Sunday, March 28, 2010

About Ampang Jaya

Thanks Wikipedia.

Ampang Jaya is a major town to the east of Kuala Lumpur in the state of Selangor.

Ampang Jaya was carved out of the municipalities of Selayang and Kajang in 1995. The Selayang portion is known as Ulu Klang. The Kajang portion is known as Ampang Town.

Ampang Jaya was once a tin-mining town.

Ampang Town covers the present-day townships and housing estates Ampang Old Town, Ampang New Town, Taman Dagang, Taman Ahmad Razali, Taman Cempaka, Taman Cahaya, Taman Kosas, Taman Bukit Indah, Taman Ampang Jaya, Lembah Jaya, Ampang Point and Pandan.

Ampang Town is famous for its Yong Tau Foo, a Hakka Chinese soup.

Ampang Town has small shopping complexes that include Ampang Point, Mid Point (in Pandan Indah), Pandan Capital (in Pandan Indah), Galaxy Mall (in Ampang New Town), Spectrum Mall (in Ampang New Town) and Tesco (in Pandan Jaya).

Ampang Jaya has 3 hospitals namely Ampang Puteri Hospital (Ampang Point), Pantai Hospital (Pandan Indah) and Ampang Hospital (Pandan Mewah).

The National Zoo is in Ulu Klang. There is also the Ampang Recreational Park or Taman Rimba Ampang in Lembah Jaya.

The National Film Corporation is also located in Ulu Klang next to the zoo.

Ulu Klang includes International Hill (Bukit Antarabangsa) which is a hilly region that houses many bungalows and some high-rise apartments.

Ampang Jaya is administered by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).

Saturday, March 27, 2010

About Subang Jaya

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Subang Jaya is a residential town in the Klang Valley in Selangor, Malaysia. It is situated in the district of Petaling.

Subang Jaya refers to the original township developed by Sime UEP and the area governed by the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ).

The MPSJ governs areas of the Petaling district not under Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam. The Subang Jaya municipality covers the original township as well as neighbouring Bandar Sunway, Puchong and Serdang.

The township has numerous schools, colleges, hospitals, places of worship and vibrant commercial areas.

Subang Jaya's town centre was developed by Sime UEP, the property development arm of the Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby. The site was formerly an oil palm plantation called Seafield Estate. Construction work began in 1974 and was concluded in 1988.

In 1997, Subang Jaya was granted the status of a municipality. Local authority was transferred from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to the MPSJ.

Subang Jaya is well-known for its shopping centres. They include Subang Parade, hypermarkets Carrefour, Giant and Mydin, The Summit, Digitalmall (all in the town centre), Sunway Pyramid (in Bandar Sunway), IOI Mall and Tesco (in Puchong) and South City Mall and The Mines Shopping Fair (in Serdang).

Subang Jaya is also a higher education hub, with colleges centred in the commercial district of SS15. They include SEGI College, Taylor's University College, Inti College and Metropolitan College. There is also Sunway University College and The One Academy in Bandar Sunway.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is a major government university located in Serdang. It was formerly known as the Agriculture University of Malaysia.

Three private hospitals namely Sunway Medical Centre (in Bandar Sunway), Subang Jaya Medical Centre (in the town centre) and Columbia Asia Hospital (in Puchong) are located in Subang Jaya. There is also the Serdang Hospital (in Serdang), a government hospital.

The suburb of Bandar Sunway which was developed by the Sunway Group in 1986 houses the popular Sunway Lagoon Theme Park which is connected to the Sunway Pyramid shopping centre and the Sunway Resort Hotel.

The suburb of Puchong used to house rubber estates and tin mines. Today it is a fast-growing commercial and residential area with many new townships. It also houses the country's biggest badminton stadium, the MBA stadium.

Serdang or Seri Kembangan was established as a New Village in 1952 by the British. It is well-known for its shoe factories and the Mines Resort City, a theme park which includes several hotels most notably the luxurious Palace Of The Golden Horses and the Mines Shopping Fair shopping centre.

The Mines Resort City was once the Hong Fatt Tin Mine which was the world's largest open-cast tin mine. It was owned by Chan Wing, the businessman who later built the National Palace (Istana Negara).

Monday, March 22, 2010

Another Tragic Loss - Yanie Julkarim, Sabahan Starlet

So sad.

Lost a dear friend in Yanie Julkarim yesterday.

The Bajau beauty finished third in TV3 talent search Mentor Season 1 in 2005 as the protege of R&B queen Ning Baizura (my fellow Ipoh native).

Yanie was the cousin of Mentor 1 champion Norafizah (Pija) Yasin who later took part in 8TV reality talent show One In A Million Season 3 (OIAM3).

Both girls are related to the late, great Father of Sabah Independence Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun, prince of Sulu, descendant of the legendary freedom fighter Datu Mat Salleh.

My report.

Singer and actress Siti Surianie Julkarim, better known as Yanie, succumbed to lung cancer at Keningau Hospital in Sabah yesterday.

The 25-year-old from Kota Kinabalu rose to fame in 2005 after finishing third in TV3 talent search Mentor Season 1. She was the protege of Ning Baizura.

Ning described Yanie as positive, disciplined and hardworking. “We’ve remained close since Mentor 1 ended and last met in July,” she said.

Yanie’s cousins, Mentor 1 champion Norafizah ‘Pija’ Yasin and singer Naufara Yasin were devastated.

Pija said: “Yanie was a soul mate to both of us.”

Naufara said: “She believed in being versatile.”

Akademi Fantasia 2 singer and choreographer Adam Mat Saman (grandson of Sabah Governor Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah) described Yanie as a hardworking and talented star. “I’ll miss her caring ways and radiant smile,” he said.

Malaysian Idol 1 finalist Nikki Palikat who performed the song Drama with Yanie and Ning said: “Despite her pain, Yanie always appeared cheerful and caring.”

Actor and producer Farish Aziz (Adam's cousin) described Yanie as a starlet ‘gone too soon’.

Akademi Fantasia singers and actresses Norashikin Rahman (of Labuan) and Nora Daud (of Sandakan, niece of rock group Atomic Power's founder Zakaria Buang) described Yanie as a ‘gem of a woman’ who was always humble and compassionate.

Yanie is survived by her husband Irfin Manan (of Tambunan, like Palikat), 30 and a year-old daughter Iris Sofea.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Corey Haim Dies Of Drug Overdose

It's a tragedy that we've lost brilliant 1980s actor Corey Haim to a drug overdose.

He will be missed.

Read all about him here. From Wikipedia.

Corey Ian Haim (December 23, 1971 – March 10, 2010) was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol.

He starred in a number of films such as Lucas, The Lost Boys, License To Drive and Dream A Little Dream. Most notably, he collaborated numerous times with Corey Feldman, the pair being dubbed "The Two Coreys".

Haim was born in Toronto and was of Israeli ancestry.

Haim made his first cinematic appearance in the 1984 feature film, Firstborn, which starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.

In 1985, Haim appeared in Secret Admirer and Murphy's Romance and starred in Stephen King's Silver Bullet.

Haim won his first Young Artist Award for the television movie A Time To Live.

Haim's major break was Lucas in 1986, alongside Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder.

In 1987, Haim had a role in Joel Schumacher's vampire film The Lost Boys, alongside Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland.

Haim won his second Young Artist Award, tying Feldman for License To Drive in 1988.

Haim became addicted to drugs during this time and went in and out of rehab.

In 2006 he and Feldman starred in the TV series The Two Coreys.

In 2008 he starred in Shark City with Vivica Fox.