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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


The World Expo in Shanghai closed on October 31st surpassing their target of 70 million visitors..

A total of 250 countries and international organizations had participated.

News organisations reported that the Shanghai government spent an estimated US$60 billion on the six month extravaganza, a figure which dwarfs the amount Beijing spent on the 2008 Olympics.

Milan has been announced as the host city of the 2015 World Expo.

Next entry would be on our much-talked about Malaysia Pavillion.

The pix:
'Day 2 saw us starting at the Finnish pavillion."

"Finland has one of the best living standards in the world and their pavillion had a very relaxed and unhurried pace to it."

"Old Nokia screens from the phones recycled into tiny AV screens."

"Huge screen depicting what Finland could be like in the future."

"The Denmark pavillion."

"The ORIGINAL Little Mermaid was on display."

"We marched next to Deutchland !"

"SMART cars will be available for rent to ease traffic congestion in germany and these will be able for rent for even 30minutes !"

"Was given this listening device so you can wander off and still listen to what the exhibits are all about....and no matter how hard I tried I cudnt tune into Germany's most famous rock band Scorpions!"

"This reminded me of the MadMax movies; three floors of people activating a voice controlled LED Ball."

"Spain!!...The pavillion design was a competition among the best architects in Spain..and the winning design was a rattan-theme one."

"Inside the Spain pavillion...looks a bit leaky which might prove the rain in spain doesnt fall mainly on the plain."

"A flamenco dancer wowing the chinks."

"AV with three different separate screens showcasing life in Espana."

"The strangest thing in the expo was this giant size animated baby in the Spanish pavillion...it blinks , turns and open its mouth.."

"Vive la France !"

""If u think hybrid cars are dinky lil things..look at this Citroen."

"French food prepared by the Chinese."

""Its all a bit confusing with the mirrors."

""And what would the France pavillion be without a display from Louis Vuitton."

"The cool and quirky Swiss pavillion."

"They had a huge AV screen where u are taken thru the mountains complete with smells of fir trees and edelweiss....this is the Matterhorn..can u say TOBLERONE?"

"You are taken on an actual ski lift ride around the pavillion..me with Adrian Cheok and a representative from the Malaysian pavillion."

"And with the China Army taking a rest..we bid farewell to the expo."

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Day one, the afternoon schedule saw us visiting Japan, Morocco, China and Turkey.

The World Expo in Shanghai definitely is a feather in China's cap.
The organisation of moving over 500,000 plus people a day through a 5km square area is no mean feat.

The queues for certain pavillions like Saudi's can be up to 5 hours long.
What about our much-talked about Malaysia pavillion ?
That will be on an entry on its own as I have said .

The pix:

"Strange how I forgot to take the outside of the Japanese pavillion..but inside would be what you would expect from the Japanese......all-high-tech with a violin playing robot !"


"Inside Morocco's pavillion...impressive !!"

"Old artifacts like these on display."

"On to the hosts, CHINA !!"

"The amazing 3-screen audio-visual room."

"The ultra-amazing calligraphy type animation on a 20 foot screen which had thousands of characters all doing different things."

"Onwards to Italy !!"

"The Italian Symphony Orchestra had a hard time staying on their seats during their performance."

"Master violin makers in the pavillion."

"What would Italy be without their designer cars."

"What would Italy be without their designer shoes."

"Leonardo..da Vinci..not diCarprio's...glider."

"Onwards to Turkey."

"Strangely the ancient Turk calendar is similar to the Chinese one bar two animals."

"The Kul-Tigin Monument (AD732) which has the first written document between China and Turkey."

"The Ephesus Library from AD117 (nice number !!)..The World's oldest PUBLIC library..if you dont return your book on time , you could be thrown to the lions."

"A meal at the Turkey Pavillion..kebabs. meat and yet more meat and rice..so with that it was done for day one!."

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Thursday, October 28, 2010


I had the privilege to visit the World Expo in Shanghai, China last week.
Shanghai is an amazing city, imagine the whole of the 22 million Malaysian population living in one city!!
But despite the numbers they are super efficient in moving the masses.

The World Expo expects over 70 million people over six months and the day before we arrived in Shanghai was their biggest day; they had 1.1. million visitors ...so good thing we didnt visit that day !! On the first day we were there they had 600,000 and the 2nd day 700,000.
There were queues that were 5 hours long at some pavillions...amazing!!.. And I am blown away by their patience!!
I would have left after a 15 minute wait.

Anyway the World Expo has a theme 'Better City, Better Life" and unfortunately it was hard to see how our much-critisized and much-defended Malaysia Pavillion stuck to that theme.
However I will talk about the Malaysia Pavillion in a separate entry here.

Click here for the Expo's webpage.

We managed to visit about 16 pavillions in 2 days.

The pix:
"This is what the fuss is all about."

"First stop:New Zealand."

"Standing next to a Maori pole since there wasnt a sheep or an All-Black in sight..not even Douglas Flash Sumner!."

"On to Oz !!."

"Australian history depicted in a way even I can understand.."

"Sydney Opera house etc..."

"The Ozzie merchandise and tucker area...not sure if they had kangeroo meat burgers.."

"The UAE Pavillion."

"The impactful video which basically reminded us that to move forward in the future we must remember the past."

"They used a lot of high-tech AV and even had a message by the 12 year old grandaughter of HRH Sultan Al-Nahyan who speaks fluent Mandarin !!"

"Blueballs in the UAE."

"Our friendly neighbours, Thailand !"

"Thai dancers at the entrance of the pavillion."

"An amazing 4-d audio visiual on Thailand complete with smells and interaction."

"Next stop: Saudi Arabia."

"Apparently the Saudi's had the most expensive Pavillion rumoured to cost rm1 Billion ringgit"

"You do not have to walk through the pavillion as a travelator takes you through as if you are on a flying carpet with high tech audio-visuals surrounding you."

"Images like these flash by you.."

"You also 'fly' above the Holy City of Mecca."

"The view from the top of the Saudi pavillion..that building that looks like a space ship from the movie 'Independence Day' is the convention centre."

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