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 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.
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.
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.”
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.)
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 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*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.