BMW Malaysia Launches 6th Generation BMW 3 Series F30 in Style [Photos]

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So, I was at the BMW launch for the new BMW 3 Series and I must say that I’m pretty impressed with the event. BMW Malaysia really knows how to throw a party and why not? The new BMW 3 Series has got every reason for us to celebrate. BMW 3 Series Sedan is the world’s best-selling premium car and often sets new benchmark it terms of sporting prowess, elegance and comfort.

My first introduction to a BMW was about three decades ago when I first saw my cousin driving the E21 BMW 3 Series. It wasn’t much a wow-moment then since I was still too young to appreciate such fine piece of machinery. Because it was a simple 3-letter BMW, the brand was quickly imprinted firmly in my head for years to come.

THE LAUNCH

The two days event took place over at MINES International Exhibition and Convention Centre showcasing all 5-generations of BMW 3 Series and ultimately, the unveiling of the new 6th generation BMW 3 Series. The ‘By-Invitation Only’ event had a grand crowd of over thousands of people from the motorsports industry, current owners and diehard fans of BMW cars. Obviously, I’m not a BMW owner but I had my moments with some BMW cars.

I was invited by a colleague to attend the event. Upon reaching the main entrance, we were greeted by ushers of the event and were soon escorted to the registration counter. After the registration, we were shown the way into a big hall where they have all the 5 generations of BMW 3 Series on display. It was a photo opportunity moment for many BMW enthusiasts as this was indeed a rare moment to have all 5 generations of BMW 3 Series under one roof.

While we were waiting for the unveiling of the new F30, we met a few friends in the hall. We had a great chat while we treat ourselves to some sumptuous cocktail delights.

After about an hour waiting, we were then ushered into another hall with a huge runway stretching from the front to the end of the hall. This is where they will unveil the F30. As for the rest of the event, you can see it yourself from the photos below.

THE NEW LOOK

There’s definite something different with the new BMW 3 Series. The new BMW face, with a flat headlights reaching along as far as the kidney grille, emphasises the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series. The new 6th generation BMW 3 Series is definitely bigger than its predecessors. It has a wide track (front + 37mm, rear + 47mm) are particularly prominent, and the car’s increased length (+93 mm) and augmented wheelbase (+ 50mm) also accentuate its sporting silhouette. The new BMW 3 Series range is now also available in a trio of trim and equipment variants – the Sports Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. Each presents its own individual uniqueness and character.

PRICING

Model Assembly Body Type RRP
The New BMW 320d CBU Sedan RM 268,800.00
The New BMW 328i *** CBU Sedan RM 309,800.00
The New BMW 335i *** CBU Sedan RM 488,800.00

*** Available with Sport or Luxury line.

Did We All Fell For a KONY Campaign?

So right after KONY 2012 YouTube video went viral, a number of postings begin to popped up claiming misusage of funds from the organisation that’s behind the KONY 2012 campaign.

KONY 2012 is a campaign to promote the charity’s ‘Stop Kony’ movement to make indicted Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony internationally known in order to arrest him in 2012 and Invisible Children, Inc. is the not-for profit organization that is behind this campaign and created the KONY 2012 viral video.

Millions of people are touched and have shared the KONY 2012 film, including myself. Question now is, are we really supporting a meaningful campaign of did we all just fell for a corny propaganda?

News and Vlogs from Uganda bloggers are claiming that the KONY 2012 campaign is indeed misleading and could actually do more harm than bringing justice to Uganda. Apparently KONY 2012 is depicting a situation in Uganda that was 5-6 years ago. Things have changed now in Uganda and there has not been a single soul from the LRA in Uganda since 2006.

The Invisible Children Inc. also faced criticism over its finances. Of more than £6 million it spent in 2001, less than £2.3 million was for activities helping people on the ground. The rest went on “awareness programmes and products”, management, media and others.

So with such allegation going against Invisible Children Inc. and KONY 2012, it looks like they are doing it only to garner increasing financial resources for their own agenda.

While is easy to believe everything you see and hear, sometimes it’s good to just trust your instinct. However, this time my instinct failed me.

Apple Launches New HD iPad With 4G

Many Apple fans in Malaysia stayed up till wee hours in the morning scouring the Internet for Live Blogs on the much anticipated launch of the new Apple iPad 3. Weeks before the event, rumours are circulating around the social networks as to what the new iPad will be. Many tech sites claimed it to be iPad 3 but of much recent, branded it as iPad HD.

Well, whether it is iPad 3 or iPad HD, we are no where close.

 

The New iPad

Behold, the “New iPad” from Apple. Simply branded as the New iPad, this little piece of revolution (or resolution) now comes with HD Retina display and 4G LTE.

Here’s what we gather of the New iPad from Live Blogs from all around the world:

Simply branded as the new iPad.

 

Retina display as expected! It’s going to have 2047 x 1536 pixels.

 

“Put another way, you all have an HDTV at home , 1080p — an iPad has more pixels. That’s incredible!”

 

“We needed even more horsepower for the new iPad and its Retina Display, so we created the A5X chip. What’s the x for? Quad-core graphics.”

 

“Second feature: an iSight camera. As you know, on the front of our iPad we have a FaceTime camera. The new iPad has a great rear iSight camera — we brought the optics system from the iPhone 4S…”

 

HD Retina Display…  with a new iSight camera, surely you will have HD recording on new iPad!

 

“You may be thinking, a lot of these technologies consume a fair amount of power. So how does it do on battery life? You may recall we claim 10 hours of battery life, and 9 hours on 3G. The new iPad delivers the same 10 hours of battery life, and 4G is 9 hours.”

 

“We’re going to keep the new iPad 2 in the line as well — I’m really excited to tell you that the iPad 2 will start at just $399. This is really huge — so many more people can afford to get into this groundbreaking technology. This is a really big deal.”

 

Available on March 16, 2012 for these countries.

 

“We have redefined once again the category that Apple created just two years ago with the original iPad. We are so proud of this product that we’ve prepared an ad, I’d love to play it for you.”

Tim: “It’s the privilege of a lifetime for me to work with the most innovative people on Earth. Only Apple can deliver this kind of innovation in such a beautiful, integrated, and easy to use way. It’s what we love to do, it’s what we stand for.”

“Across the year you’re going to see a lot more of this kind of innovation, we are just getting started.”

That’s it!

 

Watch the Apple Special Event here:

A Year of Google Doodles (2011)

Over the last decade, Google is perhaps the most popular search engine on the Internet. The simple and straight forward user interface on Google.com is simply an awesome experience. No fancy layout and blinking banner-icons. Just a plain logo with a search box.

However, one may notice that the logo changes occasionally according to special events and festive seasons. These logos are also known as Google Doodles.

When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them!

And if you’re a collector like me too, you can find the list of Google Doodles here too.

(more to come for this year as we expect yet another festive Doodle from Google for the year 2012.) 

Dec 12, 2011

Gustave Flaubert’s 190th Birthday – (France)

Gustave Flaubert's 190th Birthday

Dec 12, 2011

Robert Noyce’s 84th Birthday – (Global)

Robert Noyce's 84th Birthday

Dec 12, 2011

Kenya Independence Day – (Kenya)

Kenya Independence Day

Dec 08, 2011

Diego Rivera’s 125th Birthday – (Global)

Diego Rivera's 125th Birthday

Dec 06, 2011

Finland National Day – (Finland)

Finland National Day

Dec 05, 2011

Thailand National Day – (Thailand)

Thailand National Day

Dec 03, 2011

Nino Rota’s 100th Birthday – (Italy)

Nino Rota's 100th Birthday

Dec 02, 2011

UAE National Day – (UAE)

UAE National Day

Dec 01, 2011

Romanian National Day – (Romania)

Romanian National Day

Nov 30, 2011

Mark Twain’s 176th Birthday – (Global)

Mark Twain's 176th Birthday

Nov 28, 2011

Doodle4Google Japan – (Japan)

Doodle4Google Japan

Nov 28, 2011

Egyptian Elections – (Egypt)

Egyptian Elections

Nov 26, 2011

National Elections – (New Zealand)

National Elections

Nov 24, 2011

Thanksgiving – (US)

Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2011

60th Anniversary of Stanisław Lem’s First Publication – (Europe)

60th Anniversary of Stanisław Lem’s First Publication

Nov 22, 2011

Lebanon Independence Day – (Lebanon)

Lebanon Independence Day

Nov 19, 2011

Mikhail Lomonosov’s 300th Birthday – (Russia)

Mikhail Lomonosov's 300th Birthday

Nov 18, 2011

Louis Daguerre’s 224th Birthday – (Global)

Louis Daguerre's 224th Birthday

Nov 18, 2011

Latvian Independence Day – (Latvia)

Latvian Independence Day

Nov 18, 2011

Morocco Independence Day – (Morocco)

Morocco Independence Day

Nov 17, 2011

Lola Mora’s 145th Birthday – (Argentina)

Lola Mora's 145th Birthday

Nov 17, 2011

Giò Pomodoro’s 81st Birthday – (Italy)

Giò Pomodoro's 81st Birthday

Nov 14, 2011

D4G India – (India)

D4G India

Nov 12, 2011

Hua Luogeng’s 101th Birthday – (China)

Hua Luogeng's 101th Birthday

Nov 11, 2011

Veteran’s Day – (US)

Veteran's Day

Nov 11, 2011

Poland Independence Day – (Poland)

Poland Independence Day

Nov 11, 2011

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 190th Birthday – (Russia)

Fyodor Dostoevsky's 190th Birthday

Nov 11, 2011

Magusto – (Portugal)

Magusto

Nov 09, 2011

Hideyo Noguchi’s 135th Birthday – (Japan)

Hideyo Noguchi's 135th Birthday

Nov 08, 2011

Edmond Halley’s 355th Birthday – (UK)

Edmond Halley's 355th Birthday

Nov 07, 2011

Marie Curie’s 144th Birthday – (Global)

Marie Curie's 144th Birthday

Nov 03, 2011

Panama Independence Day – (Panama)

Panama Independence Day

Nov 03, 2011

Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s 91st Birthday – (Australia)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal's 91st Birthday

Nov 03, 2011

Andre Malraux’s 110th Birthday – (France)

Andre Malraux's 110th Birthday

Nov 02, 2011

Taikan Yokoyama’s 143th Birthday – (Japan)

Taikan Yokoyama's 143th Birthday

Nov 02, 2011

Day of the Dead – (Mexico)

Day of the Dead

Oct 31, 2011

Parkes Observatory’s 50th Anniversary – (Australia)

Parkes Observatory's 50th Anniversary

Oct 31, 2011

Halloween – (Selected Countries)

Halloween

Oct 29, 2011

Turkish National Day – (Turkey)

Turkish National Day

Oct 26, 2011

Austrian National Day – (Austria)

Austrian National Day

Oct 23, 2011

Tunisia Elections – (Tunisia)

Tunisia Elections

Oct 23, 2011

Argentina Elections – (Argentina)

Argentina Elections

Oct 22, 2011

Franz Liszt’s 200th Birthday – (Selected Countries)

Franz Liszt's 200th Birthday

Oct 21, 2011

Mary Blair’s 100th Birthday – (Global)

Mary Blair's 100th Birthday

Oct 20, 2011

Park Wan-suh’s 80th Birthday – (South Korea)

Park Wan-suh's 80th Birthday

Oct 15, 2011

Italo Calvino’s 88th Birthday – (Italy)

Italo Calvino's 88th Birthday

Oct 12, 2011

Art Clokey’s 90th Birthday – (Global)

Art Clokey's 90th Birthday

Oct 10, 2011

Fridtjof Nansen’s 150th Birthday – (Norway)

Fridtjof Nansen's 150th Birthday

Oct 09, 2011

Mihajlo Pupin’s 153th Birthday – (Serbia)

Mihajlo Pupin's 153th Birthday

Oct 09, 2011

Uganda Independence Day – (Uganda)

Uganda Independence Day

Oct 09, 2011

Hangul Proclamation Day – (South Korea)

Hangul Proclamation Day

Oct 08, 2011

Croatia Independence Day – (Croatia)

Croatia Independence Day

Oct 03, 2011

Reunification Day – (Germany)

Reunification Day

Oct 01, 2011

China National Day – (China, Hong Kong)

China National Day

Oct 01, 2011

Grete Waitz’s 58th Birthday – (Norway)

Grete Waitz's 58th Birthday

Sep 30, 2011

Doodle4Google Italy – (Italy)

Doodle4Google Italy

Sep 28, 2011

Narciso Monturiol’s 192nd Birthday – (Spain)

Narciso Monturiol's 192nd Birthday

Sep 27, 2011

Google’s 13th Birthday – (Global)

Google's 13th Birthday

Sep 25, 2011

Lu Xun’s 130th Birthday – (China)

Lu Xun's 130th Birthday

Sep 24, 2011

Jim Henson’s 75th Birthday – (Global)

Jim Henson's 75th Birthday

Sep 23, 2011

Saudi Arabia National Day – (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia National Day

Sep 23, 2011

Jaroslav Seifert’s 110th Birthday – (Czech Republic)

Jaroslav Seifert's 110th Birthday

Sep 18, 2011

Chile Independence Day – (Chile)

Chile Independence Day

Sep 17, 2011

Anant Pai’s 82nd Birthday – (India)

Anant Pai's 82nd Birthday

Sep 16, 2011

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi’s 118th Birthday – (Global)

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi's 118th Birthday

Sep 16, 2011

Mexico Independence Day – (Mexico)

Mexico Independence Day

Sep 15, 2011

D4G Nordics Winner Hilde Lorentzon’s ‘I Love Spring’ – (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

D4G Nordics Winner Hilde Lorentzon's 'I Love Spring'

Sep 15, 2011

Costa Rica Independence Day – (Costa Rica)

Costa Rica Independence Day

Sep 15, 2011

Guatemala Independence Day – (Guatemala)

Guatemala Independence Day

Sep 15, 2011

Honduras Independence Day – (Honduras)

Honduras Independence Day

Sep 15, 2011

Nicaragua Independence Day – (Nicaragua)

Nicaragua Independence Day

Sep 15, 2011

El Salvador Independence Day – (El Salvador)

El Salvador Independence Day

Sep 15, 2011

Ismail Yasin’s 96th Birthday – (Selected Countries)

Ismail Yasin's 96th Birthday

Sep 12, 2011

Mid-Autumn Festival – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Mid-Autumn Festival

Sep 12, 2011

Chuseok – (Korea)

Chuseok

Sep 10, 2011

Teachers’ Day – (China)

Teachers' Day

Sep 09, 2011

Start of Rugby 2011 – (New Zealand)

Start of Rugby 2011

Sep 07, 2011

Brazil Independence Day – (Brazil)

Brazil Independence Day

Sep 06, 2011

Shinichi Hoshi’s 85th Birthday – (Japan)

Shinichi Hoshi's 85th Birthday

Sep 05, 2011

Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday – (Global)

Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

Sep 01, 2011

Tarsila do Amaral’s 125th Birthday – (Brazil)

Tarsila do Amaral's 125th Birthday

Sep 01, 2011

First Day of School – (Selected Countries)

First Day of School

Aug 31, 2011

110th Anniversary of the Lisbon Tram – (Portugal)

110th Anniversary of the Lisbon Tram

Aug 31, 2011

Malaysia Independence Day – (Malaysia)

Malaysia Independence Day

Aug 28, 2011

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 262nd Birthday – (Germany)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 262nd Birthday

Aug 27, 2011

Faina Ranevskaya’s 115th Birthday – (Russia)

Faina Ranevskaya's 115th Birthday

Aug 25, 2011

Uruguay Independence Day – (Uruguay)

Uruguay Independence Day

Aug 24, 2011

Ukrainian Independence Day – (Ukraine)

Ukrainian Independence Day

Aug 24, 2011

112th Birthday of Jorge Luis Borges – (Global)

112th Birthday of Jorge Luis Borges

Aug 23, 2011

Nazik Al Malaika’s Birthday – (Selected Countries)

Nazik Al Malaika's Birthday

Aug 23, 2011

Alois Jirásek’s 160th Birthday – (Czech Republic)

Alois Jirásek's 160th Birthday

Aug 19, 2011

George Enescu’s 130th Birthday – (Romania)

George Enescu's 130th Birthday

Aug 17, 2011

Pierre de Fermat’s 410th Birthday – (Global)

Pierre de Fermat's 410th Birthday

Aug 17, 2011

Indonesia Independence Day – (Indonesia)

Indonesia Independence Day

Aug 15, 2011

South Korean Independence Day – (South Korea)

South Korean Independence Day

Aug 15, 2011

India Independence Day – (India)

India Independence Day

Aug 14, 2011

Pakistan Independence Day – (Pakistan)

Pakistan Independence Day

Aug 10, 2011

Ecuador Independence Day – (Ecuador)

Ecuador Independence Day

Aug 09, 2011

Singapore National Day – (Singapore)

Singapore National Day

Aug 07, 2011

Tanabata – (Japan)

Tanabata

Aug 06, 2011

Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday – (US)

Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday

Aug 06, 2011

Chinese Valentine’s Day – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Chinese Valentine's Day

Aug 06, 2011

Bolivia Independence Day – (Bolivia)

Bolivia Independence Day

Aug 04, 2011

Roberto Burle Marx’s 102nd Birthday – (Brazil)

Roberto Burle Marx's 102nd Birthday

Aug 02, 2011

Celebrating the Wildebeest Migration. Doodle by Samuel Githui. – (Kenya, Tanzania)

Celebrating the Wildebeest Migration. Doodle by Samuel Githui.

Aug 01, 2011

Switzerland National Day – (Switzerland)

Switzerland National Day

Jul 30, 2011

Giorgio Vasari’s 500th Birthday – (Italy)

Giorgio Vasari's 500th Birthday

Jul 29, 2011

Medellin Flower Festival – (Colombia)

Medellin Flower Festival

Jul 28, 2011

Peru Independence Day – (Peru)

Peru Independence Day

Jul 27, 2011

Enrique Granados’ 144th Birthday – (Spain)

Enrique Granados' 144th Birthday

Jul 26, 2011

Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri’s 112th Birthday – (Selected Countries)

Muhammad Mahdi Al-Jawahiri's 112th Birthday

Jul 24, 2011

100th Anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu – (Selected Countries)

100th Anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu

Jul 23, 2011

Amália Rodrigues’ 91st Birthday – (Portugal)

Amália Rodrigues' 91st Birthday

Jul 22, 2011

Alexander Calder’s 113th Birthday. Courtesy of Calder Foundation / ARS, NY. – (Global)

Alexander Calder's 113th Birthday. Courtesy of Calder Foundation / ARS, NY.

Jul 20, 2011

Gregor Mendel’s 189th Birthday – (Global)

Gregor Mendel's 189th Birthday

Jul 20, 2011

Colombian Independence Day. Doodle by Claudia Rueda. – (Colombia)

Colombian Independence Day. Doodle by Claudia Rueda.

Jul 19, 2011

Xu Beihong’s 116th Birthday – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Xu Beihong's 116th Birthday

Jul 18, 2011

Marine Day – (Japan)

Marine Day

Jul 14, 2011

Bastille Day 2011 – (France)

Bastille Day 2011

Jul 13, 2011

Sir George Gilbert Scott’s 200th Birthday – (UK)

Sir George Gilbert Scott's 200th Birthday

Jul 12, 2011

450th Anniversary of St. Basil’s – (Selected Countries)

450th Anniversary of St. Basil's

Jul 09, 2011

Argentina Independence Day – (Argentina)

Argentina Independence Day

Jul 08, 2011

Jean de la Fontaine’s 390th Birthday – (France)

Jean de la Fontaine's 390th Birthday

Jul 07, 2011

Miroslav Krleza’s 118th Birthday – (Croatia)

Miroslav Krleza's 118th Birthday

Jul 05, 2011

Venezuela Independence Day – (Venezuela)

Venezuela Independence Day

Jul 04, 2011

US Independence Day – (US)

US Independence Day

Jul 02, 2011

Pedro Paulet’s 137th Birthday – (Peru)

Pedro Paulet's 137th Birthday

Jul 01, 2011

D4G Poland Winner – (Poland)

D4G Poland Winner

Jul 01, 2011

Dorothea MacKellar’s 126th Birthday – (Australia)

Dorothea MacKellar's 126th Birthday

Jul 01, 2011

Cabotage and Turkish Maritime Festival – (Turkey)

Cabotage and Turkish Maritime Festival

Jun 30, 2011

Czeslaw Milosz’s 100th Birthday – (Poland)

Czeslaw Milosz's 100th Birthday

Jun 26, 2011

Women’s World Cup Opening – (Germany)

Women's World Cup Opening

Jun 24, 2011

Festa Junina – (Brazil)

Festa Junina

Jun 21, 2011

Abdel Halim Hafez’s 82nd Birthday – (Middle Eastern Countries)

Abdel Halim Hafez's 82nd Birthday

Jun 21, 2011

First Day of Summer. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011. – (Selected Countries)

First Day of Summer. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011.

Jun 21, 2011

First Day of Winter. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011. – (Selected Countries)

First Day of Winter. Doodle by Takashi Murakami, 2011.

Jun 19, 2011

Father’s Day – (US)

Father's Day

Jun 16, 2011

D4G Ghana Winner 12-14 – (Ghana)

D4G Ghana Winner 12-14

Jun 15, 2011

Israel Book Fair – (Israel)

Israel Book Fair

Jun 15, 2011

D4G Ghana Winner 9-11 – (Ghana)

D4G Ghana Winner 9-11

Jun 15, 2011

D4G Hungary Winner – (Hungary)

D4G Hungary Winner

Jun 15, 2011

Total Lunar Eclipse. Live imagery provided by Slooh. – (Global)

Total Lunar Eclipse. Live imagery provided by Slooh.

Jun 13, 2011

Fernando Pessoa’s 123rd Birthday – (Portugal)

Fernando Pessoa's 123rd Birthday

Jun 12, 2011

Dia Dos Namorados – (Brazil)

Dia Dos Namorados

Jun 12, 2011

Russia Day – (Russia)

Russia Day

Jun 12, 2011

Turkish Elections – (Turkey)

Turkish Elections

Jun 09, 2011

Les Paul’s 96th Birthday (Global)

Les Paul's 96th Birthday

Jun 06, 2011

Dragon Boat Festival – (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan)

Dragon Boat Festival

Jun 05, 2011

Richard Scarry’s 92nd Birthday – (US)

Richard Scarry's 92nd Birthday

Jun 02, 2011

Republic Day – (Italy)

Republic Day

May 27, 2011

Birthday of Ibn Khaldun – (Middle Eastern Countries)

Birthday of Ibn Khaldun

May 25, 2011

Africa Day – (African Countries)

Africa Day

May 25, 2011

Jordan Independence Day – (Jordan)

Jordan Independence Day

May 24, 2011

Day of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture – (Bulgaria)

Day of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture

May 20, 2011

Emile Berliner’s 160th Birthday – (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

Emile Berliner's 160th Birthday

May 20, 2011

Doodle4Google US Winner – (US)

Doodle4Google US Winner

May 20, 2011

100th Birthday of Annie M.G. Schmidt – (Netherlands)

100th Birthday of Annie M.G. Schmidt

May 19, 2011

Dame Nellie Melba’s 150th Birthday – (Australia)

Dame Nellie Melba's 150th Birthday

May 15, 2011

120th Birthday of Mikhail Bulgakov – (Russia)

120th Birthday of Mikhail Bulgakov

May 14, 2011

Paraguay’s Independence Day – (Paraguay)

Paraguay's Independence Day

May 11, 2011

Martha Graham’s 117th Birthday. Animated by Ryan Woodward, choreographed by Janet Eilber, and danced by Blakeley White-McGuire. – (Global)

Martha Graham's 117th Birthday. Animated by Ryan Woodward, choreographed by Janet Eilber, and danced by Blakeley White-McGuire.

May 10, 2011

Israel Independence Day – (Israel)

Israel Independence Day

May 10, 2011

Zhang Daqian’s 112th Birthday – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Zhang Daqian's 112th Birthday

May 09, 2011

76th Birthday of Roger Hargreaves – (Global)

76th Birthday of Roger Hargreaves

May 08, 2011

Mother’s Day – (Selected Countries)

Mother's Day

May 02, 2011

Hurvinek’s 85th Birthday – (Czech Republic)

Hurvinek's 85th Birthday

May 02, 2011

Canada Federal Elections – (Canada)

Canada Federal Elections

May 01, 2011

160th Anniversary of the first World’s Fair – (Global)

160th Anniversary of the first World's Fair

Apr 30, 2011

Queen’s Day – (Netherlands)

Queen's Day

Apr 29, 2011

The Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton – (Selected Countries)

The Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton

Apr 27, 2011

Freedom Day – (South Africa)

Freedom Day

Apr 26, 2011

Vallenato Festival – (Colombia)

Vallenato Festival

Apr 26, 2011

226th Birthday of John James Audubon – (Global)

226th Birthday of John James Audubon

Apr 25, 2011

90th Birthday of Karel Appel – (Netherlands)

90th Birthday of Karel Appel

Apr 23, 2011

120th of Birthday of Sergey Prokofiev – (Russia)

120th of Birthday of Sergey Prokofiev

Apr 22, 2011

Earth Day – (Global)

Earth Day

Apr 18, 2011

129th Birthday of Monteiro Lobato – (Brazil)

129th Birthday of Monteiro Lobato

Apr 16, 2011

122nd Birthday of Charlie Chaplin – (Global)

Apr 13, 2011

Songkran Festival – (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos)

Songkran Festival

Apr 13, 2011

240th Birthday of Richard Trevithick – (UK)

240th Birthday of Richard Trevithick

Apr 12, 2011

50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space – (Global)

50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space

Apr 10, 2011

Peruvian Elections – (Peru)

Peruvian Elections

Apr 09, 2011

Italy’s Culture Week – (Italy)

Italy's Culture Week

Apr 04, 2011

Senegal Independence Day – (Senegal)

Senegal Independence Day

Apr 04, 2011

100th Birthday of Vaclav Ctvrtek – (Czech Republic)

100th Birthday of Vaclav Ctvrtek

Apr 04, 2011

Children’s Day – (Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Children's Day

Apr 03, 2011

119th Anniversary of the First Documented Ice Cream Sundae – (Global)

119th Anniversary of the First Documented Ice Cream Sundae

Mar 31, 2011

Robert Bunsen’s 200th Birthday – (Global)

Robert Bunsen's 200th Birthday

Mar 25, 2011

400th Birthday of Evliya Çelebi – (Turkey)

400th Birthday of Evliya Çelebi

Mar 24, 2011

137th Birthday of Harry Houdini – (Global)

137th Birthday of Harry Houdini

Mar 21, 2011

Persian New Year – (Selected Countries)

Persian New Year

Mar 20, 2011

Holi Festival – (India)

Holi Festival

Mar 17, 2011

Sayed Darwish’s Birthday – (Egypt)

Sayed Darwish's Birthday

Mar 17, 2011

150th Anniversary of the Italian Unification – (Italy)

150th Anniversary of the Italian Unification

Mar 17, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day – (Selected Countries)

St. Patrick's Day

Mar 15, 2011

Hungarian National Day – (Hungary)

Hungarian National Day

Mar 14, 2011

Alam Ara’s 80th Anniversary – (India)

Alam Ara's 80th Anniversary

Mar 13, 2011

National Thai Elephant Day – (Thailand)

National Thai Elephant Day

Mar 12, 2011

Chinese Arbor Day – (China)

Chinese Arbor Day

Mar 09, 2011

Doodle 4 Google: Ireland Winner – (Ireland)

Doodle 4 Google: Ireland Winner

Mar 08, 2011

Women’s Day – (Selected Countries)

Women's Day

Mar 08, 2011

Carnival – (Brazil)

Carnival

Mar 07, 2011

Sendung mit der Maus 40th Anniversary – (Germany)

Sendung mit der Maus 40th Anniversary

Mar 06, 2011

Will Eisner’s 94th Birthday – (US, Selected Countries)

Will Eisner's 94th Birthday

Mar 06, 2011

Ghana’s Independence Day – (Ghana)

Ghana's Independence Day

Mar 03, 2011

Girl’s Day – (Japan)

Girl's Day

Mar 01, 2011

Martisor (Spring Day) – (Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria)

Martisor (Spring Day)

Mar 01, 2011

St David’s Day – (UK)

St David's Day

Feb 28, 2011

Li Bai’s Birthday – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Li Bai's Birthday

Feb 27, 2011

148th Birthday of Joaquin Sorolla – (Spain, Selected Countries)

148th Birthday of Joaquin Sorolla

Feb 27, 2011

Dominican Republic Independence Day – (Dominican Republic)

Dominican Republic Independence Day

Feb 26, 2011

100th Birthday of Taro Okamoto – (Japan)

100th Birthday of Taro Okamoto

Feb 25, 2011

Kuwait National Day – (Kuwait)

Kuwait National Day

Feb 24, 2011

Estonian Independence Day – (Estonia)

Estonian Independence Day

Feb 23, 2011

Oslo 2011 Holmenkollen FIS Nordic World Ski Championships – (Norway)

Oslo 2011 Holmenkollen FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Feb 20, 2011

Mihaly Munkacsy’s Birthday – (Hungary)

Mihaly Munkacsy's Birthday

Feb 19, 2011

Birthday of Constantin Brancusi – (Selected Countries)

Birthday of Constantin Brancusi

Feb 19, 2011

Start of Cricket World Cup 2011 – (Selected Countries)

Start of Cricket World Cup 2011

Feb 17, 2011

Lantern Festival – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

Lantern Festival

Feb 17, 2011

Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena’s Birthday – (Selected Countries)

Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena's Birthday

Feb 16, 2011

Miriam Ruth’s Birthday. Illustrations inspired by Ora Eyal. Permission courtesy Poalim Publishing Group. – (Israel)

Miriam Ruth's Birthday. Illustrations inspired by Ora Eyal. Permission courtesy Poalim Publishing Group.

Feb 15, 2011

Ernest Shackleton’s birthday – (UK)

Ernest Shackleton's birthday

Feb 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day from Google & Robert Indiana. Courtesy of the Morgan Art Foundation / ARS, NY – (Selected Countries)

Happy Valentine's Day from Google & Robert Indiana. Courtesy of the Morgan Art Foundation / ARS, NY

Feb 12, 2011

Naomi Uemura’s 70th Birthday – (Japan)

Naomi Uemura's 70th Birthday

Feb 11, 2011

Thomas Edison’s Birthday – (Global)

Thomas Edison's Birthday

Feb 08, 2011

Jules Verne’s 183rd Birthday – HD – (Global)

Jules Verne's 183rd Birthday

Feb 06, 2011

Jan Werich’s Birthday – (Czech Republic)

Jan Werich's Birthday

Feb 04, 2011

Family Day – (Israel)

Family Day

Feb 04, 2011

Almeida Garrett’s Birthday – (Portugal)

Almeida Garrett's Birthday

Feb 03, 2011

Lunar New Year’s – (China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan)

Lunar New Year's

Feb 02, 2011

Vitinho’s 25th Anniversary – (Portugal)

Vitinho's 25th Anniversary

Jan 26, 2011

Australia Day – (Australia)

Australia Day

Jan 25, 2011

Tom Jobim’s Birthday – (Brazil)

Tom Jobim's Birthday

Jan 25, 2011

Robert Burns Day – (UK)

Robert Burns Day

Jan 21, 2011

Grandparents’ Days – (Poland)

Grandparents' Days

Jan 20, 2011

50th Anniversary of JFK’s Inaugural – (US)

50th Anniversary of JFK's Inaugural

Jan 20, 2011

Birthday of Takayanagi Kenjiro – (Japan)

Birthday of Takayanagi Kenjiro

Jan 20, 2011

New Year of the Trees – (Israel)

New Year of the Trees

Jan 19, 2011

Cezanne’s 172nd Birthday – (Global)

Cezanne's 172nd Birthday

Jan 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day – (US)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day

Jan 14, 2011

Festival of Kites – (India)

Festival of Kites

Jan 11, 2011

The Laba Rice Porridge Festival – (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

The Laba Rice Porridge Festival

Jan 10, 2011

Coming of Age Day – (Japan)

Coming of Age Day

Jan 06, 2011

Khalil Gibran’s Birthday – (Selected Countries)

Khalil Gibran's Birthday

Jan 02, 2011

Večerníček’s 46th Anniversary – (Czech Republic)

Večerníček's 46th Anniversary

Jan 01, 2011

New Year’s Day – (Global)

New Year's Day

FCM Classics Asia Open 2011 (Foosball Tournament)

Foosball or Table Soccer fans and players have another great tournament to look forward too this year. The FCM Classics Asia Open 2011 now opens for registration and they invite challengers from all over Asia and the rest of the world.

For the 1st time an ITSF International Series sanction tournament will be held in Malaysia and with the hope to attract more international players to compete on Malaysian soil. The tournament will be held at Sunway Giza Mall, Kota Damansara, which is the official venue sponsor for FCM Classics Asia Open 2011.

Foosball Community Malaysia (FCM) is a table soccer community run by Kapsters Events Sdn Bhd, a foosball event specialist in Malaysia. FCM Classics Asia Open 2011 is jointly organised and sanctioned by MY Table Soccer (MTS), the table soccer governing body in Malaysia.

So if you’re a professional table soccer player, FCM Classics Asia Open 2011 is now looking for challenger!

Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2011

Canon PhotoMarathon is not a sports event and no, you do not have to run around with a camera taking photos. It’s a photo competition for all photography enthusiasts.

Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2011 is the region’s largest photo competition and it returns to Asia with more attractive prizes to be won.

This year would be my second time participating in this event however, due to fatherly duty; I had to forgo this year’s event.

My first Canon PhotoMarathon experience was back in 2010 and it took place in Penang. The event managed to draw more than a thousand over participants from all around the world be it Canon users and non-Canon users.

The competition requires all participants to go around KL city to shoot photos according to the selected themes. There will be 3 themes and it will only be revealed during the competition day.

This year’s Canon PhotoMarathon already has more than a thousand online-registered participants and many more walk-in participants are queuing up to register since 8.00 am this morning.

Participants will stand a chance to win twelve unforgettable expense-paid tickets to Tasmania, Australia and RM10,000 in cash plus plenty more cool prizes to be won.

If you’re wondering what is this Canon PhotoMarathon all about, I suggest to visit their official website for more information of the contest.

I’m surely gonna missed this year’s event. Perhaps next year then :P

Although I did not stay on for the PhotoMarathon. That did not stop me from getting my hands on this beautiful *slurp*

Moon Halo: A Ring Around The Moon

It was way past midnight, while everyone else is fast asleep, I caught sight of the most magnificent view in the sky. The moon was shining bright and I could see the moon halo clearly. A Moon Halo is a ring that forms around the moon and according to myth, when there’s a ring around the moon, rain will follow soon. How true it is? Sure hope not.

The ring we see forming around the moon is merely an optical illusion caused by diffraction of light rays that create a halo around a bright object, in this case, the moon. Moon halos are caused by tiny ice crystals that have gathered twenty thousand feet above the ground, as thin, wispy clouds. These clouds are so thin, you might not notice them at night, if it weren’t for their effect on the moonlight. Incoming light rays from the moon are bent, or diffracted, by these ice crystals at an angle of 22 degrees.

The full moon was absolutely gorgeous. I took this image of the moon with a 300mm lens. You could clearly see the surface of the moon with all the craters.

When I got out of the house an hour later, I could still see the halo although it is quickly fading. Such phenomenon is quite amazing, how God’s little creation can be such a wonderful sight. I’m glad I caught sight of it.

 

Cats and Dogs Rescued from Petsmore.com

The early morning blast from Empire Shopping Gallery effected many businesses and injured a few people. Thankfully there were no casualties. However, one thing did came to my mind. What about those lovable pets from Petsmore.com in Empire Shopping Gallery?

Well, pet lovers can breathe a sigh of relief as all the cats and dogs in the pet shop have been rescued. When I went back to the scene at about 10am, I caught sight of some cages filled with pets lying outside the building. After getting a closer look, a staff from the pet shop confirmed that these are the pets from Petsmore.com and they look pretty happy to be rescued. Thanks to the diligent staffs of Petsmore.com, which insisted to go back into the building to save the pets.

After long persuasion, they’ve been given the permission by Bomba to enter the building but for a very brief moment only – They were also accompanied by the building management staffs.

A few of them managed to grab all the cats and dogs from the shop but due to safety issue, they had to leave the smaller pets behind. However, they managed to provide them with sufficient food for the next few days before making their way to the exit.

I managed to get in touch with the owner of Petsmore.com, Mr. Sean Saw and he was kind enough to fill me in with some additional info.

“As soon as we heard about the incident, our first priority is the pets. We know we have to rescue them out. My staffs managed to grab all the cats and dogs and a Chinchilla” he said.

“However, due to safety reason, we had no choice but to leave the smaller pets behind but we are not giving up. As of this morning, my staffs are already there waiting for the authority to give us the green light to re-enter the building.”

Saw added, “At first, we have no idea how many smaller pets were left behind, but after referring back to HQ, we have identified about less than a hundred smaller pets.  We have 2 rabbits, 4 Guinea Pigs, 37 hamsters and roughly about 20 or more peacock fishes still remaining inside the store.”

As many as 11 pups, 4 kittens and a Chinchilla have been rescued. The rescued pets have been sent to the Petsmore.com headquarter at Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur. Once they have good rest, they will be sent to other Petsmore.com outlets in hope to find a loving owner.

Aren’t they the cutest things in the world? :)

UPDATED: 5.30pm, 29 September 2011
Good news! Pertsmore.com staffs were given the green light to go back into the shop to rescue the rest of the pets. Those left behind were rescued and relocated to a safer location. However, 2 hamsters didn’t make it. Empire Tower and Empire Soho tenants are also allowed to collect their belongings from their units, the Empire Shopping Gallery management announced this evening.

 

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Aftermath Of The Empire Shopping Gallery Explosion

It’s now exactly 24-hours after the 3.40am explosion of Empire Shopping Gallery that shook the nation. The early dawn blast left a section of Subang Jaya paralysed as traffic condition builds up after many roads leading towards Empire Gallery are being closed.

Police have ruled out any sabotage or terrorism link to Empire Gallery blast. Empire Gallery will remain closed as for now. Here are more better quality photos from the day after the blast that ripped through Empire Shopping Gallery.

Explosion At Empire Shopping Gallery

At about 3.40am this morning, a loud explosion was heard coming from Empire Shopping Gallery. A gas leakage caused partial of the building to blow up.

Manchester United was playing Basel in the UEFA Champions League and was leading by 2-0 in first-half. Few minutes after the second-half kicked-off; I got the shock of my life when I heard a loud explosion that shook my entire house. In fact the blast was so powerful; my entire SS17 neighborhood was affected. Car alarms are wailing and dogs are barking.

Thinking it could be another freak thunder, I quickly peek through my window only to see a peaceful sight. I decided to take a look around the neighbourhood and it was then I found out that the explosion came from Empire Shopping Gallery. According to a friend on Twitter, the explosion can even be heard all the way from SS14.

I reached the scene at about 4.00am. At the time, policemen are already securing the area and putting up barriers. More police cars and fire engines arrived at the scene. Nobody had any idea of what had happened. Some can only speculate that the ground floor parking lot of Empire Shopping Gallery had already collapsed.

As I make my way to closer to the scene, I could clearly see that an explosion blasted through partial of the building. A quick glance from outside, the explosion caused an extensive damage to the whole left wing of Empire Shopping Gallery. CIMB Bank, Serai, Starbucks Coffee and Coach outlet are badly damaged.

Probably around 6-7 fire engines arrived at the scene.

Ambulance are here too although there wasn’t any casualty, I heard.

The entrance to the basement car park. As you can see, it’s smoky after the fire are being put off.

A look on the left wing of Empire Shopping Gallery. Devastation.

CIMB, Tangs, Starbucks, Serai and Coach outlets effected.

The powerful force of the explosion literally pushes the car aside.

Residence and passers-by looking at the damage from afar.

This is the effected side of Empire Shopping Gallery.

The force is so powerful; the glass panel at the front door of Wisma Consplant is shattered. Yes, it’s right opposite of the explosion.

Nicole, a resident of Subang SOHO reported that she was awake and on the way to the washroom when she heard the loud explosion.  She quickly makes her way out from her unit taking the stairs. She’s without her wallet and mobile phone as she left everything behind. She was on the 5th floor.

According to another resident, Weed, who was on the 10th floor, was watching the UEFA Champions League when he heard the tremendous explosion. “I was watching the match when I heard and felt the explosion. I quickly hold my TV and said ‘whoa'”.

However, it was a different case for Ian, who was fast asleep on the 9th floor when he was rudely awakened by the loud blast.

Many hotel guests made their way out of the building safely. Some residents of Subang SOHO were still in their unit only to be woken by Firemen knocking on their door.

So far there’s no casualty except for an injured guard who managed to get out alive. There is no official announcement yet but there are speculations that it could be some gas leakage from the LG floor of the building. Some road users on Federal Highway reported that the P1 & P2 underground car parks have collapsed.

As of 7.30am just now, the building is still being sealed off. Nobody is allowed to enter the building. Guests from the hotel and residents from Subang SOHO are currently being relocated to Dorsett Hotel and Sunway Hotel.

UPDATED: 10.30pm, 28 September 2011

I went back to the scene a couple of hours later and this is what I gather there.

As usual, traffic starts to build up along Jalan Kemajuan. Traffic policemen are handling them well so far.

Maybank Wisma Consplant 2 will be closed for today. As you can see the shattered glass panel.

Inside of Wisma Consplant 2 is also effected. Glass panels are shattered all over.

Looks like the force of the explosion ricocheted to the right wing of the Mall. Sao Nam is quite badly damaged.

The interior is damaged quite badly too as you can see from the debris and ruins.

An angle from the entrance to the underground carpark.

Notice where all the vents are located, the coverings are all blown out.

Glass panels at the business building are shattered too.

For your info.

The is the aftermath of the explosion.

Operations are in order.

More shattered glass panel on this side of the building.

Can’t really tell what outlet is this.

This outlet is just beside Coach.

Bended metal beam from of window frame.

This VW GTi is a goner. Hope Daryl Chua’s insurance covers this.

Vehicles that belong to Daryl Chua and Hibbie Tan. The couple that got injured during the scene of accident.

Subang SOHO is effected too. Some window panels are shattered by the force of the explosion.

Shattered windows.

The Loaf is quite badly damaged too. But I think they’ll be back in business faster that the rest of the other side.

Check out the ceiling…how it is being blown apart. Could that be where the air vent is?

Many working people are unaware of the explosion. Many return to work but only to be sent back home.

It took quite long for the authority to clear the place. Perhaps more vents to check before people are allowed back into the building. I wonder why?

Some one tweeted asking if the pets in Petsmore store are okay. Now here, take a look.

A staff from Petsmore confirmed that all pets are rescued. Look at them cute faces :)

Here’s a snippet from TMI:

The two guards were initially trapped in the basement, but have since been rescued and sent to a hospital to treat their injuries. They were identified as K. Surendra Kris, 33, and Chrring Dawak Sepa, from Nepal.

The couple, sales executives Daryl Chua, 27, and his girlfriend Hibbie Tan, 23, were taken to hospital in an ambulance but have since been discharged.

Nearly the entire stretch of the front portion of the newly-built mall was blown out, damaging a number of cafes, restaurants and clothing stores including Tangs and Starbucks Coffee.

Chua told reporters that he was walking with his girlfriend to an parking payment station a few steps from Starbucks when the explosion occurred about 3.30am.

“We were at La Bodega earlier for dinner and then we were just hanging out outside my car and talking,” he said.

“Just as we were heading to the Autopay, there was a loud ‘boom’, like in the movies. I thought it was a bomb.”

Chua said he was “literally lifted off the ground” and thrown sideways several metres from the blast, lightly grazing both his arms.

The sound of breaking glass, falling debris and metal, and sirens broke the earlier silence, he said, leaving him in a momentary state of confusion and panic.

“And then the flames came up. It was all over, the entire front of the mall was razed. I thought I was going to die,” he said.

When the scene calmed slightly, Chua said he carried Tan, who had sprained her leg, to safety and noticed passers-by and nearby residents rushing to the scene.

His car, a black Volkswagen Golf GTI, was severely damaged.

 

Alrite, that’s all for now. When I left it was about noon. No official report announced yet although many mainstream media are reporting that a gas leakage that caused the explosion. Well, guess we won’t know until Hannah Yeoh makes an announcement.

UPDATED: 5.30pm, 28 September 2011
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim visited the scene. He said the building has to be closed as firemen and police are still investigating the explosion. “After this, the building co-owners and engineers will inspect the area and decide whether it can be reopened to the public or not. “The government priority is public safety. The co-owners must guarantee that the building is safe to the public if reopened,” he told reporters after inspecting the scene in Subang Jaya.

Update: 6.00pm, 29 September 2011
A snippet from The Malaysian Insider:
A gas leak from a restaurant has been confirmed as the source for the Empire Shopping Gallery explosion yesterday, said the minister in charge. Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung told The Star that the Fire and Rescue Department has informed him of this development. Their forensics team is still on site and a preliminary report will be ready soon, he said after visiting the blast site at 4.30pm today. Earlier in Putrajaya, Chor said a preliminary report would be out tomorrow.

 

Timeline:

3.20am: I was watching UEFA Champions League where Manchester United up 2-0 against Basel in the first-half.

3.39am: The second-half just kicked-off and then suddenly… ‘BOOM!’ I heard a loud explosion and my whole house rattles.


3.40am:  I can be very sure that the incident happened at around 3.40 am this morning. I tweeted it immediately right after I heard the explosion.

3.45am: I called the SS17 police station and reported the loud explosion I heard. The police officer informed me that the knew about it and that they have an emergency.


3.59am: Tweeted Hannah Yeoh and asked her if she knew what’s going on. Guess she just found out about it then.

4.02am: I reached the out door car park (Chillout) of Subang Parade. I can see many people are gathering at the parking lot. Policemen are putting up barriers to prevent vehicles from going in.

4.05am: Spoke to two resident’s of SOHO and found out that there’s an explosion coming from the other side of Empire Shopping Gallery.

4.10am: More police cars and Fire Engines arrived.

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