Sunday, January 18, 2015
TAYLOR’S International School Puchong recently opened its doors to the first cohort of 525 students. The first day of school was a much-anticipated day for the students, parents and teachers.
The atmosphere was celebratory as the day marked the beginning of a new school and a new journey for its students and teachers. The school celebrated this momentous day with a whole school assembly.
“Today we are able to celebrate the first day of Taylor’s International School Puchong because many people have put in a lot of effort and time to make this happen. This project started seven years ago and the construction of the building took us three years,” said Taylor’s Schools president BK Gan.
“Taylor’s International School aims to educate students to take their place as leaders in the global community. It is our desire to create an enjoyable learning environment and a community where learning can take place holistically; a place where learning can become a habit and a lifelong joy,” he added.
In his welcome note, Taylor’s International School Puchong principal Paul Rogers shared his teaching philosophy that every child is special.
He said,“In this school, we celebrate that you are all unique, with your own special gifts,and we need to find out what those gifts are.”
He urged students to try their hardest in their learning and, together, make Taylor’s International School a fantastic school.
THE largest badminton court in the country and Puchong landmark Michael’s Badminton Academy (MBA) is being demolished to make way for a commercial development. The popular badminton hall and local hangout spot in Bandar Puteri Puchong ceased operations on Jan 1 this year after its 10-year lease expired. The owner, IOI Properties Berhad, will be taking back the land for commercial development. As one drives by the large hall, located between a park and other commercial buildings, signs of dismantling work can be seen. The mamak stall outside the building — a popular hangout place for badminton players to have a drink and meal after their games — is no more.
Owner Michael Lee said since it opened in 2004, MBA had become a regular hangout spot for badminton fans including students and their families as well as local residents.
It had 32 courts spanning 0.80ha of land, hence its entry in the Malaysia Book of Records as the “Largest Badminton Court in Malaysia”. Several regular players said they would miss the place.
Choong Mee Fatt, 47, said it was not just a badminton hall, but also a gathering place for the local community.“MBA is a landmark in Puchong and is as well known as IOI Mall. It was a good place for youths to hang out. I feel sad that it has to be demolished,” said Choong, who is a member of the Bandar Puteri 10 Residents Association.He added that they held their RA meetings at MBA a few years ago when there was a thunderstorm and the community cabin was flooded.
“We also had dialogues with the police here and it is also the location for several community events,” he said. Another regular visitor, Steve Jong, had patronised the centre since 2007 to play with his ‘badminton kaki’, some of whom came from as far as Sungai Long, Kajang. “I have been bringing my seven-year-old daughter to play badminton here. It’s also a place for me to meet up with friends for drinks after a match.“I have made many new friends here,” said Jong, a resident of Taman Putra Prima, Puchong. “Badminton is a sport that unites as everyone can play together regardless of their background or beliefs,” he said. MBA student Toh Jern Yoong said he would now have to look for a new place to train. The 14-year-old, who is homeschooled, had undergone badminton training at the academy six times a week for the past year. “I like sports so I used to come here often. I also get to meet new friends. I want to become a professional badminton player,” said Toh.
MBA owner Michael Lee said he was sad to see his court go. “Many of my friends thought I was crazy when I decided to open my first large badminton hall in Taman Megah in 2000, with 16 courts,” said Lee, who got the idea while working in the construction business in the late 1990s.
While on a visit to Johor for work, Lee, an avid badminton player, found that most halls had only six or seven courts, and players would have to wait for a long time until one was free. “I noticed that there was a demand for it, so when I came back to the Klang Valley, I took the plunge and opened a large badminton hall,” he said. MBA was built at a cost of RM4.5mil. “Indoor badminton courts were not common back then as people used to play in the open air. “We were very lucky as there has been tremendous support from badminton players and the community in general. Even when we first opened, the place was fully booked,” said Lee. Throughout the years, MBA has hosted many tournaments, such as the inaugural Muhibbah Badminton Championship where players are teamed up with a partner of a different race. It also hosted the 13th World Chinese Badminton Championship in 2006, which was the first of its kind hosted outside China. It also acted as a training ground for about 200 students between the ages of seven and 18, led by five coaches. Lee said he was trying to identify a suitable location for a new hall and plans to have an airdome-shaped structure. “It will not be as big because of space constraints — probably 16 to 18 courts — but we plan to improve the environment, cleanliness and security,” he said.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
My name is Lam and I am seeking to develop a wushu/taiji/push hand team or group in Taman Putra Prima for the martial arts tournament as stated in https://www.facebook.com/events/399751546842186/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/637246599729277/
Besides the two tournament, this group's establishment is also part of my intention to initiate a martial arts activity in Taman Putra Prima. The following is what I shall be offering :
a) Chen Style Taijiquan (Weapons and Patterns)
*Chen style is different from those typically envisioned as old man's art. It is geared more towards martial application)
b) Shaolin Fist
c) Basic self-defence
d) Taiji Push Hand (Both practise and competition style)
This is open to anybody regardless of race, age or gender. My ultimate objective is to have a group from diverse background.
Interested individuals are free to contact me at 012-3160032 (watsapp as well) or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday, November 9, 2014
TIKET...tiket...tiket...Kolumpur (Kuala Lumpur)...Kolumpur...Klang. Jeritan konduktor memanggil penumpang adalah situasi biasa boleh didengari di stesen bas terletak di Batu 14 Puchong lebih 25 tahun lalu.
Mungkin ramai tidak mengetahui bangunan lama yang tertera tulisan KL, Klang & Port Swettenham itu sebenarnya adalah stesen bas lama.
Lebih 50 tahun lalu, puluhan bas milik Syarikat Kee Hup Omnibus akan memenuhi bangunan stesen dan kiri kanan bahu jalan di laluan utama (berdekatan Dewan Serbaguna Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya Batu 14) sekarang.
Kini stesen bas itu hanya tinggal sejarah, tiada lagi hiruk-pikuk bunyi deruman enjin bas...tiada lagi suara konduktor bas terpekik terlolong memanggil penumpang untuk ke destinasi berbeza.
Yang tinggal hanya bangunan seni bina lama terukir perkataan dan tulisan Cina di bahagian atasnya, itu pun hanya beberapa huruf yang masih bersisa, ia kemudian diubahsuai dan kini dihuni peniaga makanan dan penjual bingkai gambar.
Bekas Ketua Kampung Batu 14 Puchong, Shaari Maun, 74, ketika mengimbas kembali nostalgia ‘kewujudan’ satu-satunya lokasi pengangkutan utama rakyat Puchong lebih 50 tahun lalu berkata, bangunan asal hanya sebuah pondok menggunakan atap zink.
Di pondok itulah, pemandu bas akan berehat sebelum menyambung tugas masing-masing membawa penduduk Puchong ke Kuala Lumpur, Klang, Port Swettenham (kini Pelabuhan Klang) dan Pulau Meranti.
Perubahan zaman menyebabkan syarikat bas membina bangunan batu yang lebih selesa untuk menyimpan bas-bas milik mereka.
Ketika usianya lima atau enam tahun, stesen bas itu sudah wujud, pernah dua kali bas milik syarikat tersebut dibakar komunis kerana menyangka ia milik British.
Pada awal penubuhannya, bas digunakan murid darjah 4 hingga 6 ke sekolah terletak di Petaling, ketika itu Sekolah Kebangsaan Puchong Batu 14 hanya menawarkan pendidikan sehingga darjah 3.
Menurut Shaari, hanya tiga bas disediakan syarikat itu pada tahun 1940-an. Dengan harga tiket 55 sen bagi orang dewasa dan 35 sen untuk pelajar sekolah, bas adalah pengangkutan utama kerana di Puchong ketika itu hanya seorang daripada keseluruhan jumlah penduduk yang mempunyai kereta.“Nak tak nak kena tunggu bas, tiada pengangkutan lain seperti sekarang, kalau terlambat bas akan tinggalkan kita, kalau dah malam perlu tunggu esok untuk ke Kuala Lumpur atau Klang,” katanya.
Stesen bas itu ditutup lebih kurang 20 tahun lalu apabila syarikat pengangkutan bas lain mengambil alih keseluruhan perjalanan dari Puchong dan mewujudkan lebih banyak destinasi.
“Bangunan lama masih ada di situ, mungkin pemiliknya sudah bertukar tangan beberapa kali. Generasi muda dan penduduk yang baru datang ke Puchong mungkin tidak tahu kisah di sebalik bangunan ditinggalkan,” katanya lagi.
Bekas konduktor, R Kumaresan, 44, yang ditemui memberitahu, dia sempat beberapa tahun bekerja dengan syarikat bas itu malah sanggup mengambil lesen untuk menjadi pemandu pada 1989.
Penduduk asal Puchong, L Subramaniam, 56, pula berkata stesen bas itu cukup terkenal dari zaman dia lahir di Kampung Batu 14 sehinggalah ditamatkan operasinya.
“Situ satu-satunya tempat orang Puchong tunggu bas. Mana boleh lupa, dulu keadaan di sini sangat sibuk, sekarang tiada lagi,” katanya.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Desiran Bayu, the lake-side residential homes on a Malay Reserve land, is another upcoming development by LBS. Featuring 100 acres of manicured land surrounding immense spans of lake; Desiran Bayu is located next to our pilot premier development, D’ Island Residence, in Puchong. As its name suggests, Desiran Bayu depicts the perfect calm of tranquil waters, gently laced with the sound of leaves heard especially when the wind blows – trees make wonderful rustic sound that comes with water-side living. This is an apt name for the development as it captures the tranquility oflake-side living where the lake is the central feature.
This carefully planned lake view development consists of a mixture of Double Storey Semi-D and Double Storey Cluster Link. The homes design was inspired by the concept that Asian families especially Malays value strong family values and community living are a large part of their way of life. However, in today's modern living we want to still capture the charm of this tradition with the quaint homes that are fused with all the expectations of modern city life. This specially designed development for the Malay community is xpressed through the traditional touches to the homes and also through encouraging communal facilities surrounding the development's main feature - the lake. These facilities include a jogging track with some outdoor exercise stations around the lake to ensure that families stay healthy. Traditional playgrounds with games like Congkak, multifunction pavilion, open plaza, cabana, BBQ pits and picnic areas for families to bond and relax. Furthermore, there will be a Surau within the development. The development boasts of lush local greenery provides a conducive environment for recreation and healthy platform for the community to gather and to bring foster closer bonds. This development is open for registration now and targeted to launch at the third quarter of year 2014.