By Sakini Mohd Said
KOTA BAHARU (Bernama) -- Ask any rattan craftsman what is the most arduous part of their job and they will say it is the weaving process.
However, Megat Rahimi Megat Deris, who operates a rattan furniture workshop in Kampung Panji here, finds weaving relatively easy. It is the shellacking part that he finds most taxing because, according to the 38-year-old furniture maker, varnishing the finished products requires delicate skills.
"For me, the most difficult part (of making rattan furniture) is at the end when applying shellac on the rattan products. But many people think that is the easiest part and think that it can even be done by unskilled workers.
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By Rozlin Rusharmeen Rosmin
GERIK (Bernama) -- It was a trip like no other. The virgin jungles, pristine lakes and rivers, and unique flora and fauna bowled this writer over during her maiden visit to the Royal Belum State Park here.
For the average visitor, there are numerous activities that they can take part in to get a feel of nature and discover the treasures of this forest complex that is about 130 million years old, making it older than the Amazon rainforests of Brazil.
The 117,500-hectare Royal Belum, bordered by Thailand in the north and Kelantan to the east, was gazetted as a protected area by the Perak government in May 2007 and is managed by the Perak State Parks Corporation.
By Sakini Mohd Said
PETALING JAYA (Bernama) -- It was about 4pm when suddenly the soothing strains of music, inspired by the sound of birds chirping and burbling brooks, wafted through the air in the double-storey house, here.
Music, as they say, is food for the soul and in a corner of the living room, an elderly man can be seen deeply engrossed in something he is sketching on a piece of paper.
Hovering over Loh Kum Hing, 85, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease (a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour), is his carer Chan Kuan Hong, 31, who is closely observing his patient's movements, as well as the mountain scenery he is sketching.