Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by vincentloy

Greeting from me, Vincent Loy to all who viewed my blog:

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Best wishes and luck to all!

May u have the upcoming year with happiness and joy! Enjoy year 2009!

—- This is my  blog 50th posts..celebration to my blog too! Hurray!…

Congratz my blog…haha…

Ending the year 2008 with 50 posts…and over 1000 views from u all! Great results for me!

Bye, see u all next year! — +++ — +++ — +++ — +++ — +++ — +++ —

Repost: Love Melody from TVB drama “Pages of Treasures” by Alex (Eric Suen) with Hill (Vivien Yeo).

Play the video and listen to the melody while viewing my blog! Thanks!

Wonders of the World (compilation of all)

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by vincentloy

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: (all destroyed except Great Pyramid)

Honourable mention: Ishtar Gate.

Seven Wonders of the Medieval World:

  • Stonehenge
  • Colosseum
  • Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • Great Wall of China
  • Porcelain Tower of Nanjing
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Honourable mentions: Taj Mahal, Cairo Citadel, Ely Cathedral, Cluny Abbey.

    Seven Wonders of the Modern World:

     – Channel Tunnel.

    – CN Tower.

    – Empire State Building.

    – Golden Gate Bridge.

    – Itaipu Dam.

    – Delta Works.

    – Panama Canal.

    New Seven Wonders Foundation’s seven wonders of the world: (the exact list)

    – Great Wall of China.

    – Petra.

    Christ the Redeemer. (the eighth wonder)

    – Machu Picchu.

    – Chicken Itza.

    – Roman Colloseum.

    – Taj Mahal.

    – Great Pyramid. (Honorary candidate)

    USA Today’s New Seven Wonders:

    – Potala Palace.

    – Old City of Jerusalem.

    – Polar ice caps.

    – Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

    – Internet.

    – Maya ruins.

    – Great migration of Serengeti and Masai Mara.

    – Grand Canyon. (people’s chosen eighth wonder)

    Seven Natural Wonders of the World:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Harbour of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mount Everest
  • Aurora
  • Parícutin volcano
  • Victoria Falls
  • Seven Wonders of the Underwater World

  • Palau
  • Belize Barrier Reef
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Deep-Sea Vents
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Lake Baikal
  • Northern Red Sea
  • Seven Wonders of the Industrial World:

  • SS Great Eastern
  • Bell Rock Lighthouse
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • London sewerage system
  • First Transcontinental Railroad
  • Panama Canal
  • Hoover Dam
  • Man-made travel wonders

    1. Giza pyramid complex
    2. Great Wall of China
    3. Taj Mahal
    4. Machu Picchu
    5. Bali
    6. Angkor Wat
    7. Forbidden City
    8. Bagan Temples & Pagodas
    9. Karnak Temple
    10. Teotihuacán

    Natural travel wonders

    1. Serengeti Migration
    2. Galápagos Islands
    3. Grand Canyon
    4. Iguazu Falls
    5. Amazon Rainforest
    6. Ngorongoro Crater
    7. Great Barrier Reef
    8. Victoria Falls
    9. Bora Bora
    10. Cappadocia

    The compilation above are all related to the seven wonders of the world.

    All info obtained from wikipedia. For more detail, please refer to wikipedia too. Want pictures, search for yourself to find the beauty of the wonders!

    Really wished to go to every wonders listed above, all around the world…haha..which is almost impossible..

    current Top 10 tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur

    Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2008 by vincentloy

    let us see the top 10 tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur (my hometown), the capital city of Malaysia which are all over 200 metres tall.

    one of the booming cities in South East Asia besides Singapore and Bangkok.

    1 & 2. Petronas Twin Tower -452m, 88 floors, current world tallest twin buildings, former world tallest buildings, designed by Cesar Pelli. (1998)

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    3. MenaraTelekom – 310m , 55 floors. (2001)

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    4. Menara Maybank – 244m, 50 floors. (1988)

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    5. Empire Tower – 238m, 62 floors. (1994)

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    6. Maxis Tower – 212m, 49 floors. (1998)

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    7. AM Bank Finance Building – 210m, 50 floors. (1998)

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    8 & 9. Berjaya Times Square – 203m, 48 floors. (2003)

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    10. K Residence Tower – 202m, 50 floors. (2008)

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    huh..there are actually a lot of highrises at Kuala Lumpur which has over 230 buildings approximately….majority of them clustered in the city region to create a beautiful skyline…

    however, at night the buildings are not decorated with colourful lights..a lot of them are just dark and can’t be seen at night..only Petronas twin Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower that are brighten with beautiful lights.

    The KL Tower (421m, 15 floors) (1995) – fifth tallest telecomunication tower in the world.

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    the Kuala Lumpur skyline:

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    Beijing National Stadium

    Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2008 by vincentloy

    commonly known as Bird Nest stadium or Beijing Olympic Stadium…this stadium is a real engineering marvel for us…great architecture here too…

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     – located in Olympic Green, Beijing, China (on a straight axis along with the Forbidden City and Tiannanmen Square). (refer to Google Earth and check it yourself)

    – Designed and built basically for the beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games and for future athletics sports or other events.

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    – Costs US$423 million, world largest steel construction.

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    – Designed by a Swiss architecture firm, Herxog and de Meuron in April 2003.

    – Originated from the Chinese ceramics, implemented steel beams in order to hide supports for the retractable roof for the appearance of bird nest.

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    – later the design of retractable roof is removed after considering some recognizable aspect and to reduce budget.

    – Ground breaking ceremony on 24rd December 2003.

    – Official opening of the stadium on 28th June 2008.

    – On 14th May 2008, the grass filed of 7811 square metres was laid in 24 hours.

    – Was a joint venture among architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and CADG which was lead by chief architect, Li Xinggang from China.

    – The basic design principles are being porous, collective building, a public vessel and a nest scheme.

    – consists of two independent structures, standing 50 feet apart; a red concrete seating bowl and the outer steel frame around it.

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    –  24 trussed columns encase the inner bowl, each one weighing 1000 tonnes.

    – Original seats capacity designed: 100 000.

    – After removal of roof and simplification of design, the seats capacity becomes 91 000 for olympic.

    – After the olympic, the seats is now reduced to 80 000.

    – it is the world 21st largest stadium in terms of seats capacity (91 000)

    – the farthest seat is 140 metres from the center field.

    – temperature and air flow of every surface were optimized to increase ventilation.

    – removal of retractable roof after incident of collapse of roof at Charles de Gaulle International Airport reduced the construction budget to US290 million from US$500 million.

    – the structure is now lightened, which helped it to stand up to seismic activity.

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    -construction: 17 000 workers.

    – 110 000 tonnes of steel made in China was used.

    – considered as the most important public space in Beijing.

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    – hosted the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games (opeing and closing ceremonies) as well as atheltics sports and football.

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    – famous quote by the chief architect of CADG, Li Xinggang:

    ” Why does a Chinese bowl or a Chinese window have this kind of pattern? Maybe the Chinese people like things to appear in this irregular way, but underneath there are very clear rules. The Bird’s Nest developed in this way”

    huh..quite a lot of info regarding this stadium..i love this stadium..and i will be going to Beijing next Chinese New Year to see it myself…yeah! can’t wait for that day to come!

    26th of December..christmas is over..

    Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2008 by vincentloy

    time passes so fast..the long awaiting christmas is over..and now we are all waiting for new year countdown celebration…

    today is 26th of December in year 2008, a normal day (a Boxing Day actually)…but when we looked back to the same date in 4 years ago, year 2004, something terrifying the Earth had happened

    i think everyone knew what i am trying to say…and yes…the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami,,,

    the day after all the christmas celebration along the beach comes to a sudden miserable day when gigantic waves strike…everything just went into rubbles in the waves’ direction….

    the tsunami took over 225,000 lives and affected fifteen countries, Indonesia(worst hit), Sri Lanka(worst hit), India(worst hit), Thailand(worst hit), Somalia, Myanmar, Maldives, Malaysia, Tanzania, Seychelles, Bangladesh, South Africa, Yemen, Kenya and even Madagascar.

    it is the second largest earthquake ever recorded by a seismograph with a magnitude between 9.1 to 9.3

    This earthquake had the longest duration of faulting ever observed, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. It caused the entire planet to vibrate as much as 1 cm (0.5 inches) and triggered other earthquakes as far away as Alaska.

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    pictures and info taken from wikipedia…

    may god still bless those who have lost their lives under this unpredictable and disastrous tragedy…take this day as a remembrance day…

    What have I done in year 2008?

    Posted in Interesting Encounters on December 25, 2008 by vincentloy

    before year 2008 really ends..i would like to list down some important things of which I have done throughout the year…

    Places I have been to: (Oversea)

    1. Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung (Taiwan) – Chinese New Year holidays.

    2. Chiangmai, Chiangrai (Thailand) – Hari Raya holidays.

    Top 5 most favourite TVB dramas that I have watched:

    1. Heart of Greed aka Moonlight Resonance.

    2. D.I.E.

    3. Forensic Heroes 2.

    4. Wars of in Laws 2.

    5.The Four.

    Runescape (my only online game):

    1. completed all the special holiday events (Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)

    2. completed all the non-member quests and achievement diaries.

    3. speed up my combat level till level 70 (my current target)…reached..now..just stop on training my combat already…very tired..

    4. achieved over 200 friends (maximum for non-member).

    5. have gone adventuring through every parts of the non-member land.

    Online accounts that I have:

    1. Friendster

    2. Tagged

    3. Facebook

    Masterpiece that I have done for university assignments:

    1. Models.

    2. Presentation boards.

    3. Projects.

    4. Oral presentations.

    5. Other assignments (uncountable).

    —in year 2008, i am pursuing Foundation in Built Environment (architecture)…did a lot of works already…huh..a lot of challenges ahead !

    creating and writing on the only blog: this blog..haha…very active! u will see me always updating my blog with interesting posts!

    drawing of the skyline of Kuala Lumpur..

    Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2008 by vincentloy

    this drawing is totally and 100% drawn by me..copyright reserved!

    actually, i drawn this one long time ago in one A3 sized cartridge paper…now feel like want to promote my masterpiece..so put the picture of it up here..to let u all see and view!

    actually, the locations of the buildings drawn are estimated to be in the position drawn..some are compacted together so that it fits into one A3 size paper…the height of the buildings drawn are approximately based on scale..quite accurate!

    hope u all enjoy my drawing..i think i have drawn it for around 4 hours..appreciate it!haha..no joke..very serious when drawing this..i got a big interest in drawing the skyline of my hometown city, Kuala Lumpur, which currently ranked 8th in the world!i think KL deserves a higher ranking compared to others above like Singapore and Toronto.

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    if u are malaysian and live at KL, can u identify each buildings drawn here? if u can, then u are KL skyline fans too…haha