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By: Zain Abdullah

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Friday, 20-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The Dayabumi Complex

The Dayabumi Complex
The Dayabumi Complex II
The Dayabumi Complex III
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It has been quite long since updated this fotopage of mine. I would love to keep it updated every day if possible unfortunately there are other commitments that demand greater time and more serious effort. However today I am pretty free and I feel like updating this page so much after I got the new pics of Dayabumi which I shot last weekend. I was so ecstatic that morning since that was one of the rarest time that we in KL could enjoy the deep blue sky although it didn’t last till evening. I was snapping away until I forgot that I should have shot one of those photos with the disposable camera which was sitting in my camera bag. The disposable camera is a project which requires a participant to shoot only one frame and it is to be passed to the next member subsequently.

The Dayabumi Complex was actually one of the first projects that benefited from the then newly introduced Look East Policy under Dr Mahathir premiership. The Dayabumi Complex project fell under the Dayabumi Urban Development Project whose construction was awarded to Takenaka Corporation of Japan and another 2 JV partners.

The Dayabumi Building Complex was constructed unconventionally by using steel frame structure instead of using conventional method of reinforced concrete. Thus the construction period was greatly shortened to merely 26 months with even higher quality and strength instead of 44 months if reinforced concrete were to be used. The building comprises 36 floors above ground and its contruction was completed in 1984 which became the new KL landmark at that time.

Dayabumi Building (1984)
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Design: BEP + MAA Architects
Construction: Takenaka Corporation and 2 other companies (JV)
Total floor space: 150,682m2

Thursday, 31-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
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Wednesday, 16-Feb-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A colourful pattern

This colourful canopy can be found at The First World Hotel, Genting Highland. Currently Genting Group is holding a photo contest but I dont bother to participate. Why? Because each and every participating photo will become Genting's property once you submit it to them. It simply means the cheap way of garnering free good images of their own properties without hiring pro photogs the same thing done by Sunway Group recently. On top of that every photo submitted you have to pay RM10.00. Isnt that silly huh?

Let's boycott the contest !

Sunday, 6-Feb-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Kuala Lumpur III

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Kuala Lumpur Series continues....

01 - Allah and Muhammad
Stumbled on this while on the way out of the National Mosque. I had to shoot from outside through a glass wall. To eliminate the reflection I pressed my lens lightly on the glass pane which also acted as the support to shoot in low light.

02 KL Taxi
I waited for the colourful one which reflects the Malaysian colour flag motif

03 KTM Building dome
The dome of the moorish-inspired KTM Building which still stands strong after more than a hundred years. It was shot through The National Mosque Islamic pattern

04 The Islamic Pattern Tiles
This I found just outside the National Mosque. The addition of a huma figure provides a sense of scale and a point of interest. A scarve-wearing lady is preferred when shooting Malaysian ladies as it quickly reflects the identitiy of Malaysia through the style the scarve is worn or so says En Bazuki Muhammad, a REUTERS photojournalist

05 The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Another Moorish inspired building. It is learnt that The British colonial governent had to open a new brick factory to cater to the construction of this building. It was a huge building by its standard at that time.

Monday, 31-Jan-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Holiday In Genting Highland

My daughter Nur Batrishia Khadijah
A cartoonish bridge
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Last weekend I took my family to Genting Highland for a holiday and in conjunction with our 4th wedding anniversary celebration. We went there on Friday evening after work to benefit from its weekday’s lower rate and to avoid upcoming peak season next week or the worst the week after i.e Chinese New Year long holiday. We stayed at Genting Theme Park Hotel. My kids were certainly the happiest and most excited ones. The cold climate and the enticing theme park outside which was visible from the hotel room made especially my son Danial more ecstatic.

In the morning (actually it was already mid-afternoon) we went to the theme park but opted for only non-thrilling games considering my son was not daring enough to try the roller-coaster and other adrenaline-pumping games.

My daughter was still small at 1 year old. She didn’t seem to understand but she obviously enjoyed the unusual surrounding she was in and the numerous rides that she joined.

Me, as usual being a photo enthusiast, couldnt help taking pictures. I liked the colourful and cartoonish surrounding although the flat lighting thanks to overcast weather and mist didnt appeal well to accentuate the mood so did my various photography gurus say.

However in this inevitably natural condition I think it had its own appeal.

Do enjoy viewing the photos altough it is sort of more like a family album.

My family and I would like to wish our Chinese friends especially the fellow fotopagers A Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year.

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