Foreword from the Club President
The Malaysia Club Bayern celebrates its 10th Anniversary this
year. We have come a long way to reach this milestone. I would
like to take this opportunity to specially thank the pioneers of this
club who have stayed on through thick and thin for the good and success
of this club. It is through people like you and the rest of the
loyal members, as well as all future members that will see this club
through many more years to come. My heartfelt thanks to all of
January 20: Visit to the Thalkirchen Zoo
On 20th January, we
decided to have a visit to the Zoo instead of our previous plan which
was to go to Olympia Park for “Schlittenfahren” as there was no snow
and it was a beautiful day for walking. I am so excited because
even though I am only a guest of the MCB, I was given the opportunity
to write a report on the activity we had on the day of the visit.
We gathered inside the entrance to the Zoo at Tierpark
Hellabrunn. Once everybody has arrived, we headed off to look at
the wild animals. After visiting a few animals, we reached the
Tigers’ Dam. Though we had watched many mighty tigers in the
television, watching them in real life was something special especially
when it was feeding time. The creepy zookeeper like the ones from
a horror movie turned up to feed them with rabbit meat.
After the whole drama, we reached the restaurant about noon time so we
decided to have our lunch there. We all managed to find seats
even though there were many people there.
Later on, we continued our adventure to visit the rest of the
animals. I was really interested with the zebra whereby I learned
that they are actually black horses with white stripes. I have
always thought that it was vice versa. We visited many different
types of penguins. Some were beautiful and others were weird but
it is all God’s creation.
The seals were the children’s favourite. There was something
about the seals that attracts most of the children there. Maybe
it was their friendly nature. There were also polar bears in the
zoo. Sadly, it looked as if it is not taken well cared-of because
it’s supposedly white fur is yellowish in colour and it has patches of
bald skin. We arrived at the hyena’s place during feeding
time. Hyenas do laugh! I heard it myself.
We were at the aquarium when we were asked to leave because it was
closing time. It was also time for us to depart from the place
since it was going to be dark soon. Everybody enjoyed the visit
and we all learned something new. Some thought that the animals
were meant to be in the wild but to think about it, they might not be
able to survive in the wild.
Contributed by: Theresa
February 9: Chinese New Year Event
This year’s Chinese
Year dinner was held at Fuh-Guei Restaurant in Obersendling. It
was an eat-all-you-can buffet dinner with a wide variety of foods to
accommodate all our different food preferences. Towards the end
of the dinner, Shirlyn, our club president gave a short and sweet
speech followed by the distribution of Ang Pows (red packets) from the
club to the children.
February 24: Annual General Meeting
The Party Keller of
the Eine Welt Haus was the location of this year’s annual general
meeting. There was a nice turn-out of people on this
occasion. As usual, there was an array of finger foods and a
selection of different beverages (e.g.: Milo, Ipoh White Coffee,
Cuppucino, jasmine tea, ginger tea…) brought by members for sharing
with fellow members. The activities for the whole year were
suggested and discussed and agreed and/or disagreed upon.
We adjourned thereafter to Yap’s Chantik Malaysia restaurant in
Gröbenzell for dinner. The food he cooked for us was very
authentic and delicious. We appreciate very much the generous
portions that he happily served us. And then the big surprise
from Shamsie. Dinner was on her in honour of her birthday!
We thank you, Shamsie.
April 27: Newcomer’s Festival
The club was invited
by the Newcomer’s Festival once again to perform a dance. We had
a tough time deciding whether to do it or not as 2 out of the 6 dancers
have babies to care for. In the end, we decided to go for
it. It took some sacrifice, careful time-management as well as
flexibility not to mention, a lot of nerves to get the dance
ready. Meanwhile, we had Josephene to help take care of the two
little ones through-out the whole practice sessions. Many thanks
The day arrived. Hans, Jeya and Shirlyn went early to set up the
Malaysia Club Bayern’s booth. We got a very nice and strategic
spot this time around. Many members came to help man the
booth. Finally, our dance slot came and we performed to our best
ability what we have been diligently practicing in the last four
weeks. In fact, it was over in no time at all. It was fun
and we were able to introduced if not a lot, then a little of Malaysia
and the club made up of many Malaysians here in Bayern.
May 2: Stammtisch
The Stammtisch in May was held at Long De Garden restaurant. Its Wonton
Soup is worth mentioning for it was very tasty. Just like those
you get back home! Sadly, only a handful of members turned up for this
occasion. Nevertheless, a small group does have its
advantages. We could all talk without having to raise our voices.
May 9: Dance Performance at Unterhaching Hort
After the success of our dance at the Newcomer’s Festival, we offered
to dance at the Unterhaching Hort as a thank you for letting us
practise our dance there previously. Fauziah has gone home to
Malaysia for holidays which left the dance group with 5 dancers so we
had to improvise. Again, the dance went well and they all
appreciated our contribution.
May 18: Botanical Garten
Geplant war eigentlich einen sonnigen, warmen Frühlings - Sonntag
im Botanischen Garten München zu erleben. Doch schon am Morgen war
klar das (warme) wetterfeste Kleidung und ein Regenschirm
unerlässlich sein sollten.
Hans, Jaya, Josephene und Lothar warteten nämlich nahezu eine
Stunde am ausgemachten meeting point „Schloß Nymphenburg“ auf
unsere Malaysia-Club- Bayern Freunde (ca 60 Mitglieder).
Schließlich kamen Franz, Yvonne und Kinder Stefanie und Junwei,
Shirlyn und Christine mit großer Tochter Nicole und Baby Leona,
die den ganzen Sonntag von einem Arm zum Nächsten gewandert wurde.
Der Weg zum Botanischen Garten setzte einen 15 minütigen
Spaziergang durch den Schlosspark voraus , was den meisten jedoch nicht
behagte. So teilten wir uns 2 Botanik zu 9 zu einem Museumsbesuch
„Menschen und Tiere“. Bester Dinge und nassen Fußes erreichten
Hans und ich die riesigen Treibhäuser mit ihren Tropischen
Pflanzen. Etwa eine Stunde führte uns der Dschungel durch neun
verschiedene Gewächshäuser zwischen Palmen Kakteen und
Schlingpflanzen hindurch. Ein Besuch der seine 3 Euro absolut Wert war.
Gegen 4 Uhr fanden
wir uns wieder zu Kaffee und Käsekuchen und Eis
für die Kinder im Schlosscafe im Palmengarten auf drei Tische
verteilt zusammen. Ein guter Tip für jemand der gerne mal 15 Euro
für eine Tasse Kaffee mit Kuchen ausgeben möchte. Egal, was
soll der Geiz! Dennoch jemand von uns war tief enttäuscht, denn
die Prinzregenten Torte war ausverkauft.
Nach einer guten Stunde begaben wir uns erneut in den Dauerregen um
unser nächstes Ziel in Gröbenzell anzusteuern. Im Konvoi mit
eins...zwei...drei Autos fuhren wir zum Restaurant „Chantik Malaysia“
Gegen 20 Uhr trennten sich unsere Heimwege, es war ein schöner
Sonntag; wir haben am Ende den Regen besiegt.
Am 18. Mai 2008
Long weekend in Amsterdam/Den Haag
Pasar Malam Besar
On the 22nd of May 4 members of MCB (Jeya, Josephene, Shirlyn and Hans)
started for a prolonged weekend to Amsterdam. We actually had joined
two women (Amy and Irene) of the “Singapore Overseas Portal” who had
organized this trip. The train started punctually and all the coaches
were lit just by a tiny sleeping light. But right at 1 a.m. the
conductor came with a loud “Fahrkartenkontrolle”, switched on all the
lights and left them on until 5 a.m. At sometime a quite noisy group of
young guys had entered the train and tried to keep us awake as well.
Nevertheless we still could somehow manage to catch a bit of sleep.
When we reached “Amsterdam Centraal” we put our luggage in the locker
and looked forward to a good breakfast. After that we had time til 3
p.m. we decided to have a good look around in Amsterdam, which lead us
through various places like book shops, shoe shops, British food stuff,
but at first to a huge impressive flower market with lots of blooming,
and Jeya watching stickers
after that we reached the Hard Rock Café Amsterdam , a special
place to get some T-shirts for the kids at home. Since it was
lunch time we made a U-turn to little China Town to spoil ourselves
with roasted duck and other tasty specialities.
Soon it was time to collect our luggage and head for the next train to
den Haag. Even though we have read the time table carefully we noticed
(luckily we asked the conductor) that this train was going to Den Haag
but not to the Central Station. So we had to hop off and on to two
other trains until we reached our Hotel in Voorburg.
After a short break for refreshments and unpacking we left to meet
Maggie, a Singaporean from Holland, who had organized the tickets for
the upcoming event. So we took the next train for a short outing. But
instead of meeting Maggie we were picked up by Mandy, a Singaporean
from Belgium, who lead us downtown, a nearly 1 hour walk. Uff that
wasn’t just what we had in our mind after strolling around in Amsterdam
the whole day long. Nevertheless we managed to get to the shopping
Center where Maggie met us and brought us to an Italian restaurant
famous for food and service. The food was o.k. and luckily it was
a warm day so that we could sit outside the first hour of waiting.
When we returned home to our hotel we met the French connection of
Singaporeans, who were just leaving for the disco, but we were already
too tired to join them. Next morning, right after breakfast we went to
visit the Pasar Malam Besar which was supposed to start at 9 a.m. and
which was supposed to become very crowded . Since the train-rails from
Voorburg until Den Haag were under construction we had to use a shuttle
bus that was free of charge (what a service!).
We had bought our tickets already in advance so that we didn’t have to
queue up. Surprisingly there was no queue until later and the bazaar
opened at 11 a.m. We all decided that since the whole place was like a
huge tent-town everybody should look around on their own and that we
would meet at a certain time or bump into each other anyway, which is
what we did.
myself first got a good refreshment with fresh coconut juice and
everybody else got themselves Indonesian snacks and titbits offered for
prices between 1-3€ each. For lunch we all met in one of the various
restaurants. Nevertheless we still enjoyed the food and the various
Indonesian specialities and I was happily eating Durian. Something I
missed since our last trip to Malaysia. After four hours some of us
left to have a nap in the hotel before we had to leave in the evening
for an arranged buffet in Den Haag. (Josephene couldn’t join us in the
evening since she had an upset stomach).
At the bus station
The Dinner should start at 8.30 p.m. but none of us had an idea how far
the place was. We finally left at 8 the hotel since the French group
wasn’t ready yet. We reached the restaurant by 9p.m. We were joined by
the French Singaporeans shortly after. The restaurant had prepared a
nice buffet and we all enjoyed our meal and had a nice evening
together. For the last bus at 11 p.m. we had to hurry to catch
it. At Central station some of the French group left for another
Next morning after a good breakfast we left for Amsterdam. On arrival
we brought our luggage again to the locker and spent the day downtown.
Shirlyn, Josephene, Jeya mand I left to visit the Reijkmuseum to see
some of the famous Dutch old paintings, Irene and Amy preferred to go
shopping and to spend some time in the Casino. The day itself was a bit
rainy and windy, so we were happy to be in the museum.
Afterwards we went again to Chinatown and enjoyed roasted Duck so much
that we even bought two to take home. After strolling around a bit
longer in Chinatown we wanted to visit the “Old Church” which was right
in the Centre of the red light district, some ladies were already
waiting for customers in their negligees in front of their
Since the flower market was closed we walked around a bit and saw some
nice old buildings and visited a very good “Kaasladen” with a huge
variety of cheese. A small lunch in a fast food restaurant was
the last meal we had in Amsterdam before we all met on the platform at
8.pm. to ride home on the night train. Shortly past 8 a.m. we all
arrived well in Munich and had a nice breakfast before we all left to
our homes. It was a great time and we are planning to make another trip
next year to Rome? Paris? Or who knows where?---
Contributed by: Hans G. and Jeya Borchart
Congratulations to Alfred and Shirley Molon on the birth of their
second baby daughter, Natasha Jie Si. Natasha was born on the 2nd
of March 2008 with a healthy weight of 4010 gr and measures 56 cm in