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Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the World (as of April 2017)

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2017 by vincentloy

The two cities that witness the birth of skyscrapers are Chicago and New York City in United States. That was over a hundred years ago after the introduction of steel framed construction and passenger elevator that enables buildings to be built much taller. Now in 2017, only one building in United States that is placed within the top 10 tallest buildings in the world currently. The other 9 are generally all located in Asia. Here below is the current top 10 tallest buildings in the world as of April 2017. The list only includes completed buildings and does not include television towers, observation towers, masts, antennas or buildings with very little percentage of habitable floors.

  1. Burj Khalifa, 828 metres, 163 floors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (completed in 2010).

2. Shanghai Tower, 632 metres, 128 floors, Shanghai, China (completed in 2015).

3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, 601 metres, 120 floors, Mecca, Saudi Arabia (completed in 2012).

4. Ping An Finance Center, 599 metres, 115 floors, Shenzhen, China (completed in 2017).

5. Lotte World Tower, 555 metres, 123 floors, Seoul, South Korea (completed in 2017).

6. One World Trade Center, 541 metres, 104 floors, New York City, United States (completed in 2014).

7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, 530 metres, 111 floors, Guangzhou, China (completed in 2016).

8. Taipei 101, 508 metres, 101 floors, Taipei, Taiwan (completed in 2004).

9. Shanghai World Financial Center, 492 metres, 101 floors, Shanghai, China (completed in 2008).

10. International Commerce Centre, 484 metres, 108 floors, Hong Kong, China (completed in 2010).

This list will change drastically from year to year due to rapid increase of construction of supertall skyscrapers in the world in recent decade. More and more new buildings are reaching further to the sky. Out of the current top 10 tallest buildings in the world, half of them are in China (this doesn’t even include Taipei 101 in Taiwan). 8 of them soar above 500 metres in height respectively too. Also noted is that every buildings in this top 10 tallest list has over 100 floors respectively. The tallest in the world, Burj Khalifa has been on the top of the list for over 7 years now. By 2020, it is expected to be defeated by Kingdom Tower, a skyscraper currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. That tower is projected to soar above 1000 metres (1 km!) when completed in 2020.

The oldest supertall in this list is Taipei 101 which is only 13 years old by now as it is built in 2004. More and more new buildings are joining the list with two newcomers this year; Ping An Finance Center and Lotte World Tower at No.4 and No.5 placing respectively. Former world’s tallest buildings and still the current world’s tallest twin buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers are kicked out of the top 10 list this year as they are now placed at No.11 (and 12) with height of 452 metres. Too bad…my home coutry’s famous twin towers are now out of the ranking. Anyway, in few years to come, Malaysia will have another new supertall; PNB 118 Tower that will certainly join this top 10 list with a height of over 600 metres.

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

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The last tuition-free week of the semester is over. And a drama review for ‘The Last Healer in Forbidden City’ (TVB 2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2016 by vincentloy

It’s wonderful to have tuition-free week somewhere in between the semester. It is a much needed break to relax for a while before continuing to the last half of the semester. Too bad, it’s almost the end of Friday by now and my last tuition-free week of the semester is over. In this break, I get to chill, having a lot more rest, and do assignments slowly…I mean very slowly. After this, there is no such thing as ‘slowly’ anymore as more important deadlines are around the corner before the end of my first semester.

The coming Monday is ANZAC Day, and is a public holiday here in Australia. Yup, my holiday would be extended for an extra day. Searching up the web leads me to learn that ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. Oh, now I know. It’s a memorial day. We have no such holiday back in Malaysia. I only remember April 25 every year as my second sister’s birthday.

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Recently, I had concluded watching a new TVB drama entitled ‘The Last Healer in Forbidden City’. It is a Hong Kong historical fiction period drama of 20 episodes which revolves on the account of a physician played by Roger Kwok, of the Guangxu Emperor mysterious death at the age of 37. The story tells mostly before the Emperor’s death and how the very talented physician make his way and contribution into the palace. The drama is actually partly based on true events (real history) and partly fictional for the drama purpose. I’m happy with this mixture as I’m quite interested in the history of the late Qing dynasty and I’m happy to see how it mixed with the fictional storyline to create this series.

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It’s a short series and I quite enjoyed it overall. Roger Kwok is excellent as the main male lead while Tavia is also steady as the first female lead. The supporting cast consisting of Pierre Ngo, Jonathan Cheung and veteran actress, Helena Law as Empress Dowager Cixi were all fantastic in their respective roles. The story, despite not the best I have seen (I expected better) and also came with several plot-holes, is acceptable in current TVB’s standard. However, the very ending of this series left me frustrated. They just kept showing the two main leads suddenly staring at the sky for almost a minute long in the very end of the drama’s 20th (final) episode when Roger Kwok asked Tavia Yeung whether she managed to find her love. I knew the way the scene was done is to make it an open-ending but I absolutely didn’t find it right or necessary here. Keeping it closed and everything resolved would be be a better conclusion in my opinion. Anyway, I still enjoyed this drama but will be quickly forgotten by the year end before the awards season. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Healer in Forbidden City’ a total of 7.3.

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

Recap of 2015: Major world news or events in this year.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2015 by vincentloy

When it’s almost the end of December, it’s as usual the time for me to write a post about the major events or news we all heard of for this year that is going to an end very soon. This is like a recap or flashback to major happenings in 2015 and it’s something that almost all newspapers would do too on the last day of the year. I prefer to do this a bit earlier instead, so that I felt I’m the first one to cover this hot annual topic every year. Okay…here it comes for the 16 major events that were important to be a part of the history for year 2015:

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January 3 – 7, 2015

A series of massacres in Baga, Nigeria and surrounding villages by jihadist group, Boko Haram killed more than 2,000 people. Local media reported that only about 150 people were killed in this mass killing, in a huge contrast to the figures reported by Western media. Boko Haram later became allies with IS militants beginning March 2015.

March 24, 2015

An Airbus A320-211 operated by Germanwings crashes in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. The crash of the flight named Germanwings flight 9525 which was a scheduled flight from Spain to Germany was deliberately caused by the co-pilot who intended to commit suicide.

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April 2, 2015

148 people were killed, the majority of them students, in a mass shooting at the Garissa University College in Kenya, perpetrated by another militant terrorist organization named Al-Shabaab which has link to Al-Qaeda. The gunmen took over 700 students hostage, freeing Muslims and killing those who identified as Christians. The siege ended the same day, when all four of the attackers were killed.

April 25, 2015

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake strikes Nepal and causes over 9000 deaths in Nepal (most affected with over 8800 deaths), India, China and Bangladesh. It was the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal since 1934. The earthquake also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest that killed 19 people. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with many villages flattened while multiple centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Few weeks later on May 12, another massive earthquake at 7.3 magnitude struck Nepal again and killed additional 218 people.

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May 1, 2015 – October 1, 2015

Expo 2015 was held successfully in Milan, Italy for a period of 6 months. It is an universal exposition held once in every five years at different major cities across the world. The theme of the expo is ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ with food being the principal focus. The expo which had participation of about 145 countries, 17 organizations and 21 business partners attracted over 22 million visitors.

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June 25 – 26, 2015

IS militants claimed responsibility for four attacks around the world during Ramadan period including the Kobani massacre at Syria, Sousse attacks at a tourist resort in Tunisia and a mosque bombing in Kuwait. These various attacks resulted in approximate nearly 300 deaths.

June 30, 2015

A Lockheed C-130 Hercules plane operated by the Indonesian Air Force crashed into a crowded residential neighborhood in Medan shortly after take-off from Soewondo Air Force Base, killing 143 people including 22 others on the ground, marking the second-deadliest air disaster to ever occur in Medan and the deadliest crash in Indonesian Air Force peacetime history.

July 14, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft performed a close flyby of Pluto, becoming the first spacecraft in history to visit the distant world. It is also the first time the world is offered a clearer view of this small planet, Pluto.

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September 11, 2015

A crawler crane toppled over onto the Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The tragedy killed 111 people and injured nearly 400 people. That was the time when the mosque was preparing for the Hajj pilgrimage. It is the deadliest crane collapse in modern history.

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September 24, 2015

A stampede occurred during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the tragedy killed at least 2,200 people and injured more than 900 others, while more than 650 were reported missing. It is the deadliest Hajj disaster in the history. The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca turned awful this year with this crowd collapse tragedy.

September 28, 2015

NASA announces that liquid water has been found on Mars, one of the biggest discoveries and revelations regarding this planet.

October 10, 2015

A suicide bomb killed at least 100 people at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey, and injured more than 400 others. The attack was the deadliest of its kind in Turkey’s modern history and was suspected to be linked to the IS militants.

October 23, 2015

Famous English singer, Adele released ‘Hello’, the lead single for her latest studio album ’25’. The song received critical acclaim with praise to the song’s lyrics and Adele’s vocals. The song broke multiple records and attained international commercial success while its Vevo video on Youtube has been viewed over 600 million times. The song had also been extensively covered, and even made into parodies, becoming a global hit in a lightning speed. It ultimately becomes the most famous song released this year.

October 26, 2015

A major earthquake of magnitude 7.5 hit Hindu Kush region and caused nearly 400 deaths in Pakistan (affected the most with nearly 280 deaths), Afghanistan and India.

October 31, 2015

Flight KGL9268, an Airbus A321 airliner en route to Russia from Egypt, crashes near Al-Hasana in Sinai, killing all 217 passengers and 7 crew members on board. Shortly after the incident, IS militants claimed responsibility to the attack while early investigations revealed that bomb by terrorist is highly likely to be the culprit behind this crash.

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November 13, 2015

Multiple attacks claimed by IS militants in Paris, France that killed about 132 people. This coordinated terrorist attacks were done in various locations across the city including nearby a stadium, a cafe, a restaurant and inside a music venue. The attacks were the deadliest on France since World War II. Besides that, the country had already been on high alert since the January 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 17 people, including civilians and police officers.

It’s sad to see another year filled with many tragedies from the unavoidable natural disasters to the ones caused by the people themselves which should be highly condemned. I also felt annoyed with the increasing number of attacks done by the extremist terrorist groups across the world in recent years. Whether you like it or not, it is a fact that these violent groups were mostly linked to Islam. Islam is a good religion but these groups have brought the name of the religion down. I’m not against any religion but these groups (IS, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, etc) should be eliminated fully as soon as possible to prevent them from bring chaos and terror again to this world. On the other hand, we also witnessed quite a number of plane crashes again in this year. Very heartbreaking to see all these news. Let’s hope that 2016 would be a much better year with more positive events.

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

Films in 2015, a look at the box office figures this year and my selection of the best.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2015 by vincentloy

2015 has been a year with many great films. For a movie enthusiasts like me, films have been a major part of my entertainment for every year and 2015 is no exception. I started a habit beginning this year of noting down the movie’s title right after I watched it. And when I checked it back just now, I’m shocked to see that I have watched about 70 (now updated to over 100) films released in this year (2015).

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That would make 2015 more than enough to be the year with most number of films released in that particular year that I have watched. That’s my personal milestone. It equals to me watching an average of nearly two movies every week in a year. Here below is the list of movies in 2015 that I have watched, alongside with my own rating (in stars with 5 stars being the highest). I had also written reviews to over 90% of movies listed below in my past blog posts this year.

Hollywood (English Language) Films:

  1. Kingsman: The Secret Service. *****
  2. Project Almanac. ***
  3. Blackhat. **
  4. Jupiter Ascending. **
  5. Ex Machina. ***
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey. **
  7. Chappie. ****
  8. Cinderella. ***
  9. Furious 7. *****
  10. The Divergent Series: Insurgent. ***
  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron. *****
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road. *****
  13. Demonic. ****
  14. Area 51. ***
  15. The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence. *
  16. Spy. ****
  17. San Andreas. *****
  18. Tomorrowland. **
  19. Jurassic World. *****
  20. The Boy Next Door. **
  21. Careful What You Wish For. **
  22. Terminator Genisys. ****
  23. Minions. ***
  24. Home. ****
  25. Stung. ***
  26. Harbinger Down. **
  27. Ant-Man. ***
  28. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. ***
  29. Extinction. ***
  30. Pixels. ***
  31. The Gallows. ***
  32. Fantastic Four. ***
  33. Exeter. **
  34. Southpaw. ****
  35. Robert The Doll. **
  36. Contracted: Phase 2. **
  37. American Ultra. ***
  38. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. ***
  39. Everest. ***
  40. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. ****
  41. Cooties. ***
  42. Hotel Transylvania 2. ***
  43. Knock Knock. ***
  44. Tremor 5: Bloodlines. **
  45. The Martian. *****
  46. The Pack. ***
  47. Hitman: Agent 47. ***
  48. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. ****
  49. No Escape. ****
  50. The Hallow. ***
  51. Spectre. **
  52. Goosebumps. ****
  53. The Walk. *****
  54. The 33. **
  55. Submerged. *
  56. Sinister 2. ***
  57. By The Sea. *
  58. Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. ***
  59. Pan. ****
  60. The Intern. ****
  61. Inside Out. *****
  62. Carol. ***
  63. The Revenant. ***
  64. The Danish Girl. ****
  65. Steve Jobs. ***
  66. In The Heart Of The Sea. ***
  67. The Good Dinosaur. ****
  68. Anomalisa. **
  69. Bridge of Spies. ****
  70. The Peanuts Movie. ***
  71. Spotlight. ***
  72. The End Of The Tour. ***
  73. Sisters. ***
  74. Room. *****
  75. Containment. **
  76. Sicario. ***
  77. Truth. ****
  78. The Last Witch Hunter. ***
  79. Lavalantula. *
  80. Legend. **
  81. Kill Your Friends. **
  82. Brooklyn. *****
  83. The Big Short. ***
  84. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. ****
  85. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. ****
  86. Krampus. ***
  87. The Invitation. **
  88. The Sand. ***
  89. Life. **

The ones in bold are my personal top 10 favourites from the above list. This year, I watched more independent films (those movie titles that you probably have not heard of) and while on the other hand, I also didn’t miss out some biggest titles this year.

Chinese (Hong Kong/China/Singapore-Malaysia) Films:

  1. King of Mahjong ***
  2. From Vegas to Macau 2 ***
  3. An Inspector Calls **
  4. Triumph in the Skies *
  5. The Gigolo **
  6. Lucky Star 2015 *
  7. S For Sex, S For Secrets ***
  8. 12 Golden Ducks **
  9. Dragon Blade ****
  10. Little Big Master ****
  11. Ip Man 3 *****
  12. Monster Hunt ***
  13. Return of the Cuckoo ****

The ones in bold are my personal top 3 favourites from the above list.

Norwegian Film:

  1. The Wave. ***

South Korean Film:

  1. Attack on Titan (Part 1). ***
  2. Attack on Titan (Part 2). **

This year, out of surprise, I do watched three movies not of English or Chinese. One Norwegian film that had my interest as it is a disaster movie that is also the highest grossing 2015 film in Norway. Another one is a South Korean film series titled ‘Attack on Titan’ about the titans (of course), gigantic human-like monsters devouring humans that got me a bit excited. This particular film is split into two parts, hence I consider that as two separate movies.

Hence, so far, I have watched 105 films released in year 2015. Beyond 100-mark! Wonderful! That’s a strong proof that I’m a movie fans! I also can’t wait for next year as there would be many nice movies releasing next year like ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Deadpool’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’, ‘The Huntsman’, ‘London Has Fallen’, etc. Anticipating all of that and more.

2015 has been a great year for box office figures too. 2015 breaks record by having most number of films exceeding USD 1 billion in worldwide grossing at 5 films. I guess you can name that five films easily but I will reveal it below anyway in the list of 2015’s highest grossing films:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (USD 2.068 billion)
  2. Jurassic World. (USD 1.670 billion)
  3. Furious 7. (USD 1.516 billion)
  4. Avengers: Age of Ultron. (USD 1.405 billion)
  5. Minions. (USD 1.159 billion)
  6. Spectre. (USD 880 million)
  7. Inside Out. (USD 857 million)
  8. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. (USD 682 million)
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. (USD 653 million)
  10. The Martian. (USD 630 million)

Four films (the top 4 in the list above) made it into the top 10 list of world’s highest grossing film (not adjusted for inflation). ‘Furious 7’ became the fastest film to cross over USD 1 billion mark, doing so in 17 days. The record was later taken over by ‘Jurassic World’ two months later, achieving it in only 13 days. Then, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ did it in only 12 days. On the other hand, ‘Jurassic World’ grossed USD 524.4 million worldwide on its opening weekend, making it the highest-grossing worldwide opening of all time. The record was then overtaken by ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ with USD 529 million opening worldwide. ‘Minions’ is the third animated movie to cross the USD 1 billion milestone, and is now the second highest grossing animated film, just behind ‘Frozen’. ‘Star Wars: The Force Awaken’ as expected earlier will broke multiple records in box office and it did.

Now, here comes the last part of this blog post with me selecting the best films, actors and actresses of the year. Now, it’s a special moment for me to pretend to be a professional critic, judge or voter on my own to choose the best in 2015 films. This is solely based on my personal opinions in the following 26 categories:

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  1. Best Motion Picture: Room.
  1. Best Director: George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
  1. Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
  1. Best Actress in a Leading Role: Brie Larson (Room)
  1. Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jacob Tremblay (Room)
  1. Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rooney Mara (Carol)
  1. Best Rising Performer: Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina, The Danish Girl)
  1. Best Original Screenplay: Inside Out.
  1. Best Adapted Screenplay: Room.
  1. Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road.
  1. Best Cinematography: The Revenant.
  1. Best Production Design: Bridge of Spies.
  1. Best Costume Design: Cinderella.
  1. Best Make-up and Hairstyling Design: The Danish Girl.
  1. Best Art Direction: The Danish Girl.
  1. Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road.
  1. Best Sound Editing & Mixing: Jurassic World.
  1. Best Original Score: Bridge of Spies.
  1. Best Original Song: See You Again (Furious 7).
  1. Best Action Choreography: Furious 7.
  1. Best Animated Feature: Inside Out.
  1. Best Musical or Comedy Film: Kingsman: The Secret Service.
  1. Best Science-Fiction or Action Film: Furious 7.
  1. Best Youth or Superhero-themed Film: Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  1. Best Horror or Thriller Film: San Andreas.
  1. Best Chinese Language Film: Ip Man 3.

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

(Post updated on 20th December 2016)

15 Most Stunning Completed Architectural Projects in Singapore

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2015 by vincentloy

In conjunction with Singapore’s 50th National Day celebration today, I would like to share with you my selection of 15 most beautiful modern architectural projects that are completed in the city-state. Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world, and hence the biggest issue for the nation in architectural perspective is space (land). However, that limitation did not prevent the country from constructing many impressive buildings whether they are office, residences, bridges, campuses or public structures. I have been to Singapore twice since it is so near to Malaysia, and I always admire the built environment the island offers.

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Without going any further in words, here are my list of 15 most stunning completed architectural projects in Singapore:

Marina Bay Sands

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Gardens By The Bay

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The Interlace

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Reflections at Keppel Bay

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Henderson Waves

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ArtScience Museum

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Changi Airport

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The Pinnacle @ Duxton

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National Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub

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School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University

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Learning Hub, Nanyang Technological University

Singapore University of Technology and Design

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Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore

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The Helix Bridge

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Wonderful architecture, aren’t they? If you are curious on any of those projects above, you can search easily for their more information by Google. A small country but with impressive city skyline and great taste in architecture. Are they anymore fantastic architectural projects that you know and I have missed on this list? If yes, do tell me.

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

‘Jurassic World’ past 1.5 billion mark, and its sequel is confirmed!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2015 by vincentloy

I still couldn’t get rid of my current frustration and temper for the political tensions escalating right now in the country. If you missed out what I’m talking about now, just check out my previous blog post, written just two hours earlier. Now, let’s change the mood and talk a bit about movie. It’s not another movie review that may have quite dominate my blog in recent years. I would like to apologize if you are not that interested into my not-so-professional movie reviews all over my blog. I just found out that I love to write my opinions on movies of the year that I have watched in recent years. Not a serious movie critic, but just an interest in me that transformed into blog posts uncontrollably. Haha…sorry ya…

I believe most of you have watched ‘Jurassic World’ since its release over a month ago. If you haven’t, then you should go before it is going to be out from cinema soon. Everybody goes for the movie, and even my two very small nephews enjoyed it. It generally received positive reviews (from me too at this link: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/movie-review-jurassic-world-2015/) and is a smashing hit in worldwide box office. It successfully revoked the nostalgia in us, reminding us of the first Jurassic Park movie that we watched when we are still very young. The final fight scene in ‘Jurassic World’ is epic too…

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‘Jurassic World’ is not only one of the over twenty films managed to score over US$ 1 billion in grossing, but also capable of becoming one of only four movies in the world that accumulated over US$ 1.5 billion in history. That’s just another milestone broke by ‘Jurassic World’, the fourth film of the popular ‘Jurassic Park’ film franchise that has broken many earlier box office records like biggest opening of all-time, fastest to 500 million, fastest to 1 billion, and now fastest to 1.5 billion. I guess it couldn’t go past 2-billion mark. It’s just seems very hard. Anyway, it’s still already a massive success story for ‘Jurassic World’ in both box office and in critics’ opinions.

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With current box office figure stands at 1.542 billion, the movie now drives past ‘Furious 7’ (1.511 billion) to be the highest grossing film of the year. Up till today, it accumulated USD 624 million in domestic box office and an additional USD 918 million at international market. Terrific figures! ‘Jurassic World’ also triumphs over ‘The Avengers’ (1.519 billion) to become world’s third highest grossing film, only behind James Cameron’s untouchable ‘Avatar’ (2.78 billion) and ‘Titanic’ (2.18 billion). I guess the final box office intake of ‘Jurassic World’ would be well over 1.6 billion as it is still performing well in US and is not even opened yet in Japan.

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Another good news is that the sequel for this highly successful ‘Jurassic World’ is confirmed and will be out by June 22nd, 2018. Main cast, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be returning. Awesome! Can’t wait for more actions from the dinosaurs (and that two main stars) on the big screen! Now I’m wondering what would be the story in this sequel is about? Remember that the villainous scientist, Dr. Wu managed to get off the troubled island with the dinosaur embryos in ‘Jurassic World’. How can the park’s authority able to restore public confidence on the island’s safety after the tragic event in ‘Jurassic World’? And how about those escaped flying dinosaurs? Wouldn’t they reached mainland already and create further chaos? And lastly, what would they name the sequel as? ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Jurassic World’ and then? ‘Jurassic Universe’? Haha…Or simply just ‘Jurassic World 2’? Too many questions now…And I want to see more from mosasaur. Can’t wait for two more years!

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

10 Most Iconic Skyscrapers in the World

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by vincentloy

Constructing taller buildings was a dream first fulfilled on Western cities like Chicago and New York City back in the olden days. Then, the other places followed particularly in Asia where many countries developed quickly from the strong economic growth. The result; we have thousands of skyscrapers built across the world in present day. Here, I would like to compile a list of ten most iconic skyscrapers in the world. The criteria or aspects I considered before finalizing this list are as follow;

(a) the building must be at least 150 m tall to be considered a skyscraper.

(b) the building must be instantly recognizable and is a national landmark, and if preferably a world landmark.

(c) the building must be an architecture wonder and an engineering marvel.

(d) the building must possess huge impact to its surrounding and the city’s skyline, very famous and often caught public/media attention worldwide.

(e) the building must be completed, habitable in most of its spaces and not be telecommunication or observation tower.

This list is very subjective, but these 10 buildings below that I picked are also featured in many previous rankings or polls done by the others on the similar topic. Now, here it goes for my personal 10 most iconic skyscrapers in the world (in alphabetical order, not in ranking):

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BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

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CCTV HEADQUARTERS TOWER, BEIJING, CHINA

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CHRYSLER BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE

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ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

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TAIPEI 101, TAIPEI, TAIWAN

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Breathtaking skyscrapers, aren’t they? The other ten that did not make the list but I would grant them honorary mention here too;

Transamerica Pyramid (San Francisco, USA), Willis Tower (Chicago, USA), John Hancock Center (Chicago, USA), Jin Mao Tower (Shanghai, China), US Bank Tower (Los Angeles, USA), 36 St. Mary Axe (London, UK), The Shard (London, UK), 2 International Finance Centre (Hong Kong, China), Kingdom Centre (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Shanghai World Financial Center (Shanghai, China).

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