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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: Bukit Bintang, the Golden Triangle of KL

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by vincentloy

Malaysians would definitely knew the place, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. Even the foreign visitors would not miss their opportunity to visit the place of shopping paradise; Bukit Bintang. It is a shopping and entertainment district in the heart of KL famous for its’ retail belt all over the place along with cafes, bars, night markets, hawker-type eateries, clubs, hotels and highrises. Bukit Bintang is the most happening and mostly-visited area in Kuala Lumpur, giving it a nickname of being the Golden Triangle of the city.

Many locals especially youths would definitely pay a visit to this area commonly, especially in the weekend, that would cause serious congestion in traffic and huge crowd of people. Not only shopping malls here are crowded with people, even the outdoor streets and walkways are flooded with locals and foreigners. The MRT that surrounds the area further facilitate transportation while enabling sightseeing over the heart of KL. The bad thing around here is the road system, which is so ineffective that it can cause serious traffic congestion easily.

There are already around 10 shopping malls, just in the area itself, without counting the many others in the other part of the city. The malls are Sungei Wang Plaza (distinctive by its small shops, narrow walkway, low-ceiling, and many events organized here), BB Plaza (right besides Sungei Wang), Low Yat Plaza (IT Sales Center of KL), Lot 10 (popular by its bright green facade), Berjaya Plaza, Imbi Plaza, Starhill Gallery (concept of 7 unique floors), Fahrenheit 88 (new one replacing KL Plaza), Berjaya Times Square (largest mall in Malaysia), and Pavilion KL (a high-class contemporary mall).

I think I don’t have to describe all about the 10 malls in the area. All malls are different and are with their own style, character and brands. The number of the malls available itself is already a statistic that proved the highlight of the area which is on shopping, very much suitable for the youths especially girls! Special grand events or celebration like new year countdown or independence celebration would also be held around the area where people would gather for concerts, parties, fun activities, etc…further excited by the fireworks display over the sky of Bukit Bintang. By the time, roads would be closed and the fun begins which you would be cramped in crowd of countless people.

Not to forget, there is this indoor theme park which is the largest of its kind in Asia, Cosmo World in Berjaya Times Square, current 10th world largest shopping mall, easily identified by its twin towers of hotel, office and serviced apartments dominating the skyline of Bukit Bintang at height of over 200m (current top 10 tallest buildings in Malaysia). The mall also contains the largest IMAX theatre by GSC cinema in South East Asia. Here, you can eat, work, play and have fun to the fullest.

Back to the architecture of the area, let’s narrow it down to malls first. Some malls are built in 1990s, a time when modern architecture of mainly concrete dominated KL. These designs are considered beautiful at the time, but not at this period of time when glass is more popularly used as the main material. In Bukit Bintang, I like the design of Pavilion KL especially it’s main atrium topped by a skylight and distinctive by the arrangement of escalators and it’s recessed-down level from the main entrance. The design definitely reflects the high-class representation of the mall which mainly contains shops of famous and expensive brands like GUCCI, PRADA, LV, etc. I find the open-air courtyard in the mall quite interesting too, which facilitates natural ventilation.

Many other malls are also being renovated to be with the latest trend of shopping malls like Fahrenheit 88 which replaced the old infamous KL Plaza. The renovated mall looks much better eventhough it’s a small building, but the intention is there. Public walkways around these malls and streets are also transformed into a better path with modern paving, decorations, lightings, kiosks, sculptures and huge screens for advertisement. That is a good idea of even making the streets and walkways special and outstanding than the others outside the Bukit Bintang area. Some old buildings like shophouses still remain there, but mainly are transformed into specially-designed cafes, pubs and hotels while still maintaining their effort of conserving and preserving these buildings.

Anyway, now I find that Bukit Bintang is not at its best yet, as it still does not has its own identity or character that can make it more outstanding than others like Times Square in New York, Orchad Road in Singapore, etc. Actually, I have no idea where is the boundary of the Bukit Bintang area, but I’m just sure that there is no boundary or limit of nightlife or shopping moments there. Eventhough I live in Greater KL, but I seldom go to Bukit Bintang due to the serious traffic congestion which I hate the most. For locals whom had not been there before, you should try and go pay a visit. You would have endless fun, and a full day is absolutely not enough for you. For foreigners, do not miss the chance of visiting this area, quite close to other prominent tourists’ spots in KL like Petaling Street and KLCC if you have the desire for ‘shop till you drop’. The picture below shows Bukit Bintang’s skyline which is at the center between KL Tower and the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. (The picture is not the latest and so Pavilion KL’s highrises are not seen here yet)

(All the pictures here are obtained from searching through internet and are not mine)

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:

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=13922

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

http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Main/RWS

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

A day off for a week, night outing at night market and Look Out Point

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by vincentloy

Currently ,I am busy with all my study schedules and assignments. Hence, I do not have pretty much time to update my blog here. Only when it comes to Friday afternoon, that I start to write something that has happened two days ago, which is on last Wednesday night. So glad that every Friday, I will have only morning class, hence can return home by afternoon.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are the days we have night classes as well (not to mention the morning classes). Studying from 9am till 9pm is something very crazy, and I usually get home by 10pm like that. Feels very lazy after that, and has no mood to do any more assignments, then go sleep. A day is finished like that…

Luckily, there is one day of break in the weekdays, Wednesday. But last Wednesday, we, in group, of my campus mates, planned to come to Cheras since they haven’t been here before (all from other states). First, in the afternoon, we went to the Malaysia’s longest night market (pasar malam) at Connaught. This is the first time I have finished walking through the whole market. Great but tired…

Next, we went for a short stop at McDonalds nearby and then proceed to Look Out Point, a beautiful place on hill with restaurants and cafes overlooking the amazing panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. I am the one who guide the rest to that place. It’s a very beautiful place up there. I seldom went there, and on that night, it’s a lucky day for all because the sky is so clear and we can see the skyline very clearly and beautifully.

Comparison with the day view taken on another day:

[The quality is just okay…not very good because pictures are taken by normal digital camera, not by those professional ones.]

It’s a nice skyline for city of KL because other buildings not in the city area are low-rise (mainly one-floor or two-floors only, with only few condominiums surrounding), hence it will be more appealing on the highrise buildings in the city area. Furthermore, the iconic world tallest twin buildings, Petronas Twin Towers and world sixth tallest telecommunication tower, KL Tower enhance the skyline of the city. No wonder the city ranks no.8 in the world best skylines. Deserving!

Happy New Year 2009!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2008 by vincentloy

Greeting from me, Vincent Loy to all who viewed my blog:

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Best wishes and luck to all!

May u have the upcoming year with happiness and joy! Enjoy year 2009!

—- This is my  blog 50th posts..celebration to my blog too! Hurray!…

Congratz my blog…haha…

Ending the year 2008 with 50 posts…and over 1000 views from u all! Great results for me!

Bye, see u all next year! — +++ — +++ — +++ — +++ — +++ — +++ —

Repost: Love Melody from TVB drama “Pages of Treasures” by Alex (Eric Suen) with Hill (Vivien Yeo).

Play the video and listen to the melody while viewing my blog! Thanks!

Merry Christmas greeting to all!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2008 by vincentloy

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Hope everyone is enjoying their christmas with high spirit!

From: Vincent Loy ——————————————(*-*)——————

a very romantic love melody from the TVB drama “Pages of Treasures” by Alex (Eric Suen) with Hill (Vivien Yeo)..must listen while reading this blog!