I'm Michael Yip

With 20+ years in the video and photography industry, I've been engaged to cover quite a number of historical events that happened across the Asian region in the recent years. From the 1st Formula 1 race in Malaysia to the SEA Games in Laos and Olympics in Australia. Since 2010, based out of Kuala Lumpur, my team and I have been engaged to cover a number of corporate clients and notable individuals as well as festivals in the Asian region. To get in touch with us to use our service, Just head over to the contact section and drop me a message.

Through ABOOD PLT., my team and I also provides Event Production as well as Procurement services. Our core team has a combined 30+ years of experience in the event industry organizing festivals and corporate functions as well as corporate training services. We also have a team that has a strong network in the business world that enabled us to provide procurement services to various businesses looking for specific items or services. To reach out to us, you can drop me a message via the floating button at the bottom right or write in to us at info@mikeyip.com or aboodmediamy@gmail.com

If you are stumped by the photo, yes, I dance as well, mainly Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango. I have since stopped performing due to injuries but if you are looking for performers for corporate events/functions/parties/festivals. Do drop me a message as well as I manages some of the dance teams that is currently making the rounds performing for various clients.

Kolej Bandar Utama/Central St. Martin

Diploma in Arts and Design

Kolej Damansara Utama

Diploma in Telecommunication Engineering

SMK Damansara Utama


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Places to Dance in Hong Kong – Updated May 2017

Since meeting some friends from Hong Kong at the recent dance festivals, and having promised some ex-colleagues that I'd go back to the island to visit them, I've been wondering about the places I can go to dance when I'm there.

Well, guess I don't have to wonder much further, and have since compiled a list of places to check out the local dancing scene. If you feel that there's some changes I need to put in, do feel free to let me know.


Rula Bula
58-62, D'Aguilar Street
Time: 8pm til late.

Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry

Kizomba Social
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Time: 9pm onward
Dance: Kizomba
Entry: Free Entry


Viva La Salsa
Volar, B/F, 38-44, D' Aguilar Street
Time: 8pm - 1am
Dance: Salsa
Entry: HK$150 (includes 2 drinks)

Afro-Latin Party
Mezcalito, 27/F, 18 On Lan Street
Time: 9pm until late 

Dance: Kizomba, Bachata Zouk & Salsa
Entry: HK$130 (includes 1 drink)
La La Latin
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Time: 8.30pm onward
Entry: HK$120 (includes 1 drink)

Cuban Nights
Ce La Vi, 25/F California Tower
32 D'Aguilar Street

Time: 6.30pm - 11pm
Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry


Sensual WedNite
Bar Six, 6/F Parekh House,
63 Wyndham Street, Central
Dance: Bachata, Kizomba & Zouk
Entry: HK$100 (includes 1 Drink) or HK$150 (includes 2 Drinks)

The Funkiest Salsa Party in TownFire & Ice, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Time: 9pm until late
Dance: Salsa
Entry: Free Entry


Kizomba Party
Danzstage, 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Time: 10pm until late
Entry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks)

Salsa Night
Rude Bar, pper Basement
79 Wyndham Street, Central
Time: 9pm - 1am
Entry: Free Entry


Salsaman Social
Danzstage, 20/F, 148 Electric Road, Tin Hau
Time: 8.30pm until lateEntry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks) 

Salsa FeverMorrison Restaurant & Bar
284 Queen's Road Central
Time: 9pm until late
Entry: Free entry 

Latin Beat PartyMahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza,
202 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
Time: 10.30pm to 2am
Entry: HK$120 (includes 1 drink)


Saturday Night Live Salsa Party
20/F Richmond Plaza
496 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Time: 10.30pm - 2.30am
Entry: HK$120 (bring your own drinks)

Saturday Night Latin Fever
Picada, 2F, LKF29, 29 Wyndham Street
Time: 10pm - 2am
Entry: Free Entry


Las Noches Locas
Mazu, UG/F, 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong

Time: 7.30pm - 1am
Entry: Free Entry

Salsa Fusion
Rula Bula, 58-62, D'Aguilar Street
Time: 9.30pm til late.

Entry: Free Entry

Again, if you feel that I left out any locations to dance, do drop me a message at info [at] mikeyip.com or message me on Facebook. Until then, I'll see you on the dance floor.

Reporting Lost MyKad or Passport via Online for Klang Valley Folks

For people in the Klang Valley looking for faster ways to lodge police reports for non-criminal cases such as lost identity cards or passports can do so online now. The Online Police Reporting System, which is available at http://ereporting.rmp.gov.my, means complainants no longer have to go to the police station to make a report. E-reporting is open for Malaysians aged 18 and above.

“In 2015 and 2016, 80% to 90% of reports lodged in Kuala Lumpur involved people losing their IC or passports, misplacing handphones, and runaway maids,” said City police chief Comm Datuk Amar Singh. "E-reporting would make the process easier for these people."

“There was positive response, so we decided to expand it to the whole contingent in Kuala Lumpur. “Perhaps in the future, it will be open for the whole country,”

Besides e-reporting, there is also the Online Checking System at http://sso.rmp.gov.my, which allows people who have lodged police reports to check the progress of their case.

What about those of you who wants to apply for Replacement of lost Identity Card (MyKad Or MyPR)? You can use JPN's portal to do it at http://www.jpn.gov.my/en/kp/permohonan-gantian-hilang-kad-pengenalan-mykad-atau-mypr/

I tested it over the weekend as the chip on my MyKad is faulty but there was a bit of bounced connection from the site. Hopefully they will improve on the backend to keep up with the incoming traffic.

Le French Festival is back for the 2017 edition

Bonjour, Comment allez-vous? Ça roule? Anyway, The 16th edition of Le French Festival (LFF) is back, an eagerly anticipated event on the annual Malaysian cultural agenda. This year looks to be the most packed as they will be celebrating the LFF in 3 states, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu! I still remember the first time I attended the event and it was held in a small space at HELP college (which is now a big pile of rubble next to the Pusat Damansara MRT station). How they have grown over the years and getting stronger is amazing.

From the 4th of May to 18th of June, audiences in Malaysia can look forward to a selection of the latest French films, live shows with a number of visiting French artists, exhibitions, gastronomy events and a series of Live concerts (the list goes on but these are the ones I'm interested in)! You can check out the complete listing of events and activities at their website (click here).

A quick rundown for those of you that's unfamiliar with the French Festival, it's organized by Alliance Française and the France Embassy supported by the Institut  Français. With the roots and cornerstone of the festival being the Film Festival, they partnered with GSC to feature some amazing line up of movies across their cinemas in the Klang Valley, Penang and Kota Kinabalu.

I've got a head start and caught the movie Monsieur Chocolat and I have to say it's one of the movies you should catch. It tells the story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave that became a star clown in PAris. Changing the way clown works and perform with his friend George Footit. Of course, when there's a high, there's also the low point in the movie, watch it and you'd know. Don't want to spoil movie for those that has yet to watch it. T’sais?

The other movies they'll feature is Cigarettes et chocolat chaud, La Vache, Rosalie Blum, Nos Futurs and L'Odyssée. Gustave Kervern (Actor/Filmmaker) that is acting in Cigarettes et chocolat chaud will be in town for meet & greet on the 5th of May at GSC Pavilion. Want to meet him? Head there at 9pm to see him.

There's also Live Events and Shows, from concerts to dance and Performance Arts, again, visit their website for the complete list. For those that's into architecture, Jacques Ferrier will be in town with his exhibition from the 18th of May to 1st June. There'll also be a conference with Jacques but it's by Invite-Only.

Lastly, there's the gastronomy & lifestyle events, with mixology workshops to champagne & cognag tastings. For those that wants to learn how to cook french dishes, there's also some cooking classes you can attend. I'm most attracted to the Wine Tasting with Chateau de Lafont at AFKL. After all, it's wine! And there's the Flea Market at AFKL on the 20th May which is dangerous for me as my hands tend to go for eccentric stuff. It's looking to be quite an interesting May and June with all these activities in store. Can't wait!

Visit http://lefrenchfestival.com.my/ to find out more. Until then, time for me to plan out my timing so I can visit at least one or two of the activities that I have my eyes on. Ça te dit?

AirAsia enforced 7kg limit for carry-on luggage

Travelers flying with AirAsia departing from KLIA2 do take note, AirAsia is enforcing the 7kg luggage limit for carry-on luggage. Which means, you are only allowed to bring a TOTAL of 7KG worth irregardless of how many bags you are carrying.

In my case, I have to think twice if I were to fly AirAsia as even my camera bag and computer bag combine would have exceeded 7KG and I don't trust the ground crew enough to check in the bags. So either I don't fly with AirAsia or I have to play properly on the best scenario to enable my gears to get into the plane with me without fear of it being damaged or stolen.

I was told that there's weighing machine at the departure lounge that all passengers have to go through to weight the luggage before they can board their flights. So if you are planning to fly with AirAsia, make sure you get to the airport at least 3 hours ahead of time. There's scenarios where friends have missed their flights because of what happened.

The ruling has been around for quite some time, the airline was quite relaxed until recently which caught a lot of flyers off guard and most of them vent their frustration social media.

Hopefully by the time you are flying in or flying out with AirAsia, they would have sorted out the issues and have a smooth transition for passengers (so you don't miss your flight).

If you want to get more details about the Baggage ruling, you can read about it in their website (click here).

New Thailand Ruling on Foreign Vehicles Entering The Country

This is something to take notice of especially to those that drives into Thailand. There's a new declaration form with barcodes that is being used at the Thailand borders and those who lose the barcodes on declaration forms risk a RM2,000 fine imposed by the Thai authorities.

According to Titi Tinggi state assemblyman Khaw Hock Kong in the Padang Besar parliamentary constituency, the new ruling was implemented by the Thai authorities in mid-March.

“I understand that each vehicle to be taken to Thailand must be declared to the customs and immigration departments, including the number of passengers, which was previously not practised.

“A barcode would be posted on the declaration form. Drivers who lose the barcode will not be allowed to leave unless they pay a fine of RM2,000,” he told reporters here yesterday.

He said he was informed that many Malaysians who entered Thailand through Padang Besar in their own vehicles were not aware of this ruling and were warned by the Thai authorities during the early stages of the implementation.

“I want to advise our people to observe the laws of that country so that they do not face any problem, including having their vehicles impounded,” said Khaw.

There's no plans for the Malaysia-Thailand border gateways to be opened round-the-clock as well as majority of people in Padang Besar did not agree with the proposal. They felt the move would only create more problems to the country when the issue of security should be the priority.

Currently, the border gateways are opened from 6am to 10pm.

I'm not sure if this ruling only applies to those entering the country from Malaysia or also applies to those that enters the country from the other borders.

Using Public Transport vs Personal Transportation - My Take

I was asked by friends to write about my experience comparing driving and using public transport (including GRAB/UBER). Why? Because since the start of 2017, I've been using the public transport (MRT) a lot as there's a feeder bus in front of my residential area and the MRT was fully operational between Sungai Buloh and Semantan (Bukit Damansara).

With the convenience of the public transport + uber/grab, I don't have to think about traffic congestion (especially during peak hours) and parking cost/spaces at the destination. Do I still drive? Yes, when I need to go pick up my children from school/tuition or when I need to go groceries shopping at the market (as a single dad, I have to be the maid as well). Aside from that, going to meetings in KL is mostly via Public Transport.

Doesn't it take longer time to get to the destination? Of course, but having used the MRT+Feeder Buses for 4 years while I lived and worked in Singapore, I'm used to planning ahead of time if I need to get to my appointments at a certain time. So far, the only time I gotten late to an appointment before was when I drove as I got stuck in a post-rain jam despite leaving my home early.

For now, the MRT only reaches Semantan (Wisma UN) area at the time of this post so I will update this part once they have open up the rest of the route (remind me if I didn't update this post when you stumble upon this)

For this post, The destination of choice was Publika in Solaris Damansara which is 16 km away (from my home according to waze) which usually takes me about 30 - 40 minutes (during non-peak hour) and 1 hour to 1 1/2 by car. Also, this post does not include BIKES as it's cheaper to move around if you are riding a small cub bikes as a full tank of below RM10 can get you far and most malls and offices charges a flat rate for bike parking space.

Public Transport

Duration: 55 min (Per Direction)
Transportation Cost:
Feeder Bus : RM1
MRT : Kota Damansara - Semantan : RM3.20
Feeder Bus : RM1
Total Per Direction: RM5.20
Total For Entire Trip: RM10.40
(I usually don't have to wait long for the Feeder bus as it goes by my area every 15 minutes and I can roughly gauge the timing so I can head out just in time for the bus)

Using UBERX: RM17.42 (Both Direction: RM34.84)
If you to use UBER and have not signed up before, use my invite code: uberzique.

Using GRAB: RM22 (Both Direction: RM44).
If you to use GRAB and have not signed up before, use http://invite.grab.co/A69F66.

The prices for UBER/GRAB are what I got when I request for ride at the time of the screenshot. It also varies depending on surges/peak periods.

I also use a combination of the MRT/LRT with GRAB/UBER as the timing RapidKL bus that goes by my place to the Kelana Jaya LRT Station is not consistent. At some time, I've seen people waiting for an hour before we see the bus in the area and on some occasion, the bus totally bypass the route as they assumed that there's no passenger in that route. I hope the Feeder Bus will remain consistent for my area as the 15 minutes between each bus is just nice. According to the bus driver, they'll still go into the area even if there's zero passenger at the time of their shift.

This is just an estimate based on the taxi calculator website

TAXI: RM16.76 (This is just an estimated fare, we'll round it up to RM17 for easy calculation)
Toll: RM1.80 (You'll have to stand-by small change if you know you are using the toll)
Total Per Direction: RM18.80
Total For Entire Trip: RM37.60

Do request for the Taxi to always use the Meter before you get into the taxi. If you don't want to risk it, use the GrabTaxi app as the payment is paid based on the rate shown on the app and you can immediately lodge a report via the app if there's any issues.

Own Car

Duration: 35 min + 15 min searching for a parking space
Petrol Cost: RM2.65 (estimated)
Toll: RM1.80 (Kota Damansara - Jalan Duta)
Parking: RM4 (I was there for 4 hours) (RM2 for First 2 hours + RM1 every subsequent hours)
Total Per Direction: RM4.45 
Total For Entire Trip: RM12.90 (including RM4 parking charges)

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Now does it mean that it's better to just drive than to use the Public Transport? Personally, it's a preference. There's no right or wrong. If I know it's easier to go by Public Transport without the hassle of traffic jam then I'll do that. There's times I know I'll be out until late, only then will I drive.

So tell me, do you prefer to use the Public Transport or drive yourself?

Snowboard and ski in Japan for FREE

Yeah, I know the title is a bit misleading but hear me out, especially to you snowboarders and skiers that is heading to Japan for holiday. In the winter months, some of Japan’s coldest regions turn into white wonderlands filled with thick layers of soft, dry powder snow. The spectacular conditions lure hordes of skiers and snowboarders from around the world, who travel from Tokyo to popular destinations like Hokkaido and Nagano on trains, buses, and domestic flights, but now there’s a much faster way to get in amongst the powder, with a trip to Fukushima’s Aizu ski region.

Billing itself as the closest powder snow paradise from Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture is now promoting its world-class runs in Aizu and South Aizu with an amazing new offer that lets foreign visitors between the ages of 19 and 24 ski for free. If you’re outside of the required age range for the free one-day lift pass, there’s another promotional campaign available to foreign tourists of any age: a day pass that costs just 2,000 yen (US$17).

In order to check out the powder conditions first-hand, Fukushima Prefecture and the Tokyo Convention & Visitor’s Bureau invited us to take a look at Grandeco, one of the most popular ski resorts in the region. Located approximately 260 kilometers (162 miles) north of Tokyo, the resort is part of the Bandai-Asahi National Park, which includes Mt Bandai, one of the country’s most famous volcanoes. The area here boasts an impressively long ski season, which starts in late November and goes all the way to early May.

There are a variety of runs here for skiers of all levels to enjoy, including a 3,500-metre (2.2-mile) trail for beginners and kids, as well as mogul and slalom runs for snowboarders and more advanced skiers. Grandeco is the only ski resort in Japan that solely uses hooded highspeed quads, which keep visitors sheltered from the cold environment as they ride up the mountain in freezing conditions. In addition to the comfortable quads, which take visitors up to the course peak of 1,590 metres, there’s also one gondola lift, which takes people from the base height of 1,010 metres to 1,390 metres up the mountain.

The short journey up the mountain gives visitors a spectacular view of the resort and its surrounding areas. The scenery is equally beautiful in summer and spring, when the mountains come alive with fresh green leaves, and in autumn, guests can enjoy the unusual sight of fall foliage combined with snow, thanks to the region’s early annual snowfall.

Despite the excellent facilities and high-quality conditions, the Aizu ski region has remained a well-kept secret enjoyed mostly by local Japanese visitors, which means you don’t have to contend with crowds on the slopes. A day in the snow here makes you feel like you’re in your very own private paradise!

In addition to the eight runs down from the summit, the resort offers a range of activities like snowshoe tours and cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing is a fun and easy way to get a feel for the depth and quality of the snow, and here the conditions are just as good as any you would find in more far-flung destinations from Tokyo.

The snow here is so light and dry it makes it almost impossible to create snowballs to pelt at your friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, though, as one of the best things you can do is dive into the powder and enjoy the relaxing sensation as the deep snow hugs your body.

For guests wanting to stay overnight, the Urabandai Grandeco Tokyu Hotel right next to the resort offers a large number of twin and family rooms, an indoor and outdoor onsen hot spring, a swimming pool, Japanese and Western-style restaurants, and a beautiful view of the snow from the lobby lounge. After a day of outdoor activities, it’s nice to kick back in one of the resort’s beautifully spacious rooms, which include pull-out sofa beds for extra guests and balconies with expansive views of the snow.

For more information on the special deal for foreign tourists, which runs until 31 March, check out the I Play Fukushima website. Now if all goes well, I might be able to go there in April, dance and check out the slopes. It's been ages since I last ski so not sure if it's as easy to get back into like ice skating or there'll be a lot of falling when I get there.

Happy Chinese New Year 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends a Happy Chinese New Year 2017. If you want to know what this year will bring for your zodiac sign, here's the complete list for all the 12 animal signs.

Now, one of the most important aspect of the Chinese Culture is when would be the best dates to go back to work during the Chinese New Year celebration. For 2017, these are the dates/days you can look at to start work.

Most Auspicious Back To Work Date/Days

Western:  2nd February (Thursday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 6 day

Western: 4th February (Saturday); some Cantonese don't like 4th that's all
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 8 day
or  if can afford to close longer, then: 6th February (Monday) which is the 10th Lundar day

If cannot close for too long; and need to open as early as possible. Briefly do it in the morning of
Western: 29th January (Sunday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 2 day

Cantonese don't like opening on the 4th. But no issue with Hokkiens & Teochews
Western: 31st January (Tuesday)
Lunar: 2017, 1st month, 4 day

1 Day 3 Meals in Kuantan, Pahang

Just want to do something different from the usual food review, instead of writing an elaborated review of a single restaurant/cafe, here's a summarized version of the 3 meals I had when I was in Kuantan. Hence the title, 1 Day 3 Meals. This is just going to be especially for meals where I didn't order a lot of variety of dishes but just what I ate.

Now, there's no advance planning for what I'm going to eat for the day, the plan is just to reach, drive around a bit to look at the various locations around town and see which one to go for. Of course, as the day tick away, I had to also put a shout out in Social Media for some hint of places to go, as it's a Monday, I know it'll be tough for me to hunt for pork dishes.

Kicking off the day, for breakfast, I head to Restoran T&L, seems it's quite a popular place in the evening but during the day, there's only 1 stall that's open and their poached chicken and noodles seem to be a crowd favorite as the flow of people going in throughout the morning was endless. The poached chicken was quite tender and the soy sauce they used compliments the taste and texture of the chicken.

Price wise, pretty cheap. It would have easily cost me RM20 in Kuala Lumpur but here, with 1/4 chicken and a large bowl of Kuey Teow noodle with shredded chicken. It cost me about RM10 which is cheap in comparison. Right?

Restoran T&L
Lorong Seri Kuantan 46,
East Coast Garden, 25300 Kuantan, Pahang
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mz2q3w

Food :
Price : 

Lunch time, one of the hardest meal to figure out on a Monday as a lot of shops I went to seem to be closed for the day, eventually, found a place with what I'm looking for at Lot 66 Food Court, I was told that there's quite a number of stalls here that's pretty nice but most of them are closed, so I decide to go for the Chicken Rice with Roast Pork and Barbecue Pork as the side dishes. The Roast Pork's skin are quite crispy and the barbeque despite without much fat is pretty tender. The Roast Chicken are quite nice and the meat is pretty juicy. Again, like the noodle shop in T&L, they are pretty generous with the soy sauce.

Price wise, I ordered portion enough for 2 person and the price is equivalent to the amount we pay for a single person's meal. Pretty cheap if we want to compare to Kuala Lumpur's price which is good.
Lot66 肥佬生煲肉骨茶.
Lot 66, Jalan Haji Abdul Aziz, Pahang, Kuantan
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mxmgq5

Food :
Price : 

For dinner, a friend recommended me to go check out Oui Chef that's just around the corner (5 minutes drive) from the hotel I'm staying in and that's where I went for dinner. Been having noodles and rice for both breakfast and lunch, might as well go western for dinner. Right?

I ordered the Beef Strip Loin steak and a Chocolate Shake. According to the waiter, these are one of their more popular dishes. I'll write a separate post on the various dishes I ordered at the place but for now, it's about the main dish.

I asked for Medium Rare and that's what was served, Temperature was just right with a nice sear, the meat is juicy and is pretty much on par with most of the western restaurant of the same price bracket in KL.  In terms of price, it's similar to what we would order in KL, after eating all those cheaper than KL food during the day, to pay the price similar to what I'd pay in Kuala Lumpur felt a bit weird.

Oui Chef Restaurant
Lorong Seri Kuantan 79,
East Coast Garden, 25250 Kuantan
Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw29mz2q3w

Food :
Price : 

At the end of the day, I was pretty filled, with all the sitting down during meetings and the 3 meals, I'm expanding sideways again after taking considerable amount of time slimming down last year. Oh well, guess I'll have to start again .... After Chinese New Year.

What do you think? Should I do more of this kind of post at the various locations I go to? Do let me know by commenting below.

Going to Myanmar for Holiday? Remember to apply for Visa before travel

Since September 2016, when Myanmar increased their Visa fees, they have also restrict the Visa-On-Arrival only for those traveling to the country for Business purposes (you will also have to provide the supporting documents included an invitation letter from the company in Myanmar registered with the Myanmar Foreign Investment Commission and a recommendation letter from the company the business traveller was employed with). By raising the prices, the immigration ministry aims to bring visa fees in line with other countries, which generally charge more than Myanmar. The rise in fees affects 12 types of visas, not including diplomatic visas, which will remain free of charge.

This is listed in the e-visa website's FAQ.

But the silver lining in this is that the e-visa system is quite reliable (but remember to turn off your pop-up blocker before visiting the site). If you don't want to use the e-visa system, you can also walk in to the Myanmar embassy.

Only exception to this rule regarding the visa status is if you're a Singaporean. Since Dec 1 (2016), Singaporeans travelling to Myanmar for short trips will no longer need to apply for a visa. Myanmar nationals visiting Singapore will also not have to apply for a Singapore visa under a 30-day visa exemption announced on June 7, 2016.

Under the agreement, both countries will grant an exemption of visa to each other's citizens for a stay of not longer than 30 days, and subject to prevailing entry requirements. The arrangement applies to those holding ordinary passports, and will be implemented by both sides on Dec 1 (2016). The announcement of the visa exemption is part of a growing relationship between both countries.

So before you think you can just pop over to Myanmar whenever you want, apply ahead of time before you buy your air tickets or you'd be in for a rude surprise when you reach the airport and get stopped before you even step out of the airport.

Will update this if there's any changes to the status, especially for Malaysians wanting to visit Myanmar.

2017 Dance Events & Festivals in Malaysia

For friends visiting Malaysia and planning to participate in dance festivals or events happening in the country, this list is for you. This might not be a complete list as I can only update it based on the events that my friends in the dance community is promoting and might missed out on those outside of the circile of friends I'm involved with.

If you would like to have your event list in here, do email me at zique76 [at] hotmail.com with the relevant information and I'll update this list. This list DOES NOT INCLUDE Workshops as there's just too many being organized and a lot of them are announced within weeks of the workshop itself.


10th Kuala Lumpur Tango Festival 2017
Date: March 9th - March 12th
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Dancer's Association
Details: http://tangomalaysiafestival.com/pages/registration.html


ALFA : Afro-Latin Fest Asia 2017
Date: April 28th - May 1st
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Dancer's Association
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/1169169643148931/
Details: http://alfa-asia.net/


Zouk SEA 2017
Date: July 20th - 24th
Venue: Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, KL
Contact: jaxen@rhythm-id.com
Details: www.zouksea.weebly.com

ALIA : Afro-Latin Invasion Asia 2017
Date: July 27th - 31sh
Venue: Beringgis Beach Resort, Kota Kinabalu
Contact: info@aliafestival.com
Details: aliafestival.com


Outcast Dance Show 2017
Date: August 12th
Venue: KL Performing Arts Center (KLPAC)
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154134324712358/
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1154134324712358/

Sibu International Dance Festival 2017
Date: August 28th - September 2nd
Venue: Sibu, Sarawak
Contact: info@sidfestival.com
Details: http://sidfestival.com/


Salsa-Lah 2017
Date: September 15th - 17th
Venue: The Royale Bintang @ The Curve, Mutiara Damansara
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/241303083005543/
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/241303083005543/


World Bachata Festival 2017
Date: November 10th - 12th
Venue: Bentley Auditorium, Mutiara Damansara
Contact: Liitha Krishnan - 0162203237
Details: https://www.facebook.com/BachataMalaysia/

2017 World Open Championship - Professional Latin
Date: November 25th
Venue: Spic Convention Center, Penang
Contact: http://www.mda.com.my
Details: http://www.mda.com.my

Festivals around Asia.

Hanoi International Latin Festival ( Hanoi Vietnam)
31st March - 2nd April 2017

Thailand International Latin Festival (Bangkok Thailand)
7 - 9 April 2017

Singapore Bachata Weekend (Singapore)
19 - 21 May 2017

Colors of Latin Dance : Latin Dance Congress Bangkok 2017 (Bangkok)
21 - 25 June 2017

Salsa Jeju Island (South Korea)
14 - 16 July 2017

Singapore Latin Extravaganza (Singapore)
24 - 27 August 2017

Latin Dance Madras (Chennai India)
22 - 24 Sept 2017

Osaka Latin Dance Festival (Osaka Japan)
22 - 25 Sept 2017

Salsa Bangkok (Bangkok Thailand)
3 - 5 Nov 2017

I hope this list do come in useful for you and if organizer(s) would like to engage me to cover your event(s), do drop me an email at info@mikeyip.com and we can work out some arrangement.

The 2018 Listing is open so organizers in Malaysia, if you wish to have your event included in the list, please drop me an email. For dance photography, 2018 calendar is ready for booking as well.

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