Patrick Pang

The budget experience

Apr
03

Somehow for this KL trip, I ended up taking a plane from the budget airline home, in this instance, its a flight by Malaysian Firefly. Unlike in Singapore, budget terminals and the main KL international airport are located at 2 different locations which I understand that the budget terminal is nearer to KL City Centre. The budget terminals are located at Subang and Firefly operates one of it which is called SkyPark Terminal.

Before checking in, all passengers are requested to put their bags through screening. You don’t get to see rows of Check In counters but just 1 stretch of it.

The terminal is a 2 storey building which consists of some shops to keep you occupied. They have Starbucks, McDonald’s and some eateries. Its quite spacious and has the basic amenities that an airport needs.

Due to the size of the airport, instead of installing TV monitors everywhere to update on the flight arrival and departure details, they have got a centralised one instead.

I almost returned to Singapore without a departure stamp from the immigration until I realised that the immigration officer was late. There isn’t an immigration officer deployed permanently at the immigration counter which means that if you are early, like me, you will definitely had missed him. It was until sometime later that I discovered the immigration officers were around that I got to go back to the immigration counter for the departure stamp.

The waiting area was pretty small, they had a food counter and a DFS shop.

 

You will have a good view of the runway and I had a up close and personal experience with a plane, it just stopped right in front of me.

As for the flight, like how one of my friends describe it, its just like an air version of taking a coach from KL to Singapore. This is an experience I thought still possible if I’m traveling alone.

The budget experience

Apr
03

Somehow for this KL trip, I ended up taking a plane from the budget airline home, in this instance, its a flight by Malaysian Firefly. Unlike in Singapore, budget terminals and the main KL international airport are located at 2 different locations which I understand that the budget terminal is nearer to KL City Centre. The budget terminals are located at Subang and Firefly operates one of it which is called SkyPark Terminal.

Before checking in, all passengers are requested to put their bags through screening. You don’t get to see rows of Check In counters but just 1 stretch of it.

The terminal is a 2 storey building which consists of some shops to keep you occupied. They have Starbucks, McDonald’s and some eateries. Its quite spacious and has the basic amenities that an airport needs.

Due to the size of the airport, instead of installing TV monitors everywhere to update on the flight arrival and departure details, they have got a centralised one instead.

I almost returned to Singapore without a departure stamp from the immigration until I realised that the immigration officer was late. There isn’t an immigration officer deployed permanently at the immigration counter which means that if you are early, like me, you will definitely had missed him. It was until sometime later that I discovered the immigration officers were around that I got to go back to the immigration counter for the departure stamp.

The waiting area was pretty small, they had a food counter and a DFS shop.

 

You will have a good view of the runway and I had a up close and personal experience with a plane, it just stopped right in front of me.

As for the flight, like how one of my friends describe it, its just like an air version of taking a coach from KL to Singapore. This is an experience I thought still possible if I’m traveling alone.

Exploring Bukit Bintang in KL

Apr
02

17 years ago when I first traveled to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at Federal Hotel. This hotel was located at Bukit Bintang. 17 years later, I visit the same place again but somehow,  I can’t really remember much from my last visit. Nevertheless, I managed to discover some of the interesting things here.

Bukit Bintang has many hotels, massage parlours and shops selling tourist stuff. There are quite a number of eateries too and I went to A&W, since this is something we missed dearly in Singapore.

Since I was coughing, I could only limit myself to the irresistable root beer float. I understand that all fastfood outlets, including the one I’m visiting, had free WIFI. This store also offers a relatively good view of the area.

Other than A&W, Bukit Bintang also has durian stalls where you can stop by, select your favourite durians and eat.

As compared to the Imbi where where Berjaya Times Square is located at, I thought Bukit Bintang offers more in terms of food and shopping options.

Up Up in the sky @ Petronas Twin Tower

Apr
01

So what’s the view and feeling like going up to one of the tallest building in the world? Lifts travel at 1 floor per second and in order to go up to Level 86, you will have to take 3 different lifts. First, the lift will bring you to Level 42, where the bridge connecting the two towers are. The weather was fantastic on the day when I visited. The blue sky and clouds complemented very well with the surroundings.

After Level 42, we took a lift up to Level 83 before finally reaching the Petronas viewing gallery at Level 86. Seriously, I’ve never imagine going so up close and personal with the… rooftop of the Petronas Twin Tower.

Just take alook at the view.

If you have the chance to visit Kuala Lumpur the next time, remember to visit the Petronas Twin Tower. I understand that tickets to the viewing gallery is limited so you have to be early.

The food are cheap but…

Mar
31

The food in KL are cheap but so far, I don’t really like the shopping here. Probably I do not know where to go to get cheap stuff and probably I don’t have enough time to move around, those could be the reasons why I probably did not explore much of KL.

Some of my notable discoveries…

1) Kim Gary in KL is so cheap. With almost the same amount of food I ordered, the price is nearly halved in KL as compared to Singapore.

2) I was shopping at Isetan and came across a 70% sale for bed sheets. 70% sale which meant I got 2 sets for just $35 Singapore dollars. They did not put up any posters on the sale, therefore I think you really need to walk into the departmental stores to explore it.

3) In terms of transport, given the distance, I thought its still quite reasonable if you take the limo from the hotel to airport or airport to hotel. From the airport to KL City cost me $73.40RM and from the hotel in KL city to the airport, it cost me $80RM. The monorail quite affordable too. 3 monorail stations cost me $1.60RM which is about S$0.70.

Do share with me by leaving your comments on where are the must go places in KL. Maybe I will be back the next time.

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mar
30

This could be one of my most challenging trip that I’ve traveled so far. Though its much closer and familiar to us, but I’m not a frequent traveler to Kuala Lumpur (KL) and I got to tell you that I was alittle lost when I arrived on Sunday even though I’ve done some research over the internet and asking around when I was back in Singapore.

A note to all the corporations out there, websites are important, especially tourists like me wants to do research on travel options and places on where to go. I decided to take the airport limo, which costs me $73.40RM, to the hotel instead of the KL Express because I could not figure out where to take the monorail after arriving at KL Sentral. The website for the monorail was in fact closed for maintenance.

The Petronas Twin Tower is just a 10 minutes walk from where I’m staying so the first place to visit, is the Twin Tower.

The Twin Tower houses a shopping mall called Suria KLCC and has a wide variety of shops. But I did not get anything for myself since the shops were pretty much similar to the ones we have in Singapore. Nevertheless, I thought this is one of the places to visit since I personally think that this is one of the architecture wonder.