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About Singapore & Kuala Lumpur






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Imagine you are the key to the world’s knowledge, and today knowledge is the key for companies, organisations and governments to successful operation: What would you do? At Eindhoven University we acquire knowledge, during this study trip we can disseminate knowledge and after this study trip we can embed knowledge. Let’s make the world a better place, together! Already Successful? Yes! The best choice you ever made is participating in this study trip! In this program guide you’ll find information about the study trip 2014 of study association Mollier.

The destination is chosen precisely by the committee: Singapore and Malaysia. During this trip educational, cultural and business activities take place. Learn how these kind of countries deal with the built environment and sustainability/durability, look around, sniffing culture, surprise yourself and especially enjoy this wonderful experience.

Enjoy! Ilse Schoenmakers On behalf of study trip committee 2014



General info Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is the smallest country in Southeast Asia. With a surface of 683 km2 it is just a little bit bigger than the ‘Noordoostpolder’ of the Netherlands. The country’s territory consists of the main island, commonly referred to as Singapore Island in English and Pulau Ujong in Malay, and more than 60 significantly smaller islands. The country is highly urbanised, and little of the original vegetation is remained. Singapore is one of the world’s major commercial centres. Its globalised and diversified economy depends heavily on trade, especially manufacturing. Singapore has the third-highest per capita income in the world. It places highly in international rankings with regard to education, healthcare, government transparency, and economic competitiveness. Singapore is a unitary multiparty parliamentary republic with a Westminster system of unicameral parliamentary government. The People’s Action Party has won every election since self-government began in 1959. Just over five million people live

in Singapore and approximately two million are foreign-born. While Singapore is diverse, 75 percent of the population is Chinese. There are four official languages: English, Malay, Chinese, and Tamil. The architecture of Singapore displays a range of influences and styles from different places and periods in both aesthetic and technological terms. Singapore architecture can be divided into the more traditional pre-World War II colonial period, and the largely modern post-war and post-colonial period.



General info Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, which comprises Peninsular Malaysia and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Kuala Lumpur is progressive and cosmopolitan, aspiring to achieve ‘world class city’ status by 2020. The trademarks of this ambition include an ever-changing skyscraper skyline, the conspicious presence of global brand names and an educated population. From cultural and religious sites and festivals, to a mouth-wateringly large choice of food, the multifaceted threads of Malay, Chinese, Indian and other Asian traditions and sensibilities are intricately woven into the fabric of this city. Located midway down the peninsula’s west coast, KL has an area of 234 sq km. It anchors Klang Valley, the country’s most developed and prosperous conurbation. Annexed from the state of Selangor, KL is one of the country’s three Federal Territories and the seat of Parliament. The administrative and judicial capital is Putrajaya in the south. The city’s oldest sections date back to 150 years, but much of the city was modernised in the 1990s,

when the country experienced economical growth, fuelling a property and infrastructure boom. Density increased, many old neighbourhoods have been redeveloped, and postmodern architecture dominated the cityscape. Big-city problems like pollution, traffic jams and high crime rates have taken root. Nonetheless, visitors are often surprised at how green KL is, with parks and gardens within the city and rainforests on its outskirts. Ethnically, KL’s 2 million inhabitants are made up of a majority of Chinese and Malays and a minority of Indians. Originally from southern China and Taiwan, Malays (The Melayu people) arrived in the Malay Archipelago 3.000-5.000 years ago. Through the years, they intermarried and assimilated with other Chinese, Indians, Arabs and Thais. The city basically has two centres. The old centre consists of the colonial core, the Chinese enclave, Masjid India and Kampung Baru. The new city centre, called Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), anchors the commercial and business district and is home to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.




In 1819 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, an Englishman with a Dutch mother, developed on behalf of the British East India Company in the southern part of Singapore a trading post. In 1824 the entire island became a British colony. During World War II the Imperial Japanese Army invaded Singapore. The British repossessed Singapore in September 1945. On August 31 1963, Singapore declared independence from the United Kingdom and joined with the Federation of Malaya. However, the next two years that Singapore spent as part of Malaysia were filled with strife and bitter disagreements. Singapore gained independence as the Republic of Singapore (remaining within the Commonwealth) on August 9 1965.

In the 19th century the area where KL now lies was an important settlement for the tin-industry. Because of the important work of Yap Ah Loy the city grew from a settlement to a real city. The end of the 19th century was harsh on Kuala Lumpur. At

this time the city was tormented by disasters and adversity. Diseases, epidemics, fires and floods were at the order of the day. During this period people started to build stone houses instead of wooden. This was also the period in which the first railroad was constructed. In 1887 the city of Kuala Lumpur became the capital of the province Selangor. At that time the city was already named Kuala Lumpur, which means ‘Muddy Confluence’. This comes from the intersection of the two rivers Gombak and Klang. Between 1913 and 1957 the city fell under British authority. in 1957, the Malysian people wanted to regulate themselfves. They demanded independence and they got it, the British agreed with their demands and left the country. From 1981 onwards the city developed at an even faster rate than before, this was partly due to the work of the Prime Minister at that time, Dr. Mahathir. With his ‘Vision 2020’ he transformed Malaysia into a modern country


Geography and climate


Food and drinks Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall. Temperatures usually range from 22 to 35 °C. Relative humidity averages around 79% in the morning and 73% in the afternoon. April and May are the hottest months of the year. Although Singapore does not observe daylight saving time, it follows the GMT+8 time zone, one hour ahead of the typical zone for its geographical location. So the time difference with the Netherlands is 6 hours. Like the architecture, the Singaporean cuisine is a mixture of influence of other Asian countries as China and India. Although it is a combination of different influences over the years these mixtures became Singapore’s own style. The two most famous dishes of Singapore are chilli crab and chicken rice.

Like Singapore and the rest of Malaysia, KL is hot, sunny and humid all year round. The temperature is highest between 11h and 13h, when it is a good idea to spend time indoors at any of the airconditioned attractions. The average temperature in April is 28 °C. Kuala Lumpur is a culinary microcosm of the country, because when Malaysians from all over the country settled in the city, they brought their cuisines with them. Hence, the regional Peninsula specialities are all available, from the sour and spicy northern dishes to the creamy curries of the south and the fish specialities of the east coast. Though not as widespread, Bornean specialities such as noodle dishes can also be found.

Overview Responsible Morning

Thu 17 Apr Fri 18 Apr Sat 19 Apr [Christina] [Koop-Pieter] [Kevin]

Sun 20 Apr Mon 21 Apr Tue 22 Apr Wed 23 April [Werner] [Babette] [Babette] [Christina]

Departure from NL


Arrival Singapore


Evening Blog

Responsible Morning Afternoon

Evening Blog

City tour

UWC tour

Heinen & Hopman City gallery Future Cities Brewery/ Lab Geylang Serai Pub crawl Southern Night Safari Marina Bay Ridges Walk Sands Jorinde Kevin Patrick Lisan Roel Koop-Pieter Werner Sigrid

Thu 24 Apr Fri 25 Apr [Luuk] [Luuk]

Sat 26 Apr Sun 27 Apr Ma 28 Apr Tue 29 Apr [Koop-Pieter] [Kevin] [Werner]

University of Diamond Building Malaya Putrajaya Petronas Towers

City tour


Menara KL Tower

Batu Caves

Traders hotel Fireflies park Thean Hou temple Niels Bart Luuk Christina Bas Jelle

Visit local company

Gardens by the bay Nighttrain to Singapore Manon Franziska

Back in NL!

To the airport Karin Larissa

Babette Bareld



Day 1-2 Thursday 17 April & Friday 18 April 18.40h Departure from the Netherlands


Arrival at Singapore city

The flight to Singapore departures at 18.40h. Because check-in should take place at least 3 hours in advance we meet 16.00h at Schiphol airport in the arrival hall of the trains. Everybody will get there on their own but part of the commission will leave from train station Eindhoven at 14.18, feel free to join them. The flights are provided by Lufthansa. Regular meals and drinks are included. After a short flight of 70 minutes we will arrive at Frankfurt international airport. There we have a stop of 1 hour and 45 minutes. We leave Germany and 11 hours and 20 minutes later we will land at our final destination: Singapore Changi Airport.

After a long flight we expect to arrive in Singapore at 15.50h. This is the local time which is 6 hours ahead of the Netherlands. From the airport we will take the public transport to our hostel Travelers@ SG which approximately will take 1,5 hours. Because we assume everyone is tired and maybe a little jetlagged from the flight you have the night off. Hostel information: Travellers @ SG 111 King George’s Ave Singapore 208559 nearby metro station: Lavender Tel: +65 6502 8957


Day 3 - Saturday 19 April 9.00h City tour and city gallery


After a good (or not) night sleep a bus will pick us up for a city tour through Singapore. The tour is 3,5 hours and will take us to the touristic highlights of Singapore. Citytour program: Drive around the Civic District Stop at Merlion Park Visit Thian Hock Temple (visit china town) Visit the National Orchid Garden Stop at Little India City Gallery First opened in 1999, the Singapore City Gallery tells the story of Singapore’s physical transformation over the past 50 years. With panoramic sights and sound shows it gives you a perfect overview of the city.

Time for some nightlife experience of Singapore with 4 bars, 1 mega club, free shots and exclusive drink specials. It should be a perfect mix for a memorable night. Dresscode: Guys: No shorts, no flipflops Ladies: Party casual, no flipflops

Day 4 - Sunday 20 April 09.00h

Sentosa and Southern ridges walk

Sentosa Sentosa is a popular island resort off the coast of Singapore. The name Sentosa translates as “peace and tranquility” Next to the theme park Universal Studios Singapore and Fort Siloso the island’s coastline is marked by three beaches, each with its own distinct characteristics – Siloso Beach, Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. Bring your swimsuit! Southern ridges walk The Southern Ridges comprises 9 km of green, open spaces that connect Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. Several parts of the trail are suspended high above the jungle, offering great views of the often surreal contrast between Singapore’s ultra-modern buildings and the primeval greenery around the trail with impressive bridges to cross busy highways. Dress comfortably and wear walking shoes.


Day 5 - Monday 21 April



Future Cities Laboratory

In the morning we will be picked up by Clayton Miller, a PhD Student of ETH Zurich who does his research at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL). The FCL is a transdisciplinary research centre focused on urban sustainability in a global frame. It is home to a community of over 100 PhD, postdoctoral and Professorial researchers working on diverse themes related to future cities and environmental sustainability. One of those researches, the research of Clayton Miller, is the BubbleZERO laboratory, the laboratory of the Low Exergy research module that allows to test novel systems for cooling, dehumidification and ventilation and their control under real life ambient and operating conditions in Singapore. First we will get a tour at the UWC college, one

of the greenest complexes in Singapore. In the afternoon we will visit the FCL where we will have a seminar where Clayton (BubbleZERO lab) and another PhD researcher present their work at FCL and the students of our group who volunteered to present their project. Afterwards we will get a small tour including the BubbleZERO laboratory. Presentations: Patrick Creemers, Roel Loonen Night safari In the evening there is the possibility to go to the Night Safari of Singapore, the world’s first safari park with over 2,500 nocturnal animals in their naturalistic nighttime habitats. Because this trip is optional the admission is on own cost (about ₏23,-)

Morning: Heinen en Hopman

Afternoon: Tiger brewery / Geylang Serei

Evening: Marina Bay Sands


Day 6 - Tuesday 22 April 10.00h

Heinen en Hopman


Heinen & Hopman supplies HVAC equipment to seagoing vessels and has built up extensive expertise in the design and installation of HVAC systems in this sector. Program: - 10.00h Introduction presentation of the factory and services in Singapore for Heinen & Hopman Singapore. - 10.30h Short tour of the factory & introduction of our Heinen & Hopman Singapore Staff. - 11.00h General discussion and going through some reference projects which they have done in Singapore At the same time, touch on your suggested main topics of energy efficiency environment for Marine & Offshore Projects in Singapore. - 12.00h Close the visit session with short lunch break. Tiger brewery or Geylang Serai In the afternoon there is the possibility to visit the Tiger brewery, Asia’s most iconic beer. Gain

insights about the ingredients that make Tiger Beer so irresistible and learn how to best savour beer. The visit includes a 45-minute tour and a 45-minute beer appreciation session at the Tiger Tavern (Costs: €11,-) Another option is to visit Geylang Serai, home to the Malay community. Being the original inhabitants of Singapore, the Malays have managed to keep their culture alive and vibrant. This is very noticeable in the goods and food at restaurants and shops in Geylang Serai. There are charming and colourful historical buildings.

A stunning showpiece of visual effects of interweaving lasers, searchlights, LEDs, video projectors and giant streaming water screens. For 13 electrifying minutes, Singapore’s city skyline will feel like your own private viewing backdrop. Afterwards we will enter the Marina bay sands to have a drink in the sky bar or enter the observation deck (costs €12,-).

Day 7 - Wednesday 23 April 09.00h

Gardens by the bay

Gardens by the bay is a park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. At 15.00h we will get a tour of Grant-associates at the Gardens. Grant-associates is a is an international practice of landscape architects.


Train to Kuala Lumpur

At 18:00h we say goodbye to Singapore by taking the public transport to JB Sentral where take the night train to Kuala Lumpur.



Day 8 - Thursday 24 April 08.30h

University of Malaya

We arrive (hopefully) at 07.30h in Kuala Lumpur at the Sentral Kuala Lumpur Station. The bus from the University of Malaya will pick us up. 9.00 Introduction and briefing 9.30 - 11.00 Presentation from both universities Presentations by: Karin Kompatscher, Werner Vink, Koop-Pieter Ziel & Bas Peeters 11.30 - Visit to Museum of Asian Art 12.00 - Visit to Main Library 12.30 - Visit to Perdana Siswa Complex (UM’s shop and to have lunch) 2.00 - Round UM and depart to Petronas Twin Tower

In the evening Chinatown can be discovered. Souvenir-hunters will enjoy Central Market (Pasar Seni - open until 22:00) or Petaling Street Bazaar. Come at evening/night time. Another possibility is to go to the Trader’s hotel, which has a skybar with view at the Petronas Towers. The dress code is smart casual.

After the visit to the Petronas Twin Towers the bus will drop us at our hostel Raizzy’s Guesthouse: 165G Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia TEL: +603.2022.0873 closest metro station: Pasar Seni LRT Station 24


Day 9 - Friday 25 April 10.00h

Diamond Building (IEN Consultants)


This day we will visit Putrajaya. Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to the overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur areas. The city is based on two underlying concepts, the city in the garden and the intelligent city. In the morning we will get a tour through the Diamond Building under guidance of IEN consultants. This building is inspired by the original form of the diamond, which form symbolises transparency, value and durability; characteristics which represent the Energy Commission’s role and mission as a regulatory body. The diamond shape is found to be

the most aerodynamic and effective form to prevent air infiltration through the advantage of tilted facade. It is designed with a Building Energy Index (BEI) of 85kWh/m2 per year at 2,800 hours usage - a 65% reduction in energy consumption. Fireflies Park In the evening we will go to a Fireflies park in Kuala Selangor. On the Selangor river you can spot the famous fireflies (Kelip-Kelip in Bahasa Melayu) during evenings/nights. The fireflies are found on the mangrove tree species called berembang. It is said that this is one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world.

Day 10 - Saturday 26 April 09.00h

City tour

Kuala Lumpur is rich with its history on how it developed from a small tin Miners Settlement to a growing modern city currently. Kuala Lumpur, with a character of its own, is also known for its colorful cultures, races and traditions. The city is further furnished by its interesting architecture, prominent landmarks and unique building. This will be explored on the city tour of four hours: King Palace National History Museum National Monument House of Parliament Lake Garden National Mosque Old Railway Station Independence Square China Town In the afternoon we will have a high tea in the KL Tower. The KL Tower is a 421m high telecommunications and broadcasting tower, with a revolving restaurant.

After the high tea people who are interested can visit the Thean Hou Temple. The temple is a landmark six-tiered Chinese temple, comleted in 1987. The temple, built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur, is dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother).


Day 11 - Sunday 27 April 9.00h



The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) oversees Malaysia‘s largest secondary forest, near the township of Kepong, on the northern border of KL and Selangor. The primary purpose of the institute, ever since it was established by the British in 1929, has been to conduct research into forestry. FRIM is a living museum, with six distinct types of woodland and abundant bird, animal and insect life. It has four main walking trails running through it, as well as jogging and mountain biking tracks, wildlife watch-towers, traditional Malay wooden houses, botanical gardens, picnic areas, and even spots to go for a dip. The biggest single attraction is the Canopy Walkway, an 150m-long series of suspended bridges, 30m above the forest floor. Unless you suffer from fear of height, then the walkway is well worth doing.

Batu Caves After the Forest Research Institute, we will go to the Batu Caves. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. Wear comfortable shoes this day!

Day 12-13 Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 April 09.00h

Company visit

After a company visit in the morning, you have one last time to enjoy the city. In the evening we will go the airport and at 00.05h in the night our plain will take us back to the Netherlands



House rules - You are expected to join in every activity and copmpany visit (Exept for the optional activities) - Wearing our polo during company- and universityvisits is mandatory. - Everyone is responsible and appointed to write a travelblog for one day (See the overwiev of the program). - Don’t paste stickers of Mollier at company visits. - Don’t eat gum in Singapore (So don’t bring it with you). - Be on time for every departure at the prearranged time.

Flight information 










Telephone numbers and adresses Singapore

Kuala Lumpur


Tel: 999

999 (landline) | 112 (cellphone)


Tel: 995

999 (landline) | 112 (cellphone)

Ambulance/First aid

Tel: 995

994 (landline) | 112 (cellphone)

Non-Emergency Ambulance

Tel: 1777

Singapore Travellers @ SG 111 King George’s Ave Singapore 208559 Nearby metro station: Lavender Tel: +65 6502 8957

Kuala Lumpur Raizzy’s Guesthouse: 165G Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur 50000, Malaysia Nearby metro station: Pasar Seni LRT Station Tel: +603.2022.0873


Malay Sentences Good morning – selamat pagi [uitspraak: slammat] Good afternoon – selamat petang Good evening – selamat malam Good bye – selamat tinggal Welcome – selamat datang How are you? – Apa kabar? What is your name? – Apakah nama anda? My name is ... – Nama saya ... I’m from the Netherlands – Saya asal dari Negeri Belanda How much is that? – Harganya berapa?

Words Yes - ya No - ada Thank you – terima kasih Sorry – minta ma-af food – makan coffee – kopi Tea – teh Water – air Beer – bir Station – stesyen Taxi – teksi Toilet – tandas

Numbers 0 – kosong 1 – satu 2 – dua 3 – tiga 4 – empat 5 – lima 6 – enam 7 – tujuh 8 – lapan 9 – sembilan 10 – sepuluh






Crossword puzzle



Crossword puzzle






BOMEN PLANTEN Een tuinder heeft 10 perenbomen gekocht voor zijn boomgaard. Hij wil deze bomen in 5 rijen planten, met in elke rij 4 bomen. Hoe moet de tuinder de bomen planten?

ALLEEN OMHOOG Wat van u gaat maar steeds omhoog en komt nimmer meer omlaag?

SLAKKENGANG Een slak bevindt zich op de bodem van een 20 meter diepe put. Elke dag klimt de slak 5 meter omhoog, maar ’s nachts glijdt hij weer 4 meter terug naar beneden. Hoeveel dagen duurt het voordat de slak de bovenrand van de put heeft bereikt?

VOGELTJE Het eerste deel van mijn naam is een rund en het tweede deel een lekkernij Welke vogel ben ik?

MUIZENISSEN Een bepaald soort muis krijgt iedere maand 10 jongen en leeft precies 5 maanden. Je hebt een pasgeboren muis van de soort. Hoeveel muizen heb je na 2 jaar?


Dutch Richard Mollier, onze vader, schreef ons de materie voor. Met zijn kunde en zijn wijsheid kunnen wij nog jaren door. Biertje, praatje, lekker gezellig, dat zijn de pijlers van Mollier. Comfort staat hoog in ons vaandel, daar doen wij ons voordeel mee. Aan pure mooibouw, decadent denken, hebben wij een broeder dood. Installaties zijn de zielen; dat maakt juist gebouwen groot. Wij zullen komen, wij zullen strijde; wij vechten voor een goede zaak. Installaties boven alles, dat zien wij als onze taak.

English Richard Mollier, our father, prescribed us the matter. With his knowledge and his wisdom we can go on for years. Beers, talking, nice and cosy, that is the foundation of Mollier. Comfort has a high priority, that’s where we make a difference. Purely building nicely and decadent thinking is not our game. Installations are the souls, that’s what makes buildings great. We will come, we will struggle, we will fight for a good cause. Installations above all else, that’s what we see as our job. 42


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Program study trip Singapore and Malaysia  

Study trip to Singapore and Malaysia from the 17th to the 29th of April 2014.