Genting Highlands to have the world’s first 20th Century Fox theme park soon.

The outdoor theme park of Genting Highlands has been a favourite place for kids back in my childhood years. I visited the theme park several times and it’s fun. But years after years despite several attempts of expanding and introduction of few new attractions, the rides seems to be getting boring and old to everyone too since we have tried all. The coasters are not that great anymore. The place becomes less popular but Genting Highlands still attracted huge number of visitors every year mostly due to its casino, the only one licensed in Malaysia. Now. Here comes the good news.


(The current appearance of the outdoor theme park. Image source:

I first heard a news last week that the outdoor theme park will be closed beginning 1st September this year to make way for a refurbishment. I first thought that it is a rumour. But then, it’s all true. And yesterday, it’s openly announced that the considered-dilapidating theme park will turn into the world’s first 20th Century Fox theme park. Wow. That is awesome. Everybody knows 20th Century Fox, a motion picture giant. That’s famous ‘brand’ or symbol in the Hollywood movie history.


(The famous logo that appears at the beginning of a lot movies. Image source:

The theme park to be built on the 10 hectare site, will feature more than 25 rides and attractions that includes thrill rides, water rides, dark rides for children and more. It will be themed based on famous 20th Century Fox films such as Ice Age, Rio, Predator, Alien, Life of Pi, Night at the Museum, and more. There would be also a “Dream Parade” – a one-of-a-kind animatronics parade based on all the characters featured at the theme park. Now, this is seriously getting more interesting. The whole construction would be completed by 2015 and the theme park will be opened officially in 2016. That’s a long wait we have to endure.

The investment of 20th Century Fox Theme Park was part of Resort World Genting‘s refurbishment project which is worth RM 3 billion. This included the construction of an additional 1,300 hotel rooms to adjoin the First World Hotel. Now, I find that there is very less open space now at the peak of Genting. Where are they going to pack in another huge hotel building block? I’m wondering. Nevertheless, this project is definitely going to attract more visitors, gives ‘life’ back to the current theme park site and put Genting Highlands back as one of the top holiday destinations to people of all ages.


(Overall view of Genting Highlands, the city of entertainment which has been there for almost five decades. Image source:

“The development of the theme park paves the way for continued dynamic business growth and in ensuring that Resort World Genting continues to be an exceptional tourist destination both locally and internationally,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive. Mr Jeffrey Godsick, consumer products president of 20th Century Fox, said: “This theme park marks the launch of our global location-based entertainment strategy.”

Not long ago, Malaysia has opened the Asia’s first Legoland Theme Park at Johor, and now came another bigger news; Malaysia to have world’s first 20th Century Fox theme park. That is just cool. I’m looking forward to visit the new theme park once it is opened. For others, what do you think?  You can make your trip to the old theme park for one last time and make way for something bigger!



The century’s second and last solar transit of Venus occured today

The next time you see this phenomena would be on the year 2117 which is 105 years from now. That is impossible. No one could live that long to witness twice of this phenomena. If you missed it today, then there is no more opportunity to see that again in your lifetime. I myself missed this spectacular phenomena as I’m seriously busy with my work today in my office with windows all closed off from the heat of the Sun by plenty of curtains. Haha…furthermore, my seat doesn’t face the Sun, so I couldn’t see it today. Ahh…regret for missing that moment…Previously, this phenomena occured on June 8th, 2004, around eight years ago.

Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. This transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against (and hence obscuring a small portion of) the solar disk. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The duration of such transits is usually measured in hours (the transit of 2012 lasted 6 hours and 40 minutes).

I would never be able to see that once more. The next time planet Venus makes its transit across the Sun and visible from the Earth, I would be 136 years old. Wah, no one could live that old. If I live until that particular age, then I will be the oldest living person in the world. So, I missed this once-in-a-lifetime phenomena. Some people would not even had the chance to see it once if their duration of living goes within the 105 years gap of the solar transit of Venus. So, this generation (our current generation) is lucky enough to have the opportunity to witness it. But it’s nothing really that special actually. It is not like alien landing on our planet which would be shocking to the whole world.

Eventhough I didn’t get to see it, but I saw an image from The Star Online showing the phenomena that occured today, on this day memorable to people on astrological field. It’s a wonderful image that captures the phenomena at the right moment. Well, even if I had the chance to see it today, I think I would not be able to see it also in the afternoon because the sunlight is too glaring over here and would be hurting my eyes if I concentrate to spot the black mark which is the planet Venus itself. That is not a big black mark, it’s only a tiny small mark. So, it’s hard to see from our naked eyes. You have to use special glasses to see it. The phenomena appears more like a small mole over the giant Sun.

100th anniversary of the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic (15th April 1912 – 15th April 2012)

This post is in dedication to centennial commemoration of the R.M.S. Titanic which sank on her maiden voyage on this day exactly one hundred years ago. Well, my blog’s header for this month is also in dedication to this ill-fated ship that went on to become one of the world most famous ships in history, even to these days.

R.M.S. Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an unseen iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1514 people, making it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship ever built and afloat at the time of her maiden voyage which carried 2223 people.

The ship was designed in comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as over a thousand emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland,Scandinavia and elsewhere seeking a new life in North America. Due to outdated maritime safety regulations, she carried only enough lifeboats for 1,178 people – a third of its total passenger and crew capacity.

The glancing collision caused Titanic’s hull plates to buckle inwards in a number of locations on herstarboard side and opened five of her sixteen watertight compartments to the sea. Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank. Passengers and some crew members were evacuated in lifeboats, many of which were launched only partly filled. A disproportionate number of men – over 90% of those in Second Class – were left aboard due to a ‘women and children first’ protocol followed by the officers loading the lifeboats. Just before 2:20 am, Titanic broke up and sank bow-first with over a thousand people still on board. Those in the water died within minutes from drowning, hypothermia or cardiac arrest caused by immersion in the freezing ocean. Only 13 of them were helped into the lifeboats though these had room for almost 500 more occupantsThe 710 survivors were taken aboard from the lifeboats by the R.M.S. Carpathia a few hours later.

The wreck of Titanic remains on the seabed, gradually disintegrating at a depth of 12,415 feet (3,784 m). Since its rediscovery in 1985, thousands of artefacts have been recovered from the sea bed and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most famous ships in history, with her memory kept alive by numerous books, folk songs, films, exhibits and memorials, particularly the 1997’s film with the same title directed by James Cameron.

The movie achieved a critical success, becoming the world highest grossing film of all time for over 10 years until it is beaten by ‘Avatar’. It is also the first film in history that grossed over 2 billion dollars. The film is also being rated as one of the most epic films in our generation. Due to its popularity and success, the movie is re-released again this month, in 3D for a much greater viewing experience and also to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.

It’s really sad to have such a sad and tragic day for the ship and to the people aboard hundred years ago. The last living survivor, Millvina Dean from England, who at only nine weeks old was the youngest passenger on board, died at age 97 on 31 May 2009. It’s already now a hundred years after the tragic day, but the terror and sadness from the sinking of the ship could still be felt within our hearts, particularly reminded and told from a movie’s perspective, thanks to James Cameron’s epic 1997’s Titanic film. The ill-fated ship despite having been disintegrating under the sea currently would remains in our lasting memory even after a hundred years of its sinking.

Wedding of the century: Prince William and Kate

I think many of us have known about this royal wedding between Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton which is going to be held tomorrow at Westminster Abbey, London at 11am on UK’s time (6pm for Malaysia’s time). The royal wedding, or commonly known as the ‘wedding of the century’ is going to be watched live from over 1/3 of people in the world, including Malaysians as NTV 7 is broadcasting it live as early as from 3pm.

Why is it called as wedding of the century? First of all, the bridegroom is Prince William of Wales, the eldest son of Prince Charles, and the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, whom is among the most important figures in the world. Hence, he is the second in line for the throne, and is even favored for it by majority of the people. Eventhough Kate is an ordinary woman living simple, but she had caught the attention of the medias few years back after being seen dating with the prince.

The second reason is that the royal wedding is going to be attended by most of the British royal families, dignitaries, politicians including the Prime Minister of UK, foreign royalties as well as some famous figures like David Beckham, Rowan Atkinson and Sir Elton John. Even the King and Queen of my country, Malaysia are also to attend the royal wedding as invited. It is a wedding definitely full of VVVVVVVIPs….too many V….

Due to the huge number of invited guests, the scale of the wedding is definitely huge which is the third reason for it to be called as wedding of the century. Everything is planned much earlier for this big occasion, as early as even before the announcement of the wedding is made in November last year.

The fourth reason is that it received wide attention from people not only from UK but also from around the world. I remembered few weeks ago, local newspapers have started to publish news regarding the preparation for this grand wedding including tight security check at venues and roads, selection of royal wedding’s meal for guests, rehearsal, etc. Every media is focusing on it, and I bet tomorrow there must be a lot of people writing about it on Facebook, the world most visited social networking site. Their wedding is widely received by the public. It is going to be a royal show of the decade and of the century!

Tomorrow is a big day for the couple, for the royal family, and for the people of United Kingdom. If I am free, I would probably go and watch the live broadcast of the royal wedding too eventhough those procedures thingy would be a bit boring. Anyway, congratulation to Prince William and Kate eventhough they don’t know me…it would be good if they are my friends,…if this is the case, I would be invited too and will be appearing on TV tomorrow…haha…just joking…

First All England title for Chong Wei

It’s been quite a tough day of final for Lee Chong Wei as he struggled to win his first All England Badminton Championship 2010 title. The tournament is the world oldest badminton tournament, and this year, it celebrated its 100th anniversary. Hence, winning the century edition’s men single title is definitely memorable for Lee Chong Wei, from Malaysia who is also the world number one player.

                       Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships 2010

Chong Wei had won many other titles, of the twelve super series tournaments and super series master final, gold prix, etc as well as the silver medalist of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. However, he had never won the prestigious All England title. This time, yesterday, he did it. He had finally won the title, which means that he had won four consecutive back-to-back titles.

The opponent, Kenichi Tago from Japan is a young player, but very talented and skillful. He gave a hard time to Chong Wei and even score higher than him in beginning of the match. However, Chong Wei’s determination leads him to get back to position and finally won over the Japanese, 21 – 19, 21 – 19, in two straight games.

It is a proud moment for all Malaysians who were willing to stay up late till 1am midnight to watch the live broadcast of the final. Even there are a number of Malaysians cheering and waving flag in the stadium. Nice to see Lee Chong Wei winning the title that he had desired for a long time. Finally, he got it, it’s in his hand! Continue your success an be a legend in world of badminton!

22.07.2009..Total solar eclipse across Asia…

Today, in the early morning, dated 22nd July 2009 as reported, total solar eclipse will occur across Asia. The total solar eclipse is the longest in the century that will lasts over six minutes long. It can be seen from northern Asia till Japanese islands until it goes to the Pacific Ocean. Anywhere in the route will plunge into darkness in the early morning after dawn…

Picture below showing full solar eclipse seen at SouthWest China’s Chongqing Municipality at 9.16am:


Many people, who believed strongly in religion, believed that something bad will happen today, and a giant disaster will strike in the following months after the eclipse. Furthermore, this time the eclipse is the longest one, so they predict the future upcoming tragedy to be really disastrous…

I am in Malaysia, Malaysia can observe partial eclipse too this early morning. Did you see it? Through your naked eyes? I did not. I am still sleeping by that time, unable to wake up so early to watch it. However, it is a golden opportunity for scientists and researchers to know more on the Sun. Do not forget that Sun keeps us alive in the Earth. 

Too bad I didn’t see it by myself, but they said it is better not to see it, as it will bring bad luck too, as believed. During the solar eclipse, every people’s mood will be affected too, but not mine probably, because I’m still sleeping by that time…Haha 

Just found out the news that in Malaysia, it is hardly to view the partial solar eclipse because the weather is bad, thunderstorms are approaching, sky is covered by thick clouds…great disappointment to Malaysians who wished to watch it…

How is it? If you are anywhere around Asia, like in China or Japan, may you share what you see to me?