff.

EL

Telematch For Students

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ipoh echo issue 142, Sunway College IpohWhat a fun morning it was when students from Sunway College Ipoh got together at the YMCA field recently, to participate in a friendly telematch against members of IpohBUG, a local sports club. It was organised by students from the college’s School of Business and Marketing.

The objective of the telematch was to create an outdoor activity for students of the faculty; to take them away from their books for just one morning. According to the President of the Business and Marketing Club, Clement Heng, they planned on holding an outdoor sporting activity once a month, where youth games would be played, including basketball and football.

It was an opportunity to foster new friendship among the youngsters. Everyone enjoyed themselves, playing games such as “sweet picking”, “plug-the-holes”, seven-a-side Frisbee and three-legged football.

Food hampers were later presented to the two teams, as a token of fellowship since there was no winner or loser.

EL

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Waterfalls – A Sight to Behold

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The country’s tropical climate, coupled with a high precipitation rate, makes water an integral part of our eco-system. The presence of a natural barrier, in the form of a mountain chain that runs the length of the country, helps create waterfalls. The cascading water that gushes down rocky walls is a sight to behold. Perak has a number of waterfalls known locally as “lata.” The tallest waterfall in the country is located here in Perak. Accessing these natural wonders is half the fun; the other is feasting your eyes on them.

We shall visit five waterfalls which are within striking distance of one another. Four of the falls have their sources from the Main Range while one from the Bintang Range.

Lata Iskandar

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Lata Iskandar
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Hutan Lipur Lata Iskandar

Lata Iskandar is located along the Tapah- Cameron Highlands road at the 14th milestone or Batu Empat Belas. Its elevation, at over a thousand feet above sea level, makes it a perfect place to relax.

The fall is visible from the roadside. A hike up the jungle trail that runs parallel to the fast flowing stream brings you to a second waterfall. However, the feat requires a pair of steady feet and hands. Again do not attempt to climb if you are not in shape, physically.

A number of food and handicraft stalls are located by the roadside. Mobile phone reception is non-existent at the fall area. It will be prudent to be extra cautious when visiting the site.

Lata Kekabu

Lata Kekabu near Lenggong is wonderful place to be. The base is located within a recreational park. Therefore, sporting activities such as hiking and jungle trekking are available for the adventurous.

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Lata Kekabu

The fall is about a kilometre off the Kuala Kangsar-Lenggong trunk road. The paved tarmac road is accessible by cars and vans.

Exercise extra caution when crossing the suspension bridge, as there are wide gaps in between the planks. Do not attempt to cross the last bridge, especially those with children in tow. Keep to rocky pools around the base, it is a lot safer.

Batu Berangkai

Located about 2.5km from Kampar, Batu Berangkai is a popular picnic spot for students who frequent the place to enjoy the refreshingly cool waters. It is accessible from the old Kampar-Tapah trunk road.

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Batu Berangkai

The fast-flowing water is crystal clear.  A short climb away, picnickers will chance upon puddles and pools formed in between rocks. A quick dip is simply too inviting. Unfortunately, accessibility is limited to the lower reaches, as the waterfall is in a remote area of the Kampar hills.

The road to the fall takes visitors past an Orang Asli settlement. The narrow road is steep but is passable to cars. Beware of on-coming cars as the road can only accommodate a single vehicle at any one time. Facilities are, however, negligible.

Air Terjun Salu

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Salu Fall

The beauty of the Salu Fall is awesome. Located in Kuala Dipang, Kampar the waterfall is accessible from the old Ipoh-Kampar trunk road. It is on the way to Sahom, near Sungai Siput Selatan. The fall is in seven segments, as one navigates up the steep rock formation.  The climb is strenuous. Do not attempt if you are not in the right physical condition.

Amenities are ample. They are, however, very basic to serve the occasional visitors.

Lata Kinjang

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Lata KinjangLata Kinjang

An iconic landmark in its own right, Lata Kinjang can be seen clearly from the North-South Expressway. Go past the Tapah Plus tollgate and head for Tapah town. At the old trunk road turn right towards Kampar and follow the signage. Turn right into Chenderiang and keep your sight on the majestic fall. It will lead you to the tallest waterfall in the country.

Legend has it that Sang Kelembai; a female giant with red hair was feared by villagers, as her curse would turn anything into rock. The rocky terrain of Lata Kinjang was supposedly formed when she cursed the spot where her child was crushed by a tree.

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Lata Kinjang

Camping and picnic areas are available at ground level where a pool is found. Water cascading about 850 metres down the rocky mountain side makes Lata Kinjang a real sight to behold. Facilities are ample. The state government has initiated efforts to improve facilities. RM3 million is currently being invested to make this a true tourist haven.

Aladdin By ACS Ipoh

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ipoh echo issue 142, ACS Ipoh - AladdinThe Music and Drama Society of SMK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh staged the play “Aladdin” recently. The cast, led by Haniff Harusani,16, who played the lead role of Aladdin and Sevita Sharma,19, as Princess Jasmine, enthralled audiences with their captivating light effects and Arabian costumes. Teacher advisor cum director, Susila Devi, stated that the team had taken five months to perfect their performance. The limelight, however, was stolen by Robin Lee who took the role of the genie with a burst of wacky character and a great sense of humour. The compact but exciting play contained a few musical performances, including the Disney favourite “A Whole New World” and some self-scripted songs. The play, which went on for three days, attracted many from outside Perak, testimony to ACS’s proud theatrical tradition that has withstood the test of time.

Ann

Celcom Joins the Fray

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perak tourism news volume 9, ipoh echo issue 142, celcomMalaysia’s premier mobile phone service provider, Celcom has consented to be a joint sponsor, along with Tourism Perak, to spearhead Visit Perak Year (VPY) 2012. Not wishing to be left behind, the telco has initiated the move for reasons of expedience. It foresees the benefits the partnership would bring.

A signing ceremony was held at the Secretariat Building Ipoh recently to formalise the deal. Dato’ Hamidah Osman, the Executive Councillor for Tourism and Celcom’s Regional Sales Manager, Farizad Khan signed and sealed the agreement on behalf of both parties.

“Celcom’s participation is a big boost to VPY 2012. Its huge customer base is the primary reason why this is viable,” Hamidah told reporters.

Farizad echoed Hamidah’s sentiments saying that the partnership will enable its 13 million clients to receive news and updates on VPY 2012 from time to time. Freebies in the form of extended-time calls and extra text messaging will be given to those who actively participate in the VPY 2012 programmes. It is a win-win situation one that will benefit both entities.