Archive for April, 2007

Eye on KL

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Unable to find a good scene to capture ahead of the installation of the new Malaysian King this Thursday April 26, 2007.

But I did manage to go by the Eye on Malaysia over at Lake Titiwangsa – a disused mining pool turned to a public park. Kuala Lumpur used to be one of the centres of tin-mining in Malaysia as it slowly turned the then-capital of Selangor state before eventually becoming the capital city of Malaysia.

So this is beautiful Kuala Lumpur at night with the Eye on Malaysia and the Petronas Twin Towers – the world’s tallest twin towers.

Before the two towers

Kuala Lumpur is a relatively young city compared to many others. Even on regional scale, the city, established only in mid-19th century, is far younger than Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila. That however does not prevent Kuala Lumpur from having landmarks.

Nowadays, ask any local of the question, what is the landmark of Kuala Lumpur, chances are, the answer would be the Petronas Twin Towers. But long before the towers stood there by Jalan Ampang, what was the landmark of the city?
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Malaysian King to be crowned next week

Malaysian King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin will be installed officially as Malaysia’s 13th constitutional monarch at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur on April 26, 2007.

While Sultan Mizan became King last December under Malaysia’s unique rotating constitutional monarchy for five years, the official installation takes place months later in traditional ceremony. The Malaysian King is chosen from the nine royal houses in the country.

It is a public holiday for the civil service, schools and banks plus the local bourse. The rest of us will have to work while state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia will have a live telecast of the proceedings steeped in pomp, pagentry and ceremony.
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Shootings at VT and Harian Metro the lying liar

The shooting at Virginia Tech is shocking enough that I do not think many would appreciate anybody adding extra spice to the unfortunate event. That however is not what a local tabloid thinks. Harian Metro, in trying to sensationalize the news, added untrue statements to the news.

Harian Metro interviewed a Malaysian at Virginia Tech and produced an exaggerated report. The Malaysian is active at ReCom.org and has posted on how Harian Metropusing” (a Malay word which, within context, roughly means “misinforming” or “manipulating”) his words. Read all about it at ReCom.org.

If you want credible sources, do not read Harian Metro. Read Metblog DC instead.

Standing with VT

Deadly shootings occurred at Virginia Tech not too long ago. I have friends over there and am contacting them just to know how they are doing.

In the meantime, check up about the shootings at Metblog DC.

Traffic begone, you

Jalan Tun Razak in Kuala Lumpur is notorious for traffic congestion. It is a long stretch of road that roughly runs the perimeter of the city from the south to the north through the eastern side. The Kuala Lumpur General Hospital which sits right beside the major road is unhappy with the traffic, stating that it prevents its ambulances from reacting in timely manner. Lately however, traffic has improved at one stretch from Flat Pekeliling to Putra LRT station. My question is, how does the local authority solve the traffic woe there?

That particular point is the converging and the diverging points of two major roads. From Jalan Tun Razak, one may want to go straight, away from the city (Damansara, Shah Alam or really, northern Malaysia) or to the left, into the city (PWTC, Putra Place, Bank Negara, Dataran Merdaka). Another street which I can’t recall the name joins Jalan Tun Razak temporarily from the left. Those that come from this particular road — farther back is a roundabout called Bulatan Pahang, probably comparable to the busy roundabout that circles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris — one may have the same choice too. The traffic is caused by those on Jalan Tun Razak wanting to go to the left, into the city and those on that other road wanting to go to the right, out of the city. I remember someone called the cause of the ugly traffic as the weaving effect. This slows traffic tremendously and affecting those that just want to go straight and be done with it.

The solution introduced by the local authority is simple: minimize the weaving effect. Barriers have been placed along the meeting place of the two roads to discourage motorists from going everywhere and nowhere. So, instead of giving motorists the options to slow everybody down, now, everybody is encouraged to just go straight.

Those that usually used Jalan Tun Razak to get into the city at this particular point now has to get out of Jalan Tun Razak before the road flies into the sky, stay close to the ground and get into Bulatan Pahang.

Nevertheless, while Jalan Tun Razak on this particular stretch has been smooth lately, the situation on the other road becomes a nightmare.

As for me, I’m just happy. Now, I could just get to my office in KL less than 20 minutes!

Full moon over Kuala Lumpur City Centre

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Captured this last week in the frantic run-up to the Malaysian Grand Prix F1 race. No wonder the city is one of the top 100 cities in the world. ;)

Anyway, the weather has been blowing hot and cold lately, leading to streets chocked with cars and other vehicles. The only good thing about this is it forces on to take a walk and tour the beautiful city.

KL in a top 100 list

So say an article at Business Week (via).

The city sits at number 75 and one of only two Southeast Asia cities in the top 100 most livable cities in the world. The other city is the one that shall not be named. I’m quite surprise for the omission of Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila from the top 100 list though.

Another Malaysian city almost made it to the top 100 list and it is Johor Bahru. And nope. No Georgetown. At least in the top 200. And so, we beat you again.

I gotta go. My CEO has just got into office. So, gotta run before he caught me blogging.

F1 in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore!

I had dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Wednesday night and parking was crazy. A large cheap parking space was closed for some reason; it was most likely due to the city celebrating the return of F1 racing event to Sepang circuit. It seemed like a huge party with blinding light shooting up into the sky.

The Mandarin Oriental is the hotel right besides the Petronas Twin Towers and it is usual to find the whole area, from the Twin Towers right up to the PNB Building to be packed with vehicles over the weekend. But on a weekday?

OMG!

If that is how it like during a weekday, I’m going to avoid the area during the weekends!

But the biggest news is not the traffic in KL but the news that Singapore plans to host an F1 race too. Immediately, some Malaysians say Singapore is being so “Singapore-like”, whatever that means. Some Malaysians say, great! Two F1 races that we all could attend to!

KL 24 hour Food Crawl – Update

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It was as easy as one, two and three.

One. The first KL 24 hour Food Crawl began.
Two. It was just the two of us – plonkwonk and Sharizal Shaarani.
Three. It ended after three places.
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