Memories Of 2013

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | Published in


Today is the last day of 2013. Tomorrow is a brand new year. A brand new beginning.

2013 had given me many memories and if there's any good time to reminisce the past 12 months, the time is now. However, they are mostly private memories so I won't be sharing them here.

Thinking about the past 12 months have somehow triggered the musical sense in me and once again, I had composed a new piano song which I shall call "Memories Of 2013". Have a listen yes? : )

Meantime, here's a short poem just for you….

To all my readers and blogger friends from far and near,
There will be no more Santa and no more reindeer,
It's a bit sad as I bid farewell to the Christmas cheer,
But as the year draws to a close I want to make this clear,
Thank you for reading my blog all these years,
Although my travel stories may not be as entertaining as Britney Spears,
And my ghost stories may not make you shiver in fear,
I do appreciate all your comments that appear here,
And so as the sun sets and the end of the year draws near,
I would like to wish every single one of you a Very Happy New Year!

Happy 2014 everyone!! : )

2013 Christmas Decorations In Klang Valley (Part 3)

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, December 28, 2013 | Published in


I must admit that I did not really go all out and take photos of the Christmas decorations this year. Mainly because most of the Christmas decorations were rather boring and uninteresting except for a few notable ones.

In Part 1, I shared with you the 2013 Christmas decorations at One Utama.

In Part 2, it's Pavilion KL.

In this final part, I decided to share the decorations from a few shopping malls. First off, is Avenue K at Jalan Ampang KL.

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Can you believe it was my first time stepping into this mall? And that's just a chance encounter as I was trying out the LRT (after so long never been on it since I drive most of the time!) and alighted at KLCC Station and stumbled onto Avenue K! LOL!

The theme to me is a Nutcracker Christmas which I thought was pretty special with the ballerina and the soldier turning round in circles as if they were inside a music box.

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There were also lots of soldiers parachuting from above.

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One of the soldiers and the parachutes.

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A Lego Santa Claus and a pink Christmas tree.

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Giant dazzling ornaments added to the festive atmosphere.

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Next, is the Christmas decorations at Farenheit 88 in Bukit Bintang.

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There were elves, bears, snowman and Christmas trees.

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I like the elves best.

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Although the bears were pretty cute : )

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There was a bear too at Suria KLCC but it was a super huge Teddy Bear!

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Do you like this cute giant bear?

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Giant candles on the mantel.

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Lastly, I visited Starhill Gallery to take a look at their Christmas decorations.

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Glittering stars hanging all over the place.

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Looks pretty magical to me!

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I did not have the time to visit Sunway Pyramid, Paradigm Mall, Tropicana City Mall and Berjaya Times Square this year, so if you took photos of the Christmas decorations there, do share them with me!

I did however, visit MidValley Megamall but I was so disappointed with the decorations there that I am not planning to share the photos here. Hope it will do better next year!

So which Christmas decorations you like best in 2013?

2013 Christmas Decorations In Klang Valley (Part 2)

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, December 23, 2013 | Published in


Continued from Part 1

The Christmas decorations in Klang Valley have been disappointing this year. All the shopping malls were cutting costs resulting in lackluster and uninteresting Christmas decorations.

Pavilion KL still stood out amongst them all, even if its Christmas decorations were not as impressive as previous years. I guess what really caught my attention this year were the display of some famous sticker characters from the mobile platform LINE. 

This huge statue of the LINE character Moon was a great crowd puller at the front entrance of Pavilion shopping mall.

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So cute!

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Inside Pavilion on the 6th floor (same floor as Tokyo Street), there were a few more display of LINE characters. This is Moon again decked in Christmas hat and scarf.

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I did not know who these two people standing next to Cony and Brown were, but I had to take this photo with or without them inside! There were a long line of people queuing up to take photos with these two famous LINE characters and I just did not have the patience to wait. So I just snapped away. - Sorry about that!

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They were quite funny right? I mean the two people posing next to Cony and Brown. And look at Brown - he looked like he's sweating! LOL!

The Christmas decorations inside Pavilion viewed from the 6th floor.

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There were some recycled items from past years, but I guess that's all right. It still looked pretty nice, no?

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Back at the ground floor, there were two bears facing the main entrance. Again lots of people posing here so capturing these bears without anyone standing there would be quite impossible.

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The stairs leading down to the Centre Court was filled with beautiful Christmas decorations.

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From the stairs, the view of the carousel and the tall Christmas tree was quite a sight to behold.

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Some fashion showcase on display at the staircase.

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Tall Christmas trees at the Centre Court.

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It's Winter Wonderland here.

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This white Christmas tree had lights in the shape of snowflakes blinking all over. Quite beautiful from afar but did not look as nice when seen close-up.

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You can view a short video of the blinking snowflakes in my Instagram video HERE.

Some Christmas items on sale at the many stalls here.

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More photos below …

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Now let's go down memory lane and compare the Christmas decorations at Pavilion KL from previous years. Which year do you like best?

Christmas decorations 2012

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Christmas decorations 2011

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Christmas decorations 2010

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Christmas decorations 2009

I think I still miss the White Christmas decoration outside Pavilion KL back in 2010. This photo below brings back memories for me!

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And how could I forget my first 'snowfall' in Malaysia at Pavilion back in 2009?

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The United Buddy Bears added a nice touch to the Christmas mood at Pavilion back in 2011.

Aren't these Buddy Bears beautiful?

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In Part 3, I will share with you photos of Christmas decorations at Suria KLCC, Starhill Gallery and Farenheit 88, so stay tuned : )

2013 Christmas Decorations In Klang Valley (Part 1)

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, December 20, 2013 | Published in


The Christmas decorations in Klang Valley were pretty disappointing this year. So much so that I did not even feel like taking photos of some of them!

I guess most shopping malls were not willing to spend too much on lavish Christmas decorations due to the weaker economy. Oh well, I hope next year will be better.

So far, I think the Christmas decoration at One Utama, reputedly the world's 4th largest mall, was among the best this year. What do you think?

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No doubt it did not feel too Chrismassy with all those hot air balloons. In fact, what do hot air balloons got to do with Christmas? I wonder.

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But then again, I thought it was kind of special. Beautiful even.

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Oh, and I love those hanging wooden horses!

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All the balloons have different Christmas theme designs on them. Nice!

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I like the gingerbread man on this balloon!

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I also like the map on the floor!

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There were real wooden rocking horses for kids to sit on. In fact, there were a few of them, each with different design.  My 1 year old nephew had a great time on these horses, no kidding!

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But not all wooden horses here are for sitting. Like these ones below. They are part of the stall's decoration. LOL!

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Ooh! Look at those two cute little snowmen hiding there! : )

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More horses. Funny, but they kind of remind me that next year is the Year of the Horse!

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So how do you like the Christmas decoration at One Utama?

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Merry Christmas from One Utama!

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Now, just for fun, let's go down memory lane and compare the Christmas decorations at One Utama from previous years. Which year do you like best?

Christmas decoration 2012

Christmas decoration 2011

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Christmas decoration  2010

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Christmas decoration 2009

I thought the Christmas decoration in 2012 quite cute and 2010 really beautiful! I did not really like 2011 because I could not connect the underwater theme with Christmas. 2009 was just OK to me, not very outstanding. Overall, I like 2010 the best. What about you?

Don't miss Part 2 where I take you to other shopping malls in the Klang Valley! Merry Christmas everyone!