Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Porsche Panamera unveiled... after an elevator ride

A lot of you may have heard of Porsche's newest model line, the four-door four-seater Panamera. A lot of you don't like the Panamera. While I strictly believe in a "to each his own" policy, I think that this car is one that grows on you after a while. After all, when Porsche unveiled the Cayenne in 2002, the automotive world scoffed at it. And now, it's one of the most popular cars; especially here, where you see so many of them that it makes you want to pull your eyes out and blindly hurl them at one. But, I digress...

The Panamera was just unveiled at the Auto Shanghai 2009 expo on April 19. When it officially goes on sale in Europe, North America and Asia in September [with other regional releases in October through December], the [current] base option, the V-8 400-horsepower Panamera S, will begin at 89,900 US dollars. Eighty-nine thousand nine hundred dollars. The Panamera Turbo, the top-end offering from this line, will liberate you from a whopping 132600 dollars [customizable options not included]. Recession? What recession? Ree-se-shun?

Something cool that Porsche managed to pull off at the car's unveiling was its ability to reveal the car from the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center [currently the world's second-tallest building at 492 meters]. How'd they get it up there, you ask?

By elevator. Duh.

The five-meter long car was put on a specially-constructed rig, where it was then turned vertically and shoved into an elevator cabin with only inches to spare on all sides. It then began the climb to the 94th floor of the tower, where it was presented to the world 425 meters above the ground. 

Fitting, seeing that only that very top echelon of the financial demographic [or Kuwaitis] would be able to afford that thing in times like these anyway...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Fire at Al-Marzouk Pearl Building

Ring the alarms: there was a fire at the Al-Marzouk Pearl residential complex earlier today.

The fire happened around 3:45-4:00 PM. Apparently the elevators in Block 2 of the building caught fire, destroying the elevator shafts and cabins, as well as causing considerable smoke damage on the fourth floor. Thankfully, no casualties have been reported. Exact details on the fire's cause should be available soon.

The fire was fully extinguished in under an hour, but a lot of renovation work needs to be in line for the complex's owners/managers.

The following photographs were taken on my iPhone when I checked the damage out with my friend and fellow blogger K5.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

MOBA: The Museum of BAD Art

With a slogan of "art too bad to be ignored", you just can't help but to be intrigued.

The Museum of Bad Art [MOBA] is, you guessed it, a gallery that showcases art that no one else would display or bother appreciating. With two branches in Dedham and Somerville, Massachusetts [outside of Boston], MOBA has a collection of over 500 artworks ranging from the delightfully mundane to the appallingly ghastly.

It started back in 1994, when an antiques dealer found a painting in the trash and showed it to some friends. He soon started featuring rejected art at a friend's home, which soon gained tremendous popularity and eventually led to the art needing to be displayed in a larger space for people around the world to gawk, point and laugh at.

The next time you're in the Boston area, you can join in the fun.

For more info, visit MOBA's official site: