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First time to the Premium Outlet in Genting Highlands.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by vincentloy

The Genting Highlands Premium Outlet has opened its door for a month and yesterday is the first time I paid a visit to the outlet. With only about a month staying in Malaysia before flying back to Australia, I pick last weekend as the time for me to go up to Genting for at least once. I treat it as a short getaway to catch the colder air on the resort up on the hills.

The last time I went to Genting was in the past January. That was just 6 months ago. When I went up this time, I’m lost in direction. The whole First World Plaza is now closed and is replaced with the new Sky Avenue Mall. The mall is partially open when I visit in the last January. Some areas in the mall now are still empty and unfinished. The former casino in the First World Hotel’s building has also moved to a much more grand setting in the Sky Avenue Mall. It is now re-branded as ‘Sky Casino’.

That is the place where I lost RM500 on the roulette game on last Saturday’s evening. That was after a not-so-good meal in Madam Kwan’s Restaurant. The food served there are too sweet (the chef love to pour a lot of sugar into the dishes), the quantity are small and the price are unreasonable. Me and my parents moved to the other casino in the Genting Hotel on midnight to try our luck but we lost again. Another RM300 gone from my wallet. Hmm…I will take it as a charity donation to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay to further develop the resort. View from the hotel room below:

So, we ended up not going into the casino anymore on Sunday on fear of losing more money. We instead had an awesome lunch at Din Tai Fung Restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the quality of every aspects are magnificent. Everything is great. Highly recommended place to have a nice meal. After the lunch, we took the new Awana Skyway (RM8 for a person) cable car ride down to the Premium Outlet as mentioned earlier. From there, we get to see some amazing views of the surrounding (the resort, the Chin Swee Temple, Awana Resorts, Gohtong Jaya, the Premium Outlet, and the hills).

From the ride, we also noticed that the construction of the 20th Century Fox World Outdoor Theme Park is super slow. There are still a lot to be done and I think it is highly likely that the opening for the theme park will be delayed again to possibly end of 2018.  Okay…back to the premium outlet. It is the second outlet of its kind in Malaysia (first one is in Johor). It is just an outdoor mall with famous branded stores selling slightly cheaper stuff. There are a lot of people there because it is still new. I won’t go there often if I have been there once.

On our way back home, we stopped by at the Chin Swee Temple for a short visit. The last time I visited the temple was way back many years ago when I was still a teenager. There are many new stuff (new plaza with Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s statue, new sculptures depicting Chinese legends or beliefs, new vegetarian restaurant and observation tower building, etc) or things to visit and discover in the temple complex now. It also manages to attract a lot of foreign tourists. I’m tired during the visit and so I didn’t climb the pagoda tower. I always climb the tower every time I visit the temple in the past. Not this time.

That’s the end of our short trip up at Genting. Very ‘costly’ (due to gambling…haha) but rewarding in other sense that I got to visit new places this time. In the past, it is always the same for every corners in this mountain resort that has been here for like 50 years. It’s good news that the resort is now evolving to stay relevant and to continuously attract more visitors.

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Insight: Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by vincentloy

Yes, again, I remembered I have written a post about it quite a long time ago, even before it is completed. Even until now, the whole resorts is not fully completed yet, with construction going on at the Maritime Museum and Marine Life Park that holds the world largest oceanarium. The opening of the resorts was on 20th January 2010, over a year ago. However, for the full completion date, it should be by 2012.

The ride of Battlestar Galactica roller coaster in the Universal Studio Theme Park has reopened after a year of closure due to technical problem. The total area of the resorts is approximately 500 000 square metres. The S$6.59 billion (US$4.93 billion) resort is developed by Genting Singapore. It is one of the world’s most expensive casino properties, after Marina Bay Sands. The resort occupies over 49 hectares (121 acres) of land and, when fully open, will employ more than 10,000 people directly.

The construction of this mega resorts began in 2007 after Resorts World Sentosa won the bid, lead by the Chairman, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay in 2006. There is six hotels alone in the resorts; Crockfords Tower, Equarius Hotel, Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Hotel Michael and Spa Villas, providing a total of over 1840 rooms. The resorts was designed primarily by American architect, Michael Graves.

Each hotel is designed with a different theme, catering to both the leisure and business visitors. The resort is split into west, central and east zones. The central zone consists of Crockfords Tower, Hotel Michael, Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, casino, restaurants, galleria or known as the Forum (shopping outlets). The west zone consists of Equarius Hotel, Spa Villas, Marine Life Park, Maritime Xperimental Museum, waterfront and spas. The east zone consists of the most popular attraction, Universal Studios Theme Park (first in South East Asia) that further subdivides into 7 zones; Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, New York, The Lost World, Far Far Away, Madagascar and Hollywood.

Near the Forum is the Festive Walk, where visitors can enjoy the walk around the resorts, accompanied by shops, Lake of Dreams, gardens, fountains, etc. Another famous attraction is the Crane Dance, a night performance of brilliant colours at the waterfront. The resorts is also linked to the Imbiah Lookout where all the previous attractions of Sentosa Hill are located including a Merlion, Tiger Sky Tower, SkyRide, Luge Ride, beach, forest walk, etc.

The natural beauty of Sentosa, which includes lush forests, inspired the design and drove the architects to make sure Resorts World did not overpower the landscape and would fit in seamlessly, Burke said. To do so, green-colored, curved roofs constructed from lightweight ETFE plastic decorate the tops of the resort’s two tallest building, the Hotel Michael and Crocksford Hotel. Each is imprinted with a foliage-like pattern to help the buildings blend into the natural landscape, as well as increase energy-efficiency by allowing control over the amount of light that enters inside to reduce the need for air conditioning. Throughout the site are a series of eco-cooling pedestrian pathways that link he resort’s areas like a “yellow brick road,” according to Graves.

Of course it is impossible for me to describe on each attractions and hotels available in the resort complex. It is just too much in this large-scale project. As a summary of its architecture, it is a tropical design approach to the resorts, well suited in Singapore, a tropical country.

To read more, click on this link below:

For the official website of Resorts World Sentosa, here is the link:

All the pictures in this post are not mine and the information from this post is obtained from research throughout the internet.

Insight: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by vincentloy

I went to Marina Bay Sands on early 20th February 2011, three days after the grand opening of this gigantic project that costs over s$ 8 billion, celebrated with fireworks, Wonder Full light and water show and opening of ArtScience Museum. I remembered I have a post on this project quite a long time ago, when the project is still under construction. Now, I will bring the readers further in to know Marina Bay Sands better.

It is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, covering a total area of 560 000 metres square. The construction began in 2007 after Las Vegas Sands won the bidding of the site, lead by the founder, Sheldon Adelson. The architect behind this project is Moshe Safdie. It is known as one of the world most challenging construction ever attempted and reaches a height of 194 m.

The resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000 sq.m. convention-exhibition centre, The Shoppes mall, an Art & Science museum (in shape of lotus), two Sands Theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m long infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.

Moshe Safdie designed an Art Path within the resort, incorporating seven installations by five artists including Zheng Chongbin, Antony Gormley, and Sol Lewitt. The pieces are meant to play on environmental influences including light, water and wind, integrating art with architecture.

The design of three towers of the hotel, each consisting of 55 stories, is inspired by a stack of cards which has the greatest influence to the visual of the city. The unusual form creates a distinct silhouette, which can be seen across the marina from all areas of the city and from the sea.

It is topped by the submarine-shaped Skypark, now dominate the view from Singapore’s downtown. It is the latest government promoted project aimed to enhance the city-state’s standing as a top-end tourist destination and develop the Singapore brand through the use of architecture.

Read more at Suite101: Marina Bay Sands – Architecture Changing The Face Of Singapore—architecture-changing-the-face-of-singapore-a225343#ixzz1EaCQZmjA

There is this link below that provides many facts and data regarding Marina Bay Sands. The site also offers a lot of stunning pictures and architectural diagrams.

Check out its official website too:

All pictures in this post are not mine, and the information from this post is obtained by research through google.

Marina Bay Sands opened officially…

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by vincentloy

The latest integrated resort consisting of casino complex is opened today, the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Designed by Moshe Safdie and developed by Las Vegas Sands, it claims to be the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion (US$5.7 billion), including cost of the prime land.


The resort features a 2,560-room hotel, 120,000 sq-meter convention-exhibition center, The Shoppes mall, six restaurants, an Art & Science museum, two Sands Theatres, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a a 150m swimming pool, which set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.

Marina Bay Sands features three 55-storey hotel towers which were topped out in July 2009. The three towers are connected by a 1 hectare sky terrace on the roof, named Sands SkyPark.

In front of the three towers include a Theatre Block, a Convention and Exhibition Facilities Block, as well as the Casino Block, which have up to 1000 gaming tables and 1400 slot machines. The Art-Science Museum is constructed next to the three blocks and has the shape of a lotus. Its roof will be retractable, providing a waterfall through the roof of collected rainwater when closed in the day and with laser shows when opened at night. The Art-Science Museum opens in December 2010.

The SkyPark will be home to the world’s longest elevated swimming pool, with a 475-foot vanishing edge, perched 200 meters above the ground. The pools are made up of 400,000 pounds of stainless steel and can hold 380,000 gallons (1440 cubic metres) of water. The SkyPark will also have rooftop restaurants, nightclubs, gardens hundreds of trees and plants and a public observatory with 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline.

Nice to see something from model is turned into real….

The night of opening…the lighting is awesome….

Last amazing picture of the post…thanks to all photographers whom took these fantastic photos and shared it on internet…

Resorts World Sentosa opening this few weeks…

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2010 by vincentloy

Many people especially Asians are eyeing on the opening of Asia’s new tourist destination, Resorts World Sentosa, located at Sentosa Island, Singapore.

Construction of the hotels, theme park, streets, have been completed, and currently, final touches are in progress on the entertainment complex. The opening of the whole complex will be done in few parts, sometimes within these few weeks, some of the hotels will be opened, then, casino will be opened, and another time, the theme park will be opened, …and finally, the whole complex is opened…in year 2010…

Everything (main complex area) should be opened by Chinese New Year in the mid of February 2010. Can’t wait to go there, since I have not even been to Singapore before, eventhough it is so near to my country, Malaysia. Resorts World Sentosa is also built by Malaysian company, Resorts World Genting at Genting Highlands, which is over 40 years, owned by Malaysian tycoon, Lim Kok Thay, inherited from his founder father, Lim Goh Tong.

Let’s get back to the topic! I have checked out the official website of the complex; For more info and even reservations, go to:

I have seen pictures on the construction and the completion of the complex, and it seems to attract me more, to go there one whole day and enjoy myself, or even more than one day…it will be a lot of fun there! I like the Universal Studio Theme Park, first in the region, with thrilling rides, and adventurous journeys ahead. There is a casino in the complex too, only for people above 21 years old, which is not suitable for me, whom is now only 19 (haven’t even reach 19).

There are total of six hotels, Crockfords Tower, Michael Hotel, Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Equarius Hotel, Spa Villas. All the hotels are five star, unlike in Genting, where some hotels are even in three stars. Besides than the Universal Studio Theme Park, there is also Marine Life Park (largest in the world), Maritime Xperiental Museum, Festive Walk, etc.

Wondering what is the development of the kids-only LegoLand at Nusajaya, Johor?…Malaysia planned a giant development of the region with addition of FEW theme parks…to compete with Singapore….Now, everything turning into reality in Singapore, and in Malaysia, nothing heard!