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Done my year-end shopping and, 2014 Christmas decorations in Pavilion KL.

Posted in Interesting Things I Encountered or Thought of with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by vincentloy

It’s a boring Sunday and everybody is at home. So, I have an idea. Let’s go out for year-end shopping at KL! It has been ages since I last went for a shopping spree. Shop first this year before waiting for my year-end bonus to compensate my spending today. First choice of shopping destination; H&M in Lot 10 mall. Always my favourite since its opening two years ago. Was quite surprised today that all entry points to parking at Pavilion KL mall nearby were closed except one and dozens of cars were lining up to enter. We skipped that and managed to find parking at Starhill Gallery fortunately.

As expected, there is a LOT of people there. People including us also purposely went there to check out the Christmas decorations particularly in Pavilion KL, one of the most premier shopping malls in KL, and it never fails to impress us with amazing decorations for festivals like Christmas, Chinese New Year or Hari Raya every year. This year’s X’mas decorations in the mall is themed ‘Christmas Magnificence’.

What’s interesting of the decorations this year in Pavilion KL is that those Santa Claus, snowmen, and elves displayed were animatronic. They moved, and that triggered more excitement especially for the kids. I remember there was a carousel last year for kids to enjoy. This year, it’s replaced with a small ferris wheel in the mall. The biggest thing would be a huge red X’mas tree in the middle of the atrium that makes up as a Santa Claus too. Creative. Pictures below:

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KL couldn’t escape from Christmas atmosphere too eventhough there is no winter here! Countdown: about ten more days to Christmas!

New7Wonders Cities announced. And Kuala Lumpur made it into the list surprisingly.

Posted in Exciting Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by vincentloy

A campaign to select the New7Wonders of the World was carried out and concluded in 2007 with over 100 million votes worldwide. The voting campaign didn’t stop as it proceeded next to select New7Wonders of Nature in 2011. The organization’s latest campaign to choose the New7Wonders Cities had also concluded yesterday after about 2 years of stages of voting to narrow down the list from the original nominees of over 1200 cities across the world. Official website : https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities.

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Hereby is the full list of cities (in alphabetical order) that made it successfully into this honor of being named the Seven Wonders of Cities;

1) Beirut, Lebanon

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2) Doha, Qatar

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3) Durban, South Africa

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4) Havana, Cuba

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5) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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6) La Paz, Bolivia

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7) Vigan, Philippines

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After seeing the list above, I knew that you may be as surprised as me now (or even shocked). Why? It’s really quite unbelievable that these seven not-so-famous cities can get votes enough to put them into the final 7. How can even my city, KL made it into the list? And where is the other much more beautiful cities like New York, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Hong Kong, Singapore (to name a few) are? I really couldn’t believe that these much more striking and popular cities didn’t get high number of votes. And one more surprise is that despite my city, KL gained such a great recognition from this worldwide campaign, but till now, there isn’t any local media or news reporting this result yet. I think this campaign is not appealing enough and only some small parts of the world pay close attention to it. Hence, I think this controversial result is quite subjective and does not reflect the whole picture.

Anyway, I’m still very proud that Kuala Lumpur is named one of the New7Wonders Cities. I have to admit that this city is really a wonder in terms of imposing skyline and architecture, home to variety of foods and delicacies, place of amazing tourist destinations and shopping, and city of friendly multi-cultural people but it is also a wonder in many road potholes, heaven for overly abundant immigrants, messy urban planning, and hotspot for street crimes.

I still couldn’t believe it! Getting into the 28 finalists’ shortlist is already something that seems impossible to me and many others. And now, it even managed to climb to the final top 7 for the prestigious honour. But that’s a fact now. Anyway, congratulations to all the 7 winning cities! I’m still happy for KL! It’s such an honour.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Ten tallest buildings in KL (as of 2014).

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur, besides than its iconic Petronas Twin Towers which still stand today as the world’s tallest twin buildings, the city is also home to plenty of soaring skyscrapers. Currently, Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, has 17 buildings above 200 metres high respectively (including topped out or almost completed buildings). That figure does not includes telecommunication tower. Hence, the 421 metres tall KL Tower isn’t counted in. According to The Skyscraper Center from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Kuala Lumpur is ranked 10th ‘tallest’ city in the world, and 15th in the world by number of buildings exceeding 150 metres height.

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The city still has plenty of space, but people loves to build tall buildings anyway. Building skyscrapers is a symbol of strength to a nation’s economy and image to the rest of the world. The last time I wrote about the city’s top ten tallest buildings was on last year, and I’m sure I have to update the list now as it changes every year. That’s a good sign and indication that KL is on course to build tall buildings rapidly, but just not as ambitious as those cities from China or Dubai. The first two in the list never change for many years already, and it’s the Petronas Twin Towers (everybody knew it). But what are the next tallest buildings in the city after the twin towers? Here you go…

1 & 2. Petronas Twin Towers, 452 metres, 88 floors.

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3. Telekom Tower, 310 metres, 55 floors.

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4. Ilham Baru Tower, 298 metres, 64 floors. (Topped out, will complete next year).

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5. Naza Tower 1, 273 metres, 50 floors. (Pending spire installation to reach its full height, will complete next year).

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6. Petronas Tower 3, 267 metres, 60 floors.

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7. Maybank Tower, 244 metres, 50 floors.

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8. Vista Tower, 238 metres, 60 floors.

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9. Felda Tower, 216 metres, 50 floors.

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10. Maxis Tower, 212 metres, 49 floors.

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I would like to include seven more (below) that has also surpassed 200 metres in building’s height respectively.

11. AmBank Tower, 210 metres, 50 floors.

12. KKR2 Tower, 210 metres, 37 floors.

13. The Troika Tower 3, 204 metres, 50 floors.

14 & 15. Berjaya Times Square Tower A & B, 203 metres, 48 floors.

16. K Residence, 202 metres, 52 floors.

17. Lot G Office Towers, 200 metres, 42 floors.

In two to three years time, there would be more than 20 buildings with over 200 metres high respectively in the city. Also not to forget the on-going construction of some supertall projects in KL like the KL118 Tower (618 metres, 118 floors) and Four Seasons Place (343 metres, 65 floors). Kuala Lumpur, my home city, has plenty of tall buildings, which made the city a pleasant sight to skyscrapers’ lovers like me.

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More statistics regarding the city in terms of skyscrapers can be found here: http://skyscrapercenter.com/city/kuala-lumpur.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Fascinated with Google Map’s Street View…now available in Malaysia.

Posted in Interesting Things I Encountered or Thought of with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by vincentloy

It has come to our attention today that the ‘Street View’ feature in Google Map is finally available for Malaysia. This feature which allows us to see a place/location in street level is introduced quite some time ago in US, and then slowly expanding to include other countries across the world too. This is a significant added feature in the Google Map/Earth programme which is first created for us to see places only in aerial view (can only see the plans). Now, things look surprisingly cool and real..thanks to the ‘Street View’.

In these recent months, you may have noticed strange-looking car or vehicle (Google camera car) wondering around in our local streets. Yup…those cars were recording the images. And now, it is finally available online in Google Map. The visuals are quite clear too, except when they had to purposely blurred out the people faces, car plate numbers, etc for privacy reason. My colleagues were all discussing about it today as we were quite excited of this new feature. The first place we looked into is our office. Then, we moved on to check out street views of some sites of our office’s projects. That is cool. Now, we don’t even need to go to the place to take images. We can just search it in Google Map in ‘Street View’ feature and see its panoramic images.

Very beneficial especially when some of our project sites are in other states, particularly Johor. If this feature is not available, then we have to travel few hours to Johor just to take some site images. Now, it can be done in few minutes time. But the images shown were actually dated back at least several months ago. Anyway, it’s still considered quite updated. Everyone is happy with this feature but some raised privacy and security concern. Even my house is shown in the ‘street view’ eventhough it is located way deep inside a huge neighbourhood. Quite surprised to actually get to see it.

Of course I wouldn’t post that street view image of my house here due to privacy reason. But wait…I’m going to spend the night playing around with this cool feature. And here are some of the amazing street-view images I saw of KL just now in Google Map.

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If you have nothing to do, try out this street view feature which is only introduced in Malaysia by late of September. Looks fun and very beneficial. You can see your home, your school, your frequently-visited streets or shops, your favourite places, some destinations you wished to go but haven’t had the chance yet, etc.

 

Surprised that KL is in the top 21 finalists for the selection of New 7 Wonders Cities.

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2014 by vincentloy

Back in year 2000, there was an initiative to officially choose Wonders of the World due to the varying selections worldwide on this prestigious title. Organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, a seven-year long campaign was held and the result was finally announced in 2007. Great Pyramids of Giza is not contested as it is awarded with honorary title as the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. The New 7 Wonders of the World are Great Wall of China, Petra, Colosseum, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal and Christ the Redeemer.

Right after that, another campaign is organized to select the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It ended in 2011 with the result as follow: Amazon Rainforest, Jeju Island, Halong Bay, Iguazu Fall, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Komodo Island and Table Mountain. The New7Wonders Foundation didn’t stop there, as they are now in the campaign of selecting the New 7 Wonders Cities. Started in 2012, more than 1200 cities from over 220 countries across the world are listed and opened to be voted by the general public.

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Then, the list eventually narrowed down to 300, then to 77, and to 28 for the finalist phases. Currently, there are only 21 finalist cities and if you want to vote seven out of them, here’s the link to its official voting website: https://www.new7wonders.com/en/cities. The 21 finalists are Bangkok, Mendoza, Havana, Beirut, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Seoul, Durban, Doha, Barcelona, Quito, Saint Petersburg, Vigan, La Paz, London, Perth, Reykjavik, Shenzhen, Chicago, Istanbul, and Mexico City. The bold ones are my picks. I wonder how many of my picks got into the final prestigious top 7 list.

This current top 21 list will be further narrowed down to top 14 by 7 October 2014, and then the final New 7 Wonders Cities list will be announced on 7 December 2014.

First of all, I’m quite surprised by the current top 21 finalists. Popular major cities like New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney aren’t present. Even other beautiful cities like Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Melbourne, Washington and Athens are no where to be seen. I’m now confused how the others vote and what do they think of seriously when they are voting. There are so many unpopular cities that are shockingly successful on being listed in the top 21. Huh…It’s not easy to be the top 21 out of over 1200 cities and I’m very curious on how most of the presently listed 21 cities advanced into this final stage.

But I’m obviously glad that my home city, Kuala Lumpur made it into the list. What a happy news to my country. Looking from this top 21 list, I think KL has quite a high chance to be in the final New 7 Wonders Cities’ list. Wishing that my city, KL would be able to be listed in the final New 7 Wonders Cities official selection. It will make the country and all Malaysians proud and happy. I have to say that Kuala Lumpur is really a vibrant, nice and beautiful city.

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Kindly vote and support my city if you have the free time to do so. I have provided the website’s link earlier. It’s easy to vote too. Thanks.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

R.I.P. MH17

Posted in Breathtaking News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by vincentloy

‘Before writing further, I would first like to express my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families, relatives and friends of all the 298 victims on board the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17th July 2014. And my sincere thoughts and prayers to the deceased. Rest in peace, and may God be with you.’

The world is currently overwhelmed with news of a Malaysian plane found to have crashed at Ukraine, near Russian border yesterday. What’s further shocking from that saddening statement is that the plane went down not because of any technical failure or accident but is now believed to be shot down by military. This has been widely called as an act of cruelty and terrorism. While the Ukrainian and Russian governments are now blaming on each other for the crash in this time when there has been dispute and war at the borders between these two nations, an international investigation has been called on by United Nations to find out the exact truth behind this.

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The plane is a Boeing 777, and carried 283 passengers and 15 crew members (over 10 nationalities). It was believed to be shot down when it was cruising at about 30 000 ft altitude. Some local people witnessed and even captured videos showing moment when the plane crashed onto the ground with thick plume of smoke coming off seen far away on a field. I was deeply saddened and traumatized after seeing some of the images and watching some of the clips showing the crash site. Highly disturbing. If it is indeed confirmed that the plane was shot down, the perpetrators should be brought to justice without any question. All involved or affected nations (Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom) should cooperate to get to the bottom on this matter.

This is the second aviation tragedy for the Malaysia Airlines in this year alone, as this crash came not long after an incident on March 8 this year when another Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The plane was presumed to have crashed on the Indian Ocean,but till now, no wreckage or any sign of the plane has been found yet, and everything remains a mystery. I hope the truth will be revealed very soon to both MH370 and this recent MH17 tragedies as the world needs the answer, particularly the next-of-kin of the passengers on board the two doomed flights. Malaysia Airlines is in very deep trouble this year.

I couldn’t believe this happened. Another tragic aviation-related news in this already tragic year for Malaysia. This is horrifying and shocking. Now, unfortunately, Malaysia is becoming the headlines of all major news organizations around the world for the second time this year alone for something this devastating again. This Friday and weekend is no longer happy for all of us. We felt the pain, we felt the sadness, we felt the tragedy. Now, we share a moment of silence for MH17.

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Rest in peace, MH17. 

(Information and images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Went to ARCHIDEX 2014 on its last day today.

Posted in Awesome Buildings, Structures, Skylines or Architecture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by vincentloy

The 15th International Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition (ARCHIDEX) 2014 took place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (usual spot every year) this year from 25th to 28th June. Organized together with the exhibition are the DATUM Design Conference, Eco-Building Exhibition, some forums and also a newly held congress themed ‘Rejuvenation’. This is the annual event I have been continuously attending, and this is my fourth time visiting the exhibition.

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So, I’m quite familiar with what I shall do in the exhibition; going around all the booths in the exhibition halls and getting all brochures and catalogues, and if possible, together with goodie bags and some free gifts like pens or note books. It has also been made easier for me to enter as I do not need to complete any registration as I already received express tag earlier. This year, I think there are more companies involved in the event, and hence the greater number of booths and also bigger areas of halls covered for the exhibition. Here’s the official website of the exhibition: http://www.archidex.com.my/.

As usual, there are booths promoting doors, windows, glass, hardwares, softwares, outdoor and indoor elements, tiles, finishing, wood, roofing, paints, sanitary fittings, books, and all the other related products or technologies related to architecture, interior design, building construction and engineering fields. Me and my colleague were getting tired as time passes as we took more and more bags and brochures. Now, I’m taking some time to read through those catalogues we have taken and to check on which ones are interesting. However, the most delighted thing would still be the free gifts we can find from those bags.

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We spent about two hours for the exhibition. Hmm…many booth’s staff approached to us trying to brief us on their products but we just don’t have time for most of them. Sorry…Lastly, we also managed to glance through some of the presentation works (finalists of some kind of architecture competitions) displayed outside several exhibition halls before leaving. Then, only after that, we thought of going for movie ‘Transformers 4′ (just out yesterday) at Suria KLCC. You can check out my movie review of that particular film in my previous post. And for all that, the worst thing is that I have spent RM30 alone for the parking fee. That’s shockingly high and unreasonable. I’m not like parking my car there for whole day!

On the other hand, tomorrow marks the beginning of Ramadhan, the fasting month for the Muslims before celebrating Hari Raya. Here, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims (particularly my Malay friends and colleagues) a wonderful Ramadhan! Raya is coming soon….

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