It is official Waheguru reads my blogs……
My blog for today would have gone like this
This morning after a good breakfast we sorted out the flights to Cambodia, hotel in Siem Reap, other bits and pieces and then went to Wadda Gurdwara. Got a taxi back to the hotel.
There is an addition to the above.
We had to get back to the hotel by 8pm to collect a rental car (There is a huge samelan in Ipoh and we thought it would have been good to attend the opening day and surprise a few friends). So we flagged down a taxi outside the Gurdwara giving ourselves plenty of time. From the start when we noticed the taxi driver smoking we should have sensed this will not be a good journey!
He parked up and spent two/three minutes smoking the cigarette! Then whilst driving he spent ten minutes coughing away, not even covering his mouth!!! He then spent another few minutes spraying air freshener all over the car including the air vents – the amount of spray was overwhelming!
There are a number of ways back to the hotel. The busiest way is through town, especially on a Saturday night when everybody wants to go out in KL city centre. The taxi drive took the busiest route but then also a bit of a detour within the centre which was taking us further away from the hotel! They charge 10 cents for every twenty seconds. The counter starts at RM3 and quickly got up to RM9. I tackled him pointing out that he was taking us the busiest way and the long way. He just nodded and said “Yes yes busiest way”! We asked him to drop us off on the spot, which happened to be in the middle of town right next to Bukit Bintang Station so at least we could take the monorail.
Even though the queues to buy a monorail ticket were large, the salesperson was chatting away on the phone and serving people slowly!
A busy monorail carriage
The KL Monorail is an urban monorail system (previously known as Peoplemover Rapid Transit – PRT) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It opened on 31 August 2003, and serves 11 stations running 8.6 km (5 mi) with two parallel elevated tracks. It connects the Kuala Lumpur Sentral transport hub with the “Golden Triangle”. It was completed at a cost of MYR 1.18 billion by the KL Infrastructure Group (KL Infra).
KL Infra declared bankruptcy on 15 May 2007 after repeatedly missing loan repayments. On 29 November 2007, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (SPNB) signed a sale-and-purchase agreement with KL Monorail Systems Sdn Bhd (KLMS). The current operator for the KL Monorail system is RapidKL Rail, a wholly owned subsidiary of SPNB.
According to Ministry of Transport statistics, the annual ridership for the Monorail Line in 2008 was 21,765,233.
On 1 March 2012, KL Monorail was integrated with the Ampang Line light rail transit when the “paid-up” or restricted areas of the Hang Tuah monorail and LRT stations, and also at the Titiwangsa monorail and LRT stations, were physically linked up, allowing transfers without the need to buy new tickets for the first time since the system became operational.
Once we got back to the hotel we had missed the car rental representative, concierge tried to call them, there response was “get somebody else!!”
We even got Amex involved who in this case were unable to get any car!!
Looks like the surprise trip to Ipoh was not meant to be.
So we popped out to Brickfields for some food!
Walking along the alleyways we saw a big rat running across
We walked around looking for a vegetarian restaurant called masala chaat on the way we ended up finding one called
59, Jalan Thambipillai,
Brickfields (at near KL Sentral, behind Jalan Tun Sambanthan)
T: +60 12-3513713
Yes it was good!
If you order popular dishes one should be fine. Ordering fries which is cooked in days old oil is a bad idea.
The walk back – crazy parking!
So there you have it, Waheguru reads my blog and decided to make it more interesting! Otherwise how bored would you have been reading the post for today?