Friday, March 21, 2014

11th Genting World Lion Dance Championship 2014

The Genting International World Lion Dance Championship is back again. This year, the 11th Genting International World Lion Dance Championship 2014 will be held in April 2014 at the Arena of Stars from 18 to 19 April (Preliminary Round) and 20 April (Grand Final) starting from 2pm onward. Up to USD27,000 worth of prizes will be given away to the winning teams.

Jointly organized by Selangor & Federal Territory Lion & Dragon Dance Association, this prestigious Genting World Lion Dance Championship has attracted 32 lion dance teams from all over the world, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brunei, Thailand, USA, Australia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Philippines.

At the draw lots session and press conference were Kevin Tann, Assistant Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment, Resorts World Genting, Encik Nor Azli Mohamad Daud, Director of Rakan Muda Development Division, Leong Lik Thong PJK, Chairman of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association and other committee members.

Steeped in tradition and culture, lion dance has gained popularity across the globe over the years and now it is recognized as an international sporting event. From the rhythmic beat of the drums to the jaw-dropping stunts, the lions will come alive and mesmerize you with their stunning acrobatic performances coupled with synchronized agility. 

This landmark cultural event filled with fiery colors and blazing energy has over the years, saw increase in the participation by local and international teams to the Genting World Lion Dance Championship since 1994. The lion dance enthusiasts will ensure non-stop excitement and spectacular display of showmanship and athletic skills throughout the competition.

Participating teams from each country will be competing at the preliminary round on 18 and 19 April. Ten teams with the highest points from the preliminary rounds will be qualified to the Grand Final. The defending champion of the 10th Genting World Lion Dance Championship 2012, Pertubuhan Tarian Singa dan Naga Hong Teik Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia will be competing with the rest in the Grand Final.

The Champion team of the 11th Genting World Lion Dance Championship will be awarded a cash prize of USD10,000 along with trophy and medals. 1st and 2nd runners-up will walk home with USD6,000 and USD3,000 respectively, while 8 teams will receive consolation prize of USD1,000 each. There will be East and West Lion King special trophies awarded to the best team from East and Western countries.

The preliminary rounds will be held from 2pm onwards on 18 and 19 April, Genting Rewards members can redeem 2 entrance tickets with GCVS slip at I-Kiosks around the resorts or redeem at Genting WorldCard Centre. Redemption is based on first-come, first-served.

The Grand Final will be held from 2pm onwards on 20 April. Tickets are priced at RM100 (PS1) and RM80 (PS2). Genting Rewards Card member can enjoy a 20% discount. Alternatively you can book your tickets via iHoliday online booking and enjoy a 10% special discount.


Be sure to watch the best lion dance troupes from all around the world battle it out live at Arena of Stars! For enquiries, please call 03-2718 1118 or log on to www.rwgenting.com.


(From Left to Right) Secretary General of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association - Yap Chee Keong, Deputy Chairman of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association - Lim Ah Chye JP, Assistant Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment, Resorts World Genting - Kevin Tann, Director of Rakan Muda Development Division - Encik Nor Azli Mohamad Daud, Chairman of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association - Leong Lik Thong PJK, Treasurer - Neo Chong Jin and Technical Officer - Siow Ho Phiew posing a group photo at the draw lots session.


(From Left to Right) Secretary General of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association - Yap Chee Keong, Deputy Chairman of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association - Lim Ah Chye JP, Assistant Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment, Resorts World Genting - Kevin Tann, Director of Rakan Muda Development Division - Encik Nor Azli Mohamad Daud, Chairman of Federation of Selangor & FT Dragon & Lion Dance Association - Leong Lik Thong PJK, Treasurer - Neo Chong Jin and Technical Officer - Siow Ho Phiew at the draw lots session.


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Collector Exhibit at Transformers Expo Malaysia 2014


Feast your eyes on over 1,600 Transformers toys and figurines, most of which are rare, displayed right before you in a nostalgic treasure trove at the 30th Anniversary Transformers Expo Malaysia 2014!

The exhibit is thanks to none other than the members of TransMY, who loaned their precious collections to be displayed at the expo, which includes toys and figurines from Generation 1 from US and Japan as well as from the movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Here are our special picks from the exhibition:

Generation 1: 1984 - 1991


The toy line that started it all. Generation 1 started as a joint venture between Hasbro of America and Takara of Japan, giving each character a unique personality and special abilities. Hasbro’s idea was to create a fictional universe that serves as a backdrop for the Transformers storyline, which revolves around a never-ending conflict between two warring factions—the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons.



Beast Wars: Transformers (1996 – 2001)

A series consisting of robots able to transform into organically-styled animals.



Beast Machines: Transformers (1999 – 2001)

The successor of Beast Wars. The design for Beast Machines leans towards a techno-organic style, combining mechanical and organic aspects.



Transformers: Cybertron (2004-2005)

Known as Galaxy Force in Japan, it is another creation by Hasbro and Takara. They are the final installment of the Unicron Trilogy.



Transformers Animated (2007-2008)

Before the live-action movie was released, this animated television series was released in celebration of Transformers 25th anniversary.



Transformers: Armada (2002 – 2003)

The first series to be completely co-developed by Hasbro and Takara.



The Chromia Collection

Believe it or not, the Bumblebee Evolution series displayed at the expo is owned by a female Transformers collector, Nor Azlin binti Rosli from Klang! Among all the rare units she owns is a vintage special edition of Golden Bumblebee and a Polystone Bumblebee, which is one of only 1,000 units available worldwide!



Transformers: Masterpiece


This is a line of toys consisting of redesigned characters from the Generation 1 series produced using advanced engineering and technology. It includes toy cars that are licensed by Lamborghini. In the same series, there were also Nissan-licensed toy cars. The main difference between the Masterpiece toyline and the other line of Transformers toys is that they are much more detailed and complex. The most expensive MP8X model is on display at this expo too!



Toys from the movie – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen























Must See

Convention Exclusives are Transformers toys that are only sold at annual Transformers conventions held around the world. There are 3 official annual conventions, namely Botcon, The Official Transfomers Collection Convention and Cybertron Con.


Transformers Expo Malaysia 2014 runs until 16 February 2014 at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting. Tickets are priced at RM55 for adults and RM45 for children and senior citizens.



TransMY (www.transmy.com) also known as Transfans Malaysia (formerly Malaysian Transformers Fandom Group) is a local Malaysian Transformers collector and appreciation group aimed at gathering local Transformers fans and providing them with an avenue for interaction, networking, collection-expansion, information exchange and most importantly – sharing the fun of being involved in this universally-recognized fandom.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There's always room for desserts...

Some say desserts contribute the most to a person’s meal as it can be a relaxing snack after a heavy full meal. They also say ‘sweet desserts can make people feel happier’. Generally, desserts are categorized into solid and liquid form, whereas Western style desserts are mainly in solid form. In Chinese dessert, there are several of them are served with a more liquid form, for example ‘Almond Beancurd’ and ‘Herbal Jelly’, as the Chinese believe that liquid form desserts are better for the digestive system.

Here are four types of mouth-watering desserts from Good Friends Restaurant for your selection:

1. Almond Beancurd



2. Herbal Jelly



3. Mango Pudding



4. Red Bean Soup



Good Friends Restaurant
Level 2, Maxims
Breakfast & Lunch: 6.30 am - 3.00 pm
Dinner: 6.00 pm - 10.00 pm


This article was first published in the January - March 2014 issue of Xperience Genting