Kuala Lumpur’s Shopping Scene
With more than 60 shopping malls located within its city limits, Kuala Lumpur is one of the major shopping destinations in Asia. Shoppers can find priceless antiques, local handicrafts and souvenirs, as well as popular international luxury brands.
One of the city’s premier malls, Suria KLCC, is located right at the bottom of the famous Petronas Twin Towers. It is home to numerous designer shops as well as many popular restaurants.
However, Kuala Lumpur’s most well-known shopping district is Bukit Bintang. Spanning over several main roads, this area includes shops in all price ranges, along with many cafes and al fresco dining options.
Popular shopping malls in Bukit Bintang include Berjaya Times Square, which features an indoor theme park with a 7-storey roller coaster, and Pavilion KL, which is home to former Malaysian prime minister Tun Mahathir bin Mohamad’s Japanese-style bakery called The Loaf. For the technologically inclined, Low Yat Plaza offers all types of electronics, video games and computer accessories.
No matter what you buy, you will need ringgit, the local currency in Malaysia. Foreign currency can be exchanged at major banks and airports, though money changers located in shopping malls may offer better rates. ATMs are also widely available in Kuala Lumpur.
The ringgit’s favorable exchange rate (1 USD = 4.23 MYR) makes shopping in Kuala Lumpur very affordable. Additionally, tourists can enjoy tax-free shopping with Malaysia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund scheme on purchases from approved vendors. Be sure to save your receipts and claim your refund at the airport!
APVRS 2017 Travel Grant Recipients
After receiving applications from a number of highly eligible doctors, a total of 5 individuals have been selected as the 2017 APVRS Yasuo Tano Travel Grant awardees. Each vitreo-retinal specialist below will receive US$500 toward their travel expenses to the 11th APVRS Congress in Kuala Lumpur. APVRS congratulates the following recipients:
● Jing Feng (China)
● Umesh D Bhammarkar (India)
● Vishal Govindhari (India)
● Nivean Madhivanan (India)
● Diva Kant Misra (India)
The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO), co-host of APVRS 2017, has generously awarded travel grants to the 5 delegates below who will attend the Congress and participate in the submitted program. Each recipient will be presented with MYR$1,000.
● Teck Boon Tew (Chinese Taipei)
● Shun Kumashiro (Japan)
● Jee Yao Loke (Malaysia)
● Sor Earn Tan (Malaysia)
● Ronald Yu Tiu (Philippines)
Additionally, MSO will present Keshmahinder Singh Travel Grants of MYR$1,000 each to the 10 individuals below. These recipients will also participate in the submitted program of the 11th APVRS Congress.
|● Pritam Bawankar (India)
● Mariam H Doctor (India)
● Prateek Kakkar (India)
● Mohd Anash Pathan (India)
● Meher Tej Ravula (India)
|● Aditya A Sudhalkar (India)
● Wen Yee Lee (Malaysia)
● Fatin Nadia Zamawi (Malaysia)
● Rajya Laxmi Gurung (Nepal)
● Roshija Khanal Rijal (Nepal)
The Posterior Segment in Cataract Surgery
Chaired by Dr. Mun Wai Lee, Dr. Manish Nagpal and Dr. Iwan Sovani, the symposium “Posterior Segment Issues in Cataract Surgery” is scheduled on the morning of December 10, 2017, day 3 of APVRS 2017. This session will bring together an outstanding panel of speakers who will discuss the coexisting diseases or complications, as well as their management, that may be encountered during cataract surgery.
Managing Anterior Segment Surgery Complications
Featuring key opinion leaders from around the world, the symposium “When Front and Back Collide: Managing Anterior Segment Surgery Complications” will provide insight and expertise into the management of anterior segment surgical complications. Chairs Prof. Dennis Lam, Dr. Andrew Chang and Dr. Kian Seng Lim will share their experiences in this important symposium scheduled on the afternoon of December 9, 2017, day 2 of the 11th APVRS Congress.
Nationals of many countries in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond are eligible to enter Malaysia without a visa. For more information, please visit http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/entry-requirements-into-malaysia.html.
Delegates are reminded that the visa application process may take up to several weeks. To avoid any delay or other issues that could interfere with attending the APVRS Congress, please apply at the earliest convenient time. An invitation letter to accompany the visa application can be generated after logging in to the 2017 APVRS Congress system at http://congress.apvrs.org/.
Penang: A Diner’s Paradise
Penang is a beautiful island in northern Malaysia famous for its food, culture and numerous tourist attractions. It is also included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Acclaimed by Lonely Planet as one of the top food destinations in the world, Penang’s cuisine reflects the ethnic mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian traditions in Malaysia. It is especially famous for street food served al fresco.
Must-try dishes include char kuey teow (wok fried rice noodles), Penang laksa (a sour spicy noodle broth that was named one of the best dishes in the world by Lonely Planet), nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk with curry), nasi kandar (a variety of curries with rice), rojak (spicy fruit and vegetable salad) and cendol (a shaved ice dessert featuring palm sugar).
Feeling hungry? Penang-style restaurants can also be found in Kuala Lumpur. Be sure to ask members of our APVRS 2017 co-host, the Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology, for their recommendations!
Controversies, Challenges & Evidence on Management of Diabetic Retinopathy Including DME
Start your morning on Day 2 (December 9) of the 11th APVRS Congress with the “Controversies, Challenges & Evidence on Management of Diabetic Retinopathy Including DME” symposium, which will cover screening strategies for diabetic retinopathy, along with current and emerging treatments for diabetic macular edema. It will also feature the latest updates from the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network trials from Profs. Neil and Susan Bressler.
Controversies in Retina
Scheduled on Day 1 (December 8), the “Controversies in Retina” symposium will feature key opinion leaders discussing different management options for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, persistent diabetic macular edema and postoperative endophthalmitis. Compelling arguments will be presented, accompanied by commentary from moderators Prof. Neil Bressler, Prof. Taiji Sakamoto and Dr. Nor Fariza Ngah.
Petronas Twin Towers: 5 Fun Facts
Everyone has seen stunning images of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers, but what do you know about the history of these landmarks? Check out these 5 interesting facts!
1. The towers were designed by renowned Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli and completed in 1996.
2. From 1996 to 2004, the towers were the tallest in the world. Now they are the tallest twin towers in the world.
3. The towers are joined by a sky bridge at level 41. Limited tickets to visit this area can be purchased on site.
4. The foundations of the twin towers are the deepest in the world. The total weight of the concrete used in the foundations is 35,800 tons.
5. To ensure that the towers were completed on schedule in 6 years, the Malaysian government awarded the contract for the construction of Tower 1 to a Japanese company with Tower 2 constructed by a South Korean firm. Thus ensued an epic race to be the first to complete the towers! To find out which company won, be sure to visit the iconic Twin Towers during APVRS 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.
Mastering Retinal Imaging
Noninvasive imaging is the latest buzz in the field of retinal imaging. This master class will bring participants up to date with the latest in optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, digital photography and angiography, including the basics of imaging modalities, abilities, how they work together and what is more recently available. Through a series of lectures and case studies, participants will develop confidence in mastering retinal imaging.