Just a little diversion from Jakarta – Bandung trip post. Saw this wonderful pic I took while editing my pics last night.
Took this some time ago after Tiger Launch Party from NZ Cafe beside Public Bank on Jalan Ampang.
I like this picture as it got the postcard feel… What do you think?
Who says you need a DSLR to take nice pics!?
Seeing the beautiful sky this morning certainly did change my day more…
How often we have clear skies here in KL?
Not like in Perth, we can get clear skies practically everyday. I’m not staying in Perth, but I can ask people to testify that they do have clear skies practically everyday!
I miss Perth… hmm…
Recently I found out that our Federal Territories Minister, YB Raja Nong Chik has got a Facebook fan page and even a blog. I was excited and jump on the chance to have a direct communication. As in pointing my views on the whole traffic and development issues in Kuala Lumpur.
Yesterday, I sent in my comments and also gave a link to this picture below and I got a reply already on the same day… Not bad huh?
YB Raja has pretty much allocated his own private time daily to reply Facebook comments and push it through to the relevant authorities.
This was his reply.
Let’s hope there is an improvement over time. I will send in more and more pictures. When I have the time lah to snap and edit it then send to the Flickr and then post the link to YB’s fans page.
Now, you can head over to YB Raja’s Fan Page or read his blog and start harassing YB Raja in a very polite way in order to solve the issues pertaining to Federal Territories. Heck you can even follow him on Twitter.
Talk about using techonolgy…
I WANT TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!
I just read about this and I want to go for this so so so so so so so so much!!!
But, must pay. RM 500! -_-
I’m gonna ask if this conference is HRDF claimable. What? I’m stingy that way okay!
Now, I’ve always love the topic of sustainable development. Wanted so much to continue my studies on sustainable development back then, but the only viable place to take up such course is in South American universities.
Even Queensland University of Technology don’t have a comprehensive course on sustainable development. Even they do, but it is a sub topic under some architectural studies. Oh wells…
One major part of sustainable development I like the most is transportation. Transportation is like one of the many arteries that links the Central Business District (CBD) of a city. Example like Kuala Lumpur, the transportation is choking itself every single day and the CBD can’t even pump properly on a daily basis because of lousy transportation system. Well you get what I am trying to say.
You can see that I have linked StreetFilms under the category of Tourism and Development. I like what they do and their mission.
I feel that, being a government who has the kind of resources and funds, we can even build a better transportation than what we have today. Yes you have LRT, but what is the point of building the network but you ‘planners’ didn’t think about parking space? Dude, how am I going to ride on the train when I can’t even find a ’safe’ spot to leave my car? By the roadside? Might as well drive to the city. Safer. Got parking in the city, but NOT ENOUGH.
You see? Not sustainable enough our city. Good, but not that good.
Now, back to WCSC2009. These are the speaker series this coming 24th March 2009.
Singapore – A Livable and Sustainable City
by Long Yee Mun, VP, Surbana Planning Urban Group, Singapore
One Planet Living in the Construction and Development Sector
by Robert Spinks, Bovis Lend Leas, UK
Sydney 2030 – A Green, Global and Connected City
by Patrick Fensham, SGS Economics and Planning Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia
Branding Our Cities
by Sicco Van Gelden, Placebrands Ltd, The Netherlands
Delivering City Centre Projects, The Cheong Gye Cheon River Restoration Project
by Kie-Wook Kwon, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Korea
Urban Transportation of Singapore
by Choi Chik Cheong, Land Transport Authority, Singapore
Look! We have to learn from our neighbour! Like seriously, why?
Let’s hope our local government authorities and people in our government actually will learn something from this conference and maybe KTM Berhad can finally get someone to run it’s rail like a real business and look forward for a better profit instead of RM1. They made a lost RM 99 million in 2006. It is not even sustainable for the government to keep running KTMB like how it is and keep on throwing in public funds to help KTMB. KTMB NEEDS A RE-VAMP BADLY!
Wonders if anyone from our Malaysian Transport Ministry will go for this WCSC2009.
I want to go. Let’s see how I can pull some strings here and there…
The weekend was wonderful and it still is. I’m gonna have another long day today.
It was Sunday the 8th of March 2009 and it was about 2 in the afternoon. I was driving back home from Ampang after a late brunch. I was at the huge intersection on Jalan Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak heading back to KLCC. The traffic light shows red for the road I’m on and the next go would be ours.
I was playing around with my camera, taking snapshots of my phone and there is a reason for it.
Seconds later, the traffic light turns green. We got a go!
Next thing I see. *BAAAMM!!!* A black BMW ran the red light at the opposite intersection, turning right onto Jalan Tun Razak towards US Embassy. A man riding a motorbike crash onto the back of the BMW and flew out of his bike.
The BMW fled the scene. It happened so fast that I got shocked to see that right in front of me. Lucky the victim that I’m going slow, else I would have ran over his head on the road. I would assume the car was a BMW, given the back profile of the car. That driver drove VERY FAST.
I stop my car just by the traffic light after the rider and ran down to see how he is doing. I see a lady in Gen2 coming down from her to come and help too.
I squat beside the victim and I ran a quick view on his condition before touching or moving him.
His eyes is shut. He is not moving. His left arm bruised from the fall. His left palm got a cut near his thumb. His is seen shaken.
Good thing about watching 911 back then is that I’ve learned some good points on what should I do when faced in this situation. I saw a guy on the phone and I asked him if he was calling the ambulance. He just nods his head. I ask the victim if he can move his leg. He kept quite. His eyes are still shut, from the pain I’m guessing. I asked him to try moving his leg again. He did but he struggled moving his left arm. He gestured with his right arm, putting a pat on his left arm saying very softly “patah“.
I let out in despair, “Oh God”.
Lifting my head up, I see a lot of people around me and the Gen2 lady. Most of them are motorbike riders. I’ve got a guy with his family in his Toyota Alphard asking if he is okay. OF COURSE HE IS NOT OKAY! The kind of question people ask! Stupid! Some guys helped with the victim’s bike left on the middle of the intersection and cleared the road from the accident debris.
The victim said in grievance tone, “Ambik tepilah. Panas!“. Takes no genius to guess further. The group of people moved him up to the curb. They all said a short Muslim prayer before moving him. What fascinate me is that, they all said it simultaneously. I smiled, knowing that he will be well taken care in God’s will.
I looked around for cloths to make a temporary arm sling to hold his arm close to his chest. Gen2 lady offered her help and she did mentioned that she works for Prince Court Medical Centre just down the road. I found the victim’s raincoat on his bike and passed it on to Gen2 lady. She made the arm sling.
We sat him down, resting his back on the traffic light with the support of Happy Pillow.
The Gen2 lady asked me if the ambulance has been called. I said, “Yes, the guy over there called already”. I asked the guy again, he just nod and pulled a long face which prompted me to call 999 myself. This time, thank godness the operator didn’t ask me for my race after taking down my name and phone number. I called 999 once back then and the operator asked me my race, and if the victim is Malay or Chinese and a lot of stupid question.
Gen2 lady said to send him to the nearest hospital instead which is Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) nearby on Jalan Pahang. I offered my help as other doesn’t seem to be very helpful either. I canceled the ambulance with the 999 operator and took the victim to HKL. One big size guy said I shouldn’t worry about moving him around and said he is a paramedic. Why the hell when you are a paramedic, you are standing there looking and talking and not helping??!!! Para-my-ass!!!
The guys there then moved the victim into my car. Took his belongings on from his motorbike and drove off to HKL. I had to brave the on comming traffic from KLCC, crossing onto Tun Razak heading towards IJN. It was hellova crazy experience there. Those cars won’t stop!
I reached HKL in a matter of minutes and looked for the emergency stop. I stopped my car and one attendant came out. He looked at the condition of the victim. He did some check on his body joints and then asked him to stand outside, while he went on to grab a wheelchair. The wheelchair came with one front wheel missing. World class healthcare we have here. I have not gone into detail how slow he is, did I?
Making sure he is well received, I asked the attendant on what should I do next. He told me that I can go straight home and they will take care of him. But, I decided not too. I went on looking for a car park. The car park in Hospital Kuala Lumpur is the worst! I don’t understand why people just can’t understand the importance of parking when our public transportation is a national joke!! Gah!
Parked my car, went back looking for the victim. He was well taken care of by a doctor to treat his wounds and put on an arm sling for his left arm. Helped him to register for his medical treatment and waited for a number to see another doctor.
Helped him call his company and he called his wife. His company secretary seems to worry more about her work more than her employee’s ordeal. “I got an urgent work to be done, I will go and visit him later.” was what his company’s secretary said.
While waiting, I got to know that he works as a personal driver. He also helps with his office work. His name is Mat. He stays at Taman Keramat. He was on his way to KLCC when the accident happened. He insist that I go ahead if I have something to do. I told him, “Tak ape. I akan tolong abang sampai isteri abang sampai.”
I’ve got work to do, an emergency travel booking. I decided that someone’s life is more important than work. I called my ticketing manager and sought her help with my work. I need to help this guy through the hospital process. He is on wheelchair with only one arm at his disposal for goodness sake.
The process took no more than 2 1/2 hours. He had to see a GP, then get an X-Ray done, back to the GP, register for his ward, go through a long hall to “Yellow Zone” ward and stayed there for treatment.
It is when we are at the ward, I see profesionalism and felt that, if I leave him alone here, he is on good hands. But then, I’ve met a few people who has nothing to do with the hospital but lingered around there to help me with directions. The hospital should hire them, as wardens maybe?
The doctors got their diagnose done and came to a treatment schedule for him. Mat got one small broken bone at his left shoulder. The cut on his left palm needs a few stitch and he doesn’t need to be warded. This guy, seems to be a medical student on housemanship asked me some questions about the incident. He thought I was Mat’s son. I told him that I’m not and he replied “You’ve done a good thing here Thomas.”
But then, I felt that I have not done enough. I should have seen the number plate of that car, and I think it is a BMW. I should have used my camera to take a quick snap when I saw the hit and run, but I didn’t. I was looking at Mat lying on the road instead. I should have gave a chase to the BMW to take down it’s number plate, but I didn’t.
Then again, I felt good helping Mat till I see his wife and handed over his personal belonging to Mat’s wife. Left my namecard with my personal IDs to be used when he reports the incident.
I sure do hope that the camera at the intersection did recorded the accident and Mat can use that to identify the BMW number plate. Or should I hope that the camera is working instead?
This is just a random entry…
I took the first beautiful shot right from my office.
The second one, was while I was walking on my way into Suria KLCC.
Those who came to my office before will have to agree that, the view is just magnificent. Right?
Okay.. so here goes the pictures.. My two best collection so far on KLCC.
It is a beauty aye?
Let’s do a KLCC Photography shootout from my office? hahah
When I was young, mom will never fail to visit the street cobbler at Jalan Taiping, Klang every month to mend our broken or torn shoes. Her heels being the most as she was working last time.
I remember those times when we will always go to KL every weekend just to walk around and maybe shop, she will always drop of the torn shoes to the cobbler there at the corner of Jalan Taiping, Klang. We will collect it when we come back towards the evening or the next day.
We will then take the bus all the way to KL and walk around Chinatown. Well yeah, that’s where I would go always mostly every week just to go around Chinatown and mom will shop while I just follow suit. I will not forget the time that we MUST buy a bowl of ‘Mata Kuching’ and also my favourite ‘Apom Balik’ for dad. Then, the ‘Chee Cheong Fun’ which is at one corner is a must not miss back then. I can’t remember which corner but when I’m there I know. I hope it is still there…
Well, back to the street cobbler. My shoe has a ‘mouth opening’ on the sole and I am too stingy to buy a new one. Then I thought that hey, I can get it amended by the street cobbler.
It has been in my mind map that there is one pakcik cobbler who sits at the corner of Wisma Cosway (formerly Wisma Stephen) and wait for his customers all day from morning till late afternoon. His business is always brisk and nearly 70% of his customers are women.
See the big mouth there?:P
Pakcik putting on the glue…
In KL, you can mostly find one or two in busy areas and they have been there for quite some time. They are expert in what they do and it is always cheaper to get them fix your shoe rather than the more expensive cobbler in some shopping malls. Well, unless you have your Prada or Jimmy Choo then, might as well get it fix at the shopping mall cobblers.
a cobbler’s cari makan tools…
As I packed my lunch back to office to eat, I thought, why not I send it to him. It took not more than 30 minutes to get my shoe done. All he does was just paste a new layer of sole onto the worn out one and I’m good to walk…
cut out the excess sole…
It was cheap and well, I can’t complain for being stingy although his work was jus to scrap, apply glue, knock it together and cut excess patch. It was just for a mere RM 10 for a pair of shoe.
Do you patron the street cobblers?
Or you just throw your shoe away and buy new one?
‘Mata Kuching’ = a refreshing drink typically liken by most Malaysian
‘Apom Balik’ = toasted condiments with nuts and sugar and flour
‘Chee Cheong Fun’ = ‘Rice Flour Strip’
The title sums my previous Public Holiday on 10th January, Thursday.
Let the pictures do the talking..
Put up a night at Westin Hotel as Patrick got a complimentary stay..
The bed was heavenly.. nearly miss 8.30am meeting on Friday.
Must take mirror reflection picture..
We head on to Jalan Alor for sumptuous dinner at Wong Ah Wah.
The food was good till I never bother to take any pictures.. Maybe yeah a video..
After the dinner, we took a stroll to Trader’s Hotel. Yes! From Jalan Alor.
Look at the jam!!It was a longggg walk of about 20 minutes. I’m used to walking ..
We finally made it to SkyBar at Trader’s Hotel.
Nice music and ambience..
Best of all, they have the best view of KLCC…
Where do we go next eh?
ZOUK!!! This would be my second time walking into Zouk this month.
I don’t normally go there unless I have the urge to go and unless it’s Mambo Jambo!
It was surprisingly empty when we walked into the main room about 1130pm..
Lucky the crowd started to crawl in around after midnight only..
I shall tell about my Bar Celona’s Grand Opening experience in my next post..
I previously challenged and put up a guessed that would AirAsia throw in ONE MONTH
free seat for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore route.
It proves that I would be right afterall..
Not exactly right but then, at least AirAsia is actually giving out FREE SEATS!
what’s best is that AirAsia is also giving out FREE PACKAGES!!
A as researched by Zero of digitalzack.blogspot.com shows that AirAsia, even
though they are not giving out free seats, they are offering the best airfare compared
to five other airlines in the region flying the same route. See below..
- Malaysia Airlines
7 times daily with B737-400 (148 passengers)
Fare: RM429 one way
- Singapore Airlines
6 times daily with B777-200 (285 passengers)
Fare: RM421 one way
- Japan Airlines
Once daily with B767
Fare: RM360 one way
- Jetstar Asia Airways
Once daily with A320 (180 passengers)
Fare: RM223 one way
- Tiger Airways
Once daily with A320 (180 passengers)
Fare: RM148 one way
Twice daily with A320 (180 passengers)
Fare: RM106 one way
ARE YOU SMILING YET?
Many sure have been hoping on to the special promotion by Jetstar and Tiger Airways’
for the Kuala Lumpur to Singapore route or vice versa.
Starting 1st February 2008, both Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways will start plying both these Kuala Lumpur and Singapore route. In July 2007, it was reported by TheStar that three low cost carriers are throwing their interest to ply this ASEAN’s most lucrative route are Air Asia, Singapore’s Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia.
Both the later airlines has already started marketing their promotions vigorously by
throwing their best fare possible to lure this high traffic route of Kuala Lumpur/Singapore.
Yes, I know.. their sale period over already.. on 8th Jan 08
Yes, their promo is still going on!! QUICK GRAB IT WHILE YOU CAN!
I do smell a fish here as both these airlines are limiting their promotional period to
around the same time and they are both flying from 1st Feb till 25th Oct 2008!
I do really think that both Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways are joining hand-in hand to
give Air Asia a hard time for this KUL-SIN route. NO?
While I am pondering why these two foreign airlines has already started promoting their
shot on this ASEAN’s most lucrative route while Air Asia is just…
sitting behind at the comfort of their nice office desk at LCCT
SMILLING AWAY !!
I am guessing that Air Asia is trying to come up with a best strategy to reply both
Jetstar Asia and Tiger Airways. What strategy would you guys think Air Asia will do?
Do I smell a one month FREE SEAT promo? o_O
Come on Air Asia..
You can do better than our neighbour.. It’s time to show who RULES THE GAME!!
or shall I be despair that Air Asia have to bow to them???
But, one month FREE SEAT promo would do us all Malaysian proud !!