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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New Year 2017 Fireworks!


Didn’t get to watch any new year fireworks live yesterday in KL since I’m at home with family on 12am last night. Well, I do not have the urge to watch the fireworks here in Malaysia eventhough I enjoy doing so because the displays here are simply too plain and boring every year.

So, I have to look up on new year fireworks display from other major cities across the world that were much more exciting to watch! YouTube is the best place for me to do so today after all cities across the globe has already celebrated the occasion from one time zone to another.

The best fireworks display goes to Sydney, Australia as usual. It is one of the largest new year’s fireworks display and its 12-minutes show was really overwhelming and beautiful. View of the massive fireworks shooting up from the Sydney Harbour and the iconic Harbour Bridge impressed me every year.

Here below are the other new year 2017 fireworks display in other cities that look great too:

London, UK – from the London Eye ferris wheel. Amazing and is always the second best.

Hong Kong, China – I like the idea of fireworks shooting from some buildings in the city but that only happened in the 10-seconds countdown to 2017 and not in the entire show which would make it much better.

Dubai, UAE – from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa and its surrounding. I’m impressed by the LED projection screen all over the facade of Burj Khalifa during the fireworks show.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101, former world’s tallest building. Taipei 101 is the only stand-alone tall building in the city and so shooting fireworks from the tower itself in all angles is possible. And that is what makes their fireworks show every year spectacular. The inclusion of dramatic play of light of the building during the show is also great.

These fireworks shows above are way much better than our pyrotechnic show in KLCC. We couldn’t deliver intense and interesting display every year. It’s always the same one spot and same one style. It would be much better if our city presents a unified show by shooting fireworks from some major buildings in the city with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower as the main highlights.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from the KLCC Park with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers as the backdrop.

That’s it. Happy New Year 2017 to everyone once again! Have a great year ahead!

(All videos in this post are from YouTube)

Happy New Year 2016!


Happy New Year! Goodbye 2015 and welcome 2016! It’s a wonderful new year!

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There is nothing more important on this first blog post of the year than to wish everyone a wonderful new year from the bottom of my heart! It’s the first day of the year, and so it’s holiday for everyone no matter where you are. Happy Holiday to everyone too, and enjoy this coming weekend break too. Nice…it’s a 3 days of continuous break again! First thing first, have you changed your calendar yet? Your 2015 calendar should be in dustbin already, and your 2016 calendar should be placed nicely in front of you now.

One of the best thing for me to do for new year’s celebration is to watch new year fireworks display in major cities across the world. I love fireworks! Eventhough it’s polluting the air but it is a must-thing for a countdown event like this very happening new year celebration. If there is no fireworks (no loud noise, no beautiful colourful display on the sky), then there is no feel or excitement to mark a new year. Thanks to some people from around the world who were very quick on uploading clips of them recording fireworks display from their respective places for the new year celebration last night that enabled me to watch them this morning already. And here are some of the clips:

London, United Kingdom – from London Eye ferris wheel with shots of iconic Big Ben tower.

Sydney, Australia – from Harbour Bridge with shots of iconic Sydney Opera House.

Hong Kong, China – from the water body as well as from several buildings out of the picturesque city skyline.

Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101, former world’s tallest building.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – from Burj Khalifa, current world’s tallest building.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – from KLCC Park, in front of the Petronas Twin Towers, current world’s tallest twin buildings.

Beautiful fireworks, aren’t they? If you find the clips are too long (since the shows are that long), you can skip to the ending part where the climax would be when massive fireworks were put on to end it with loudest bang! These fireworks displays are so much better than the one from my own city, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We have beautiful landmarks like Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, but our pyrotechnics are very poor in style and scale. I recommend for example, for the fireworks at KLCC, they should not only be released out from the park at the ground level but also from the twin towers itself. Then, it would be so much more nicer just like how Taipei 101 or Burj Khalifa did it in all these years. It’s much more beautiful if fireworks came out from tall buildings and I’m sure Petronas Twin Towers can certainly do that too. I also suggest to have a synchronized fireworks display from several buildings in the city region just like Hong Kong or even we can be better than that too. Right now, we have one spot over here shooting out fireworks in a few minutes and then another spot few kilometres away doing the same. Why not combine them and put that into one mega-scale fireworks show of the city to celebrate the new year? Look at how the other cities did that and I’m certain that KL can do that too. On the other hand, my blog’s header of the month would be also none other than a spectacular image of fireworks display too.

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Anyway, let’s forget about that. All the fireworks had already been released last night and it’s now a bright sunny morning on the first day of the year. We have for a moment thought of some major things that have happened to the world and to us personally in the past year, and now we shall look ahead and start setting goals for 2016 instead since this new year had already arrived. My goals would be to stay healthy and fit for the year, study hard and smart for my Master beginning this February at Australia, and also something else that I have not thought of right now just yet.

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Happy New Year once again! Let’s wish for a great and a wonderful year ahead for everyone!

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

Year 2015 started with new year fireworks across the world.


Happy New Year! Here is it I present to you clips of new year 2015 fireworks display from major cities in the world.

Taipei, Taiwan (From Taipei 101, former world tallest building)

Sydney, Australia (From the Harbour Bridge, and along its waterfront, always the best and the most massive every year)

London, United Kingdom (From London’s Eye ferris wheel and along its waterfront, second best behind Sydney)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (From Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and from its surrounding, new this year is the tower illuminated with animated LED lights for exceptional display)

Hong Kong, China (From its waterfront with the beautiful city skyline as the backdrop)

Singapore (From its city waterfront with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop)

(All clips in this post are from Youtube)

My country, Malaysia does has fireworks too, from KLCC Park with iconic Petronas Twin Towers as the backdrop but the pyrotechnics display here is never spectacular and I find it not worthy for even to be shared here.

Best image shot of new year 2015 fireworks should be this one from Sydney, Australia. (Image from BBC) Wow!!!

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Again, Happy New Year 2015 everyone! Let us have a great and awesome year ahead! Time to dispose off your 2014 calendar. (Source of image below: http://www.ezyshine.com/)

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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.

Cali 2013 World Games


Perhaps not many have known about the existence of World Games. It’s no doubt  not as famous or as big as the Olympic Games but it is certainly an international multi-sport event. First held in 1981, the games held once in every four years (similar to Olympics) is meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that are not contested in the Olympic Games. The World Games are organised and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of International Olympic Committee (IOC). The year the games takes place would be a year after every Summer Olympic Games.

The sports contested (usually over 30) includes but not limited to acrobatic gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics, artistic roller skating, dancesport, beach handball, canoe polo, rugby sevens, squash, karate, bowling, tug of war, powerlifting, water skiing, sport climbing, softball, wushu, etc of which some are included as invitational sports. I first get to know on this games four years ago when the 8th World Games was held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. That is the time when this games received wider popularity and that Kaohsiung hosted it in a grand way that proved successful. I watched its opening ceremony and it was a great effort in a beautiful stadium.

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The recent 9th World Games was held in Cali, Colombia from 25th July till 4th August 2013 for a duration of 11 days. It has a slogan; ‘Fair Play to the Planet’. A record-breaking total of 109 countries participated with over 3800 athletes involved, making Cali 2013 the biggest ever in the games history. I didn’t have the interest to watch the ceremonies this time, and let’s just look at the results; the medal table since the games is over. Italy topped the table by winning 18 golds, 13 silvers and 18 bronzes. Russia came in second with 17 golds, 23 silvers and 13 bronzes while the third went to France with 16 golds, 11 silvers and 13 bronzes.

Olympics’ powerhouses like US clinched 11 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes and China won 14 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes. How about my country’s performance? Not bad. At least, Malaysia won a single gold medal and placed 37th (better than no standing), thanks to Nicol David in squash. On invitational sports, Malaysia won 2 silvers and 2 bronzes. Now, Nicol is on her way to prepare for last campaigning to include squash into Olympic Games to possibly end Malaysia’s thirst for Olympic gold medal by 2016. Good luck and may squash be successfully included into Olympics! Cali 2013 had concluded yesterday, and for your information, the next edition, 10th World Games will be held at Wroclaw, Poland in 2017. World Games deserves a much greater attention too, and so I wrote this post for it to share or indirectly promoting it out to my readers.

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The last two images showing fireworks over Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium during Cali 2013 World Games’ opening ceremony on 25th July 2013.

(Images and several information in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web).

World welcomed new year 2013 with bang!


Happy New Year to everyone once again! Let’s hope this would be a great year for all of us! Like what I said earlier, fireworks display is a must to usher into a new year in major cities around the world. And I like to watch pyrotechnics performance. Out of many major places celebrating the new year with bang!, I have watched new year fireworks from Sydney, London, Taipei, Hong Kong and Dubai, thanks to those who uploaded those videos quick on YouTube. Out of these five cities, I would rate which one is the best to the poorest in order.

Please take note; Lowest in this ranking does not means that the city is seriously bad in showcasing their pyrotechnics display. It’s just a ranking for these five places, which I always think that their fireworks showcase are the most impressive among all others. These cities had much better fireworks display that my own city, Kuala Lumpur which had been segregated into several places with minor and very ordinary fireworks display. That’s disappointing every year from my city, and I don’t even bother to watch fireworks at my own place nearby. Now, here comes the videos (from YouTube) of the impressive new year 2013’s fireworks.

1. Sydney, Australia. – along the stream, little from several highrises in the city, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

2. London, United Kingdom. – along the stream, and from London Eye (the ferris wheel).

3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. – from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man made structure and its nearby surrounding development.

4. Taipei, Taiwan – from Taipei 101 building itself, former world tallest building.

5. Hong Kong, China – along the stream, and from several highrises in the city.