Welcome to the Finland-Malaysia Association's blog!
In this blog we will post the most recent and upcoming events, as well as everything you need to know about the Finland-Malaysia association and its activities!

Tervetuloa Suomi-Malesia yhdistyksen blogiin!
Tähän blogiin päivitämme tietoa sekä viimeisimmistä että tulevista tapahtumistamme, sekä kaiken mitä sinun tulee tietää Suomi-Malesia yhdistyksestä ja sen aktiviteeteista!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Spring Brunch 2018

Greetings all!!

This is a late post and a throw back of sort. But, like they say, better late than never! FMA's first event of the year, spring brunch. The menu, all that spring can offer us. Fresh fruits of the season, pies, something salty and something sweet.

Happy guest! 😃

 Full brunch set. Some guests brought with them something small to share. Although this was not a potluck event, sharing is caring 😘

Time to catch up and plan for future activities together.

We hope to see you all again in our next activities and events. Happy holidays and enjoy summer!

Finland-Malaysia Association Annual Meeting 2018


Greetings from the Finland-Malaysia Association!
As we approach the summer season and holidays, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce our board members for the year 2018. First and foremost, we are pleased to announce that the current board members will remain with the board for term 2018/2019. 

Bhuvaneswaran Niinivaara
Vice Chairman/Varapuheenjohtaja
Käri Mäkinen
Ville Kokkonen
Julia Moh

Board members: 
Diana Väyrynen
Mikko Toriseva
Limae Puah
Pia Lönnroth
Ayoma Walgama
Sio Sen Ang

The annual meeting took place at Microsoft Flux (Jugend Room) on the 9th of April 2018. We look forward to seeing you all at the events and activities for this year! 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

2017 Events and Activities Recap

Dear members! 😁

Thank you for your support all these years and we hope that you will continue to do so in many, many years to come.

Last year had been an eventful year. Finland turned 100 years old on the 6th of December 2017 and to celebrate it, FMA hosted a Sunday brunch.

It was attended by some of our new and current members as well as Mr. Devrin, representing the Embassy of Malaysia here in Helsinki.

As an annual joint event, FMA and the Embassy of Malaysia hosted the Pre-Christmas party or also known as Pikkujoulu to wrap up the year 2017. This is a great opportunity for members and non members to gather together and socialize.

Other activities and events from last year include the Tervasääri picnic. 

 It was partly potluck and partly sponsored by FMA.  Check out the amount of delish we had! 🍕🍔🍝🍣🍬🍢🍭

Two new members joined during this event and FMA introduced them to some Finnish and Malaysian past time outdoor games.

 Living in Helsinki or any parts of Finland means as soon as the weather gets warmer, it is outdoor time! FMA is planning to have more sports or outdoor activities this year so do not forget to sign in as soon as you get the invitations. Last year, FMA hosted a Kayaking day. Weather was a bit colder than expected but it did not break the spirits of the participants of that day.

Warm ups and practice session.

FMA also hosted our Annual Golf Tournament and if any members are interested in joining the tournament this year, please email us at suomimalesiayhdistys@gmail.com and contact Kari Mäkinen. 

Hi and greetings to all our members! 

Spring time has arrived and it is time to get together and enjoy the coming warmer weather has to offer us.🌸

Our annual general meeting was held on the 9th of April 2018 at Microsoft Flux.  No changes to our board members' list and they will stay to serve for another year. Here are the list of our current board members:

President:                  Bhuvaneswaran Niinivaara
Vice president:          Kari Mäkinen
Secretary:                  Ville Kokkonen
Treasurer:                  Julia Moh

General board members

 Mikko Toriseva
 Diana Väyrynen
 Pia Lönnroth
 Limae Phuah
 Ayoma Walgama
 Sio Sen Ang

Planned events/activities for this year:

Bowling evening
Cooking/baking demo class
Picnic at Suomenlinna/ Tervasääri
Ambassador's luncheon
Business company visits
Potluck party
Annual golf tournament
Pikkujoulu/pre-Christmas party
Trips to Tallin/ St. Petersburg
Sports/outdoor activities 
Joint events/activities with the Embassy of Malaysia

If you have any suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us at suomimalesiayhdistys@gmail.com

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Party 2016


The 2016 little Christmas party was organized once again in association with the Malaysian Embassy and was held at the embassy's premises. Dozens of happy and enthusiastic little and big Christmas elves showed up.

The favourite program number was of course the Christmas carolling that no-one could escape :)

After the a couple of speeches, the cake cutting and carolling, a great meal and plenty of snacks and delicacies that all guests had brought, we all enjoyed the rest of the afternoon by mixing and mingling and of course had Santa pop in with some sweets as well! A great way to start Christmas holidays!

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Diwali Brunssi 2016

Vuoden 2016 perinteinen syystapahtuma vietettiin himan värikkäämmissä tunnelmissa, Diwalin - perinteisen Intialaisen valojuhlan - merkeissä. Juhla käynnistettiin lyhyellä ttervetuliaispuheella, jonka jälkeen katsottiin lyhyt video Diwalista ja sen perinteistä. Sen jälkeen siirryttiin tietysti heti ruokailuun - onhan se aina tapahtumien kohokohta!

Ruoka oli TAAS taivaallista, kuten aina. Osa ruoasta oli tilattu Singapore Wok:sta ja sen lisäksi Bhuvan ja Diana vastasivat pääasiallisesti kokkailuista. Myös vieraat toivat tapansa mukaan suuren määrän erilaisia herkkuja. Menussa oli mm. kway teowta, lohicurrya, ananaskurrya, sitruunakanaa, aasialaista kana-kasvispataa, tulista kasvishöystöä sekä paljon muuta suolaista ja makeaa banaanikakusta, mini-muffinsseihin ja omenapiirakkaan.

Kuten jo perinteeksi on muodostunut, Julia piti taas vieraille leikkimielisen tietovisan, aiheina Suomi ja Malesia. Kilpalu nosti melutason ihanan korkealle kun ihmiset nauroivat ja miettivät vastauksia yhteen ääneen. Voittajakaksikko oli selkeä - Jyrki ja Ellen Niemi veivät Rossin avustuksella voiton (ka muhkeat palkinnot) kotiin!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Baking Demo 2016

Erkki's Famous Donuts and Rice Pies Baking Demo

Nothing beats homemade delicacies in a cold autumn day. Our former FMA president, Mr. Erkki Miettinen has a secret; he makes good donuts! On top of that, he also know how to make the finnish traditional rice pies. Why buy from the stores if you can make them yourself?


1 liter of milk
4 dl sugar
2 packets of yeast (can use dry yeast too)
300g butter
2 packets of coconut fat (brand, Cocos) to deep fry with
2kg of flour
3 eggs

                                                       flour & coconut fat                                                        



Warm the milk up to 45 degree Celsius

Melt butter in a pan and put aside
Once the milk has cooled down a bit, pour milk into a bowl and add sugar and eggs. Mix and then add the yeast, salt (accordingly) and cardamom. Mix well.

Add flour and melted butter and make sure to mix well. Tip: Add half of the melted butter and flour, mix well before adding them into the milk mixture again.

Once the mixture has turned into a dough-like pastry, proceed kneading with hands
Fill hot water into the sink, put the bowl with the dough in and cover the bowl with a towel and let it sit for an hour or until the dough rises

Take the dough out from the bowl and knead and cut into smaller portion or balls. Cover with towel and let them sit for another half an hour.

Use a deep pan to melt the coconut fat to 170 degree Celsius
Make a hole in the middle of the dough and deep dry till both sides turns brownish in colour. Put aside to cool a while and garnish with sugar.

Riisipirakka- Rice pie


4dl rice for porridge (riisipuuro)
4dl water
2 liter of milk
melted butter

For the pie you will need:

Rye flour
A bit of wheat flour

milk & wheat flour

 rye flour & porridge rice


Put the oven to 250 degree Celsius
Put the rice to boil with water. Add milk after the rice is ready (refer to the riisipuuro packet on how to make the rice porridge)

To make the pie:
Mix a bit of water, rye flour and wheat flour together. then oil and salt (refer to the instruction on the rye flour packet on how to make the dough) Tip: Use a little of oil on your hands when kneading to avoid the dough from getting stuck between your fingers

Knead the dough into a roll and cut into smaller pieces.
 Roll them flat. 

Put a spoonful of rice porridge on the flat pie dough and shape them into a leaf-like shape

Brush melted butter all over the pies and put into the oven.

The pies are ready when they are brownish in colour and best eaten with boiled eggs and butter (munavoi)

Happy faces enjoying their hard work!