Thursday, September 24, 2015

Traveling to MATRADE

I applied to attend a symposium at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre, Jalan Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah, 50480 Kuala Lumpur and this posting is a result of my research for the trip.

When I was staying in Kuala Lumpur for about 20 years, I had never step foot on this location or the surrounding areas. So, this visit should have been a first for me. Since I am not staying in Kuala Lumpur anymore, the best option for me to reach MATRADE is usng the public transport.

There are three options to reach the centre viz, taxi, bus, train/walk. Using the taxi or Grabcar / Uber service is easy since you just step in and tell the driver your destination, I am not going to explain abut this option.

I checked the internet for previous postings and advise on how to go to the centre so that I will not get lost. It is very important for you to do a search and research before traveling to any destination to save time, money and maybe your own safety too.

The best starting point for visitors to Kuala Lumpur to reach out locations within or outside, is KL Sentral. Its the meeting point for inbound KTM trains and this station replace the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. KL Sentral is also the last station for ERL services from KLIA and KLIA2. On the other side it is also the first station for ERL and  ERL transit to KLIA and KLIA2.

Now to go to MATRADE from KL Sentral the cheapest alternative is using the monorail and RapidKL bus.

I found this journey planner by myrapid that help me to chart out the route.  Use this  rapidkl webpage journey planner to fon other routes serviced by Rapid KL.

I list down two options available for the journey. If you take OPTION 1, the LRT is available within KL Sentral itself but have to change to Ampang Line at Mesjid Jamek Station. OPTION 2  is using the monorail that goes straight to Pekeliling station before transfering to the Rapid KL bus service.

The monorail station is located at Bricksfield and you have to walk through NU Sentral to the station. Either option you choose, the fare is the same.

OPTION 1 - Using the Kelana Jaya Line LRT service

OPTION 2 - Using the Monorail

The travel plan above was reproduced from the RAPID KL website. On Google map the above data transfered into this. Starting point is as KL Sentral.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Discover Kedah 2016 - Keriang Hill

Gunung Keriang Hill Resort is located at the foothills of a limestone hill on the flat plain of Kedah, the Rice Bowl of Malaysia. It reached a height of 217.92 metre above sea level and has a folklore attached to it.

At Keriang Hill Resort, visitors can view sample of Malay traditional houses.

The mythological legend was that the hill was actually a ship carrying a royal bride who refused to marry the Sang Gedembai and cursed into stome. The hill has caves and in the olden days, community around the hill used to borrow tablewares and cooking utensils from the caves to hold the kenduri or feasts but now all had turned into stones because of the bad habits and attitude of those who had borrowed them.

Today Gunung Keriang or Keriang Hill has a few attractions around the foothills including the Muzium Padi, Aquatic Complex, National Science Centre, Recreational Centre and two Resorts.
Arial view of Keriang Hill and its surrounding attractions

One of the resort is the Keriang Hill Resort and recently it hosted a three days AOR Festival 2015. The chalets at Keriang Hill Resort are traditional Malay houses and guest can experience staying in one of these.

AOR Festival 2015 was officiated by Kedah's Menteri Besar , Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
The Menteri Besar showing his skill hitting the drum during the opening ceremony after officiating it.

It was a display and promotion fest by local artists peddling their home made arts products including books most of them not found in popular bookstalls and new brand name casual wears. Among the participants that I see anchor the displays are the group from Projek Rabak, displaying books from different publications such as,
 Among the attractions during the fest was the presence of the Helang Merah football players who emerged Champion of the 2015 Super League and together with them is the coveted cup that they had won.

After officiating the event, the Menteri Besar made a visit to the open air stalls and mingle with the crowd.

DS Mukhriz presented with a potrait of himself and his father Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed, the Fouth Prime Minister of Malaysia, during his walkabout to visit the displays.

Datuk Seri Mukhriz appeared on stage for a few minutes to voice out his views and opinion about the challenges of Arts development with time. In future media social that is the in thing of today might be something obsolete.

To keep a momento of my visit to the AOR Festival 2015, I bought a book Travelog My Traveler
by Meor Farid Asyradi

If you plan to visit Alor Setar during the Discover Kedah 2016, you can list down Gunung Keriang on your itenary. If you want to experience the secluded resort at the foot of the hill or stay in Alor City, about 1/2 an hour away, depends on your choice. However do not misss the Museum Padi next to the Keriang Hill Resort or/and the National Science Centre across the fence of the museum. 

If you stay at Keriang Hill Resort, you can make an appointment to try out scuba diving at Baie Scuba Centre located within the proximity of the Kedah Aquatic Complex nearby. Experience scuba diving in a safe environment because its not the open sea but just a diving pool for first timer scuba divers and attended by a qualified open sea scuba trainer. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Berhad #todayishere

As most of us knew or are aware that Malaysia Auirlines System (MAS) had ceased operation and taken over by Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) as of 1st September 2015. 

The name is changed officially as the clock ticks of at 00.01 welcoming September 2015. As on the same date the new airline will be headed by its CEO Christopher Mueller who had a remarkable success to his credential. 

Bye-bye MAS and welcome MAB #todayishere

Their Facebook page is up and running and you can follow it HERE 

Either you can follow their Twitter @MAS


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