Brunei Darussalam


Tourism Malaysia hosted a total of 119 participants from 19 countries via the Mega Familiarisation Programme (Mega Fam) in conjunction with the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. The Mega Fam participants, comprising travel agents, journalists, and crews from five TV stations, come from Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Nepal, Russia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen. The Mega Fam programme is organised with the support from local and foreign airlines, Malaysian hotels and state governments. Established in year 2000, it is a part of Tourism Malaysia’s promotional strategy to create greater awareness of of Malaysia as a tourist destination.


Presenting the Mega Fam Programme Certificates to Borneo Bulletin journalist Afelda Ghani receiving on behalf of Brunei Darussalam participants is Zulkifly Said, Director of Industry Development of Tourism Malaysia.
Nothing like gorgeous certificate to remind us of the Malaysian Hospitality during our Mega Fam trip in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. In my opinion, Fam Trips are a necessary vehicle for various tourism bodies to cross-pollinate for cultural diversity and economic growth.
My Tourism Malaysia Mega Fam pass, lanyard and the signature Malaysia Mega Sale keychain that friends have found so desirable to own, adding nicely to my growing collection.
Mr Franz Swoboda (right), Royale Chulan General Manager meets with Mr David Rajkumar, Head of Marketing, Malaysia Airlines. Mr Wan Zawawi (centre), Director of Communications & Publicity Division of Tourism Malaysia earlier presented the various attractions that define Malaysia as an affordable tourism destination.
Staff at Royale Chulan Hotel lights up the candles to welcome Mega Fam participants to an early evening of light entertainment, cocktail and dinner. I recall he burned his fingers while pausing on my request.
One of a number of favourite stop-overs is the grille where I sampled several portions of lamb cutlets, chicken satay and salad with various dressings.
We visited two shopping outlets located in Mutiara Damansara: The Curve and IKEA which is one of the largest Asia stores. In the short time I stood outside The Curve, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity with the appearance of an iconic IKEA truck in this scene just as I was about to nail the shutter.
Malaysia has attracted more than 147,646 tourists from Middle Eastern countries in previous years and it’s poised to attract a signifncant increase in the years to come.


Not far from the top of the Spanish Steps are kiosks where a variety of beauty products and services are available. Malaysia’s award-winning shopping destination is the hub of stylish excitement for shoppers.
We were each introduced to the Tourism Malaysia Director-General Datuk Mirza Mohammad on the Spanish Steps inside The Pavilion before heading outside before the coin toss ritual.
Tourism Malaysia Director-General Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab tosses a coin into the RM8 Pavilion Crystal Fountain which holds the title of ‘Malaysia’s Tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain’ as endorsed by the Malaysian Book of Records, standing at 3.6m in height and 6m in width.


I took aim of the top bowl where I wanted my coin to land and got it wrong. The idea was to toss the coin backwards so with so many people around me I received an abundance of remarks about my wrong doing.
Shaking hands with Tourism Malaysia Director-General Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab is Ms Kung Suan Ai (centre) General Manager Marketing of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur after a ceremonious coin toss.
The Pavilion KL Style Cops, a first-of-its-kind in Malaysia dances, mimes and poses their way during Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival period ‘summoning’ shoppers with shopping vouchers and giveaways.


The essence of this fountain is a reflection of the Prime Minister’s “1 Malaysia” vision. The etching on the plaque reads:

The Bloom of the Hibiscus, the national flower of Malaysia is a symbol of opulence, passion and progression. The three bowls represent Malaysia’s multiracial culture living harmoniously in unity. Ascending to signify the growing aspirations of the people. Serenely the water converges from all directions, an endless source of blessings and prosperity. This crystal glass fountain bestows luminous wealth upon the city and the nation.

The RM8 Pavilion Crystal Fountain’s “Grand Bloom of Fulfillment” is magnificent at night when the illuminated bowls come to life (I didn’t have a tripod with me to capture the water movements).

Fondly known as the heart of Pavilion KL, the Centre Court is flanked by specialty shops and stylist kiosks and it’s also a hub for launches, exhibitions, concourse entertainment activities. The signature Spanish Steps is a popular area where shoppers and guests can rest or unwind as natural sunlight streams down through the translucent skylight. On this night, we were treated to a fashion showcase by two designers: TANGOO and VARIANTE.




TANGOO offers a Summer of Romance this season: clothes and accessories that are fresh, flirty and pretty! Just right for the mood to be in love as this is also Malaysia’s wedding season!



“I get my inspiration from looking at a piece of fabric and imagining what possibilities it can end up with,” says the designer with an infectious smile. “I love looking at my archives of magazines and video clips from the late 80’s and seeking ways to improve on what are already classics. A woman dressed in a Variante is a goddess, even if she is a modest one” — Leslie Variyan | Variante

Luxurious, understated elegance hinting at sexy are the words that come to mind when one firsts sets eyes on Variante’s latest collection.
Of the models from the evening, she’s one of two who made eye contact with the photographer. As I’ve been watching the “Top Model” series I’ve learnt a thing or two about models who can engage with the lens. Clearly, she has piercing eyes to go with a beautiful face.


For more information about events or places of interest in Malaysia,
contact Tourism Malaysia Brunei office

Unit 1.14 – 1.15, First Floor, The Rizqun International Hotel
Gadong BE3519,  Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: 673-2381575 / 673-2381576 | Fax: 673-2381584
Official Tourism Malaysia website


  1. Love the flame searing meat shot and the piercing stare of that model. Excellent set, Jan.

    I see you got some exercise by running up to get some rooftop shots and back down again. Makes for good eating in Malaysia. I miss the spicy food and a good thing you didn’t hit anyone with the coin toss…

    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you and yours.


  2. Fantastic blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the information are well written. I am wondering how I can be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which should do the trick! Have a nice day!


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