Aug 26, 2011

World's Most Beautiful Train Stations(Part 1)...

St. Pancras International, London, UK
This neo-Gothic red brick façade won raves when it was unveiled in 1868. And it’s in the news again. After a 20th-century decline, St. Pancras got a recent £800 million makeover. Workers cleaned 300,000 pounds of dirt from the bricks and restored 8,000 panes of glass in the roof of the immense train shed. As a result, the station looks its part as one of the finest Victorian landmarks in London.

CFM Railway Station, Maputo, Mozambique
Mint-green exteriors, a large dome, and wrought-iron latticework make the capital city of Maputo’s train station an unexpected, if modest, beauty. Reportedly designed by Gustave Eiffel in the early 20th century, the station showcases several historic steam locomotives. Modern-day trains bring passengers through here daily.

Sirkeci Station, Istanbul, Turkey
Built in 1890 as the terminus for the Orient-Express journey from Paris, the façade of this Ottoman Art Nouveau building is particularly attractive. Swaths of red brick surround the wide entrance, and stained-glass windows provide colorful splashes of light inside. Although this entrance is no longer used, people still stop to admire the interior and catch occasional performances by whirling dervishes inside the grand entry hall.

Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia
Previously called Spencer Street Station, the station got a new name in 2005 as part of an elaborate modernization project. The undulating roof, which stretches an entire city block, has been compared to a gigantic air-filled blanket floating on a forest of Y-shaped columns. The form is also the function here: fumes trapped in the domes high above the platforms escape naturally through holes cut into the top, making it a sort of breathing roof.

Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa, Japan
Many residents were initially dismayed by the city’s modern “entrance” when it was unveiled in 2005. The station’s wooden hand-drum-shaped Tsuzumi Gate and glass umbrella-shaped Motenashi Dome were controversial because they clashed with the traditional architecture of this old castle town—one of Japan’s best preserved as it was spared in WWII bombings. But the station has been so popular with tourists and photographers that many skeptics have come around to see the beauty in its sleek modern design.

Atocha Station, Madrid, Spain
With the opening of a new terminal in 1992, locals had the inspired idea to convert the original adjacent station into a concourse with a beautiful tropical garden of palm trees reaching toward the steel and glass roof in the center—as well as a nightclub and several cafés. The new station is accessed through the old terminal, where passengers can buy tickets and wait for their trains.

Union Station, Los Angeles, USA
Father-son team John and Donald Parkinson contributed to this station’s design, blending the area’s Spanish Colonial heritage with then-contemporary Art Deco styles. The tall white bell tower of the station’s exterior is reminiscent of California’s missions while its main waiting room is sumptuously finished with a painted wood ceiling and multicolored marble inlays on the floor.

____Part 2____

Aug 23, 2011

New Integrated Ticketing System (ITS)

Come November 30, commuters on LRT and KL Monorail simply need just one ticket – thanks to a new Integrated Ticketing System (ITS) to be introduced by its operator, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana).

Briefing the media in Kuala Lumpur, Prasarana Group Managing Director Shahril Mokhtar said the new RM115.2 million system, which is technically referred as the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) system, would only require commuters a single ticket to use its three rail services - Kelana Jaya Line, Ampang Line and the Monorail Line.
“No more hassle of changing lines; no more need to queue to get two or three sets of tickets; but, simply just one single ticket that will allow you to travel faster and more convenient – all you need is one ticket.
“If today, you would need to change lines and buy separate tickets if you are using the different rail lines; those days will be history comes November 30 this year,” Shahril said, adding that Prasarana’s next target would be to incorporate the system with its RapidKL buses; and later in the future with KTM Komuter.
The new system would also allow customers to purchase and re-load their tickets on-line on the website; eliminating the frustration and discomfort of queuing at ticket vending machines and counters to purchase the tickets. Under the new system, Prasarana would also be introducing loyalty points to reward its users.
Shahril said: “As of today, the system had already been installed at four of our LRT stations –Taman Paramount and Abdullah Hukum for the Kelana Jaya line; Sultan Ismail and Bukit Jalil stations for the Ampang line. It’s on schedule and at present, the project is already 62 per cent completed.”
Installed by a joint venture Malaysian-Spanish company - INDRA-IRIS AFC Consortium (IIAC), the new system comprise new sets of automatic gates, ticket vending machines, passenger service machines, mobile validators, station computer system; central computer system; initialization machines, personalization machines.
Contracted to design, manufacture, deliver, install and test the new system, the company would also be responsible in managing the on-line ticket purchase.
According to Shahril, a total of 13 companies vied for the project before it was awarded to Konsortium IIAC.
Explaining on the need for change, Shahril said the current system was almost obsolete; and that Prasarana was finding difficulties on getting the spare parts.
“Hence, we cannot install new gates, which are of urgent need in view of the rising number in ridership. The current system simply could not support an integrated ticketing system; and more importantly, it could not support the current ridership,” Shahril said, adding that the current ridership for the three rail services was 350,000 daily.
“We aim to push to an average of half a million every day next year. Hence, the new of the new Integrated Ticketing System, which we aim to incorporate with the KTM Kommuter in a near future,” he added.
Issued on June 14, 2011 by Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) Group Communications Department.


Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK)

  • located in Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia
  • 1st dedicated convention and exhibition centre on the mystical island of Borneo
  • 8km from the city centre of Kuching
  • construction began: June 2006
  • estimated cost: RM 200 million
  • BCCK is part of a new marina and shopping mall development that includes the 39-storey Kuching Tower(it will be the tallest building in Sarawak)
  • the tower complex will house an office building and luxury 315 rooms hotel
  • BCCK is managed by Borneo Isthmus Development Sdn Bhd, a Sarawak state-owned company
  • website:

Aug 21, 2011

Update On Warisan Merdeka Development...

the design work for the 100-storey Menara Warisan Merdeka is expected to be completed by the end of this year...

the discussions on the design for the landmark had taken a long time as a comprehensive view of the project has to be taken... not only the 100-storey building but also the entire infrastructures(roads and utilities)...

the RM 5billion integrated development project by PNB will be located near the Stadium Merdeka and Stadium Negara in the city of Kuala Lumpur...

the project is expected to be completed by 2015... and the project will be developed over 3 phases...

___(old picture)___

Aug 18, 2011

Tony Fernandes owns QPR...

Malaysians who own English football clubs are increasing. The latest club is Queens Park Rangers(QPR). Before this, Tan Sri Dato' Seri Vincent Tan became the owner of  Cardiff City FC & Datuk Chan Tien Ghee became the chairman of the same club.

Now, it is Tan Sri Tony Fernandes turns to own an English football club. He bought 66% stake of the club for around £35m. Before this, he offered to buy West Ham United's shares since he is the big fan of the club. But, his offer was rejected by the West Ham board.

Besides football club, the co-founder of Tune Group is also the president of ASEAN Basketball League. Other than that, he is the principal of Team Lotus which made its debut in  Formula One season. Bravo Mr Tony!

Aug 14, 2011

Indonesia dan Malaysia(the differences)...

~2007 commercial video~

Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia going to work together...

Malaysia's two major airlines, Malaysia Airlines System(MAS) and AirAsia are nearing to form a working partnership... then, Malaysian air carriers gonna be a giant airlines in the region... it will also create a better compete against regional rivals, Singapore Airlines...

when the partnership deal is signed,
fleet: 179 aircraft*
MAS: 96
AirAsia: 54
Firefly: 18
AirAsia X: 11

fly to: 162 destinations**
MAS: 88 cities
AirAsia: 74 cities

* estimated and excluding the ordered aircraft
** estimated and excluding the future routes

under the agreement,
Khazanah(largest shareholder of MAS) will hold 10% of shares in AirAsia... while Tune Air Sdn Bhd will hold 20.5% of shares in MAS... Khazanah also proposes to buy 10% shares in AirAsia X... Khazanah Nasional has to look to all the details(fares and quality service) before deciding on the collaboration framework...

following the recent share swap with AirAsia, government guarantees that the controlling the controlling shares of MAS will remain in the hands of Malaysians since some parties are worried that MAS would be bought over by foreign groups...[press release]
a merger of MAS and AirAsia will enable the two entities to compete in the global arena especially from Middle East Nations because the airlines from the major oil producer countries can afford to offer cheaper tickets than other airlines in the world...





Aug 12, 2011

UKECharisma Course

For the last two weeks(1st to 12th August 2011), i joined the UKECharisma Leadership Course. However on the certificate stated that ____(my name)___ has participated in UKECharisma Project Health Awareness. Hmm. I'm quite confused since the only thing about health that i learned was spastic. The other topics were more to leadership skills such as confidence, public speaking, time management, etc. Alright, doesn't matter, forget about it.

Btw, I learned a lot of things throughout the course and of course i had fun with the facilitators. The facilitators were Malaysian students studying in UK and Ireland. Since they are studying abroad, they shared their experience to us. They were foreigners too as facilitator and they were nice to us the participants.

Below are some of the pictures of my group with the facilitators in-charge for my group.

Sharing moment. Methinks.


What is UKECharisma?
UKECharisma is an organization created to encourage student volunteerism by providing a reliable and sustainable framework for community service and leadership projects to be carried out in Malaysia, a beautiful country nestled in the exotic South East Asia.
The organization was founded with the support of the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) in January 2011.

What UKEC?

UKEC – an acronym for the United Kingdom and Eire (Ireland) Council for Malaysian Students is an umbrella body for Malaysian student societies across Britain and Ireland.

Thanks guys for the one of the most wonderful moment in my life. You guys thought me a lot and I'm going to practice what guys have thought us. Till we meet again.

Aug 9, 2011

Yuna Kim...

Pyeonchang, South Korea is the host city for 2018 Winter Olympics. The city has failed two times in effort to host the games.

Pyeonchang's 1st bids was for 2010 Winter Olympics. In the 1st round the city received the most votes. Unfortunately, Pyeonchang was beaten by Vancouver, Canada in the 2nd round with only 3 votes difference.

The 2nd bids of the city was for 2014 Winter Olympics. Same as the previous trial, Pyeonchang received the most votes in the 1st round. Again, the city was beaten just by a few votes in the 2nd round. Pyeonchang 47 - 51 Sochi, Russia.

Unlike Salzburg, Austria which didn't send the bids for 2018 Winter Olympics for the 3rd trial, Pyeonchang still trying to host the games. They didn't give up after the 2nd failure which they lost to Sochi, Russia along with Salzburg. Because of their enthusiasm, they won the bids in a big majority after receiving 63 out of the 95 votes!

Actually, that's not the main topic for this entry ;) I just want to highlight about one of the promoter /ambassador of Pyeonchang's bids for 2018 Winter Olympic.

She is YUNA KIM!

She's cute and beautiful right?

Yuna Kim is a well-known South Korean figure skater. She has won many international competitions. She is  also the current world and Olympics champion!

Talented, educated(graduated from Korea University), beautiful, and cute!

Here is her video promoting Pyeonchang 2018


Aug 7, 2011

Six Car Train for KTM Komuter...

When the newly-acquired trains from CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive from China are put into service for the KTM Komuter lines by the end of this year, train commuters can look forward to shorter waiting times during peak hours.

The current daily ridership is about 240,000 for public transport in the Klang Valley, estimated to represent 10 to 12 per cent of the total population in the country's busiest urban centre.

Rail will be the biggest contributor, with KTM Komuter contributing around 95,000 passengers, the Kelana Jaya LRT line 62,000 and the Ampang LRT line 33,000.

The first step towards improving capacity took place at the end of 2010 when new four-car train sets were introduced on the Kelana Jaya LRT line, the most congested rail line in the Klang Valley, from the previous two-car train sets.

The initiative was to secure "quick wins" for the people's benefit under the NKRA for urban public transport. - Bernama

Aug 4, 2011

The Best Control Schools in Kuala Lumpur (sekolah harian)

Now, most of the standard 6 students are busy filling in the form to apply for control school and boarding school (their parents actually). So, for this post, i want to share about the best control schools that they can choose around Kuala Lumpur (sekolah harian). 

Frankly speaking, this post is not really related to the topic because I list down all control schools recognized by Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur State Education Deparment. However, as far as I'm concerned, all control schools in Kuala Lumpur have their own reputation because many of the schools were established since before and early independence period of Malaysia.

high perfomance school:
SMK Aminuddin Baki (kawalan penuh)

cluster schools:
SMK Victoria (kawalan penuh)

other schools (I'm not really sure whether these schools are good or not. But, some of the schools are quite well-known in town and performing well):
SMK Maxwell
SMK (P) Bandaraya (kawalan penuh)
SMK Puterijaya
SMK Menjalara
SMK Kiaramas
SMK Wangsa Maju Zon R1
SMK Puteri Titiwangsa
SMK Batu Muda
SMK Bukit Bandaraya
SMK Dato' Onn
SMK Desa Petaling
SMK Sungai Besi
SMK Yaacob Latif
SMK Sentul Utama
SMK Taman Connaught

Information for the parents, maybe you can fill up high performance school or cluster school as the 1st choice and the other schools as the back up plan. 

Ya, it's the fact that both high performance school and cluster school category perform really well in PMR and SPM (proves: SPM 2011 & SPM 2013). 

But, rather than your kids study in schools that are not doing really well in terms of academic, co-curriculum, and discipline; i think it's better if you admit your kids to any control schools even though it is neither high performance nor cluster school. 

Why? Because in Kuala Lumpur there are a lot of distractions, So you have to take precautionary measures in order to see you children become successful. Choosing the best place to study is one of the precautionary measures. ;)

Aug 2, 2011

Mosques In Malaysia

Since Malaysia is a majority-muslim country, there are a lot of mosques with beautiful architecture and become the symbol and uniqueness of Malaysia. Actually, there are hundreds or maybe thousands of them. Unfortunately, I will only post 10 mosques that i have chose randomly.

National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Federal Territory Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque, Selangor(largest mosque in Malaysia)

Putra Mosque, Putrajaya

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque(also known as Iron Mosque), Putrajaya

Crystal Mosque, Terengganu

Ubudiah Mosque, Perak

City Mosque, Sabah

Asy-Syakirin Mosque, Kuala Lumpur(also known as KLCC Mosque)

Penang State Mosque, Penang

p/s credit for the amazing pictures... :)
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