Dear MCB Members,
Time flies and half of the year 2005 has just flown by. I would like to
take this opportunity to express my deep and sincere gratitude to the
new Committee and all MCB Members for their hard work, dedication and
the great contribution for the past months. Those were happy, harmony,
eventful and exciting 6 months. Your excellent continuing support
for the future will be sincerely appreciated.
I wish all the members and their families a happy summer holiday, good
health and happiness.
Annual General Meeting
This year’s Annual General Meeting was held on 27th February 2005 at
EineWeltHaus. More than 30 members were present at this meeting. It was
a very successful and peaceful meeting.
Congratulations to the newly elected Committee Members. With the help
and support of all our members MCB should reach new heights in the
years 2005 / 2006.
MCB Committee 2005 / 2006
|Front row :
(left to right)
Josephehe Kissol-Kretz, Shirlyn Wok Meyer, Hans Borchart, Franz
Second row; (left
to right) Jeya Borchart, Aine Leiner, Shammina Wright, Shammina
Wright, Shamsie Willmertinger, Gerald Leiner
Last row: (left to
right) Alan Toh, Richard Ganter
- Shamsie Willmertinger
- Jeya Borchart
- Aine Leiner
- Alan Toh
- Shammina Wright
- Gerald Leiner
- Richard Ganter
Message from the
Thank you all very much for electing me as
your new president of the MCB and the vote of confidence by this
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep and sincere
gratitude to all the members and the outgoing committee, for their hard
work dedication, and the great contributions they have made for MCB.
I intend to do my very
best to ensure that the MCB is a happy, friendly, and extremely
successful club that you can all be proud to be members of. The MCB is
your club, and ask for some of your time, expertise and constructive
feedback, but above all your excellent continued support, all of which
will be sincerely appreciated.
Malaysia Club Bayern e.V
Committee Members' Profile
Shirlyn Wok Meyer
has been the Club’s Treasurer from 1998 to 2004, she
is now the President of MCB. She is coming from Sitiawan, Perak and
moved to Munich in 1989. She lives in Pasing with her husband, Dieter
and their 3 children. She’s a dedicated and determined lady who not
only devotes her prime time to her family and friends but has
also made great commitments and contributions towards the club ‘s
events & activities .
Hans Borchart was
born in Berlin and is married to Jaya. Hans
works for Siemens AG in Munich. They have 2 grown-up sons named
Johannes & Christian, who are studying and living on their own.
Hans and Jaya live in Forstenrieder Allee.
from Penampang Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia
is married to Mr Lothar Kretz a German man originally from Bodensee.
She worked as a Special Ed Teacher in Malaysia as well as in
Philly (USA ) before she came to Munich 5 years ago. Her hobbies
includes reading, listening music a nd window shopping.
works for Siemens. He married to Yvonne who
is from Petaling Jaya, Selangor. They have 2 lovely children, named
Franz Xaver Jun Wei and Stefanie Xiao Qing. He was MCB Auditor from
2002 - 2004, He is now the Club’s Treasurer.
hometown is in Cheras but she has lived in
Munich for the last 30 years. Shamsie speaks fluent German and
works for Siemens as a Call Center Agent. Reading, movies and
travelling are her favourite past-times. She joined MCB in 1999 and she
is an active Committee Member from the beginning. Her continuing
support for the future will be sincerely appreciated
Jaya Borchart left
Malaysia in 1973 and did nurses training in London.
Jaya came to Munich in 1976 after having met Hans. She worked as a
nurse for 13 years in a hospital in Munich but has stopped
due to work pressure. She has more time now for her hobbies which
are reading, listening to music, going to the movies.
Allan Toh is
originally from Kuala Lumpur, but is living in Munich for
more than 30 years. He works as a cook at Siemens Canteen in Munich.
His hobby is jogging at Westpark, close to his home in Laim.
Aine Leiner is
married to Gerald Leiner. She came from Penang to
Munich in 1998. They have one son, named Jakob (JJ). She likes the
Biergarten in Munich , but she also loves to cook typical Malaysian
food. Her famous dish is "Nasi Lemak".
arrived in Munich on August 2004. She is here due to
her husband (Michael) work commitments in Munich. She has a lovely
cheeky daughter called Angelena who is 8 years old. Shammina was in a
hotel industry before she went to further her studies in the UK for 4
years. Her favourite pass time is reading. She also loves cooking,
badminton and dining out.
Richard Ganter is
an original "Münchner", tracing back to 7
generations of history. He is still a very eligible bachelor.
After leaving school, he joined Winterthur, a Swiss insurance
company. He also worked for software companies in California and
Massachussetts. This was a stepping stone to his career, which led him
to establish his own company "Software Tuning Technologies" in 1999.
This is an achievement to be proud of. Richard loves traveling and has
been to more than 85 countries in 5 continents. He is a fan of Asia.
Richard’s hobbies include cooking, cycling and learning.
Gerald Leiner worked for Siemens in Malaysia from 1995 to 1997.
Now he is happily settled down with his family in Unterhaching. He
loves the typical Malaysian food, especially those prepared by
Gong Xi Fa Cai 2005 - Year of the Rooster on 12th Feb.
MCB and its members welcomed the "Lunar Year"
in Yuen-Mun Restaurant on
the 12th February 2005.
The dinner celebration was attended by more than 40 members and friends.
The menu comprised of a sumptuous 5-course dinner, consisting of: Crab
Meat Soup, tinted Fish fried with Green Beans & Celery, Crispy Duck
with mixed Vegetables, Minced Meat with Bean Curd and Steam Fish
followed by Fresh Fruits and Fried Banana for dessert. After the
lovely dinner the guests relaxed and took opportunity to mix and catch
up with others in a friendly atmosphere. Richard generously
bought a around of drinks for us to finish off the night.
Thank you to Ah Faun who has make a great effort in ensuring that it
was an enjoyable evening.
Review contributed by
Trip to Salzburg on 3rd April 2005
Our trip to Salzburg was a huge
success. The weather was beautiful and
everyone was in a good mood. We all met at Hauptbahnhof
consisting of 13 adults plus 4 children.
The journey was about 2 hours but seemed shorter because there was a
lot to chat with tit-bits being passed along the rows in our
compartment. In Salzburg we took a day bus pass so that we could hop on
and off as we liked. We got off at the main square, spotted a few
Chinese restaurants and compared prices for our lunch later. Then we
took a long steady walk up the steep hill to the castle, which took us
about 3/4hour. Yvonne and Franz did a great job pushing the kinderwagen
and helping their son Wei Wei simultaneously. Shirlyn’s mum set us a
good example of untiring walking so we all didn’t complain.
We visited the museum, which was very interesting an enjoyed the lovely
view of the surrounding Area. The walk down was faster and easier and
we were really glad to sit down for a good well earned lunch, because
we were really hungry by then. After buying some souvenirs,
Mozartkugeln etc and looking aroung a bit some set down for coffee in
the square while others preferred to explore some more.
Soon it was time to take the bus back to the station and the train
departing to Munich. To the sound of one snoring we had a quiet and
relaxed ride home. It was an unforgettable trip and we are looking
forwards future trips.
Review contributed by Jaya
Cycling trip to Forst Kasten on 15th May 2005
Even though no one announced
he/she would be coming to our
meeting point I still cycled there to see if anyone would come.
But no one came!
Fortunately Josephene, Lothar and Richard said that they would come to
the beer-garden in Forst Kasten by car so they picked up
Jaya and I at the subway station at 11. a. m. But
what a pity the navigation system doesn’t show any subway stations. But
nevertheless after some time they still managed to pick us up and
to find the beer-garden as well. We made ourselves comfortable
and enjoyed the beer, Pfingstochsenbraten or
Käsespätzle typical Bavarian dishes.
A Blasmusik-band was playing nice songs of the 50th and 60th and at
round about 1 pm. we got some support from Janet and June and their
husbands who came all the way down from Nürnberg. So we chatted
and ate and had a really great time for over four hours.
What do we learn from this? Even without bikes a bikes-tour can be fun
and enjoyable day.
So long then until next year!
Review contributed by
Hans G. Borchart
The Evening at a Persian Restaurant or The Belly
Dancer's Night on 26th
Sometimes you want to do something
During one of our committee meetings the question came up "Why
not have an Arabic night this year ?" It was easy for me to take
over activities as a business partner of mine carries Persian
nationality. Mr. Abbas Chamani helped to get in contact with the owners
of an authentic Persion restaurant. I think he was more than proud to
let him establish this link. The place we were talking about from the
beginning is easy to access with U-Bahn. Near Munich's Hauptbahnhof and
as a matter of fact they don't serve pork meat at all. First of all I
had checked their internet page. Have a look for yourself:
http://www.pars-restaurant.de/restaurant.htm. It is an impressive
place. But to be honest it was an almost never ending story to
negotiate conditions for our event..
During the first meeting I was talking to the senior boss. He designed
a package for us including a Belly Dancer. After that talk it was my
turn to work out the number of participants from our side. ´ !!!
Pilgrims, in future please respond to a query from a club asap. We are
not a last minute club and it certainly doesn't help the one who
organizes something to have no numbers till the very end !!! Anyway it
turned out that the junior boss started to negotiate conditions all
over again. Suddenly he wasn't willing to provide free entertainment
any longer. Sometimes I got the feeling that he would even like to sell
a herd camels to me as well ... It wasn't really fun any longer because
I was sitting between two chairs. But you want to hear better things.
Here we go. We were gathering at
this downstair restaurant on May 18th
at 6:30 pm. We had our separate section with an attractive water
fountain in the middle. I remember that we have started with onion
chunks and bread. Pretty unusual but everybody got used to in no time.
A variety of cold assortements introduced everybody to a different
world of nutrition. How did you like the beans ? What is that ? Have
you tried it before ? Abbas Chamani jumped from table to table
introducing especially females to eating habits of his land. It was
exciting. The main course was a selection of skewers. Three different
kind of meat. Tasty vegetables and there were still onions left.
Suddenly some pitchers full of drinking yoghurt appeared. It almost
ended up in a drinking contest. Unbelievable. But voices were raising
regarding the major performance. When will the Belly dancer come ? And
we didn't even have dessert. Strange kind of ice cream flavored with
rose water. Interestingly enough nothing was left after a couple of
minutes. Also needless to say that the Belly Dancer was late. She was
accompanied by her coach and her manager.
Three ladies acting as a team. And you know the moment when everybody
stops talking in a restaurant. Background music starts and there she
was. All I can remember that I have seen a lot of bright eyes. Eyes of
our club members of course. It was impressing how the young lady
seduced several males from our side to donate money. She was also
focusing on me and I really thought it's easier to open a bra rather
than feeding a bill into it. But somehow I have managed to follow her
speachless instructions. Our ladies almost got out of control. Clapping
hands. Not sitting on their chairs any longer. Swinging and having fun.
Some of us were forced to support the dancer's show. Abbas Chamani was
best. Too my surprise she didn't stop. Not at all. Almost 45 minutes of
Arabic music and the wish to come back to this place. I have heared it
from many of our members. It was a memorable evening indeed. And I
might not forget to tell you the rest of the story. Our nice dancer
wasn't from Persia. She was Turkish.
Review contributed by
Hiking Trip to Partnach Klamm on 11th June 2005
The weather on 11th June
2005 was what we were hoping for but not what
we expected. It was forecasted to be rainy and cold, instead we
had a nice and sunny day.
Nine adults and two children turned up at the Hauptbahnhof on that
Saturday morning for the trip to the Partnachklamm. Many homemade
goodies were passed around in the train in that 1-hour journey to
Once there, we walked past many houses and the Winter Olympic Stadium
until we arrived at the place where you could take a short
horse-carriage ride to the entrance of the Klamm.
But we all decided to walk, and it was worth our while. The
weather was warm and the scenery was lovely with the sound of running
water from the river parallel to our way.
Then we reached the beginning of the Klamm. After paying the
entrance fee, we started walking into it. We walked alongside the
river. At some places we had to walked inside a cave-like
enclosure and because it was dark, you had to feel your way through
it. Having a little torchlight here would have been fun and
(truth be told) would have been less scary.
For the weak-hearted, they should
just walk straight ahead because the
current was rather strong and even choppy in some parts. An over
imaginative mind isn’t helpful either. On one stop on the way up
to the Klamm, there is a memorial of a few people who died in the
1800’s due to some lumber work or other. While walking. along the
Klamm on an especially choppy part,you could imagine how those guys
fell to their death roughly two centuries ago.
After the upward adventurous walk of the Klamm, we came out into a warm
and sunny opening where you could picnic next to the calm flowing river.
We started to dig into our bags for a light snack after the little
adventurous walk but somebody announced that we should start heading
for the restaurant to avoid the lunch hour peak, so we dumped our water
bottles and snacks back into the bags and moved on.
For the next 20 minutes or so, we had to walk, part, climbed up many
stair-like flights of steps There were the usual, ”Aiyoh, are we there
yet?" and “Aiyah, where is the restaurant?” questions thrown out every
Finally we could sit ourselves down at the table to eat and drink..
After having rested, some walked down the same way and the others used
the cable car. We were shocked by how much they were
charging! What used to cost 2 DM is now 3,50 Euro.
For this price they could at least maintain the windows of the cable
car for it was so badly scratched by works of vandalism that you could
hardly see through it.
We all met again at the cable car
end station. Then we started
our walk back but stopped at the Olympic Stadium. The café
in the stadium was like a magnet to us. We just had lunch not too
long ago but suddenly our stomach had space again for a slice of cake
and/or a cup of coffee, Some had ice-cream.
Time was getting short so we quickly paid and left in a bit of a
rush. We did not want to miss our train. And we did
not. In fact we had about 12 minutes before the train left the
Phew! We were all tired but happy we made the trip and suddenly,
sardine sandwich was passed around and somehow there was enough space
yet again in all our tummy.
Review contributed by
Malaysian Evening on 26th June 2005
On the 26th June, weather
was excellent, I walked in the Eine
Welt Haus, party keller, was shocked to see such an over whelming
crowd, sitting patiently, waiting for the party to start! Party!!! Yes,
our Malaysian Club was holding a Malaysian Night party for whoever is
interested in Malaysian Local Food here in Munich.
At 5.00pm when our president, Shirlyn Meyer declared that 'the party
begins', every body crowded around the food counters , bought the food
that they had been missing from Malaysia. Talking about food!!
Mmm.....yummy! We had Shamsie and Aine selling traditional Malay Food
at one corner, and Ah Fong, Ann, Kristin and Angela selling
traditional Chinese food and Nonya kuey at the other corner.
Our main chef that day was probably Ah Fong, as she spent two
days preparing many different kind of food. She made egg rolls, rice
and chicken tofu, vegetable, fried noodles,prawn crackers, agar-agar
and some other kuey. Thanks to her afford that we got to enjoy so much
Aine's Nasi Lemak
had probably the longest queue. Shamsie had prepared
a set menu from main dish to dessert. If you did not try Shamsie BoBo
ChaCha, you would have been sorry! Kristine also prepared pasta Salad
which blend in some oriental spices Next, Angela brought her home made
soya bean milk.Her little girl, Shahar she next to her selling gummy
bear to the children. Can you imagine?, we had almost
80 adults and children crowded inside this small party keller. It
was quite warm, but no one seemed to be bothered, as everybody
was busy enjoying the food and talking to their friends.
The children ran around playing
with each other. We are so please that
even our Malaysian friends from Regensburg, Humburg and Niederbayern
drove all the way down to participate in the fun. Also, we had our
member's relatives who just came here from Malaysia for holiday.
Everybody was very supportive, they enjoyed the food, and they even
bought back for future consumption.
The party lasted for three hours. I am sure everybody went home happy
In Conclusion, we have fun!!! Lots of Fun! Should we do it more often?
I'll say; "Yes!"
Review contributed by
Upcoming events from August to December 2005
28th Aug. 2005: Merdeka Day Celebration
17th/18th Sept. 2005: Trip to Schliersee
25th Sept. 2005: Trip to BUGA 2005 & Stammtisch
16th Oct. 2005: Trip to Bamberg
12th Nov. 2005: Annual Dinner & Dance 2005
31st Dec. 2005: New Year Celebration
Welcome to all new members
MCB welcomes all newly joined members of the Club. We are looking
forward to see all of you at one of our coming functions.
Lai Yeen & Axel Penning
I am Yeen, a full time
housewife. I come from Kampar, Perak, West
After graduated from UM (University of Malaya), I had worked six years
as Administration Manager in a Taiwan Electronic factory where I met
with my lovely husband.
My husband, Axel Penning originates from Edemissen, Lower Saxony,
He has an Electronic Engineering degree and work as Technical Manager
for EMV TESTHAUS GmbH in Straubing. After graduated he worked
around 6 years in Asia. He had been worked in Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan,
South Korea and China.
Our little girl, named Soo Wise and she turns eight in August. She is
attending class 1 in local primary school and will go to class 2 in
September. Soo Wise speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English and
21st December 2003 we moved back to Germany and settled down in
Steinach, Bayern. Before that we have lived around 3 years in Taiwan.
Steinach is a little farm village located in Bayerischer Wald Nature
Park. The living environmental here is wonderful. We enjoy the peaceful
and simple life here very much.
My hobbies are traveling, reading, cooking , cycling, cross country
skiing and gardening.
We get know of Malaysia Club Bayern through Embassy of Malaysia in
We have become members of Malaysia Club Bayern,march 2005
We hope in the near future we can join some activities organized by
Malaysia Club Bayern and look forward to seeing all of you!
Articel contributed by
Ong Lai Yeen
Fergus was born in Scotland and
has, and continues to work, in the IT
field around Europe. He has travelled extensively around the globe and
has even enjoyed the cultural delights of Malaysia, in KL and JB.
Fergus came to Germany in 2000 and has been in Munich for 3 years. He
enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with motorcycling and skiing and
snowboarding. He has two daughters, the youngest of which he has had
the pleasure of recently introducing to the club. Fergus joined the
club last year and has been active in his presence within the club.