Archive for May, 2007

I want to get on the train and read

A chance to catch up with my reading is one of many things why I love getting on a train to work. With an increasingly busy life, I find it harder and harder to spend time reading books. The time I spend traveling on a train has become the only time available for me to read.

By read, I mean reading books. Not newspapers or blogs!

That bad, meh?

Hey readers!

Apa cerita? (Translated: “What’s up?) So I have signed and bound myself to writing for KL, heh. I have been thinking of what would be a good topic to start off and decided on….

KL etiquette. Well, a couple of weeks ago, there was a writing in the New Straits Times about KLites’ public etiquette. The local writer, an American-educated CEO, described her horrendous journey to the KL Sentral Station. She and a foreigner friend took the Monorail and were dismayed at the barbaric push and pull they had to endure to get into the train.

Furthermore, to her horror, the lady witnessed what she called the indifference of Malaysian society towards disable individuals (There are usually a number of blind pedestrians walking around KL Sentral as the Malaysian Center for the Blind is right on Tun Sambathan Road, where the Monorail Station is).

OMG! Too hot!

Is it just me or KL is somehow hell on Earth?

Yesterday, it was well in the 30s. Today, another 30s.


Give way to VIP? Go to hell and out of office!

Did you KLites read an article about us, common people would face penalty for not giving way to VIPs?

Well, in the New Straits Times today:

KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists who do not give way to police outriders leading a VIP convoy and those who tailgate them will be fined RM300.

I would not have mind if VIPs like the Prime Minister, during an emergency (but then, during a national emergency, he was holidaying in Venezuela. So, giving way to the PM on the road is kinda irrelevant when he should be flying on a supersonic ride), be given the right of way on the road. Or ambulance or firetruck.

wesak day in KL

wesak day was widely celebrated in kuala lumpur especially around brickfields which is located at jalan tun sambathan where it was also known as the indian city..

Coffeeshop by Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

I accidentally went off my usually route to home today because I was driving fast on Jalan Tun Razak and missed the turning into Jalan Semarak. So, I had to make one huge circle to get what I wanted to be, which was my bed. From Jalan Tun Razak, I had to go toward the Petronas Twin Towers, into Jalan Ampang and then to Jalan Yap Kwan Seng before joining Jalan Tun Razak again to get to Jalan Semarak.

While passing Yap Kwan Seng, I noticed a new coffeeshop called Old Town. I don’t remember seeing it before but that is probably because I rarely drive to the city, preferring the train for environmental reasons. The place looked kind of hipped. Or cool. Or whatever the slang nowadays. Since tomorrow is Friday, would anybody want to join me for a cup of coffee in the evening at that new place at, say, 7 or 8 o’clock?

After that, we’ll see where the evening would lead us.

If you are interested, email me at hafiz [at] maddruid [dot] com. Or just leave a comment here.

Stand Up Comedy

Edgy Malay Comedy. That was what was promised by a friend at the Open Mike night in Bojangles last night.

Bojangles, one of the rare few pubs across Kuala Lumpur, actually has an open mike night for amateurs to peddle their music or jokes or whatever. It was a combination of music, jokes and whatever that was centrestage and under the stage lights.

Muslim cemetery by Jalan Ampang damaged

Along Jalan Ampang, just five minutes walk from the Petronas Twin Towers there is a well-known Muslim cemetery.

I haven’t been there for a long time but according to my parents, giant old trees were uprooted and damaged the cemetery. It is unknown what exactly caused the trees to be uprooted by it is possible that a strong storm was the culprit. This apparently occurred last night though I don’t remember seeing rain in the city.

By noon, the city hall has cleared the cemetery of the trees. Through anecdotes, it seems the graveyard is badly damaged with holes here and there. I however, being who I am, feel the greater loss is the death of the trees. These trees were giant that went a number of stories high that partly shaped the characteristic of the city.

Of course, there are many other old growth giant tropical trees all over Kuala Lumpur. But after a while, once a person gets used to the city, gets used to a particular route, all things usual, houses, buildings, roads, lamp posts, trees, make up the atmosphere of the community. Losing even one of them means changing the atmosphere.

Life goes on, however.

Back in KL

Given the long weekend, I spent several days in the wilderness of Endau Rompin, all the way down and east. It is closer to Singapore than it is to Kuala Lumpur. Leeches, exhaustion made the longing for my bed so strong that I wish I was back home in KL while I was there. Now that I am back, how I wish that I had stayed there a little while longer, right by the Endau River, frolicking under the blue sky and mountains far taller than the Petronas Twin Towers. I am missing Endau Rompin badly.

Ironic isn’t it?

With that longing in mind, I have decided to visit for Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve in the center of KL next week with the Malaysian Nature Society. The forest reserve sits right below and around KL Tower, yet another one of the tallest towers in the world. Yes, KL folks have weird love for superlative.

But thanks the heaven that KL is still partly covered with greens. Perhaps, this is one of the advantages living in a small tropical city where demand for development, while increasingly insatiable, doesn’t require nature, or whatever left of it, to be replaced with concrete jungle, yet.

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