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Deeparaya Greetings

21 October, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 2:55 AM in

Patchay@Blogspot wishes all Hindu and Muslim friends and readers a Happy Deepavali (Diwali) and Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Eid ul-Fitr).

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Putrajaya: An Iconic City

16 October, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 1:50 AM in

What comes into your mind when thinking about Putrajaya?

Putrajaya is Malaysia's federal government administrative capital city. The domed building here is the Prime Minister's office, something like 10 Downing Street in London and the White House, except that it is not the PM's official residence. Now I wonder why Malaysia needs such a huge PM office?

Now you think this is Putrajaya, City of the 21st Century. The city that possesses so much pride and glory with its mega-buildings and stunning landmarks surrounded with picturesque scenes of rolling hills and oil palm plantations.

Not just buildings, this city as it is also known as 'Intelligent Garden City' is totally equipped with the high-technology facilities that symbolises the nation's aspirations in this era, and at the same time the city was envisioned to incorporate the counrty's green heritage.

Is this Malaysia's version of Pyongyang? The city looks very deserted at this hour. The truth is that this city is really quiet at most times and it literally sleeps in the night and wakes up again the next morning.

Someone told me this before or I may have read it from somewhere; it says "Welcome to Putrajaya, Praise Emperor Mahathir." If I'm the PM, Putrajaya will be renamed as Mahathirjaya. As a matter of fact, this city was one of Malaysia's former Prime Minister's brainchild 'mega-project'.

No doubt it is a safe and nicely planned city. Somehow I feel it is one of the best place to live in Malaysia. However, the only drawback is that it lacks the ambience or atmosphere of what a city is all about, in comparison to where I live right now. I reckon there should not be traffic jams here by judging the city's relatively small population.

Here, traditional architecture blends well with modern ones. Every building here has special names, the white domed building in the picture above is known as 'Palace of Justice'. Sounds to me a little weird, but the majestic building itself clearly signifies power and great authority.

The above picture (top left) depicts that an alien spaceship has landed. Ooops...the spaceship-liked building is actually Putrajaya's convention center, and it is one of my favourite here. The building with the red roof is a palace for Malaysia's monarch while the metal structure (bottom-left) is a monument.

Putrajaya is a city of many fantastic bridges. The bridges here are elegantly designed, each bridge has its own 'meanings' that tells us the values of Putrajaya. The funny thing is that every time I went to Putrajaya, it seems that these bridges have no moving vehicles on it at all. Perhaps, they are only opened for people to walk across from one side to another.

[Photos courtesy of Patchay@SkyscraperCity and Malaysian forumers.]

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Visit Malaysia Cyber Campaign

09 October, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 9:06 PM in

Invite the World to Malaysia

Those who know Malaysia, love Malaysia - why? Experience Malaysia’s sights and sounds for yourself and don’t just see what WE say, read or watch what some of our visitors say about Malaysia!

Malaysia is celebrating it’s 50th birthday in 2007 and plans to party all year round! What is a party without friends, new and old, so come on over and join us and invite your friends. Be a VMCC Cyber Warrior. Invite the World to visit Malaysia at http://www.vmcc.com.my.

In support of this Cyber Campaign, Patchay@Blogspot would place VMCC's banner at the Malaysiana section, located at the right-sidebar. So if you are also a Malaysian blogger, and interested to tell the World about your country, I invite you to do the same and of course join me at VMCC. By participating in this campaign, you can also send free personalized greeting e-mails, e-Cards and video e-Cards! Till then, have a productive week ahead.

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September Ends

05 October, 2006 | Written by Patchay at 12:38 AM in ,

Paradise and GTians

The Paradise Concert was held on the 24th of September 2006. Here's a recap. This year's attendance was a bit dissapointing though. Perhaps it was probably due to the absence of Guy Sebastian, the "crowd puller" for last year's concert. The Paradise Team led the worship and sang their hearts out, at the same time managed to entertain the mainly youth congregation with songs from their latest album, Set Me Free and some other popular songs from their previous albums. All in all, it was a wonderful worship experience and I guessed many first-time visitors were impressed by the sounds effects at my church.

Birthday Ice-cream and Cheese Cake

Happy Birthday to my cell mate, Deniece. It could have been a surprise birthday supper for Deniece on the 28th, but somehow she managed to know about it through a SMS containing a message notifying us about the surprised outing which was sent to her accidentally. So, I went out as usual to celebrate with other cell members at Baskin Robbins Mont Kiara. There, I tried a single scoop strawberry chesse flavoured ice-cream (sounds weird?) with additional request for some fresh strawberry add-ons. Fingers licking good ice-cream with good taste. How I wish I could make such ice-cream at school (I mean university) for my girlfriends and female friends at school. No doubt, girls will surely like this for supper. Aren't you now wanting something for supper tonight?

Me and William

The next morning was a different story. I went out for lunch with a former high-school mate William, a hospitality student at Taylor's College and with another friend of his. We were "hooked" together at The Curve, where we had lunch at the Hooked Restaurant and were "hooked" up with affordable set lunches. Heard of Spaghetti Bolognese or Cabonarra with Fish and Cheese? Oh no, no taste according to William's friend. This is one restaurant where you can try Fish with almost everything? If I'm the chef one day, perhaps, I will try mixing Cheese, Fish and Papaya or Durian (as opposed to pineapple) served with fried rice. Yuccksss to my bizarre ideas! What you think of this combination? I really can't stop laughing right now.

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