Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Countdown in Kuala Lumpur

The New Year's countdown in KL promises to be a fun-filled event, crammed with star-studded concerts, fireworks displays and other activities. And where is the action?

Head out to Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) and be entertained from 8.45pm onwards by a line-up of local artistes and groups, such as Ella, Amy Search, bands Bunkface and Hujan., the other will be at Bukit Bintang.

The concert – which will be accompanied by City Hall’s 40-member orchestra and multi-cultural dance troupe – will also be enlivened by traditional performances from various ethnic groups.

If you prefer some adventure, make a beeline to KL Tower where 10 local BASE jumpers are scheduled to take a plunge to mark the passing of the old year and on to the new.

In view of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, services at selected LRT, KL Monorail and RapidKL routes will also be extended.

Certain LRT stations on the Kelana Jaya line – Kelana Jaya, Bangsar, KL Sentral, Pasar Seni, Masjid Jamek, Dang Wangi, Kampung Baru, KLCC and Ampang Park — will stay open until 2am.

On the Ampang LRT route, the Hang Tuah, Masjid Jamek and Bandaraya stations will also be opened until 2am. All other stations would close at 12.45am.

All KL Monorail stations will operate until 3am.

There will be road closures, so best to take public transport or you will have to park your vehicle further away from the action.

The road closure for Dataran Merdeka will be from the traffic lights at the intersection of Jalan Hishamuddin and Jalan Raja until those at the Jalan Raja-Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman junction from 7pm onwards.

For the celebrations in Bukit Bintang, the stretch between the Jalan Imbi-Jalan Sultan Ismail intersection and Jalan Sultan Ismail-Jalan Bukit Bintang will be closed beginning mid-night tonight until 6am on Jan 1.

Other roads are expected to be closed according to traffic situations.

Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MAS: US-bound travellers should check in early

US-bound travellers may want to take note:

Malaysia Airlines has advised United States-bound travellers to check in early in light of the heightened security measures by the US Transportation Secu­rity Administration.

“These include pat-down checks by security personnel and physical inspection of their cabin baggage and personal belongings prior to boarding, restricted access to carry-on baggage an hour prior to arrival and restrictions on the use of communication devices at any time during the flight,” MAS said in a statement yesterday.

MAS also urged passengers to cooperate with the cabin crew on any other in-flight security measures as instructed.

The heightened security follows an attempt by a man to detonate an explosive device on Friday.

Meanwhile, Canada bans hand baggage on flights to US following a failed Christmas Day plot to blow up a plane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit.

Passengers may only carry medical devices, small purses, cameras, laptop computers, canes, walkers, diaper bags, musical instruments and bags containing “life-sustaining items.

Travelers headed for the United States have been allowed to carry on only one bag since Saturday, following 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s alleged attempt to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight as it prepared to land in Detroit on Friday.

Source: The Star

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

20-storey Pavilion over the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Statue - Penang

GEORGE TOWN (PENANG): Buddhist devotees from 20 countries arrived here for the grand opening today of the 20-storey pavilion over the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam.

The temple authorities are planning to list the RM40mil structure as the tallest pavilion in the world.

Making it big: Spotlights illuminating the skyline of the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam yesterday. The huge octagonal pavilion to shelter the Goddess of Mercy ( Kuan Yin ) statue will open.

The three-tiered 60.9m roof pavilion, which is supported by 16 granite pillars, serves as a canopy to shelter the 30.2m-tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin.

Source: The Star

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