October 13, 2013


For most of the ipoh-ians Plan B is a new place for fine dining. Being as a half-kl-kia like me, this Plan B by Studio Bikin KL, together with landscape architect Seksan, it gives a new experience of enjoying their food, of course, in Ipoh style. The restaurant is actually an adaptive reuse of the old premise. It is located next to the sekeping kong heng, and this new installment in Ipoh's old town had successfully bring up some crowd at night. Pictures below show how different are the Plan B settings in KL.
Plan B publika, mon't kiara
Plan B, midvalley

That's my dinner-mate Chooi Lian of the night. Glad that she able to make it for me after her piano class, it's been awhile.  Let's back to the Ipoh's Plan B. Like any other typical restaurants, you can choose to dine either indoor or outdoor, both have cool ambiance and surrounded with greens. Notice the sofa that we were sitting on? That's actually gunny sack, and it's not very comfy though.

outdoor dining
indoor dining
that's exactly same menu like the one in KL. Oh, same pricing too
The food was ok. Nothing much different from the one in KL. However, it was my first time trying their mushroom soup. That's delicious *yum*

Mushroom Soup RM13.00
Cappucino, RM8.00 & Macchiato, RM7.00
Sweet Potato (fan xu) Fries, RM 18.00
KimChi Chicken Chargrill, RM23.00
They serve sandwiches, burgers, spaghetti, asian cuisines and desserts. There will be imposed tax of 16% for dining here. Anyway, hearsay that their nasi lemak is definitely worth a try. Maybe I'll try it next time. Other perspectives of the restaurant:

Other than the gunny sack i had mentioned earlier, I felt great of spending time here. That was like the feeling of being home. How i wish to have my home, like you can enjoy the peace, listen to jazz, beautifully landscaped, and architecturally favorable. Just come and feel it yourself. My dinner mate loves to come here for her coffee XD 

No.75, Jalan Panglima,
30000 Ipoh Perak. 
Tel No: 05-2498286
Operating Hours:
Sun- Thurs- 9.am-10p.m
Fri & Sat- 9a.m- 12a.m

Ratings: Customer Service: 4/5, wifi available
Food: 3/5
Environment: 5/5

October 11, 2013


I was supposed to share these awesome views of Utar since my visit on March, well finally I'm now tended to do so. Haha, I guess that the campus shouldn't have vary much in the past six months. This building is what my mind would think of whenever I came across the word 'Utar'. Couldn't help with it, it's too iconic.

It is not hard to find element of the traditional Chinese architecture elements throughout the new building in Utar. You know, like long linear corridor, shiheyuan (courtyard), fengshui implementations, symmetrical proportion and what not. I think it's interesting to have students study in such ways, and these spaces have no doubt in adding value to the surrounding environment.

This pre-fab private chalet could be found at several area around the campus, providing students to have an individual chill out/study space, though they are not very well maintained. But somehow this reflects how student's welfare are being considered. Just another restaurant for the mosquitoes then.

Greens are valuable. The campus are very well landscaped, despite there are still dense daylight exposures in some area. For the courtyards, they should be appreciated. These skinny tall trees ain't cheap you know.

They are more architecture elements to be found. Took a good glimpse of the languages they applied

This library of Utar is my favorite. Understandable details, and I cherish how the rhythms of the windows are carefully arranged. However, the building seems to be under-maintained especially on the bold envelope. Those individual elements on the outside are somehow outstanding, kinda lacking shades. They didn't tell the same stories with the premise though, I think.

You will be welcomed by an opened main staircase with skylight while entering the building. Love it

This lake view in the library is totally breathtaking. Imagine while you get so stressed up, you can just take a short break and enjoy such wonderful scene of blue skies, you know.

So the architect of UTAR development is The Architectural Network (TAN). For your information, they received the PAM gold award in the education category 2013. And my current boss Jay was the UTAR council member. That explains the cups in my office pantry are labeled with UTAR logos. Woops

That's all, should also thank to the two quties for bringing me a day trip around UTAR. Ms Lee Sau Yin and Ms Elaine Wong Ee Ting. I love the campus, students should have embrace it! :D

October 08, 2013


So it's been 3 months working in DMP
Assitant Architect that passed his probation period
most probably my hunger of knowledge that kept me going
shall keep walking and look forward to the future event

October 03, 2013


So that was a night I was invited to 'A Musical Collaboration' by Carol to enjoy music again. It's been awhile to let both my ears chillax with harmonies and cool voices. The show was performed by a group of children's choir from Kunming, China called the Red Leaf Choir. Full girl members, aged about 13. And yes, they sang chinese songs and some famous cover like Beethoven's classic.

i ain't sure this is belong to the centre (cos it doesnt look blending in) but the guard didn't allow me to try sitting on it
Dpac facade catches your eye with a tremendous lighting which make it clear enough to define itself as a performing arts space (crazy electric bill ke). It has a modern touch on the side which is like a open lanscaped area with lighted platform, green wall and water feature.

Well, since I'm an architect-wannabe, I'm totally turned-on by Dpac's interior as well. If you were to compare with Klpac, Dpac is relatively smaller in size, which means they don't do big production I suppose. Two levels, first floor is an opened administration office. Communal spaces on the ground floor are arranged in a bit of cloister way, as if they have some stories to tell. They are like small corners, have a little relationship with each and another. Oh yes! authentic. 

there is an interesting painting found in dpac. first came to my mind- localized inception

That's Carol, the got-style conductor and pianist for the school choir of SRJK(C) Chung Hwa Damansara. Thanks for the inviting, I've enjoyed my night with China's harmonies. Makan supper in Kayu Nasi Kandar

car passage right in the courtyard? cool
Here are some other views  in Mutiara Damansara which I found them worth sharing. The ambience was great at night, perhaps a different interpretation of commercial spatial design. As you can see, that's heavy usage of brick finish with modern steel and glass. Cool huh? To me it sort of characterizing itself to be more Malaysia style. I would love to pay a visit again, maybe during the daytime would be cool. (p/s very little shades along the corridor )

sense of hierarchy with neighboring led building
that's abit of copycat, but it worked for me :)
fun night !

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