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One almost done, one has half way to go, and one is still on ground. Updates on three supertall construction projects in Kuala Lumpur.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur is ranked among one of the best city skylines in the world. It gained such recognition due to its splendid array of clustered buildings topped with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. However, the city skyline is going to further transform, thanks to the many new skyscrapers currently being built in the city. They are going to immensely impact the city skyline due to their enormous heights. The city won’t look the same after every few years and I look forward to see more tall and nice-looking buildings being constructed in the city.

Here are the 3 supertall skyscraper projects in Kuala Lumpur that are receiving high attention and shown together are their latest construction images. Render is shown for each project below too. Supertall building refers to a building that exceeds 300 metres in height.

1.Four Seasons Place. 

It is a 65-storeys mixed use tower currently under construction besides the Petronas Twin Towers. Once completed, it will have a final height of 343 metres. It will contain a hotel, serviced residences and a shopping mall at the podium. After undergoing multiple delays and design changes in the past, the tower has now finally rising quickly. It has structurally topped out not long ago and the work on the building’s crown has started. It will top out architecturally before last quarter of the year and will open next year. Once completed, it will be the third tallest building in the country, right after the two twin towers that sat beside it. Now, it has already made the twin towers to look not as tall as in the past eventhough it is still shorter than them by a little over 100 metres.

 

This one is ALMOST DONE.

2. TRX Exchange 106 Tower. 

It is a 106-storeys office tower currently under construction at the Tun Razak Exchange site. Once completed, this new region will become the financial hub of the city. Once completed, the tower will have a final height of 452 metres. It surprisingly will have the same height as the Petronas Twin Towers. You may wonder that it should be taller than the twin towers since it almost has over 20 floors more than the twin towers? Nope. It’s because this TRX Tower has no spire to add up to its height. The construction for this tower is very fast and it has now already half way to its top. It has now already making a huge impact to the city’s skyline. The highlight of the tower will be its crystalline crown.

This one is HALF WAY TO FINISH.

3. PNB118 Merdeka Tower.

It is a 118-storeys office tower currently under construction on the lot bordering the historical Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. It is just right opposite my former secondary school, the Methodist Boys School KL. Once completed, it will be the tallest building in the country as well as among the top five tallest buildings in the world at a height of 644 metres. It will surpass the height of Shanghai Tower (632 metres), One World Trade Center (541 metres), Taipei 101 (508 metres) and many other skyscrapers across the world. However, its construction has been very slow and I read a news somewhere that it experienced problem with its foundation. I predict that it will be completed by 2020 or 2021. It will reach this immense height of over 600 metres due to its very long spire at the top.

 

This one is still not rising and is STILL ON GROUND WORK.

Hoping to see great progress from these skyscraper projects once I’m back to KL end of this year.

(Images in this post are from skyscrapercity.com forum webpages)

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TVB drama review: Presumed Accidents (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2016 by vincentloy

‘Presumed Accidents’ (纯熟意外) is a 2016 Hong Kong drama by TVB that has its story centred on insurance investigation and fraud with several other side plots that make up for the whole series that contained 28 episodes in total. The drama starred Lawrence Ng, Sisley Choi, Selena Li, Chris Lai, Raymond Cho, Joyce Tang, Chow Chung, Snow Suen, etc. 

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I didn’t have any plan or interest to watch this series originally. I’m tired of seeing Sisley Choi again. She now appeared in almost all the TVB series this year. I knew TVB is now trying to push her into stardom as soon as possible due to many leading female artists now leaving the company but this is too much. However, I didn’t have any other series to watch after finished watching ‘My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan’ and hence I give this one a go. It turned out to be quite good to my surprise due to the interesting fresh new subject explored in this series which focused on insurance investigation as mentioned earlier.

However, the series went beyond logic with the main male character being discovered to have eternal life. I’m fine with some out-of-the-world ideas for dramas but some things just couldn’t appropriately fit in even with all the explanations provided. I simply just felt weird and too illogical. Anyway, dramas are meant for entertainment and they are fictional and so I’m not having major problem with that. However, I still personally think it would be much better without adding this ‘eternal life’ subject into this series.

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Lawrence Ng is a very professional veteran actor and there isn’t any issue at all with him taking the lead role. At first, I’m very annoyed seeing Sisley Choi taking over the female lead role again and also annoyed seeing her going past Selena Li for the main lead role in this drama. Selena Li is a much more preferable choice and has been in the industry for many more years than her. However, after watching the whole series, I find that Sisley Choi has seriously improved a lot. Her performance has been now more natural. Her voice is not that disturbing anymore at least. However, there is still long way to go before I can call her a promising leading actress. Despite getting a smaller role, Selena Li did well again to tackle this supporting yet remarkably challenging role. I think she deserved some serious attention and recognition from TVB. I think this is my first time seeing Chris Lai portraying a villain character. He can act but his evil expression and shouts especially in the last few episodes didn’t work out well. I’m not convinced yet. Other cast did well on their part.

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The story is not bad with all those fresh new subjects explored. I like the concept of having a mysterious dark organization working for clients with intention to murder people to cheat insurance claims by setting up fake accidents. However, the overall story development isn’t very well proportioned. It started off slowly with many questions, made us curious in several episodes and ended with intense and exciting scenes and happy conclusion. It’s not an excellent drama but is still a nice one. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Presumed Accidents’ a total of 7.2.

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Back from bringing my parents for a trip in Perth during their early Raya holiday.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2016 by vincentloy

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish ‘Selamat Hari Raya’ to all the Muslims around the world especially to my Malay friends and ex-colleagues in Malaysia. Have a wonderful celebration. For the other Malaysians not celebrating, have a happy holiday! This applied to my parents who were spending the break by travelling over to Perth to visit me and also to tour around the city. I have been here for about 5 months already and since Perth is a small city, I’m quite familiar with the places and navigation around here already. And hence, I can be a free tour guide for them.

They arrived here last Sunday and had already spent four days here. They departed to airport not long ago for their flight back to Kuala Lumpur and I have just returned home from staying in the hotel with them for the past three nights. We stayed in Seasons of Perth, a four-star hotel in CBD area. It looks only three-stars rating for me to the best. It is old with very outdated finishing, but it does have large room and the good things about this hotel are that it is cheap and it is located very near to tourist places in the CBD like the popular Hay and Murray Streets.

Once they arrived and checked into the hotel, I brought them to the Kings Park to view the State War Memorial and also to catch a glimpse of the beautiful city skyline from the park during the sunset hour. That view never gets old for me. Then, I brought them for dinner at a restaurant called Secret Garden Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown and I ate my favourite steamed cod fish (or some say tooth fish here).

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On the second day, I brought them to walk around in the city, viewing some famous places like the City of Perth Library, Perth Town Hall, London Court (unfortunately most of the alley in it is now under renovation), Hay Street and Murray Street (two popular pedestrian malls in the city). Then, I brought them to the Elizabeth Quay, a must-visit new place in Perth for the tourists for the Swan River’s view and also for all the interesting things over there like the twin-arches bridge, Spanda sculpture and the iconic Swan Bell Tower. Then, I brought them for early lunch by having dim sum at Northbridge in a restaurant that I have tried it before. The food there taste very good and my parents enjoyed it very much until we came back for the same place two days later (this morning) for lunch again. The restaurant is Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant.

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After the lunch, we took the ferry from Elizabeth Quay to South Perth that only took about 10 minutes for a ride. South Perth is just opposite the city and that is where the Perth Zoo is, the place that we will be visiting for the whole afternoon on our second day. The zoo is not huge but contains a lot of exhibits of animals. What’s disappointing are that the quantity of animals in the zoo is very little (it’s only one for each of almost all the species on exhibit) and that the paths are not continuous. With that kind of layout, it is easy to miss some exhibits.But overall, it is still a satisfying experience visiting this zoo which is so near to the city. We ended the day by having dinner at Theo and Co Pizzeria, a famous pizza restaurant at East Victoria Park.

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On the third day in the morning, we boarded train to head to Fremantle, a port city south of Perth. The train ride only took 30 minutes. Fremantle is a city full of many old and well preserved heritage buildings and streets. It also has beautiful beaches and the majestic view of the vast Indian Ocean. We walked around there and visited the Round House, the first permanent building in the city which is originally a gaol (a jail). I didn’t bring them to see Fremantle Prison because there is nothing spectacular on that prison actually and that we couldn’t spend longer time there. Then, we head to the nearby Bathers Beach and had fish and chips for our lunch at Kailis Fish Market and Restaurant at the harbourside. Before leaving Fremantle, we walked in the Esplanade Park and observed all the happenings there from the on-going Winter Festival. There are some activities especially for kids and family like the outdoor skating rink. It’s weekday and so the Fremantle Markets is closed. Too bad, my parents couldn’t visit it but it’s not a major issue.

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Then, I brought my parents to visit my Curtin University campus in Bentley. They said it’s a huge complex but for me, it’s large only because of all the parks, fields and trees. Then, I brought them to visit my on-campus accommodation and also the nearby Waterford Plaza as they wished to visit the supermarket here. For the evening, I brought them to Crown Perth, the casino resort not far from the city. This is also my first time visiting the casino. We tried our luck for a short while and we won a bit to our excitement. The hotel there looks great and very luxurious. There is also a convention centre over there. That’s it for the day.

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On the fourth (last) day of their trip, there is nothing I can do for them since they have to be at the airport by afternoon already. We just spent rest of the time walking in the CBD area again and had early lunch at Northbridge. Then, I bid farewell to my parents again as they left to the Perth International Airport for their flight back home. How I wish I can fly back with them since I have remaining three weeks of holiday before my next semester of study commences. It’s okay. I will be back to Malaysia by December!

They were here for four days but they were actually only visiting the city for two days technically since the first and the last day were spent mostly on the arriving and departing stuff that took up most of the time. They are sure to come back here again probably during next year’s any holiday season or during my graduation. If they are here longer, I can even bring them to Swan Valley (I have visited it and it’s quite nice over there especially with all three free tasting of chocolates, wines, cheese, nougats, nuts, honey, beer, cooking ingredients, fruits, etc), the Pinnacles, the Wave Rock, the Lobster Shack, and even a whale-watching tour (my dad is interested on it but it only runs from September to November…it has its own season). That’s all now reserved for their next trip here. My dad is also eager to return here for the casino since the minimum bet here is low and very much affordable. Okay…that’s it for my description of the trip of which everything went very well especially with the nice sunny weather every day during the trip. But it’s freezing cold especially when the wind blows at night in these few days. It’s the peak of winter season now in Australia and so there is nothing we can do besides than wearing more.

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First time to Hari Raya 2015 Prime Minister’s Open House at Putrajaya.

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2015 by vincentloy

As already explained in my previous post, we are very free and boring on this Raya holiday. We basically have nothing to do. My dad asked me if I would like to go anywhere. The first thing that came to my mind is ‘why not we go to Open House at Prime Minister’s residence in Putrajaya?’. It’s a great idea and everyone agreed. We have been to Raya open house before but never to the national-level ones. Since I roughly know the location and I’m quite familiar with Putrajaya, hence I’m the one driving. Once we reached there at about 11am+, the Seri Perdana Complex (official residence of Prime Minister) was already crowded with many people from all walks of life. Good to see that. It’s the One Malaysia spirit that I’m very happy of. No matter what races you are, you are welcomed…a very positive message behind the open house concept.

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We had to queue and waited for about half an hour before we get to enter the lobby of the huge mansion. The tents and few fans couldn’t save us from being ‘melted’ by the glaring Sun and ‘squeezed’ by hundreds of people at once. While we are queuing, there is one Chinese (not sure whether he is Malaysian or Singaporean) clad in ‘baju kurung’ and commented to his friend that this is not a queue. There are so many lines and people just push and try to squeeze through unlike in Singapore where there would be lines in order and also special access for the disabled and elderly in the event of an open house like this. Then, his friend replied that ‘This is Malaysian culture ma….!’. Haha…agree with that statement.

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Unfortunately, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor were not there when we were finally in the air-conditioned lobby. Where are they? I’m hoping that I could shake his wife’s hand so that maybe one of her rings drop off and I can get it unnoticed. Haha…joking…joking. Anyway, I still managed to shake hands with Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin. There also some other ministers in the lobby at that time but I don’t really know who they are and I don’t even care of their presence. We were not given much time in there as there are many people behind us. After that, we were handed a box of biscuits and a small glass container as souvenir respectively.

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Time to head for free lunch served nearby. A huge tent sheltering a stage, rows of served food and beverages, and chairs with many smaller tents around to occupy as many people as possible. There are a variety of Malay, Chinese and Indian food served (nasi briyani, chickens, lambs, curry puff, cakes, fruits, fried noodle, roti canai, satay, putu ayam, ketupat rice cake, ice-cream), but I have no mood to eat a lot because it’s too hot and crowded in there. It’s even so hard to find a chair to sit. We saw some people came here prepared with plastic or paper bags to take away the served food. Isshh…Bad actions…Some Malaysians would turn uncivilized once there are free stuff. And rubbish are everywhere. Haizz…

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That’s the last picture of the day. Scenic view of the lake, Putra Mosque and Prime Minister’s Office Building. We left after spending about two hours in the complex. That is our first experience visiting the Hari Raya Open House by the Prime Minister at his official residence in Putrajaya. Too bad, couldn’t see him.

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Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri! Have a blessed 2015 Raya holiday…

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2015 by vincentloy

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely wish to all my Malay friends, Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri!

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I’m actually quite jealous of this festival because it gets early every year. The reason is that the Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar, the normal calendar we used which has 365 days a year (366 for leap year). Based on Islamic calendar, there is only 355 days a year (10 days lesser). That’s why Muslim’s festivals are arriving quicker every time, including this Hari Raya, the most festive celebration for them.

It’s really worth celebrating for them since they have to go through one month of fasting in the Ramadhan month. I really admire the effort of not eating or drinking for a whole day before evening. And that has to go on for a month long. If I have to practice it, I think I’m going to be very exhausted and have no mood to do anything for the whole month. I’m going to faint easily too as I always have to eat and drink a lot to keep myself energized for daily tasks. Bravo to all fasting Muslims. You are great. Actually it’s nice to do fasting as it helps to save money from skipping the lunch.

But hey…a week ago, I saw few Malay kids eating at a stair near a lobby in a shopping mall during the fasting period. Isn’t that wrong? I guess they are literally too hungry and decided to eat, hoping not to get caught by anyone since they are doing so in a corner like hiding. But I saw them. Oppss…a bit awkward as I looked at them for about 10 seconds and they knew it. Fortunately, I’m not Malay, if not, they would be scolded for being against the religious practice.

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Anyway, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri once again! Wishing you to have a safe journey for ‘balik kampung’ (returning to hometown) for the celebration. As for the others whom are not celebrating, have a happy holiday! Enjoy the longer weekend break!

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

 

Astro Star Quest (新秀大赛) 2015 Final.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2015 by vincentloy

Another year, another final for the Astro Star Quest competition. If you didn’t know, it is an annual singing competition for the young and talented Malaysian Chinese, and it is already the 19th edition for this year. Last year, we attended the final show at outdoor parking area at Bukit Jalil. Couldn’t believe that it was already a year ago! Time flies. This year, the final was held at Putra Indoor Stadium at Bukit Jalil too. However, this is the first time the organizers are charging for the entrance ticket. We are not going to pay for it, as we still got to watch it live on TV from Astro Wah Lai Toi just now.

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The five finalists this year are Apple, Daniel, Joseph, Jacqueline and Debbie. Two males and three females. Before the final, these five went through all the previous preliminary rounds and a semi-final successfully (obviously) without being eliminated. They were now in the final show, and it was apparent that everyone of them delivered to their best on this very night. But still it was a competition, and only one will be crowned champion. And who is the champion? The winner is Apple. Like most others, I knew from the very first preliminary round that Apple is going to be in the final and win this. And yup, my prediction came true. She had a very nice voice, and her singing skill is brilliant. She can deliver all kind of performances.

Now, let’s get back to the three-hours final show just now. There are only two rounds. In the first round, every contestants has their about 15 minutes of time to perform few songs straight. It’s like having own concert for every finalists. Some seniors would also join in to sing together. Jacqueline was the first on stage and didn’t perform quite well. Maybe it’s the anxiety to sing first that puts her down. Debbie came next. I don’t like her from earlier stages because she always sing English songs. I’m tired of it. In the final, she also sang mostly English songs. Not good enough eventhough she has a powerful voice. Daniel always triumph because of his creativity in his singing. As for Joseph, he made a huge mistake; he sang all slow songs and that gets audiences bored in this concert-themed segment. Lastly, Apple came out. Perfection. She nailed it again and we knew she is going to win it.

The fifth place goes to Jacqueline. Expected. Then, the fourth place is awarded to Joseph. If he didn’t make that mistake in his selection of songs, then I’m quite sure his ability simply puts him in top 3. Too bad, his part is uninteresting. Nevertheless, he still won two other awards of the night; Best EP, and Best Media Attention. The final three was revealed; Debbie (the dark horse, she would be fourth if Joseph didn’t made the mistake), Daniel (heavy favourite) and Apple (also heavy favourite and my personal favourite). The final round was quick. The top 3 performed their most capable song respectively. As predicted, Debbie and Daniel sang English songs again. Ehh…too much. It’s okay if you used English songs, but cannot be too much. It’s still a Chinese singing competition. Even the judges said that at the end. Apple delivered her best again and to no surprise, she won. Excellent! She deserved it (also the Mazda car and RM50 000 prize for the champion).

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That’s the end of the competition. Wait…Danny is the guest star of the show? Can’t they find better guest performer? He is just an ordinary boy who didn’t win the past competition he joined back in 2008, and also didn’t have any fame either. As for the judges line-up, there are graders from Taiwan, Hong Kong and also from local. That’s good for the international involvement in it. But I don’t like Ah Niu as one of the judges. He isn’t professional in judging. Overall, the final show was amazing. Now, have to wait one whole year for the next one; the 20th edition (Astro Star Quest 2016).

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Movie review: Terminator Genisys (2015)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2015 by vincentloy

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as the famous Terminator. No matter how long he has been in the film industry and also how old he gets already, I still couldn’t get his name right. To be honest with you, I copied the ‘Schwa….’ down just now. I believe many couldn’t write down his full name correctly too. Such a hard one. Let’s not focus on his name and move on to ‘Terminator Genisys’, the fifth film in the ‘Terminator’ series and is now out in theatres worldwide.

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I’m not a fans of this film franchise but I do remember bits of its past movies; it’s about a robot sent back in time to destroy Sarah Connor (but later save her). The first film was out back in 1984. Wow…that was 31 years ago. I’m not even born yet. But I do remember I did watch the movies when I was still a very small kid. That’s it. Couldn’t recall much. But I do know that ‘Terminator’ was like the first robotic movie I ever watched and it is considered a classic by James Cameron that has went on to make huge influence on future sci-fi and action flicks.

Bringing ‘Terminator’ back to the big screen now has the similar objective with bringing ‘Jurassic Park’ back recently. Well, the dinosaurs returned in ‘Jurassic World’ movie which has now went on to break many box office records. It attracts massive moviegoers for the nostalgia. Will this ‘Terminator 5’ manage to do the same? Maybe, but I’m predicting lesser audiences compared to ‘Jurassic World’. What’s sure now is ‘Terminator’ isn’t as good as ‘Jurassic World’, but it is still worth to watch and is still a good piece of entertainment.

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As the movie progresses especially in the first half, I find it hard to digest what’s going on with all the excessive time travel stuff. There is too much stories going on, and it’s making the movie more complicated than being solid. First, we are in 2029, then we went back to 1984, and then to 2017. Maybe because I forgot most of the main subjects or contents from the previous films, and hence I’m late on catching up to the drama in this latest movie. In ‘Terminator Genisys’, John Connor sends Kyle Reese back in time to protect Sarah Connor. But after the time travel, Kyle didn’t expect that the mission is that hard and comes with shocking revelations.

All the cast did a good job. Arnold (just keeping his name short here) is awesome as the terminator. Eventhough he is old, but he could still deliver everything in this movie. Surprisingly, he is also the only one in this movie that gave us some moments to laugh throughout this mostly-serious action-packed film. The funny parts are nice and most importantly, not feeling awkward or forced. It’s nice to see J.K. Simmons in here too after his terrifyingly-good performance in ‘Whiplash’ that won him ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in this year’s Oscars. However, he is only given a small role here. What a waste to this veteran actor. Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke are great in their respective main roles.

Overall, I don’t enjoy the plot because I think it’s having too many things around as explained earlier. However, the movie still delivered with all those amazing action sequences. Fantastic visual effects and wonderfully-choreographed actions. It kept me engaged at least, eventhough not interested by the depth of the story. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Terminator Genisys’ a total of 7.4. Ahh…and if you haven’t watch this, don’t forget to sit a while in the theatre after the ending as there is a post-credit scene.

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