KL Street Scenes

July 1, 2008 at 11:15 p07 (Hobby, Travel) ()

Attended an exhibition in Hotel Istana in the big city of KL last week…

Had a first hand experience of KL famous peak hour traffic jam. A first for me. Getting caught in a jam is not too bad for me as i have my Pentax k100D with my tele lens mounted on it. There are many interesting street scene to “shoot” and i was just as trigger happy to comply. I had a lot of fun but could not say the same of my driver friend.

Yawning…. me too if i were to wait for a bus that seemed to take eternity to come.

“Don’t bang me!” seemed like what the guy was telling the Waja driver! This was actually a poster on a bus, shot at a traffic light junction…

KL has a lot of beautiful post-war buildings with Islamic-influenced architectural features. This photo was shot near the dataran merdeka where Malaysia was declared an independant country many years ago…

there are a lot of sky scrappers too. overall, KL gives me the feeling of a city in a hurry to develop, with the interspersing of sky scrappers and low-rise shop houses have seen better times. for a city that is this well developed, i was struck by the lack of mass public transport option like mass transit rail.

There are a lot of huge in-your-face type of advertising boards in this city touting a myriad of products and services. This one is trying to sell a mobile phone service. The model looks a bit like Eason Chan, the singer, from far, isn’t it?

We were stuck for like an hour and a half in the jam. It was already dusk when we reached PJ, the place i put up while in KL.

That’s all for my first experience in a KL jam. Will not be my last as….

I will be back! I dread the day i have to drive ahhh……

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Yummy!

June 21, 2008 at 11:15 p06 (Travel)

Yummy

Was in Melaka last week visiting my cousin’s family and their pet Shih Tsu, Mimi. Mimi has been with the family for a long time and is in his golden years already. Partially blind due to cataract but still, when come to food, Mimi’s vison is sharp… especially his favourite candy!!

How come dogs also lick their lips like human beings, or the other way round when come to good food?

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Horny man & massage parlour

February 12, 2008 at 11:15 p02 (General Chatter, Travel)

During CNY, my blog counter went crazy with referal from international sex guide. The most read posts?

“Chang Ping – the place” & “Married man go to massage parlour singapore”

Either Chang Ping, a rustic industrial town is now the new “Bangkok” of the east or the police raid in Geylang during the Chinese New Year had driven the regulars to the massage parlour for a quicky?

Where did all these horny people came from? Someone must have laden all the cny goodies with viagra or something….

Naughty, naughty….

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Chang Ping – the place

March 7, 2007 at 11:15 p03 (Travel)

I was visiting a relative in Chang Ping during the last few days of Chinese New Year. Chang Ping is one of the bustling counties in the city of Donguan city in Guangdong Province, China. It is located about an hour drive from Shenzhen. The county was formerly an agricultural village but had seen rapid development over the last twenty years with the rise of the manufacturing sector. Chang Ping is one of the counties that had supported Donguan city fame as the “factory of the world” with its cheap labour and abundant manufacturing capacity.

I spent a few days and like what i see here. I took a lot of photo of the trip and would like to share with my readers here. Here is one of the many posts i will put up on Chang Ping.

this is one of the main streets in CP. both sides of the streets are lined by high rise condo but shopping are not interesting here. outlets are dominated by HK brand (baleno, U2 etc) and some China brands that i never heard off. however, if you like all things chinese like tea sets, silks, wood carvings, chinese painting, this street has it all.

same street at night…

hua mei hotel lobby – CP boosts some good 3-4 star hotels which cater to the business community. tourism is not a strong pulling point of the city but i can assure you the service industry is first class – specifically its food & beverage, spa and massage outlets.

 

Boton Mandarin Sky Cafe… quite a mouthful but i will remember it well, for the simple reason it serves one of the best hot-stone steak i had ever tasted. the service was excellence and the staff extremely friendly. my relative was addressed by his surname throughout the night by serving staff. Even the non-serving one would dropped by to utter a friendly “Hello”. BMSC – i will be back!

Interior of BMSC – complete with a piano and a fancy lotus-pond ceiling. too bad, the resident pianist was not in at that moment…

 

BMSC is famous for its fancy dessert too. No picture though as we didn’t order any. I like a the setting and the ambience. Too bad my wife was not around to savour it with me. She was away having her hair washed and shoulder massaged in another part of town.

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Winn’s New Pet

January 14, 2007 at 11:15 p01 (Bloggers Meeting, Travel, Whining/Bitching/Ranting)

 in the last gathering with bloggers from KL, i had the privilege of sitting facing Winn and came face to face with the beauty & the beast her new pet. you can see her concentration in getting her restless pet to pose for the camera…

 i could see her admiration for her new love….

 

her dedication is total & absolute as her facial expression tells us all!

now, may i present to you winn’s new pet!

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winn “better stop flying around and eat your food…”

beside this little distraction, lunch was good as i got the chance to meet may & nyonya penang (first time), angel, jilo & kenny ng. my only regret was, the meet was too short for me as i got to leave early.

Thank you angel for organising the lunch!!

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Security Unlimited?

September 28, 2006 at 11:15 p09 (Married Life, Travel)

DSC_4419.JPG, originally uploaded by Grayskullduggery.

When you walk down the aisle, you are no more an island. Your life is forever interlinked with that lady in white. You share her value although you dont necessary take ownership of it.

One of the things that i dont agree 100% with my Yang Berhormat on is the issue of security. She has a very heightened sense of seige mentality and security is paramount in a lot of her decision making and actions.

On the day of the blogger meet, i was supposed to drop her in OneUtama New Wing but she refused to get down at the side below the overhead bridge because she didnt feel safe. There was no characters of suspicious nature in the vicinity but who is going to argue with YB who is in a happy shopping mood/mode?

On our way back to the South, we had about RM60 in our smart tag and should be enough to reach home. But Yang Berhormat insisted that i “tambah nilai” (add value) at the Sg Besi toll, which had a v ery long queue and cars were cutting in from the right all the times. She was worried that the residual value might not be enough and we had to wind down our window later to pay in cash. She felt unsafe winding down our car window in the middle of the night. Well, queue lor, what to do?

Well on another separate incident involving crime and security, my friend from Kota Kemuning office was burgled the week i was there. Lucky his office content was insured and properly back-up. He will be in town today until the Saturday and i will be reciprocating his hospitality. So, my weekend starts early as i will be taking 2 half days off, both today & tomorrow to show him around.

Have a nice weekend and see you guys next week! Updating of KL trip will continue next week!

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About Last Week

September 25, 2006 at 11:15 p09 (Travel)

 Watch out for the jam in the morning. You better leave latest by 7 am.”  my good friend advised on the first day I arrived. Mentally I was bracing for a 1 to 1.5 hour jam from Kota Kemuning to Sheraton Subang. But it turned out my friend was pulling my leg and on the first day, I had a loooong breakfast with enough time to read “The New Straits Times” twice over and still be on time for class at 9 am. Long time never had such luxury in the morning and I liked it so much I kept it for the rest of the week.  

Surprise no: 3 waking up one hour early every day can be fun and fatal at the same time. I read about this lady who used to wake up early every day to beat the traffic and napped in her car in the company carpark before going to work. She died last week when her car rolled down and crashed to the bottom of a 25 m retaining wall.  

KL also has its daily free newspaper called “The Sun”. “The Sun” was hot and usually it would be gone before I am done with my breakfast.  Breakfast was roti canai washed down with teh tarik. Further to that, I was like having curry every alternate day at my friend’s house. For these 5 days I think I had had my quota of heaty food for the whole month of October.  Thank goodness no sore throat which bring me to Surprise no: 4 Heaty food does not cause heatiness in the throat but ignite the fire in the heart. How I wish wifey was around to do some heat transfer activities!  

The above was basically my routine for the week… Detox-Eat-Class-Eat-Class-Eat-Study-Detox-Sleep. If not for the two dinners with blogger angel and desi, I will die aitelyu! 

Well, weekend was a totally different story. Cocka organized blogger meeting was pure fun and absolutely crazy! Early bird catches the worm and coming early I got to spend a private moment with titoki, the notorious blogger everyone love to pijak who was there after me and before everyone else. That will be my surprise no: 5, and will leave it for the next post…. 

Stay tuned!

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I am BACK!

September 24, 2006 at 11:15 p09 (Travel)

Hei I am back!

I survived Petaling Jaya, affectionately know as PJ!  

I was a MICE in PJ for 5 days and got a few stories to tell… I can’t say my experience is typical of a MICE (meeting, incentive tour, convention and exhibition) tourist but there are a few surprises that I like to share here. Some regrets though but then too few to mention. Was in this part of Bolehland for 5 days last week chasing a certificate in infrared photography. There were 2 Nigerians, 2 HK, 3 Thais, 2 Eastern Malaysians, 4 Western Malaysians, 1 Pakistanis and moi in this class of 15. Trainer was a Swedish angmoh based in Thailand. Paper chase… little dot favourite pastime and survival need in this competitive jungle we called city garden. A little “bomb” waited for the class at the end of the course as we had to sit for an exam to get our certificate. Boys! I was totally stressed throughout the week juggling study and a list of bloggers people to meet. Surprise no: 1, didn’t expect to see such a diversified nationality in this course. 

I stayed with a friend who lives in Kota Kemuning. This area on the outskirt of PJ is like a little oasis and the layout is so well planned out, it is near to impossible to get lost here. The landscape is resort-like with lake and tree-lined boulevard and just the perfect welcome for a tired soul driving back at the end of the day. For the lack of a better word, the place setting & layout is not unlike a country club. But the familiarity stops here as people here are really close and friendly. My friend’s house has a public park in front of it and people come out from their houses in the evening and hang out in the park…. The ambience is very much like in the olden days in the kampong! It has this kampong (village) feel of neighbourliness and familiarity. People can’t be friendlier than this. Can you imagine this? My friend’s neighbour kids will go to his house to borrow his badminton rackets to play badminton in the park. Don’t see this type of behaviour in city living anymore. Everyday when I was there, I would do some horsing around with my friend’s and his neighbours’ kid in the park before dinner. My friend will be there too, everyday, playing with his 4-year old kid. This scenario breaks my stereotype of city living where people seldom stay outdoor and generally, both parents hardly see their kids before sunset… Surprise no: 2. 

I am pleasantly surprised by the traffic and the lesser known PJ food but this will be in another entry. I also have to register my gratitude to bloggers who had in one way or another provided a welcome break to my stressful stay here. It will be insincere to just do a cursory mention of them here so I will also hold my horse back on this one for a later post.

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Everyone can fly!

July 22, 2006 at 11:15 p07 (Travel)

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That’s Airasia tag line and i can’t argue with Tony Fernandez, CEO of Airasia… as moi just got the RM1.99 (excluding tax RM35) ticket to Ipoh for this August. Yippee!! I am flying in as many time for the last two months as i did for the whole of the last two years.

… my thanks also go out to all those entrepreneurial JB guys who provided the transfer between Senai and Kiasuland! Without the convenient of the “taxi” service provided by these Malaysians, the hassle of travelling to Senai and navigating the bottleneck at the custom would be enough deterrent to low cost carrier (LCC) fans like moi!!

Our next target is Bangkok and Macau, for say SG$100? Getting one of these tickets is like striking the “consolation” price in the local 4-D lottery! Only no bet money $$ required and the odd of striking is much better…

LCC tickets fishing, anyone?

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Procrastination costs me RM120

June 13, 2006 at 11:15 p06 (Travel)

I am indulging myself in some Ipoh old world charm come early next month. The old ACS gang and some x-MGS girls are getting together for a gathering at Destress on 8 July. Last count…about 80 of us. If any of you guys and gals out there who were from ACS/MGS cohort of '83 (Form 6), please don't feel shy… come, come and join us!


Was going through the AirAsia website when i saw this GREAT offer of RM9.90 AirAsia ticket from IPOH-JB flying on 11 July. After discussing the plan to fly with SO, i went online again to book the tickets the next day. Niamah! 24 hours and the ticket price up went by 700%…. to RM69.90 each. For two persons, i am paying additional RM120, OUCH! Procrastination hurts!

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