Wednesday, October 23, 2013

KL Tower

Majestically poised at a breathtaking height of 421m, KL Tower doubles as KL's best known icon. Standing boldly atop Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, it is the 6th tallest telecommunication tower in the world. Built to improve the quality of telecommunication and broadcasting transmission, it was completed in May 1996.

The observation deck which is the main tourist attraction is located at 276m above ground level. It is the perfect place for a 360 degrees view of Kuala Lumpur skyline.

It is a good spot too to capture the iconic Petronas Twin Towers from various angles.

It cost RM29 for Malaysian citizen to go all the way up to the observation deck.  Foreigners on the other hand need to pay nearly twice what the local is paying to get here.

There is no time limit here and one can virtually be here as long as it takes. Frankly, I would not mind coming here on a regular basis if the entrance fee is somewhat reasonable.

There are a lot of kiosks selling souvenirs at this deck and they strictly enforce the no photo policy on their merchandise.

Information on other telecommunication towers in the world is also on display at the observation deck.

Recently, they opened up the Building Service Floor (TH05) for the public which offers visitor with an open space view at the balcony. One will need to fork out RM99 for this package, regardless whether one is a Malaysian citizen or foreigner.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

1 Malaysia Cultural Village @ KL Tower

It is quite a pleasant surprise to see a 1 Malaysia Cultural Village at the base of the iconic KL Tower in my recent visit here.

Set in a 21,840 Sq feet area of the KL Tower Terrace, the 1 Malaysia Cultural Village offers visitors the rare opportunity of a walk through Malaysia's unique design and replicas of traditional "kampung" houses unique to each States in Malaysia.

There is no admission fee here and it is perfect for photo shooting as well as enjoying the surrounding scenery.

It is a perfect spot too to get close enough and capture a clear shot of the KL tower

Saturday, October 12, 2013

GUNPLA Expo Malaysia 2013

GUNPLA Expo Malaysia 2013 is held from 8-13 October 2013 at Ikano Power Centre main concourse.

I notice there are a huge number of Gundam's fan, be it young or old. I have some interest in the anime as well although I has yet to own a model.

GUNPLA is the common name for plastic models of Mobile Suits, Mobile Armor and other robots or battleships that appear on the "Mobile Suit GUNDAM" series.

GUNPLA has evolved over the span of 30 years. Technological improvements have made it possible to assemble the models with ease. Flexible movement to recreate the poses from the favorite scene as compare to the earlier model kits.

It is amazing to see some of the creative design by some of the collectors in this expo.

My favorite Gundam series would be the Seed, Seed Destiny and 00. Most of those mobile suits including the latest version/upgrade are on display here.

I had not watch Gundam's latest series which is the Age. The mobile suits design and storyline seem to cater for the younger age group segment.  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

50th Anniversary Sarawak Independence in Malaysia Exhibition

In conjunction with the 50th year anniversary of Sarawak Independence since joining Malaysia in 1963, there had been an exhibition on this milestone at Sibu Heritage Centre from 27 September until 6th October 2013.

It is nice to see that Sibu Heritage Centre has been put to good use for this occasion. The exhibition would complement the museum on the first floor.

The history of Sarawak were briefly depicted here, especially after it was handed over to the Brooke's family in 1841 by the Brunei Sultanate. It is quite educational as well to see the different design of the Sarawak's flag since its establishment until this very day.

Sarawak was ruled by 3 "White Rajahs" for over a century before the "country" was ceased to the British.

There were also a lot of old photos of Sibu town on display here which are rather nostalgic, especially for the older generation. Some of those structures/facilities are still around while some had gave way for development.

This is a photo of the Standard Chartered Bank which still exist today at the exact location in the heart of the town.

The exhibition somehow try to showcase the progress of Sibu town since it establishment until the present day. I had no idea about their target groups but I find it rather disappointing as the information board/text was mainly in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin without any room for English.