New Year 2018 fireworks from across the world!


Happy New Year once again!

I went to KLCC yesterday to join in the countdown and watch the fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. As expected, the area is very crowded as KLCC is the biggest venue for new year countdown every year in Malaysia. I think there is around 300 000. Try to imagine that you are one of the 300 000 and you are surrounded by all the people, all the noises and all the chaos. Well, it is still a one great experience to be able to observe such happening atmosphere and celebrating the arrival of new year with so many people including both locals and the foreign tourists. While others were busy blowing the horns or cheering, I was concentrating on looking up to admire the beauty of the Petronas Twin Towers in the evening. I won’t be bored seeing the towers all these years.

Here’s the video that I captured during the countdown to usher in year 2018 and the fireworks display from the KLCC Park. It is about 10-minutes long.

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It took almost an hour for most of the crowd to disperse and leave the area after the fireworks. Traffic congestion stayed for another two hours. That was insane. I was only able to reach home at around 2.30am and sleep at 3.00am. Although it was a cool experience, but I don’t think I will be joining countdown anytime soon again.

Alright, here comes the much more better new year 2018 fireworks displays from other parts of the world:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – there is no fireworks this year at the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building), and it is replaced with a spectacular light show instead.

Taipei, Taiwan – usual fireworks display from Taipei 101 with visual projection on the building.

Hong Kong, China – fireworks display from the Victoria Harbour with the breathtaking city skyline as the backdrop.

Sydney, Australia – one of the biggest new year events in the world with massive fireworks display from the Sydney Harbour and the bridge. The fireworks in Sydney never disappoints.

London, United Kingdom – fireworks display from the London Eye ferris wheel.

That’s it for the fireworks’ videos. Have an awesome year!

(All videos from this post are from YouTube and they are not of my possession except the first one)

 

 

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Supertall constructions around the world now that are nearing completion (Update – April 2015)


It’s been quite some time since I touched on the topic of skyscrapers in my blog here. My interest in skyscrapers never fades after all the years. While the completed skyscrapers look amazing and stands tall as a symbol of human’s present achievement, I particularly set my eyes on those under-construction as these would be mostly much taller, more record-breaking and would push beyond human’s limitation to reach to the sky in near future. Here below are some (not all) of the major supertall constructions under-going across the world that are nearing respective completion (except the last one, no.9):

1. 432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA.

425.5 metres tall, 88 floors, expected to be completed this year (2015), will be New York City’s second tallest building once completed, currently topped-out as the world’s tallest residential building. Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects.

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2. Ping An International Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China.

660 metres tall, 115 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), will be China’s tallest and world’s second tallest building once completed. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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3. CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China.

530 metres tall, 111 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), currently topped-out. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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4. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China.

632 metres, 128 floors, expected to be completed this year (2015), currently topped out as China’s tallest building and also world’s second tallest building. Architect: Gensler.

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5. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea.

555.7 metres tall, 123 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), will be South Korea’s tallest building once completed. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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6. Goldin Finance 117 Tower, Tianjin, China.

597 metres tall, 128 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Architect: P & T Group.

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7. World One, Mumbai, India.

442 metres tall, 117 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Will be India’s tallest building once completed. Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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8. Wuhan Center Tower, Wuhan, China.

438 metres tall, 88 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Architect: ECADI.

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9. Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

1000+ metres tall (final height not revealed yet), 167 floors, expected to be completed in 2018. Will be the world’s tallest building (as well as man-made structure) once completed, taking the title from Burj Khalifa at 828 metres. Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

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It feels so great seeing these buildings rising up taller and taller. Now, we are on our mark to go beyond 1 kilometre in height of building. What’s next? 1.5km? 2km? Possible. But is that feasible currently?

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

 

New Year 2014 Fireworks from around the world


I was on the flyover at Kampung Pandan on 12am yesterday. Since the road is elevated quite high and it offers beautiful view of KL’s skyline, the place is a great spot to watch new year’s fireworks from the city. Many cars parked by the road (illegally, but who cares, and we were one of them) and people went out to enjoy the night breeze and also the fireworks of course, from Bukit Bintang and KLCC (Petronas Twin Towers). It wasn’t that interesting as usual every year, and I even heard that the fireworks were called off at Dataran Merdeka due to a protest. By the way, here below is a picture I taken yesterday.

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Why not next time have fireworks shooting out from several buildings in the city simultaneously to create a more dazzling and synchronised (all-in-one) pyrotechnics performance? I also suggest fireworks display from KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers itself as these two are the icons and the tallest in the city. Now, it just went bad and boring.

Here below are some of the best new year 2014 fireworks in major cities across the world that I have watched from YouTube, and I find interesting to share here.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101 building, once the tallest building in the world.

Singapore – from Marina Bay, the center of the city.

Dubai, UAE – from Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world and its surrounding.

London, UK – from London Eye ferris wheel.

Sydney, Australia – from Harbour Bridge.

Hong Kong, China – from Victoria Harbour.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – from Copacabana Beach.

These are what we called awesome fireworks display! Unlike what we have seen in KL. Last but not least, Happy New Year 2014 to everyone! Have a great year ahead! Time to change your calendar.