Foreword from the Club President
thank you all for your trust in my capabilities as the club president
once again. The club strives to accommodate the interest of all
the different age-groups in its activities and hope that the many
student members who have joined and those who are still considering
whether to join or not, will find that we try to make it as interesting
and dynamic as we can. One thing is for sure, you young members
have infused "new blood" into our club. To all members, young and
senior and everyone in-between, I appreciate and hope for your
continual support and participation. Thank you.
The Malaysia Club Bayern
opened the year 2009 with the Chinese New Year
dinner celebration on January 17th at Fuh Guei Restaurant in
Boschetsrieder Straße 51, Obersendling. Many Malaysian
students in Munich joined us in this festive gathering. While it
was nice that many people turned-up, it was unfortunate that some of
them had to sit outside the reserved Wintergarten section because all
the seats were taken up. Nevertheless, we managed to mingle with
each other on our way to and fro from the Buffet area as well as
February: MCB AGM
It was time again to elect the new board of committee members.
The meeting was held on the 15th of February at Eine Welt Haus.
The election went very smoothly and soon enough, the new committee
members were formed. There were a lot of finger foods set out for
our enjoyment. So that we did not have to thirst, there were
mineral water, fruit juices and the various types of Malaysian coffee
such as Kopi-O, Ipoh White Coffee and the one coffee that got us winks
and good-natured elbowing: Kopi Tongkat Ali Power!
March: Trip to Deutsches Museum
We met at the entrance of the Deutsches Museum on a cool Sunday
afternoon, the 15th of March 2009. Many of the parents brought
their children along. After everybody has arrived, we all went in
together. As soon as we entered inside the hall, our group broke
up into sub-groups and eventually each one went his/her own way because
there were so many different things to see and all of us had different
levels of interest on different topics. Once in a while we would
meet each other before drifting off again. But we did set up a
time when we should meet again at a certain place.
We all met again at 4:45 pm at the main hall. The museum closes
its doors at 5:00 pm. We went out into a light drizzle.
Thankfully it did not develop into a proper rain. We were all
hungry by then, so after a little discussion, settled on an Italian
restaurant, Bella Italia in Au-Haidhausen, S-Bahn Rosenheimer
Platz. Since the museum sits smack in-between S-Bahn station
Isartor and Rosenheimer Platz, we decided to just walk to Rosenheimer
We were lucky that we were early and the restaurant could put their
tables together to form a long rectangle for us. As we ate and
talked and had fun, people kept coming and had to wait for
tables! The restaurant was filled to the brim!
The food was good at a very affordable price. There was however a
hitch with Mas’ order but after a long long wait, the food came and at
the end of the meal, she was compensated with a dessert dish. And
due to Shamsie’s good-natured teasing with the waiter, she managed to
get us all a lollipop each.
March: Dinner - Kam Lung China Restaurant
On the 27th of March 2009, the Malaysia Bayern Club had a get-together
dinner at the Kam Lung China-Restaurant.
Dinner was pre-ordered. We had some special dishes such as the Peking
duck, steamed sea bass (Wolfsbarsch) and mussel. They were served on a
round rotating glass on the middle of the table and we could share the
food just like the way Malaysians would have their meal at a local
Chinese restaurant in Malaysia.
About 15 people attended the dinner including children and we had two
tables. After dinner, a few of us stayed back and had
coffee. We were treated each to a bowl of Pulut Hitam, which
literally means "Black Rice". It is a common Malaysian dessert that
consists mainly of black glutinous rice, gula Melaka (Malaccan sugar)
and coconut milk.
All in all, it was a pleasant evening with good food and company, just
the way Malaysians enjoy their evenings, even in Germany.
By Soh I Leng
April: Trip to Chiemsee
On the 18th of April ,
which was a Saturday,
Shirlyn with four of her friends and Hans and I met at the Hauptbahnhof
to take the train to Prien. There we took a bus to Gstadt, where we met
Franz and Yvonne with their two children. Together we took a boat to
the Fraueninsel, where we saw the famous grave of Irmgard, the first
abbess of the nunnery, who passed away in 866 ac.
Nearby was a shop selling freshly smoked fish, so some of us bought
fish to take back. From there we took the boat to Herrenchiemsee.
Before visiting the castle we went for lunch because we were quite
hungry by then. To our disappointment the only restaurant there was
being renovated so we had to go to the make-shift tent that served only
fast food. We nearly wanted to take out our fish to eat it but we made
do with Leberkäs and Würstchen.
We proceeded from there
to a guided tour of
the castle of King Ludwig II, who constructed this castle as a copy of
Versailles of King Ludwig XIV of France. Then we visited the museum
within the castle. Soon we had enough of history and culture and
treated ourselves to coffee and cake. We took the boat back to
Prien and to our train. Franz and his family took the boat back to
Gstadt, where they had parked their car. We had a nice time as usual
and the weather was better than expected, in fact too warm for some.
By Jeya and Hans
April: Visit by Y.B. DATO' MUSTAPA BIN MOHAMED
The Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry, Yang
Berhormat Dato’ Mustapa bin Mohamed with the aid of His
Excellency Datuk Zakaria Sulong, Ambassador of Malaysia to the
Federal Republic of Germany organised an impromtu gathering in the
Bayrischer Hof to meet with fellow Malaysian students and also the
Malaysian community living in Bayern.
In conjunction with
Mothers’ Day on the 10th
of May, the MCB met at the Hort in Unterhaching for a late morning of
cooking. Our fellow member Aini, who works at the Hort got
permission from her employers for us to use the grounds and its
facilities. Her direct boss, Toby even helped set up the tables,
benches and decorations. On top of all that, he also baked us a
tray of apple crumble cake. Thank you Toby!
Some of us went there earlier to help prepare the ingredients like
cutting, dicing, cleaning and whatever needed to be done, while a few
more did the cooking. When the foods were ready, we carried them
all down to the garden and set them out Buffet style.
In addition to a few
members who arrived a
little later, a group of Malaysian students from Rosenheim also joined
us and we all sat down to a very nice Malaysian lunch. Later we
had coffee with Toby’s Apple Cake and our local Kuih Bengka.
The little ones had board games, papers and colour pencils to entertain
themselves. Once in a while, the adults were drawn in to play
with them. On the other side of the garden, the young adults
played football and I don’t know what else since I did not go and take
a look, just heard the squeal, teasing and laughter from where I was
Much later, we all returned everything back to its place; foods were
"ta-pau"ed to be given to whoever wanted it and then after everything
was neat and tidy again, we left.
June: Visit by Y.B. Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam
The Malaysian Minister of Human Resources, Y.B. Datuk Dr. S.
Subramaniam and his wife together with the Ambassador of Malaysia, His
Excellency Datuk Zakaria Sulong and his wife, called for a gathering at
Westin Grand Arabellapark on the 7th of June in his interest to meet
and interact with Malaysian community and students in Munich.
June: Concert in the Residenz
Weeks earlier, Amsyar, our
told us he will be playing violin in a concert. Straight away we
asked him when and where it will be held and then said, we would go and
give him our support.
We all met in Odeonsplatz in front of the two big lions at 19:40 on
Tuesday the 16th. Amsyar was with us in his shirt and
jeans!?! When everybody has arrived we walked into the
Herkulessaal der Residenz.
The first part of the
evening started off
with a group of choir singing songs from Haydn. The second part
saw Amsyar in his tux and the rest of the orchestral members walking in
and taking their place to play Mendelssohn’s symphonies. The
concert ended with the choir and the orchestra performing together.
After the nice performance, we went for late snacks and drinks at
the nearby Biergarten. Before we left, we said, let’s do this
again the next time Amsyar is playing in a concert.
June: Trip to Königsee
Jaya Borchart, I-Leng,
Josephene Kissol-Kretz, Shirlene Wok-Meyer and I, met on the 28th of
June at 7.30 on Sunday morn, to travel to Königsee for the day. We
started out despite the rain and cheered each other up along the way on
the train with coffee, biscuits and nuts. We changed trains and were
lucky enough to be able to share the Bayern ticket with fellow
passengers who were kind enough to allow us to ride on their
ticket. Finally after a couple of hours on the trains and a short
bus ride, we arrived at the breathtaking Königssee, where we
boarded the ferry for the short ride to the isles of St.
The island is a National Park, which has survived the ravages of many
past storms but Nature is allowed to revive and resurrect herself in
all her glory of the tall pines, the crystal clear ice cold water
which has a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius even in the
truly a lake that is
maintained in all its natural glory with the surrounding hills and
mountains shutting out all interruptions of motor cars. Motor boats are
not allowed, no water skiing or surfing. Fishing is only permitted to
the owners and inhabitants with special passes.
The Captain of the ferry surprised and entertained us with his trumpet
to which we heard the echoes. It was a wonderful experience, even to
hear the waterfall sparkling and tumbling on the rocks and down the
cliffs edges. This was a rare experience for all of us and the
wonder of nature silenced us to listen and revel and rejuvenate
ourselves in its magnificence.
Hans was our mountain climber of the day and left us ladies to enjoy
our coffee, cake and hot chocolate while he explored the mountain a
short way up.
I-Leng was our
photographer of the day and
her pictures, we hope will
take your breath away and assist us in organising another such trip. We
feasted on a wonderful, healthy meal of fresh fish, grilled and served
with lemon and finished off with cake. Finally, tired out, we set off
on our homeward journey, but, not before we bought souvenirs from the
Mountain Crystal stores at reasonable prices. Berg Crystal chains
and bracelets found their place in our shopping bags. We reached
Munich safe and sound, after a lovely day. I for one enjoyed it
thoroughly and am looking forward to many such trips. Our warmest
thanks go out to Hans and to all who arranged the trip and the tickets
and the printing of the timetable and so on.
Auf Wiedersehen until the Summer Sports day on Sunday 12.07.2009.
By Alison Pereira
Introducing our new members and welcoming our infant
Karsten Korbel and Linda Low
Karsten is a Dip. Engr,
graduating from the
University of Applied
Sciences, Regensburg and read for his MBA with the University of
Liverpool. He is currently employed by Cocus (Company for
Customers), a consulting company for the Telecommunications & IT
Linda holds a BBA (Human Resource Management) from Western Michigan
University, USA and worked for 10 years with EML-BNB Executive Search,
an executive search company in Kuala Lumpur.
Karsten and Linda met in 1999 and married in 2004 in KL,
Malaysia. Linda moved to Germany in 2005 and settled in Karsten's
hometown in Straubing. Due to Karsten's work, they relocated to
Munich (Zamdorf/Bogenhausen) in October 2008 and out of boredom, she
set out to find other Malaysians, locating the MCB through ''Uncle
Their son, Dexter Yan Korbel was born on the 22nd of March 2009 at
Klinikum Rechts der Isar, after a long (long, long, long ...) birth and
weighed in at a whopping 3.9kg!! Length 55cm. Last week at
the doctor's office he made both his parents proud ... weighing in at
7.2kg at 3 months 2 weeks!! :-)
New baby in the club
Xavi Goh Wie-Yi is the son of
Valerie and Ronnie.
Javier, his older brother positively dotes on him.
Xavi is born on the 18th of March 2009 at 4:59 am weighing 2800 grams
with a length of 49 cm.