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Yes, Patchay says Earth Hour this year was a huge success!!!

An environmental event first conceived in Sydney only in 2007 has gained worldwide applause this year when more than 4,000 cities across the globe had switched off their lights for one hour last Saturday.

This year, Patchay officially signed up for the campaign and did exactly that at 8.30pm Malaysian time.

(Photos by Hamdan Zakaria)

Earth Hour has become something sooo widespread in Malaysia like a National Blackout Day that city landmarks in Kuala Lumpur and around the nation switched off lights in support of it.

(Photos by Jin Leong)

Wow, what I realised was that nearly every kiasu home along my street had their lights switched off too. This is awesome!

At last I could see people, especially Malaysians, getting united to do something in common for climate change ...even though it lasted for only one hour lol.

My Dream Superhome

22 March, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 1:30 AM in ,

Have you ever wonder how prosperous people live? Patchay discovered this on The Cool Hunter recently.

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The Yeoh family of YTL Corporation owns one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerate company and dozens of upmarket properties in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Photo by James Foong in August 2007

Now it is more personal, with the completion of the family's sleek-looking 4-storey The Yeoh Residence nestled atop Bangsar in Kuala Lumpur, it may inspire your imagination of being super-rich one day.

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[The following photos and wording are by The Cool Hunter.]

In 2003, Paris-based Agence Jouin Manku was invited to take on its first large-scale integrated architectural design commission for the Malaysian family.

Completed in the later part of 2008, the residence is an ultimate expression of taste, influence and industrial-scale capabilities of the prominent family whose entrepreneurial activities have help shaped Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.

See how natural light are streamed into the interior

Three generations of the Yeoh family inhabit the 3,000 square-meter mansion residence designed to accommodate both private and public functions.

The spaceship-shaped building includes 9 bedrooms, 2 family rooms, 1 family kitchen and a private dining area, 1 family library, 1 game room, 1 study, 1 public reception area, 1 formal dining room, 1 ballroom, 1 chapel, 21 bathrooms, 1 swimming pool, 2 guest suites plus indoor private and guest parking.

The initial sketches exploring the owners’ usage requirements reveal resemblances to the boring stacked-boxes look still so ubiquitous in residential architecture.

And while traces of the “heaped trailers” syndrome remained in the finished building, this is not the Jetsons, neither are we looking at EPCOT, Tomorrowland or the 1964 New York World's Fair.

We are in the lush vegetation of a posh Kuala Lumpur residential area, and inspite of the boxiness of the structure, an elegant circular softness manages to permeate the sightlines and key details of the building, making it an agreeable part of its landscape.

Inside, prominent examples of this curvilinear elegance, including the amazing staircases resembling the inside of a shell when viewed from above, and the round ballroom chandelier of a 13,000 customly-designed undulating petals of unglazed cast porcelain biscuits.

The curved walls both inside and outside have a functional purpose of providing privacy and enclosing each function gently in its own space. The overall sweeping feel inside the spaces invites the viewer in and creates soft, arching vistas.

The concept consists of three layers: the base for public functions, the ring for guests and the private house for the family.

The inside of the magnificent residence is gorgeous with its high ceilings, large windows and abundance of natural light. White colour and natural wood are dominating elements but they allow the view from the vast, mostly retractable windows to remain the main visual attraction.

"Their fridge for instance is a Liebherr which is like super-expensive. A check at Harvey Norman suggested a retail price of RM21,000 for the same model that the house had. And they have 2 of the fridge."

The residence is a wonderful study of contrasts between inside and outside, private and public, traditional and ultra modern, man-made and natural.

There is also an in-house chapel for the spiritual activities.

The view from the library

This wild architecture and diversity is the backdrop for a futuristic yet traditional house that is as eclectic as KL itself.

YTL Design Group of Kuala Lumpur was the architect of record.

The Agence Jouin Manku design team included Patrick Jouin, Sanjit Manku, Yann Brossier (architect), Richard Perron (designer). Officina del Paesaggio from Lugano, Switzerland was in charge of the landscape design, and L’Observatoire, New York, USA handled the lighting.

The YTL Group has total assets of USD10.5 billion with interests in:

(a) largest construction contractor company in Malaysia;

(b) power and water utilities (Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, UK, Australia);

(c) cement producing (Malaysia, Singapore, China);

(d) property development (Sentul East and Pantai Hillpark in KL);

Photo taken while in construction in 2008

(e) REIT management (Wisma Atria and Ngee Ann City in Singapore, seven properties in Tokyo);

(f) infrastructure (ERL high speed rail in KL, Eastern Oriental rail service from Singapore to Bangkok);

(g) hospitality (Pangkor Laut, Tanjong Jara, JW Marriott, Starhill, Bintang Walk and Ritz-Carlton KL, Chedi Resort Phuket); and

(h) information technology and e-commerce.


Come 2012, Kuala Lumpur's skyline will change dramatically. It will have the tallest Four Seasons Hotel in the world.

(Photo by Vladimir Zakharov)

After 3 years of delay, KL will finally build the RM2.5 billion Four Seasons Place next to the world's tallest twin buildings, the Petronas Towers.

Despite the gloomy economic outlook, the project, which is backed by 2 tycoons and a royalty, announced today that a revised design of a single 65-storey building will stand in between Menara Maxis and Wisma Central.


(Last year, the plan was to build a 60-storey residential tower and a 38-storey hotel.)

(Final, with extra height!)

It comprises three components: (1) Four Seasons Hotel and (2) Residences and (3) an extension retail mall of Suria KLCC. The development will be the world's tallest Four Seasons.

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Coincidentally, construction work has also commenced on a 60-storey office tower on the other side of the Petronas towers.

Codenamed "Lot C", it is a Grade A office tower located in between the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and the Petronas.

(Photo by Vladimir Zakharov; edited)

The podium of the office tower will host (another) extension of the Suria KLCC mall.

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Like other major shopping malls in Klang Valley, Suria KLCC will in future integrate new shopping areas.

Perhaps a differentiation called Suria Old Wing and Suria New Wing (lol).

Well, this is KLCC perspective skyline come 2012.


Krispy Kreme is Here

05 March, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 11:56 PM in ,

Krispy Kreme of America is finally opening their first ever Malaysian store right in downtown Kuala Lumpur!!!

As mentioned on Patchay.Com two months ago, Krispy Kreme is finally getting ready to open its first Malaysian store in Berjaya Times Square, Bukit Bintang KL.

[Photo courtesy of Superwilson]

To all doughnut lovers in KL, watch out for their Opening Specials (i reckon very soon) and their proposed Website (still inactive the last time i checked) :


J.CO from Indonesia and homegrown Big Apple are the two other popular doughnut chains in Malaysia. World's largest doughnut chain Dunkin Donuts also have a presence in Malaysia.

The master franchise holder for Krispy Kreme in Malaysia is the Berjaya Group, who also owns the Starbucks, Wendy's and Kenny Rogers Roasters brands in Malaysia. The owner of Berjaya Group also privately owns McDonald's, 7-Eleven, Borders, and other retail brands in Malaysia.

Back Home & Started Work

03 March, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 1:09 AM in ,

The truth is I found no job in Singapore. But the good news is... ...despite the worsening economic crunch and the political "democrazy" in Malaysia..., I still, very fortunately started my career today in Petaling Jaya (aka as KL for overseas friends to understand).

Well that's all I want to say before going to bed... Wait.

See some shots I took in Singapore last week before you leave my page.

I was there a few days before God calls and strikes the symbolic statue Merlion, reported here. To some superfitious Chinese this is bad omen indeed, especially given such difficult times in this finance-mania city state.

Almost everyday the sky is crying.

The first thing on the first day of work that my boss gave was a book entitled: "Please Don't Do What I Just Tell You" by Bob Nelson. Wooo.

And tomorrow I see audit again...

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