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Miss World 2009: Singapore and Malaysia

27 September, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 12:23 PM in ,

19-year-old Ris Low is already one of the most controversial Miss World Singapore in recent years

She was panned in the media for her poor command of English, and then made headlines again when a Singaporean paper reported that she was sentenced to 24 months of probation for credit card frauds in May.

Last Friday, Ms Ris Low has confirmed her conviction on 5 charges of misappropriation, cheating, using illegally obtained credit cards, and impersonating their users' identities.

Listen to what she has to say about herself and fashion:

"If I'm feeling naughty, then I'll wear something RATT and LOUD !! Something you know.. BOOMZZZ..."

Did she impressed you?

She of course made me laugh.

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Anyway, here's a glimpse of the 22 finalists, one of which will represent Malaysia in the upcoming Miss World 2009 in South Africa:

Ermm not bad lah!

Future LRT and MRT in KL

17 September, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 6:05 PM in

Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB), the state-owned public transport operator, plans to spend up to RM7 billion to extend 2 light rail transit (LRT) lines in Kuala Lumpur.

The 2 extension lines will cover a total of 34.7km and is due to start early 2010 and fully completed by end of 2012.

In line with the extension of LRT lines, SPNB will also embark on fleet expansion.

It was also reported that the Kota Damansara - Cheras Line will begin construction as early as 2011 and completing in 2014.

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1. KELANA JAYA LINE EXTENSION (formerly PUTRA)

  • Current average daily passenger volume is 180,000.

  • The preferred alignment will begin from the Kelana Jaya station,

  • passing through 13 new stations,

  • including an interchange with Subang Jaya KTM commuter station,

  • before ending at Putra Heights interchange with Ampang/Sri Petaling Line

  • covering a total of 17km.

  • Fleet expansion: 35 more train sets of 4 cars per set configuration.

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2. AMPANG/SERI PETALING LINE EXTENSION (formerly STAR)

  • Current average daily passenger volume is 170,000.

  • The preferred alignment will begin from the Sri Petaling station,

  • passing through 13 new stations,

  • before ending at Putra Heights interchange with Kelana Jaya Line,

  • covering a total of 17.7km.

  • Fleet expansion: 13 more train sets of 6 cars per set configuration.

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3. KOTA DAMANSARA - CHERAS NEW MRT LINE

  • The proposed new LRT line from Kota Damansara to Cheras, measuring 42km, will be upgraded to a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system because of high population density.

  • A possible extension from Kota Damansara to Sungai Buloh KTM.

The proposed alignment showed the new line running from Kota Damansara along Persiaran Surian to the Damansara-Puchong Expressway and then heading towards the city centre along the Sprint Expressway, through Bangsar Baru and Jalan Bangsar.

It will then run parallel to the existing Kelana Jaya Line to Nu Sentral in KL Sentral, then Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek before heading to the Golden Triangle along Jalan Raja Chulan.

The route will then pass Pasar Rakyat in Bukit Bintang and then Jalan Tun Razak where it will join Jalan Cheras.

It will continue along the road and the Cheras-Kajang Expressway to the Balakong interchange near Cheras Batu 11.

There will be around 30 stations along the line, including a few interchange stations. Below is an indication of the proposed alignment:

1. Kota Damansara - Segi College @
2. Persiaran Surian
3. Mutiara Damansara - Ikea/Ikano/The Curve/Tesco
4. Bandar Utama - 1 Utama LDP
5. Taman Tun Dr Ismail - Pizza Hut/Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi
6. Sprint Highway - Phileo Damansara
7. Pusat Bandar Damansara - HelpUCollege/future Damansara City
8. Jalan Maarof - Bangsar Shopping Centre
9. Jalan Telawi - Bangsar Village
10. Bangsar - Dataran Maybank (LRT - KJ Line)
11. Nu Sentral (LRT - KJ Line, Monorail)
12. Pasar Seni South (LRT - KJ Line)
13. Masjid Jamek (LRT - KJ Line, LRT - Ampang Line)
14. Bukit Nanas - Jalan Raja Chulan
15. Pavilion KL
16. Sungei Wang/Bukit Bintang (Monorail)
17. Jalan Pudu - Berjaya Times Square
18. Bulatan Pudu - Pudu Pasar/Police Station/Ezone Park
19. Taman Maluri/Miharja (LRT - Ampang Line)
20. Jalan Cheras Batu 4 - Stadium Badminton
21. Taman Midah Cheras Roundabout - Tesco Extra Cheras
22. Taman Segar - Cheras Leisure Mall
23. Taman Connaught - Plaza Phoenix
24. Cheras Batu 9 - Kampung Sungai Raya
25. Kampung Batu 11 - Grand Saga Toll
26. Balakong - AEON Cheras Selatan
27. Bandar Tun Hussein Onn @
(bold) = shopping malls; (@) possible extension to Sungei Buloh KTM station and Mines Resort City in Seri Kembangan

Other rail networks mooted for Klang Valley include a possible extension of KL Monorail, extension of KLIA Express to the proposed permanent LCCT, revival of Putrajaya and Bandar Sunway Monorail, Shah Alam Monorail, coastal KL - JB high-speed train and a proposed integrated network connecting urban centres within Selangor by the Pakatan Rakyat government.

Reference: Transit.org, SkyscraperCity Malaysia, SPNB, DoR, MoT, LRTextension.com

Ion Orchard vs Orchard Central

08 September, 2009 | Written by Patchay at 1:08 AM in ,

I was sooo freaking busy lately... but anyway I was in Singapore chillin out at Ion Orchard and Orchard Central over the Merdeka weekend.

Ion Orchard is like Singapore's response to KL's Pavilion. Very nice facade but the interior is simply too small, low ceiling, cramped and congested, especially the food court during office hours.

The Louis Vuitton there is amongst the best retail store I've ever seen. It is also the largest LV boutique in Southeast Asia.

Orchard Central has a hippie decor but the mall is still quite vacant. The outdoor escalator overlooking Orchard skyline is quite cool.

I was quite disappointed with the stores in Orchard Central especially the small small ones that look like stores in pasar malam, except these ones selling expensive goods. The 10 floors just failed to excite my shopping/dining, for that I would choose Ion Orchard.

Ok I'm off to bed... cya soon!

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