Live Christmas Trees at Ikea

This is the time of the year where pyramidal-shaped trees are decked out in colourful and glittery ornaments to herald in the season. There is an air of festivity in shopping malls with many retail outlets promoting Christmas sale to attract shoppers.

Ikea Malaysia Christmas trees
Live Christmas trees on sale at Ikea.

Ikea was already selling live Christmas trees when we were there last weekend. They gave out a distinct fresh scent. Seeing them replete with baubles and garlands put me in a celebratory mood. And it is not even December yet!

Hari Raya At The Curve 2010

Malay kampung house on stilts at The Curve in conjunction with Hari Raya celebrations
Malay kampung house on stilts at The Curve in conjunction with Hari Raya celebrations.

The Curve constructed a life-size kampung stilt house at the Centre Court in conjunction with Ramadan and Aidil Fitri celebrations. To add autheticity to the model, it was furnished with curtains and other typical items found in and around such houses.

There was a grandfather clock hanging on the wall. Bamboo torches were affixed to the fence to welcome Syawal. A Vespa scooter was parked outside the house while a classic Volvo was shaded under a garage. Green plants were aplenty. It almost felt like I was in a kampung during Hari Raya.

Transformers In Malaysia

While browsing through the photo album in my laptop, I came across a few images that I took recently and thought “Hey, we have Transformers right here in Malaysia too.” These are not vehicles that transform into battle-hardened robots with consciousness. These are not robots that shoots missiles and bullets. On the contrary, they work in construction sites to collectively erect high-rise concrete structures. They are the workhorses of the construction industry. They are the transformers of Malaysia’s urbanscapes.

These images were taken from Level 1 in Cineleisure facing the Surian Tower car park annex at Mutiara Damansara. The deftness with which the operators handled these mega rigs fascinated me. From my vantage point, I watched how these huge and seemingly clunky machines were manipulated with precision. As I watched, I also wondered how thousands of years before these machines were invented, were humans able to build enormous structures such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China.

Crawler crane
Crawler crane.

Close-up of crawler rotary drilling rig
Close-up of crawler rotary drilling rig.

Crawler rotary drilling rig
Crawler rotary drilling rig.

Concrete mixer truck
Concrete mixer truck.

Crawler crane hauling concrete from concrete mixer truck
Crawler crane hauling concrete from concrete mixer truck.