Never lose your way in KL ever again!

While I was in the US, driving was a breeze. This is especially so because I didn’t have to worry about direction, thanks to MapQuest. It enabled me to drive all the way from Michigan to Florida, or to New York, or to South Dakota, to wherever.

When I returned to KL not too long ago, I had to re-adapt to drive on the right side of the road, which is left, ironically. Worse, because of the way KL is planned — or rather, unplanned — north, south, east or west means absolutely nothing. Driving is a nightmare. This is one of many reasons why I prefer to take the train and walk instead of drive. Thank goodness, that could change soon.

The story started last weekend and it goes like this: I regularly patrol Wikipedia and one thing that I particularly love to do is spam removal. Yes, call me spam fighter, please!

Over the weekend, as the day waned, I was left with nothing but the internet. Surprisingly, there was nothing exciting on the internet. Seriously, it was like having 90 cable channels and nothing good is on. Unbelievable but shit like that happens. And so, I put on my cape and red underwear and here I come to save the day! Antispamman to the rescue!

While saving Wikipedia from the evil force of Mr. Spammers, Antispamman noticed that article Malaysia was violated by Mr. Spammers. The mighty Antispamman, pulling in years of Wiki-experience, erased the spam. And then, all was well.

But Antispamman had a second thought of his deletion. After all, wrongful deletion would spur ugly revert war which Antispamman had no stomach for. So, diligently, he checked each one that his removal. During the inspection, he discovered the wonderful Find Local. It is basically MapQuest for Malaysia! That means, it is useful for KL.

Say I stay at Jalan Gurney and need to go to Jalan Duta. I would just key in the relevant addresses and then chant “Antispamman is the greatest hero in the whole wide world”, Find Local will give me the exact direction.

Thanks to Antispamman and Find Local, I would never lose my way in KL again. Ever!

And girls always accuse guys of having too much ego and refuse to ask for direction when we got lost. With Find Local, our ego is really going to balloon up. Hah!

4 Comments so far

  1. mob1900 (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    Back then I always use http://www.streetdirectory.com.sg
    to find location at my own country!
    Irony isn’t it? ‘coz their maps are updated all the time. There’s a PJ map at http://www.pjnet.com.my/
    which is quite current I think(last time I was there – 2004).

    Now I will be too occupied with Google Sat maps and totally forgot about the real location I wanne find. lol

    Thanks for the new bookmark!


  2. alifbata (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    here in the states, we use gps. even delivery guys use gps nowadays.


  3. Hafiz (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:41 am

    Thanks mob!

    Alif, yeah. In Malaysia, we use GPS too. However, GPS is relatively expensive compared to typical interactive map guide on the internet. In a way, the latter is more “egalitarian” method compared to the former.


  4. kidal (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 9:41 am

    Having lived in KL, it took me a while to get used to the city. As mentioned by Hafiz, few streets are straight. So it is very difficult to orientate yourself.

    Even after driving in the Klang valley for 7 or 8 years, I would still get lost occasionally.

    I recently visited KL after 5 years, and a lot of new highways had been built. I found it quite confusing.

    This new service, if it’s as good as MapQuest or Google Maps will certainly make things so much easier. I just hope that they keep it updated.



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