Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Gastronomic Festival - “Malaysia tastes like Venezuela"

All Rights Reserved © 2014

The Gastronomic Festival, "Malaysia tastes like Venezuela" was officially opened last night at the colourful setting in Serena Brasserie, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur.

Chef Adrian Yanez is here!
All Rights Reserved © 2014
All Rights Reserved © 2014

The Gastronomic Festival offers food lovers two sets of menu to enjoy the  variety of the Venezuelan dishes.

Menu 1
Bread - Pan de maíz (Corn bread)

Venezuelan pumpkin & mandarin soup with beef bacon & feta cheese

Vuelve a la vida (Seafood vinaigrette salad)
Ensalada de pollo (Cold chicken salad)
Venezuelan avocado salad
Chickpeas salad

Main course
Asado negro (Blackened roast beef)
Lamb in coconut curry sauce
Pebre de pollo (Chicken and vegetables stew)
Escabeche de atún y citricos (Tuna vinaigrette citric salad) - Cold dish
Carne fría con salsa verde, papas, cilantro y aguacate (Cold roast beef with green sauce, potatoes, coriander and avocado) - Cold dish
Arroz con pasas, almendras y spring onion (Almond and raisin rice with leek)

Negro en camisa (Black chocolate monten with hazelnut crème anglaise)
Quesillo de piña (Pineapple pudding)
Tres leches (Three milks cake with Italian meringue)
Manjar de toronja con almíbar de naranja (Grapefruit pudding with orange syrup)


Menu 2
Bread - pan aliñado con ajo asado, pimentón y aceitunas negras (Roasted garlic, red capsicums and black olives bread)

Fosforera (Seafood soup)

Ensalada rallada con chip de plátano (Carrot and cabbage salad with green plantain chips)
Ensalada de papa con vainita y perejil (Potato salad with green beans and parsley)
Pico e gallo (Tomato, onion, avocado and coriander salad)
Ensalada de remolacha, zanahoria,cebolla, huevo y perejil (Carrot, beet, onion and egg salad)

Main course
Tarkarí de cordero (Spicy lamb stew with yellow curry)
Corbullón de Mero (Mere stew in creole tomato sauce) - Fish
Pelao guayanés (Soupy rice chicken with green olives and capers)
Carne mechada (Venezuelan shredded beef)
Dulce de plátano (Stuffed sweet plantain)
Puré de papas (Mashed potatoes)

Bienmesabe (Coconut cream cake)
Torta de pan (Venezuelan bread cake pudding)
Juan sabroso (Sweet potato pudding with coconut and ginger)
Merengon de guanábana (Sour sop meringue cake)

To have a taste of these delicious Venezuelan dishes, head on down to Serena Brasserie, Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur from 13 to 19 October 2014! Nos vemos!
All Rights Reserved © 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Faces - Venezuelan Art Exhibition -The Artists

Randy Alcala Escobar
Falcon, Venezuela

Randy M. Alcala E. a Venezuelan graphic designer is well known for his ability to draw. He began developing his skills in painting while growing up in a nice town called “Garden City”. His father introduced him to art and since then a pencil and a sketchbook has been part of his life.

He graduated in 1991 as a graphic designer in one of the most internationally renowned institutes at that time: IDD Instituto Neumann. During that period, he learned the techniques and adopt the dedication and passion for drawing from a special mentor Marcela Navea, an artist/ lecturer.

After many years of working hard, he decided to go back to school, moved to Malaysia where he is actually studying arts of animation at the prestigious Limkokwing University. He has been inspired by the people and their culture. His drawings have a new awakening and the need to be alive.

A few months after his arrival in Kuala Lumpur, he was invited to a bazar where he had the chance to show some of his newest work: sketches of masked ordinary people.


A representation of a small society that leaves under a suffocating environment. A place constantly bombared by modernity and technology. These people breathe from a pure source, one that keeps them alive and simple. A source given to them since the day they were born and must be carefully cultivated for that will built and define their spirit.

All Rights Reserved © 2014

Sebastian Guzman Nuñez
Caracas, Venezuela

The man and his rareness is the central topic of the drawings and paintings of Sebastian Guzman, who refers that he starts a sketch with nothing in mind. Something like an eye, a finger, can be the beginning. From that point the composition grows and completes itself. It doesn't go from the whole to a part; on the contrary, it goes from the part to the whole. In that way, and unintentionally, it addresses the elusive appearance of things, evading what is already known.

The work of this artist born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1991 reflects a contemplative and focused attitude. There is strength in his stroke, but not violence. His characters are placed in timelessness, without age, identity nor geography. They outline an internal posture, suspended in what never takes place, in that eternal field of icons.

Emblematic figures. Contemporary archetypes. The one who prays or waits with faith, the one who screams, the one who meditates, the one who returns the gaze, the puppet man, the one who freezes an ugly expression, the bare skull as that first worldly box that contains the soul’s codes, are some of his reiterative concepts.

The graphic resolution of this work can’t go unnoticed, the synthesis of shapes, beyond the external conventional features. A technical and linguistic ease uncovers these characters that dialogue in silence with the spectator.

After completing his primary and secondary studies in his country, Guzman obtains the title of Bachelor of Arts in Limkokwing University in 2013. Nonetheless, his obsession for drawing faces goes back to his childhood. An irreplaceable and daily practice has resulted in precision and effectiveness. His expressionist repertoire can be anything but foreign to us. These papers and altarpieces reveal more of men, than the masks daily exposed in the cover of magazines.

FE (Faith)

This work of art is a sample of the series with the same entitle. On the rustic wood, Sebastian Guzman, has used the mastery of the rough brushes to shape and give form to human prayer. Faith is an invitation to the coexistence and tolerance. One and all beliefs at the same time.
A sample of Sebastian's work
All Rights Reserved © 2014

Erick Alcala Bustamante
Caracas, Venezuela

Erick Alcala roams the world grabbing images, sounds, scents and feelings to guard in the great magic box that is his head, surprising everyone when he pulls them out from under his sleeve, reinvented and enhanced for the enjoyment of all.

Being a restless and creative child, his father sought to direct Erick’s energy into drawing. At age 9, he was already designing and selling his own school newspaper and at age 15, he was generating materials for advertising agencies.

After studying Graphic Design; Advertising and Marketing in Venezuela; and Creative Multimedia in Malaysia, Erick has accumulated over two decades of experience as a graphic artist, web site developer, director and video producer, creative director, sport clothes designer, producer and host of a TV music channel.

Among many others, he won First place for the “Short Film Festival” at the Instituto Universitario de Tecnologia Venezuela. He had worked developing campaigns for magazines and newspapers, films, franchises, fashion brands, Government, political parties, NGO’s, wines, fast food chains, and many more. He also enjoyed working as a lecturer at the National Institute of Educational Cooperation in Caracas.

His latest passion is projection mapping, a creative medium that uses motion graphics to add optical illusions, extra dimensions, and notions of movement onto previously static objects.


The fact that there is no name, no apparent content, does not mean that there is no message. The platform, the medium chosen by the artist has its own intrinsic effects which are its unique message. As Marshall McLuhan would say, the medium is the message because it is the “medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action.”

A glimpse of Erick Alcala's Project Mapping. 
All Rights Reserved © 2014

Click here to watch more of Erick's Project Mapping

Carlos Enrique Rey Romero
Caracas, Venezuela

Twenty-five year old Industrial Engineer devoted to the study of Sound and Music. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in the Andean city of San Cristobal, Carlos Enrique has participated in many musical projects, which goes from modern and contemporary sounds to academic choirs and orchestra, making several performances around the country.

Born from a fascination with the Post-Rock movement, the idea is to incorporate a fusion of afro-Caribbean rhythms, Venezuelan rhythms, and experimentation with a variety of instruments, atmospheres, synthesized sounds within the genre.

Carlos Enrique moved to Malaysia in the beginning of 2013. He started studying Sound and Music design at Limkokwing University. So far he has worked on a series of recordings, which he is aiming to release by the end of this year.

As his influences, he would name the Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro and the Venezuelan experimental band Kre, also works of the british composer Jonny Greenwood, and Ambient Post Rock tendencies.

He believes that Venezuelan music holds a unique richness in rhythms and harmonies, and this can be represented in new forms of music, allowing listeners to know and enjoy these elements in a different format than the folklore music allows.

SEIS (Six)

The theme received its name after the traditional configuration of the Venezuelan rhythms, found in the piece. An abstraction through sound, creating ambient, utilizing elements such as an electric guitar and digital programming, creating familiar spaces within the Venezuelan music field. 

Carlos Enrique Rey Romero performing at a Venezuelan Embassy in Malaysia event 
All Rights Reserved © 2014


David Jesus Granadillo di Gravia
Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

He started studying Theatre in Karl Hoffman’s Training Center for Arts and Acting, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela. After few Plays and small participations on TV, the acting dream pushed him to discover other paths of arts, to finally achieve “creative peace” in the National Film School of Caracas. There he realised that it was better being behind the camera than in front.

Right in the middle of his education, between performing in plays and shooting documentaries, he had to decide wither to finish his Film career in Venezuela (which was only 1 more year) or to start from cero here in Malaysia. Today he can proudly say it was a right decision.

Currently studying Film and TV in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, since he arrived in 2011, he has dedicated himself to portrait every possible corner of this country with his lens; faces, landscapes, buildings. He personally called this country “the thesis of Asia”… with almost all cultural expressions of Asia in one place, this country is, for a photographer, a paradise of images.

He wants to dedicate this exhibition to his parents:
“To them; the ones who forgot about their artistic sides, to encourage and impulse mine”.


This exhibition encloses faces from the most popular sides of the Peninsula, such as Malacca and Cameron Highland. From the innocence and refine beauty of children to the technology around fruits, Malaysia has perfect images for a photographer. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Faces - Venezuelan Art Exhibition

The exhibition entitled "Faces" is an initiative of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Malaysia, and is an essential segment of the 9th Venezuelan Week in this country. It is composed by the collections of young Venezuelan artists, graduated from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in various modalities. Venezuela is a reservoir and a cultural incubator that has generated large and recognizable figures in music, in literature and in fine arts.

In this occasion, the forefront of artistic creation reaches a peak with the proposals by Randy Alcala, Sebastian Guzman and Erick Alcala, who have worked in this collection, from their different personal optics, resulting in the framework of a single concept. In Spanish, "Faces" means “caras”, revealing the visage. When we face, we show ourselves to the others, thus the communication transcends. The fine arts, and other cultural expressions are aimed, first and last, to communicate, to inform, to convey. It makes genuine the transcendence of the artist as a creator. Also at this exhibition, David Granadillo will present a series of photos that reflect the faces of the people of Malaysia.

In this collection, the artistic works invite to think, to reflect. They have a high content of rebellion and self-determination. Breaking established rules, it is self-sustaining in inner voices. It is rustic in its genesis and achieves the refinement through all the studies and techniques learned.

The works have been created in the presence of the light, white is the embryo and serves to find their own shadows. It also contains the necessary ingredients to give way to hope, to begin a journey to the world view, man and his environment, man and the world, the man trying to avoid the desert wilderness, struggling to escape the sterility of earth. Light travels faster than sound, but the sound respects its own footsteps. Enrique Rey has designed an unprecedented format to present the sound as an ally of light. The works are not displayed by themselves in this collection. They need to be heard. The eyes do not hear, therefore, prepare your ears to hear what the paintings are telling us.
This activity serves to promote once again, our cultural talents, especially in 2014, when Venezuela celebrates the International Year of the Venezuelan Youth.

Enrique Gonzalez Kong

Curator of Fine Art Works

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Venezuela Celebrity Chef - Adrian Yanez

Chef Adrian Yanez is a graduate of the Centre of Gastronomic Studies (CEGA), where he served as a professor and head of the kitchen when he was barely 26 years old, becoming one of the prominent voices in the Venezuelan gastronomic events. 
Today his name is associated with the creole cuisine, which has always been very close to him. While growing up with his grandmother, an excellent Andean cook, he had begun learning the secrets of the kitchen without realizing it. 

Growing up he was forced to improve this ability due to his responsibilities. His mother was a doctor and he was in charge of preparing her meals, although back then he never thought that one day he will be able to expand his skill 

After completing his studies in sociology in the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), he decided to switched his career path and embark in a new endeavour to work as a cook. He began as an Assistant and after four years, decided to academically transfer what he had learned into practice, and enrolled in CEGA. After classes, he would work in various establishments between Venezuela and Peru. Then, he was contacted by CEGA to work as a temporary replacement, where he eventually stayed as a pastry chef and then went on to be the head chef.

In addition to his work there, Chef Adrian also manages a catering company called Ceviche 2.0, which offers food based around the famous Peruvian dish. He also took part in the Sazón group Tour, who travels through Venezuela to boost the regional cuisines and local talent of each zone. 

He is currently the chef of the restaurant La Rumba, located in Hua Hin, Thailand. It is the single Venezuelan restaurant in Southeast Asia, which he has escaped for 10 days; just to delight Malaysians with his creole cuisine.

He will be at hand to offer his expertise at the Hotel Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur through the gastronomic festival “Malaysia tastes like Venezuela”. Chef Adrian will present a range of typical Venezuelan food such as Lamb Tarkarí (Spicy Lamb Stew), Mere Corbullon, Fosforera and Asado Negro, a delicious staple food of Venezuelan cuisine made with beef requiring slow cooking in order for the meat to be very juicy and tender, coated with a sweet dark sauce filled with flavour and irresistible aroma.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Nila Palacios - Venezuelan Fashion Designer

All Rights Reserved. 2014 ®

Hailing from Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nila Palacios grew up spending long hours in her room designing and sewing dresses for her dolls. Despite having a strong interest in fashion and beauty at a young age, Nila is a civil engineering graduate. After working in the construction industry for 3 years, she then migrated to Malaysia in 2001. Her passion for fashion reignited when she recognized a gap in the market for authentic Latin American fashion every time she went Salsa dancing.

With her passion reignited, she decided to start her own brand with casual, cocktail and evening dresses inspired by Latin music. To Nila, sound creates both ideas and emotions through the elements of rhythm, melody and harmony. Her design expresses creativity through the sounds and beats of Latin music like Flamenco, Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Lambada, Paso Doble, Rumba, Samba and others.

The 'Nila Palacios' brand is all about women who want to look and feel both different and confident through unique Latin inspired designs. Her designs are sexy, elegant and unique while maintaining exclusivity as each gown or dress is designed based on Latin American inspiration. Now, Nila designs not only dresses for dance wear but also a wide range of Casual, Evening and Office wear for the everyday women and ladies from the corporate world.

Nila's collection is adorned with lots of draped dresses, sexy cuts, flowing dresses, bikinis and beach wears. The designs are full of bright colours and movement that gives the wearer the feel of the music. This collection focuses on four categories – Bikini, Casual Wear, Office Wear (for women looking for the chic factor while working) and Cocktail Dresses

This year, Nila Palacios is paying a special tribute to the Joropo Venezolano.  Joropo Venezolano is a musical style resembling the waltz with an accompanying dance, having African and European influences and originating in Venezuela. Nila is creating amazing gowns, which are more elaborate and sophisticated; the collection comprises of pret-a-porter pieces or made to order designs. Catch Nila Palacios’ Fashion Show at White Box, Publika on 12th October 2014, Sunday at 7 pm.

For more information on how to buy her designs please visit www.nilapalacios.com and now her exclusive new online shop www.vivapalacios.com.

You can also follow her Facebook page Nila Palacios Latin Fashion the following address: https://www.facebook.com/NilaPalaciosLF 

Friday, September 26, 2014

9th Venezuelan Week Activities

The 9th Venezuelan Week this year will be held from 10th to 19th October 2014 with an array of activities such as a Fashion Show, a Gastronomic Festival, an Art Exhibition and an academic Conference. The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would like to welcome all and be a part of the following activities;

‘FACES’ Venezuelan Art Exhibition
The exhibition entitled ‘Faces’ is composed by the collections of young Venezuelan artists, graduated from the Limkokwing University in various fields. This collective of artistic works encourage observers to think and to reflect. They have a high content of rebellion and self-determination.

Date: Friday 10th till Sunday 12th October 2014
Time: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Venue: White Box at Publika
Information: +603 216 33 444 / 45 (Embassy)
Free admission

Nila Palacios’ Fashion Show
Hailing from Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nila Palacios first designed costumes for dancers in Malaysia. But it
was not only dancers who wanted to look good in the Latin American-inspired dresses, which has then led her to design clothes, for housewives and ladies from the corporate scene alike. The fashion show will showcase a wide range of Casual, Evening and Office wear – all inspired by Latin American music.

Date: Sunday 12th October 2014
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Venue: White Box at Publika
Information: +603 2163 3444/45 (Embassy)
Free admission


Malaysia tastes like Venezuela
The Flavours and aromas of Venezuela will showcase incredible food diversity and cultural richness whit age-old recipes that give each dish its distinctive flavour and quality. This gastronomic festival will display great Venezuelan classics like the typical Venezuelan food such as Lamb Tarkarí (Spicy Lamb Stew), Mere Corbullon, Fosforera and Asado Negro, a delicious staple food of Venezuelan cuisine made with beef requiring slow cooking in order for the meat to be very juicy and tender, coated with a sweet dark sauce filled with flavour and irresistible aroma.

Date: Monday 13th till Sunday 18th October 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:30pm.
Venue: Serena Brasserie, Hotel Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur. 165, Jalan Ampang, KL.
Reservation: +603 2782 6228 or www.kualalumpurdining.com
Price: RM108++ per adult / RM54++ per child aged from 3 years to 11 years.

Cooking workshop
With his vast experience in the culinary world, chef Adrian Yanez will conduct the workshop to teach students to cook signature dishes related to Venezuelan festivals, different celebrations and customs. Due to space constrain, there will be room for only 40 people so it’s necessary to book ahead.

Date: Wednesday 15th October
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: Serena Brasserie, Hotel Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur. 165, Jalan Ampang, KL.
Reservation: +603 2782 6228 (Hotel) Only 40 places available!
Price: RM TBA

Venezuelan Party
Once again, Malaysians will have fun in the Venezuelan way by enjoying the best of live música latina and the signature “Hora Loca!” (Crazy Hour). The night will make your “Caribbean spirit” come to live with popular Venezuelan rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue and many more. There will be exciting games and lucky draws as well as free Venezuelan drinks until 10pm.

Date: Saturday, 18th October
Time: 8:00 pm till late
Venue: Bentley's Pub, Hotel Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur. 165, Jalan Ampang, KL.
Information: +603 216 33 444 / 45 (Embassy)
Free admission


Zamora, Land and the Free Men
This historic film conveys of the story of the Venezuelan soldier and politician, Ezequiel Zamora who fought in one of the most violent period of the country’s history. This film screening will presents its writer, Professor Luis Britto García who will talk about how this movie reflects a society persistently exploring its past.

Date: Wednesday 15th October
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Malaysia. 20th Floor, Menara Tan & Tan. 207 Jalan Tun Razak, KL.
Information: +603 2163 3444/45 (Embassy)
Free admission


Public Lecture: Bolívar and the Latin American Integration
The second edition of the Simon Bolivar Public Lecture Series will introduce Professor Luis Britto García, one of the most reliable and prolific intellectuals of the continent. With dozens of published books in diverse genres such as novels, essays, poetry, drama, short stories, history and humour to his name, Prof. Britto Garcia will deliver a talk on Bolívar and the Union in Latin America as the root for the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)

Date: Thursday 15th October
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue: Senate Meeting Room, Level 5, Chancellory Building, The National University of Malaysia (UKM). Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Information: +603 216 33 444 / 45 (Embassy)
Free admission

Forum: Venezuelan Mass Media
Television networks, radio and social media as well as the international press are playing a leading role on a media campaign against Venezuela. In addition to his novels and many other books on language, culture and politics, professor Luis Britto García has written extensively on the role of the media in Venezuelan politics.

Date: Saturday 18th October
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: International Movement for a Just World (JUST), JKR, 1258, Jalan Telok Off Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Information: +603 216 33 444 / 45 (Embassy)
Free admission


ALBA Tourism Photographic Exhibition
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) is a platform of integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, based upon solidarity, cooperation, complementarity and justice in defence of the independence, self-determination and the identity of its members. This exhibition will give a closer look of three ALBA countries based in Malaysia -Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela-, through its beautiful tourists’ destination.

Date: Thursday 16th October and Friday 17th October?
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Chancellory Building, The National University of Malaysia (UKM). Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Information: +603 216 33 444 / 45 (Embassy)
Free admission

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9th Venezuelan Week - To Be Together

To combine painting, photography, food, fashion, film, and conferences in a single programme is always a challenging endeavour. Each activity inspires interest in different audiences, with its individual characteristics of the Venezuelan culture which are all important to us.
® All Rights Reserved, 2014

In this Ninth Venezuelan Week in Malaysia, we have put together a programme with new highlights as compared to previous editions. It opens with an art exhibition by young Venezuelan artists, who graduated from Limkokwing University through a cooperative agreement between the abovementioned institution and the Embassy. Apart from an exhibition of paintings and drawings, there are other displays, such as an audio-visual presentation with new technology components, as well as the dedication of a musician who fuses traditional Venezuelan rhythms with electronic music. This exhibition will be held in White Box Gallery, located at Publika Shopping Centre in Sri Hartamas.

It has become a tradition to have the gastronomic festival as one of the main highlights of the Venezuelan Week. This year, in partnership with the Hotel Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, we are bringing renowned chef Adrián Yánez, who after developing his culinary career in Venezuela and perfection his technique in Europe, has settled in Thailand where Venezuelan cuisines are increasingly in demand. This festival will feature live music, Venezuelan fashion show and a display of photographs and handicrafts.

To continue with the Simón Bolívar Lecture Series which was launched last year, the Embassy in collaboration with the Institute of Latin American Studies of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) will present Prof. Luis Britto García who will be in charge of a conference on Bolívar and the union of Latin America. Britto García, one of the most reliable and prolific intellectuals of the continent, with dozens of published books in diverse genres such as novels, essays, poetry, drama, short stories, history and humour, will also be leading a forum to discuss the film Zamora, a key figure in the fight for equality and justice in Venezuela, of which he is the scriptwriter.

As we have mentioned many times before, cultural exchange is perhaps one of the best way to bring people together. The Ninth Venezuelan Week in Malaysia has this mission to take the tweenty thousand miles that separate us and make us meet face to face. It is an opportunity to recognise young Venezuelan artists, to see different faces and landscapes, to taste typical dishes and appreciate the attires worn by the women of our land, to know a little more about our history, and to dance together, to be together. That is the purpose of the events we present in this programme: ‘To be together’.

Manuel Antonio Guzmán Hernández

Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Malaysia

Monday, September 1, 2014

We are baaccckkkkk! Details will be updated soon... Stay tuned! Hasta pronto!