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Multi-cultural Malaysia Working Hand in Hand at Parade 2016

Visitors to MCD booth at Parade der Kulturen (Parade of Cultures) 2016 were curious about Malaysia. Who are Malaysians? This is a common question posed to us whenever we talk about Malaysia, be it at work or at such events. I have been living in Frankfurt for 5 years and even at workplace, having to explain what or who Malaysians are invite oohh and ahhs. Unlike many countries which are mono-ethnic, Malaysia is made up of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous people of Orang Asli, Sabah and Sarawak.

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It is no wonder that visitors are surprised to see many faces from different races – Malay, Chinese, Indian, indigenous or mixed. We speak English as well as our Malay language (Bahasa Malaysia) and our respective mother tongues. This makes Malaysia truly unique. It makes Malaysia MALAYSIA.

Seeing different races coming and working together has been a part of our Malaysian culture, MUHIBBAH – goodwill and camaraderie – and a spirit of gotong-royong. Members, family and friends have been working hard for the past 2 months preparing ingredients for many main dishes such as rendang tok, curry puffs, chicken satays, curry chicken. Our MCD Patron and Consul-General of Malaysia in Frankfurt Adina Kamaruddin has been a motiving force in encouraging and supporting our planning and preparation. She offered her official residence for us to prepare the base materials.

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See you again at Parade der Kulturen 2018!

 

Photos courtesy of Uwe Fisher/malaysia-insights.de and MCD members.

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Visit Perak 2017 at Parade der Kulturen 2016

The state of Perak is one of the 14 states that made up the Federation of Malaysia. “Perak” means silver in English and is one of the richest states in Malaysia due to its vast tin resources. During the heydays, Perak was the world centre for tin production. Perak is also famous for its beautiful limestone hills and caves which dot the its state city Ipoh and its surroundings. No visit to Perak is complete without visit to limestone caves and savouring the local delicacies such as rendang tok, dim sums and the famous ipoh white coffee.

In conjunction with Visit Perak year 2017, the Consul-General of Malaysia Adina Kamaruddin mooted the idea with Malaysian Club Deutschland, Tourism Malaysia in Frankfurt to highlight and promote the state of Perak at the Parade. This is part of the transformation and inclusivity programme by the Consulate-General of Malaysia in Frankfurt in recognition of the active participation MCD plays in Germany in bridging cultures and introducing sights, tastes and sound of Malaysia.

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Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) serves the popular Perak dish – Rendang Tok (Beef Rendang) as part of its offerings at the Parade. Traditionally, this rendang was served at palaces in Perak for the royal family and guests. Tok in Malay means “grandparents” as is “datok” (da-tok) but it also means elders.

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It was our fastest selling dish that we had to turn down many disappointed visitors, some who had been to Malaysia and tasted rendang tok and felt in love with it. Well, at least one visitor was very pleased with her rendang tok. We hope to bring back this dish in Parade der Kulturen 2018.

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For more information about the state of Perak and Visit Perak 2017, visit Tourism Perak Malaysia.

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Photos courtesy of Uwe Fisher/malaysia-insights.de and MCD members.

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Malaysian Specialties Attract Crowd at Parade der Kulturen 2016

Every 2 years, members and friends of Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) dish out the best of Malaysian specialties at Frankfurt’s Parade der Kulturen (Parada of Cultures). The Parade is a one-day event, open to overseas clubs and societies registered in Frankfurt as part of the city’s aim to promote its potpourri of international residents. Over 100 clubs serve their respective local delicacies and handicrafts.

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MCD members have been planning for more than one month what Malaysian delicacies that we would serve. Many names popped out – nasi kandar, char koay teow, mee mamak, pasembor …. but in the end, these won the day and the heart of our visitors – chicken satay with real peanut sauce (not peanut butter sauce), roti canai with dhal or curry chicken, murtabak (oh yea!), taufu sumbat (makan sampai lompat), our Perak specialties – rendang tok (beef rendang) and pineapple pajeri, curry puff, pisang goreng (banana fritter) and our world famous teh tarik, sirup limau (lime syrup) and fast- and best-selling ais batu campur (ABC).

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Despite heavy shower at the start of the event, it did not stop the crowd from coming to our stall. The smell of our satay truly attracts many visitors who are curious of this specialty. In fact, these were selling like hot cakes.

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“MCD Family Reunion” at CNY-2016 Do

Chinese New Year is about family reunion, rekindling good old time and renewing old friendship and making new ones. This year, after so many years, we are proud to see our “long-lost” family members back into the fold. Welcome back our “veterans” – Eddie Goh, Maureen Lucas, Monica Koo, Peggy Eng, Irene Khoo, Regina Lill and many more.

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43 members, 11 guests and 7 children warmed up the ocassion at Yan Jing Restaurant Kaiserstrassse Frankfurt. Our MCD Patron Adina Kamaruddin and spouse Mahzan Samad joined us in this celebration. Members and guests were treated with wide-spread of buffet and endless steamboat and grill. I must say this really warmed up the ocassion as we embraced snow in the middle of February. Jimmy and Amy emceed events and entertained the guests with their antics.

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The guests were also entertained with traditional dance performances from the local chinese school Huan Yin in Frankfurt.

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No chinese new year is ever complete without “yee sang” – a must-have for luck and prosperity. Iris Schneider and her talent team of chefs – Irene and Alison – have prepared the “yee sang”. Our guests commented on the authenticity of this dish, which reminded us of home.

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As always, we ended our celebration with our “Good Luck” tombola. Lots of prizes were given away – silk bed spread, Chinese Tea chopsticks and tea sets, lion heads (yes!), grill pan, donut makers and many more. Congratulations to all our winners.

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Kambing pergi, Monkey mari,
Suay pergi, Ong mari,
Semua datang ke parti MCD,
Muda tua … semua sentiasa happy!

Thank you everyone and all our sponsors and assistants for making this event a success. See you at our next event.

 

 

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“Glühwein and Lebkuchen” with MCD

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It is “Glühwein and Lebkuchen” (traditional German hot spiced wine and gingerbread) season again. Yes, these are typically found only around the Christmas season – from last Saturday of November to Christmas (also Advent season). It is also a time MCD gives back to our members.

Date: 5th December 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 05:00pm for glühwein for adults and carousel for kids, 06:00pm for Dinner
Venue: Zum Standesämtchen, Römerberg 16 Frankfurt (near Dom/Römer U-Bahn station)
Prices excluding beverages: individual menu order, pre-order menu will be sent to you upon confirmation.

For the adults, one free warm cup of Glühwein and for the kids (up to 12) one free carousel ride. We will meet in front of the restaurant at the famous Frankfurt Christmas market.

As we have only 25 seating places in the restaurant, kindly send your seat reservations to
mcd.deutschland @ yahoo.com
as soon as possible.

Photo credit: http://mein-blutzucker.ch/

Santa Claus will be there to meet our members and kids too.

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MCD Celebrates the Year of Fire Monkey 2016

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Chinese New Year is one of the few main festivities celebrated by Malaysians. For the Chinese worldwide, it is definitely one of the most important occasions; a celebration of family and togetherness. As with every year, the Malaysian Club Deutschland (MCD) invites all Malaysian families and friends of all nationalities to join us in this celebration.

Date: 20th February 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00PM
Venue: Yan Jing Restaurant, Kaiserstrasse 67, Frankfurt/Main (5 minutes walk from Frankfurt Hbf)

Prices inclusive soft drink, water and hot Chinese tea
Members: 22 Euro per person
Non-members: 25 Euro per person
Children below 12: 10 Euro per person

Kindly make your reservation before 15th February – via email mcd.deutschland @ yahoo.com or call 01575 7044 527.
Confirmation once payment has been made.

Banking Account / Bankverbindung : Taunus Sparkasse
Account Name / Kontoname : Malaysian Club Deutschland e.V.
IBAN: DE 59 5125 0000 0000 3184 00
BIC: HELADEF1TSK

Kindly be informed that Malaysian Club Deutschland e.V. discontinues the use of our Paypal account with immediate effect. When in doubt, kindly contact MCD Exco at mcd.deutschland @ yahoo.com to clarify the right account before making any transfer.

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Happy Diwali / Deepawali to All Hindu Members

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Wishing all our Hindu members and friends
HAPPY DEEPAVALI / DIWALI

Diwali is called the “Festival of Lights” and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. People lit their houses to celebrate his victory over evil (light over darkness).

The goddess of happiness and good fortune, Lakshmi, also figures into the celebration. It is believed that she roams the earth on this day and enters the house that is pure, clean, and bright. Diwali celebrations may vary in different communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally “the awareness of the inner light”.

Lamps, fireworks and bonfires illuminate this holiday, as the word “Deepawali” means “a row or cluster of lights” or “rows of diyas (clay lamps)”. The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. The goddess Lakshmi, who symbolizes wealth, happiness and prosperity, is also worshipped during Diwali.

 

(Source: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/diwali)
Photo credit: bhmpic.com

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MCD Congratulates Sister Club Berlin’s New Exco

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Last Sunday, our sister club Malaysia Club of Berlin (MCB) held its annual general meeting and election of its new executive committee (Exco) at the Malaysian Embassy in Berlin. The Patron, Exco and members of MCD extend our warmest congratulations to the new Exco and its members and looking forward to a cordial networking and cooperation in supporting and expanding both communities in Berlin and Frankfurt region.

The newly elected Executive Committee Members are as follows:
President: Mrs. Ita Hellmuth
Vice President: Mrs. Zubaidah Aziz-Lembke
Secretary: Ms. Sabrina Lee Lin Lin
Treasurer: Mrs. Mary Evers

Committee Members:
Ms. Hazel Hoo-Herzog
Mrs. Wendy Rohrbacher
Mr. William Toong Chon Kong
Mr. Tan Keat Aun

Auditors:
Mr. Azman Roslee Anuar
Mr. Chuah Cheng Hooi

Malaysian Ambassador to Germany, Dato Zulkifli Adnan is the club patron.

12232822_160230490997052_5704219602397433723_oAmbassador Dato Zulkifli Adnan and wife Datin Siti Hawa Othman received their MCB membership card 001 and 002 respectively from incoming club president Ita Hellmuth.

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The next MCB Exco: (front, L-R): Hazel Hoo, Zubaidah Aziz, Dato Zulkifli Adnan, Ita Hellmuth, Mary Evers.
(back, L-R): Keat Aun, William Toong, Wendy Rohrbacher, Sabrina Lee, Azman Roslee, Cheng Hooi

For more information about Malaysia Club of Berlin (MCB), “like” their Facebook group.

Photo credits: Malaysia Club of Berlin

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