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A jewel across the Causeway

27 May, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 2:07 PM in ,

Wow...this must be one of the most unique real estate masterpiece I've ever seen. The 'sky-garden deck' on top of those buildings were just awesome. Imagine you have your morning walk in the garden while enjoying the panoramic view of the city skyline high above the sky! Conceptually you live, work, relax, play and enjoy...all at one place. This is a truly refined contemporary urban lifestyle!

Looking back at facts

The Marina Bay Sands is a microcosm of a city. It is a district, not a project and must possess all the attributes that have made cities great. Historic cities always possessed a clear hierarchy of urban place that gave it a sense of orientation and location, and were the focus of civic life. For example, Greek and Roman cities were organised around monumental axes, Chinese cities were structured around classical constructs of the courtyard and the wall.

The Marina Bay Sands is a new type of urban place that integrates the waterfront promenade with the grand, multi-levelled retail arcade combining civic space, shopping, indoor and outdoor spaces endowed with city skyline views, daylight and plant life, providing an abundance and variety of activities.

Outline Source: Moshe Safdie and Associates

The news just in...

The Singapore government announced late Friday that it has chosen the world's largest casino operator, Las Vegas Sands Corp. to build and manage the city-state's first casino. The Marina Bay Sands project is estimated to cost at least US$3.2 billion by the time it is scheduled to open in just 3 to 4 years from now.

Las Vegas Sands won the bid over four consortia, which included other top casino operators from United States' such as Harrah's and MGM Mirage, and Malaysia's Genting. In this winning bid, Sands was advised by Singapore property firm City Developments Ltd.

It is believed that the casino development would become one of the costliest in the world. Besides casino, Sands' 20.6 hectare downtown intergrated resort would also consists of conference halls, museums, performance venues and luxury hotels.

This is the first of two planned casino within an integrated resort that was mooted by the Singapore government to boost its flagging tourism sector. The winner for the second casino is to be announced by the end of the year.

Link: Latest on this News

My say, your say...

The building of casinos in Singapore would have a huge impact on the well-being of the society. The idea of having casinos in the city-state have been hotly debated for many months. Below are some advantages and disadvantages of this idea:

Advantages:

1. Revenue for government (through taxes) and local companies involved.

2. A significant boost to tourist arrivals and the tourism sector as a whole.

3. Creates employment, thus decreases the unemployment rate.

4. The spillover effects would create new economic activities.

Without doubt, the people of Singapore would benefit economically.

Disadvantages:

1. Increase in crime rates and vice activities.

2. Gambling habits (among population) on the rise.

3. Suicides over gambling debts occur with alarming frequency.

4. Overcrowding and traffic congestions in city areas.

Without doubt, the society would experience a sharp rise in social ills.

The Future of Laptop?

25 May, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 12:13 AM in

The man asks: "What do you think of these items in the picture below?"

Look closely and guess what they could be...

It looks to me like pens with hidden cameras, right?

Well, if you think so then you're absolutely Wrong!

Try to look again. Could it be pens? This is your last chance now...any wild guesses?


Alright...if you've given up, here's the answer:-

Ladies and gentlemen...congratulations! You've just seen the future design of a device that may eventually replace your PC. Based on its abilities and portablility, this device is what we known as laptop today. Still not convinced? See the photos below:

In the revolution of miniature computers, the scientists are ahead with "Bluetooth" technology...

Is there a keyboard? This technology involves wireless fidelity and "imaginary" infrared touch sensor systems. We don't need hardwares anymore!

Can this device be a reality? Start thinking about it now...

In conclusion, I believe this is the portable computer of the future...

Source: Anonymous (obtained via email)

May 18: Goodbye to all Assignments

18 May, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 5:54 PM in

Phew...all assignments for Semester 1 (of studies) have been completed. On this day, I have no class and therefore I made a point to follow up some of my favourite pastimes - soccer and movie.

The Road to Paris or rather "Ronaldinho vs Thierry Henry" came to an end early morning today (Malaysian time GMT+8). The UEFA Champions League final between England's Arsenal and Spanish champion Barcelona ended with a victory for Barcelona with a 1-2 scoreline. Arsenal was a bit unlucky this time as their German No 1 goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was send off in the early stages. Midfielder Robert Pires was sacrificed in place for goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Sol Campbell's header put the 10-man Gunners in front just before the break. In the second half, Samuel Eto'o and Juliano Belletti both scored within six minutes apart to help the Catalan side clinched their only second European title. Lastly, congratulations to the newly crowned 'Champion of Europe 2006' - FC Barcelona.

"The American Kancil"

While surfing, a hilarious Mona Lisa artwork was found in a website (picture has been replaced). The original Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1506 is still kept in Louvre, Paris. Coincidentally, The Da Vinci Code movie played by Tom Hanks, which is based on Dan Brown's extremely popular historical + fiction book, premieres in Malaysian cinemas beginning today...with no film cuts.

My university life (Part 1)

11 May, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 8:43 PM in

Assignments! Assignments! Assignments! Now that I'm done with one assignment the next thing I realized is that I have many many more assignments to complete within the dateline. Time is really running out for me! I've been staying back late at night for so many weeks already...hahaha...in fact I believe that my average sleeping time for this year (2006) is not earlier than 2am. Is there "life" to what I'm doing so far? Have I spent too much time doing assignments? My exams are less than a month's time...and as of today I've done nothing to prepare for them. Sometimes I just got to chill myself by doing some "not so important" stuffs (at this point of time) like blogging and participating in online forums. All in all, I find that my life has become more challenging, interesting and fulfilling day by day.
Below are some uni candid pics taken by Ah Bing and posted on his "Papabing" weblog.
That's me...lectures can be no fun at all...

"How dare he sleeps in my lecture..." said the lecturer.

Apparently people in Monash love to wear pink...

Daniel Setiawan (DS) wears pink too...he is very upset when we said his girlfriend (DS) is fat and old.

Another boy wearing pink shirt...

Now do you believe me when i say parking is hell at Monash?

For more interesting pictures, visit http://patchay.multiply.com.

Bukit Tinggi Outing

05 May, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 11:57 PM in ,

Sean Park Needs Tissue...

Group 18 After Trip

Only Guys???

Everybody Looks Good!


"Bukit Tinggi" = highlands in Malay

Steamboat Delight

Here are some pics taken during Bukit Tinggi outing on April 30 to May 1, 2006. For more photos, visit Photo Album 45.

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