Monday, March 20, 2017

Taking the MRT from 1U to Semantan

Doing a little jump here... Recently, yours truly had to pay a visit to Wisma UN. Since Moi stays near Damansara, and I didn't want to pay for the exorbitant parking there, I decided to take the MRT instead.

SO. Yours truly parked @ 1U station (which was deserted. Really.) At 0930H, there were only 5 cars (including moi's) at car park. Kinda eerie that.

BUT, once you get into the lift lobby... wow. Nice.
Now, I was a little confused with this. How can the G (Ground) Floor be consider THE floor for the MRT station? It's easily 2 stories high...
Anyway, once coming out of the lift, you turn right, and make your way across to the connecting pedestrian bridge that links the car park to the station.

The biggest difference between using the LRTs and this MRT are the 'doors' on the platform. Obviously for safety, this is fantastic. Doors open...
And doors close.
The entire network map of KL's Rail Transit System. In my opinion, the biggest missing link is something that goes from north to south, aka from Cyberjaya, across Puchong, PJ and then onwards towards Kepong.

For, if you wanted to go north or south, it's a huge detour... and a time waster.
When I was small, the government complex formerly known Pusat Bandar Damansara or affectionately PBD is now... gone! Demolished...
Yours truly, upon making his way back, needed to use the restroom. This is almost like Shopping Mall restrooms in that the layouts and aesthetic design just makes you go... wow.
Finally, along with audio information, you now have visual aids informing you on your current location and next approaching station. It's been a long time coming!
The deserted train as I made my way back after lunch...
This appears on the side of which the doors open.
Along with blue lighting! Cool!
Having used the LRT from Tmn Bahagia to KLCC for many years, the MRT (be it station or train sets) is certainly a huge improvement in terms of:
a) Noise - it's really quiet; be it inside or outside as you wait
b) Station Restrooms feel like a shopping mall experience from the outside; not like some after thought.
c) Visual Guides in the train sets - finally, we have it!
d) If you own a OneCard, then parking is cheaper. See here

However, I found some pet peeves:
a) I can't pay for parking via TnG. It's using the old ticket vending machine style.
b) G for station. Really?

Unlike the KJ LRT line, you can use TnG cards at the MRT. Seriously. What's up with these people? Previously, you could use TnG cards on the LRT. But now, you can't. Madness. Why can't we have a solution much like how Hong Kong or Singapore has???

In Sumnmary:
Is it worth it? I would say that once the second phase opens up (connecting Semantan to downtown KL and onwards), it's not surprising then if ridership goes up as I'm sure many stay on this side of the world and would like to ditch their cars behind...

It's a long time in waiting... :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Christmas 2016 and New Year's Day 2017

For a shark lover, obviously, one would be over the moon... Eating shark biscuits in his shark shirt with his shark toys...
We bought these 2 from Mothercare recently. And they are his favourites.
And believe it that he can complete them in 30mins. It says for 5 year old's... Guess my 3 year old is different! :P
Two in kindred spirit! Discussing about Cat Fish! :P
 Christmas Log from Delicious Bake @ SS2
"Yum yum. I can't wait to eat these Cookies that I helped to bake!"
His other jigsaw - 100 pieces. When it suits his fancy, he'll complete it.
 New Year's Day Meal - Mission Wraps, Salad & Chicken Ham!
The End.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Koi Fishes, Wedding Anniversary and a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Birthday Cake

Naturally, anywhere that has fishes, gets this Boy's attention. And Curve @ Mutiara Damansara with it's Koi pond naturally had us gravitating there...
What do you see there luv?

"See? They all come to me..."

Now, what can this be? But out wrap dinner using Mission Wraps... Ayamas Chicken Ham...
And this cake? We'll... it's our wedding anniversary cake from Delicious Bake @ SS2.
And to finish the day, we had pasta with something we both like: Bundaberg Lemon, Lime Bitter Beer... from Oz. Which only Hero sells it individually!
Now, what can this be???
Baskin Robbins Ice Cream cake!
Of course it had to have sea creatures there!!! :P

Happy Birthday Luv... and yes, it was very nice. A once in a lifetime experience...
The End.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Coming Back to KL from Perth

I know it's been many moons since we left Perth, but there are a few items left to share. So here we go.

Where did we stay? As mentioned somewhere else, Seasons of Perth which is located just 5 mins off Murray / Hays Street; making things very convenient for us.
 S'long Miss Maud. Your Carrot Cake and pastries was just sumptious and had my Little One finishing up his plate every time! Incidentally, this branch of Miss Maud is just next to Seasons of Perth and it has it's own Swedish Hotel too! Something interesting...
 On our walk to St Mary's, we came by this... Bird Cage sitting anyone?
 And just next to St Mary's is yes, Royal Perth Hospital or Perth's GH as you would.
 As missus is working in the medical line...
 So we had to have a visit or look see... :P
The Original fire station in Perth CBD...
 One of the cool things for kids is all the attention places give you in the Western world. Where unlike Asia, you're just told to shut up and be seen, here, you get a play area.
 So naturally, Little One was allowed to run around and play to his hearts content.
 As it was an evening flight, sunset from 30,000ft!
 Little One going through his booklet on Marine Creatures.
 We were lucky in that our return flight, it was probably half filled. And so, yours truly decided to camp himself onto the 3 seats ahead of ours... :)

And that's a wrap of our Perth Trip.

The End.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ode to my Wife's Fashion Sense

If anything, Missus had planned out meticulously her dressing for our 6 day trip. Especially...

Day 1
Day 2
(I included this as this is my favourite picture of my wife...)
Day 3

Day 4
Day 5
And finally, Day 6
Oh, by the way, the 3 crochet scarfs; they were done by her... care to guess which scarf was partly made in Geneva during my 3 months assignment there? :)

And yes, it's those scarfs that she had so meticulously made or purchased that stands out. Is it worth it? You'll have to ask her. But I'm sure the answer is YES.

The End.