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First time to the Premium Outlet in Genting Highlands.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by vincentloy

The Genting Highlands Premium Outlet has opened its door for a month and yesterday is the first time I paid a visit to the outlet. With only about a month staying in Malaysia before flying back to Australia, I pick last weekend as the time for me to go up to Genting for at least once. I treat it as a short getaway to catch the colder air on the resort up on the hills.

The last time I went to Genting was in the past January. That was just 6 months ago. When I went up this time, I’m lost in direction. The whole First World Plaza is now closed and is replaced with the new Sky Avenue Mall. The mall is partially open when I visit in the last January. Some areas in the mall now are still empty and unfinished. The former casino in the First World Hotel’s building has also moved to a much more grand setting in the Sky Avenue Mall. It is now re-branded as ‘Sky Casino’.

That is the place where I lost RM500 on the roulette game on last Saturday’s evening. That was after a not-so-good meal in Madam Kwan’s Restaurant. The food served there are too sweet (the chef love to pour a lot of sugar into the dishes), the quantity are small and the price are unreasonable. Me and my parents moved to the other casino in the Genting Hotel on midnight to try our luck but we lost again. Another RM300 gone from my wallet. Hmm…I will take it as a charity donation to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay to further develop the resort. View from the hotel room below:

So, we ended up not going into the casino anymore on Sunday on fear of losing more money. We instead had an awesome lunch at Din Tai Fung Restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the quality of every aspects are magnificent. Everything is great. Highly recommended place to have a nice meal. After the lunch, we took the new Awana Skyway (RM8 for a person) cable car ride down to the Premium Outlet as mentioned earlier. From there, we get to see some amazing views of the surrounding (the resort, the Chin Swee Temple, Awana Resorts, Gohtong Jaya, the Premium Outlet, and the hills).

From the ride, we also noticed that the construction of the 20th Century Fox World Outdoor Theme Park is super slow. There are still a lot to be done and I think it is highly likely that the opening for the theme park will be delayed again to possibly end of 2018.  Okay…back to the premium outlet. It is the second outlet of its kind in Malaysia (first one is in Johor). It is just an outdoor mall with famous branded stores selling slightly cheaper stuff. There are a lot of people there because it is still new. I won’t go there often if I have been there once.

On our way back home, we stopped by at the Chin Swee Temple for a short visit. The last time I visited the temple was way back many years ago when I was still a teenager. There are many new stuff (new plaza with Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s statue, new sculptures depicting Chinese legends or beliefs, new vegetarian restaurant and observation tower building, etc) or things to visit and discover in the temple complex now. It also manages to attract a lot of foreign tourists. I’m tired during the visit and so I didn’t climb the pagoda tower. I always climb the tower every time I visit the temple in the past. Not this time.

That’s the end of our short trip up at Genting. Very ‘costly’ (due to gambling…haha) but rewarding in other sense that I got to visit new places this time. In the past, it is always the same for every corners in this mountain resort that has been here for like 50 years. It’s good news that the resort is now evolving to stay relevant and to continuously attract more visitors.

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Done my year-end shopping and, 2014 Christmas decorations in Pavilion KL.

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by vincentloy

It’s a boring Sunday and everybody is at home. So, I have an idea. Let’s go out for year-end shopping at KL! It has been ages since I last went for a shopping spree. Shop first this year before waiting for my year-end bonus to compensate my spending today. First choice of shopping destination; H&M in Lot 10 mall. Always my favourite since its opening two years ago. Was quite surprised today that all entry points to parking at Pavilion KL mall nearby were closed except one and dozens of cars were lining up to enter. We skipped that and managed to find parking at Starhill Gallery fortunately.

As expected, there is a LOT of people there. People including us also purposely went there to check out the Christmas decorations particularly in Pavilion KL, one of the most premier shopping malls in KL, and it never fails to impress us with amazing decorations for festivals like Christmas, Chinese New Year or Hari Raya every year. This year’s X’mas decorations in the mall is themed ‘Christmas Magnificence’.

What’s interesting of the decorations this year in Pavilion KL is that those Santa Claus, snowmen, and elves displayed were animatronic. They moved, and that triggered more excitement especially for the kids. I remember there was a carousel last year for kids to enjoy. This year, it’s replaced with a small ferris wheel in the mall. The biggest thing would be a huge red X’mas tree in the middle of the atrium that makes up as a Santa Claus too. Creative. Pictures below:

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KL couldn’t escape from Christmas atmosphere too eventhough there is no winter here! Countdown: about ten more days to Christmas!

In Malaysia, we do have X’mas atmosphere too! Merry Christmas!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2013 by vincentloy

I am living in Malaysia, a country with tropical climate of which the four seasons don’t exist. I can say it’s good but we will never have the opportunity to enjoy winter or get a chance to play with real snow here (unless you are in the Snow World theme park at Genting Highlands). However, I’m lucky enough to have gone to other countries to experience what is it like to be in winter season. It is fun if that is only for a few days and not for long. Back to here, I have to say that Christmas celebration in Malaysia will never be awesome cool or ‘complete’.

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To compensate that and to further add joyous festive mood on this Xmas season in Malaysia at the end of the year, we have major shopping malls particularly in Kuala Lumpur beautifully decorated annually for this festival. Our malls here tend to willingly spend a lot on this not only as a mean of celebration but also most importantly is to boost their image and to attract more visitors to come and shop. And one of the most striking shall be none other than the Christmas decorations in Pavilion KL. It never disappoints me every year. I had been there last week, and here are some of the photos I took.

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My two baby nephews enjoyed it. At this time of the year, the main entrance and the central atrium of the mall will be ‘permanently’ crowded with visitors taking pictures and fascinated by the wonderful Christmas decorations and set-ups. Pavilion KL had the theme ‘Christmas Wonders’ this year. Well, there many other shopping malls that you can visit to check out their amazing Xmas decorations too in different themes like Sunway Pyramid, Mid Valley, Suria KLCC, Berjaya Times Square, etc. Not long after, all that will have to be replaced with Chinese New Year decorations.

It’s going to be Christmas Day soon, and hence I take this opportunity to send my early Christmas greeting to all who are celebrating this spectacular occasion! Have a wonderful Christmas and happy holiday!

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Also not to forget that there is actually a Chinese festival today before the Christmas. It’s the Winter Solstice or known as ‘Dongzhi Festival’ among the Chinese. Happy Winter Solstice too!

Then, new year celebration would be just around the corner!

Chinese New Year mood returns…to the blog as well!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by vincentloy

It’s now one more week to Chinese New Year! The mood of celebrating new year 2012 back two weeks ago is over, and now the highlight is on the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration! Half of the first month of the year is gone, and we are about to enjoy another festival, which is the new year of dragon for the Chinese! My Chinese New Year mood is back and I wish to bring it to my blog here as well!

I have seen lanterns hanging over some of the streets, but it is much lesser than previous years. I have only seen the Chinese New Year decoration in Pavilion KL and IOI Mall and all I can say is that the former one is far better and awesome, especially with its gigantic long dragon exhibit hovering over the atrium of the mall. That is so impressive. Then, lately, I heard a news that another dragon exhibit of that similar size is being put up outdoor over the sky at Jonker Walk, Malacca. Wow, one at KL and its twin is at Malacca. Cool… I see a lot of dragon-themed decorations this year since it is the year of dragon!

(Picture above shows the dragon exhibit in Pavilion KL, this picture is taken by myself)

(Picture above shows another dragon exhibit of similar scale under installation at Jonker Walk, Malacca….picture in courtesy of Gan Tian Loo)

I have created a new header for the last half of this month replacing the previous one with a new visual representing this latest Chinese New Year season. You can clearly see an outline of the dragon with superimposed images of things symbolic to Chinese New Year (from left to right: firecrackers, lanterns, lion dance, angpau (red packet), mandarin oranges and an auspicious red paper over at the top covering the head of the dragon outline). Those images contribute a very festive atmosphere, all contained within the outline of a dragon, representing this year of dragon based on lunar calendar. What do you think of this header? Creative isn’t it?

One last week before the Chinese New Year arrived. Many Chinese would be rushing to buy new year stuff, ranging from biscuits and cookies, drinks, mandarin oranges, clothes, and even decorations for their respective house. Few more stalls selling decorations, firecrackers and fireworks are added to night market recently, but I didn’t buy any, since my dad would say it is waste of money, and buying firecrackers are like burning own cash. Haha…quite true actually…

Pavilion KL today would be certainly crowded over the limit, as a famous Taiwanese star, Jay Chou would be in the mall this afternoon to promote his latest movie ‘The Viral Factor’ which the film mainly took place in Kuala Lumpur. I wish to go, but then it must be very hard to even get to the mall today, since yesterday I failed on getting there also for similar reason. Nevermind, I would still go for the movie, and also many other movies coming out soon during this Chinese New Year season.

 

Awesome Chinese New Year 2012 decoration at Pavilion KL!

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2012 by vincentloy

Chinese New Year is coming very soon and the Chinese are going to celebrate the upcoming year of dragon. Chinese New Year mood is back with the desire to listen to some of the new year songs, desire to look at some new year decorations and also desire to eat new year biscuits and cookies! Haha…Today, I went to Pavilion KL. Why? The main objective is to see the Chinese New Year decoration at the shopping mall, from outside to the inside of the mall at its atrium.

Every year Pavilion KL would present wonderful decorations, especially for Christmas and this Chinese New Year where many different styles of decorations and displays are possible. In celebrating the year of dragon, the highlight of the decoration is a very long and gigantic dragon exhibit hovering inside the main atrium of the mall. The dragon exhibit is so famous until it is being photographed and circulated throughout social networking sites like Facebook, and even been published in newspapers. What’s more to represent the year of dragon than a huge-scale dragon exhibit itself…which is very cool and awesome!

Ahhaaa….also not to forget the main entrance of Pavilion. The bear exhibits that have been there around the plaza and fountain in front of the mall for almost a month gets not much attention anymore. The highlight is now over the red-filled decorations to match with the festival of Chinese New Year. I even saw Malays taking photographs over the beautiful decorations. Many foreigners are seen fascinated by the decorations too. Everyone there is busy taking photographs including myself. It is so hard to take pictures due to the huge number of people blocking the view. Anyway, I still took quite a lot of pictures using my phone, looking at different angles and levels.

The main entrance of the mall is decorated in a way that it resembles a main gate to the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace. I also like the exhibits of baby dragons crawling over a facade of Royal Selangor outlet right beside the mall’s main entrance. Then, exhibit of trees of red filled the path of red carpet that leads down to the main atrium floor. The decorations are accompanied by lanterns, imperial Chinese costumes, antique Chinese paintings and colourful flowers. There are few kiosks in the gold-coloured gazebos that resemble frame of traditional Chinese pavilion at the main atrium floor. The atmosphere is accompanied with Chinese new year songs, but I think it should be played a bit louder. The place is quite crowded even in normal weekday. I wonder how many people would be there during weekends. Ahhaa…the streets outside the mall are also decorated with lanterns and blue lights hanging over the roads.

Insight: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by vincentloy

I went to Marina Bay Sands on early 20th February 2011, three days after the grand opening of this gigantic project that costs over s$ 8 billion, celebrated with fireworks, Wonder Full light and water show and opening of ArtScience Museum. I remembered I have a post on this project quite a long time ago, when the project is still under construction. Now, I will bring the readers further in to know Marina Bay Sands better.

It is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, covering a total area of 560 000 metres square. The construction began in 2007 after Las Vegas Sands won the bidding of the site, lead by the founder, Sheldon Adelson. The architect behind this project is Moshe Safdie. It is known as one of the world most challenging construction ever attempted and reaches a height of 194 m.

The resort features a 2,561-room hotel, a 120,000 sq.m. convention-exhibition centre, The Shoppes mall, an Art & Science museum (in shape of lotus), two Sands Theatres, seven “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating pavilions, a casino with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines. The complex is topped by a 340m-long SkyPark with a capacity of 3,900 people and a 150m long infinity swimming pool, set on top of the world’s largest public cantilevered platform, which overhangs the north tower by 67m.

Moshe Safdie designed an Art Path within the resort, incorporating seven installations by five artists including Zheng Chongbin, Antony Gormley, and Sol Lewitt. The pieces are meant to play on environmental influences including light, water and wind, integrating art with architecture.

The design of three towers of the hotel, each consisting of 55 stories, is inspired by a stack of cards which has the greatest influence to the visual of the city. The unusual form creates a distinct silhouette, which can be seen across the marina from all areas of the city and from the sea.


It is topped by the submarine-shaped Skypark, now dominate the view from Singapore’s downtown. It is the latest government promoted project aimed to enhance the city-state’s standing as a top-end tourist destination and develop the Singapore brand through the use of architecture.

Read more at Suite101: Marina Bay Sands – Architecture Changing The Face Of Singapore http://www.suite101.com/content/marina-bay-sands—architecture-changing-the-face-of-singapore-a225343#ixzz1EaCQZmjA

There is this link below that provides many facts and data regarding Marina Bay Sands. The site also offers a lot of stunning pictures and architectural diagrams.

http://www.archdaily.com/70186/marina-bay-sands-safdie-architects/

Check out its official website too:

http://www.marinabaysands.com/

All pictures in this post are not mine, and the information from this post is obtained by research through google.

Pavillion KL…

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2009 by vincentloy

The site of the complex, is previously the site for a very famous secondary school in Kuala Lumpur, called as Bukit Bintang Girl School. It is located in a strategic location, in the most happening area of Kuala Lumpur, called as Golden Triangle, area full of malls, cafes, clubs, pubs, tourist attractions, streets, etc.

Pavillion KL, no one in KL or even in Malaysia that does not recognize this name. When we heard of it, the first thing in our mind is ‘expensive’, those shop outlets in there are definitely for the rich and high-class people. Even if we went there, we will just leave empty-handed. We do not even dare to enter any shops, we just look from outside…

The complex consists of a mall, two residential buildings and one office tower. The two residential buildings which are the tallest of the complex have just completed in construction. The two towers definitely change the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, especially when viewed from Cheras. I have been seeing the process from design proposal, then construction till completion of this complex for years, so fast it has been completed…

Because it is located quite at a very front location, outshining other shorter buildings at the back, making both buildings to appear taller. Actually, the height of both towers are around 150 till 200 metres only, but when viewed from far, seems to be over 200 metres. It is definitely a nice location to let the two buildings outshine the others.

The architecture seems unique to Kuala Lumpur, since KL has not much buildings with this kind of architecture, modernism, but is not unique for me. Anyway, both towers stand proudly in the city of KL. I can feel many lines from the two towers, notice those frames giving appearance of heavy line works. I prefer the buildings to be painted white rather than this grey brownish colour, but at least better than the Berjaya Times Square’s lousy red brownish colour which makes Times Square looks old.

Just went to Pavillion KL recently, and managed to take some photographs of Pavillion KL with two residential buildings behind. Others would think that I am a foreigner, coming to KL, and amazed by the buildings there. Haha…whatever..I won’t feel boring looking at the same buildings in KL, especially the Petronas Twin Towers.

Before the construction, when the proposal is out:

After the complex is completed: (My own pictures)

Interior looks of the mall:

What do you think of the architecture of this complex, especially those who have been to this place before???…at least it is much better than the others, which mainly have been built between 1980s and 1990s, which modernism is not introduced yet in such a small city of KL. Now, it seems developing at a steady rate, but surely lose out to cities in China, our development pace is like a mouse (still can run) but the pace in China is like lighting…crazy, uncomparable…

Found one picture showing part of the skyline of KL showing the Pavillion KL buildings:

Why is it so hard to find the latest pictures of skyline of Kuala Lumpur…seems that one day, I should take a new photo of it…will be posting amazing pictures of KL skyline in the next post, obtained from internet by professional photographers…