VISIT TO GENTING TEA ESTATE
SUNDAY 8 APRIL 2018
10.00 a.m – 3.00 p.m
[Limited to 50 pax]
Join us for a day in the hills – courtesy of founding member, Dato’ Henry Barlow. Pack a picnic, round up your family and friends and take time out for a short escape from the madding crowd!
New members are encouraged to sign up and let us get to know you better. We also look forward to meeting old friends and those who have not yet been able to join us on previous GTE events. Hurry now – only 50 places available!
Non-Members: RM30 per person (Free for kids below 8)
Download your form HERE and RSVP to
10.00 a.m. Assemble at Meeting Point: Genting Sempah Rest and Recreation area – public parking in the front. We may have to carpool from this point up as there are very limited parking spaces available. SUVs will be best suited for the access road into GTE.
10.30 a.m. Brief introduction to the background of the house and estate
Walk in the estate (approximately 1 hour)
Introduction to one of the largest private collections of moths and butterflies
2.30 p.m. Pack up and preparation for departure
Access to the restrooms will be indicated when we arrive at the house.
1) Please bring your own mats, picnic lunch & drinks. No food or drinks will be provided.
2) Due to the current weather, a change of clothes is recommended.
3) Please come prepared with proper walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent.
4) The walk into the estate is on an inclined walkway.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PATRIOTIC SONG?
Who would’ve thought that a simple evening listening to a talk on patriotic songs would evoke strong emotions of love, respect and pride for my country? I personally never thought I’d feel this way.
I was part of the audience of about 50 guests who attended Datin Saidah Rastam’s talk entitled Jangan Putih Mata at Badan Warisan Malaysia’s Heritage Center on Sunday, 16 August 2015.
In all honesty, I probably would not have attended this talk if I was not working for Badan Warisan Malaysia. I guess I can consider this the ‘perks’ of the job.
The evening began with a short introduction of Datin Saidah Rastam by Elizabeth Cardosa, the Executive Director.
Datin Saidah Rastam is a composer who has written music for theatre, film dance and TV, for gamelan, martial artists, choral groups, Chinese opera singers, orchestras and electronica. A show she created last year, Malam Terang Bulan, for singers and orchestra and featuring Dato’ Zahim Albakri and Chacko Vadaketh, will be restaged at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in November 2015. Her book Rosalie and Other Love Songs was published by Khazanah Nasional Berhad as part of a preservation project on Malayan music, recordings, manuscripts and oral history.
Datin Saidah spoke about various topics concerning patriotic music from the iconic Malaysian composers and producers, the history of our national anthem, the Negaraku and her research for the book Rosalie.
One particular point that I related to was when Datin Saidah mentioned works done by artists of my generation, citing examples like Namewee and Najwa Mahiaddin.While they may not sound like your average patriotic songs, the lyrics showcase a love for the nation, hope for a better tomorrow and calls for unity- which got me thinking about Ella’s song-‘Standing in the Eyes of the World’ for the 98′ Commonwealth Games.
To me, the most magnetic part of the talk was when Datin Saidah led the audience into a sing-along of nostalgic patriotic songs such as Putera-Puteri, Malaysia Berjaya and Malaysia Tanahairku.
I was in awe- firstly because the audience remembered these songs and secondly, for the energy that radiated from them. It was inspiring, moving, energetic and full of pride for this country and its people.
I can’t say I’m looking forward to celebrating the independence of our country with a renewed sense of patriotism, but I do have to admit that this talk has certainly given me a new perspective on the different kinds of personalities that were part of building our nation- stuff that you probably would not find in your Buku Sejarah sekolah.
This guest post is written by Melanie Anthony, Communications Manager for Badan Warisan Malaysia.
The views expressed here are entirely the writer’s own.
YOU’RE INVITED- BWM OPEN HOUSE & AN EVENING WITH DATIN SAIDAH RASTAM
Join Badan Warisan Malaysia for our RAYA OPEN HOUSE on SUNDAY, 16 AUGUST 2015. Bring a friend and explore more about the exciting programmes we have lined up for this year. There will be food and music; you can visit the Rumah Penghulu, network with other members and renew your membership!
The evening will begin with a talk at 5.00 pm by DATIN SAIDAH RASTAM on JANGAN PUTIH MATA which is about HEROES and ANTI-HEROES in patriotic music during MALAYSIA’S nation building years. It explores stories, accounts and conspiracies and examines the continuing potency of songs written in that idealistic era.
Datin Saidah Rastam is a well-known composer for theatre, film dance and TV and most recently, she composed and directed Malam Terang Bulan which was staged last September. She is the author of Rosalie and Other Love Songs, a preservation project on Malayan music, recordings, manuscripts and oral history.
BWM MEMBERS: FREE NON MEMBERS: RM25
ABOUT DATIN SAIDAH RASTAM
Saidah Rastam is a composer who has written music for theatre, film dance and TV, for gamelan, martial artists, choral groups, Chinese opera singers, orchestras and electronica. She was the musical director for the launch of the Petronas Twin Towers. A show she created last year, Malam Terang Bulan, for singers and orchestra and featuring Dato’ Zahim Albakri and Chacko Vadaketh, will be restaged at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in November 2015.
Her book Rosalie and Other Love Songs was published by Khazanah Nasional Berhad as part of a preservation project on Malayan music, recordings, manuscripts and oral history. She is now working on a documentary on the early years of Sultan Idris Training College and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar: institutions which produced young men with radically different ideals. Saidah trained as a barrister and was in practice for seven years.