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Durian Ecolodge Aims To Penetrate N. Sembilan Agrotourism Sector



TAMPIN, Sept 1  — Growing up in a family that has been in the nursery business for 40 years has nurtured Bong Choong Wei’s passion for plants which motivates him to open Durian Ecolodge in Kampung Pondoi here.

Sitting on a four-hectare land, the orchard is not only planted with durians and other local fruits, but it also offers 20 types of caravans and lodging-style accommodations.

Bong, 50, said the accommodations were provided for visitors to relax and soak in the ambience while enjoying fresh fruits at a cheaper price.

Located about 22 kilometres (km) from the Simpang Ampat Toll Plaza and bordering Melaka, Bong intends to turn Durian Ecolodge into an agrotourism destination.

“At the end of 2018, I began looking for a suitable area for not only an orchard but also lodgings for local and international tourists to enjoy fresh local fruits especially the king of fruits, durian, in comfortable surroundings,” he told Bernama here recently.

Bong said other than durian trees, mango, mangosteen, longan, passion fruit, star fruit, papaya, longkong (dokong), pineapple and pandan coconut were planted in early 2019 and now the trees are bearing fruits and ready for visitors.

He said the orchard boasts of 390 durian trees, including the famed Musang King, D24, ‘susu’ and ‘kampung’.

“Price for the accommodation starts from RM250 to RM400 per night. Visitors who spend the night here will enjoy the fruits at a cheaper price compared with those who come here just to eat the fruits,” he said.

Apart from enjoying fresh fruits and reveling in the beautiful scenery of the orchard nestled in hilly areas, Bong said visitors could also learn about durian cultivation and the correct way to look after the trees to get quality fruits.

“I received cooperation from the Mukim Tampin Agriculture Department as well as the Negeri Sembilan Agriculture Department who expressed their strong support when I said I wanted to promote this place as an agrotourism destination.

“I plan to offer a tour package where visitors who spend the night here will be brought to visit a mushroom and jackfruit farms as well as a paddy field, located about 15 to 20 km from Durian Ecolodge,” he added.

Bong said cultivation aspect demands extra patience due to the challenges, as the trees might not grow as planned or be damaged, which could dampen one’s spirit and eventually lead to closing shop.

Therefore, knowledge and experience are crucial in operating any business, he added.


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AirAsia Offers Free Delivery Service Throughout MCO



AirAsia has decided to offer an unlimited free delivery service for any purchase at their own AirAsia food, AirAsia fresh, and AirAsia shop during this MCO period. The true intention is to make it easier for all Malaysians to get necessities such as food, fresh products, groceries, and more while staying safe at home.

However, this free delivery service is only available in the Klang Valley only and will be offered in other areas soon.

Picture: AirAsia

AirAsia Food

AirAsia Food offers a wide variety of food options available to eat. Customers can also enjoy unlimited free shipping within 15km of your home. There are various dishes available such as Asian cuisine, western cuisine, desserts, bread, and many more.

AirAsia Fresh

In addition, customers can order fresh products such as meat, seafood, vegetables, and groceries online at AirAsia Fresh. With a minimum expenditure of RM30, you have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited free shipping using the promo code ‘STAY HOME’. For this service, there is no set limit for free shipping distance. Alternatively, customers can choose delivery for the next day or delivery based on the time of choice.

AirAsia Shop

Through the AirAsia shop, customers can get products such as skincare, make-up, health, and so on. Just place a minimum order of RM30 to enjoy unlimited free shipping. No promotional code is required, however, you need to be around the Klang Valley only.

Sources: AirAsia Food, AirAsia Fresh, AirAsia Shop.

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GTA 6 Rumored To Have A Female Protagonist, First Time Ever For GTA Franchise




GTA 6 reportedly would have a female protagonist, a first for the Grand Theft Auto franchise. GTA 6 has yet to be confirmed by Rockstar Games or to confirm that a new game in the series is in progress. However, according to a plethora of sources, for the PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and probably the PC as well, GTA 6 is already deep in development.

GTA 6 is closer to release than you thought or still very far away from release, depending on what article or rumor you’re hearing. Unfortunately, no further information on the release of the game has surfaced right now, but we do have a new update on the protagonist of the game, courtesy of Tom Henderson, a leaker and industry insider well known for his Call of Duty scoops.

Henderson recently announced on Twitter that, alongside a playable male protagonist, GTA 6 will have a playable female protagonist. This is, unfortunately, where the scoop ends.

In other words, it is unclear if the game would turn between two protagonists that players can switch between or if it is a situation for Cyberpunk 2077, i.e. one playable protagonist who can be male or female.

You’d think it’s former in the light of previous releases, but if Rockstar Games is going to break convention and eventually have a female protagonist, it might be ready to break additional conventions.

It’s important to remember that Henderson did not disclose his source. That said, in the past, he has proved reliable on numerous occasions, although it has usually been with Call of Duty details.

Although the reporting of Henderson has never been limited to Call of Duty, it’s what he’s known for, so take this with an extra grain of salt because it’s not only unofficial but out of the wheelhouse of Henderson. And, of course, even though the report is 100% correct, it is subject to change as well.

This isn’t the first time we’ve learned the game is going to have a playable female protagonist for what it’s worth, however, so far, this has been the most reliable source for making this argument.

At the moment of publication, Rockstar Games has not commented on this story in almost any capacity, and it’s uncertain this will change. Like many developers, when it comes to rumors, news, leaks, or any knowledge of this variety, Rockstar maintains a rather strict “no comment” policy.

Source: Comicbook

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Lady Gaga And Jennifer Lopez To Perform At Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony




Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga will take the stage in the U.S. The inaugural ceremony in Washington next week by President-elect Joe Biden alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America.

The two will perform for the new 46th U.S. president at the Jan. 20 gathering, which will also include comments from a Georgian black firefighter, a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, and a pastor from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s hometown.

The national anthem will be sung by Lady Gaga and a musical performance will be given by Lopez.

“They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation,” his team said in a statement on Thursday.

The presenters reflect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s “steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” it added.

Their positions come as the Democrat takes over the White House from Republican Donald Trump in a scaled-down event after a mob of Trump supporters threatened the United States in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising of security concerns. Capitol to thwart the certification of Biden’s victory by lawmakers.

On the West Front of the Capitol building, now fortified by fencing, barriers, and thousands of National Guard soldiers, the public would not be on hand to witness the swearing-in.

Biden’s transition team cited Lady Gaga’s advocacy of LGBTQ rights and health concerns in announcing the inauguration speakers, and Lopez’s work raising awareness about the adverse effects on Latinos of coronavirus.

Many representatives include Fulton County, Georgia, career firefighter Andrea Hall and 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, a resident of Los Angeles. Father Leo O’Donovan, former President of Georgetown University, and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, both close to the Biden family, will talk as well.

Source: Reuters

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