Blog4FT

The BlogFT contest has finally ended last January 5th and from the status of its Facebook, there has been tonnes of last minute entries. I wish I was one of the last minute submitter as I have one more post to submit. But I just couldn’t bring myself to complete it due to a mild fever. Anyway I would like to extend my gratitude to all who have voted for me. Thank you so much for voting and most of all, thank you for reading.

The result for December is not out yet and I reckon that the Grand Final results will only be out late February/early March as the Media Category has been extended to 5th of February 2010. Of course I want to be the winner, or the 2nd prize winner but whatever the result is, I am happy to have taken part in the contest and write/illustrate about Kuala Lumpur. I have been doing that before the contest and will continue doing so after the contest as it is a ritual for me to blog about places I have been to.

Ok, let me re-cap the posts that have made it to the Final:

KL: A to Z Fun Things To Do & Places To Visit With Kids

Illustrated Postcard VI – Putrajaya

Despite it’s title, I actually have a collection of KL, Putrajaya and Labuan postcards in this post. You see, previously, I submitted the postcard one by one. Silly me. Tan Sri Dato’ Elyas Omar personally told me me during the Monthly Prizegiving Ceremony that he was so confused that I have so many posts and lucky that I have a post with all postcards in it. Same goes with the KL:A to Z Fun Things. I think I have up to letter L or M that I post individually.

To those who are working in the Media Sector, you can still enter the Media Category and you have up to January the 5th to submit your entries. To enter is easy, just visit Blog4Ft website, register yourself , place Blog4FT logo, have your blog post ready and submit your post.

Before I end this post, here’s a list of “You know you grew up in KL in the 80’s if…”

You know you grew up in KL in the 80’s if…

  1. you were amongst the crowd attending the late Sudirman Haji Arshad’s live concert in Chowkit Road
  2. you took the pink mini bus to travel around
  3. you went to the Konsert Kotaraya in Stadium Negara
  4. your knew that Rozana Cinta 87 was mostly filmed in Central Market
  5. you bought your first denim at Campbell Complex or Pertama Complex
  6. you get all your 80’s trendy clothings from Sungei Wang Plaza
  7. you knew there was a jumble sale every Tuesday at St Mary’s Cathedral Jalan Raja
  8. you were familiar with Tan Sri Yaakob Latiff and Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Elyas Omar
  9. you went to Panggung Anniversary KL Lake Garden to watch concerts
  10. you watched Toyol in Odeon Cinema
  11. your first teen dance was at Hotel Malaya
  12. you knew what Rumours or Faces was all about
  13. you knew that the 15th Southeast Asian Games was held in Kuala Lumpur
  14. you knew that Rosyam Nor used to live in Selangor Mansion, Jalan Masjid India
  15. Your parents would bring you shopping at Hankyu Jaya or Yaohan
  16. you knew that The Mall was officiated by then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad (now Tun) that personally buried a time capsule that will be unearthed in 100 year on 2087
  17. Your ideal place to go roller skating was Stargazer Arena, Semua House
  18. you have your very first taste of McDonald’s in Jalan Bukit Bintang
  19. your ideal place of hanging out was at Central Market, Kotaraya or Wilayah Complex

This uncompleted list was the one intended for the Blog4FT submission. Feel free to add to the list just for fun of it by leaving your comments. I’ll link back to you.

Have a great weekend and p/s: link love for the 1st commenter.

First Commenter: Spiff the Spaceman

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Blog4FT prize-giving ceremony

When I arrived at Kelab Tasik Putrajaya, I was greeted by Hakim, one of the team members of Blog4ft organising committee. He is the person behind the familiar chirpy voice since October, in charge of delivering the good news via the phone.

And it’s always nice to put a face behind a voice.

After talking with Hakim and filled in a form, I was led inside to the front table. After being seated, I was approached and greeted by a fellow blogger, Categorically Random (CR). We talked awhile and later I saw a familiar face waving at me from far. It was Bain! Bain joined us and I introduced Bain to CR. “Aa, the crony,” CR said. And the three of us laughed. Bain, my neighbour during the 80s, has won the monthly prizes for the Public Category as well! Yay Bain!

I was informed earlier that I would be seated with other monthly ‘winners’ and would be separated from my husband but little did I know, I was the only monthly winner seated there. I became suspecting as Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Elyas Omar (The Former Mayor of KL)  and his wife, was seated at the same table. When Encik Ahirudin Attan (The Editor of The Malay Mail), and later Datuk Fauziah Bachik (Federal Territories Ministry’s Deputy Secretary-General (Management) and her husband arrived with the Minister of Federal Territories, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, I finally concluded to my own self that I was the only monthly winner seated with the VIPs. I panicked but was truly honoured to be seated with them albeit the feeling of being a little ant amongst mighty elephants.

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The ceremony started with a prayer and later a speech by Datuk Raja Nong Chik followed by the prize-giving ceremony.

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I went up the stage twice as I won for both October and November. It was a double joy for me!

Before dinner, winners were gathered on the stage for a photography session with Datuk Raja Nong Chik.

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From left: Azizul Fahmi, Razzi Rahman, Muzaffar, Shaun Low, yours truly, Nadiah (cute little girl in front of me), Bain, Wong Ee Lynn, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Emily Yeow (Minyi Yeow’s sister- cute girl in front of Datuk), Ooex, Selamber, Smiley Aisha, Cayenne, Comelgurl, Wan Fakhrul, Sharifah Hani and Mustapa Lakawa.

Datin Nafesah Raja Nong Chik arrived later during dinner and I was all smiles when she said she likes my postcards!

For those who wanted to enter for December, it’s not too late! The closing date is on January 5, 2010. Just visit Blog4ft to find out how!

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BIG thank you!

I was screaming (really screaming; out loud) when I read an e-mail from Blog4FT saying that I am one of 5 monthly winners of Public Category for the Blog4FT contest! My entry: – Illustrated Postcard VI – Putrajaya has won me the October prizes: Celcom Blackberry 8250 Gemini, a Celcom 3G broadband stick with free one month usage, RM150 worth of vouchers from Borders and two Air Asia tickets!

In this entry, I posted my series of illustrations titled Federal Territories Illustrated Postcard Series. I have so far 7 illustrations; 5 for Kuala Lumpur and 2 of Putrajaya and have yet to continue with one illustration for Labuan. I plan to make it 8 postcards altogether.

I would like to thank you BLOG4FT, the public as well as professional judges, namely Tan Sri Datuk Sri Elyas Omar, Tan Sri Dato Dr Lim Kok Wing, Dato’ Tony Fernandes, Dato Seri Wong Chun Wai and Encik Ahiruddin Attan (Rocky) who have made it possible for me to be in the Final! Thank you to monthly prizes sponsors: Celcom, Air Asia and The Borders Malaysia.

Congrats to all winners:

PUBLIC CATEGORY

Spread Your Wings – reaching out – KL Bird Park by keatsthesunshinegirl

Froggy Encounters In Gasing Hill by ~Covert_Operations78~

– Illustrated Postcard VI – Putrajaya by ME

Faces of The City by cayenne04

Putrajaya Agriculture Heritage Park: Nature’s Best by mylo

JUNIOR CATEGORY

Happy Peace Day! WOO! by Minyi

Going around Putrajaya by Smiley Aisha

Putrajaya has it all by comelgurl

MEDIA CATEGORY

My Bangsar by nikicheong

Cerita kemasyhuran Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad by AZIZUL FAHMI

Labuan: Duniaku, Syurgaku, Wilayahku by mustapa

The Actors Studio at Rooftop Lot 10 by sultanmuzaffar

I Love You K.L by Razzi Rahman

I am now not posting regularly on individual post but rather concentrating on a project-based post. My entry for November is KL: A to Z Fun Things To Do & Places To Visit With Kids. You can download the flip book directly from Emilayusof @ Issuu.

I am rooting for this entry to be in the running as well.

If you like what you see, you can download for keeps or reference. If you like what you downloaded, please can you help vote for me?

Thanks heap!

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Kuala Lumpur: Illustrated Postcard II

A continuation of the first illustration. Converted to postcard as well. Read the instructions on how to make it >here<

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Download and print postcard: KL Illustrated Postcard II
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 2.9MB

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I have combined illustration I and II together and am offering a to-d0-list to print, you can download below:

Download: To-do-list ~ KL Illustrated
Resolution: 300dpi, jpg, 1.5MB

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Kuala Lumpur: KLCC Aquaria

This is one of my favourite and was taken by my husband at KLCC Aquaria.


silhouette of Yassin and me (photo by my husband, Zaim)

My family and I visited Aquaria early this year and I got to snap few good photos and drew some for my self-challenge Nature Study Moleskine Project.

KLCC Aquaria is few minutes walk from KLCC Park and admission fee for adult (with MyKad) is RM28, children (with MyKid) RM22. For tourist, it’ll be RM38 and RM26 respectively. Free admission for infant and RM18 for senior citizen above 60 years old.

Aquaria opens daily from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Last ticket sales and admission is at 7.00pm. You can view the location map >HERE<

Facilities includes wheelchairs / ramps for the handicapped, baby changing room, reestrooms, photo printing kiosk and many more.

Once you’re in, you’ll be on the  ‘Journey of Water’ which is divided into 6 zones, The Highland, Jewels of The Jungle, Flooded Forest, The Coast, The Living Reef and The Living Ocean.


Credit/Source : KLCC Aquaria

If you’re on the right time, you got to view feeding sessions at The Living Ocean zone. Anyway, here’s a table on the feeding sessions:

feeding timeCredit/Source : KLCC Aquaria

Here are random pictures I captured (click to see larger version).


Red-bellied Piranha, frog and dunno what!

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Axolotl, alligator and gecko


School of fish, arowana and lionfish


Yassin and his dad, shark and feeding session…

The Do’s & Don’ts
1. No littering in the aquarium
2. No food and drinks allowed inside the aquarium
3. Visitors are not allowed to feed the fish
4. Frightening animals is strictly prohibited
5. Flash photography is not allowed
6. Visitors are not allowed to knock on the exhibit glass
7. No smoking allowed

Finally, here are some drawings from my visit to Aquaria.

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Kuala Lumpur: KLCC Park

There are so many things to look at, places to visit and living just 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur (KL), my husband and I will take every chance we get to take our son to places he (or shall I say, we?) never been before. Both my husband and I have been living in KL for more than 20 years, but please believe that we have not been to so many places. We are yet to explore the whole of KL, and so far have only visited KLCC Park, Birds Park, Aquaria, National Museum, National Art Gallery, Zoo Negara, Lake Garden, Butterfly and few others.

klccpark_poolI will make a series of post about KL, one of Malaysia’s Federal Territories, and try to promote places that you can check-out while staying in KL.

When you visit KL, the capital of Malaysia, the fastest growing city in the country, do not forget to drop by KLCC and visit the beautiful park. If you have children, this is the place to be. There’s a children’s pool, playground not to mention various amenities such as shelters, benches, rest areas, drinking fountains, public toilets as well as 1.3 km jogging track encircling the park.

The beautiful park is inspired by the talented Brazilian master of gardens, the late Roberto Burle Marx. Spread over 50-acres, here you can find combination of trees, shrubs, structures of cement, stones and wood as well as various water features not to mention elements of shapes.  About 1900 indigenous trees and 66 species of palms have been planted at the park to encourage bio-diversity. Part of the park is also designed as haven for birds and other local faunas.

klccpark_sandalwoodThere’s a lot of Sandalwood trees and the seeds (known locally as Biji Saga)
ocassionally paint the certain side of the park red!

klccpark_robin I saw a Magpie Robin!

Of course when you visit the park, you must visit the KLCC building itself. Besides the Suria shopping complex, interesting element of the park is the 43 meter elevated bridge. The centrally located bridge provides visitors with a vantage view of the park and the majestic PETRONAS Twin Towers. Other than that there’s the PetroSains, Petronas Art Gallery, Aquaria etc. I’ll cover these in different posts.

Here’s a bit of information you wanna know before you visit the  Children Pools and Playground:

Children’s Pool

  • for children 12 years and below.
  • opens on weekdays (Tuesdays to Fridays) 10.00 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10.00 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
  • will be closed for maintenance on Mondays when it is not a public holiday.
  • The Pool is open throughout the week during school holidays.

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My son (left) and his cousin, Idham, enjoying the waterfall at the pool.

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My son and Idham admiring a modern sculpture of chromed stainless dolphins near the pool.

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Children’s Playground

  • for children 12 years old and below.
  • opens everyday 7 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
  • the whole playground has been laid with rubber, a child-safe material. Due to the nature of this material, eating, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited in this area.

Parents and guardians are advised to refer to the rules and regulations for safety and proper use of the equipment.

More information of KLCC Park can be found here: KLCC City Within A Day

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