Archive for February, 2009

Today is the day…Flying Egg Project!

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by vincentloy

the first assignment of the Architectural Design 101 module is called as Flying Egg…the period of this assignment is only three days…very insufficient time…

these few days stay late at university to complete this assignment which carries no mark to the whole module…just a pass or fail for this project (which had not much effect on the study)

The assignment:

1. Creating a flying device by only using newspaper, strings, masking tape and balsa wood.

2. The flying device can be of any size and any form.

3. The flying device should be able to fly in the length of approximately 12 metres.

4. The flying device should carries an egg on it while it is flying.

5. At least 50 percent of the egg must be exposed to be seen while the flying device is flying.

6. Sketch out some sketches regarding this and explain some concepts behind it.

7. make a prototype (mock-up) model before the real model (if possible)

8. the flying device should flies with its own method and is on track while flying.

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We have to work in group of five students and have to work and get advice from three senior students..

luckily we got some good seniors, mainly the one which is very pro in phyiscs (all those aerodynamic, centre of gravity and bernoulli’s principles) which are very important in designing the flying device…

we created design a mix out of bird, plane and glider…large wings, little aerofoil shape, and form of a glider…and that is why our flying device can fly…we need to maintain the balance and centre of gravity of the device too…hard task to do…but we learn a lot from this project too…

wasted a lot of time on it…wasted a lot of eggs on it (we have done a lot of experiments before)..wasted a lot of newspaper on it….this is the look of the flying device we have created…

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the video below shows the final testing of our flying device before the real presentation….

quite successfully..because we flies with the wind…the wind flew from the back of our starting point…not much resistance then…it flies, flies, flies until towards the opposite staircase..very successful…surely exceed 12m…

but then, it’s time for the real presentation…so many people came to the courtyard and watched the show…and this time, need to fly from the staircase of the other side..so against the wind…more resistance..and it is bad…

our group is group 7…the first six groups all failed to make it even more than 6m..until our group, the first group to make it to 8m..everybody cheered on the flying device we made eventhough it flies out of track..hurray..very happy…

and the egg didn’t break at all..then they give us the second chance….the second time was better…actually it flies out of track again due to the opposite wind, but then it hits at people at flies back in track…of over 9m…slight improvement…everyone satisfied with it this time..

sorry…videos quite blur…recorded them through phone…and there are so crowded…unable to see the landing…eventhough we can’t make it to the best…but our group is still in top three…there is one group of our friends which is the only group able to reach the marking line of 12m..they are so lucky, at first their flying device is already out of track but then the wind helps it to pull it back on track and slides towards the line..how lucky….

there is another group getting on 10m line…better than us..but nevermind…our flying device is still satisfying…the lecturer looks good on our flying device too…

very tired and hot after the presentation…before that, just sketch up some last minute work (because we don’t know earlier that we need to prepare sketches regarding it) and paste it onto the wall…but then the lecturers don’t even look at it…they just don’t care and forget about it…meaningless!

next week, have to start with other assignments..more terrible and challenging assignments ahead!

Second day of the new semester..Headache…

Posted in Interesting Encounters on February 24, 2009 by vincentloy

It is now already the second day of beginning of new semester (Semester 1) in Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture…

Thought that the first week would be ‘free and easy’ week as all the first lesson of each module will only introduce the module outline…

but then, today as the second day..two modules already have their assignments briefed on us…

the assignments are so tough and challenging..even though it is just Assignment 1…the hardest and most time-consuming one is the ‘The Wonder Wall’ Project under Building Technology 101 module…

in the project, we need to work in group and build out a length of wall with openings based on our creativity and the understanding of solid construction…this project needs a lot of time….and then we need to draw out first on scale before doing this continuously for at least 8 hours…and present it to the whole world in the fourth week..haha…

then, in the Architectural Design 101, we are told to work with senior students in group to design a flying device that can carry an egg..the project is called as ‘Flying Egg’…funny right? We need to apply the aerodynamic system as well creativity on this..this one need to submit and tested by this Friday…so fast!and this assignment does not carry any marks to the module…

headache…stress…thinking of all the stuff and procedures regarding these two first assignments briefed….architectural life ahead is super hard! Have to stay on it too! No give up! Must get used to it!

Winners List of the Oscar Awards 2009

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , on February 23, 2009 by vincentloy

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire – WINNER
 
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Jenkins for The Visitor
Frank Langella for Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn for Milk – WINNER
Brad Pitt for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
 
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie for Changeling
Melissa Leo for Frozen River
Meryl Streep for Doubt
Kate Winslet for The Reader – WINNER
 
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin for Milk
Robert Downey Jr. for Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight – WINNER
Michael Shannon for Revolutionary Road
 
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for Doubt
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona – WINNER
Viola Davis for Doubt
Taraji P. Henson for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler
 
 
Best Achievement in Directing
Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire – WINNER
Stephen Daldry for The Reader
David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant for Milk
 
 
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Frozen River: Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky: Mike Leigh
In Bruges: Martin McDonagh
Milk: Dustin Lance Black – WINNER
WALL·E: Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter
 
 
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
Doubt: John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon: Peter Morgan
The Reader: David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire: Simon Beaufoy – WINNER
 
 
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Changeling: Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight: Wally Pfister
The Reader: Roger Deakins, Chris Menges
Slumdog Millionaire: Anthony Dod Mantle – WINNER
 
 
Best Achievement in Editing
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
The Dark Knight: Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
Milk: Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire: Chris Dickens – WINNER
 
Best Achievement in Art Direction
Changeling: James J. Murakami, Gary Fettis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo – WINNER
The Dark Knight: Nathan Crowley, Peter Lando
The Duchess: Michael Carlin, Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road: Kristi Zea, Debra Schutt
 
 
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Australia: Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Jacqueline West
The Duchess: Michael O’Connor -WINNER
Milk: Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road: Albert Wolsky
 
 
Best Achievement in Makeup
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Greg Cannom – WINNER
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
 
 
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Alexandre Desplat
Defiance: James Newton Howard
Milk: Danny Elfman
Slumdog Millionaire: A.R. Rahman – WINNER
WALL-E: Thomas Newman
 
 
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Slumdog Millionaire: Jai Ho – WINNER
Slumdog Millionaire: O Saya
WALL-E: Down to Earth
 
 
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire– WINNER
WALL-E
Wanted
 
 
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The Dark Knight – WINNER
Iron Man
Slumdog Millionaire 
WALL-E
Wanted
 
 
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – WINNER
The Dark Knight
Iron Man
 
 
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E – WINNER
 
 
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (Germany)
Entre les murs (France)
Revanche (Austria)
Okuribito (Departures) (Japan)
Vals Im Bashir (Israel)
 
 
Best Documentary, Features
The Betrayal – Nerakhoon
Encounters at the End of the World
The Garden
Man on Wire – WINNER
Trouble the Water
 
 
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
The Conscience of Nhem En
The Final Inch
Smile Pinki – WINNER
The Witness from the Balcony of Room 306
 
 
Best Short Film, Animated
Nominees:Ubornaya istoriya – lyubovnaya istoriya: Konstantin Bronzit
La Maison en Petits Cubes: Kunio Kato – WINNER
Oktapodi: Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, Emud Mokhberi
Presto: Doug Sweetland
This Way Up: Alan Smith, Adam Foulkes
 
 
Best Short Film, Live Action
Auf der Strecke
Manon on the Asphalt
New Boy
The Pig
Spielzeugland – WINNER
Conclusion: Slumdog Millionaire movie wins a lot this time..haven’t watch this movie yet…Really happy that Kate Winslet won the Best Actress…i suddenly recalling back 12 years ago when she acted as Rose Dewitt Bukater in the famous movie ‘Titanic’
For best animated feature film, I have watched the three movies and I think that Kung Fu Panda is better, because it has a more interesting plot with humourous scenes in the movie…
For best supporting actor, grateful that Health Ledger won as he deserved it in the villain role as the Joker in the Batman: The Dark Knight…just sad that he had passed away….

Winner List of Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards 2008

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by vincentloy

the results are just being revealed during the recently concluded Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards 2008 in Malaysia…

the artists attended the ceremony are Louise Lee, Susanna Kwan, Shirley Yeung, Tavia Yeung, Ron Ng, Bosco Wong, Raymond Lam, Joe Ma, Linda Chung, Myolie Wu, Jessice Hester Hsuan, Benz Hui, Moses Chan and Loh Kun Lan. This is the awards ceremony in Malaysia with most number of TVB artists attending…all the artists are so beautiful in their appearance especially during the red carpet show, girls with their gowns, boys with their suits…huh..cool…

 

Below are the list of results (official in English version):

Top 12 Favourite Characters:

(a) Moses Chan Ho(Heart of Greed)

(b) Myolie Wu Hang Yee(To Grow With Love)

(c) Ron Ng Cheuk Hei(On The First Beat)

(d) Linda Chung Kah Yan(Heart of Greed)

(e) Bobby Au Yeung Chan Wah(Dicey Business)

(f) Jessica Hester Hsuan (Dicey Business)

(g) Bosco Wong Chong Chak(Price of Greed)

(h) Louise Lee Sze Kei (Heart of Greed)

(i) Raymond Lam Fung (Drive of Life)

(j) Charmaine Sheh Sze Man (Drive of Life)

(k) Joe Ma Tak Chung (Maiden’s Vow)

(l) Tavia Yeung Yi (Dicey Business)

 

Most Unforgettable Moment:

Heart of Greed – When Louise Lee (Dai Kei) quarrels with Susanna Kwan (Sai Kei) regarding family matter with ‘golden words’.

 

Most Memorable Kiss : Raymond Lam and Charmaine Sheh (Drive of Life)

 

Favourite On-Screen Couple: Raymond Lam and Linda Chung (Heart of Greed)

 

Favourite Bizarre Character: Myolie Wu (Fei Tin), (To Grow With Love)

 

Favourite Scene Stealer: Benz Hui Siew Hung (Dicey Business)

 

Favourite Villain: Shirley Yeung Si Kei (Brink of Law)

 

Favourite Theme Song: ‘Speechless’ by Susanna Kwan on Heart of Greed.

 

Favourite Leading Actress: Louise Lee Sze Kei (Heart of Greed)

 

Favourite Leading Actor: Moses Chan Ho (Heart of Greed)

 

Favourite Drama of the Year: Heart of Greed.

 

There are total of 20 awards that have been given in 11 categories. Loh Kun Lan and Benz Hui are the special guests in giving the Favourite Drama award (the biggest award).

 

The awards have been held at Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands on 21st February 2009…

7.00pm – 8.00pm: Red carpet show.

8.00pm – 10.30pm: Awards presentation ceremony.

 

The emcees for the day are nat Chan Pak Cheung from Hong Kong, Wong Chui Leng, Vivien Cheuk Wai Kan, Lam Pui Ying from Malaysia.

 

There are many other local guests attending such as the five finalists of Astro Star Quest 2008, three finalists of Miss Astro Chinese Pageants, winner group of Battleground 2008, and many others…Virginia Lok Yee Ling, the higher management TVB representative came to the awards ceremony too…

 

There are also many exciting performances during the awards ceremony such as the separate dance by ECX (winner of Battleground 2008) and the three finalists of Miss Astro Chinese Pageants, short comedy-based drama play by emcees and some TVB artists (Raymond Lam, Bosco Wong, Linda Chung, Louise Lee) while saying some ‘golden words’, Tic Tac dance by the emcees, etc…

 

Bosco Wong, Linda Chung and Raymond Lam also went up to stage to sing their songs such as Love Isn’t Enough by Raymond Lam…then, the five finalists of Astro Star Quest 2008 sang the five finalists of drama’s theme songs..followed by ‘Cannot Say Anything’ by Susanna Kwan Kuk Ying who won the favourite theme song….

 

There are a lot of funny scenes in the awards ceremony…such as when Pui Ying and Chui Leng got a kiss on their face by Raymond Lam..then Vivien jealous but at last, she was being kissed on face by Moses Chan which satisfied every girls (emcees) on stage…another one is when everybody like to say about Vivien’s ‘weight’ and ‘size’ which Vivien doesn’t care about it anyway…

 

There is also a preview of some dramas that will be released in year 2009 on Astro Wah Lai Toi such as Wasabi Mon Amour, The Building Blocks of Life, The Seventh Day, The Silver Chamber of Sorrow, Last One Standing, Moonlight Resonance, Forensic Heroes 2, Wars of In-Laws 2, The Four, etc…the dramas which are now being shown in the channel are Word Twisters Adventure, Men Don’t Cry and Ultimate Crime Fighter and the previously shown Best Bet.

 

There is a similarity with this awards winner with TVB 40th Anniversary Awards 2007..let’s see the similarity:

ASTRO WAH LAI TOI(2008)       TVB 40th (2007)              WINNER

Favourite Leading Actor              Best Leading Actor          Moses Chan

Favourite Leading Actress          Best Leading Actress       Louise Lee

Favourite Drama                                    Best Series                 Heart of Greed

 

similar right?,…I think it will be some similarities next year too…so the results of TVB 41st anniversary awards will be almost the same with the next year Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards 2009…

 

the results revealed are satisfying…eventhough I am still disagree with some categories such as Favourite Couple which I think should goes more to Raymond Lam and Charmaine Sheh from Drive of Life, and Favourite Villain in which I prefer Sammul Chan from Price of Greed. Others, all are good…they deserved the awards which look like a model of an old TV…

 

The fifthe year Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards had concluded….let’s wait for next year to come, will be bigger and more grand and expecting more TVB artists and competitions between them to come….

 

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tomorrow will be a good day…

Posted in Interesting Encounters on February 20, 2009 by vincentloy

today went to uni to register, quite useless actually…ooh…next week start my Semester One in Bachelor of Applied Science in Architecture already..

passed my foundation with quite a good result..but still not satisfied enough…anyway, will work harder this time!’

holiday really makes people like me to become lazy, lazy to attend boring classes, lazy to complete burdening assignments, lazy to climb lengthy stairs to reach classrooms, etc…

tomorrow will be a great day…and it’s Saturday…the long awaited Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards 2008 will be held tomorrow…will be in front of TV to watch the humourous awards presentation…

hope those that is my favourites to win…seems that some of the artists have came to Kuala Lumpur…as I heard some of their live voices through MYFM…

I am here to say,

Tomorrow will be a good day,

No matter how hard you have gone through today,

Expressing my words through this blog is my way.

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Modern China with modern cities

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2009 by vincentloy

hundred years ago, everybody knew that China is kinda ‘old’, too traditional with imperial system by the time, and not modernized…the government is like ‘locked’ in the Forbidden City from the outside world by the high walls surrounding the palace, the Empress Dowager Cixi (Chi Hei Tai Hau) ordered that there should be no influence from the outer modern world especially from the Western. Luckily, the imperial system is abolished.

Then, China gained independence officially…then, China went silent from the outer world…everything is being ‘inside’ rather than ‘outside’…there are still no great modernizing effect on the poor country by the time…

Around two decades ago, China is like ‘boom’! Major changes occur to the country so that the country will be on par to globalization. Demolishing of old buildings, construction on new lands, building of towers, and introduction of economic policies put China to the peak in becoming modernized.

Many cities evolved from small quiet towns into the big buzzling cities currently such as

Shanghai (most advanced city in China)

Shenzhen (another booming city with rapid economic growth)

Guangzhou (a big city with new things to come)

Chongqing (among the biggest city in China, very densely populated)

Beijing (capital city, great architecture -traditional and modern, host city of 2008 Summer Olympic Games)

Do not forget Hong Kong, it is still belongs to China and it is the world best skyline city..thumbs up for this awesome city.

Despite the global downturn lately, China has not slows down its economic growth..everything keeps going, no matter going big or going tall! More and more cities are emerging from the country! It is now able to compete with others as it is one of the strong nation in the world. Eventhough I am Malaysian, but I am still Chinese, originated from China!

Malaysia, I mean in its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, construction of buildings can still be seen, but not as much as in China. The economic situation here is far worst. No need to compete already know which country win…Haiz!

Fantastic Stadiums from Herzog & de Meuron

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2009 by vincentloy

anybody knew the famous Swiss architecture firm called as Herzog and de Meuron. These two principal architects are Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

In 2001, they were awarded with Pritzker Prize, the highest of honors in architecture.

They are very excellent especially in designing stadiums, notably the Beijing National Stadium, the stadium which organized the opening and closing ceremonies of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games successfully….the stadium is now a landmark, a symbol of Chinese modernism, and a masterpiece of architecture…

With the seating of 80 000, this remarkable stadium is nicknamed as Bird Nest due to its distinctive design.

 

More info regarding the architecture of this stadium, please refer to my previous post on this stadium…

Besides than the stadium which was built in 2008, here is another stadium built in 2005 not to be forgotten. This stadium is called as Allianz Arena which is located at Munich, Germany.

With the seatings of 66 000, it is the first stadium in the world that has a full changing colours outside.

This is why I like the stadiums designed by Herzog and de Meuron.