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Will be away to Thailand for trip beginning tomorrow! And Selamat Hari Raya!

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2017 by vincentloy

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri / Happy Eid to all Muslims across the world especially to my Malay friends in Malaysia! Have fun and enjoy in this festival after a month of dedicated fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan. Have a safe journey back home (balik kampung) and cherish the happy and festive moment with your family, relatives, friends, and neighbours. For the other Malaysians (me included) who are not celebrating, Happy Holiday!

I always envy this Hari Raya festival. It comes earlier every year because the Islamic calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar the whole world is using now. For our Chinese New Year festival, we are fixed to the time from January to February annually because our Chinese calendar has the similar number of days with the Gregorian calendar. Soon after, Hari Raya will get past us one round and clash with the Chinese New Year.

So for this Hari Raya holiday, I will be joining my parents for a short trip at Bangkok and Hua Hin, Thailand. We took on a 5 days 4 nights group tour which will begin tomorrow and ends on next Wednesday. I have been to Thailand twice in the past but this will be only my first time visiting its capital city, Bangkok. I’m looking forward to it. I’m hoping that I can see some great architecture over there like the traditional ones such as from its palaces and temples and the contemporary ones such as from its latest tallest building, Mahanakhon (designed by Ole Scheeren). You see, that’s the difference between a normal tourist and a people with an architecture background. You tend to search or look for different thing even when you are on a trip. I call it ‘architectural virus’ that has infected me for over a decade.

Besides than the bustling Bangkok, I am also anticipating for the visit to Hua Hin, a small beachside holiday town which is a few hours drive south from Bangkok. I think I need a time to get near to the nature and so this beachside attraction will be an ideal location. I have just returned from the airport few days ago, and tomorrow, I will be heading there again to catch the flight to Thailand. KLIA is now my frequent destination annually. If you want a tour in the airport, I think I can help on that without any problem. Haha…I have just unpacked my luggage few days ago, and now I have to pack it again for this trip. Will be back writing about this trip as soon as I’m back on next Wednesday!

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

 

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of rooster!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2017 by vincentloy

I’m wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! This wish is particularly for my family, relatives, friends, neighbours, and to all Malaysian Chinese! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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The lunar new year comes early this year. This Chinese largest festival (known as Spring Festival in China) always falls on February every year. But for this time, it’s on end of January. We have just finished celebrating the new year 2017 and now we get to celebrate another one. Next year, this festival will be pushed back to February due to additional days in our lunar calendar once every four years.

We now say goodbye to the year of monkey and welcomes the year of rooster. Rooster is the main character this year and unfortunately, it’s also usually the main character in our Chinese dishes. Chicken dishes everywhere and my two nephews love to eat them the most.

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This is also the time for us, the superstitious Chinese to check on our zodiac forecast of the year. I was born in the year of sheep and so my Chinese zodiac sign is sheep. I found out that this is going to be an average year for me, with nothing really bad or good happening. It’s a fairly flat year for me. I will take that. Well, I’m not superstitious but getting a knowledge of it is something not harmful either, so why not…

I had a fairly plain reunion dinner just now in a simple and affordable restaurant nearby. The important thing is not the cost of the food, but everyone being together on the table for this significant meal. It’s alright. We will be having a ‘grander’ dinner soon for the next weekend when my eldest sister and her family will join in too. I will be spending the first day of the Chinese New Year visiting some relatives and also watching a Chinese New Year movie in cinema hopefully. Then, from second day to sixth day of the celebration, I will be having a vacation in Hanoi, Vietnam with my parents. After coming back, I will be spending that coming weekend (next Saturday and Sunday) on Genting Highlands. That’s it. After that, it’s the end of my Chinese New Year celebration this year before I fly back to Perth, Australia near the end of February to resume the final year of my postgraduate study.

Let’s not talk that far yet. Now, is the time to get prepared to welcome this lunar new year with joyful mood, get dressed in new clothes, get angpows, meet relatives (and hopefully successfully dealt with all those questions from aunties and uncles asking about whether you have boyfriend or girlfriend already or not), gamble (who doesn’t like to play and hopefully win), attend friends’ gatherings, eat all those delicious new year biscuits and cookies, watch all the released CNY movies this year, light up firecrackers or fireworks, etc.

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Once again, Happy Chinese New Year! May you have a blessed year ahead with good health and wealth! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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

New tall buildings rising in KL and latest skyline images of the city.

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2017 by vincentloy

Since I’m back to Kuala Lumpur last November and some visits to the city since then, I have noticed some new tall buildings in the city. Some are still under construction but are already visible from far and making an impact to the city’s skyline due to their massive heights. Some have already topped out due to speedy construction and some have been totally completed and opened. So, there must be addition of few more buildings over 200 metres in height in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

But when I check out any latest list of the tallest buildings in the city online from Skyscraper Center, Emporis, Wikipedia, and other sources, there hasn’t been any much difference which is so not right. The list differs in each websites I browsed and I couldn’t really find one that truly reflect the current statistic of the city’s buildings. That is disappointing. Some new buildings are missing in this list and some others on the other list. They should have an accurate and updated database compiling the correct and latest information on this. I also found out some new buildings are listed there but without much essential data present like its height.

Here below are some of the new buildings in the city that are around or over 200 metres in height and should be apparent in the list of tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur but are not:

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Vortex KL Suites and Residences – Emporis stated it to be 235 metres tall and still under construction. But actually this 58-storey tower has been completed. Skyscrapercity put it at 260 metres high but I don’t think that is correct by looking at its picture.

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Ritz-Carlton Residences KL – Also called as Berjaya Central Park, it is 48 floors high but there is no height data for this building at all.

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Le Nouvel Residences – the taller tower is 49-storey high with Emporis stating a height of 199 metres, just 1 metre short of 200 metres mark.

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Elite Pavilion – this one is going to be 230 metres tall and has 50 floors when completed. Its construction pace is noticeably fast and it is going to be topped out this year.

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Platinum Suites Tower – Skyscrapercity put this tower at 51 floors high but Emporis states 57 floors and 231 metres tall. I don’t think Emporis’ data on this one is right. I knew its top floor swimming pool level is on 51st floor which is also the tallest swimming pool in the city. It also claims to be the tallest condominium in the city, a title previously hold by The Troika Tower 3 at 204 metres.

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From left to right for first picture and from right to left for second picture – Sentral Residences Tower 1 & 2, St. Regis Hotel & Residences and Q Sentral. These new buildings in KL Sentral Development reach around 200 metres in height respectively and has already been completed except for the Sentral Residences Tower 1 & 2 that are still under construction but have already topped out. However, almost none of these buildings are featured in any list out there for the tallest buildings in the city. Emporis stated that Q Sentral is 49 floors and 199 metres high (but no data in Skyscraper Center), both Emporis and Skyscraper Center stated that St. Regis Hotel & Residences is 48 floors and 205 metres high (so I assume that is the correct data), and Skyscraper Center stated that Sentral Residences Tower 1 & 2 to be 52 floors and 200 metres tall each (but no data in Emporis). Weird right?! Conflicting or incomplete data everywhere.

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KL Eco City Vogue Suite One – This project is expected to be completed by this year and it has topped out to its final height of 243 metres. Emporis states that it has 60 floors while Skyscraper Center said it has 63 floors. Whatever…! When completed, it is going to be the tallest residential building in the city and the whole Malaysia. This is a bit further away from the city area as it is in Mid Valley region. Now, the 310-metres tall Telekom Tower is not the only skyscraper standing in that Mid Valley region.

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Four Seasons Place KL – This one is finally making huge progress after many years of delay in construction. When completed next year, it will be 65 floors high and has a height of 343 metres tall, a much taller companion to the adjacent Petronas Twin Towers (452 metres tall and current world’s tallest twin buildings).

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W Hotel & Residences – Emporis states that it has 55 floors and 235 metres tall but Skyscraper Center states that it has 50 floors and is 232 metres tall. Conflicting data again. This skyscraper will be completed this year.

These buildings above are only those buildings in final stage of construction, topped-out or newly completed in KL that is over 200 metres tall respectively. Skyscraper projects that are still in early stage of construction are not included here such as the PNB118 Tower that is going to be the tallest building of the country when completed at 630 metres high. There is still no visible progress of this skyscraper project after so many years. I’m sure it is going to be completed later than the targeted year 2020 deadline.

Some cool latest pictures of Kuala Lumpur city skyline below before I end this post. Click on the images for a larger and more breathtaking sight.

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(Images in this post are from Skyscrapercity.com)

Full result of TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2016 by vincentloy

The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016 was held successfully last evening in Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. This annual awards presentation that honours the best of Hong Kong’s TVB series and programmes every year gives opportunity for Malaysians to vote for their most favourite choices. Public votes accounts for 70% while professional judges took the remaining 30% in deciding the winners for the evening. Over 20 Hong Kong celebrities (actors and actresses) attended the event. However, none of them are big names to my disappointment. Well, that is expected since those big names from TVB have either left the station or retired from acting.

The celebrities attending the show were Ruco Chan, Nancy Wu, Kristal Tin, Benjamin Yuen, Sisley Choi, Moon Lau, Philip Ng, Mat Yeung, Cheung Wing Hong, Bob Cheung, Grace Wong, Grace Chan, Mandy Wong, Vincent Wong, Tracy Chu, Eliza Sam, Natalie Tong, Ali Lee, Joyce Tang and Koni Lui. The hosts for the ceremony were Carol Cheng, C-Kwan, Luk Wing, Ashley Chu and Jarvis Chow. The first three in that host line-up also hosted TVB Starhub Awards in Singapore last month and they are expected to host for TVB Anniversary Awards back in Hong Kong next month. Invited award presenters from Hong Kong were Ha Yu and Kara Hui to present the most favourite leading actor and actress awards. The trophy design is a slight improvement from the previous years’ one but still looks bad and a bit too big. The ceremony started at 8.30pm and ended on 11.00pm on 26th November 2016. Here below is the full result of the awards presentation alongside with my brief opinions:

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My Favourite TVB Drama Series
“A Fist Within Four Walls”

Opinion: Expected. This drama is considered the best of the year so far with its thrilling actions, fantastic acting and suspenseful plot. It has also sweep some other awards of the evening, making it the biggest winner. 

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My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: Expected outcome too. Ruco delivered an amazing performance in that drama and most important, his character is very likable. However, he has huge competition from Roger Kwok in next month’s TVB Anniversary Awards as Roger delivered another award-worthy performance in the currently airing drama ‘Dead Wrong’ that isn’t competing in this Malaysia’s awards but in Hong Kong one next month. So, I think Ruco will end up getting My Favourite TV Male Character two times in a row for the Hong Kong one. Still a great accomplishment for this brilliant actor. 

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: There isn’t any strong competition for leading actress category this year. So, Nancy is the only stood out one with a great performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. It has been a busy year as she appeared in four TVB dramas in this year alone. I think she is going to take home next month’s Best Actress again too. Well, she deserved it in the time when there is no more better actresses around. Both she and Ruco won favourite leading actor and actress awards last year and there they win them again this year. I have no objection for that.

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My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)

Opinion: Mat Yeung has appeared in a lot of TVB series for many years. Finally, he gets some recognition with some good roles especially in this year. He usually portrayed very minor characters and finally he gained spotlight this year. He is a good actor but I think there is still a lot of space in between before he can step further to take on leading role. 

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)

Opinion: I’m very happy for Joyce Tang. I hardly see her anymore after her success in ‘Armed Reactions’ drama franchise many years ago. This year she has a great role in ‘House of Spirits’ and I’m rooting for her to win this from the very beginning. And yes, she won it. Her hard work paid off. 

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: I’m also glad that Cheung Wing Hong won this. He is the only nominee in this category that stood out among the rest and delivered some great performances not only in this year but also from the past few years too. I started to notice on his talent few years back when he is still a new actor. 

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)

Opinion: Moon Lau is also a deserving winner. It’s a busy year for her too and yet she still present to us very natural and likable acting in all series she was involved in eventhough she is just a new actress with little experience. 

My Favourite TVB On Screen Couple
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)

Opinion: Two winners again. This is something that I don’t like. The organizer should just stick to one winner. Ruco and Nancy is the more deserving pair. Handing out the award to Vincent and Tracy is like a consolation for them as they will be going home empty handed if they didn’t award this to them. Chemistry between Ruco and Nancy needs no further explanation. They, the currently highly rumored couple look great together.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu

Opinion: Expected. This song is nice to listen to and it immediately reminds me of that series. 

My Favourite Top 16 TVB Drama Characters
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Sisley Choi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”)
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”)
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)

Opinion: They should cut this down to 10 winners and not the other way round now, which is expanding it further to 16 winners so that almost everyone can get one. People not deserving to win in this category are Philip Ng, Grace Chan and Kristal Tin. There are some much more better actors or actresses to take this award. 

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight”

Opinion: Yup, a very entertaining and hilarious show. I remembered I laughed a lot watching this programme once every week last time. 

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme
“Wellness on the Go 4 – Going Green and Sustainable Living”

Opinion: No opinion on this one because I didn’t watch it but I actually prefer ‘Do Did Eat’. ‘Do Did Eat’ is an interesting programme and I thought earlier it should win it since Carol Cheng is present in the ceremony alongside with C-Kwan and Luk Wing that hosted that particular programme. 

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme
Mat Yeung & Benjamin Yuen (“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”)

Opinion: I think people voted for them because they are handsome. That’s it. That is not the true way of judging the quality of hosting actually. Carol, Luk Wing and C-Kwan are a bit more deserving to take this award. Now, they end up went home empty handed to my surprise. They came to Malaysia just for the ceremony hosting job. They did very well in their ‘Do Did Eat’ programme actually but didn’t win this. 

Online Most Beloved Artiste Award 2016
Grace Wong

Opinion: A new award this year. Well, her popularity suddenly soared due to her very interesting role in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ that makes her way more noticeable than ever. She is also very pretty and cool. So, there isn’t much doubt on her winning this. 

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Video highlight of the awards presentation below:

Now, there is one more awards to go, and that is the last and the most prestigious TVB Anniversary Awards in Hong Kong to be held on 18th December 2016. I’m surprised that TVB hasn’t release the nomination list yet. They are so late this year.

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

Nomination list for TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by vincentloy

The annual TVB awards in Malaysia is coming soon. The TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2016 will be held on 26th November in Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. For those who enjoyed watching Hong Kong dramas every year, then you shouldn’t miss this coming event, of which you can attend the show by obtaining the tickets or by watching its broadcast on that evening. Its nomination list has just been released recently and as usual, I will post the list here in my blog along with my personal picks and comments (* for top 3 or 5, and ** for my favourite for winning).

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(Image source: TVB Jade Pack Facebook page)

My Favourite TVB Drama Series
“Speed of Life”
“Short End of the Stick” *
“Fashion War”
“Over Run Over”
“Blue Veins”
“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”
“Presumed Accidents”
“House of Spirits” *
“A Fist Within Four Walls” **
“Brother’s Keeper II”
“Law dis-Order”
“My Lover from the Planet Meow”
“Two Steps from Heaven”

Opinion: Actually I’m still undecided between ‘House of Spirits’ and ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. Both are great dramas and furthermore they were aired back-to-back that time, so it made me harder to pick one from them. I’m happy if any of the two win. 

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Leading Role
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) **
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: I love Bobby Au and Ruco Chan’s performances this year. Since Ruco won this last year, I will reserve this for Bobby. He is awesome in ‘House of Spirits’.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Sisley Choi (“Fashion War”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”) *
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) **
Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) *
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Why are this list filled with mostly new and inexperienced actresses who do not deserve to be nominated at all? And I would actually prefer Kristal to be nominated in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ since she did another great job in that sequel of which its predecessor won her Best Actress and Most Favourite Female Character in TVB Anniversary Awards back then.

My Favourite TVB Actor in a Supporting Role
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”) **
Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”) *
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”) *
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carlo Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Louis Yuen (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Eddie Kwan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)

Opinion: Since ‘Short End of the Stick’ is released too early this year and will be usually forgotten by year end for the award season, I think it shall deserve some recognition at least and this is the perfect category for it. I’m fine with Raymond Cho or Power Chan winning for this one. They were really good in that drama, not to mention funny as well.

My Favourite TVB Actress in a Supporting Role
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”) *
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) **
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”) *
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jade Leung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How is it possible that Joyce Tang is here, and not in leading role category. She stand a good chance of winning even in lead category. Since she is downgraded to this supporting category, I’m rooting for her to win this definitely. She gave brilliant performance in ‘House of Spirits’. This category is actually quite strong this year.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actor
Bob Cheung (“Over Run Over”, “House of Spirits”, “Between Love & Desire”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Brian Chu (“Fashion War”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”)
Matthew Ho (“Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”)
Mark Ma (“Speed of Life”, “K9 Cop”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Inspector Gourmet”) *
James Ng (“Come Home Love, “Blue Veins”)
Brian Tse (“Come Home Love, “Love as a Predatory Affair”)

Opinion: Only realized Cheung Wing Hong’s performances this year as the stood out one among the rest.

My Favourite TVB Most Improved Actress
Toby Chan (“Speed of Life”, “Short End of the Stick”, “Fashion War”, “Daddy Dearest”)
Stephanie Ho (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Katy Kung (“Come Home Love, “The Executioner”, “Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Zoie Tam (“The Executioner”, “Over Run Over”, “Presumed Accidents”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Roxanne Tong (“Fashion War”, “My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”, “Between Love & Desire”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)*
Jacqueline Wong (“Inspector Gourmet”)

Opinion: I think only Moon Lau stood out among the other nominees this year. Her acting has been very realistic and natural so far.

My Favourite TVB On Screen Couple
Jason Chan & Samantha Ko (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Benjamin Yuen & Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai & Nancy Wu (“Short End of the Stick”)
Raymond Cho & Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Bosco Wong & Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)*
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Kevin Cheng, Kay Tse & Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng & Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)**
Benjamin Yuen & Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng & Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Edwin Siu & Grace Chan (“Brother’s Keeper II”)*
Kenneth Ma & Eliza Sam (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Moses Chan, Kristal Tin & Nancy Wu (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: How can there be three persons nominated together? It’s a couple, not a triangle relationship. Anyway, I will vote for Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu. Their chemistry and pairing in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ are amazing.

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song
我們都受傷 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Jinny Ng
最真心一對 (“Over Run Over”) – Stephanie Ho
天地不容 (“Blue Veins”) – Hubert Wu
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu**
喵喵 (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Auston Lam, Alvin Ng & Penny Chan

Opinion: Out of the five nominees, I have only heard the one in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. So my vote automatically goes to that one.

My Favourite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters
Tony Hung (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Elaine Yiu (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Kitty Yuen (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)*
King Kong (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Kenny Wong (“Speed of Life”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”)*
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Raymond Wong (“K9 Cop”)
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Zoie Tam (“Over Run Over”)
Roger Kwok (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Tavia Yeung (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)*
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kay Tse (“Blue Veins”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Wong Kwong Leung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)*
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Sisley Choi (“Presumed Accidents”)*
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”)*
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”)*
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”)*
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)*
Bowie Wu (“House of Spirits”)
Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Maggie Shiu (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ben Wong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)*
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Moon Lau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Yuen Chau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Johnson Lee (“Daddy Dearest”)
Jason Chan (“Daddy Dearest”)
Candice Chiu (“Daddy Dearest”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”)
Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Ngo Ka Nin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Kristal Tin (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)*
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)*
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

Opinion: Too many characters. Not much to comment. I will just list down my 15 choices.

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight”**
“Kansai Raider”
“A Starry Homecoming”
“Chow HK Block to Block”
“Taipei High Hi”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”
“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”*
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”
“I Heart HK”*
“Mr. Hong Kong Contest 2016” & “Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2016”

Opinion: Usually those funny game shows win my heart. This year, I go for the very interesting and hilarious ‘Sunday Stage Fight’. 

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme
“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”
“Do Did Eat”*
“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”
“Auspicious Festivals”
“My Handy Man”
“Wellness on the Go 4 – Going Green and Sustainable Living”
“All Things Girl Malaysia Version Season Two”
“Am I Healthy? (Sr. 2)”
“5 Kids and a Bloke”

Opinion: I only watched ‘Do Did Eat’. So my one and only pick.

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme
Sammi Cheung, Ali Lee, Kaki Leung, Mayanne Mak, Roxanne Tong & Jacqueline Wong (“Sidewalk Scientist (Sr. 4)”)
Sammy Leung & Sharon Chan (“Sunday Stage Fight”)*
Carol Cheng & Fama (“Do Did Eat”)**
Helen To (“Kansai Raider”)
Nancy Sit, Eliza Sam, Steven Cheung, Bella Lam & Nathan Ngai (“My Handy Man”)
Anderson Junior & Ben Lee (“Chow HK Block to Block”)
Jinny Ng, Alfred Hui & Hubert Wu (“Taipei High Hi”)
Mat Yeung & Benjamin Yuen (“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”)
Bob Lam, Louis Yan & Jinny Ng (“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats Sr. 5”)
Eric Tsang & Various Artistes (“I Heart HK”)*

Opinion: It’s hard for me to choose between my top 3 picks in this category. But if insist on one, I will go with Carol Cheng and Fama in ‘Do Did Eat’. Their collaboration is somehow awkward but interesting.

Redevelopment of Bukit Jalil’s Sports Complex

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2016 by vincentloy

Every units of this semester of my study that I’m currently undertaking is somehow related to architecture of sports facility. For my design studio, I have to design an indoor archery center. For my culture unit, I have to do research on sustainable architecture from stadiums in London 2012 Olympic Games, a topic that I chose myself. And for my technology unit, my kinetic skin concept somehow leads to practical implementation in stadiums in the form of retractable roof. And then there was the recently concluded Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the on-going Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Sports occupy most of my mind for this last half of the year.

Recently, I came across an article which stated that our National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur will be undergoing a massive redevelopment. I’m quite happy after receiving that news because I seriously think the place needs a major makeover. It is now a deserted area with dilapidated and outdated structures, and nobody would want to go to that place unless there’s an event to attend. I also found that there is quite a potential to transform the whole sports complex into a vibrant and first class environment for athletes and visitors and to prepare it for future major sporting events. Here’s below is parts of the full article from the following source:

http://www.fourfourtwo.com/my/features/bukit-jalils-reinvigoration-a-new-look-2017-one-worlds-biggest-stadiums

(Images below are also from the source above)

Bukit Jalil’s Reinvigoration – A new look in 2017 for one of the world’s biggest stadiums

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Built in 1998 for the Commonwealth Games, Bukit Jalil Stadium is the heart of Malaysia’s sporting precinct that also includes a hockey stadium, an aquatic centre, an indoor stadium and a squash arena. Having hosted the Asian Cup in 2007 and exhibition matches involving English sides such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in the past, the stadium needs no further introduction. It was also named in FourFourTwo’s 100 Best Football Stadium in the World last year.

The Bukit Jalil that many are accustomed to, however, will be a memory as a two-phase redevelopment of the area – before and after the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur – is set to put the KL Sports City onto the Asian sporting map in coming years. Singapore’s iconic Sports Hub is expected to have a decent rival less than an hour’s flight away.

Phase One, which involves a facelift for the stadium and other sporting facilities in the area, ends in July 2017. The stadium is not set for major changes under Phase Two, but massive redevelopment is planned on surrounding land till 2021, making the stadium’s use not feasible. Thus for half a year in 2017, the Bukit Jalil Stadium will offer a glimpse what’s in store when the dust eventually settles.

Capacity

Is it all about the size?

Officially, Bukit Jalil stadium can seat 87,411 people – the largest in Southeast Asia after the Gelora Bung Karno in Indonesia had a reduction in capacity in 2007 – but it is no secret that the highest turnout may well have exceeded six figures as thousands have been seen on stairways, corridors and even encroaching the media tribune during high-profile matches in the past. The construction of a new level of corporate boxes is set to push the capacity to 90,000. If history repeats in terms of overcrowding, the numbers could soar higher again.

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The new level – Level 3M – is being constructed between the existing second and third tiers on the same side as the grandstand and can only be accessed from the stadium lobby. The stadium is a sure bet destination for European clubs looking to make Southeast Asia a pit stop to widen their fan base and exploit commercial gains. There simply isn’t a suitable larger stadium in Asia, unless North Korea is on their radar.

Modernisation

With major redevelopment plans taking place in the vicinity starting in 2018, a lot of effort has been put in to ensuring the 18-year-old stadium still stands out. Bukit Jalil will get a new facade, a silver vertical structure to move away from its naked look of old. At night, that facade can turn into a light show and be colour coordinated to suit the occasion. More landscaping is planned around the stadium to encourage the public to consider the venue a location for an evening stroll.

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Changing rooms, a warm-up area, walkways, access gates and media areas are being redesigned while the stadium’s lobby underwent a restructuring to cater for newly-installed escalators and lifts to the corporate boxes. Spectator seats are also in for a change to meet current Fire & Safety standards. The stadium also gets a new athletics track but the football pitch remains, something Malaysian Stadium Corporation (MSC) insist is being well taken care off despite on-going renovation.

Technologically Advanced

Little thought was put into technology when the stadium was built. Apart from its looks and a digital scoreboard, Bukit Jalil is far from what you would call a technologically advanced stadium. Over the years, the stadium has built quite a reputation for jammed phones lines and unstable internet connection. Media personnel considered themselves lucky if wi-fi services were available, and whether or not the connection was stable came secondary, unlike the fast stable connections available in leading stadiums around the world.

That will soon be a thing of the past as the stadium will be fitted with fiber optic cables to provide high-speed connectivity. Spectators will also enjoy pre-paid wi-fi services, so gone are the days when being in a full stadium meant being out of reach. Other improvements include fixed stations for broadcast cameras, a high-definition big screen and light-emitting diode (LED) floodlights that can be controlled to suit different needs such as a football match, an athletics meet or a concert.

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The MSC are also building a mobile application to enable visitors better access to just about every piece of information there is on the stadium and its side attractions. The full works of the app, however, are only expected to be known once more facilities are introduced in 2021. MSC is looking to maximise engagement with the public in the hope it will draw a crowd on a regular basis.

Comfort

Access to the stadium is relatively easy on a sunny day but when it pours, even getting out of the train station can be havoc. But not anymore. A covered walkway is being constructed from the station to the stadium. Public amenities such as toilets, food & beverage outlets and prayer rooms are also being upgraded and will be more friendly for people with disabilities. The location of a viewing/seating area for the disabled is also improved as the present one at the top of the first-tier does not offer a good vantage point.

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A sporting ground for all

Next time you visit Bukit Jalil Stadium, make sure to bring either your bicycle or jogging shoes. A Commonwealth Hill Park was part of the big project in the 1990s and though still used today, its upkeep has been close to none apart from the trimming of grass. Unknown to many, there was also a recreational area with public courts situated behind the hockey stadium which has been underutilised for years. So much so, there were even squatters in the area at one point.

There has been no mention of upgrading those areas or whether it will make way for other developments, but one thing confirmed is a jogging and cycling track that partially surrounds Bukit Jalil Stadium and other facilities in the venue. Phase Two of plans, meanwhile, will include the construction of multipurpose outdoor courts for public use.

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I’m surprised that this news didn’t get much attention despite scale of the redevelopment. I’m impressed of turning parts of the current massive unappealing parking areas into fluid landscaping. However, reducing parking may not be a good option especially when you have huge event that is going to be attended by tens of thousand of people. There is also not much detail revealed yet despite the redevelopment is going to commence soon.

I would love to see the whole new redevelopment masterplan to further understand how it will look in overall layout after the transformation. There isn’t any body of water currently on the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex. There is this current trend of having a stream of water cutting through a sports complex (usually seen in Olympic Parks across the world) for aesthetic and I’m not against such idea since I saw the proposal of having similar approach in the last rendering above.

The new facade for the main outdoor stadium looks nice but is that the only proposal submitted? It would be much better if international and local architects are invited to submit design to give a new makeover to the stadium rather than just sticking to one proposal. Maybe once all this is completed, Malaysia would be much more ready to join hand with Singapore to host future Olympic Games. I also noticed there is still vast empty land near the Astro headquarter which is adjacent to the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex that can be developed for more facilities (temporary sporting venues, athletes’ village, media center, parks) if Malaysia is indeed serious on pursuing the hosting job to the Olympics.

I have written my thoughts. Now, what do you think of this redevelopment? Feel free to comment.

And by the way, Happy Malaysia Day!

 

Malaysia has its best ever performance in Rio 2016 even before the games ends this weekend

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2016 by vincentloy

I have just watched the live streaming for the semi-final match between Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Lin Dan of China in badminton’s men single. Chong Wei lost the first game but fought back to win the second game brilliantly. His first game is full of many careless mistakes but things turned the other way round in second game. Finally, in the third and deciding game, their result was neck to neck and it made me so nervous and worried. When Chong Wei hits 20-mark while Lin Dan was lagging behind a few points, I already started to celebrate.

However, Lin Dan fought back to win few points and leveled the score to 20-20. I was back to the state of extreme nervous again. Fortunately, Chong Wei impressed by winning the last two crucial points to win the match. A big congratulation to him for defeating Lin Dan this time. Lin Dan had defeated Chong Wei in the final in both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Now, it’s Chong Wei’s turn to take him out, but this time it’s not the final match yet. However, I’m already very happy that he is now only one step away from the coveted Olympic gold medal of which no Malaysian has win before in the history of the Olympics.

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(Image above from The Straits Times)

Even if he lost in the final (definitely hope not), he would still be one of the greatest badminton players in the world. Who can be the Olympic silver medalist for three consecutive times? No one accomplish that before. But all our wish is now on him winning the gold medal that would be a perfect gift to end his Olympic run (he won’t be playing for the next Olympics anymore) and also a perfect gift to the whole country, Malaysia. But the country didn’t only rely on him this time, as our men doubles pair, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Keong will be playing in the final later tonight. This is our another chance to win the gold medal. All our prayers and well wishes for them!

On the other hand, in the mixed double final that took place two days ago, Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying lost, but had already made us proud. They never expected to reach the final in the first place but they did. The Indonesian pair they dealt with in the final was just too strong. Our Malaysian pair was still impressive and won a silver for Malaysia. To sum it up, this time is already Malaysia’s best ever performance in badminton in Olympic stage. A huge congratulation and thank you to all the Malaysian badminton athletes!

As for the other sports, it is a big letdown from the Malaysian archery team which couldn’t even pass the qualifying round. A good news on top of that is that Azizulhasni Awang managed to win a bronze medal in cycling-keirin event. As for diving of which Malaysia is not bad in (but China always dominated this sport just like badminton), our divers, Pandelela Nirong and Cheong Jun Hoong won silver medal in women’s 10m synchronised platform. Fantastic! However, in individual event, Pandelela Nirong who was bronze medalist in London 2012 in that didn’t manage to perform well this time. But it’s all right. They did their best.

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(Image above from Genting Rewards Malaysia)

So right now, Malaysia has 2 silver and 1 bronze which is already the best ever performance the country has in Olympic history. And then there’s still at least two silver (or hopefully two gold) already in the bag for the country. Well, now I’m hoping to be able to listen to our national anthem (Negaraku) later tonight! I will update this post soon with the latest results in badminton involving Malaysia. And again, all the best to our athletes in the finals!


Update – 20 August 2016

Unfortunately, in our men doubles match last night, our Malaysian pair went down, defeated by the China’s pair in three games. We won in the first game, looking very confident, and I’m impressed by huge improvement on the players. However, we lost terribly in second game. Then, came the deciding game. Malaysian pair was behind few points most of the time but they fought back when it was almost the end which gave us back high hope. They secured gold medal points but they missed them out twice. Luck was not on their side and pressure took the toll on them. Hence, they lost 23-21 in the last deciding game, awarding the gold to China. That’s a huge wasted opportunity. We are so near this time. Anyway, still congratulation to them as they fight to their very best despite some major crucial mistakes in the final game. At least, they got a silver.

Well, I couldn’t watch tonight’s match for the men single because I would be in the aeroplane. I sincerely wish all the best to Dato Lee Chong Wei in that final against Chen Long of China as he is our last hope for Malaysia’s first ever Olympic gold medal now. Good luck and all the best to him! The whole country will cheer behind him!