How to Choose a Freediving Instructor

How to choose a freediving instructor? Easy. Just choose a cute one and you’re good to go. Really? Just pick a cute one? Yes, yes. Just pick a cute one. I did that and I think I did pretty well.

Okay, that’s a joke, guys. Don’t do that. Don’t. Just don’t. Instead, try to get to know your future instructor well before you sign up for your freediving course, or any diving related courses for that matter. What makes a difference in your learning curve is not the certifying agency or the cheapest freediving package around, but the instructor.

Freediving is a sport that requires alot of training and guidance. You’ll be doing a lot of scary skills for the first time. You would want someone you can trust your life with to be with you during your course.You’ll need someone who can not only be your teacher, but also a buddy who can assure you and guide you well.

If you’re serious about learning to freedive, then you will need someone patient, and someone who can also be a lifelong friend and a mentor instead of someone who will ditch you the moment you’ve completed your course. If you’re anything like me and ended up with a money-making ‘touch&go’  instructors like that, you’ll find it extremely frustrating because you’re stuck there instead of continuing your education and improving your skills.

I have friends who are interested in freediving and they’re always asking me for recommendations for an instructor that offers cheap fees and stuff. They’re always asking me, which agency would be better, AIDA, Molchanovs, PADI, SSI etc.

And I always say the same thing. Don’t look at the fees. Don’t look at the agency. Look at the instructor. Pick an instructor that can be your buddy and your lifelong mentor and someone you’re comfortable with.

An instructor who is right for me doesn’t mean will be right for you. So, do abit of homework first before you commit yourselves to the course. Go with someone who can match your energy.

Say hi to Swen . He’s my freediving instructor whom I also see as a mentor. I kinda struck a lottery with this one. He’s a gem. I go from not really into freediving to loving it to bits.

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Where to Buka Puasa in Kuala Lumpur 2024: Restaurant Rebung Chef Ismail -CEQ LAPAQ NASIKLA

Every year Restaurant Rebung Chef Ismail will present a different theme for the Ramadan Buffet.

For this year’s theme, “CEQ LAPAQ NASIKLA! will present 5 types of rice dishes that are popular in Malaysia and rare to find, namely Nasi Lemuni, Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Ikan and Nasi Kerabu.

Each rice dish comes with a Set that includes the main side dish  and side dishes that are eaten with the rice. These rare finds are definitely something you wouldn’t wanna miss out on if you’re to break your fast at Restaurant Rebung Chef Ismail.

 Can’t live without the usual of ‘lauk kampung’ dishes and wants the authentic Malay dishes to go with your rice for buka puasa?

Not to  worry, the Rebung Restaurant Signature Menu will still be available throughout the month of Ramadan.

 The all time favourite gulai kawah can be spotted at the buffet for your currified indulgence.

Apart from the special 5 types of rice offerings, there will be plenty of food for you to choose from at the side stalls as well.

 Assorted murtabak and bubur lambuk.

Noodle counter offers various soupy noodles to warm your tummy with.

Some of the interesting finds at the action counter; some sweet and savoury Malay kuih. Must try over here is definitely the freshly made roti jala and buah Melaka.

Hot items like cucur, pisang goreng and ikan Bakar are a must try too.

Various fried noodles are available if you’re a fan of one.

Rojak buah and pecal

Sweet bubur and sweetened pulut for those with a penchant for sweet meals.

Refreshing air balang to cool yourselves with.

Diners will also be entertained by a ghazal performance from the Rojer Malay Orchestra group.

 Restaurant Rebung Chef Ismail Buffet will be served throughout the month of Ramadan from March 12 to April 8, 2024.

Pricing as below:

 Ramadan Buffet Price 2024

Adults: RM 99 nett

 Children : RM 69 nett

 (5-12 years old)

 For Ramadan Buffet Reservations, please  contact: 011-67433535/ 03-22763533 / 03-22762525

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  • Ease of Cleaning

Prioritise upholstery materials that are easy to clean when spills happen instead of ones like velvet upholstery which requires special cleaning techniques.

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Will your sofa be used indoors at home, shop or office or on the patio? Will your sofa be placed in an air-conditioned room? Those factors can affect the choice of upholstery material because they can influence the fabric, which can be worn out from overexposure to direct sunlight, moisture, and other corrosive atmospheric conditions.

  • Durability

Evaluate how often the sofa is going to be used and by whom. If you are looking for a solution for high-traffic areas or families with small children, then go for durable fabric upholstery that can be cleaned easily and those that are durable enough for daily usage.

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Bear in mind who will be using the sofa. If you have furkids or small children at home, it’s best to choose durable fabrics that can withstand scratches and stains.

Bring the elements of personalization to your room with textured, and patterned fabric furniture upholstery that is representative of your design sense.

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Opt for upholstery fabrics that complement the other colours and the theme of your decoration.

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Consider your budget for the upholstery service. However, although luxury fabrics are more expensive at the outset, they provide cost saving because quality material can be used for longer, hence avoiding frequent replacements.

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Choose microfiber upholstery that is hypoallergenic especially if you have family members with asthma at home.

Ultimately, the upholstery for your sofa should be selected in a way that ensures ease of cleaning, proper maintenance, durable, the right signalling of style with the rest of your cushions and décor, the ability to accommodate the users of the sofa, suitability for the look of the room, and your budget. By analysing these factors, it is possible to pick a suitable upholstery material that satisfies a place’s aesthetic aims and suitable for practical living which fortifies both comfort and style in your room.

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King’s Park Gives Back and Celebrate Festive Joy As They Donate Land to Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Insan&Sealed MOU with PKKII and Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan

Renowned as the emerging central business district in Genting Highlands, King’s Park distinguishes itself not merely a developer but as the visionary force behind a monumental RM10 billion project, including the forthcoming Hard Rock Hotel Genting Highlands and the Accor Group’s Swissotel Genting Highlands.

Under King’s Park ESG commitment, the developer is riding high on the Year of the Dragon on a positive note by announcing that it is making a donation of a 7.75-acre land in Bentong to Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Insan (PKKII) – a home for mentally challenged children based in Kuchai Lama, today. The event held in King’s Park saw the presence of YBhg Dato’ Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Sakom, Chairman, YBhg Dtin Dr Hjh Hartini Osman, Advisor and Encik Zulhairy Bin Jalaluddin, Director from Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan, Dr Tiew Chew Ming, Founder & President of PKKII and Mr Darren Yang Managing Director of Cornell Academy. They were welcomed by Mr Hendric Lim, Director and Mr Sean Chen, Executive Vice President of King’s Park.

In his address, Hendric emphasized King’s Park’s commitment to the community betterment, especially for the vulnerable. He said, ‘We are not just giving a land; we are giving these wonderful children a new beginning, a place they can play, learn and thrive.’

He further announced, ‘To construct the new PKKII home, we are launching a fundraising initiative named the ‘Happy Nest Building Donation’. We are collaborating with Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan (YBK) to raise RM15 million, offering donors the added incentive of tax exemption. We invite generous member from the public or organizations to come forward to help.’

To formalize the collaboration with YBK, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Mr Hendric Lim and Dato Haji Zainal Abidin Bin Haji Sakom, witness by Encik Zulhairy Bin Jalaluddin, Datin Hartini from YBK, Dr Tiew Chew Ming, Mr Wong Pau San, Mr Pay Wee Hing from PKKII and Mr Sean Chen of King’s Park.

PKKII is PKKII is a non-profit organization that shelters brain-injured children. The home located in Happy Garden, Kuchai Lama relies on public funds for daily operations, catering to over 70 youths and kids currently residing at PKKII since a tender age. The home’s monthly expenses exceed RM40,000 and conducts fundraising such as charity sales and charity dinner to keep the home in operation. Dr Tiew Chew Ming said, ‘We express our heartfelt gratitude to King’s Park for their generous land donation to PKKII. With the upcoming building, we aim to provide not only a home for more children, but prioritizing the establishment as a training and rehabilitation center.’

The occasion also took the opportunity to include King’s Park formalizing a Memorandum of Understanding with YBK, committing to sponsor 300 of their youth for an educational and skill development journey at King’s Park through the Cornell Academy program.

Speaking at the event, Mr Sean Chen, King’s Park Executive Vice President said, King’s Park is pleased to work with YBK to further develop their youth. He elaborated, ‘We firmly believe in the capacity to cultivate exceptionally talented individuals within the walls of our integrated entertainment hub. Our vision involves close collaborations with all stakeholders, nurturing talents and contributing to the creation of a highly skilled pool tailored for this dynamic industry. The paramount importance of possessing industry-relevant skills from the outset cannot be overstated, as it catalyses efficiency and productivity upon entry into the workforce. We aspire to play a pivotal role in the promising growth of this vibrant group of young individuals. We fervently hope for broader community involvement with this sponsorship initiative by engaging and supporting local development through enhanced educational and job prospects.’

Cornell Academy is a newly established institution that embodies a contemporary curriculum crafted to provide immersive experiential learning and active stakeholder engagement. All this is fostered within a nurturing, student-centered environment. Its education is certified by Universiti Sains Malaysia, Graduate School of Business, offering a myriad of professional development and skill enhancement courses in the field of Business Management, and Hospitality with many more other programs to come soon.

Dato Haji Zainal expressed his enthusiasm for the dual programs initiated by King’s Park in collaboration with YBK said, ‘YBK, with 34 years of establishment, stands as a distinguished non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty. We are immensely grateful to partner with King’s Park on these projects, collaborating to raise funds and extend the support for tax exemption. We will be embarking on a series of fundraising projects and events and we welcome the public and organizations to join us on this journey in ensuring the realization of Brick with Love Building Donation’s development.’

He added, ‘In addition, our foundation nurture many children and youth in numerous programs with the aim to enhance their lives and provide them with education, nurturing them as future contributors to society. We are immensely pleased that King’s Park is sponsoring our youths and we are certain they will be looking forward to the experience and skill training in your integrated resort.’

For more information on Happy Nest Building Donation please contact Yayasan Basmi Kemiskinan at 03-7875 0036, Persatuan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Insan at www.braininjurychild.orgwww.braininjurychild.org or call 03-7982 4502, Cornell Academy, please visit www.cornellacademy.org or write to [email protected] and King’s Park at www.kings park.com.my or call +601162216168.

Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins Review

Heyya, fellow mermaids and deep-sea explorers! Today, I’m diving deep into the world of freediving and bringing you a review of the Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins. These fins are the underwater equivalent of having your very own pair of magical tails that instantly transport you to a world of weightless wonder!

As a freediver and mermaid enthusiast, I’ve always been on the lookout for fins that not only enhance my performance but also make me feel like a graceful creature of the sea. And I can confidently say that the Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins have checked all the boxes, and then some!

Let’s start with the design. These fins are an absolute visual delight! The vibrant colors and sleek shape instantly make me feel like I’m on an exciting underwater adventure. They come in various enchanting shades, ranging from vivid baby blue to striking pink, meaning there’s a perfect color to match every mermaid’s unique style.

But it’s not just about looks. The performance of the Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins is definitely on another level. They are made from premium materials that create a perfect balance between responsiveness and flexibility. With each kick, I feel like I’m effortlessly soaring through the depths, my fins cutting through the water like a graceful gentle current.

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Here’s a video of me having some fun in the pool with my striking pink Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins.

These fins were clearly designed with mermaids and freedivers in mind. It’s super comfy. The foot pockets are snug, providing excellent support and stability, yet still manage to feel like a cozy hug. No more worrying about slipping fins – these beauties stay put, allowing me to focus solely on the pure joy of my underwater adventures.

Another fantastic feature of the Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins is their adaptability. Whether you’re a seasoned freediving pro or just starting to dip your toes in the enchanting world of mermaid life, these fins are perfect for every level of experience. They provide enough power and control for impressive dives into the blue abyss, while still being forgiving enough for casual leisurely swims. They practically bring fun back into training too. The best part? They’re durable and can stand all sorts of abuse during travels.

The Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins have undoubtedly cast their spell on me. With their stunning design, unparalleled performance, exceptional comfort, and the spirit of the ocean infused in every fin stroke, these fins are an absolute treasure for any mermaid or freediver. Are you ready to dive in and experience the enchantment of the deep? Grab your very own pair of Molchanovs CORE Silicone Bifins and let the underwater magic begin!

PS: There is also a monofin version of the Molchanovs CORE. Sadly I don’t own a pair and can’t review that, but when I do get my hands on it, I’ll be sure to share it with you all about it.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and in no way a collaboration with Molchanovs’ brand. All opinions are of my own.

My Thrilling Experience as a Safety Diver in Onshore Pool Freediving Competition 2023

Dear readers, it’s been awhile since I’ve last shared things with you, isn’t it? Well, things have been really busy on my side, but today I’m excited to share my enthralling journey as a Safety Diver with you.

If you have been following my social media; say…my Facebook, you would notice that I’ve recently volunteered in Onshore Pool Freediving Competition as a Safety Diver and I’ve shared tiny tidbits of my journey there, but here’s a lengthier version of it, so come and join me as share with you the empowering nature of this event that brings together freedivers from all walks of life, while ensuring their safety throughout the captivating competition.

One day before the competition; briefing, safety team’s scenario training and judges training. The training was to ensure we are well prepared for all possible scenarios and to prevent any preventable mishaps throughout the competition day.

As I arrived at the Arena Sukan indoor pool in the morning during the competition day, a wave of anticipation washed over me. Surrounded by a hubbub of energetic athletes, I couldn’t wait to begin my role as a Safety Diver. The atmosphere was electric, with each breath seemingly charged with excitement, fueling the participants’ determination to showcase their prowess.

Here’s Team FAM in action; the Safety Divers and the athletes. Yup. Freediving Adventure Malaysia sent representatives in the form of athletes and safety divers too this round.

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Safety Diver is knowing that my teammates and I played a crucial role in the competition’s success.

We underwent extensive training, equipping us with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the athletes’ well-being, both physically and mentally.

As athletes prepared to perform, my heart raced in sync with theirs. Meticulously positioned at strategic points within the pool, my fellow Safety Divers and I remained vigilant, ready to assist in any situation. Our presence acted as a reassuring lifeline, instilling a sense of confidence and encouraging the competitors to push their boundaries.

The sheer diversity of freedivers participating instantly captivated me. From seasoned veterans to those dipping their toes into this captivating sport for the first time, every individual exuded incredible courage and resilience. Witnessing these incredible humans, empowered by their unwavering determination, was awe-inspiring.

With one of the freediving athletes that I was assigned to do safety for today; Azua Shafii , during STA discipline.

Adam Lau on the other hand, was assigned to take care of her during her DYN performance. She’s very well known in the FD community as a very prolific athlete in Malaysia. Her achievements are really inspiring, and I look forward to seeing her perform in competition again. I’m not sure what the future will bring , but maybe we will cross paths again some day, since I’ve decided that I’ll still volunteer as a safety diver in freediving competitions in the future.

As a Safety Diver, I had the privilege of giving moral support to competitors prior to their session, offering words of encouragement as they showcased their breath-holding prowess. Here’s a picture of yours truly with Team FAM’s athlete, Mabel Lee.

Mable Lee is the most positive, easygoing and the most cheerful athlete ever. Super friendly and the best to cuddle with. I was assigned to be her safety diver during the STA discipline session at the Onshore Pool Freediving Competition. She did really well for this discipline and I am super happy and proud of her.

Not only she did well in STA discipline, but she managed to break her personal best record as well for the DYN discipline as well. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing her in more competitions in the near future.

The enthusiasm was contagious, uniting us all in a shared celebration of personal growth and achievement. Here’s yours truly with her freediving schoolmates, Team FAM at Onshore Pool Freediving Competition; the athletes, the safety team and our emotional support buddies.

There was no greater joy than witnessing the adrenaline-fueled smiles on their faces, knowing we played a part in their triumphant experience.

The Onshore Pool Freediving Competition not only serves as a platform for participants to challenge themselves physically but also offers valuable opportunities to connect with like-minded adventurers. The camaraderie that bloomed between athletes, Safety Divers, and the audience was truly heartwarming.

Whether mingling by the poolside or swapping tales of underwater conquests, the shared passion for freediving united us all. Countless friendships were forged, forming an invaluable support network that will undoubtedly continue to empower each individual in their future freediving endeavors.

As the competition drew to a close, my heart swelled with pride and happiness. Here’s Ms.Amy Cheng from Onshore Mermaid presenting me a certificate of participation as a token of appreciation for volunteering. A moment that truly warms my heart. Again, I never expected anything in return for volunteering, not even acknowledgments. All I wanted was just to give back to the freediving community while gaining precious experiences along the way. But it is certainly nice to be appreciated this way. The freediving community is definitely on another level.

The memories created, the bonds formed, and the unwavering spirit of those who took part left an indelible mark on my soul. Being a part of this exhilarating event has not only empowered the freedivers, but it has also empowered me to embrace my own personal obstacles, fostering a newfound belief in my abilities.

The Onshore Pool Freediving Competition held at Kuala Lumpur’s Arena Sukan pool is a celebration of empowerment, bringing together individuals from all walks of life and unleashing their true potential. As a Safety Diver, I couldn’t be prouder to have played a role in this empowering journey.

One for the album. As we continue to dive headfirst into life’s challenges, let us always remember the empowering spirit that comes with pushing our boundaries and supporting one another along the way. Let us be inspired by the remarkable triumphs witnessed amidst the thrilling competition.

For those who are interested in the competition’s official result may have a look HERE

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An Epic Journey into the World of Freediving at MFC 2023 2nd Edition

Dear readers and fellow adventure enthusiasts, I’m super stoked to share my recent escapade as an emcee at the 2nd edition of MFC 2023, an incredible freediving competition organized by Life Freediving and sanctioned by the awesome AIDA (International Association for the Development of Apnea).

The behind the scenes picture, the organizer, the judges, the volunteers and last but not least, the safety divers.

Picture this: Malaysian athletes, daring safety divers, enthusiastic volunteers, and an electrifying atmosphere. Get ready to dive right in, people!

So, let’s talk about the athletes at MFC 2023 2nd Edition.They were like graceful mermaids and mermen, effortlessly gliding through the water. Let me tell you, they gave new meaning to the phrase “making a splash”. It was a moment of pure wonder and left us all in awe.I don’t have much pictures of athletes to share since I was grounded doing emceeing tasks, but here’s sharing some pictures of athletes and coaches from my freediving school, Freediving Adventure Malaysia. From left; Boey, Mabel, Carin, Qi Hao and Melissa.

In any competition, true sportsmanship is like the cherry on top of a cake. And let me tell you, these athletes cherry-picked their sportsmanship skills, showing us all that resilience, determination, and a positive attitude make all the difference.My buddy Ahmad Syaifulizan getting a white card for DYNB discipline, with excellent surface coaching by Team FAM’s Boey.  There is a backstory to this picture. Syaiful and Boey didn’t know each other prior to the competition, but Boey offered to be his surface coach after discovering that Syaiful doesn’t have one. I was so touched to see how friendship were forged during the event. This is indeed a true display of sportsmanship. It isn’t just about winning the competition, but about making lifelong friends as well.Touching moments captured during the competition.

Let’s give a special shout-out to the phenomenal team of safety divers, who fearlessly plunged into the depths, ensuring the athletes’ safety at all times.Now, let’s give a loud, cheerful round of applause for the unsung heroes of MFC 2023. The behind the scenes folks.They are the true underwater superheroes who deserve medals of their own!

These amazing individuals were the glue that held the whole event together, and they deserve all the love and appreciation in the world.The incredible AIDA judges who brought their expertise to the competition. Paul Sack, Swen Becht, and Ms. Lee Wei Lin. You guys rocked the judging panel. Thank you for your meticulous assessment and ensuring that the competition was fair and square. Your invaluable contribution made MFC 2023 an unforgettable experience. We love all the white cards you gave out.

The athletes for MFC 2023 2nd Edition.From left: Lee Wei Lin, Lei Quen, Swen Becht and Paul Sack. Lei Quen and Mabel Lee bagged both Best Overall Male, Best Overall Female alongside with Best Newcomer Male and Best Newcomer Female category. They brought home Trudive Smooth Skin Competition wetsuit, sponsored by Freediving Adventure Malaysia. The official competition result can be seen HERE.

Being part of MFC 2023 as an emcee was a wild ride filled with cheers, laughter, and breathtaking moments. The athletes took the stage and left everyone speechless with their phenomenal performances and sportsmanship. They truly immersed us in the world of freediving.

MFC 2023 was a living testament to the power of camaraderie and shared enthusiasm for a thrilling sport. It reminds us that when we come together, magic happens. So, if you ever have the chance to participate at an event like this, take the plunge—I promise you won’t regret it!

Cetma Composites Dynamitech Freediving Fins Review

I know that choosing the right gear is essential to achieving my best performance in the water. That’s why I’ve been thrilled with my recent purchase: the Cetma Composites Dynamitech fins. These fins have been a game changer, providing me with top-notch performance and reliability.

First and foremost, the Cetma Composites Dynamitech fins have an outstanding level of power and propulsion. The  blade design allows for incredible thrust in the water, making it easy for me to glide through the depths with minimal effort. This increased power also translates to greater distance, which is essential for personal best attempts; both dynamic and depth.

Another fantastic feature of the Cetma Composites Dynamitech fins is their amazing responsiveness. These fins are incredibly agile, allowing me to make quick movements in the water.  

Another significant selling point for the Cetma Composites Dynamitech fins is their durability and reliability. Made from high-quality carbon fibre materials, these fins are exceptionally strong and designed to last for years. 

Overall, I am thrilled with my decision to invest in the Cetma Composites Dynamitech long fins. These fins have completely transformed my experience as a freediver, offering me unparalleled performance, responsiveness, and durability. The only downside that I can think of is that the fin’s footpocket is on the hard side, instead of the soft comfy rubber that I’m used to. Any Cetma Composites Dynamitech’s S Wing Footpocket would definitely need some breaking in, as in, a real breaking in, and those who bruised easily and have low tolerance towards stiff material against the feet would want to wear thick socks with these fins to avoid rubbings and blisters, but other than that, I have no complaints. I would also advise you to try it on first before buying, as the footpocket can be quite a tight fit and terribly squeezy, and some of you would want to purchase it in a size bigger, especially if you prefer to wear socks with your fins so that the footpocket won’t compress your feet too much.

If you’re looking for a high-quality set of long fins, I can’t recommend the Cetma Composites Dynamitech enough. It’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular fins among experienced freedivers worldwide.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The honest review is all of my own opinions.

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Bastille Have Come Together with Multiple Academy Award® and Grammy®-Winning Xomposer Hans Zimmer to Release A Special Reworking of their Era-Defining International Hit Single, Pompeii.

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Bastille have come together with multiple Academy Award® and Grammy®-winning composer Hans Zimmer to release a special reworking of their era-defining international hit single, Pompeii.


The glistening rendition, entitled Pompeii MMXXIII came about as frontman Dan Smith and Zimmer were working together on other projects. A captivating live recording of the track was filmed in Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, watch a clip of the video here.


Hans Zimmer says, “It’s been proven time and time again that a beautiful, crafted song by a great band can have many lives and Pompeii is a shining example of this. Working hand in hand with Bastille and my team at Bleeding Fingers has been an exhilarating experience and an honour to be part of this remarkable journey. I’m so excited to share this rendition with you all!”


Dan Smith says, “Having the opportunity to work with the living legend that is Hans Zimmer, and his brilliant team, has been an absolute dream. Working with them on this new version of “Pompeii” has been incredible and has put the biggest smiles on our faces throughout the whole wonderfully surreal experience.”


Pompeii is the lead single from the band’s multi-million selling debut album Bad Blood and was originally released in 2013 charting at No.2 in the UK charts. The single remains in the Top 50 most streamed songs of all time in the UK with over 3.5 billion streams.


2023 has been a year of celebration for the Grammy and Brit winning four-piece as they mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of their breakthrough debut album, Bad Blood which catapulted the band from alt-pop newcomers to global chart-conquering festival headliners.


Over the summer Bastille released, ‘Bad Blood X’ an extended edition of Bad Blood which included 3 never-before-heard demos, 2 additional covers and a suite of Bad Blood live tracks. The band have also played a special series of sold-out Bad Blood X shows and festivals across the UK, Europe and the US giving fans the opportunity to hear the album in full alongside other fan favourites.


Released on the 4th of March 2013, ‘Bad Blood’ charted at #1 on the UK Albums chart, spending 3 weeks at the top and earning the title of the biggest-selling digital album of 2013. Bastille were crowned the British Breakthrough Act at the 2014 BRITS, along with receiving two Grammy nominations. ‘Bad Blood’ has since gone on to achieve triple platinum status, with over 1 million copies sold in the UK alone. The band have amassed more than 11.9 billion streams across all partners since breaking through over a decade ago.

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Hard Rock Hotel To Make A Debut At Genting Highlands In 2027

A historic milestone was achieved today on 14th October 2023 as HR Resort & Residences Sdn Bhd had broken new ground with the signing of an agreement with the globally acclaimed Hard Rock brand, bringing the renowned hotel chain to King’s Park and further transforming Hard Rock Genting Highlands into the largest in Asia.


With the signing of this agreement, HR Hotel & Residences Sdn Bhd and Hard Rock International, a company known for its rock ‘n’ roll heritage, entertainment, and hospitality, have begun a collaboration for the ages. Located in the heart of the 130-million-year-old tropical jungle on the mid-hills of Genting Highlands, HR Hotel & Residences Sdn Bhd aims to introduce a world-class entertainment experience by fusing the tenacious spirit of Hard Rock with the unparalleled beauty of King’s
Park, an integrated entertainment hub and the first Central Business District (CBD) at 1,000 m above the sea level with 365 days of cool weather.


Thanks to this partnership, the blueprint for the legendary Hard Rock Hotel is now set in stone in King’s Park, Genting Highlands to have 1001 of the most luxuriously appointed hotel rooms and suites in Asia.


The new partnership was announced at an event attended by Hard Rock International’s senior vice president and head of global business development, Mr Todd Hricko, King’s Park’s group chief executive officer, Datuk Wira Jayandren Subramanian, and HR Resort & Residences’ chairman, Mr Lim Kim Chai, as well as King’s Park’s executive vice president, Mr Sean Chen.

“This partnership marks a monumental milestone in the world of hospitality,” stated Sean, Executive Vice President of King’s Park. “Our focus is on creating an unforgettable adventure that fuses the best of high-end design with the freewheeling energy of rock ‘n’roll. Here at King’s Park, the soon-to-be-open Hard Rock Genting Highlands in Malaysia will
represent the pinnacle of high-energy fun, luxury, and elegance for solo travelers, groups of friends, and families alike. When this spectacular hotel opens its doors in 2027, we will be sure to take centre stage alongside our wonderful partners at Hard Rock International in stunning the globe, and showing the world that indeed, the spirit of Rock is very, very much alive.”

He continued, “I too am an avid guitar player with a deep love for rock and guitar-based music. Thus, it is with enormous pride and venerable excitement that we’ve constructed a concept for Hard Rock Genting Highlands to make it the largest in Asia. There would be nowhere else that boasts this many Hard Rock branded rooms which would make it stand distinctly apart from its global equivalents. With its exquisite location at an amazing height of 1000 m above sea level, we are confident that this business will be a central pillar amongst the attractions at King’s Park and also a pioneering gem in the renowned Hard Rock tradition.

Sean went on to express confidence that the upcoming Hard Rock Genting Highlands hotel would generate a large number of jobs in fields such as room division, engineering, food and beverage, and other services, thanks to the high profile of the Hard Rock brand. This course will unquestionably spur economic growth and significantly improve the quality of life in Pahang and the surrounding states.

In his address, Todd remarked, “We take enormous delight in the fact that King’s Park will be home to another iconic property for Hard Rock, holding the distinction of the largest in Asia. This strengthens Hard Rock’s position and profile in the area. Here at Hard Rock, our success is predicated on a love of music and is the perfect synthesis of enjoyment and amusement. Our essence lies in developing the exact experiences people seek for, and I wholeheartedly believe that King’s Park, with its abundant options, would irresistibly lure persons to share in joy, savour drinks and culinary delights, and liberally indulge in adventures. We believe King’s Park to be the embodiment of these essential qualities, and we are ecstatic to have established such a pivotal cooperation with HR Resort & Residences.

The Hard Rock Genting Highlands Hotel is planning to open with an amazing 371 opulent hotel rooms and 630 suites, giving guests an exceptionally experiential stay. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s 200 square meter retail space, affectionately referred to as the “Rock Shop,” as well as the heated swimming pool, diverse dining options, Rock Spa, and nightly Rock ‘n’ Roll excitement in the hotel’s stylish lounge and bar. Visitors to this carefully chosen area will be able to purchase one- of a-kind Hard Rock souvenirs, infused with an unmistakable Hard Rock swag, to take home as a memento.

The eminent King’s Park is positioned at a practical 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur and is indeed as much a shining beacon of commercial excitement as it is a relaxing haven. As a result of its long and illustrious history, Genting Highlands
has become one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing in over 41 million people every year and only continuing to grow in popularity.
King’s Park Genting Highlands is a colossal mega development that takes advantage of the booming tourism industry in the region thanks to a successful partnership between Yuk Tung Group and the Association for the Promotion of Higher Education in Malaysia (APHEM). Set to become Genting Highland’s first Central Business District (CBD), it spans a massive 61 hectares of freehold land and has an integrated entertainment hub that seamlessly combines commercial experiences with recreational delights. This massive RM10 billion gross development value project is set up well to take advantage of the improving investment climate in the heart of Genting. A staggering 53 million tourists are expected to visit Genting Highlands by 2026, with a catchment area of nearly 700,000 people within a 5-kilometer radius.


Taking cues from colonial and historical architecture, the King’s Park development displays a state-of-the-art 2,000-meterlong pedestrian boulevard with a 500-meter riverside patio and a total of 360 businesses spread throughout 12 beautifully built blocks. The approximately 18,680 square meters of ‘Truly Asia Cultural Streets’ is an ode to our rich East-Asian heritage and will only add to the splendour of King’s Park. The project also plans to include a halal retail zone and a halal luxury boutique hotel that will welcome Muslim guests from all around the world. This promotes cultural awareness, inclusion and diversity by capitalizing on the expanding demand for halal-friendly vacation spots and eateries. King’s Park will have a large area set aside for eco-sports and mountain biking routes, perfect forthrill and adventureseekers alike. Other attractions such as branded theme parks and the world’s largest terrarium, which spans an astonishing 600 meters, are also within easy walking distance, adding to the charm of King’s Park.

The inauguration of Accor’s famous Swissôtel brand within King’s Park Genting Highlands in 2028 will dovetail around the much-anticipated Hard Rock Genting Highlands, which is scheduled for a grand opening in 2027. There is little doubt that
King’s Park Genting Highlands, as an integrated entertainment hub and Central Business District (CBD), will have plenty of hotel rooms and exciting experiences to accommodate the discerning needs of every traveler, tourist, backpacker, or visitor.


Please visit www.kingspark.com.my or call +601162216168 to learn more about King’s Park.

For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.