Saturday, 30 March 2013

I-City Shah Alam

Just recently, I got the opportunity to visit the City of Digital Lights also known more commonly as I-City. My friends and I didn't have any problems finding I-City as it is brightly lit up and can be seen from the Federal Highway at night. Even before we got there, we were all very excited. Upon reaching I-City, we were greeted by brightly illuminated, forest man-made trees which were covered with millions of colourful and vibrant LED lights.

View of the Ferris Wheel from afar
Designed by world-renowned architect Jon A Jerde, I-City was designed as a fully integrated intelligent city, with the aim of attracting both local and international investors. It is declared as an International Park, being a tourist hot spot with its City of Digital Lights, Snowalk and various theme park rides. 

Man-made forest coming to live at night
Looking around, I guess I know why they call it City of Digital Lights. The trees really do come alive at night with the majestic and colourful lights. We took a stroll along the park, occasionally stopping to snap photos of the beautiful light displays. Giant Christmas trees and reindeer sculptures can also be seen here.

Reindeer and snowman sculptures

Giant christmas tree surrounded by LED lights 

The Giant Ferris wheel standing approximately 100m tall can also be seen here in I-City. We all took turns taking photos next to the Ferris Wheel. 

My friend and I standing next to the Ferris Wheel
A snapshot of all of us 

Other attractions of I-City include the Snowalk. For those who have never seen snow before, I-City is a perfect place to go. Igloos, slides, a mini-bobsled run, snowmen, ice penguins, a bar made of ice and lots of ice sculptures can be found here. We didn't go to the Snowalk though, as there was a huge crowd lining up outside.

Ice penguins in Snowalk

Back outside, we continued strolling, enjoying the view of the park. Food stalls, souvenir shops, funfair, amusement games, Lazer Warzone and even a '6 D Motion Theatre' can be seen along the stretch of I-City.

Mini version of the Christmas tree

My friends posing next to a tree

Before we even know it, time had already past midnight. Tired and exhausted, we all took one last group photo before we left I-City. We all returned back home that night with smiles on our faces and vowed to return back soon.

Snapshot of all of us in I-City

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Penang Toy Museum

This time around, I headed over to Penang for a short trip with my friends. While we were there, we decided to drop by the Toy Museum, which is reputed to be the world's largest toy museum. Toys maybe children's best friend, but walking through the front doors is like stepping back into childhood. Young or old, anyone who steps in the toy museum is very likely to be awed and amazed by the huge collection of items there.

The World's Largest Toy Museum

Toys and action figures from all kinds of  movies, comic books and anime can be found there. I couldn't stop taking pictures in the toy museum, especially with my favourite action heroes, Ninja Turtles ! I had a really enjoyable time, looking at all the toys here.

Chilling out with Leonardo, from the Ninja Turtle

I also took the opportunity to pose with my all time super-hero Batman and also the main character from the movie Tomb Raider.

Hanging out with Batman

Posing with the main character of Tomb Raider

You might be wondering, how did the toy museum come about? Well, it all started when the proud owner, Loh Lean Cheng, went for a trip to the London Toy and Model Museum. He began his collection with a Popeye doll, bought in 1973, and from then his collections kept growing and growing. Now, he has a collection of over 110,000 toys, dolls and other collectibles.

Toy museum is opened : 10 am till 8.30 pm daily
Entry fees are : RM 10 (adults) and RM 6 (children)
Location : 1370, MK2, Teluk Bahang, 11050 Penang. Next to SJK(C) Eok Hua School.  

Characters from the movie Terminator

The loveable Lilo and Stitch

One of the most popular manga series of all time, Dragon Ball

While we were there, we even met some old friends there. Characters from varies movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, House of Horror and X-Men can all be found here. 

My friend and I standing next to Shrek

Po from the movie Kung Fu Panda

Characters from House of  Horror

Wolverine from the X- Men TV series

Besides that, one of the most valuble toys in the museum is this gundam robot from Japan. Standing almost as tall as myself, the 1.8m tall robot is a rare, limited edition toy acquired by this museum.
Gundam collectibles 
While I was there, I was awed by the pseudo Egyptian-style hieroglyphics and watercolor prints of the sphinx and pyramids of Giza, embellished on the facade of the toy museum. Even the urinals had been embellished and they look really cool. 

Really cool urinals !

Also not to forget, one of the most popular comic strips of all time, Garfield can be seen displayed here. I am sure everyone remembers Garfield the fat, lazy, sarcastic and lasagne lover cat; a classic that readers love.

Garfield originating from a comic strip
It was a really fun and unforgettable trip to the toy museum with my friends. For more informtion, you can check out their website This museum is a must visit for those who love collecting toys.