Message from the President

Dear MCB members and friends,

A happy, healthy and prosperous new year to you and your families!

Another eventful and successful year has passed. Despite the many ups and downs, Malaysia Club Bayern has been able to carry on with its affairs without any major interruption. We look forward to a even better, brighter and happier year 2005.

The election of the new Board of Committee Members will be held at the next Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 2005. Members are much welcomed to come forward and participate actively in club management and organisation.

I take this opportunity to convey my warmest and sincere appreciation to all our members and friends who, with their support, cooperation and participation, have provided the Committee with the inspiration and motivation to organise the various functions and activities these last two years - grateful thanks to the Committee who worked relentlessly behind the scenes for the club.

It has been a great pleasure for me working for the club and my time spent with the club has always been enjoyable and rewarding.

Annual Dinner & Dance on 20 November 2004      

This was the most important event of the year for MCB and its members. Everyone had been looking forward to it with high spirits.

After weeks of preparation and dance practices, the day finally arrived. Close to a hundred members and friends came together on Saturday, 20 Novermber 2004 in the Maritim Hotel Munich to celebrate and participate in this wonderful event.

The occasion was graced by the presence of the Malaysian Ambassador to Germany, HE Dato’ Kamal Ismaun. Furthermore, our main sponsor, Mr. Christopher Yek, General Manager of MAS in Frankfurt was also there to give us his unfailing support. Encik Johnny Isuh and Encik Zalafian Mohd. Dini who provided consular services to Malaysians earlier in the day were present as well.

Unfortunately, Datin Jamilah, the Ambassador’s wife and Mr. Sam Appadurai of Tourism Malaysia, another major sponsor, were unable to attend the function.

The Club President, Jackie Mischkulnig welcomed all the guests and gave a short speech on the activities organised by the committee throughout the year. In his speech, Dato’ Kamal stressed the importance of preserving our Malaysian culture abroad and the significant role of Malaysians in Germany.

The cultural dance performance by MCB ladies received encouraging applause. Fergus Rae, the MC for the evening kept everyone on their toes and in happy mood. Alen Mischkulnig entertained the guests with music from his saxophone.

Aine Leiner, Fauziah Coroli and Shamina Wright coordinated the fashion show, showing off parents and their offsprings in colourful traditional costumes. Shamsie and her "Macarena" dancers got the audience on the floor to swing and sway their hips.

The tombola was able to raise some much needed funds for the function. Lots of prizes were given away - a return air ticket to Malaysia, a week’s hotel accommodation in Penang, cash vouchers, hampers, etc etc.

No doubt that everyone had a good time and some great laughs, especially when the men paraded themselves in an attempt to win the prize for the best-dressed gentleman of the evening, or when couples had to burst as many balloons as possible, squashing them between their bodies.

The Asian buffet offered a variety of delicious dishes to choose from and there was more than enough to go around.

To sum everything up, the function turned out well and the feedback had been very positive and encouraging.

On behalf of Malaysia Club Bayern I would like to thank all sponsors for their generous support. All efforts by the Committee, members and friends to make the D&D a success are very much appreciated. Thank you!

Acknowledgement and Thanks to:

* Embassy of Malaysia, Berlin 
* Malaysian Airline Systems, Frankfurt
* Tourism Malaysia, Frankfurt
* Shanghai Restaurant, Sonnen Str.
* Orient Shop, Rosenheimer Str.
* Asia Shop, Laim
* Friseur Osso, Rindermarkt
* Little India Restaurant, Pfeufer Str.
* Cam Ly Restaurant, Pfeufer Str.
* Software Tuning Technologies, Munich
* Siemens AG
* Mr. and Mrs. Lothar Kretz
* Mr. and Mrs. Dieter Meyer
* Mr. and Mrs. Hans Borchart
* Ms. Shamsie Willmertinger

Cooking Demonstration on 21 May 2004      

A cosy little group of food enthusiasts met on a bright sunny day to learn about cooking and to spend time with one another. 15 people, including children, made themselves comfortable in Jackie’s home.

Ling Yee Bauer, who teaches Chinese cooking in the Volkshochschule, conjured up two delicious dishes, the preparation of which, much to our astonishment, was quite simple – salted chicken and pot stickers.
Nelly Taylor, a very creative and talented hobby cook, showed us how to cook Eggplant Lamb curry and Duck in Chow Mein sauce.

After the hard work of learning how to cook so many new dishes, everyone was rewarded with the most delicious meal ever - with fresh longans for dessert.

Cycling Trip on Sunday 11 July 2004       

Article written by Richard Ganter

"Paddle faster" - this was what we did not hear all day long during our cycling trip. It was my birthday and we were supposed to meet at Partnachplatz in the morning with our bikes. Dark clouds, heavy with rain, hung in the sky, deterring some members from joining the tour. Only seven of us appeared and it took us less than 90 minutes to reach Forsthaus Karsten, located inside Forstenrieder Park. Bikers and bikes were in perfect shape when we arrived there. Much to my surprise Shirlyn and Soofun presented a strawberry birthday cake to me. What a lucky man I was! Check our website photo gallery to see how everyone was enjoying the spareribs, beer, coffee and cake.

It was an easy-going Sunday afternoon even though we had to bike and seek shelter on our way home due to rainshowers. Malaysians and Bavarians seemed to be waterproof - cups of hot tea at Peter’s home rounded up the day. You will certainly agree to my suggestion to do more trips like this in 2005 again.

Merdeka Day Celebration on Sunday 29 August 2004      

A picnic was organized in Westpark to celebrate Independence Day. The weather was good and people came along with portable grills to barbecue the food.

Ander Art Cultural Festival on 25 September 2004     

After weeks of preparation and dance practices, our MCB ladies gave an impressive cultural dance performance at Odeonsplatz. Despite the rainshowers, a huge crowd turned up to join in the festivities. Many thanks to the participants:
Shamsie, Fauziah, Josephene, Jeya, Shamina, Christine, Shirlyn, Peter Daniel and Richard Ganter. Further thanks to Michael Wright, Hans Borchart and Soofun Loo-Franz for taking the photos.

Autumn Potluck on 9 October 2004      

Potluck parties are ever so popular among members and friends. More than forty people turned up in anticipation of good food and good company.

The delicious array of home-cooked food was too tempting to resist - curry chicken, sambal ikan bilis, tandoori chicken, prawn fritters, fried wantan, spring rolls, fried duck and vegetables, fried beef and chicken, curry puffs, thai salad, fried noodles and rice. To round up a good meal, mouthwatering nyonya kueh, sweet pulut rice and chiffon cake were served.

The atmosphere was relaxed. It was great to meet up with friends again this way and spend an enjoyable day.

Trip to Regensburg on 17 October 2004

Hauptbahnhof at 9.30 am - a group of 15 people met together to catch the train to Regensburg. No one really noticed the traveling time because they were all so engrossed in happy and humorous conversation. Mrs. Ting from Regensburg was at the station to pick the group up. She led the way through the inner city, showing sights of the city. The walk to the restaurant had been brisk and stimulated everyone’s appetite. Lay Peng and Ingo and others from Regensburg and vicinity were in the restaurant to welcome the tired and hungry group from Munich.

Trip to Prague on 12-14 November 2004      

7 ladies left Munich on a Friday morning, all excited, on a tour bus to Prague.

During the entire journey one could hear happy chatting and laughter. Everyone was in a good mood. It was the third time in Prague for Shirlyn and Jackie and the second time for Shamsie. While Josephene and Lydia visited the old castle located right in the centre of Prague, the rest of the ladies made their rounds at the market and in the shops. In the evening there was the choice of black jack in the hotel casino or some disco dancing in the hotel lounge and bar. It was a fruitful trip as far as shopping was concerned. It presented the ideal opportunity to shop for nice Christmas presents.

Forthcoming events  

Stammtisch on 30 January 2005
Please call Josephene for more information: tel. 089-22807819

Chinese New Year Dinner in February 2005
For details, please contact Josephene, tel. 089-22807819

Annual General Meeting / Elections in March 2005
Members will be informed of the details 2 weeks before the event.

Announcing our tiniest and youngest members:     

Shona Diana Ernst born on 1 August 2004 to proud parents, Grace and Jürgen.
Weight: 2980 gms Length: 50 cm

Zino Zielke, born on 25 August 2004 to proud parents, Lay Peng and Ingo.
Weight: 3040 gms Length: 51 cm

Stefanie Xiao Qing Blattenberger born on 8 October 2004 to proud parents, Yvonne and Franz.
Weight: 3450 gms Length: 52 cm

Getting to know you - Shamina and Michael Wright      

Article written by Shamina

Hello everyone! My name is Shamina and I come from Penang. I am married to Michael, who originates from England. He is working as an International Telekom consultant. We have been blessed with a daughter called Angelina Wan Maimunah. She is 7 years old and is attending the Munich International School.

Prior coming to Munich, we travelled extensively, having lived in many different countries - Spain, USA, Sweden, Malaysia, China to name a few.

I have found Munich to be very cosmopolitan with a diverse range of shops and restaurants and the transportation system is simply excellent!

I worked in the hotel industry for a few years before going to UK to further my studies in Travel and Tourism, and where I met my wonderful husband.

My interests include travelling, reading, cooking, badminton and shopping of course! I would like to express my sincere gratitude in being able to participate in some of the activities Malaysia Club has organized and all the lovely new friends I have made through the club.

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